Found February 01, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Chicago White Sox have signed first baseman Dan Johnson to a minor league deal on Wednesday, according to the St. Petersburg Times.Johnson is best known for the three-run home run he hit on the final day of the regular season last year against the New York Yankees that led to a playoff birth for the Tampa Bay Rays.The 32-year-old hit .119 with 2 home runs and 4 RBIs in 84 at bats last season.

Rays hero Johnson signs with White Sox

Dan Johnson, whose dramatic pinch-hit homer in the 2011 regular-season finale helped the Rays reach the playoffs, has signed a Minor League contract with the White Sox, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Niemann and Rays argue in salary arbitration

Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays have gone to salary arbitration, with the pitcher asking for $3.2 million and the team offering $2.75 million. Niemann was 11-7 with a 4.06 ERA in 23 starts last season, when he didn't pitch between May 4 and June 20 because of a strained back. He made $903,000. Arbitrators James Oldham, Howard Edelman and Mark Irvings heard arguments Thursday...

This Year’s Jermaine Dye

With only a few weeks remaining until pitchers and catchers report to camp and local media outlets pretend that truck day is ‘a thing’, there are still a handful of big name players left on without a job for 2012. Of those, the likes of Roy Oswalt and Edwin Jackson will eventually find themselves a big league deal somewhere, even if the dollar value and team don’t match their...

Why Jeff Niemann Will Likely Lose His Salary Arbitration Hearing With the Rays

On the same day that a panel of three arbitrators ruled in favor of the Washington Nationals over John Lannan in the first salary arbitration hearing of 2012, Jeff Niemann and the Tampa Bay Rays made salary arbitration cases before a panel comprised of arbitrators James Oldham, Howard Edelman and Mark Irvings. Based upon history (and comps this salary arb season), Niemann is likely...

Q&A: Gonzales' White Sox mailbag

The Tribune's Mark Gonzales answers questions about Chris Sale's durability and the role that's best suited for him and the direction of the Sox, as well as a passionate plea for massive rebuilding from a long-time Sox fan.Sale's durability, the Sox's direction and much more.

Tampa Bay Rays, pitcher Jeff Niemann set to begin arbitration hearing

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Pirates sign Juan Cruz to minor league deal

The Pirates announced today that veteran reliever Juan Cruz has signed a minor league deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz, 33, pitched for the Rays last season and posted a 3.88 ERA in 48 2/3 innings. Throughout his 11 season career, he has a 9.1 K/9 ratio and has served as a pretty good setup man. Many people say he could end up being this year’s version...

Former Rays reliever Cruz sings with Pirates

Juan Cruz will not be back with the Rays this year, as the Pirates have signed the veteran right-hander to a Minor League deal with a Spring Training invite.

Niemann, Rays have arbitration hearing

Jeff Niemann and the Rays went to salary arbitration on Thursday.


White Sox fans will see red at Sunday home games when the Sox wear a 1972 throwback uniform. The classic and popular red pinstripes, donned by manager Chuck Tanner's team that included Dick Allen, Bill Melton, Wilbur Wood, Carlos May, Rich Gossage and Terry Forster, will bring back 40-year-old memories of a team that gave the world champion Oakland A's a run for their money...

Indians sign Casey Kotchman

The Cleveland Indians have signed Casey Kotchman to a one-year deal worth $3mm, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Kotchman hit a .306 avg in 563 plate appearances for the Rays last season on a minor league deal that paid him $750k. Image taken by Keith Allison and used under the Creative Common License Agreement.

Pirates sign reliever to minor league deal

Juan Cruz, 33, went 5-0 with a 3.88 ERA in 56 relief outings last season for the Tampa Bay Rays. The right-hander also has pitched in the majors for the Chicago Cubs, Altana Braves, Oakland A's, Arizona Diamondbacks and Kansas City Royals.

Johnny Damon, Vladimir Guerrero still looking for work

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