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 Posted: Wed Jan 22nd, 2014 12:23 am
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Veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu has returned from a year-long baseball hiatus to sign a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

The deal includes an invitation to the team's big-league spring training camp.

Abreu, who turns 40 in March, is a two-time All-Star with 2,437 career hits, 287 homers and 399 stolen bases over 17 seasons with the Phillies, Angels, Astros, Yankees and Dodgers. He played with the Phillies from 1998 to 2005 before being deal to the Yankees at the trade deadline in 2005.

He ranks 23rd on baseball's career list with 565 doubles, and 22nd in walks with 1,456. Abreu needs 13 home runs and one stolen base to join Barry and Bobby Bonds as the third player in MLB history with 300 homers and 400 steals.

Abreu last played in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. After failing to land a big-league contract in 2013, he took the year off to tend to his business interests in his native Venezuela and prepare for a comeback.

Abreu began attracting interest from major-league clubs recently with a strong showing for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, where New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens was his manager.

The Mets and Indians had also expressed interest in Abreu, and the outfielder had received feelers from Japan before signing with Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Chad Gaudin has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training.

Gaudin was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games last year for the San Francisco Giants. He made 12 starts and held hitters to a .227 batting average. The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Gaudin began last season with 18 relief appearances and posted a 2.05 ERA in those games before moving to the starting rotation in June. His season ended in mid-August when he was placed on the disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Gaudin is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA in 344 games, including 87 starts, for Tampa, Toronto, Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs, San Diego, New York Yankees, Washington, Miami and the Giants.

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lobo316 wrote: PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Chad Gaudin has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training.

Gaudin was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games last year for the San Francisco Giants. He made 12 starts and held hitters to a .227 batting average. The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Gaudin began last season with 18 relief appearances and posted a 2.05 ERA in those games before moving to the starting rotation in June. His season ended in mid-August when he was placed on the disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Gaudin is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA in 344 games, including 87 starts, for Tampa, Toronto, Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs, San Diego, New York Yankees, Washington, Miami and the Giants.

He might end up in jail. He has a court date for groping a chick laying on a guerney



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PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Antonio Bastardo have agreed to a $2 million, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

Bastardo was 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA and two saves in 48 relief appearances last year before he was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case.

Bastardo had asked for $2.5 million in arbitration, while the Phillies offered $1,675,000. Outfielder Ben Revere is Philadelphia's only remaining arbitration player.

The 28-year-old Bastardo is 15-11 with a 3.65 ERA and 11 saves in 208 career games, including five starts.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Outfielder Justin Maxwell and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,325,000, leaving closer Greg Holland and reliever Aaron Crow as their only unsigned players in arbitration.

Maxwell gets a substantial raise from the $492,500 he made last year. He was asking for $1.7 million and the Royals had offered $1,075,000.

Kansas City previously agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman Eric Hosmer, infielder Emilio Bonifacio, catcher Brett Hayes and relief pitchers Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar.

Holland, coming off his first All-Star appearance, asked for $5.2 million and the Royals offered $4.1 million. He made $539,000 last year, when he was 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA and 47 saves.

Crow asked for $1.7 million. The Royals offered the same $1.28 million he made last year.

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Masahiro Tanaka will sign with the Yanks (7 yr. $155 mil)

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Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal.

The deal includes an opt-out after the fourth year.

Tanaka, 25, has spent the past seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. This past season, he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.943 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched. In his seven-year career, he is 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA, a 1.108 WHIP and 1,238 strikeouts (in 1,315 innings).

There was uncertainty whether Rakuten would allow Tanaka to leave for the major leagues this season, but he eventually was posted in late December. Under the new agreement between Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball, all interested major league teams were allowed to negotiate with Tanaka, with the winning bidder obligated to pay a $20 million posting fee to the Golden Eagles upon signing him.

The deadline for teams to negotiate with Tanaka was 5 p.m. ET on Friday.

Nikkan Sports recently reported that the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks all made Tanaka a contract offer in the six-year, $100 million range.

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Yu Darvish or Dice K?



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clawmaster wrote: Yu Darvish or Dice K?
Maybe Nomo...



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Tanaka, 25, has spent the past seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. This past season, he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.943 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched. In his seven-year career, he is 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA, a 1.108 WHIP and 1,238 strikeouts (in 1,315 innings).



 

Those numbers are so ridiculous they sound "made up"

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Interesting move as Boston signed former All-Star OF Grady Sizemore today.


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The Red Sox have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year contract.

A three-time All-Star, Sizemore, 31, has played eight major league seasons, all with the Indians. He hit .269 in Cleveland, with 139 home runs and 458 RBIs.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Boston right-handed pitcher Brayan Villarreal was designated for assignment. The moves were announced by general manager Ben Cherington on Wednesday.

Sizemore was named an American League All-Star in each of his last three full seasons (2006-08). During that stretch, he hit .279.

The veteran has been hampered by injuries over the last five years, though, missing the past two seasons recovering from right knee and back surgeries. Before 2009, he had never been placed on the disabled list.



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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, pitcher Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitchers Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn.

A year after hitting .273 in a career-high 91 games, the versatile Forsythe hit .214 while starting games at five different positions with the Padres in 2013.

The 27-year-old played in 75 games overall, and was one of six major leaguers to play four different positions while appearing in at least 10 games. The others were San Diego's Alexi Amarista, Philadelphia's Freddy Galvis, Detroit's Don Kelly, Justin Turner of the New York Mets, and Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boxberger, 25, split time between San Diego and Triple-A Tucson in 2013, appearing in 18 games and compiling a 2.86 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 22 innings over five stints with the Padres.

Torres went 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 39 appearances with the Rays. The 26-year-old left-hander ranked third among AL relievers with a .159 opponents' batting average.

Hahn, 24, went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 19 starts at Class-A Charlotte last season.

The Rays also received minor league pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis, as well as infielder Maxx Tissenbaum in the deal completed Wednesday.

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For the first time since 2001, Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt won't be in uniform as a spring-training instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies because of what the club described as a "health issue."

The team said in an announcement Wednesday that Schmidt, who lives in Jupiter, Fla., "is treating a health issue that requires him to be near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year."

Schmidt still "plans to visit camp in the middle of March" as part of his marketing relationship with the Phillies, the announcement said. And he expects to "continue his normal visits to Philly this summer."

No further information on Schmidt's condition was disclosed.

Schmidt played his entire 18-year career with the Phillies and since his retirement in 1989 has served in a variety of roles, including a one-year stint as manager of the franchise's Class A team in Clearwater in 2004.

The team also announced Wednesday the recently retired Roy Halladay will serve as a guest pitching instructor this spring as part of a group that includes former Phillies closer Brad Lidge, broadcaster Larry Andersen, Phillies scout Dave Hollins and former Phillies player and broadcaster Gary Mathews.

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