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All you need to know: MLB news, rumors from Jan. 28

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

Carlos Pena has a minor-league deal with the Angels.
Carlos Pena has a minor-league deal with the Angels. (USATSI)

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Pitchers and catchers report within just a few weeks and there's still a decent group of starting pitchers sitting there unsigned. Things seem to be moving, even if slowly. Let's take a look at the day that was.

SIGNINGS

The Angels have agreed to minor league contracts with 1B/DH Carlos Pena and OF Brennan Boesch, per Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times.

AVOIDS ARBITRATION

The Reds and Aroldis Chapman have agreed on a $5 million deal for the 2014 season, avoiding arbitration (via Joel Sherman). The club was originally offering $4.6 million while Chapman was asking for $5.4, so it's a 50-50 compromise. How nice.

NOT RETIRING

A.J. Burnett is not retiring, ending a few months of decision-making time. He'd previously said he would either retire or remain with the Pirates, but now he's open to signing with another club.

REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION

Astros: Hall of Famer and former Rangers president Nolan Ryan met with the Astros owner (Jim Crane) and president (Ryan's son Reid) over a possible return to the franchise in some capacity. If he does return, expect his role to be something along the lines of "advisor" and not nearly as hands-on as he was in Texas, reports MLB.com's Brian McTaggart.

Blue Jays: Jon Heyman has a column up discussing the Blue Jays situation that is a must-read.

Mariners: Jon Heyman reports the Mariners might have one last bullet left to fire this offseason.


Jeff Baker: Several teams are interested in the services of utility man Jeff Baker, including the Marlins and Nationals.

Yuniesky Betancourt: The now-former MLB infielder has signed a one-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball. (Heyman)

Yoon Suk-min: The Korean export has received four offers and is currently in discussions with two of those four -- and could sign very soon, per a Korean report (via @MyKBO). We knew that previously the Twins were in on Yoon, but that was back in late October and the Twins have already landed two starting pitchers this offseason.

 
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