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 Posted: Mon Nov 25th, 2013 07:23 pm
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Former All-Star Dan Haren and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million, according to FOXSports.com.

The deal, which reportedly includes a 2015 option that vests at 180 innings pitched, is contingent on the right-hander passing a physical.

Haren, 33, lives in nearby Orange County and had expressed his desire to pitch on the West Coast after spending one season with the Washington Nationals, where he went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA. That was the worst full-season ERA of his career, but he rebounded strong after a short stay on the disabled list with a 3.29 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his final 15 starts.

For his career Haren is 129-111 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Dodgers are in need of rotation depth. Chad Billingsley is coming off Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and Josh Beckett had surgery in July to remove his top right rib in an effort to alleviate pressure on a nerve.

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have acquired right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher.

The 27-year-old Brach had a 3.19 ERA in 33 games last season with the Padres, striking out 31 in 31 innings. In three seasons with San Diego, Brach went 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA over 109 appearances.

San Diego gets right-hander Devin Jones in Monday's trade. The 23-year-old Jones was 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA in 25 starts this year with Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

Jones was selected by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Mississippi State.

In another move Monday, the Orioles claimed infielder Cord Phelps off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Phelps batted .159 in 113 at-bats with Cleveland over the last three seasons.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Fernando Abad from Washington on Monday and sent Class A outfielder John Wooten to the Nationals.

Abad could help bolster a talented bullpen that likely has lost closer Grant Balfour in free agency, with the ninth-inning spot expected to be filled from within by Sean Doolittle or Ryan Cook. General manager Billy Beane and manager Bob Melvin believe they have options in-house to close out games for the two-time reigning AL West champion A's.

The 27-year-old Abad, who was designated for assignment last Wednesday, went 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 39 appearances for the Nationals last season. He spent 2010-12 with the Houston Astros and has a career record of 1-14 with a 4.56 ERA in 127 outings.

Wooten batted .257 with 20 home runs and 69 RBIs for Class A Beloit this year. He was a 37th-round selection by Oakland in the 2012 amateur draft out of East Carolina. The Nationals said he won't be added to their 40-man roster but will join the club's minor league system.









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Benlen wrote:
Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

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Famous Mortimer wrote:
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Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

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Brian Wilson might be headed to Detroit.



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CHICAGO -- With an acknowledged lack of catching depth in the Chicago Cubs organization and a potential need for a backup on the major league team, the club traded for Kansas City Royals catcher George Kottaras on Tuesday for cash considerations.

Kottaras, 30, broke into the majors in 2008 with the Boston Red Sox while Cubs president Theo Epstein was the team's general manager. Kottaras also played for Milwaukee and Oakland before spending 2013 with the Royals.

Kottaras has a career batting average of .214 with 29 home runs to go along with an 18 percent caught stealing percentage.

Welington Castillo is the Cubs' starter behind the plate. Free agent Dioner Navarro was the backup last season, but after a career year he is expected to sign elsewhere.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Javier Lopez tested the market just as he wanted to do, then wound up right back where he has become so comfortable at this stage of his career.

On Tuesday, the free-agent left-hander finalized his new $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the San Francisco Giants.

Lopez agreed to terms on the deal last Thursday, but needed to travel to the Bay Area to undergo his physical before signing the contract.

"I feel like I went through the process the way I wanted to, obviously with keeping the Giants in the know and keeping them front and center in the whole situation," Lopez said. "I did just want to reach out and see what kind of interest there was around the league and gauge the thoughts of my family, but ultimately San Francisco was No. 1 the entire time and that's ultimately how it worked out."

He will earn $4 million in both 2014 and '15 and $5 million in 2016. The contract includes up to $500,000 in incentives based on games pitched.

The 36-year-old Lopez went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 appearances and 39 1/3 innings this year. He just completed an $8.5 million, two-year contract.

Keeping Lopez was among the top offseason priorities for general manager Brian Sabean after his club missed the playoffs following its second World Series title in three years during 2012.

In fact, Sabean approached Lopez leading up to this summer's trade deadline -- when many figured he might be someone the Giants tried to deal -- and expressed his support of the pitcher for not only 2013 but beyond. For Lopez, that gesture meant so much, along with the Giants doing what they could to keep much of the pitching staff together not to mention the entire roster.

"I do think that obviously any time you're going into your last year before free agency, the trade deadline does become a barometer not only of what your future is with the club, but what the team thinks of you," Lopez said. "To have Sabean call us all in and tell us he wanted us to continue to be Giants not only this year but going into future, I think that was a big deal, I really do. I've never had a GM do that before."

San Francisco acquired Lopez in a swap that sent John Bowker and Joe Martinez to the Pirates in 2010, and Lopez emerged as a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy as the club made an improbable run to the city's first World Series championship since moving West in 1958.

The signing of Lopez to a multiyear deal gives the Giants two lefties in the bullpen for the next two seasons. Jeremy Affeldt received an $18 million, three-year contract last November.

In addition, starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain are signed long term, along with 2012 NL MVP and batting champion catcher Buster Posey. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum landed a $35 million, two-year deal late last month.

The Giants had to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Lopez, so left-hander Jose Mijares was outrighted to the minors. He then cleared waivers and chose to become a free agent.

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CINCINNATI -- Skip Schumaker is returning to the NL Central, completing a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday that gives them a versatile player off the bench.

Schumaker gets a $2 million base salary next season and $2.5 million in 2015. The deal includes a club option for 2016 with a $2.5 million base and a $500,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old Schumaker was drafted by current Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and played his first eight seasons in St. Louis, batting .288 with 23 homers and 211 runs batted in. He played for the Dodgers last season, batting .263 in 125 games with two homers and 30 RBIs.

He played second base and all three outfield positions last season.

"I'm not going to assume anything other than that I'll be off the bench, the role I've been in the last couple of years in the major leagues," Schumaker said during a conference call. "I don't think it will be that much different -- being used off the bench more than anything."

To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Reds designated outfielder Derrick Robinson for assignment. Robinson split time between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati last season, batting .255 in 102 games for the Reds.

Schumaker was interested in staying with the Dodgers, but got the impression he wasn't a priority during contract talks. When the Reds showed an interest, he quickly decided to take the offer rather than go deep into the offseason as a free agent.

"I had a great time in LA and especially with the run we had to get to the playoffs, the whole deal of how we started, how we finished -- a pretty amazing run," he said. "I felt there was some unfinished business and maybe going back there.

"During negotiations, I kind of felt like maybe I was on the backburner, maybe hold on and sit and wait and see how things developed and what was going on in their organization. And I really didn't want to wait. I felt so good about Cincinnati."

The Reds have won 90 games and made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, but failed to make it past the first round. They fired manager Dusty Baker after they lost the one-game wild card playoff in Pittsburgh. Schumaker said the Reds' recent success was a major factor in his decision.

"The first thing I wanted to do was sign with a team that has a chance to win," he said. "The Reds have been that way, one of the best teams in the National League the last three or four years. I knew that division really well. Walt Jocketty drafted me and gave me the opportunity to play professional baseball."

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Free agent right-hander Joe Smith could finalize his $15.75 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels before Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.

Smith agreed to terms on his new deal during the weekend and was traveling home from vacation Tuesday in order to undergo his physical with Los Angeles, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the club had yet to announce the addition of Smith.

Smith's contract includes $500,000 annually in potential bonuses.

The 29-year-old Smith spent the past five seasons with Cleveland after pitching his first two major league years for the New York Mets. He has 13 wins over the past two seasons, going 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA and three saves in 70 appearances and 63 innings in 2013.

He will bring experience as a veteran presence to a young bullpen for the Angels, who finished 78-84 last season despite a roster featuring sluggers Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in the middle of the order. Los Angeles was third in the AL West and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.




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BigJ wrote: This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically
  Bourjos is no worse than the second fastest man in MLB.   Covers an abundance of ground playing in CF and a great contact hitter.  Freese is a fine player, but he doesn't have the skills God gave Bourjos.  I was hoping for years of an outfield with both Bourjos and Trout.



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Benlen wrote:
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Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

Name the bet

$20?

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Famous Mortimer wrote:
Benlen wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote:
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Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

Name the bet

$20?

Tell you what... If Kolton Wong is batting over.200 (if he's in the majors) with at least 100 at bats on July 1st I will send you twenty bucks and his rookie card.



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Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.



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Can you imagine Harry Caray trying to pronounce Jeff Samardzija?



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