MLB Recent Player News
|12/4/2013||Wesley Wright, P (TB)||A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with Wright. The person spoke Wednesday on the condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. The financial terms were not known.
Analysis: Wright posted a 3.69 ERA in 70 games with Houston and Tampa Bay last season. He was not tendered a contract by the Rays.
|12/4/2013||Carlos Gonzalez, LF (Col)||The Colorado Rockies already have their replacement for Dexter Fowler, who patrolled center field at cavernous center field for the last six seasons. It'll be Gonzalez. Rockies general manager Bill Geivett said Wednesday that the team plans to shift Gonzalez from left to center. The GM says Gonzalez has played all three outfield spots and will be a good fit.
Analysis: The Rockies traded Fowler to the Houston Astros on Tuesday for pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes.
|12/4/2013||Ryan Vogelsong, P (SF)||Vogelsong has finalized his $5 million, one-year contract with the San Francisco Giants.
Analysis: Vogelsong underwent his physical Wednesday to stay put with the club. The Giants declined to exercise Vogelsong's $6.5 million 2014 option on Nov. 4 and owed him a $300,000 buyout. Now, his new deal includes performance bonuses for starts and innings pitched.
|12/4/2013||Scott Kazmir, P (Oak)||Kazmir has finalized his $22 million, two-year contract with the Athletics. The two-time defending AL West champions announced the deal Wednesday after Kazmir passed his physical.
Analysis: The addition of Kazmir fills a key rotation spot with a player familiar with the division after his stint for the Los Angeles Angels. That was before the two-time All-Star was limited to one start in 2011 before going on the disabled list with a lower back strain. The 29-year-old Kazmir then spent the 2012 season with independent Sugar Land before bouncing back to go 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA in 29 starts and 158 innings for Cleveland this year.
|12/4/2013||Joe Nathan, P (Det)||The Tigers have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
Analysis: Detroit's bullpen was unsettled for much of last season. Joaquin Benoit eventually performed well as the closer, but he is now a free agent. Nathan was with the Rangers last season.
|12/4/2013||A.J. Pierzynski, C (Bos)||The Red Sox have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The lefty-hitting Pierzynski replaces Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Boston lineup. Righty David Ross served as the backup last season but took over the job in the World Series after Saltalamacchia's throwing error helped lead to the obstruction call that gave St. Louis a victory in Game 3. Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season with Texas.
|12/4/2013||Paul Konerko, 1B (CWS)||The White Sox announced Wednesday that the six-time American League All-Star agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million contract, opting to play another season rather than retire or sign elsewhere.
Analysis: Acquired from Cincinnati in 1998, Konerko ranks second on the franchise list to Frank Thomas in homers and RBIs. He dealt with a back issue last season and batted .244 with just 12 homers and 54 RBIs.
|12/4/2013||Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (Bos)||The Yankees are reportedly working toward an agreement with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury on a seven-year contract worth about $153 million.
Analysis: Ellsbury, who helped Boston win the World Series this year, would be the second major free-agent addition in the Yankees' offseason rebuilding. He was to take a physical in New York on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.
|12/4/2013||Brad Lincoln, P (Phi)||The Phillies acquired Lincoln from Toronto in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.
Analysis: Lincoln will compete for a spot in Philadelphia's bullpen. He was 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA in 22 games for Toronto in 2013. He had 25 strikeouts in 31 2-3 innings and pitched more than one inning in 13 of his 22 relief appearances. The 28-year-old Lincoln is 9-11 with one save and a 4.66 ERA in 97 career games with Pittsburgh Pirates and Toronto.
|12/4/2013||Erik Kratz, C (Tor)||The Phillies traded Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen to the Toronto Blue Jays for righty Brad Lincoln on Tuesday night.
Analysis: Kratz hit .213 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 68 games with Philadelphia last season. He began the year as the starting catcher because Carlos Ruiz was serving a 25-game suspension for using a banned amphetamine. Kratz hit .230 with 18 homers and 52 RBIs in 120 games over three seasons with the Phillies. The 33-year-old Kratz spent 10 years in the minors before making his major league debut with the Pirates in 2010. He'll back up Dioner Navarro in Toronto.
|12/3/2013||Jordan Lyles, P (Col)||The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles. Houston will also receive a player to be named in the deal announced Tuesday.
Analysis: The 23-year-old Lyles was 7-9 with one save and a 5.59 ERA in 27 games - 25 starts - in 2013. Lyles was a supplemental first-round pick by the Astros in 2008.
|12/3/2013||Brandon Barnes, CF (Col)||The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles. Houston will also receive a player to be named in the deal announced Tuesday.
Analysis: Barnes, also 27, hit .240 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs as a rookie last season.
|12/3/2013||Dexter Fowler, CF (Hou)||The Houston Astros have acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler from the Colorado Rockies for outfielder Brandon Barnes and right-hander Jordan Lyles. Houston will also receive a player to be named in the deal announced Tuesday.
Analysis: The 27-year-old Fowler hit .263 with 18 doubles, 42 RBIs and 19 stolen bases in 119 games last season. Fowler, a switch-hitter who primarily plays center field, hit .300 in 2012.
|12/3/2013||Seth Smith, LF (SD)||Keeping active in the trade market, the Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith. It marked the second swap of the day for the two-time defending AL West champion A's and third in two days.
Analysis: Smith batted .253 with eight home runs and 40 RBIs in 117 games in his second season with the A's.
|12/3/2013||Luke Gregerson, P (Oak)||Keeping active in the trade market, the Oakland Athletics have acquired right-handed reliever Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith. It marked the second swap of the day for the two-time defending AL West champion A's and third in two days.
Analysis: Gregerson will join a bullpen with new closer Jim Johnson, acquired from Baltimore on Monday night. Dealing Smith became a viable option when general manager Billy Beane acquired Craig Gentry from division rival Texas earlier Tuesday. Gregerson went 6-8 with a 2.71 ERA and four saves in 73 relief outings for the Padres in 2013.
|12/3/2013||Heath Bell, P (TB)||The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds and reliever Heath Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.
Analysis: Bell will be a candidate to become the Rays' closer.
|12/3/2013||Ryan Hanigan, C (TB)||The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired catcher Ryan Hanigan from the Cincinnati Reds and reliever Heath Bell from the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three-team trade.
Analysis: The deal was announced Monday after Hanigan agreed to a $10.75 million, three-year contract that runs through 2016 an includes a club option for 2017. The 33-year-old Hanigan is expected to become Tampa Bay's primary catcher. The trade was completed a day after free agent catcher Jose Molina was re-signed to a $4.
|12/3/2013||A.J. Pierzynski, C (Bos)||Pierzynski is closing in on a one-year contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Analysis: Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season, his only one with the Texas Rangers. He spent the previous eight years with the Chicago White Sox, playing in at least 128 games each season. Pierzynski has a .283 career average with 172 homers and 800 RBIs.
|12/3/2013||Kevin Frandsen, 2B (Phi)||Frandsen and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a one-year, $900,000 contract Monday night, avoiding arbitration.
Analysis: Frandsen made a base salary of $850,000 last year and earned another $50,000 for reaching 250 plate appearances. The 31-year-old Frandsen played first, second and third base for the Phillies last year. In 119 games, he batted .234 with five homers and 26 RBIs.
|12/3/2013||Tim Stauffer, P (SD)||Stauffer agreed to one-year deals with the San Diego Padres in the hours before Monday night's deadline for teams to tender contracts to unsigned players.
Analysis: Stauffer is getting a raise from $1 million to $1.6 million.The 31-year-old Stauffer was limited to one appearance in 2012, lasting five innings at Washington on May 14, and had surgery that Aug. 31 to repair tendon damage in his right elbow. He was 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA this year in 43 relief appearances.
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