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The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired reliever Heath Bell, who struggled mightily in the first year of his three-year, $27 million contract with the Miami Marlins, while shipping away disappointing outfielder Chris Young to the Oakland A's.

Further details also have the Diamondbacks acquiring infielder Cliff Pennington from Oakland .They will also accept 22-year-old shortstop prospect Yordy Cabrera from Oakland.

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The Arizona Diamondbacks picked up the $6.5 million contract option of closer J.J. Putz on Saturday, according to MLB.com.

If the team did not pick up the option, Putz would have been owed $1.5 million.

Putz saved 32 games in 37 opportunities this season with a 2.82 ERA.

After a slow start in which Putz had ERAs of 4.70 and 7.71 in April and May, he turned the corner in June with a 2.25 ERA and did not allow a run in July or August.

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Mike Aviles: Sent To Blue Jays As Compensation For Farrell

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers declined a $9.25 million club option for Scott Feldman and a $1.2 million option for Yoshinori Tateyama on Tuesday, making both right-handers free agents.

Texas also reinstated right-hander Neftali Feliz from the 60-day disabled list and purchased the contract of right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Round Rock.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Oakland Athletics pitchers Dallas Braden and Joey Devine have cleared outright waivers and chosen to become free agents rather than accept assignments to Triple-A Sacramento.

The AL West champion A's made the announcement Tuesday. Both pitchers missed the 2012 season because of injuries that required surgery.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves have exercised options on catcher Brian McCann, right-hander Tim Hudson and left-hander Paul Maholm.

McCann, a six-time All-Star, will earn $12 million next season instead of receiving a $500,000 buyout. McCann had surgery after the season to repair the labrum in his right shoulder that could force him to miss the start of the season. He is expected to return to light baseball activities in about four months and could receive full clearance in April.

McCann hit a career-low .230 with 20 homers.

The 37-year-old Hudson will earn $9 million instead of getting a $1 million buyout. He was 16-7 with a 3.62 ERA.

Maholm, 30, will earn $6.5 million rather than receiving a $500,000 buyout. Atlanta acquired Maholm from the Cubs on July 30, and the left-hander was 13-11 with a 3.67 ERA.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Dodgers are bringing Brandon League back to their bullpen, signing the free agent right-hander to a three-year deal on Tuesday.

League, acquired by the Dodgers from the Seattle Mariners at the July trade deadline, went 2-1 with six saves and a 2.30 ERA in 28 appearances with Los Angeles. He was especially effective over the final 1 1/2 months of the season, posting a 0.55 ERA in 15 appearances in September and October, sixth-lowest in the National League during that stretch.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Pitcher Jake Peavy and the Chicago White Sox agreed Tuesday to a $29 million, two-year contract.

The right-hander will receive $14.5 million in each of the next two seasons. Peavy would receive a $15 million option for 2015, depending on innings during the next two years.
Chicago also exercised a $9.5 million option on right-hander Gavin Floyd, declined a $10 million option on right-hander Brett Myers and turned down a $13 million option on third baseman Kevin Youkilis. Myers gets a $3 million buyout and Youkilis $1 million.

Floyd was 12-11 with a 4.29 ERA and 144 strikeouts in 29 starts last season, his fifth straight year with double-digit wins.

Youkilis helped solidify third base for the White Sox after a trade from Boston in late June and batted .236 with 15 home runs in 80 games for Chicago.

Myers was 3-4 with a 3.12 ERA in 35 relief appearances with Chicago after being acquired from Houston on July 21.

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The New York Mets picked up their 2013 contract options on third baseman David Wright and right-hander R.A. Dickey, Fox Sports reported.

The moves were widely expected, and the team likely will continue to negotiate with the two key players in an attempt to keep them beyond next season.

Wright, 29, will make $16 million in 2013, while Dickey, 38, will earn $5 million. Both would become free agents after next season unless they agree to contract extensions.

CBSSports.com recently reported that the Mets were prepared to retain Wright "for life" by offering a contract worth approximately $100 million.

Wright had a strong first half this season before tailing off after the All-Star break. He finished with a .306 average, a .391 on-base percentage, a .492 slugging percentage, 21 homers and 93 RBI in 156 games.

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The Tampa Bay Rays will pick up the $10.25 million option on pitcher James Shields, according to a Tampa Bay Times report.

The Rays haven't made an official announcement, but have told Shields' agent, the paper said.

The righty posted a 3.52 ERA in 30 starts this season.

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The Dodgers have declined the 2013 contract options for Todd Coffey, Juan Rivera and Matt Treanor, Dylan Hernandez. The players are now free agents.

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The A's announced that they exercised their club option for Grant Balfour and declined their side of Stephen Drew's mutual option . Balfour will earn $4.5MM to return to Oakland in 2013. Drew, whose option was valued at $10MM, will hit free agency and obtain a $1.35MM buyout.

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The LA Angels have traded P Ervin Santana to KC for minor league LHP Brandon Sisk.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals have declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas.

The 25-year-old Alvarez enjoyed a breakout season in 2012, batting .244 with a career-high 30 home runs and 85 RBIs in 149 games. His home run total was 10th best in the National League, though he also led NL third basemen in errors with 27 and finished second in the NL in strikeouts with 180.

Barajas, who signed with the Pirates as a free agent last winter, struggled at the plate and on defense. The 37-year-old hit just .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBI and threw out only six of 99 base stealers.

Pittsburgh also released reliever Hisanori Takahashi, who posted an 8.64 ERA in nine appearances.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency.

The move was expected after the right-hander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera this season after baseball's saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May.

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Former major league catcher Mike Redmond has been hired as manager of the Miami Marlins to replace Ozzie Guillen, who was fired last week.




The Marlins announced the hiring Thursday, stating that Redmond signed a three-year contract, and planned to hold a news conference Friday.




Redmond spent the past two years managing Class A teams in the Toronto Blue Jays' system.

Redmond was a career .287 hitter over 13 major league seasons. He played seven years (1998-2004) for the Marlins and helped them win the World Series in 2003. He caught 446 games with the Marlins, second in franchise history to Charles Johnson's 582, and had seven-year numbers of .284, 11 home runs and 132 RBIs.




Former major league managers Larry Bowa and Lloyd McClendon and Cincinnati Reds pitching coach Bryan Price also interviewed for the job. Because of his ties to owner Jeffrey Loria and president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, Redmond was considered the front-runner for the job.

Redmond becomes the Marlins' fifth manager since early 2010.

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Benlen wrote: NEW YORK (AP) -- Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees on Wednesday and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency.

The move was expected after the right-hander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera this season after baseball's saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May.

He hit the jackpot with Rivera's injury.  He came through so he deserves it, but a good season as a set-up man vs. a good season as a closer will mean an extra few million for him.  He was already making closer money too because the Yankees overpaid for him, but now other teams can't push back on him and say he hasn't closed in several years.

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he was a good closer, so the yankees paid him closer money to be set up guy

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Soriano is as good as gone unless Mo announces his retirement very soon.

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Adam LaRoche declined the $10 million option on his contract for next season and became a free agent Thursday, the Washington Post reports.

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HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have declined their $4 million mutual option on catcher Chris Snyder.

The 31-year-old, who gets a $500,000 buyout, played 76 games for Houston in 2012 and hit .176 with seven homers and 24 RBIs.

He batted .271 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 34 games for Pittsburgh before season-ending surgery on his lower back in June 2011.

Snyder played for Arizona from 2004 until joining the Pirates in 2010. He has 77 homers, 297 RBIs and a .225 average in his big league career.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves re-acquired outfielder Jordan Schafer on Thursday by claiming him off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Schafer, who hit 211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games for the Astros last season, spent 6 1/2 years in the Braves' organization before getting dealt to Houston in July 2011.

He was part of the trade that brought center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn to Atlanta before the 2011 trade deadline.

Bourn, who stole 42 bases for the Braves last year, is expected to draw considerable interest from other teams as a free agent,

Atlanta is not exercising a $7 million option on third baseman Chipper Jones, who retired after Atlanta lost to St. Louis in a wild-card game.

The Braves also said catcher J.C. Boscan and pitchers Erik Cordier and Robert Fish were sent outright to the minors and that Boscan refused the assignment and elected free agency.

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PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have declined a $1.25 million option for next season on catcher Henry Blanco and a $4 million option on right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom.

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DENVER (AP) -- Lefty Jorge De La Rosa has exercised his $11 million player option for 2013, the final year in a three-year, $33 million contract.

Elbow surgery sidelined him for much of the last two seasons, but De La Rosa is a big part of the Rockies' plans to rebuild the worst rotation in team history.

After winning 16 games in 2010, De La Rosa was the Rockies' ace in 2011 before tearing an elbow ligament May 24. He wanted to return early last season but suffered a setback when his elbow stiffened up during his rehab last summer.

He ended up making three September starts, hitting 94 mph with his fastball but he was rusty, posting a 9.28 ERA in 10 2-3 innings.

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Pirates are negotiating with relief pitcher Bill Landrum.

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Tampa Bay picked up the 2013 option on Fernando Rodney. The 2012 All-Star was simply sensational this season in converting 48 of 49 saves with a microscopic 0.60 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. In fact, Rodney's ERA was the lowest for a regular closer in baseball history and makes him a strong contender for the forthcoming Cy Young Award.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves re-acquired outfielder Jordan Schafer on Thursday by claiming him off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Schafer, who hit 211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games for the Astros last season, spent 6 1/2 years in the Braves' organization before getting dealt to Houston in July 2011.

He was part of the trade that brought center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn to Atlanta before the 2011 trade deadline.

Bourn, who stole 42 bases for the Braves last year, is expected to draw considerable interest from other teams as a free agent,

Atlanta is not exercising a $7 million option on third baseman Chipper Jones, who retired after Atlanta lost to St. Louis in a wild-card game.

The Braves also said catcher J.C. Boscan and pitchers Erik Cordier and Robert Fish were sent outright to the minors and that Boscan refused the assignment and elected free agency.


Schafer was suppose to be a good player , but eventually just became a bust.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Braves re-acquired outfielder Jordan Schafer on Thursday by claiming him off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Schafer, who hit 211 with 27 stolen bases in 106 games for the Astros last season, spent 6 1/2 years in the Braves' organization before getting dealt to Houston in July 2011.

He was part of the trade that brought center fielder and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn to Atlanta before the 2011 trade deadline.

Bourn, who stole 42 bases for the Braves last year, is expected to draw considerable interest from other teams as a free agent,

Atlanta is not exercising a $7 million option on third baseman Chipper Jones, who retired after Atlanta lost to St. Louis in a wild-card game.

The Braves also said catcher J.C. Boscan and pitchers Erik Cordier and Robert Fish were sent outright to the minors and that Boscan refused the assignment and elected free agency.


Schafer was suppose to be a good player , but eventually just became a bust.


Schafer sucks donkey balls.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Baltimore Orioles shortstop Ryan Adams has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season after testing positive for a banned amphetamine.

The 25-year-old, an All-Star two years ago in the Double-A Eastern League, has never played in a big league game but was on the 40-man roster at the time of the test. He was assigned outright on Sept. 14 to Triple-A Norfolk, where he hit .224 with 18 doubles, four homers and 20 RBIs in 65 games this year.

Since Neifi Perez was suspended twice and Mike Cameron once for banned stimulants in 2007, the only major league player other than Adams penalized for a stimulant violation was Milwaukee pitcher Mark Rogers in August 2011.

Adams' suspension was announced Friday.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals claimed off waivers right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from the Rockies and catcher Brett Hayes from the Marlins during a series of moves Friday.

Kansas City also lost right-hander Blake Wood to a claim by the Cleveland Indians.

Moscoso was 3-2 with a 6.12 ERA for Colorado, but was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA while starting 21 of 23 games two years ago in Oakland. Hayes hit .202 in 39 games for Miami last season.

In other news, left-hander Danny Duffy and right-hander Felipe Paulino, a pair of starters who underwent Tommy John surgery this season, were reinstated from the 60-day disabled list.

Catcher Manny Pina was assigned outright to Triple-A Omaha, while left-hander Tommy Hottovy, right-hander Jeremy Jeffress and outfielder Jason Bourgeois were designated for assignment.

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First baseman Aubrey Huff has received a $2 million buyout from the San Francisco Giants after the club declined the team option on his $10 million contract for 2013.

Huff, 35, was limited by injuries this season and hit .192 with one home run and seven RBI in 52 games. He went 1 for 9 in the Giants' postseason run to the World Series championship.

Huff had signed a two-year, $22 million deal with the option for 2013 after the Giants won the World Series in 2010, but his production has fallen and Brandon Belt has taken over the first-base job.

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After years of waiting for Ervin Santana to become a more consistent starter, or a pitcher whose results would line up more regularly with his stuff, the Angels on Wednesday traded the right-hander to the Royals.

Up against a deadline to exercise a $13 million option for 2013 on Santana, nearing a similar decision on Dan Haren's $15.5 million option, and wishing to conserve resources to make a run at free-agent right-hander Zack Greinke, the Angels had been in negotiations with the Royals for at least a week. In the agreement, the Angels picked up Santana's option, then traded the pitcher to the Royals for left-hander Brandon Sisk, a 27-year-old minor-league reliever. The Angels will cover part of Santana's contract for '13.

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- David Ortiz re-signs with Boston with a 2 year deal for $ 26 million.

- LA Angels have traded P Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for P Carlos Marmol.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: LA Angels have traded P Dan Haren to the Chicago Cubs for P Carlos Marmol.
Good trade Theo. Now if he can find some team to take Alfonso Soriano, I'll be happy.

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WSCR Radio in Chicago is reporting that the Cubs have nixed the Marmol-Harden trade.

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http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121102&content_id=40157320&vkey=news_mlb&c_id=mlb

Cubs-Angels talk doesn't produce deal

By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com | 11/02/12 11:00 PM ET

CHICAGO -- Carlos Marmol is staying put.

There were reports Friday, including comments by Marmol himself, that the Cubs had dealt the closer to the Angels in exchange for pitcher Dan Haren. Marmol told a news outlet in the Dominican Republic about the deal.

"I like Anaheim," Marmol told El Caribe. "They have talent, and they'll give me an opportunity. I'm grateful to Chicago."

However, a Cubs source confirmed to MLB.com late Friday that no deal was made.

FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal also reported that Marmol would have waived his no trade clause and approved a trade to the Angels but tweeted the Cubs "pulled the deal off the table and trade is not happening." The Angels were believed to be talking to other teams interested in Haren.

Marmol, 30, is coming off a season in which he converted 20 of 23 save opportunities and posted a 3.42 ERA in 61 games. The Cubs do not have an obvious closer in the wings, but could've gone with lefty James Russell, righty Rafael Dolis or righty Alberto Cabrera.

Haren, 32, fell short of 200 innings for the first time in eight seasons in 2012, tossing 176 2/3 because of back problems, which landed him on the disabled list for the first time in his career. The right-hander was 12-13 in 30 games with a career-high 4.33 ERA.

Marmol is set to receive $9.8 million next year, while the Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto had until 11 p.m. CT on Friday to decide whether to exercise a $15.5 million option on Haren. The Angels were believed to be willing to exercise the option and pay the $3.5 million equivalent of the buyout as part of a trade in order to get a quality player in return. Haren has said he doesn't want to leave California.

The Cubs, coming off a 101-loss season, are in the market for at least two starting pitchers after dealing Paul Maholm and Ryan Dempster at the Trade Deadline.

Dempster's deal also did not go smoothly. The Cubs had reportedly agreed to send him to the Braves in exchange for Randall Delgado in July, but the deal was leaked before the right-hander had agreed to waive his no-trade rights, and it fell through. Dempster was eventually sent to the Rangers at the Trade Deadline.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Hisashi Iwakuma and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a two-year contract with an option for 2015.

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Chitown Rich wrote:
WSCR Radio in Chicago is reporting that the Cubs have nixed the Marmol-Harden trade.


After the trade was nixed the Angels did not pick up Haren's 2013 option making him a Free Agent. The Angels also did not pick up the 2013 option on OF Torii Hunter making him a Free Agent too.

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Toronto has traded INF Mike Aviles and INF/C Yan Gomes to Cleveland for P Esmil Rogers.

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Pirates negotiating with Lance Parrish.  More details later.

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Rivera will pitch in 2013. Goodbye Soriano, but thanks for doing a great job this year! http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/baseball/mlb/11/03/yankees-mariano-rivera.ap/index.html?sct=hp_t2_a2&eref=sihp

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Suspended pitcher Bartolo Colon is getting a second chance with the Oakland Athletics, agreeing to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract that includes potential performance bonuses.

The AL West champions made the announcement Saturday. The 39-year-old Colon was suspended for 50 games on Aug. 22 after testing positive for testosterone. The ban will run five games into the 2013 season.

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Pirates negotiating with Lance Parrish.  More details later.
Big comeback for one of the original roid guys??

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TORONTO (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded right-hander Esmil Rogers to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielders Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Giving themselves another backup catching option, the New York Yankees have claimed Eli Whiteside off waivers from the San Francisco Giants.

The 33-year-old was 1 for 11 in 12 games for the Giants this year, when he hit .224 with one homer and 20 RBIs in 60 games at Triple-A Fresno. He appeared in 56 games for San Francisco's World Series champions in 2010 and 82 last year. He was not on this year's World Series roster as the Giants won their second title in three years.

New York starter Russell Martin became a free agent. Chris Stewart was his backup, with Francisco Cervelli at Triple-A. Austin Romine was limited to 31 games in the minor leagues because of a back injury.

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The Tampa Bay Rays and right-hander pitcher Joel Peralta agreed to a two-year contract worth $6 million, the Tampa Times reported Monday.

Peralta gets $3 million per year and has a $2.5 million option for 2015. The deal is pending a physical exam, which might not occur until next week.

"Some teams offered a little bit more money, but I got what I thought I was worth and I was happy with it," Peralta said. "I didn't want to go anywhere else."

Peralta, 36, has been the Rays main set-up man the past two seasons. He appeared in 76 games this past season with a 2-6 record, two saves and a 3.63 ERA. He made 71 appearances in 2011.

He was suspended eight games in June when umpires found excessive pine tar in his glove against the Washington Nationals.

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Benlen wrote:
TORONTO (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded right-hander Esmil Rogers to the Toronto Blue Jays for infielders Mike Aviles and Yan Gomes.

I guess we got news of that trade earlier up here in Canada:



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Toronto has traded INF Mike Aviles and INF/C Yan Gomes to Cleveland for P Esmil Rogers.

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Here is a rumor.....
If the Giants can't sign Angel Pagan they may ask the pirates about Jose Tabata.

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- Jason Bay and the New York Mets ended their unproductive relationship after three miserable seasons when they agreed Wednesday to terminate the outfielder's contract with one guaranteed season remaining.

The deal makes the 34-year-old a free agent and allows the team to spread out the remaining $21 million it owes him.

''I still feel I have plenty to give to this game and that I can play baseball at a high level. But after serious consideration, both sides agree that we would benefit from a fresh start,'' Bay said in a statement released by the team.

After signing a $66 million, four-year deal before the 2010 season, the three-time All-Star hit .234 in three injury-plagued seasons with 26 homers and 124 RBIs, including a .165 average with eight homers and 20 RBIs this year. Sidelined by concussions and rib injuries, he played just 288 games for the Mets.

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The Colorado Rockies will have a familiar face and voice on the top step of their dugout in 2013. Walt Weiss, a former American League Rookie of the Year in 1988 who also spent four seasons as the Rockies starting shortstop from 1994-1997, will be named the sixth manager in their franchise history according to a Troy Renck report late Wednesday night.

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INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said Wednesday it's "unlikely" the team will trade right fielder Justin Upton this offseason. But it won't be for a lack of dialogue.

Towers told reporters at the general managers' meetings that he's willing to engage in conversation if other teams approach him about Upton, the top overall pick in the 2005 draft and the player who has been identified for years as the central figure in the Diamondbacks' long-term plan.




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"I'm open-minded and will hear what people have to say," Towers said. "If a deal presents itself that makes the Diamondbacks better by trading Justin Upton, I think I need to be open-minded to that. The last two years there has not been a deal that we felt makes us better. That's why we've retained him and we've kept him.

"We want to win in 2013. He will not be an easy guy for us to move. I think we've said that. It's probably unlikely we end up doing something with him, but if somebody is willing to step up and we think it's a deal that's going to make the Diamondbacks better going forward, we'll talk about trading him."

This marks the third time in two years that Upton has been mentioned prominently in trade speculation. Upton-related trade rumors first surfaced at the GM meetings in Florida two years ago, and resurfaced before the non-waiver trade deadline in July.

After the last round of speculation, club president Derrick Hall said he would be "surprised" if Upton was moved in the offseason. Both Hall and Diamondbacks owner Ken Kendrick have reiterated that stance on several occasions.

Upton, 25, had his best season in Arizona in 2011, when he hit 31 homers and logged an .898 OPS. He made the All-Star team, won a Silver Slugger Award and finished fourth in the National League MVP race.

But Upton's 2012 season was widely regarded as a disappointment. He ranked second in the NL with 107 runs scored, but hit only 17 home runs and posted an OPS of .785.

Towers said he is almost always receptive to trade discussions because the process helps him gather information and gives him a better idea how the players on his roster are valued throughout the industry. He recalled discussing closer Trevor Hoffman with other clubs during his tenure in San Diego, even though Hoffman had a no-trade clause and had been a franchise staple for years.

"I do not believe in saying, 'This guy is untouchable,' " Towers said. "In the right deal, you always need to be open-minded. Justin's name gets bandied about, but people here have asked me about (catcher) Miguel Montero and (first baseman) Paul Goldschmidt, too. They'd be tough guys for us to move, but I think I need to listen."

Several industry sources said the Diamondbacks might be courting trouble if Upton grows tired of the constant trade chatter and it puts a strain on his relationship with the organization. When Upton was asked about that possibility in August, he told ESPN.com, "When we get to the offseason, we'll cross that bridge."

Towers, for his part, said he's not concerned about the fallout from the ongoing trade speculation surrounding Upton.

"I talked to him during the season last year," Towers said. "I told him, 'Don't take this personally, but when people ask about you, I listen.' It's part of the business. When you're a special player like him, people are going to inquire about you. I think he can handle that. He's been through this for the last couple of years."

The Diamondbacks think they have the organizational outfield depth to discuss Upton, even though they recently traded center fielder Chris Young, his closest friend on the team, to the Oakland Athletics. Arizona still has Gerardo Parra and Jason Kubel on the major league roster, and prospects Adam Eaton and A.J. Pollock both made their big league debuts in 2012.

Towers said the Diamondbacks would want a "legitimate everyday player" or a "legitimate top-end-of-the-rotation-type starter" in any deal involving Upton. The Texas Rangers, who might lose Josh Hamilton in free agency, are one potential landing spot because of the emergence of top prospect Jurickson Profar makes shortstop Elvis Andrus expendable in a trade. Boston, Detroit and Atlanta are among several other big league teams in the market for outfield upgrades this offseason.

Upton wasn't the only Arizona player to surface in trade speculation at the meetings. Sources said the Diamondbacks are also willing to listen on pitcher Trevor Bauer, the team's top pick in the 2011 draft.

Bauer is coming off a strong minor league season, but sources said the Diamondbacks have developed questions about his makeup and coachability, and that he's fallen out of favor with some people in the organization.

Towers told reporters that "I listen on everybody," but added that the Diamondbacks are hesitant to dip into their supply of young pitching after trading Jarrod Parker to Oakland last offseason.

"We're not trying to move Trevor Bauer or shopping him at all," Towers said.

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LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire said he was contemplating retiring as a coach before the Los Angeles Dodgers approached him last week. Now he's working for the team he grew up rooting for as a fan.

The Dodgers announced Wednesday they hired McGwire to be their hitting coach.

"Being away from my family a lot this year was really, really rough," McGwire said. "I was very surprised when I found out the Dodgers called last week."

McGwire, who broke baseball's single-season home run record in 1998 and later admitted to using steroids, lives in Orange County, about 40 miles south of Dodger Stadium.

McGwire informed the St. Louis Cardinals he was accepting the Dodgers' offer last week. The Cardinals on Friday promoted John Mabry to be McGwire's successor. The Dodgers also will announce in the coming days that they have hired an assistant hitting coach, general manager Ned Colletti said.

"As we played St. Louis the last few years and I talked to our staff, the conversation was always about how well they adjusted inside the game and adjusted inside at-bats, how they prepared," Colletti said. "We saw how our pitchers struggled at times against St. Louis because their preparation was so strong."

The Dodgers fired Dave Hansen as their hitting coach shortly after the season ended. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star, came out of seclusion to serve as former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's hitting coach in 2010 and stayed in St. Louis under Mike Matheny last season.

The Cardinals had one of the National League's best offenses under McGwire, and many have credited him for the emergence of young hitters such as Allen Craig, David Freese and Matt Carpenter.

The Dodgers have been through four hitting coaches since 2008, a group that includes their manager, Don Mattingly.

In McGwire's three seasons in St. Louis, the Cardinals have led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337) and have ranked second in runs (2,263) and fourth in slugging percentage (.416).

The Dodgers finished 13th in the NL in both runs and OPS last year.

McGwire, who grew up in Pomona, just east of Los Angeles, played collegiate baseball at USC, where he set a school record with 32 home runs in 1984.

McGwire retired after the 2001 season with 583 career home runs, fifth at the time on the all-time list, but has not been viewed kindly by Hall of Fame voters, largely because of his link to steroids. In his fifth year on the ballot last winter, McGwire received just 19.8 percent of the votes, well short of the 75 percent needed for enshrinement.

"It's something I did that I have to live with the rest of my life," McGwire said. "It's something where I understand everything the Hall of Fame is all about. I respect that. It's a mistake I've made and owned up to and moved on. I don't know what else to say."

Colletti said it was crucial that McGwire owned up to his steroid use before returning to the game.

"I think we all make mistakes and do things we look back on and, if we had thought twice, we wouldn't have done," Colletti said.

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The Toronto Blue Jays made a pair of moves Thursday, signing free agent infielder Maicer Izturis and trading for pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.

The 32-year-old Izturis agreed to a three year, $9 million deal with a club option for a fourth year worth $3 million, according to a team release.

As for Jeffress, the Blue Jays sent cash to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for the 25-year-old, hard throwing right-hander, also according to a team release.

In 100 games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2012, the switch-hitting Izturis posted a line of .256/.320/.315/.634, with two home runs. He made 29 starts at second base, 30 at third and 26 at shortstop in 2012 while earning $3.8 million.

The Blue Jays had an opening at second base with the expected free agent departure of incumbent Kelly Johnson. On Wednesday, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told reporters the only internal candidates to fill the position were Mike McCoy and Adeiny Hechavarria.

"In-house those are the only two guys," Anthopoulos said. "That's why we're going to look at some things externally, whether it's free agents or trade.

"Ideally we'd prefer to keep our depth and if we could have someone like Hechavarria in the minor-leagues, or bring someone in who could compete with him for those at-bats at second base, that would be great."

As for Jeffress, the Virginia native was selected 16th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2006 MLB Draft and was traded to the Kansas City Royals on Dec. 18, 2010 as part of the Zack Greinke deal.

Jeffress fastball has topped 100 m.p.h., but he has also been prone to fits of wildness. He has also been in trouble from time-to-time.

Jeffress was suspended twice in the minors for violating the Minor League Drug Treatment and Prevention Program, which Jeffress acknowledged was for use of marijuana.

His second offense in 2007 cost him 50 games; his third offense in 2009 cost him 100 games. One more offense in the minors will result in a lifetime minor league ban.

Major League Baseball operates under a different drug program and lifetime minor league bans do not apply to them.

This past January, Jeffress apologized after being arrested in Arizona on a domestic assault charge that was later dropped.

 

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- Toronto has signed INF Maicer Izturis to a 3 year deal for $ 9 million.

- SD traded OF Blake Tekotte to the White Sox for monir league P Brandon Kloess.

- rumours are that both Seattle and Baltimore are willing to meet FA Josh Hamilton's asking price of a 7 year deal for $ 175 million.

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Just heard that Jason Giambi was up for the Rockies job until Walt Weiss got it.  That seemed to come out of nowhere.

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His 2012 pitching performance certainly won’t be confused with that of aces Zack Greinke, Anibal Sanchez or Kyle Lohse.

But Justin Germano has found a fan early in the major league free-agent season in the Toronto Blue Jays, who announced the signing of the former Chicago Cubs right-hander to a minor league contract Friday.

The 30-year-old also received an invited to Jays’ spring training in late February.

Germano posted a 2-10 record and 6.20 earned-run average over 12 starts with the Cubs and one relief appearance for Boston this past season.

In 93 career games in the majors including 48 starts, he is 10-30 with a 5.27 ERA.

Germano also has pitched for San Diego, Cincinnati and Cleveland.

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LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire said he was contemplating retiring as a coach before the Los Angeles Dodgers approached him last week. Now he's working for the team he grew up rooting for as a fan.

The Dodgers announced Wednesday they hired McGwire to be their hitting coach.

"Being away from my family a lot this year was really, really rough," McGwire said. "I was very surprised when I found out the Dodgers called last week."

McGwire, who broke baseball's single-season home run record in 1998 and later admitted to using steroids, lives in Orange County, about 40 miles south of Dodger Stadium.

McGwire informed the St. Louis Cardinals he was accepting the Dodgers' offer last week. The Cardinals on Friday promoted John Mabry to be McGwire's successor. The Dodgers also will announce in the coming days that they have hired an assistant hitting coach, general manager Ned Colletti said.

"As we played St. Louis the last few years and I talked to our staff, the conversation was always about how well they adjusted inside the game and adjusted inside at-bats, how they prepared," Colletti said. "We saw how our pitchers struggled at times against St. Louis because their preparation was so strong."

The Dodgers fired Dave Hansen as their hitting coach shortly after the season ended. McGwire, a 12-time All-Star, came out of seclusion to serve as former Cardinals manager Tony La Russa's hitting coach in 2010 and stayed in St. Louis under Mike Matheny last season.

The Cardinals had one of the National League's best offenses under McGwire, and many have credited him for the emergence of young hitters such as Allen Craig, David Freese and Matt Carpenter.

The Dodgers have been through four hitting coaches since 2008, a group that includes their manager, Don Mattingly.

In McGwire's three seasons in St. Louis, the Cardinals have led the NL in batting average (.269) and on-base percentage (.337) and have ranked second in runs (2,263) and fourth in slugging percentage (.416).

The Dodgers finished 13th in the NL in both runs and OPS last year.

McGwire, who grew up in Pomona, just east of Los Angeles, played collegiate baseball at USC, where he set a school record with 32 home runs in 1984.

McGwire retired after the 2001 season with 583 career home runs, fifth at the time on the all-time list, but has not been viewed kindly by Hall of Fame voters, largely because of his link to steroids. In his fifth year on the ballot last winter, McGwire received just 19.8 percent of the votes, well short of the 75 percent needed for enshrinement.

"It's something I did that I have to live with the rest of my life," McGwire said. "It's something where I understand everything the Hall of Fame is all about. I respect that. It's a mistake I've made and owned up to and moved on. I don't know what else to say."

Colletti said it was crucial that McGwire owned up to his steroid use before returning to the game.

"I think we all make mistakes and do things we look back on and, if we had thought twice, we wouldn't have done," Colletti said.
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San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal has been suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone.

The commissioner's office announced the drug penalty on Wednesday. The ban will take effect at the start of next season.

Grandal made his big league debut this year. He hit .297 with eight home runs and 36 RBIs in 60 games. He turns 24 on Thursday.

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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?


Yeah - but he only hit around .225 with a low OBP plus there are some concerns about how he handled the pitching staff last season. Add that to the fact that management is still high on Ryan Lavarnway who they feel needs to play more next season makes Salty a good candidate to be moved. Boston won't get much for him alone but I can see Boston adding him as part of a package to get a top 5 starter. However if Boston decides to try Lavarnway at 1st then I could see Salty sticking around.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?


Yeah - but he only hit around .225 with a low OBP plus there are some concerns about how he handled the pitching staff last season. Add that to the fact that management is still high on Ryan Lavarnway who they feel needs to play more next season makes Salty a good candidate to be moved. Boston won't get much for him alone but I can see Boston adding him as part of a package to get a top 5 starter. However if Boston decides to try Lavarnway at 1st then I could see Salty sticking around.


Everything I read is that Lavarnway is worse defensively than Salty

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The hot stove has the Pirates talking to Ryan Klesko. 

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The hot stove has the Pirates talking to Ryan Klesko. 


Hasn't He been retired for a few years? Do You mean Ryan Ludwick instead?

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No, they are talking with Klesko.  Supposedly upped his game in the senior circuit in Bradenton.   (sarcastic)  It would not surprise me if we hear this coming from the Pirates front office, though.

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JB5 wrote:
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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Why move Saltalamacchia? Didn't He hit 24 Hrs, or so last year for the Sox?


Yeah - but he only hit around .225 with a low OBP plus there are some concerns about how he handled the pitching staff last season. Add that to the fact that management is still high on Ryan Lavarnway who they feel needs to play more next season makes Salty a good candidate to be moved. Boston won't get much for him alone but I can see Boston adding him as part of a package to get a top 5 starter. However if Boston decides to try Lavarnway at 1st then I could see Salty sticking around.


Everything I read is that Lavarnway is worse defensively than Salty


Everything you read is absolutely true which is why I could see Boston trying to make Lavarnway into a First Baseman. The latest rumour involving Salty has Boston trading him and a mid-tier prospect to the White Sox for P Gavin Floyd and a mid-tier prospect.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Left-hander Jeremy Affeldt and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to terms on a three-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations said Monday night.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been completed. Affeldt is expected to undergo a physical on Tuesday in San Francisco, another person with knowledge of the situation said, and that is typically the final step in finalizing a contract.

The 33-year-old Affeldt went 1-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 67 appearances covering 63 1-3 innings this season for the World Series champions.

When the season ended, Affeldt said he wanted to stay with San Francisco but needed a multiyear deal to provide some security for his family -- he has a wife and three young sons. Affeldt also was a key member of the bullpen during the club's 2010 run to the franchise's first championship since 1954.

General manager Brian Sabean called re-signing Affeldt one of his top offseason priorities. Affeldt lives on the West Coast in his hometown of Spokane, Wash., so re-signing with the Giants was appealing from that standpoint as well.

He has spent the past four of his 11 major league seasons with San Francisco, going 10-9 with a 2.73 ERA in 237 1/3 innings and 184 outings.

Affeldt dealt with two fluke, non-baseball injuries the past two seasons.

In late April, he sprained his right knee and went on the disabled list after he reached out to catch his son, Walker, as the 60-pound 4-year-old jumped off the couch to hug his arriving father.

On Sept. 8, 2011, the pitcher sliced his non-throwing hand nearly to the artery while separating frozen hamburgers during an outdoor barbecue with his family on an off day. The paring knife he was using pushed through a hamburger patty and deep into his hand. Affeldt came within a millimeter of an artery and underwent surgery about eight hours after the injury to repair nerve damage in his pinkie.



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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers continue to spare no expense in their search for talent all over the globe.

The Dodgers bid $25.7 million for a chance to sign Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-jin, Major League Baseball announced Saturday. Hyun-jin, 25, is a seven-time All-Star for the Hanwha Eagles of the Korean Baseball Organiztion.

The Dodgers now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with Ryu, who reportedly is represented by agent Scott Boras. The Chicago Cubs and Texas Rangers also were among the clubs thought to be interested in Ryu.

"We have watched Ryu pitch for a long time and he is another option to consider as we look to improve our team in 2013 and beyond," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement.

The Dodgers have been active internationally under their new owners. They signed Cuban defector Yasiel Puig to a seven-year, $42 million contract in June and have been involved in discussions with Japanese high-school pitcher Shohei Otani.

Ryu is 98-52 with a 2.80 ERA lifetime and helped the Korean team win a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, going 2-0 with a 1.04 ERA in two starts. He also won his only start in the World Baseball Classic, giving up two runs over seven innings.

The Dodgers will pay the $25.7 million to Hanwha only if they are able to negotiate a contract with his representative.

The posting system has proven expensive for major league teams lately. The Rangers submitted a record $51.7 million for the rights to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish last winter, eventually signing him for another $56 million over six years.

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Free-agent catcher Mike Napoli says he prefers to catch but will play any position that gets him in the lineup regularly. He also still has interest in returning to the Texas Rangers.



Napoli, 31, said Monday that he's received interest from "a bunch of teams," although he didn't name them.



The latest team to join that fray is the Boston Red Sox, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. The Red Sox, like some other teams, might look at Napoli as someone who can play catcher or first base, or be a designated hitter. Napoli said he's willing to play those spots if it gets him in the lineup.



"I just want to play," Napoli said. "I feel the most comfortable behind the plate because that's where most of my reps have been. Do I think I can be good at first base if I had reps and practiced it all the time? Yes. But it's not like I'm saying I have to be a catcher. I just want to be in the lineup and play. If it helps at catcher, I'll catch, or at first base, I'll play there. But I like catching. I look at myself as catcher."



Napoli said he wasn't surprised the Rangers didn't make him a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer.



"It's a business, and that's how they felt, and I understand that," Napoli said.



That decision hasn't deterred Napoli's desire to play for manager Ron Washington and the Rangers, the team that traded for him before the 2011 season. Texas is still in need of a catcher and has expressed interest in Napoli.



"I love playing in Texas," Napoli said. "I love the atmosphere there, the clubhouse, playing for Wash, a winning ballclub. I love playing there. I know how the Rangers' clubhouse is, and it's amazing. I've never been a part of anything like that in terms of chemistry and how everyone is.



"There's been a bunch of teams that have called my agent and shown interest, and we're going to listen and see what they have to say."



Napoli said he plans to begin his workouts on Wednesday and has taken advantage of the chance to rest his body so far this offseason. Napoli missed more than a month (Aug. 11-Sept. 14) with a left quadriceps strain, and he's convinced that rest was good for that injury, too. Napoli is focused on bouncing back from a season in which he hit .227 in 108 games with 24 homers and 56 RBIs. He had 125 strikeouts, averaging 1.15 per game, the most in his career.



"Obviously, I didn't have the year I wanted to," said Napoli, who hit .320 the previous season with 30 homers and 75 RBIs and had a terrific second half in 2011. "But I feel like I'm a better average hitter than that. My career numbers show that. I had a rough year averagewise and hitting with runners in scoring position (.245), and I struck out more than past years. It was a weird year for me, mentally and physically. I battled injuries all year."



Napoli said he's not in any rush to make a decision about his new team and will let the process play itself out. "I want to play for a winning team," Napoli said.


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By The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – 50 minutes ago

Free agent pitcher Scott Baker signed a one-year deal with the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

The terms of the deal weren't known. Baker, 31, is returning from Tommy John surgery, and could be ready in the early part of the season, barring setbacks.

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WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.

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WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.


Bueherle, Reyes, Buck, Johnson all going to Toronto. Just disband The Marlins already.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
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WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.


Bueherle, Reyes, Buck, Johnson all going to Toronto. Just disband The Marlins already.


Toronto also gets OF Emilio Bonifaco.

To Miami: P Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, P Justin Nicolino, and SS Yunel escobar.

Wow.

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If MLB says McCourt was a lousy owner and deserved to be forced to sell the Dodgers, why the fuck is Loria allowed to keep the Marlins?

McCourt is a fucking saint compared to Loria

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Does Loria do this every 4 years? I would hate being a Marlin fan.

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Benlen wrote: Does Loria do this every 4 years? I would hate being a Marlin fan.Last year he nearly tripled their salary, and now not even a year later, it seems to be below what it started at last year.  Almost every big money signing is gone.

What dirt does he have on Selig? 

EDIT:  You know he is a fuckwit when it comes to running the team when even a new stadium doesn't even boost attendance much higher then the previous years, when usually teams wit new stadiums have a year to get as much money as possible in a  new stadium

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khawk wrote:
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Chitown Rich wrote:
WSCR Radio Chicago is reporting that Mark Buehrle of the Marlins is involved in a gigantic 10 player trade between the Marlins and the Blue Jays.

They are saying that all the players will be announced shortly.


Bueherle, Reyes, Buck, Johnson all going to Toronto. Just disband The Marlins already.


Toronto also gets OF Emilio Bonifaco.

To Miami: P Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechavarria, P Justin Nicolino, and SS Yunel escobar.

Wow.


CBS Sports is reporting that Miami is also getting C Jeff Mathis, minor league OF Jake Marisnick and minor league P Anthony DeScalfani in the deal.

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Boston just signed C David Ross ( hit. 256 with 9 HR and 23 RBI last year with Atlanta ) to a 2 year deal for $ 6.2 million. That seems a bit high for a backup Catcher so maybe the Sox will now try to move last year's starting Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Ross is an excellent catcher and I'd take him over Salty any day.

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So barring any injury problems the big trade will be made official on Wednesday.


to Toronto - SS Jose Reyes, P Mark Buehrle, P Josh Johnson, C John Buck and INF Emilio Bonifacio


to Miami - SS Yunel Escobar, P Henderson Alvarez, INF Adeiny Hechavarria, C Jeff Mathis and 3 minor leaguers - P Justin Nicolino, OF Jake Marisnick and P Anthony DeSclafani



In last week's Baseball America Rankings Marisnick was ranked as the # 2 Blue Jays prospect, Nicolino was ranked as the # 5 prospect and Hechavarria was ranked # 8.

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So I"m guessing this is the Jays lineup for next year

C - Arencibia
1b/DH - Encarnacion/Lind
2b - Izturis
SS - Reyes
3b - Lawrie
RF - Bautista
CF - Rasmus
LF - Gose/Sierra

Starters

Romero, Morrow, Buehrle, Johnson and maybe Drabek.

Looks better than last years lineup

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It would be fitting if everything went full circle and the Marlins moved to Montreal.

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Principal_Raditch wrote:
So I"m guessing this is the Jays lineup for next year

C - Arencibia
1b/DH - Encarnacion/Lind
2b - Izturis
SS - Reyes
3b - Lawrie
RF - Bautista
CF - Rasmus
LF - Gose/Sierra

Starters

Romero, Morrow, Buehrle, Johnson and maybe Drabek.

Looks better than last years lineup


Before this trade Toronto was rumoured to be shopping Arencibia trying to get a starting Pitcher. Since they just added 2 starters that may have changed their plan.

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sek69 wrote: It would be fitting if everything went full circle and the Marlins moved to Montreal.

:D

Nice.

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I just read that all MLB teams are going to be getting atleast $25 million more starting in 2014 from the new MLB TV deal, and I wonder how much of that $25 million will be going to actual payroll on the Marlins, which is not that far below what they typically had for salary the past decade.

It is beyond time for Selig and MLB to take over the Marlins and force Loria to sell and get an actual owner for that team who cares about winning.  I feel bad for the people who live in that area of the stadium who are getting ripped off with higher taxes to fund that stadium that the team keeps revenue on yet doesn't attempt to even put a winning team on the field year in and year out.

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Torii Hunter signs with the Tigers for 2 years, 26 million dollars pending a physical.

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Gincarlo " don't call me Mike" Stanton wants out of Miami.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Gincarlo " don't call me Mike" Stanton wants out of Miami.
Send him to Toronto. They can send down the ghost of Adam Lind in return.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: So I"m guessing this is the Jays lineup for next year

C - Arencibia
1b/DH - Encarnacion/Lind
2b - Izturis
SS - Reyes
3b - Lawrie
RF - Bautista
CF - Rasmus
LF - Gose/Sierra

Starters

Romero, Morrow, Buehrle, Johnson and maybe Drabek.

Looks better than last years lineup


 

Boneface might end up in LF, either exclusively or in a platoon with Rajai Davis.
Gose & Sierra need more AAA seasoning.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract with third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday. Frandsen had been eligible for salary arbitration.

Frandsen hit .338 with 10 doubles, 14 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage in 55 games last season. He also hit .302 in 99 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.

Frandsen is a .267 career hitter in 283 games with San Francisco and the Los Angeles Angels.

Left-hander Antonio Bastardo and outfielder Nate Schierholtz are the Phillies' remaining arbitration-eligible players.



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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract with third baseman Kevin Frandsen.

The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday. Frandsen had been eligible for salary arbitration.

Frandsen hit .338 with 10 doubles, 14 RBI and a .383 on-base percentage in 55 games last season. He also hit .302 in 99 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley.



Frandsen is one guy they should test. He's a .250 hitter at the very best.

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Regarding the Jays-Marlins trade, this reminds me of the 1976 trade of Vida Blue and others that Bowie Kuhn voided. What is really different about this versus the shit that Loria just pulled?

Loria should be forced out as an owner.

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HBF wrote: Regarding the Jays-Marlins trade, this reminds me of the 1976 trade of Vida Blue and others that Bowie Kuhn voided. What is really different about this versus the shit that Loria just pulled?

Loria should be forced out as an owner.
They were sent shitloads of prospects?

I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Gincarlo " don't call me Mike" Stanton wants out of Miami.Can you blame him?

I would want off that team as well after this went down.

I can't see how any free agent would even consider any deal from Florida unless they got a full no trade clause in the deal and all money upfront

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HBF wrote:
Regarding the Jays-Marlins trade, this reminds me of the 1976 trade of Vida Blue and others that Bowie Kuhn voided. What is really different about this versus the shit that Loria just pulled?

Loria should be forced out as an owner.


Wasn't the A's sell-off just for cash?

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TerryWWWF wrote:
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Regarding the Jays-Marlins trade, this reminds me of the 1976 trade of Vida Blue and others that Bowie Kuhn voided. What is really different about this versus the shit that Loria just pulled?

Loria should be forced out as an owner.


Wasn't the A's sell-off just for cash?

Finley was unable to work out trades so he decided to sell Joe Rudi, Vida Blue, Gene Tenace,Rollie Fingers and Sal Bando. He might have gotten away with it if he asked for prospects too.

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I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.

It's not that the Jays can't out spend other teams. The Jay's owners are loaded.
They REFUSE to spend money on high priced free agents & also have a policy
of not offering contracts longer than for 5 years. Cheap bastards.

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There's a lot of difference in the reporting of this - the Grantland guys think he's a genius for playing the system, and nearly everyone else thinks he's a criminal and should never be let near a baseball club ever again.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.
You've never heard that, EVER. They have, possibly, the richest owners in all professional sports. They're just fucking cheap.

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Chris OtL wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.
You've never heard that, EVER. They have, possibly, the richest owners in all professional sports. They're just fucking cheap.


Are you living in a f*cking bubble or something ???? That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.

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Famous Mortimer wrote:
There's a lot of difference in the reporting of this - the Grantland guys think he's a genius for playing the system, and nearly everyone else thinks he's a criminal and should never be let near a baseball club ever again.

Grantland I bet is playing the opposite of public opinion to see if anyone is paying attention to them

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.
You've never heard that, EVER. They have, possibly, the richest owners in all professional sports. They're just fucking cheap.


Are you living in a f*cking bubble or something ???? That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.
No, I live in Toronto, you know, where they play. Where oh where do you supposedly hear this shit?

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Chris OtL wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.
You've never heard that, EVER. They have, possibly, the richest owners in all professional sports. They're just fucking cheap.


Are you living in a f*cking bubble or something ???? That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.
No, I live in Toronto, you know, where they play. Where oh where do you supposedly hear this shit?


TSN, Sportsnet, The Score, etc.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote: Chris OtL wrote:
I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


Can we at least bitch and moan about how we can't keep up with those damn free spending Blue Jays ???? You know - the same tired crap we've been hearing from Blue Jay fans since 1994.
You've never heard that, EVER. They have, possibly, the richest owners in all professional sports. They're just fucking cheap.


Are you living in a f*cking bubble or something ???? That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.
No, I live in Toronto, you know, where they play. Where oh where do you supposedly hear this shit?


TSN, Sportsnet, The Score, etc.
Those aren't fans, they're media outlets.

TSN, who are in direct competition with the owners of the Jays, have POUNDED on them for years for being cheap. A lot of the pounding is legit, some of it is just because its their competition. So you aren't hearing the "whaaa we can't compete financially" from them. 

Sportsnet is owned by Rogers, so sometimes some people there will make excuses for them, while others like Mcown will actually call them out for not upping payroll, but they NEVER say they can't financially compete. It would make their company look bad, and you'd lose all credibility saying it when everyone knows Rogers is a multi-billion dollar corporation.

I pay zero attention to the Score, so I won't even attempt to rebut what you say goes on on their channel.

I can only tell you this, and I'm sure others on the board from in and around the GTA will back me up. Nobody here ever pisses and moans about the Jays not being able to compete money wise with the Yanks and Sox. Toronto is the 5th or 6th largest market in North America with rich owners, and has fans who will fill the building if there's a team worth going to see. In the early 90's when Labbatt owned them, they led the league in payroll, and filled the place every night. Jays fans here have only bitched about the owners trying to pretend it was a small market team, so they could get revenue sharing money, because until two days ago, they were cheap fucking cunts.

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mike3775 wrote: Famous Mortimer wrote:
There's a lot of difference in the reporting of this - the Grantland guys think he's a genius for playing the system, and nearly everyone else thinks he's a criminal and should never be let near a baseball club ever again.

Grantland I bet is playing the opposite of public opinion to see if anyone is paying attention to them


You might be right - then I was listening to ESPN's Baseball Today podcast this morning and their main host was all "it's legal!" and sort-of refusing to say anything about it other than he was a bit disappointed, but the Marlins are a business and what he did was within the rules.

I don't trust people who don't have opinions on shit like this, especially when it's their job.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.


Chris is right...it's more "won't spend" than "can't spend".

Be happy you have owners in Boston that like to spend money without acting like they are getting their teeth pulled.


EDIT--anyone think Selig will overturn this trade?

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khawk wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.


Chris is right...it's more "won't spend" than "can't spend".

Be happy you have owners in Boston that like to spend money without acting like they are getting their teeth pulled.


EDIT--anyone think Selig will overturn this trade?
There is nothing Selig will do but to allow it.

But I can see the MLBPA again filing a suit against Loria like they did a few years ago over his payroll, to force them to spend more

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mike3775 wrote: There is nothing Selig will do but to allow it.

But I can see the MLBPA again filing a suit against Loria like they did a few years ago over his payroll, to force them to spend more


The only sensible option seems to be to boycott Marlins games, but ruining another city for baseball seems foolish (Loria did this to Montreal a few years back, lest we forget).

It's rotten at the top, for sure. The decisions need to have some input from the cities other than "how much money do you want not to move?" I'd also like to see one of the cities fight back - say "we've already given you this, and allow you to make millions off our city, no more".

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Famous Mortimer wrote: mike3775 wrote: There is nothing Selig will do but to allow it.

But I can see the MLBPA again filing a suit against Loria like they did a few years ago over his payroll, to force them to spend more


The only sensible option seems to be to boycott Marlins games, but ruining another city for baseball seems foolish (Loria did this to Montreal a few years back, lest we forget).

It's rotten at the top, for sure. The decisions need to have some input from the cities other than "how much money do you want not to move?" I'd also like to see one of the cities fight back - say "we've already given you this, and allow you to make millions off our city, no more".
The sensible thing would be for Selig and MLB to take control of the Marlins like they did the Dodgers and force a sale to go through to someone who will actually attempt to build a winning team.

I doubt Florida will ever have another sell out in that stadium any time soon after this trade, he basically killed the fanbase with it. 

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Selig and his flock of seagulls haircut won't do shit

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Benlen wrote: Selig and his flock of seagulls haircut won't do shit

I saw highlights of his press conference yesterday, and holy shit, he looked like he just got out of bed.

Just awful.

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Colin Cowherd made a very good point about this yesterday on his show.

72 % of baseball tickets AREN'T bought by the public. They're bought by companies and given out. Unfortunately, there's not much that's going to be done about this.

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Hymie Itsu wrote: Colin Cowherd made a very good point about this yesterday on his show.

72 % of baseball tickets AREN'T bought by the public. They're bought by companies and given out. Unfortunately, there's not much that's going to be done about this.
The thing is, look at the games at that stadium after June.  That place was empty for the most part.

Even if they sell every single ticket to businesses(which some businesses have been reported to have cancelled purchases this year over this in Florida) and give them away, the stadium will still be empty on TV

MLB needs to punish them by not giving them an All-Star Game until Loria is no longer the owner

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ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

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Chris OtL wrote: ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have added another piece to their already large off-season haul.

According to a report on ESPNdeportes.com, the Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The report on the Spanish language site indicates that Cabrera, a former member of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a deal that will pay him $16 million over two seasons.

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Chris OtL wrote: ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

 

some details

The Toronto Blue Jays may have added another piece to their already large off-season haul.

According to a report on ESPNdeportes.com, the Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The report on the Spanish language site indicates that Cabrera, a former member of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a deal that will pay him $16 million over two seasons.


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Chris OtL wrote:
ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.
Damn. Was hoping he re-sign with the Giants. Giants would have given him a paycut tho.

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The Jays are going for it at the right time. The Yankees are an aging team on their last legs. The Orioles were very good last year but I have questions whether they can do it again. Tampa Bay loses more players every year. The Red Sox are trying to rebuild.

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clawmaster wrote: The Jays are going for it at the right time. The Yankees are an aging team on their last legs. The Orioles were very good last year but I have questions whether they can do it again. Tampa Bay loses more players every year. The Red Sox are trying to rebuild.

Agreed.  2013 could be their year.  If the Orioles could turn it around so quickly in a tough division, the Blue Jays can too.  I have serious questions about how a clean Melky will perform though.  That could be a really bad contract, and then they're screwed.

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srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Jays are going for it at the right time. The Yankees are an aging team on their last legs. The Orioles were very good last year but I have questions whether they can do it again. Tampa Bay loses more players every year. The Red Sox are trying to rebuild.

Agreed.  2013 could be their year.  If the Orioles could turn it around so quickly in a tough division, the Blue Jays can too.  I have serious questions about how a clean Melky will perform though.  That could be a really bad contract, and then they're screwed.


 

The Jays went the cheap route again. Instead of trying to sign Josh Hamilton,
they sign MC.

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lobo316 wrote: srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote: The Jays are going for it at the right time. The Yankees are an aging team on their last legs. The Orioles were very good last year but I have questions whether they can do it again. Tampa Bay loses more players every year. The Red Sox are trying to rebuild.

Agreed.  2013 could be their year.  If the Orioles could turn it around so quickly in a tough division, the Blue Jays can too.  I have serious questions about how a clean Melky will perform though.  That could be a really bad contract, and then they're screwed.


 

The Jays went the cheap route again. Instead of trying to sign Josh Hamilton,
they sign MC.

Hamilton comes with more baggage than Melky!  I don't blame them for that.  To sign Hamilton, you have to offer him way more years than is prudent for someone who could go off the rails any day.

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Finally the mega deal between Toronto and Miami gets explained the right way:


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Chris OtL wrote: ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have added another piece to their already large off-season haul.

According to a report on ESPNdeportes.com, the Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The report on the Spanish language site indicates that Cabrera, a former member of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a deal that will pay him $16 million over two seasons.


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The Red Sox confirmed that they have talked to Josh Hamilton, according to WEEI's Rob Bradford. A source told Bradford the club's interest in the 31-year-old outfielder was “overblown.”

There is plenty of speculation among those in the game that believe the Red Sox would be interested in Hamilton, as CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman explained on Thursday.

Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington attempted to minimize the team's interest in Hamilton, saying they've reached out to every prominent free agent this offseason. He added that reaching out to Hamilton was “part of due diligence.” Now that the team has talked to most of the desirable players on the market, the front office will sort out which players are the best fits, according to Cherington. Cherington doesn't want to reveal his offseason plans, so downplaying the report could be a strategic move on his part.

The Brewers, Orioles and Braves could potentially get involved for Hamilton, according to Heyman. Bradford also added the Phillies and Mariners as teams that could be interested.

Hamilton hit .285/.354/.577 with 43 home runs for the Rangers last season. He's considered the best position player on the market this offseason.

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Chris OtL wrote: mike3775 wrote: lobo316 wrote:
Chris OtL wrote: ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have added another piece to their already large off-season haul.

According to a report on ESPNdeportes.com, the Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The report on the Spanish language site indicates that Cabrera, a former member of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a deal that will pay him $16 million over two seasons.


Do roids get no punishment
He got a 50 game suspension.
But how much did he lose in salary?  Not very much.  Hell he just made up with his signing.

MLB needs to make a suspension that is not laughable as a first time penalty

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That could be a really bad contract, and then they're screwed.

I dunno...only 2 years, and 8 mil per year doesn't seem *that* bad.

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Chris OtL wrote: mike3775 wrote: lobo316 wrote:
Chris OtL wrote: ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

 

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The Toronto Blue Jays may have added another piece to their already large off-season haul.

According to a report on ESPNdeportes.com, the Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The report on the Spanish language site indicates that Cabrera, a former member of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a deal that will pay him $16 million over two seasons.


Do roids get no punishment
He got a 50 game suspension.
But how much did he lose in salary?  Not very much.  Hell he just made up with his signing.

MLB needs to make a suspension that is not laughable as a first time penalty


It cost him quite a bit. He was going to win the NL batting title going into free agency. I'd wager that positive test cost him a 5 to 6 year contract between 12 & 14 million per season. He easily cost himself upwards of $40 million bucks.

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khawk wrote:
srossi wrote:
That could be a really bad contract, and then they're screwed.

I dunno...only 2 years, and 8 mil per year doesn't seem *that* bad.


I think 2 yrs is the key. They don't have to be stuck with him long term if he doesn't work out.

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mike3775 wrote:
Chris OtL wrote: mike3775 wrote: lobo316 wrote:
Chris OtL wrote: ESPN Deportes is reporting the Toronto Blue Jays have signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

 

some details

The Toronto Blue Jays may have added another piece to their already large off-season haul.

According to a report on ESPNdeportes.com, the Jays have agreed to a deal with free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera.

The report on the Spanish language site indicates that Cabrera, a former member of the San Francisco Giants, has agreed to a deal that will pay him $16 million over two seasons.


Do roids get no punishment
He got a 50 game suspension.
But how much did he lose in salary?  Not very much.  Hell he just made up with his signing.



He probably would have gotten 12-15 mil per yr if he didn't get caught. He still got a raise tho. He made 6 mil last yr. 2 mil raise ain't bad for getting caught.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have traded right-hander Tyson Ross and minor league first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones to the San Diego Padres for infielder Andy Parrino and left-hander Andrew Werner.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs have formally announced a one-year deal with former All-Star catcher Dioner Navarro.

The team announced the deal on Friday.

Navarro's salary for next season is $1.75 million. He could earn another 250,000 in performance bonuses.

The 28-year-old has spent all or part of the last nine seasons in the major leagues, playing for the Yankees, Dodgers, Rays and Reds. Last year, he split the season between Cincinnati and Triple-A, batting .290 with two home runs and 12 RBIs in 24 games with the Reds.

The switch-hitting Venezuelan was a 2008 All-Star with Tampa Bay.

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ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a two-year deal with backup catcher Gerald Laird.

The 33-year-old Laird has appeared in the last two World Series. He played for the Detroit Tigers this past season, hitting .282 with two homers and 11 RBIs, and the St. Louis Cardinals in 2011.

The Braves targeted Laird after David Ross, who backed up Brian McCann the past four seasons, signed with the Boston Red Sox. McCann underwent shoulder surgery last month and could miss the first month of the 2013 season.

Laird has a lifetime average of .244 with 37 homers in 10 seasons. Financial terms of the deal have not been released.

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I'm not sure that this is legit but apparently this is a copy of a letter that the Mayor of Miami sent to Bud Selig
asking him to " carefully review " the big deal.




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Chris OtL wrote:
HBF wrote: Regarding the Jays-Marlins trade, this reminds me of the 1976 trade of Vida Blue and others that Bowie Kuhn voided. What is really different about this versus the shit that Loria just pulled?

Loria should be forced out as an owner.
They were sent shitloads of prospects?

I love how Yankee and Sox fans now have morals, and care about the integrity of the game, when its not them buying up talent.


The Yankees? My team does not have morals, much as any of the teams do. What I am referring to is a precedent that was vetoed and was very similar.

Loria should be forced out, morally, but legally there's nothing they can likely do. Miami just paid for a new stadium that will never be filled at the rate he and his lackey management are running that place. I know what he's thinking-we'll wash, rinse and repeat what we did twice before, but the lack of support in the community could possibly squash those chances before it ever came to fruition.

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srossi wrote:
clawmaster wrote: The Jays are going for it at the right time. The Yankees are an aging team on their last legs. The Orioles were very good last year but I have questions whether they can do it again. Tampa Bay loses more players every year. The Red Sox are trying to rebuild.

Agreed.  2013 could be their year.  If the Orioles could turn it around so quickly in a tough division, the Blue Jays can too.  I have serious questions about how a clean Melky will perform though.  That could be a really bad contract, and then they're screwed.


Melky off roids is a 4th outfielder.

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The Jays went the cheap route again. Instead of trying to sign Josh Hamilton,
they sign MC.

Hamilton comes with more baggage than Melky!  I don't blame them for that.  To sign Hamilton, you have to offer him way more years than is prudent for someone who could go off the rails any day.


 

Big fucking deal. Someone will give Hamilton the big fat contract, somewhere
between 5-9 years for 100Mil - 200Mil. It's the cost of doing business in baseball.
Why not the Jays ? The Jays are not a small market team.
They just spend like one.

 

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Baseball and all sports should award long-term contracts based upon performance, allowing void and increase/decrease based on prior years performance. It may happen someday.

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Don't be surprised if Hamilton ends up signing with the Red Sox. Seattle and Milwaukee are also pursuing Hamilton.

I think Hamilton is a much bigger risk than Melky Cabrera. Addiction problems. His body is already starting to break down at age 32. 

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lobo316 wrote: srossi wrote: lobo316 wrote:


 

The Jays went the cheap route again. Instead of trying to sign Josh Hamilton,
they sign MC.

Hamilton comes with more baggage than Melky!  I don't blame them for that.  To sign Hamilton, you have to offer him way more years than is prudent for someone who could go off the rails any day.


 

Big fucking deal. Someone will give Hamilton the big fat contract, somewhere
between 5-9 years for 100Mil - 200Mil. It's the cost of doing business in baseball.
Why not the Jays ? The Jays are not a small market team.
They just spend like one.

 
Whomever signs Hamilton to that type of deal will be regretting it within 3 years, but will be paying for it for another 4 years after regretting it.

If Hamilton is smart, he'll take a few less dollars and stay in Texas, where he seems to have a decent support system in place.

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Marlins signed Juan Pierre to a 1 year 1.6 million dollar deal.

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clawmaster wrote: Marlins signed Juan Pierre to a 1 year 1.6 million dollar deal.
he'll be traded before the all star break  lol

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Could the Phillies be interested in Hamilton ?

 

The last time the Phillies entered an off-season coming off of a .500 record or worse was 2002.

The team had just finished 80-81, but with young talent and a new ball park coming, the prospect of winning was there for the first time in a long time. The fan interest was also coming back, and the combination off all of those factors led the Phillies to make a splash in the off-season. It was that off-season that the front office laid out big money for Jim Thome, the power-hitting first baseman from the Cleveland Indians.

Thome was an instant hit on the field as he drove in 131 runs to go along with 47 home runs. While his production on the field was a big boost to the team, the signing of Thome had a greater impact off the field. It sent a message to the city, the roster, and the rest of the league that the Phillies were coming. They were serious about winning. While Thome was not on the roster when the team won the World Series a few years later, his signing no doubt helped them get there. The signing was an investment in the future, and it showed the current team that they believed they were worth investing in.

This off-season, the Phillies are faced with a similar decision. Do they invest in this team, or build for the future? What they decide will dictate how seriously they go after Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, a player they are rumored to be interested in.

For the first time in a long time, fan interest in the Phillies is starting to fade. The team is coming off of an 81-81 record last season that turned off a lot of fans. The World Series grace period is ending just like the sell-out streak did, and the roster is old. The Phillies front office needs to decide whether or not they want to continue to invest in this team, or move to the future.

What path they decide to take will go a long way in dictating whether or not Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton is worth the investment.

If the Phillies still believe they can contend for a World Series next year, and want to put all the chips in one more time, then Hamilton is worth the investment. Hamilton hit 43 home runs to go along with 128 RBI's last season, and inserting him into the lineup would make the Phillies instant contenders. If you want to convince yourself that Ryan Howard, Chase Utley and Roy Halladay can have bounce back seasons, they might even be considered the favorite in the National League.

But at what cost?

The kind of money Hamilton is looking for is massive- close to $20 million a year for likely five years, if not longer. Very few around the league expect Hamilton to be able to live up to that kind of contract, especially by the end of it. Signing Hamilton would be a win now, worry about the money later move.

The money, however, is starting to be an issue for the Phillies. Adding Hamilton will mean the Phillies will have six players on the team making over $15 million. Of those six players- Howard, Utley, Halladay, Cole Hamels, Cliff Lee and potentially Hamilton- the argument could be made that only Hamilton and Hamels are entering the prime of their career. That has to be a big concern for the front office. When you take into account how the other big money deals the Phillies committed to have turned out- Howard, Lee, Utley- that concern becomes even greater.

The Phillies need to ask themselves if committing more money to this current group of players is worth it in the long run. In 2002, it was a no brainier. The team was young and ready to win. Thome would (at the time) be the center piece.

Now, however, the Phillies would be adding another expensive player to a roster filled with them. It would give the Phillies a chance at another World Series this year, but it would also cripple them even further financially in the future.

It's a tough decision- give it another chance with this team or build for the future?

For the past few years, the Phillies have exclusively been all in. It might be wise for them to start to put their eyes to the future, and if they are wise, that future does not include Josh Hamilton.

 

http://www.nj.com/phillies/index.ssf/2012/11/is_josh_hamilton_worth_the_inv.html

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Marlins signed Juan Pierre to a 1 year 1.6 million dollar deal.


If he's smart he'll just rent a place in Miami.

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khawk wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: That's all I ever hear from Blue Jay fans - waaaahhhh we can't compete financially with Boston and New York waaahhhhh.


Chris is right...it's more "won't spend" than "can't spend".

Be happy you have owners in Boston that like to spend money without acting like they are getting their teeth pulled.


EDIT--anyone think Selig will overturn this trade?


 

 

The FAN590 in Toronto is reporting that Selig has okayed the trade.

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Bud Selig created a touch of suspense along the way, but no one really expected him to impede the 12-player trade between the Toronto Blue Jays and Miami Marlins. And finally, almost a week after it went down, the deal is done, complete with the commissioner’s blessing.

The Blue Jays made it official in an announcement Monday afternoon. They receive star shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio and catcher John Buck.

Gone to the Marlins are shortstop Yunel Escobar, pitcher Henderson Alvarez, infielder Adeiny Hechavarria, catcher Jeff Mathis and three minor-leaguers: outfielder Jake Marisnick and pitchers Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani.

Toronto is also receiving “cash considerations” from Miami, believed to be about US$8-million. Toronto is taking on roughly $US165-million in contract guarantees, including the US$96-million owed Reyes through 2017.

Last week Selig knotted his brow and intoned that the deal was “under review.” He acknowledged the howls from fans in Miami, who were upset that owner Jeffrey Loria had gutted the Marlins’ roster just a year after signing Reyes, Buehrle and closer Heath Bell to big contracts – but without no-trade clauses.

Some speculated that Selig dragged out the approvals to put pressure on Loria, whom he has supported in his successful bid to build a new stadium with substantial help from Miami taxpayers.

But Selig automatically reviews any deal in which more than US$1-million changes hands. And despite a few moments of mild panic among Jays fans late last week, there never was any doubt that he would approve the trade.

In a statement Monday, Selig said the deal “represents the exercise of plausible baseball judgment on the part of both clubs” and that it “does not violate any express rule.”

The big delay arose from the need for 12 players, scattered far and wide, to complete physicals. Reyes was in Dubai when the teams agreed on the deal last Tuesday and did not return to Florida until Thursday night. Major League Baseball officials had to review and approve a raft of paperwork before the trade became official.

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lobo316 wrote: Could the Phillies be interested in Hamilton ?


God, I hope so.  I don't want the Red Sox touching him with a 10 foot pole. 

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Shawn Camp re-upped with the Cubs. One-year contract estimated at $1.35 million, with incentives that could add an additional $200,000 to the deal.

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The Toronto Blue Jays reportedly will reach into the past in introducing the future Tuesday morning.

Media outlets reported late Monday night that John Gibbons, who skippered the Blue Jays between 2004 and 2008, is being re-hired as manager, succeeding John Farrell, who bolted for the Boston Red Sox following two mediocre seasons in Toronto.

Gibbons, who managed the Blue Jays for parts of five seasons from 2004 to 2008, is expected to be welcomed back as Toronto's new (old?) manager at a 9:30 a.m. ET media conference.

Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is also expected to address the acquisition of shortstop Jose Reyes, left-handed pitcher Mark Buehrle, right-hander Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and utility man Emilio Bonifacio in a much-documented, 12-player trade with the Miami Marlins, finalized Monday, and the signing of free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera for an estimated $16 million US over two years.

Gibbons, 50, replaced fired Carlos Tosca as Blue Jays manager late in 2004, going 20-30 the rest of the way and posting a 305-305 record in 610 games at the helm.

He has since served as bench coach with the Kansas City Royals and last season managed the San Diego Padres' double-A affiliate in San Antonio, Texas.

Gibbons, from Great Falls, Mont., is said to be a close friend of Anthopoulos, which may speak to him being hired over rumoured candidates like Jim Riggleman and Jim Tracy.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Looking to add depth to the infield, the Seattle Mariners acquired versatile Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

The trade instantly gives the Mariners an experienced infielder who can play second base, third base and shortstop. Andino is likely to fill the role held this past season by Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The Royals have signed right-hander Jeremy Guthrie to a $25 million, three-year deal, adding another piece to what should be a retooled starting rotation next season.

Guthrie will make $5 million next season, $11 million in 2014 and $9 million in 2015.

The 33-year-old Guthrie was acquired in a midseason trade from the Colorado Rockies, where he'd been just 3-9 with a 6.35 ERA. He wound up going 5-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 14 starts in Kansas City, including a 4-0 mark with a 2.17 ERA over his final 11 outings.

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DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Tigers have released outfielder Ryan Raburn.

Raburn started the 2012 season as a big part of Detroit's plans, but the 31-year-old hit just .171 in 66 games.

The Tigers also purchased the contracts of right-handers Bruce Rondon and Melvin Mercedes, and shortstop Dixon Machado from Triple-A Toledo. Detroit sent right-hander Tyler Stohr outright to Toledo.

The 21-year-old Rondon was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year, going 2-1 with a 1.53 ERA in 52 appearances with Class A Lakeland, Double-A Erie and Toledo. Rondon could compete for Detroit's closer spot next year.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Trying to get under baseball's luxury tax by 2014, the New York Yankees don't mind spending big as long as it's on one-year deals.

New York filled one of the slots in its rotation Tuesday, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract with No. 2 starter Hiroki Kuroda as they await a decision from Andy Pettitte on whether he wants to return in 2013.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Free agent reliever Joel Peralta has finalized a $6 million, two-year contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Peralta gets $3 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rays have $2.5 million annual options for 2015-17.

The 36-year-old right-hander went 2-6 with a 3.63 ERA in 76 appearances last season. He was second in the AL in appearances in 2012 and his 147 appearances over the past two seasons are the most in the league. He's coming off a season in which he had a career-best 84 strikeouts while limiting opponents to a .200 batting average and .254 on-base percentage in 67 innings.

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Chone Figgins was expected to give the Seattle Mariners a spark when he signed a $36 million, four-year contract with them in December 2009.

Instead, he was an expensive burden in three lackluster seasons.

The Mariners finally conceded the deal didn't work, designating Figgins for assignment Tuesday night.

Cutting ties with Figgins was one of a number of moves the Mariners made to get their 40-man roster set. The Mariners also designated outfielder Scott Cousins, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Nov. 6.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs say they have designated first baseman Bryan LaHair for assignment because he and the club are pursuing an opportunity for him in Japan.

An All-Star last season, LaHair batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games. He originally signed with the Cubs as a minor league free agent in December 2009.

The Cubs made several other moves on Tuesday, acquiring right-handed pitching prospect Barret Loux and a player to be named from the Texas Rangers for right-hander Jake Brigham. They also assigned right-hander Carlos Gutierrez outright to Triple-A Iowa after he cleared waivers and selected the contracts of four players - right-hander Trey McNutt from Double-A Tennessee, infielder Christian Villanueva from Class-A Daytona, infielder Logan Watkins from Tennessee and right-hander Robert Whitenack from Daytona.

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with veteran outfielder Dewayne Wise.



The 34-year-old Wise signed with Chicago as a free agent on Aug. 3. He is a career .228 hitter with 30 home runs and 112 RBIs in 546 games over 10 seasons with Toronto, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Florida and the New York Yankees in addition to the White Sox.



Wise preserved Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game against Tampa Bay when he made an over-the-wall catch to stop a home run in the ninth inning.










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NEW YORK (AP) -- Trying to get under baseball's luxury tax by 2014, the New York Yankees don't mind spending big as long as it's on one-year deals.

New York filled one of the slots in its rotation Tuesday, agreeing to a $15 million, one-year contract with No. 2 starter Hiroki Kuroda as they await a decision from Andy Pettitte on whether he wants to return in 2013.


Very good deal for both parties. Kuroda in His last 4 contracts has turned down more money to stay with the Dodgers or Yankees.

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Redsox sign outfielder Johnny Gomes.

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Redsox sign outfielder Johnny Gomes.

Deal is for 2 years and $ 10 million. Not crazy about the signing but I guess he will platoon with Daniel Nava in LF next year.

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An All-Star last season, LaHair batted .259 with 16 home runs and 40 RBIs in 130 games.

Jesus - the Cubs really sucked last year if those totals get you on the All-Star game roster.

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ésar Izturis is back with the Toronto Blue Jays, joining his half-brother Maicer.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have reportedly re-acquired infielder César Izturis, signing him to a minor league contract today, according to Baseball America's Matt Eddy. He will probably spend most of his time in Buffalo in 2013.



César, 32, is 215 days older than his half-brother Maicer, who signed a 3-year, $10 million Major League contract with the Jays earlier this offseason. When Maicer steps on the field for the first time as a Blue Jay, he and César will become the third fraternal pair to ever be Blue Jays. The first two pairs are obvious: Rob (1993-1994, 1999) and Rich (1997) Butler, and Benji (2006) and Jose (2010-2011) Molina. The last pair is quite a bit more obscure; I'll reveal the brothers' identities at the end of the article (hint, they were both catchers). The Blue Jays have never had two brothers on the roster simultaneously--perhaps that will change in 2013.

César was first signed as a 16-year old international free agent from Venezuela by the Blue Jays scouts Emilio Carrasquel and Mike Russell all the way back in July 1996. He played for the short-season A St. Catherines Stompers (managed by Rocket Wheeler--what a great name) a year later and made it up to the AAA Syracuse SkyChiefs by age 20, skipping AA. All throughout the minors he was rated as a top defensive shortstop by Baseball America, and was one of Toronto's top prospects.

After the Blue Jays DFAed British reliever Lance Painter, Izturis was recalled and he made his Major League debut as a 21-year old shortstop in a start against the Boston Red Sox. He collected his first hit--a single--in his very first at bat against former Blue Jays reclamation project Frank Castillo. In his 16th career game, he fell a homer short of a cycle against the Montreal Expos. Manager Buck Martinez made him his starting second baseman and he played everyday until he was optioned to AAA on August 1 when Homer Bush came back from his injury. He was called up again in September, starting the occasional game.

That off season, freshly-hired general manager J.P. Ricciardi traded Izturis, along with Paul Quantrill, to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Luke Prokopec and minor league pitcher Chad Ricketts. That was probably near the top of Ricciardi's list of worst trades--you can take a look at Prokopec's stats yourself if you don't believe me.

César became the Dodgers' staring shortstop and became known for being a good glove, but light-hitting shortstop. His career year came in 2004 when he hit .288/.330/.381, stealing 25 bases, and his improved offense brought him the National League Gold Glove award. He signed a 3-year $9.9 million contract (the Izturis brothers' favourite type of contract it seems) after that year and played well enough in 2005 to be named to the NL All-Star team.

Unfortunately, due to some arthritis issues and the most forgiving disease of all--regression, he never repeated that 2004 season. In 2006, he was traded to the Cubs for Greg Maddux (not a bad thing to tell your grandkids) then subsequently played for the Pirates, Cardinals, Orioles, Brewers, and the Nationals. His career line is .255/.294/.323, nothing to write home about, but his career K/PA sits at a pretty 9.2%, which is excellent. César is only 32, so as long as his defense stays good and he stays healthy, he will get a chance to play in the Major Leagues again.

By the way, the other pair of brothers were Jason (2006-2007) and Kyle (2009) Phillips.

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The term "Tampa Bay Ray for life" has more or less been made an impossibility by both the philosophy and financial limitations of baseball's little franchise that could.
Evan Longoria, however, was always the possible exception to the rule and it now appears he has a good shot at forever wearing that label. The Rays and their All-Star third baseman have come to agreement on an extension that will give Longoria an additional $100 million and could keep him in a Tampa Bay uniform through 2023.

Longoria would turn 38 at the end of that season and while he could still have a few years of baseball ahead of him, it seems unlikely that they'll come in anything but a Tampa Bay cap (or wherever the franchise happens to be playing then).

That, of course, goes against a Rays philosophy that frowns toward writing big checks or falling too in love with your players, but GM Andrew Friedman's early gamble on Longoria's obvious talent made it possible to ignore those maxims. Longoria signed a six-year, $17.5 million contract in 2008 before ever appearing in a major-league game. The deal, combined with three club option years worth a total of $30 million, has made Longoria's deal far and away the most team-friendly deal in all of baseball and arguably professional sports.

"Evan has clearly become a cornerstone player and a fixture in our organization," Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement. "We are proud of what we have accomplished these past seven years, and I expect the best is yet to come."
Longoria has one year remaining on that original six-year deal. The three years of team options following will bring Longoria's total paychecks to $47.5 million before this extension that will pay him a total of $100 million from 2017 to 2022.

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I was in Missouri last week, wearing my Cardinals hoodie and a guy in a bar walked up to me and excitedly told me about some big signing the Cardinals were close to making, but he was very drunk and I didn't understand a word of it.

Anyone know if we're in the market for a high-end shortstop? The only news site I visit is very quiet on us.

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Not for this yr.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz was suspended Tuesday for the first 25 games of next season following a positive test for an amphetamine.

The 33-year-old was an All-Star for the first time this year when he hit .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBIs.

''I am sincerely regretful for my mistake in taking a prohibited stimulant,'' Ruiz said in a statement issued by the Major League Baseball Players Association. ''I apologize to my teammates, the Phillies organization and the Philadelphia fans. I will serve the imposed 25-game suspension to begin the season and I look forward to returning to the field and working toward bringing a championship back to Philadelphia in 2013.''

Ruiz will be eligible to participate in spring training, including exhibition games.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Cubs and former Texas Rangers pitcher Scott Feldman have agreed to a one-year contract, the team said Tuesday.

Feldman is guaranteed $6 million next season and can earn another $1 million in incentives.

The 29-year-old right-hander was 39-44 with a 4.81 ERA over eight years with the Rangers, going 6-11 with a 5.09 ERA in 29 appearances (21 starts) last season.

A reliever early in his career, he has made 20 or more starts in four of the last five seasons, and general manager Jed Hoyer made it clear the Cubs see him as part of the rotation.

''We signed Scott as a starter,'' Hoyer said. ''I know he's bounced around a little bit with the Rangers, but in large part, that was due just to the amount of starting pitchers they had and their depth. We clearly see him as a starter, and we're excited to add him to the rotation.''

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The Red Sox made 3 ( extremely ) minor moves today:



- Boston traded RHP Zach Stewart ( acquired last season in the Kevin Youkilis deal ) to Pittsburgh for a PTBNL.

- Boston traded 3B Danny Valencia to Baltimore for cash.

- Boston traded RHP Sandy Rosario to Oakland for a PTBNL or cash.

All 3 players were recently Designated For Assignment by Boston to clear up room on the 40 man roster.

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The New York Yankees and left-hander Andy Pettitte have finalized a contract for next season for $12 million, plus awards bonuses, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney Wednesday.



The contract is a substantial raise from the $2.5 million Pettitte earned this past season.



Pettitte, 40, made 12 starts for the Yankees after rejoining the team midseason and was 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have traded right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first baseman Clint Robinson to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league pitchers Luis Santos and Luis Rico.

Mazzaro was 4-3 with a 5.73 ERA for the Royals while filling in as a spot starter because of injuries last season. Robinson struck out twice in his first four major league at-bats. Both were designated for assignment on Nov. 20.

The 21-year-old Santos pitched for both Dominican Pirates clubs last season, combining for a 6-3 record and a 2.44 ERA in 14 games, including 12 starts. In 62 2-3 innings, he allowed 42 hits, walked 20 and struck out 74 while holding opponents to a .184 average.

Rico, who turns 19 on Thursday, was 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 11 games for the Dominican Pirates last season.



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The Braves have reportedly signed Free Agent OF B.J. Upton to a 5 year deal for $ 75 million. Upton still needs to pass a physical so the deal will not be official until at least Thursday.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
The Red Sox made 3 ( extremely ) minor moves today:



- Boston traded RHP Zach Stewart ( acquired last season in the Kevin Youkilis deal ) to Pittsburgh for a PTBNL.

- Boston traded 3B Danny Valencia to Baltimore for cash.

- Boston traded RHP Sandy Rosario to Oakland for a PTBNL or cash.

All 3 players were recently Designated For Assignment by Boston to clear up room on the 40 man roster.


Cup = Theirs

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Ah yes - all Red Sox fans dream of winning another World Series Cup. ;)

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Ah yes - all Red Sox fans dream of winning another World Series Cup. ;)


You know, since the NHL wont be needing the Stanley Cup this year, maybe MLB can use it to present to the World Series Champions next year

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- Ryan Madson agreed to a one-year deal on Wednesday with the Los Angeles Angels, who believe the right-handed reliever will make a strong comeback from Tommy John surgery.

The longtime Philadelphia reliever missed all of last season with the Cincinnati Reds, who signed him in January after a stellar performance in 2011 with the Phillies. He underwent surgery in April on a torn ligament in his right elbow.

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CINCINNATI (AP) -- The Reds signed Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract on Wednesday, giving the NL Central champions a potential closer and a chance to reconfigure their starting rotation.

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The Nationals have announced that they've acquired outfielder Denard Span from the Twins in exchange for minor-league right-hander Alex Meyer.

The lefty-swinging Span, age 28, is coming off a season in which he put up an OPS of .738 and tallied 38 doubles and 17 steals. He also profiles as an outstanding defensive center fielder. Span will earn $4.75 million next season and $6.5 million in 2014. His contract also calls for a $9-millon salary or $500,000 buyout for 2015.

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Pittsburgh signs C Russell Martin:



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The New York Yankees were in no hurry to re-sign catcher Russell Martin. The Pittsburgh Pirates swept in when they had the chance.

A person with knowledge of the deal says the Pirates have agreed to a $17 million, two-year contract with the three-time All-Star, hoping he can give them some pop at the plate and respectable defence behind it.

The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke Thursday night on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been announced.

The agreement was first reported by Fox Sports.

"I want to thank the (at)yankees organization and fans for treating me with class and respect... I will truly miss the city and people of NY," Martin posted on his Twitter account late Thursday.

The 29-year-old Martin hit .211 with 21 homers and 53 RBIs in 133 games last year with the Yankees, who had been concentrating on bringing back some of their free-agent pitchers so far this winter. Martin's batting average has declined in each of the last five seasons after he hit .293 and made his first All-Star game while playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007.

The signing reunites Martin with right-hander A.J. Burnett. The two played together with the Yankees in 2011 before Burnett was traded to Pittsburgh last spring.

The Pirates were in need of an experienced backstop after declining the club option on Rod Barajas, who struggled in his one season in black-and-gold. Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers in 104 games and struggled defensively, throwing out just 6 per cent (6 of 99) potential base stealers.

Backup Mike McKenry fared better but neither have Martin's resume. Martin threw out 25 per cent (20 of 83) base stealers last season and committed just six errors in 128 games at catcher, the same total Barajas had in 24 fewer appearances.

The signing is the latest dip into deeper pockets by Pittsburgh, who went 79-83 in 2012, tied for the franchise's best record in the last 20 years. The season was marred by a late fade in which the Pirates fell from playoff contention but the team opted to not make any major changes to the front office and instead focus on upgrading several spots, with catcher being among the top priorities.

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Yankees sign P Mariano Rivera:


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Mariano Rivera and the New York Yankees agreed Thursday to a $10 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been announced. The person said the deal includes additional bonus opportunities, as did the team's agreement with Andy Pettitte earlier in the week.

After missing most of the season because of a knee injury, Rivera accepted a cut in guaranteed money from his $30 million, two-year deal that had covered the last two years.

Rivera, who turned 43 on Thursday, was limited to nine games this year after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. He is baseball's career leader with 608 saves.

With deals for Pettitte, Rivera and Hiroki Kuroda in place, the Yankees will turn their attention to position players. Steady catcher Russell Martin departed Thursday, agreeing to a $17 million, two-year contract with Pittsburgh, a person familiar with those talks said.

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Pirates and Russell Martin agree to two-year, $17 million contract
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Nov 29, 2012, 9:05 PM EST

UPDATE: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees never made Martin an offer. In fact, they haven’t made an offer to any position players so far this offseason.

8:44 PM: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Martin agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates. You could understand if the Yankees balked at a three-year deal at $8.5 million AAV, but it’s surprising that they weren’t willing to match the Pirates for two years.

8:29 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates have reached an agreement with catcher Russell Martin, pending a physical. No word yet on the exact terms, but there was a report earlier this week that they could be willing to give him a three-year deal.

The Yankees were said to be reluctant to go beyond two years for Martin, who batted .211/.311/.403 with 21 homers, 53 RBI and a .713 OPS this past season. The Mariners and Rangers were also mentioned as potential suitors, but it appears the Pirates had the best offer on the table.

Pirates’ catchers combined to hit .218/.300/.392 with 23 home runs and a .692 OPS this past season, most of that from Rod Barajas and Michael McKenry. With his pop and patience, Martin should be able to equal or exceed that level of production. He also figures to be a nice upgrade from a group who threw out a major-league worst eight percent of attempted basestealers in 2012. Martin checked in at 24 percent, which was just around the league average. He also has the reputation as a solid receiver.

If the season started today, the Yankees would have to rely on a combination of Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart behind the plate. Of course, it’s very unlikely they’ll end up going that route. The Yankees haven’t been involved for Mike Napoli, but A.J. Pierzynski has been mentioned as a possible fallback to Martin.

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Pirates having a big off season signing minor leaguers who never panned out and over the hill veterans

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Count Grog wrote: Pirates having a big off season signing minor leaguers who never panned out and over the hill veterans
Martin had a truly abysmal first half last season, one of the worst that I can ever remember a full-time position player having at the plate.  He picked it up a bit in the second half and would be a good veteran fit on a young team that had a lot of offense and was on the verge of contending.  But not the Pirates.

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NEW YORK — David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a US$138-million, eight-year contract that would be the richest in franchise history, WFAN radio reported early Friday.

The deal would keep the all-star third baseman under contract with the Mets through the 2020 season, when he will be 37.

Without a new contract, Wright would be eligible for free agency after next season. Last month, the Mets exercised his $16-million option for 2013. So the new agreement would add seven years and $122-million, according to WFAN, which broadcasts Mets games.

Team spokesman Jay Horwitz declined to comment.

Wright batted .306 with 21 homers and 93 RBIs last season as the Mets finished fourth in the NL East at 74-88. He also had a .391 on-base percentage to go with 41 doubles and 15 stolen bases.

A homegrown fan favourite and the face of the franchise, Wright is the club’s career leader in several major offensive categories including hits, RBIs, runs and walks.

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The Angels have traded for Braves right-hander Tommy Hanson, CBSSports.com Insider Jon Heyman reports. The Braves will get reliever Jordan Walden, according to CBSSports.com senior writer Danny Knobler.

Hanson, 26, was 13-10 with a 4.48 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves last season. As a rookie in 2009, he won his first five decisions and started the season 9-2, finishing 11-4 with a 2.89 ERA and third in Rookie of the Year voting. Overall, he's gone 45-32 with a 3.61 ERA in four seasons, but seen his velocity drop over the last two seasons.

Hanson missed the final two months of the 2011 season with shoulder troubles and suffered with back pain in 2012. He is arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason and could make as much as $4 million in 2013, according to MLB.com's Mark Bowman. Not only does moving Hanson make room in the team's budget, he also makes room in the rotation for heralded prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado in the team's rotation.

Walden, 25, was an All-Star as the team's closer in 2011, recording 32 saves. Last season, though, he had just one save with a 3.46 ERA in 45 appearances. With Craig Kimbrel entrenched as the Braves' closer, Walden will likely serve in a set-up role, probably in the sixth and seventh innings.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have announced several minor moves related to four players who were designated for assignment (DFA) two weeks ago. The designation for assignment transactions immediately removes a player from the 40-man roster and allows teams up to 10 days to decide whether to trade, outright, or release that player. If a player has accrewed more than three years of MLB service, then he can choose to refuse an outright assignment and declare free agency.


  • Joel Carreno, who was DFAed on November 19 to make room for Melky Cabrera, was outrighted to AAA Buffalo Bisons yesterday.
  • Mike McDade, who was DFAed on November 20 along with Mike McCoy and Cory Wade to protect Ryan Goins and A.J. Jimenez from the Rule 5 Draft, was claimed off waivers by the Cleveland Indians. The Indians DFAed Chris Seddon in a corresponding move.
  • Mike McCoy was outrighted to the Buffalo Bisons. If he does get called up next year, at least he doesn't have too far to travel.
  • Cory Wade, who the Blue Jays claimed from the Yankees on October 17, has refused assignment and declared free agency.

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Hanson has lost a lot off his stuff the past few years. I don't really have confidence in him at this stage.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired right-hander Chris Resop from the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league right-hander Zach Thornton.

The A's also announced Friday that they will not offer a contract to outfielder Jermaine Mitchell. A move to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Resop will be announced later.

Resop was 1-4 with one save and a 3.91 ERA in 61 relief appearances with Pittsburgh last year. The 30-year-old has spent parts of seven seasons in the majors with Florida, the Los Angeles Angels, Atlanta and Pittsburgh. He has a 9-11 career record with two saves and a 4.51 ERA in 213 games.

Thornton went 4-0 with 16 saves and a 4.53 ERA in 48 relief appearances for Class A Stockton last season.

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HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have claimed Philip Humber off waivers from the Chicago White Sox and agreed to a one-year contract with the pitcher who threw a perfect game last season.

Humber gets an $800,000 salary next year. There is a club option for $3 million in 2014 with a $50,000 buyout.

The 29-year-old Humber pitched a perfect game in a 4-0 win over the Seattle Mariners last April 21. It was the highlight of a 5-5 season in which the right-hander made 26 appearances, 16 of them starts.

Humber, who won a national championship in 2003 at Rice, was 9-9 with a 3.75 ERA in 26 starts for the White Sox in 2011. Humber would be familiar with many of the hitters he might face in the upcoming season - the Astros are switching to the American League next year.

He was a first-round pick in 2004 by the Mets and has also been with the Twins and Royals.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- The Mets declined to offer contracts to outfielder Andres Torres, right-hander Mike Pelfrey and reliever Manny Acosta on Friday.

The three players will become free agents on Saturday.

The switch-hitting Torres batted.230 with three homers and 35 RBIs this season for New York.

Pelfrey, who has spent parts of seven seasons with New York, made only three starts this year before having season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. He has a career ERA of 4.36 with slightly more than 500 strikeouts in about 900 innings.

Acosta struck out 46 in 47 1-3 innings last season while walking 25 in 45 relief appearances.

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The San Francisco Giants declined to tender a one-year contract to bearded closer Brian Wilson on Friday, making him a free agent as he recovers from a second ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow.

Wilson was among a handful of big names non-tendered before Friday's deadline, joining Mark Reynolds, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey and Jack Hannahan.

Teams had until midnight EST on Friday to make 2013 offers to unsigned players on 40-man rosters.




Wilson was the 2010 major league saves leader with 48, but made only two appearances for the World Series champion Giants in 2012 after experiencing further elbow trouble in April.
Wilson underwent reconstructive Tommy John surgery April 19, his second such procedure on his pitching elbow after also having it done while in college at LSU in 2003. Dr. James Andrews performed both operations. Wilson missed the team's run to its second championship in three years.

"It's really a snail's pace at this time," Giants GM Brian Sabean said of Wilson's current rehab regimen. "Not a ton expected. He's throwing 60 feet flat ground."

The 30-year-old Wilson, who earned $8.5 million in his injury-shortened 2012 season, would be due to make at least $6.8 million next year under the rule limiting cuts to a maximum of 20 percent.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Giants would like to sign Wilson to an incentive-laden deal with a lower-based salary due to questions with his elbow. However, the report, citing sources, states Wilson has no plans to negotiate with the team due to its stance.

Reynolds hit .221 with 23 homers and 69 RBIs last season for the Orioles. His home run output was down from 37 in 2011 and his fewest since his rookie year in 2007.

Reynolds struggled at third base early last season and was moved to first, where he played exceptionally well.

Last month, the Orioles declined Reynolds' $11 million option for 2013, opting for the $500,000 buyout. Friday's move enabled Baltimore to avoid going to arbitration with Reynolds.

Chris Davis moves atop the depth chart at first base.

Baltimore also declined to tender second baseman Omar Quintanilla and right-hander Stu Pomeranz. The moves were announced Friday night.

Jurrjens, an All-Star in 2011, was non-tendered by the Braves after getting demoted to the minors last season. Atlanta also declined to offer a 2013 contract to reliever Peter Moylan, but claimed right-hander David Carpenter off waivers from Boston.

The Red Sox cut ties with outfielder Ryan Sweeney and pitchers Scott Atchison and Rich Hill. Hannahan was let go by Cleveland, clearing the way for youngster Lonnie Chisenhall to start at third base.

Pelfrey, a 15-game winner in 2010, made only three starts this year before having season-ending Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. The Mets let him go Friday, along with outfielder Andres Torres and reliever Manny Acosta.

Third baseman Ian Stewart (Cubs) and reliever Daniel Schlereth (Tigers) were not offered contracts, either.

The Texas Rangers did not offer 2013 contracts to catcher Geovany Soto, infielder Brandon Snyder and right-handed pitcher Jake Brigham. The Rangers are hopeful they can still re-sign Soto, who was acquired from the Cubs at the trade deadline in July.

In other moves, the Angels claimed outfielder Scott Cousins off waivers from Seattle, the Yankees claimed right-hander Jim Miller off waivers from Oakland, and Miami claimed first baseman-outfielder Joe Mahoney off waivers from Baltimore.

Arizona released right-hander Brad Bergesen, and the Yankees designated infielder Jayson Nix for assignment.

Players agreeing to one-year contracts that avoided arbitration included Kansas City second baseman Chris Getz ($1.05 million), Oakland first baseman Daric Barton ($1.1 million) and infielder Adam Rosales ($700,000), and Indians right-hander Blake Wood ($560,000).

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Rays trade RHP Badenhop to Brewers for Mondesi Jr
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.

The deal was made Saturday.

Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a full-time reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in his career with the Marlins and Rays.

The 20-year-old Mondesi, son of a former All-Star outfielder, hit .231 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 68 games at rookie league Helena.

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Looks like Angel Pagan is headed to Philly for 4 yrs.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Japanese closer Kyuji Fujikawa and the Chicago Cubs have reached agreement on a two-year contract for $9.5 million, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. Foxsports.com first reported the deal.

The 32-year-old Fujikawa pitched for two-time World Baseball Classic champion Japan and played in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He had 220 saves in 12 seasons with Hanshin and became an unrestricted free agent last month.

Closer Carlos Marmol remains on the Cubs' roster. The team tried to trade him to the Los Angeles Angels for starting pitcher Dan Haren last month, but that deal fell apart.

Fujikawa gets a $1 million signing bonus, and $4 million salaries in 2013 and 2014. The deal includes a vesting option for a third year at $5.5 million or $6 million based on games played.

If the option doesn't become automatic, the Cubs could then pay him $5.5 million or buy him out for $500,000. Fujikawa could also earn up to $2 million in performance bonuses per year.

The Cubs went 61-101 last season.

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srossi wrote:
Count Grog wrote: Pirates having a big off season signing minor leaguers who never panned out and over the hill veterans
Martin had a truly abysmal first half last season, one of the worst that I can ever remember a full-time position player having at the plate.  He picked it up a bit in the second half and would be a good veteran fit on a young team that had a lot of offense and was on the verge of contending.  But not the Pirates.


Anytime you have an MLB player who can't really get above the Mendoza line, you benefit by losing them. Martin is not that great. Good defense, horrible bat with some decent power but for what it's worth they need to see what they have in the minors. Let Romine try to win the job.

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Rays trade RHP Badenhop to Brewers for Mondesi Jr
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have traded right-handed reliever Burke Badenhop to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Raul Mondesi Jr.

The deal was made Saturday.

Badenhop turns 30 on Feb. 8. He was 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in 66 games last season. He has been a full-time reliever for the last three seasons and is 16-17 with two saves and a 4.08 ERA in his career with the Marlins and Rays.

The 20-year-old Mondesi, son of a former All-Star outfielder, hit .231 with five home runs and 32 RBIs in 68 games at rookie league Helena.



Let's hope he's not a lazy fuck like his old man.

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If you had told me on opening day of 2011 that the Braves would let Jair Jurjjens and Tommy Hanson go for a single relief pitcher I'd have bet my house against it. It's crazy how things change in such a short amount of time.

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If you had told me on opening day of 2011 that the Braves would let Jair Jurjjens and Tommy Hanson go for a single relief pitcher I'd have bet my house against it. It's crazy how things change in such a short amount of time.
Hansen didn't have a good yr last yr but I thought the braves gave up too soon on him and all they got back in return was a set up man.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Texas Rangers and catcher Geovany Soto have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2013 pending a physical. The source said that physical should take place in the next few days.




Soto, 29, batted .196 with five homers and 25 RBIs in 47 games for the Rangers in 2012 after the club acquired him at the trade deadline in July. Soto hit .199 with six home runs and 14 RBIs in 52 games for the Chicago Cubs before he was dealt.


The Rangers could not reach a deal before Friday night, so they non-tendered the catcher to avoid going to arbitration. He made $4.3 million and would have earned a raise in his final year of arbitration.


The agreement means the Rangers have at least one catcher for 2013. Mike Napoli remains on their radar screen, but the free agent is still talking with other teams and attempting to get a multiyear deal. Napoli and his agent, Brian Grieper, met with the Rangers on Wednesday.

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NASHVILLE -- Four years ago, he lived every closer's dream, throwing the final pitch of the 2008 World Series. Now, Brad Lidge has thrown his final pitch, period.
Lidge's agent, Rex Gary, said Sunday that the 35-year-old right-hander had informed him and partner Jim Turner that he plans to retire.


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Lidge was released by the Nationals last June, after struggling to make a comeback from April surgery to repair a sports hernia. Originally, he told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick at the time, he planned to take some time off to recover while deciding whether he wanted to pitch again.
But after reflecting on it through the summer and fall, Lidge decided the time had come to call it a career, Gary said.
In 11 seasons with the Astros, Phillies and Nationals, Lidge saved 225 games in the regular season and 18 more in the postseason, the second-highest postseason save total in history, behind only Mariano Rivera (42).
Lidge's 799 regular-season strikeouts in just 603 1/3 innings compute to 11.919 strikeouts per nine innings -- the second-best strikeout ratio in history among men who pitched at least 500 innings and only about a thousandth of a percentage point behind that of his former teammate in Houston, Billy Wagner (11.920).
Lidge's first 123 saves came for the Astros, the team that drafted him in the first round of the 1998 draft. But his signature season came in Philadelphia in 2008, when he converted every one of his 48 save opportunities during the regular season and postseason, and finished off the second championship season in Phillies franchise history by striking out Eric Hinske for the final out of the World Series.

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will have surgery next month on his troublesome hip, forcing him to miss “part of 2013,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

“Source said the doctor wants A-Rod to strengthen his hip before the surgery, thus the January operating date,” Feinsand reported Monday via Twitter.

A-Rod hit .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs in 2012. He drew the ire of Yankees fans after a postseason that included poor play, benchings and a flirting controversy at Yankee Stadium.

Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009. The New York Post reported Monday that the Yankees were “concerned” A-Rod’s repaired hip was “damaged.”

”He is always going to have hip issues to deal with. That’s just part of his winter program,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday, according to the Post.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Red Sox have agreed to sign free agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli for three years and $39 million, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

Napoli, 31, hit .227/.343/.469 with 24 homers and 56 RBI last season for the Rangers. In 2011, Napoli had a career year, hitting .320/.414/.631 with 30 homers and 75 RBI in only 113 games.

Napoli caught 72 games last season, playing first base in 28 games and serving as the designated hitter nine times. The Red Sox have a DH in David Ortiz and have several options at catcher, including Jarrod Saltalamacchia, newly-signed David Ross and prospect Ryan Lavarnway. They do, however, seem to have a hole at first base, so the smart money is on Napoli spending lots of time there.

Also of note, the likelihood that a catcher (like Saltalamacchia) gets dealt is high. Even if Napoli is slated to play a lot of first base, he's a backup plan at catcher, and there's no reason to carry so many major-league level backstops.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will have surgery next month on his troublesome hip, forcing him to miss “part of 2013,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

He always misses part of the season, it's just usually October.

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Free agent first baseman James Loney has agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract with the Tampa Bay Rays pending a physical exam, said a baseball source.



The deal will pay Loney an additional $1 million if he reaches specified performance bonuses, the source said.



Loney, 28, is a .282 hitter with a .758 OPS in seven seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Boston Red Sox. The Dodgers traded him to Boston in August as part of the multi-player deal that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford and Josh Beckett to Los Angeles.



Loney hit a combined .249 with six homers and 41 RBIs in 144 games last season with the two clubs.



Loney will replace Carlos Pena, who hit .197 with 19 homers as Tampa Bay's primary first baseman in 2012. Pena is also a free agent this winter.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Embattled Yankees star Alex Rodriguez will have surgery next month on his troublesome hip, forcing him to miss “part of 2013,” according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

He always misses part of the season, it's just usually October.

This might be the end for AROD. Yankees can get away from his huge contract if AROD can't continue to play.

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Looks like Angel Pagan is headed to Philly for 4 yrs.

Angel Pagan decides to stay with Giants. 4 yrs 40 mil

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Well since the Phils won a 120 games and swept everybody in the playoffs and series we don't have to worry about signing anyone. Who needs relief pitching, a third baseman and center fielder to win anyway?

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Despite boasting one of the best rotations in all of baseball last season, the Washington Nationals are not resting on their laurels. 

According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, free-agent pitcher Dan Haren agreed to a one-year deal with the Nationals.

Sources: Dan Haren in agreement with #Nationals, one year, $13M. Pending physical.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 4, 2012
As you may recall, Haren was traded to the Chicago Cubs for Carlos Marmol in November. That deal was then called off for reasons that were never officially stated. Presumably it was because Haren's physical raised some red flags, as noted by Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.

Seeing that "pending physical" at the end of Rosenthal's report does make you take a step back, but if everything checks out with Haren, this could end up being a very good deal for the Nationals.

Prior to battling injuries in 2012, Haren was a workhorse for a long time in both the American League and National League. He pitched at least 216 innings every season from 2005 to 2011 and had an ERA under 4.00 in six of those seven seasons.

Even in a down year last season, Haren still threw 176.2 innings, struck out 142 and only walked 38. His ERA spiked to 4.33 thanks to a significant jump in his home-run rate, but he usually has such good command and control of his stuff, especially when healthy, that he can thrive in Nationals Park. 

The Nationals will now boast a rotation that consists of Stephen Strasburg, who should have no innings restrictions, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Haren and Ross Detwiler. That has the potential to be the best rotation, top to bottom, in the National League. 

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Even in a down year last season, Haren still threw 176.2 innings, struck out 142 and only walked 38. His ERA spiked to 4.33 thanks to a significant jump in his home-run rate, but he usually has such good command and control of his stuff, especially when healthy, that he can thrive in Nationals Park. 




He' s going to a homerun friendly ballpark. His era will soar.
One yr 13 mil is too much. Greinke will get 15-20 mil after hearing this.

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Redsox sign Shane Victorino 3 yrs 37.5 mil

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Redsox sign Shane Victorino 3 yrs 37.5 mil

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year contract with the Giants.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn — While team executives zeroed in on trade and free-agent targets at the winter meetings on Tuesday, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum described what it was like being between the crosshairs of a former teammate and Hall of Famer.

Sveum said old friend Robin Yount shot him accidentally in the right ear and in his back with BBs when they were out on a recent quail hunt.

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Sveum said old friend Robin Yount shot him accidentally in the right ear and in his back with BBs when they were out on a recent quail hunt.

Yount must really want that Manager job with the Cubbies.

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Benlen wrote: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year contract with the Giants.Three years for someone who's 37 doesn't seem like the best idea, but we'll see.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Yunel Escobar's stay with the Miami Marlins lasted all of two weeks.

The payroll-slashing Marlins dealt the shortstop and his $5 million salary across Florida to the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night for minor league infielder Derek Dietrich.

Escobar's departure drops the Marlins' projected opening-day payroll to a major league-low $38 million, which includes $4.5 million owed Toronto next year, $1.5 million due to Arizona in 2013 as part of the Heath Bell trade and $1 million to account for a prorated share of Bell's signing bonus.

Combined with the Toronto trade, the Marlins have pared $151.5 million in payroll from their books in recent weeks, just two months after finishing their first season in a new ballpark built with taxpayer money.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco, the team's highest-paid remaining player with a salary of $11.5 million next year, would prefer to be traded, too, agent Matt Sosnick said Monday.

"We'll take a little timeout on the trade front," said Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest, who promised the payroll savings will be reinvested.

Acquired in the 12-player trade that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Toronto on Nov. 19, the 30-year-old Escobar batted .253 last season with nine homers and 51 RBIs.

He is a .282 career hitter in six major league seasons with 53 homers and 298 RBIs for Atlanta (2007-10) and Toronto (2010-12). Escobar was suspended for three games in September for wearing eye black displaying an anti-gay slur written in Spanish during a game against Boston.

"I think he definitely learned a lesson from the eye-black incident," Rays executive vice president for baseball operations Andrew Friedman said. "I think it had a real impact on him and that he feels remorse about it. And the digging that we did -- we believe that it was an isolated incident and that nothing of that nature will be a concern going forward, or we wouldn't have acquired him."

Beinfest said that when the Marlins obtained Escobar, he said he was willing to move to third base. Adeiny Hechavarria, also acquired from the Blue Jays, is slated for shortstop.

"He had a change of heart," Beinfest said.

Escobar's contract includes $5 million options for 2014 and 2015. His acquisition allows Ben Zobrist to serve in a utility role.

"We believe that he's going to fit in really well in our clubhouse," Friedman said. "It sounds like he's extremely happy about being here, being a Ray, and he knows he's going to be welcomed into our clubhouse. But yeah, I think it's safe to say we did a lot of work on it, talked to a lot of people and felt comfortable that it's a calculated risk on a good player that we feel like can help us and fit in really well in our environment."

The 23-year-old Dietrich, a second-round draft pick in 2010, was selected MVP of Class-A Charlotte this year, batting .282 with a team-high 10 homers and 58 RBIs. He was promoted to Double-A Montgomery on July 28 and finished with a combined .279 average with 14 homers and 75 RBIs.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Benlen wrote:
Sveum said old friend Robin Yount shot him accidentally in the right ear and in his back with BBs when they were out on a recent quail hunt.

Yount must really want that Manager job with the Cubbies.

With Sveum being the Cubs Manager it's more likely he intentionally stepped in front of Yount's shot.

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Benlen wrote: SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year contract with the Giants.Three years for someone who's 37 doesn't seem like the best idea, but we'll see.

He's just being rewarded for what he did in the playoffs. They did the same thing with Huff and they couldn't wait to dump him. Hopefully Scutaro has three more years left in him. Plus the Giants had no secondbaseman on their roster.

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A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no announcement by the team.

The 34-year-old Bay is hoping to resurrect his career with the Mariners after three disappointing and injury-plagued seasons with the New York Mets.

Last month, Bay and the Mets agreed to terminate his contract with one guaranteed year remaining on his $66 million, four-year contract. The agreement let the Mets spread out the $21 million they still owed him.

Bay hit .165 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs last season. He was slowed by concussions and rib injuries while with the Mets and played only 288 games in three years with them.

Bay is familiar with the Pacific Northwest. He grew up in British Columbia and went to Gonzaga in Spokane, Wash.

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A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that versatile infielder Jeff Keppinger has reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no announcement by the team.

Keppinger hit .325 with a career-high nine home runs and 40 RBIs for Tampa Bay last season. The well-travelled 32-year-old is known for making contact and has more walks than strikeouts during his eight-year career with the Rays, San Francisco, Houston, Cincinnati, Kansas City and the Mets.

Keppinger is expected to play third base for the White Sox. Kevin Youkilis finished the season at that spot for Chicago last season, then became a free agent. The New York Yankees and Arizona also had been interested in Keppinger.

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A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Nate McLouth has rejoined the Baltimore Orioles with a one-year contract worth $2 million.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because there was no official announcement.

The 31-year-old McLouth revived his career with the Orioles last season. An NL All-Star in 2008, McLouth was cut by Pittsburgh in late May after hitting just .140 with two RBIs in 34 games.

Baltimore signed McLouth to a minor league deal in early June and promoted him to the majors two months later. He hit .268 with seven home runs and 18 RBIs, and helped spark the Orioles to an AL wild-card spot.

McLouth made $1.75 million last season. His new contract provides performance bonuses of $50,000 each for 300 and 350 plate appearances, and $100,000 each for 400, 450, 500 and 550 plate appearances.

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A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Arizona Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez have agreed to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because nothing had been finalized. Chavez's new deal is pending a physical.

The 34-year-old Chavez hit .281 with 16 homers in 278 at-bats for the New York Yankees, playing first and third base and at designated hitter.

Chavez was six-time Gold Glove third baseman with Oakland before injuries limited him for several years. But he found success in a limited role with New York this season, seeing more playing time after Alex Rodriguez broke his hand in late July.

Chavez, who lives in the Phoenix area, will likely serve in a reserve role for Arizona, which has Chris Johnson at third base and Paul Goldschmidt at first.

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lobo316 wrote:
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.

lobo316 wrote:
A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that versatile infielder Jeff Keppinger has reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.

lobo316 wrote:
A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Nate McLouth has rejoined the Baltimore Orioles with a one-year contract worth $2 million.

lobo316 wrote:
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Arizona Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez have agreed to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract.


" A person " has been really busy today. :tongue:

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with right-hander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.

Signing Blanton was a mistake by the Angels. The guy sucks.

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Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.

Choate had a 3.03 ERA and no record in 80 games this year, tying for the major league lead in pitching appearances. He held left-handed batters to a .158 average (16 for 101) and righties hit .325 against him (13 for 40).

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with right-hander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.

Signing Blanton was a mistake by the Angels. The guy sucks.


Blanton doesn't suck, He's an Innings eater. He's a 4th or 5th starter at this point in His career.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
Benlen wrote:
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with right-hander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.

Signing Blanton was a mistake by the Angels. The guy sucks.


Blanton doesn't suck, He's an Innings eater. He's a 4th or 5th starter at this point in His career.

He's horrible. There's no team in baseball that isn't glad to face him.7.5 mil for an innings eater? No way.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Chicago Cubs and free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz have agreed to a one-year, major league deal worth a guaranteed $2.25 million, a source said Wednesday.




Schierholtz can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, the source said.
Schierholtz, 28, is a .270 career hitter with a .727 OPS over six seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia. He became a free agent last week when the Phillies declined to offer him a contract at the non-tender deadline.
Tampa Bay, Boston, Baltimore and the New York Yankees and Mets were among the other teams that had expressed interest in Schierholtz. He is expected to be the Cubs' primary right fielder in 2013.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The Chicago Cubs and free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz have agreed to a one-year, major league deal worth a guaranteed $2.25 million, a source said Wednesday.




Schierholtz can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses, the source said.
Schierholtz, 28, is a .270 career hitter with a .727 OPS over six seasons with San Francisco and Philadelphia.


Excellent defensive outfielder.... Poor hitter. No power for a big guy.

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The plan is for the Cubs to suck again this year. It's Theo rebuilding plan. Suck for a few years. Draft well. Trade veterans for other young prospects. It will 2015 at least before the Cubs contend and that's all contingent on Theo doing his job well.

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clawmaster wrote: The plan is for the Cubs to suck again this year.
There are few franchises that can execute that plan as well as the Cubs.

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srossi wrote:
clawmaster wrote: The plan is for the Cubs to suck again this year.
There are few franchises that can execute that plan as well as the Cubs.


Hey now. The Pirates and Royals do what they can, so stop giving all this credit to the Cubs.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Phillies have acquired outfielder Ben Revere from the Minnesota Twins for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May.



Revere fills Philadelphia's need for a center fielder. The 24-year-old left-handed hitter batted .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season.





"Ben is an outstanding, young, controllable center fielder who fits nicely with our club," Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement, referring to Revere's play on the field and contract status.






Worley was 6-9 with a 4.20 ERA last year after going 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA as a rookie in 2011 and helping the Phillies win their fifth straight NL East title. He had elbow surgery in September, but is expected to be ready for spring training.



May was 10-13 with a 4.87 ERA at Double-A Reading.



Revere, a former first-round pick by the Twins, is a .278 hitter with 64 RBIs and 74 steals in two-plus seasons with Minnesota. He's made 126 career starts in center field, 84 in right field and 19 in left field.



The Phillies pursued free-agent center fielder B.J. Upton, who left Tampa Bay for a $75 million, five-year deal with Atlanta. They also had some interest in Michael Bourn and Josh Hamilton. Both All-Stars are still free agents.

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Good pick up by the Phils. I picked Revere in the draft in the late rounds
of a fantasy league I'm in.
What a steal.

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lobo316 wrote: Good pick up by the Phils. I picked Revere in the draft in the late rounds
of a fantasy league I'm in.
What a steal.


Guess that means Jacoby Ellsbury's not going to Philly.

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The Atlanta Braves re-signed outfielder Reed Johnson to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014.
The Atlanta Braves are keeping utility outfielder Reed Johnson around at least another season. The team announced through its official Twitter feed Thursday that it has agreed to a one-year contract with Johnson, with a club option for 2014.

The Braves traded for Johnson in July in a deal that also brought Paul Maholm to Atlanta for relief prospect Arodys Vizcaino, knowing the outfielder would be at least a rental as he was set to hit free agency. But the versatile backup seemed to be in general manager Frank Wren's plans for longer than that, as now he'll stick around for at least 2013.

Johnson was one of the best pinch-hitters in baseball last season while accruing an overall slash line of .290/.337/.398, mostly as a backup.

The Braves are currently working to fill a void in their lineup in either left field or third base, with Martin Prado filling in at the other spot. Johnson could prove as insurance in left if the team isn't able to fill the vacancy with a trade or another free agent signing to go along with new center fielder B.J. Upton. The team is also looking to fill at least one more bench vacancy after left-handed hitting Eric Hinske signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week.

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The Boston Red Sox and free-agent reliever Koji Uehara struck an agreement on a one-year deal Thursday, according to a major league source.




The deal is pending a physical.

The 37-year-old Uehara was one of the best relievers in baseball last season for the Texas Rangers, sporting a 1.75 ERA, a 0.64 WHIP and 43 strikeouts (compared to just three walks) in 36 innings. The right-hander made $4 million last season for the Rangers, missing more than a month with a lat injury.

Uehara has pitched in the majors the past four seasons after a successful career in Japan. He pitched with the Baltimore Orioles from 2009-11 before being dealt to the Rangers in midseason.

Before departing Nashville's winter meetings Thursday morning, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters the team had made progress on an acquisition that had not been previously reported.

"Last night we were working on a couple of things, but nothing ready to announce," Cherington said. "We made progress on one thing, but it's not quite teed up yet."

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said the club made an offer to Uehara at the GM meetings last month. But once the Rangers signed Joakim Soria this week, they decided to back off the free-agent relief market until other parts of the club were settled.

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The Boston Red Sox selected three players and lost two in Thursday morning’s Rule 5 draft, which capped off baseball’s winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.

The Red Sox lost pitching prospect Josh Fields when the Astros grabbed the reliever with the first pick, and lost another righthander when the Twins selected Ryan Pressly with the fourth pick. Fields was expected to be picked up after the Red Sox couldn’t find room for him on their 40-man roster. The 27-year-old had a finally-figured-it-out season, posting a 2.01 ERA, 78 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 58 1/3 innings between Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket.

The Astros must pay the Red Sox $50,000 and keep Fields on their 25-man major league roster throughout the 2013 season, per Rule 5 rules, or else offer him back to the Red Sox for $25,000. The same goes for the Twins and the soon-to-be 24-year-old Pressly, who had a 2.93 ERA at Double-A Portland last season.

The Red Sox selected second baseman Jeff Kobernus with the seventh pick, but, according to a report on WEEI.com, traded him to the Tigers for 27-year-old utility man Justin Henry, who hit .300 and stole 22 bases for Triple-A Toledo.

In the minor league portion of the Rule 5 draft, the Red Sox selected a local product: 23-year-old left-hander Jack McGeary, who starred for Roxbury Latin and was the Massachusetts Gatorade Player of the Year in 2006. He was drafted by the Nationals in the sixth round of the 2007 draft and worked out a unique deal that allowed him to attend Stanford and pitch in the minors during the summers. He had first-round talent and got a first-round signing bonus ($1.8 million).

He earned his degree from Stanford in 2011, while recovering from Tommy John surgery. He hasn’t pitched in more than 8 games since 2009, when he struggled with a 2-12 record and a 5.54 ERA in 26 starts.

The Red Sox also picked up right-hander Jon Bachanov from the White Sox in the minor league phase of the draft (the roster rules are much less stringent than in the major league portion of the draft). The 23-year-old was 7-3 with a 4.82 ERA in 32 games (10 starts) between Single-A and Double-A in 2012. He struck out 64 and walked 58.

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The Red Sox also announced Thursday it had completed the deal that sent right-hander Zach Stewart to the Pittsburgh Pirates. The player to be named later in the deal is righthander Kyle Kaminska, who has been assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket.

The 24-year-old combined to go 9-4 with a 4.19 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 11 walks in 81 2/3 innings between the Pirates and Florida Marlins systems last season. He also made six starts in the Arizona Fall League, finishing with an impressive 3-1 record and 1.61 ERA.

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Good pick up by the Phils. I picked Revere in the draft in the late rounds
of a fantasy league I'm in.
What a steal.


Phillies turning into a running team? Don't see too much power in that lineup at this time.

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clawmaster wrote: The plan is for the Cubs to suck again this year.
There are few franchises that can execute that plan as well as the Cubs.

CHICAGO (AP) -- Third baseman Ian Stewart says he is re-signing with the Chicago Cubs.

Stewart confirmed the move Thursday on Twitter, posting that he is ''glad to be healthy and back with the Cubs.''

A person familiar with the agreement said it's for one year at $2 million if Stewart makes the opening-day roster, and he can earn an additional $500,000 in bonuses. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced. Several media outlets had reported the terms.

Stewart batted .201 with five homers and 17 RBIs in 55 games this year - his first in Chicago - before having season-ending left wrist surgery. He had a $2,237,500 salary and became a free agent when the Cubs declined to tender him a 2013 contract before last Friday's deadline.

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The Yankees on Friday avoided a salary arbitration battle with Brett Gardner, who missed most of the 2012 season with an elbow injury, signing the speedy outfielder to a one-year, $2.85 million contract.




The deal represents a modest raise for the 29-year-old Gardner, who was paid $2.8 million last season but played in just nine games before injuring his right elbow diving for a ball. He eventually required surgery to remove bone chips from the area and did not return until September.


Gardner's contract also includes incentives based on plate appearances that could add another $150,000.


Gardner is a career .266 hitter with just 15 home runs in five major-league seasons, but his speed -- he led the AL with 49 stolen bases in 2011 -- and his ability to draw walks and create runs on the basepaths lends a dimension to the Yankees offense that was missing for most of last season.


That void was filled somewhat when the Yankees acquired Ichiro Suzuki last July, but despite Gardner's lack of playing time -- he played in seven games in September, mostly as a pinch runner and defensive replacement, and came to bat just three times -- the Yankees added him to their postseason roster. He appeared in five playoff games, going hitless in eight at-bats.


Considered one of the best defensive outfielders in the league, Gardner started out as a center fielder but moved to left when the Yankees acquired Curtis Granderson in 2010. Gardner could move back to center if the Yankees trade Granderson this winter, which is a possibility.


A left-handed hitter, he is expected to bat ninth in the Yankees batting order when the opposing starter is a lefty, and could bat leadoff, as he did 57 times in 2011, when the Yankees face a right-handed starter.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The 35 free agents who have signed, with name, position, former club if different, and contract. The contract information was obtained by The Associated Press from player and management sources. For players with minor league contracts, letter agreements for major league contracts are in parentheses:

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOSTON (3) — Re-signed David Ortiz, dh, to a $26 million, two-year contract; signed David Ross, c, Atlanta, to a $6.2 million, two-year contract; signed Jonny Gomes, of, Oakland, to a $10 million, two-year contract.
DETROIT (1) — Signed Torii Hunter, of, Los Angeles Angels, to a $26 million, two-year contract.
KANSAS CITY (1) — Re-signed Jeremy Guthrie, rhp, to a $25 million, three-year contract.
LOS ANGELES (1) — Signed Ryan Madson, rhp, Cincinnati, to a $3.5 million, one-year contract.
NEW YORK (3) — Re-signed Hiroki Kuroda, rhp, to a $15 million, one-year contract; re-signed Andy Pettitte, lhp, to a $12 million, one-year contract; re-signed Mariano Rivera, rhp, to a $10 million, one-year contract.
OAKLAND (1) — Re-signed Bartolo Colon, rhp, to a $3 million, one-year contract.
SEATTLE (1) — Re-signed Oliver Perez, lhp, to a $1.5 million, one-year contract.
TAMPA BAY (2) — Re-signed Joel Peralta, rhp, to a $6 million, two-year contract; signed James Loney, 1b, Boston, to a $2 million, one-year contract.
TEXAS (2) — Re-signed Colby Lewis, rhp, to a $2 million, one-year contract; signed Joakim Soria, rhp, Texas, to an $8 million, two-year contract.
TORONTO (2) — Signed Maicer Izturis, inf, Los Angeles Angels, to a $10 million, three-year contract; signed Melky Cabrera, of, San Francisco, to a $16 million, two-year contract.
——— NATIONAL LEAGUE
ARIZONA (1) — Signed Eric Hinske, 1b, Atlanta, to a $1.35 million, one-year contract.
ATLANTA (3) — Signed Gerald Laird, c, Detroit, to a $3 million, two-year contract; signed B.J. Upton, of, Tampa Bay, to a $75.25 million, five-year contract; re-signed Reed Johnson, c, to a $1.75 million, one-year contract.
CHICAGO (4) — Signed Scott Baker, rhp, Minnesota, to a $5.5 million, one-year contract; signed Dioner Navarro, c, Cincinnati, to a $1.75 million, one-year contract; re-signed Shawn Camp, rhp, to a $1.35 million, one-year contract; signed Scott Feldman, rhp, Texas, to a $6 million, one-year contract.
CINCINNATI (1) — Re-signed Jonathan Broxton, rhp, to a $21 million, three-year contract.
LOS ANGELES (1) — Re-signed Brandon League, rhp, to a $22.5 million, three-year contract.
MIAMI (1) — Signed Juan Pierre, of, Philadelphia, to a $1.6 million, one-year contract.
NEW YORK (1) — Re-signed Tim Byrdak, lhp, to a minor league contract ($1 million).
PITTSBURGH (1) — Signed Russell Martin, c, New York Yankees, to a $17 million, two-year contract.
ST. LOUIS (1) — Signed Randy Choate, lhp, Los Angeles Dodgers, to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
SAN DIEGO (1) — Re-signed Jason Marquis, rhp, to a $3 million, one-year contract.
SAN FRANCISCO (1) — Re-signed Jeremy Affeldt, lhp, to an $18 million, three-year contract.
WASHINGTON (2) — Re-signed Zach Duke, lhp, to a $700,000, one-year contract; signed Dan Haren, rhp, Los Angeles Angels, to a $13 million, one-year contract.

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NEW YORK (AP) — The 130 remaining free agents (x-signing club, if different, would lose draft pick):
AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE (7) — Endy Chavez, of; Bill Hall, of; Nick Johnson, dh; Nate McLouth, of; Joe Saunders, lhp; Jim Thome, dh; Randy Wolf, lhp.
BOSTON (5) — Aaron Cook, rhp; Daisuke Matsuzaka, rhp; Vicente Padilla, rhp; Scott Podsednik, of; Cody Ross, of.
CHICAGO (8) — Brian Bruney, rhp; Orlando Hudson, 2b; Francisco Liriano, lhp; Jose Lopez, c; Brett Myers, rhp; A.J. Pierzynski, c; Dewayne Wise, of; Kevin Youkilis, 3b.
CLEVELAND (4) — Travis Hafner, dh; Roberto Hernandez, rhp; Casey Kotchman, 1b; Grady Sizemore, of.
DETROIT (3) — Anibal Sanchez, rhp; Jose Valverde, rhp; Delmon Young, of-dh.
HOUSTON (1) — Chris Snyder, c.
LOS ANGELES (3) — Zack Greinke, rhp; LaTroy Hawkins, rhp; Jason Isringhausen, rhp.
MINNESOTA (2) — Matt Capps, rhp; Carl Pavano, rhp.
NEW YORK (9) — Eric Chavez, 3b; Pedro Feliciano, lhp; Freddy Garcia, rhp; Raul Ibanez, of; Andruw Jones, of; Derek Lowe, rhp; x-Rafael Soriano, rhp; Ichiro Suzuki, of; x-Nick Swisher, of.
OAKLAND (3) — Stephen Drew, ss; Brandon Inge, 3b; Brandon McCarthy, rhp.
SEATTLE (3) — Kevin Millwood, rhp; Miguel Olivo, c; George Sherrill, lhp.
TAMPA BAY (5) — Kyle Farnsworth, rhp; J.P. Howell, lhp; Jeff Keppinger, 3b; Carlos Pena, 1b; Luke Scott, dh.
TEXAS (8) — Mike Adams, rhp; Ryan Dempster, rhp; x-Josh Hamilton, of; x-Mark Lowe, rhp; Mike Napoli, c; Roy Oswalt, rhp; Koji Uehara, rhp; Yoshinori Tateyama, rhp.
TORONTO (5) — Jason Frasor, rhp; Kelly Johnson, 2b; Brandon Lyon, rhp; Carlos Villanueva, rhp; Omar Vizquel, 2b.
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NATIONAL LEAGUE
ARIZONA (3) — Henry Blanco, c; Matt Lindstrom, rhp; Takashi Saito, rhp.
ATLANTA (8) — Jeff Baker, of; Miguel Batista, rhp; x-Michael Bourn, of; Matt Diaz, of; Chad Durbin, rhp; Chipper Jones, 3b; Lyle Overbay, 1b; Ben Sheets, rhp.
CINCINNATI (3) — Miguel Cairo, 1b; Ryan Ludwick, of; Scott Rolen, 3b.
COLORADO (3) — Jeff Francis, lhp; Jason Giambi, 1b; Jonathan Sanchez, lhp.
LOS ANGELES (8) — Bobby Abreu, of; Joe Blanton, rhp; Todd Coffey, rhp; Adam Kennedy, inf; Juan Rivera, of-1b; Matt Treanor, c; Shane Victorino, of; Jamey Wright, rhp.
MIAMI (5) — Chad Gaudin, rhp; Austin Kearns, of; Carlos Lee, 1b; Juan Oviedo, rhp; Carlos Zambrano, rhp.
MILWAUKEE (3) — Alex Gonzalez, ss; Shaun Marcum, rhp; Francisco Rodriguez, rhp.
NEW YORK (6) — Ronny Cedeno, inf; Scott Hairston, of; Ramon Ramirez, rhp; Jon Rauch, rhp; Kelly Shoppach, c; Chris Young, rhp.
PHILADELPHIA (4) — Jose Contreras, rhp; Placido Polanco, 3b; Brian Schneider, c; Ty Wigginton, inf.
PITTSBURGH (4) — Rod Barajas, c; Kevin Correia, rhp; Jason Grilli, rhp; Chad Qualls, rhp.
ST. LOUIS (3) — Lance Berkman, 1b; Brian Fuentes, lhp; x-Kyle Lohse, rhp.
SAN FRANCISCO (8) — Aubrey Huff, 1b; Guillermo Mota, rhp; Xavier Nady, of; Angel Pagan, of; Brad Penny, rhp; Freddy Sanchez, 2b; Marco Scutaro, inf; Ryan Theriot, 2b.
WASHINGTON (6) — Sean Burnett, lhp; Mark DeRosa, of; Mike Gonzalez, lhp; Edwin Jackson, rhp; x-Adam LaRoche, 1b; Chien-Ming Wang, rhp.

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Arizona Diamond Backs sign former Oakland A's pitcher Brandon McCarthy. 2 years 15.5 million.

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BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox have obtained right-hander Graham Godfrey from the Oakland Athletics, completing a trade for right-hander Sandy Rosario.

Godfrey was 9-2 with a 3.29 ERA and one save last season with Triple-A Sacramento. He started the year with Oakland and appeared in five games, going 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA. Godfrey, 28, has made eight starts in his 10 major league appearances, all during the past two seasons, and is 1-6 with a 5.09 ERA.

The Red Sox assigned him to Triple-A Pawtucket.

Boston traded Rosario to Oakland on Nov. 28. The Athletics designated him for assignment two days later.

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tystates wrote: Remaining Free Agents

Isn't Greinke already signed up?

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Famous Mortimer wrote: tystates wrote: Remaining Free Agents

Isn't Greinke already signed up?


 

Not yet. Rumors are that the Rangers, Angels, Dodgers are all bidding for his services.

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Free agent outfielder Ryan Ludwick has reached agreement on a two-year, $15 million contract with the Cincinnati Reds pending completion of a physical exam, a baseball source confirmed Saturday to ESPN.com.



Ludwick


Ludwick, 34, hit .275 with 26 homers, 80 RBIs and an .877 OPS as Cincinnati's regular left fielder in 2012. He is a career .263 hitter with 143 home runs in 10 big league seasons with Texas, Cleveland, St. Louis, San Diego, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Ludwick made a base salary of $2 million last season. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported that his new contract includes a mutual option for 2015.
The Reds had expressed interest in acquiring a leadoff-hitting outfielder through free agency or a trade, but Ludwick's return appears to make it less likely that will happen. Last year, with rookie shortstop Zack Cozart logging the bulk of the at-bats in the No. 1 spot, Cincinnati's leadoff hitters ranked last in the major leagues with a .208 batting average and a .581 OPS.
Barring a change of plans, the Reds are expected to go with an outfield alignment of Ludwick in left field, Drew Stubbs in center and Jay Bruce in right again in 2013.


Billy Hamilton, who set a minor league record with 155 stolen bases last season, switched from shortstop to the outfield during the Arizona Fall League and could arrive from the minors to take over the leadoff spot at some point next season.

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lobo316 wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote: tystates wrote: Remaining Free Agents

Isn't Greinke already signed up?


 

Not yet. Rumors are that the Rangers, Angels, Dodgers are all bidding for his services.


The Pujols deal is making it less likely that the Angels would be able to afford the type of deal it would take to resign him.

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AP Source: Phillies get Michael Young from Rangers
By ROB MAADDI (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 49 minutes ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person familiar with the trade says the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.

Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause on Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. The Phillies are sending right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young's salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million. Reports say the Phillies will pay him about $6 million.

Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 2012, a down year for him. In the nine previous seasons, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBIs. A former AL Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Young hasn't play third base regularly since 2010. Seven Phillies started at third base last year, including often-injured former All-Star Placido Polanco.

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AP Source: Phillies get Michael Young from Rangers
By ROB MAADDI (AP Sports Writer) | The Associated Press – 49 minutes ago

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- A person familiar with the trade says the Philadelphia Phillies have acquired seven-time All-Star infielder Michael Young from the Texas Rangers for two relief pitchers.

Young agreed to waive his no-trade clause on Saturday, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been announced. The Phillies are sending right-hander Josh Lindblom and minor league righty Lisalverto Bonilla to the Rangers to get Young, who fills a void at third base. The Rangers also will pay a significant portion of Young's salary for 2013. Young is due to earn $16 million. Reports say the Phillies will pay him about $6 million.

Young batted .277 with eight homers and 67 RBIs in 2012, a down year for him. In the nine previous seasons, Young hit at least .300 seven times and averaged 17 homers and 90 RBIs. A former AL Gold Glove winner at shortstop, Young hasn't play third base regularly since 2010. Seven Phillies started at third base last year, including often-injured former All-Star Placido Polanco.



Good move for the Fightins'.

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lobo316 wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote: Isn't Greinke already signed up?

Not yet. Rumors are that the Rangers, Angels, Dodgers are all bidding for his services.



Looks like the Dodgers " won " the Greinke sweepstakes.



from cbssports.com:

The Dodgers and Zack Greinke have agreed to a six-year, $147-million contract, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms. Heyman reports that all that remains is for Greinke to pass his physical.

Once finalized, this will be the second-largest contract ever given to a pitcher, trailing only CC Sabathia's $161-million deal with the Yankees.

Greinke, age 29, is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.48 ERA in 212 1/3 innings for the Brewers and Dodgers. Over that span, he logged 200 strikeouts against 54 walks, all unintentional. For his career, the 2009 AL Cy Young winner has a 3.77 ERA across parts of nine major-league seasons. His career K/BB ratio of 3.51 ranks ninth among active pitchers.

Greinke will stabilize a rotation that lacked upside behind ace Clayton Kershaw. He'll slot in as the number-two man behind Kershaw and ahead of the chronically inconsistent Josh Beckett.

Worth remembering: The Dodgers already have $210.68 million in player payroll committed for 2013. The upshot is that the Greinke signing will ensure that the 2013 Dodgers will have the largest payroll in MLB history, barring any significant shedding of salary between now and opening day.

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man them dodgers are pretty fucking stupid

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He is not worth the amount he is being paid.

I like that LA is trying to be relevant with the new ownership, but man, they are acting like the morons who win the lottery and blow all the money within a couple years

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guess they didnt learn their lesson last yr

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor league prospects.
The blockbuster deal announced late Sunday night is the Royals' most aggressive move yet under general manager Dayton Moore to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years. But doing so came at the cost of Myers, the minor leagues' top player last season, and a couple more top prospects.
The Rays also are getting right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who would have competed for a spot in the Royals' rotation this season, along with left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. Kansas City also will receive a player to be named or cash.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor league prospects.
The blockbuster deal announced late Sunday night is the Royals' most aggressive move yet under general manager Dayton Moore to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years. But doing so came at the cost of Myers, the minor leagues' top player last season, and a couple more top prospects.
The Rays also are getting right-hander Jake Odorizzi, who would have competed for a spot in the Royals' rotation this season, along with left-hander Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard. Kansas City also will receive a player to be named or cash.



Stupid deal by the Royals. Myers is the complete package and You trade Him for a 32 yr. old Pitcher and a Guy Who hasn't lived up to expectations yet?

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Chrisstlouis wrote:
man them dodgers are pretty fucking stupid

mike3775 wrote:
I like that LA is trying to be relevant with the new ownership, but man, they are acting like the morons who win the lottery and blow all the money within a couple years


Chrisstlouis wrote:
guess they didnt learn their lesson last yr



Well the Dodger$$$ just added even more to their payroll.



from cbssports.com:

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with Korean starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu just before the 5 p.m. ET Sunday deadline, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. The contract will pay Ryu $36 million over six years, a figure that includes a $5 million signing bonus.

Ryu also has an opt-out clause after five years and has a shot at $1 million per year in performance bonuses relating to innings pitched. So it's possible Ryu could make up to $42 million here.

The Dodgers paid a $25.7 million posting fee to Ryu's Korean team, which gave them a 30-day window to negotiate with the 25-year-old pitcher. The Dodgers would have had the fee returned to them had they been unable to come to terms, but they got a deal done just in the nick of time.

Ryu is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-hander. In seven years in the Korean Baseball Organization, Ryu had a 2.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 1,238 strikeouts in 1,269 innings. According to Baseball-Reference.com's bullpen blog, Ryu throws in the 90-95 miles per hour range with a "decent curveball, a slider and a deceptive changeup."

Agent Scott Boras has said Ryu profiles as a No. 3 starter in the majors. On the Dodgers, at least at this point, Ryu looks like a four. Clayton Kershaw is the obvious ace with newly signed Zack Greinke a great No. 2. From there, Josh Beckett is likely the third guy with Ryu behind him. The fifth starter job would then go to either Aaron Harang, Chad Billingsley or Chris Capuano, assuming the Dodgers aren't still in play for the likes of Kyle Lohse and Anibal Sanchez.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
Principal_Raditch wrote:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis from the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Wil Myers and a package of minor league prospects.
The blockbuster deal announced late Sunday night is the Royals' most aggressive move yet under general manager Dayton Moore to shore up a starting rotation that has been abysmal for years. But doing so came at the cost of Myers, the minor leagues' top player last season, and a couple more top prospects.


Stupid deal by the Royals. Myers is the complete package and You trade Him for a 32 yr. old Pitcher and a Guy Who hasn't lived up to expectations yet?


Well the Royals desparately needed to add a couple of good starting pitchers for this season so this deal definitely addresses that need. When Bruce Chen is your # 1 starter and the only Pitcher to win at least 10 games last year then you know that's a big team weakness. I am surprised that KC included Jake Odorizzi in the trade since he was the main player that went to KC a couple of year's ago in the Zack Greinke deal.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Chrisstlouis wrote:
man them dodgers are pretty fucking stupid

mike3775 wrote:
I like that LA is trying to be relevant with the new ownership, but man, they are acting like the morons who win the lottery and blow all the money within a couple years


Chrisstlouis wrote:
guess they didnt learn their lesson last yr



Well the Dodger$$$ just added even more to their payroll.



from cbssports.com:

The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to terms with Korean starting pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu just before the 5 p.m. ET Sunday deadline, reports CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman. The contract will pay Ryu $36 million over six years, a figure that includes a $5 million signing bonus.

Ryu also has an opt-out clause after five years and has a shot at $1 million per year in performance bonuses relating to innings pitched. So it's possible Ryu could make up to $42 million here.

The Dodgers paid a $25.7 million posting fee to Ryu's Korean team, which gave them a 30-day window to negotiate with the 25-year-old pitcher. The Dodgers would have had the fee returned to them had they been unable to come to terms, but they got a deal done just in the nick of time.

Ryu is a 6-foot-2, 215-pound left-hander. In seven years in the Korean Baseball Organization, Ryu had a 2.80 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 1,238 strikeouts in 1,269 innings. According to Baseball-Reference.com's bullpen blog, Ryu throws in the 90-95 miles per hour range with a "decent curveball, a slider and a deceptive changeup."

Agent Scott Boras has said Ryu profiles as a No. 3 starter in the majors. On the Dodgers, at least at this point, Ryu looks like a four. Clayton Kershaw is the obvious ace with newly signed Zack Greinke a great No. 2. From there, Josh Beckett is likely the third guy with Ryu behind him. The fifth starter job would then go to either Aaron Harang, Chad Billingsley or Chris Capuano, assuming the Dodgers aren't still in play for the likes of Kyle Lohse and Anibal Sanchez.
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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians entered the offseason searching for a right-handed power hitter to bolster their lineup. After striking out at last week's winter meetings, they may have finally connected.

The Indians have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent slugger Mark Reynolds, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.



The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical.

Reynolds would likely take over at first base for Cleveland, but he also could be used as the designated hitter.

Reynolds, who hit 23 homers last season for Baltimore, would definitely bring immediate pop to the Indians. Last season, Carlos Santana led the club with 18 homers. The Indians have needed a righty batter to balance out their heavily lefty lineup.

Indians general manager Chris Antonetti spoke with Reynolds' agent at the winter meetings last week in Nashville, Tenn. The club also showed interest in Kevin Youkilis, who is weighing an offer from the New York Yankees. The Indians reportedly wooed Youkilis with a two-year package, and new manager Terry Francona personally reached out to one of his former players, hoping to bring him to Cleveland.

The Indians also have pursued free-agent outfielder Nick Swisher, who has drawn interest from several teams.

Cleveland made a four-year offer to Shane Victorino last week, but he signed a three-year deal with Boston.

Youkilis may still be in play for the Indians, but they at least have a backup plan in place with Reynolds, who made 105 starts at first last season. He began the season at third, but was moved across the infield after 15 shaky starts.

The 28-year-old Reynolds batted .221 with 69 RBIs in 135 games for the Orioles. Although he strikes out too much -- he fanned 159 times in 457 at-bats last season -- he has 181 career homers in six seasons in the majors. Reynolds played four seasons with Arizona before he was traded to Baltimore in 2010.

Reynolds has struck out more than 200 times in three different seasons.

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The Royals trade is going over here like a load of bricks. I'm not a Royals fan, but living amongst them you can tell it's a WTF did they just do? Shields is a decent pitcher, but only has 2 yrs left on the deal. Davis is locked in for 5 years, but to me is just a middle of the rotation guy. Myers was their best prospect in years and Montgomery was one of their top pitching prospects. I think Dayton Moore is trying one last gasp to save his job.

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Principal_Raditch wrote: The Royals trade is going over here like a load of bricks. I'm not a Royals fan, but living amongst them you can tell it's a WTF did they just do? Shields is a decent pitcher, but only has 2 yrs left on the deal. Davis is locked in for 5 years, but to me is just a middle of the rotation guy. Myers was their best prospect in years and Montgomery was one of their top pitching prospects. I think Dayton Moore is trying one last gasp to save his job.

I tend to agree with that, but I thought Royals fans were ecstatic based on what I saw on Twitter and other sites.  But I don't get Shields at all.  I can only base it on how I feel as a fan of an opposing team, and when Shields is pitching against my team I don't give a shit.  He's a good pitcher but far, far from elite.  You can get to him.  And Davis isn't anything.  Better off sticking with the prospects and seeing if one of them turns into something really special.  It's not like the Royals will compete before those kids are ready to go anyway.  This deal doesn't make them instant contenders at all, even in a weaker division.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed free agent reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million.

The 36-year-old Grilli has enjoyed a career renaissance in Pittsburgh since originally signing with the Pirates in July 2011. He went 1-6 with a 2.91 ERA in 64 games in 2012 and struck out 13.8 batters per nine innings, fourth-best in the National League.

The signing also gives the Pirates some flexibility in the bullpen next year in case it ever decides to part ways with closer Joel Hanrahan.

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SI reports Youkilis signs with the Yanks.  Just another horrible move.  Basically a replacement for Chavez more than A-Rod.  Another old, overpaid, bench/DH type.  And when he's batting .200 through April, he's going to get booed like A-Rod.

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The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract with third baseman Kevin Youkilis, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Youkilis, 33, batted a combined .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI for the Red Sox and White Sox last season. He will fill in at third for the injured Alex Rodriguez, who will miss the beginning of the 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery.
Youkilis spent the first eight-and-a-half seasons of his MLB career with the Yankees’ archrivals, hitting 133 homers for the Red Sox. He owns a career .283 batting average and .867 OPS.



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SI reports Youkilis signs with the Yanks.  Just another horrible move.  Basically a replacement for Chavez more than A-Rod.  Another old, overpaid, bench/DH type. 

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The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract with third baseman Kevin Youkilis, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Youkilis, 33, batted a combined .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI for the Red Sox and White Sox last season. He will fill in at third for the injured Alex Rodriguez, who will miss the beginning of the 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery.
Youkilis spent the first eight-and-a-half seasons of his MLB career with the Yankees’ archrivals, hitting 133 homers for the Red Sox. He owns a career .283 batting average and .867 OPS.

As long as He has a high OBP, then it's a decent signing.


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SI reports Youkilis signs with the Yanks.  Just another horrible move.  Basically a replacement for Chavez more than A-Rod.  Another old, overpaid, bench/DH type. 

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The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract with third baseman Kevin Youkilis, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Youkilis, 33, batted a combined .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI for the Red Sox and White Sox last season. He will fill in at third for the injured Alex Rodriguez, who will miss the beginning of the 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery.
Youkilis spent the first eight-and-a-half seasons of his MLB career with the Yankees’ archrivals, hitting 133 homers for the Red Sox. He owns a career .283 batting average and .867 OPS.

As long as He has a high OBP, then it's a decent signing.


 

For $12 million to play the 1st half of the season and then back up and DH?  I don't see it.  We need to be re-building and getting younger, not bringing in stop-gap mercenaries for no reason. 

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The Royals trade is going over here like a load of bricks. I'm not a Royals fan, but living amongst them you can tell it's a WTF did they just do? Shields is a decent pitcher, but only has 2 yrs left on the deal. Davis is locked in for 5 years, but to me is just a middle of the rotation guy. Myers was their best prospect in years and Montgomery was one of their top pitching prospects. I think Dayton Moore is trying one last gasp to save his job.


That's exactly what I thought after reading about it. Some columnists (I believe Tom Verducci but I might be wrong) pointed that out verbatim. Moore has built a great minor league system but has failed miserably at the major league level and it's crunch time.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: srossi wrote:
SI reports Youkilis signs with the Yanks.  Just another horrible move.  Basically a replacement for Chavez more than A-Rod.  Another old, overpaid, bench/DH type. 

SI:
The New York Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $12-million contract with third baseman Kevin Youkilis, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.
Youkilis, 33, batted a combined .235 with 19 home runs and 60 RBI for the Red Sox and White Sox last season. He will fill in at third for the injured Alex Rodriguez, who will miss the beginning of the 2013 season after undergoing hip surgery.
Youkilis spent the first eight-and-a-half seasons of his MLB career with the Yankees’ archrivals, hitting 133 homers for the Red Sox. He owns a career .283 batting average and .867 OPS.

As long as He has a high OBP, then it's a decent signing.


 

For $12 million to play the 1st half of the season and then back up and DH?  I don't see it.  We need to be re-building and getting younger, not bringing in stop-gap mercenaries for no reason. 


We need a new director of scouting as well as somebody who heads our minor leagues. We have the worst scouts in the entire league and now our international advantages have gone by the wayside.

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SI reports Youkilis signs with the Yanks. 

The left side of the infield with Youkilis and Jeter is going to be a groundball heaven for hitters. And now that he is with The Evil Empire do you think Youkilis will hear more boos or Yooouks next season when the Yankee$$$$ visit Fenway ????

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The Cleveland Indians have traded outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and infielder-outfielder Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds for outfielder Drew Stubbs.

The deal came Tuesday night. The Indians are working on other deals, including one that could include shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera.

Choo, who has been Cleveland's primary right fielder for the Indians since 2006, will likely play center and bat leadoff for Cincinnati.

Dealing Choo was almost a necessity for the Indians. He was entering the final year of his contract and is eligible for free agency in 2013. The Indians have not been able to work out a deal with agent Scott Boras, who has turned down several extensions in recent years.

The 30-year-old Choo batted .283 with 16 homers and 67 RBIs in 155 games last season. Donald hit .202 in 43 games.

Stubbs has played center exclusively for the Reds. He batted .213 with 14 homers and 40 RBIs, and struck out 166 times in 493 at-bats.

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Cleveland, Cincinnati and Arizona have completed a 9 player deal.



To Arizona: LHP Tony Sipp ( from Cleveland ), 1B Lars Anderson ( from Cleveland ) and minor league SS Didi Gregorius ( from Cincinnati )


To Cincinnati: OF Shin-Soo Chin ( from Cleveland ) and INF/OF Jason Donald ( from Cleveland )


To Cleveland: RHP Trevor Bauer ( from Arizona ), OF Drew Stubbs ( from Cincinnati ), RHP Matt Albers ( from Arizona ) and RHP Bryan Shaw ( from Arizona )

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired utility player Skip Schumaker from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for minor league shortstop Jake Lemmerman, according to reports.



Schumaker is a .288 lifetime hitter over eight seasons, all in St. Louis. He has played all three outfield positions as well as second base.

The move seems to have been prompted by the recommendation of new Dodgers hitting coach Mark McGwire, who worked with Schumaker in St. Louis. The Dodgers had been seeking a fourth outfielder, although their preference had been for a right-handed hitter.

Schumaker, 32, played a significant role in the Cardinals' World Series run in 2011, going 8-for-21 with four RBIs in the division series and World Series.

Lemmerman, 23, was a fifth-round pick out of Duke in 2010. He batted .233 with seven home runs and 46 RBIs with Double-A Chattanooga last season.

The Dodgers have had an active offseason, acquiring free agent pitchers Zack Greinke, Brandon League and Ryu Hyun-jin at a combined cost of about $230 million, but Tuesday's trade is their first since a pair of blockbusters landed them Hanley Ramirez, Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford last season.

The Los Angeles Times reported the trade won't be final until Schumaker passes a physical.

Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch last week that he was seeking to trade Schumaker, who will earn $1.5 million next season.

"We're trying to optimize the type of return we might get for him," Mozeliak told the newspaper.

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NEW YORK -- Reigning NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey says if the New York Mets choose to bring him back next season solely on the remaining year of his contract, he almost certainly will leave next winter as a free agent.



The 38-year-old knuckleballer also insisted during Tuesday's holiday party at Citi Field for schoolchildren affected by Hurricane Sandy that he is asking for a far-below-market-value extension on top of the club's 2013 obligation, so he is disheartened by the slow pace of negotiations.




"It's hard," Dickey said. "When people say it's business, it's not personal, well, that just means it's not personal for them. I'm hoping it ends up in a good place, but also in the back of your mind you think it may not. That's sad."

Sources told ESPN.com early Tuesday morning that the Mets are prepared to offer Dickey two years at $20 million on top of the $5 million owed in 2013. Dickey seeks a combined $26 million to $28 million for 2014 and '15, sources added.

"In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair," Dickey said. "I feel like we're asking for less than what's fair because that's how it's been for me. There is a surprise sometimes when things don't get done quickly and you already think you're extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don't know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally."

The Mets have three options: trade Dickey, sign him to an extension, or let him enter 2013 in the final year of his current contract. Both sides have said Dickey playing out next season without an extension is the least attractive option, but an option nonetheless.

Dickey laid down the gauntlet on that option Tuesday, saying he likely would depart as a free agent if the Mets chose to have him pitch next season without an extension.

"If that's the decision they feel like is best for the club, and that's the decision that they make, I feel like it would be unfortunate, because it probably is going to mean I'm not going to be back (in 2014)," Dickey said.

The knuckleballer reiterated he will not negotiate during the 2013 season.

"I'm so close to free agency, and I don't want any distractions," Dickey said.

General manager Sandy Alderson said Tuesday that there could be a resolution shortly, because the market for free-agent pitchers is thinning and trade routes are becoming clearer.

"Things are ongoing," Alderson said. "We continue to talk to R.A., and specifically his agent, and there's some progress being made there. Obviously, at the same time, we'll talk to some other clubs and keep R.A. to some extent apprised of those conversations. We're in a similar place today to where we were last week. But the surrounding circumstances have changed somewhat. So I hope we'll have more clarity in a few days. In the meantime, we're more or less status quo."

Said Dickey: "We are progressing, albeit slowly, hopefully on an extension. So that's happening. So I don't know if I can tell you one way or the other. . . . I feel a real connection to this place. At the same time, you don't want to be taken advantage of. So that's where we kind of are."

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Dickey's had one great year and never did dick outside that.  There's a chance that he has about 5 wins left in him the rest of his career.  He also could be winning 20 games when he's 45.  You never know with knucklers.  But for him to be holding the Mets hostage over this a year before his deal is up is absurd.  The only thing it proves is that even he doesn't think he's going to have as good a 2013 and he wants his money now. 

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The Boston Red Sox are one of four teams interested in signing free-agent outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher, according to a baseball source.


The Red Sox look at Swisher as a fallback plan if they are unable to lure Josh Hamilton.


The San Francisco Giants, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians reportedly all have expressed interest in the 32-year-old.



Privately, the Red Sox have said they won't go beyond a three-year deal for Hamilton, and Monday a baseball source said it was "doubtful" that Hamilton will get fewer than four years in a new deal. The Texas Rangers are still considered the favorites to re-sign Hamilton, the 2010 American League MVP.


The switch-hitting Swisher would appear to be a more plausible alternative for the Sox, although to date he reportedly is seeking a five- or six-year deal. ESPN baseball Insider's Jim Bowden reported that the Indians hope they can sign him for four years and $48 million to $50 million, though it appears the market could bear a price of $60 million or more.


The Red Sox would sign him only for a shorter term, as is the case with their interest in Hamilton.


Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington said at the conclusion of the winter meetings last week that the team was looking for a left-handed bat, someone who could play the outfield or first base. Swisher plays both.


Swisher hit .272 with 24 homers, 93 RBIs and an .837 OPS for the Yankees last season. The consistent and durable Swisher has had eight straight seasons with 20 or more homers and 131 or more games played.


In 50 career games at Fenway Park, Swisher batted .286 with eight homers and 32 RBIs.

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The Boston Red Sox are one of four teams interested in signing free-agent outfielder/first baseman Nick Swisher, according to a baseball source.


The Red Sox look at Swisher as a fallback plan if they are unable to lure Josh Hamilton.


Another Red Sox rumour:


from cbssports.com:

The Red Sox are in “serious discussions” with pitcher Ryan Dempster, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

The 35-year-old pitcher has reportedly been seeking a three-year deal the entire offseason, and has turned down lucrative two-year offers. Dempster would shore up the team's rotation. Of the club's currently projected starters, only Jon Lester and John Lackey have exceeded 200 innings in a single season. With Lackey coming off Tommy John surgery, he's not a sure bet to reach those heights next year.

Dempster, meanwhile, had reached the 200-innings mark in four straight seasons before injuries limited him to 173 innings last year. Even at an age where most pitchers see decline, Dempster has remained effective. He had a 3.38 ERA and a 3.69 FIP with the Cubs and Rangers last season.




I really hope all 3 sign somewhere else. Maybe the Dodger$$$$ have a few more dollars to spend ???

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There might be a possible snag with the Napoli signing.



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Mike Napoli was the Red Sox primary target of the offseason, and he might become their first casualty.

No one on Yawkey Way had anything to say on the matter last night, but alarm bells have been sounding ever since the one-week mark of his three-year, $39 million agreement passed without an official announcement.

Last night the estimable Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports speculated that Napoli’s deal might have hit a snag, noting that he was supposed to be introduced at a Fenway Park news conference yesterday.

In actuality, the team originally planned to unveil him last Friday, four days after news of his agreement broke. But the press conference was pushed back because of illness, and before his actual physical, which reportedly took place yesterday.

In any event, the longer Napoli remains unsigned, the more it’s fair to wonder if his physical turned up something unexpected that the team now is trying to solve.

The possibility is plausible from both sides. The Red Sox have been vigilant about covering themselves in the event of injuries, with John Lackey’s elbow the perfect example.

Because he missed this season following Tommy John surgery, the Red Sox now have the option of retaining him at the big league minimum in 2015, thanks to language in his 2009 contract dealing with a pre-existing condition in his elbow.

The Red Sox wrote an opt-out clause into J.D. Drew’s contract based on time missed because of shoulder injuries, and cloudy medicals on both knees scuttled Jason Bay’s potential four-year deal here. So the Red Sox aren’t shy about protecting themselves.

On the other side, Napoli hasn’t exactly been the picture of durability. He has only topped 114 games or 432 plate appearances once each, and that was in 2010, when he appeared in 140 games and had 510 plate appearances with the Angels.

Otherwise, it’s been a litany of injuries. Napoli was limited to 108 games last year by a quad injury. In 2011, he missed a month with an oblique strain. In 2008, a shoulder injury that would require postseason surgery cost him another month. In 2007, he missed almost two months with a high ankle sprain.

The hope is that by shifting away from a position as demanding as catcher and becoming a full-time first baseman, Napoli wouldn’t experience so much wear and tear. Perhaps that’s just wishful thinking.

Regardless, his durability was a topic of conversation at the winter meetings, with Rangers manager Ron Washington lauding his competitive fire.

“I think what happened to Nap was freak,” Washington said. “I think he plays the game extremely hard. He’s a winner. But he’s no longer a Texas Rangers, so I don’t really get into trying to assess Napoli because he’s not here.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell, meanwhile, was circumspect when asked about the subject last Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.

“Hopefully that (deal) comes to fruition,” he said. “Whether or not it was because of games caught behind home plate . . . I’m sure if something were to get finalized, a full and complete physical would be done. I don’t have that exact answer for you right now.”

It’s entirely possible that this is much ado about nothing, that with all of the free agent maneuvers on their plates, as well as Napoli’s schedule, the Red Sox simply have been delayed in performing his physical.

But when more than a week passes without a $39 million deal becoming official, it’s fair to ask questions. We should have answers shortly.

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Dickey's had one great year and never did dick outside that.  

He's actually had two great years sandwiched around a very good year. Right when he finally mastered the knuckleball. I agree that it isn't easy to project Dickey's future because he's such an extreme outlier of a career even by knuckleballer standards. But if the Mets are really hung up on $10 mil vs. $13, then they really are hopeless.

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Re: the Youkillis thing, I was watching an interview with someone the other day, and they were insistent that A-Rod was coming back, and all they needed was a stopgap. And $12 mill just isn't the same for the Yankees as it would be the A's.

Still, I hope they both fail miserably.

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Ichiro is about to re-sign with the Yankees for one year.  Supposedly he turned down a 2-year deal with the Phillies for more money per year because he wants to stay in NY. 

So coming off the most disastrous postseason in Yankees history, they have shaken things up by signing 2 near-40 guys to 1-year deals.  This one isn't a bad move, but this isn't the off-season I was looking for.

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Hymie Itsu wrote: lobo316 wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote: tystates wrote: Remaining Free Agents

Isn't Greinke already signed up?


 

Not yet. Rumors are that the Rangers, Angels, Dodgers are all bidding for his services.


The Pujols deal is making it less likely that the Angels would be able to afford the type of deal it would take to resign him.


 

so far just a rumor, but the Angels are close to signing Josh Hamilton

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The Angels got him for 5 years

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Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil

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Benlen wrote: Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil

 

Free-agent slugger Josh Hamilton agreed to a five-year, $125 million contract Thursday with the Los Angeles Angels, sources told ESPN.com.
Hamilton's former team, the Texas Rangers, had been in negotiations to retain the 2010 MVP. Hamilton's camp had also reportedly met with the Mariners at the winter meetings.



Hamilton, 31, has batted .304 in his big league career, all but 90 games of it in Texas. He has provided big power in the middle of the Rangers' lineup, helping the team to World Series appearances in 2010 and '11.



Hamilton hit .285 with 43 homers and 128 RBIs in an inconsistent 2012 season that didn't finish well; a vision problem caused him to miss five games, he struggled offensively and he had an error in the AL West-deciding loss to Oakland.

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Benlen wrote:
Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil

What's sad about this is that he's going to need a bigger support system than Dez Bryant. Too much moolah for two players (Pujols / Hamilton), IMO.

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Trout, Pujols, and Hamilton will be a tough stretch for any pitcher to face. 

Hymie Itsu wrote: Benlen wrote:
Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil

What's sad about this is that he's going to need a bigger support system than Dez Bryant. Too much moolah for two players (Pujols / Hamilton), IMO.
I think they felt that had to do something as they have been totally over shadowed by the Dodgers this off season.

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Nick Swisher

The San Francisco Giants,


There is no way the Giants sign Swisher for amount of money he wants.

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Benlen wrote: Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil125 million

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote:
Benlen wrote: Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil125 million

I wonder how much they are gonna have to pay Trout in the future. Hamilton 25 mil Vernon Wells 24 mil are already on the books.

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Ryan Dempster has signed with the Red Sox, 2 years, $26.5  mill.

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Speculation is that the Angels will try to trade an outfielder for RA Dickey.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have finalized a $10 million, two-year contract with right-hander Kevin Correia to fill a rotation spot after their starters posted the second-worst ERA in the majors last season.



The 32-year-old, an All-Star in 2011, went 12-11 with a 4.21 ERA for Pittsburgh this year.



He will make $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2014 under Thursday's deal. This will be his fourth major league team and first time in the AL.



Twins starters went 39-75 with a 5.40 ERA last year, ahead of only Colorado (29-68, 5.81).



 After acquiring Vance Worley from Philadelphia in a trade last week, Minnesota appears to have three-fifths of its rotation filled, with left-hander Scott Diamond the only returner assured of a spot.

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CINCINNATI -- The Cincinnati Reds and free-agent infielder Jack Hannahan have finalized a two-year contract, giving the team added depth at third base.

The 32-year-old, reunited with former Cleveland teammate Shin-Soo Choo, hit .244 for the Indians last season with 16 doubles, four homers and 29 RBIs in 105 games. His playing time was limited by a minor back injury.

In six big league seasons with Detroit, Oakland, Seattle and Cleveland, Hannahan has made 451 appearances at third base, 39 at first, nine at shortstop and one at second.

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lobo316 wrote: Speculation is that the Angels will try to trade an outfielder for RA Dickey.As a Mets fan I hope not, unless it is Trout!  Which will never fucking happen I know.

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Reports say that the Cubs are about to sign Free Agent P Anibal Sanchez to a 5 year deal for $ 75 million.

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from espn.com:


The blockbuster trade that sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett and Carl Crawford from Boston to the Dodgers last August will wrap up with the Red Sox paying $11.7 million to Los Angeles over the next three years.

The Red Sox will make identical payments of $3.9 million in 2013, 2014 and 2015 as part of the cash component of the trade.

Boston also sent infielder Nick Punto to Los Angeles in the nine-player trade that was the biggest in Dodgers history.

In return, the Red Sox got first baseman James Loney, pitcher Allen Webster, pitcher Rubby De La Rosa, first baseman Jerry Sands and infielder Ivan De Jesus Jr. while shedding more than $250 million in salaries through 2018.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Andres Torres is returning to the San Francisco Giants, who gave the outfielder his first chance as a regular two years ago.

Torres agreed to a $2 million, one-year contract Thursday with the reigning World Series champions. He must pass a physical to finalize the deal, Giants vice president of baseball operations Bobby Evans said.

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Cubs are rumored to be signing starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

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clawmaster wrote: Cubs are rumored to be signing starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Not official yet.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, free-agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez could be headed to Chicago. The 28-year-old righthander, who split time between the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers last season, is looking at joining either the Cubs or the Tigers.

The Cubs have reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $75 million, but the Tigers have asked Sanchez for a chance to put in an offer and according to the report, Sanchez has agreed.

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lobo316 wrote:
Speculation is that the Angels will try to trade an outfielder for RA Dickey.

Who will they trade? Trumbo? I'd do that deal in 10 seconds if I am the Mets. The other guy (the fast guy who can't hit) I'd tell them to fuck off about.

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clawmaster wrote: Cubs are rumored to be signing starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Not official yet.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, free-agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez could be headed to Chicago. The 28-year-old righthander, who split time between the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers last season, is looking at joining either the Cubs or the Tigers.

The Cubs have reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $75 million, but the Tigers have asked Sanchez for a chance to put in an offer and according to the report, Sanchez has agreed.


That's a tough one. If you're Sanchez, you can go to:
1) A fantastic city with hot women, great nightlife, a loyal fan base that accepts losing and is generally not harsh towards their lovable losers
or
2)The worst shithole in the nation with not much to offer other than a great team that is on the brink of a title.

If I'm single, I go to Chicago. Same if I had a family. But if I gave a shit about winning, I'd go to Detroit and leave the family in another city as a cost of doing business. It's not like the guy can't afford it.

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HBF wrote:
clawmaster wrote:
clawmaster wrote: Cubs are rumored to be signing starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez.

Not official yet.

According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, free-agent pitcher Anibal Sanchez could be headed to Chicago. The 28-year-old righthander, who split time between the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers last season, is looking at joining either the Cubs or the Tigers.

The Cubs have reportedly offered a five-year deal worth $75 million, but the Tigers have asked Sanchez for a chance to put in an offer and according to the report, Sanchez has agreed.


That's a tough one. If you're Sanchez, you can go to:
1) A fantastic city with hot women, great nightlife, a loyal fan base that accepts losing and is generally not harsh towards their lovable losers
or
2)The worst shithole in the nation with not much to offer other than a great team that is on the brink of a title.

If I'm single, I go to Chicago. Same if I had a family. But if I gave a shit about winning, I'd go to Detroit and leave the family in another city as a cost of doing business. It's not like the guy can't afford it.

He should go to Chicago. In 5 yrs he will be 75 mil richer and only 33

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PITTSBURGH (AP) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have re-signed free agent reliever Jason Grilli to a two-year contract worth $6.75 million.



Grilli had an interesting quote about the team that's gonna pay him almost $ 7 million over the next 2 years:

All of that [comfort, family] was a bigger factor than … trying to go somewhere where I felt that, you know, you might even have a chance to win or to even take more money just for the sake of ‘I’m at the last quarter turn of my career,’” Grilli told 93.7 The Fan’s John Phillips in a radio interview, according to broadcaster Joe Starkey.

So, reading between the lines, in leaving Pittsburgh “you might even have a chance to win,” according to Grilli. Now, with 20 consecutive losing seasons, Grilli’s probably absolutely right. That being said, it’s still probably not the best idea to admit the franchise that’s signing your checks is hopeless.

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I'm bummed that Skip Schumaker has gone to the Dodgers. It's not like St. Louis had any great stability at that position last year, but maybe they've got something up their sleeves.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: I'm bummed that Skip Schumaker has gone to the Dodgers. It's not like St. Louis had any great stability at that position last year, but maybe they've got something up their sleeves.
Don't they have some hot IF prospect on the way?

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Their top prospects are Shelby Miller, a pitcher, and Oscar Taveras, an outfielder. I suppose it'll look like a hell of a trade if Rafael Furcal can stay healthy enough to play an entire season (he's only played more than 120 games in a season two out of the last five).

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Bob Nightengale reports that, per Sanchez’s agent, Sanchez has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers.

 

sorry Claw

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Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms on a new two-year, $13 million deal that will keep the former American League MVP in the Bronx, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:

#yankees have deal with ichiro. 2 yrs, likely $13M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 14, 2012
Heyman also reported that the Yankees weren't the only club to make a run at the future Hall of Famer:

Ichiro turned down 2 offers for more $ before agreeing to #tanks deal for $13M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 14, 2012
 

The Yankees acquired Ichiro from Seattle on July 23. He spent the first 11 seasons of his career there and made 10 All-Star teams.

The Mariners decided that it would be in their best interest to move on from their most popular player without having to deal with the media headache of letting him walk away in free agency. 

Ichiro was having the worst offensive season of his career before the trade. In 95 games with the Mariners in 2012, he was hitting .261/.288/.353 with an OPS+ of 84 (via Baseball-Refernce), with 100 being average.

After the trade, Ichiro found the friendly hitting confines of Yankee Stadium to his liking. He hit .322/.340/.454 in 67 games with the Yankees, including five home runs. His .794 OPS with the Yankees would have been his highest in a season since 2009. 

The one thing that was never in doubt for Ichiro, even as he approaches age 40, is his glove. He remains one of the best defensive outfielders in all of baseball. He had a UZR of 12.7 and saved 11 runs, primarily as a right fielder last season (via Fangraphs).

With the Yankees needing a right fielder with the likely departure of Nick Swisher, Ichiro makes a nice fallback plan. He is not going to cost them a lot of money and should have no problem providing at least 2-2.5 wins this season. 

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lobo316 wrote: Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms on a new two-year, $13 million deal that will keep the former American League MVP in the Bronx, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
2 years?  I don't get that.  He looked revitalized at the end of last season, but he can fall off the cliff again in a hurry.  They've locked up a guy who's all about speed until he's 41.

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lobo316 wrote: Bob Nightengale reports that, per Sanchez’s agent, Sanchez has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers.

 

sorry Claw

No big deal.

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lobo316 wrote: Bob Nightengale reports that, per Sanchez’s agent, Sanchez has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers.

 

sorry Claw

No big deal.


Great deal for Detroit. The Guy is a friggin Horse.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: clawmaster wrote:
lobo316 wrote: Bob Nightengale reports that, per Sanchez’s agent, Sanchez has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers.

 

sorry Claw

No big deal.


Great deal for Detroit. The Guy is a friggin Horse.

For a contender like Detroit, it's great. But for an also ran like The Cubs, it makes no sense.

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srossi wrote:
lobo316 wrote: Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees have reportedly agreed to terms on a new two-year, $13 million deal that will keep the former American League MVP in the Bronx, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com:
2 years?  I don't get that.  He looked revitalized at the end of last season, but he can fall off the cliff again in a hurry.  They've locked up a guy who's all about speed until he's 41.

I think 2 yrs 13 mil is kinda cheap. Someone like Tori Hunter Got 13 mil A yr and there's not too much difference between the two.

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R.A. Dickey's rise from journeyman to first-time All-Star at age 37 and NL Cy Young winner may soon have another twist -- a new employer.

An official familiar with the discussions told ESPNNewYork.com that he expected Dickey to be traded by the New York Mets as soon as Friday.



"If I was in Vegas, then I would put some money on it," the source said, "but the way this situation has gone, you never know."

Said one baseball executive: "We're at that sensitive spot."

The Toronto Blue Jays, Texas Rangers and Los Angeles Angels are among the potential landing spots for Dickey, according to a major league executive whose team has pursued Dickey.

The Mets have been unsuccessful so far in reaching agreement with Dickey on an extension. The knuckleballer is under contract at $5 million for next season.

Sources have told ESPN.com that Dickey seeks two additional years at a combined $26 million to $28 million on top of the existing money he is owed. The Mets have countered at two years, $20 million, a source added.

If dealt, Dickey would become only the fourth reigning Cy Young winner in major league history to start the following season with a new team, joining David Cone (1995), Pedro Martinez (1998) and Roger Clemens (1999).

Dickey expressed his frustration with the pace of negotiations earlier this week while appearing at a holiday party at Citi Field for schoolchildren affected by Hurricane Sandy.

"In the context of the market, you want what you think is fair," Dickey said. "I feel like we're asking for less than what's fair because that's how it's been for me. There is a surprise sometimes when things don't get done quickly and you already think you're extending the olive branch. At the same time, they have a budget they have to adhere to. I don't know those numbers. And I try not to take it personally."

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I hope the jays aren't stupid enough to make this trade.

 

CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are engaged in serious trade discussions regarding ace R.A. Dickey. Furthermore, Heyman and CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler report that the Blue Jays -- backed by their healthy supply of young outfielders and impressive catching depth -- are especially active in their pursuit of Dickey. Heyman also names the Rangers and Orioles as being possibilities, albeit less likely ones as this juncture. A trade involving the reigning NL Cy Young winner could happen very soon.

One possible return package could involve outfielder Anthony Gose and catcher J.P. Arencibia. Not only would they be sourced from the Jays' organizational strengths, but they would also fill the Mets' organizational needs and provide a mix of youth and upside.

The 38-year-old Dickey last season paced the NL with 233 2/3 innings pitched and ranked second with an ERA of 2.73. Dickey also lead the senior circuit in strikeouts with 230. In parts of 10 major-league seasons, the knuckleballer owns a career ERA of 3.98.

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The Mets absolutely should unload Dickey for a few OF's and some other position players. Dickey is older and had a career season at 38. The liklhood of this carrying over is very miniscule. I'd bet he regresses significantly next season, but I do like his story and hope he does well. Even if he's a Met.

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HBF wrote:
The Mets absolutely should unload Dickey for a few OF's and some other position players. Dickey is older and had a career season at 38. The liklhood of this carrying over is very miniscule. I'd bet he regresses significantly next season, but I do like his story and hope he does well. Even if he's a Met.

I agree with this. The Mets must have the weakess outfield in the majors.

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Bob Nightengale reports that, per Sanchez’s agent, Sanchez has agreed to a five-year, $80 million deal with the Tigers.

 

sorry Claw


Thats a good deal for a pitcher thats 48-51

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Free agent infielder Ty Wigginton and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $5 million, two-year contract.

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And the Cards dumpster diving continues.

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Wigginton's versatility is great in fantasy baseball but I think he's pretty much a hack at every position.

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The Phillies sign Lefty John Lannan to a 1 year, $2.5m contract. Basically hoping he can be a 5th starter.

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The Philadelphia Phillies fortified their bullpen by agreeing with right-hander Mike Adams on a two-year, $12 million deal with a vesting option for a third season at $6.5 million, major league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

Adams, coming off rib-removal surgery to correct thoracic outlet syndrome, proved healthy enough for the Phillies to hand him their eighth-inning role and a salary commensurate with the game's best setup men.

In the five years since, the 34-year-old Adams has posted a 1.98 ERA with San Diego and Texas, second in the major leagues only to Mariano Rivera's 1.72. Adams also ranks second in opponents' on-base percentage, third in opponents' slugging percentage and has struck out 311 in 295 innings.

The Phillies on Saturday morning also agreed to terms on a one-year contract with free-agent left-hander John Lannan, according to CSNPhilly.com.

While the Phillies' starting rotation remains one of baseball's best, their bullpen struggled last season to the tune of a 3.94 ERA. Beyond closer Jonathan Papelbon, the Phillies' bullpen was a mish-mash of inconsistency, though right-hander Phillippe Aumont and left-hander Jeremy Horst showed promise toward the end of the season.

Adams represents the Phillies' first foray into free agency this season after a pair of trades brought them center fielder Ben Revere and third baseman Michael Young. His option for the 2015 season vests with 60 appearances in 2013 and 2014 or 65 appearances in 2014.

He is the ninth relief pitcher to receive a multiyear deal this offseason, and with Rafael Soriano, Carlos Villanueva, J.P. Howell and others available, the number could jump past a dozen – second most in the last five years behind the 17 signed in 2010.

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: Benlen wrote: Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil125 million
I guess $$$ trumps god, just like I said it would

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HBF wrote: Wigginton's versatility is great in fantasy baseball but I think he's pretty much a hack at every position.He's not good defensively, but he has some pop off the bench and he's OK for spot duty.

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: Benlen wrote: Josh Hamilton signs with the Angels for 5 years.Money amount not yet announced but it has to be around 100-120 mil125 million
I guess $$$ trumps god, just like I said it would
where did god tell him to go?

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Looks like Dickey will be traded to Toronto.




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If R.A. Dickey agrees to a contract extension, he will be a Toronto Blue Jay.

The Jays and New York Mets have an agreement in principle on a Dickey trade, but the deal is contingent on the right-hander signing an extension with Toronto, according to major-league sources.

The two clubs opened a 72-hour negotiating window on Saturday, and the window expires at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, sources said.

Dickey, the reigning National League Cy Young award winner, is signed for $5 million next season. He was seeking a two-year extension in the $25 million range from the Mets. It is not known whether he would accept similar terms from the Jays, or ask for a deal closer to market value.

It is also not known whether the deal would collapse if Dickey declined to sign an extension, or if the teams would agree to a different exchange of players.

The trade, according to the New York Post, would send Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Jays, with the Mets receiving catcher Travis D’Arnaud, right-hander Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and another non-elite prospect.

Dickey, 38, went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA for the Mets last season. D’Arnaud, 23, is the Jays’ No. 1 prospect for the second straight year, according to Baseball America. Syndergaard, 20, is the No. 3 prospect.


The deal would be a coup for the Mets, who would fill their need for a long-term catcher with D'Arnaud and add Syndergaard to a stable of top pitching prospects that already includes right-handers Zack Wheeler and Matt Harvey.

The Jays, meanwhile, would be continuing their “all-in” approach that began when they made their blockbuster with the Miami Marlins in November, acquiring shortstop Jose Reyes, right-hander Josh Johnson, left-hander Mark Buehrle and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio.

A rotation of Dickey, Johnson, Buehrle, right-hander Brandon Morrow and lefty Ricky Romero — combined with the Jays’ signing of free-agent outfielder Melky Cabrera and other additions — could make Toronto the favorite in the AL East.

The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox appear more vulnerable than they have in recent seasons, and the Jays clearly are trying to seize the opportunity and return to the playoffs for the first time since 1993.

Most of the Jays’ best players — including Reyes, right fielder Jose Bautista and first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion — are under contract through at least 2015.

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If the trade goes thru, the Jays better win the WS next year. They have no future
2014 & beyond.

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Boston signed Free Agent SS Stephen Drew to a 1 year deal for $ 9.5 million.



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The Red Sox have an agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew on a one-year deal, league sources told CBSSports.com.

The Drew signing will allow the Red Sox one more year to develop slick-fielding youngster Jose Iglesias. Drew's deal is pending a physical.

The Red Sox this winter have shown a willingness to pay high salaries in their free-agent deals so long as the length is reasonable. The one-year deal fits since Boston is well-stocked at the minor-league level with top prospect Xander Bogaerts as well as Iglesias.

The Red Sox previously agreed to free-agent deals this winter with Shane Victorino, Ryan Dempster, Jonny Gomes, David Ross and Mike Napoli, though they are still working through some issues before finalizing Napoli's deal.

Iglesias is a terrific fielder but batted just .118 in 68 at-bats for Boston last year. He has had offensive struggles in the minors, as well. The Red Sox also have Pedro Ciriaco, who emerged as a big-leaguer last year but seems ticketed for a utility role. Drew will be the starting shortstop.

The deal gives Drew, 29, a chance to enhance his value following a second season affected by a severe ankle injury suffered in a home-plate collision.

Drew is a familiar name in Boston, as his older brother J.D. played five years for the Red Sox, a tenure that was highlighted by a terrific postseason in 2007 when the Red Sox won the World Series but limited by a variety of injuries. The older Drew retired after the 2011 season.

Stephen Drew hit just .223 with seven home runs and 28 RBI after returning from a devastating ankle injury early last year. However, he hit better as the year went on, batting .250 for the A's after they acquired him in trade from Arizona, his original team.

The A's, Yankees and Cardinals were among other teams this winter to have shown interest in Drew.

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lobo316 wrote: If the trade goes thru, the Jays better win the WS next year. They have no future
2014 & beyond.


I give them a two year window, and you know what? Even if it doesn't work out, they just go back to being the same sucky team they've been for years on end already.

I'd rather they go all-in for a couple of years at this point. Whatever happens, happens.

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just a rumor

 


Next up on the Yankees’ winter shopping list is a righthanded-hitting outfielder, and the Angels’ Vernon Wells reportedly is a potential trade target.

The Yankees and the Angels discussed a possible deal for Wells at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, according to a report Saturday on FoxSports.com.

The Yanks are also prowling the free-agent market in search of a righty bat to complement their all-lefty outfield of Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract that will become official once he takes a physical and some contract language is completed.

The Yankees have interest in Scott Hairston, who hit 20 homers for the Mets last year. They might be a match with the Angels for a trade because the Halos just signed Josh Hamilton and now have a glut of outfielders, meaning the 34-year-old Wells could be available.

Wells is due to make $21 million in both 2013 and 2014, which does not fit into the Yankees’ plan to drop their payroll under the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. So it’s likely that the Yanks would want the Angels to eat much of the contract. Wells’ contract has a no-trade clause, but he waived it for the trade that sent him from Toronto to Anaheim before the 2011 season.

Wells has been a huge disappointment since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract extension with the Blue Jays before the 2007 season. In 77 games with the Angels last season, Wells hit .230 with 11 homers and 29 RBI. He had a .279 on-base percentage and a .403 slugging percentage.

The Yanks, who so far this offseason have addressed their pitching, signed Kevin Youkilis to play third while Alex Rodriguez heals and agreed to a deal with Ichiro. They also must settle their DH situation and add to their bench. A righthanded-hitting outfielder would provide some flexibility.

“Without question, it’s in our best interest, if we can find someone we’re comfortable with,” Brian Cashman said, not speaking specifically about any one player. “Having a righthanded option for our manager would be a significant benefit.”


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khawk wrote: lobo316 wrote: If the trade goes thru, the Jays better win the WS next year. They have no future
2014 & beyond.


I give them a two year window, and you know what? Even if it doesn't work out, they just go back to being the same sucky team they've been for years on end already.

I'd rather they go all-in for a couple of years at this point. Whatever happens, happens.


 

Ken Rosenthal is reporting Dickey has reached an extension agreement
with the Jays, 2 years, $25 mill, pending a medical.

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lobo316 wrote: just a rumor

 


Next up on the Yankees’ winter shopping list is a righthanded-hitting outfielder, and the Angels’ Vernon Wells reportedly is a potential trade target.

The Yankees and the Angels discussed a possible deal for Wells at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, according to a report Saturday on FoxSports.com.

The Yanks are also prowling the free-agent market in search of a righty bat to complement their all-lefty outfield of Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract that will become official once he takes a physical and some contract language is completed.

The Yankees have interest in Scott Hairston, who hit 20 homers for the Mets last year. They might be a match with the Angels for a trade because the Halos just signed Josh Hamilton and now have a glut of outfielders, meaning the 34-year-old Wells could be available.

Wells is due to make $21 million in both 2013 and 2014, which does not fit into the Yankees’ plan to drop their payroll under the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. So it’s likely that the Yanks would want the Angels to eat much of the contract. Wells’ contract has a no-trade clause, but he waived it for the trade that sent him from Toronto to Anaheim before the 2011 season.

Wells has been a huge disappointment since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract extension with the Blue Jays before the 2007 season. In 77 games with the Angels last season, Wells hit .230 with 11 homers and 29 RBI. He had a .279 on-base percentage and a .403 slugging percentage.

The Yanks, who so far this offseason have addressed their pitching, signed Kevin Youkilis to play third while Alex Rodriguez heals and agreed to a deal with Ichiro. They also must settle their DH situation and add to their bench. A righthanded-hitting outfielder would provide some flexibility.

“Without question, it’s in our best interest, if we can find someone we’re comfortable with,” Brian Cashman said, not speaking specifically about any one player. “Having a righthanded option for our manager would be a significant benefit.”



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Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey has reached an agreement with the Toronto Blue Jays on a two-year, $25 million extension, pending a physical, that will allow Toronto and the New York Mets to complete their trade, sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney.





Dickey will be getting the money that he had requested in failed recent contract talks with the Mets. Some of the money has been pushed into his 2013 deal, along with his $5 million salary, in the form of a signing bonus, to offset the tax difference. The sides are still haggling over how much will be front-loaded, sources said.

The agreement was reported earlier by FoxSports.com.

ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin reported earlier Monday that the Mets will receive highly regarded catching prospect [url=http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29951/travis-d'arnaud]Travis d'Arnaud[/url] and Class A right-hander Noah Syndergaard from Toronto. The teams also will exchange catchers, with Josh Thole headed to Toronto and John Buck to the Mets.

The Blue Jays also will include cash to lessen the Mets' responsibility for Buck's $6 million salary. Other prospects also will be included in the trade, a league source said.

Before talks broke down with New York, Dickey sought a two-year extension worth at least $26 million on top of the existing amount owed.

Dickey will join a formidable Toronto rotation that also is projected to include newcomers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle via the much-talked-about trade with Miami earlier this offseason, as well as Brandon Morrow and Ricky Romero.

A journeyman pitcher who honed the knuckleball out of desperation and who was the first castoff to Mets minor league camp during spring training in 2010, Dickey at age 37 became a first-time All-Star, the franchise's first 20-game winner since Frank Viola and a Cy Young winner while composing a franchise-record 32 2/3 innings scoreless streak this past season. During 2012, he also climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and opened up in a memoir about the sexual abuse he suffered as a child.

Dickey will become the fourth reigning Cy Young winner to be traded before the start of the next season, joining David Cone, Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens.

D'Arnaud is the centerpiece of the deal for the rebuilding Mets, although the 20-year-old Syndergaard is viewed as a potential front-line starter in future seasons. D'Arnaud hit .333 with 16 home runs and 52 RBIs in 67 games last season with Triple-A Las Vegas before his season ended June 25 when he suffered a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee sliding into second base.

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TOKYO -- Andruw Jones is headed to Japan.



The five-time All-Star outfielder has finalized a $3.5 million, one-year contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League. The team announced the move on Sunday.



The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after spending the past two seasons as a part-time player with the New York Yankees.



He appeared in 94 games last season, batting.197 with 14 home runs.



Once one of the premier players in the big leagues, Jones broke into the majors with the Atlanta Braves in 1996 and won 10 consecutive Gold Gloves from 1998-07 as their center fielder.



He has 434 career home runs over 17 seasons in the majors and could provide a boost for the Eagles, whose 52 homers were the fewest in Japan last season.

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Right-hander Mike Pelfrey has agreed to a one-year contract with the Minnesota Twins with a base salary of $4 million and the potential to earn another $1.5 million in incentives, a major league source told ESPNNewYork.com.



The deal is pending a physical.


Pelfrey had been non-tendered by the New York Mets last month after earning $5.7 million during the 2012 season. He made three starts before undergoing Tommy John surgery on May 1 that cost him the remainder of the season.


Despite typically facing a one-year recovery time from the ligament-replacement surgery, Pelfrey, 28, recently expressed confidence he would be ready for a normal workload during spring training. He already has been facing batters at his former college program, Wichita State University.


"I'm on track for Jan. 15. So everything is going well," Pelfrey said. "Tim Hudson came back in seven months (from Tommy John surgery). Joba Chamberlain last year came back in eight before he broke his ankle. And I'll be about eight and a half or so. I'll definitely be ready when spring training rolls around."


Pelfrey, a 2005 first-round pick, went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in 153 appearances (149 starts) during seven seasons with the Mets.

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos Pena to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.

The 34-year-old Pena, who spent last season in his second stint with Tampa Bay, hit .197 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs in 2012. Terms were not released Monday.

Pena had the best seasons of his career in his first stint with the Rays from 2007-2010 when he had at least 100 RBIs in three of those four seasons. His most productive year came in his first with the team when he hit 46 homers with 121 RBIs, both career-highs.

Pena started his career with the Rangers and has also played with Oakland, Detroit, Boston and the Cubs.

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Next up on the Yankees’ winter shopping list is a righthanded-hitting outfielder, and the Angels’ Vernon Wells reportedly is a potential trade target.

The Yankees and the Angels discussed a possible deal for Wells at the baseball winter meetings in Nashville, according to a report Saturday on FoxSports.com.

The Yanks are also prowling the free-agent market in search of a righty bat to complement their all-lefty outfield of Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki. Ichiro has agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract that will become official once he takes a physical and some contract language is completed.

The Yankees have interest in Scott Hairston, who hit 20 homers for the Mets last year. They might be a match with the Angels for a trade because the Halos just signed Josh Hamilton and now have a glut of outfielders, meaning the 34-year-old Wells could be available.

Wells is due to make $21 million in both 2013 and 2014, which does not fit into the Yankees’ plan to drop their payroll under the luxury tax threshold of $189 million by 2014. So it’s likely that the Yanks would want the Angels to eat much of the contract. Wells’ contract has a no-trade clause, but he waived it for the trade that sent him from Toronto to Anaheim before the 2011 season.

Wells has been a huge disappointment since signing a seven-year, $126 million contract extension with the Blue Jays before the 2007 season. In 77 games with the Angels last season, Wells hit .230 with 11 homers and 29 RBI. He had a .279 on-base percentage and a .403 slugging percentage.

The Yanks, who so far this offseason have addressed their pitching, signed Kevin Youkilis to play third while Alex Rodriguez heals and agreed to a deal with Ichiro. They also must settle their DH situation and add to their bench. A righthanded-hitting outfielder would provide some flexibility.

“Without question, it’s in our best interest, if we can find someone we’re comfortable with,” Brian Cashman said, not speaking specifically about any one player. “Having a righthanded option for our manager would be a significant benefit.”



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They are worried about the luxury tax.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there had yet to be a formal announcement. The AL West champion A's called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon described as a ''major announcement.''

Nakajima agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for a third season, one of the people said.

Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, has a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

The one-year deal announced Tuesday is worth $3.25 million.

The 32-year-old Hernandez has pitched seven years in the majors, all with Cleveland. He was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last season.

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lobo316 wrote: If the trade goes thru, the Jays better win the WS next year. They have no future
2014 & beyond.


I give them a two year window, and you know what? Even if it doesn't work out, they just go back to being the same sucky team they've been for years on end already.

I'd rather they go all-in for a couple of years at this point. Whatever happens, happens.


This. Not only is the AL East as wide open as it's been since realignment, but there's an extra-golden opportunity with the Leafs being out of commission. It's a longshot, but...this could be something similar to when the Indians finally turned it around, right when the city lost the Browns. Good for the Jays for going for the brass ring when it's available.

I think Dickey is going to be beloved in Toronto, if he pitches well. His personality seems to be the type that Toronto fans would flip over.

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I think Dickey is going to be beloved in Toronto, if he pitches well. His personality seems to be the type that Toronto fans would flip over.


 

The local media have gone giddy over Dickey. One of the all-sports radio stations
play Toni Basil's "Hey Mickey" with different lyrics.

Hey Dickey you're so fine, you're fine,
You've re-signed, hey Dickey, hey Dickey.........

Then they equate the trade for  Dickey with the trade for David Cone.
Fans of Cone were known as Coneheads. Fans of Dickey are ...........
Jeez.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey off of waivers from the Houston Astros.

Storey, 26, made his major-league debut in 2012 with Houston, appearing in 26 games and posting a 0-1 record with a 3.86 earned-run average out of the bullpen.

The six-foot-two, 185-pound right-hander held opponents to a .237 average, including a .167 mark against left-handed hitters.

The Blue Jays now have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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Angels trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Jason Vargas

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Dec 19, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been searching for rotation help and shopping extra bats, and MLB.com reports that he’s found a fit by trading first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas.

It’s a rare deal between division rivals, but the Mariners have whiffed on several free agent hitting targets and certainly need more quality bats in a lineup that ranked dead last among AL teams in scoring. After missing most of 2010 and all of 2011 with a broken ankle Morales bounced back to stay healthy and hit .273 with 22 homers and a .787 OPS in 134 games. The switch-hitter is eligible for free agency next off season, so it’s a short-term pickup for Seattle.

Vargas has been a solid innings-eater for the Mariners during the past three seasons, throwing 217, 201, and 193 innings with a 3.96 ERA. Some of that is thanks to a pitcher-friendly home ballpark–from 2010-2012 he had a 3.46 ERA in Seattle and a 4.53 ERA on the road. Of course, the Angels’ ballpark is pitcher-friendly too, as a fly-ball pitcher Vargas will benefit from their strong outfield defense, and they’d probably take 200 innings of a four-something ERA from him happily. Vargas, like Morales, is eligible for free agency next off season.

Good but not great first baseman/designated hitter for good but not great starting pitcher, both with one season of team control remaining. Seems pretty fair and fills obvious needs for both teams involved, which helps explain the willingness to trade within the division.

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Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

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Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Cubs have agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. The length is also a mystery, but chances are it’s a one-year pact.

Villanueva posted a decent 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 122/46 K/BB ratio in 125 1/3 innings — 16 starts and 22 relief appearances — this past season for the Blue Jays. He will serve as a starter in Chicago.

The Cubs’ rotation at the beginning of 2013 will go Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija, Travis Wood, Scott Feldman then Villanueva.

And Scott Baker should be recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery by May.

We’re not expecting the Cubs to be contenders or anything, but that’s not a bad group.

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Villanueva is a good pitcher, the Cubs could do a lot worse.

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clawmaster wrote: Angels trade Kendrys Morales to Mariners for Jason Vargas

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Dec 19, 2012, 5:14 PM EST

Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has been searching for rotation help and shopping extra bats, and MLB.com reports that he’s found a fit by trading first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales to the Mariners for left-hander Jason Vargas.

It’s a rare deal between division rivals, but the Mariners have whiffed on several free agent hitting targets and certainly need more quality bats in a lineup that ranked dead last among AL teams in scoring. After missing most of 2010 and all of 2011 with a broken ankle Morales bounced back to stay healthy and hit .273 with 22 homers and a .787 OPS in 134 games. The switch-hitter is eligible for free agency next off season, so it’s a short-term pickup for Seattle.

Vargas has been a solid innings-eater for the Mariners during the past three seasons, throwing 217, 201, and 193 innings with a 3.96 ERA. Some of that is thanks to a pitcher-friendly home ballpark–from 2010-2012 he had a 3.46 ERA in Seattle and a 4.53 ERA on the road. Of course, the Angels’ ballpark is pitcher-friendly too, as a fly-ball pitcher Vargas will benefit from their strong outfield defense, and they’d probably take 200 innings of a four-something ERA from him happily. Vargas, like Morales, is eligible for free agency next off season.

Good but not great first baseman/designated hitter for good but not great starting pitcher, both with one season of team control remaining. Seems pretty fair and fills obvious needs for both teams involved, which helps explain the willingness to trade within the division.

 
Morales was projected to be the next Willie McCovey, and had he not broken his ankle during the notorious 'celebration' of a walk-off grand slam, he was on track to a MONSTER career.  I am sorry to see him go, but almost just as happy to pick up an innings eating starter.  I guess this means the Angels are all in on Trumbo, because as long as he is healthy, 1st is Pujols' for the foreseeable future.

This may be one of those instances where both teams get better.

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I agree thunderbolt. Angels needed starting pitching with the departures of Dan Haren & Ervin Santana. Seattle desperately needed another bat.

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khawk wrote: Villanueva is a good pitcher, the Cubs could do a lot worse.
Cubs also rumored to be going after free agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson.

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Free-agent third baseman Placido Polanco has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical, sources told ESPN.com Thursday.



The deal is worth $2.75 million, according to the Miami Herald.

The Marlins have been looking for an everyday third baseman since trading Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers in July. According to teams that have spoken with them, the Marlins unsuccessfully explored trades for three young third basemen -- Mike Olt of the Rangers, Nick Castellanos of the Tigers and Jedd Gyorko of the Padres. They also had interest in free agents Brandon Inge and Miguel Tejada.

Polanco, 37, missed 72 games last season with the Philadelphia Phillies because of back, knee, ankle and wrist injuries. He hit .294 in the first two months, but batted just .198, with five extra-base hits, in 130 plate appearances after June 4. He started only two games after July 22 because of lower-back inflammation.

In 2011, however, Polanco started at third base for the National League in the All-Star Game and won a Gold Glove. He has a .299 lifetime batting average and is a Gold Glove winner at both second and third base.

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The Baltimore Orioles have signed outfielder Adam Greenberg, who previously gained national attention when he was hit in the head with a pitch in 2005, and again last season when he briefly joined the Miami Marlins, to a minor league contract.

"I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity," Greenberg said Thursday afternoon.


Beaned by the first pitch he saw in the majors in 2005 while with the Chicago Cubs, Greenberg returned to the majors last season, signing a one-day contract with the Marlins, who gave him one at-bat in a game against the New York Mets on Oct. 2.


Greenberg, 31, struck out on three pitches his at-bat against eventual NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. At the time of the game against the Mets, Greenberg said he had hopes of a career comeback.


Earlier this month at the winter meetings, Greenberg took a step toward his continuing his career, meeting with Orioles manager Buck Showalter, GM Dan Duquette and Brady Anderson.


Greenberg, who hasn't been with a major league organization since 2008, played for Israel in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic earlier this year.


An outfielder, Greenberg made his big league debut with the Cubs in Miami on July 9, 2005, and was hit by a pitch thrown by Marlins left-hander Valerio De Los Santos. He sustained a concussion that caused vision problems, vertigo and headaches lasting hours at a time, and it was nearly two years before he regained full health.

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clawmaster wrote: khawk wrote: Villanueva is a good pitcher, the Cubs could do a lot worse.
Cubs also rumored to be going after free agent starting pitcher Edwin Jackson.


 

 

The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal, a source told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Thursday.





Jackson, 29, was 10-11 with a 4.03 ERA in 31 starts (189 2/3 innings) with the Washington Nationals in 2012. The Nationals did not make a qualifying offer to Jackson, so they won't get any draft-pick compensation should he leave.



The Cubs added another right-handed pitcher in Carlos Villanueva, who has agreed to a two-year contract, a major league source told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine. The deal is pending a physical.



Villanueva, 29, was 7-7 with a 4.16 ERA in 38 appearances with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, including 16 starts.



After going 12-9 with a 3.79 ERA in 199 2/3 innings for the Chicago White Sox and St. Louis Cardinals in 2011, Jackson wasn't able to get a long-term deal, and settled for $11 million from the Nationals.



Jackson has played for seven teams in his career, which began with the Dodgers in 2003. The 2010 season included his 150-pitch no-hitter with Arizona.





He has a 70-71 career record with a 4.40 ERA. In 2012, Jackson had 168 strikeouts and 58 walks, but also gave up 23 home runs.

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Rangers sign A.J. Pierzynski.

http://texas.rangers.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20121220&content_id=40765530&vkey=news_tex&c_id=tex

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Pitcher Francisco Liriano has signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates worth $14 million, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The contract means 2013 will be the first season in Liriano’s seven-year pro career that he won’t begin with the Minnesota Twins.

Liriano, 29, played most of the 2012 season in Minnesota before being traded to the Chicago White Sox. He went 12-3 with a 2.16 ERA in 2006 before tearing a ligament in his elbow. His record and ERA have steadily declined since then – he finished 2012 6-12 with a 5.34 ERA.

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HOUSTON -- The Houston Astros signed veteran right-handed reliever Jose Veras to a one-year contract on Friday.

The 32-year-old Veras was 5-4 in 72 relief appearances for Milwaukee in 2012 with a 3.63 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 61 hits in 67 innings.

Veras has 151 appearances over the past two seasons, tied for second overall. Over the past three seasons, Veras has posted a 3.73 ERA in 199 appearances with 212 strikeouts and 147 hits allowed in 186 innings pitched.

Veras has a 19-17 record in 327 career major league appearances over parts of seven seasons with the Yankees, Indians, Marlins, Pirates and Brewers.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins signed right-hander Rich Harden to a minor league contract Friday with an invitation to compete for a spot on the staff in spring training.

The 31-year-old Harden sat out the 2012 season after surgery on Jan. 31 to repair the rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder, his latest setback in a long line of arm problems. Harden has the third-best strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio in the majors since his debut with Oakland in 2003, behind only Tim Lincecum and Clayton Kershaw.

But Harden, after going 11-7 with a 3.99 ERA in 31 starts over 189 2-3 innings in his first full year in the majors in 2004, hasn't surpassed the 150-inning mark since. Between the A's and the Chicago Cubs in 2008, Harden finished 10-2 with a 2.07 ERA in 25 combined starts, posting 181 strikeouts in 148 innings. But he had a 5.58 ERA in 2010 with the Texas Rangers, accumulating only 92 innings and had a 5.12 ERA in 15 starts in his return to the A's in 2011. Harden has been hit by a number of injuries, but the shoulder has given him the most trouble.

The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Harden was a 17th-round draft pick in 2000 out of Central Arizona College. The native of Victoria, British Columbia, spent seven years with the A's. His career record is 59-38, with a 3.76 ERA and 949 strikeouts over 928 1-3 innings.

The Twins have acquired Vance Worley, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey to join Scott Diamond in their rotation, which ranked last in the American League in ERA last season, but there's one open spot. If Harden can prove he's healthy and still effective, he'll have a chance to be the fifth starter. Returners Nick Blackburn, Samuel Deduno, Cole De Vries, Liam Hendriks and Esmerling Vasquez will also be in the mix this spring. The Twins will have 34 pitchers in camp.

The Twins also announced that Diamond had arthroscopic surgery Tuesday to remove a bone chip from his elbow. The team said he'll be ready for spring training.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers signed left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny to a two-year contract Friday.

The 30-year-old Gorzelanny went 4-2 with a 2.88 ERA and one save in 45 games with Washington last season, a stint that included one start. He posted a 1.33 ERA in 27 innings pitching out of the bullpen following the All-Star break.

Gorzelanny worked at least two innings in 19 of his 44 relief appearances last season, his first as a full-time reliever.

Overall, Gorzelanny is 44-45 with a 4.41 ERA and two saves in 193 games (111 starts) during eight seasons with Pittsburgh, the Cubs and Washington.

Terms were not released by the team.



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The Toronto Blue Jays on Friday claimed third baseman/outfielder Russ Canzler on waivers from the Cleveland Indians, the same day they purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Tony Davis from the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League.

Canzler hit .269 in 26 games with the Indians in 2012, posting three home runs and 11 runs batted in.

Toronto added Canzler to the 40-man roster and outrighted right-handed pitcher Mickey Storey to AAA Buffalo of the International League.

The 26-year-old Canzler batted .265 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 130 contests with the AAA Columbus Clippers last season.

Davis, 24, went 2-0 with a 1.06 earned-run average in 20 appearances for Quebec in 2012. The Newberry, Fla., native was used mostly out of the bullpen against left-handed hitters.

Davis was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 12th round in 2009 but was released this spring. He joined Fargo-Moorhead of the American Association before he was traded to Quebec in July.

He had a 2.51 ERA in 44 appearances with the Twins' AA affiliate from 2009 to 2011.

Capitales manager Patrick Scalabrini said in a statement that the Jays made the move to fill a need for left-handed relievers in their organization.

Davis is the second Capitales pitcher sold to a major league club in recent weeks. Right-hander Chris Cox of St. George, Ont., a Blue Jays' 2011 draft pick, was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks in November.

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- Free Agent OF Cody Ross signed with Arizona. He got a 3 year deal for $ 27 million.


- Boston is close to acquiring closer Joel Hanrahan from Pittsburgh. The Pirates are reportedly getting OF/1B Jerry Sands ( had 26 HR and 107 RBI with a .296 BA in AAA last year ) and minor league Pitcher Stolmy Pimentel ( 6-7 with a 4.59 ERA last year in AA ). There could also be more players included from both teams.

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Closer Joel Hanrahan is on his way to the Boston Red Sox after the Pirates agreed to trade the two-time All-Star in return for a multiple young players, according to sources.

Two of those players are Jerry Sands, a first baseman/outfielder with major league experience, and Stolmy Pimentel, a right-handed pitcher according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The trade is pending physicals for all players, which likely will not be complete until after Christmas. Hanrahan, 31, joined the Pirates in 2009 in a trade that sent Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan to the Washington Nationals. He assumed the role of closer in 2010 after the Pirates dealt Octavio Dotel at the trade deadline.



Anybody from Boston can tell me if we were better off getting a bag of scuffed-up balls and an old worn catcher's mitt? 

The Pirates wanted  SS Joe Iglesias but we ended up with these two guys.  Two shoemakers, right?





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Papa Voo wrote:

Closer Joel Hanrahan is on his way to the Boston Red Sox after the Pirates agreed to trade the two-time All-Star in return for a multiple young players, according to sources.

Two of those players are Jerry Sands, a first baseman/outfielder with major league experience, and Stolmy Pimentel, a right-handed pitcher according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

The trade is pending physicals for all players, which likely will not be complete until after Christmas. Hanrahan, 31, joined the Pirates in 2009 in a trade that sent Sean Burnett and Nyjer Morgan to the Washington Nationals. He assumed the role of closer in 2010 after the Pirates dealt Octavio Dotel at the trade deadline.


Anybody from Boston can tell me if we were better off getting a bag of scuffed-up balls and an old worn catcher's mitt? 

The Pirates wanted  SS Joe Iglesias but we ended up with these two guys.  Two shoemakers, right?



I'm not from Boston but I can tell you that you guys still might be getting Iglesias. Some reports are saying that the final deal might end up being Hanrahan and 1B Garrett Jones going to Boston in exchange for Sands, Pimental, Iglesias and Pitcher Mark Melancon. If Boston gets Jones it makes me wonder if they're giving up on signing Mike Napoli due to possible health issues.

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BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.

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BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.

thank God. He wanted to come to SF. Glad they turned him down.The signing of Andres Torres helped.

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BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.

4 yrs 56 mil is way too much for that guy.

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Raul Ibanez and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Saturday night.

The deal allows Ibanez to earn an additional $1.25 million in performance bonuses, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.

Ibanez returns to the team he began his big league career with from 1996-00, then rejoined from 2004-08.

Now 40, Ibanez spent the past season with the New York Yankees and became popular with fans for his late-game home runs. He had hoped to remain with New York, but the Yankees have moved slowly during the offseason.

Ibanez hit .240 with 19 homers and 62 RBIs in 384 at-bats, his pull swing making him a natural for the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. He batted just .197 with five RBIs in 61 at-bats against left-handers.

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clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 

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srossi wrote:
clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 


Never mind the postseason - $ 14 million a year is way too much $$$ for a guy that has never had a 100 RBI season or hit at least .290 in any season. For Pete's sake - his career batting average is .256 !!!

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CanadianHorseman wrote: srossi wrote:
clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 


Never mind the postseason - $ 14 million a year is way too much $$$ for a guy that has never had a 100 RBI season or hit at least .290 in any season. For Pete's sake - his career batting average is .256 !!!

Absolutely.  Way overpaid.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: srossi wrote:
clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 


Never mind the postseason - $ 14 million a year is way too much $$$ for a guy that has never had a 100 RBI season or hit at least .290 in any season. For Pete's sake - his career batting average is .256 !!!

It's barely above the money that teams were offering the top free agents as that whole "we don't want to lose a draft pick" money (like $13.5 mill a player, it was). Money is just crazy these days.

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srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 



This is why, with Swisher gone, I am surprised the Yanks didn't ante up a 1-year $3 mil+ incentives deal for Ibanez. Even with Ichiro re-signed. Ibanez came through. He elevated the younger guys, the fans took to him. Instead he signs a 1-year deal alongside Jason Bay in Seattle.

The only thing I can think of is that Ibanez prefers living out there since he had been there for longer stays.

Edit: I remember a funny thing Jeter said during the pre-game interviews on Old Timers day this past summer. Jeter was asked, being Yanks' captain, who his favorite old timers were that day, and he answered, "Mariano and Ibanez."

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pjstef wrote: srossi wrote: clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 



This is why, with Swisher gone, I am surprised the Yanks didn't ante up a 1-year $3 mil+ incentives deal for Ibanez. Even with Ichiro re-signed. Ibanez came through. He elevated the younger guys, the fans took to him. Instead he signs a 1-year deal alongside Jason Bay in Seattle.

The only thing I can think of is that Ibanez prefers living out there since he had been there for longer stays.

Edit: I remember a funny thing Jeter said during the pre-game interviews on Old Timers day this past summer. Jeter was asked, being Yanks' captain, who his favorite old timers were that day, and he answered, "Mariano and Ibanez."


Ibanez's heroics were great last year, but the last thing we need is to bring back yet another old bench player/DH.  I keep waiting for this team to make a move to get younger and more versatile, and it's not happening.

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Agreed, Rossi, but at what Ibanez was asking, plus considering that Andrew Jones and Swisher are gone, why not have the guy there to bridge the gap and continue his role. It's not like Ibanez is holding anyone back. Your point is taken, but they aren't bringing along the young guys to play outfield. Are you even 100% sold on depending on Brett Gardner as an everyday outfielder in the lineup? Yeah he can steal bases, but if he batted .242 with no pop this year, would anyone be surprised? 

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pjstef wrote: Agreed, Rossi, but at what Ibanez was asking, plus considering that Andrew Jones and Swisher are gone, why not have the guy there to bridge the gap and continue his role. It's not like Ibanez is holding anyone back. Your point is taken, but they aren't bringing along the young guys to play outfield. Are you even 100% sold on depending on Brett Gardner as an everyday outfielder in the lineup? Yeah he can steal bases, but if he batted .242 with no pop this year, would anyone be surprised? 
I like Gardner a lot.  I think he was really finding a nice rhythm in 2011 and would've had a big year if not injured.  The guy can hit, he's not a .242 hitter.  He can easily hit .280-.290 when healthy.  He beats out a lot of grounders, but the guy was lining the ball in 2011 too.  I have high hopes for him.  The sad thing is, the only "new blood" the Yanks have added this off-season to re-shape the team is a guy who's been around for a few years and who we have to hope is healthy.  That's my biggest problem.  As far as Ibanez goes, sign him, don't sign him, who cares?  It really doesn't matter at all.  If Ibanez needed to step in and get any type of playing time at all in 2013, especially in the OF, the season is already a lost cause.  I was just hoping they'd pull some blockbuster deal and trade Cano for a bunch of guys and maybe sign Pierzynski and do a couple of other things to really re-shape this team.  What they have is just not a winning group so tinkering with that doesn't help much.  I thought a month ago they had a good enough team to limp into the playoffs and lose again, but now I'm thinking they're really going to struggle even making it with Toronto getting so much better and TB still being better too.  Yankees-Red Sox could finish 4-5 next year in the East.

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Bad news Papa Voo - looks like Pittsburgh will not be getting Iglesias after all.


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The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday acquired All-Star closer Joel Hanrahan and a prospect from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for reliever Mark Melancon and a trio of minor leaguers.

Also headed to Pittsburgh in the deal are pitcher Stolmy Pimentel, infielder Ivan De Jesus and first baseman/outfielder Jerry Sands. Along with Hanrahan, the Red Sox also received infielder Brock Holt.

News that the Red Sox and Pirates were close to a deal broke earlier this week, and the teams made the transaction official after the Christmas holiday.

Over the past two seasons, the right-handed Hanrahan had 76 saves (in 84 chances), fourth most in the National League, and a 2.24 ERA. Last season, he was 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and 36 saves.

The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency. With incumbent closer Andrew Bailey still a question mark after a season in which he was injured for most of the year, then pitched ineffectively, it makes sense that the Red Sox would explore bullpen upgrades.

Hanrahan, an All-Star in each of the past two seasons, earned $4.1 million in 2012 and can expect a significant bump in salary arbitration to close to $7 million.

Along with an impressive save percentage (90 percent) over his two-year stint as closer in Pittsburgh, Hanrahan had a 2.24 ERA and 128 strikeouts in 128 1/3 innings. It's unclear whether he will go into the season as the Red Sox closer or whether there will be a competition with Bailey.

Hanrahan joins a formidable corps of relievers that could include Bailey, Koji Uehara, Alfredo Aceves, Junichi Tazawa, Franklin Morales, Andrew Miller and perhaps Daniel Bard, if the right-hander can regain his old form.

The 24-year-old Holt spent most of the 2012 season with the Pirates' Double-A and Triple-A clubs, where he combined to hit .344 with 31 doubles, three homers and an .859 OPS. He also played in 24 games for the Pirates last season (all in September), hitting .292 in 65 at-bats.

Melancon was 0-2 with a 6.20 ERA in 41 relief appearances in his only season with Boston after being dealt to the team from the Houston Astros. Pimentel spent the season at Double-A Portland. Sands and DeJesus were obtained in a trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Aug. 25.

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The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency.

Rent a player.

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The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency.

Rent a player.


If he has any sort of decent year then I think Boston will go hard to re-sign him.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: clawmaster wrote:
The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency.

Rent a player.


If he has any sort of decent year then I think Boston will go hard to re-sign him.

Probably.

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The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency.

Rent a player.


Closers are a dime a dozen.

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srossi wrote:
clawmaster wrote: BREAKING: OF Nick Swisher agrees to 4-year deal with Indians, pending physical.
I like Swisher but I'm tired of all these guys who never produce in the postseason and he is one of them.  He'll probably do great in Cleveland and I wish him the best. 


Swisher has a great OBP .361 career and Slg .467 and consistenly hits 28 Hrs and has 90RBI's every year. He's good Defensively, but has a problem in the post season. He's a Guy Who should've received something along the lines of a 3 yr/$35 Mil deal. He's alot better then Victorino and He signed for 3 yr/$38 Mil. So His deal is right on par.

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The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency.

Rent a player.


Closers are a dime a dozen.


Did you say that when the Phillies signed Papelbon to that big FA contract ????

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
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clawmaster wrote:
The 31-year-old Hanrahan is a year away from free agency.

Rent a player.


Closers are a dime a dozen.


Did you say that when the Phillies signed Papelbon to that big FA contract ????


Yep.

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Closers are a dime a dozen unless they are great every year like Mariano Rivera.

The Seattle Mariners signed Free Agent OF/DH Raul Ibanez.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- A.J. Pierzynski can joke with Texas manager Ron Washington about last season's All-Star snub now that he's the starting catcher for the Rangers.
They shared a laugh over lunch a few days before Wednesday's announcement that Pierzynski's one-year free agent contract with Texas was complete. Both considered the All-Star issue dead after it happened in July, even though Pierzynski had a cryptic retort when Washington explained the difficulty of the decision.
"Everybody keeps trying to make a big deal out of it, but I've known Wash for a really long time," Pierzynski said. "It's not going to change the way I feel about Ron Washington because I know what he's done in this game and I know where he stands and what he's all about. It's over and done with for me."
Washington said Pierzynski will be the primary catcher, pushing Geovany Soto to the backup role after he re-signed as a free agent. Pierzynski hit .278 with a career-high 27 home runs in 135 games for the Chicago White Sox, while Soto took a pay cut after hitting .196 in 47 games following a trade with the Chicago Cubs.
Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star who has been to the playoffs four times and won the 2005 World Series with the White Sox, has long been known as an irritant to opposing players and even someone who didn't always please his teammates either. Washington says he always felt otherwise.
"I always loved him; I never hated him," Washington said. "I always loved him because he always believed he did anything and everything he had to do to try to beat you. I admired that."
The Rangers needed a left-handed power hitter after losing All-Star slugger Josh Hamilton in free agency to the Los Angeles. They also had a void at catcher because Mike Napoli, a key to Texas reaching a second straight World Series in 2011, bolted for Boston.
Soto became a free agent when the Rangers didn't agree to a contract before a deadline earlier this month. But he eventually agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract, a more than 20 percent decrease from his $4.3 million payroll last season. Terms of Pierzynski's deal weren't disclosed.
Pierzynski is a .284 career hitter in 1,629 games with the White Sox (2005-12), San Francisco (2004) and Minnesota (1998-2003). He could also play some designated hitter. He caught 121 games last year, leads and all active players with 1,559 games as a catcher and doesn't see a need to slow down even though he turns 36 on Sunday.
"Physically, I feel awesome," said Pierzynski, who matched his career high with 77 RBIs last season. "Mentally, I'm as good as I've ever been. I always joke that I have to thank my mom and dad because they gave me good genes as far as health goes."
To make room for Pierzynski on the 40-man roster, the Rangers designated catcher Luis Martinez for assignment.

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SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (AP) -- Former AL MVP Miguel Tejada has reached a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals and says he is ready to return to the majors.

The 38-year-old infielder got a one-year contract that will be worth $1.1 million if he makes the big leagues. There is an additional $400,000 in performance bonuses.

The six-time All-Star last played in the majors in 2011 with San Francisco, hitting .239 with four home runs and 26 RBIs in 91 games.

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent Brett Myers is getting a fresh ''start'' with the Indians.

The veteran right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with a club option for 2014 with Cleveland, which will give him a chance to win a starting job after he pitched in relief last season for Houston and the Chicago White Sox. Myers' deal is contingent on the 32-year-old passing a physical.

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David Price, the American League Cy Young Award winner, has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays to avoid salary arbitration.






Price




The deal was reported by ESPN.com on Tuesday and announced by the club Wednesday. The 27-year-old Price, who made $4.35 million last season, will make $10.1125 million in the coming season, the Rays said. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.



Price is 61-31 with a 3.16 ERA in the big leagues. He has made three straight All-Star teams, and went 20-5 with a league-leading 2.56 ERA last season to narrowly edge Detroit's Justin Verlander for the Cy Young Award.



He tied Jered Weaver for the league lead in wins and winning percentage and was sixth in strikeouts with 205 in 211 innings.



Price was the first overall pick in the 2007 draft out of Vanderbilt. He was promoted to the majors late the following year, when Tampa Bay made an improbable run to the World Series. In 2010, he became the youngest pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden in 1986 and finished second to Seattle's Felix Hernandez in Cy Young balloting after going 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA.



The ace of one of the deepest rotations in baseball last season, Price will be counted on even more in 2013 following a six-player trade that sent right-handers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for four minor leaguers, including top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi.

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CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians have reclaimed infielder Russ Canzler off waivers from Toronto.

Canzler was designated for assignment last month, when the Indians signed free agent first baseman Mark Reynolds. Canzler could become the Indians' full-time designated hitter if the club doesn't make any more offseason moves.

To make room for Canzler, right-hander Jeanmar Gomez was designated for assignment.

Canzler batted .269 with three homers and 11 RBIs in 26 games last season for Cleveland after spending most of the year at Triple-A Columbus. The 26-year-old batted .265 with 22 homers and 79 RBIs in 130 games for the Clippers.

Gomez opened last season in the Indians' starting rotation, but was sent to the minors June 24 with a 4-7 record and 5.18 ERA. He was recalled Aug. 29.

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11:30am: The Rangers have signed free agent right-hander [url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/f/frasoja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-http://www.typepad.com]Jason Frasor[/url] to a one-year contract, Anthony Andro of FOXSportsSouthwest reports (on Twitter). The team designated catcher [url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/w/whiteel03.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-http://www.typepad.com]Eli Whiteside[/url] to create roster space for Frasor, Andro reports. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News first reported that the Rangers were nearing a deal with Frasor, a Dave Meier client.

Frasor, 35, pitched for the Blue Jays in 2012, posting a 4.12 ERA with 10.9 K/9, 4.5 BB/9 and a 38.4% ground ball rate in 43 2/3 innings. He didn't pitch at all in August, as forearm tightness led to an extended stint on the disabled list. Frasor, the Blue Jays' all-time leader in appearances, averaged 93 mph with his fastball in 2012. In nine seasons at the MLB level, the Chicago native has a 3.77 ERA with 8.6 K/9, 3.9 BB/9 and a 43.0% ground ball rate. He earned $3.75MM this past season.

At the end of the 2012 regular season Frasor told me that he didn't intend to be overly picky about his next destination. The Brewers and Blue Jays also appeared to have some level of interest this offseason. He'll join a Rangers bullpen that includes [url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/n/nathajo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-http://www.typepad.com]Joe Nathan[/url] and, eventually, [url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/soriajo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-http://www.typepad.com]Joakim Soria[/url].

Whiteside appeared in 12 games with the Giants this past season and played another 60 games with San Francisco's Triple-A affiliate. In parts of five seasons at the MLB level, the 33-year-old has a .215/.273/.335 batting line. Whiteside is set to earn $625K in 2013 and $200K of that sum is guaranteed. He has already been claimed on waivers three times this offseason, as MLBTR's Transaction Tracker shows.


12:07pm: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports (on Twitter) the deal is worth $1.5MM.

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed pitcher Chad Beck off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Beck, 27, returns to Toronto after being claimed by the Pittsburgh Pirates at the end of last season. The six-foot-four, 255-pound right-hander appeared in 14 games for the Blue Jays in 2012, posting a 6.32 earned-run average.

In 43 games with triple-A Las Vegas, Beck recorded 18 saves, fourth in the Pacific Coast League, along with a 2-0 record and a 1.31 ERA.

The Blue Jays now have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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Dontrelle Willis signs a minor league contract with the Cubs.

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Benlen wrote: Dontrelle Willis signs a minor league contract with the Cubs.
:shock::shock::shock:

What are you doing Theo?

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clawmaster wrote: Benlen wrote: Dontrelle Willis signs a minor league contract with the Cubs.
:shock::shock::shock:

What are you doing Theo?
Taking a low-cost, no-risk chance.

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He hasnt been have way decent since 2006

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Chrisstlouis wrote: He hasnt been have way decent since 2006
I understand Terry's point but I agree with Chris.

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Chrisstlouis wrote: He hasnt been have way decent since 2006Of course not. But you're not spending any money and you're not giving up a roster spot. He comes in, you take a look. If by some miracle he's competent, you sign him. If not, you send him home and it didn't cost anything.

It happens once in a blue moon. Ryan Vogelsong wasn't worth a shit. He failed with the Pirates, went to Japan, came back and failed with the Angels and Phillies. The Giants gave him a last-chance spring training invitation, something clicked, and now he's a good pitcher for them.

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Former Yankees reliever Rafael Soriano and the Nationals have agreed to a $28 million, two-year deal with a third-year vesting option for $14 million, a baseball source told ESPN.com senior writer Jerry Crasnick on Tuesday.





Soriano


The option reportedly rests on whether the right-hander finishes 120 games combined over 2013 and 2014.


Soriano, 33, filled in for injured closer Mariano Rivera last season, finishing with 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA in his 11th season.


Soriano has also pitched for the Mariners, Braves and Rays. He closed for Atlanta in 2009 and Tampa Bay in 2010, when he was an All-Star and named the AL's top reliever with the Rolaids Relief Award, finishing with 45 saves and a 1.73 ERA.

Soriano opted out of the last season of a three-year contract with the Yankees in October, taking a $1.5 million buyout. He would have been paid $14 million had he remained for the final season of the deal.

Soriano will join a Nationals bullpen that already includes Drew Storen and Tyler Clippard.

Washington will lose its first-round draft pick, and the Yankees will gain an extra pick after the first round.


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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks and J.J. Putz announced a $13.5 million, two-year contract for the reliever on Monday, a deal that adds a $7 million salary for 2014.




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Arizona exercised Putz's $6.5 million option on Oct. 20 and he would have been eligible for free agency after the 2013 season.

"J.J. has provided much-needed leadership and stability for our bullpen the last two years," general manager Kevin Towers said in a release. "He has been an integral piece and helped set the foundation for our bullpen's turnaround so we are excited to have him in place the next two seasons."

The 35-year-old right-hander had 32 saves in 37 chances and a 2.82 ERA last year, converting 19 straight save chances from late May through August. He had a 0.84 ERA from June 23 through the end of the season.

"I'm very happy to be a member of the great D-backs organization and family though 2014," Putz said. "It's special to be with my family year round so we're all really excited."

Putz has a 33-31 record with 183 saves in 514 big league games for Seattle (2003-08), the New York Mets (2009), the Chicago White Sox (2010) and Arizona (2011-12).

Putz has 77 saves for Arizona, second on the franchise list behind Jose Valverde with 98.

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TORONTO -- Outfielder Adam Loewen has agreed to a minor league contract to return to the Toronto Blue Jays, who also settled with outfielder Colby Rasmus on a one-year deal worth $4,675,000.




A native of Surrey, British Columbia, Loewen hit .227 with eight home runs and 26 RBIs last year with the New York Mets' Triple-A team at Buffalo.




Loewen spent the 2009-11 seasons in the Blue Jays organization after converting from a pitcher to a position player. He hit .306 with 17 homers and 85 RBIs at Triple-A Las Vegas in 2011. He was 6 for 32 (.188) with one homer and four RBIs for Toronto during a callup in September 2011.




The 26-year-old Rasmus hit .223 last year, when he set career bests with 23 homers and 75 RBIs. He has a .243 average with 76 homers and 246 RBIs in four big league seasons with St. Louis and the Blue Jays, who acquired him in July 2011.




Rasmus made $2.7 million last year.




Three Blue Jays remain eligible to file for arbitration Tuesday: second baseman Emilio Bonifacio, left-hander J.A. Happ and catcher Josh Thole.

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The Washington Nationals traded power-hitting Michael Morse to Seattle on Wednesday in a three-team deal that moved catcher John Jaso from the Mariners to Oakland.

The NL East champion Nationals reacquired pitching prospect A.J. Cole, dealt from Washington to Oakland just 13 months ago in the trade for Gio Gonzalez. Washington also got pitcher Blake Treinen and a player to be named.

Morse hit .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Nationals in an injury-plagued season, playing mostly as an outfielder. The Nationals acquired Denard Span in a trade and contemplated moving the 30-year-old Morse to first base but then re-signed Adam LaRoche. Morse played for the Mariners from 2005-08.

Jaso, 29, batted .276 with 10 homers and 50 RBIs but became expendable when Seattle signed Raul Ibanez to be its designated hitter, a move that shifts Jesus Montero from a catcher-DH split to primarily behind the plate. The AL West champion A's had Kurt Suzuki as their main catcher last season before trading him to the Nationals.

Cole, a 21-year-old right-hander, was among four players traded by Washington to Oakland in December 2011 for pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Cole was 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA in eight games at Stockton of the California League and 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA at Burlington of the Midwest League, both Class A level.

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Benlen wrote:  The NL East champion Nationals reacquired pitching prospect A.J. Cole, dealt from Washington to Oakland just 13 months ago in the trade for Gio Gonzalez. Washington also got pitcher Blake Treinen and a player to be named.

 Cole, a 21-year-old right-hander, was among four players traded by Washington to Oakland in December 2011 for pitcher Gio Gonzalez. Cole was 0-7 with a 7.82 ERA in eight games at Stockton of the California League and 6-3 with a 2.07 ERA at Burlington of the Midwest League, both Class A level.

Thts not a pitching prospect but the 2014 Pittsburgh Pirates number 4 starter if he can keep up the 0-7 and plus 7 ERA

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The Red Sox and Mike Napoli have agreed to a one-year deal worth $5 million with incentives that could bring the total value to $13 million, major league sources confirmed.

The incentives would be based on whether Napoli spends any time on the disabled list due to a hip injury. Napoli originally agreed to a three-year, $39 million deal in December that was held up after concerns arose with his physical.

Napoli spent the last two seasons with the Texas Rangers. He is a career .259 hitter with 146 home runs and 380 RBIs. Napoli hit .227/.343/.469 last season with 24 home runs.

The Sox have long felt the righthanded hitter would be a good fit in their lineup at first base. Napoli has been primarily a catcher in his career but has played 133 games at first base.

WEEI was first to report the news of the one-year deal.

With Napoli now settled, the Red Sox are likely to pursue a backup first baseman via trade or free agency. Their preference would be a lefthanded hitter who could also play the outfield.

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The Red Sox signed the first if their nine arbitration eligible players. Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia received one year and $4.5 million.

Saltalamacchia, 27, hit .222 with 25 home runs and 59 RBIs in 2012. He led the Red Sox in home runs, the first catcher to do so since Carlton Fisk had 26 in 1977.

Saltalamacchia ranked third among major league catchers in home runs and finished with the fourth-best slugging percentage (.454) among American League catchers (minimum 375 PA). As a catcher, his 104 games and 852 innings ranked fifth in the league.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- Reliever Jason Motte and the St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to a $12 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 30-year-old right-hander had a career-high 42 saves in 49 chances last year, when he was 4-5 with a 2.75 ERA. He made $2 million.

Motte is 17-13 with a 2.87 ERA and 54 saves since his major league debut in 2008. He will be eligible for free agency after the 2014 season.

He gets a $1 million signing bonus, payable within 30 days of the contract's approval by Major League Baseball, and salaries of $4 million this year and $7 million in 2014. For 2014 only, Motte can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses: $250,000 each for 50 and 60 games finished.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/01/23/cubs-reach-two-year-agreement-with-scott-hairston/

Cubs reach two-year agreement with Scott Hairston

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Jan 23, 2013, 10:42 PM EST

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs have signed free agent outfielder Scott Hairston to a two-year contract. It’s only pending a physical exam.

Exact financial details have not been disclosed.

Hairston batted .263/.299/.504 with a career-high 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 398 plate appearances last season for the Mets. The 32-year-old veteran is a .247/.302/.449 career hitter in the major leagues.

Hairston will presumably start in right field this summer for the Cubs. If he gets off to a decent start, he can be flipped at the deadline for some youth.

The Yankees, Phillies, Braves and Mets were among the teams linked to Hairston this offseason.

UPDATE, 11:31 PM: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says the contract is worth “up to $6 million.”

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BREAKING: Source tells MLB.com's Mark Bowman that Braves get Justin Upton, Chris Johnson from D-backs for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill.

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The New York Mets, who had been the lone team not to sign a free agent to a major league contract this winter, have agreed to terms with right-hander Shaun Marcum.

Marcum, 31, will get a one-year deal contingent on passing a physical, a major league source confirmed. CBSSports and Fox reported the deal earlier Thursday.

He would fill the void left after NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays and join Johan Santana, Matt Harvey, Jonathon Niese and Dillon Gee in the Mets' rotation. The addition of Marcum also likely precludes the Mets from re-signing free agent pitcher Chris Young.

Marcum went 7-4 with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts last season for the Milwaukee Brewers.

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PHILADELPHIA -- In just a few months, Delmon Young went from MVP of the American League championship series to a guy hoping for an opportunity.

Young got that chance Tuesday, signing a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies for $750,000.

The 27-year-old outfielder batted .267 with 27 doubles, 18 homers and 74 RBIs for Detroit last season. He hit .313 with three homers and a team-high nine RBIs during 13 playoff games and was MVP against of the ALCS against the New York Yankees. The Tigers were swept by San Francisco in the World Series.

Young made $6.75 million last year, but off-field issues cost him a lucrative, multiyear deal. He was suspended without pay for seven days by Major League Baseball after an incident outside a New York City hotel last spring. Young later pleaded guilty to aggravated harassment for shouting an anti-Semitic slur and tackling a man to the ground.

The Phillies are counting on Young to stay out of trouble and provide balance in a lineup that's filled with left-handed hitters. The team has sought a right-handed corner outfielder with power throughout the offseason. He could fit into the lineup in the No. 5 spot behind Chase Utley and cleanup hitter Ryan Howard.

"Delmon is an experienced major league bat who will add some depth to our relatively inexperienced outfield and another layer of competition for playing time there as well," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said in a statement.

Less than a month before the start of spring training, the Phillies were sure of just one starting outfielder. They acquired Ben Revere from Minnesota to be the regular center fielder. Amaro talked about possible platoons for the two other spots.

Now he expects Young to be the regular right fielder, a position he hasn't played since 2007. Young revealed he had ankle surgery in November, so there's a chance he may have to start the season on the disabled list.

Darin Ruf, who hit 38 homers at Double-A Reading last year, is competing for playing time in left field. Former top prospect Domonic Brown had been in the mix in right field. Laynce Nix and John Mayberry Jr. were mentioned in a left/right platoon.

But if Young ends up starting every day, Ruf and Brown could platoon in left while Nix and Mayberry come off the bench.

Young started 29 games in left field last season and primarily served as Detroit's designated hitter. He has 156 career starts in right field, including 127 for Tampa Bay in 2007.

Outfield had been a strength for the Phillies during their string of five-straight NL East titles from 2007-11. They had five All-Star outfielders in that span, including Aaron Rowand, Jayson Werth, Raul Ibanez, Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino. They also had slugger Pat Burrell, who never made an All-Star team but averaged 32 homers and 92 RBIs in 2007-08.

Pence and Victorino were traded away last July 31, opening up two holes. Revere and Young could end up filling both spots at significantly less salary. Pence will earn $13.8 million with San Francisco this year. Victorino signed a $39 million, three-year deal with Boston.

Young was Tampa Bay's first overall pick in the 2003 amateur draft. He has batted .284 with 89 homers and 482 RBIs with Tampa Bay (2006-07), Minnesota (2008-11) and Detroit.

Young's best season was in 2010 with the Twins. He hit .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBIs and finished 10th in AL MVP voting.

Young's deal includes performances bonuses.

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With the final spot on their 25-man roster, the Blue Jays have decided to favour experience over talent, signing veteran bench player Mark DeRosa to a one-year deal worth $750,000.

The 37-year-old, who last year played every position except pitcher, catcher and centre field, will fill the team’s roster spot as an inexpensive and versatile utility man.

Like the one-year deal given to Omar Vizquel last season, the Jays clearly targeted DeRosa for his experience and veteran presence in the clubhouse.

They certainly didn’t sign him for his bat. DeRosa hit .188 in a part-time role with the Washington Nationals last season and hasn’t been a league-average hitter since 2008.

But he’s regarded as one of the game’s most likable leaders and mentors.

DeRosa won a World Series as a member of the 2010 San Francisco Giants — though he did not have a single post-season at-bat — and has played in 22 career playoff games with the Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals.

He was left off the Nationals playoff roster last year, but stayed with the young club through their first postseason run.

Before the Nats’ 2-1 victory in Game 4 of their divisional series against the St. Louis Cardinals, DeRosa fired up his teammates by reading Theodore Roosevelt’s “The Man in the Arena” speech.

“Epic,” is how Nationals’ pitcher Drew Storen described the speech to the Washington Post. “The stuff movies are made of.”

DeRosa is likely to see little playing time as the last player on a Jays’ bench that will also include speedy outfielder Rajai Davis, super-sub Emilio Bonifacio and either Josh Thole or Henry Blanco in the backup catcher role.

But for less than a million dollars, he could provide GM Alex Anthopoulos with the intangible edge he feels the Jays need.

Toronto is DeRosa’s eighth major-league stop — sixth in the last five years — in his 15-year career. In 1,153 games, DeRosa has a .270 career average with 93 home runs.

Right-handed reliever Sam Dyson, who pitched twice for the Jays last season, was designated for assignment to clear room on the 40-man roster.

DeRosa’s deal also includes a $750,000 club option for 2014.

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The Phillies are counting on Young to stay out of trouble and provide balance in a lineup that's filled with left-handed hitters. The team has sought a right-handed corner outfielder with power throughout the offseason.

He should be a DH only. He's not a good outfielder.

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lobo316 wrote:

With the final spot on their 25-man roster, the Blue Jays have decided to favour experience over talent, signing veteran bench player Mark DeRosa to a one-year deal worth $750,000.

I don't know how this guy keeps getting a job. The past 3 yrs his average is in the .190s and he has lost all of his power.

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BREAKING: Source tells MLB.com's Mark Bowman that Braves get Justin Upton, Chris Johnson from D-backs for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill.


Arizona also picked up minor league INF Brandon Drury in the deal.

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Reliever Kyle Farnsworth has agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Tampa Bay Rays, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Thursday.

Farnsworth can earn up to $3 million between base salary and performance bonuses, the source said.

He has made 97 appearances for the Rays over the past two seasons, recording a career-high 25 saves in 2011.

The well-traveled Farnsworth has pitched for six teams over a 14-year career that began with the Cubs. He has a 40-62 record with a 4.24 ERA and 52 saves.

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How the fuck does mark derosa keep getting signed

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Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote:

With the final spot on their 25-man roster, the Blue Jays have decided to favour experience over talent, signing veteran bench player Mark DeRosa to a one-year deal worth $750,000.

I don't know how this guy keeps getting a job. The past 3 yrs his average is in the .190s and he has lost all of his power.


I am surprised the Pirates did not pick him up for a couple of million dollars.

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Looks like closer Jason Motte has re-signed with the Cardinals for two more years.

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Yanks sign Travis Hafner to a 1-year $2 million deal to be their left DH.  For $750,000 more, they could've just stuck with the only guy who showed up to play last October, Ibanez.  I don't undersatnd what the fuck they're doing.  Another old, injury-prone DH. 

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Benlen wrote: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Two people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because there had yet to be a formal announcement. The AL West champion A's called a news conference for Tuesday afternoon described as a ''major announcement.''

Nakajima agreed to a $6.5 million, two-year contract. The deal also includes a $5.5 million option for a third season, one of the people said.

Nakajima, a seven-time Pacific League All-Star, has a .302 batting average with 149 home runs, 664 RBIs and 134 stolen bases over 11 seasons with Seibu.

A's acquire Lowrie in 5-player deal
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The Oakland A's acquired infielder Jed Lowrie from the Houston Astros on Monday as part of a five-player trade.

Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez will go from Houston to Oakland, while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are headed for Houston.

Lowrie, 28, hit .244 with 16 home runs last season, but he played in just 97 games because of ankle and knee problems.

He is primarily a shortstop but has also played third base and second base.

The A's signed Hiroyuki Nakajima to play shortstop, so it's unclear where Lowrie will play.

Rodriguez was 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA last season.

Carter had 16 homers last season, while Peacock had an ERA of a 6.01 with Triple-A Sacramento last season.

Stassi, who turns 22 in March, hit 15 homers for High-Class A Stockton.

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Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter is done for 2013, and this is probably the end of his career. Well, he'll always have his amazing performances in the 2011 post-season.

Of course, without him and Lohse a free agent, our pitching is looking decidely weak.

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---Four years after throwing a no-hitter and three years removed from winning a World Series ring, 30-year-old left-hander Jonathan Sanchez will have to fight his way back to the major leagues, signing a minor league deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates, who invited him to spring training.

Sanchez went 1-9 with an 8.07 ERA last season in a combined 15 starts for the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies. He didn't make a start after August 3 because of left biceps tendinitis. Sanchez threw a no-hitter for the San Francisco Giants against the San Diego Padres on July 10, 2009. A year later, Sanchez helped the Giants capture the World Series, though he went 0-2 with a 4.05 ERA in four postseason starts.

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King Felix will be staying in Seattle.



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Felix Hernandez has agreed to a new seven-year, $175 million contract with the Seattle Mariners, USA Today Sports reported Thursday.

The Mariners had to sign Felix Hernandez -- and they did. Now it's time to build a good team around him, writes David Schoenfield.

The deal would make Hernandez the highest-paid pitcher in baseball history.

Hernandez, 26, was scheduled to make $19.5 million this season and $20 million in 2014. The new contract will start this season, according to USA Today Sports, and pay the three-time All-Star an annual average salary of $25 million.

The 2010 American League Cy Young Award winner, Hernandez went 13-9 with a 3.06 ERA and 223 strikeouts last season. He has pitched at least 232 innings in each of the last four seasons and owns a career record of 98-76 with a 3.22 ERA in eight years, all with the Mariners.

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have signed infielder Mike Aviles to a two-year contract with a club option for the 2015 season.

Financial terms were not immediately available.

Aviles, who was acquired in a trade from Toronto in November, gives the Indians depth at second base and shortstop. He spent last season as Boston's primary shortstop, batting .250 with 13 homers and 60 RBIs in 136 games.

The 31-year-old was eligible for salary arbitration before agreeing to the deal. The Indians have not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player since 1991.

Aviles also posted a career-high in doubles (28) last season and matched personal bests in extra-base hits (41) and steals (14).





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SAN FRANCISCO -- Reliever Sergio Romo and the San Francisco Giants have agreed to a $9 million, two-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.

The deal announced Wednesday means the Giants have settled all of their potential arbitration cases before hearings.

Romo, who made $1,575,000 last season, had asked for $4.5 million in 2013 with the Giants offering $2,675,000. Romo will be eligible to be a free agent after the 2014 season.

Romo went 4-2 with 14 saves and a 1.79 ERA last season. He was the team's primary closer in the postseason, when he had one win, four saves and a 0.84 ERA in 10 appearances. He struck out Miguel Cabrera to finish San Francisco's sweep of Detroit in the World Series that gave the Giants their second championship in three seasons.

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Pitcher Ramon Ramirez has signed a minor-league deal with the San Francisco Giants, according to CSNBayArea.com.

The righty spent the 2010 and 2011 season in San Francisco, but was dealt to the New York Mets with Andres Torres for Angel Pagan last winter. All three players have since signed with the Giants as free agents.

Ramirez, 31, posted a 4.24 ERA in 63 2/3 innings for the Mets.

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SEATTLE -- The Seattle Mariners have finalized a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Kelly Shoppach, providing a needed backup to expected starter Jesus Montero.

Seattle announced the deal Thursday. To make room on the 40-man roster, Seattle designated for assignment reliever Shawn Kelley, who just last week agreed to a 1-year, $935,000 deal with the team to avoid arbitration. Seattle has 10 days to trade or release Kelley, or to send him outright to the minors if he clear waivers.

Shoppach played for Boston and the New York Mets last season, appearing in 76 games. The 32-year-old also has a relationship with Seattle manager Eric Wedge, having played for him in Cleveland for parts of four seasons from 2006-09. Montero and Shoppach are the only two catchers on Seattle's 40-man roster.

Shoppach can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses.

Kelley went 2-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 47 appearances last season for Seattle.

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Aaron Hill has reached an agreement on a three-year, $35 million contract extension with the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to league sources.


The second baseman is working out at the Diamondbacks' facility Friday, and an announcement is expected later in the day.





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Hill, who turns 31 next month, hit .302 with 26 homers, 85 RBIs and 76 extra-base hits last season, becoming one of the most productive middle infielders in the majors. Hill already was signed for 2013 at $8 million.
Last week, Arizona agreed to a four-year, $40 million deal with third baseman Martin Prado, who was acquired from Atlanta in the deal for Justin Upton. The club also signed popular outfielder Gerardo Parra to a one-year, $2.35 million deal.

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When does Spring Training start?

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clawmaster wrote: When does Spring Training start?


Here's a link for report times & first workout for all teams

http://springtrainingonline.com/features/reporting-dates.htm

 

The first 2013 Spring Training exhibition game will be held on Thursday, February 21st in Fort Myers, Florida, where the Boston Red Sox will host Northeastern University, Major League Baseball announced today.  Four games for charity, including one in the Grapefruit League and three in the Cactus League, will be played on Friday, February 22nd, and the first full slate of games involving all 30 Major League Clubs will take place on Saturday, February 23rd.

The teams competing in the San Juan, Puerto Rico pool (Pool C) and the Scottsdale/Phoenix, Arizona pool (Pool D) of the 2013 World Baseball Classic will participate in exhibition games against Major League Clubs on Tuesday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 6th.  Teams representing the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela will each play two games at Grapefruit League sites, while teams from Canada, Italy, Mexico and the United States will each compete in two contests at Cactus League sites.  In addition, the two Semi-Finalist teams to advance from the second round in Tokyo, Japan (Pool 1) will play two exhibition games at Cactus League sites on Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th before heading to San Francisco for the Championship Round of the World Baseball Classic from Sunday, March 17th through Tuesday, March 19th.

Select exhibition games at Major League and Minor League ballparks will be played from Thursday, March 28th through Saturday, March 30th.  The Houston Astros, playing their first season in the American League, will host the opening game of the 2013 regular season on Sunday, March 31st, when they welcome the Texas Rangers at 8:00 p.m. (ET) / 7:00 p.m. (CT) on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.  Twelve games are scheduled for Monday, April 1st and seven games are scheduled for Tuesday, April 2nd, with the first full slate of regular season games on Wednesday, April 3rd

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MIAMI -- Third baseman Chone Figgins has signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins with an invitation to their major league camp beginning next week.

Figgins, who signed Friday, hit .181 in 66 games with Seattle last season. He's a .277 career hitter with 337 stolen bases in 11 seasons, all in the American League.

Placido Polanco, 37, is expected to be the Marlins' starting third baseman.

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TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner says he's concerned about the latest drug allegations swirling around third baseman Alex Rodriguez, but that the matter is being looked at by Major League Baseball.

The Miami New Times reported late last month that the three-time AL MVP bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis of America LLC, a now-closed clinic in Coral Cables, near Rodriguez's offseason home.



Speaking on Friday at the Yankees' minor league complex, Steinbrenner said the situation is "a concern, but it's out of our hands."

"We will cooperate with MLB in any way we can, any way we're asked to," he said. "But other than that, there's not much to say. I don't know any more than you do."

Rodriguez has denied the allegations. He admitted four years ago that he used PEDs from 2001-03.

The Yankees signed one-time Boston Red Sox third baseman Kevin Youkilis to fill in for Rodriguez, who is sidelined for at least the first half of the season after hip surgery Jan. 16.

"I've always liked Kevin," Steinbrenner said. "He always seemed like a good leader, a hard worker and a very enthusiastic -- loves the game -- kind of guy. And that's the kind of guy we want."

Steinbrenner feels the Yankees have a "championship-caliber team" this season. He acknowledged the club is sometimes criticized for fielding an older roster, but he likes its experience, "assuming we can stay away from injuries."

"We've got a lot of good veterans on the team, and we've got some good young players as well," Steinbrenner said. "That's always the mix that I want to shoot for. I like our team, but where we end up in October, anybody's guess."

The Yankees are still looking to reduce the 2014 payroll to the $189 million luxury tax threshold.

"All I can assure the fans is, we're always going to field a championship-caliber team every single year," Steinbrenner said. "Is that our goal next year? Yes, to be at that number, that's our goal. But as I've said from the beginning, it depends on some of our young players stepping up and getting the job done. That has to happen, or it's going to be difficult."

The Yankees re-signed a number of their own free agents, including pitchers Mariano Rivera, Andy Pettitte and Hiroki Kuroda, but were less active than many previous years for outside free agents.

"I think we have some good signings, and I think we did our fair share in the offseason," Steinbrenner said. "Similar payroll to last year. Shows we want to win."

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Pirates scrap stupid contract and sign Lirano for what hes worth or made a little more than that

The Pirates' long-running and long-distance courtship of Francisco Liriano came to a delayed merger on Friday night, when the team officially announced the signing of the free-agent left-hander to a dramatically revised contract.

Liriano had originally agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million deal on Dec. 21, shortly before fracturing his non-pitching arm during a fall at his home. According to Major League sources, the reworked deal is for one year, plus an option for 2014, and is guaranteed for $1 million, but Liriano can still earn the full $12.75 million through incentives.

Liriano's pact became official when he passed the requisite physical earlier Friday.

To accommodate Liriano on their 40-man roster, the Pirates outrighted right-hander Vin Mazzaro to Triple-A Indianapolis, while concurrently extending to him an invitation to big league Spring Training.

Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington and Greg Genske, Liriano's agent, worked long and hard to come to an agreement after the pitcher's injury clouded the original accord.

"We are excited to add Francisco Liriano to our roster," Huntington said. "Francisco is recovering from his right arm injury and we look forward to him joining our rotation once he is ready to go."

The terms of the contract offer the club protection in the event the fracture, of the southpaw's right humerus, renders him unavailable for an extended period. Conversely, Liriano has protection if he is fit to pitch through the injury. All of the incentives are based on time spent on the active roster.

In addition to his $1 million guarantee, Liriano can earn an additional $3.75 million in 2013 based on the number of days he is not on the disabled list due to the right arm injury.

The 2014 club option is for $8 million, but it becomes a vested option at any of three levels -- $5 million, $6 million or $8 million -- based on the number of days he is not DL-ed in 2013 due to the right arm injury.

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CLEVELAND -- With at least one spot open in his rotation, new Indians manager Terry Francona will give a pitcher he knows well a shot to win a starting job.




Matsuzaka


Japanese right-hander Daisuke Matsuzaka has agreed to a minor league contract with Cleveland. Matsuzaka, who pitched for Francona with the Boston Red Sox, must pass a physical for the deal to be finalized.

The Indians' pitchers and catchers reported to camp in Goodyear, Ariz. on Sunday, with physicals scheduled to take place Monday.

The 32-year-old Matsuzaka would get a $1.5 million, one-year contract if added to the 40-man roster and would be able to earn $2.5 million in performance bonuses based on innings and starts.

He has won 50 major league games since signing a $52 million, six-year contract with Boston as free agent in 2007. Dice-K went 33-15 with a 3.72 ERA in 61 starts for Boston in 2007-08. However, he has been limited to 18 starts and 83 innings the last two seasons after right elbow surgery in 2011.

Justin Masterson, Ubaldo Jimenez and Brett Myers are the only pitchers with guaranteed spots in Cleveland's rotation. Zach McAllister comes to camp favored to win the No. 4 spot, leaving Matsuzaka in a group with Scott Kazmir, Trevor Bauer, Carlos Carrasco, Corey Kluber and David Huff fighting it out this spring.

Matsuzaka pitched in Japan from 1999-2006, going 108-60 with a 2.95 ERA for the Seibu Lions. The Red Sox won a bidding war over several teams to sign him and he went 15-12 in 32 starts in his first season in the AL.

He was dominant in 2008, going 18-3 with a 2.90 ERA and recording 154 strikeouts in 167 2/3 innings. He finished fourth in voting for the AL Cy Young Award.

But Matsuzaka's numbers have dropped alarmingly in the past four years. He has gone 17-22 with a 5.53 ERA and underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in June 2011. He began last year in the minors before joining the Red Sox and going 1-7 with an 8.28 in 11 starts.

If added to the big league roster, he would be able to earn $700,000 based on innings -- $100,000 each for 50, 75, 100, 120, 140, 150 and 160 -- and $1.8 million based on starts -- $200,000 apiece for eight, 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30.

The Indians' preliminary agreement with Matsuzka comes one day after the club signed 42-year-old slugger Jason Giambi to a minor league deal.

Giambi could fill a hole at designated hitter for Francona, who has said he's willing to use several players in that role. Giambi spent the past three-plus seasons as a part-time player for Colorado.

A five-time All-Star and former AL MVP, Giambi has 429 career homers -- just one in 89 at-bats for the Rockies last season.

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The Chicago Cubs agreed to terms with outfielder Scott Hairston on Sunday and designated outfielder Tony Campana for assignment.



Hairston's deal is for two years, but other terms were not disclosed by the team. According to a source, the deal is worth $5 million.

Hairston, 32, batted .263 with 25 doubles, 20 home runs and 57 RBIs in 134 games with the New York Mets last season, setting career highs in home runs, games played and slugging percentage (.504).

Hairston has played all or part of the last nine major league seasons with Arizona (2004-07), San Diego (2007-09, 2010), Oakland (2009) and the Mets (2011-12). He is a career .247 hitter.

Hairston is one of five members of his family to play in the majors and is the third member of his family to join the Cubs organization. His uncle, Johnny, played for the Cubs in 1969, and his brother, Jerry, played for the Cubs from 2005-06.

Campana, 26, batted .262 and stole 54 bases in 184 games with the Cubs covering the last two seasons. He could go down to the Cubs' minor leagues if he clears waivers.

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ST. LOUIS -- Former World Series MVP David Freese will earn $3.15 million under his one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, nearly six times the $518,000 he made last year.

A St. Louis County native, Freese hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs last season and earned his first All-Star appearance. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Freese, MVP of the 2011 World Series win over Texas, had asked for $3.75 million and had been offered $2.4 million when players and teams exchanged arbitration figures last month.

Friday's agreement made Freese the final player to settle among the three Cardinals who filed for arbitration.





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CINCINNATI -- Pitcher Armando Galarraga has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds and will try to win a job at spring training.

The 31-year-old right-hander was 0-4 with a 6.75 ERA in five starts last year with the Houston Astros. When he pitched for Houston on July 28, it was his first major league appearance since May 16, 2011, for Arizona.

Galarraga has a 26-34 record with a 4.78 ERA in 91 starts and nine relief appearances over six big league seasons that also included stops in Texas and Detroit.

He lost a perfect game on June 2, 2010, while pitching for Detroit when first base umpire Jim Joyce called Cleveland's Jason Donald safe on what replays showed should have been the final out of the game. Joyce admitted after the game that his call was incorrect.

Cincinnati announced the agreement Saturday.

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PHOENIX -- Catcher Rod Barajas has returned to the Arizona Diamondbacks, where he started his major league career.

The team said Sunday the 37-year-old agreed to a minor league contract. He will go to spring training and compete with Wil Nieves for a backup job behind Miguel Montero.

Barajas hit .206 with 11 homers and 31 RBIs in 321 at-bats for Pittsburgh last year. According to STATS, he threw out just four of 97 runners attempting to steal on him.

He played for Arizona from 1999-03, then went to Texas (2004-06), Philadelphia (2007), Toronto (2008-09), the New York Mets (2010) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (2010-11).



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ST. LOUIS -- Former World Series MVP David Freese will earn $3.15 million under his one-year contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, nearly six times the $518,000 he made last year.

A St. Louis County native, Freese hit .283 with 20 home runs and 79 RBIs last season and earned his first All-Star appearance. He was eligible for arbitration for the first time.

Freese, MVP of the 2011 World Series win over Texas, had asked for $3.75 million and had been offered $2.4 million when players and teams exchanged arbitration figures last month.

Friday's agreement made Freese the final player to settle among the three Cardinals who filed for arbitration.





He hit .293

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Indians and Michael Bourn agree to a four-year, $48 million contract

D.J. Short

Feb 11, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

After seeing the market for his services dwindle for nearly the entire offseason, Michael Bourn has finally found a home.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Bourn has agreed to a contract with the Indians. The deal is worth $48 million over four years and includes a vesting option for a fifth year which could push the total to $60 million.

Bourn originally hoped to land a deal north of the five-year, $75.25 million contract B.J. Upton signed with the Braves, so this looks like a relative bargain in comparison. Still, Scott Boras deserves credit for getting a pretty good deal for his client given the circumstances. While the Mets were reluctant to give up their first-round pick (11th overall) and draft pool money to sign Bourn, Cleveland’s first-round pick is protected. The Indians forfeited their second-round pick to sign Nick Swisher, so Jim Callis of Baseball America hears that they’ll give up their competitive balance pick (No. 69 overall) to bring Bourn into the fold.

The Indians were mentioned as a possibility for Bourn as recently as last week, so this doesn’t come completely out of nowhere. However, it seemed like a long shot at the time given that Swisher, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs were already in-house for the outfield. It’s a pretty good bet that Bourn, Swisher and Brantley will be in the lineup on most days, though Swisher and Mark Reynolds could alternate between first base/DH duties, opening up a spot for the speedy Stubbs in right. The Indians could also explore trades involving Stubbs. All in all, it’s a pretty nice problem to have. I don’t think the Indians have enough pitching to threaten the Tigers in the AL Central, but it looks like Terry Francona’s first year as skipper will be an interesting one.

UPDATE: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets also made a four-year, $48 million offer to Bourn. However, they were informed that it would take an arbitrator two to three weeks to decide whether they would be able to keep their first-round pick. And with spring training approaching, Bourn just wasn’t willing to wait that long, so he took the Indians’ deal.

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BRADENTON, Fla. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed infielder Brandon Inge.

Inge, who played catcher, infield and outfield for the Detroit Tigers, agreed to a minor league contract on Wednesday and received in invitation to spring training.

Inge, 35, was released by Detroit after just nine games last season, and was signed by Oakland. He hit .226 with 11 home runs and 52 RBIs in 74 games for the Athletics, as they advanced to the postseason.

Originally selected by Detroit in the second round of the 1998 draft, Inge made his debut with the Tigers in 2001, and was an American League All-Star in 2009. Inge has a .234 career average, with 151 home runs, 641 RBIs and 1,147 hits.

The Pirates now have 61 players in major league camp.

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lobo316 wrote: The Pirates now have 61 players in major league camp.

45 wouldn't be in anyone elses camp

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Grant Balfour needs knee surgery, out 4-6 weeks

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Feb 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EST

How quickly spring training shifts from the “Best Shape of His Life” stage to the “Players Being Injured” stage.

A’s closer Grant Balfour will miss 4-6 weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, which apparently bothered him at the end of last season and then continued to be an issue when he started throwing this week.

Balfour might have time to be ready for Opening Day and if not he shouldn’t miss many games. Oakland has good bullpen depth anyway, with Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle as the most likely fill-in closers.

Balfour came into last season with just 10 career saves through age 33, but saved 24 games with a 2.53 ERA and 72 strikeouts in 75 innings. Dating back to 2008 he has a 2.78 ERA in 318 innings while holding opponents to a .191 batting average.

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Twins sign Rafael Perez to minor league deal

Aaron Gleeman

Feb 14, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

Minnesota has signed left-hander Rafael Perez to a minor-league contract, according to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Perez was non-tendered by the Indians in November following a season in which he was limited to eight appearances because of a shoulder injury that required surgery in September.

However, prior to the shoulder problems Perez was one of the most effective southpaw setup men in baseball with a 3.64 career ERA and a sub-3.60 ERA in four of his five full seasons with the Indians.

At the time of the surgery he was expected to be recovered sometime around spring training, so if healthy the 31-year-old Perez will compete with Tyler Robertson to be the third left-hander in the bullpen behind closer Glen Perkins and Brian Duensing.

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Rockies acquire Reid Brignac from Rays

Aaron Gleeman

Feb 14, 2013, 1:49 PM EST

Last week the Rays cleared two 40-man roster spots by designating infielders Reid Brignac and Elliot Johnson for assignment.

They traded Johnson to the Royals as the player to be named later from the big James Shields swap and now they’ve traded Brignac to the Rockies for a PTBNL or cash considerations.

It makes sense that they didn’t have to simply waive Brignac, because despite hitting just .227 with a .586 OPS in 256 games as a big leaguer and not even producing much at Triple-A he’s a good defensive shortstop and former top prospect who’s still just 27 years old.

Brignac won’t be playing shortstop in Colorado unless Troy Tulowitzki gets hurt again, but he could work his way into the mix at the other infield spots while serving as a utility man.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with right-hander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with left-handed reliever Sean Burnett.

Signing Blanton was a mistake by the Angels. The guy sucks.


Blanton doesn't suck, He's an Innings eater. He's a 4th or 5th starter at this point in His career.


Heh - "innings eater". That is exactly what the GM for the Phil's, at that time Ed Wade, said about Joe Blanton. He actually has the tools to be even much better. He gets out of shape and loses the downward plane and then gets hit hard. $7.5m per year for 2 years is about right for Blanton in this market. However, he has begun to develop some elbow problems.

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lobo316 wrote: The Pirates now have 61 players in major league camp.

45 wouldn't be in anyone elses camp


One of these decades! Seriously, if they would just hang onto their young talent.

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45 wouldn't be in anyone elses camp


One of these decades! Seriously, if they would just hang onto their young talent.


It's not going to happen until Pittsburgh ownership wants to win.

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Indians and Michael Bourn agree to a four-year, $48 million contract

D.J. Short

Feb 11, 2013, 8:30 PM EST

After seeing the market for his services dwindle for nearly the entire offseason, Michael Bourn has finally found a home.

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, Bourn has agreed to a contract with the Indians. The deal is worth $48 million over four years and includes a vesting option for a fifth year which could push the total to $60 million.

Bourn originally hoped to land a deal north of the five-year, $75.25 million contract B.J. Upton signed with the Braves, so this looks like a relative bargain in comparison. Still, Scott Boras deserves credit for getting a pretty good deal for his client given the circumstances. While the Mets were reluctant to give up their first-round pick (11th overall) and draft pool money to sign Bourn, Cleveland’s first-round pick is protected. The Indians forfeited their second-round pick to sign Nick Swisher, so Jim Callis of Baseball America hears that they’ll give up their competitive balance pick (No. 69 overall) to bring Bourn into the fold.

The Indians were mentioned as a possibility for Bourn as recently as last week, so this doesn’t come completely out of nowhere. However, it seemed like a long shot at the time given that Swisher, Michael Brantley and Drew Stubbs were already in-house for the outfield. It’s a pretty good bet that Bourn, Swisher and Brantley will be in the lineup on most days, though Swisher and Mark Reynolds could alternate between first base/DH duties, opening up a spot for the speedy Stubbs in right. The Indians could also explore trades involving Stubbs. All in all, it’s a pretty nice problem to have. I don’t think the Indians have enough pitching to threaten the Tigers in the AL Central, but it looks like Terry Francona’s first year as skipper will be an interesting one.

UPDATE: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets also made a four-year, $48 million offer to Bourn. However, they were informed that it would take an arbitrator two to three weeks to decide whether they would be able to keep their first-round pick. And with spring training approaching, Bourn just wasn’t willing to wait that long, so he took the Indians’ deal.



This was a good signing for the Indians. Bourne can help that lineup and helps the outfield D as well.

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Mat Gamel is out for the season with another knee injury

Aaron Gleeman

Feb 18, 2013, 12:16 PM EST

Mat Gamel aggravated his surgically repaired right knee over the weekend, but as of yesterday the Brewers seemed optimistic that it was a minor issue and he could resume workouts as soon as today.

Unfortunately because Gamel has basically the worst luck ever Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’s going to miss the entire season.

Gamel tore his ACL in May of last year, costing the former top prospect a chance to establish himself replacing Prince Fielder as the Brewers’ starting first baseman. He hasn’t played since and now this latest setback costs him an opportunity to fill in for Corey Hart, who’s out for a couple months with a knee injury of his own.

Milwaukee will likely look into bringing in some first base help, but more than that this just really stinks for Gamel. His prospect stock had dipped to the point that he no longer projected as a star, but at age 27 even carving out a decent big-league career figures to be tough now.

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Diamondbacks acquire Tony Campana from Cubs

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Feb 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EST

After designating Tony Campana for assignment last week the Cubs have traded him to the Diamondbacks for a pair of 17-year-old pitchers named Erick Leal and Jesus Castillo.

Leal and Castillo aren’t considered significant prospects, but getting two live arms with any sort of upside for Campana is pretty solid work for the Cubs considering he’s a fairly standard fourth outfielder-type who combines elite speed and range with a poor bat.

Campana has hit .262 with a .605 OPS in 184 games as a big leaguer, which is about what you’d expect based on his minor-league track record. If he ever got a chance to play regularly he’s capable of stealing 60-plus bases, but at age 27 that’s unlikely. He’s often described as “gritty,” though, and the Diamondbacks seem intent on cornering the market there.

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The Mariners trade Mike Carp to the Red Sox

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Feb 20, 2013, 10:30 AM EST

The Red Sox have just announced that they have acquired Mike Carp from the Mariners in exchange for a player to be named later or cash.

Carp, a left-handed corner guy was DFA’d by the Mariners last week. He’s 26 and has a career line of .255/.327/.413 with 18 homers in 608 plate appearances.  I suppose he’d be good to have around as a bench bat or in case Mike Napoli breaks down or can’t handle first base for some reason.

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Carp, a left-handed corner guy was DFA’d by the Mariners last week. He’s 26 and has a career line of .255/.327/.413 with 18 homers in 608 plate appearances.  I suppose he’d be good to have around as a bench bat or in case Mike Napoli breaks down or can’t handle first base for some reason.

Carp will platoon with Napoli at 1B this season since Napoli can't hit lefties. It doesn't look like Boston will be getting very much offensive production from 1B this season.

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Granderson Breaks Arm - Out For 10 Weeks



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New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson is expected to be out until May after breaking his right forearm.

The slugger was hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ in the bottom of the first inning Sunday, his first at-bat of spring training. The Yankees, who were beat 2-0 by a Toronto Blue Jays' split-squad, first called it a bruise but X-rays revealed the break.

"Five pitches in we got a little setback," said Granderson, who was wearing a moulded brace. "Now we rest, recovery, get it back, and get ready to play whenever that day comes."

The team said Granderson could be out 10 weeks, which means he'll miss about a month of the regular season.

"Mentally, you understand this is part of it, but at the same time now there's not much I can do about it except do the best things I can to not make it worse," Granderson said. Keep myself ready to go."

It's a major blow for the Yankees, who are already without Alex Rodriguez until at least the All-Star break. The Yankees also lost Nick Swisher to free agency.

Granderson led New York with 43 homers last season. The Yankees hit 245 homers last year and had five players with at least 20. This year they could open the season with just two players, Mark Teixeira and Robinson Cano, who topped 20.

Matt Diaz and Juan Rivera, in the competition for the fourth outfielder spot, could see increased playing time.

Happ, coming back from foot surgery, went two scoreless innings, giving up three hits. Projected as the team's sixth starter, the left-hander had a 10-11 record with a 4.79 ERA in 24 starts and four relief appearances last season.

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At this point I just have to laugh.  Let all the bad shit happen this year when we don't have a chance anyway and then we can regroup for 2014.  Between my honeymoon and some other vacations, I won't be around much this summer anyway so I'll probably be watching less baseball than I have in 20 years.  I just hope they don't sign Cano to a long-term deal like I'm hearing rumors of, because that will kill the next few years as well.

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At this point I just have to laugh.  Let all the bad shit happen this year when we don't have a chance anyway and then we can regroup for 2014.  Between my honeymoon and some other vacations, I won't be around much this summer anyway so I'll probably be watching less baseball than I have in 20 years.  I just hope they don't sign Cano to a long-term deal like I'm hearing rumors of, because that will kill the next few years as well.


Where you going on the honeymoon?

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Granderson Breaks Arm - Out For 10 Weeks
At this point I just have to laugh.  Let all the bad shit happen this year when we don't have a chance anyway and then we can regroup for 2014.  Between my honeymoon and some other vacations, I won't be around much this summer anyway so I'll probably be watching less baseball than I have in 20 years.  I just hope they don't sign Cano to a long-term deal like I'm hearing rumors of, because that will kill the next few years as well.


Where you going on the honeymoon?



I think I know:

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Obvious choice, really.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Granderson Breaks Arm - Out For 10 Weeks
At this point I just have to laugh.  Let all the bad shit happen this year when we don't have a chance anyway and then we can regroup for 2014.  Between my honeymoon and some other vacations, I won't be around much this summer anyway so I'll probably be watching less baseball than I have in 20 years.  I just hope they don't sign Cano to a long-term deal like I'm hearing rumors of, because that will kill the next few years as well.


Where you going on the honeymoon?


Jamaica mon. Mid-Atlantic Fanfest was my 2nd choice but without a wrestling belt wedding cake to complete the theme, that seemed pointless.

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Where you going on the honeymoon?

Jamaica mon. Mid-Atlantic Fanfest was my 2nd choice but without a wrestling belt wedding cake to complete the theme, that seemed pointless.


If you change your mind I will personally deliver a wedding cake to Fan Fest with one of these on top:

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srossi wrote: khawk wrote:
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At this point I just have to laugh.  Let all the bad shit happen this year when we don't have a chance anyway and then we can regroup for 2014.  Between my honeymoon and some other vacations, I won't be around much this summer anyway so I'll probably be watching less baseball than I have in 20 years.  I just hope they don't sign Cano to a long-term deal like I'm hearing rumors of, because that will kill the next few years as well.


Where you going on the honeymoon?


Jamaica mon. Mid-Atlantic Fanfest was my 2nd choice but without a wrestling belt wedding cake to complete the theme, that seemed pointless.

Went to Plantation Inn in Ocho Rios on my (our) honeymoon beaucoup years ago.  Guessing that is Rossi's destination.

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Went to Plantation Inn in Ocho Rios on my (our) honeymoon beaucoup years ago.  Guessing that is Rossi's destination.

I'd love it if Rossi's honeymoon was just to recreate the steps of thunderbolt's honeymoon.

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Famous Mortimer wrote: thunderbolt wrote:

Went to Plantation Inn in Ocho Rios on my (our) honeymoon beaucoup years ago.  Guessing that is Rossi's destination.

I'd love it if Rossi's honeymoon was just to recreate the steps of thunderbolt's honeymoon.

Not going to Ocho Rios so step one of that recreation plan is already off. 

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Pirates sign Jose Conteres

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srossi wrote: Famous Mortimer wrote: thunderbolt wrote:

Went to Plantation Inn in Ocho Rios on my (our) honeymoon beaucoup years ago.  Guessing that is Rossi's destination.

I'd love it if Rossi's honeymoon was just to recreate the steps of thunderbolt's honeymoon.

Not going to Ocho Rios so step one of that recreation plan is already off.

You should. Plenty beautiful. 

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MESA, Ariz. -- Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza will begin the 2013 season on the disabled list after experiencing recurring pain in his left side, and Jeff Samardzija will start on Opening Day, the team announced Sunday.

Garza felt a twinge in the injured area after trying to step up his soft-toss rehab program Saturday. The right-hander initially suffered the injury on Feb. 17 during the team's first week of spring training.

"Now we know it is just time," Garza said. "We pushed it and pushed it hard. Everything felt great. Now it is the body saying, 'Let's take a little more time.'



"It happened late [while side throwing on Saturday]. It is not bad, I just think this came out from not pitching seven months. It didn't hurt, [the discomfort] is just not gone. With stuff like this it has to be gone."

Cubs manager Dale Sveum hopes Garza will return to the rotation sometime in April.

"Hopefully this is not a real bad [side strain] where you can't sneeze or laugh," Sveum said. "I don't think it is that bad, but he is just not ready to throw a baseball yet. [The injury] didn't get worse; he is just not ready to step up any extra intensity."

The Cubs start the season on the road April 1 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Last season Samardzija was the team's most consistent starter, posting a 9-13 record and a 3.81 ERA.

"What he did his last eight starts, he is a guy you want out there," Sveum said. "He is a guy players rally around because of his work ethic. He has that bulldog mentality. This was a very obvious choice."

Samardzija made the transition from the Cubs' bullpen to the rotation in 2012. He began his training period in November 2011 when most players begin to rest after eight months of baseball. He repeated that offseason regiment in 2012.

"I am excited," Samardzija said. "The best thing as an athlete is to work hard and see positive gains from it. That [helps] you continue to work hard and keep improving. You get a little taste of success and you want to keep it going."

"He is just that guy that gives you that 'game on' when he is pitching that day," Sveum added. " The other four days he is not pitching, he just doesn't sit around. He is into every game. He is always picking his teammates up. He has fallen into that leadership role as well."

The Cubs will have two-fifths of their starting rotation begin the season on the DL. Right-hander Scott Baker, recovering from elbow surgery, is not expected to be ready until mid-April. Left-hander Travis Wood and right-hander Carlos Villanueva will be penciled in as the fourth and fifth starters, respectively, to begin the season.

"We pretty much knew Baker was going to be the middle of April," Sveum said. "We weren't sure how [Garza's] elbow was going to respond, but that was going really well. But now we have this minor setback that could turn into him missing two weeks to a possible month [in the regular season].

Garza missed the final two months of last season with a right elbow strain. The 29-year-old can opt for free-agent status in November.

"I have full faith in the docs," Garza said. "We are on our way back from the stress reaction in my arm last year and everything worked out great there."

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New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks due to his injured wrist, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

Teixeira strained his wrist Tuesday while taking batting practice with the United States' World Baseball Classic team.

The Yankees initially estimated Teixeira would miss just two weeks. But Wednesday's update indicates that Teixeira will miss the entire month of April and could possibly be sidelined into mid-May.

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Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks due to his injured wrist, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

This really has been a great start to the Yankees season for Red Sox fans. :tongue:

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Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks due to his injured wrist, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

This really has been a great start to the Yankees season for Red Sox fans. :tongue:

At this rate Oil Can Boyd might want to suit up again.  There are some roster spots available.

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srossi wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote:
Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks due to his injured wrist, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

This really has been a great start to the Yankees season for Red Sox fans. :tongue:

At this rate Oil Can Boyd might want to suit up again.  There are some roster spots available.

If the Dodgers fire Mattingly.............

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Yankees are ticketed for last in the division if the Red Sox play over their heads-now Tex is gone for two months: http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2013/03/teixeira_out_two_months.html#incart_river

It's 1965.

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HBF wrote: Yankees are ticketed for last in the division if the Red Sox play over their heads-now Tex is gone for two months: http://www.nj.com/yankees/index.ssf/2013/03/teixeira_out_two_months.html#incart_river

It's 1965.

I guess that makes Jeter Mantle.  They're an unlikable team anyway except for the 3 hold-overs from the dynasty years.  I've already written the season off and I just hope this is the impetus to make real change mid-season or next year and get younger and bring in some heart. 

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lobo316 wrote: srossi wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote: lobo316 wrote:
Mark Teixeira will miss eight to 10 weeks due to his injured wrist, manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday.

This really has been a great start to the Yankees season for Red Sox fans. :tongue:

At this rate Oil Can Boyd might want to suit up again.  There are some roster spots available.

If the Dodgers fire Mattingly.............

Funny thing is I'm going to a Yankees-Dodgers game in L.A. this summer and Mattingly is the guy I'm most looking forward to seeing live again.

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I'm still a huge Donnie Baseball fan no matter what uni he wears. Except for the fucking Red Sox.

The Yankees issue, Steve, is that the minor league evaluators are some of the worst in baseball. Their drafting has been lame and they overhype all of their guys. The minor league pitching coordinator (Contreras) absolutely blows and look at the awesome "prospects" over the past few years (The "B's", for one thing). The position players are not much better. If they go younger, they'll be mediocre at their upside.

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The Texas Rangers have signed veteran right-hander Derek Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

With the club's injury situation and relative lack of depth, Lowe seems likely to make the Rangers as a bullpen piece, though he does have the versatility to start if they decide to give him a shot at the fifth spot in the rotation until Colby Lewis (forearm) returns.



Lowe will make $1.25 million if he's in the majors and could earn more in incentives. He's expected to join the club in Surprise, Ariz., on Friday.

Lowe, 39, spent 2012 with the Cleveland Indians as a starter before joining the New York Yankees' bullpen. He was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts with Cleveland and then sported a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings of relief for the Yankees. Lowe has been primarily a starter since 2001.



The Rangers continue to work through how they will line up the bullpen ahead of closer Joe Nathan. Lowe could slot into long relief, maybe even as a middle-innings reliever. But if they choose to stretch out Lowe, he also could help them as a fifth starter if the club deems it needs him.

Martin Perez was having a strong camp until he broke a bone in his forearm. Robbie Ross and Randy Wells have pitched the best in spring training of the internal candidates, but nothing has been decided.

Lowe has a career mark of 175-157 with a 4.00 ERA and 86 saves in 672 games (377 of them starts) for Seattle, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta, Cleveland and the Yankees. He is one of just three pitchers in big league history with at least 160 wins and 80 saves (John Smoltz and Dennis Eckersley are the others).

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lobo316 wrote: The Texas Rangers have signed veteran right-hander Derek Lowe to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.

With the club's injury situation and relative lack of depth, Lowe seems likely to make the Rangers as a bullpen piece, though he does have the versatility to start if they decide to give him a shot at the fifth spot in the rotation until Colby Lewis (forearm) returns.



Lowe will make $1.25 million if he's in the majors and could earn more in incentives. He's expected to join the club in Surprise, Ariz., on Friday.

Lowe, 39, spent 2012 with the Cleveland Indians as a starter before joining the New York Yankees' bullpen. He was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts with Cleveland and then sported a 3.04 ERA in 23 2/3 innings of relief for the Yankees. Lowe has been primarily a starter since 2001.



The Rangers continue to work through how they will line up the bullpen ahead of closer Joe Nathan. Lowe could slot into long relief, maybe even as a middle-innings reliever. But if they choose to stretch out Lowe, he also could help them as a fifth starter if the club deems it needs him.

Martin Perez was having a strong camp until he broke a bone in his forearm. Robbie Ross and Randy Wells have pitched the best in spring training of the internal candidates, but nothing has been decided.

Lowe has a career mark of 175-157 with a 4.00 ERA and 86 saves in 672 games (377 of them starts) for Seattle, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta, Cleveland and the Yankees. He is one of just three pitchers in big league history with at least 160 wins and 80 saves (John Smoltz and Dennis Eckersley are the others).

Lowe did a good job out of the pen for us.  He probably deserves more than just a minor leage deal.  His days as a starter might be over, but he has more in the tank as a long reliever and spot starter to plug a hole.  If he was a lefty, he'd be around until he's 50.   

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Well Yankee$$$ fans - you knew this day would eventually come.



from tsn.ca:

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera will reportedly announce his future plans on Saturday.

According to the New York Post, Rivera is expected to retire following the 2013 season.

Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader with 608, had given strong indications that he was likely going to call it a career after the 2012 campaign. However, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice before a May 3 game against Kansas City and missed the remainder of the season.

The 43-year-old right-hander initially said he would return for 2013 because he did not want to go out with an injury. He then reportedly was unsure before telling Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in November that he would indeed come back.

Rivera has yet to pitch in a game this spring, but is expected to make his first appearance on Saturday.

The 12-time All-Star appeared in just nine games last season and managed five saves with a 2.16 earned run average and a 1-1 record. He had registered at least 28 saves in 15 consecutive years prior to 2012.

Rivera has been even more dominant in the postseason, winning five World Series titles with the Yankees while posting 42 saves and a 0.70 ERA in 141 innings over 96 games.




And the great 2013 season for the Yankees continues for Red Sox fans. ;)

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Well Yankee$$$ fans - you knew this day would eventually come.



from tsn.ca:

New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera will reportedly announce his future plans on Saturday.

According to the New York Post, Rivera is expected to retire following the 2013 season.

Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader with 608, had given strong indications that he was likely going to call it a career after the 2012 campaign. However, he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice before a May 3 game against Kansas City and missed the remainder of the season.

The 43-year-old right-hander initially said he would return for 2013 because he did not want to go out with an injury. He then reportedly was unsure before telling Yankees general manager Brian Cashman in November that he would indeed come back.

Rivera has yet to pitch in a game this spring, but is expected to make his first appearance on Saturday.

The 12-time All-Star appeared in just nine games last season and managed five saves with a 2.16 earned run average and a 1-1 record. He had registered at least 28 saves in 15 consecutive years prior to 2012.

Rivera has been even more dominant in the postseason, winning five World Series titles with the Yankees while posting 42 saves and a 0.70 ERA in 141 innings over 96 games.




And the great 2013 season for the Yankees continues for Red Sox fans. ;)

This has been a given for more than a year.  He was going to retire at the end of last year and after getting injured said he would come back for one more year to finish off his career the right way.  So I feel like he's already announced everything there is to announce ages ago. 

When I first saw the post I got scared and thought maybe Mo looked around and said, "Fuck this shit, I'm going home right now."  It's a shame his last year is going to likely be with the worst team he's ever played on.

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The Chicago White Sox and left-handed pitcher Chris Sale have agreed on a five-year contract extension worth $32.5 million with two options years that could bring the deal up to $60 million, the team announced on Thursday.


Sale will receive $32.5 million guaranteed over the first five years of the deal with club options for the next two years. The White Sox hold options for 2018 at $12.5 million and for 2019 at $13.5 million. If either option is declined, Sale will receive a $1 million buyout.


Sale will receive $850,000 in 2013, $3.5 million in 2014, $6.0 million in 2015, $9.15 million in 2016 and $12 million in 2017. He was scheduled to earn $600,000 in 2013.
The 23-year-old Sale, who went 17-8 with a 3.05 ERA and made the All-Star Game in his first season as a starter, said Thursday morning he was trying to stay focused on pitching.



"I just try not to concentrate on any of the external things going on," Sale said. "It is just like leaving your wife and family home sick and you try not to bring that to the field with you. So I will just go about my business and everything will kind of work itself out."


White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has always been proactive when it comes to signing quality young left-handers. During spring training 2002 he helped then-GM Kenny Williams tie up Mark Buehrle to a three-year, $9 million deal. The Sox also tried for three years to sign John Danks to a long-term deal before signing him to a five-year, $65 million contract in the fall of 2011.


Sale said Thursday he was ready to get the deal behind him and get on with the season.


"I just try not to look too deep into it," he said. "I will not take it for granted and just do the things I need to do. Like I said, it will work itself out. Something on your mind is the appreciation factor that they have shown. I hope they feel the same way for me as well."

The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a five-year, $32.5-million contract with left-handed pitcher Chris Sale, which includes club options for the 2018 and 2019 seasons.

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JUPITER, Fla. -- Allen Craig, coming off a breakout season with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreed Friday to a $31 million, five-year contract that could be worth $43 million over six seasons.

Craig gets $1.75 million this year, $2.75 million in 2014, $5.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017. The Cardinals have a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

The 28-year-old Craig would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2016 World Series.

He has 150 RBIs in 238 big league games and was sixth in the NL last season with a .307 average. He had 22 home runs and 92 RBIs despite not playing his first game until May 1 following offseason surgery on his right knee.






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Craig is a career .300 hitter and became the Cardinals' primary first baseman last year after Lance Berkman got hurt. Craig also made 30 starts in the outfield.

"I think he's proven he's the type of player that, when he's in the lineup, can make an impact," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said.

Craig led the major leagues with a .400 average with runners in scoring position last season and has hit .374 the past two seasons, second in the majors behind the Reds' Joey Votto.

Craig also had a big postseason for the Cardinals' championship team in 2011 while playing with the knee injury, hitting three homers in the World Series and making a leaping catch at the left-field wall to rob the Rangers' Nelson Cruz of a homer in Game 7. He had three go-ahead RBIs in the Series against Texas to tie a major league record held by Kiki Cuyler (1925) and Hank Greenberg (1945), including an eighth-inning drive that fueled the first of two comebacks in a 10-9, 11-inning Game 6 victory.

The agreement was negotiated by agents Sam and Seth Levinson.

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The Yankees will be scouting graveyards next.  This is pathetic.  I haven't been this disgusted with this team since 1991.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/yankees-ask-1b-lee-come-143014050--mlb.html




New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Monday that he talked to Derrek Lee about coming out of retirement to replace the injured Mark Teixeira at first base.

Cashman also said he spoke to the agent for free agent third baseman Scott Rolen and said he is interested in luring former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones out of retirement.

"If Chipper wants to come back, I would love to have Chipper," Cashman said via ESPN New York.

Jones' agent, BB Abbott, said Jones chuckled after seeing Cashman's comments on Twitter and intends to stay retired. Jones called it a career last October after 19 seasons with the Braves.

The Yankees are without Teixeira (strained right wrist), third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) and outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken forearm). Teixeira and Granderson are out until May and Rodriguez until at least the All-Star Break.

Lee, 37, who did not play last year, is reportedly interested but has not made a decision. He batted .267 with 19 home runs in 113 games in 2011.

The Yankees are using Juan Rivera at first base for now but designated hitter Travis Hafner has also been practicing the position at Yankees camp.

Lee was the National League batting champ in 2005 when he hit .335. He is a career .281 hitter over 15 years. He was a part of the Florida Marlins club that beat the Yankees in the World Series in 2003.

"He is the type of player who is Yankee-like, in terms of capabilities, when he was playing, and makeup for the clubhouse and stuff like that," Cashman said. "I just planted a seed -- 'If you have an interest, thinking of playing, let me know.' "

Rolen, who turns 38 next month, is a possibility to fill in for Rodriguez, if offseason signee Kevin Youkilis moves over to first base. Jayson Nix or Ronnier Mustelier may also be candidates to play at third.

If Youkilis stays at third base, Rivera and Dan Johnson can play first. Rivera and Mustelier are also possible outfield replacements for Granderson while he is out.

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I love it. The best part of thesis that the Yankees are so desperate to cut salary, yet they can't

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Why hasn't anyone signed Kyle Lohse? 16-3 last yr. Anything wrong with him??

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The American League East division is going to be fascinating to watch again.

You have the aging and injured Yankees
The Red Sox coming off a bad year
The Blue Jays with all their acquisitions
The Rays losing talent but continuing to be good
The Orioles coming off a nice run last season

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The Yankees will be scouting graveyards next.  This is pathetic.  I haven't been this disgusted with this team since 1991.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/yankees-ask-1b-lee-come-143014050--mlb.html




New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Monday that he talked to Derrek Lee about coming out of retirement to replace the injured Mark Teixeira at first base.

Cashman also said he spoke to the agent for free agent third baseman Scott Rolen and said he is interested in luring former Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones out of retirement.

"If Chipper wants to come back, I would love to have Chipper," Cashman said via ESPN New York.

Jones' agent, BB Abbott, said Jones chuckled after seeing Cashman's comments on Twitter and intends to stay retired. Jones called it a career last October after 19 seasons with the Braves.

The Yankees are without Teixeira (strained right wrist), third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip surgery) and outfielder Curtis Granderson (broken forearm). Teixeira and Granderson are out until May and Rodriguez until at least the All-Star Break.

Lee, 37, who did not play last year, is reportedly interested but has not made a decision. He batted .267 with 19 home runs in 113 games in 2011.

The Yankees are using Juan Rivera at first base for now but designated hitter Travis Hafner has also been practicing the position at Yankees camp.

Lee was the National League batting champ in 2005 when he hit .335. He is a career .281 hitter over 15 years. He was a part of the Florida Marlins club that beat the Yankees in the World Series in 2003.

"He is the type of player who is Yankee-like, in terms of capabilities, when he was playing, and makeup for the clubhouse and stuff like that," Cashman said. "I just planted a seed -- 'If you have an interest, thinking of playing, let me know.' "

Rolen, who turns 38 next month, is a possibility to fill in for Rodriguez, if offseason signee Kevin Youkilis moves over to first base. Jayson Nix or Ronnier Mustelier may also be candidates to play at third.

If Youkilis stays at third base, Rivera and Dan Johnson can play first. Rivera and Mustelier are also possible outfield replacements for Granderson while he is out.

Wow, I thought the Sox were a lock for last place in the AL East this year, but reading this, they may have competition in the Yanks--especially if they totally tank the first month of the season.

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Benlen wrote: Why hasn't anyone signed Kyle Lohse? 16-3 last yr. Anything wrong with him??

As best as I can gather, it's because he refused the Cardinals offer, and due to the rules would cost any team that picked him up a first-round draft pick.

Most of the sites I read and podcasts I listen to think his figures don't reflect the pitcher he is (although his 2011 was decent, if not amazing, too), so no-one's prepared to give up a draft pick to get him. And there's the fact that now, weeks into spring training, his self-belief must be shot with no-one wanting him.

I can't remember the name of the club, but at least one team has a protected first round pick, and has already lost rounds two and three, so all they'd lose for Lohse would be a fourth round. Whoever they are has to be the favourite to get him, if anyone's going to.

Right about now, I'd be seeing what the odds were for him moving to play in Japan, or for some wildcat group.

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KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan -- Former MLB star Manny Ramirez said Tuesday he is "starting a new beginning" after signing a short-term contract to play with the EDA Rhinos in Taiwan's professional baseball league.

The Rhinos said Ramirez, 40, will earn $25,000 a month to appear with the team during this year's March-November season.

Speaking at a news conference in the Rhinos home town of Kaohsiung in southern Taiwan, Ramirez said he felt "blessed" about the opportunity to play in Taiwan, where he will earn about 1/100th of his salary during his MLB heyday.

"I don't think about the money and contract," he said. "I just think it is a great opportunity for me and the fans."

Ramirez's arrival in Taiwan is the latest stop in a 22-year career that has seen him morph from a promising hitter in the Cleveland Indians organization to a bona fide star with the Boston Red Sox, and a huge attraction with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago White Sox.

In 2004 he helped lead the Red Sox to their first world title since 1918, and was named the Most Valuable Player in the World Series.

His last major league appearance was with the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011, where he went 1-17.

But Ramirez has been dogged by serious problems off the field, earning lengthy bans for drug abuse in 2009 and 2011.

In 2012 Ramirez hit .302 for Oakland A's Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento but his contract was not renewed.

Taiwan's professional baseball league consists of only four teams, having been whittled down from a high of nine in 2008, amid a series of bribery and game-fixing scandals.

The Taiwan national team advanced through the first round at this year's World Baseball Classic, but failed to get past qualifiers Netherlands and Japan during this past weekend's games in Tokyo.

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Why hasn't anyone signed Kyle Lohse? 16-3 last yr. Anything wrong with him??Physically no. I think most people believe that he maxed out last yr and wont be near those levels.

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Benlen wrote: Why hasn't anyone signed Kyle Lohse? 16-3 last yr. Anything wrong with him??

As best as I can gather, it's because he refused the Cardinals offer, and due to the rules would cost any team that picked him up a first-round draft pick.

Most of the sites I read and podcasts I listen to think his figures don't reflect the pitcher he is (although his 2011 was decent, if not amazing, too), so no-one's prepared to give up a draft pick to get him. And there's the fact that now, weeks into spring training, his self-belief must be shot with no-one wanting him.

I can't remember the name of the club, but at least one team has a protected first round pick, and has already lost rounds two and three, so all they'd lose for Lohse would be a fourth round. Whoever they are has to be the favourite to get him, if anyone's going to.

Right about now, I'd be seeing what the odds were for him moving to play in Japan, or for some wildcat group.
yeah ok. or the most obvious answer, SCOTT BORAS

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The Yankees starting pitching will still be good. Their bullpen is very good. Their lineup is abysmal and their bench is worse. 4th place, AL East.

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The first domino in baseball’s Biogenesis scandal has fallen.
Major League Baseball announced a 100-game suspension Friday for Cesar Carrillo, a right-handed pitcher on the Detroit Tigers’ Double A roster.

The suspension of Carrillo stemmed from his name surfacing in Biogenesis documents published by the Miami New Times, major-league sources say.

Baseball is investigating Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida that supplied performance-enhancing drugs to players, according to the New Times and other reports.

Carrillo was suspended without pay for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, MLB said in announcing the penalty. No other reason was given for his suspension.


Baseball enjoys greater jurisdiction over minor leaguers like Carrillo than major leaguers who are protected by the players’ union. When MLB announces the suspension of a major leaguer, it details the nature of his offense.

Carrillo, who turns 29 on April 29, attended the University of Miami, where he was Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun’s road roommate for three years, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Part of baseball’s investigation into Biogenesis is focused on former Miami players, three of whom — Carrillo, Braun and San Diego Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal — are named in the Biogenesis documents.

Grandal received a 50-game suspension in November for elevated levels of testosterone. He will serve his suspension for the first 50 games of the 2013 season.

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Hanley Ramirez out for awhile with a thumb injury. Reports vary on the length of time he will be out of action.

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Hanley Ramirez out for awhile with a thumb injury. Reports vary on the length of time he will be out of action.

Out for Eight weeks.

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Hanley Ramirez out for awhile with a thumb injury. Reports vary on the length of time he will be out of action.

Out for Eight weeks.

Even before Hanley's injury, I still believed the San Francisco Giants will win that division.

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clawmaster wrote: Benlen wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Hanley Ramirez out for awhile with a thumb injury. Reports vary on the length of time he will be out of action.

Out for Eight weeks.

Even before Hanley's injury, I still believed the San Francisco Giants will win that division.
Dodgers will be this year's Marlins

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Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: clawmaster wrote: Benlen wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Hanley Ramirez out for awhile with a thumb injury. Reports vary on the length of time he will be out of action.

Out for Eight weeks.

Even before Hanley's injury, I still believed the San Francisco Giants will win that division.
Dodgers will be this year's Marlins

I can see the Dodgers getting a W/C

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Hymie Itsu wrote:
Road Warrior Yajuta wrote: clawmaster wrote: Benlen wrote: clawmaster wrote:
Hanley Ramirez out for awhile with a thumb injury. Reports vary on the length of time he will be out of action.

Out for Eight weeks.

Even before Hanley's injury, I still believed the San Francisco Giants will win that division.
Dodgers will be this year's Marlins

I can see the Dodgers getting a W/C

Heard someone call them the Los Angeles Dollars. Haha

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/03/22/yankees-agree-to-terms-with-chien-ming-wang/

Yankees agree to terms with Chien-Ming Wang

Bill Baer

Mar 22, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

The news comes via Jon Heyman on Twitter.

Wang drew interest after a strong showing in the World Baseball Classic with Chinese Taipei. The right-hander did not allow a run in 12 innings of work, surrendering ten hits and just one walk.

Wang spent the last two seasons with the Washington Nationals without much success, posting an aggregate 4.94 ERA in 94.2 innings. He missed time last year due to a left thigh strain and a right hip strain. Prior to that, he missed the latter half of the 2009 season, all of 2010, and the first half of the 2011 season due to right shoulder surgery.

Heyman suggests the signing gives the Yankees flexibility to make a trade:

"If Wang pitches like he did in wbc, potentially could allow yanks to trade hughes or nova for a hitter"

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Jason Motte expected to begin season on disabled list with elbow strain

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Mar 23, 2013, 10:26 AM EDT

The Cardinals will have to get by without their closer for the start of the season.

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Jason Motte was diagnosed with a “mild strain” of his right elbow following an MRI. The Cardinals plan to shut him down for at least the next week, so with the start of the season just nine days away, a stint on the disabled list is inevitable.

Motte felt discomfort in his elbow after his most recent appearance Thursday afternoon against the Mets. He was sent for an MRI yesterday after the pain intensified. There’s no clear timeline for his return, as the Cardinals will try to get the inflammation to subside and go from there.

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said that Mitchell Boggs will get the first opportunity to fill in at closer during Motte’s absence. The 29-year-old right-hander had a 2.21 ERA and 58/21 K/BB ratio over 73 1/3 innings last season. Losing one of the best closers in the game obviously hurts, but the Cardinals have no shortage of quality arms.

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Lol, another over the ill POS headed to the Yanks?

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/mlb---sources--yankees-to-trade-for-of-vernon-wells-195210251.html



The New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a trade that would send outfielder Vernon Wells and a large amount of cash to the Bronx, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday.

Wells has a no-trade clause and could reject any deal.

The 34-year-old likely would play left field and move into the Yankees' injury-battered everyday lineup. They are expected to start the season with Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter on the disabled list.

Two years and $42 million remain on the seven-year, $126 million deal Wells signed with Toronto. The Blue Jays dealt Wells to Los Angeles for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera in January 2011.

Wells, who has four home runs in 36 at-bats this spring, lost his everyday role last season. In the two years since joining the Angels, he is hitting .222 with a .667 OPS.

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I will never have any sympathy towards the Yankees or their fans but this might be the closest I ever get. :D

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Principal_Raditch wrote: Lol, another over the ill POS headed to the Yanks?

The Yankees are scouting the same pool as the College of Cardinals.

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I am simply disgusted with how completely mismanaged the Yankees are at this point.

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Free-agent pitcher Kyle Lohse has reached agreement on a three-year, $33 million deal with the Milwaukee Brewers pending a physical exam, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Lohse has an opportunity to earn an additional $1 million in performance bonuses, according to a source.

Lohse's contract agreement was earlier reported by CBSSports.com.

Lohse, 34, was the only top-tier player left on the free-agent market. He posted a 16-3 record and a 2.86 ERA for the St. Louis Cardinals last season, pitching a career-high 211 innings. He has a career 118-109 record and 4.45 ERA in 12 seasons with Minnesota, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and St. Louis.

Lohse declined a $13.3 million qualifying offer from St. Louis over the winter and encountered a slow free-agent market, in part because potential suitors were hesitant to part with draft pick compensation in exchange for signing him. The Brewers will reportedly surrender the 17th pick in the upcoming June draft, along with the bonus money that Major League Baseball allots to that spot.

Lohse slides in behind Yovani Gallardo to give Milwaukee a proven innings eater in the rotation. Milwaukee general manager Doug Melvin has said for months that the Brewers planned to go with their young pitchers this season and refrain from signing a big-ticket free agent. But the Brewers were forced to re-assess their situation when Wily Peralta (5.74 ERA), Mike Fiers (6.98) and Mark Rogers (7.00) all struggled in the Cactus League.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Colorado Rockies have bolstered their starting rotation by signing Jon Garland to a major league contract.



The 33-year-old Garland missed the last 1½ seasons following surgery on his pitching shoulder in 2011 when he was with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He went 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in four starts for Seattle this spring. He asked for his release Friday after he was told he wouldn't make the Mariners' starting rotation.

The 6-foot-6 right-hander has a 132-119 career mark with a 4.32 ERA in 12 major league seasons with the White Sox, Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Padres.

The Rockies announced the move Sunday. They had room on their 40-man roster after Rule 5 pick Danny Rosenbaum cleared waivers and returned to the Washington Nationals.

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As Gomer would say, surprise surprise surprise.

 

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will start the regular season on the disabled list because of a strained rib.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced the news on Monday.

Lawrie felt discomfort in his left side during an exhibition game with Canada's World Baseball Classic team against the Cincinnati Reds on March 6.

 

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Lohse is a great pickup. I'm surprised the hapless Twins didn't try to pick them up. What is with that team? They used to be on the mark.

I'd like to concede this season and deal both Cano and Granderson (once he's healthy) for some legit prospects (Ie-another organizations not over-hyped single A guys) rather than the clowns we have in single and double A or are the "next wave of superstars" that the bullshit-spewing Yankees are trying to feed on us.
Mason Williams, Tyler Austin and Slade Heathcott are the latest of the Jackson Mellians, Jose Tabata and Ruben Riveras. Gary Sanchez by all accounts doesnt/refuses to speak English and has an attitude problem, and Manny Banuelos and Delin Betances just suck.

I'd like to fire Cashman, Mark Newman, Nadi Contreras and Kevin Long while we're at it.

How long until football starts?

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Lohse is a great pickup. I'm surprised the hapless Twins didn't try to pick them up. What is with that team? They used to be on the mark.

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Twins are tightwads. They have 40 mil tied up in Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau. Thats 45% of their payroll.

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lobo316 wrote: As Gomer would say, surprise surprise surprise.

 

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie will start the regular season on the disabled list because of a strained rib.

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons announced the news on Monday.

Lawrie felt discomfort in his left side during an exhibition game with Canada's World Baseball Classic team against the Cincinnati Reds on March 6.

 

...and here it comes...the Blue Jays injury parade. line forms to the left.

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