Outfielder Dexter Fowler agreed to stay with the Chicago Cubs, spurning a $33-million, three-year offer from the Baltimore Orioles to accept a $13-million, one-year deal with Chicago that includes a mutual option for 2017.
Fowler, 29, turned down a $15.8-million, one-year qualifying offer from the Cubs in November to test the free-agent market. He hit .250 in 156 games last year and set career highs in many offensive categories as the Cubs reached the National League Championship Series.
The Cubs cleared some space in their outfield and budget by trading outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Oakland Athletics for pitcher Aaron Brooks.
San Francisco Giants right-hander Matt Cain underwent surgery to remove a cyst on his right arm Thursday morning, but the club isn't ruling out his ability to open the season in the rotation.
Cain, who had injury-shortened seasons in 2014 and '15 following elbow surgery and arm issues, said at the start of spring training he had corrective surgery on both eyes during the off-season. He is slated to be in San Francisco's rotation but Manager Bruce Bochy has depth and the option of using Chris Heston if needed.
Washington Nationals left fielder Jayson Werth has missed the team's first full-squad workout of spring training because of an illness. "We quarantined him," Nationals Manager Dusty Baker said Thursday. "We didn't want him to spread it, because I've seen it in different springs. It could spread through the clubhouse and the next thing you know, you've got a whole sick ward."