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 Posted: Wed Dec 24th, 2014 05:55 am
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The Atlanta Braves have reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with right-handed relief pitcher Jason Grilli, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

The contract includes a club option for a third year, Rosenthal adds.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports the deal is for around $8 million.

Grilli, 38, spent the 2014 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Angels. He was traded by Pittsburgh out west on June 27 for Ernesto Frieri, in a closer-for-closer swap.


Grilli was an All-Star in 2013, when he had 33 saves, a 2.70 ERA and 1.06 WHIP in 50 innings. He struggled to start this past season, and had a 4.87 ERA, 1.62 WHIP and 11 saves in 20 1/3 innings for Pittsburgh at the time of the trade.

The Royal Oak, Mich., native was better in the American League, and had a 3.48 ERA and 1.16 WHIP in 33 1/3 innings in Los Angeles, striking out 36.

Grilli enjoyed a successful three and a half years with the Pirates, the best of his career. He left Pittsburgh with a 3.01 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 168 games and 161 2/3 innings.

Grilli's closing days seem behind him, and he'll be a complementary bullpen piece in Atlanta, potentially the set-up man, as the closer's job belongs to Craig Kimbrel.

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The Baltimore Orioles took a step toward solidifying their outfield depth on Wednesday by reportedly agreeing to a one-year, $2.25-million deal with Delmon Young, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Young spent last season with the Orioles, appearing in 83 games while slashing .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

The 29-year-old served as the team's designated hitter in the bulk of his appearances in 2014, but did play left field 27 times.

Young, who was reportedly seeking a two-year deal, provides the Orioles with a solid right-handed bat off the bench and helps soften some of the blow dealt by the departure of outfielders Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz.

Baltimore has also reportedly been interested in outfielders Seth Smith and Will Venable of the San Diego Padres.

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After spending eight seasons as a member of the Chicago White Sox, A.J. Pierzynski is set to join his fourth organization in the past two years.

The veteran catcher and the Atlanta Braves reportedly agreed to a one-year deal, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com. The deal is pending a physical, but likely won't be official until early January.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the deal is expected to be worth about $2 million.

Pierzynski began the 2014 campaign as a member of the Boston Red Sox, but was unceremoniously released in mid-July after slashing .252/.286/.348 with four home runs in 72 games. He was picked up by the St. Louis Cardinals ten days later to help fill some of the void caused by the injury to Yadier Molina and hit .244/.295/.305 with one home run in 30 games.

The soon-to-be 38-year-old will likely serve as a backup to rookie Christian Bethancourt in Atlanta, while Evan Gattis moves from behind the plate to left field.

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The Nationals have signed Dan Uggla. ?????????



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 Posted: Sat Dec 27th, 2014 03:52 am
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Benlen wrote: The Nationals have signed Dan Uggla. ?????????
Another reason to hate the Nats  :)

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Hiroki Kuroda's stint in the major leagues appears to be over as the 39-year-old right-hander is headed back to his native Japan for the 2015 season, according to Chugoku Shimbun, a local paper in Hiroshima.

Kuroda made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008 after spending 11 seasons with the Hiroshima Carp of Nippon Professional Baseball. The Japanese expatriate spent three more seasons with the Dodgers and completed his sojourn in the majors following a three-year stint with the New York Yankees, finishing his career with an impressive 115 ERA+ across 211 starts and one relief appearance.

Kuroda didn't receive a $15.3-million qualifying offer from the Yankees following the 2014 campaign, wherein he fashioned a 3.71 ERA with a 1.14 WHIP over 199 innings, and it was long speculated the Osaka native would finish his playing career in Japan.

Though his arrival in the majors wasn't met with the same fanfare that followed fellow Japanese imports Hideo Nomo or Daisuke Matszuaka, Kuroda finished his MLB career with the second-best ERA among Japanese-born starters (min. 80 starts).

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The San Diego Padres' stunning winter overhaul is reverberating throughout the box office.

Tickets and merchandise are being sold at record pace in response to management's spending on the likes of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, WIll Middlebrooks and Derek Norris this month, Jeff Sanders of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

It truly is the perfect storm, having management invoke hope just weeks before the holiday season, and the response is surely encouraging for a franchise that's been languishing on the periphery for nearly a decade.

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The Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez have agreed to a minor-league contract, reports CSNPhilly.com.

The deal is pending a physical.

News broke the two sides were nearing an agreement (see stack below) on Friday, and that Rodriguez was en route to Philadelphia to complete a physical to finalize a deal.

The 35-year-old has appeared in only 18 games over the past two seasons due to various injuries. Rodriguez could slot into the back of the rotation, if he can remain healthy.

Rodriguez is 91-94 with a 4.06 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over his 10-year career. His most impressive campaign was in 2009 with the Houston Astros when he won 14 games and posted a 3.02 ERA.

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A Japanese shortstop is looking to make the jump to the majors at the age of 33.

Takashi Toritani is mulling offers from the Toronto Blue Jays and San Diego Padres, reports Brendan Kennedy of the Toronto Star.

Toritani, a free agent that will not require a posting fee in order to play in North America, has hired agent Scott Boras to represent him. It's believed he's only looking for a short-term deal after a lengthy career with the Hanshin Tigers of the Japan Central League. Toritani slashed .313/.406/.415 with eight home runs and 10 stolen bases in 144 games last season.

The Padres are open to giving Toritani the opportunity to play his natural shortstop position with the club, while the Blue Jays want him to slide to second base in order to accommodate Jose Reyes.

The terms of the respective offers have not been revealed to this point.

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There may be an explanation for Dan Uggla's steep offensive decline.

The veteran second baseman apparently played through an undiagnosed concussion during the 2014 season, reported Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Uggla slashed an ugly .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances between the Atlanta Braves and San Francisco Giants, although his struggles at the dish date back to 2013, when he hit only .179.

The Washington Nationals inked the three-time All-Star to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training Friday.

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Scott Boras has spent the first two months of the offseason looking for a team willing to take a chance on left-hander Barry Zito, who's trying to make a comeback after missing the entire 2014 campaign.

Zito, however, isn't the only one of Boras's clients eager to revive his baseball career after an extended hiatus from the game.

Johnny Damon, the two-time All-Star who spent 18 seasons in the majors, never announced his retirement after being released by the Cleveland Indians in August of 2012 and would relish the opportunity to play again.

"If you ask Johnny, he'd love to come back," Boras told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Despite turning 41 in November, Damon suggested in July that he "outhit at least half the league" and mentioned that he has kept his body in playing shape. Damon currently sits just 231 hits shy of 3,000, though he managed a paltry .222/.281/.329 line (72 OPS+) with the Indians in 2012.

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The San Diego Padres' busy offseason rolls on, as they acquired right-hander Shawn Kelley from the New York Yankees in exchange for minor league pitcher Johnny Barbato, the team announced Monday.

Kelley is the third pitcher the Yankees traded away this month, after Shane Greene and David Phelps were packaged in separate deals.

Selected in the 13th round of the 2007 draft by the Seattle Mariners, Kelley spent the last two seasons in the Yankees' bullpen, making 116 appearances. The 30-year-old managed a 4.46 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 138 strikeouts in 105 innings over that time.

In a corresponding move, the Padres designated Keyvius Sampson for assignment.

Barbato spent last season with Double-A San Antonio, fashioning a 2.87 ERA and 1.14 WHIP in 31 1/3 innings while striking out 33. The 22-year-old right-hander was taken in the sixth round of the 2010 draft.

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Marlon Byrd is one of many veterans on the rebuilding Philadelphia Phillies' roster expected to be moved this offseason, and general manger Ruben Amaro reportedly almost had a deal in place for the outfielder.

The Phillies and Cincinnati Reds were close to a trade involving Byrd before it fell apart, according to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, who said a possible trade could still be reworked.

Byrd is coming off a strong season in Philadelphia in which he hit a career-high 25 home runs while slashing .264/.312/.445 in 154 games. The 37-year-old is set to earn $8 million in 2015 and has an $8-million vesting option for the following year.

The Reds are in need of an outfielder, but their interest in Byrd comes as a bit of a surprise, as they also appear to be preparing for a rebuild after dealing Mat Latos and Alfredo Simon earlier in the offseason.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Edinson Volquez watched the Kansas City Royals make their surprising run to the World Series this past autumn and thought to himself, "Maybe I want to be a part of things there."

On Monday, he took the biggest step toward doing just that.

Volquez finalized a $20 million, two-year contract that includes a mutual option for the 2017 season and was announced during a brief news conference at Kauffman Stadium.

The right-handed Volquez, coming off one of the best seasons of his career with Pittsburgh, will make $7.5 million this season and $9.5 million next season. The option year would be worth $10 million and carries with it a $3 million buyout.

"I want to be here and help the team win some games, the way they did last year," Volquez told reporters. "We did in Pittsburgh, too, but Kansas City went a little bit farther. They almost won the World Series. Why not do it here?"

The Royals have already signed designated hitter Kendrys Morales and outfielder Alex Rios to fill two of their most pressing needs. They also signed pitcher Kris Medlen, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery and could help contribute midway through the season.

Volquez fills the last big hole by taking James Shields' spot in the rotation. Shields became a free agent and it was unlikely the Royals would be able to keep him.

"We know full-well we'll have to continue to make adjustments on our roster. It's not a push-button club, it never was," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said recently. "But right now we feel like we're in a good position to start spring training and to start the season."

Volquez was an All-Star for Cincinnati in 2008, going 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA. But he struggled with injuries and inconsistency the next few seasons, and started bouncing around the league.

He spent 2012 and part of the 2013 season with the Padres, finished up that season with the Dodgers, and then joined Pittsburgh last season, where he seemed to resurrect his career.

The 31-year-old Volquez went 13-7 with a career-best 3.04 ERA, and his 2-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio was among the best of his career. Volquez also ended the season with a career-best 18 straight scoreless innings, and had a 1.08 ERA in September.

Volquez was 9-1 with a 1.85 ERA after June 23, spanning his final 17 starts.

"I was really aggressive, attacking the hitter, in the strike zone, getting ahead of the count," Volquez explained. "And I controlled a little more my emotions."

Volquez should slot into a starting rotation that includes young fireballer Yordano Ventura, left-handers Danny Duffy and Jason Vargas and veteran right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

He'll also be pitching in a big park in front of one of the game's best defenses.

"It's going to be great for me," Volquez said.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers added another veteran arm to their bullpen by agreeing to a minor-league deal with reliever Sergio Santos, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Once a promising, hard-throwing right-hander, Santos has been limited to 61 appearances over the last three seasons thanks to arm-related injuries and inconsistency.

Santos was designated for assignment twice in 2014 by the Toronto Blue Jays after posting an 8.57 ERA and 2.19 WHIP in 21 innings. He walked 18 batters while striking out 29.

The 31-year-old was effective in his first two seasons with the Chicago White Sox prior to his trade to Toronto. In 115 innings, Santos fashioned a 3.29 ERA and 2.69 strikeout-to-walk ratio in addition to converting 31 saves.

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