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NEW YORK (AP) -- Giving themselves another backup catching option, the New York Yankees have claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

The 33-year-old was 1 for 11 in 12 games for the Giants this year, when he hit .224 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 60 games at Triple-A Fresno. He appeared in 56 games for San Francisco's World Series champions in 2010 and 82 last year. He was not on this year's World Series roster as the Giants won their second title in three years.

New York starter Russell Martin became a free agent. Chris Stewart was his backup, with Francisco Cervelli at Triple-A. Austin Romine was limited to 31 games in the minor leagues because of a back injury.



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The Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander pitcher Joel Peralta agreed to a two-year contract worth $6 million, the Tampa Times reported Monday.

Peralta gets $3 million per year and has a $2.5 million option for 2015. The deal is pending a physical exam, which might not occur until next week.

"Some teams offered a little bit more money, but I got what I thought I was worth and I was happy with it," Peralta said. "I didn't want to go anywhere else."

Peralta, 36, has been the Rays main set-up man the past two seasons. He appeared in 76 games this past season with a 2-6 record, two saves and a 3.63 ERA. He made 71 appearances in 2011.

He was suspended eight games in June when umpires found excessive pine tar in his glove against the Washington Nationals.



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TORONTO (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded right-hander Esmil Rogers to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielders Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes.

I guess we got news of that trade earlier up here in Canada:



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Toronto has traded INF Mike Aviles and INF/C Yan Gomes to Cleveland for P Esmil Rogers.



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Here is a rumor.....
If the Giants can't sign Angel Pagan they may ask the pirates about Jose Tabata.



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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Bay and the New York Mets ended their unproductive relationship after three miserable seasons when they agreed Wednesday to terminate the outfielder's contract with one guaranteed season remaining.

The deal makes the 34-year-old a free agent and allows the team to spread out the remaining $21 million it owes him.

''I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level. But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we would benefit from a fresh start,'' Bay said in a statement released by the team.

After signing a $66 million, four-year deal before the 2010 season, the three-time All-Star hit .234 in three injury-plagued seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBIs, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs this year. Sidelined by concussions and rib injuries, he played just 288 games for the Mets.



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The Colorado Rockies will have a familiar face and voice on the top step of their dugout in 2013. Walt Weiss, a former American League Rookie of the Year in 1988 who also spent four seasons as the Rockies starting shortstop from 1994-1997, will be named the sixth manager in their franchise history according to a Troy Renck report late Wednesday night.



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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Wednesday it's "unlikely" the team will trade right fielder Justin Upton this offseason. But it won't be for a lack of dialogue.

Towers told reporters at the general managers' meetings that he's willing to engage in conversation if other teams approach him about Upton, the top overall pick in the 2005 draft and the player who has been identified for years as the central figure in the Diamondbacks' long-term plan.




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"I'm open-minded and will hear what people have to say," Towers said. "If a deal presents itself that makes the Diamondbacks better by trading Justin Upton, I think I need to be open-minded to that. The last two years there has not been a deal that we felt makes us better. That's why we've retained him and we've kept him.

"We want to win in 2013. He will not be an easy guy for us to move. I think we've said that. It's probably unlikely we end up doing something with him, but if somebody is willing to step up and we think it's a deal that's going to make the Diamondbacks better going forward, we'll talk about trading him."

This marks the third time in two years that Upton has been mentioned prominently in trade speculation. Upton-related trade rumors first surfaced at the GM meetings in Florida two years ago, and resurfaced before the non-waiver trade deadline in July.

After the last round of speculation, club president Derrick Hall said he would be "surprised" if Upton was moved in the offseason. Both Hall and Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick have reiterated that stance on several occasions.

Upton, 25, had his best season in Arizona in 2011, when he hit 31 homers and logged an .898 OPS. He made the All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger Award and finished fourth in the National League MVP race.

But Upton's 2012 season was widely regarded as a disappointment. He ranked second in the NL with 107 runs scored, but hit only 17 home runs and posted an OPS of .785.

Towers said he is almost always receptive to trade discussions because the process helps him gather information and gives him a better idea how the players on his roster are valued throughout the industry. He recalled discussing closer Trevor Hoffman with other clubs during his tenure in San Diego, even though Hoffman had a no-trade clause and had been a franchise staple for years.

"I do not believe in saying, 'This guy is untouchable,' " Towers said. "In the right deal, you always need to be open-minded. Justin's name gets bandied about, but people here have asked me about (catcher) Miguel Montero and (first baseman) Paul Goldschmidt, too. They'd be tough guys for us to move, but I think I need to listen."

Several industry sources said the Diamondbacks might be courting trouble if Upton grows tired of the constant trade chatter and it puts a strain on his relationship with the organization. When Upton was asked about that possibility in August, he told ESPN.com, "When we get to the offseason, we'll cross that bridge."

Towers, for his part, said he's not concerned about the fallout from the ongoing trade speculation surrounding Upton.

"I talked to him during the season last year," Towers said. "I told him, 'Don't take this personally, but when people ask about you, I listen.' It's part of the business. When you're a special player like him, people are going to inquire about you. I think he can handle that. He's been through this for the last couple of years."

The Diamondbacks think they have the organizational outfield depth to discuss Upton, even though they recently traded center fielder Chris Young, his closest friend on the team, to the Oakland Athletics. Arizona still has Gerardo Parra and Jason Kubel on the major league roster, and prospects Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock both made their big league debuts in 2012.

Towers said the Diamondbacks would want a "legitimate everyday player" or a "legitimate top-end-of-the-rotation-type starter" in any deal involving Upton. The Texas Rangers, who might lose Josh Hamilton in free agency, are one potential landing spot because of the emergence of top prospect Jurickson Profar makes shortstop Elvis Andrus expendable in a trade. Boston, Detroit and Atlanta are among several other big league teams in the market for outfield upgrades this offseason.

Upton wasn't the only Arizona player to surface in trade speculation at the meetings. Sources said the Diamondbacks are also willing to listen on pitcher Trevor Bauer, the team's top pick in the 2011 draft.

Bauer is coming off a strong minor league season, but sources said the Diamondbacks have developed questions about his makeup and coachability, and that he's fallen out of favor with some people in the organization.

Towers told reporters that "I listen on everybody," but added that the Diamondbacks are hesitant to dip into their supply of young pitching after trading Jarrod Parker to Oakland last offseason.

"We're not trying to move Trevor Bauer or shopping him at all," Towers said.

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LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire said he was contemplating retiring as a coach before the Los Angeles Dodgers approached him last week. Now he's working for the team he grew up rooting for as a fan.

The Dodgers announced Wednesday they hired McGwire to be their hitting coach.

"Being away from my family a lot this year was really, really rough," McGwire said. "I was very surprised when I found out the Dodgers called last week."

McGwire, who broke baseball's single-season home run record in 1998 and later admitted to using steroids, lives in Orange County, about 40 miles south of Dodger Stadium.

McGwire informed the St. Louis Cardinals he was accepting the Dodgers' offer last week. The Cardinals on Friday promoted John Mabry to be McGwire's successor. The Dodgers also will announce in the coming days that they have hired an assistant hitting coach, general manager Ned Colletti said.

"As we played St. Louis the last few years and I talked to our staff, the conversation was always about how well they adjusted inside the game and adjusted inside at-bats, how they prepared," Colletti said. "We saw how our pitchers struggled at times against St. Louis because their preparation was so strong."

The Dodgers fired Dave Hansen as their hitting coach shortly after the season ended. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star, came out of seclusion to serve as former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's hitting coach in 2010 and stayed in St. Louis under Mike Matheny last season.

The Cardinals had one of the National League's best offenses under McGwire, and many have credited him for the emergence of young hitters such as Allen Craig, David Freese and Matt Carpenter.

The Dodgers have been through four hitting coaches since 2008, a group that includes their manager, Don Mattingly.

In McGwire's three seasons in St. Louis, the Cardinals have led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337) and have ranked second in runs (2,263) and fourth in slugging percentage (.416).

The Dodgers finished 13th in the NL in both runs and OPS last year.

McGwire, who grew up in Pomona, just east of Los Angeles, played collegiate baseball at USC, where he set a school record with 32 home runs in 1984.

McGwire retired after the 2001 season with 583 career home runs, fifth at the time on the all-time list, but has not been viewed kindly by Hall of Fame voters, largely because of his link to steroids. In his fifth year on the ballot last winter, McGwire received just 19.8 percent of the votes, well short of the 75 percent needed for enshrinement.

"It's something I did that I have to live with the rest of my life," McGwire said. "It's something where I understand everything the Hall of Fame is all about. I respect that. It's a mistake I've made and owned up to and moved on. I don't know what else to say."

Colletti said it was crucial that McGwire owned up to his steroid use before returning to the game.

"I think we all make mistakes and do things we look back on and, if we had thought twice, we wouldn't have done," Colletti said.

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The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of moves Thursday, signing free agent infielder Maicer Izturis and trading for pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.

The 32-year-old Izturis agreed to a three year, $9 million deal with a club option for a fourth year worth $3 million, according to a team release.

As for Jeffress, the Blue Jays sent cash to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for the 25-year-old, hard throwing right-hander, also according to a team release.

In 100 games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2012, the switch-hitting Izturis posted a line of .256/.320/.315/.634, with two home runs. He made 29 starts at second base, 30 at third and 26 at shortstop in 2012 while earning $3.8 million.

The Blue Jays had an opening at second base with the expected free agent departure of incumbent Kelly Johnson. On Wednesday, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters the only internal candidates to fill the position were Mike McCoy and Adeiny Hechavarria.

"In-house those are the only two guys," Anthopoulos said. "That's why we're going to look at some things externally, whether it's free agents or trade.

"Ideally we'd prefer to keep our depth and if we could have someone like Hechavarria in the minor-leagues, or bring someone in who could compete with him for those at-bats at second base, that would be great."

As for Jeffress, the Virginia native was selected 16th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2006 MLB Draft and was traded to the Kansas City Royals on Dec. 18, 2010 as part of the Zack Greinke deal.

Jeffress fastball has topped 100 m.p.h., but he has also been prone to fits of wildness. He has also been in trouble from time-to-time.

Jeffress was suspended twice in the minors for violating the Minor League Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, which Jeffress acknowledged was for use of marijuana.

His second offense in 2007 cost him 50 games; his third offense in 2009 cost him 100 games. One more offense in the minors will result in a lifetime minor league ban.

Major League Baseball operates under a different drug program and lifetime minor league bans do not apply to them.

This past January, Jeffress apologized after being arrested in Arizona on a domestic assault charge that was later dropped.

 

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- Toronto has signed INF Maicer Izturis to a 3 year deal for $ 9 million.

- SD traded OF Blake Tekotte to the White Sox for monir league P Brandon Kloess.

- rumours are that both Seattle and Baltimore are willing to meet FA Josh Hamilton's asking price of a 7 year deal for $ 175 million.



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Just heard that Jason Giambi was up for the Rockies job until Walt Weiss got it.  That seemed to come out of nowhere.



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His 2012 pitching performance certainly won’t be confused with that of aces Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez or Kyle Lohse.

But Justin Germano has found a fan early in the major league free-agent season in the Toronto Blue Jays, who announced the signing of the former Chicago Cubs right-hander to a minor league contract Friday.

The 30-year-old also received an invited to Jays’ spring training in late February.

Germano posted a 2-10 record and 6.20 earned-run average over 12 starts with the Cubs and one relief appearance for Boston this past season.

In 93 career games in the majors including 48 starts, he is 10-30 with a 5.27 ERA.

Germano also has pitched for San Diego, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

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LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire said he was contemplating retiring as a coach before the Los Angeles Dodgers approached him last week. Now he's working for the team he grew up rooting for as a fan.

The Dodgers announced Wednesday they hired McGwire to be their hitting coach.

"Being away from my family a lot this year was really, really rough," McGwire said. "I was very surprised when I found out the Dodgers called last week."

McGwire, who broke baseball's single-season home run record in 1998 and later admitted to using steroids, lives in Orange County, about 40 miles south of Dodger Stadium.

McGwire informed the St. Louis Cardinals he was accepting the Dodgers' offer last week. The Cardinals on Friday promoted John Mabry to be McGwire's successor. The Dodgers also will announce in the coming days that they have hired an assistant hitting coach, general manager Ned Colletti said.

"As we played St. Louis the last few years and I talked to our staff, the conversation was always about how well they adjusted inside the game and adjusted inside at-bats, how they prepared," Colletti said. "We saw how our pitchers struggled at times against St. Louis because their preparation was so strong."

The Dodgers fired Dave Hansen as their hitting coach shortly after the season ended. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star, came out of seclusion to serve as former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's hitting coach in 2010 and stayed in St. Louis under Mike Matheny last season.

The Cardinals had one of the National League's best offenses under McGwire, and many have credited him for the emergence of young hitters such as Allen Craig, David Freese and Matt Carpenter.

The Dodgers have been through four hitting coaches since 2008, a group that includes their manager, Don Mattingly.

In McGwire's three seasons in St. Louis, the Cardinals have led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337) and have ranked second in runs (2,263) and fourth in slugging percentage (.416).

The Dodgers finished 13th in the NL in both runs and OPS last year.

McGwire, who grew up in Pomona, just east of Los Angeles, played collegiate baseball at USC, where he set a school record with 32 home runs in 1984.

McGwire retired after the 2001 season with 583 career home runs, fifth at the time on the all-time list, but has not been viewed kindly by Hall of Fame voters, largely because of his link to steroids. In his fifth year on the ballot last winter, McGwire received just 19.8 percent of the votes, well short of the 75 percent needed for enshrinement.

"It's something I did that I have to live with the rest of my life," McGwire said. "It's something where I understand everything the Hall of Fame is all about. I respect that. It's a mistake I've made and owned up to and moved on. I don't know what else to say."

Colletti said it was crucial that McGwire owned up to his steroid use before returning to the game.

"I think we all make mistakes and do things we look back on and, if we had thought twice, we wouldn't have done," Colletti said.
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San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone.

The commissioner's office announced the drug penalty on Wednesday. The ban will take effect at the start of next season.

Grandal made his big league debut this year. He hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. He turns 24 on Thursday.



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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.



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