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 Posted: Fri Nov 30th, 2012 01:58 pm
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Pirates having a big off season signing minor leaguers who never panned out and over the hill veterans



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Count Grog wrote: Pirates having a big off season signing minor leaguers who never panned out and over the hill veterans
Martin had a truly abysmal first half last season, one of the worst that I can ever remember a full-time position player having at the plate.  He picked it up a bit in the second half and would be a good veteran fit on a young team that had a lot of offense and was on the verge of contending.  But not the Pirates.



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NEW YORK — David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a US$138-million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history, WFAN radio reported early Friday.

The deal would keep the all-star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37.

Without a new contract, Wright would be eligible for free agency after next season. Last month, the Mets exercised his $16-million option for 2013. So the new agreement would add seven years and $122-million, according to WFAN, which broadcasts Mets games.

Team spokesman Jay Horwitz declined to comment.

Wright batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs last season as the Mets finished fourth in the NL East at 74-88. He also had a .391 on-base percentage to go with 41 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

A homegrown fan favourite and the face of the franchise, Wright is the club’s career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.

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The Angels have traded for Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports. The Braves will get reliever Jordan Walden, according to CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler.

Hanson, 26, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves last season. As a rookie in 2009, he won his first five decisions and started the season 9-2, finishing 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA and third in Rookie of the Year voting. Overall, he's gone 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in four seasons, but seen his velocity drop over the last two seasons.

Hanson missed the final two months of the 2011 season with shoulder troubles and suffered with back pain in 2012. He is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason and could make as much as $4 million in 2013, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Not only does moving Hanson make room in the team's budget, he also makes room in the rotation for heralded prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado in the team's rotation.

Walden, 25, was an All-Star as the team's closer in 2011, recording 32 saves. Last season, though, he had just one save with a 3.46 ERA in 45 appearances. With Craig Kimbrel entrenched as the Braves' closer, Walden will likely serve in a set-up role, probably in the sixth and seventh innings.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have announced several minor moves related to four players who were designated for assignment (DFA) two weeks ago. The designation for assignment transactions immediately removes a player from the 40-man roster and allows teams up to 10 days to decide whether to trade, outright, or release that player. If a player has accrewed more than three years of MLB service, then he can choose to refuse an outright assignment and declare free agency.


  • Joel Carreno, who was DFAed on November 19 to make room for Melky Cabrera, was outrighted to AAA Buffalo Bisons yesterday.
  • Mike McDade, who was DFAed on November 20 along with Mike McCoy and Cory Wade to protect Ryan Goins and A.J. Jimenez from the Rule 5 Draft, was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians. The Indians DFAed Chris Seddon in a corresponding move.
  • Mike McCoy was outrighted to the Buffalo Bisons. If he does get called up next year, at least he doesn't have too far to travel.
  • Cory Wade, who the Blue Jays claimed from the Yankees on October 17, has refused assignment and declared free agency.

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Hanson has lost a lot off his stuff the past few years. I don't really have confidence in him at this stage.



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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-hander Chris Resop from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league right-hander Zach Thornton.

The A's also announced Friday that they will not offer a contract to outfielder Jermaine Mitchell. A move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Resop will be announced later.

Resop was 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA in 61 relief appearances with Pittsburgh last year. The 30-year-old has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors with Florida, the Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. He has a 9-11 career record with two saves and a 4.51 ERA in 213 games.

Thornton went 4-0 with 16 saves and a 4.53 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Class A Stockton last season.



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HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have claimed Philip Humber off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and agreed to a one-year contract with the pitcher who threw a perfect game last season.

Humber gets an $800,000 salary next year. There is a club option for $3 million in 2014 with a $50,000 buyout.

The 29-year-old Humber pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners last April 21. It was the highlight of a 5-5 season in which the right-hander made 26 appearances, 16 of them starts.

Humber, who won a national championship in 2003 at Rice, was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 26 starts for the White Sox in 2011. Humber would be familiar with many of the hitters he might face in the upcoming season - the Astros are switching to the American League next year.

He was a first-round pick in 2004 by the Mets and has also been with the Twins and Royals.



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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets declined to offer contracts to outfielder Andres Torres, right-hander Mike Pelfrey and reliever Manny Acosta on Friday.

The three players will become free agents on Saturday.

The switch-hitting Torres batted.230 with three homers and 35 RBIs this season for New York.

Pelfrey, who has spent parts of seven seasons with New York, made only three starts this year before having season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. He has a career ERA of 4.36 with slightly more than 500 strikeouts in about 900 innings.

Acosta struck out 46 in 47 1-3 innings last season while walking 25 in 45 relief appearances.



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The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract to bearded closer Brian Wilson on Friday, making him a free agent as he recovers from a second ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow.

Wilson was among a handful of big names non-tendered before Friday's deadline, joining Mark Reynolds, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey and Jack Hannahan.

Teams had until midnight EST on Friday to make 2013 offers to unsigned players on 40-man rosters.




Wilson was the 2010 major league saves leader with 48, but made only two appearances for the World Series champion Giants in 2012 after experiencing further elbow trouble in April.
Wilson underwent reconstructive Tommy John surgery April 19, his second such procedure on his pitching elbow after also having it done while in college at LSU in 2003. Dr. James Andrews performed both operations. Wilson missed the team's run to its second championship in three years.

"It's really a snail's pace at this time," Giants GM Brian Sabean said of Wilson's current rehab regimen. "Not a ton expected. He's throwing 60 feet flat ground."

The 30-year-old Wilson, who earned $8.5 million in his injury-shortened 2012 season, would be due to make at least $6.8 million next year under the rule limiting cuts to a maximum of 20 percent.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants would like to sign Wilson to an incentive-laden deal with a lower-based salary due to questions with his elbow. However, the report, citing sources, states Wilson has no plans to negotiate with the team due to its stance.

Reynolds hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs last season for the Orioles. His home run output was down from 37 in 2011 and his fewest since his rookie year in 2007.

Reynolds struggled at third base early last season and was moved to first, where he played exceptionally well.

Last month, the Orioles declined Reynolds' $11 million option for 2013, opting for the $500,000 buyout. Friday's move enabled Baltimore to avoid going to arbitration with Reynolds.

Chris Davis moves atop the depth chart at first base.

Baltimore also declined to tender second baseman Omar Quintanilla and right-hander Stu Pomeranz. The moves were announced Friday night.

Jurrjens, an All-Star in 2011, was non-tendered by the Braves after getting demoted to the minors last season. Atlanta also declined to offer a 2013 contract to reliever Peter Moylan, but claimed right-hander David Carpenter off waivers from Boston.

The Red Sox cut ties with outfielder Ryan Sweeney and pitchers Scott Atchison and Rich Hill. Hannahan was let go by Cleveland, clearing the way for youngster Lonnie Chisenhall to start at third base.

Pelfrey, a 15-game winner in 2010, made only three starts this year before having season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. The Mets let him go Friday, along with outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Manny Acosta.

Third baseman Ian Stewart (Cubs) and reliever Daniel Schlereth (Tigers) were not offered contracts, either.

The Texas Rangers did not offer 2013 contracts to catcher Geovany Soto, infielder Brandon Snyder and right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham. The Rangers are hopeful they can still re-sign Soto, who was acquired from the Cubs at the trade deadline in July.

In other moves, the Angels claimed outfielder Scott Cousins off waivers from Seattle, the Yankees claimed right-hander Jim Miller off waivers from Oakland, and Miami claimed first baseman-outfielder Joe Mahoney off waivers from Baltimore.

Arizona released right-hander Brad Bergesen, and the Yankees designated infielder Jayson Nix for assignment.

Players agreeing to one-year contracts that avoided arbitration included Kansas City second baseman Chris Getz ($1.05 million), Oakland first baseman Daric Barton ($1.1 million) and infielder Adam Rosales ($700,000), and Indians right-hander Blake Wood ($560,000).

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Rays trade RHP Badenhop to Brewers for Mondesi Jr
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.

The deal was made Saturday.

Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a full-time reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in his career with the Marlins and Rays.

The 20-year-old Mondesi, son of a former All-Star outfielder, hit .231 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 68 games at rookie league Helena.



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Looks like Angel Pagan is headed to Philly for 4 yrs.



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CHICAGO (AP) -- Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a two-year contract for $9.5 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. Foxsports.com first reported the deal.

The 32-year-old Fujikawa pitched for two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan and played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had 220 saves in 12 seasons with Hanshin and became an unrestricted free agent last month.

Closer Carlos Marmol remains on the Cubs' roster. The team tried to trade him to the Los Angeles Angels for starting pitcher Dan Haren last month, but that deal fell apart.

Fujikawa gets a $1 million signing bonus, and $4 million salaries in 2013 and 2014. The deal includes a vesting option for a third year at $5.5 million or $6 million based on games played.

If the option doesn't become automatic, the Cubs could then pay him $5.5 million or buy him out for $500,000. Fujikawa could also earn up to $2 million in performance bonuses per year.

The Cubs went 61-101 last season.



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srossi wrote:
Count Grog wrote: Pirates having a big off season signing minor leaguers who never panned out and over the hill veterans
Martin had a truly abysmal first half last season, one of the worst that I can ever remember a full-time position player having at the plate.  He picked it up a bit in the second half and would be a good veteran fit on a young team that had a lot of offense and was on the verge of contending.  But not the Pirates.


Anytime you have an MLB player who can't really get above the Mendoza line, you benefit by losing them. Martin is not that great. Good defense, horrible bat with some decent power but for what it's worth they need to see what they have in the minors. Let Romine try to win the job.



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Rays trade RHP Badenhop to Brewers for Mondesi Jr
The Associated Press – 3 hours ago

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.

The deal was made Saturday.

Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a full-time reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in his career with the Marlins and Rays.

The 20-year-old Mondesi, son of a former All-Star outfielder, hit .231 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 68 games at rookie league Helena.



Let's hope he's not a lazy fuck like his old man.



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