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Juan Uribe gets two years and $15 million from Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers will be returning to the status quo in 2014, inking incumbent third baseman Juan Uribe to a two-year contract worth $15 million. The 34-year old Uribe had spent the last three seasons in Los Angeles, making $21 million over those three seasons. But over the first two years of the deal, Uribe was widely considered a disappointment. Neither his on-base or...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Royals ink Omar Infante to 4-year, $30 million contract

Omar Infante is now off the market. The Royals inked the second baseman to a four-year deal worth $30.5 million. ESPN's Buster Olney was first to report the agreement, while CBS Sports' Jon Heyman followed up with the financial terms. According to Heyman, incentives can boost the value of the contract even further.  Infante is coming off a terrific year for the Tigers, batting...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

James Loney stays with Rays on 3-year, $21 million deal

The Rays have their first baseman back, agreeing to a three-year, $21 million contract with James Loney on Friday. Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported the terms of the deal. According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, Loney will receive $5 million as a signing bonus as part of the contract. He had drawn interest from the Pirates and Mets in recent days, and the first-base market had...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies befuddle once again, sign LHP Boone Logan to three-year, $16.5 million contract

Oh, Colorado Rockies, what are we going to do with you? Your already befuddling offseason just got a whole lot more befuddling. boone logan gets $16.5M fr 3 yrs. #rockies — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 13, 2013 Yes, somehow the Rockies decided it was a good idea to give left-hand specialist Boone Logan the second-most expensive expensive contract to a reliever...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - back to the doldrums

The Winter Meetings have wrapped, and honestly, not a lot happened on the final day of the Meetings yesterday. -Michael Morse joined the Giants. -MLB banned home plate collisions, and while former MLB catchers were thrilled, Pete Rose was not. -The Mariners signed Corey Hart and traded for Logan Morrison. -Russell Wilson was drafted by the Rangers in the Rule 5 draft ...
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December 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Giants pay Michael Morse $6 million to play left field

The San Francisco Giants have a left fielder, and it's Michael Morse. The former Mariner and National will receive $6 million in 2014 to serve as San Francisco's every day left fielder. There's only one problem with that - Morse is an awful defender, and his declining offensive numbers and chronic injury issues won't do enough to offset that. We'll start with Morse's health...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Pete Rose isn't happy with home plate collisions being banned

The big news out of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday was the MLB Rules Committee banning home plate collisions. The new decree, which is still being tweaked, received mostly praise. One person that wasn't pleased however, was former MLB player Pete Rose, who was involved in one of the most famous home plate collisions of all-time to close out the 1970 All-Star Game. "What are...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Same ol' Mariners? Adding Hart and Morrison has that look

If Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik intended to show he wasn't as bad at his job as a recent Seattle Times feature portrayed, he probably didn't accomplish that objective with his latest moves. On Wednesday during baseball's winter meetings, Zduriencik inked Corey Hart to a one-year, $6 million and acquired Logan Morrison in a trade with the Marlins. Each addition doesn...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson selected by Rangers in Rule 5 draft

\On Thursday morning, MLB held the annual Rule 5 draft. In the AAA phase of the draft, the Texas Rangers selected a familiar face - superstar Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson. With the 15th pick of the Triple-A phase, the @Rangers select 2B Russell Wilson from the @Rockies. — MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) December 12, 2013 Wilson was drafted by the Colorado Rockies...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

There was an agent fight at the Winter Meetings

Lost in all of the chaos of trades, free agent signings, and contract extensions down in Orlando was a fight between two agents. Yahoo's Jeff Passan is reporting that on Wednesday afternoon, two men got into an altercation in the parking lot at the Swan and Dolphin Hotel. Stay the [expletive] away from my guy!” one man yelled, according to witnesses who described the chaotic...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: Former catchers comment on collision rule changes

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- In case you missed it, we had big rule change news from the Winter Meetings on Wednesday when New York Mets General Manager and MLB Rules Committee chairman Sandy Alderson declared that the committee had voted to “eliminate collisions at home plate by governing both catchers and runners in that situation.” Our post on the rule change provides more details...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: MLB Rules Committee eliminates home plate collisions

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL -- While player trades and free agent signings are usually the focus at the Winter Meetings, Wednesday afternoon brought news of a major change in Major League Baseball for 2014. No, it’s not instant replay (they’re still working out the details on that, per MLB EVP Joe Torre). With an announcement sure to send shockwaves through the baseball world, New York...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mets agree to two-year, $20 million contract with Bartolo Colon

The New York Mets have made their second big signing of the winter, inking former Oakland A's starter Bartolo Colon to a two-year contract worth a reported $20 million. The 40-year old Colon has back to back breakout seasons in Oakland, but made just a combined $5 million. He'll quadruple that salary over the next two years. Colon's revival actually started in New York with...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Mariners sign Corey Hart, trade for Logan Morrison

Coming into this offseason, both the Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers had holes at first base. With two moves in the same hour -- signing Corey Hart to a one-year deal and trading for Logan Morrison -- the Mariners seem to have filled their needs while leaving the Brewers to scramble on to Plan C. Hart missed all of 2013 after having surgery on both of his knees, but...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Charlie Morton signs three-year, $21 million extension with Pirates

The Pittsburgh Pirates have locked up one of their rotation stalwarts for the foreseeable future, inking 30-year old right-hander Charlie Morton to a three-year extension worth a reported $21 million. The contract also contains a club option for 2017 worth $9.5 million. Morton was scheduled to be a free agent after the 2014 season, and was projected to make $3.9 million this season...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: Nationals manager Matt Williams crushes his press conference

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- During the course of his 17-year major league career as a third baseman for the Giants, Indians and Diamondbacks, new Washington Nationals’ manager Matt Williams hit 378 home runs. After his fantastic media press conference on Tuesday afternoon at the Winter Meetings at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, let’s make it 379. The 48-year old former slugger knocked...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Pitcher Mark Mulder eyes comeback

Mark Mulder is attempting to make a comeback. This isn't a gag for a series of ESPN commercials for Baseball Tonight. This is apparently really happening. ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick reports that the former A's and Cardinals pitcher has been working himself into shape at a workout facility in Phoenix, has actually thrown for three MLB teams recently and was clocked at 89 to 90...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Dugout Digest - Winter Meetings

The MLB Winter Meetings are underway down in Orlando, and our Amanda Rykoff is on the scene providing coverage. Here's what's gone on during a busy week so far. -The Hall of Fame announced part of the Class of 2014 - Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre. -Roy Halladay retired, and Amanda grabbed some quotes from his former manager in Toronto, John Gibbons. -Randy explored...
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December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: D'backs, White Sox and Angels GMs talk three-way

Orlando, FL -- Ah, there’s nothing quite like a good three-way. Trade, that is. And on Tuesday afternoon, the Diamondbacks, Angels and White Sox delivered a good one, effectively moving slugger Mark Trumbo to Arizona, pitchers Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago to Los Angeles, and Adam Eaton to the White Sox. You can check out our trade breakdown here. About an hour after the deal...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: Mets officially welcome Curtis Granderson

Orlando, FL -- Last week, three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson moved from the Yankees to the crosstown rival Mets with a four year, $60 million deal. At a press conference at the Swan and Dolphin Resort, the site of this year’s Winter Meetings, the Mets and General Manager Sandy Alderson formally introduced Granderson as the newest member of the Amazins. Here are a few more...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Athletics deal Brett Anderson to Rockies

The Oakland Athletics and Colorado Rockies have completed a long-rumored trade, with Oakland sending starting pitcher Brett Anderson to Colorado. In return, the A's will receive pitchers Drew Pomeranz and Chris Jensen. Oakland will also be sending $2 million to cover some of Anderson's contract in the trade. Anderson, who will turn 26 in February, has dealt with injuries over...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Angels deal Mark Trumbo, acquire young pitching

The Los Angeles Angels have acquired the young pitching they so desired in a three-team trade, picking up Tyler Skaggs from the Diamondbacks and Hector Santiago from the White Sox. In exchange, the Angels are sending Mark Trumbo and a player to be named later (rumored to be AJ Schugel) to Arizona, while the White Sox pick up Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks while also sending a player...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians are all ears on Justin Masterson and Asdrubal Cabrera

Would trading pitcher Justin Masterson make the Indians a better team in 2014? Considering how starting pitching wasn't a strength this past season, it's difficult to see how trading the staff's best arm helps matters.  Yet according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, rumors of the Tribe listening to offers for Masterson made their way around baseball's winter meetings on Monday...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Rajai Davis signs two-year deal with Tigers, continues trend of fourth outfielders getting ...

Rajai Davis has joined the parade of fourth outfielders signing multi-year deals, inking a two-year pact with the Tigers worth between $9 and $10 million. Think about that for a second - roughly $5 million per season for a 33-year old player who has had a wRC+ over 100 just once and has been worth a total of 2.0 fWAR over the last two seasons. The former Blue Jay mashes (well...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Winter Meetings 2013: Trumbo/Skaggs D'Backs/Angels deal update

Orlando, FL -- It wouldn’t be the Winter Meetings without trade rumors. For the past few days, the trade winds have been swirling around the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels. The Diamondbacks need power and the Angels need pitching (what’s new?) so we’ve been hearing of a potential deal involving slugger Mark Trumbo to the desert in exchange for pitcher Tyler...
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December 10, 2013  |  Discuss
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