With pitchers and catchers set to report in under three weeks, teams in Major League Baseball are making their final signings and trades of the off-season. This week, two of the last free agents available, Doug Fister and Howie Kendrick found new deals, while the Tampa Bay Rays traded lefty reliever Jake McGee to the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Charlie Blackmon, and the Arizona Diamondbacks finally traded infielder Aaron Hill after over a year of speculation.

The Houston Astros signed Fister to a one year deal worth $7 million guaranteed, with incentives that could push it to a $12 million contract by season’s end. Fister, formerly of the Washington Nationals, is coming off the worst season of his career, one which was mired by injuries and saw him losing his rotation spot by season’s end as he pitched to a 4.60 ERA and gave up a .302 batting average to opposing hitters. This was after he had pitched to a 16-6 record with a 2.41 ERA in his first season in Washington in 2014. At age 32, Fister is being brought into an Astros staff that already has a solid top-three of the rotation with Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel, Collin McHugh and second year starter Lance McCullers, Jr. With Mike Fiers, who pitched a no-hitter after his midseason arrival, Fister figures to be insurance in case Scott Feldman is not fully recovered from the injuries that ruined the second half of his season, and caused him to be shut down at the end of the season.

The Rays traded McGee, who they were rumored to be shopping all offseason, and right-handed pitching prospect German Marquez to the Rockies for third base prospect Kevin Padlo and Blackmon, who became expendable after the signing of Gerardo Parra earlier in the month. This continues the Rays practice of trading players with two years or less of team control for players, as McGee has two arbitration years remaining, and Blackmon is not yet arbitration eligible and has four years of team control remaining. At age 26, Dickerson missed most of 2015 with plantar fascitis in his left foot and a broken rib, but should be ready for this coming season. He is a career .299 hitter in 925 major league at bats, but does most of his damage against right-handed hitters as opposed to lefties, and will be the latest hitter attempting to disprove the idea that a player who excels calling Coors Field home will see a drastic dip in production when he leaves. McGee, 29, missed the beginning of 2015 after surgery to remove a bone spur from his left elbow, but quickly reestablished himself as one of the top lefty relievers in the American League, with a 2.41 ERA, and only 10 runs allowed in 37.1 innings. He looks to be the clear favorite to close games for the Rockies, even though he is going to a much tougher place to pitch.

The Dodgers brought back Kendrick on a two-year deal worth $20 million, after Kendrick gambled on himself and rejected Los Angeles’ initial $15.8 million qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason, a gamble the ultimately did not pay off. The middle infield contracts were few and far between this offseason, with the lone big-dollar deals going to Ben Zobrist ($56 million over four years), who came without the restriction of the acquiring team giving up a draft pick because he was traded midseason, and Daniel Murphy ($37.5 million over three years), who parlayed his big postseason into a multiyear deal. As a result, the Dodgers get him back at a bargain price, even though they were set at second base after resigning Chase Utley earlier in the offseason. This figures to push Enrique Hernandez back into a super-sub role, while Kendrick could find himself playing some third base depending on match ups this year.

The Brewers traded shortstop Jean Segura and pitcher Tyler Wagner to the D’Backs for Hill, starting pitcher Chase Anderson and prospect Isan Diaz, along with $5.5 million to help cover Hill’s salary. The D’Backs have been trying to move the declining Hill for a while to give players like Chris Owings more time at second and Jake Lamb more time at third, and this also clears up the back-end of their rotation, as now Robbie Ray and Rubby de la Rosa become the frontrunners for the fourth and fifth rotation spots. This also gives them a strong defender at short in Segura to pair with the incumbant Nick Ahmed, who may also see time at second now.

For the Brewers, Segura was expendable with top prospect Orlando Arcia almost ready to contribute to the major league roster. They also acquired Jonathan Villar earlier in the offseason, who now figures to be the starter until the prospect is ready. Anderson would appear to be the big piece in the trade for Milwaukee, as he comes with five seasons of team control remaining. He has gone 15-13 with a 4.18 ERA over the last two seasons for Arizona, though he is more a flyball pitcher, which doesn’t exactly make him an ideal fit in Miller Park. He figures to be in the mix for a rotation spot this season, given all the unproven options the Brewers will currently be bringing to Spring Training. The also get the D’Backs ninth best prospect (according to Baseball America) in Diaz, who is currently a shortstop but could be moved depending on how his defense develops. He will be 20 in May, and was the MVP of the Pioneer League, where he hit .360 with 13 home runs and 12 stolen bases in 312 plate appearances.

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