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 Posted: Tue Dec 16th, 2014 04:59 am
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals signed former Twins right-hander Yohan Pino on Monday and designated reliever Casey Coleman for assignment.

The 30-year-old Pino went 2-5 with a 5.07 ERA in 11 starts for Minnesota last season. He made his debut June 19 against the White Sox and earned his first win against Seattle on July 10.

Pino, who also has pitched for the Indians, Blue Jays and Reds organizations, spent most of last season at Triple-A Rochester. He went 10-2 with a 2.47 ERA for the Red Wings.

Coleman went 1-0 with a 5.25 ERA in 10 appearances for the Royals last season. He was 5-1 with a 2.15 ERA for their Triple-A affiliate in Omaha.

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Just hours after formally introducing left-hander Jon Lester as the newest member of the Chicago Cubs, president of baseball operations Theo Epstein added another pitcher to his team's roster.

The Cubs agreed Monday to a one-year, $4.5-million deal with veteran reliever Jason Motte, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Motte logged 29 games with the St. Louis Cardinals last season after spending the entire 2013 campaign recovering from Tommy John surgery. He will have to complete a physical before the deal can be finalized.

Motte struggled in 2014 to replicate the success he enjoyed before his elbow surgery, as he stumbled to a 4.68 ERA with a 1.52 WHIP over 25 innings amid a marked decline in his strikeout rate. The 32-year-old, however, is poised to join a bullpen that failed to distinguish itself last season, managing a 3.61 ERA that ranked eighth among National League clubs.

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The Royals have secured the outfield help they've been looking for this winter, agreeing to a one-year contract with veteran Alex Rios.

CBSSports.com first reported the deal, which is said to be worth $11 million. A source also confirmed the terms to MLB.com, pending a physical.

Kansas City has not confirmed the deal.

Kansas City has been widely known to be on the lookout for an outfielder in the wake of right fielder Nori Aoki becoming a free agent and Josh Willingham retiring. Rios has spent his entire 11-year career in the American League, and five seasons in the AL Central with the White Sox.

The 33-year-old spent last year with the Rangers, hitting .280 with four homers and 54 RBIs in 131 games. He's a two-time All-Star (2006, '07) and has double-digit home run totals in nine of his seasons.

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Eager to add some protection for Giancarlo Stanton in their lineup, the Miami Marlins have a two-year deal in place with Michael Morse pending a physical, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

It's been an active offseason for the Marlins, who have acquired Mat Latos, Dan Haren and Dee Gordon, but an impact bat eluded them once they were outbid by the Chicago White Sox for first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Morse spent last season with the San Francisco Giants and slashed .279/.336/.475 with 16 home runs, 61 RBIs and 121 strikeouts in 131 games. The 32-year-old missed most of the final month of the season with an oblique strain and was limited to a pinch-hitter role for the majority of the playoffs. In 20 postseason at-bats, Morse hit .300 with one home run and a double.

With Christian Yelich occupying left field in Miami, Morse will most likely fill in at first base - a position he's logged 173 career games at.

The Marlins will mark Morse's fourth organization in as many years. In 321 games over the past four seasons, the right-handed hitter owns a .266/.313/.448 line with 47 home runs and 62 doubles.

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Brandon Morrow will be hoping for better luck than Josh Johnson had, as he prepares to follow in his former teammates footsteps and move to San Diego in an attempt to revitalize an injury plagued career.

The San Diego Padres and Morrow reportedly agreed to a one-year deal Tuesday, according to Corey Brock of MLB.com.

A hard throwing right-hander, Morrow has spent the last five years with the Toronto Blue Jays, but has seen a promising career limited to 87 2/3 innings over the past two seasons thanks to numerous injuries. In 2013, he missed 110 games due to an entrapped radial nerve in his right forearm, that was followed a season later by missing 107 games with a severely torn tendon sheath in the index finger of his pitching hand.

The 30-year-old has thrown over 150 innings just once in his eight seasons in the majors, which was the motivator for Padres general manager A.J. Preller reportedly offering an incentive laden deal.

When healthy, Morrow has the makings of a top of the rotation starter. In 2012, he posted a 2.96 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 21 starts while striking out 108 batters in 124 2/3 innings. However, as has been the case for his entire career, Morrow missed 64 games that season with an oblique injury.

San Diego has a strong trio of pitchers in Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner and Ian Kennedy at the top of the rotation, so Morrow is likely to slot in at the back end.

After an injury filled and ineffective 2013 campaign in Toronto, Johnson inked a one-year, $8-million deal with the Padres last November in hopes to re-establish his value. Unfortunately, the two-time All-Star suffered a strained right elbow in spring training that resulted in his second Tommy John surgery.

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Veteran first baseman Dan Johnson is poised to join his fifth organization since 2012, as the 35-year-old reportedly agreed to a minor-league contract with the Houston Astros on Monday, according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Johnson spent the 2014 season in the Toronto Blue Jays organization, signing a minor-league deal with the club last November. He spent the majority of the campaign, though, with the team's Triple-A affiliate in the International League, hitting .232/.381/.434 with 18 home runs over 107 games.

Though Johnson has spent parts of nine seasons in the majors, he's logged just 32 big-league games over the last three years. In 15 contests with the Blue Jays last season, Johnson managed a .675 OPS with one home run and a pair of doubles.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Boston sends P Felix Doubront to the Cubs.


from cbssports.com:


Felix Doubront will attempt a career reboot with the Cubs. 


The Red Sox on Wednesday traded left-hander Felix Doubront to the Cubs in exchange for a player to be named later. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the original report of FoxSports.com's Jon Morosi.

Doubront, 26, has struggled this season: 6.07 ERA in 17 games, 10 of which have been starts. For his career, he's pitched to a 4.82 ERA (86 ERA+) and 2.03 K/BB ratio across parts of five big-league seasons.

The Red Sox originally signed Doubront out of Venezuela in 2005, when current Cubs president Theo Epstein was the Sox's GM.


 

 

 

The Chicago Cubs shipped minor-league shortstop Marco Hernandez to the Boston Red Sox on Monday to complete the July trade that brought left-hander Felix Doubront to the north side of Chicago.

Doubront appeared disappointed after being relegated to Boston's bullpen in June, and was shortly thereafter traded to the Cubs for a player to be named later.

Hernandez, a 22-year-old native of the Dominican Republic, hit .270/.315/.351 with three home runs and 22 stolen bases over 122 games with the Daytona Cubs of the High-A Florida State League in 2014. The young shortstop will open the 2015 season with the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.

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For the second time in as many days, the New York Yankees signed a player who finished last season in pinstripes.

Left-hander Chris Capuano and the team reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5-million deal on Tuesday, according to Jack Curry of YES.

Capuano had reportedly been contemplating pitching in Japan next season after representing an MLB All-Star team in the country last month but the Yankees were able to convince him to remain in the Bronx.

The 10-year veteran affords the Yankees some versatility, as he split the 2014 campaign as both a starter and a reliever.

ROLE      IP       ERA    WHIP    SO/W
Starter   65.2  4.25    1.31     2.89
Reliever 31.2   4.55    4.54     .93
Capuano began last season with the Boston Red Sox, but was released in July before eventually making his way to the Yankees.

Over the past three seasons, the 36-year-old owns a 19-23 record and 4.01 ERA in 97 appearances, while averaging 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings. He's thrown over 200 innings just twice in his career, and hasn't achieved the milestone since 2006.

With the loss of Hiroki Kuroda to free agency, Capuano will likely slide into the back of the Yankees' rotation.

New York reportedly agreed to a four-year, $52-million deal with third baseman Chase Headley on Monday.

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Now Cashman's just being a dick.  No reason to announce this in December.  Let Girardi see what he has in Spring Training.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/yankees-gm-cashman-rod-now-full-time-dh-191520453--mlb.html


NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says Alex Rodriguez's days as an everyday fielder are over. At best, he hopes A-Rod will be New York's full-time designated hitter.

Cashman confirmed Tuesday that Chase Headley will be the Yankees' starting third baseman after he and the team agreed to a $52 million, four-year contract this week.

Coming off a season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract, Rodriguez will be relegated to a DH role in manager Joe Girardi's lineup. Cashman said the three-time MVP will have to compete with Martin Prado for time as Headley's backup at third.

''I can't expect Alex to be anything,'' Cashman said during a telephone interview with The Associated Press. ''I've got to think the worst and hope for the best. Even before the suspension, he wasn't the same player at third base on the defensive or offensive side. And that was before the suspension.

''And now he's been out of the game for a year. He's approaching 40 years of age. And just to automatically assume given his circumstances that he'll be able to plug right in, play third as an everyday guy and hold up and be productive, I think that would be dangerous thinking from my perspective, in the seat I'm sitting in.''

Rodriguez turns 40 in July and has not played a full season since 2007 because of leg injuries, operations on both hips and the suspension.

''So given all that circumstance, we look forward to him hopefully solidifying himself as a tremendous DH for us, and if he shows he has retained athleticism, then he can play third as a choice when Joe decides to give Headley a rest,'' Cashman said. ''He can compete for Joe's thought process, whether it's Prado swinging over or Alex playing third.''

Cashman said he has not spoken with Rodriguez about his new role.

''I don't need to. I've been very consistent with my conversations publicly from October on,'' he said. ''I have not heard from Alex on any of that, and I know he reads all this stuff.''



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Gavin Floyd, the oft-injured right-hander who's started just 14 games over the last two seasons, will attempt to revitalize his career with the Cleveland Indians in 2015 after agreeing to a one-year deal with the club on Tuesday.

Floyd's efforts to return from Tommy John surgery with the Atlanta Braves in 2014 started auspiciously - he crafted a 2.65 ERA over nine starts after debuting in May - but the 31-year-old suffered an olecranon fracture in his elbow in June, forcing him to the disabled list for the remainder of the season.

Floyd subsequently underwent surgery to repair his fractured elbow, and should land a spot in Cleveland's rotation barring a setback in his recovery. Over parts of 11 seasons in the majors, Floyd owns a 4.40 ERA (101 ERA+) with a 1.33 WHIP between stints with the Braves, Chicago White Sox, and Philadelphia Phillies.

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The Tampa Bay Rays have traded outfielder Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen, the teams announced Tuesday.

Both sides have been very active this offseason and the deal represents the second time they've consummated a trade within the last two months. The Rays sent reliever Cesar Ramos west in exchange for minor league pitcher Mark Sappington in November.

Joyce will likely rotate in the corner outfield while also serving as the team's designated hitter, much like he did in his six seasons with the Rays.

The 30-year-old saw his power decline in 2014, hitting .254/.349/.383 with nine home runs - a year removed from hitting 18 and slugging .419. Joyce isn't likely to get many at-bats against southpaws, as the left-handed hitter owns a career .189/.258/.316 line against them.

Tampa Bay were reportedly fielding offers on Joyce as earlier as last month thanks in large part to the fact that he's projected to make $4.89 million in salary arbitration, according to MLB Trade Rumors.

"I was a little surprised that I went to the Angels, but I don't think it could've worked out any better for me personally," Joyce told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com.

Jepsen has spent his entire seven-year career with the Angels in the bullpen. The 30-year-old is coming off a solid 2014 campaign that saw him post a career-low 2.63 ERA and 1.04 WHIP in 65 innings while striking out 75. Jepsen is projected to make $2.6 million in salary arbitration and is under team control until 2017.

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The Toronto Blue Jays signed veteran first baseman Daric Barton to a minor-league deal Tuesday, adding another candidate to compete for a spot on the 25-man roster this spring.

Barton, a former first-round pick, hasn't logged consistent playing time in the major leagues since 2010, when he appeared in 159 games for the Oakland Athletics. Despite an advanced approach at the plate, Barton has struggled to consistently produce in recent years. He appeared in just 30 contests for the Athletics in 2014, managing a ghastly .158/.234/.175 line in 64 plate appearances.

The 29-year-old spent the majority of the 2014 season with Oakland's affiliate in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League, posting a .781 OPS with nine home runs over 85 games for the Sacramento River Cats.

Barton could compete with Justin Smoak this spring for a reserve role on the Blue Jays' active roster, though he's more likely to provide minor-league depth should he remain with the club beyond spring training.

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The Tampa Bay Rays will be without their most imposing reliever when the 2015 season begins.

Left-hander Jake McGee is expected to open the campaign on the disabled list after undergoing arthroscopic elbow surgery Friday, reports Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.

McGee experienced discomfort while working out this offseason, and opted for surgery after an MRI revealed "pretty much a big bone spur" in his elbow. Though McGee characterized his condition as a minor setback, he expects to return in late April or early May.

McGee, who took over as closer in June, enjoyed the finest season of his career in 2014, crafting a career-best 1.89 ERA while notching 19 saves over 73 appearances for the Rays. The 28-year-old allowed just two home runs over 71 1/3 innings and fashioned a 32.9 percent strikeout rate, the 11th-best mark among qualified relievers.

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After being non-tendered by the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this month, infielder Daniel Descalso found a new home Tuesday after agreeing to a two-year deal with the Colorado Rockies, the team announced.

While financial terms were not announced, Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported that Descalso will earn $1.5 million in 2015 and $2.1 million in 2016.

The 28-year-old had spent his entire five-year career with the Cardinals before the team parted ways.

In 104 games last season playing all four infield positions, Descalso slashed .242/.333/.311 with no home runs, 11 doubles and 33 strikeouts. He owns a career .242/.313/.341 line with 10 home runs in 529 games.

While Descalso is unlikely to unseat any of the Rockies' infielders for a starting role, his left-handed bat and ability to play numerous positions provides value off the bench.

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Brian Wilson's tenure with the Los Angeles Dodgers has come to an end, as the team designated the high-priced, right-handed reliever for assignment Tuesday.

The Dodgers will be on the hook for the $9.5 million owed to Wilson next season, but new general manager Farhan Zaidi didn't appear to be willing to saddle himself with the struggling pitcher for the sheer fact that he is being paid a lot.

"The contract is the contract," Zaidi told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. "We don't want to be tied down by financial decisions. We're trying to put together the best roster possible. After some of the moves we made, we felt that was an area of surplus."

Zaidi has wasted no time reshaping a Dodgers team that reached the postseason in each of the last two seasons, having signed Brett Anderson and Brandon McCarthy, in addition to trading for Jimmy Rollins, Howie Kendrick and Yasmani Grandal, while parting ways with Matt Kemp, Dee Gordon and Dan Haren, all within the last six says.

Wilson was awful last season for the Dodgers, posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.61 WHIP in 48 1/3 innings. He missed 10 games in April with inflammation in his right elbow.

Zaidi acknowledged that the move was strictly based on poor results and not anything else.

"This was not a move made out of any medical concern," Zaidi said. "This is a move about performance."

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