The Nationals, for instance, found a strong backup for catcher Wilson Ramos on Thursday, acquiring switch-hitter Jose Lobaton and two prospects from the Rays for young right-hander Nathan Karns.
In other news from around the league:
• The Indians announced their four-year, $25 million extension with outfielder Michael Brantley. The deal buys out Brantley's arbitration eligibility and includes an option for a fifth year.
• The Orioles have agreed to a three-year deal with South Korean pitcher Suk-min Yoon, pending a physical, a source told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli. However, physicals led Baltimore to void two other deals this offseason. Yoon could fit as a starter or a reliever with the O's.
• Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said that his team isn't likely to spend more this offseason, meaning that free-agent shortstop Stephen Drew won't be going to Queens.
• Cuban free agents Aledmys Diaz and Odrisamer Despaigne worked out for Major League scouts during a showcase in Arizona. Diaz, an infielder, and Despaigne, a right-handed pitcher, both hope to sign with a team by the end of the month.
• The Mariners officially signed free-agent closer Fernando Rodney to a two-year contract and inked veteran lefty Randy Wolf to a Minor League deal. They also placed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the restricted list after he informed them that he will miss the season with a chronic gastrointestinal issue.
• The Cubs officially reached deals with free-agent righties Jason Hammel and James McDonald, on the same day they revealed that Jake Arrieta has been dealing with tightness in his shoulder that will push him behind schedule.
• The Phillies released veteran righty Chad Gaudin after he did not pass a physical. The two sides had agreed to a Minor League contract in January.
• The Rays are likely to sign free-agent lefty Erik Bedard, according to multiple reports. The 34-year-old Bedard went 4-12 with a 4.59 ERA in 32 games, including 26 starts, for the Astros last season.
Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.