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 Posted: Sun Dec 2nd, 2012 12:51 pm
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If you had told me on opening day of 2011 that the Braves would let Jair Jurjjens and Tommy Hanson go for a single relief pitcher I'd have bet my house against it. It's crazy how things change in such a short amount of time.



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HBF wrote:
If you had told me on opening day of 2011 that the Braves would let Jair Jurjjens and Tommy Hanson go for a single relief pitcher I'd have bet my house against it. It's crazy how things change in such a short amount of time.
Hansen didn't have a good yr last yr but I thought the braves gave up too soon on him and all they got back in return was a set up man.



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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Texas Rangers and catcher Geovany Soto have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2013 pending a physical. The source said that physical should take place in the next few days.




Soto, 29, batted .196 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 47 games for the Rangers in 2012 after the club acquired him at the trade deadline in July. Soto hit .199 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 52 games for the Chicago Cubs before he was dealt.


The Rangers could not reach a deal before Friday night, so they non-tendered the catcher to avoid going to arbitration. He made $4.3 million and would have earned a raise in his final year of arbitration.


The agreement means the Rangers have at least one catcher for 2013. Mike Napoli remains on their radar screen, but the free agent is still talking with other teams and attempting to get a multiyear deal. Napoli and his agent, Brian Grieper, met with the Rangers on Wednesday.

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NASHVILLE -- Four years ago, he lived every closer's dream, throwing the final pitch of the 2008 World Series. Now, Brad Lidge has thrown his final pitch, period.
Lidge's agent, Rex Gary, said Sunday that the 35-year-old right-hander had informed him and partner Jim Turner that he plans to retire.


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Lidge was released by the Nationals last June, after struggling to make a comeback from April surgery to repair a sports hernia. Originally, he told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick at the time, he planned to take some time off to recover while deciding whether he wanted to pitch again.
But after reflecting on it through the summer and fall, Lidge decided the time had come to call it a career, Gary said.
In 11 seasons with the Astros, Phillies and Nationals, Lidge saved 225 games in the regular season and 18 more in the postseason, the second-highest postseason save total in history, behind only Mariano Rivera (42).
Lidge's 799 regular-season strikeouts in just 603 1/3 innings compute to 11.919 strikeouts per nine innings -- the second-best strikeout ratio in history among men who pitched at least 500 innings and only about a thousandth of a percentage point behind that of his former teammate in Houston, Billy Wagner (11.920).
Lidge's first 123 saves came for the Astros, the team that drafted him in the first round of the 1998 draft. But his signature season came in Philadelphia in 2008, when he converted every one of his 48 save opportunities during the regular season and postseason, and finished off the second championship season in Phillies franchise history by striking out Eric Hinske for the final out of the World Series.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will have surgery next month on his troublesome hip, forcing him to miss “part of 2013,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

“Source said the doctor wants A-Rod to strengthen his hip before the surgery, thus the January operating date,” Feinsand reported Monday via Twitter.

A-Rod hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 2012. He drew the ire of Yankees fans after a postseason that included poor play, benchings and a flirting controversy at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009. The New York Post reported Monday that the Yankees were “concerned” A-Rod’s repaired hip was “damaged.”

”He is always going to have hip issues to deal with. That’s just part of his winter program,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday, according to the Post.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Red Sox have agreed to sign free agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli for three years and $39 million, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Napoli, 31, hit .227/.343/.469 with 24 homers and 56 RBI last season for the Rangers. In 2011, Napoli had a career year, hitting .320/.414/.631 with 30 homers and 75 RBI in only 113 games.

Napoli caught 72 games last season, playing first base in 28 games and serving as the designated hitter nine times. The Red Sox have a DH in David Ortiz and have several options at catcher, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia, newly-signed David Ross and prospect Ryan Lavarnway. They do, however, seem to have a hole at first base, so the smart money is on Napoli spending lots of time there.

Also of note, the likelihood that a catcher (like Saltalamacchia) gets dealt is high. Even if Napoli is slated to play a lot of first base, he's a backup plan at catcher, and there's no reason to carry so many major-league level backstops.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will have surgery next month on his troublesome hip, forcing him to miss “part of 2013,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

He always misses part of the season, it's just usually October.



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Free agent first baseman James Loney has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays pending a physical exam, said a baseball source.



The deal will pay Loney an additional $1 million if he reaches specified performance bonuses, the source said.



Loney, 28, is a .282 hitter with a .758 OPS in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers traded him to Boston in August as part of the multi-player deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles.



Loney hit a combined .249 with six homers and 41 RBIs in 144 games last season with the two clubs.



Loney will replace Carlos Pena, who hit .197 with 19 homers as Tampa Bay's primary first baseman in 2012. Pena is also a free agent this winter.

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srossi wrote:
lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will have surgery next month on his troublesome hip, forcing him to miss “part of 2013,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

He always misses part of the season, it's just usually October.

This might be the end for AROD. Yankees can get away from his huge contract if AROD can't continue to play.



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

Angel Pagan decides to stay with Giants. 4 yrs 40 mil



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Well since the Phils won a 120 games and swept everybody in the playoffs and series we don't have to worry about signing anyone. Who needs relief pitching, a third baseman and center fielder to win anyway?

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Despite boasting one of the best rotations in all of baseball last season, the Washington Nationals are not resting on their laurels. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, free-agent pitcher Dan Haren agreed to a one-year deal with the Nationals.

Sources: Dan Haren in agreement with #Nationals, one year, $13M. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2012
As you may recall, Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Carlos Marmol in November. That deal was then called off for reasons that were never officially stated. Presumably it was because Haren's physical raised some red flags, as noted by Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

Seeing that "pending physical" at the end of Rosenthal's report does make you take a step back, but if everything checks out with Haren, this could end up being a very good deal for the Nationals.

Prior to battling injuries in 2012, Haren was a workhorse for a long time in both the American League and National League. He pitched at least 216 innings every season from 2005 to 2011 and had an ERA under 4.00 in six of those seven seasons.

Even in a down year last season, Haren still threw 176.2 innings, struck out 142 and only walked 38. His ERA spiked to 4.33 thanks to a significant jump in his home-run rate, but he usually has such good command and control of his stuff, especially when healthy, that he can thrive in Nationals Park. 

The Nationals will now boast a rotation that consists of Stephen Strasburg, who should have no innings restrictions, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Haren and Ross Detwiler. That has the potential to be the best rotation, top to bottom, in the National League. 

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lobo316 wrote:


Even in a down year last season, Haren still threw 176.2 innings, struck out 142 and only walked 38. His ERA spiked to 4.33 thanks to a significant jump in his home-run rate, but he usually has such good command and control of his stuff, especially when healthy, that he can thrive in Nationals Park. 




He' s going to a homerun friendly ballpark. His era will soar.
One yr 13 mil is too much. Greinke will get 15-20 mil after hearing this.

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Redsox sign Shane Victorino 3 yrs 37.5 mil



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Benlen wrote:
Redsox sign Shane Victorino 3 yrs 37.5 mil



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