While there was a sense that one could keep up with the wheeling and dealings from the Winter Meetings on Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday was a blur. Instead of trying to post individually on each deal, here's a break down of what happened Weds. and early Thursday morning, starting with the latest news compiled from various sources... Discussion thread in the Biz of Baseball Forums
Luis Gonzalez to the Dodgers in a one-year deal worth $7 million for the 2007 season
The deal is expected to be officially announced Thursday, the final day of the Winter Meetings. The club has targeted Gonzalez, who spent the last eight seasons with Arizona, for outfield help since J.D. Drew’s departure and beat out the Orioles and Cardinals for the veteran’s services.
Freddy Garcia to the Phillies
Late news is RHP Freddy Garcia is headed to the Phillies in exchange for Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez. Details to follow tomorrow.
Ted Lilly Signs with Cubs
Pending a physical, Ted Lilly will sign with the Cubs in a four-year deal. Financial terms were not available at this time.
Trade: Royals send Burgos to Mets for Bannister
The first trade of the Winter Meetings sent reliever Ambiorix Burgos from the Kansas City Royals to the Mets for starter Brian Bannister.
Mike Piazza Goes to A's in a one-year, $8.5 million as primarialy a DH
Mike Piazza signed a one-year, $8.5-million deal with the Oakland A's marking the first time in Piazza's 15-year career that he will play in the AL. Piazza will be used as a DH and backup catcher behind starter Jason Kendall and backup Adam Melhuse. Piazza has a one-year option for 2008.
Embree Signs with A's to two-year, $5.5 million contract
Left-handed reliever Alan Embree agreed to a $5.5 million, two-year contract with the A's. Embree receives a $250,000 signing bonus, $2.25 million next season and $3 million in 2008. His contract also includes a $3 million team option for 2009.
Orioles acquire from Bynum from Cubs
The Orioles have acquired Freddie Bynum from the Chicago Cubs for a player to be named later.
Red Sox Sign SS Julio Lugo to 4-year, $36 million deal
The Red Sox addressed their shortstop concerns by signing Julio Lugo to a four-year, $36 million contract, pending a physical.
Catcher Bengie Molina Signs three-year, $36 million deal with Giants
The Giants finalized a $16 million, three-year contract with catcher Bengie Molina on Wednesday to replace Mike Matheny, who might not play again because of a concussion.
Molina, a two-time All-Star, is scheduled to make $4 million next season, $6 million in 2008 and $6 million in '09. He batted .284 with a career-high 19 home runs and 57 RBIs in 117 games for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2006.
Joe Borowski to the Indians in one-year, $4.25 million Agreement
Cleveland finalized a $4.25 million, one-year deal with Joe Borowski after the Phillies backed out of a deal citing concerns about Borowski's shoulder. Borowski had 36 saves in 43 chances last season for the Florida Marlins. After he reached a preliminary agreement with the Phillies, Philadelphia backed off that deal when it didn't like the results of medical tests performed on his right shoulder.
He gets $4 million next year, and the Indians have a $4 million option for 2008 with a $250,000 buyout. Borowski can earn $1.5 million in performance bonuses bases on games finished: $200,000 each for 40, 45 and 50, $400,000 for 55 and $500,000 for 60.
David Dellucci signs $11.5 million, three-year Agreement with Indians
The Indians also knotted up outfielder David Dellucci for three years and $11.5 million.
The 33-year-old Dellucci, who chose Cleveland over Cincinnati, is expected to platoon in left field. A left-handed hitter, he batted .292 with 13 homers and 39 RBIs in 132 games for Philadelphia, which acquired him before opening day from Texas.
Mike Lieberthal agrees to a $1.25 million, one-year contract with the Dodgers.
The 34 year-old former all-star catcher will play backup to Russell Martin,
The deal is for $1.15 million next year, and the Dodgers have $1.4 million option for 2008 with a $100,000 buyout.
Jason Schmidt to Dodgers in three-year, $47 million deal
After 5 1/2 seasons with the Giants, Schmidt told his former Giants teammates that he has agreed to a three-year, $47 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The deal, which is contingent on a physical, would make Schmidt the ace of the Dodgers' pitching staff.
IN OTHER NEWS...
Hendry hospitalized at winter meetings
Hendry wasn't feeling well and spoke by phone with Cubs team physician Dr. Stephen Adams, who recommended that the 51-year-old GM go to a hospital to be examined. Hendry was expected to remain in the hospital overnight.
Progress seen in Bonds' negotiations with Giants
Barry Bonds' agent, Jeff Borris met with Giants GM Brian Sabean for three hours in an attempt to get closer to resigning the slugger.
Sources close to the negotiations have said there is a second, as yet unidentified, team interested in the 42-year-old slugger, who could break Hank Aaron's all-time home-run record next season while carrying accusations he used steroids for several years late in his career.
"I won't comment on that," Borris said of the existence of a suitor other than the Giants.
- The Los Angeles Angels are focused on seeing what reliever Brendan Donnelly and catcher Jose Molina can bring in a trade.
- After the Dodgers acquire Jason Schmidt, Brad Penny may be on the block in an attempt to gain a stick and power at the plate.
- Free-agent right-hander Gil Meche narrowed his choices Tuesday night to the Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs and Kansas City Royals, with a decision expected shortly.
- The Mariners and Braves will swap pitchers... the Mariners will send reliever Rafael Soriano to the Braves for left-handed starter Horacio Ramirez