All you need to know: MLB news, rumors for Jan. 1

Mark Mulder returns to the AL West, this time with the Angels.
Mark Mulder returns to the AL West, this time with the Angels. (Getty Images)

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Was it slow in terms of actual baseball news on New Year's Day? Take a wild guess. Or if you don't wanna do that, glance below at how few items we're hitting on this nightly update.

No reason for more of an intro here.

SIGNING

Mark Mulder has signed with the Angels, according to ESPN.com -- and considering that's where Mulder was employed before his comeback, I'm prepared to believe the report. It's a minor-league deal that could grow to $6 million if Mulder reaches his incentives.

Mulder hasn't pitched a full season since 2005 and last appeared in the majors in 2008. Shoulder issues appeared to have ended his career prematurely, but he's still only 36. The two-time All-Star was 103-60 with a 4.18 ERA (106 ERA+) and 1.34 WHIP in 1314 career innings before his first retirement.

REPORTS, RUMORS OR SPECULATION

Masahiro Tanaka: Diamondbacks fans shouldn't get their hopes up on the club landing Tanaka, per the team beat writer on MLB.com. Tanaka is the Yankees' top priority, says their beat writer on MLB.com.

Athletics: The A's aren't shopping for a DH, as the club plans to use John Jaso in the spot the bulk of the time, per Jane Lee of MLB.com.

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