Marlins Work Out 1-yr, $6M Deal with Cantu
Juan C. Rodriguez tweets that the Marlins have signed first baseman Jorge Cantu to a one-year deal worth $6 million to avoid salary arbitration. Cantu earned $3.5 million in 2009.
Cantu has enjoyed back-to-back solid seasons in Florida, with his .289/.345/.443 line in 2009 following up his .277/.327/.481 2008 line. He's expected to continue at first base, though prospect Gaby Sanchez may challenge him for playing time should the Marlins deem him ready.
Dodgers ink Loney and Sherrill
Jon Heyman tweets on a pair of Dodger deals to avoid arbitration. First baseman James Loney and set up man George Sherrill both came to terms early this afternoon on one year deals. Loney will earn $3.1 million and Sherrill will get $4.5 million with playing time incentives that could up the overall value of Sherrill's deal.
Loney, 25, hit .281/.357/.399 last season for the Dodgers, his fourth. Loney earned $465,000 last year.
Sherrill came over to the Dodgers from Baltimore at mid year and posted a microscopic 0.65 ERA in 27.7 innings helping the Dodgers to their NL West title. Sherrill, who turns 33 in April, had closed for the Orioles.
Brewers Avoid Arbitration with Weeks, Gomez
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com tweets on a pair of contracts to avoid arbitration signed by Milwaukee's second baseman Rickie Weeks and newly acquired outfielder Carlos Gomez.
Weeks has been unable to stay healthy and realize the tremendous potential he demonstrated as minor leaguer. Before suffering a season ending injury in May, he was off to his best hitting line of his career at .272/.340/.517. His one year deal is worth $2.75 million, up from the $2.45 million last year. Weeks will be 27 next season.
Gomez came over to the Brewers from the Twins in exchange for J.J. Hardy. He posted a .229/.287/.337 batting line last season for the Twins. Gomez earned $437,500 in 2009. Terms of his one year deal were not immediately available.
Jays Sign Camp, Janssen
The Blue Jays official twitter feed announced the signing of Shawn Camp to a one-year deal worth $1.15 million (US) for 2010. The Jays later tweeted that Casey Janssen agreed to a $700,000 (US) one-year deal. Both moves allowed the club to avoid salary arbitration with the players.
Camp, 34, earned $750,000 last year as he posted a 3.50 ERA in 59 games for the Jays. Working out of the pen, he two wins agaisnt six lossess with one save. Camp's peripheral rate stats were solid, if unspectacular.
The 28 year-old Janssen was shaky in 40 innings allowing nearly a hit and a half per inning. He earned $413,900 last year.
Rays Sign Shortstop Bartlett
Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times tweets that the Rays have agreed on a one-year deal worth $4 million with shortstop Jason Bartlett
Bartlett enjoyed a fantastic 2009, posting the best batting line of his career that included career highs in ever major hitting category. His batting line was .320/.389/.490. Bartlett turned 30 in late October.
These signings reduce the number of players whose cases are pending to 96. MLB clubs are exchanging figures with their remaining arbitration eligible players today. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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