Pirates Ink Duke to Avoid Arbitration
Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have agreed on a one-year deal with lefty starter Zach Duke. Terms of the deal have not been released.
Duke lost a league high 16 games last season, but pitched effectively enough to win 11. His ERA, however, was 4.06 illustrating the old baseball adage that to lose that many games, one must be a pretty good pitcher.
Rafael Perez Re-Ups for $795K
MLBlogger Anthony Castrovince tweets the details of Cleveland's one year deal with reliever Rafael Perez. The lefty will get $795,000 for 2010 after making $436,300 in 2009.
Perez was wild and hittable in 48 innings for the Tribe last year, yielding 66 hits and 25 walk, against just 32 strikeouts. That led to a lot of baserunners and a lot of runs scored, accounting for Perez' ERA of 7.31. In 2008, Perez had posted similar hit and walk numbers (67 and 23) but did so in 76.3 effective innings. Cleveland will use Perez in the pen and hope the 2008 version shows up.
Cubs Avoid Arbitration with Five
tweets in staccato fashion the five Cubs who get one year deals to avoid arbitration. Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times the dollar values for the deals that Mike Fontenot, Jeff Baker, Angel Guzman, Tom Gorzelanny and Koyie Hill will get.
Fontenot gets bumped to $1 million for 2010 after $430,000 in 2009. Handed the starting job at second base out of spring training, he struggled at the plate hitting .236/.301/.377 as he bounced from second to third to cover for an injured Aramis Ramirez and back to second.
Baker came to the Cubs at mid-year in exchange for minor leaguer Al Alburquerque. Playing some at second he posted very solid numbers at the plate, rapping out a .305/.362/.448 line in 69 games with the Cubs. He'll earn $975,000 in 2010. He made $415,000 in 2009
Guzman pitched well out of the pen, allowing 64 baserunners in 61 innings, while notching 47 strikeouts. That helped him to an ERA of 2.95 despite letting up 8 long balls. Guzman earned $421,500 in 2009 and gets a raise to $825,000 for 2010.
Gorzelanny joined the Cubs at the trading deadline along with John Grabow. He had a lackluster year in Pittsburgh losing his starting job out of spring training and his big league job before being dealt to the Cubs. With Chicago the numbers were actually worse. He ended 2009 with a 7-3 record and an ERA of 5.55. He'll earn $800,000 in 2010 after getting $419,000 in 2009.
Hill backed up Geovanny Soto behind the plate and assumed the starting job when Soto was inured in July. Hill was ineffective at the plate, posting a .237/.312/.324 batting line in 284 plate appearances. He'll get $700,000 in 2010 after making $475,000 in 2009.
Orioles Sign Luke Scott
The Baltimore Sun's Dan Connolly and Jeff Zrebiec have a full story on Luke Scott's one year, $4.05 million deal to avoid arbitration with the Orioles. Scott, who is expected to continue in the designated hitter role for the club, earned $2.4 million in 2009
Scott's 2009 was a tale of two halves, an excellent first half (.305/.384/.564) reversed entirely after the All-Star break as he dipped to .208/.292/.375 after the mid-summer classic. His 25 homeruns were a club best.
Jeremy Accardo Agrees to deal with the Blue Jays
MLB.com's Jordan Bastian tweets the details of Toronto's one year contract with reliever Jeremy Accardo who made $392,200 in 2009. Accardo's one year deal will pay him $1.08 million for 2010
Accardo had been Toronto's closer for much of 2007, but injuries derailed him in 2008, causing him to miss much of the season. His return in 2009 found him shuttling between the Jays and their AAA affiliate in Las Vegas. Accardo pitched effectively while with the big club with an ERA of 2.55 in 24.7 innings pitched.
Rockies, Hammel Work Out 1-yr, $1.9M Deal
Troy Renck of the Denver Post blogs the details of Jason Hammel's deal with the Rockies to avoid salary arbitration. Hammel will get $1.9 million for 2010 after earning less than one-quarter that amount in 2009.
Hammel's first season in the NL went well, after a spring training deal brought him to Colorado. He started 30 games for the Rockies winning 10 against 8 defeats. His 4.33 ERA was backed by good peripherals and solid control.
These signings reduce the number of players whose cases are pending to 76. MLB clubs exchanged figures with their remaining arbitration eligible players today. Please visit the salary arbitration page for more information.
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