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Posted on: January 19, 2011 11:07 pm

D-Backs to pay Ransom

The eagle eyes at mlbtraderumors.com have spotted the Diamondbacks' signing of veteran utility guy Cody Ransom on a transactions page.

Does this seem like overkill to anyone else? Arizona signed baseball Swiss-army knife Willie Bloomquist less than a week ago, leaving their bench situation settled except for an already crowded battle for the final spot, with Tony Abreu, Cole Gillespie, Ryan Roberts, Brandon Allen, Wily Mo Pena and Collin Cowgill in the mix.

After batting .190 each of the past two seasons in limited action with the Yankees and Phillies, it's tough to see where Ransom is a major factor in that race. But presumably it's an inexpensive minor-league deal, and as they say, you can never have too much depth.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 7:25 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2011 7:26 pm

Pavano, Twins finally complete deal

Carl Pavano
As expected, Carl Pavano will return to the Twins, as the two sides finally consummated a two-year deal worth $16.5 million.

Pavano held out a long time hoping to get a three-year deal, but at age 35 apparently couldn't find any takers. His signing removes the last front-line starter from the free-agent market. The Nationals, Rangers, Pirates and Mariners were rumored to have interest at various points, but in recent weeks it has been apparent he was headed back to the Twin Cities.

Pavano went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA and a, ERA+ of 111 -- the third-best of his 12-year career. Since being traded from Cleveland to Minnesota late in the 2009 season, he is 22-15 with a 3.97 ERA.

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 3:18 pm

Nats add Coffey, Hairston

Todd Coffey The Nationals have agreed to a deal with reliever Todd Coffey pending a physical, MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets .

Coffey, non-tendered by the Brewers in December, made $2.025 million last season for Milwaukee. He was 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances. Coffey had 56 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings, while walking 23. However, he gave up more than a hit an inning, allowing 65 hits.

The Brewers claimed Coffey off of waivers from the Reds in 2008 and resurrected his career in the Brewers bullpen. He was 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA and two saves in 2009, but regressed in 2010.

UPDATE: Jerry Hairston Jr. has passed his physical and officially signed with the Nationals today, Ladson tweets .

UPDATE: Hairston's deal is for one year, worth $2 million plus another million in incentive bonuses, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 9:09 am

Tigers confident they can deal Galarraga

Armando Galarraga The nearly-perfect Armando Galarraga may not be a Tiger much longer. The team designated him for assignment on Tuesday to make room for Brad Penny on the roster -- that came on the same day the team signed him to a one-year, $2.3 million contract, avoiding arbitration.

The Tigers now have 10 days to trade him and general manager Dave Dombrowski tells MLB.com's Jason Beck that he's confident he'll get be able to deal the right-hander.

"You never know until you get it done. We've had enough clubs express some interest," Dombrowski said. "It's not like I have a for-sure deal, but I do have enough clubs that have asked me about him."

Despite his brush with perfection, Galarraga had an up-and-down 2010, going 4-9 with a 4.49 ERA. He lost 10 games with a 5.64 ERA in 2009 after a promising rookie year in 2008 in which he went 13-7 with a 3.73 ERA and finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting.

Among teams in need of a fifth-starter are three American League Central squads, Cleveland, Chicago and Kansas City. He could also fit with the Mariners or Diamondbacks.

Galarraga had an xFIP of 5.44 last season and a ground-ball rate of just 37.3 percent, which didn't hurt him as much at spacious Comerica Park, so he may be better for the Royals or Mariners than any of the other teams on the list due to ballpark factors.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:36 am

Jays interested in Damon, Podsednik

Johnny Damon Johnny Damon could still end up back in the American League East -- as the Blue Jays are reportedly eyeing Damon and Scott Podsednik, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports .

The Jays signed the speedy Rajai Davis to a two-year, $5.75 million contract on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, but are still looking at other leadoff options.

Davis, who had 50 stolen bases in 62 attempts for the A's last season, had nearly as many stolen bases as the entire Toronto roster last season (58), but his subpar on-base percentage of .320 make him a less-than-ideal candidate to leadoff full-time. Toronto sent two minor-league pitchers to Oakland to acquire the 30-year old in Novemeber.

Damon and Podsednik are also attractive because the Jays are heavily right-handed, with only two left-handed-hitting players on the roster, Adam Lind and Travis Snider.

Damon had a .355 on-base percentage in 2010, but managed to steal only 11 bases last season and 12 in 2009. Podsednik stole 35 bases with the Royals and Dodgers last season and had a .342 OBP.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 12:16 am

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

Carl Pavano If you didn't already think the Twins had re-signed Carl Pavano, they haven't yet. But they're about to, Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune tweets .

Christensen tweets the two sides are "very close" and just working out the final details on a deal to bring back the man with the best mustache in baseball.

"I think we're in the home stretch here," general manager Bill Smith told the paper on Tuesday.

Pavano, 35, was 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA for the Twins last season, pitching 221 innings in 32 starts. He signed a one-year, $7 million deal before last season and has reportedly been looking for a multiyear deal this time.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 10:31 pm

Blanton staying in Philly

BlantonJoe Blanton will be staying in Philadelphia, GM Ruben Amaro tells FOX Sports.

"I don’t feel comfortable [trading Blanton]," Amaro says. Once signing Cliff Lee, it was thought Philly would be eager to shed Blanton's salary in a deal, but that appears not to be the case. "He’s going to pitch for the Phillies, probably for the entire season."

Blanton is guaranteed $19 million over the next two seasons, and Philadelphia would have had to cover much of the deal in any trade, which likely chilled any discussions. While Blanton got off to a poor start in 2010, a fast finish enabled him to end the year with a 4.82 ERA in 175 2/3 innings.

Even with the Phillies' payroll expected to top $160 million, Amaro sees no need to trade Blanton, even if it freezes Kyle Kendrick out of the rotation.

“Why would we want to trade the guy?” Amaro said. “He gives us a whole lot of protection. I’d stack him up against the rest of the fifth starters in the league.”

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: January 18, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: January 18, 2011 4:41 pm

Arbitration deals: Fielder gets $15.5 million

The deadline for submitting arbitration figures is less than an hour away at this writing, and compromise deals for arb-eligible players are rolling in fast and furious. We won't list all of them here (here is a good resource for a comprehensive look), but here is a look at some of the notable deals (links lead to sources):

* Prince Fielder, who seemed certain to reach a hearing, made a last-minute deal with the Brewers for $15.5 million. He made $10.5 million last season. As noted by Tom Haudricort of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the deal ends Zack Greinke's short reign as highest-paid Brewer ever. Greinke, traded to the Brewers last month, is due $13.5 million next season.

* Stephen Drew has re-upped with the Diamondbacks on a two-year deal, per Jon-Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. He'll earn $13.75 million over the two years, with a mutual option for 2013. Drew was slated to become a free agent after 2012, so this deal may only buy out one year of free agency.

* A hefty price just came down on closer Matt Capps, agreeing to a $7.15 million deal with the Twins as MLB.com reports. This is one deal that is tough to see, although he did save 42 games with an ERA under 3.00 in 2010.

* Postseason hero Cody Ross has received a contract worth $6.3 million from the Giants, reports FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

* Jane Lee of MLB.com has two Athletics agreeing to deals: Dallas Braden signing for $3.35 million and outfielder Conor Jackson for $3.32. Braden is coming off a season in which he tossed a perfect game, while Jackson is hoping to revitalize his career after a lost 2010.

* Brandon Morrow, one of the Jays' young fireballing starters, avoided arbitration by agreeing to a deal that will pay him $2.3 million as Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reveals.

* Jonathan Papelbon receives an incremental raise over 2010 and will take home $12 million in 2010, writes CSNNE.com's Sean McAdam. Jacoby Ellsbury, meanwhile, packs away $2.4 million.

* Lefty starter John Danks is a rich man after agreeing to a $6 million deal with the White Sox as SI.com's Jon Heyman says.

* The Yankees used some of the money left over from not signing Cliff Lee to ink starter Phil Hughes to a $2.7 million deal as Heyman reports.

* Some hefty money being paid in Texas. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Nelson Cruz hauls in $3.65 million according to ESPN while C.J. Wilson gears up for free agency after the season with a $7 million payday.

* New Cub Matt Garza will earn $5.95 million on the north side of Chicago as Heyman writes. Sean Marshall, meanwhile, signs a two-year deal worth $4.7 million, ChicagoBreakingSports.com reports. Marshall is expected to move to the starting rotation and join up with Garza.

* Chad Billingsley will net $6.275 million from the Dodgers, reports Dylan Hernandes of the Los Angeles Times.

* J.J. Hardy will make $5.85 million in his first year with the Orioles, reports the Baltimore Sun.

* Jordan Bastian of MLB.com has Shin-Soo Choo receiving a $3.975 million deal from the Indians.

* As we reported earlier, Padres closer Heath Bell settled for $7.5 million.

* The Padres also got a deal done with outfielder Ryan Ludwick for $6.775 million. He made $5.45 million last season.

* Outfielder Rajai Davis gets a two-year deal from the Blue Jays, worth $2.5 million in 2011 and $2.75 million in 2012 with a $3 million club option in 2013.

* Closer David Aardsma is back in Seattle for $4.5 million, reports the Seattle Times.

* Astros infielder Clint Barmes settled for $3.925 million.

* The Athletics and outfielder Josh Willingham agreed to a $6 million deal in his last year of arbitration eligibility. That's a raise from $4.6 million.

-- David Andriesen and Evan Brunell

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