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Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:11 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2011 1:14 pm
 

Michael Young could be a Rockie shortly

YoungIn trade rumors that won't die, Michael Young's name has been rather prominent.

But a conclusion to the saga could be coming soon, with FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reporting that Young could be traded as soon as Monday to the Colorado Rockies, which would make him its second baseman.

Word surfaced Friday that Texas was still discussing Young with multiple teams, but it's narrowed back down to the Rockies, Rosenthal reports and talks are at an advanced stage, which means that the players are likely largely settled on. It's unknown who could be going back to Texas, but Eric Young, Jr. and Jose Lopez have been part of discussions. Texas earlier rejected Young, Jr. due to concerns about a stress fracture while Lopez isn't exactly a top second baseman as the Rangers know all too well from his Mariner days which came to a close last season.

To pull off such a deal for Michael Young, due $48 million over the last three years of his contract, Texas would either need to eat a high amount or Colorado will have to part with another high-salaried player. Rosenthal wonders about Aaron Cook, who could slide into Texas' rotation. Colorado would be able to move Cook given they acquired Felipe Paulino from Houston earlier in the offseason.

Any deal that is consummated will have to have the hurdles of how much money the Rangers are sending, along with the quantity and quality of players. The more money Texas sends, the more right they have to demand a top player. And the Rangers are looking for such a player, as Young is a fan favorite and leader. It's not easy to replace these things, especially if your return is only Jose Lopez.

Of course, Texas could just back out and keep Young as their DH and reserve infielder. Texas' comments to this effect the last few days have served as "mixed messages," so Colorado isn't entirely clear on whether or not they have a real shot at the third baseman.

For Young's part, while he's said all the right things publicly including not wanting to be traded, he has communicated privately he is unhappy about what his role will be in 2011. And now's the time to trade Young while teams are still looking to bolster holes.

Young has a limited no-trade clause, but Colorado is not on it. He will gain full rights this summer as a 10-and-5 player, however, so if the Rangers ever want to be able to trade him and not have to seek his approval, now's the time.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 7:58 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 7:59 pm
 

Yankees invite Chavez, Belliard

The Yankees have added a couple of no-risk backup infield options, inviting veterans Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to major-league camp.

Chavez, 33, has been limited to 154 games in the past four years due to numerous injuries, primarily neck and back problems. The six-time Gold Glove third baseman ends his 13-year tenure with the Athletics, during which he batted .267/.343/.478 with 230 home runs.

Belliard, 35, is a 13-year veteran who was released by the Dodgers in September due to concerns about his conditioning and his .216 average. The Yankees would be his seventh major-league team. ESPNDeportes.com reports that Belliard would make $825,000 if he makes the big-league team.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 6:20 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Report: Guerrero gets $8 million from O's

Vladimir Guerrero
So much for the protestations that the Orioles absolutely, positively couldn't match the alleged mystery team offer of $8 million for Vladimir Guerrero, because it appears they have done just that.

Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports via Twitter that Guerrero and the O's have agreed to an $8 million deal. That's much higher than expected considering reports the Orioles didn't have the flexibility to go above about $4.5 million and there didn't appear to be other options for Guerrero. If he is indeed getting an $8 million base (that number could include incentives), it would make him the third-highest paid Oriole next season behind Nick Markakis ($10.25 million) and Brian Roberts ($10 million).

Guerrero, 35, had a .300/.345/.496 line with the Rangers last season, with 29 home runs and 115 RBI. He should be a nice fit at Camden Yards, where in 32 career starts he has a .333/.400/.611 line with nine homers. To make room for Guerrero at DH, Luke Scott will presumably move to left field, leaving Felix Pie and Nolan Reimold to battle for the fourth outfield spot.

UPDATE: Several other outlets have confirmed the deal. It's awaiting a physical, and likely won't be official until next week.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: February 4, 2011 3:24 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2011 3:27 pm
 

Edmonds going to camp with Cardinals

Jim Edmonds Well, so much for Jim Edmonds retiring. The Cardinals announced that they just signed him to a minor-league deal with an invitation to major-league spring training.

The 40-year-old outfielder played eight years in St. Louis from 2000-07, hitting 241 of his 393 career homers and making three of his four All-Star appearances in a Cardinals uniform. He sat out the 2009 season and returned with a decent showing in 2010 with the Brewers and Reds, with a combined line of .276/.342/.504 and an OPS+ of 127.

Given his age and recent history of leg injuries, it seems unlikely Edmonds can play in the outfield much, if at all. The only other position he's played in the majors is first base, where he's appeared 57 times in nine different seasons. So perhaps the Cardinals envision him as a potential backup for Albert Pujols.

Considering Pujols has played an average of 156 games a year, that's not a lot of playing time, but the Cardinals and their fans would probably love just having No. 15 around.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: February 3, 2011 4:24 pm
 

Brewers to sign Kotsay

The Brewers will sign 35-year-old first baseman/outfielder Mark Kotsay to a major-league deal worth a minimum of $800,000 and as much as $1.25 million, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com.

The Brewers have a lot of options as backup outfielders and backup first basemen, but apparently felt like they needed another veteran on the roster. Kotsay batted .239 in 107 games for the White Sox last season, mostly as a designated hitter. Not sure what Kotsay adds that was worthy of a guaranteed deal, but at least Milwaukee has a lot of possibilities to choose from.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Posted on: February 1, 2011 8:25 pm
 

To BoSox's dismay, Rays ink Lopez to minors deal

ButlerThe Rays are poised to sign Felipe Lopez to a minor-league deal, adding yet another ex-Red Sox.

Although, unlike Manny Ramirez and Johnny Damon, the signing of Lopez to a farm deal has an added wrinkle: it denies the Red Sox a chance at a supplemental first-round pick.

You see, Boston had signed Lopez after his release from the Cardinals (and refusing a waiver-claim assignment to the Padres) with just days left in the season. They did that because Lopez projected to rank as a Type B free agent, which would have netted Boston a first-round supplemental pick. All Lopez had to do was decline Boston's offer of arbitration (which he agreed to do before the team signed him) and hit the market hoping for a major league deal.

Key word: major league deal.

That's what's required to gain the pick. However, Tampa signing Lopez to a minor-league deal gives Boston nothing.

And even if Lopez makes the Opening Day roster -- a distinct possibility -- it is unlikely Boston could win a petition to be awarded a first-round supplemental pick. As Baseball Toaster founder Ken Arneson relayed via Twitter, the Blue Jays signed Type B free agent Shannon Stewart to a farm deal in 2008, and he made the Opening Day roster. Oakland did not get a first-round supplemental pick, so you have to think Boston would be in the same boat.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 31, 2011 5:20 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Garcia agrees to deal with Yankees

Freddy Garcia Although Kenny Williams was hoping to bring Freddy Garcia back to the White Sox, the right-hander tells Venezuelan newspaper Lider en Deportes that he won't be returning to Chicago (with the translation from MLBTradeRumors.com's Nick Collias ):
"I would love to stay in Chicago because I like the city and I have friends here, but I don't think I'm going to come back," Garcia said. "In any case, I appreciate them for trusting me last year; however, a team like New York would be ideal, and would match up with this stage of my career."
The White Sox reportedly could give Garcia more than the $1 million he made last season when he was 12-6 with a 4.64 ERA in 28 starts. Garcia's 157 innings last season were more than 129 he pitched in 2007-09 combined.

The Yankees, of course, are still looking for starting pitching, although the interest seems to be coming more from Garcia's side than the Yankees.

The Nationals are also looking to add starting pitching, although they are unlikely to fit into Garcia's discription of "a team like New York" -- unless he means the Mets.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

UPDATE: Freddy Garcia has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Yankees, reports FOX Sports. Garcia should be in the lead to serve as the No. 5 starter, but will have to fight off Bartolo Colon and Sergio Mitre. Shouldn't be too much of an issue.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 30, 2011 11:01 pm
 

Duchscherer joins Orioles

DuchschererJustin Duchscherer has signed a one-year deal to pitch for the Orioles in 2011, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports.

The righty will make over $4 million, provided he produces. It is a small base salary and incentive-laden. Not a surprise, as the Duke is oft-injured. He made five starts in 2010, posting a 2.89 ERA before... wait for it... getting hurt.

He missed all of 2009 due to... wait for it... injury. 

22 starts of a 2.54 ERA in 2008. Relegated to the bullpen in 2007, making just 17 appearances. 

Clearly, injuries are an issue. But when he's on, he's on. He ripped off three years of being a top reliever for Oakland from 2004-06 and has been impeccable so far as a starter. But again, that's 27 starts in three years.

It's a great deal for Baltimore because as long as he gets on the field, he gets paid. And if he gets on the field, he's a pretty good bet to be pretty good. And Duchscherer will make more than he ever could with a completely guaranteed deal as long as he believes he can contribute a full season or just about.

The signing will likely push one of Brad Bergesen, Jake Arrieta and Chris Tillman out of the rotation. Brian Matusz and Jeremy Guthrie are certainties, as will the Duke provided he's healthy.

-- Evan Brunell

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