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Garrett Richards Gets $3.2M From Angels

Jan 31, 2015 11:24 PM

A person with knowledge of the contract has told The Associated Press that the Angels have reached a $3.2 million deal for the upcoming season with right-hander Garrett Richards.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Saturday because the announcement hadn't been made.

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Union Will Back A-Rod If Yankees Try To Deny HR Bonuses

Jan 30, 2015 8:22 AM

The Major League Baseball Players Association will back Alex Rodriguez if the New York Yankees attempt to deny him any future payments.

"The union would challenge any breach of contract with the union," a source close to the MLBPA said. "A player can't be punished again for something he's already been punished for."

Under the terms of the contract Rodriguez signed in 2009, the Yankees would owe him a $6 million bonus if he hits six more homers and ties Willie Mays on the all-time home run list.

However, the Yankees are bracing for a battle, believing that mark is now tarnished and they won’t be able to use it for marketing purposes.

Dan Martin/New York Post

Tags: New York Yankees, Injury

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Red Sox Reportedly Have Deal With Ogando

Jan 30, 2015 5:49 PM

The Boston Red Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.5 million deal with Alexi Ogando, according to a report.

The club has not confirmed the deal, which is reportedly pending a physical.

Ogando posted a 3.12 ERA across 156 appearances (48 starts) from 2010-13 with the Texas Rangers.

Quinn Roberts/MLB

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Trade David Hale To Rockies

Jan 30, 2015 5:46 PM

The Atlanta Braves have traded David Hale and Gus Schlosser to the Colorado Rockies for Minor League catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O'Dowd.

Hale pitched 45 games for Atlanta last season, going 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA, and had been expected to compete for a spot in the starting rotation.

Associated Press

Tags: Colorado Rockies, Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Brewers Agree To $3M Deal With Neal Cotts

Jan 30, 2015 5:43 PM

The Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to terms on a one-year, $3 million deal with Neal Cotts.

Cotts, 34, was 2-9 with a 4.32 ERA and two saves in a career-high 73 relief appearances for the Texas Rangers last season, a year after going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 games.

Associated Press

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Terms Agreement

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Red Sox, Nava Reach $1.85M Deal

Jan 30, 2015 8:29 AM

The Boston Red Sox have avoided arbitration with Daniel Nava by agreeing to a one-year, $1.85 million deal.

Nava, 31, was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time in his career.

He hit .270 with 21 doubles and four home runs over 113 games with the Red Sox last season.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Rays Work Out Yoan Moncada

Jan 30, 2015 8:26 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays worked out Cuban free agent Yoan Moncada at Tropicana Field this week.

It remains unlikely that they will sign the highly coveted 19-year-old prospect.

Moncada, a switch-hitting infielder, could receive a signing bonus between $30 million and $40 million, a high price for any club but particularly for the Rays.

"We try not to leave any stone unturned, and he's someone who has great intrigue and we're eager to see what he can do," Matt Silverman said on MLB Network Radio. "Given our financial situation, I wouldn't expect us to be the winners of an auction, but that doesn't mean we're not going to do our due diligence, make sure we evaluate the player and put our best foot forward.

"If we happen to be in a position to acquire him, great. But if not, we've done the work and know that we've checked the boxes."

Adam Berry/MLB

Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Source: Chamberlain Has Rejected Multiple Contract Offers

Jan 30, 2015 8:17 AM

Joba Chamberlain remains unsigned because he has rejected multiple offers from teams he did not want to join, according to a source.

The right-hander is considering a one-year offer with a relatively low base salary and incentives.

Chamberlain made $2.5 million with the Detroit Tigers last season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Detroit Tigers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Phillies Sign Chad Billingsley

Jan 30, 2015 8:10 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed Chad Billingsley to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

Billingsley spent all of last season on the disabled list for the Los Angeles Dodgers while he recovered from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

The deal with the Phillies includes performance bonuses.

Associated Press

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Scout: Tom Brady Had MLB Tools

Jan 29, 2015 4:58 PM

Tom Brady, who will play in his sixth Super Bowl on Sunday, with drafted by the Montreal Expos in 1995, but opted to play football at Michigan.

Brady was once a talented left-handed-hitting catcher at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, California.

The Expos selected the then 17-year-old in the 18th round of the 1995 First-Year Player Draft.

Brady immediately impressed former Expos scout John Hughes, who now is with the Miami Marlins.

"You were like, 'Wow, this kind of fits the bill,'" Hughes said. "He could throw. He could receive well. He was a left-handed hitter who had some pull power."

The long-time scout believes Brady could have made it to the Major Leagues.

"I think he would have been a pro," Hughes said. "He had all the intangibles. He could throw, left-handed power. There is no reason to think this guy couldn't have been a big league catcher."

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Minaya Leaves Padres To Join MLBPA
Omar Minaya has decided to leave his job with the Padres to become a special adviser to Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark.

Associated Press

Werth To Serve Five Days For Reckless Driving
Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and has been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway.

Associated Press

Mets, Mejia Settle On $2.595M Contract
The 25-year-old appeared in 63 games for the Mets in 2014 and posted a 3.65 ERA.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Marlins Went Extra Mile To Impress Ichiro
The Marlins flew five team executives 18 hours to Japan to welcome Ichiro Suzuki to the club.

Joe Frisaro/MLB

Giants Release Marco Scutaro
Marco Scutaro was designated for assignment by the Giants last week.


Angels, Freese Agree To $6.425M Deal
This is the final season by arbitration eligibility for David Freese.

Mike Perchick/WAPT

Diamondbacks Hire Joe Carter As Assistant To GM
Joe Carter and Dave Stewart played together for two seasons with Toronto, including 1993 when the Blue Jays won the World Series.

Associated Press

Montgomery To Return As Philadelphia's Chairman
Pat Gillick, who has served as interim team president since David Montgomery took a medical leave of absence last August, will continue on as president.

Jayson Stark/ESPN

Blanton Planning Comeback, With Audition Next Week
Joe Blanton is planning a Major League comeback and will audition for clubs on Feb. 4 in Nashville.

Steve Adams/MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox Bring Beckham Back On $2M Deal
Chicago traded Gordon Beckham to the Angels in August, but decided to bring the infielder back.

Doug Padilla/ESPN

Nationals Reportedly Add Casey Janssen
Casey Janssen has signed a one-year, $5 million deal with the Nationals, according to reports.


Braves Sign Cuban Outfielder Toscano
The Braves have signed Dian Toscano to a four-year, $6 million contract.

Associated Press

Phillies Discussing Papelbon With Blue Jays, Brewers
Both the Blue Jays and Brewers are in need of a closer, but Jonathan Papelbon's salary has been a sticking point.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Angels Open To Extensions With Iannetta, Richards, Street
The Angels plan to begin negotiating a contract extension with Huston Street and have already discussed the possibility with him personally, according to a source.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Rangers, Red Sox Swap Pitchers
The Red Sox have traded Anthony Ranaudo to the Rangers for Robbie Ross.

Kyle Brasseur/ESPN

Pirates Trade Snider To Orioles
The Pirates have traded Travis Snider to the Orioles for a Minor League pitcher and a player to be named later.

Associated Press

Diamondbacks Comfortable With $91.5M Payroll
Arizona's projected payroll could increase depending on the arbitration cases with Mark Trumbo and Addison Reed.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Shields' Price Tag Hasn't Dropped Enough To Interest Angels
L.A. general manager Jerry Dipoto was asked Tuesday if the right-hander's supposed declining price had the club interested.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange-County Register

Royals Agree To $1.225M Deal With Dyson
Jarrod Dyson has avoided arbitration with the Royals by agreeing to a one-year, $1.225 million contract for 2015.


Brewers Could Bring Back Francisco Rodriguez
The Brewers had been linked to Jonathan Papelbon in trade talks.

Tom Haudricourt/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel