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 Posted: Fri Dec 12th, 2014 06:10 pm
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SAN DIEGO - Clayton Kershaw is considered the top pitcher in baseball, with three Cy Young Awards in four years for the Los Angeles Dodgers, an NL Most Valuable Player award and a $215 million, seven-year contract.

Max Scherzer may be seeking an even bigger deal as his talks on the free-agent market move forward.

"I'm not sure Kershaw is relevant," agent Scott Boras said Wednesday at the winter meetings, "because he's not a free agent."

Jon Lester became the first top-level, free-agent starting pitcher to reach an agreement this off-season, a $155 million, six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs that came together late Tuesday night and still must be finalized.

Scherzer turned down an offer from Detroit last March that would have paid $144 million from 2015-20. Kershaw has the largest contract for a pitcher in total dollars and has the sport's highest average salary at $30.7 million.

"The prominent pitchers that have signed, (Justin) Verlander or (Felix) Hernandez or Kershaw, were not free-agent players," Boras said. "And certainly if you put a performance like Kershaw into a free-agent market, you're going to get a much, much different calibration of value."

Scherzer's negotiations figure to stretch on for weeks or even into next year.

But other players were on the move or close to switching teams.

The Dodgers acquired second baseman Howie Kendrick from the Los Angeles Angels and were working to obtain shortstop Jimmy Rollins from the Phillies in a remake of their middle infield.

In a flurry of moves late Wednesday, the Dodgers dealt All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon, right-hander Dan Haren, infielder Miguel Rojas and a player to be named or cash to the Miami Marlins as part of a seven-player trade for left-hander Andrew Heaney, right-hander Chris Hatcher, infielder Kike Hernandez and catcher Austin Barnes.

The Dodgers then sent Heaney, considered one of baseball's top pitching prospects, to the Angels for Kendrick.

Philadelphia started retooling by shipping left-handed reliever Antonio Bastardo to Pittsburgh for minor league lefty Joely Rodriguez. Boston was discussing a deal to obtain left-hander Wade Miley from Arizona.

Among free agents, Houston agreed to an $18.5 million, three-year contract with Luke Gregerson and a $12.5 million, two-year deal with Pat Neshek, people familiar with the negotiations said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deals with the right-handed relievers were subject to physicals.

And the Chicago White Sox finalized a $46 million, four-year contract with closer David Robertson after signing first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Zach Duke, and acquiring pitcher Jeff Samardzija in a trade with Oakland.

"I love what Rick Hahn has been doing this off-season," Robertson said of Chicago's general manager. "I feel like he's building a good squad that's really going to be a competitor next year, and I'm hoping that we end up back in the playoffs."

Lester's deal could open up the marketplace for other free agents and for top pitchers who may be available in trades, such as Philadelphia's Cole Hamels, Detroit's David Price, Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann.

"That pitching market is going to move fast," New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said.

Lester helped the Red Sox win World Series titles in 2007 and '13. Boston made a $70 million, four-year offer during spring training, and after the Red Sox couldn't reach an agreement on a new deal in July, they traded him to Oakland. Boston fell about $20 million short with its offer this week.

"I think we would have liked to have had more chance for dialogue prior to the season," Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said. "Why that didn't happen, maybe there's more than one reason. I think we can certainly learn from the process."

San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers also had sought the left-hander.

"I think it raises the bar on all pitching," New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said. "Heretofore, there's been a lot of conversation about how valuable offence could be and, of course, we got (Giancarlo) Stanton, we got the big $300 million-plus contract. But right behind that, the next-highest is Lester. So I think it re-establishes the notion that pitching is still at a premium and highly desirable and costly."

While some teams were making progress toward the moves they wanted, others preferred to be patient. Spring training is more than two months away.

"We're in San Diego. I'll use a surfing analogy," Cashman said. "If we see the right wave, we'll get on the board and ride it. But otherwise, we'll just sit and wait for the next wave to come."

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lobo316 wrote: The Tampa Bay Rays traded infielder Sean Rodriguez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for either a player to be named later or cash, the Pirates announced Monday.

Rodriguez, who was designated for assignment by the Rays on Wednesday, spent the last six seasons with Tampa Bay.

The 29-year-old struggled in 96 games last season in a utility role. Despite registering a career-high 12 home runs and 41 RBIs, Rodriguez posted a career-worst .211 average in 237 at-bats.

By acquiring Rodriguez, the Pirates addressed their need for a utility man after veteran Clint Barmes became a free agent. Last season, Rodriguez appeared at first, second and third base, shortstop, and each corner outfield position.

To make room for Rodriguez, the Pirates designated Gaby Sanchez for assignment.

Sanchez appeared in 123 games for Pittsburgh in 2014, slashing .229/.293/.385 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs.

 

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates shipped 22-year-old right-hander Buddy Borden to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday evening to finalize a trade from earlier this month that sent utilityman Sean Rodriguez to Pittsburgh.

Selected in the seventh round of the 2013 draft, Borden enjoyed a fine campaign with West Virginia of the South Atlanta League this year, his first full season as a professional, crafting a 3.16 ERA with a 1.18 ERA over 128 innings.

Borden, a product of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, wields a fastball that can touch 96 miles per hour with a curveball that "works as a strikeout pitch" and could be a mid-rotation starter in the majors,according to Tim Williams of PiratesProspects.com.


 

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The Washington Nationals could head to a grievance hearing on Tuesday with Bryce Harper if the two parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding the youngster's arbitration eligibility before then, reports Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post.

Harper has accrued enough service time since his 2012 debut to qualify for salary arbitration, but the Nationals will contend the contract he signed after the 2010 draft stipulates he can't opt out of his deal and proceed to arbitration, wherein he would surely earn more money than the $1.5 million outlined in his deal.

Should Harper and the Nationals prove unable to settle before Tuesday, each side would present its case to a three-person panel comprised of an MLB representative, a players union representative, and MLB chief arbitrator Frederic Horowitz.

General manager Mike Rizzo expressed this week at the winter meetings his desire to reach an agreement and avoid Tuesday's hearing.

"It’s like when you go to arbitration, no one likes to go to arbitration with somebody and nobody wants to go to a grievance hearing with somebody," he said.

Harper, a two-time All-Star, hit .273/.344/.423 (111 OPS+) with 13 home runs in 100 games last season, and is projected to earn $2.5 million through arbitration.

"We'd like to stay out of the hearing if possible," Rizzo added. "It's a business decision and we feel we have basis for it."

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NEW YORK -- For the past 20 years, the New York Yankees have had a true member of baseball royalty at shortstop.

But Derek Jeter has nothing over his replacement, who revealed Friday in his first interview with reporters who cover the Yankees that the proper way to address him is "Sir Didi Gregorius."

The subject came up when a reporter noted that Gregorius -- who was acquired by the Yankees from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-way trade that cost them Shane Greene -- uses "Sir Didi Gregorius" as his Twitter handle. Asked if that was a facetiously self-bestowed title or an actual knighthood, Gregorius said: "No, it's not a nickname. I actually got knighted a couple of years ago."

Gregorius said the knighthood was bestowed in lieu of payment for him and other members of a national baseball team that won a championship in Curacao.

"Instead of giving us money, they decided to just knight us, all the guys that had a clean record," he said.

And it appeared that Sir Didi does not take his honor all that lightly.

"Some people actually call me Sir Didi and everything," he said. "[But] I don't really mind if they just call me Didi. It doesn't really matter."

All that will matter to Yankees fans, of course, is the way the anointed successor to Jeter at shortstop plays this season. In parts of three big league seasons with the Diamondbacks and Cincinnati Reds, Gregorius -- who has the reputation of being an outstanding defensive shortstop -- is a .243 lifetime hitter with 13 home runs and 57 RBIs in 549 at-bats.



Gregorius, a left-handed hitter, has struggled mightily against left-handers, hitting just .184 with no home runs against them, raising the possibility the Yankees will platoon him at short with Brendan Ryan.

"Actually, I think I need to improve in everything," Gregorius said. "For me, I don't want to [start] thinking I know everything because I love working hard. I'm still working because every day's a new day to learn something and you have to keep learning to get better."

Gregorius said he wasn't sure what to expect from Yankees fans who had become accustomed to seeing No. 2 at shortstop nearly every day, with just a couple of gaps for injury, since 1996.

"I have to wait until I get there and then I'll find out how they're going to treat me," he said. "But I have some good comments on Twitter saying, just be you, don't worry about what other people are saying, blah, blah, blah, so I think they are supporting without even knowing how I play the game when I go over there. So I think I have the fans' support."

It also didn't hurt that Gregorius, who likes to draw to relax, posted a sketch he did of Jeter on his Twitter account this past season.


Re2pect to the captain..... Had to draw it superstar with @MonsterProducts to keep the mind right .... pic.twitter.com/eLcqRh0nDB

— Sir Didi Gregorius (@DidiG18) October 6, 2014

"For me, he's the captain, he's always been a captain with a lot of respect for the game, and he said he's going to retire and everything, so I decided to draw a picture of him," Gregorius said.

Asked for his favorite memory of seeing Jeter play, Gregorius spoke in general terms: "The clutch hitting. Going [opposite] almost every time. I can't remember which game it was that he hit an opposite [field] home run, and I think they went to the next game or something, but you know, it's really good when you see him play and his signature move, that jump throw to first. That's really awesome."

Understandably, he was a lot more specific when it came to his own favorite Sir Didi Gregorius Yankee Stadium memory.

"I remember it was my first at-bat in the big leagues after an injury, against Phil Hughes," he said "First-pitch fastball, I jumped on it and hit a home run."

That was on April 18, 2013, and it was Gregorius' first big league home run in a game the Diamondbacks went on to win 6-4 in 12 innings.

No one in Yankee Stadium was calling Gregorius "Sir" that day, but if he hits enough of those in pinstripes, you just never know.

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The busy offseason on the south side of Chicago continues.

The White Sox have reportedly agreed to terms on a three-year deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera, according to 670thescore.com's Bruce Levine. The deal is worth around $45 million and is pending a physical, Levine adds.

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the deal's worth $43.5 million.

Cabrera was arguably the best position player left on the free-agent market, and the 30-year-old had a bounce-back season in Toronto in 2014, after having a benign tumor removed from his spine in September 2013.

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Cabrera hit .301/.351/.458 in 139 games and 621 plate appearances this past season, with 16 home runs and 73 RBIs. His 125 wRC+ was the second-highest of his career, along with his home run and RBI totals. They could have been higher, but a broken right pinkie finger ended his season in September after he was hit by a pitch.

Defensively, Cabrera struggles. Make no mistake, the White Sox have added him for his bat. His play in left field was four runs below average in 1,134 2/3 innings in 2014. He's projected to hit .291/.340/.430 and be worth 1.7 Wins Above Replacement in 2015, according to FanGraphs.

The switch-hitting Cabrera will presumably take over in left for Dayan Viciedo, who hit .231/.281/.405 in 145 games last season, and who is also a nightmare defensively. In the end, this is a massive upgrade for the White Sox, and Cabrera should hit near the top of the order, as he did in Toronto.

The Blue Jays offered Cabrera a $15.3-million qualifying offer, which he rejected, meaning Toronto's in line for a compensatory draft pick from the White Sox.

By signing Cabrera, Chicago will lose its third-round pick, according to ESPN, as its first-round pick, eighth overall, is protected, and the club has already forfeited its second-round pick to the New York Yankees.

Cabrera's reported signing caps a very busy week for the White Sox. The club traded for Jeff Samardzija from Oakland in a six-player deal and signed closer David Robertson to a four-year, $46-million deal.

Cabrera was thought to have been looking for a deal longer than three years, but it seems he finally got an offer he couldn't refuse from the White Sox, who are doing their best to ensure they'll challenge in the always up for grabs American League Central.

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WASHINGTON - Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said that club was ''disappointed'' that outfielder Bryce Harper did not show up Saturday at the NatsFest fan festival.

In a statement emailed by one of his agent's employees, Harper said: ''I have attended NatsFest each year and always enjoy my experience with the fans, but was unable to attend this year's event due to matters out of my control. I look forward to next year's NatsFest.''

The Major League Baseball Players Association has filed a grievance on Harper's behalf over whether he should able to void the 2015 terms in the final season of a $9.9 million, five-year contract he signed when drafted. An arbitrator hearing could happen next week if the case isn't settled.

''We're disappointed he's not here, but he chose not to be here because of the grievance,'' Rizzo said.

The GM said he couldn't discuss the grievance because it's ''a legal matter.''

Outfielder Jayson Werth met with fans Saturday but, unlike other players present, did not speak to the media.

''That was my decision,'' Rizzo said.

Werth was convicted this month of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in jail.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have expressed interest in Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo as a possible replacement for current team president Paul Beeston according to a report by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

Rizzo, who also holds the position of president of baseball operations for the Nationals, has been with the franchise since 2006 when he joined as an assistant general manager. He took over the GM position in 2009 and was promoted to president in 2013.

Rizzo is the latest name to be mentioned as a possible hire for the Blue Jays after Dan Duquette of the Baltimore Orioles, Kenny Williams of the Chicago White Sox and Terry Ryan of the Minnesota Twins were all reported as possible targets during MLB's winter meetings last week.

Buster Olney of ESPN reported that the Blue Jays were seeking a replacement for Beeston as team president and CEO.

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The Miami Marlins are serious about contending in the NL East. If signing slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a monster contract last month wasn't proof enough, a late flurry at the winter meetings sure made it clear.

Miami acquired right-hander Mat Latos from the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday morning for pitching prospect Anthony DeSclafani and minor league catcher Chad Wallach, just a short nap after landing All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon in a flashy seven-player trade with the Dodgers late Wednesday night.



"We want to build and we want to be competitive every year, and we want our team to play into October," said Mike Hill, Miami's president of baseball operations.

The Marlins gave up their top pitching prospect, left-hander Andrew Heaney, in the deal for Gordon and right-hander Dan Haren.

Haren has indicated that he might retire rather than play for a team far from his family in Southern California, and Miami dealt their next best pitching prospect in DeSclafani to provide rotation depth.

"I think the Latos deal has really insulated us from that, so if anything happens in that direction, we still have a formidable rotation," Hill said. "And if he stays, we have the player that we wanted."



The 27-year-old Latos is coming off an injury-plagued season. He made only 16 starts because of the knee and an injured pitching elbow, going 5-5 with a 3.25 ERA. He will help bolster a Miami rotation that will be without 2013 Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez, who is recovering from May elbow-reconstruction surgery, until the middle of 2015.

"That was the one thing we really wanted to do, is to make sure our rotation didn't have a drop-off and we remain strong until the return of Jose," said Hill, who added that the Marlins are still looking to add a first baseman.



The Marlins are adding pieces around Stanton, given a record $325 million, 13-year contract last month.

Gordon led the majors with 64 stolen bases and made his first All-Star team. He was surprised by the trade but is excited to play in front of family, including his dad, former major leaguer Tom Gordon.

He's especially excited to make noise on the bases for Stanton, the NL home run champ. Gordon got to know him while in Double-A.

"He hit the farthest home run I think I've ever seen in my life," Gordon said. "It's going to be amazing to hit in front of him."

Also, the Marlins sent Dan Jennings, a 27-year-old left-handed reliever, to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday for 26-year-old right-hander Andre Rienzo.

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The New York Yankees will have a familiar face at third base next season and his name is not Alex Rodriguez.

Chase Headley reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52-million contract with the Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is pending a physical before it can be made official.

New York had been interested in a reunion with Headley following the conclusion of the season, as the team has major concerns about Rodriguez's ability to play third base due to his age, injury history and having missed all of the 2014 season. Signing Headley likely means A-Rod will begin the season either as the Yankees' designated hitter, or on the bench, while Martin Prado shifts over to second base.

The San Francisco Giants were reportedly high on Headley and were said to be very aggressive in their pursuit earlier this month. However, the Giants were reluctant to offer the switch-hitter a four-year deal, which appears to have been their undoing in getting a deal done.

Headley's first and only All-Star campaign came in 2012, when he slashed .286/.376/.498 with 32 home runs and 115 RBIs, but he's had trouble replicating that same offensive success over the past two seasons.

In 135 games in 2014, Headley slashed .243/.328/.372 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs and 122 strikeouts. He missed 14 games in April with a calf strain and battled lower back pain in June, while still with the San Diego Padres. He was traded to the Yankees in late July in exchange for minor-league pitcher Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte.

Headley, who was the second best free-agent third baseman on the market this offseason, received one-year and $43 million less than Pablo Sandoval's deal with the Boston Red Sox.

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The Texas Rangers reportedly added right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa to their bullpen Monday by agreeing to a one-year, $1-million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Signed as a free agent in 2012, Fujikawa spent the last two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, but became a free agent once the club decided to decline his $5.5-million option for next season.

Fujikawa returned from Tommy John surgery late last season and posted a 4.85 ERA in 13 innings while striking out 17 batters.

In two seasons in the majors, the 34-year-old owns a 5.04 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 3.88 strikeout-to-walk rate in 25 innings.

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The Washington Nationals and outfielder Bryce Harper avoided a grievance hearing set to take place Tuesday by reportedly agreeing to a two-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Harper is entering the final season of his five-year, $9.9-million deal that he signed following the 2010 draft. However, Harper's agent, Scott Boras, believed that his client had the right to opt out of his $2.25-million salary for the 2015 season and become arbitration eligible. The Nationals argued that his contact did not include the ability to opt out.

While financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reported that the contract is worth $7.5 million over two seasons. The deal does not change Harper's long-term status, as he remains under team control through 2018.

The agreement affords the Nationals the ability to avoid a grievance hearing and ends a continuing spat with a generational talent that showed signs of turning ugly.

Harper was notably absent from Saturday's NatsFest fan festival, much to the dismay of the organization.

''We're disappointed he's not here, but he chose not to be here because of the grievance,'' general manager Mike Rizzo told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Harper responded by saying: "I have attended NatsFest each year and always enjoy my experience with the fans, but was unable to attend this year's event due to matters out of my control. I look forward to next year's NatsFest.''

Harper, 22, already has 357 games over three seasons under his belt and owns a career .272/.351/.465 slash line and 55 home runs. He's also earned two All-Star appearances.

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lobo316 wrote: The New York Yankees will have a familiar face at third base next season and his name is not Alex Rodriguez.

Chase Headley reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52-million contract with the Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is pending a physical before it can be made official.

New York had been interested in a reunion with Headley following the conclusion of the season, as the team has major concerns about Rodriguez's ability to play third base due to his age, injury history and having missed all of the 2014 season. Signing Headley likely means A-Rod will begin the season either as the Yankees' designated hitter, or on the bench, while Martin Prado shifts over to second base.

The San Francisco Giants were reportedly high on Headley and were said to be very aggressive in their pursuit earlier this month. However, the Giants were reluctant to offer the switch-hitter a four-year deal, which appears to have been their undoing in getting a deal done.

Headley's first and only All-Star campaign came in 2012, when he slashed .286/.376/.498 with 32 home runs and 115 RBIs, but he's had trouble replicating that same offensive success over the past two seasons.

In 135 games in 2014, Headley slashed .243/.328/.372 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs and 122 strikeouts. He missed 14 games in April with a calf strain and battled lower back pain in June, while still with the San Diego Padres. He was traded to the Yankees in late July in exchange for minor-league pitcher Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte.

Headley, who was the second best free-agent third baseman on the market this offseason, received one-year and $43 million less than Pablo Sandoval's deal with the Boston Red Sox.

I like the Headley signing.  .260/20/80 and gold glove defense at 3b. I'm glad we didn't overpay for Sandoval given all of the bad contracts on the team already,

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nyhack56 wrote: lobo316 wrote: The New York Yankees will have a familiar face at third base next season and his name is not Alex Rodriguez.

Chase Headley reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52-million contract with the Yankees, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. The deal is pending a physical before it can be made official.

New York had been interested in a reunion with Headley following the conclusion of the season, as the team has major concerns about Rodriguez's ability to play third base due to his age, injury history and having missed all of the 2014 season. Signing Headley likely means A-Rod will begin the season either as the Yankees' designated hitter, or on the bench, while Martin Prado shifts over to second base.

The San Francisco Giants were reportedly high on Headley and were said to be very aggressive in their pursuit earlier this month. However, the Giants were reluctant to offer the switch-hitter a four-year deal, which appears to have been their undoing in getting a deal done.

Headley's first and only All-Star campaign came in 2012, when he slashed .286/.376/.498 with 32 home runs and 115 RBIs, but he's had trouble replicating that same offensive success over the past two seasons.

In 135 games in 2014, Headley slashed .243/.328/.372 with 12 home runs, 49 RBIs and 122 strikeouts. He missed 14 games in April with a calf strain and battled lower back pain in June, while still with the San Diego Padres. He was traded to the Yankees in late July in exchange for minor-league pitcher Rafael De Paula and infielder Yangervis Solarte.

Headley, who was the second best free-agent third baseman on the market this offseason, received one-year and $43 million less than Pablo Sandoval's deal with the Boston Red Sox.

I like the Headley signing.  .260/20/80 and gold glove defense at 3b. I'm glad we didn't overpay for Sandoval given all of the bad contracts on the team already,

Agreed on both counts.  And Sandoval is a guy that very obviously will not remain an impact player for more than another couple of years tops.



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The Houston Astros have reached agreement on a three-year contract with infielder Jed Lowrie, general manager Jeff Luhnow announced Monday. Lowrie will receive a guaranteed $23 million, according to a source.

Lowrie, 30, is a .261 hitter over seven major league seasons with Boston, Houston and Oakland. He hit .244 with 16 homers during a previous stint with the Astros in 2012.

Lowrie, who makes his offseason home in Houston, is expected to play shortstop for the Astros. Houston had also expressed interest in free agents Stephen Drew and Asdrubal Cabrera before signing Lowrie.

Lowrie enjoyed a career season in 2013 with the A's, setting career bests in batting average (.290) and RBIs (75) and also finishing with 15 home runs. Oakland acquired him from the Astros in a five-player trade before that season.

He was paid $5.25 million last season.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with left-hander Brett Anderson, with $4 million in possible incentives, sources told ESPN.com's Buster Olney.

Anderson went 1-3 with 2.91 ERA in his only season with the Colorado Rockies, who elected to decline his $12 million option.

Finger and back problems marred Anderson's 2014 in Colorado, limiting the 26-year-old to eight starts.

For his career, Anderson is 27-32 with a 3.73 ERA. He played his previous five years with the Oakland Athletics before he was dealt to the Rockies prior to the 2014 season.

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