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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/03/tigers-hire-brad-ausmus-to-replace-jim-leyland/

Tigers hire Brad Ausmus to replace Jim Leyland

Drew Silva

Nov 3, 2013, 12:08 AM EST

As first reported by Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 in Houston and then later confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers have selected former major league catcher Brad Ausmus to be their next manager. The deal will be finalized on Sunday.

Ausmus had been serving as a special assistant in the Padres’ front office. He was the manager for Team Israel during 2013 World Baseball Classic qualifying but otherwise carries no managerial experience at any level of MLB-affiliated ball.

Ausmus, 44, was also in the running for the Cubs, Mariners and Nationals — before the Nationals hired Matt Williams.

Jim Leyland stepped down last month after a highly successful eight-year run in Detroit.

The Tigers considered their current hitting coach, Llyod McClendon, Red Sox bench coach Torey Lovullo, Padres bench coach Rick Renteria and Dodgers third base coach Tim Wallach before settling on Ausmus.

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Ausmus was an original Yankee draft pick.

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the yankees resigned jeter for $12 million.  if he plays in the same 17 games this year as last, it is around $750,000 per game.

although, signing jeter is smart based on what it means to fans, ticket sales, etc. 

as much as i cannot stand the yankees, he is a class act.

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I'm glad Leyland is gone. Got tired of seeing his frown all the goddamn time

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Tampa re-upped David Dejesus.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have extended qualifying offers to three of their 13 free agents -- second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

It is expected that at least two of them, Cano and Kuroda, will reject the $14.1 million one-year offers, but Granderson, who appeared in just 61 games last season after suffering two broken hands, could accept it to play one more year in a ballpark in which he hit 47 of his Major League Baseball-leading 84 home runs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Extending the qualifying offer assures a team of a compensatory pick in next year's first-year player draft in the event one of its free agents rejects the offer to sign with another team. Players receiving qualifying offers have until Nov. 12 to decide whether to accept them.

Cano, the Yankees' best all-around player and the cream of this winter's free-agent crop, is expected to test the market and has reportedly put out feelers for a 10-year, $300 million contract.

Kuroda, 38, earned $15 million in 2012, when he went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, the lowest in the starting rotation.

Granderson, however, may believe his injury-shortened season will adversely affect his value -- he was paid $15 million on a club option last season -- and could decide to return to the Yankees for one more season.

The value of the qualifying offer is based on an average of the 125 most lucrative major league contracts from the previous season as mutually agreed on by the MLB and the players' association. This year's total of $14.1 million is $800,000 higher than last year's.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- The Yankees have extended qualifying offers to three of their 13 free agents -- second baseman Robinson Cano, outfielder Curtis Granderson and starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda.

It is expected that at least two of them, Cano and Kuroda, will reject the $14.1 million one-year offers, but Granderson, who appeared in just 61 games last season after suffering two broken hands, could accept it to play one more year in a ballpark in which he hit 47 of his Major League Baseball-leading 84 home runs in the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Extending the qualifying offer assures a team of a compensatory pick in next year's first-year player draft in the event one of its free agents rejects the offer to sign with another team. Players receiving qualifying offers have until Nov. 12 to decide whether to accept them.

Cano, the Yankees' best all-around player and the cream of this winter's free-agent crop, is expected to test the market and has reportedly put out feelers for a 10-year, $300 million contract.

Kuroda, 38, earned $15 million in 2012, when he went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA, the lowest in the starting rotation.

Granderson, however, may believe his injury-shortened season will adversely affect his value -- he was paid $15 million on a club option last season -- and could decide to return to the Yankees for one more season.

The value of the qualifying offer is based on an average of the 125 most lucrative major league contracts from the previous season as mutually agreed on by the MLB and the players' association. This year's total of $14.1 million is $800,000 higher than last year's.

I can't even begin to imagine why they would want Granderson back.  It's very clear that this team is flying off the rails and won't be successful again for many years to come.  Hal Steinbrenner and Cashman are just clueless.

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Lloyd McClendon will be the new manager of the Seattle Mariners, a team source with knowledge of the decision told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

McClendon, 54, has been with the Detroit Tigers since 2006, serving as their hitting coach starting in 2007.

He managed the Pittsburgh Pirates from 2001-05 and previously interviewed for the Mariners job in 2010.

The Puget Sound Business Journal earlier reported the news.

McClendon replaces Eric Wedge, who walked away from the team due to a difference of opinion with the Mariners front office. Wedge had a 212-272 record as Mariners manager.

The Mariners went 71-91 last season, finishing fourth in the AL West, and haven't had a winning season since 2009.

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NEW YORK -- Miguel Cabrera has a chance to repeat as AL MVP after being named one of three finalists for the award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Detroit's star third baseman is joined by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has been a finalist in each of his first two major league seasons.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina are up for top player in the National League.

Finalists for the BBWAA awards are being announced Tuesday. The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the two rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.

Miami's Jose Fernandez is one of three finalists for the NL's Cy Young Award and is also up for Rookie of the Year. In Cy Young balloting, he is up against 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright.

In the AL Cy Young competition, Detroit's Max Scherzer is pitted against two Japanese pitchers, Texas' Yu Darvish and Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma. The Cy Young winners will be announced Wednesday.

Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig round out the NL Rookie of the Year candidates. In the AL, Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer and outfielder Wil Myers are finalists with Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Oakland's Bob Melvin is trying to become the first repeat winner of the AL Manager of the Year award and a three-time winner overall. Also nominated in the AL are Cleveland's Terry Francona and John Farrell of the World Series champion Red Sox, both in their first season with new ballclubs.

In the NL, Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle and the Dodgers' Don Mattingly will all be vying for their first awards. Managers of the year will be picked on Tuesday.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Outfielder David DeJesus has agreed to a $10.5 million, two-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.



The deal announced Wednesday includes a club option for 2016. It replaces the $6.5 million salary DeJesus was owed under the 2014 option exercised by the team Sunday.

DeJesus, a .279 career hitter, was acquired from Washington in a trade on Aug. 23 and started 26 games for the Rays, helping Tampa Bay earn its fourth playoff berth in six seasons.

He batted .251 with eight homers and 38 RBIs in 122 games with the Rays, Nationals and Chicago Cubs last season. DeJesus turns 34 next month.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/06/cubs-to-name-rick-renteria-manager-thursday/

Cubs to name Rick Renteria manager Thursday

Matthew Pouliot

Nov 6, 2013, 6:53 PM EST

After seven years managing in the minors and six more coaching in the majors, Rick Renteria has hit the big time. The Cubs will name him their new manager on Thursday, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman and others are reporting.

Renteria played parts of five seasons in the majors as a light-hitting infielder from 1986-1994. His only season with more than 100 plate appearances was 1993, when he played in 103 games for the expansion Marlins franchise and hit .255/.314/.326 in 263 at-bats. He started out managing in the Marlins system in 1998 and he joined the Padres organization in 2003, working his way up from A-ball hitting coach to Triple-A manager to major league bench coach.

Renteria, who was with the Padres as a bench coach when current Cubs GM Jed Hoyer worked in San Diego, recently got Jake Peavy‘s endorsement for the job.

“He’ll make an outstanding manager if the Cubs do go that way,” Peavy told CSNChicago.com’s Dan Hayes. “He brings a lot of intangibles. He knows the game, is gonna work hard, gonna get after it. He just holds guys accountable, but at the same time has a great relationship with the players. He gets the best out of guys and I’m pulling for him to get that job.”

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NEW YORK -- World Series MVP David Ortiz has won his sixth Silver Slugger award as the top designated hitter in voting by major league managers and coaches.

Yankees second baseman Robinson Cano, Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera and Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer each were selected for the fifth time.

Silver Slugger awards are given to the top offensive player at each position in the American and National Leagues. They were handed out Wednesday night on the MLB Network.

Nine of the 18 recipients were first-time winners with major league home run and RBI leader Chris Davis of Baltimore taking home a bat-shaped trophy as the best AL first baseman.

The Orioles led all teams with three winners: Outfielder Adam Jones and shortstop J.J. Hardy joined Davis in being picked for the first time.

Pittsburgh, Detroit and St. Louis each had two winners.

First-time selectee Pedro Alvarez (third base) was joined by Pirates teammate Andrew McCutchen. The star outfielder won his second prize.

St. Louis' Yadier Molina (catcher) and Matt Carpenter (second base) received their first Silver Sluggers.

The Tigers' Torii Hunter (outfield) got his second.

Washington's Ian Desmond (shortstop), Cincinnati's Jay Bruce (outfield) and the Angels' Mike Trout (outfield) each earned their second straight Silver Slugger.

Other first-time winners were: Arizona's Paul Goldschmidt (first base), Colorado's Michael Cuddyer (outfield) and the Dodgers' Zack Greinke (pitcher).

Several players earned bonuses or salary escalators for winning the award:

Cabrera, Hunter and Ortiz each get $100,000 bonuses, while Hardy receives $75,000, and Bruce, Cuddyer, Davis and Molina earn $50,000 apiece. Jones' base salary next year escalates by $200,000 to $10.2 million and Cuddyer's rises by $500,000 to $11.5 million.

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with left-handed pitcher Martin Perez on a four-year contract through 2017.
Perez is guaranteed $12.5 million. The deal also includes club options for 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Perez, who turns 23 just as next season begins, established himself as a full-fledged member of the Rangers' rotation this past season. He started 20 games and was 10-6 with a 3.62 ERA, striking out 84 and walking 37 while becoming a key cog down the stretch.

After ending the regular season tied for a playoff spot, the Rangers turned to Perez in Game 163 against the Tampa Bay Rays.  He took the loss in that contest, allowing three runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Perez,  long considered the club's top pitching prospect, posted a 5.45 ERA over 12 games in 2012 before finally living up to expectations last season.

The signing means the Rangers have four of their five projected 2014 starters signed to long-term deals.

Yu Darvish is inked through the 2017 season and Derek Holland's contract includes club options that could keep him a Ranger until the end of the 2018 season. Matt Harrison, who was injured most of last year after winning 18 games in 2012, is under contract through 2017 with a club option for 2018. And now Perez could be a Ranger until he's 29 years old.

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Talking of Matt Carpenter, here's an interesting article about why he should have at least been in the running for MVP:

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/st-louis-cardinals-matt-carpenter-named-finalist-nl-155900119--mlb.html

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Free-agent catcher Brayan Pena and the Cincinnati Reds have agreed to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The agreement will not be complete until Pena passes a physical, scheduled for Tuesday in Cincinnati. The financial details of the contract were not revealed, but the source said Pena will earn a minimum of $1.25 million in 2014.

Pena, 31, hit .297 with four homers and 22 RBIs in 71 games as a backup catcher for the Detroit Tigers in 2013, after eight seasons in a similar role with the Atlanta Braves and Kansas City Royals.

Pena, who also played occasionally at first and third base in the majors, has a .258 career average with 18 homers and 120 RBIs in parts of nine seasons.

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NEW YORK -- Miguel Cabrera has a chance to repeat as AL MVP after being named one of three finalists for the award in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.

Detroit's star third baseman is joined by Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has been a finalist in each of his first two major league seasons.

Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Pittsburgh center fielder Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina are up for top player in the National League.

Finalists for the BBWAA awards are being announced Tuesday. The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the two rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.

Miami's Jose Fernandez is one of three finalists for the NL's Cy Young Award and is also up for Rookie of the Year. In Cy Young balloting, he is up against 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and the Cardinals' Adam Wainwright.

In the AL Cy Young competition, Detroit's Max Scherzer is pitted against two Japanese pitchers, Texas' Yu Darvish and Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma. The Cy Young winners will be announced Wednesday.

Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig round out the NL Rookie of the Year candidates. In the AL, Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer and outfielder Wil Myers are finalists with Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Oakland's Bob Melvin is trying to become the first repeat winner of the AL Manager of the Year award and a three-time winner overall. Also nominated in the AL are Cleveland's Terry Francona and John Farrell of the World Series champion Red Sox, both in their first season with new ballclubs.

In the NL, Atlanta's Fredi Gonzalez, Pittsburgh's Clint Hurdle and the Dodgers' Don Mattingly will all be vying for their first awards. Managers of the year will be picked on Tuesday.


Trout should get the AL MVP.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/11/11/twins-move-joe-mauer-from-catcher-to-first-base-following-concussion/

Twins move Joe Mauer from catcher to first base following concussion

Aaron Gleeman

Nov 11, 2013, 11:40 AM EST

For the past two months the Twins have repeatedly insisted that they plan to have Joe Mauer remain at catcher next season despite sitting out the final 40 games following a concussion, but today the team announced that Mauer is moving to first base.

Mauer spent 10 seasons at catcher, hitting .323 with an .873 OPS while making six All-Star teams and winning three batting titles, three Gold Glove awards, five Silver Slugger awards, and one MVP. Among all catchers in baseball history through age 30 he ranks sixth in Wins Above Replacement, behind only Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Ivan Rodriguez, Joe Torre, and Ted Simmons. Mauer was an amazing all-around catcher.

Back in August when Mauer suffered the concussion I wrote a lengthy article breaking down how a position switch would impact his all-around value. The short version is that big batting averages and on-base percentages would continue to make him a very good-hitting first baseman, but his lack of power would keep him from remaining as elite there as he was at catcher. Instead of being a top-three catcher every season, he projected to be in the 5-10 range among first basemen.

However, at some point this issue became less about value and more about health, and given how he struggled with post-concussion symptoms and given how many catchers spent time on the concussion disabled list this season the move makes sense for both Mauer and the Twins. He needs to be healthy and in the lineup, which is far more likely at first base than catcher.

Minnesota will likely turn to Josmil Pinto as their primary catcher following an impressive September debut, with Ryan Doumit and Chris Herrmann also in the mix to catch.

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A bunch of players turned down their qualifying offers today.



from tsn.ca:

The Boston Red Sox trio of Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew were among 13 free agents who turned down $14.1 million qualifying offers Monday from their former teams.

Three Yankees also said no thanks: Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda.

The others turning down the offers were Atlanta's Brian McCann, Cincinnati's Shin-Soo Choo, Cleveland's Ubaldo Jimenez, Kansas City's Ervin Santana, St. Louis' Carlos Beltran, Seattle's Kendrys Morales and Texas' Nelson Cruz.

In two years of the new system, all 22 players given qualifying offers have said no.

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Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez won rookie of the years.

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Benlen wrote: Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez won rookie of the years.
No argument with those selections.

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The question that will be answered soon, presumably, is which team is willing to both lose a draft pick and pay Carlos Beltran til he's 40? He's been brilliant for us, but I can't see him anywhere other than a mid-level AL team as a DH.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Marlon Byrd has reached a two-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, a source confirmed Tuesday.

Byrd, 36, revitalized his career this past season with the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates. The veteran outfielder batted a combined .291 with a career-high 24 homers and 88 RBIs during the regular season, then drove in five runs in six postseason games with Pittsburgh.

The Phillies entered the offseason with an outfield contingent of Domonic Brown, Darin Ruf and Ben Revere, who suffered a broken foot in mid-July. One of general manager Ruben Amaro's top offseason priorities was adding a power-hitting right-handed bat to the outfield mix.

Phillies outfielders ranked near the bottom of the majors in numerous offensive categories this season. They finished 23rd in on-base percentage (.313), 19th in batting average (.259) and OPS (.720), 20th in RBIs and 27th in walks drawn. The only NL outfield that drew fewer walks was that of the Chicago Cubs.

After reeling in Byrd, the Phillies will turn their attention to resolving their catching situation. Sources told ESPN that Philadelphia has shown serious interest in free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is the Phillies' top alternative if they can't reach an agreement with longtime catcher Carlos Ruiz.

Ruiz, who also is a free agent, has been pursued aggressively by both the Boston Red Sox and Colorado Rockies, according to sources.

Byrd played in the Mexican League last winter, trying to get back on the radar of major league teams. He hit only .210 with one homer in 47 games between the Red Sox and Cubs in 2012 before serving a 50-game suspension for a positive test for Tamoxifen.

Byrd signed a minor league contract with the Mets in the offseason and emerged as the team's starting right fielder before being traded to the Pirates on Aug. 27. He had an outstanding stretch run with Pittsburgh, batting .318 with 17 RBIs in 30 games and helping the Pirates clinch their first postseason berth since 1992.

A 12-year veteran, Byrd started his career in Philadelphia, where he played parts of four seasons. He is a .280 hitter in 1,250 career games with the Phillies, Pirates, Mets, Red Sox, Cubs, Washington Nationals and Rangers.

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Former catcher Bengie Molina is the new first base coach and major league catching instructor for the Texas Rangers, completing the club's coaching staff for the 2014 season.

Molina joins Bobby Jones, who was promoted from Triple-A Round Rock to be the Rangers' assistant hitting coach.

Molina, 39, spent last season as the assistant hitting coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, his first stint as a coach since ending his 13-year major league career with the Rangers in 2010.

Molina, acquired on July 1 of that season, helped lead the Rangers to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. He batted .293 with two homers and eight RBIs in that postseason run.

Perhaps Molina's most memorable moment as a Ranger was hitting for the cycle at Boston's Fenway Park on July 16, 2010, chugging to third for a triple to complete that cycle. He also had a grand slam in that game.

Molina was a career .274 hitter with the Angels, Blue Jays, Giants and Rangers and won two Gold Gloves. He was the starting catcher for the Angels' 2002 World Series run.

Jones, 64, will make his third big league coaching stint for Texas. He was on Johnny Oates' staff in 2000 and 2001 and coached first base in 2006 for Buck Showalter. Next season will be his 27th as a coach or manager in the Rangers organization.

The club also announced that trainer Jamie Reed is now senior director of medical operations and Kevin Harmon has been promoted to head trainer. Reed will oversee all medical aspects of the club, including the farm system.

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It's finally been confirmed - David Ortiz is on the juice.



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NEW YORK -- Two championships and eight successful seasons in Boston brought Terry Francona exactly zero first-place votes in Manager of the Year balloting.

It took him one year with the surprising Cleveland Indians to bag the prize.

Francona and Clint Hurdle of the Pittsburgh Pirates won the Manager of the Year awards Tuesday after guiding their small-budget teams to charming turnarounds.

In a close vote by the Baseball Writers' Association of America panel, Francona edged old friend John Farrell of the World Series champion Red Sox 112 points to 96 for the American League honor.

"I have a feeling he wouldn't trade what they did for this any day of the week," Francona said on a conference call from Tucson, Ariz.

Hurdle was a runaway winner in the NL, selected first on 25 of 30 ballots after taking the Pirates to the playoffs in their first winning season since 1992.

"It is so rewarding for me to see what's happened, the synergy in the city," Hurdle said in Pittsburgh. "To be a small part of a group that's able to bring joy at so many different levels -- that's what's rewarding to me in life."

It was the first Manager of the Year honor for Francona, even though -- in an interesting twist -- he steered the Red Sox to World Series titles in 2004 and 2007. During his initial season with the Indians, he directed them to a 24-win improvement and their first playoff berth in six years.

They lost the AL wild-card game to Tampa Bay, but voting is conducted before the postseason.

Francona said he called Farrell, a longtime colleague and once his pitching coach in Boston, on Tuesday morning because he thought it was funny they were up against each other as finalists for the award.

If they heard such news years ago, Francona said, "both of us would have laughed each other out of the room."

Hurdle also was quick with a self-deprecating joke after he won.

"There's guys laughing all over the place," he said in an interview on MLB Network. "The players know so many times this season we'd have a big series, getting together just trying to break the ice I'd tell them, 'Hey, look guys, you've got to step it up, play big this week because I'm going to get outmanaged. I can tell you one thing that's going to happen: I'll get outmanaged. So really step it up.' And they did. They believed me every series."

Just like Francona, the 56-year-old Hurdle won Manager of the Year for the first time. His highest finish had been third in 2007, when he led Colorado to the World Series.

Don Mattingly of the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers came in second and Fredi Gonzalez of the NL East champion Atlanta Braves was third.

The only other Pittsburgh manager to win was Jim Leyland in 1990 and 1992, the bookends to three consecutive division titles for the Pirates.

After that, they endured a record 20 straight losing seasons -- the longest drought in any of the four major professional sports -- before going 94-68 this year to capture an NL wild card.

Riding a wave of excitement from a rejuvenated fan base in a city finally enthralled by baseball again, Pittsburgh beat Cincinnati in the wild-card game before losing to league champion St. Louis in a division series that went the full five games.

"I'm a realist, but I am an optimist," said Hurdle, who has managed the Pirates for three seasons. "Everybody played a part."

Hurdle was chosen second on the other five ballots and was the only NL manager picked on every one. He had 140 points in the 5-3-1 scoring system to 68 for Mattingly, who received two first-place votes. Gonzalez got three first-place votes and had 43 points.

Mike Matheny of the Cardinals was the only other skipper to appear on a ballot. He was tabbed second by four voters and third by seven.

Cy Young Award winners will be announced Wednesday evening, and MVPs on Thursday.

Francona garnered 16 first-place votes to 12 for Farrell, who lifted the Red Sox from last place to first in the AL East in his debut season as their manager. Boston won 97 games, tied for most in the majors, one year after going 69-93 under Bobby Valentine.

Bob Melvin, last year's winner, received the other two first-place votes and came in third after his low-payroll Oakland Athletics won their second consecutive AL West crown.

Francona never received a first-place vote during eight seasons as manager of the Red Sox. He had never finished higher than fourth for this award in 12 years as a big league skipper, including his stint with Philadelphia.

After a messy split from the Red Sox following their 2011 collapse, Francona spent a year in broadcasting that he said helped him become more patient and less stubborn.

This season with the Indians was one of his most fun in baseball, he said, and he loves the people he works for because when challenges arise "we tackle them together."

"Boston is, you're not really supposed to ever lose a game, and that's difficult to do," Francona said, adding the job there is "to manage all the noise that's around the team so the guys can play."

"You can't have all that passion and not have some of the headaches that come with it," he explained. "It's a little different in Cleveland because it's more just baseball, which I enjoy."

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Infielder Nick Punto agreed Wednesday to a $3 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics following a little more than a season with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Punto's deal, announced Wednesday, calls for a $2.75 million salary and includes a $2.75 million club option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. The option could become guaranteed based on days on the active major league roster next year, not including time on a disabled list.

The 36-year-old was acquired by the Dodgers from Boston on Aug. 25, 2012, as part of the nine-player trade that sent Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to Los Angeles. Punto hit .255 this year with two homers and 21 RBIs in 116 games.

He has a .248 career average with Philadelphia (2001-03), Minnesota (2004-10), St. Louis (2011), Boston (2012) and Los Angeles.

Punto had a $1.5 million base salary each season under the two-year deal he signed with Boston and earned $250,000 annually in roster bonuses by being active for at least 150 days.

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Pretty f*cking ridiculous that John Farrell didn't win the AL Manager of the Year award simply because both voters from Toronto had Farrell in 3rd place.

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If this is true then Ellsbury will not be coming back to Boston.


from cbssports.com:

It is becoming more apparent the key name for Jacoby Ellsbury this winter is his old Red Sox teammate Carl Crawford.

Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, has named an asking price, one interested team said. And it seems clear now that Crawford's $142 million, seven-year deal is a benchmark in discussions.

While recently discussing Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo, Boras' other top free-agent outfielder, Boras said, "Carl Crawford [who signed for $142 million over seven years in 2010] lives. And Jayson Werth signed for seven years (and $126 million) at age 32."

Boras also has mentioned that Ellsbury's value is actually higher than Crawford's was when he was a free agent since Ellsbury is a center fielder who bats leadoff while Crawford played left field and batted second (at least at the time). Another difference, according to Boras, is that Ellsbury has proved he can thrive in Boston, a pressure cooker environment. Ultimately, Crawford wilted in Boston but has come back to play better in Los Angeles.

Boras also mentions that the Crawford deal was struck three years ago, and baseball's finances have gotten even better since.

One rival GM, who won't make a play for Ellsbury, came back, "Crawford was better and more durable [at the time]."

It'll be interesting to see what those involved think.

The Mariners, Nationals, Yankees and incumbent Red Sox are among several teams interested in Ellsbury while the Dodgers, Cardinals, Cubs and others make sense, too. Ellsbury, 30, hit .298 with nine homers, 53 RBI and a league-leading 52 stolen bases in 2013 and helped the Red Sox win their second World Series title since his arrival.

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as Gomer would say, "surprise surprise surprise"

 

 

Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer has won the 2013 American League Cy Young Award.

Scherzer, who finished 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts, received 28 of 30 first-place votes. Scherzer led the majors in wins, finished second in strikeouts (240) and third in WHIP (0.97).

Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Hisashi Iwakuma of the Seattle Mariners finished second and third, respectively, in the voting.

The 29-year-old Scherzer became the second Tigers pitcher in three seasons to win the Cy Young Award, joining teammate Justin Verlander, who won in 2011.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Scott Boras had some words for the New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros, and they were far from kind. And he also backed the Tampa Bay Rays' desire for a new ballpark.

On the third day of the general managers' meetings, the baseball agent with the highest profile stood in the hotel lobby for a question-and-answer session that gathered an amount of media so large that hotel security told him to move to a remote corridor.

Boras wants to goad teams into spending more on free agents. When he focused on the Mets, he pointed out their concentration on captain David Wright and young pitchers such as Matt Harvey -- his client -- and Zack Wheeler.

"The Mets are like NASA," Boras said. "They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find. They've got one guy with the `Wright' stuff, that's for sure. And they've got a lot of Arm-strongs, too. But they're certainly a club that I'm sure that's in pursuit of a higher level of talent."

Boras has been stepping up his criticism of large-market teams lacking lofty payrolls. Following the collapse of Bernard Madoff Ponzi's scheme, the Mets have cut payroll by about one-third over the past two seasons and were 17th at about $95 million in the latest 2013 figures.

"I think the ability to spend and actually spending are two different things. And that's only for the Mets to diagnose," Boras said. "Certainly their franchise value has gone through the roof -- they're well over $2 billion. They're a very successfully run business operation. The Mets have the ability to do pretty much what they want to do. But it's hard to find astronauts."

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson responded in a low-key manner: "I don't think his intergalactic metaphor is exactly right."

Asked what was incorrect, Alderson said: "I'm not sure because I've first got to understand it."

The Cubs were 15th in payroll this year at about $101 million. Boras said the Rickets family, which bought the team four years ago, has put too much emphasis on the redevelopment of Wrigley Field and not enough on major league payroll.

"You're developing the infrastructure, but fans don't come to see seats, grass, cement. They come to see players," he said. "They've done a great job in the draft and development and they've got a really good core of young players coming, but it is just not what's expected when you have a (family) buy a major-market club."

Boras compared the Tampa Bay Rays' situation to Charles Dickens' "Tale of Two Cities," saying there was "the one they're in and the one they should be in." The Rays repeatedly have said Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg is inadequate, and they drew a major league-low 1.5 million at home despite reaching the playoffs for the fourth time in six years.

"They need a new ballpark. They need to address that," he said. "But certainly the bell's been answered by the organization as far as putting a product on the field that would normally attract fans."

He joked about the Astros, who traded veterans and cut payroll to around $29 million -- $13 million less than any other big league team. Houston went a team-worst 51-111 and the Astros' 324 losses over three years matched the 1917 Philadelphia Athletics for third most in major league history.

"The Astros," he said, "they're like Disneyland. If the kids come, it's a great attraction."

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Los Angeles Dodgers[size= left-hander]Clayton Kershaw and Detroit Tigers right-hander Max Scherzer are the 2013 Cy Young Award winners.

Kershaw finished 16-9 with an MLB-best 1.83 ERA and received all but one of the 30 first-place votes. Scherzer, who finished 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA in 32 starts, received 28 of 30 first-place votes in the AL.

Kershaw won his first Cy Young in 2011.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer, the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner, is eligible for free agency at the end of next season. But his options aren't necessarily limited to getting traded or leaving town.

Agent Scott Boras, who is typically not known for negotiating contract extensions with high-profile players on the cusp of free agency, said Wednesday that Scherzer will keep an open mind if the Tigers approach him with a multiyear contract offer over the coming months.

"They know Max likes it there," Boras told ESPN.com. "We would have to sit down and talk about their plans for the future. But when you have a player who likes playing where he's playing and an ownership that has been what Mike Ilitch has been in Detroit, it's certainly something we would listen to."

Scherzer, 29, went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA this season to make his first All-Star team and join Justin Verlander as the second Cy Young Award winner on the Detroit staff. As an arbitration-eligible player, Scherzer is in line for a substantial increase from the $6.725 million he earned last season.

Although Boras is better known for negotiating nine-figure free-agent deals than extensions for players who have yet to reach free agency, there have been some noteworthy exceptions to the rule. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez signed an $80 million extension with the Colorado Rockies in January 2011, and pitcher Jered Weaver agreed to an $85 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels later that year. In April, the Texas Rangers signed shortstop Elvis Andrus to a $120 million extension.

Boras has also had a productive history of negotiations with Ilitch, the Tigers' owner since 1992. Boras clients Ivan Rodriguez, Magglio Ordonez and Kenny Rogers all played in Detroit, and the Tigers signed Prince Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract in January 2012.

Scherzer has been mentioned as a potential trade candidate this offseason by several media outlets that have speculated the Tigers would rather get a haul of young talent in return for him now rather than allow him to walk next winter. Fielder, Verlander ($180 million), Miguel Cabrera ($152.3 million) and Anibal Sanchez ($80 million) are all signed to lucrative multiyear deals, and a longterm investment in Scherzer would add even more heft to a Detroit payroll that was fifth highest among the 30 MLB teams at $149 million last season.

During an interview Tuesday at the general managers' meetings, Detroit GM David Dombrowski declined to address the recent trade rumors surrounding Scherzer or any other speculation over the pitcher's future with the team.

"We like Max and he likes Detroit," Dombrowski said. "We'll see what happens."

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I find it bizarre that people are reporting Boras' words about major league payroll as if he's a disinterested outsider - what, the guy with a huge financial stake in wages going up wants wages to go up?

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The Yankees had conversations with Brian Wilson's agent, and when he said that Wilson would not conform to the Yankees facial hair policy by shaving his famous beard, Cashman said they're no longer considering him. This organization has become so fucking clueless.

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Alex Rodriguez was busted in a testosterone-charged tryst in the ladies’ room of a Miami hotel, the New York Daily News reports.

The troubled Yankee third baseman — currently facing suspension for using performance enhancing drugs — wasn’t alone. A-Rod was apparently canoodling with a “mystery brunette” who definitely was not his girlfriend, Torrie Wilson.

According to the Daily News, the lothario of the long ball had been eating at UMI Sushi & Sake Bar in South Beach with a posse when he was spotted making out with the brunette in the lobby of the Delano Hotel.

Sources told the paper that Rodriguez and his newfound paramour slipped into the ladies’ room for at least 20 minutes until their toilet escapades were interrupted by another guest.

The disgraced Yankee has been linked to former Playboy model Wilson for nearly two years. She was in the on-deck circle waiting for his relationship with actress Cameron Diaz to implode.

The Delano played dumb and his poor, overworked rep did not return calls to the Daily News.

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Ray Davis was unanimously approved by Major League Baseball owners as the "control person" for the Texas Rangers on Thursday.

It means that Davis will represent the ownership group and the club as various meetings throughout the year. That was the role that Nolan Ryan handled until he resigned as CEO on Oct. 31.

Davis, who is co-chairman of the board of the Rangers, said last month that he would handle representation of the club at meetings for a few years and then Bob Simpson, also co-chairman, would do it for a few years.

Davis and Simpson were the two biggest financial backers when the club was purchased at auction in 2010 by a group put together by Chuck Greenberg. Ryan was also the public face of that ownership group and served as CEO until deciding to leave the organization – and sell his stake – last month.




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Alex Rodriguez was busted in a testosterone-charged tryst in the ladies’ room of a Miami hotel, the New York Daily News reports.

The troubled Yankee third baseman — currently facing suspension for using performance enhancing drugs — wasn’t alone. A-Rod was apparently canoodling with a “mystery brunette” who definitely was not his girlfriend, Torrie Wilson.

According to the Daily News, the lothario of the long ball had been eating at UMI Sushi & Sake Bar in South Beach with a posse when he was spotted making out with the brunette in the lobby of the Delano Hotel.

Sources told the paper that Rodriguez and his newfound paramour slipped into the ladies’ room for at least 20 minutes until their toilet escapades were interrupted by another guest.

The disgraced Yankee has been linked to former Playboy model Wilson for nearly two years. She was in the on-deck circle waiting for his relationship with actress Cameron Diaz to implode.

The Delano played dumb and his poor, overworked rep did not return calls to the Daily News.


He was apparently under the mistaken impression that he could divest himself of Primobolan through a discharge of semen.

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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Major League Baseball is withdrawing its proposal for a new bidding system with Japan, making it uncertain whether prized pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be on the market this offseason.

MLB chief operating officer Rob Manfred said Japanese officials had not acted quickly enough on MLB's proposal for a new agreement and that a new proposal will be forwarded.

"We warned them, told them if this sat too long, there could be shifting winds out there, and suffice it to say there are shifting winds," Manfred said.

Under the so-called "posting system," agreed to in December 1998, more than a dozen Japanese players have moved to MLB before the nine years of service time they would have needed to become a free agent. Under the system, MLB clubs submit bids, and the highest bidder has 30 days to reach an agreement with the player.

Boston obtained pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka from the Seibu Lions before the 2007 season for $51.1 million, and Texas got pitcher Yu Darvish from the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters before the 2012 season for $51.7 million. Those figures don't include the players' contracts with the new teams.

"I think the concerns with the system was it was a blind bidding process that led to inflated numbers," Manfred said, "and that those inflated numbers make that market unavailable to a broad cross-section of our teams."

Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander, went a 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA during the regular season for the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Japan's Pacific League.

Without an agreement, Japanese players would not be able to sign with MLB until they had nine years of service time.

"If that's the way we get Japanese professionals, I think that the 30 major league clubs are prepared to live with that result," Manfred said.

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NEW YORK -- Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera has won the American League Most Valuable Player Award for the second straight year.

Cabrera won by a comfortable margin Thursday, getting 23 of 30 first-place votes from members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Angels outfielder Mike Trout was second -- again -- and Baltimore star Chris Davis finished third.

Cabrera became the first player to win two consecutive AL MVPs since Frank Thomas for the White Sox in 1993 and 1994. Albert Pujols won the NL MVP in 2008 and 2009.

Cabrera led the majors in hitting at .348 and took his third AL batting title in a row. The Venezuelan third baseman hit 44 home runs and had 137 RBIs, both second in baseball to Davis.

The 30-year-old Cabrera also topped the majors in on-base percentage and slugging.

Cabrera easily captured the AL MVP last year when he won the Triple Crown while hitting .330 with 44 homers and 139 RBIs.

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen is named the National League MVP.

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Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with infielder Adam Rosales on a one-year deal worth $750,000 for the 2014 season.

The 30-year-old was arbitration eligible.

Rosales split last season with the Rangers and Oakland Athletics, batting .190 with five doubles, five homers and 12 RBIs in 68 games. Rosales was designated for assignment four times in a span of 34 days from July 8 through Aug. 10, three times by Oakland.

He was claimed on waivers by the Rangers a final time on Aug. 12 and stayed with Texas for the remainder of the season. He gives the Rangers a utility infield option in that he has played all four infield positions in his career (and played at least parts of two games at all four spots in 2013).

The Rangers also announced the signings of left-hander Aaron Poreda and outfielder Brad Snyder to minor league contracts with invitations to major league spring training.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.
Cabrera's team actually made the playoffs. The Angels were 78-84. Trout's production did not equate to wins on the field. Cabrera's did.

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Pittsburgh Pirates' Andrew McCutchen is named the National League MVP.
Voo must be celebrating... Hurdle and McCutchen taking home hardware.

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clawmaster wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.
Cabrera's team actually made the playoffs. The Angels were 78-84. Trout's production did not equate to wins on the field. Cabrera's did.

http://aldengonzalez.mlblogs.com/2013/11/15/voters-chime-in-on-their-al-mvp-ballots/

Voters chime in on their AL MVP ballots …

MLB.com reached out to the 30 members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America regarding their ballots for the AL MVP Award, which saw Mike Trout finish a distant second to Miguel Cabrera for a second straight year. Below were their explanations for why they sided where they did in the seemingly-never-ending Trout vs. Miggy debate (their full ballots can be seen here; * denotes those who voted on the AL MVP a second straight time) …

Evan Grant* (Dallas Morning News): 1 Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Josh Donaldson

My feeling was that Cabrera and Trout stood above the field. Cabrera changed the way opponents approached entire games. Trout was a great offensive player, the better defender and the better fielder. In the end, after looking more at advanced stats than at traditional ones, I was left with two guys who I thought were pretty dead-even as I believed Cabrera’s offensive game-changing ability made up for what he lacked on defense and on the bases. And, so, I could consider WAR and take the formula’s word for it that Trout theoretically meant more to the Angels than Cabrera did to the Tigers or I could look at the standings and see actual wins and losses. So, yes, in that regard, I guess some folks could say I penalized Trout for playing for a bad team. I prefer to look at this way: In a close race, I rewarded Cabrera for helping his team realize its goals.

Ken Rosenthal (FOX Sports): 1. Trout, 2. Cabrera, 3. Donaldson

I’m just wondering, what is it going to take for Trout to win an MVP? Another writer said it well — he is this generation’s Mantle. I generally prefer my MVP to come from a contender, but why should Trout be held responsible for the failings of his owner, general manager, manager and teammates? I love Cabrera, but Trout is far superior as an all-around player and, when you put it all together, more valuable.

Tim Brown (Yahoo! Sports): 1. Trout, 2. Cabrera, 3. Donaldson

In its simplest terms, my first-place vote went to the most complete player in the game. While Mike Trout did not necessarily hit with Miguel Cabrera, he was so far superior outside the batter’s box that I believed it more than covered that ground. The issue of “value” continues to be kicked around. My view is this: The best player carries the most value.

Bob Dutton* (Kansas City Star): 1. Trout, 2. Cabrera, 3. Donaldson

Tough choice — just like last year when I voted for Cabrera. I cover the Royals and few people punish them on a regular basis like Cabrera, but I saw him a lot down the stretch, and he just wasn’t the same. I know he finished with great numbers, maybe better overall than last year, but Trout does so many other things. It came down to this: If we were picking teams based solely on this season, and I had the first pick, who would I pick? For me, the answer was Trout.

Jeff Wilson* (Fort Worth Star-Telegram): 1. Cabrera, 2. Chris Davis, 3. Trout

Mike Trout can do things on a baseball field that Miguel Cabrera can’t. I’m not that blind. But for a second straight year, Cabrera posted fabulous offensive numbers, ones that please the traditional baseball crowd and ones that even Sabermatricians agree are pretty impressive. And he did so for a contender. I recognize that Trout wasn’t the least bit responsible for the Angels’ lousy season. Injuries, questionable signings and an owner who doesn’t get it doomed them. But he also didn’t play in meaningful games for all but a week or two in May. Cabrera’s Tigers won the AL Central, and he hit more homers and drove in more runs against their main rival, Cleveland, than any other team. I also believe, as do many baseball people, that Cabrera isn’t the defensive lump at third base that he’s perceived to be. Add it all up, and Cabrera was my MVP. The man who kept him from a second straight Triple Crown, Chris Davis, also played meaningful games all season and was my second pick. I had Trout third, though not without considerable thought of placing him higher.

Susan Slusser* (San Francisco Chronicle): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Donaldson

Cabrera was again the best hitter in the league and helped get his team to the postseason while playing through a significant injury. Despite the injury (later revealed to be a sports hernia that required surgery), Cabrera won the batting title again and topped the league in OPS. Trout is the best all-around player in the league, I agree — but I weigh offensive output higher than defensive metrics for MVP candidates, and Cabrera remains the better hitter. I do always consider how teams finish as a factor, too. It’s not always the deciding factor, but it’s a big consideration.

Phil Rogers (MLB.com): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Donaldson

You wouldn’t think somebody could be better than they were during a Triple Crown season but Miguel Cabrera found a way to raise his game, maybe because he had a little more help in the Detroit lineup. He was an easy choice over Mike Trout for me, in large because I think that the MVP should come from a playoff team, especially now that we’re in an era in which one of every three teams goes to the playoffs. Winning matters but records being equal I still probably would have taken Cabrera over Trout. You can’t replace a guy who hits day in and day out like this guy, even if he does have some rough edges.

Joe Posnanski (NBC Sports): 1. Trout, 2. Cabrera, 3. Donaldson

I voted for Mike Trout first, Miguel Cabrera second. I should say that, in my opinion, the MVP should be player who had the best season so other factors — such as how well the team played, which team was in contention, who played in more important games in September — do not factor into my decision. Cabrera had a fantastic offensive season and led the league in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage for the first time. I think he’s the best hitter in the game. But you know, Trout is an amazing hitter himself. And when you take into account the rest — defense, baserunning, the various contextual differences of their ballparks — it seemed pretty clear to me that Trout had the better season.

Jeff Fletcher (Orange County Register): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Davis

I was a supporter of Trout over Cabrera last year, but this year I felt like the offensive gap was even wider, too big for Trout to overcome with his advantages defensively and on the bases. Also, I was impressed by Cabrera’s 1.311 OPS with runners in scoring position. (Trout’s was .993.) Regardless of the different number of opportunities each had, that’s a big gap in production at the times when games are won. While I don’t believe “clutch performance” is a skill or predictive, the MVP is about what you did, not what you can do again.

Jon Morosi (FOX Sports): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Davis

I’m very sympathetic toward the argument that Trout shouldn’t be penalized for the fact that his team had a losing record. But I don’t see this vote as penalizing Trout, so to speak. This is more rewarding Cabrera for what he did. He put together one of the best offensive seasons we’ve seen in generations, he did it while playing hurt for the past two months, and he was the difference in his team winning the division. To me, that’s what “most valuable” means.

John Hickey (Oakland Tribune): 1. Donaldson, 2. Cabrera, 3. Davis (Trout 4th)

To me, the key part of the award is “Valuable.” It’s not Most Outstanding Player, it’s not Player of the Year, in which case(s) Trout and Cabrera would dead heat. Both were terrific. As good as Trout was, the Angels finished 18 games out. There’s not much value in finishing third. Cabrera’s value was that the Tigers won their division. My first place vote went to the A’s Josh Donaldson, even over Cabrera, because Cabrera was surrounded by a much superior lineup than was Donaldson. Such was Donaldson’s value, in my mind, that without him Oakland would have been a middle-of-the-road finisher. Donaldson wasn’t the best player. He was the most valuable.

Wallace Matthews (ESPNNewYork.com): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Max Scherzer

As long as the word “valuable” remains in the name of the award, I’m always going to factor in how well a player’s team performed and how integral the player was to that performance. Both Cabrera and Trout had outstanding seasons, but you could make the argument that the Angels could just as easily have finished 18 games out without Trout in the lineup. Cabrera, on the other hand, played for a divison winner that relies heavily on his offensive contributions. And even if you want to go strictly by the numbers, with the value factor removed, Cabrera had better numbers in just about every category with the exception of runs and walks. So really, it wasn’t that tough a call for me.

Chad Jennings (Journal News): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Davis

Oddly enough, I think I would have voted for Trout last year. This year, I was simply overwhelmed by Cabrera’s offensive production. In my mind, the most important thing a position player does is hit, and Cabrera is the game’s best hitter coming off a remarkably productive year. Whether his hitting outweighs his lack of speed and his defensive struggles is hard to say. I believe it does. I also put less emphasis on his defense because he’s clearly playing out of position, and doing so strictly because it makes the Tigers better. The fact he played hurt and helped keep the Tigers in the division lead played some part in my decision, but a relatively small part. Ultimately, I’m glad my vote isn’t the only one that counts. I can’t pretend I have this figured out. I simply have an opinion. I’m skeptical of defensive metrics, and although I give the WAR stat significant consideration, I think it’s flawed and can’t be the end of the discussion. I guess the decision of Cabrera vs. Trout depends on what you value and how you view the award. I don’t think there’s a slam-dunk choice one way or the other.

Jose de Jesus Ortiz (Houston Chronicle): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Donaldson

I weighed the stats and seriously considered Trout at the top of my ballot. I used analytics for the first time since I’ve voted, but I also added extra points for playing on a playoff team. In that process, Cabrera barely edged out Trout on my ballot.

Tom Verducci (SI.com): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Davis

Mike Trout had such an amazing season it took another historic one to be considered a bit better. Miguel Cabrera’s overall and clutch hitting numbers were too good to deny. He became the first right-handed hitter to win the MLB slash triple crown (batting, on base, slugging) since World War II.

Bill Ballou (Worcester Telegram & Gazette): 1. Davis, 2. Cabrera, 3. Donaldson (Trout 7th)

I am a strict constructionist re: “valuable”. If the award were Player of the Year, Trout would get my vote. I’m of the school that in order to have “value” you have to help your team be good, at least to the point of contending. The Angels didn’t truly contend. To fully develop that logic, players from non-contenders should not be listed on the  ballot at all, but the BBWAA insists that we fill out all 10 slots, so I did, even though I did not think there were 10 worthy candidates from contending teams.

Lynn Henning (Detroit News): 1. Cabrera, 2. Trout, 3. Davis

My choice was weighted by the division title, and 93 victories, and by Cabrera’s unswerving importance to a team’s playoff presence. He is the best hitter in baseball. He plays a critical position. But the transcendent value of his bat makes him, for me, the MVP. Trout is the best player in the league. Cabrera was, in 2013, in my view, the most valuable player.

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clawmaster wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.
Cabrera's team actually made the playoffs. The Angels were 78-84. Trout's production did not equate to wins on the field. Cabrera's did.


It's an individual award, not a team award. While Cabrera had a better overall batting season, Trout wasn't that far behind. Also Trout destroyed Him in Fielding and Base running. Who cares if Detroit made the playoffs. They also had 6 other All Stars around Him. That is just a very weak argument.

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: clawmaster wrote:
freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.
Cabrera's team actually made the playoffs. The Angels were 78-84. Trout's production did not equate to wins on the field. Cabrera's did.


It's an individual award, not a team award. While Cabrera had a better overall batting season, Trout wasn't that far behind. Also Trout destroyed Him in Fielding and Base running. Who cares if Detroit made the playoffs. They also had 6 other All Stars around Him. That is just a very weak argument.

It's not a weak argument when Trout's team is 6 games below .500. How valuable can you be on a shitty team?

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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.
Cabrera's team actually made the playoffs. The Angels were 78-84. Trout's production did not equate to wins on the field. Cabrera's did.


It's an individual award, not a team award. While Cabrera had a better overall batting season, Trout wasn't that far behind. Also Trout destroyed Him in Fielding and Base running. Who cares if Detroit made the playoffs. They also had 6 other All Stars around Him. That is just a very weak argument.

It's not a weak argument when Trout's team is 6 games below .500. How valuable can you be on a shitty team?


This is a Jersey thing. Friend of mine has the same thing going on with Trout. There is no reasoning with him.

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I read those quotes from the journalists, and since when did playing for a contending team become a deciding factor? It's much harder to motivate yourself when playing for a team that sucks, so Trout's performance is even more impressive.

If one of the categories for MVP voting is "played on a contending team" then fair enough, but otherwise it's not the best argument to make. MVP isn't a team award.

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It's much harder to motivate yourself when playing for a team that sucks, so Trout's performance is even more impressive.


I totally disagree with that. I think it's much harder to play under the pressure of a tight pennant race then it would be if your team is completely out of the race. If your team is 20 games out of a Playoff spot and you go 0 for 4 or you have a bad night on the mound it's not really a big deal but if your team is in the middle of a Playoff race and you go 0 for 4 or have a bad night on the mound then it's definitely a big deal.

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It's much harder to motivate yourself when playing for a team that sucks, so Trout's performance is even more impressive.


I totally disagree with that. I think it's much harder to play under the pressure of a tight pennant race then it would be if your team is completely out of the race. If your team is 20 games out of a Playoff spot and you go 0 for 4 or you have a bad night on the mound it's not really a big deal but if your team is in the middle of a Playoff race and you go 0 for 4 or have a bad night on the mound then it's definitely a big deal.

"Pressure" and "motivation" would seem different things to me, but there is presumably statistical evidence that backs one of us up here? Trying to think of how to phrase the question to see if anyone else has looked at this before.

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The Phillies are out to sign every middle 30 veteran who is about to fall off the cliff.

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I'm definitely of the camp that there's more pressure on a losing ballclub than a winning one. Pressure about jobs for next year, pressure from the media, constant "players only meetings," pressure over attendance, etc. It's far easier when you're winning.

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Ultimark wrote:
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Mike Trout got ripped off again. Better player then Cabrera and had a better season.
Cabrera's team actually made the playoffs. The Angels were 78-84. Trout's production did not equate to wins on the field. Cabrera's did.


It's an individual award, not a team award. While Cabrera had a better overall batting season, Trout wasn't that far behind. Also Trout destroyed Him in Fielding and Base running. Who cares if Detroit made the playoffs. They also had 6 other All Stars around Him. That is just a very weak argument.

It's not a weak argument when Trout's team is 6 games below .500. How valuable can you be on a shitty team?


This is a Jersey thing. Friend of mine has the same thing going on with Trout. There is no reasoning with him.


It's not a team award, it's a player award. Trout was the better player and had the better season. It's not that hard to figure out.

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PeteF3 wrote: I'm definitely of the camp that there's more pressure on a losing ballclub than a winning one. Pressure about jobs for next year, pressure from the media, constant "players only meetings," pressure over attendance, etc. It's far easier when you're winning.
I bet there was more pressure with within the Cardinals and Reds than the Astros and Marlins.

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PeteF3 wrote: I'm definitely of the camp that there's more pressure on a losing ballclub than a winning one. Pressure about jobs for next year, pressure from the media, constant "players only meetings," pressure over attendance, etc. It's far easier when you're winning.
I bet there was more pressure with within the Cardinals and Reds than the Astros and Marlins.


Why is that?

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It's not a team award, it's a player award. Trout was the better player and had the better season. It's not that hard to figure out.


But apparently for YOU, it is. You tired making this same horseshit argument last year too about Trout "getting robbed" out of the MVP/TC and you were wrong then, just like you are now.

Cabrera, had a better year statistically batting wise than Trout, you even admit it here:

 While Cabrera had a better overall batting season, Trout wasn't that far behind. Also Trout destroyed Him in Fielding and Base running. Who cares if Detroit made the playoffs. They also had 6 other All Stars around Him. That is just a very weak argument.
Its not an award for fielding or stolen bases, it's an award won for being a better hitter, and overall better than the rest, which Cabrera was better than Trout yet again. Who gives a shit about base running? Only YOU. Cabrera essentially took the team on his back, and led them to the ALCS, while injured for much of the season.

Want Trout to win? Simple: play/hit better than Cabrera, then he could win.


Talk about "weak arguements", yours is the weakest. It's a shame you can't seem to comprehend any of this though. Stick to talking hockey.

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So now we know what it takes to make stingmark return to this site - just bad mouth Miguel Cabrera.

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Its not an award for fielding or stolen bases, it's an award won for being a better hitter, and overall better than the rest, which Cabrera was better than Trout yet again. Who gives a shit about base running? Only YOU.

Not quite true, I'm afraid. From an interview with the secretary-treasurer of the BBWAA:

“The rules of the voting remain the same as they were written on the first ballot in 1931: (1) actual value of a player to his team, that is, strength of offense and defense; (2) number of games played; (3) general character, disposition, loyalty and effort; (4) former winners are eligible; and (5) members of the committee may vote for more than one member of a team.”

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Its not an award for fielding or stolen bases, it's an award won for being a better hitter,

Justin Verlander was the best hitter in the AL in 2011?

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The Philadelphia Phillies and Carlos Ruiz have agreed on a three-year contract that will bring the free-agent catcher back to the only team he has played for in his eight major league seasons.

A source with knowledge of the details confirmed the deal, which will pay Ruiz $8.5 million in each of the next three seasons with a 2017 option for $4.5 million or a $500,000 buyout.

FoxSports.com reported the contract earlier Monday.

Ruiz has a limited no-trade clause. He can block trades to four teams through the life of the deal.

But if he remains with the Phillies, he would become a 10/5 man with the ability to veto all trades in July 2016.

Ruiz was also being pursued hard by the Boston Red Sox but chose to go back to Philadelphia after the Phillies agreed to guarantee three years instead of offering two years with a vesting option for a third year.

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So now we know what it takes to make stingmark return to this site - just bad mouth Miguel Cabrera.


Well the guy is an alcoholic drunk driver, so we know that Cabrera is lacking in character.

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Cano still looking for $ 310 million deal. :shock:


from sportsnet.ca:

Robinson Cano still wants to become the best-paid player in MLB history. The free agent second baseman hasn’t budged from his asking price of $310 million, a source told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

There’s no debating that Cano is the top free agent available. The 31-year-old finished the 2013 season with 27 home runs, 107 RBI, a .314 batting average and 7.6 wins above replacement.

But reaching the $300 million threshold will not be easy even at a time that baseball teams are flush with cash. A $300 million contract would surpass Alex Rodriguez’s 10-year, $275 million contract as the richest in MLB history, and it’s unclear which teams will compete with the New York Yankees for Cano’s services.

The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t expected to sign the second baseman despite the fact that they have been among the game’s most aggressive spenders since 2012.

“You already know that guy in New York is going to be paid,” Dodgers owner Magic Johnson told USA TODAY last month. “Not by us. But he’s going to get paid.”

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Tim Hudson, Giants agree to two-year, $23 million deal

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Nov 18, 2013, 3:48 PM EST

Not only did the Giants hang onto Tim Lincecum, re-signing him to two-year, $35 million, John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that they’re agreed to a deal with free agent right-hander Tim Hudson. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com says it’s a two-year, $23 million contract.

Hudson is coming back from a fractured ankle that ended his season in July, but before the injury he was having another strong season at age 37 with a 3.97 ERA and 95/36 K/BB ratio in 131 innings.

He’s posted a sub-4.00 ERA in 13 of his 15 seasons in the majors and has a 3.44 career ERA, including a 3.56 mark in nine years with the Braves. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves initially offered Hudson a one-year deal to return, but later added a second year that still fell short of the Giants’ offer.

UPDATE: Here’s an interesting little twist. Buster Olney of ESPN.com says the A’s, not the Braves, finished runner-up in the Hudson bidding. Hudson was drafted by Oakland and pitched for the A’s from 1999-2004, when he was traded to the Braves.

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Skip Schumaker signs two-year deal with the Reds

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Skip Schumaker has agreed to a two-year contract with the Reds, whose general manager Walt Jocketty was GM’ing the Cardinals when they drafted Schumaker back in 2001.

After six seasons with the Cardinals he spent this year as a part-time player for the Dodgers, hitting .263 with two homers and a .665 OPS in 125 games. Schumaker hasn’t topped a .725 OPS since 2009, will be 34 years old soon, and isn’t very good defensively, but he has experience at second base and all three outfield spots and has decent on-base skills.

Still, a multi-year deal for a 34-year-old bench player coming off a so-so season is more evidence that spending is going to be wacky this offseason.

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Tim Hudson, Giants agree to two-year, $23 million deal
They are offering Ricky Nolasco a 3 yr deal. He wants 5. Lets see if he bites.

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NEW YORK -- LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal to close for the Colorado Rockies, USA Today reports, pending a physical.

Hawkins, who turns 41 on Dec. 21, had a solid season for the New York Mets in 2013. He had a 3-2 record and 2.93 ERA in 72 relief appearances. He also notched 13 saves during the season's final two months, once closer Bobby Parnell began suffering from a herniated disk in his neck.

Hawkins will undergo a physical Thursday.

Hawkins made news last month while headed for a vacation to go dove hunting in South America. He helped subdue and then escort a troublesome passenger off a plane after the Boeing 777-200 made an unscheduled landing in Lima, Peru.

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DETROIT -- Former All-Stars Omar Vizquel and Wally Joyner will be part of new Detroit manager Brad Ausmus' coaching staff with the Tigers.

Vizquel was hired as the first-base coach and Joyner as hitting coach, the Tigers said Monday. Vizquel also will serve as an infield and baserunning coach.

Detroit also announced Mick Billmeyer will be the team's bullpen coach and Matt Martin will be a defensive coordinator.

Vizquel -- the major league record holder for career fielding percentage by a shortstop with over 1,000 games at the position -- was the roving infield instructor in the Los Angeles Angels' minor league system for one season before joining Detroit's staff. Joyner was an assistant hitting coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

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NEW YORK -- General manager Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Jay Z and his associates about free agent Robinson Cano on Monday night but portrayed the likelihood of the New York Mets signing the second baseman as virtually nil.

"They requested a meeting," Alderson said Tuesday afternoon. "We had a nice dinner. They made a presentation. We talked generally. And that was it. As I said, we were approached."

Alderson, who was joined by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon and assistant GM John Ricco at the dinner meeting, reiterated what he said last week at the GM meetings: The Mets already have one $100 million-plus contract with captain David Wright and are highly unlikely to add a second contract at that level -- much less a deal in the neighborhood Cano is seeking, which is reported to be $310 million.

"I had said last week that I didn't foresee contracts in the $100 million range for the Mets this offseason," Alderson said. "I think that statement still pertains. On the other hand, we are committed to improving the team. And we will explore whatever possibilities arise, however remote the eventual outcome."

Alderson said no contract terms were discussed during the meeting, which also included Jay Z associate Brodie Van Wagenen.

"It was a well-prepared presentation designed to sell us and presumably other teams on Cano's value," Alderson said. "We certainly have a high regard for Robinson Cano as a player. So in that sense, the presentation was a little bit overdone.

"But, again, it was a very preliminary meeting. They're having, or hope to have, preliminary meetings with a number of different teams."

Word of the meeting leaked to media shortly after it took place, presumably to try to create pressure on the New York Yankees to increase their bidding to retain Cano. The Yankees have been averse to bidding against themselves.

Alderson said he calculated the fact that the Mets could be used for such a purpose into whether to accept Jay Z's invitation. Ultimately, Alderson decided that meeting the agent would be worthwhile.

"It wasn't terribly surprising that the fact of the meeting became known within minutes of dessert," Alderson said. "Yeah, we factored that in. On the other hand, there are very few things that you can expect to be kept confidential.

"I think you have to go into these situations with the understanding that at some point they will become public. But at the same time, we felt it would be useful enough for us to meet Jay Z and Brodie, whether it's in connection with Robinson Cano or some future client that they may have. So I'm not surprised it became public. And that certainly factored into our decision to have the meeting, but didn't deter us."

Alderson said Jay Z was active in pitching his client, not deferring to his baseball-tested colleagues.

"He was actively engaged," Alderson said. "… PowerPoint. Books. Pamphlets."

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NEW YORK -- Another shot of reality potion, on the rocks, is what New York Yankees  president Randy Levine has ordered for the representatives of Robinson Cano as agent Jay Z and his team are reportedly holding fast to their demand of a 10-year contract worth $310 million.

"We want Robbie back; we think Robbie is terrific," Levine said Tuesday in a telephone conversation with ESPNNewYork.com. "But we have no interest in doing any 10-year deals and no interest in paying $300 million to any player. Until he gets a little more realistic, we have nothing to talk about.''

On Monday, ESPNNewYork.com reported that Cano's agents, Brodie Van Wagenen of CAA and hip-hip mogul Jay Z, were holding firm to their demand that Cano receive the richest contract in baseball history, surpassing the 10-year, $275 million deal -- with another potential $30 million in performance bonuses -- that the Yankees gave to Alex Rodriguez after he opted out of his existing contract following the 2007 season.

Levine's comments come on the heels of Jay Z meeting with New York Mets brass. The New York Post reported, and ESPN.com confirmed, that Jay Z met with chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon, general manager Sandy Alderson and assistant GM John Ricco for dinner Monday night to discuss the free agent.

A source told ESPN.com that the Mets were surprised the meeting leaked to the media so fast and understand that their interest could be leveraged to drive up Cano's asking price.

Levine's response echoed the words of Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner, who said in October that the Yankees were "not prepared'' to sign Cano to a 10-year deal.

Cano's agents seek to market him as "the next Michael Jordan," according to a New York Daily News report, citing unnamed sources.

The back and forth also is reminiscent of the 2010 contract negotiations with Derek Jeter, which turned ugly when a team official famously advised the Yankees captain to "drink the reality potion'' after his agents reportedly demanded a four-year deal worth between $23 million and $25 million a season.

Jeter eventually signed a three-year deal worth $51 million, and he recently was given a one-year deal that will pay him $12 million for the 2014 season.

The Yankees have already made an offer to Cano, believed to be in the area of between five and seven years for around $160 million, an average of approximately $23 million a year.

Levine was reached early Tuesday at his Manhattan office. He was to testify later in the day in the Rodriguez arbitration hearing.

"Signing Robbie is a priority for us,'' said Levine, who said Yankees GM Brian Cashman was also "engaged'' in discussions with "five or six other free agents,'' including infielders Jhonny Peralta and Stephen Drew, both of whom could fill in for Cano at second base, as well as outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo and catcher Brian McCann.

Sources also say they are in on Carlos Beltran.

"We're very active,'' Levine said. "But whoever we sign has got to make sense for us. We made Robbie a very competitive offer.''

Cano's representatives did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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Indians reach two-year deal with David Murphy

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Nov 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EST

From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word the the Indians have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent outfielder David Murphy. It’s expected to be worth more than $10 million, though no exact figure has been released.

Murphy posted a career-worst .656 OPS in 2013, but the left-handed hitter had a .304/.380/.479 slash line in 2012 and fits nicely into an outfield platoon with the right-handed-hitting Ryan Raburn in Cleveland.

Murphy spent seven years with the Texas Rangers, batting .275/.337/.440 with 85 home runs and 362 RBI in 826 games. He was a first-round pick of the Red Sox (at No. 17 overall) in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft.

The 32-year-old could prove to be a nice pickup in a market of massive deals.

Cleveland will likely either trade or non-tender the now-expendable Drew Stubbs.

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Padres sign free agent right-hander Josh Johnson to one-year, $8 million contract

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Nov 19, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com shares the following breaking news:

    Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

    The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam Tuesday and the contract is expected to be announced by the club Wednesday.

The Padres are a nice fit for Johnson, who will be looking to revitalize his career after posting a rough 6.20 ERA in 2013 for the Blue Jays. San Diego’s Petco Park is one of the more pitcher-friendly environments in the big leagues — even with the recent wall tweaks — and Johnson should be able to produce far better numbers if he’s healthy.

Johnson, 29, drew interest from the Giants, Pirates and Royals before settling Tuesday with the Friars.

He had a 3.15 ERA in 916 2/3 innings with the Marlins before being shipped to Toronto last winter.

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m. ET: Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors says Johnson can earn $1.25 million on top of the $8 million guaranteed if he makes 26 starts. Also from Dierkes: the Pirates were the runners up.

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Padres sign free agent right-hander Josh Johnson to one-year, $8 million contract

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Nov 19, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com shares the following breaking news:

    Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

    The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam Tuesday and the contract is expected to be announced by the club Wednesday.

The Padres are a nice fit for Johnson, who will be looking to revitalize his career after posting a rough 6.20 ERA in 2013 for the Blue Jays. San Diego’s Petco Park is one of the more pitcher-friendly environments in the big leagues — even with the recent wall tweaks — and Johnson should be able to produce far better numbers if he’s healthy.

Johnson, 29, drew interest from the Giants, Pirates and Royals before settling Tuesday with the Friars.

He had a 3.15 ERA in 916 2/3 innings with the Marlins before being shipped to Toronto last winter.

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UPDATE, 11:45 p.m. ET: Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors says Johnson can earn $1.25 million on top of the $8 million guaranteed if he makes 26 starts. Also from Dierkes: the Pirates were the runners up.


 

Johnson just couldn't pitch in the AL. I wish him well. Not his fault the Jays
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Johnson just couldn't pitch in the AL. I wish him well. Not his fault the Jays
acquired him in a lousy trade.

 

He just had a shitty year. He was something like 1-4 vs National League teams.

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Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote:

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Johnson just couldn't pitch in the AL. I wish him well. Not his fault the Jays
acquired him in a lousy trade.

 

He just had a shitty year. He was something like 1-4 vs National League teams.


 

B-ref says he was 0-2 with an ERA of 3.31  in interleague games.

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Chris Carpenter, one of the best clutch pitchers in the storied history of the St. Louis Cardinals, announced his retirement Wednesday.

Carpenter, 38, missed the entire 2013 season after a recurrence of a nerve injury in his shoulder that cost him most of the 2012 campaign.

Carpenter's career numbers don't reflect his value to the team. He was 144-94 with a 3.76 ERA in a career that began with Toronto in 1997. He spent six seasons with the Blue Jays and nine with St. Louis. He won the 2005 National League Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 2.83 ERA. He was second in 2009 after going 17-4 with a 2.24 ERA.

"He'll go down as one of the greatest we've ever had," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak in a statement posted on the club's Twitter feed.

More telling are his postseason results, including a 10-4 record and 3.00 ERA in 18 starts. There were the eight innings of three-hit shutout baseball in a Game 3 World Series win over Detroit in 2006, a series the Cardinals won in five games; a 1-0 shutout to beat Roy Halladay in Philadelphia in the deciding game of an NL Division Series in 2011; and the gutty Game 7 World Series-clinching win over Texas on three days' rest in 2011.

His career is all the more remarkable considering the amount of time he spent on the disabled list due to various shoulder, elbow and nerve injuries. He missed most of 2002, all of 2003, most of 2007 and 2008, and then last year's season that was limited to three regular-season starts.

Carpenter was a clubhouse force in St. Louis, a no-nonsense presence who set an example of grit and toughness. Consider 2012, when he was written off as lost for the season after the nerve injury first emerged during spring training.

In July, Carpenter had radical surgery that included removal of a rib, and it worked -- he pitched three games down the stretch to help St. Louis earn the final NL wild-card spot. He beat Washington in a division series but was 0-2 in the NL Championship Series against eventual World Series winner San Francisco, his velocity and command not up to his normal standards.

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The St. Louis Cardinals and manager Mike Matheny have agreed to a three-year contract extension, the team announced Wednesday.

Matheny, whose extension will run through the 2017 season, managed the Cardinals to a 97-65 record and an appearance in the World Series this past season.

"I love what I do," Matheny said during a news conference to announce the extension. "But to do it here in a place I call home is extremely special. ... I'm very grateful."

Matheny, 43, has compiled a 185-139 record in two years with the Cardinals, who hired the former catcher to replace longtime manager Tony La Russa following the 2011 season.

A 13-year veteran as a player, Matheny also was a member of the Cardinals team that lost to the Boston Red Sox in the 2004 World Series.

Boston defeated St. Louis in this year's World Series; it was the Cardinals' fourth World Series appearance in the last 10 years.

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NEW YORK -- Alex Rodriguez took his fight against Major League Baseball out of the hearing room and onto the airwaves Wednesday afternoon, flatly denying on a radio show he had used any performance-enhancing drugs supplied by Anthony Bosch or Biogenesis.

"I did nothing. About the Bosch nonsense? Nothing," Rodriguez said in an interview on WFAN 660 about four hours after he stormed out of his own grievance hearing upon learning MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not be required to testify.

"It was disgusting," Rodriguez said of arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision not to allow Joseph Tacopina, Rodriguez's lead attorney, to question Selig under oath on Thursday. "This thing should have ended with Selig on Thursday and me (testifying) on Friday. But he did not have the courage to look me in the eye."

Rodriguez said he was unlikely to return to the hearing room when the grievance resumes Thursday morning at the Park Avenue offices of Major League Baseball. "I don't think I'm going back," he said. "What's the point?"

Jim McCarroll, an attorney who accompanied Rodriguez to the interview, added, "If Selig doesn't testify, Alex is not going back."

Neither Rodriguez's side nor MLB would provide the exact reason for why Horowitz ruled that Selig did not have to testify, although earlier in the day, Tacopina told Michael Kay on ESPN New York 98.7 FM that Horowitz did not consider Selig "a necessary witness."

The double-barrelled media blitz -- Tacopina appeared on one show at 3 p.m. and Rodriguez on the other about a half-hour later -- capped an explosive day in which Rodriguez slammed his hands on a table, shouted "This is ridiculous," and directed a stream of profanities at Rob Manfred, baseball's COO, who directed the Biogenesis investigation, before storming out of the room shortly before noon.

Four hours later, the Yankees third baseman was still steaming.

"I'm so pissed off right now I can't even think straight," he said.

But Rodriguez and McCarroll found the composure to issue blanket denials of any PED usage connected with Biogenesis and Bosch, who is MLB's key witness against him, and to accuse Selig of conducting a vendetta against him.

"Why did Ryan Braun (only) get 65 games with a failed drug test? Because he's from Milwaukee?" Rodriguez asked, a reference to the team Selig owned before he became commissioner.

As for the 211-game suspension levied on him, Rodriguez said, "I shouldn't even serve one inning."

Rodriguez also acknowledged being "angry" at the Yankees, but said he hopes to be playing third base for them on Opening Day.

"All I want to do is play baseball," he said. "This has been a disgusting process for everyone. I'm embarrassed to be involved in it."

Rodriguez denied having named other players in an effort to exonerate himself and questioned Selig's motivation in slapping him with the most stringent penalty ever given a baseball player for an alleged PED violation.

"He hates my guts," Rodriguez said of Selig. "It's 100 percent personal. This is all about his legacy. To put me on his mantle would be a big trophy for him."

Rodriguez also said that at one point in the hearing, Manfred said to him, "This wasn't my decision, it was Bud Selig's decision."

It was unknown whether Rodriguez's lawyers will continue with his defense minus their client.

"There will be some kind of group discussion some time tonight," Tacopina said. Asked if he would be back at the hearing on Thursday, Rodriguez said, "I'm going home to see my daughters."

Baseball released a statement following A-Rod's walkout in the afternoon expressing its faith in the fairness in the process, and in the evening, the Major League Baseball Players Association issued its own statement disagreeing with Horowitz's decision to excuse Selig from testifying.

"The MLBPA believes that every player has the right under our arbitration process to directly confront his accuser. We argued strenuously to the arbitrator in Alex's case that the commissioner should be required to appear and testify. While we respectfully disagree with the arbitrator's ruling, we will abide by it as we continue to vigorously challenge Alex's suspension within the context of this hearing," the statement read.

"I have no regrets," Rodriguez said about waging a fight that appears to be rapidly nearing its conclusion. "I would do it again. It's the system that is wrong."

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Fielder to Texas ?????



from cbssports.com:

The Rangers and Tigers are discussing a blockbuster deal that would send Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler, CBSSports.com has learned.

One person involved in the talks called it a "possibility." There could be another player involved in the trade as potential well, but that hasn;t been confirmed.

The Rangers made a play for Fielder when he was a free agent a couple years ago before the Tigers signed him for $214 million over nine years.

Trading Kinsler would open second base for Jurickson Profar. Texas has been looking for added punch to its lineup.

The Tigers had been floating Max Scherzer as a trade possibility. But a deal of Fielder could possibly free up extra cash to try to sign Scherzer long-term.

Fielder has a limited no-trade clause, but it isn't known if it includes Texas.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
Fielder to Texas ?????



from cbssports.com:

The Rangers and Tigers are discussing a blockbuster deal that would send Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler, CBSSports.com has learned.

One person involved in the talks called it a "possibility." There could be another player involved in the trade as potential well, but that hasn;t been confirmed.

The Rangers made a play for Fielder when he was a free agent a couple years ago before the Tigers signed him for $214 million over nine years.

Trading Kinsler would open second base for Jurickson Profar. Texas has been looking for added punch to its lineup.

The Tigers had been floating Max Scherzer as a trade possibility. But a deal of Fielder could possibly free up extra cash to try to sign Scherzer long-term.

Fielder has a limited no-trade clause, but it isn't known if it includes Texas.


Done deal pending physicials.
http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2013/11/20/report-rangers-trade-ian-kinsler-to-tigers-for-prince-fielder/

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BuddyPSHayes wrote:
CanadianHorseman wrote:
Fielder to Texas ?????

Done deal pending physicials.


from cbssports.com:

Both players have considerable time left on long-term deals. Kinsler is owed $62 million total through 2017, while Fielder’s contract runs through 2020, he is still owed $168 million. :shock:

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lobo316 wrote:
Benlen wrote: lobo316 wrote:

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Johnson just couldn't pitch in the AL. I wish him well. Not his fault the Jays
acquired him in a lousy trade.

 

He just had a shitty year. He was something like 1-4 vs National League teams.



 

B-ref says he was 0-2 with an ERA of 3.31  in interleague games.

Last year he lost to the Giants, Dodgers, and Astros. He beat Colorado so 1-3 5.31 era

Edit....I forgot the Astros switched leagues. Nevermind.

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The Tigers are also sending $ 30 million to Texas in the Fielder for Kinsler deal.

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DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a non-guaranteed $1.9 million, one-year contract with left-hander Phil Coke.

The Tigers announced Thursday they avoided arbitration with Coke by agreeing to terms on a deal.

If Coke makes the team and pitches in 60 games, he will earn a $50,000 bonus. He can get $50,000 bonuses for appearing in 65 and 70 games.

He was 0-5 with a 5.40 ERA in 49 games this past season for the Tigers, who sent him to Triple-A Toledo in late August after one of his many poor outings. The Tigers brought him back up in September and put him on the roster in the AL Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.

Coke is 17-25 with a 4.20 ERA over four seasons with Detroit and two with the New York Yankees.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: The Tigers are also sending $ 30 million to Texas in the Fielder for Kinsler deal.

 

Ian Kinsler's agent, Jay Franklin, had no idea the Texas Rangers and Detroit Tigers were working on a blockbuster deal until his phone started buzzing like crazy Wednesday night.

"I got an ESPN alert and then everybody starting texting," Franklin said. "Ian is in Hawaii. He texted me and said, 'I think I've just been traded. Can you check?' We didn't see it coming."

Franklin talked to Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine, who confirmed the news that Kinsler was headed to the Tigers for slugger Prince Fielder.

The Rangers said on a conference call Wednesday night that word was leaked before they got a chance to inform everyone involved, something they weren't happy about. Still, the trade didn't need Kinsler's approval.

After the season, Kinsler and Franklin submitted 10 teams that he'd be willing to accept a trade to, as per the terms of his contract. The Tigers were on that list.

"We had talked about Detroit and how that was a place that Kinsler liked and an organization he could play for," Franklin said.

Franklin said he figured the Rangers were going to do something with the middle infield this offseason, with Jurickson Profar looking for a more permanent position.

"They feel like Profar is the answer there and can be the guy, so they made a move," Franklin said.

Interestingly, Franklin said he hasn't heard from the Tigers, but that could be because the deal isn't official until both players have passed physicals. Because Kinsler is in Hawaii through the weekend, that won't happen until next week.

"Ian is excited about Detroit," Franklin said. "He wants to win, and he works hard. I think Detroit fans, much like the Texas fans, will appreciate that he gives you everything he's got every day. He leaves it all out on the field."

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The Robinson Cano to the Rangers rumors are running rampant.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Royals have agreed to a four-year contract with left-hander Jason Vargas in an attempt to fill the void in their rotation created by Ervin Santana's free agency.

The deal is worth $32 million, ESPN has learned.

Vargas was 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the Angels last season. He was 6-4 with a 3.65 ERA before going on the disabled list with a blood clot in his arm that required surgery.

Kansas City was searching for a veteran to replace Santana, another former Angels pitcher who rediscovered himself in Kansas City. Santana went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA last season, driving up his price in free agency to the point where the Royals were unlikely to sign him.

Vargas isn't the sort of splashy signing that will make Royals fans salivate, but he does solidify the back end of what's expected to be a young rotation.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Javier Lopez found a nice fit in San Francisco from the moment the Pittsburgh Pirates dealt him to the Giants at the 2010 trade deadline.

It hasn't hurt he won a pair of World Series championships.

The free agent left-hander reached agreement on a $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the Giants. The deal is pending a physical, likely to take place next week, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday.

"I am happy to be back in San Francisco. It's the place that my family and I have come to love," Lopez wrote in an e-mail. "The Giants organization has been first class since I was first traded in 2010. The fans especially have been welcoming not only to me but all of my teammates and their support is unmatched in the major leagues. They make for a wonderful place to come and work."

Lopez agreed to terms two days after San Francisco gave right-hander Tim Hudson a $23 million, two-year contract.

The 36-year-old Lopez went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 appearances and 39 1-3 innings this year, when the Giants missed the playoffs one season after winning their second World Series in three seasons. Lopez just completed an $8.5 million, two-year contract signed that paid him $4.25 million each season.

San Francisco acquired Lopez in a swap that sent John Bowker and Joe Martinez to the Pirates, and Lopez emerged as a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy as the club made an improbable run to the city's first World Series championship since moving West in 1958.

Signing Lopez to a multiyear deal will give the Giants two lefties in the bullpen for the next two seasons. Jeremy Affeldt received an $18 million, three-year contract last November.

In addition, starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain are signed long term, along with 2012 NL MVP and batting champion catcher Buster Posey. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum landed a $35 million, two-year deal late last month.

"I'm excited for the future of the black and orange," Lopez said.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Bob McClure to be their pitching coach.

McClure replaces Rich Dubee, who was let go after the season. The former major league left-hander was the pitching coach for Boston in 2012 and Kansas City from 2006 to 2011.

Said manager Ryne Sandberg: "Bob brings a wealth of experience to our staff."

The Phillies also announced Thursday that Rod Nichols will remain as bullpen coach and Jesus Tiamo will return as bullpen catcher.

The 61-year-old McClure pitched 19 years in the big leagues, beginning in 1975. He was 68-57 with 52 saves and a 3.81 ERA for seven teams. McClure was a member of the 1982 American League champion Milwaukee Brewers, and he had two saves in the World Series.









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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have named longtime major league pitching coach Dave Duncan to a consulting position.

The Diamondbacks say the 68-year-old Duncan will hold the title of special assistant to the general manager/pitching consultant and will report to general manager Kevin Towers.

Duncan will assist the Arizona staff in the instruction of pitchers and catchers during spring training, evaluate the Diamondbacks' farm system and provide input in the team's draft decision-making.

Duncan was a pitching coach for 32 years, including 10 with Oakland and the last 16 with St. Louis before his retirement in 2011. His teams were in the top five in ERA in their leagues 13 times and he worked with eight Cy Young winners.

Duncan has two sons who attend Canyon del Oro High School in Tucson.

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Free-agent outfielder Chris Young has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the New York Mets, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com on Friday.

The deal is for $7.25 million, a source said. The agreement is pending results of a physical next week.

Young, 30, is a career .235 hitter with 144 home runs in parts of eight seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics. He made the National League All-Star team with Arizona in 2010. This past season, Young slumped to .200 with 12 home runs in 107 games with the A's.

The Mets have not commented on which outfield position Young, who hits from the right side, would play. He has appeared in 905 games in center field, 26 games in right and 24 games in left during his major league career.

The hope is that Juan Lagares hits enough to play center field, pushing Young to a corner spot. But Young would be capable of stepping into center field if needed.

Currently, the Mets' outfield alignment would be Eric Young Jr. in left field, Lagares in center and Chris Young in right. The Mets, however, still hope to add another outfield bat via free agency or trade, which could push Young Jr. to a fourth outfielder role or second base if Daniel Murphy were traded.

The Mets have been linked to free agent Nelson Cruz, but his salary demands exceed the Mets' appetite, according to a source. The Mets also have had dialogue with the Milwaukee Brewers about a trade that could send Ike Davis for an outfielder, although a Mets official recently insisted there has been zero dialogue about Ryan Braun.

The Boston Red Sox were among the other teams who had expressed an early interest in Young.

CBS Sports.com was first to report that Young had agreed with the Mets.

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David Freese (Cardinals, 3B) traded for Peter Bourjos (LAA, CF). Good move for the Cardinals, I think.

http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/cardinals-analysis/2013/11/22/5134332/david-freese-traded-to-los-angeles-angels-for-cf-peter-bourjos

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Famous Mortimer wrote:
David Freese (Cardinals, 3B) traded for Peter Bourjos (LAA, CF). Good move for the Cardinals, I think.

http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/cardinals-analysis/2013/11/22/5134332/david-freese-traded-to-los-angeles-angels-for-cf-peter-bourjos

I think the Cards got ripped off. Bourjos is a speed guy who has a poor OBP. I guess he is suppose to fill in for Beltran?
Freese starts at third for the Angels and they won't miss Bourjos in the outfield.
Cards could have gotten something better than Bourjos. I would have asked the Yankees if they would trade Ichiro for Freese.

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This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

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Benlen wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote:
David Freese (Cardinals, 3B) traded for Peter Bourjos (LAA, CF). Good move for the Cardinals, I think.

http://www.vivaelbirdos.com/cardinals-analysis/2013/11/22/5134332/david-freese-traded-to-los-angeles-angels-for-cf-peter-bourjos

I think the Cards got ripped off. Bourjos is a speed guy who has a poor OBP. I guess he is suppose to fill in for Beltran?
Freese starts at third for the Angels and they won't miss Bourjos in the outfield.
Cards could have gotten something better than Bourjos. I would have asked the Yankees if they would trade Ichiro for Freese.

They're different players - Freese is the better hitter, but Bourjos is by far the better defender. Both sets of fans seem to be divided on whether it's a good thing, which I suppose is the sign of a good trade?

There's an extra few players in the trade - LAA get Fernando Salas, a reliever who I'm pretty sure the Cardinals were going to non-tender in a week or so anyway; and the Cardinals get Randal Grichuk, the Angels no.2 (or 4, depending on who you read) prospect.

Freese may bounce back next year and Bourjos might be injured for 100 games; but at the moment I'd say the Cardinals got the best out of this deal. The initial reaction from elsewhere seems to be that way too: http://www.mlbdailydish.com/2013/11/22/5135228/david-freese-peter-bourjos-trade-reactions-mlb-cardinals-angels

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This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

Freese has been more than solid his entire career until last year. I take that as just one bad year. If he continues to hit .250-.260 than he would have already peaked and is on the downside of his career.
I don't see Bourjos doing anything more but pinch running and as a defensive replacement. Bourjos is closer to Callapso than Freese. Bourjos would have been nothing but a 4th outfielder in Anaheim. The Angels just have to throw Shuck, Hamilton and Trout out there and they won't miss him.

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Colby Lewis on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training.

If Lewis makes the major league team, he'll make $2 million in base salary and can earn up to another $4 million in incentives.

Lewis, 34, hasn't pitched in the majors since the midway though the 2012 season. He had surgery to repair a torn flexor in his elbow and during this past season had hip surgery.

Lewis has not begun a throwing program, but the club expects him to be long tossing and making progress toward getting on a mound by the time the club arrives in Surprise, Ariz., in February.

Lewis made a total of seven rehab starts in 2013, three of them in May before he was shut down for six weeks because of biceps tendinitis. He tried again in mid-July with four more rehab starts. His last start came on Aug. 3 for Triple-A Round Rock, when he pitched five innings and allowed two runs.

Lewis, from Bakersfield, Calif, had made it clear he wants to return to the team that drafted him in 1999. He won 26 games for the Rangers in 2010 and 2011 combined; in the two seasons' playoffs, he was 4-1 with a 2.34 ERA.

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Various reports say that C Brian McCann is about to sign a long term deal with the Yankees.

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CanadianHorseman wrote: Various reports say that C Brian McCann is about to sign a long term deal with the Yankees.

 

NEW YORK -- After wooing Brian McCann during a visit to the Bronx this week, the New York Yankees have agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with the catcher that includes a vesting option for a sixth season that could push the total to $100 million, a source has told ESPNNewYork.com.

Besides their own free agent, Robinson Cano, the Yankees made McCann one of their main priorities this winter. The Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox were two of the handful of teams interested in McCann. The Rangers were told earlier Saturday that McCann would not be signing with them, according to ESPNDallas.com's Richard Durrett.

The deal is pending a physical.

The Yankees were aggressive with McCann as they consider him the first phase in an offseason plan in which they hope to go on a free agent shopping spree, while also lowering their payroll to less than $189 million. Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner has made this a goal for the franchise because he wants to take advantage of the luxury tax and revenue sharing savings that ducking under the figure would allow them to do.

Earlier this week, McCann and Abbott visited the Yankees and a source said the Yankees were "aggressively" trying to lock him up.

McCann's agent, B.B. Abbott, told ESPNNewYork.com in the middle of the week that McCann, 29, was willing to do a deal quickly if the right one presented itself.

Last winter, the Yankees declined to sign Russell Martin and instead went with a combination of Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli and Austin Romine. They feel McCann's power would play very well with Yankee Stadium's short right field porch. He can DH and possibly transition to first base at the end of a multi-year contract.

McCann hit .257 with 20 homers and 56 RBIs in 2013.

The Yankees' next top target could be Carlos Beltran, whom they prefer slightly over the other free agent outfielders because he figures to receive a shorter term contract. They also are interested outfielders Shin-Soo Choo and Jacoby Ellsbury.

If Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka is posted, the Yankees plan on making a major bid for him.

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Looks like SS Jhonny Peralta is going to St. Louis.


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According to multiple sources, the St. Louis Cardinals are close to signing free-agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta to a four-year deal worth just over $52 million.

The 31-year-old shortstop hit 11 home runs and drove in 55 runs last season for the Detroit Tigers in 107 games. He was also forced to sit out 50 games after being suspended due to his involvement with the Biogenesis case.

Peralta spent parts of the last four seasons with the Tigers after being acquired in a 2010 trade with the Cleveland Indians.

He began his career in 2003 with the Indians.

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Benlen wrote: BigJ wrote:
This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

Freese has been more than solid his entire career until last year. I take that as just one bad year. If he continues to hit .250-.260 than he would have already peaked and is on the downside of his career.
I don't see Bourjos doing anything more but pinch running and as a defensive replacement. Bourjos is closer to Callapso than Freese. Bourjos would have been nothing but a 4th outfielder in Anaheim. The Angels just have to throw Shuck, Hamilton and Trout out there and they won't miss him.


If the Angels didn't need Bourjos, then the Cardinals definitely don't need Freese*. Matt Carpenter, who should have been in the running for MVP last year, prefers 3rd, and Kolten Wong is coming up and plays 2nd.


There's a weird bit of mirroring going on here - the Cardinals traded a 3B guy for Jim Edmonds from the Angels in 2000, then after 7 brilliant seasons out of him, we traded him for David Freese. Now, that Cardinals 3B is going to the Angels in return for another CF guy coming off injuries. I don't think Bourjos will give us Edmonds-level performance, but fingers crossed.
 


 


*even though he's great and will always be a hero to St. Louis baseball fans

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Famous Mortimer wrote: Benlen wrote: BigJ wrote:
This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically

Freese has been more than solid his entire career until last year. I take that as just one bad year. If he continues to hit .250-.260 than he would have already peaked and is on the downside of his career.
I don't see Bourjos doing anything more but pinch running and as a defensive replacement. Bourjos is closer to Callapso than Freese. Bourjos would have been nothing but a 4th outfielder in Anaheim. The Angels just have to throw Shuck, Hamilton and Trout out there and they won't miss him.


If the Angels didn't need Bourjos, then the Cardinals definitely don't need Freese*. Matt Carpenter, who should have been in the running for MVP last year, prefers 3rd, and Kolten Wong is coming up and plays 2nd.


Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

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SEATTLE -- New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon is bringing in an entirely new coaching staff for his first season in charge of the ballclub.

McClendon announced his coaching staff Monday.

Even though there are no coaches returning from former manager Eric Wedge's staff, a number of McClendon's hires have ties to the Mariners organization.

Howard Johnson will take over as Seattle's hitting coach, after serving in that role for the organization at Triple-A Tacoma last season.

Rick Waits will move from minor league pitching coordinator to Seattle's pitching coach, while John Stearns will be the third-base coach and Chris Woodward will be the infield coach.

McClendon is bringing in Andy Van Slyke (first-base coach) and Mike Rojas (bullpen coach) from outside the organization.

McClendon previously announced that Trent Jewett will serve as his bench coach.

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Former All-Star Dan Haren and the Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed to a one-year deal worth $10 million, according to FOXSports.com.

The deal, which reportedly includes a 2015 option that vests at 180 innings pitched, is contingent on the right-hander passing a physical.

Haren, 33, lives in nearby Orange County and had expressed his desire to pitch on the West Coast after spending one season with the Washington Nationals, where he went 10-14 with a 4.67 ERA. That was the worst full-season ERA of his career, but he rebounded strong after a short stay on the disabled list with a 3.29 ERA and 84 strikeouts in his final 15 starts.

For his career Haren is 129-111 with a 3.74 ERA.

The Dodgers are in need of rotation depth. Chad Billingsley is coming off Tommy John surgery to his right elbow and Josh Beckett had surgery in July to remove his top right rib in an effort to alleviate pressure on a nerve.

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BALTIMORE -- The Orioles have acquired right-handed reliever Brad Brach from the San Diego Padres for a minor league pitcher.

The 27-year-old Brach had a 3.19 ERA in 33 games last season with the Padres, striking out 31 in 31 innings. In three seasons with San Diego, Brach went 3-6 with a 3.70 ERA over 109 appearances.

San Diego gets right-hander Devin Jones in Monday's trade. The 23-year-old Jones was 5-7 with a 5.64 ERA in 25 starts this year with Class A Frederick and Double-A Bowie.

Jones was selected by Baltimore in the ninth round of the 2011 amateur draft out of Mississippi State.

In another move Monday, the Orioles claimed infielder Cord Phelps off waivers from the Cleveland Indians. Phelps batted .159 in 113 at-bats with Cleveland over the last three seasons.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics acquired left-hander Fernando Abad from Washington on Monday and sent Class A outfielder John Wooten to the Nationals.

Abad could help bolster a talented bullpen that likely has lost closer Grant Balfour in free agency, with the ninth-inning spot expected to be filled from within by Sean Doolittle or Ryan Cook. General manager Billy Beane and manager Bob Melvin believe they have options in-house to close out games for the two-time reigning AL West champion A's.

The 27-year-old Abad, who was designated for assignment last Wednesday, went 0-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 39 appearances for the Nationals last season. He spent 2010-12 with the Houston Astros and has a career record of 1-14 with a 4.56 ERA in 127 outings.

Wooten batted .257 with 20 home runs and 69 RBIs for Class A Beloit this year. He was a 37th-round selection by Oakland in the 2012 amateur draft out of East Carolina. The Nationals said he won't be added to their 40-man roster but will join the club's minor league system.









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Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

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Brian Wilson might be headed to Detroit.

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CHICAGO -- With an acknowledged lack of catching depth in the Chicago Cubs organization and a potential need for a backup on the major league team, the club traded for Kansas City Royals catcher George Kottaras on Tuesday for cash considerations.

Kottaras, 30, broke into the majors in 2008 with the Boston Red Sox while Cubs president Theo Epstein was the team's general manager. Kottaras also played for Milwaukee and Oakland before spending 2013 with the Royals.

Kottaras has a career batting average of .214 with 29 home runs to go along with an 18 percent caught stealing percentage.

Welington Castillo is the Cubs' starter behind the plate. Free agent Dioner Navarro was the backup last season, but after a career year he is expected to sign elsewhere.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Javier Lopez tested the market just as he wanted to do, then wound up right back where he has become so comfortable at this stage of his career.

On Tuesday, the free-agent left-hander finalized his new $13 million, three-year contract to stay with the San Francisco Giants.

Lopez agreed to terms on the deal last Thursday, but needed to travel to the Bay Area to undergo his physical before signing the contract.

"I feel like I went through the process the way I wanted to, obviously with keeping the Giants in the know and keeping them front and center in the whole situation," Lopez said. "I did just want to reach out and see what kind of interest there was around the league and gauge the thoughts of my family, but ultimately San Francisco was No. 1 the entire time and that's ultimately how it worked out."

He will earn $4 million in both 2014 and '15 and $5 million in 2016. The contract includes up to $500,000 in incentives based on games pitched.

The 36-year-old Lopez went 4-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 69 appearances and 39 1/3 innings this year. He just completed an $8.5 million, two-year contract.

Keeping Lopez was among the top offseason priorities for general manager Brian Sabean after his club missed the playoffs following its second World Series title in three years during 2012.

In fact, Sabean approached Lopez leading up to this summer's trade deadline -- when many figured he might be someone the Giants tried to deal -- and expressed his support of the pitcher for not only 2013 but beyond. For Lopez, that gesture meant so much, along with the Giants doing what they could to keep much of the pitching staff together not to mention the entire roster.

"I do think that obviously any time you're going into your last year before free agency, the trade deadline does become a barometer not only of what your future is with the club, but what the team thinks of you," Lopez said. "To have Sabean call us all in and tell us he wanted us to continue to be Giants not only this year but going into future, I think that was a big deal, I really do. I've never had a GM do that before."

San Francisco acquired Lopez in a swap that sent John Bowker and Joe Martinez to the Pirates in 2010, and Lopez emerged as a reliable option for manager Bruce Bochy as the club made an improbable run to the city's first World Series championship since moving West in 1958.

The signing of Lopez to a multiyear deal gives the Giants two lefties in the bullpen for the next two seasons. Jeremy Affeldt received an $18 million, three-year contract last November.

In addition, starters Madison Bumgarner and Matt Cain are signed long term, along with 2012 NL MVP and batting champion catcher Buster Posey. Two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum landed a $35 million, two-year deal late last month.

The Giants had to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Lopez, so left-hander Jose Mijares was outrighted to the minors. He then cleared waivers and chose to become a free agent.

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CINCINNATI -- Skip Schumaker is returning to the NL Central, completing a $5 million, two-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday that gives them a versatile player off the bench.

Schumaker gets a $2 million base salary next season and $2.5 million in 2015. The deal includes a club option for 2016 with a $2.5 million base and a $500,000 buyout.

The 33-year-old Schumaker was drafted by current Reds general manager Walt Jocketty and played his first eight seasons in St. Louis, batting .288 with 23 homers and 211 runs batted in. He played for the Dodgers last season, batting .263 in 125 games with two homers and 30 RBIs.

He played second base and all three outfield positions last season.

"I'm not going to assume anything other than that I'll be off the bench, the role I've been in the last couple of years in the major leagues," Schumaker said during a conference call. "I don't think it will be that much different -- being used off the bench more than anything."

To open a spot on the 40-man roster, the Reds designated outfielder Derrick Robinson for assignment. Robinson split time between Triple-A Louisville and Cincinnati last season, batting .255 in 102 games for the Reds.

Schumaker was interested in staying with the Dodgers, but got the impression he wasn't a priority during contract talks. When the Reds showed an interest, he quickly decided to take the offer rather than go deep into the offseason as a free agent.

"I had a great time in LA and especially with the run we had to get to the playoffs, the whole deal of how we started, how we finished -- a pretty amazing run," he said. "I felt there was some unfinished business and maybe going back there.

"During negotiations, I kind of felt like maybe I was on the backburner, maybe hold on and sit and wait and see how things developed and what was going on in their organization. And I really didn't want to wait. I felt so good about Cincinnati."

The Reds have won 90 games and made the playoffs in three of the last four seasons, but failed to make it past the first round. They fired manager Dusty Baker after they lost the one-game wild card playoff in Pittsburgh. Schumaker said the Reds' recent success was a major factor in his decision.

"The first thing I wanted to do was sign with a team that has a chance to win," he said. "The Reds have been that way, one of the best teams in the National League the last three or four years. I knew that division really well. Walt Jocketty drafted me and gave me the opportunity to play professional baseball."

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Free agent right-hander Joe Smith could finalize his $15.75 million, three-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels before Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said Tuesday.

Smith agreed to terms on his new deal during the weekend and was traveling home from vacation Tuesday in order to undergo his physical with Los Angeles, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the club had yet to announce the addition of Smith.

Smith's contract includes $500,000 annually in potential bonuses.

The 29-year-old Smith spent the past five seasons with Cleveland after pitching his first two major league years for the New York Mets. He has 13 wins over the past two seasons, going 6-2 with a 2.29 ERA and three saves in 70 appearances and 63 innings in 2013.

He will bring experience as a veteran presence to a young bullpen for the Angels, who finished 78-84 last season despite a roster featuring sluggers Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton in the middle of the order. Los Angeles was third in the AL West and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year.




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BigJ wrote: This is a bad move for the Angels. Bourjos was an important spoke in the wheel there, and Freese simply isn't much of a player.

http://www.halosheaven.com/2013/11/22/5134578/david-freese-is-alberto-callaspo-basically
  Bourjos is no worse than the second fastest man in MLB.   Covers an abundance of ground playing in CF and a great contact hitter.  Freese is a fine player, but he doesn't have the skills God gave Bourjos.  I was hoping for years of an outfield with both Bourjos and Trout.

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Benlen wrote:
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Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

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Famous Mortimer wrote:
Benlen wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote:
Benlen wrote:
Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

Name the bet

$20?

Tell you what... If Kolton Wong is batting over.200 (if he's in the majors) with at least 100 at bats on July 1st I will send you twenty bucks and his rookie card.

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Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

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Can you imagine Harry Caray trying to pronounce Jeff Samardzija?

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clawmaster wrote: Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

There are rumors the Jays are interested in Samardzija. I hope not.

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The Minnesota Twins entered the offseason with a desperate need for starting pitching, and they're off to a pretty great start in addressing it.

Right-hander Ricky Nolasco and the Twins agreed to terms on a free-agent contract Wednesday, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The person requested anonymity because the team does not plan to announce a deal until Nolasco passes a physical.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available, but Yahoo! Sports reported that it was for four years and $49 million. That's a hefty price for the Twins, who historically have been reluctant to hand out big-money deals to free agents. Prior to Nolasco's contract, the most the Twins had spent on a free agent who did not come through their system was the three-year, $21 million deal they gave Josh Willingham in 2011.

But their need was acute and Nolasco was widely considered one of the top available free agents in a thin crop of starting pitchers. He's walked just 2.1 hitters per nine innings for his career, which makes him a perfect fit for the Twins, who have always placed a premium on control from their starters.

Nolasco, 30, is 89-75 with a 4.37 ERA in parts of eight seasons with the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers acquired him from the Marlins in a July trade, and Nolasco went 8-3 with a 3.52 ERA during Los Angeles' playoff push.

Nolasco reportedly had been seeking a deal similar to the four-year, $52 million agreement that Edwin Jackson signed with the Chicago Cubs last winter.

Pitching to contact has become a bit of a sore spot for Twins fans, who have watched their team's starting staff get bludgeoned while throwing strike after strike right down the middle. But Nolasco also has a healthy 7.4 strikeouts per nine innings, and he's shown the ability to get out of jams without letting the hitter put the ball in play.

Nolasco's Twitter account already has a Twins logo as its avatar, and this beleaguered team will no doubt be just as eager to welcome him into the fold. Nolasco pitched at least 185 innings in five of the last six seasons and will immediately slot in right near the top of what was the worst pitching staff in the majors last year.

The Twins have lost at least 96 games in each of the last three seasons, thanks in most part to their woeful starting pitching. Last year the starters had an ERA of 5.26. Toronto was the next-worst at 4.81. Only two of their starters had ERAs under 5.00, with Samuel Deduno's 3.83 leading the way and Kevin Correia's pedestrian 4.18 next.

The Twins have also inquired about veteran Bronson Arroyo among other available arms, and are expected to continue adding players to beef up the rotation. Matt Garza and Phil Hughes are among the other viable options, and the Twins also could bring back Mike Pelfrey for depth.

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Benlen wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote:
Benlen wrote:
Famous Mortimer wrote:
Benlen wrote:
Kolton Wong will bat .190 and be sent down to minors  by June.

Would you like a little bet on that?

Name the bet

$20?

Tell you what... If Kolton Wong is batting over.200 (if he's in the majors) with at least 100 at bats on July 1st I will send you twenty bucks and his rookie card.

Sounds good, you're on.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong is staying with the San Francisco Giants, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract Friday.

Assistant general manager Bobby Evans said the deal is pending a physical, expected to happen later next week.

The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong's $6.5 million contract option for 2014 on Nov. 4, but the parties agreed to keep open the possibility of potential negotiations down the road during free agency. General manager Brian Sabean and Evans have been committed to keeping their pitching staff intact as best as possible, which they have done while also adding right-hander Tim Hudson on $23 million, two-year contract Nov. 19.

The 36-year-old Vogelsong is determined to come back strong in 2014 following a frustrating year.

He went 4-6 with a 5.73 ERA in 19 starts and 103 2/3 innings during an injury-shortened season. He broke two bones in the right pinkie area of his pitching hand and also dislocated a knuckle on a swing May 20 and underwent surgery the next day. He had five pins inserted in his hand.

Vogelsong won 13 and 14 games the previous two seasons. The journeyman pitcher became one of baseball's feel-good comeback stories in 2011, when he made the All-Star team after joining the Giants' rotation first as a fill in for the injured Barry Zito.

Vogelsong had toiled through three seasons in the Japanese League before Triple-A stints in 2010 for the Phillies and Angels. In the Bay Area with the team that originally drafted him in the fifth round in 1998, Vogelsong became a front-line starter at last.

Invited to spring training in 2011 on a minor league deal, he went on to win the team's "Willie Mac" Award -- named for Hall of Famer Willie McCovey and is voted on by players, coaches and training staff for the most inspirational Giants player on the field and in the clubhouse. Vogelsong set a career high for wins while going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA in 30 games and 28 starts.

He then received an $8.3 million, two-year contract in January 2012.

Vogelsong won three games during the 2012 postseason for the eventual World Series champion Giants, including one during a 4-0 sweep of the Tigers for the team's second championship in three years.

The Giants signed two-time NL Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum to a $35 million, two-year contract last month. Lefty Madison Bumgarner and right-hander Matt Cain are signed to long-term deals along with catcher Buster Posey. In addition, right fielder Hunter Pence received a $90 million, five-year contract before the season ended. He played every game this year.

Zito's tenure with the Giants ended when the club declined to exercise his $18 million option for next year.





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clawmaster wrote: Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

There are rumors the Jays are interested in Samardzija. I hope not.


He's a bum. Overhyped garbage.

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Blazer wrote:
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clawmaster wrote: Ted Lilly retired.

The Cubs are going to trade Jeff Samardzija by opening day. Had to google his last name to spell it correctly.

There are rumors the Jays are interested in Samardzija. I hope not.



He's a bum. Overhyped garbage.


Hope the Jays take Brett Anderson off my hands instead.

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Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

Matthew Pouliot

Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday.

Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts and one relief appearance for the Yankees. Getting out of Yankee Stadium and it’s shallow right field porch should do him a whole lot of good, though it’s not like he’s been any sort of ace on the road, either.

The curious thing is that Hughes held out for the longer deal rather than going the Josh Johnson route and signing a one-year contract, with the chance of landing a much bigger payday next winter. Certainly, if he had bounced back and turned in a season more like his 2012, he could have been in a position to land the kind of four-year, $49 million deal that Nolasco just got or something bigger. Frankly, it suggests a lack of confidence that he’d rather have the much more modest three-year deal right now.

With Hughes and Nolasco in the fold, the Twins have clearly upgraded what was the league’s ugliest rotation last season. Kevin Correia will be back to occupy another spot, with Samuel Deduno a heavy favorite to join him. The team still has to decide whether to bring in another veteran or to let Kyle Gibson, Vance Worley, Andrew Albers and Scott Diamond compete for the fifth spot.

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Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

He'll do better there.  I wish him luck.

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Cano now is denying that he ever asked for more than $300 million and says he's been asking for only $250 million.  LOL  Translation: everyone told him to go fuck himself and he now realizes his agents were over-reaching and he's in damage control mode when he signs for significantly less. 

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Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

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Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com.

Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with 13 homers and an .856 OPS in 89 games, compared to hitting a combined .215 with 16 homers and a .594 OPS in 251 games during the previous four seasons.

Rosenthal reports that Navarro “could grow into an everyday role” in Toronto, with Josh Thole backing him up and catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, which suggests 2013 starter J.P. Arencibia will be traded after a horrendous season in which he hit .194 with a ghastly .227 on-base percentage and .592 OPS despite 21 homers.

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NEW YORK -- The Yankees have extended an offer to starter Hiroki Kuroda in an attempt to entice the right-hander to pitch one more season in the Bronx instead of retiring or returning to Japan to play, a source with knowledge of the discussions told ESPNNewYork.com.

The exact figure of the one-year offer is unknown, but it is expected to be in the $15 million to $16 million range. Kuroda, 38, made $15 million in 2013. Prior to free agency, he turned down the Yankees' qualifying offer of $14.1 million.

Kuroda went 11-13 with a 3.31 ERA last season. For the first four months of the season, he was clearly the Yankees' best starter before fading late in the year. Still, the Yankees believe he is the best option to complement established starters CC Sabathia and Ivan Nova.

Kuroda has flirted with returning to Japan for a few years but has decided to stay each time.

The Yankees ideally envision a rotation of Sabathia, Kuroda, Nova and Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka's major league future is in limbo because MLB and the Japanese league have yet to finalize a new posting agreement, though the sides are negotiating.

The Yankees, a source maintained, are budgeting to go hard after Tanaka, even if he is not posted until after the new year.

The Yankees' fifth starter spot will be a spring training competition between Michael Pineda, David Phelps, Adam Warren and Vidal Nuno.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the New York Yankees for a player to be named.

Stewart hit .211 with four home runs and 25 RBIs in a career-high 109 games for New York in 2013. He threw out 17 runners, the fifth-highest total in the American League.

To make room for the 31-year-old Stewart on the 40-man roster, the Pirates on Monday designated catcher Mike McKenry for assignment. McKenry hit .217 in 41 games last season for Pittsburgh before tearing cartilage in his left knee in July.

Stewart will contend with former first-round pick Tony Sanchez as the primary backup to ex-Yankee Russell Martin when spring training opens in February.

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Doug Fister traded to Washington.



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The Washington Nationals acquired pitcher Doug Fister in a Monday night trade with the Detroit Tigers

In exchange, the Nationals sent infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray to the Tigers.

Fister, 29, went 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 33 games last year in his third season with the Tigers. A ground ball specialist, Fister was tied for the American League in getting batters to ground into double plays. He allowed 0.6 home runs per nine innings, second best in the AL.

The Tigers figure to save about $6 million by trading Fister, who was arbitration-eligible and projected to earn about $7 million.

Lombardozzi and Kroll would project to earn approximately $1 million between them. And Ray is expected to start next season in the minor leagues.

"This is an exciting day for the Washington Nationals," said Washington GM Mike Rizzo in a statement. "We feel we've added a talented, young veteran to our starting pitching corps. Doug is battle-tested through playoff experiences, and the depth he brings to our staff is exceptional. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard."

The Tigers have been talking to other clubs about Fister, Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer this winter. They've now freed up more money that could potentially be used to re-sign Scherzer, a Scott Boras client who is one year from free agency, to an extension. But it's still unclear if they will be able to find common ground to make that happen before Scherzer tests free agency next winter.

Lombardozzi, 25, hit .259 with two home runs and 22 RBIs last season for the Nationals. He had 13 pinch hits in 2013, the second-most in baseball.

Krol, 22, went 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA in 32 relief appearances in his rookie season with Washington.

The Nationals drafted Ray, 22, in the 12th round of the 2010 draft. He finished last season at Double-A Harrisburg.

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Detroit is going to sign another free agent hitter. Dan Plesac on MLB Network speculated Shin Shin Choo.

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Detroit is going to sign another free agent hitter. Dan Plesac on MLB Network speculated Shin Shin Choo.


I'm guess that's supposed to be Shin-Soo Choo. Anyway - some reports are saying that one of the reasons Detroit traded away Prince Fielder was to free up some money to sign Choo.

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Orioles trade closer Jim Johnson to A's for second baseman Jermile Weeks

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Orioles trade closer Jim Johnson to A's for second baseman Jermile Weeks

Jemile Weeks was Oakland's 1st round pick ( 12th overall ) in the 2008 MLB Draft.

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Report: Red Sox agree to deal with A.J. Pierzynski

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Dec 3, 2013, 8:23 AM EST

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Red Sox have agreed to a deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Terms aren’t yet known.

We heard last night that the Red Sox were “unlikely” to keep Jarrod Saltalamacchia, which was a strong hint that they were moving in another direction at the catcher position. Pierzynski was the best alternative available in the free agent market. And while we don’t know the specifics of the contract yet, the Red Sox probably won’t have to commit as many years to him as they would with the younger Saltalamacchia, who now appears likely to land with the Twins or Marlins.

Pierzynski, who turns 37 later this month, batted .272/.297/.425 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI over 134 games this past season with the Rangers. He’ll share catching duties with David Ross in Boston.

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The Oakland Athletics fortified their rotation Monday, reaching a two-year, $22 million agreement with free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir, sources told ESPN's Jim Bowden and Buster Olney on Monday.

Kazmir, who turns 30 in January, is 76-70 with a 4.16 ERA in parts of nine seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays, Los Angeles Angels and Cleveland Indians.

The Associated Press reported Monday afternoon the contract would be pending a physical and wasn't finalized.

After pitching a total of 1 2/3 innings in the big leagues in a two-year span, Kazmir returned to post a 10-9 record with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts with the Indians in 2013.

The A's were reportedly in pursuit of Tim Hudson in hopes of striking a deal with terms similar to Kazmir's. But Hudson signed a two-year, $23 million contract with the San Francisco Giants.

Kazmir joins Jarrod Parker, A.J. Griffin, Dan Straily and Sonny Gray in Oakland's projected rotation and could give the A's sufficient depth to entertain trade offers for the frequently injured Brett Anderson.

According to The San Francisco Chronicle, the Kazmir signing also brings an end to the A's attempt to re-sign right-hander Bartolo Colon

Kazmir, a first-round draft pick by the New York Mets in 2002, made the American League All-Star team with Tampa Bay in 2006 and 2008.

His career quickly unraveled due to a combination of injuries and mechanical issues, and the Angels released him in June 2011.

But Kazmir worked his way back in a stint with the Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League, attracting the attention of Edwin Rodriguez, a minor league manager in the Cleveland system, last winter in Puerto Rico.

After winning a spot in the Cleveland rotation in spring training, Kazmir struck out 162 batters in 158 innings. He was particularly effective at home, going 7-2 with a 3.86 ERA in 14 starts at Progressive Field.

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Detroit is going to sign another free agent hitter. Dan Plesac on MLB Network speculated Shin Shin Choo.


I'm guess that's supposed to be Shin-Soo Choo. Anyway - some reports are saying that one of the reasons Detroit traded away Prince Fielder was to free up some money to sign Choo.


 

Also to extend Scherzer's contract so he doesn't become a free agent after 2014.

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The J.P. Arencibia era ended quietly on Monday night as the Toronto Blue Jays opted to let the beleaguered catcher become a free agent at midnight.

Arencibia was one of four players who had to be tendered a contract by the deadline to make them eligible for salary arbitration. The Jays offered contracts to the other three, centre fielder Colby Rasmus and pitchers Brett Cecil and Esmil Rogers.

Arencibia’s fate seemed sealed Monday afternoon when several news reports said the Jays had agreed to a two-year contract with free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro. The Jays confirmed that deal in the evening, saying that Navarro, late of the Cubs and a former member of the Rays, would make US$3-million next season and US$5-million in 2015.

Navarro was a regular for Tampa Bay from 2007-09 but the Jays will be his fourth team since the Rays let him go after the 2010 season. With Chicago last season, Navarro hit .300 in 266 plate appearances with 13 home runs and 34 RBIs and well-above-average .856 OPS. His Wins Above Replacement numbers were outstanding for a part-time player (2.0/Baseball-Reference; 1.7/Fangraphs) last season.

But the cost of one unit of WAR was worth US$5-million in 2013, so it doesn’t appear the Jays are expecting anything more than his ability not to let pitches hit the umpire in the knee and to occupy the No. 9 hole in the lineup. Josh Thole remains onboard to catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and may see more time against opposing right-handed pitchers.

It remains to be heard from general manager Alex Anthopoulos why he decided to give up now on Arencibia, who was popular with many fans. The catcher’s stubbornly persistent strikeout rate, which is 28.7% for his career and came perilously close to 30% last season, had been a frustrating factor. His batting average last year fell to .194 and his on-base percentage was a remarkably poor .227.

Rasmus, Cecil and Rogers will head to salary arbitration unless they can come to an agreement with the Blue Jays before arbitration opens Feb. 1. Rasmus is in his final year of eligibility and would become a free agent after the 2014 season.

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The Chicago Cubs non-tendered pitcher Daniel Bard before Monday night's deadline for arbitration-eligible players.

The Cubs tendered contracts to pitchers Jeff Samardzija and Travis Wood, and reached agreements with catcher George Kottaras and infielder Donnie Murphy.

The moves were announced Monday night.

Kottaras, acquired from Kansas City last week, is due $1,075,000. Murphy will earn $825,000.

Besides Samardzija and Wood, the Cubs offered contracts to five other arbitration-eligible players: pitchers Pedro Strop and James Russell, infielders Darwin Barney and Luis Valbuena, and outfielder Nate Schierholtz.

Pitchers Chang-Yong Lim and Bard and infielder Mat Gamel were not offered contracts. Lim was not eligible for arbitration.

Chicago's roster now stands at 37 players.

If arbitration-eligible players are non-tendered by their clubs, they become free agents. Bard might still return to the Cubs.

Bard, who was claimed from the Boston Red Sox in September, has battled inconsistency and injuries since a two-year run (2010-11) in which he gave up just 91 hits in 147 2/3 innings as one of the game's top setup men.

The Red Sox gave up on Bard late this past season following his struggles with a move to the rotation. Bard, 28, appeared in just two games for the Red Sox in 2013 and was plagued by injuries. He never appeared in a game for the Cubs.

The Cubs also lost their backup catcher Monday, as Dioner Navarro agreed to a two-year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays.

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MIAMI -- Chris Coghlan, the 2009 National League Rookie of the Year, became a free agent when the Miami Marlins failed to offer him a 2014 contract by Monday's midnight ET deadline.

In addition to letting the outfielder go, the Marlins didn't offer a deal to right-hander Ryan Webb.

After hitting .321 with nine homers and 47 RBIs to win the rookie award, Coghlan has been limited by injuries to 91, 65, 39 and 70 games over the past four seasons. He hit .256 this year with one homer and 10 RBIs in 195 at-bats, and was eligible for salary arbitration after making $503,500.

Webb was 4-3 with a 4.03 ERA in 65 relief appearances and made $975,000.

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The Detroit Tigers are close to a deal with free agent closer Joe Nathan, a source has told ESPN's Buster Olney.

David Pepe, Nathan's agent, declined to comment on the original report by Foxsports.com.

The pending deal comes after Brian Wilson, who had also been in negotiations with the club, broke off talks with Detroit to explore other opportunities, a baseball source told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

Nathan, 39, is tied with Rollie Fingers for 10th place on baseball's career list with 341 saves. He went 6-2 with a 1.39 ERA and 43 saves and made his sixth career All-Star team with the Texas Rangers in 2013.

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The Rangers trade Craig Gentry to the A's for minor league outfielder Michael Choice.

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Report: Red Sox agree to deal with A.J. Pierzynski


I really hope all that stuff about him being a clubhouse cancer is overblown. One thing the Red Sox had going for them last season was great team chemistry so I hope that losing Saltalamaccia and adding Pierzynski doesn't screw all that up.

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The Rangers trade Craig Gentry to the A's for minor league outfielder Michael Choice.

It turned out to be a 4 player deal.


To Texas - OF Michael Choice and INF Chris Bostick
To Oakland - OF Craig Gentry and P Josh Lindblom

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I really hope all that stuff about him being a clubhouse cancer is overblown. One thing the Red Sox had going for them last season was great team chemistry so I hope that losing Saltalamaccia and adding Pierzynski doesn't screw all that up.


So Pierzynski vs. McCann? Which will be the better signing in the A.L. East?

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So Pierzynski vs. McCann? Which will be the better signing in the A.L. East?

If they both really suck it will easier for Boston to accept since Pierznyski is only on a 1 year deal while the Yankees have committed 5 years to McCann.

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So Pierzynski vs. McCann? Which will be the better signing in the A.L. East?

If they both really suck it will easier for Boston to accept since Pierznyski is only on a 1 year deal while the Yankees have committed 5 years to McCann.


True, and the Yankees always over-commit, but McCann is 29 and Pierzynski 36, so it's not outrageous.

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srossi wrote:
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So Pierzynski vs. McCann? Which will be the better signing in the A.L. East?

If they both really suck it will easier for Boston to accept since Pierznyski is only on a 1 year deal while the Yankees have committed 5 years to McCann.


True, and the Yankees always over-commit, but McCann is 29 and Pierzynski 36, so it's not outrageous.


I agree - I would have been OK with Boston giving McCann a 3 year deal. Apparently Boston's top 2 catching prospects ( Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez ) are at least 2 or 3 years away from playing in the majors.

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Who doesn't like a 3-way ???? Cincinnati, Tampa Bay and Arizona complete a multi-player trade.


To Arizona: P Justin Choate ( from Tampa Bay ) and a PTBNL or cash ( from Tampa Bay )

To Cincinnati: P David Holmberg ( from Arizona )

To Tampa Bay: C Ryan Hanigan ( from Cincinnati ) and P Heath Bell ( from Arizona )


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NEW YORK -- The Seattle Mariners have emerged as major players in the sweepstakes for free agent Robinson Cano, according to several sources who spoke to ESPNNewYork.com on Tuesday on the condition of anonymity.

With the New York Yankees not wanting to offer Cano more than a seven-year contract or as much as $200 million, an industry source with knowledge of the negotiations put the Yankees' chances of retaining the five-time All-Star second baseman at "less than 50-50."

"It doesn't look too good right now," said the source.

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik refused to confirm a meeting with Cano.

"We've talked to everybody," Zduriencik told ESPNNewYork's Andrew Marchand on Tuesday. "There's not a free agent we haven't talked to. We've cast a wide net.''

Sources familiar with the negotiations between the Yankees and Cano told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees believe Seattle might be willing to offer Cano $200 million over eight years.

One of the sources said the Mariners were "desperate for hitting and desperate to put people in the ballpark."

"I wouldn't presume to say that there's no one out there that will meet [Cano's] demands,'' said another source, who named Seattle along with possibly the Texas Rangers as teams that might be willing to outbid the Yankees for Cano's services.

"Now it's a question of, does [Cano] want to be a Yankee, or is he just about the money?" a baseball insider said.

According to sources, the Yankees believe they learned the answer when it was reported in October that Cano's side had demanded a 10-year deal worth $310 million. Cano has since said he never made any such demand.

Cano's agent, Brodie Van Wagenen, did not respond to a request for comment, and a source said the agent was meeting with another team Tuesday afternoon. The source would not specify the team but said "It's a big, big meeting.''

The Yankees have had no contact with Cano or his representatives since last Tuesday, when they presented Cano with an offer believed to be for seven years and $160 million. At the same meeting, the Cano side was said to have lowered its demands slightly; it has since been reported Cano is asking for $252 million over nine years with a vesting option for a 10th year at $28 million.

The Yankees are said to be willing to increase their offer, but not substantially; an insider said the club might be willing to go to $175 million over seven years, an average salary of $25 million.

"[The Yankees] think this offer is incredibly fair,'' the insider said. "It's the highest average annual salary they've paid anyone except for Alex Rodriguez. Not even [Derek] Jeter got that kind of money.''

Jeter's 10-year deal that expired before the 2010 season paid him $189 million. He subsequently signed a three-year deal for $51 million, and this October he agreed to a one-year, $12 million deal for 2014.

According to a source who was briefed on the meeting, the Yankees have rejected the idea of any deal longer than seven years for Cano based on their history of bad deals -- notably, Rodriguez's 10-year, $275 million contract -- and the contracts given to Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Ryan Howard, none of which have panned out.

Instead, the Yankees presented an analysis of Cano's value that determined he was worth approximately $25 million per season -- below Rodriguez's record annual average salary of $27.5 million but equal to what is being paid to Hamilton, Howard and Felix Hernandez -- but for no more than seven years, considering he turned 31 in October.

According to the source, Cano's side presented its client as not only "the best player on the board,'' but also as the best player in baseball and someone who is "indispensable'' to the Yankees.

The Yankees disagreed with that statement and cited diminished attendance and TV ratings in 2013 in the absence of Rodriguez and Jeter, both of whom missed much of the season because of injuries, as evidence that Cano lacks the star power to attract ticket buyers.

"We don't see Robbie Cano as the best player in the game,'' one of participants at the meeting is reported to have said. "We see him as one of the best.''

Cano is a career .309 hitter who has averaged 28 home runs and 103 RBIs in each of his past five seasons. In 2013, hitting with little or no protection in the Yankees' injury-depleted lineup, Cano batted a team-high .314 with 27 HRs and 107 RBIs and had an .899 OPS. He has finished in the top 10 in the last four American League MVP ballots, coming in fifth this year.

According to an executive familiar with both the Cano meetings and the struggle to work out a new contract for Jeter in 2010: "These negotiations have been far less contentious.''

"Jeter was very unhappy [with his negotiations],'' the source said, "but in the end, he compromised, because he really wanted to be a Yankee.''

Three years later, the Yankees aren't so sure they can say the same about Cano.

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Rockies trade Dexter Fowler to Astros for Jordan Lyles

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Dec 3, 2013, 5:25 PM EST

Trade rumors have been swirling around Dexter Fowler for a while now and the Rockies have sent the center fielder to the Astros in exchange for right-hander Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes.

Fowler is 27 years old with two seasons remaining before free agency and the Astros’ payroll is so low that the fact he’s getting expensive probably doesn’t matter to them. His lack of production away from Coors Field is a more important issue, because for his career Fowler has hit just .241 with a .694 OPS on the road compared to .298 with an .880 OPS in Colorado.

Lyles gives the Rockies a potential mid-rotation starter long term, although the former first-round pick struggled through age 22 with a 5.35 ERA in 377 innings. Barnes is little more than a backup outfielder and hit just .240 with a .635 OPS and horrible plate discipline in the first extended action of his career this year at age 27, but he gives the Rockies a possible center field fill-in if they decide not to shift Carlos Gonzalez from a corner spot.

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Padres acquire Seth Smith from A’s for Luke Gregerson

Aaron Gleeman

Dec 3, 2013, 4:44 PM EST

Clearing out their outfield logjam a bit following the deal for Craig Gentry earlier today the A’s have traded Seth Smith to the Padres for reliever Luke Gregerson.

Smith put up some big numbers in Colorado early in his career, but hit just .246 with a .738 OPS in 242 games for Oakland during the past two seasons. It’s unclear exactly what Smith’s role will be in San Diego, although he’s best suited to be a platoon corner outfielder versus right-handed pitching.

Gregerson has posted consistently excellent numbers as a setup man for the Padres, including a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past three seasons and a career strikeout rate of 9.1 per nine innings. However, much like Smith’s numbers were once helped by Coors Field, his career ERA away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park is 3.85.

Billy Beane is on a trade-making tear, including adding Jim Johnson and Gregerson to a bullpen that already had plenty of late-inning options (Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle) even after losing Grant Balfour to free agency.

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I really hope all that stuff about him being a clubhouse cancer is overblown. .

I don't know about Tex/Minn/Chiw , but in SF he was a hated guy.

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Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reached agreement on a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

Jacoby Ellsbury is just the latest in a long line of Red Sox heroes who have defected to the Bronx.

The source confirmed a CBSSports.com report that Ellsbury's deal exceeds Carl Crawford's seven-year, $142 million contract with the Boston Red Sox in December 2010.

Ellsbury was on his way from his home in Arizona to New York on Tuesday night to take the physical, the source said.

CBSSports.com first reported that a seven-year deal with Ellsbury appears to be close. ESPN.com's Buster Olney reported the Yankees have an aggressive offer to Ellsbury.

In recent days, the Yankees have become increasingly pessimistic that they will be able to retain second baseman Robinson Cano, feeling as if a team such as the Seattle Mariners would outbid them and top $200 million for Cano.

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Holy shit Ellsbury!!

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Center field and lead-off wasn't exactly a priority though. Sure he's an upgrade over Gardner, but they need some big boppers who don't strike out every other time up. I'm not sure how much this really helps.

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Free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury has reached agreement on a seven-year contract with the New York Yankees pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

Johnny Damon Part Deux ????

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Ton of moves the past couple of days....and the winter.meetings start next week.

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clawmaster wrote: Holy shit Ellsbury!!

 A big improvement over Vernon Wells  :)

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia has reached agreement on a three-year, $21 million contract with the]Miami Marlins[size= pending a physical exam, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

Saltalamacchia, 28, is a .246 career hitter with 78 home runs over seven seasons in Atlanta, Texas and Boston. He hit .273 with 14 homers and 65 RBIs in 121 games with the Red Sox this past season.

Saltalamacchia's tenure in Boston reached an end earlier Tuesday when the Red Sox agreed to terms with veteran A.J. Pierzynski on a one-year deal. The Minnesota Twins also had expressed interest in Saltalamacchia before he came to terms with Miami.

Saltalamacchia joins Brian McCann of the New York Yankees, Carlos Ruiz of the Philadelphia Phillies, Dioner Navarro of the Toronto Blue Jays, Jose Molina of the Tampa Bay Rays and Brayan Pena of the Cincinnati Reds as the sixth free-agent catcher to sign a multiyear contract this offseason. He helps upgrade a Miami catching contingent that was in dire need of offensive improvement.

With Jeff Mathis and Rob Brantly logging the bulk of the time behind the plate, Miami's catchers hit a combined .194 with a .529 OPS this past season. They produced only nine home runs in 572 at-bats.
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 A big improvement over Vernon Wells  :)


They're either going to trade Gardner, just about the only players they have with trade value, to get power or pitching or Ichiro gets his playing time cut even more, which he won't at all be happy with at all. Right now you have Gardner moving to left I guess, Ellsbury in center, and Soriano in right, although Soriano would likely DH a lot so then Ichiro could play right. Wells becomes a full-time pinch-hitter if they don't trade/cut him. When they go with a Gardner/Ellsbury/Ichiro outfield, that's maybe the fastest outfield in baseball and one of the better defensive ones, but it's also one almost completely devoid of power. If they really go that route, it will be a totally different style than we've ever seen from the Yankees in their history.

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Rockies reach two-year deal with Justin Morneau

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Dec 3, 2013, 9:48 PM EST

This ultra-active day on the hot stove continues.

According to beat writer Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies are “closing in on” a two-year contract with free agent first baseman Justin Morneau. No word yet on the financial terms.

Morneau struggled mightily throughout the 2013 season, batting .259 with a .741 OPS in 127 games with the Twins and then .260 with a .681 OPS in 25 games with the Pirates after a late-summer trade. The Rockies will hope that the 32-year-old can return to his old offensive form and serve as a productive replacement for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the regular season. Michael Cuddyer will presumably stay in right field, where he played 113 games in 2013.

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UPDATE, 10:53 p.m. ET: The two sides have officially agreed to terms, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. Morneau’s two-year contract with the Rockies will be worth about $13 million total.

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Yankees close to signing Kelly Johnson to one-year deal

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Dec 4, 2013, 7:35 AM EST

After reportedly agreeing to terms on a seven-year, $153 million contract with Jacoby Ellsbury, the Yankees are close to securing some Robinson Cano insurance.

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Yankees are on the verge of signing Kelly Johnson to a one-year contract worth between $2.75-$3 million. Of course, the Yankees would prefer to keep Cano, so ideally Johnson would be used in a super utility role in 2014. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman hears that he could see a lot of time at third base depending on the ruling regarding Alex Rodriguez‘s PED suspension.

Johnson, who turns 32 in February, hit .235/.305/.410 with 16 home runs, 52 RBI, and seven stolen over 118 games with the Rays this past season while making starts between second base, third base, first base, and left field. He has averaged 20 homers over the past four seasons. His left-handed power would appear to be an excellent fit for Yankee Stadium.

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Phillies sign Wil Nieves

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Dec 4, 2013, 9:15 AM EST

Philadelphia has a new backup catcher, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Phillies have signed 36-year-old Wil Nieves after trading Erik Kratz for Brad Lincoln yesterday.

Nieves spent this year with the Diamondbacks, backing up Miguel Montero and hitting .297 with one homer and a .690 OPS in 71 games for the second-highest OPS of his 10-season career.

Now he’ll play behind Carlos Ruiz, who re-signed with the Phillies on a three-year, $26 million deal at age 34.

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Paul Konerko is returning to the White Sox

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Dec 4, 2013, 9:44 AM EST

Paul Konerko pondered retirement following the worst season of his career, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 37-year-old will return to the White Sox for another go-around.

Konerko hit just .244 with 12 homers and a .669 OPS in 126 games this year and the White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to a $68 million deal to be their new first baseman, with Adam Dunn still around at designated hitter.

In other words it’s unclear how much playing time will be available for Konerko, although at the very least a platoon with Dunn in which he draws most of the starts versus left-handed pitching seems to make sense.

General manager Rick Hahn has made it clear all offseason that the White Sox wanted Konerko back in some capacity if he chose to continue playing, so they were simply waiting on him to make a decision.

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The Toronto Blue Jays have traded RHP Brad Lincoln to the Philadelphia Phillies for catcher Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen. The official Twitter accounts for both teams have confirmed the transaction.

The @BlueJays have traded RHP BRAD LINCOLN to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for C ERIK KRATZ and LHP ROB RASMUSSEN.

— Blue Jays-Official (@BlueJays) December 4, 2013


#Phils acquire RHP Brad Lincoln from @BlueJays in exchange for C Erik Kratz & LHP Rob Rasmussen. #GoPhils14 pic.twitter.com/FoH9Pe6LSy

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Lincoln, 28, was traded to the Blue Jays from the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange for former first overall pick Travis Snider at the 2012 non-waiver trade deadline. He appeared in 46 games over two seasons for the Jays and in 60.1 innings struck out 53 batters, put up a 4.77 ERA and had a 1.475 WHIP. He split time between MLB and Triple-A during 2013 and has used all of his minor league options.

The Blue Jays overcrowded bullpen (and lack of options) made Lincoln expendable. In return the Jays will receive the 33-year-old Kratz, who was a 29th round draft pick of the Blue Jays in 2002, and Rasmussen, 24.

Rasmussen was drafted in the 2nd round out of UCLA in 2010 and received his first taste of Triple-A this season. However he struggled with a 1.767 WHIP and 1.16 SO/BB ratio and was moved back down to Double-A to finish the year. He throws a fastball, curve and change but his slider is known as his most lethal pitch and has plenty of tilt. He stands only 5’9 so most scouts see him as a potential reliever if he does make it to the MLB level.

Kratz never broke through with the Blue Jays and was granted free agency in 2008. He floated around for a few more years before he finally got another crack at making it to the big leagues. He eventually did and as a 32-year-old rookie posted a .220/.281/.407 triple-slash and 111 wRC+ in 50 games with the Phillies in 2012. Last season he batted .213/.280/.386 and 78 wRC+ in 68 games backing up Carlos Ruiz. He bats right-handed but actually has reverse splits at the plate (hits RHP better than LHP).

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Yankees sign one-year contract with Kelly Johnson

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Dec 4, 2013, 10:18 PM EST

From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with utilityman Kelly Johnson. It’s believed to be worth about $3 million and is only pending a physical.

Johnson, who can play third base, second base and some corner outfield, batted .235/.305/.410 with 16 home runs and 52 RBI in 118 games this past season for the Rays. He can provide insurance for the Yankees at multiple positions of current need.

Johnson is a .253/.335/.427 career hitter at the major league level. He averages 19 homers per 162 games, but plate discipline is an issue.

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Cubs ink lefty Wesley Wright to $1.425 million deal

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A bullpen pickup for the Cubs, via USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale

The #Cubs signed left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to a one-year contract believed to be for $1.425 million.
8:31 PM - 4 Dec 2013

Wright had a 3.69 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer between the Astros and Rays. For his career, the 28-year-old southpaw has held left-handed batters to a .231 average and .655 OPS.

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MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers have traded outfielder Norichika Aoki to the Kansas City Royals, a move that likely means Ryan Braun will move from left to right field in 2014.

Milwaukee acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from Kansas City in exchange for Aoki, who hit .286 with eight homers, 37 RBIs, 20 steals and 80 runs scored last season.

Braun is expected back after his season-ending, 65-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's anti-drug agreement. Rookie Khris Davis emerged down the stretch filling in for Braun in left by hitting .279 with 11 homers.

The Brewers could go into next season now with Davis in left, Gold Glove-winner Carlos Gomez in center, and Braun in right.

Aoki would become the first Japanese-born position player to suit up for the Royals.

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Nice signing by the Red Sox.


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Edward Mujica had 37 saves for the Cardinals in 2013, but he struggled late in the season and lost the closer job to Trevor Rosenthal.




The Boston Red Sox on Thursday agreed to terms on a two-year, $9.5 million deal with right-handed reliever Edward Mujica, according to a baseball source.

The deal is pending a physical.

The 29-year-old was the closer for a time with the St. Louis Cardinals this past season but lost the job in September and was not a factor in the postseason, making just two appearances.

For the season, Mujica put up impressive numbers -- a 2.78 ERA, 37 saves, 46 strikeouts and just five walks in 64 2/3 innings -- but lost the team's confidence down the stretch and was replaced by Trevor Rosenthal as closer after blowing his fourth save Sept. 19.

Mujica, who was scored upon in six of his final 10 regular-season appearances and had an 11.05 ERA in September, had a groin injury and shoulder soreness that might have contributed to his decline down the stretch.

He took over as closer in April after the Cardinals lost Jason Motte to Tommy John surgery and thrived, converting his first 21 saves in a dominant run through the first three months of the season.

Over his eight-year career, which has spanned four teams, Mujica has struck out 350 and has walked just 68 in 381 innings.

Mujica joins a strong Red Sox bullpen that's already in good shape at closer (Koji Uehara) and in setup roles (Junichi Tazawa, Craig Breslow and Co.), though he could join the late-innings mix.

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Who is replacing Ellsbury?

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Dodgers re-sign Brian Wilson

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Brian Wilson and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract that includes a player option for 2015, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

That’s a nice payday for Wilson, who looked great in 20 innings down the stretch and into the playoffs after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery. He’ll resume setting up for closer Kenley Jansen, giving the Dodgers’ an overpowering late-inning duo.

And given his recent injury history the player option is an interesting wrinkle to the deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the option is for $9 million, so Wilson is guaranteed $19 million but could also decline it and hit the open market again for a bigger payday. Helluva job by his agent.

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Rangers sign 42-year-old Jose Contreras

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Dec 5, 2013, 5:47 PM EST

Texas announced some non-roster spring training invitations and there’s a familiar name on the list: Jose Contreras.

Contreras is 42 years old and pitched just five innings for the Pirates this year after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2010, but on a minor-league deal … why not?

He did put up some nice numbers in the minors this year, including a 3.00 ERA and 42 strikeouts in 33 innings spent mostly at Triple-A.

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White Sox ink Ronald Belisario to one-year, $3 million contract

D.J. Short

Dec 5, 2013, 8:38 PM EST

The Dodgers non-tendered reliever Ronald Belisario earlier this week, but it didn’t take him long to find a new home.

According to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune, Belisario has agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract with the White Sox. He also drew interest from the Angels and Cubs during his brief time on the market.

One of the most surprising non-tenders from this year’s class, Belisario posted a 3.97 ERA and 49/28 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this past season. The 30-year-old right-hander had a 2.54 ERA in 68 appearances last year. The Dodgers might have done him a favor by letting him go, as MLB Trade Rumors projected his salary to rise to $2.3 million via arbitration.

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Marlins agree to one-year deal with Rafael Furcal

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Dec 5, 2013, 9:41 PM EST

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract, pending a physical. No word yet on the dollar amount.

The Marlins already have Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop, so Rosenthal hears that they plan to use Furcal as their regular second baseman in 2014. The 36-year-old has only appeared in 36 games at second base during his 13-year major league career, but the position switch might be a good idea for him at this point after he missed the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Furcal hit .264/.325/.346 with five home runs, 49 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 121 games with the Cardinals in 2012. He’s a worthwhile gamble for the Marlins, who had a weak .235/.292/.349 batting line from the second base position this past season.

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Dodgers re-sign Brian Wilson

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Dec 5, 2013, 2:44 PM EST

Brian Wilson and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract that includes a player option for 2015, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports.

That’s a nice payday for Wilson, who looked great in 20 innings down the stretch and into the playoffs after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery. He’ll resume setting up for closer Kenley Jansen, giving the Dodgers’ an overpowering late-inning duo.

And given his recent injury history the player option is an interesting wrinkle to the deal. Bob Nightengale of USA Today says the option is for $9 million, so Wilson is guaranteed $19 million but could also decline it and hit the open market again for a bigger payday. Helluva job by his agent.


WOW. 10 mil for a setup man. He became a hated man in San Francisco last year. After a game he walked over to Giants President Larry Baer and chewed him out for 10 minutes for not getting his 2012 World Series ring fast enough.

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Marlins agree to one-year deal with Rafael Furcal

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Dec 5, 2013, 9:41 PM EST

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed Rafael Furcal to a one-year contract, pending a physical. No word yet on the dollar amount.

The Marlins already have Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop, so Rosenthal hears that they plan to use Furcal as their regular second baseman in 2014. The 36-year-old has only appeared in 36 games at second base during his 13-year major league career, but the position switch might be a good idea for him at this point after he missed the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Furcal hit .264/.325/.346 with five home runs, 49 RBI, and 12 stolen bases in 121 games with the Cardinals in 2012. He’s a worthwhile gamble for the Marlins, who had a weak .235/.292/.349 batting line from the second base position this past season.



Talking about a Guy who went downhill in a hurry.

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rumor - Cano signs with the mariners - 10 yr, $240 mil

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Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract, a source told ESPNdeportes.com Friday.

The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners' top executives and the team made an offer he couldn't refuse, the source added.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical on Monday to complete what would be the third largest contract in history, tied with the one that Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels three years ago.

Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in baseball history. In the winter of 2007, Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the New York Yankees, replacing the 10-year and $252 million pact that had been stamped with Texas in December 2000.


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Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract, a source told ESPNdeportes.com Friday.

The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners' top executives and the team made an offer he couldn't refuse, the source added.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical on Monday to complete what would be the third largest contract in history, tied with the one that Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels three years ago.

Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in baseball history. In the winter of 2007, Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the New York Yankees, replacing the 10-year and $252 million pact that had been stamped with Texas in December 2000.




Not at all upset about this. Seattle will regret the deal in a few years. Way too much. Glad the Yanks didn't go crazy and over-spend as they usually do. Now we can move on and hopefully re-load with lesser priced guys who are actually winners and not "superstars".

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another rumor has Curtis Granderson signing with the Mets

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LOL What an awful signing if true. Power dropping, strikeouts rising, and injuries mounting. Yeah, just what the Mets need to put them over the top.

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New York Mets and outfielder Curtis Granderson have agreed on a four-year, $60 million deal, pending the outcome of a physical, ESPN sources say.

Granderson, 32, met Sunday with Mets general manager Sandy Alderson in what was described as more of an introductory meeting before talks escalated quickly.

"We ate a nice meal, and it was great to enjoy some salmon," Granderson said.

Granderson provides a second power infusion to the Mets' outfield, which desperately needs a power upgrade. The Mets signed former Arizona Diamondbacks and Oakland Athletics outfielder Chris Young to a one-year, $7.25 million contract last week. Last season, the Mets ranked 11th in the National League in home runs. They surrendered 22 more long balls than they produced.

Granderson, meanwhile, had 41 homers in 2011 and 43 in 2012 with the New York Yankees, albeit with a more homer-friendly home ballpark in the Bronx. A broken forearm during spring training and a pinkie injury suffered during the season limited Granderson to 245 plate appearances in 2013.

The team's projected lineup includes right-handed hitters Young, David Wright, [url=http://espn.go.com/mlb/player/_/id/29951/travis-d'arnaud]Travis d'Arnaud[/url], Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada, plus lefties Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda or Ike Davis. There also is switch-hitter Eric Young Jr.

It appears Granderson will play left field, with Lagares in center and Chris Young in right. That potentially would free up Eric Young to play second base should the Mets trade Murphy.






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Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract, a source told ESPNdeportes.com Friday.

The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners' top executives and the team made an offer he couldn't refuse, the source added.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical on Monday to complete what would be the third largest contract in history, tied with the one that Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels three years ago.

Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in baseball history. In the winter of 2007, Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the New York Yankees, replacing the 10-year and $252 million pact that had been stamped with Texas in December 2000.




Not at all upset about this. Seattle will regret the deal in a few years. Way too much. Glad the Yanks didn't go crazy and over-spend as they usually do. Now we can move on and hopefully re-load with lesser priced guys who are actually winners and not "superstars".


I am absolutely shocked that an actual MLB franchise could be this stupid. Signing a 31 year old who's probably really 33 to a 10 year contract worth $24M per? This is the Pujols contract all over again.

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It's gonna be a long 10 yrs for Cano. Sea has no one who can hit.

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According to a report, the Texas Rangers have reached a deal with free agent catcher JP Arencibia.

The Dallas Morning News reports the contract is worth $1 million for one-year.

The 27-year-old Arencibia became a free agent on Monday night when the Toronto Blue Jays non-tendered the former Tennessee Volunteer after a disappointing 2013 season and signed Dioner Navarro to a two-year, $8 million deal.

In 138 games last season, Arencibia had 21 home runs and 55 runs batted in, but struggled mightily at the plate, hitting just .194 with a .227 OBP. Arencibia's failings weren't limited to offensive ones, as he also finished second-last in fielding percentage among American League catchers.

The Rangers incumbent starting catcher, AJ Pierzynski, left the team earlier in the week to sign with the Boston Red Sox.

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Report: Astros sign Scott Feldman to $30 million deal

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Dec 6, 2013, 11:48 AM EST

After going 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA for the Cubs and Orioles last season, Scott Feldman has landed a fat three-year, $30 million contract from the Astros, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal.

Feldman had similar peripherals in 2012 with the Rangers, but since it resulted in a 5.09 ERA, his best offer was a one-year, $6 million deal from the Cubs last winter. One difference besides the ERA: he did make 30 starts last season for the second time in his career. The Astros are banking on him remaining solid and durable in his age 31-33 seasons.

While this might be something of an overpay, the Astros weren’t going to attract quality free agents without beating all other offers. Feldman is a third or fourth starter on a contender, but he’s a huge upgrade for an Astros team without even one proven, reliable starting pitcher.

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Orioles sign Marlins castoff Ryan Webb for $4.5 million

Aaron Gleeman

Dec 6, 2013, 9:35 AM EST

Ryan Webb was non-tendered because the Marlins weren’t willing to pay him around $1.5 million despite a very good 2013 season and now Jonah Keri of Grantland reports that he’ll be getting more money elsewhere.

According to Keri the right-handed reliever has agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Orioles, who’re looking for late-inning bullpen help following the trade of closer Jim Johnson to the A’s.

Webb posted a 2.91 ERA and 54/27 K/BB ratio in 66 innings for the Marlins this year, giving him a 3.29 career ERA in 276 innings through age 27. He’s been a consistently solid setup man-caliber reliever with impressive ground-ball rates and it’s possible that Webb could even be in the mix for saves in Baltimore at some point.

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Yankees re-sign Hiroki Kuroda

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Dec 6, 2013, 10:10 AM EST

UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it’s a done deal: One year, $16 million with some bonuses for innings pitched.

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Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman seemed optimistic about Hiroki Kuroda ultimately deciding to return to the Yankees and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides are close to a one-year deal.

It sounds like things will play out almost exactly like last offseason, when Kuroda turned down the Yankees’ qualifying offer for $14.1 million and later re-signed for $15 million. Heyman speculates that he’ll likely get around $16 million this time.

Being able to re-sign a pitcher as good as Kuroda on a pair of one-year deals is a coup for the Yankees, as he’s consistently been a top-of-the-rotation starter and, even at age 39, is coming off a season in which he threw 201 innings with a 3.38 ERA.

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Yankees re-sign Hiroki Kuroda

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Dec 6, 2013, 10:10 AM EST

UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it’s a done deal: One year, $16 million with some bonuses for innings pitched.

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Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman seemed optimistic about Hiroki Kuroda ultimately deciding to return to the Yankees and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides are close to a one-year deal.

It sounds like things will play out almost exactly like last offseason, when Kuroda turned down the Yankees’ qualifying offer for $14.1 million and later re-signed for $15 million. Heyman speculates that he’ll likely get around $16 million this time.

Being able to re-sign a pitcher as good as Kuroda on a pair of one-year deals is a coup for the Yankees, as he’s consistently been a top-of-the-rotation starter and, even at age 39, is coming off a season in which he threw 201 innings with a 3.38 ERA.



I would've re-signed him too, although I'm concerned that he's 39 and really fell off the second half of last season. But we really don't have many pitching options, and it's only a 1-year deal.

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Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract, a source told ESPNdeportes.com Friday.

The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners' top executives and the team made an offer he couldn't refuse, the source added.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical on Monday to complete what would be the third largest contract in history, tied with the one that Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels three years ago.

Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in baseball history. In the winter of 2007, Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the New York Yankees, replacing the 10-year and $252 million pact that had been stamped with Texas in December 2000.




Not at all upset about this. Seattle will regret the deal in a few years. Way too much. Glad the Yanks didn't go crazy and over-spend as they usually do. Now we can move on and hopefully re-load with lesser priced guys who are actually winners and not "superstars".


I am absolutely shocked that an actual MLB franchise could be this stupid. Signing a 31 year old who's probably really 33 to a 10 year contract worth $24M per? This is the Pujols contract all over again.


 

Not only is it a 10 year deal, there's a no trade clause. They're stuck with him no matter what.

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Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to sign a 10-year, $240 million contract, a source told ESPNdeportes.com Friday.

The player and his agents met Thursday night in Seattle with the Mariners' top executives and the team made an offer he couldn't refuse, the source added.

The source said Cano will return to Seattle on Sunday and will undergo a physical on Monday to complete what would be the third largest contract in history, tied with the one that Albert Pujols signed with Los Angeles Angels three years ago.

Alex Rodriguez has the top two contracts in baseball history. In the winter of 2007, Rodriguez signed a 10-year, $275 million extension with the New York Yankees, replacing the 10-year and $252 million pact that had been stamped with Texas in December 2000.




Not at all upset about this. Seattle will regret the deal in a few years. Way too much. Glad the Yanks didn't go crazy and over-spend as they usually do. Now we can move on and hopefully re-load with lesser priced guys who are actually winners and not "superstars".


I am absolutely shocked that an actual MLB franchise could be this stupid. Signing a 31 year old who's probably really 33 to a 10 year contract worth $24M per? This is the Pujols contract all over again.


 

Not only is it a 10 year deal, there's a no trade clause. They're stuck with him no matter what.


Wait until August when the M's are out of it and Cano stops running out every ground ball and barely trying to field grounders hit to him. Then they'll wish they can trade him, and by year 5 of that contract when the stats are down, his act will get old really fast. Cano takes more plays off than any Yankee of the past 20 years. Even though it was NY, he still got away with it because he was never "the guy" and his numbers were good, but he can't be the face of a team.

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LOL What an awful signing if true. Power dropping, strikeouts rising, and injuries mounting. Yeah, just what the Mets need to put them over the top.


I would rather have Granderson then Ellsbury at His contract and salary. Shorter term and a lot less money.

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Nationals sign Nate McLouth

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Dec 6, 2013, 4:50 PM EST

Nate McLouth won’t have to move far, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the former Orioles outfielder has agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals.

There’s no starting job for McLouth in Washington, where Bryce Harper, Denard Span, and Jayson Werth all figure to play almost every day, but Rosenthal says he’s “expected to get significant at-bats” in a fourth outfielder role.

How that will happen is unclear, especially since the most likely outfielder to take a seat on the bench is Span when a left-handed pitcher is on the mound and McLouth is also a left-handed hitter. It’s the same role David DeJesus seemed destined to fill when the Nationals claimed him off waivers in August, but then they quickly shipped him to the Rays.

McLouth turned his career around with the Orioles, going from nearly out of baseball to hitting .261 with a .742 OPS and 42 steals in 201 games.

UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says the deal is worth $10.75 million, which is big money for a backup outfielder who doesn’t actually play center field well.

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Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the New York Yankees, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Friday night.
Beltran, 36, hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 145 games this past season for the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Mike Napoli is staying with the Champs.



from cbssports.com:

The Red Sox and first baseman Mike Napoli have agreed to a new two-year contract worth $32 million, Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has confirmed. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com first reported the deal.

Napoli, 32, hit .259/.360/.482 (129 OPS+) with 38 doubles and 23 home runs in 139 games for Boston last season. The inked him to a one-year deal worth $5 million last offseason after originally agreeing to a three-year, $39 million pact. The terms were changed after a pre-signing physical revealed a degenerative hip condition.

The Red Sox made Napoli a qualifying offer but won't receive a supplemental first round draft pick for re-signing their own player. They also tendered qualifying offers to Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew.

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I like Ellsbury but nowhere near the money they paid for him. The Yankees seem to have offered almost 100% more than Boston was willing to. I would have preferred Granderson (with his K's and all!) for the deal he signed with the Mets.
The Beltran signing is a good one. I'd say Vernon Wells gets released or Ichiro traded as a result, which would be good.
These two moves, however, show how fake the Yankee prospects are (Williams, Austin and Heathcott). Those are three guys who can't move above AA (and they struggle there) and the Yankees admitting that they have nothing in the minors by signing Ellsbury long-term and Beltran for 3 years.

If Tanaka ends up posting, I'd expect the Yankees to go after him hard.

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Free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran has agreed to a three-year, $45 million deal with the New York Yankees, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick on Friday night.
Beltran, 36, hit .296 with 24 home runs and 84 RBIs in 145 games this past season for the St. Louis Cardinals.


Beltran is a very nice signing for the Yankees.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/07/astros-sign-reliever-chad-qualls-to-a-two-year-contract/

Astros sign reliever Chad Qualls to a two-year contract

D.J. Short

Dec 7, 2013, 4:56 PM EST

One day after inking right-handed starter Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million contract, the Astros have signed veteran reliever Chad Qualls to a two-year deal with a club option for 2016. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Qualls will make $6 million guaranteed in the deal while the option is worth $3.5 million.

Qualls, 35, is coming off a solid season with the Marlins in which he posted a 2.61 ERA and 49/19 K/BB ratio over 62 innings, mostly in a set-up capacity. He posted his highest strikeout rate since 2010 while his 63.3 percent ground ball rate was the highest of his 10-year career. Though let’s be honest, he made more news for doing this than anything he did on the mound.

Qualls was originally drafted by the Astros in 2000 and spent his first four major league seasons with the club. He’s a curious fit for a team which isn’t anywhere close to contention, but the club’s recent activity should keep the MLBPA off their backs and Qualls might even get a chance to close games given how unsettled they are in their bullpen.

UPDATE: According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that Qualls isn’t confirmed to be the closer yet and that the club could still add another reliever.

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Re: Mujica, he was the hero of St. Louis for a while, but he seemed to get the yips there for a while. Hopefully it was just injuries and nothing mental, and he does well at his new place.

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NEW YORK -- Following their recent additions of Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, the New York Yankees plan to engage in trade talks involving starting outfielder Brett Gardner, sources told ESPN New York.
Although they value the speedy Gardner and still could keep him, the Yankees believe he could be used as a main trade piece to address one of their needs, which include second base, third base, the starting rotation and the bullpen.
If the Yankees keep Gardner, he would play left field with Ellsbury in center field. Beltran will play right field while rotating with Alfonso Soriano as a designated hitter.
The Yankees also have Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells, who are destined to be reserve outfielders for New York or on another team.
When the Yankees agreed with Ellsbury, an official with knowledge of the team's plan said, "Absolutely not," when asked if Gardner would be dealt, saying that New York wanted to team the similar players together.
But with Beltran on board, the Yankees are more open to the possibility of trading Gardner.
The Newark Star-Ledger earlier reported that the Yankees were more open to listening to offers on Gardner.
The Yankees have had a good amount of interest in Gardner this winter, a source confirmed, and are more open to dealing him now because of their outfield depth and their hesitancy to sign any of the high-end free agent starting pitchers. The Yankees don't plan on pursuing anyone among a group that includes Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez.
The Yankees would be interested in Japanese ace Masahiro Tanaka for their rotation but are pessimistic he will be posted, according to one source, because of the new system that MLB and the Japanese League have agreed to that limits the fee for the players' team to $20 million.
"It is not worth it for them," one official said of the Tohuku Rakuten Tigers, Tanaka's team.
The Yankees also have continued talks with the agent for infielder Omar Infante, who could fill New York's holes at second or third base.
Gardner, 30, batted .273 with a .759 OPS in 2013. After 2014, he can become a free agent and could seek a lucrative deal similar to Michael Bourn's four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.

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Curtis Granderson signs with Mets
4 yrs 60 mil

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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have signed free agent first baseman David Cooper to a major league contract.

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

The 26-year-old finished last season with Cleveland's Triple-A affiliate in Columbus after signing with the Indians in August. A former first-round pick of Toronto, Cooper batted .300 with four homers and 11 RBIs in 45 games with the Blue Jays in 2012.

A left-handed hitter, Cooper's 2012 season ended early because of a serious back injury he sustained while diving to first on a pickoff attempt. He was released by the Blue Jays in March and underwent surgery in April before signing with the Indians.

In 2011, Cooper led the Pacific Coast League in average (.364) and doubles (51) for Triple-A Las Vegas in 2011. He was the No. 17 overall pick in the 2008 draft.









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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Chicago White Sox didn't waste much time in making at least a ripple at the winter meetings by signing free-agent right-hander Felipe Paulino.

On the first official day of the meetings, the team reached a $1.75 million deal with Paulino for 2014, with a $4 million team option for 2015. There is also a $250,000 buyout for 2015.

The White Sox plan on giving Paulino the chance to be in the starting rotation. The White Sox currently have four left-handed starters in the fold in Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, John Danks and Hector Santiago, with the final rotation spot wide open.

"[Paulino] has been in a variety of roles so conceivably he could end up in the bullpen but right now we're viewing him as an option for our rotation," general manager Rick Hahn said. "That's going to allow us to potentially not rush one of our younger guys if they're not ready in Erik Johnson or Andre Rienzo. Or if we decide we don't want to go with a four lefty rotation, we have an option for doing something else other than that as well."

Paulino made seven minor league rehab starts in the Kansas City Royals' organization last season after undergoing ulnar collateral ligament replacement surgery in 2012. He had an 0-3 record with a 6.51 ERA in outings that were split between Double-A Northwest Arkansas and Triple-A Omaha.

Before he was injured in 2012, Paulino was 3-1 with a 1.67 ERA in seven starts with the Royals. In 93 career big league appearances (61 starts) over five seasons with the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies and Royals, the 30-year-old was 13-32 with a 4.93 ERA and 359 strikeouts in 385 1/3 innings.

For three seasons (2006 to 2008), Paulino was rated by Baseball America as having the best fastball in the Astros' organization.

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Rajai Davis has agreed to a two-year free agent contract with the Detroit Tigers, an industry source told sportsnet.ca. The contract will be a straight two-year deal that does not include any options beyond the 2015 season.

The right-handed hitting Davis will join Andy Dirks, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter in the Tigers’ outfield, potentially as Dirks’ platoon partner.

Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons, who managed Davis in 2013, said Monday that the outfielder adds a much-needed element of speed to a team’s roster.

“To have him on your team changes things because they don’t stop him,” Gibbons said. “That’s a huge element.  It’s a luxury that a lot of teams don’t have.”

In 108 games with the 2013 Blue Jays, Davis hit .260 with a .312 on-base percentage and a .375 slugging percentage. He played all three outfield positions and stole 45 bases in 51 attempts. The five-foot-nine speedster has a career .294/.354/.425 batting line against left-handed pitching, though his numbers fall off against right-handers: .255/.297/.353.

Detroit has already added Ian Kinsler and Joe Nathan while subtracting Prince Fielder and Doug Fister.

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Mark Prior has decided to call it a career, the oft-injured pitcher told reporters at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The 33-year-old right-handed pitcher, while attempting a comeback with the Cincinnati Reds' Triple-A affiliate in Louisville, went on the disabled list in April with a shoulder injury and was released in June.

Prior told multiple media outlets Tuesday that he was interested in a front-office job.

Prior, who was signed with the second overall pick of the 2001 draft by the Chicago Cubs, finishes his career with a 42-29 record, a 3.51 ERA and 757 strikeouts in the majors. He finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting in 2003 after going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts with the Cubs.

His ratio of 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings trails only Randy Johnson among pitchers with at least 500 innings.

After undergoing reconstructive shoulder surgery in 2006, Prior attempted comebacks with the Texas Rangers, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and the Reds.

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The Phillies have put Cliff Lee on the trade market, it seems.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired first baseman Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade that also involves the Chicago White Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Tuesday.

Outfielder Adam Eaton will go from Arizona to Chicago, and the Angels will get pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. A source told the Associated Press that Arizona will also receiving a player to be named from each of the other clubs in the deal.

Trumbo hit a career-high 34 home runs last season for the Angels.

Eaton, who was limited to just 66 games last season and hit .252 for the Diamondbacks, would take over in center field for the White Sox, with Avisail Garcia playing in right field.

Tweeted Eaton of the trade: "Well, that escalated quickly."

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Doesn't Zona already have Goldschmidt at first? I guess Trumbo goes to left.

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With the winter meetings off to a slow start, Curtis Granderson injected some playfully provocative words into New York’s baseball rivalry.

Granderson was introduced by the Mets on Tuesday after completing a $60 million, four-year contract, a rare direct switch from the Yankees to their rival in Queens.

“A lot of the people I’ve met in New York have always said true New Yorkers are Mets’ fans,” he said at a news conference. “So I’m excited to get a chance to see them all out there.”

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The Phillies have put Cliff Lee on the trade market, it seems.

Ruben denies it.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Colorado Rockies have acquired Brett Anderson from the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday in exchange for pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen.

The Rockies also will receive $2 million cash from the A's to help offset Anderson's salary, a source told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Anderson, who was the Opening Day pitcher for the A's last season, is due to make $8 million in 2014 and has a $12 million contract option for the 2015 season. That includes a $1.5 million buyout.

"Thanks to the A's Organization and Fans for everything," Anderson posted on Twitter. "I'll nothing but fond memories of my time there."

Of his move to Denver, he added: "Peyton Manning and I are going to become best friends...fact."

Anderson went 1-4 with a 6.04 in five starts and 16 appearances, finishing up as a reliever in an injury-interrupted season.

He returned in the summer of 2012 after missing 14 months following Tommy John elbow surgery. During his lengthy rehab, Anderson worked to improve his fitness and lost more than 20 pounds. He then missed four months this past season with a sprained right ankle and stress fracture in his right foot.

"Great talent and certainly moments of brilliance," A's general manager Billy Beane said of the 25-year-old Anderson at the winter meetings. "From the Rockies end, they're probably getting him at a great time. He's been through the Tommy John. He's always been motivated. He's a hard worker, and this is the time to get him, because the cost of acquisition a couple of years ago on Brett, well there really wasn't one. He was an untouchable."

The power-armed Pomeranz was on the disabled list late in the season with left biceps tendinitis. He went 0-4 with a 6.23 ERA in with four starts and eight outings for 21 2-3 innings. He went 2-9 in 22 starts the previous year. Beane envisions keeping him as a starter at this stage, but eventually could work into a bullpen role.

Jensen went 5-8 with a 4.55 ERA in 152 1-3 innings for Class A Modesto. He had 136 strikeouts to 39 walks in 28 starts.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired first baseman Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade that also involves the Chicago White Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Tuesday.

Outfielder Adam Eaton will go from Arizona to Chicago, and the Angels will get pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. A source told the Associated Press that Arizona will also receiving a player to be named from each of the other clubs in the deal.

Trumbo hit a career-high 34 home runs last season for the Angels.

Eaton, who was limited to just 66 games last season and hit .252 for the Diamondbacks, would take over in center field for the White Sox, with Avisail Garcia playing in right field.

Tweeted Eaton of the trade: "Well, that escalated quickly."


I can't believe that's all the Angels could get for Trumbo.

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MIAMI -- First baseman-outfielder Garrett Jones and the Miami Marlins finalized a two-year, $7.75 million contract on Tuesday.

Jones, a left-handed hitter, batted .233 with 15 homers and 51 RBIs with Pittsburgh this year. He lost his starting job late in the season and batted only twice in the playoffs. Jones became a free agent when he wasn't offered a contract by the Pirates by the Dec. 2 deadline.

The deal was announced at the winter meetings.

In 2012, Jones batted .274 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs.

The Marlins also signed catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a $21 million, three-year deal, and infielder Rafael Furcal signed a $3 million, one-year deal.

Jones' move could mean popular first baseman Logan Morrison will be traded. Morrison struggled with injuries the past two years.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired first baseman Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade that also involves the Chicago White Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Tuesday.

Outfielder Adam Eaton will go from Arizona to Chicago, and the Angels will get pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. A source told the Associated Press that Arizona will also receiving a player to be named from each of the other clubs in the deal.

Trumbo hit a career-high 34 home runs last season for the Angels.

Eaton, who was limited to just 66 games last season and hit .252 for the Diamondbacks, would take over in center field for the White Sox, with Avisail Garcia playing in right field.

Tweeted Eaton of the trade: "Well, that escalated quickly."


I can't believe that's all the Angels could get for Trumbo.

I can't believe they traded him. He makes 500k a yr and hits 30+hrs with 100 rbis.

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Benlen wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote:
lobo316 wrote:
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired first baseman Mark Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade that also involves the Chicago White Sox, sources confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark on Tuesday.

Outfielder Adam Eaton will go from Arizona to Chicago, and the Angels will get pitchers Hector Santiago and Tyler Skaggs. A source told the Associated Press that Arizona will also receiving a player to be named from each of the other clubs in the deal.

Trumbo hit a career-high 34 home runs last season for the Angels.

Eaton, who was limited to just 66 games last season and hit .252 for the Diamondbacks, would take over in center field for the White Sox, with Avisail Garcia playing in right field.

Tweeted Eaton of the trade: "Well, that escalated quickly."


I can't believe that's all the Angels could get for Trumbo.

I can't believe they traded him. He makes 500k a yr and hits 30+hrs with 100 rbis.

Maybe the most bizarre move of the off-season so far.  Unless Trumbo has pancreatic cancer and no one else knows, this is just a horrible deal.

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The only possible reason is if they know Pujols has got some cyborg-style surgery in the off-season and will be a monster for them at first next year.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/11/pirates-sign-charlie-morton-to-21-million-extension/

Pirates sign Charlie Morton to $21 million extension

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Dec 11, 2013, 1:23 PM EST

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pirates and right-hander Charlie Morton have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension that also includes a team option for 2017.

Morton would have been eligible for free agency next offseason, but now the Pirates will have him under team control for $4 million in 2014, $8 million in both 2015 and 2016, and $9.5 million or a $1 million buyout for 2017.

Pittsburgh acquired Morton from Atlanta in the mid-2009 deal for Nate McLouth and he’s emerged as a solid mid-rotation starter with a 3.75 ERA during the past three seasons. However, the ground-ball machine has also thrown a total of just 338 innings over that three-year span, including making only 20 starts this year and eight starts last year due to Tommy John elbow surgery.

Buying out his first two (and potentially three) years of free agency for a modest $21 million commitment is a smart risk for the Pirates, because if healthy Morton certainly would have been in line for a lot more on the open market next winter.

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Nationals get their lefty, acquire Jerry Blevins from A’s

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Dec 11, 2013, 2:14 PM EST

Washington has been linked to basically every possible left-handed reliever all offseason and the Nationals finally snagged one, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the A’s for minor-league outfielder Billy Burns.

Blevins was expendable because of Oakland’s impressive bullpen depth, but he’s been much more than a strict southpaw specialist with a 2.81 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 154 innings during the past three seasons while actually faring better against righties (.205 AVG, .634 OPS) than lefties (.224 AVG, .674 OPS).

Burns was just named the Nationals’ minor league player of the year after hitting .315 with 74 steals in 121 games between high Single-A and Double-A as a 23-year-old. He’s not considered a top prospect, failing to crack Baseball America‘s recent top 10 for the Nationals’ system, but with a .421 on-base percentage and excellent strikeout-to-walk ratios it’s easy to see why the A’s targeted him.

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Corey Hart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.

The Mariners also are closing in on a deal to acquire Logan Morrison from the Miami Marlins in exchange for reliever Carter Capps, a source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.

Hart and Morrison both can play either first base or corner outfield and figure to provide lineup protection for star second baseman Robinson Cano, who agreed to a 10-year, $240 million with the Mariners last week.

A two-time All-Star, the 6-foot-6 Hart missed all of last season while recovering from a knee injury. The 31-year-old had spent his entire career with the Milwaukee Brewers, batting .276 with 154 home runs over parts of nine seasons.

Once considered a top prospect in the Marlins organization, Morrison has been plagued by injuries over the last two seasons, appearing in just 178 games over that stretch. The 26-year-old Morrison batted .242 with six homers and 36 RBIs last season.

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Corey Hart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.


I wonder if he still wears his Sunglasses at Night ???? ( This will only be funny to my fellow Canucks and maybe not even then. :tongue: )

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Corey Hart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.


I wonder if he still wears his Sunglasses at Night ???? ( This will only be funny to my fellow Canucks and maybe not even then. :tongue: )

That joke is old :)

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The New York Mets have reached agreement on a two-year, $20 million deal with free-agent right-hander Bartolo Colon, a source told ESPNNewYork.com.

The contract will be completed once Colon passes a physical.

Colon, 40, went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA in 30 starts for the Oakland Athletics last season. He will join Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee in the rotation, helping to offset the loss of ace Matt Harvey. Harvey is due to miss 2014 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The deal comes a day after the Mets formally announced the signing of outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year, $60 million contract. Although often dinged for their payroll constraints, the Mets already have committed $87.25 million to free-agent contracts this offseason.

"Excellent signing by Mets," one National League scout told ESPNNewYork.com after learning of the Colon deal. "The Mets have had a productive 72 hours."

The Mets' fifth starter could end up being an in-house candidate such as Jenrry Mejia -- or, less likely, a prospect such as Jacob deGrom or Rafael Montero. Or the Mets could go for a low-cost free agent such as re-signing Daisuke Matsuzaka or Aaron Harang.

Either way, it would buy time until the Mets promote top prospect Noah Syndergaard midway through the season. Meanwhile, with their outfield now bolstered with the additions of Granderson and Chris Young, and with the impending Colon signing lessening the sting of losing Harvey for 2014, the Mets now can focus on trying to trade from their surplus at first base.

The Mets have been trying to shop Ike Davis to teams including the Milwaukee Brewers, Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates. But general manager Sandy Alderson insisted the club is not going to give Davis away just because they also have Lucas Duda at first base.

Davis, who is eligible for arbitration, is expected to earn about $3.8 million in 2014. He is not eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.

"Let me emphasize one thing: We're not in the business of giving players away," Alderson said. "We don't expect to get in that business."

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Corey Hart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.


I wonder if he still wears his Sunglasses at Night ???? ( This will only be funny to my fellow Canucks and maybe not even then. :tongue: )


That joke is old :)


Well that's appropriate because so am I. Honestly - I don't remember hearing it before.....or maybe it's so bad I put in the " I'm going to try to totally forget this " part of my brain and it finally escaped today.

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MLB is eliminating collisions at home plate.



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Major League Baseball plans to eliminate home plate collisions, possibly as soon as next season but no later than by 2015.

New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee, made the announcement Wednesday at the winter meetings. Player safety and concern over concussions were major factors in the decision.

"Ultimately what we want to do is change the culture of acceptance that these plays are ordinary and routine and an accepted part of the game," Alderson said. "The costs associated in terms of health and injury just no longer warrant the status quo."

Alderson said wording of the rules change will be presented to owners for approval at their Jan. 16 meeting in Paradise Valley, Ariz.

"The exact language and how exactly the rule will be enforced is subject to final determination," he said. "We're going to do fairly extensive review of the types of plays that occur at home plate to determine which we're going to find acceptable and which are going to be prohibited."

Approval of the players' union is needed for the rules change to be effective for 2014.

"If the players' association were to disapprove, then the implementation of the rule would be suspended for one year, but could be implemented unilaterally after that time," Alderson said.

The union declined comment, pending a review of the proposed change.

Former All-Star first baseman Tony Clark, who became head of the union this month, said in November: "Suffice it to say, the players have some thoughts of their own regarding home-plate collisions."

Discussion to limit or ban collisions has intensified since May 2011, when San Francisco's Buster Posey was injured by Florida's Scott Cousins. Posey, an All-Star catcher, sustained a broken bone in his lower left leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle, an injury that ended his season.

Posey returned to win the NL batting title and MVP award in 2012, when he led the Giants to their second World Series title in three seasons.

"This is, I think, in response to a few issues that have arisen," Alderson said. "One is just the general occurrence of injuries from these incidents at home plate that affect players, both runners and catchers. And also kind of the general concern about concussions that exists not only in baseball but throughout professional sports and amateur sports today. It's an emerging issue, and one that we in baseball have to address, as well as other sports."

Former catchers Joe Girardi, Bruce Bochy and Mike Matheny -- all of them now managing in the majors -- attended Wednesday's meeting.

"I think there will be two levels of enforcement of this rule," Alderson said. "One will be with respect to whether the runner is declared safe or out based on conduct. So, for example, intentionally running over the catcher might result in an out call. So I think that the enforcement will be on the field as well as subsequent consequences in the form of fines and suspensions and the like."

But drafting the rule figures to be complicated.

"Does it include at every base or just home plate?" Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. "What's considered blocking the plate and how do you define all of it?"

The NCAA instituted a rule on collisions for the 2011 season, saying "contact above the waist that was initiated by the base runner shall not be judged as an attempt to reach the base or plate." The umpire can call the runner out and can eject the player if contact is determined to be malicious or flagrant.

"The actual detail, frankly the kinds of plays that we're trying to eliminate, we haven't finely determined," Alderson said. "I would expect to put together 100 of these plays and identify which ones we want to continue to allow and others that we want to prohibit, and draft a rule accordingly."

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- The Cubs and Marlins swapped outfielders on Thursday with Brian Bogusevic going to Miami and Justin Ruggiano heading to Chicago.

Ruggiano, 31, hit a career-high 18 home runs with 50 RBIs last season with the Marlins. A right-handed hitter, Ruggiano can play all three outfield positions.

Bogusevic, a left-handed hitter who will be 30 in February, signed a minor league contract with the Cubs before the 2013 season. He played in 47 games with the Cubs last season, batting .273 with six home runs and 16 RBIs.






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The Pirates have agreed to a one-year deal worth a reported $5 million with right-hander Edinson Volquez, a free agent who pitched last year for the Padres and Dodgers. The Pirates have not announced or confirmed a deal is in place.

On a day when they signed Charlie Morton to a contract extension, the Pirates at last made some news on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, and it's evident they'll still have some work to do once they leave the annual convention of baseball's decision-makers on Thursday

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The San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a one-year contract with outfielder Michael Morse, finding an option to help Gregor Blanco in left field.

A source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney that Morse will receive $5 million plus incentives for the 2014 season.

The deal is pending a physical, assistant general manager Bobby Evans said Thursday. Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse also can play first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup.

Morse missed time this past season with both a broken right pinkie and strained right quadriceps before returning from the disabled list in late July. The 31-year-old nine-year veteran, batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 88 games between the Mariners and Orioles.

He will fill a void at a position the Giants had been determined to upgrade this winter.

Morse will be part of an outfield featuring Angel Pagan in center field and Hunter Pence in right. Pagan received a $40 million, four-year contract last December, while Pence was rewarded with a $90 million, five-year contract before the season ended. He played every game this year.

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The New York Yankees rejected the Cincinnati Reds' trade offer of All-Star second baseman Brandon Phillips for outfielder Brett Gardner, a source told ESPNNewYork.com's Andrew Marchand, confirming multiple reports.

The Yankees do not like Phillips' declining numbers at his current salary, the source said.

With Phillips publicly unhappy with his contract (he is heading into the third year of a six-year, $72.5 million deal), there was a feeling he would want more money on top of the four years and $50 million remaining on the contract.

A second source told ESPNNewYork.com, however, that Phillips did not demand more money because a deal was never presented to him.

Meanwhile, officials said the Yankees still have interest in free-agent second baseman Omar Infante but that the price -- four years, $40 million -- is too steep.

Following the recent additions of outfielders Carlos Beltran and Jacoby Ellsbury, general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that the Yankees would listen to offers for Gardner.

If the Yankees keep Gardner, 30, he would play left field with Ellsbury in center field. Beltran will play right field and rotate with Alfonso Soriano at designated hitter.

The Yankees also have Ichiro Suzuki and Vernon Wells, who are destined to be reserve outfielders for New York or on another team.

Gardner hit .273 with eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 24 steals in 2013. Phillips, 32, hit .261 with 18 home runs and a career-best 103 RBIs this past season, his eighth with the Reds.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Reliever Jordan Walden and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $1.49 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration.

Walden would earn a $10,000 performance bonus under Thursday's deal if he has 30 games finished next season.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in November 2012, Walden was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA this year with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings. He made $541,500.

Eight Braves remain eligible to file for arbitration next month: right-handers Brandon Beachy, Craig Kimbrel and Kris Medlen; left-hander Mike Minor; first baseman Freddie Freeman; infielder Chris Johnson; and outfielders Jason Heyward and Jordan Schafer.

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Corey Hart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Seattle Mariners, a source confirmed to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark.


I wonder if he still wears his Sunglasses at Night ???? ( This will only be funny to my fellow Canucks and maybe not even then. :tongue: )

That joke is old :)


Just like Bob.:D

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Once thought of as a star of the future for the New York Yankees, Joba Chamberlain agreed to a one-year deal with the Detroit Tigers on Thursday, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

The deal is worth $2.5 million, $500,000 less than what sources said the Arizona Diamondbacks offered the right-hander Wednesday.

Chamberlain had spent his entire seven-year career with the Yankees. He exploded on the scene as a 21-year-old in 2007. In 19 games, he posted a 0.38 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 24 relief innings.

The Yankees then tried to turn him into a starter. In 42 games and 12 starts the next season, he posted a 4-3 record and a 2.60 ERA, again with more strikeouts than innings pitched.

But things went downhill from there. Injuries and ineffectiveness ended the starter experiment, and Chamberlain never really developed into a reliable bridge to Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera.

Last season, Chamberlain appeared in 45 games and posted a 4.93 ERA and 1.74 WHIP.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski had recently indicated that he would look for bullpen help. Last year's closer, Joaquin Benoit, was replaced by Joe Nathan. Bruce Rondon appears slotted for a setup role.

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PHILADELPHIA -- The Philadelphia Phillies kept their aces and added another starter.

A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on Thursday that right-hander Roberto Hernandez and Phillies agreed to a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an agreement has not been completed and the player must pass a physical.

The 33-year-old Hernandez was formerly known as Fausto Carmona. He was arrested in January 2012 on charges of falsifying his identity that were later dropped. Major League Baseball suspended him for three weeks.

Last year, he was 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA for Tampa Bay, and he is 59-82 with a 4.67 ERA over eight seasons overall, seven with the Cleveland Indians.

Hernandez gives the Phillies depth on their staff. He is expected to compete for one of two spots in their rotation.

General manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made the move on the final day of baseball's winter meetings. The Phillies also selected right-hander Kevin Munson from Arizona in the Rule 5 draft.

Among the top rumors earlier in the week were reports that Amaro was shopping Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels along with closer Jonathan Papelbon and All-Star outfielder Domonic Brown.

Amaro and manager Ryne Sandberg shot down reports that Lee and Hamels were available. The Phillies are looking to rebound from their first losing season in 11 years and hope to make another postseason run. They signed veteran outfielder Marlon Byrd and re-signed catcher Carlos Ruiz. Both moves are indicative of a team that's trying to contend, not rebuild.

Adding Hernandez also fits in that category.

Hernandez has his best season with the Indians was in 2007 when he was 19-8 with a 3.06 ERA and finished fourth in AL Cy Young Award voting. He was 13-14 with a 3.77 ERA in 2010 and made the All-Star team.

Lee, Hamels and Kyle Kendrick fill Philadelphia's top three spots in the rotation. Hernandez, Cuban righty Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez and righties Ethan Martin and Jonathan Pettibone will compete for the final two.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Could Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson be a two-sport star? Does he want to play baseball after his NFL career is finished?

The Texas Rangers made a surprise pick in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft, normally an event that simply ends baseball's winter meetings with little fanfare.

On Thursday at Walt Disney World, the Rangers decided they wanted some of the Wilson magic on their team and selected the former second baseman, taking him from the Colorado Rockies system. It cost them $12,000 to do so, and he goes on the club's restricted list because he's in the NFL.

Wilson squashed any chance of being a two-sport star.

"I love baseball. It's a relaxing sport and a good sport. I've played it my whole life. But football is my first love," he said.

The Rangers know Wilson is settling in to a successful career as the signal-caller for a Super Bowl contender, but they like Wilson's character and athletic ability. Even if baseball isn't in Wilson's future, the Rangers want him around.

General manager Jon Daniels called Wilson -- impressed that the quarterback was working out at 6:30 a.m. PT, shortly after the Rangers made the pick -- and told him the club wasn't trying to distract him from his current job.

"We talk to our scouts about the makeup we want of our players and the work ethic it takes to win, and Russell Wilson has been an example of that," Daniels said. "He has off-the-charts character and focus.

"We want to be respectful of where he's at right now. I got a chance to talk to him, and he was excited. We wanted to welcome him to the organization and told him, 'Don't be insulted if you don't hear from us again until you're done playing because we don't want to get in the way of what you've got going on.'"

Wilson, however, expressed a desire to come to spring training and work out.

"I'm sure I'll go down there for spring training and just talk to some of their players and hang out some," Wilson said. "It'll be kinda cool. But that's down the road. I'm trying to win a game this week."

Daniels said the spring training invite is open-ended. If Wilson wants to do more than that, he certainly can.

"Everything you see and read about him and seeing him play on Sundays, you hear about the work ethic, the person," Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller said. "I think that's going to be a positive message for all of our players in our system, our coaches, everybody to have somebody like that around.

"At the end of the day, if he decides it's not something he wants to come back and do full time, just having him around, having him talk to a group, I think there's definitely positives in all that."

The Rangers scouted Wilson in high school and college and considered him to be an athletic second baseman. Preller described him as a player with "good hands, [is a] solid runner and a guy that we thought before the draft that could bounce around to different positions."

"We feel like if he ever decided he wanted to come back and play again, he'd be a guy that we'd want in our system with us and see him develop," Preller said. "The biggest thing that intrigued us on Russell from afar is the makeup. I think the way he goes about his business, the professionalism, the competitor, [that's] the message that we try to preach throughout our organization.

"At the end of the day, he obviously has a lot bigger things that he's working on right now and we don't want to interrupt that aspect of it, but if at some point down the road he decides he wants to do the baseball thing again, we felt like it would be a positive to have him with us."

Wilson was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 draft by Colorado -- he was taken in the 41st round by the Baltimore Orioles in 2007 out of high school but opted to go to NC State -- and signed with the Rockies. Once he received nearly $3 million from the Seahawks, he had to return part of his $200,000 signing bonus.

Wilson hit .229 with five homers and 19 stolen bases, striking out 118 times, in Class A in parts of the 2010 and '11 seasons.

The Rangers' scouting department believes strongly in acquiring good athletes and isn't hesitant to draft some who play other sports. Texas acquired the rights to Ricky Williams from Montreal after the Expos had taken him in the Rule 5 draft in 1998, even though the Texas running back and Heisman Trophy winner was likely headed for a career in the NFL.

The team has also selected wide receiver Riley Cooper and most recently quarterback Jameis Winston, the heavy Heisman favorite who will lead top-ranked Florida State against No. 2 Auburn in the Vizio BCS National Championship on Jan. 6.

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The 33-year-old Hernandez was formerly known as Fausto Carmona.

OK that guy.

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Pitcher Daniel Hudson, who won 16 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2011 before undergoing two reconstructive surgeries on his right elbow, has reached agreement on a minor-league deal to return to the D-backs, a baseball source told ESPN.com. Terms of the contract weren't immediately available.

Hudson, 26, is 28-17 with a 3.68 ERA in parts of four seasons with the Chicago White Sox and the Diamondbacks. Arizona acquired Hudson and pitcher David Holmberg from Chicago in a trade for veteran starter Edwin Jackson in July 2010.

Hudson underwent his first Tommy John surgery in July 2012. He then re-tore a ligament in his elbow during a minor league rehab start last summer, necessitating a second elbow reconstruction in June. He became a free agent when the Diamondbacks declined to tender him a 2014 contract earlier this month.

The Arizona rotation currently consists of Patrick Corbin, Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy, Trevor Cahill and Randall Delgado, but general manager Kevin Towers has been actively searching for an upgrade.

The Diamondbacks have said they plan to bid on Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka, and they're among the teams interested in free agent Matt Garza. They've also been monitoring the trade market for Tampa Bay's David Price and Jeff Samardzija of the Chicago Cubs.

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Outfielder Jason Kubel has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Minnesota Twins, a source confirmed.

The deal includes an invitation to the team's major league spring training camp.

Kubel, 31, broke into pro ball as a 12th-round draft pick with Minnesota in 2000. He signed with Arizona as a free agent in December 2011 and hit 30 homers and drove in 90 runs in 2012.

But Kubel slumped to .220 with five homers in 89 games last season, and the Diamondbacks traded him to Cleveland in August. He became a free agent when the Indians declined to exercise a club option on him in early November.

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http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/12/13/cubs-sign-ryan-roberts/

Cubs sign Ryan Roberts

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Dec 13, 2013, 3:20 PM EST

Ryan Roberts, who struggled for the past two years with the Rays after a couple nice seasons for the Diamondbacks, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cubs.

Roberts got a late start, securing his first extended action in the majors at age 28, and he’s a career .245 hitter with a .713 OPS that makes him a better bench option than a regular.

He has experience at third base, second base, and left field, but will have to compete for a job during spring training.

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Mariners Sign Corey Hart
By Steve Adams [December 13, 2013 at 2:55pm CST]

Adding Robinson Cano to their lineup was the start of many changes in Seattle, and Corey Hart turned out to be the next piece of their puzzled. Seattle today announced the signing of Hart to a one-year contract. Reportedly worth a guaranteed $6MM, Hart will have the opportunity to earn an additional $7MM via incentives. Hart is represented by CAA Sports.

Hart, 32 in March, missed the entire 2013 campaign after undergoing surgery on both knees. In his most recent healthy season, Hart delivered his typical brad of strong pop from the right side of the dish, batting .270/.334/.507 with 30 home runs. In the three seasons prior to his injury, Hart slashed .279/.343/.514 and averaged 29 homers per season, meaning his 2012 campaign was a good representation of his talent level when healthy.

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports noted that, Hart will slot into the Mariners lineup behind Cano, adding some much-needed offense to a club that has struggled to score runs in recent seasons. The Mariners will likely use Hart in right field, notes Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. Though he has proven to be a capable first baseman, the Mariners also acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins at this week's Winter Meetings (in exchange for right-hander Carter Capps). Morrison could see more time at first base, though like Hart, he has experience in the outfield as well.

Hart and Morrison will provide new manager Lloyd McClendon with another pairing of new bats to add to the lineup behind Cano in an effort to bolster a lineup that finished the 2013 season 22nd among all Major League clubs in runs scored despite ranking second with 188 home runs.

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports (on Twitter) that the Brewers were willing to offer Hart a contract that could reach $8MM after incentives. At one point, Hart had said he would take a discount to remain with Milwaukee, but his ties to Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik (Milwaukee's scouting director when Hart was drafted), the recent addition of Cano and his larger payday all could have factored into Hart's decision to head to the Pacific Northwest.

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This is what happens once you start banning collisions at home plate.

Joe Girardi to Jacoby Ellsbury: "You no longer are a thorn in my side. You are a flower in our clubhouse."

And then they went out for a night of appletinis and ballroom dancing.

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DENVER -- Former New York Yankees reliever Boone Logan has agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has yet to be announced. 

Logan spent the past four seasons with the Yankees. He was 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings last season. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Logan will not return to the Bronx.

"He did a great job for us," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of Logan. "He came in to be the second left-hander and because of injuries to the primary lefty he became out primary lefty and he handled it. He pitched in an exciting environment and responded strongly to it. I wish Boonie the best of luck, they're tough losses overall, but again, the team is changing all the time so it's out job to find replacements."

The 29-year-old Logan was drafted in the 20th round by the Chicago White Sox in 2002.

Colorado has been fortifying its bullpen all offseason, also signing LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year deal last month. Hawkins is expected to compete with left-hander Rex Brothers for the closer's role.

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DENVER -- Former New York Yankees reliever Boone Logan has agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal has yet to be announced. 

Logan spent the past four seasons with the Yankees. He was 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings last season. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Logan will not return to the Bronx.

"He did a great job for us," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said of Logan. "He came in to be the second left-hander and because of injuries to the primary lefty he became out primary lefty and he handled it. He pitched in an exciting environment and responded strongly to it. I wish Boonie the best of luck, they're tough losses overall, but again, the team is changing all the time so it's out job to find replacements."

The 29-year-old Logan was drafted in the 20th round by the Chicago White Sox in 2002.

Colorado has been fortifying its bullpen all offseason, also signing LaTroy Hawkins to a one-year deal last month. Hawkins is expected to compete with left-hander Rex Brothers for the closer's role.


Well that sucks. Great underrated role-player for us. I'll miss him more than the bigger names who have departed this off-season.

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CLEVELAND -- Free agent infielder David Adams has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cleveland Indians.

The 26-year-old split his 2013 season between the New York Yankees and their Triple-A Scranton affiliate. It was Adams' first time in the big league after six seasons in the minors.

Adams batted .268 (59-for-220) with 11 doubles, two triples, five homers and 21 RBIs in 59 games at Scranton. He had four stints with the Yankees, batting .193 (27-for-140) with five doubles, one triple, two homers and 13 RBI in 43 games.

He played 31 games at third base, nine games at second and four games at first.

Adams became a free agent on Dec. 2, when he wasn't offer a 2014 contract by the Yankees, who selected him in the third round of the 2008 amateur dfraft.

Right-handers Travis Banwart and Tyler Cloyd and outfielder Matt Carson agreed to minor league deals.

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First baseman James Loney has agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal to return to the Tampa Bay Rays, league sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Loney, 29, enjoyed a resurgence with the Rays in 2013, hitting .299 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs in 158 games. He had the highest rate of line drives in the majors (30 percent) and his .351 batting average on the road was the best in the major leagues.

Loney spent the first seven seasons of his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers before he was traded to the Boston Red Sox as part of the blockbuster that sent Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez to Los Angeles in August 2012.

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Milwaukee Brewers also reportedly were vying for Loney's services this offseason.

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Free agent infielder Omar Infante has agreed to a four-year deal worth about $30 million with the Kansas City Royals, sources told ESPN's Buster Olney.

Infante, who turns 32 later this month, hit .318 with 10 home runs and 51 RBIs for the Detroit Tigers last season.

Infante will provide the Royals with a versatile infielder. The 12-year veteran has played 60 percent of his major league games at second base and a combined 23 percent at shortstop and third. He's also seen limited action in the outfield.

The New York Yankees also were in the hunt for Infante, with a source telling Olney earlier this week that they offered him a three-year, $24 million deal.

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Ellsbury took out a full page ad in today's Boston Globe:











Classy thing to do but I still wish he signed anywhere else.

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Ellsbury took out a full page ad in today's Boston Globe:











Classy thing to do but I still wish he signed anywhere else.


Cano is being bashed hard in NY for only tweeting something similar while Ellsbury sprung for the ad. For the amount of money Cano signed for, people thought he might be able to afford it.

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srossi wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
Ellsbury took out a full page ad in today's Boston Globe:

Classy thing to do but I still wish he signed anywhere else.


Cano is being bashed hard in NY for only tweeting something similar while Ellsbury sprung for the ad. For the amount of money Cano signed for, people thought he might be able to afford it.

In a way, I don't blame him. 

You've got the Yankees basically overpaying for Ellsbury and McCann but they want to be hard nosed while dealing with their own?

Not saying it's good to the fans, but he also might not have been thinking about it and maybe it's not of his personality.

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Hymie Itsu wrote:
srossi wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
Ellsbury took out a full page ad in today's Boston Globe:

Classy thing to do but I still wish he signed anywhere else.


Cano is being bashed hard in NY for only tweeting something similar while Ellsbury sprung for the ad. For the amount of money Cano signed for, people thought he might be able to afford it.

In a way, I don't blame him. 

You've got the Yankees basically overpaying for Ellsbury and McCann but they want to be hard nosed while dealing with their own?

Not saying it's good to the fans, but he also might not have been thinking about it and maybe it's not of his personality.


Cano doesn't have a personality. And whining about Girardi batting him 2nd too often and taking away RBI opportunities on the way out didn't help. The Cano deal is far worse than Ellsbury or McCann IMO and Seattle is going to seriously regret it in less than 5 years.

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srossi wrote: Hymie Itsu wrote:
srossi wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
Ellsbury took out a full page ad in today's Boston Globe:

Classy thing to do but I still wish he signed anywhere else.


Cano is being bashed hard in NY for only tweeting something similar while Ellsbury sprung for the ad. For the amount of money Cano signed for, people thought he might be able to afford it.

In a way, I don't blame him. 

You've got the Yankees basically overpaying for Ellsbury and McCann but they want to be hard nosed while dealing with their own?

Not saying it's good to the fans, but he also might not have been thinking about it and maybe it's not of his personality.


Cano doesn't have a personality. And whining about Girardi batting him 2nd too often and taking away RBI opportunities on the way out didn't help. The Cano deal is far worse than Ellsbury or McCann IMO and Seattle is going to seriously regret it in less than 5 years.

totally agree.  the seven years for $170 million was beyond fair for cano.  it is a stretch that he would still be prodicing by the end of that, let alone a 10 year deal.

and while the seattle deal is way too much imo, that is what clubs that are not the yankees/red sox/dodgers have to do.  had this been six years ago, new york would have probably added 10 million over the 240 and kept cano.

btw, as an orioles fan, would someone let them know it is the off season, and trades and free agent signings are allowed, and encouraged!

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hammettime wrote: btw, as an orioles fan, would someone let them know it is the off season, and trades and free agent signings are allowed, and encouraged!

Yeah, Baltimore's in trouble again.  Feel like they're losing ground, although they've been written off before.

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getting rid of jim johnson was a plus for them.  had he blown only half of the saves he did last year, they are in the playoffs.  mentally, he was done here, and hopefully he does well in oakland. 

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Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins have agreed on a two-year deal worth $11 million, a baseball source told ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick.
The right-hander can earn up to $3.5 million more in incentives, according to the source.
Pelfrey, 29, posted a 5-13 record with a 5.19 ERA in 29 games for the Twins this past season after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
The agreement comes on the heels of the Twins bolstering their rotation with the signings of free-agent hurlers Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached agreement on a two-year contract worth $15 million with third baseman Juan Uribe, a source confirmed Saturday.
Uribe was coming off a three-year, $21 million deal.
After two dismal seasons with the Dodgers, Uribe batted .278 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs while playing outstanding defense this past season.
He had the Dodgers' biggest hit of the postseason, a two-run home run off David Carpenter in the eighth inning of Game 4 of the NL Division Series against the Atlanta Braves.
Uribe, 34, is a .253 lifetime hitter in 13 major-league seasons.
Retaining Uribe allows the Dodgers to leave slugger Hanley Ramirez at shortstop, a position he prefers.
Going into last week's winter meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said his top priorities were finding his third baseman and acquiring relievers.

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Veteran free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis and the St. Louis Cardinals have come to an agreement in principal on a one-year contract pending a physical, sources have told ESPN. 
Ellis, an 11-year MLB veteran, batted .264 over his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been was one of the steadiest fielders in the major leagues.
The 36-year-old, who played his first nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics, is a career .265 hitter with 105 home runs, 538 RBIs and a .330 on-base percentage.
Terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Ellis made $5.25 million with the Dodgers last season.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier reported the pending deal.
Ellis will give the Cardinals a reliable glove. He is listed as a plus-12 in Baseball Info Solutions' runs-saved rankings. Boston's Dustin Dustin Pedroia, with a plus-15, was the only second baseman to finish with a higher ranking.
The Cardinals are hoping that rookie Kolten Wong can take over as their regular second baseman in 2014. But Wong hit only .153 (9-for-59) after an August callup to the big-league club, and the addition of Ellis gives the Cardinals the luxury of breaking him in slowly. Wong bats from the left side and Ellis from the right, so they also give manager Mike Matheny additional flexibility at the position.
Matt Carpenter, St. Louis's second baseman last season, will move to third base in place of David Freese, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in November.

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LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have agreed to re-sign left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.25 million contract with a third-year option, according to reports.

Howell, 30, made $2.85 million last season after signing a one-year deal with the Dodgers. He had a 2.03 ERA in 62 innings for the Dodgers. Howell had been seeking a three-year deal. If he reaches 120 appearances over the next two seasons, the $6.25 million option for 2016 becomes a player option, according to reports.

The agreement was first reported by MLB.com.

The Dodgers would like to add one more veteran reliever before spring training. They have had discussions with long reliever Jamey Wright.

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CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox continued their attempt to revamp their offense, and again used the pitching staff to do it.

The White Sox acquired third baseman Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for closer Addison Reed. Davidson, 22, appeared in just 31 games (18 starts at third base) this past season with the Diamondbacks but put up impressive numbers in Triple-A.

"We feel he has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order run producer for a long time, whether that starts on Opening Day 2014 or soon thereafter, we'll have to figure out over the coming weeks and months as we come to know him and see him for ourselves," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said.

"He obviously was young for the Triple-A level last year at age 22 and although he has a good approach at the plate and the ball jumps off the bat, there is a little refinement to take place and we'll decide if that needs to take place here or at the Triple-A level. I do feel that when he does get here he will be here for a long time. We have to pick the right time to start that."

At Triple-A Reno in 2013, Davidson batted .280 with a .350 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage. He hit 17 home runs with 74 RBIs and scored 55 runs. He was a Pacific Coast League midseason All-Star and was named MVP of the Futures Game in New York after hitting a go-ahead, two-run home run for the United States.

The 35th pick in the 2009 draft entered the season ranked by Baseball America as Arizona's No. 4 overall prospect and top-ranked power hitter in the Diamondbacks' organization.

Reed, 24, recorded 40 saves for the White Sox this past season, fifth-most in the American League and tied for fourth in franchise history. He had a 3.79 ERA with 72 strikeouts over 68 relief appearances. Over three seasons with the White Sox, the former third-round draft pick had 69 saves and 138 strikeouts over 136 appearances with a 4.17 ERA.

Arizona GM Kevin Towers said Reed will be given every opportunity to be Arizona's closer coming out of spring training.

"I'm going into spring training and I'm going to try to do everything I can to prove to them that that ninth inning belongs to me and compete for that job," Reed said. "Closer is the only thing I've ever dreamed of, the only thing I've ever wanted, so I'm going to make their decision as tough as possible to put me in any position other than the ninth inning."

Defensively, Davidson is still considered to be a work in progress, but had progressed under former Diamondbacks coach Matt Williams, a former major league third baseman himself.

"He has a strong arm, good hands," Hahn said. "The question you'll hear time to time from scouts, and has been written about, is the lateral movement. We think it's improved and it will continue to improve. We see him there for a long time once the development is finished."

The trade comes one week after the White Sox sent Hector Santiago to the Los Angeles Angels and received center fielder Adam Eaton from Arizona in a three-team swap.

"While it's certainly never easy giving up home-grown players like Santiago or Addison Reed, guys we have drafted and developed and have had success, we did feel it was imperative to start addressing some of these position-player issues that we have in a way that can not only help us in 2014 but perhaps more importantly help us in the long haul," Hahn said. "We feel we have gotten a good start at doing that over the last 12 months."

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Rays infielder Tim Beckham is expected to miss at least a portion of next season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

The No. 1 pick in the 2008 baseball draft was injured during an offseason workout and will require surgery.

Beckham made his major league debut in September after batting .276 with four homers and 51 RBIs at Triple-A Durham. The 23-year-old appeared in five games for the Rays, going 3 for 7 and driving in one run.

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BOSTON -- Red Sox right fielder Shane Victorino has undergone surgery to release a nerve in his right thumb.

Boston said Dr. Thomas Graham operated in Cleveland and that Victorino is expected to be ready to participate in spring training.

Victorino hit .294 with 15 homers, 61 RBIs and 21 stolen bases in his first season with the Red Sox, and his three-run double off the Green Monster sparked the Red Sox to their Game 6 win over St. Louis and their third World Series title in 10 seasons.


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CLEVELAND -- The Indians have signed free agent pitcher Shaun Marcum to a minor league contract.

The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where the 32-year-old right-hander will get a chance to compete for a job in Cleveland's starting rotation. Marcum would receive a $1 million salary if he's added to the 40-man roster, and he can earn another $3 million in bonuses.

Marcum, who has a 58-46 career record in the majors, was limited to 14 games -- 12 starts -- this year for the New York Mets before he underwent season-ending shoulder surgery. He went 1-10 with a 5.29 ERA before having the operation in July.

Marcum has also pitched for Toronto (2005-10) and Milwaukee (2011-12). He was selected by the Blue Jays in the third round of the 2003 June draft. He pitched more than 150 innings in four of five seasons from 2007-11.

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Veteran free-agent second baseman Mark Ellis signed with the St. Louis Cardinals on a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. 

Ellis, an 11-year MLB veteran, batted .264 over his last two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been was one of the steadiest fielders in the major leagues.

The 36-year-old, who played his first nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics, is a career .265 hitter with 105 home runs, 538 RBIs and a .330 on-base percentage.

Terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Ellis made $5.25 million with the Dodgers last season.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch earlier reported the pending deal.

Ellis will give the Cardinals a reliable glove. He is listed as a plus-12 in Baseball Info Solutions' runs-saved rankings. Boston's Dustin Dustin Pedroia, with a plus-15, was the only second baseman to finish with a higher ranking.

The Cardinals are hoping that rookie Kolten Wong can take over as their regular second baseman in 2014. But Wong hit only .153 (9-for-59) after an August callup to the big-league club, and the addition of Ellis gives the Cardinals the luxury of breaking him in slowly. Wong bats from the left side and Ellis from the right, so they also give manager Mike Matheny additional flexibility at the position.

Matt Carpenter, St. Louis's second baseman last season, will move to third base in place of David Freese, who was traded to the Los Angeles Angels in November.

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Free-agent second baseman Brian Roberts has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the New York Yankees, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Foxsports.com, which first reported the deal, said it's worth $2 million plus incentives.

Roberts, 36, has spent his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. He's a two-time All-Star with a .278 career on-base percentage, 278 stolen bases and three seasons of 50 or more doubles, but he's been plagued by injuries and hasn't appeared in more than 80 games since 2009.

The Yankees have been looking for a second baseman since Robinson Cano signed a $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in free agency. They explored a trade for Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips and talked to free agent Omar Infante, who eventually signed with Kansas City, before settling on Roberts.






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lobo316 wrote: Free-agent second baseman Brian Roberts has reached agreement on a one-year contract with the New York Yankees, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.

Foxsports.com, which first reported the deal, said it's worth $2 million plus incentives.

Roberts, 36, has spent his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Orioles. He's a two-time All-Star with a .278 career on-base percentage, 278 stolen bases and three seasons of 50 or more doubles, but he's been plagued by injuries and hasn't appeared in more than 80 games since 2009.

The Yankees have been looking for a second baseman since Robinson Cano signed a $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners in free agency. They explored a trade for Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips and talked to free agent Omar Infante, who eventually signed with Kansas City, before settling on Roberts.



Fantastic.  Another old guy who's spent the past few seasons on the DL. 

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Come on...Roberts only scored 29 less runs (81 vs 110) and had 1 less RBI (79 vs 80 ) and 8 less SB's (22 vs 30) from 2010-2013 than he did in all of 2009. That's not that horrible a drop off :D

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Free-agent closer Grant Balfour has reached an agreement on a two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles, according to multiple media reports[size=.

The deal is reportedly for $14 million with an additional $500,000 in deferred money each year, according to multiple reports.

Balfour, a 35-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season with the Oakland Athletics. Once he joins the Orioles, he will take over as closer for Jim Johnson, who was traded to Oakland for second baseman Jemile Weeks and minor league catcher David Freitas earlier this month.

Balfour's agreement with Baltimore leaves Fernando Rodney, Joaquin Benoit, Joel Hanrahan, Jesse Crain, Andrew Bailey, Chris Perez and Kevin Gregg as the most notable free-agent closers still looking for jobs.
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NEW YORK -- Left-handed reliever Matt Thornton agreed Tuesday to a two-year, $7 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to Thornton's agent, Adam Hubble.

The deal is pending a physical.

The Yankees are in need of bullpen help with half their regular 2013 bullpen gone. Mariano Rivera retired after the season, while Joba Chamberlain and Boone Logan left via free agency.

Thornton, 37, figures to replace Logan as the Yankees' main lefty in the bullpen.

The Yes Network first reported the agreement.

Thornton was limited by injury, including an oblique issue, with the Boston Red Sox in 2013. He appeared in 20 games for Boston, throwing 15 1/3 innings.

He was traded to the Red Sox from the Chicago White Sox last season but was left off Boston's playoff roster. He finished the season with a 3.74 ERA in 60 appearances spanning 43 1/3 innings.

An All-Star in 2010, Thornton hasn't just been a pure lefty specialist during his career, as left-hand hitters have batted .233 against him, while righties hit .241.

The Yankees' plan is to have David Robertson slide into the closer role. They also have righties Shawn Kelley, Preston Claiborne and Adam Warren as holdovers from 2013. They could have a second lefty reliever in Cesar Cabral.

Hubble said that he and Thornton evaluated the market and felt the Yankees offered the best opportunity with a chance to win.

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NEW YORK -- The New York Yankees have been hit with a $28 million luxury tax bill, pushing their total past the $250 million mark since the penalty began in 2003.

According to Major League Baseball calculations Tuesday, the Los Angeles Dodgers are the only other team that exceeded the tax threshold this year and must pay $11.4 million. Boston finished just under the tax threshold for the second straight year, coming in $225,666 shy of the $178 million mark.

Figures include average annual values of contracts for players on 40-man rosters, earned bonuses and escalators, adjustments for cash in trades and $10.8 million per team in benefits.

The Yankees finished with the highest regular payroll for the 15th consecutive year, winding up at a record $237,018,889. The Dodgers were just $146,647 behind.

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TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have signed Japanese pitcher Tomo Ohka and infielder Jared Goedert to minor-league contracts.

Both have been invited to attend the Jays’ spring training camp.

Ohka, 37, is trying to make a return to the major leagues as a knuckleballer. At camp with Toronto, he will be able to compare notes with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.

He made 10 starts for the Blue Jays in 2007 in a 10-year major-league career that includes stints with Montreal, Boston, Washington, Milwaukee and Cleveland.

Ohka’s career record from 1999 to 2009 is 51-68 with a 4.26 ERA. He has pitched in Japan since 2010.

Goedert, 28, spent last season for the Pirates Class-AAA affiliate in Indianapolis where he hit .241 with 32 doubles, 11 home runs and 62 RBI in 130 games. He primarily played third base.

In eight minor league seasons, Goedert has a .271 average with 113 home runs and 482 RBI in 825 games.

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The White Sox almost are in full rebuilding mode. It's going to be a long year on both sides of Chicago.

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Cubs sign reliever Jose Veras to one-year pact

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Dec 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EST

As first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Cubs have reached agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract with right-handed reliever Jose Veras. The deal also carries a $5.5 million club option for the 2015 season along with some undisclosed performance-based incentives.

Veras drew interest on the open market from the Astros and Rockies before settling Tuesday with Chicago. He will serve primarily as a setup man in 2014 behind Cubs closer Pedro Strop but could eventually get save opportunities if Strop struggles.

The Tigers declined a $3.25 million club option on Veras at the end of the 2013 season — a controversial decision after he posted a steady 3.02 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 60/22 K/BB ratio across 62 2/3 total frames.

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UPDATE, 6:43 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman says Veras will be the Cubs’ closer.

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Dodgers re-sign left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.5 million contract

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Dec 17, 2013, 7:48 PM EST

From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Dodgers finalized a two-year contract with left-hander J.P. Howell on Tuesday afternoon.

The two-year pact, which carries $11.5 million in guaranteed money along with a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016, will be officially announced Thursday after Howell passes his pre-signing physical exam.

Howell drew heavy free agent interest this winter from the Rockies, but they opted for a three-year, $16.5 million agreement with southpaw Boone Logan. Howell, 30, registered an outstanding 2.03 ERA and 1.05 WHIP over 62 innings this past summer for Los Angeles while holding left-handed batters to a hopeless .164/.225/.227 slash line.

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SEATTLE -- Left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and the Seattle Mariners have agreed to a contract for next season and avoided a potential dispute over arbitration eligibility.

The Mariners announced the deal on Tuesday. Instead of waiting to see if Furbush would become eligible for arbitration, the sides reached a one-year deal.

Furbush, 27, appeared in a team-best 71 games last season. He was 2-6 with a 3.74 ERA and a .199 opponent batting average. The left-hander tied for 10th in the American League in appearances and 13th with 20 holds.

Furbush has spent parts of three seasons with Seattle. He was acquired in a trade with Detroit in July 2011.





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Free-agent starter Gavin Floyd is Atlanta bound: 

Floyd signs on for 1 year with braves, with no option. Wanted 1 year with chance to re-set in year after tommy john.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 16, 2013
The deal is worth a reported base salary of $4 million, and Floyd can earn an addition $4.5 million in performance and roster bonuses. 

Floyd had a 5.18 ERA, 4.61 FIP, and 1.60 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings in 2013 for the White Sox before having surgery. He struck out 25 and walked 10. He'll turn 31 in late January 2014 and has a career 4.48 ERA, 4.39 FIP, and 1.34 WHIP in 1,151 1/3 innings over 10 years. 

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The Phillies would like to trade Jimmy Rollins for Christmas: 

PHI has made clear to other teams, as it did during the summer, that it is very willing to move Jimmy Rollins. Has a no-trade clause, tho.
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 16, 2013
Rollins struggled in 160 games in 2013, hitting .252/.318/.348 with only six home runs and 39 RBI. He added 22 stolen bases, but his 84 wRC+ was the worst of his career. Offensively, he was a non-factor. The 35-year-old was a plus baserunner and played above-average defense, though, according to FanGraphs. He earned $11 million. 

Rollins will make another $11 million in 2014, but have his 2015 option vest if he stays healthy and plays: 

About Jimmy Rollins's contract: He needs 434 plate appearances in 2014 to have his contract vest at $11m for 2015. http://t.co/U94BKkvLED
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 16, 2013
Rollins has hit .256/.323/.392 over the last three years in 458 games, with 45 home runs and 170 RBI. Time seems to be catching up to the lifelong Phillie, and while he can still contribute, it seems he's no longer the player he once was. 

Rollins will get ample paying time next year, writes the Philadelphia Inquirer's Matt Gelb, and trading him could prove to be difficult:

"Basically, if Rollins is somewhat healthy, he will reach 434. Manager Ryne Sandberg plans to bat Rollins second in his lineup, assuring the longtime shortstop regular at-bats. ...

"He turned 35 last month and possesses a full no-trade clause because of his 10-and-5 rights (10 years in the majors and five with the same team). Rollins expressed no desire to waive his no-trade clause last July."

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CLEVELAND (AP) Free agent veteran catcher Matt Treanor has signed a minor league contract with the Indians.

Treanor has also received an invitation to training camp, and if he earns a spot on Cleveland's 25-man roster, he'll make $800,000. The 37-year-old Treanor did not play last season while recovering from left knee surgery. He last played for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012.

A career backup, Treanor has a .221 batting average with 18 homers and 129 RBIs in 468 games with the Marlins, Detroit, Texas, Kansas City and Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Royals in the fourth round in 1994.

He played in four games during the Rangers' 2010 postseason run, including Game 2 of the World Series against San Francisco.

The Indians have considered moving catcher Carlos Santana to third base, and Treanor could provide them with some depth.

Treanor is married to Misty May-Treanor, a three-time Olympic gold medalist in beach volleyball.

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BOSTON (AP) Right-hander Shunsuke Watanabe has agreed to a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox.

Boston says he will report to minor league spring training as a reliever.

The two-time All-Star in Japan is a submarine-style pitcher with a 87-82 record and a 3.65 ERA. He spent 13 years with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Pacific League and pitched on Japan's World Baseball Classic championship teams in 2006 and 2009.

Also Tuesday, the Red Sox agreed to release righty Chris Carpenter to the Yakult Swallows of Japan's Central League in exchange for cash. Carpenter was the compensation for general manager Theo Epstein when he left for the Chicago Cubs after the 2011 season.

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There’s no such thing as a bad Minor League deal, and we don’t have anything to lose.” – Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, December 12, 2013 (h/t Gregor Chisholm, BlueJays.com)
The Toronto Blue Jays announced via press release that they have signed utility infielder Steve Tolleson to a 2014 minor league contract. The deal also comes with an invite to Major League spring training.

The move feels like deja vu as it comes on the heels of the Blue Jays pickup of infielder Jared Goedert earlier this week. Tolleson, 30, is two years older than Goedert and has received a couple of stints in the big leagues in 2010 with the Oakland Athletics and in 2012 with the Baltimore Orioles. In 129 plate appearances he has a .225/.273/.350 triple-slash with three home runs and 10 RBIs.

Last season with the Chicago White Sox Triple-A affiliate Tolleson had a .288 batting average and .807 OPS. He’ll likely start the season with the Buffalo Bisons and provides nice versatility with a history of playing second based, shortstop and both corner outfield positions.

It’s probably not the move that Blue Jays fans were hoping for but anytime you can stash a player with MLB experience in your Triple-A system it’s not a bad thing. However Tolleson doesn’t come with any minor league options after he was shuttled back and forth between the majors and Triple-A with the Orioles in 2012.

But hey, at least the player is happy with the move.

Proud to announce that I have decided to sign with the Toronto Blue Jays.

— Steven Tolleson (@STolleson83) December 18, 2013

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Former Mariners outfielder Raul Ibanez has reportedly agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

ibanez deal is incentive heavy. only $2.75M guaranteed, but can earn $5M total.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 18, 2013

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SAN DIEGO (AP) A person familiar with the situation says the San Diego Padres have agreed with former Detroit Tigers closer Joaquin Benoit on a $15.5 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal is pending on Benoit passing a physical.

In his first season as Tigers closer, Benoit had 24 saves in 26 chances. But in Game 2 of the AL championship series, he allowed a tying grand slam by Boston's David Ortiz that was a turning point in the series.

Benoit, who turns 37 on July 26, is expected to replace setup man Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland for outfielder Seth Smith. He could also be insurance for closer Huston Street, who's been on the disabled list three times the last two seasons.

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PITTSBURGH -- First baseman Travis Ishikawa and left-handed reliever Daniel Schlereth were among seven players who agreed Wednesday to minor league contracts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Ishikawa is a career .260 hitter with 19 home runs and 111 RBIs in 382 games with San Francisco, Milwaukee, Baltimore and the New York Yankees. He went 2-for-19 with one RBI last season while playing for Baltimore and New York.

Pittsburgh is looking for competition at first base, where Gaby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo are expected to be in the mix after Garrett Jones and Justin Morneau signed elsewhere.

Schlereth is 5-6 with a 4.36 ERA in 94 games with Arizona and Detroit.

The Pirates also agreed with right-hander Kyle McPherson, who is recovering from right elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

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MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says third baseman Casey McGehee has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins.

The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the Marlins hadn't announced an agreement.

McGehee, 31, hit .289 with 27 homers in Japan last year. Marlins third basemen totaled three homers and 44 RBIs in 2013, worst in the majors in both categories.

McGehee has an average of .257 in five big league seasons, and the Marlins will be his fifth major league team. He played for the Pirates and Yankees in 2012 and batted .217 with nine homers in 114 games.

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NEW YORK (AP) While the New York Yankees set another salary record, the Houston Astros had the lowest average in the major leagues in 14 years and the attention of the players' union.

The overall big league average rose 5.4 percent this season to a record $3.39 million, according to the annual report released Wednesday by the Major League Baseball Players Association. The increase was the steepest since 2006.

The Yankees had the highest average for the 15th consecutive season at $8.17 million, breaking the mark of $7.66 million when they won the World Series in 2009. The Los Angeles Dodgers were second at $7.82 million.

Houston's average of $549,603 was the smallest since the 1999 Kansas City Royals at $534,460. The Miami Marlins were 29th at $830,069, down from $3.77 million in 2012, when they ranked 10th.

Baseball's collective bargaining agreement requires a team to use revenue-sharing money it receives ''in an effort to improve its performance on the field.'' The Marlins had been required to raise player payroll annually from 2010-12 under an agreement between MLB and the union.

However, the issue is being dealt with under a provision in the collective bargaining agreement that gradually eliminates the 15 teams in the largest markets from receiving revenue sharing, and the Astros are 15th. Under that provision, those clubs forfeited 25 percent of the money this year, half in 2014, 75 percent the following year and all in 2016.

''We are watching both clubs closely, but were already aware what their 2013 spending would be and that there wasn't enough there to move beyond acknowledging as much,'' new union head Tony Clark said in an email to The Associated Press. ''With Houston a big factor is their impending `market disqualification.' For Miami, they actually have a long-range plan that suggests they will make the considerations necessary to be compliant.

''That said, both clubs are being monitored, and MLB recognizes that there is a potential for a dispute if the clubs do not move in the right direction.''

World Series champion Boston was fourth at $5.46 million, just behind Detroit at $5.53 million. St. Louis, which won the NL pennant, was 10th at $3.75 million.

Tampa Bay had the lowest ranking among the 10 playoff teams and was 24th at $2.13 million.

Among regulars at positions, designated hitters took over from first basemen for the highest average at $10.5 million. First basemen were next at $6.5 million, followed by starting pitchers at $6.3 million, second basemen at $5.8 million, outfielders at $5.6 million, third basemen at $5.2 million, shortstops at $4.5 million, catchers at $4.4 million and relief pitchers at $2.2 million,

Figures are based on Aug. 31 rosters and disabled lists, with 940 players averaging $3,386,212. Major League Baseball, which uses slightly different methods, calculated its average at $3,320,089, an increase of 6.9 percent.

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have acquired left-hander Josh Outman from Colorado for outfielder Drew Stubbs.

The 29-year-old Outman spent most of last season with the Rockies, going 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances. Outman limited left-handed hitters to a .198 average and had a 3.41 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field.

The Indians had issues getting out left-handers, a reason they acquired Marc Rzepczynski from St. Louis before the trade deadline.

Outman has a 12-11 career record with a 4.61 ERA 146 games for Oakland and Colorado.

Stubbs, who came to Cleveland in last December's trade with Cincinnati for Shin-Soo Choo, batted .233 with 10 homers and 17 steals as a part-time player for the Indians. Cleveland's signing of free agent David Murphy made Stubbs expendable.

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The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday traded left-handed reliever Franklin Morales to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for switch-hitting infielder Jonathan Herrera, a baseball source told ESPNBoston.com.

The 29-year-old Herrera has played second, third and shortstop over the course of his five-year career. He immediately fills a need for the Red Sox, who had been missing a utility player who could play on the left side of the infield.

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lobo316 wrote: The Boston Red Sox on Wednesday traded left-handed reliever Franklin Morales to the Colorado Rockies in exchange for switch-hitting infielder Jonathan Herrera, a baseball source told ESPNBoston.com.

Boston also sent minor-league RHP Chris Martin to Colorado in the deal.

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ATLANTA (AP) Looking for catching depth after losing Brian McCann to free agency, the Atlanta Braves have acquired Ryan Doumit from the Minnesota Twins for left-hander Sean Gilmartin.

The 32-year-old Doumit could share time with Evan Gattis, a rookie last season who is McCann's projected replacement as Atlanta's primary starter.

Doumit played his first seven seasons with Pittsburgh, then spent two years in Minnesota. He hit .247 with 14 homers and 55 RBIs this year, when he started only 43 games at catcher and also played in the outfield.

Gilmartin, the 28th overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft, was 3-8 with a 5.74 ERA at Triple-A Gwinnett last season.

The trade was announced Wednesday.

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SEATTLE (AP) The Seattle Mariners have re-signed oft-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez for the 2014 season, adding needed depth to their outfield.

The Mariners announced the deal Wednesday following a physical. Gutierrez became a free agent on Nov. 1 when the Mariners declined his option for 2014, but chose to return to Seattle for a sixth season hoping he can finally stay healthy.

Gutierrez won a Gold Glove in 2010 but has spent most of the past three seasons on the disabled list. He missed 106 games last season with hamstring problems that led to two extended stints on the DL.

If healthy, Gutierrez could solve one of Seattle's big concerns going into season about who will play in center field. The Mariners appear to have options at the corner outfield spots with the recent moves to acquire Logan Morrison and Corey Hart.

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PHOENIX (AP) Eric Chavez has reached an agreement to re-sign with the Arizona Diamondbacks, a person with knowledge of the situation said Wednesday.

The 36-year-old third baseman reportedly had been courted by several other teams but decided to return to Arizona on a one-year deal. Chavez has had his home in nearby Scottsdale for several years.

The person who confirmed the agreement asked not to be identified because Chavez has not signed the contract. The agreement was first reported by cbssports.com.

Chavez hit .281 with nine home runs last season. Although he played in only 80 games, his 44 RBIs were fourth-most on the team and his highest total since 2007. It was his first year in the National League after 15 major league seasons in the AL with Oakland and the New York Yankees, although he played in only 31 games combined in 2008 and 2009 because of shoulder and back injuries. He had a pair of stints on the disabled list last season, first with a right oblique strain, then with a strained left knee.

A six-time gold glove player early in his career with Oakland, Chavez is expected to back up Martin Prado at third and be available as a left-handed pinch hitter. The Diamondbacks traded young third baseman Matt Davidson to the Chicago White Sox earlier this week for closer Addison Reed.

Chavez, a popular player in the clubhouse, is a career .268 hitter with 257 home runs and 894 RBIs in 1,571 games.

He played the 2013 season on a one-year, $3 million contract. In an interview last September, he talked about wanting to stay with the Diamondbacks.

''They know I like it here,'' Chavez told The Arizona Republic then. ''This is home, my kids are here, spring training's five minutes from my house. It's a given that I would want to come back.''

Chavez was the 10th overall pick in the first round - by Oakland - in the 1996 draft.

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BALTIMORE (AP) The Orioles have obtained outfielder David Lough from the Kansas City Royals for infielder Danny Valencia.

As a rookie this year, the 27-year-old Lough batted .286 with five homers and 33 RBIs in 96 games. He played all three outfield positions.

He was originally selected by the Royals in the 11th round of the 2007 amateur draft. He made his major league debut in 2012, playing 20 games and batting .237.

Valencia hit .304 in 170 plate appearances for Baltimore. He bounced between the big league team and the minor leagues for much of the season.

Valencia's .553 slugging percentage was the fifth-highest in the AL among players with at least 150 at-bats. He batted .371 with 14 doubles and four homers against left-handers.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Tampa Bay Rays infielder Tim Beckham is expected to be sidelined six-to-eight months after surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in right knee.

The 23-year-old shortstop/second baseman, who made his major league debut in September, was injured during an offseason workout last week. Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Pensacola on Tuesday.

Minor league pitcher Ryne Stanek had surgery to repair his right hip labrum. He is expected to return in mid-summer.

Beckham was the No. 1 pick in the 2008 amateur draft. He hit .276 with four homers and 51 RBIs at Triple-A Durham before appearing in five games with the Rays last season.

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The Yankees reportedly made outfielder Shin-Soo Choo a seven-year offer worth $140 million after they signed Jacoby Ellsbury, which Choo turned down, writes Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan:

"In the aftermath of Robinson Cano's defection to Seattle, New York presented Choo a seven-year, $140 million deal, three sources outside the Yankees' organization told Yahoo Sports. When Boras countered asking for more money – one source indicated he wanted 'Ellsbury money,' or $153 million over seven years – the Yankees pulled the offer and signed Carlos Beltran to a three-year, $45-million deal." 
That's ... something. Big, if true, as the kids say. 

The Yankees declined to comment on the reported offer, but they're on out on Choo, according to Passan, and the Rangers "have shifted their focus to Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka," which means that Choo, represented by Scott Boras, may have a hard time finding money similar to New York's offer.  

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- In yet another December trade by general manager Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics have acquired outfielder Corey Brown from the Washington Nationals for cash.




Brown has played in 36 major league games in parts of three seasons, batting .175 with two homers and four RBIs.
After recently trading Seth Smith to San Diego, the addition of Brown provides further depth to an outfield figuring to feature Yoenis Cespedes in left field, Coco Crisp in center and Josh Reddick in right.

The 28-year-old Brown, a first-round pick by Oakland in the 2007 amateur draft out of Oklahoma State, can play all three outfield positions.

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have completed a $4.5 million, one-year contract with free agent closer John Axford.

Axford replaces two-time All-Star Chris Perez, who was released in October after Cleveland made its first playoff appearance since 2007. Axford, who saved 46 games for Milwaukee in 2011, agreed to the contract earlier this week, pending a physical.

The 30-year-old right-hander lost his closer's job early last season and was traded to St. Louis in August. He went a combined 7-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 75 appearances for the Brewers and Cardinals. He also blew seven saves.

Axford has a 22-19 career record with a 3.29 ERA and 106 saves in 281 relief appearances.

The Indians initially considered filling the closer's role within the organization but pursued several veteran free agents before working out a deal with Axford.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $3 million, one-year contract with right-hander Ronald Belisario and are closing in on a $4 million, one-year deal with pitcher Scott Downs.

Chicago announced the agreement with Belisario on Thursday. The talks with Downs were revealed by a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal had not been announced.

The 30-year-old Belisario was 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 77 games with the Dodgers last season and 20-12 with a 3.29 ERA over four years. He became a free agent when Los Angeles failed to offer a contract by the Dec. 2 deadline.

Belisario is scheduled to be eligible for arbitration after the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA in 68 games last season for the Los Angeles Angels and Atlanta Braves. The 37-year-old left-hander is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA over 564 career appearances.

Downs would earn $3.75 million next season, and the White Sox would hold a $4.25 million option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. Fox first reported his pending deal.

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Rays left-hander David Price represents the veritable crown jewel of the trade market this offseason, but Tampa Bay is thus far unimpressed by the offers they've received for their prized southpaw, reports CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.

Heyman notes that "five or six" clubs are reportedly pursuing the 28-year-old, but that none of the teams have proposed offers that have piqued the Rays' interest.  Furthermore, deep-pocketed and prospect-rich clubs like the Dodgers and Rangers appear unwilling to relinquish their top prospects, a trend that's become increasingly prevalent around the league.

According to Heyman, the Rays would require one elite prospect or "at least a trio of very good ones" to part with Price, the 2012 American League Cy Young award winner.

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In any case, the Rays seem slightly shocked that the offers haven't been better for one of the game's very best left-handers, one whose likely financial guarantee of about $31 million may be less than half what less-accomplished free-agent pitchers Matt Garza, Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez may command.

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Kevin Youkilis has agreed to a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan for the 2014 season, his agent confirmed Friday.

"He's looking at this as a terrific life experience for his family," agent Joe Bick said. "There were a number of opportunities and inquiries and conversations that took place here [in the U.S.]. But in the final analysis, this is what the family decided they wanted to do."

Youkilis, 34, is a three-time All-Star and .281 career hitter in 10 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. His best season came in 2008, when he hit .312 with 29 homers and 115 RBIs with the Red Sox and won the Hank Aaron Award.

Youkilis underwent back surgery last June and appeared in only 28 games with the Yankees. He's expecting to play first and third for Rakuten, the defending Japan Series champions.

Bick declined to reveal the terms of Youkilis' agreement with Rakuten. He said Youkilis, his wife, Julie, and their two children, ages 7 and 1, plan to spend the 2014 season together in Japan.

"Kevin's intent is to play one more year," said Bick, although he wouldn't rule out Youkilis playing beyond the 2014 season.

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CINCINNATI -- Pitcher Chien-Ming Wang was among 10 players who agreed to minor league contracts with the Cincinnati Reds and will report to big league spring training camp.

A 19-game winner with the New York Yankees in both 2006 and 2007, Wang spent most of this year at Triple-A for the Yankees and Blue Jays. The 33-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 7.67 ERA in six starts with Toronto.

Also agreeing to deals Friday were right-hander Jose Diaz; left-hander Lee Hyde; catchers Corky Miller, Rossmel Perez and Max Ramirez; infielders Argenis Diaz, Reynaldo Navarro and Kristopher Negron; and outfielder Jason Bourgeois.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins have found a replacement for Joe Mauer at catcher.

The Twins and catcher Kurt Suzuki agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract on Friday, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Suzuki has to pass a physical before the contract can be signed.

Minnesota was in the market for a veteran catcher after announcing last month that Mauer was moving to first base. It was a difficult decision for Mauer, the two-time AL batting champion who always has felt his value to the team was highest when he was catching.

But a concussion from a batted ball deflecting off his head on Aug. 19 ended his season and ultimately is what convinced Mauer to relent. The Twins had an opening at first base after trading Justin Morneau to Pittsburgh, so Mauer will take over for his long-time friend as the full-time first baseman.

Once that decision was made, the Twins went into the free-agent market looking for a veteran who could handle a revamped pitching staff and give them some production at the plate. They had conversations with A.J. Pierzynski and Jarrod Saltalamacchia, but both chose to sign elsewhere.

That's when the Twins turned their attention to Suzuki, who hit .232 with five homers and 32 RBIs for the Washington Nationals and Oakland Athletics last season. He'll be counted on to help integrate newcomers Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to the starting rotation and bring along younger pitchers like Kyle Gibson and Alex Meyer.

The 30-year-old Suzuki will also be tasked with mentoring prospect Josmil Pinto, who filled in nicely for Mauer at the end of last season. Pinto hit .342 with four homers in 21 games last season. But the 24-year-old Venezuelan has a long way to go when it comes to defense and calling a game, so Suzuki and bench coach Terry Steinbach will be there to help him along.

Suzuki only threw out 12 percent of base stealers last season, but has thrown out 26 percent in his big league career.

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NEW YORK -- Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Troy Patton has been suspended for the first 25 games of next season after a positive test for a banned amphetamine.

Under the drug agreement between MLB and its players' union, 25 games is the penalty for a second positive amphetamine test. A first positive results only in follow-up testing.

Patton became the 15th player suspended this year under the big league drug program following 14 penalized as a result on MLB's Biogenesis investigation.

The 28-year-old left-hander, a veteran of five major league seasons, was 2-0 with a 3.70 ERA this year in 56 relief appearances.

His suspension was announced Friday.









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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs say they have agreed to minor league contracts with pitchers Jonathan Sanchez and Tsuyoshi Wada and invited them to spring training.

Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter for San Francisco in 2009, struggled in five appearances with Pittsburgh last season, finishing with an 11.85 ERA with eight walks in 13 2-3 innings.

Wada played nine years with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of the Japanese Pacific League before signing an $8.15 million, two-year contract with Baltimore before the 2012 season. He developed elbow soreness that spring and had elbow-ligament reconstruction surgery after a tear was discovered following a rehabilitation outing for Triple-A Norfolk. He made 19 starts for Norfolk last season.

The Cubs also agreed to minor league deals with pitcher Tommy Hottovy and outfielder Mitch Maier.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have designated for assignment left-hander Eric Surkamp, clearing roster room for the addition of newly signed outfielder Michael Morse.

Morse finalized his $6 million, one-year contract Tuesday to become San Francisco's new left fielder.

Right-hander Ryan Vogelsong also was added to the 40-man roster, the Giants said Friday.

The 26-year-old Surkamp, a sixth-round pick by the Giants in the 2008 amateur draft, went 0-1 with a 23.63 ERA in one spot start for San Francisco this year that lasted only 2 2-3 innings on July 23 against his hometown Reds. He was 7-1 with a 2.80 ERA between Class A San Jose and Triple-A Fresno.

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PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Brad Ziegler by agreeing to a two-year, $10.5 million contract with the right-handed reliever.

Ziegler revealed the agreement via Twitter, saying he's ''really excited to stay in Arizona for a couple more years, at least.''

Under the contract, the side-arm pitcher gets $4.5 million for 2014 and $5 million for 2015 with a $5.5 million option for 2016 that includes a $1 million buyout.

The 34-year-old pitcher has spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, going 14-2 with a 2.36 ERA. Last season, Ziegler inherited the closer's role due to injuries and struggles by others. He had a career-high 13 saves in 15 opportunities. Last season, he was 8-1 with a 2.22 ERA.

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BALTIMORE (AP) The Baltimore Orioles will not be signing free agent closer Grant Balfour.

Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette says that the club was not satisfied with the results of his physical examination.

''The Orioles were disappointed we couldn't complete a contract with Grant Balfour,'' Duquette said in a Friday conference call.

Baltimore and Balfour came to a reported two-year $15 million agreement with $1 million deferred on Tuesday pending results of the physical. Duquette said the team would not seek to restructure the agreement.

Duquette says the Orioles will ''turn our attention elsewhere for now.''

Duquette declined to say what the specific concerns over Balfour were, but the right-hander had shoulder and elbow operations that kept him out of the major leagues in 2005 and 2006.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have signed first baseman Daric Barton to a one-year contract, avoiding salary arbitration with their longest-tenured player.

After playing in 159 games for the A's in 2010, Barton hasn't been in more than 67 in a season since. He batted .269 with three home runs and 16 RBIs in 37 games this year, while spending most of the season with Triple-A Sacramento. He hit .297 with seven homers and 69 RBIs in 110 games at Triple-A.

Also Friday, the two-time defending AL West champions claimed catcher Chris Gimenez off waivers from Tampa Bay. He batted .224 with three home runs and 22 RBIs in 95 games with Triple-A Durham in 2013.

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PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Mark Grace to hitting coach of Class A Hillsboro, 16 months after the former All-Star left his broadcasting job following a second DUI arrest.

Grace was a minor league hitting instructor last season. He also served a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program last spring. His new role was announced by the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Doug Drabek, the 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner, is returning as Hillsboro's pitching coach for a second season. Former big league catcher J.R. House will be the team's manager and Ben Petrick, also an ex-major league catcher, will return as a consultant.

Grace is best remembered in Arizona for singling to start the winning rally against Yankees closer Mariano Rivera in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7 of the thrilling 2001 World Series.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have agreed to minor league contracts with infielder Kensuke Tanaka (kin-SOO-kay teh-NAH-kuh) and pitchers Ryan Feierabend (FEAR-ahh-bend) and Daniel McCutchen.

Tanaka, who made his major league debut at 32 with San Francisco last season, will be in major league camp along with Feierabend.

Tanaka was a teammate of Texas right-hander Yu Darvish in Japan's Pacific League and spent 13 years playing in his home country before coming to the U.S. He was with Triple-A Fresno most of last season and hit .267 in 15 games with San Francisco.

Feierabend was in the Texas farm system this year. The left-hander spent part of three seasons with Seattle from 2006-08.

McCutchen, a right-hander, was in the Baltimore organization last season.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Rangers have agreed to minor league contracts with infielder Kensuke Tanaka (kin-SOO-kay teh-NAH-kuh) and pitchers Ryan Feierabend (FEAR-ahh-bend) and Daniel McCutchen.

Tanaka, who made his major league debut at 32 with San Francisco last season, will be in major league camp along with Feierabend.

Tanaka was a teammate of Texas right-hander Yu Darvish in Japan's Pacific League and spent 13 years playing in his home country before coming to the U.S. He was with Triple-A Fresno most of last season and hit .267 in 15 games with San Francisco.

Feierabend was in the Texas farm system this year. The left-hander spent part of three seasons with Seattle from 2006-08.

McCutchen, a right-hander, was in the Baltimore organization last season.

Oh, and...http://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-rangers/headlines/20131221-texas-rangers-agree-to-130-million-deal-with-top-free-agent-shin-soo-choo.ece

The Texas Rangers have gotten their man: Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has agreed to a seven-year contract with the club, a source close to the negotiations confirmed. The contract will still be subject to Choo passing a physical and it’s possible he may not be introduced as a Ranger until early in the week.
Financial details of the deal are still uncertain, but it is believed the deal will be for approximately $130 million, an average of about $18.6 million per season. The Rangers beat out the New York Yankees for Choo, by leveraging the value of the lack of state income tax in Texas. The approximate $130 million in Texas is worth about $143-145 million in New York. The Yankees reportedly offered a seven-year deal worth $140 million recently.
Choo, 31, will likely become the Rangers leadoff man and left fielder, but also has the ability to hit in the middle of the batting order. The Rangers could also consider hitting Choo third with Adrian Beltre fourth and Prince Fielder fifth.
The club has gone into the winter with the idea that Leonys Martin would hit leadoff in 2014, but Martin has struggled in the Dominican Republic this winter, hitting less than .200 for about a month’s worth of at-bats.
Choo has a career .389 OBP and had a .423 OBP last year with Cincinnati, hitting almost exclusively in the leadoff spot.
The Rangers will have to forfeit their first-round draft pick to sign Choo, but will recoup a pick at the end of the first round when Nelson Cruz signs elsewhere. The deal with Choo should put an end to any conversations with Cruz.

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Choo is gonna wind up a bad deal for Texas. My God, the money and years being thrown around.

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BigJ wrote: Choo is gonna wind up a bad deal for Texas. My God, the money and years being thrown around.
Yeah, and considering that NY backed out and no other big market team seemed all that interested, they basically were bidding against themselves.  Makes no sense to give him that money/years, especially under those circumstances.  Wait another 3 weeks and he'll be desperate for any job.

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BigJ wrote: Choo is gonna wind up a bad deal for Texas. My God, the money and years being thrown around.
Absolutely. It seems with prices like this, I'm surprised no team has just said "nothing for us this year" and spent the money they would have blown on an old free agent to build huge baseball academies in inner cities, hire their own guys.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Free-agent catcher Chris Snyder has agreed to a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.

He will report to major league spring training, the team said Saturday on Twitter.

Snyder was 4 for 18 (.222) with one home run and two RBIs for the Nationals in eight spring training games, then was released on March 18.

He spent most of the season in the minor leagues and was 2 for 20 with one RBI in nine games for Baltimore from May 3-25 and Sept. 7-28.

The 32-year-old has a .224 average with 77 homers and 298 RBIs in 10 big league seasons that also included time with Arizona (2004-10), Pittsburgh (2010-11) and Houston (2012).

 

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The San Francisco Giants have agreed to sell first baseman Brett Pill to the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The Giants say Pill has agreed to a one-year contract with the South Korean team pending a physical after Christmas. Pill remains on the Giants' 40-man roster until after he passes his physical.

Pill batted .224 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 85 at-bats for the Giants last season. He became expendable after San Francisco signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one-year contract earlier this week. Morse can play some first base as well as outfield.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have agreed with former All-Star closer Chris Perez on a one-year contract, according to reports.

Perez, 28, was not tendered a contract by the Cleveland Indians in October after struggling with a 4.33 ERA in 56 games and being arrested in June for having marijuana shipped to his home under his dog's name. He pleaded no contest to those charges and was put on probation, according to reports.

Perez gives the Dodgers four pitchers with experience as closers and plenty of bullpen facial hair. Kenley Jansen will be the closer, and the team signed Brian Wilson for $10 million earlier this month to be his setup man.

The Dodgers also have Brandon League, who was signed to a three-year, $22.5 million deal to close last winter before struggling.

Perez had a career-high 39 saves in 2012, converting all but four of his chances. He missed a month early this past season with a sore right shoulder and was replaced as the Indians' closer late in the season.

Financial terms of the deal aren't known. Perez he made $7.3 million last season. The Los Angeles Times was the first to report that the sides were nearing an agreement.

Perez was in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., earlier this month at baseball's winter meetings to meet with club officials. He spoke with the New York Mets and had drawn interest from the Baltimore Orioles, according to reports.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) The Texas Rangers have received outfielder Alex Castellanos on a waiver claim from Boston.

The Red Sox acquired Castellanos in a trade with the Los Angeles on Oct. 23. The 27-year-old was designated for assignment Dec. 12 when Boston re-signed free agent Mike Napoli.

Castellanos spent most of last season with Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .257 with 19 home runs and 61 RBIs. He is a career .171 hitter in the majors in 24 games, all with the Dodgers.

With Monday's move, the Rangers have a full 40-man roster.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs have claimed pitcher Brett Marshall off waivers from the New York Yankees.

The 23-year-old right-hander made his major league debut last season, making three relief appearances over two stints with the Yankees and allowing six earned runs in 12 innings. He spent most of last year with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 7-10 with a 5.13 ERA in 25 starts.

A sixth-round draft pick by the Yankees in 2008, Marshall is 36-32 with a 4.07 ERA in 115 minor league appearances and 113 starts.

The Cubs announced the move Monday.

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TORONTO, Ontario — The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the Chicago White Sox roster.

Morel, 26, appeared in 12 games for the White Sox last season, batting .200.

He had .266 average with six home runs and 54 RBIs in 106 games for triple-A Charlotte.

A third-round selection by the White Sox in 2008, Morel has spent parts of four seasons in the majors, recording a .229 average with 13 home runs and 54 RBIs in 194 games.

The Blue Jays now have 40 players on the 40-man roster.

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Mark Trumbo seems like a good guy.

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Mark Trumbo's entire world had been turned upside down. It was Dec. 10, and he had just been traded for the first time in his life, going to the D-backs because the Angels badly needed the cost-controlled pitching his power and age could bring back. Trumbo was leaving his hometown team, going to a new state and a new league and a new clubhouse and a new set of expectations.

But when he called the Angels' public-relations department shortly after the three-team deal was announced, the 27-year-old slugger had just one question:

Can I still attend the holiday party?

Trumbo was referring to the Angels' annual Children's Holiday Party at the ESPN Zone in Downtown Disney, which he was scheduled to attend the following day but was no longer expected to because, you know, he wasn't part of the team anymore.

But Trumbo had been taking part in this event since his Minor League days. It was, as he said, "kind of ingrained in me," like his Southern California roots and his admiration for the franchise that taught him to love baseball.

And so, the following afternoon, he surprisingly showed up, alongside his now ex-teammate and good friend Hank Conger and some former players he grew up watching -- Chuck Finley, Adam Kennedy and Mark Langston.

It was just like old times, except this year Trumbo was the only one among them without an Angels jersey on.

"Standing at home plate at the end of last year, I didn't know that would be my last at-bat in the foreseeable future as an Angel," Trumbo said in a phone conversation. "You just never know. But this is something I had control over, I guess. I felt like the right thing to do would be to go, to sign some autographs and say hi to the kids and say hi to all the other guys who were going and kind of do one last thing to say thanks for the opportunity that I got in Anaheim."

The Angels didn't want to trade Trumbo, but they couldn't say no to acquiring two young, controllable left-handed starters in Tyler Skaggs (from the D-backs) and Hector Santiago (White Sox). Trumbo understood. And the next afternoon, the Villa Park High School product said goodbye in his own way -- by reading Christmas stories, signing autographs and giving high-fives to 200 or so under-served children from his own backyard.

"I did expect it to be maybe a tad strange, but then again, it would only be the adults that would probably find it a little bit strange, because the kids are just happy to be there," Trumbo said. "It was cool. It was a little strange not putting the uniform on, but it was good nonetheless. I went in with an open mind, hoping for a good experience, and that's exactly how it turned out."

Twenty-four hours earlier, Trumbo was training with Conger, Kennedy and Peter Bourjos -- now with the Cardinals -- at Constant Performance in Anaheim, when his cell phone rang with the news that he was moving to Arizona, to play left field and to hit behind Paul Goldschmidt.

Angels broadcaster Jose Mota and radio play-by-play man Terry Smith left Trumbo for last during the introductions the following afternoon, and the slugger got by far the loudest applause.

"They knew that this is quite a unique thing -- a guy who's not on the team, got traded, could've been mopey," said Mota, who has been hosting the holiday party for more than a decade. "He decided, 'No, this is who I am.' You talk about showing your true colors and who you really are, I don't think it speaks any better than that action right there."

The trade isn't even two weeks old, but Trumbo has moved on in many ways. Last week, he flew to Arizona to take part in the D-backs' Winter Classic, where he met some of his new teammates, chatted with manager Kirk Gibson, wrapped a boa constrictor around his neck for a picture and got involved in an interactive Twitter chat with fans. Soon enough, he plans to buy a house near Chase Field.

Trumbo will finish his stint with the Angels as the team's leader in home runs each of the last three years, compiling 95 of them to go along with 282 RBIs from 2011-13. He is -- no matter how you feel about his on-base percentage -- the local kid who made good, going from a raw ex-pitcher drafted in the 18th round to one of the premier power hitters in the game.

Asked how he wants to be remembered by Angels fans, Trumbo said: "I always find that the best compliment I can give guys is they play the game the right way."

"Some guys are naturally more talented and put up better numbers than others, but I feel like I always gave the best effort that I did have, and hopefully the fans will remember that," he added. "You have successes, you have failures. But I did the best I could in the three years I was there, and I think quite a few people appreciate it. And I'm sure some don't, but that's what happens when you're in the spotlight."

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Los Angeles Dodgers bolstered their bullpen on Tuesday, announcing deals with J.P. Howell, Chris Perez and Jamey Wright. They also brought back third baseman Juan Uribe.

Howell returns to Los Angeles for a two-year contract that includes a third-year vesting option. He held opponents to a .193 batting average last season and had a 2.03 ERA, both career bests.

Howell, who went 4-1 in 67 appearances in his first year with the team, was especially tough on left-handed hitters, holding them to a .164 batting average.

General manager Ned Colletti said Howell's demeanor and competitiveness were ''real positives'' in the clubhouse.

Coming off his best season with Los Angeles, Uribe received a two-year deal. He batted .278 with 12 homers and 50 RBIs in 132 games. He also had a big postseason homer that helped the Dodgers clinch their NL division series against Atlanta.

The 34-year-old Uribe played mainly at third base and had just five errors in 900 1-3 innings. His .983 fielding percentage was second among major leaguers at the position.

Perez signed a one-year deal two months after the five-time All-Star was released by Cleveland. Colletti said Perez expressed interest in joining the Dodgers and pitching in any role that is asked of him.

Perez's addition doesn't change the Dodgers' plans to have Kenley Jansen and Brian Wilson serve as the primary closers. Colletti said he couldn't pass up the chance to add another reliever who has had success late in games.

Perez became a full-time closer in 2010, and has 132 career saves. The right-hander was 5-3 with a 4.33 ERA and 25 saves in 30 chances for the Indians. The 28-year-old's first major league save came against the Dodgers in 2008.

Perez's time in Cleveland was at times overshadowed by turmoil. He angered Indians fans last season for saying they didn't support the team like they should, and he rankled Cleveland's front office by criticizing trades and stating the Indians weren't spending enough to win.

Last June, Perez was arrested after drug agents followed a package containing marijuana to his Ohio home. He and his wife pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge.

Wright signed a one-year deal to return to the Dodgers after pitching for them in 2012.

The right-hander was 2-2 with a 3.09 ERA in 66 games for Tampa Bay last season. In 2012, Wright made the Dodgers after he was a non-roster invitee to spring training and went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 66 games.

Wright, who turns 39 on Wednesday, was mostly a starter for the first 10 seasons of his 18-year major league career. He's made 22 relief appearances of at least two innings during the last three seasons. He is 9-4 with a 2.50 ERA in 42 games at Dodger Stadium.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Cubs say they have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Jose Veras that includes a club option for 2015.

The deal was announced on Friday.

Veras is due $3.85 million next season, and the Cubs have a $5.5 million option for 2015 with a $150,000 buyout. He can make an additional $750,000 annually in performance bonuses based on games finished.

Veras was 0-5 with a 3.02 ERA in 67 games last season for the Houston Astros and Detroit Tigers, who acquired him on July 29.

Detroit declined a $4 million option on Veras in November and opted to pay a $150,000 buyout.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez has agreed to a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.
The club announced the deal Friday.
Multiple reports previously said the deal is for a $2.75 million base salary and includes incentives that could increase the payout to $5 million.
The 41-year-old Ibanez batted .242 with 29 homers and 65 RBIs for the Seattle Mariners last year. He hit his final homer of the season at Angel Stadium on Sept. 21, tying Ted Williams' record for the most homers by a 40-and-over player.
Ibanez has 300 career homers and is seven hits shy of becoming the 18th active major leaguer with 2,000 hits. He played his first major league game with Seattle in 1996, also making stops with the Royals, Phillies and Yankees between three stints with the Mariners.

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HOUSTON -- All-Star free-agent reliever Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year deal with the Houston Astros.
Financial terms were not released.

Crain made the All-Star team last season with a 0.74 ERA in 37 appearances for the White Sox. He had a streak of 29 straight appearances without allowing a run from April 17 to June 22. Crain was traded to Tampa Bay on July 29, but didn't appear in a game for the Rays because of a right shoulder strain.

Houston's bullpen was one of the biggest problems last season on a team that lost a franchise-record 111 games and had the worst record in the majors.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - The Rangers have acquired right-hander Miles Mikolas from Pittsburgh in exchange for first baseman Chris McGuiness.

The deal Monday came three days after Texas designated McGuiness for assignment to clear room on its roster after free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo signed a $130 million, seven-year deal.

Mikolas spent most of 2013 at Triple-A Tucson, going 4-2 with 26 saves and a 3.25 ERA in 54 games. He was designated for assignment by the Padres in November, then traded to Pittsburgh.

McGuiness hit .176 with one RBI in 10 games for Texas last season. He hit .246 with 11 home runs, and 63 RBI in 104 games at Triple-A Round Rock.

To make room on their 40-man roster for Mikolas, the Rangers designated outfielder Rafael Ortega for assignment.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers have told outfielder Yasiel Puig the organization is ''very disappointed'' with his behavior in the wake of his second arrest this year for reckless driving.

The team issued a statement Sunday that said Puig's behavior ''is a very serious issue to us.'' The Dodgers said they would continue to educate the 23-year-old Cuban defector and strive to further develop his growth off the field.

Puig was arrested Saturday in Naples, Fla., after the Florida Highway Patrol clocked him going 110 mph in a 70-mph zone.

Authorities said Puig was arrested and charged with reckless driving and taken to the Collier County Jail for processing. Puig lives in the Miami area during the offseason.

In April, when he was still in the minors, Puig was charged with reckless driving and speeding after Chattanooga, Tenn., police clocked him going 97 mph in a 50-mph zone. The charges were dismissed in November after Puig completed community service in Los Angeles.

Puig was an instant sensation with the Dodgers last season, batting .319 with 19 home runs and 42 RBIs. He helped them reach the NL championship series, where they lost to St. Louis, and he was runner-up for the Rookie of the Year award.

Puig signed a $42 million, seven-year contract in June 2012, a record for a Cuban defector. He received a $12 million signing bonus and made $2 million last season.

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Pitcher Mark Mulder has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels that includes an invitation to the team's big league spring training camp, Mulder's agent confirmed Wednesday.

If Mulder makes the big league roster and achieves all his incentives and award bonuses, the deal could be worth more than $6 million, according to a baseball source.

"Mark chose the Angels because he has an opportunity to compete for a spot in the starting rotation. Along with the Angels being a championship-caliber club, that made it a good fit,'' agent Brian Charles of Big League Management Company said.

Mulder, 36, is 103-60 with a 4.18 ERA in nine seasons with the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals. He hasn't pitched since 2008 because of shoulder issues, and has been working as an analyst with ESPN since 2011.

Mulder began his comeback in Arizona in November and auditioned for the San Francisco Giants, Arizona Diamondbacks and numerous other clubs before reaching agreement with the Angels.

Los Angeles currently has Jered Weaver and C.J. Wilson at the top of its rotation, with Joe Blanton, Garrett Richards and recently acquired lefties Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago among the other candidates for starting spots. The Angels have also indicated that they have an interest in pursuing Japanese free agent Masahiro Tanaka.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox and veteran left-handed reliever Scott Downs have agreed to terms on a one-year, $4 million contract.

The 37-year-old Downs was 4-4 with a 2.49 ERA, 37 strikeouts and 26 holds in 68 appearances last season between the Angels and Atlanta. In 12 major league seasons, he is 38-36 with a 3.48 ERA, 550 strikeouts and 166 holds in 564 games (50 starts).

Downs registered a career-best 1.34 ERA with Los Angeles in 2011.

The deal, announced Thursday, includes a $4.25 million club option for 2015 with a $250,000 buyout. The team said Downs will receive $3.75 million in 2014.

To make room for Downs on the 40-man roster, the White Sox designated left-hander Santos Rodriguez for assignment.

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NEW YORK (AP) Los Angeles Angels catcher Carlos Ramirez has been suspended 100 games for a third positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of baseball's minor league drug program.

Ramirez is currently on the roster of Triple-A Salt Lake and the suspension, announced Thursday, will begin at the start of the Bees' season.

Ramirez, who will turn 26 in March, served a 50-game suspension for his second offense at the start of last season. Playing for Double-A Arkansas, he batted .206 with six homers and 22 RBIs in 48 games.

There were 60 suspensions last year under the minor league drug program and 16 under the major league program.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) First baseman James Loney has finalized a $21 million, three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The deal announced Friday is the largest the budget-minded club has given a free agent since current ownership led by Stuart Sternberg took control after the 2005 season.

Loney hit a team-leading .299 with 13 homers and 75 RBIs for the Rays last season, his first with Tampa Bay. He also was a finalist for an AL Gold Glove.

The 29-year-old Loney appeared in 158 games in 2013 and led the major leagues with a club-record .351 road batting average.

In eight seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox and Rays, Loney has a .285 career average with 86 homers and 534 RBIs.

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NEW YORK (AP) Minnesota Twins second baseman Eddie Rosario has been suspended 50 games for a second positive test for a drug of abuse in violation of baseball's minor league drug program.

Rosario is on the roster of Double-A New Britain and his suspension, announced Saturday, will begin at the start of the Rock Cats' season.

The 21-year-old Rosario was a fourth-round pick in 2010. He batted .302 with 10 homers and 73 RBIs in 122 games split between Class-A and Double-A last year.
He is the second player suspended for violating the minor league drug program this year, both for drugs of abuse. There were 60 suspensions last year under the minor league program and 16 under the major league program.

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CLEVELAND -- Free agent reliever Scott Atchison has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Atchison will report to major league spring training camp, where he'll have a chance to win a spot in Cleveland's bullpen. The 37-year-old appeared in 50 games for the Mets last season, interrupted by two trips to the disabled list. He became a free agent last month when New York failed to offer a 2014 contract.

The right-hander's best season was 2012, when he had a 1.42 ERA in 42 games for Boston. Atchison has a 10-10 record with one save and a 3.64 ERA in 205 major league appearances. He also has pitched for Seattle, San Francisco and Hanshin in Japan's Central League.

The Indians need help in the bullpen after losing Joe Smith and Matt Albers in free agency. They also released closer Chris Perez and extended a non-roster invite to free agent OF Jeff Francoeur, signing him to a minor league contract.

Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, will report to spring training camp in Arizona, where he'll try to win a job on Cleveland's 25-man roster. A .263 career hitter, Francoeur nearly signed with the Indians four years ago.

He played with Kansas City and San Francisco last season, batting a combined .204 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 81 games. Francoeur has driven in at least 75 runs four times, and he won a Gold Glove with Atlanta in 2007.

Francoeur has 140 career homers and 618 RBIs in 1,227 games for the Braves, Mets, Rangers, Royals and Giants. He was drafted in the first round in 2002 by Atlanta.

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NEW YORK -- Catcher Taylor Teagarden has agreed to a minor league contract with the New York Mets.

He hit .167 with two homers and five RBIs in 60 at-bats last season for Baltimore, which designated him for assignment Sept. 1.

The 30-year-old catcher was on the disabled list from April 28 to June 4 after he dislocated his left thumb when hit by a foul ball.

Teagarden, whose deal was announced Monday, has a .206 average with 20 homers and 63 RBIs in six major league seasons. He figures to compete for a backup job behind Travis d'Arnaud.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Chris Dickerson that includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The 31-year-old Dickerson hit .238 with four home runs and 13 RBIs with Baltimore in 2013.

Dickerson is a .262 career hitter with 15 homers and 60 RBIs in 314 games for Cincinnati, Milwaukee, the New York Yankees and the Orioles.

The Pirates are looking for outfield depth and Dickerson has experience at all three outfield positions.

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SEATTLE -- The Mariners have added depth behind the plate, agreeing to a minor league contract with catcher Humberto Quintero.

Seattle said Monday that Quintero will attend major league spring training camp, where pitchers and catchers arrive Feb. 12 at Peoria, Ariz.

Quintero signed with Seattle last July 26 and appeared in 22 games for the Mariners. He batted .224 with two homers.

He started last season with Philadelphia and between the Phillies and Mariners threw out 36.4 percent of attempted base stealers. Quintero, 34, should be in the competition to back up Mike Zunino on Seattle's roster.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) The St. Louis Cardinals added an outfield prospect to the 40-man roster, claiming 22-year-old Rafael Ortega on waivers from the Texas Rangers.

The left-handed hitting Ortega, of Venezuela, was designed for assignment by Texas on Dec. 30. The Rangers had claimed him from the Rockies a month earlier.

Colorado signed Ortega as a non-drafted free agent in 2008 and he made his major league debut in September 2012, appearing in two games. Ortega batted .228 for Double-A Tulsa last year with one home run, 10 RBIs and nine steals in 13 attempts before a season-ending leg injury in late June.

The Cardinals have one spot remaining on the roster.

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CLEVELAND (AP) Veteran outfielder Jeff Francoeur has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians.

Francoeur, who turns 30 on Wednesday, will report to spring training camp in Arizona, where he'll try to win a job on Cleveland's 25-man roster. A .263 career hitter, Francoeur nearly signed with the Indians four years ago.

He played with Kansas City and San Francisco last season, batting a combined .204 with three homers and 17 RBIs in 81 games. Francoeur has driven in at least 75 runs four times, and he won a Gold Glove with Atlanta in 2007.

Francoeur has 140 career homers and 618 RBIs in 1,227 games for the Braves, Mets, Rangers, Royals and Giants. He was drafted in the first round in 2002 by Atlanta.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract extension with manager Don Mattingly, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

The team is expected to announce the extension later this week.

Mattingly was already under contract for the 2014 season. Exact terms of the extension were unknown, although sources told ESPN that it covers the next three seasons.

Mattingly managed all of last season without assurances he would remain at the helm beyond this year. He revealed during a tense news conference after the season that his option for 2014 vested when the Dodgers made the NL Championship Series, and he displayed frustration at having been put in that position.

The Dodgers were surprised by the comments but quickly moved to assure Mattingly that he was viewed as part of their long-term future. The team initiated extension talks shortly thereafter.

While the process took several months, there was always a belief on both sides that an extension would be completed before spring training.

Mattingly is 260-225 in his three seasons as Dodgers manager. He finished second in NL Manager of the Year voting in 2013.

Mattingly came under fire last season as the Dodgers stumbled out of the gates and fell 9½ games out of first place on June 21. But the Dodgers always preferred to keep him, and allowed him the time to work the club through the struggles.

The Dodgers then went on a franchise-best 42-8 run over the next 50 games and wound up winning the NL West by 11 games before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

The Dodgers did not retain bench coach Trey Hillman, one of Mattingly's closest friends, after the season. However, that move had been decided before Mattingly's news conference at the end of the season, sources previously indicated to ESPN.

The team subsequently promoted highly regarded third-base coach Tim Wallach to bench coach, and retained the rest of Mattingly's staff.

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TOKYO -- Japan's Rakuten Eagles have said Andruw Jones will return for another season after helping the Pacific League team win the Japan Series last year.

The 36-year-old former major leaguer has agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.8 million, Japanese media reported Wednesday.

Jones batted .243 while hitting 26 home runs and a team-high 94 RBIs as the Eagles won their first Japan Series championship.

Jones, a native of Curacao, hit 434 homers over 17 MLB seasons with the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees. The Eagles paid him $3.5 million on a one-year deal for the 2013 season.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Former All-Star catcher Ramon Hernandez has agreed to a minor league contract with the Kansas City Royals.

The 37-year-old is a career .263 hitter in 15 seasons in the major leagues. His 757 RBIs since the start of the 1999 season are fifth among major league catchers during that span, and his 169 homers are seventh-most among big league catchers.

Hernandez played in 17 games last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers, batting .208 with two doubles, three home runs and six RBIs. He was released June 22.

He was an All-Star in 2003 with Oakland, hitting 21 home runs. He also has played for San Diego, Baltimore, Cincinnati and Colorado.

Kansas City announced the agreement Tuesday.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Right-handed reliever Jesse Chavez has reached agreement on a $775,000, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics.

The team made the announcement Tuesday. Chavez's deal is not guaranteed.

He went 2-4 with a career-low 3.92 ERA and one save in 35 appearances over two 2013 stints with the two-time defending AL West champions. He made $500,000.

Oakland's remaining players eligible for arbitration include catcher John Jaso, new closer Jim Johnson, right fielder Josh Reddick, first baseman Brandon Moss and shortstop Jed Lowrie.

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PITTSBURGH — Infielder Robert Andino has agreed to a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 29-year-old hit .302 with nine RBIs in 25 games with Triple-A Indianapolis last year after being acquired by the Pirates in July.

Andino has a .232 career big league batting average in nine seasons with the Marlins, Baltimore and Seattle. Andino appeared in 29 games with the Mariners last season, hitting .184 with four RBI.

His agreement was announced Tuesday.

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DETROIT -- The Tigers have agreed to a one-year deal with shortstop Jose Iglesias.

Iglesias finished second in last year's AL Rookie of the Year vote, hitting .303 in 109 games with Boston and the Tigers. Detroit acquired him from the Red Sox in a three-way deal shortly before the trade deadline.

Iglesias replaced Jhonny Peralta at shortstop for Detroit while Peralta was serving a drug suspension last season. Peralta signed with St. Louis during the offseason.

Iglesias is part of an infield the Tigers hope will be improved defensively in 2014. Miguel Cabrera is moving from third base back to first to replace Prince Fielder, who was traded to the Texas Rangers.

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PITTSBURGH -- The Jolly Roger has walked the plank in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates announced Wednesday that the franchise will make the gold "P" the team's primary logo this season, replacing the beloved eye-patch wearing sailor who has been the club's main symbol for nearly 80 years.

The team will still have the Jolly Roger on the sleeves of some of its uniforms for the time being. Some variation of the Jolly Roger has been a part of the Pirates' identity since 1936, although the classic "P" dates back more than a century.

The club will continue to raise a black-and-white pirate flag in center field after home victories.

The Pirates have seen a huge increase in merchandise sales recently thanks to their improved play. Pittsburgh made the playoffs for the first time in 21 years in 2013.

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lobo316 wrote: The Los Angeles Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract extension with manager Don Mattingly, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday.

The team is expected to announce the extension later this week.

Mattingly was already under contract for the 2014 season. Exact terms of the extension were unknown, although sources told ESPN that it covers the next three seasons.

Mattingly managed all of last season without assurances he would remain at the helm beyond this year. He revealed during a tense news conference after the season that his option for 2014 vested when the Dodgers made the NL Championship Series, and he displayed frustration at having been put in that position.

The Dodgers were surprised by the comments but quickly moved to assure Mattingly that he was viewed as part of their long-term future. The team initiated extension talks shortly thereafter.

While the process took several months, there was always a belief on both sides that an extension would be completed before spring training.

Mattingly is 260-225 in his three seasons as Dodgers manager. He finished second in NL Manager of the Year voting in 2013.

Mattingly came under fire last season as the Dodgers stumbled out of the gates and fell 9½ games out of first place on June 21. But the Dodgers always preferred to keep him, and allowed him the time to work the club through the struggles.

The Dodgers then went on a franchise-best 42-8 run over the next 50 games and wound up winning the NL West by 11 games before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

The Dodgers did not retain bench coach Trey Hillman, one of Mattingly's closest friends, after the season. However, that move had been decided before Mattingly's news conference at the end of the season, sources previously indicated to ESPN.

The team subsequently promoted highly regarded third-base coach Tim Wallach to bench coach, and retained the rest of Mattingly's staff.


 

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers announced a three-year contract extension with manager Don Mattingly on Wednesday.

His new deal starts next season and runs through 2016. Financial terms were not available.

Mattingly admitted Wednesday that he wishes his now-famous end-of-season news conference had gone differently. Days after the Dodgers were eliminated in the National League Championship Series, Mattingly said he felt entering the 2014 season on another one-year contract would make him a lame duck. He said Wednesday his comments were prompted by the fact that the Dodgers had not informed him at the time that they wanted to talk about a long-term extension.

His 2014 option, reportedly for $1.4 million, vested when the Dodgers advanced to the NLCS, but that contract is superseded by the new deal. He will be paid more than that, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press.

"Things just come out of you at that point. Looking back, I would have rather it had stayed in-house and been dealt with like that," Mattingly said. "I didn't have any preconceived notions. I was not trying to do anything like that."

Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said terms of the new deal had been all but finalized three weeks ago but the team wanted to wait until it had signed several free agents and gotten through the holidays to make the announcement.

"A long ways back, we both knew what direction we wanted to go in, and we wanted him to be here," Colletti said.

Mattingly didn't attend Wednesday's news conference because he was stuck in his native Indiana after his flight was canceled by snow. He said a pipe in his home burst due to extreme cold and flooded his basement.

In a conference call, he said he thinks having a long-term deal will help his authority in the Dodgers' clubhouse, a room dominated by veteran players on hefty, long-term contracts.

"You've got to build respect personally with guys, and how you treat them is going to really, truly gain you respect. But also, when the organization shows you that respect from upper management, it sends a message to the players that they trust this guy and believe in him," Mattingly said. "That's where I think it makes the job easier."

Mattingly is 260-225 in his three seasons as Dodgers manager. He finished second in the NL Manager of the Year voting in 2013. Mattingly came under fire last season as the Dodgers stumbled out of the gate and were 9½ games out of first place on June 21.

The Dodgers then went on a franchise-best 42-8 run over the next 50 games and wound up winning the NL West by 11 games before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

Los Angeles did not retain bench coach Trey Hillman, one of Mattingly's closest friends, after the season. However, that move had been decided before Mattingly's news conference at the end of the season, sources previously indicated to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

The team subsequently promoted highly regarded third-base coach Tim Wallach to bench coach and retained the rest of Mattingly's staff.

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HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have hired Tarrik Brock as their first base coach, replacing Eduardo Perez, who will not return for the upcoming season.

Pat Listach, who was hired to coach first base in October, will instead be Houston's third base coach.

The 40-year-old Brock worked for the past seven seasons as the minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator in the Marlins organization. Brock had a stint as the Marlins interim first base coach in 2010 and began his coaching career in 2006 as a hitting coach for rookie level Ogden.

Brock had a 13-year playing career spent mostly in the minors. He played 13 games for the Chicago Cubs in 2000.

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Cleveland is replacing the Chief Wahoo logo.


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Chief Wahoo, the smiling symbol of the Cleveland Indians since the 1940s who is beloved by many but deemed to be racist by others, is being replaced as a primary logo, uniform expert Paul Lukas reported Wednesday. Instead, the team will emphasize a block letter "C" they introduced in recent seasons. The Indians aren't eliminating the Chief — the home uniform will continue to feature him on caps and jersey sleeves — but fans will see less of him overall.

The Indians aren't the only team making a logo change for 2014. The Pittsburgh Pirates are "ditching" their eyepatch-wearing Jolly Rancher in favor of a gold "P." Yeeeargh — say it ain't so, mateys! Regardless, don't expect Bucs fans to stop raising the Jolly Roger flag at PNC Park after a victory.

As with any other Major League Baseball teams, the Indians and Pirates are trying to maximize the dollars they can make marketing their product while hurting as few feelings as possible.
 
While the Indians never come out and say they're marginalizing the Chief, they seem to be continuing a trend of de-emphasizing him. They removed him from the road uniform in recent seasons and they've reduced his visibility at spring training in Arizona, where more Native Americans live. They don't use him at every opportunity to publicize team events or programs anymore. They've also surveyed their fans asking their feelings on the Chief, as if to gain "permission" to make a change.

While it would seem that most of their hardcore supporters also support the Chief — or at least are neutral about him — other factions consider Wahoo to be an overtly racist caricature that demeans Native Americans. By moving to marginalize the Chief, the Indians can have it every possible way: Fans can buy more stuff with the hyped-up block "C" if they like. Fans still will be able to buy Chief Wahoo stuff in case they're afraid it's going out of style or will be taken away. It can even be used as clothing of defiance!

Simultaneously, the Indians can appear to be subtly appeasing those against use of the Chief while also being sensitive to Chief loyalists by keeping items with his kisser stocked in their stores.

It's a sound strategy, even if it's just a stopgap and they have to make a more permanent decision on the Chief someday. Cleveland's situation is probably different from that which faces the NFL's Washington Redskins. At some point in the future, it's going to become too socially unacceptable for the Redskins to keep their nickname. They'll be forced to change. The Indians have more wriggle room because the Chief is just a logo. He can hide.

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DETROIT (AP) Tigers ace Justin Verlander underwent muscle repair surgery Thursday after injuring himself last month during offseason conditioning.

Dr. Bill Meyers in Philadelphia performed the operation on Verlander, who is expected to need six weeks of rehab before being evaluated again. The first workout for Detroit's pitchers and catchers at spring training is scheduled for Feb. 14. The first spring training game is Feb. 25 against Florida Southern College.

The team did not identify the ''core muscle'' that was repaired, but called the surgery successful. General manager Dave Dombrowski said he team expects Verlander to participate in spring training and ''be in a position to compete'' at the beginning of the 2014 season.

Verlander went 13-12 last year with a 3.46 ERA for the AL Central champions.

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lobo316 wrote: PITTSBURGH -- The Jolly Roger has walked the plank in Pittsburgh.

The Pirates announced Wednesday that the franchise will make the gold "P" the team's primary logo this season, replacing the beloved eye-patch wearing sailor who has been the club's main symbol for nearly 80 years.

The team will still have the Jolly Roger on the sleeves of some of its uniforms for the time being. Some variation of the Jolly Roger has been a part of the Pirates' identity since 1936, although the classic "P" dates back more than a century.

The club will continue to raise a black-and-white pirate flag in center field after home victories.

The Pirates have seen a huge increase in merchandise sales recently thanks to their improved play. Pittsburgh made the playoffs for the first time in 21 years in 2013.




That news came out over a month ago.


CanadianHorseman wrote: December 5thNew primary logo for Pirates in 2014.







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New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell, who underwent Sept. 10 surgery in California for a herniated disk in his neck, has been fully cleared for baseball activities.

After attending David Wright's wedding, Parnell stayed on the West Coast to be examined by Dr. Robert Watkins, who had performed the procedure.

Watkins cleared Parnell for full baseball activities. Parnell is expected to resume closing games for the Mets this season. He converted 22 of 26 chances last season.

"He looked terrific -- toned, strong, limber," said one person who recently saw Parnell.

Parnell had lost roughly 30 pounds while dealing with the herniated disk.

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CanadianHorseman wrote:
That news came out over a month ago.



 I don't think he was trying to steal your thunder from a month ago, it was just a part of a C and P of that article on the Cleveland change.

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khawk wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
That news came out over a month ago.



 I don't think he was trying to steal your thunder from a month ago, it was just a part of a C and P of that article on the Cleveland change.


Well - you should still give him sh*t for being late like you've been giving me for the Dead Pool and Fired Pool. :tongue:

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CanadianHorseman wrote: khawk wrote: CanadianHorseman wrote:
That news came out over a month ago.



 I don't think he was trying to steal your thunder from a month ago, it was just a part of a C and P of that article on the Cleveland change.


Well - you should still give him sh*t for being late like you've been giving me for the Dead Pool and Fired Pool. :tongue:

I'll respond to this tomorrow, after I've had a chance to read everyone else's answers to this first. :)

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OK - enough is enough. Although my picks for both pools were obviously late it's not like I looked over everybody's lists before sending in my picks and my actuals picks should make that fact obvious. In the Deal Pool 50 % of my picks were either island picks ( Jake LaMotta, Chuck Berry and Fats Dominio ) or else they were picked by only 1 other player ( Sid Caesar and BB King ). In the Fired Pool once again 50 % of my picks were either island picks ( Tom Coughlin, Jeff Ireland, Mike Smith and Joe Philbin ) or else picked by only 1 other player ( Mike Munchak ). Hopefully this puts your mind at ease about my lateness in sending in my picks. 

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You're cute when your mad.

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khawk wrote: You're cute when your mad.

Dammit - I'm cute all the time. My Grandma told me so. 

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MIAMI (AP) Right-hander Kevin Slowey is among 22 nonroster players to receive spring training invitations from the Miami Marlins.

Slowey signed a minor league contract. He pitched in 22 games for the Marlins last year and went 3-6 with an ERA of 4.11.

Other nonroster players receiving invitations included left-hander Andrew Heaney, a top prospect, and right-hander Jesus Sanchez, who has a career record of 23-34. Also invited were left-hander Josh Spence, infielder Juan Diaz, and outfielders Matt Angle and Joe Benson.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Reserve infielder Jayson Nix has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The deal announced Thursday includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The 31-year-old Nix appeared in 87 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .236 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He played 48 games at shortstop, 41 at third base and four at second base.

Nix is a .218 career hitter in parts of six seasons with the Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.

The Rays also extended an invitation to major league spring training to outfielder Jerry Sands, who cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Durham.

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lobo316 wrote: ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Reserve infielder Jayson Nix has agreed to a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

The deal announced Thursday includes an invitation to major league spring training.

The 31-year-old Nix appeared in 87 games for the New York Yankees in 2013, batting .236 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He played 48 games at shortstop, 41 at third base and four at second base.

Nix is a .218 career hitter in parts of six seasons with the Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox and Colorado Rockies.

The Rays also extended an invitation to major league spring training to outfielder Jerry Sands, who cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Durham.

Our starters in 2013 can't even get major league deals with other teams in 2014.

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Vernon Wells DFA'd by Yankees to make room for Matt Thornton.  That was completely expected.

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HBF wrote: Vernon Wells DFA'd by Yankees to make room for Matt Thornton.  That was completely expected.
No way was Wells playing for the Yanks in 2014. I even have my doubts about Ichiro. I thought they'd do a trade for a non-prospect and not designate him, but still this can't be a complete shock. 

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NEW YORK -- For Alex Rodriguez, the decision of whether to accept a suspension or fight on comes down to dollars and sense.

As the day for arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to rule on Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban draws near -- some think it could come as soon as Friday -- the beleaguered slugger has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban without attempting to get an injunction delaying his punishment, according to a source in Rodriguez's camp.

According to the source, a suspension longer than 100 games will likely lead Rodriguez and his attorneys to pursue a temporary restraining order against Horowitz's ruling in federal court.

If he is given a shorter suspension, however, "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told ESPNNewYork.com.

According to the source, who has been privy to some internal discussions in the Rodriguez camp, the player is weighing the financial implications of continuing to fight this battle versus accepting a suspension that will allow him to take the field sometime in the second half of the coming season.

Taking his battle into the courtroom will cost Rodriguez "at least $10 million, with no guarantee of winning," said the source, while a 100-game ban would cost him $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014.

"All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options," the source said. "In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight."

Previously, Rodriguez and his attorneys had vowed to fight any suspension -- "I shouldn't even serve one inning," he said in November after storming out of the hearing room upon learning that MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not have to testify -- but clearly that position has softened in the nearly six weeks since the hearing recessed.

According to the source, Rodriguez has been soliciting opinions from his lawyers and advisers on what course to pursue once Horowitz announces his decision and has given indications he is receptive to accepting a reduced punishment rather than tie up more time and money in court.

"It's not just a matter of money," the source said. "It's also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you're going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on."

A source close to the situation told ESPN's Karl Ravech on Thursday night that it is "too late" for Rodriguez to negotiate any reduced suspension.

Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, responded: "We have not asked to negotiate, have not thought about negotiating and the facts, in any of these stories that state this, are inaccurate "

Representatives for Major League Baseball and the players' association declined to provide information as to when Horowitz might announce his decision, and sources in Rodriguez's camp said they had not been put on alert that a verdict was forthcoming.

But now that the annual Hall of Fame announcement has passed and the newly elected players -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas -- have held New York news conferences, it is expected that Horowitz will announce his decision shortly, perhaps as soon as Friday.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Catcher Brett Hayes has agreed to a $630,000, one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals, avoiding salary arbitration.

The 29-year-old hit .278 with three doubles and a home run in five games for the Royals last year and made $600,000. He batted .233 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 78 games for Triple-A Omaha.

Kansas City claimed Hayes off waivers from the Miami Marlins in November 2012.

His agreement was announced Friday. He can make an additional $20,000 in performance bonuses.

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Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will miss the start of the season after having surgery Friday on his left knee.

The Rangers say Holland injured his knee in a fall on the stairs in his home earlier this week.

General manager Jon Daniels says Holland has cartilage damage. Daniels says it's too early to have an exact timetable for Holland's return, but the Rangers expect the lefty to miss some time during the regular season and possibly not pitch until midseason.

Holland was 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in a team-high 33 starts last season. He pitched a career-high 213 innings.

In statement released by the team, Holland says he's devastated by the injury caused by what he called a ''freak accident.''

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NEW YORK (AP) San Francisco Giants infielder Marco Guzman has been suspended for the first 50 games of the season following a positive test under the minor league drug program.

Guzman tested positive for metabolites of Nandrolone, the commissioner's office said Friday.

The 19-year-old hit .254 with nine doubles, one homer and 10 RBIs in 46 games last year for the Dominican Summer League Giants.

There have been five suspensions this year under the minor league program. There were 60 last year along with 16 under the major league program.

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Tony La Russa, who'll go into the Hall of Fame this summer on the strength of his managerial career, has emerged as a candidate to replace Mariners president Chuck Armstrong, reports USA Today's Bob Nightengale.

Armstrong announced late last year that he'd be stepping down as president of the team effective Jan. 31.

As for La Russa, he spent parts of 33 seasons as manger of the White Sox, Athletics and Cardinals. He's presently third on the all-time wins list. When contacted by Nightengale, La Russa declined to address the Mariners' position specifically, but did say this:

"I'm interested in getting to the competition upstairs. I've missed the competition since I left the field. I talked to the commissioner [Bud Selig] about it. It's not a thing where you miss the dugout, but I miss the winning and losing."
As Nightengale notes, the Mariners are also considering internal candidates for the position, so this is far from a done deal.

Last October, La Russa turned 69 years of age.

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lobo316 wrote: NEW YORK -- For Alex Rodriguez, the decision of whether to accept a suspension or fight on comes down to dollars and sense.

As the day for arbitrator Fredric Horowitz to rule on Rodriguez's appeal of his 211-game ban draws near -- some think it could come as soon as Friday -- the beleaguered slugger has discussed the possibility of accepting a reduced ban without attempting to get an injunction delaying his punishment, according to a source in Rodriguez's camp.

According to the source, a suspension longer than 100 games will likely lead Rodriguez and his attorneys to pursue a temporary restraining order against Horowitz's ruling in federal court.

If he is given a shorter suspension, however, "then Alex will have some things to think about," the source told ESPNNewYork.com.

According to the source, who has been privy to some internal discussions in the Rodriguez camp, the player is weighing the financial implications of continuing to fight this battle versus accepting a suspension that will allow him to take the field sometime in the second half of the coming season.

Taking his battle into the courtroom will cost Rodriguez "at least $10 million, with no guarantee of winning," said the source, while a 100-game ban would cost him $15,425,000 of his scheduled $25 million salary for 2014.

"All of this has been presented to Alex, and he is weighing his options," the source said. "In certain situations it may not make much sense to continue to fight."

Previously, Rodriguez and his attorneys had vowed to fight any suspension -- "I shouldn't even serve one inning," he said in November after storming out of the hearing room upon learning that MLB commissioner Bud Selig would not have to testify -- but clearly that position has softened in the nearly six weeks since the hearing recessed.

According to the source, Rodriguez has been soliciting opinions from his lawyers and advisers on what course to pursue once Horowitz announces his decision and has given indications he is receptive to accepting a reduced punishment rather than tie up more time and money in court.

"It's not just a matter of money," the source said. "It's also about the mental anguish of going through this and not knowing if or when you're going to play again. Alex might decide to take his medicine and move on."

A source close to the situation told ESPN's Karl Ravech on Thursday night that it is "too late" for Rodriguez to negotiate any reduced suspension.

Rodriguez's spokesman, Ron Berkowitz, responded: "We have not asked to negotiate, have not thought about negotiating and the facts, in any of these stories that state this, are inaccurate "

Representatives for Major League Baseball and the players' association declined to provide information as to when Horowitz might announce his decision, and sources in Rodriguez's camp said they had not been put on alert that a verdict was forthcoming.

But now that the annual Hall of Fame announcement has passed and the newly elected players -- Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and Frank Thomas -- have held New York news conferences, it is expected that Horowitz will announce his decision shortly, perhaps as soon as Friday.


 

 

Alex Rodriguez has been suspended 162 games, according to the New York Yankees slugger's spokesman.

Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal.

But Rodriguez appealed the 211-game ban, forcing a lengthy arbitration process between Major League Baseball and the three-time American League MVP.

Rodriguez repeatedly has claimed that he has never used performance-enhancing substances while with the Yankees.

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The Washington Nationals agreed to a one-year deal with ace Stephen Strasburg on Friday, avoiding arbitration.

The right-hander will earn $3.975 million, plus performance bonuses, according to multiple reports.

Strasburg, 25, was 8-9 with a 3.00 ERA in 30 starts last year for the Nationals in his first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery. He struck out 191 in a career-high 183 innings.

He underwent surgery in October to remove bone chips in his elbow, and the team expects him to be ready for spring training.

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DENVER -- Colorado Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez is recovering from an emergency appendectomy after intense stomach pain sent him to a Denver hospital Friday night.The news was first reported on Gonzalez's Twitter account and confirmed by the Rockies.

The team tweeted on Saturday that Gonzalez was released from the hospital and will be "withheld from physical activity until he has a check up with doctors in approximately 2 weeks."

Gonzalez has a six-week window before position players have their first workout at spring training in Arizona.

Gonzalez won a Gold Glove last season. However, the Rockies are moving him from left field to center field at cavernous Coors Field in 2014 after trading Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros last month.

Gonzalez hit 26 homers with 70 RBIs in 110 games last season, but he was limited after the All-Star break by a nagging finger injury.

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NEW YORK (AP) The Yankees got $22 million in extra spending money Saturday.
Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension gives New York some space under the $189 million tax threshold just as coveted free-agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is negotiating with major league teams.
But arbitrator Fredric Horowitz's decision Saturday leaves many questions:
-Who will play third base for the Yankees?
-Will Rodriguez be with the team at spring training?
-Exactly how much space has been created in their luxury tax payroll?
Among the internal options at third base, Kelly Johnson has played 16 major league games at third - all with Tampa Bay last year, and Brendan Ryan has played 29 games at third but none since 2008. While Eduardo Nunez has appeared in 78 games at third, he seems more comfortable as a shortstop.
Mark Reynolds became a free agent but could be re-signed, and Michael Young also is on the market. New York might ask free-agent Stephen Drew whether he'd be interested in moving to third.
''A number of teams have spoken to Stephen about playing positions other than shortstop,'' said Drew's agent, Scott Boras.
Rodriguez has a record $275 million, 10-year contract that calls for him to make $25 million this year, $21 million in 2015 and $20 million in each of the final two seasons. The ruling relieves the Yankees of most of his 2014 salary.
''The New York Yankees respect Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the arbitration process, as well as the decision released today by the arbitration panel,'' was all the team said in its only comment.
Before the decision, New York's luxury tax payroll stood at $175.7 million for 13 signed players. Add in Brian Roberts' pending $2 million deal and about $11.5 million for benefits, and the total was $189.2 million. That figure also doesn't include five players eligible for salary arbitration: outfielder Brett Gardner, pitchers Ivan Nova, David Robertson and Shawn Kelley and catcher Francisco Cervelli - who is returning from a 50-game drug suspension. And then there are the rest of the players who fill out the 40-man roster.
Horowitz ruled Rodriguez is entitled to 21-183rds of this year's salary, or about 11.5 percent, a person familiar with the decision said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the ruling was not made public. That's because the drug agreement sets the number of days of lost salary based on games suspended over the 183-day season regardless of the total of days a player is banned.
Rodriguez will receive $2,868,852, and the $22,131,148 in lost salary lowers Rodriguez's contract total to approximately $252.87 million. The suspension does not impact the final $3 million payment of Rodriguez's $10 million signing bonus, which is due Wednesday.
He has counted for $27.5 million on the Yankees' luxury tax payroll in each of the last six seasons, and the Yankees could argue they should be credited for the difference between that figure and the new $25.3 million average, either as refunds for tax payments in the last six years or as an additional amount to be spent without incurring tax in the future seasons. The decision would be up to MLB and the players' union.
Also unclear is whether Rodriguez will be at the Yankees' spring training camp, which starts in mid-February at Tampa, Fla. The drug agreement specifies spring training games are not included in any suspensions, and players getting ready to serve suspensions have appeared in exhibition games - such as Philadelphia catcher Carlos Ruiz and Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon, both last year. But MLB and the Yankees could attempt to keep away Rodriguez, arguing he has no season to prepare for.
A-Rod has spent parts of the last six years on the disabled list due to a string of injuries, and he made his 2013 debut on Aug. 5 - hours after his suspension was announced. He hit just .244 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 156 at-bats and will be 39 when he is eligible to return.
Whether Rodriguez ever plays for the Yankees again is a matter to be decided later. In addition to his remaining pay, he can earn $6 million for each of five milestone accomplishments. They were contemplated to be tying the home run marks of Willie Mays (660), Babe Ruth (714), Hank Aaron (755) and Bonds (762), and breaking Bonds' major league record. Rodriguez has 654 homers.
Given his pride and the monetary incentive, it's hard to envision him leaving the baseball without trying to add to his on-field accomplishments.

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The Chicago Cubs listened to their fans and delivered something the franchise has lacked for most of its 138-year history. No, not a World Series championship, their previous being in 1908.

On Monday, the Cubs announced the first official mascot in their modern history -- Clark, a "young, friendly Cub" who wears a baseball cap backward and will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field.

"The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

As they prepared for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs partnered with Northwestern University to conduct a survey and found that there was a desire for the 100-year-old park to be more "family-friendly."

Clark, named after the Clark and Addison intersection where Wrigley is located, will be introduced during a charity appearance Monday night.

The Cubs say Clark's great-grandfather Joa was the franchise's original live Bears mascot in 1916.

The Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are now the only teams in Major League Baseball without official mascots.




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PHILADELPHIA -- Infielder Ronny Cedeno has agreed to a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies.

Cedeno, whose deal was announced Monday, is joining his seventh team in 10 years. He is a .246 hitter with 40 homers and 239 RBIs in 868 games.

The 30-year-old has played for the Chicago Cubs, Seattle, Pittsburgh, New York Mets, Houston and San Diego. He's played shortstop most of his career and has started games at second base, third base and four in the outfield.

Freddy Galvis is the primary backup to Jimmy Rollins, though Galvis could end up at Triple-A to play regularly.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Toronto Blue Jays have promoted Gary Allenson to manage their Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo.

It's a move up for Allenson, who spent last season managing the Blue Jays' Double-A affiliate in Manchester, N.H.

The 58-year-old is in his second season with Toronto and has 19 seasons of experience managing at the minor league level. He also has six years of coaching experience at the major league level, split between the Boston Red Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.

Allenson is a former catcher, who spent most of his six-year major league career with Boston, before closing with Toronto.

In Buffalo, he replaces Marty Brown, who decided not to return with the team in December.

Allenson's staff will include pitching coach Randy St. Claire and hitting coach Richie Hebner.

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ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals and longtime broadcaster Mike Shannon have finalized a multiyear contract extension.

Shannon will be entering his 56th season with the organization in 2014, counting his playing career, and 42nd as a broadcaster.

Shannon will not work about 50 road games next season. Terms were not disclosed.

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Three teams have emerged as favorites to land prized Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, who flew back to Japan on Saturday after a brief sojourn to the United States, according to a report from Sports Hochi, a Japanese news outlet.

With third baseman Alex Rodriguez officially suspended for the entire 2014 campaign, the Yankees boast considerably more financial flexibility than they would've had, and have been linked to the 25-year-old for some time now. Reportedly eager to avoid the $189-million luxury tax threshold, the Yankees' current 2014 payroll amounts to roughly $155 million, a number that will rise after raises are calculated for arbitration-eligible players.

The Dodgers, meanwhile, are reportedly prepared to go "all out" to sign the highly-coveted right-hander, who earned his second career Sawamura Award in 2013 after posting a 1.27 ERA and a perfect 24-0 record over 212 innings with Nippon's Rakuten Golden Eagles. However, the spendthrift club has already committed more than $206 million towards their 2014 payroll and have already augmented their rotation this offseason, signing veteran righty Dan Haren to a one-year deal.

The Angels, however, remain desperate for starting pitching and haven't brokered any particularly expensive deals this offseason -- the biggest contract they handed out went to reliever Joe Smith, who signed a three-year, $15-million deal -- possibly freeing up some money for the former Nippon Star.

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CHICAGO (AP) Outfielder Dayan Viciedo and the Chicago White Sox have agreed to a $2.8 million one-year contract and avoided arbitration.

Viciedo, 24, hit .265 with 14 homers and 56 RBIs last year, when he also made $2.8 million in his second full season with the club. He ranked third among AL outfielders with 12 assists.

Viciedo is a career .264 hitter with 45 home runs and 153 RBIs over four seasons with the White Sox.

The deal announced Monday leaves the White Sox with two remaining arbitration-eligible players: infielder Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza.

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lobo316 wrote: The Chicago Cubs listened to their fans and delivered something the franchise has lacked for most of its 138-year history. No, not a World Series championship, their previous being in 1908.

On Monday, the Cubs announced the first official mascot in their modern history -- Clark, a "young, friendly Cub" who wears a baseball cap backward and will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field.

"The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

As they prepared for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs partnered with Northwestern University to conduct a survey and found that there was a desire for the 100-year-old park to be more "family-friendly."

Clark, named after the Clark and Addison intersection where Wrigley is located, will be introduced during a charity appearance Monday night.

The Cubs say Clark's great-grandfather Joa was the franchise's original live Bears mascot in 1916.

The Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are now the only teams in Major League Baseball without official mascots.




Courtesy of Chicago CubsClark is the first official Cubs mascot in their modern history.

Anyone else think the Pedobear is planning to show up for a photo-op?

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khawk wrote: lobo316 wrote: The Chicago Cubs listened to their fans and delivered something the franchise has lacked for most of its 138-year history. No, not a World Series championship, their previous being in 1908.

On Monday, the Cubs announced the first official mascot in their modern history -- Clark, a "young, friendly Cub" who wears a baseball cap backward and will greet fans as they enter Wrigley Field.

"The Cubs are thrilled to welcome Clark as the team's official mascot," Cubs senior director of marketing Alison Miller said in a statement. "Clark is a young, friendly Cub who can't wait to interact with our other young Cubs fans. He'll be a welcoming presence for families at Wrigley Field and an excellent ambassador for the team in the community."

As they prepared for a $300 million renovation of Wrigley Field, the Cubs partnered with Northwestern University to conduct a survey and found that there was a desire for the 100-year-old park to be more "family-friendly."

Clark, named after the Clark and Addison intersection where Wrigley is located, will be introduced during a charity appearance Monday night.

The Cubs say Clark's great-grandfather Joa was the franchise's original live Bears mascot in 1916.

The Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees are now the only teams in Major League Baseball without official mascots.




Courtesy of Chicago CubsClark is the first official Cubs mascot in their modern history.

Anyone else think the Pedobear is planning to show up for a photo-op?

After 138 years, do the Cubs need a freaking mascot now?  It seems bush league.  Next thing you know, the Yankees will finally get a mascot too, a large Puerto Rican man from the Bronx who sells kids drugs and tells them that he's Manny Ramirez's third cousin but still prefers the Yankees to the Sox.   

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NEW YORK (AP) Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Will West had been given a 100-game suspension for violations of baseball's minor league drug program, a penalty that will be added to the 50-game ban from last summer that he hasn't completed.

Major League Baseball said Tuesday that the 21-year-old left-hander tested positive for an amphetamine and had a third positive test for a drug of abuse. He was suspended on Aug. 5 for a drug of abuse and has 30 games remaining to serve.

West made two starts and one relief appearance last summer for the Arizona League Brewers, compiling a 5.06 ERA.

There have been six suspensions this year under the minor league program.

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CINCINNATI (AP) The Reds have agreed to a minor league deal with left-hander Jeff Francis, who pitched in their farm system during the 2012 season.

The 33-year-old starter split time between the rotation and the bullpen for Colorado last season. He made 12 starts and 11 relief appearances, going 3-5 with a 6.27 earned run average.

The Rockies made him a first-round pick - the ninth overall - in the June 2002 amateur draft. He has a career record of 70-78 with a 4.94 ERA. He pitched for Colorado in all but the 2011 season, when he was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA in 31 starts with Kansas City.

The Reds signed him to a minor league deal for 2012. He spent two months at Triple-A Louisville before rejoining Colorado.

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CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago White Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with pitcher Brian Omogrosso.

The right-hander appeared in 12 games last season with the White Sox, allowing 17 earned runs in 16 1-3 innings. He also made 10 appearances for Triple-A Charlotte.

The White Sox announced the move on Tuesday.

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BALTIMORE (AP) Outfielder Delmon Young and the Baltimore Orioles have agreed to a minor league contract.

Young split time with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay last season, hitting a combined .260 with 11 homers and 38 RBIs in 103 games.

The 28-year-old, who will report to big league training camp, has played eight seasons in the majors. His best season was in 2010, when he batted .298 with 21 homers and 112 RBIs in 153 games for Minnesota.

He has a career batting average of .261, including .303 against left-handed pitchers.

Young could serve as the right-handed designated hitter, a role filled last year by Danny Valencia, who was traded to Kansas City last month.

Young was used exclusively in right field last season but has also played left field and center.

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Outfielder Nyjer Morgan, returning to Major League Baseball after a season in Japan, has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians.

The deal includes an invitation to the team's big league spring training camp.

Morgan confirmed the signing in an email to ESPN.com on Tuesday. A source said that if Morgan makes the Indians' big league roster and reaches specified incentives, the total value of his contract would exceed $1 million.

Morgan, 33, is a .280 career hitter with 117 stolen bases in parts of six seasons with Pittsburgh, Washington and Milwaukee. His most productive season came in 2009, when he hit .307 with 42 steals for the Pirates and Nationals.

During his time in the majors, Morgan attracted a following and agitated opponents through his fast-talking, high-energy alter ego, "Tony Plush.'' He spent last year with the Yokohama DeNa BayStars, hitting .294 with 11 home runs in the Japan Central League.

Morgan is the second free-agent outfielder this month to sign a minor-league deal with Cleveland that comes with an invitation to big league camp. Last week the Indians added Jeff Francoeur, who split the 2013 season between Kansas City and San Francisco.

Michael Bourn, Michael Brantley and Ryan Raburn return from Cleveland's 2013 outfield. The Indians signed former Texas Rangers outfielder David Murphy to a two-year deal earlier this offseason.

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Reigning Cy Young Award winners Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers were among the 146 players who filed for salary arbitration Tuesday after being unable to work out long-term contract extensions with their teams.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price, Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters and first baseman Chris Davis, and Washington Nationals pitcher Jordan Zimmermann also filed.

Players are set to swap proposed salaries with their clubs Friday, and hearings will be scheduled for next month in St. Petersburg, Fla.

Kershaw, 25, is in his final season before free agency and could command a record deal for an arbitration-eligible player. With two Cy Young awards in the past three seasons and three straight ERA titles, Kershaw made $11 million last season. The last pitcher to win two Cy Young awards entering his final year of arbitration, Tim Lincecum, signed a two-year deal with the San Francisco Giants with an average annual value of $20 million.

The Dodgers haven't had a case reach arbitration since 2007.

Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen and catcher A.J. Ellis also filed Tuesday. Jansen is eligible for arbitration for the first time. Ellis made $2 million in 2013 and is in his second season of eligibility.

The Dodgers figure to blow past the luxury tax threshold again and could break their own National League payroll record. After signing their three arbitration-eligible players, they will have 24 players under contract at a combined salary of more than $240 million.

Of the 133 players who filed last year, none went to hearings -- the first time since the process began in 1974 that every case settled. After peaking at 35 hearings in 1986, the number of cases argued hasn't reached double digits since 2001.

Players in arbitration averaged a 119 percent increase last year, according to a study by The Associated Press.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Mark Mulder has been invited to spring training with the Los Angeles Angels, nearly six years after he last pitched in the major leagues.

The Angels announced a deal Tuesday with the 36-year-old Mulder and 18 additional non-roster invitees.

Mulder won 103 games over nine major league seasons with Oakland and St. Louis, including a 21-win season in 2001. The left-hander struggled with arm injuries and surgery over his final two campaigns with the Cardinals, throwing his most recent major league pitch on July 9, 2008.

Mulder worked as a television analyst before retooling his delivery and beginning a comeback attempt late last year.

He agreed to a deal two weeks ago with the Angels, hoping for a shot to earn a spot on their pitching staff in spring training.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) Seth Smith and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract to avoid arbitration.

The outfielder was acquired on Dec. 3 from the Oakland Athletics for right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson. Smith, a left-handed hitter, batted .253 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs last year.

His contract is not guaranteed.

With Tuesday's announcement, the Padres have six remaining players in arbitration: right-handers Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross; infielders Everth Cabrera and Chase Headley; and infielder-outfielder Kyle Blanks.

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HOUSTON (AP) Veteran infielder Cesar Izturis is among the 24 non-roster players the Houston Astros have invited to major league spring training.

Izturis was an All-Star in 2005. He hit .209 in with 11 RBIs in 63 games for Cincinnati last season.

Other free agent invitees are outfielder Adron Chambers, right-hander Peter Moylan and infielder Gregorio Petit.

Among the Houston minor leaguers invited to camp are 2012 top overall pick shortstop Carlos Correa, who is considered Houston's top prospect, and right-hander Mark Appel, the overall No. 1 pick last summer.

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The Los Angeles Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have agreed on a seven-year, $215 million deal, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.

Kershaw has an out clause after five years.

It is the richest deal in Major League Baseball history for a pitcher, eclipsing the seven-year, $180 million deal Detroit gave Justin Verlander last winter.

But if ever a player deserved a contract such as this, it is the 25-year old Kershaw, who has won two of the last three National League Cy Young Awards and a Roberto Clemente award for his charitable work.

Kershaw went 16-9 with a 1.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts last season, his sixth with the Dodgers. The left-hander has a 2.60 career ERA and recorded at least 212 strikeouts in each of the past four seasons.

The Dodgers offered Kershaw a deal in the range of $300 million this past season, a source with knowledge of the talks told ESPN the Magazine's Buster Olney in October. Although Kershaw initially was uncertain about committing to a deal, the sides were confident that a long-term contract would be completed at some point in the offseason, according to the source.

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Charlie Manuel will return to the Philadelphia Phillies in a front-office role, according to ESPN Radio 97.5, just five months after being fired as the team's manager.

Manuel will be a senior adviser to Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr., according to CSNPhilly.com.

It was Amaro who broke down in tears at the news conference announcing Manuel's firing in August.

Though he was fired, Manuel and Philadelphia's front office were in surprisingly good spirits during that news conference. The team even carefully worded its news release at the time to say "Phillies Announce Managerial Change," rather than stating it had fired Manuel.

At the news conference, Amaro said Manuel had been offered a role in the front office. Manuel, however, brushed that off at the time.

"What I need to do is get some time off to sit and think," Manuel said in August.

He will now move into the front office of a team that is dealing with an aging roster under first-time major-league manager Ryne Sandberg, who was originally named the interim manager after Manuel's firing.

Manuel, the franchise's winningest manager with a 780-636 mark, led the team to a 2008 World Series championship and five straight division titles.

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NEW YORK -- New baseball union head Tony Clark says players won't agree to terminating contracts as part of discipline for drug violations.

Clark took over as executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association following Michael Weiner's death in November and expects talks on possible changes to the drug agreement to start before spring training. Commissioner Bud Selig proposed last March that drug penalties be toughened, but Weiner had said any alterations would be discussed for the 2014 season.

"I'd venture to guess that even though there are concerns on a number of levels, that we will never end up in a world where player contracts are voided as a result," Clark said Wednesday during an interview with The Associated Press at the union's office.

Clark also anticipated players will agree before the upcoming season to ban home plate collisions and to allow expanded instant replay, which also requires a deal between Major League Baseball and the umpires' union.

Since the start of the 2006 season, MLB's drug agreement has called for 50-game suspensions for a first positive test for performance-enhancing drugs, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third. Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was suspended for the entire 2014 season based on a provision allowing discipline for "just cause."

Some players have agreed with Selig's call for harsher penalties, and some spoke out after shortstop Jhonny Peralta finished a 50-game suspension, left Detroit as a free agent and agreed to a $53 million, four-year contract with St. Louis.

"It pays to cheat... Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use," Arizona pitcher Brad Ziegler tweeted in November.

"Apparently getting suspended for PED's means you get a raise. What's stopping anyone from doing it? (hashtag)weneedtomakeachange," free agent pitcher David Aardsma tweeted.

"I would argue that that concern has been there before. I think it was articulated in a fashion that was perhaps different this time than last," Clark said. "We have a lot of players that are very passionate about the topic, and when you add in the social media component, players are confident and willing to offer that perspective. I think that's fantastic."

Though players are not paid their salaries while serving drug suspensions, clubs don't have the right to alter guarantee provisions for the remainder of contracts. In a statement last weekend, Rodriguez claimed his suspension was "MLB's first step toward abolishing guaranteed contracts in the 2016 bargaining round (and) instituting lifetime bans for single violations of drug policy."

Weiner said last March there had been talks among players over "whether there should be increases -- whether there should be a differential penalty for intentional or unintentional users." In his decision on Rodriguez's suspension, arbitrator Fredric Horowitz referred to how he upheld a 100-game penalty for Guillermo Mota in 2012 even though he found the pitcher's positive test was caused unintentionally by the use of a cough syrup to treat a cold.

"We are looking to have discussions at some point in time prior to spring training with MLB to see if there are considerations that we collectively can make to improve the program," Clark said.

Unlike the labor contract, the Joint Drug Agreement contains provisions for an annual review by the parties.

The 41-year-old Clark, a 2001 All-Star who hit 251 home runs during 15 years in the major leagues, joined the union in 2010 as director of player relations and took on more responsibility last year as Weiner's health deteriorated because of a brain tumor.

Clark said talks had been ongoing over MLB's proposal to ban home plate collisions, which was announced last month by New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, chairman of the rules committee. Alderson said details must be worked out.

Management could not make the change for 2014 without the union's agreement but could impose a unilateral plan for 2015.

"I think we are closer rather than further to finding common ground," Clark said. "And my expectation here is, in a relatively short period of time is, that we can move this thing along -- for `14."

Owners voted last month to approve funding for expanded video review of umpires' calls, which would include most decisions other than balls and strikes, and foul tips. Those rules also are being formulated.

"The idea hopefully is that it's in everyone's best interest to do what we're doing in replay," Clark said. "It's been a challenge to try to navigate how best we do this without disrupting the game itself. Our guys are very concerned with making sure that the game stays the game."

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The Arizona Diamondbacks and right-handed reliever Josh Collmenter have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a two-year contract worth $2,425,000.

Collmenter was 5-5 with a 3.13 ERA in 49 games last season. He led all NL relievers with 92 innings pitched and a club-record nine relief appearances of at least three innings. His 29 extra innings pitched were the most by a major leaguer since Tug McGraw had 29 in 1972.

The deal Wednesday gives Collmenter a $925,000 salary this year and $1.4 million in 2015. He also gets a $100,000 signing bonus.

There is a club option for 2016 at $1,825,000, and the contract includes a $2 million mutual option for 2017. If Collmenter exercises the 2017 option and the team declines, he gets a $150,000 buyout. If the pitcher turns down that option, the team can pick it up for $2.25 million.

If all the options are exercised, Collmenter's deal could be worth up to $6.5 million over four years.

In other arbitration deals reached Thursday, Ruben Tejada and the New York Mets agreed to a $1.1 million, one-year contract.

Tejada lost his job as the team's starting shortstop last year, when he was demoted to the minors for months during an injury-plagued season. He missed time with a strained right quadriceps and broke his right leg on Sept. 18, eight days after he was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas.

Tejada batted .202 with no homers, 10 RBIs and a dreadful .519 OPS in 57 games. But assuming he's healthy by the start of the season, he's in line to start at shortstop again because the Mets have been unable to find a suitable upgrade this winter.

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DENVER (AP) Franklin Morales and the Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

The team announced the deal Wednesday night.

The Rockies acquired the 27-year-old Morales and right-hander Chris Martin from the Boston Red Sox in December for infielder Jonathan Herrera.

Morales first signed with the Rockies in 2002 and pitched for Colorado from 2007-11. He spent the last 2 1/2 seasons with Boston.

The left-hander was 2-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 20 appearances last year for the Red Sox, who won the World Series. He is 13-18 with 11 saves and a 4.38 ERA in 195 major league games, including 25 starts.

Morales has limited left-handed hitters to a .194 batting average during his career.

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have avoided salary arbitration with reliever Josh Outman by signing him to a $1.25 million, one-year contract.

Outman has yet to pitch for Cleveland, which acquired him in a trade last month from Colorado for outfielder Drew Stubbs. The 29-year-old Outman went 3-0 with a 4.22 ERA in 61 games for the Rockies last season.

The Indians had trouble with left-handed hitters a year ago, and Outman should help with that after limiting lefties to a .198 batting average.

With Outman signed, the Indians still have five players eligible for arbitration. No. 1 starter Justin Masterson, left fielder Michael Brantley and pitchers Marc Rzepczynski, Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin filed paperwork on Tuesday.

The Indians have spoken to Masterson's agent about a long-term deal.

Cleveland has not gone to an arbitration hearing with a player in 23 years.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals agreed to terms with left-hander Tim Collins on a one-year contract Thursday to avoid arbitration, and signed veteran pitchers Brad Penny and Guillermo Mota to minor league deals that include invitations to spring training.

Collins will make $1,362,500 this season, a substantial increase from the $534,500 he earned last season, when he was 3-6 with a 3.54 ERA in 66 appearances.

The 35-year-old Penny is trying to resurrect his career after missing last season to rest his right shoulder. Penny was 0-1 with a 6.11 ERA with the Giants in 2012.

Mota, who is 39-45 with a 3.94 ERA over 14 seasons, is coming off a 100-game suspension for a second positive drug test. His agent says it was for clenbuterol found in children's cough syrup.

Pitchers and catchers report to Royals camp Feb. 14 in Surprise, Ariz.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) New closer Jim Johnson agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Catcher John Jaso also reached agreement on a $2.3 million, one-year deal.

The A's acquired Johnson, the 2013 AL saves leader, last month in a trade with Baltimore. He converted 50 of 59 save opportunities in 2013, going 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA. He was tied with Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for the major leagues saves lead.

Jaso gets a $500,000 raise under the deal announced Thursday. In addition, Jaso can earn $25,000 bonuses for 90 games started at catcher 450 plate appearances.

His first season with the two-time defending AL West champion A's was cut short after he sustained a concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask July 24 at Houston and complained of a headache. Initially, Jaso was placed on the seven-day concussion list the following day, then transferred to the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 8.

Jaso batted .271 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 70 games.

He was among seven Oakland players who filed for arbitration.

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NEW YORK (AP) Tampa Bay left-hander David Price got a big deal Thursday, a $14 million, one-year contract. That will be just a small fraction of the mega-contract Clayton Kershaw and the Los Angeles Dodgers are likely to finalize Friday on one of the busiest days of baseball's offseason calendar.

Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner, agreed to the biggest single-season salary in Rays history. The three-time All-Star, eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, hopes he remains with the budget-minded franchise.

''I still have the mindset moving forward that I want to be with the Rays,'' said Price, who at the end of last season seemed resigned to an offseason trade.

If he's traded, Price believes it wouldn't be before Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka decides where to sign. Teams have until Jan. 24 to reach an agreement with Tanaka, a 25-year-old right-hander who was 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA last year for the Japan Series champion Rakuten Golden Eagles.

''I want to be part of it. I think we're going to have a really good season,'' Price said.

New Oakland closer Jim Johnson, acquired from Baltimore last month, agreed to a $10 million, one-year deal with the Athletics, who also struck a $2.3 million deal with catcher John Jaso. Johnson's 50 saves tied for the big league lead last year, when he was 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA.

Others who agreed Thursday included Philadelphia right-hander Kyle Kendrick ($7,675,000), Mets first baseman Ike Davis ($3.5 million), Colorado right-hander Wilton Lopez ($2.2 million), Cincinnati outfielder Chris Heisey ($1.76 million), Kansas City left-hander Tim Collins ($1,362,500) and Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli ($700,000).

By Thursday night 16 players had agreed to contracts among the 146 who filed for arbitration Tuesday. That doesn't include Kershaw, who had a pending $215 million, seven-year deal set to be announced by the Dodgers. Los Angeles scheduled a Friday news conference.

Kershaw's deal is the largest for a pitcher and has the highest average salary of any player at $30.7 million.

Players in arbitration who haven't reached agreements will exchange proposed salaries Friday. Among those scheduled to swap are Detroit pitcher Max Scherzer, Pittsburgh third baseman Pedro Alvarez, Cincinnati pitcher Aroldis Chapman, Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo, Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters and Washington pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.

Of the 133 players who filed last year, none went to hearings - the first time since the process began in 1974 that every case settled.

Among free agents, catcher John Buck finalized a $1 million contract with Seattle on Thursday. Cleveland gave a minor league deal to outfielder Nyjer Morgan, who played in Japan last year. Brad Penny and Guillermo Mota agreed to minor league contracts with Kansas City.

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NEW YORK (AP) Jay-Z's sports agency says it has signed New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia to join former teammate Robinson Cano in its emerging client base.

Roc Nation Sports says the 33-year-old left-hander agreed to a representation deal Thursday. The ace had been represented by Legacy Agency's group, which includes Brian Peters, Greg Genske and Scott Parker.

Sabathia is signed through 2016 at salaries of $23 million in each of the next two seasons and $25 million in 2016. The Yankees hold a $25 million option for 2017 with a $5 million buyout.

He was 14-13 last year with a career-worst 4.78 ERA.

Cano left Scott Boras last year for the new agency and agreed to a $240 million, 10-year deal with Seattle.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) That was one short break for Tim McCarver.

The former major league catcher tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Thursday night that he is near a deal to broadcast about 30 Cardinals games this season for Fox Sports Midwest. McCarver retired from his position on Fox's national baseball broadcast after the World Series.

McCarver made his major league debut with St. Louis in 1959 and helped the Cardinals win two World Series titles in the 1960s.

The 72-year-old McCarver tells the Post-Dispatch that coming back to St. Louis is ''fabulous, a complete merry-go-round, it's wonderful.''

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NEW YORK (AP) Bobby Parnell is ready to resume his role as the closer for the New York Mets.

Parnell didn't pitch after July 30 and had surgery Sept. 10 to repair a herniated disk in his neck. He has been working out in Florida.

''In my head I feel like I'm still the closer. I'm going to go along with that until told otherwise,'' Parnell said during a conference call Thursday. ''I feel healthy. I feel like there's plenty of time to get into baseball shape, and so I came down early to make sure that I didn't have to jump into anything too hard.''

Parnell was 5-5 with a career-best 2.16 ERA last year and 22 saves in 26 chances. LaTroy Hawkins, who took over the closer's role when Parnell went on the disabled list, became a free agent and signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Colorado.

Parnell said he lost about 10-13 pounds after the surgery but is now back at 207 or 208.

''At this time, I don't feel like there is any question that I will be ready,'' he said.

''I feel good. I've been throwing. I've not been sore after throwing. The only thing that I'm going to take my time with is lifting weights and getting my strength back up. Right now I feel like my arm is strong. I feel like my body's put together,'' he said.

Eligible for free agency after the 2015 season, Parnell was among seven Mets who filed for arbitration this week.

Shortstop Ruben Tejada settled, agreeing Wednesday night to a $1.1 million, one-year deal. First baseman Ike Davis agreed Thursday to a $3.5 million, one-year contract, and left fielder Eric Young Jr. has a $1.85 million, one-year deal set to be announced Friday.

The speedy Young was a pleasant surprise in the leadoff spot last season after he was acquired from Colorado in June for pitcher Collin McHugh. Young led the NL with 46 stolen bases and made $492,000.

Tejada and Davis, however, both slumped badly last season and got demoted to the minors. After getting recalled, each sustained a season-ending injury in September.

Tejada's salary was $514,701 last year, when he batted .202 with no homers, 10 RBIs and a paltry .519 OPS in 57 games.

Davis made $3,125,000 and hit .205 with nine homers and 33 RBIs in 103 games. He struck out 101 times in 317 at-bats.

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PHILADELPHIA -- Right-hander Kyle Kendrick has agreed to a $7,675,000, one-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies, avoiding arbitration.

Kendrick's deal was announced Thursday night and includes award bonuses. He was 10-13 with a 4.70 ERA last season and is 64-55 with a 4.38 ERA in seven seasons.

The Phillies have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: outfielders Ben Revere and John Mayberry Jr., and left-hander Antonio Bastardo.

Kendrick has won double-digit games four times and made 30 starts three times. He's slated as the No. 3 or 4 starter behind Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- New closer Jim Johnson agreed to a $10 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Catcher John Jaso also reached agreement on a $2.3 million, one-year deal.

The A's acquired Johnson, the 2013 American League saves leader, last month in a trade with Baltimore. He converted 50 of 59 save opportunities in 2013, going 3-8 with a 2.94 ERA. He was tied with Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel for the major league saves lead.

Jaso gets a $500,000 raise under the deal announced Thursday. In addition, Jaso can earn $25,000 bonuses for 90 games started at catcher and 450 plate appearances.

His first season with the two-time defending AL West champion A's was cut short after he sustained a concussion when he took a foul tip off his mask July 24 at Houston and complained of a headache. Initially, Jaso was placed on the seven-day concussion list the following day, then transferred to the 15-day disabled list Aug. 8.

Jaso batted .271 with three homers and 21 RBIs in 70 games.

He was among seven Oakland players who filed for arbitration.

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New manager Rick Renteria, part of a contingent of Cubs personnel that met with Masahiro Tanaka last week in Los Angeles, said Thursday he hopes the team's youth movement pitch will help sell the prized Japanese pitcher to sign Chicago.

"[Our pitch] to him is that we're a club on the [upswing]," Renteria said. "We're a club that has a lot of talent [in the minor leagues] besides the guys that we have here [at the major league level]. The organization has quality players coming up that's going to significantly impact the organization."

The right-hander went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA in the Japanese League last season and is considered by many a top-of-the-rotation starter. The team that signs Tanaka, 25, will owe a $20 million posting fee to the Rakuten Golden Eagles, whom he played for in Japan.

Renteria, Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer met with Tanaka and his camp, who face a deadline of 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 24 to have a contract and physical completed with a team.

Fox Sports reported Thursday that the Cubs are "pushing hard" for Tanaka, according to a source.

"Obviously we've had conversations with Tanaka," Renteria said. "I'm not sure exactly where we are in that process. We were there, we had conversations, very good conversations, obviously through translators.

"I actually ordered Rosetta Stone [a computer-assisted language learning program], the Japanese version. I'm going to be prepared [if Tanaka does come here]. I'm going to try to learn a little Japanese, and if [he signs], good for us."

The Cubs have plenty of competition for Tanaka. One official estimated that more than one-third of major league teams are interested in the pitcher, who likely will garner a contract in the six-year, $100 million range. Among the interested teams are the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros.

Tanaka met with White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams, general manager Rick Hahn and manager Robin Ventura in the Los Angeles area on Jan. 9.

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DETROIT -- Max Scherzer agreed to a one-year contract that leaves his future with the Detroit Tigers as uncertain as ever.

The AL Cy Young Award winner's deal for 2014 is worth $15,525,000, and it enables Scherzer and the Tigers to avoid arbitration with the right-hander's free agency still looming less than a year away.

Scherzer could have an even bigger payday coming soon -- one way or another. He is eligible to go on the market after the season, although the Tigers would love to sign a long-term contract with him.

General manager Dave Dombrowski said Friday this one-year agreement doesn't necessarily preclude a lengthier deal before opening day.

"We still have that desire," Dombrowski said.

Detroit announced Scherzer's deal along with one-year agreements with right-handers Rick Porcello and Al Alburquerque, and outfielders Andy Dirks and Austin Jackson. All had filed for arbitration.

Porcello agreed at $8.05 million and Alburquerque at $837,500.

Catcher Alex Avila is Detroit's only remaining player who filed for arbitration without an agreement. He asked for a raise from $2.95 million to $5.35 million and was offered $3.75 million.

The 29-year-old Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts last season, and the Tigers advanced to the AL championship series against Boston. He made $6,725,000 last year, and another stellar season could put the right-hander in position for a contract similar to those of teammate Justin Verlander ($180 million for seven years) and Seattle's Felix Hernandez ($175 million for seven) or even the Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw ($215 million for seven).

Porcello went 13-8 with a 4.32 ERA and a career-high 142 strikeouts in 2013. Alburquerque appeared in 53 games, posting a 4-3 record and a 4.59 ERA.

Dirks hit .256 with 16 doubles, two triples, nine home runs and 37 RBIs. Jackson batted .272 with 30 doubles, seven triples, 12 homers and 49 RBIs.

Detroit freed up some money by trading first baseman Prince Fielder and right-hander Doug Fister, but the Tigers also signed closer Joe Nathan. With Verlander and right-hander Anibal Sanchez already earning big money, Detroit faces a challenge trying to keep together an impressive core.

Scherzer's deal was announced a day after David Price's one-year agreement with Tampa Bay. Price, the 2012 AL Cy Young winner, agreed at $14 million.

Verlander had core muscle repair surgery earlier this month, but he's expected back during spring training. If healthy, he and Scherzer form perhaps the best starting duo in baseball, with Sanchez, Porcello and Drew Smyly rounding out the rest of the rotation.

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BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with home run king Chris Davis for $10.35 million, avoiding arbitration.

Davis led the majors last season with 53 home runs and 138 RBIs, both career highs. He earned $3.3 million.

The 27-year-old Davis played in 160 games, batted .286, had 167 hits and scored 103 runs.

The Orioles also reached an agreement Friday with arbitration-eligible pitchers Tommy Hunter, Bud Norris, Brian Matusz and Troy Patton.

Hunter was 6-5 with a 2.81 ERA in a career-high 68 games for the Orioles last year. He will earn $3 million in 2014, a solid increase from the $1.82 million he received last season.

After coming to Baltimore in a trade with Houston, Norris went 4-3 in 11 games. The right-hander agreed to terms on a $5.3 million contract.

Matusz and Patton, both left-handers, pitched out of the bullpen. Matusz will earn $2.4 million in 2014 after receiving $1.6 million last season, and Patton will receive $1,275,000 next season, up from $825,000 in 2013.

The Orioles have exchanged arbitration figures with catcher Matt Wieters, offering $6.5 million while he's seeking $8.75 million.

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All-Star pitcher Jordan Zimmermann avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $24 million contract with the Washington Nationals on Friday.

Shortstop Ian Desmond also agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals before Friday's deadline for submitting arbitration figures. Other Nationals players agreeing to contracts included former closer Drew Storen, catcher Wilson Ramos and left-handers Ross Detwiler and Jerry Blevins.

Right-handed starter Doug Fister, who was acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade this offseason, and right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard filed for arbitration.

The extension buys out the final two years of arbitration for Zimmermann, who will be eligible for free agency after the 2015 season. The Nationals had been talking with Zimmermann and his agents about a longer extension, but the sides were unable to reach agreement before Friday's deadline.

Zimmermann, 27, went 19-9 with a 3.25 ERA in 2013, and finished seventh in National League Cy Young Award balloting. He was one of 10 Nationals players who were eligible for arbitration entering this offseason. Pitcher Stephen Strasburg recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.975 million contract for 2014.

Desmond hit .280 with 20 homers and 80 RBIs in 2013, along with a career-best .971 fielding percentage. He was an NL All-Star in 2012, when he hit 25 homers and helped Washington win its division.

Ramos hit .272 with 16 homers in only 287 at-bats, missing time because of leg injuries.

Storen was 4-2 with three saves and a 4.52 ERA in 61 2/3 innings in 2013, when he also was sent to Triple-A Syracuse in July for a brief stint in the minors. He had 43 saves in 2011, missed the first part of 2012 because of right elbow surgery, then was switched to a setup role last season after Washington signed Rafael Soriano.

Detwiler was 2-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 2013, splitting time between the rotation and bullpen.

Washington got Blevins from the Oakland Athletics in a trade last month. He was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games in 2013.

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NEW YORK -- Outfielder Brett Gardner and pitchers Ivan Nova, David Robertson and Shawn Kelley have agreed to one-year contracts with the New York Yankees, raising the team's luxury tax payroll to about $181.5 million for 19 players with agreements.

Gardner gets $5.6 million under Friday's deal, while Robertson earns $5,215,000, Nova $3.3 million and Kelley $1,765,000.

New York, which settled with all its players in arbitration, hopes to be under the $189 million luxury tax threshold. It would appear the Yankees might go over the mark even if they don't sign Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

The Yankees' payroll was lowered by Alex Rodriguez's season-long suspension for violations of baseball's drug agreement and labor contract. While he would have counted for $27.5 million on the team's tax payroll, the suspension likely will lower his figure $3,155,738, pending agreement by Major League Baseball and the players' association.

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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have agreed to one-year deals with third baseman Chase Headley and infielder-outfielder Kyle Blanks to avoid arbitration.

Headley, whose performance dropped after a career-year in 2012, agreed to a deal worth $10,525,000. He made $8,575,000 last season.

Headley won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards in 2012 before struggling most of last year. He is eligible for free agency after this season. The Padres attempted to negotiate a long-term deal early last season but Headley said he didn't want to talk during the season.

Blanks' contract is for $987,500, a raise of $382,500.

The club agreed Thursday night with right-handers Ian Kennedy and Tyson Ross, and shortstop Everth Cabrera.

Kennedy will make $6.1 million, Ross $1.98 million and Cabrera $2.45 million. Cabrera was suspended the final 50 games of 2013 for his relationship to Biogenesis of America, a closed anti-aging clinic in Florida accused of distributing banned performing-enhancing drugs.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner is San Diego's only player left in arbitration. He asked for $125,000 more than the team's offer of $2,275,000.

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MIAMI -- Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $6.5 million, one-year contract.

The team also reached one-year agreements Friday with relievers Steve Cishek for $3.8 million and Mike Dunn for $1.4 million. Both had been eligible for arbitration.

Stanton was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He made $537,000 last year and received a hefty raise despite a disappointing season interrupted by injury, batting a career-low .249 with 24 home runs and 74 RBIs.

Stanton is a frequent subject of trade speculation, and the thrifty Marlins haven't offered the right fielder a long-term deal. He has 117 homers in his four major-league seasons and is only 24.

Cishek had a career-high 34 saves in 36 chances last year with an ERA of 2.33.

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MILWAUKEE -- Infielder Mark Reynolds agreed to a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

Reynolds would get a $2 million salary if added to the 40-man major league roster, and he can terminate the agreement announced Friday if he is not put on the big league roster by March 24.

If he makes the major league team, Reynolds could earn $600,000 in performance bonuses: $125,000 each for 200, 300, 400 and 500 plate appearances. There are additional award bonuses.

Reynolds is a .233 hitter with 202 homers, 568 RBIs, 459 walks and 1,276 strikeouts. He hit .220 last season with 21 homers and 67 RBIs for Cleveland and the New York Yankees.

The 30-year-old Reynolds can play first or third base. His most recent at-bat in the majors drew some attention: He hit a go-ahead home run in the 14th inning at Houston last September in the final game in uniform of Yankees teammates Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte.

Milwaukee also reached one-year agreements with its two players in arbitration, giving right-hander Marco Estrada $3,325,000 and infielder Juan Francisco $1.35 million.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Royals agreed to one-year deals Friday with first baseman Eric Hosmer, right-hander Luke Hochevar and utilityman Emilio Bonifacio to avoid going to arbitration.

Hosmer, who made just $528,250 last season, received the biggest bump to $3.6 million with a $50,000 bonus if he makes his first All-Star team. Hochevar will make $5.21 million while being eligible for up to $400,000 in incentives, and Bonificio will make $3.5 million.

The Royals agreed with left-handed reliever Tim Collins on a one-year deal worth $1,362,500 on Thursday. That leaves only All-Star closer Greg Holland, fellow relief pitcher Aaron Crow and outfielder Justin Maxwell as their unsigned arbitration-eligible players.

The deadline for teams and players to exchange contract figures was Friday. Arbitration hearings begin in February.

Hosmer, who endured an awful sophomore slump in 2012, is coming off a bounce-back year in which he hit .320 with 17 homers and 79 RBIs while playing in 159 games. He also won his first Gold Glove while helping Kansas City to an 86-76 finish, its best since the 1989 season.

The Royals control Hosmer for three more seasons through arbitration, but most people believe they will try to sign him to a long-term deal before he reaches free agency. General manager Dayton Moore has routinely declined to comment on the status of such negotiations.

Hochevar, who made $4.56 million, is due to become a free agent after this season. The first overall pick in the 2006 draft, Hochevar struggled as a starter but flourished in the bullpen last season, going 5-2 with a 1.92 ERA in 58 games.

Bonifacio, who made $2.6 million last season, arrived in a midseason trade from Toronto. While he hit just .243 for the year, Bonifacio hit .285 with the Royals, and his ability to play second, third and shortstop along with the outfield made him a valuable utility player.

Bonifacio was in line to become the starting second baseman until the Royals signed veteran Omar Infante to $30.25 million, four-year contract in December.

''I like our team,'' Moore said in a recent interview. ''I feel very good about the way we finished the second half last season, and the chemistry in the clubhouse is good.''

The Royals have been aggressive this offseason, signing left-hander Jason Vargas to a $32 million, four-year deal to make up for the likely loss of right-hander Ervin Santana in free agency, and trading reliever Will Smith to the Brewers for outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Those moves, along with raises given to arbitration-eligible players, will likely push the Royals payroll past $90 million for the first time. That's led to speculation that Moore would seek to cut payroll through a trade - designatred hitter Billy Butler, who is owed $8.5 million, has been bandied about in what Moore downplayed as ''hot stove rhetoric.''

''We're not under any directive to cut,'' Moore said, ''but at the same time you want to put together a team where players can be utilized well. My main focus is put the best team we can on the field, work to gel the current pool of players in a way that creates synergy and togetherness and a winning team, and we certainly have financial people who remind me of where we are.

''But right now, and it's been from Day One, our focus has always been putting the best team on the field. We've always tried to take advantage of opportunities that exist for us to do that.''

NOTES: Holland requested $5.2 million and was offered $4.1 million. Crow asked for $1.7 million and was offered $1.28 million; Maxwell submitted $1.7 million and Kansas City $1,075,000.

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Neftali Feliz agreed to a $3 million contract with the Texas Rangers and Alexi Ogando accepted a deal worth $2,625,000.

The one-year agreements with the right-handed pitcher Friday left designated hitter Mitch Moreland as the only Texas player remaining in salary arbitration.

Feliz returned in August from Tommy John ligament replacement surgery, and pitched 4 2-3 scoreless innings in six appearances. With the departure of Joe Nathan in free agency, Feliz could return to a closer role for Texas.

Ogando was 7-4 with a 3.11 ERA in 18 starts and five relief appearances last season, when he had three stints on the disabled list for right biceps tendinitis and then right shoulder inflammation. Ogando is expected to remain a starter.

Moreland asked for a raise from $502,700 to $3.25 million. Texas offered $2,025,000.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Giants have agreed to one-year deals with three of their five players in salary arbitration: outfielder Gregor Blanco, right-hander Yusmeiro Petit and infielder Tony Abreu.

Blanco's deal announced Friday is for $2,525,000, Abreu's is for $987,500 and Petit's is for $845,000.

First baseman Brandon Belt and infielder Joaquin Arias remain in arbitration. Belt asked for $3.6 million and the team offered $2.05 million; Arias is seeking $1.5 million to the team's $1.1 million.

Blanco batted .265 with three home runs and 41 RBIs last season. He has been a defensive specialist since joining the Giants two years ago, including making a diving catch to preserve Matt Cain's perfect game in 2012.

Petit went 4-1 with a 3.56 ERA in eight games last season with San Francisco. Abreu batted .268 with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 53 games.

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have agreed to one-year contracts with four players in arbitration: infielders Jed Lowrie and Brandon Moss, outfielder Craig Gentry and reliever Luke Gregerson.

Gregerson's deal announced Friday is worth $5,065,000, Lowrie's is for $5.25 million, Moss' contract is for $4.1 million and Gentry's is for $1,145,000.

The switch-hitting Lowrie batted .290 with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs last year. Moss hit a team-leading 30 home runs and finished second with 87 RBIs while hitting .256.

Gregerson was acquired from San Diego on Dec. 3 for slugger Seth Smith after going 6-8 with four saves and a 2.71 ERA. And the A's got Gentry from Texas in a four-player trade on Dec. 3 after he batted .280 with two home runs and 22 RBIs.

The only Oakland player remaining in arbitration is right fielder Josh Reddick. He asked for $3.25 million and the A's offered $2 million.

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PHOENIX (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with reliever Joe Thatcher on Friday, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,375,000.

The 32-year-old left-hander was 3-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 72 appearances with the Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres last season.

Arizona also swapped arbitration figures with outfielders Mark Trumbo and Gerardo Parra. Trumbo asked for $5.85 million, while the Diamondbacks were at $3.4 million. Parra asked for $5.2 million, compared to a $4.3 million proposal by the team.

Arizona acquired Trumbo from the Los Angeles Angels in a three-team trade in December. The slugger hit .234 with 34 home runs and 100 RBIs last year.

Thatcher came to Arizona as part of the July 31 trade that sent right-hander Ian Kennedy to the Padres.

Since 2007, Thatcher ranks third among major leaguers in the percentage of inherited runners to score at 19 percent.

He has a career record of 8-12 with a 3.34 ERA in 309 games over seven seasons with San Diego and Arizona.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins and right-hander Anthony Swarzak have agreed to a $935,000, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.

Swarzak went 3-2 with a 2.91 ERA in 48 games for the Twins last season. He made all of those appearances out of the bullpen for the first time in his four-year career.

In years past, Swarzak was often used as a spot starter when the rotation faltered or someone went down with an injury. The versatility makes him a valuable member of the staff, one that manager Ron Gardenhire and pitching coach Rick Anderson trust to put out there in a number of situations.

The deal, which was announced on Saturday, means the Twins have reached contracts with all their arbitration-eligible players for 2014.

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NEW YORK (AP) Pitcher John Lannan and infielder Omar Quintanilla have agreed to minor league contracts with the New York Mets.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Lannan is expected to compete for the fifth starter's job at spring training. He was 3-6 with a 5.33 ERA last year in 14 starts for Philadelphia. He was sidelined from April 17 to June 17 by a strained tendon in his left knee and didn't pitch after Aug. 14 because of chronic tendinitis that needed surgery.

Lannan, who was born in Long Beach, N.Y., and attended Chaminade High School in Mineola, has a 45-58 record and a 4.12 ERA in seven big league seasons.

The 32-year-old Quintanilla hit .222 with two homers and 21 RBIs last year for the Mets, making 89 starts at shortstop.

New York also settled its arbitration case with right-hander Dillon Gee, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $3,625,000 - the midpoint between the $4.05 million he had requested and the $3.2 million he had been offered Friday.

First baseman-outfielder Lucas Duda is the last Mets player remaining in arbitration.

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers have signed Lyle Overbay to a minor league contract, making him the latest candidate for the team’s first-base job.

Milwaukee announced Monday that Overbay has an invitation to big league camp in spring training next month.

The left-handed Overbay hit .240 with 14 homers and 59 RBIs in 142 games last year for the Yankees. He returns to Milwaukee, where he played two seasons starting in 2004. His 53 doubles that year are a single-season franchise record.

Overbay joins Mark Reynolds and Juan Francisco as potential options at first for Milwaukee. Reynolds was signed to a minor league deal last week.

First base was a problem after Corey Hart missed the 2013 season following right knee surgery. Hart signed a free-agent deal this off-season with Seattle.

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Veteran outfielder Bobby Abreu has returned from a year-long baseball hiatus to sign a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

The deal includes an invitation to the team's big-league spring training camp.

Abreu, who turns 40 in March, is a two-time All-Star with 2,437 career hits, 287 homers and 399 stolen bases over 17 seasons with the Phillies, Angels, Astros, Yankees and Dodgers. He played with the Phillies from 1998 to 2005 before being deal to the Yankees at the trade deadline in 2005.

He ranks 23rd on baseball's career list with 565 doubles, and 22nd in walks with 1,456. Abreu needs 13 home runs and one stolen base to join Barry and Bobby Bonds as the third player in MLB history with 300 homers and 400 steals.

Abreu last played in the majors with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2012. After failing to land a big-league contract in 2013, he took the year off to tend to his business interests in his native Venezuela and prepare for a comeback.

Abreu began attracting interest from major-league clubs recently with a strong showing for the Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League, where New York Mets hitting coach Dave Hudgens was his manager.

The Mets and Indians had also expressed interest in Abreu, and the outfielder had received feelers from Japan before signing with Philadelphia.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Chad Gaudin has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training.

Gaudin was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games last year for the San Francisco Giants. He made 12 starts and held hitters to a .227 batting average. The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Gaudin began last season with 18 relief appearances and posted a 2.05 ERA in those games before moving to the starting rotation in June. His season ended in mid-August when he was placed on the disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Gaudin is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA in 344 games, including 87 starts, for Tampa, Toronto, Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs, San Diego, New York Yankees, Washington, Miami and the Giants.

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lobo316 wrote: PHILADELPHIA (AP) Right-hander Chad Gaudin has signed a minor-league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training.

Gaudin was 5-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 30 games last year for the San Francisco Giants. He made 12 starts and held hitters to a .227 batting average. The Phillies announced the move on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Gaudin began last season with 18 relief appearances and posted a 2.05 ERA in those games before moving to the starting rotation in June. His season ended in mid-August when he was placed on the disabled list with carpal tunnel syndrome.

Gaudin is 45-44 with a 4.44 ERA in 344 games, including 87 starts, for Tampa, Toronto, Oakland A's, Chicago Cubs, San Diego, New York Yankees, Washington, Miami and the Giants.

He might end up in jail. He has a court date for groping a chick laying on a guerney

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) The Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Antonio Bastardo have agreed to a $2 million, one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.

Bastardo was 3-2 with a 2.32 ERA and two saves in 48 relief appearances last year before he was suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball in the Biogenesis drug case.

Bastardo had asked for $2.5 million in arbitration, while the Phillies offered $1,675,000. Outfielder Ben Revere is Philadelphia's only remaining arbitration player.

The 28-year-old Bastardo is 15-11 with a 3.65 ERA and 11 saves in 208 career games, including five starts.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Outfielder Justin Maxwell and the Kansas City Royals agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,325,000, leaving closer Greg Holland and reliever Aaron Crow as their only unsigned players in arbitration.

Maxwell gets a substantial raise from the $492,500 he made last year. He was asking for $1.7 million and the Royals had offered $1,075,000.

Kansas City previously agreed to one-year contracts with first baseman Eric Hosmer, infielder Emilio Bonifacio, catcher Brett Hayes and relief pitchers Tim Collins and Luke Hochevar.

Holland, coming off his first All-Star appearance, asked for $5.2 million and the Royals offered $4.1 million. He made $539,000 last year, when he was 2-1 with a 1.21 ERA and 47 saves.

Crow asked for $1.7 million. The Royals offered the same $1.28 million he made last year.

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rumor

Masahiro Tanaka will sign with the Yanks (7 yr. $155 mil)

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Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka has agreed to a seven-year, $155 million contract with the New York Yankees, according to FOX Sports Insider Ken Rosenthal.

The deal includes an opt-out after the fourth year.

Tanaka, 25, has spent the past seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. This past season, he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.943 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched. In his seven-year career, he is 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA, a 1.108 WHIP and 1,238 strikeouts (in 1,315 innings).

There was uncertainty whether Rakuten would allow Tanaka to leave for the major leagues this season, but he eventually was posted in late December. Under the new agreement between Nippon Professional Baseball and Major League Baseball, all interested major league teams were allowed to negotiate with Tanaka, with the winning bidder obligated to pay a $20 million posting fee to the Golden Eagles upon signing him.

The deadline for teams to negotiate with Tanaka was 5 p.m. ET on Friday.

Nikkan Sports recently reported that the Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox and Arizona Diamondbacks all made Tanaka a contract offer in the six-year, $100 million range.

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Not sure I'm digging the Yanks going after him.

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Yu Darvish or Dice K?

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clawmaster wrote: Yu Darvish or Dice K?
Maybe Nomo...

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I'll take on-par with Kuroda over Irabu and Igawa.

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Tanaka, 25, has spent the past seven seasons with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in the Japan Pacific League. This past season, he went 24-0 with a 1.27 ERA, a 0.943 WHIP and 183 strikeouts in 212 innings pitched. In his seven-year career, he is 99-35 with a 2.30 ERA, a 1.108 WHIP and 1,238 strikeouts (in 1,315 innings).



 

Those numbers are so ridiculous they sound "made up"

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Interesting move as Boston signed former All-Star OF Grady Sizemore today.


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The Red Sox have signed outfielder Grady Sizemore to a one-year contract.

A three-time All-Star, Sizemore, 31, has played eight major league seasons, all with the Indians. He hit .269 in Cleveland, with 139 home runs and 458 RBIs.

To make room on the 40-man roster, Boston right-handed pitcher Brayan Villarreal was designated for assignment. The moves were announced by general manager Ben Cherington on Wednesday.

Sizemore was named an American League All-Star in each of his last three full seasons (2006-08). During that stretch, he hit .279.

The veteran has been hampered by injuries over the last five years, though, missing the past two seasons recovering from right knee and back surgeries. Before 2009, he had never been placed on the disabled list.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired infielder Logan Forsythe, pitcher Brad Boxberger and three minor leaguers from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitchers Alex Torres and Jesse Hahn.

A year after hitting .273 in a career-high 91 games, the versatile Forsythe hit .214 while starting games at five different positions with the Padres in 2013.

The 27-year-old played in 75 games overall, and was one of six major leaguers to play four different positions while appearing in at least 10 games. The others were San Diego's Alexi Amarista, Philadelphia's Freddy Galvis, Detroit's Don Kelly, Justin Turner of the New York Mets, and Skip Schumaker of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Boxberger, 25, split time between San Diego and Triple-A Tucson in 2013, appearing in 18 games and compiling a 2.86 ERA with 24 strikeouts in 22 innings over five stints with the Padres.

Torres went 4-2 with a 1.71 ERA in 39 appearances with the Rays. The 26-year-old left-hander ranked third among AL relievers with a .159 opponents' batting average.

Hahn, 24, went 2-1 with a 2.15 ERA in 19 starts at Class-A Charlotte last season.

The Rays also received minor league pitchers Matt Andriese and Matt Lollis, as well as infielder Maxx Tissenbaum in the deal completed Wednesday.

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For the first time since 2001, Hall of Fame third baseman Mike Schmidt won't be in uniform as a spring-training instructor for the Philadelphia Phillies because of what the club described as a "health issue."

The team said in an announcement Wednesday that Schmidt, who lives in Jupiter, Fla., "is treating a health issue that requires him to be near his doctors and will be unable to attend spring training as a field instructor this year."

Schmidt still "plans to visit camp in the middle of March" as part of his marketing relationship with the Phillies, the announcement said. And he expects to "continue his normal visits to Philly this summer."

No further information on Schmidt's condition was disclosed.

Schmidt played his entire 18-year career with the Phillies and since his retirement in 1989 has served in a variety of roles, including a one-year stint as manager of the franchise's Class A team in Clearwater in 2004.

The team also announced Wednesday the recently retired Roy Halladay will serve as a guest pitching instructor this spring as part of a group that includes former Phillies closer Brad Lidge, broadcaster Larry Andersen, Phillies scout Dave Hollins and former Phillies player and broadcaster Gary Mathews.

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Veteran infielder-outfielder Chone Figgins, looking to revive his career after a disappointing tenure in Seattle and a one-year baseball hiatus in 2013, has reached agreement on a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

The deal includes an invitation to the team's major league spring training camp, where Figgins is expected to compete for a spot on manager Don Mattingly's roster as a utility man.

Figgins, 36, is a .277 hitter with 337 stolen bases in the majors. After making the American League All-Star team and finishing 10th in MVP balloting with the Los Angeles Angels in 2009, he signed a four-year, guaranteed $36 million deal with the Seattle Mariners with a vesting option for a fifth year.

But Figgins struggled badly in Seattle, hitting .188 and .181 in back-to-back seasons, and the Mariners released him in November 2012. Figgins hooked on with the Miami Marlins, but they released him last March and he sat out the entire 2013 season.

Figgins recently held an open tryout in Tampa that was attended by scouts from about 10 clubs. He ran the 60-yard dash in a fleet 6.5 seconds and showed enough with his bat and glove to prompt the Dodgers to offer him a minor league deal.

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- When Eric O'Flaherty returns to health and his former form, the Oakland Athletics believe they have one of baseball's best left-handers to add to an already stout bullpen.

The A's further bolstered their pitching staff Wednesday, agreeing with the free-agent lefty on a $7 million, two-year contract.

O'Flaherty, who turns 29 next month, sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow last season with Atlanta. He went 3-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 19 appearances before his season ended May 17 and he had elbow ligament-replacement surgery.

A's assistant general manager David Forst said there is no timetable for when O'Flaherty might be ready to pitch again following the long rehab process following that surgery.

Once healthy, he could provide depth in a bullpen featuring newcomers Jim Johnson and Luke Gregerson, and Ryan Cook, Sean Doolittle and Dan Otero.

Over the past three years, O'Flaherty's 1.45 ERA in 161 appearances is the lowest among relievers with 125 or more innings.

"He's been one of the best left-handers in the game over the last three years and proven he can pitch anywhere, including toward the end of the game," Forst said.

O'Flaherty, originally a sixth-round selection in the 2003 amateur draft by the Seattle Mariners, he owns a 20-9 career record with a 2.85 ERA over parts of eight major league seasons.

To clear room on the 40-man roster for O'Flaherty, the two-time defending AL West champion A's designated outfielder Corey Brown for assignment.

During a busy December, general manager Billy Beane acquired AL saves leader Johnson from Baltimore as the replacement for All-Star closer Grant Balfour. Oakland also traded for right-handed reliever Gregerson in a swap that sent outfielder Seth Smith to the Padres. Lefty Scott Kazmir received a $22 million, two-year contract to fill a spot in the rotation that lost 40-year-old 18-game winner Bartolo Colon.

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For the second time this offseason, a Baltimore Orioles free-agent signing is in jeopardy over issues related to a physical exam.

A deal with outfielder Tyler Colvin, who reached agreement with the Orioles on a one-year contract last week, is on hold because the team has issues with his physical, a baseball source told ESPN.com.

In December the Orioles made news when they backed out of a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent closer Grant Balfour, reportedly over concerns about his wrist and knee. Balfour went back on the market and is still looking for a home.

Colvin, 28, is a .241 hitter over parts of five big-league seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Colorado Rockies. Chicago picked him out of Clemson with the 13th overall selection in the 2006 draft.

The Orioles signed Colvin last week with the intent of throwing him into the left field mix in spring training with Delmon Young, David Lough and several other new acquisitions this winter.

Colvin suffered a collapsed lung in 2010 when he was struck in the chest by a piece of a broken bat, and last season he was bothered by a disc problem in his back. But a source said the outfielder has been working out regularly five days a week in Arizona this winter.

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Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp is reportedly recovered from his ankle and knee injuries that have limited him to 179 games over the last two seasons, but according to his agent, Dave Stewart, don't expect to see him playing in the opening series in Australia vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Stewart said he doesn’t think Kemp will be ready for 3/22 opener in Australia. “If the season opened April 1, I think Matt would be ready.”

— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) January 21, 2014

Of course, he did mention here that he would be ready if the season started April 1, which which would actually be their fourth game of the regular season. They open a three-game series in San Diego on March 30.

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CHICAGO (AP) Former slugger Bo Jackson is back with the Chicago White Sox, this time as a team ambassador.

A baseball and football star, Jackson played for the White Sox from 1991 to 1993.

In his new job, Jackson will make appearances for the organization and serve as a team representative in the community and throughout baseball. He joins a team of White Sox ambassadors that includes recently announced Hall of Fame inductee Frank Thomas, Hall of Famer Carlton Fisk, Ron Kittle, Carlos May, Bill Melton and Minnie Minoso.

The White Sox announced the move on Wednesday.

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NEW YORK (AP) St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Andrew Pierce has been suspended for 50 games following a positive test for an amphetamine under baseball's minor league drug program.

The suspension, announced Wednesday by the commissioner's office, will begin with the start of the New York-Penn League season this summer.

A right-hander who turns 23 on Sunday, Pierce was taken by St. Louis out of Southern Mississippi in the eighth round of last June's amateur draft. He went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA in seven starts and five relief appearances last year for the State College Spikes of the Class A NYP League.

There have been nine suspensions this year under the minor league program.

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CLEVELAND (AP) The Indians have agreed to terms with free-agent reliever David Aardsma on a minor league contract with an invitation to training camp.

Aardsma spent most of last season in the New York Mets' bullpen. He went 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 43 games. The 32-year-old stranded all 19 runners he inherited and allowed just one run over his final nine outings. Aardsma was in training camp with the Yankees last season and with Miami before signing with the Mets in May.

Aardsma has also been with San Francisco, the Chicago Cubs, White Sox and Boston Red Sox.

He has 69 career saves and a 2.90 ERA since breaking in with the Giants in 2004. Aardsma was Seattle's closer in 2009 and 2010 before missing most of the next two seasons after surgeries on his right hip and elbow.

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SEATTLE — Outfielder Endy Chavez is remaining with the Seattle Mariners and will report to spring training next month with a minor league contract.

The agreement was announced on Thursday, giving Seattle additional outfield depth.

Chavez hit .267 for Seattle last year with two home runs and 14 RBIs in 266 at-bats over 97 games. He played all three outfield positions, with most of his time coming in right field.

Chavez, who turns 36 on Feb. 7, has played for seven big league teams.

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SAN DIEGO (AP) Xavier Nady is one of three players with major league experience who've been invited to spring training with San Diego on minor league contracts.

Nady was a second-round draft pick of the Padres in 2000 and made his big league debut with San Diego that season.

He most recently played for San Francisco in 2012.

Right-hander Blaine Boyer and infielder Alberto Gonzalez also have big league experience. They signed as minor league free agents, as did Nady and right-hander Anthony Carter.

Among the prospects invited are outfielder Alex Dickerson, a native of suburban Poway who was acquired from Pittsburgh, and catcher Austin Hedges.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement on a four-year contract with free-agent pitcher Matt Garza, according to multiple reports.

The 30-year-old Garza's contract is worth $52 million, FoxSports.com reported Thursday.

The right-hander pitched for the Cubs most of the past three seasons before Chicago dealt him to the Texas Rangers at last July's trade deadline.

Garza will step into a Milwaukee rotation that includes holdovers Kyle Lohse, Yovani Gallardo, Wily Peralta and Marco Estrada.

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Free-agent closer Grant Balfour has reached agreement on a deal with the Tampa Bay Rays that will be announced later Thursday afternoon, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.

The contract will pay Balfour $12 million over the next two seasons, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.

The deal comes a month after a proposed two-year, $15 million agreement between Balfour and the Baltimore Orioles fell through after the O's objected to the results of Balfour's physical exam.

Balfour, a 36-year-old Australia native, went 1-3 with a 2.59 ERA and 38 saves last season in Oakland and made the American League All-Star team. Balfour pitched previously in Tampa Bay from 2007-10.

He's a career 28-17 with 72 saves over 10 seasons with Minnesota, Tampa Bay, Milwaukee and Oakland.

Barring a spring training surprise, Balfour will succeed Fernando Rodney as Tampa Bay's closer this season. He joins a strong Rays bullpen contingent that also includes Joel Peralta, Jake McGee, Heath Bell and Juan Carlos Oviedo.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have "turned the page'' on the likelihood of pitcher A.J. Burnett returning to their starting rotation, but they're leaving the door open a sliver and have the financial leeway to try to accommodate him if he decides he wants to pitch in 2014, club president Frank Coonelly told ESPN.com.

"We'd love to have A.J. back, but right now we've turned the page and we're heading to Bradenton (Fla.) thinking he's not going to be with us,'' Coonelly said. "But if he surprises us and calls up tomorrow and says he wants to pitch again, we'd love to have him.''

Burnett, 37, went 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA last season and led the Pirates staff with 191 innings pitched and 209 strikeouts. In October, he told a Pittsburgh radio station that he would either return to the Pirates as a free agent this year or retire.

Burnett's prolonged silence on his plans has fueled recent speculation that he's leaning toward calling it quits. Agent Darek Braunecker declined to comment Thursday when asked for an update on Burnett.

In December, the Pirates declined to extend a $14.1 million qualifying offer to Burnett, which would have entitled them to draft pick compensation if he signs with another club. At the moment, the Pirates still haven't received definitive word from Burnett on his plans.

Coonelly's comments jibe with recent observations by Pittsburgh pitching coach Ray Searage, who has said on multiple occasions that he expects the pitcher to retire. Nevertheless, Searage recently told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that he's heard Burnett continues to work out and stay in shape in case he decides to pitch.

In December the Pirates agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with free agent Edinson Volquez, who has a chance to join Francisco Liriano, Gerrit Cole, Charlie Morton and Wandy Rodriguez in Pittsburgh's 2014 rotation. Left-hander Jeff Locke, who made the National League All-Star team before fading to 2-5 with a 6.12 ERA in 12 starts after the break, is also in the mix along with Brandon Cumpton and Phil Irwin.

Burnett was the highest-paid player on the Pittsburgh roster at $16.5 million last season, but Coonelly said the team has some latitude in the payroll to bring him back.

"If he surprises us and he calls tomorrow and he's as passionate and competitive and as determined as he was for the first two years that he was with us, we would be thrilled to have him back,'' Coonelly said. "And we have the flexibility to bring him back.''

If Burnett opts not to return to Pittsburgh and sign elsewhere, sources said the Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies are two clubs that have expressed varying degrees of interest in him.

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Infielder Joaquin Arias has agreed to a $2.6 million, two-year contract with the San Francisco Giants to avoid salary arbitration.

Assistant general manager Bobby Evans announced the deal Thursday with Arias, a key utilityman and bench contributor for manager Bruce Bochy. The 29-year-old hit .271 with one home run, nine doubles, two triples and 19 RBIs in 102 games during his second season with the Giants in 2013. He had an emergency appendectomy in July after missing time in June with a strained hamstring.

Arias has often played against left-handed starters, while filling in at second base, third and shortstop.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Reliever Jon Rauch agreed Thursday to a minor league contract and will report to the major league spring training camp.

Rauch was just 1-2 with a 7.56 ERA in 15 appearances for the Marlins last season, but the 35-year-old right-hander was 3-7 with a respectable 3.59 ERA with the Mets in 2012.

The 6-foot-11, 290-pound Rauch will have to win a spot in a loaded Royals bullpen in spring training. Kansas City returns intact one of the American League's best relief corps.

Rauch is 43-40 with a 3.90 ERA over 11 major league seasons. His best seasons were with the Twins from 2009-10, when he was 8-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 76 appearances.