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 Posted: Tue Nov 20th, 2012 09:35 pm
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals have signed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal, adding another piece to what should be a retooled starting rotation next season.

Guthrie will make $5 million next season, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.

The 33-year-old Guthrie was acquired in a midseason trade from the Colorado Rockies, where he'd been just 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA. He wound up going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in Kansas City, including a 4-0 mark with a 2.17 ERA over his final 11 outings.



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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have released outfielder Ryan Raburn.

Raburn started the 2012 season as a big part of Detroit's plans, but the 31-year-old hit just .171 in 66 games.

The Tigers also purchased the contracts of right-handers Bruce Rondon and Melvin Mercedes, and shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo. Detroit sent right-hander Tyler Stohr outright to Toledo.

The 21-year-old Rondon was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, going 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 52 appearances with Class A Lakeland, Double-A Erie and Toledo. Rondon could compete for Detroit's closer spot next year.



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NEW YORK (AP) -- Trying to get under baseball's luxury tax by 2014, the New York Yankees don't mind spending big as long as it's on one-year deals.

New York filled one of the slots in its rotation Tuesday, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract with No. 2 starter Hiroki Kuroda as they await a decision from Andy Pettitte on whether he wants to return in 2013.



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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Free agent reliever Joel Peralta has finalized a $6 million, two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Peralta gets $3 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have $2.5 million annual options for 2015-17.

The 36-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 76 appearances last season. He was second in the AL in appearances in 2012 and his 147 appearances over the past two seasons are the most in the league. He's coming off a season in which he had a career-best 84 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .200 batting average and .254 on-base percentage in 67 innings.



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SEATTLE (AP) -- Chone Figgins was expected to give the Seattle Mariners a spark when he signed a $36 million, four-year contract with them in December 2009.

Instead, he was an expensive burden in three lackluster seasons.

The Mariners finally conceded the deal didn't work, designating Figgins for assignment Tuesday night.

Cutting ties with Figgins was one of a number of moves the Mariners made to get their 40-man roster set. The Mariners also designated outfielder Scott Cousins, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Nov. 6.



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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs say they have designated first baseman Bryan LaHair for assignment because he and the club are pursuing an opportunity for him in Japan.

An All-Star last season, LaHair batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games. He originally signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent in December 2009.

The Cubs made several other moves on Tuesday, acquiring right-handed pitching prospect Barret Loux and a player to be named from the Texas Rangers for right-hander Jake Brigham. They also assigned right-hander Carlos Gutierrez outright to Triple-A Iowa after he cleared waivers and selected the contracts of four players - right-hander Trey McNutt from Double-A Tennessee, infielder Christian Villanueva from Class-A Daytona, infielder Logan Watkins from Tennessee and right-hander Robert Whitenack from Daytona.



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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with veteran outfielder Dewayne Wise.



The 34-year-old Wise signed with Chicago as a free agent on Aug. 3. He is a career .228 hitter with 30 home runs and 112 RBIs in 546 games over 10 seasons with Toronto, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Florida and the New York Yankees in addition to the White Sox.



Wise preserved Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game against Tampa Bay when he made an over-the-wall catch to stop a home run in the ninth inning.










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Benlen wrote:
NEW YORK (AP) -- Trying to get under baseball's luxury tax by 2014, the New York Yankees don't mind spending big as long as it's on one-year deals.

New York filled one of the slots in its rotation Tuesday, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract with No. 2 starter Hiroki Kuroda as they await a decision from Andy Pettitte on whether he wants to return in 2013.


Very good deal for both parties. Kuroda in His last 4 contracts has turned down more money to stay with the Dodgers or Yankees.



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Redsox sign outfielder Johnny Gomes.



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Benlen wrote:
Redsox sign outfielder Johnny Gomes.

Deal is for 2 years and $ 10 million. Not crazy about the signing but I guess he will platoon with Daniel Nava in LF next year.



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Benlen wrote:
An All-Star last season, LaHair batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games.

Jesus - the Cubs really sucked last year if those totals get you on the All-Star game roster.



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ésar Izturis is back with the Toronto Blue Jays, joining his half-brother Maicer.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly re-acquired infielder César Izturis, signing him to a minor league contract today, according to Baseball America's Matt Eddy. He will probably spend most of his time in Buffalo in 2013.



César, 32, is 215 days older than his half-brother Maicer, who signed a 3-year, $10 million Major League contract with the Jays earlier this offseason. When Maicer steps on the field for the first time as a Blue Jay, he and César will become the third fraternal pair to ever be Blue Jays. The first two pairs are obvious: Rob (1993-1994, 1999) and Rich (1997) Butler, and Benji (2006) and Jose (2010-2011) Molina. The last pair is quite a bit more obscure; I'll reveal the brothers' identities at the end of the article (hint, they were both catchers). The Blue Jays have never had two brothers on the roster simultaneously--perhaps that will change in 2013.

César was first signed as a 16-year old international free agent from Venezuela by the Blue Jays scouts Emilio Carrasquel and Mike Russell all the way back in July 1996. He played for the short-season A St. Catherines Stompers (managed by Rocket Wheeler--what a great name) a year later and made it up to the AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs by age 20, skipping AA. All throughout the minors he was rated as a top defensive shortstop by Baseball America, and was one of Toronto's top prospects.

After the Blue Jays DFAed British reliever Lance Painter, Izturis was recalled and he made his Major League debut as a 21-year old shortstop in a start against the Boston Red Sox. He collected his first hit--a single--in his very first at bat against former Blue Jays reclamation project Frank Castillo. In his 16th career game, he fell a homer short of a cycle against the Montreal Expos. Manager Buck Martinez made him his starting second baseman and he played everyday until he was optioned to AAA on August 1 when Homer Bush came back from his injury. He was called up again in September, starting the occasional game.

That off season, freshly-hired general manager J.P. Ricciardi traded Izturis, along with Paul Quantrill, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Luke Prokopec and minor league pitcher Chad Ricketts. That was probably near the top of Ricciardi's list of worst trades--you can take a look at Prokopec's stats yourself if you don't believe me.

César became the Dodgers' staring shortstop and became known for being a good glove, but light-hitting shortstop. His career year came in 2004 when he hit .288/.330/.381, stealing 25 bases, and his improved offense brought him the National League Gold Glove award. He signed a 3-year $9.9 million contract (the Izturis brothers' favourite type of contract it seems) after that year and played well enough in 2005 to be named to the NL All-Star team.

Unfortunately, due to some arthritis issues and the most forgiving disease of all--regression, he never repeated that 2004 season. In 2006, he was traded to the Cubs for Greg Maddux (not a bad thing to tell your grandkids) then subsequently played for the Pirates, Cardinals, Orioles, Brewers, and the Nationals. His career line is .255/.294/.323, nothing to write home about, but his career K/PA sits at a pretty 9.2%, which is excellent. César is only 32, so as long as his defense stays good and he stays healthy, he will get a chance to play in the Major Leagues again.

By the way, the other pair of brothers were Jason (2006-2007) and Kyle (2009) Phillips.

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The term "Tampa Bay Ray for life" has more or less been made an impossibility by both the philosophy and financial limitations of baseball's little franchise that could.
Evan Longoria, however, was always the possible exception to the rule and it now appears he has a good shot at forever wearing that label. The Rays and their All-Star third baseman have come to agreement on an extension that will give Longoria an additional $100 million and could keep him in a Tampa Bay uniform through 2023.

Longoria would turn 38 at the end of that season and while he could still have a few years of baseball ahead of him, it seems unlikely that they'll come in anything but a Tampa Bay cap (or wherever the franchise happens to be playing then).

That, of course, goes against a Rays philosophy that frowns toward writing big checks or falling too in love with your players, but GM Andrew Friedman's early gamble on Longoria's obvious talent made it possible to ignore those maxims. Longoria signed a six-year, $17.5 million contract in 2008 before ever appearing in a major-league game. The deal, combined with three club option years worth a total of $30 million, has made Longoria's deal far and away the most team-friendly deal in all of baseball and arguably professional sports.

"Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization," Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come."
Longoria has one year remaining on that original six-year deal. The three years of team options following will bring Longoria's total paychecks to $47.5 million before this extension that will pay him a total of $100 million from 2017 to 2022.

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I was in Missouri last week, wearing my Cardinals hoodie and a guy in a bar walked up to me and excitedly told me about some big signing the Cardinals were close to making, but he was very drunk and I didn't understand a word of it.

Anyone know if we're in the market for a high-end shortstop? The only news site I visit is very quiet on us.

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Not for this yr.

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