Securing a rotation replacement in anticipation of right-hander James Shields' likely exit, the Kansas City Royals reportedly agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Edinson Volquez on Wednesday.
With third baseman Chase Headley signing a four-year contract with the New York Yankees on Monday, it appears that Alex Rodriguez will be relegated to designated hitter duties when he returns next spring.
Jed Lowrie, whose first stint with the Astros lasted one season, is heading back to Houston for a longer term. The free agent shortstop signed a three-year, $23 million contract with the Astros on Monday.
The Washington Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper avoided a grievance hearing by agreeing to a two-year, $7.5 million contract, according to reports Monday. The two sides were scheduled to have a grievance hearing Tuesday.