From Wire Reports
While the Orioles were waiting to get the final results of free-agent pitcher Yovani Gallardo’s physical examination, they had to schedule another one.
The team continued its shopping spree by agreeing to terms with free-agent outfielder Dexter Fowler on a three-year, $35 million contract, according to an industry source.
Fowler is the right fielder with solid on-base potential that baseball operations chief Dan Duquette has been pursuing throughout the winter. He now has addressed the club’s major offensive weakness — a soft on-base percentage last season that limited the Orioles’ offensive continuity — with Fowler and left fielder Hyun Soo Kim.
The deal came down while the Gallardo deal, also reportedly worth $35 million over three years, remained in limbo while team officials sought additional diagnostic testing.
White Sox snag Rollins
Looking to add an experienced shortstop, the Chicago White Sox acquired a former National League MVP.
Jimmy Rollins agreed Monday to a minor league contract with the White Sox, who hope he can provide leadership as well as a solid glove and bat. He would get a $2 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster.
“The move appeals to us on a number of levels,” general manager Rick Hahn said. “It’s another quality option for our infield, some veteran depth in that area where we previously did not have it, and adds to what we feel is a quality mix in the clubhouse. This guy’s a leader, brings energy and a competitive each day.”
The White Sox are scheduled to hold their first full-squad workout on Tuesday. Rollins is expected to report on Thursday.
A three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove shortstop for Philadelphia, Rollins helped the Phillies win the World Series in 2008 and the NL pennant the following year.
McGehee to minors
Third baseman Casey McGehee has agreed to a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.
McGehee was in camp Tuesday. He hit .198 with two home runs and 20 RBI last year for San Francisco and Miami.
McGehee is a career .259 hitter in 820 major league games since 2008. He hit 23 home runs in 2010 for Milwaukee, and he hit .287 for the Marlins in 2014, but he’s had a hard time staying consistently productive at the plate.
Manager Brad Ausmus said the team could use a third baseman, not necessarily at the major league level, but maybe at Triple-A Toledo.