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 Posted: Wed Jan 7th, 2015 07:08 am
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For the second time in less than two years, San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Hudson has undergone ankle surgery.

The 39-year-old experienced discomfort during his offseason workouts and had surgery to remove bone spurs in his right ankle. With a projected timetable of approximately eight weeks, Hudson is expected to be ready for Opening Day.

"There was awareness that it wasn't always the most comfortable," assistant general manager Bobby Evans told Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. "We sent him home for the winter anticipating that offseason rest would do him good. When he picked up his training this winter it irritated him to the point where he said, 'If this is going to be an issue during the season, I don't want to deal with this. I want to resolve it."

Hudson had his 2013 season cut short after fracturing the same ankle when it was accidentally stepped on while he ran to cover first base. Hudson underwent surgery and missed the final 61 games.

Agreeing to a two-year, $23-million deal prior to last season, Hudson missed nine days due to a left hip strain in 2014, but didn't develop any worrisome issues with his surgically repaired ankle. In 189 1/3 innings, he posted a 9-13 record and 3.57 ERA.

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Josh Johnson is getting a second chance with the San Diego Padres.

The two sides officially agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday. While financial terms were not disclosed, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported that the deal is worth $1 million guaranteed, with the ability for the soon-to-be 31-year-old Johnson to make $6-7 million in incentives.

Johnson agreed to a one-year, $8-million deal with the Padres prior to last season, but suffered a strained forearm/elbow muscle in his pitching arm in spring training, resulting in his second Tommy John surgery.

A two-time All-Star, Johnson last pitched in the majors for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013, going 2-8 with a 6.20 ERA in 81 1/3 innings.

The right-hander will likely challenge former Blue Jays teammate Brandon Morrow and youngsters Robbie Erlin and Casey Kelly for the final two spots in the Padres' rotation.

To make room for Johnson, the Padres designated infielder/outfielder Jake Goebbert for assignment.

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The Atlanta Braves signed reliever Josh Outman to a one-year contract, the team announced Wednesday.

The left-hander posted a 4-0 record with a 2.86 ERA with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees in just over 28 innings pitched.

The Braves also finalized deals with catcher A.J. Pierzynski and right-hander Jason Grilli on Wednesday.

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The Atlanta Braves are set to make room on the 40-man roster for three new signings by designating middle infielder Tyler Pastornicky for assignment, according to Mark Bowman of MLB.com.

Selected in the fifth round of the 2008 draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and traded to Atlanta in 2010, Pastornicky appeared in 124 games over the past three seasons. The 25-year-old owns a career .243/.295/.314 line with two home runs and 15 RBIs in 268 plate appearances.

Atlanta inked second baseman Alberto Callaspo to a one-year deal last month, and with the signings of left-hander Josh Outman, right-hander Jason Grilli and catcher A.J. Pierzynski becoming official Wednesday, Pastornicky became the odd man out.

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John McDonald, the diminutive shortstop whose defensive prowess allowed him to hang around the major leagues for 16 years, announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday.

McDonald, a 12th-round pick in the 1996 draft, endeared himself to both fans and teammates with his hustle and remarkable defensive skills following his MLB debut in 1999. The 5-foot-9 infielder was seldom feared with a bat in his hands – he compiled a .233/.273/.323 (59 OPS+) in his career – but superb work at shortstop allowed him to play for eight different teams throughout his 16 seasons.

McDonald spent the bulk of his career with the Toronto Blue Jays, eventually becoming a fan favorite over his 549 games with the club. No team ever relied as heavily on McDonald, who eclipsed 100 games played in two seasons with the Blue Jays despite never appearing in more than 95 with any other team.

Though the majority of the highlights from McDonald's career revolve around his defensive work, the light-hitting shortstop famously homered on Father's Day while with the Blue Jays in 2010, just days after his own father, Jack, passed away.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks reportedly bolstered their infield depth Wednesday afternoon by agreeing to a minor-league deal with veteran utilityman Nick Punto, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The versatile 37-year-old accrued 0.2 WAR with the Oakland Athletics last season and has eclipsed 100 games played only once since 2009. Punto, however, will likely join Cliff Pennington as the reserve infielders on Arizona's bench in 2015.

Punto, who made his MLB debut in 2001, spent last season in a bench role with the Athletics, hitting .207/.296/.293 with 11 extra-base hits over 73 games while spending time at four defensive positions. Since 2010, Punto has spent time with five clubs, compiling a .239/.325/.319 line with seven home runs in 427 contests.

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The New York Mets avoided arbitration with right-hander Bobby Parnell, agreeing to a one-year deal for a reported $3.7 million.

Parnell underwent Tommy John surgery last April and may not be ready for Opening Day, but manager Terry Collins still plans to use him as the team's closer upon his return.

Parnell recorded 22 saves and a 2.16 ERA in 2013, but Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia proved last season they're both capable of holding leads late in games, so Parnell could have a very short leash in high-leverage situations.

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lobo316 wrote: John McDonald, the diminutive shortstop whose defensive prowess allowed him to hang around the major leagues for 16 years, announced his retirement from baseball on Wednesday.


He was well known as a genuine good guy so it was nice to see him get a World Series ring with Boston in 2013.



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J.P. Arencibia, the 29-year-old catcher whose tenure with the Toronto Blue Jays ended unceremoniously last winter, will get a chance to re-establish himself with another American League East team in 2015.

The Baltimore Orioles finalized a minor-league deal with Arencibia on Thursday afternoon that includes an invitation to spring training, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Arencibia, a first-round pick in the 2007 draft, spent the first four seasons of his career in Toronto, but was non-tendered after the 2013 campaign amid persistent contact issues and sub-standard defense behind the plate. During his tenure with the Blue Jays, Arencibia hit .212/.258/.408 (78 OPS+) with 64 home runs and a 28.7 percent strikeout rate.

The beleaguered catcher subsequently landed a one-year, $1.8-million contract from the Texas Rangers, but his struggles at the plate continued in 2014. Over 62 games with the Rangers, he managed an ugly .177/.239/.369 line with 10 home runs in 213 plate appearances, spending time both behind the plate and at first base.

Though Arencibia seems unlikely to receive regular playing time with the Orioles, he could serve as a backup to Caleb Joseph behind the plate should Matt Wieters need more time to recover from Tommy John surgery.

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Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth will reportedly undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder Friday to repair the AC joint in his throwing arm.

Werth is expected to need up to three months for recovery, according to multiple reports. The Nationals open their season at home against the New York Mets on April 6.

It's the same AC joint that Werth appeared to injure in August while making a catch at the wall in Washington. He missed five games with inflammation in his shoulder and received a cortisone shot after an MRI revealed no structural damage, according to Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington.

Werth posted a 1.016 OPS the rest of the season.

"It's tough, because you want to play," Werth said at the time of the injury. "But it's the type of injury that is painful, and they tell me I'm not at risk of injuring myself, I guess, once it's to a level that's tolerable. If you piss it off more while it's pissed off, then you're looking at more time. It's tricky."

Werth, 35, continued to provide above league average production at the plate last season, posting a .394 on-base percentage and the second-most doubles (37) of his career. The 12-year veteran appeared in 147 games in 2014 - his most in three seasons.

Werth has $63 million remaining on the seven-year, $126-million contract he signed with the Nationals in 2010 and is set to earn $21 million next season.

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The Los Angeles Angels bolstered the left side of their infield Thursday, acquiring third base prospect Kyle Kubitza from the Atlanta Braves in a three-player trade that includes a swap of pitching prospects.

Kubitza was recently ranked the 10th-best prospect in the Braves organization, according to Baseball America. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound infielder led the Southern League in on-base percentage (.405) and ranked inside the top 10 in nearly every major offensive category in 2014.

The 24-year-old Double-A prospect provides the Angels minor league depth at the hot corner with starting third baseman David Freese under contract for just one more season.

"We feel like Kyle is on the doorstep of the big leagues," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto told the Los Angeles Times. "He's an athletic left-handed swinger with really good strike-zone judgment. He runs deep counts. He's got lift in his swing. He has some power potential that hasn't tapped into yet. And he can really throw."

Heading to Atlanta is highly regarded Venezuelan left-hander Ricardo Sanchez, who was ranked the Angels' second-best prospect entering the 2015 season by Baseball America.

Sanchez, 17, struck out 43 batters in 38 2/3 innings last year in Rookie Ball.

"Ricardo is still four or five years away from poking his head into the big leagues," Dipoto said. "At the end of the day, we're projecting a third baseman who can play in the big leagues sooner rather than later, who fills a void, and who has a strong ceiling himself."

The Angels also received 24-year-old right-hander Nate Hyatt, who made 37 appearances in relief last season for the Braves' Class-A affiliate. Hyatt pitched to a 2.71 ERA and 1.38 WHIP with a 10.4 K/9 rate across 63 innings in 2014.

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Robinson Cano is serious about being 100-percent healthy for spring training.

The Seattle Mariners second baseman has received permission from the club to play a few games in the Dominican Winter League to test his broken toe.

"Robinson has reported to us his broken right pinkie toe is fully healed," Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said in a statement. "(He) wants to get on a baseball field to test it before reporting for spring training. We look forward to Robinson reporting to Peoria in a little over a month ready to go for the 2015 season."

Cano, who hails from the Dominican Republic, suffered the injury on Nov. 15 while touring Japan with a group of major-league players for an exhibition series.

Cano hit an impressive .314 with 14 home runs and 82 RBIs during his first season in Seattle. The six-time All-Star's long-term health is a primary concern for the Mariners after they inked him to a 10-year, $240-million contract in December 2013.

The Mariners open spring camp on Feb. 20 and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Feb. 25.

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The Baltimore Orioles officially announced the signing of outfielder/designated hitter Delmon Young to a one-year, $2.25-million contract Friday.

The signing reunites Young with the Orioles after the 29-year-old spent all of last season in Baltimore.

Young is expected to reprise his role as the team's fourth outfielder, while getting the majority of his at-bats as a DH.

The signing of Young gives the Orioles some additional depth in the outfield after losing both Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz to free agency this winter. Baltimore is reportedly in serious talks to sign outfielder Colby Rasmus, which could limit the amount of time Young features defensively.

After agreeing to a minor-league deal with the O's last January, Young cracked the major-league roster and featured in 83 games, slashing .302/.337/.442 with seven home runs and 30 RBIs.

In order to make room for Young on the 40-man roster, the Orioles designated catcher Ryan Lavarnway for assignment. It's the fourth time he's been released from a team since Dec. 4.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers continued their efforts to improve one of last season's worst bullpens by agreeing to a minor-league deal with left-handed reliever David Huff.

Huff split last season between the New York Yankees and San Francisco Giants, posting a 3.36 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 59 innings. The six-year veteran owns a 5.02 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 382 career innings and hasn't handled left-handed hitters particularity well. In 564 plate appearances, lefties are hitting .300/.366/.474 off Huff.

The 30-year-old is one of seven non-roster pitchers who've received spring training invites from the Dodgers.

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Oakland and Tampa Bay made a 5 player trade.


from cbssports.com:


Ben Zobrist has played second base, right field and shortstop for the Rays.


The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays for catcher John Jaso and a pair of minor league players.

The Rays also received top shortstop prospect Daniel Robertson, minor league outfielder Boog Powell and cash considerations.

Tampa Bay announced later Saturday that it has finalized a one-year, $7.5 million deal with veteran infielder Asdrubal Cabrera, who spent last season with the Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals.

Zobrist, 33, has spent his entire nine-year career with the Rays and has significant playing time at several positions, including second base, shortstop and right field. The two-time All-Star batted .272 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs last season.

"It's an emotional and meaningful day as we bid farewell to Ben Zobrist and thank him for everything he's meant to the Rays organization," Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said in a statement released by the team. "Any description of his value, talent and character would understate how we feel about Ben, and we consider ourselves fortunate for all our great moments together."

Escobar batted .258 with seven homers last season, his second with Tampa Bay and his eighth in the majors.

Jaso appeared in 99 games last season for Oakland, batting .264 with nine homers and 40 RBIs.

Robertson, 20, was a first-round draft selection of the Athletics in 2012 and batted .310 with 15 homers at Class A Stockton last season.

Powell, who is not related to former Baltimore Orioles slugger Boog Powell, batted .343 while splitting last season between Stockton and Class A Beloit.



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