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Posted on: January 16, 2012 4:09 pm
 

Reds sign Navarro to minor-league deal

By Matt Snyder

The Cincinnati Reds have signed free agent catcher Dioner Navarro to a one-year, minor-league contract worth $800,000 -- with up to $200,000 available in incentives -- CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman reports.

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Navarro, 27, was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008 but has fallen apart since then. He hit just .193/.276/.324 with five homers in 202 plate appearances last season for the Dodgers. In 754 plate appearances since 2008, Navarro is hitting .207/.267/.311.

It would appear Navarro is an insurance policy for the Reds. Highly-touted prospect Devin Mesoraco will get a shot quite soon and the Reds also have Ryan Hanigan. If it's decided in spring training that Mesoraco needs more time in the minors -- or he struggles in the majors and needs a demotion to regain his confidence -- Navarro and Hanigan could split time. It should be noted that Navarro is a switch hitter while both Hanigan and Mesoraco are right-handed, so it's possible Navarro gets some platoon time against right-handers at some point in the season.

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Posted on: January 15, 2012 3:11 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 6:37 pm
 

A's sign Bartolo Colon to 1-year, $2 million deal

Bartolo ColonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The A's have signed right-hander Bartolo Colon to a one-year deal worth $2 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

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Colon, 38, came back from a year off to go 8-10 with a 4.00 ERA in 26 starts and three relief appearances for the Yankees last season. Colon probably projects as the team's No. 2 starter behind Brandon McCarthy.

Colon had drawn interest from the Diamondbacks as well. Earlier this winter the Yankees had some interest in bringing him back, but with the recent additions of Hiroki Kuroda and Michael Pineda, New York didn't need another season from Colon.

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Posted on: January 15, 2012 2:57 pm
Edited on: January 15, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Twins take a chance on Joel Zumaya

Joel ZumayaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Oft-injured fireballer Joel Zumaya has agreed to a deal with the Twins, MLB.com's Jason Beck reports. Zumaya will have a base salary of $800,000, but could earn as much as $1.7 million with incentives. While pending a physical, the agreement is for a big-league deal, sources tell CBSSports.com.

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Zumaya, 27, hasn't pitched in a game since 2010 when he left the game after a fracturing his right, pitching, elbow on a pitch in June of that year. Zumaya threw in spring training last year, but had another surgery to help aid his elbow injury after feeling pain.

Before getting hurt, Zumaya appeared to regain his form from his rookie season in 2006 when he struck out 97 batters in 83 1/3 inning and helped lead the Tigers to the World Series.

When he's healthy, Zumaya can be an intimidating force out of the bullpen, topping 100 mph. But injuries have derailed his career.

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Posted on: January 15, 2012 11:11 am
Edited on: January 16, 2012 1:15 pm
 

Red Sox sign RHP Vicente Padilla

Vicente Padilla

By C. Trent Rosecrans


The Yankees add Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda, so the Red Sox have to make a move, right?

They have, but is Vicente Padilla going to move the scales on the AL East balance of power north? Doubtful, but the Red Sox have signed the 34-year-old right-hander to a minor-league contract, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

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Padilla was limited to just nine relief appearances for the Dodgers last season with neck problems, but there's word that he's healthy and back throwing in the mid-90s. He has already undergone a physical with the Red Sox, according to Heyman.

Padilla is 104-90 in his career with a 4.31 ERA in 237 starts and 330 appearances in parts of 13 seasons with the Phillies, Rangers, Dodgers and Diamondbacks. Although he served as a reliever early in his career, for the most part he's been a starter, going 97-81 with a 4.33 ERA and 1.362 WHIP as a starter.

As unimpressive as the signing sounds in the wake of the Yankees' moves, it's a low-risk deal for Boston. With Jon Lester, Josh Beckett and Clay Buchholz, the Red Sox don't need help at the top of the rotation, but at the rear, and if healthy, Padilla could fit there in a competition for the fifth spot along with Alfredo Aceves, Carlos Silva, Aaron Cook and others, while Daniel Bard will be given every opportunity to win the fourth spot in the rotation during spring.

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Hamilton won't talk contract after spring starts

Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Once spring training starts, Josh Hamilton wants contract talks to stop. The 30-year-old outfielder and 2010 American League MVP is set to be a free agent after the 2012 season and said he prefers to stay in Texas, but won't talk contract after reporting to Surprise, Ariz., next month.

Hamilton is set to make $13.75 million this season and become a free agent after the season.

"There's nothing to worry about," Hamilton told reporters, including Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "I'm focused on this year and doing what I need to do."

Last season Albert Pujols said the same thing about his status with the Cardinals, that he wouldn't discuss an extension after joining St. Louis for spring, but he hoped to retire a Cardinal -- and we all know how that worked out.

As for the other free agent first baseman from this winter, Hamilton said he'd heard reports the Rangers met with Fielder on Friday and would welcome him to the team.

"To imagine him in our lineup, it's pretty ridiculous looking," Hamilton said.

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:01 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers met with Prince Fielder on Friday, but team president Nolan Ryan told fans at the team's FanFest on Saturday that the meeting was a "preliminary." He also said he expects the team to sign Yu Darvish before Wednesday's deadline.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"We met with Prince yesterday, and our mindset is that we're constantly trying to improve the ballclub. We look at any opportunity to do that that we have. We met with Prince yesterday and his agent, Scott Boras, to try to get a true feel for where they are at this point in time in his free agency to try to see if we thought there might be something there that works for the Texas Rangers. It was very preliminary, and it's very early in any type of negotiation process to even say if there's anything that's going to come of that our not. So, it was an initial meeting that we had."
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Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:37 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 10:40 pm
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

Hiroki KurodaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees have rebuilt their rotation in one night, not only trading for Michael Pineda, but also agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda worth "around" $10 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

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Kuroda, 36, was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers last season. In four seasons in Los Angeles, Kuroda was 41-46 with a 3.46 ERA.

Kuroda pitched 202 innings in 32 starts for the Dodgers last season, striking 161 batters and walking 49, as his win-loss record took a major hit by bad run support from his teammates.  At one point he lost 10 of 11 decisions despite putting up a 3.12 ERA and holding opponents to just a .244 batting average.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Kerry WoodBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have signed reliever Kerry Wood to a one-year deal worth $3 million with a club option for 2013, the team announced at the Cubs Convention in Chicago on Friday.

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Wood, 34, was 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 games for the Cubs last season, recording a save. He struck out 57 batters in 51 innings, walking 21. Wood was also being pursued by the Phillies, but elected to stay with the Cubs.

Since coming up with the Cubs as a starter in 1998, Wood has transitioned into a bullpen weapon, appearing in 258 games as a reliever over the last seven seasons, going 15-18 with a 3.43 ERA with 294 strikeouts in 254 2/3 innings.  He has 63 career saves, serving as the Cubs closer in 2008 and for the Indians in 2009 and 2010.

The announcement was made at the Cubs Convention and greeted with cheers by the crowd.

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