All you need to know: MLB rumors, news roundup for Jan. 16

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

The Mets re-signed trade candidate Ike Davis for 2014 on Thursday.
The Mets re-signed trade candidate Ike Davis for 2014 on Thursday. (USATSI)

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Thursday's biggest piece of baseball news was the official approval of expanded replay. The owners, players' union and umpires' union have all signed off on the new system, which includes two challenges per team per game as well as a centralized review crew in MLB's New York office. No, it's not hot stove news, but it will definitely impact the game going forward.

There were no record contracts handed out on Thursday, but plenty of players signed deals to avoid arbitration or join new teams. Here's a recap of the day, including several bits of news from CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman.

AVOIDED ARBITRATION

Athletics: Agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal with RHP Jim Johnson ... agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract with C/DH John Jaso. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Mets: Agreed to a one-year, $3.5M contract with 1B Ike Davis (Heyman)... agreed to a one-year, $1.85 million deal with OF Eric Young Jr. (New York Post) ... agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million deal with SS Ruben Tejada. (Heyman)

Nationals: Agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with LHP Ross Detwiler. He can earn another $50,000 if he reaches 180 innings pitched. (New York Post)

Orioles: Agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million contract with RHP Bud Norris. (Baltimore Sun)

Padres: Agreed to a one-year, $6.1 million deal with RHP Ian Kennedy (Heyman) ... agreed to a one-year, $2.45 million deal with SS Everth Cabrera (New York Post) ... agreed to a one-year, $1.98 million contract with RHP Tyson Ross. (Fox Sports)

Phillies: Agreed to a one-year, $7.675 million deal with RHP Kyle Kendrick. (New York Post)

Pirates: Agreed to a one-year, $1.2 million contract with OF Travis Snider. (New York Post)

Rays: Agreed to a one-year, $14 million deal with LHP David Price.

Reds: Agreed to a one-year, $1.76 million contract with OF Chris Heisey. (ESPN)

Rockies: Agreed to a one-year, $2.2 million deal with RHP Wilton Lopez. (New York Post)

Royals: Agreed to a one-year, $1.3625 million deal with LHP Tim Collins. (New York Post)

Yankees: Agreed to a one-year, $700,000 contract with C Francisco Cervelli. (Heyman)

FREE AGENT SIGNINGS

Angels: Signed IF John McDonald to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. (WEEI.com)

Blue Jays: Signed 2B Chris Getz to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the club announced.

Giants: Signed RHP Rafael Dolis to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, the team announced.

Marlins: Signed RHP Henry Rodriguez to a minor league pact with an invitation to spring training, the club announced.

Rockies: Signed C Michael McKenry to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. He can earn $750,000 if he makes the team. (Denver Post)

Royals: Signed RHP Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, the team announced.

ROSTER CUTS

Mariners: Designated OF Carlos Peguero for assignment, the team announced. The move clears a 40-man roster spot for the recently signed C John Buck.

Yankees: Released OF Vernon Wells. They designated him for assignment a few days ago and, unsurprisingly, no team claimed him off wiavers.

RUMORS & SPECULATION

RHP Matt Guerrier: Will audition for teams in the next 10 days or so. He missed most of the last two seasons with elbow problems. (1500 ESPN)

RHP Masahiro Tanaka: The Angels are "not seriously involved" in the bidding but the Cubs are "pushing hard." (ESPN and Fox Sports)

Blue Jays: GM Alex Anthopoulos said the price for pitching in both trades and free agency is still too high for the club's liking. (Sportsnet.ca)

Braves: There is only a "slim chance" LHP Eric O'Flaherty will return to the team. Other clubs are pursuing him more aggressively. (MLB.com)

Brewers: Making a push to sign 1B/3B Mark Reynolds. He is leaning towards signing with them.

Orioles: Having ongoing discussions with RHP Bronson Arroyo. This has been a very quiet offseason for Baltimore. (Fox Sports)

Rangers: Looking for a left-hander to replace the injured LHP Derek Holland. They have contacted LHP Paul Maholm and LHP Bruce Chen recently. (Dallas Morning News)

Red Sox: Extension talks with LHP Jon Lester have not yet started. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2014 season. (WEEI.com)

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