Melvin Mora Finds Suitor in Colorado
Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Colorado Rockies have signed former Oriole third baseman Melvin Mora to a one-year major-league contract worth $1.3 million. He's expected to spell the Rockies young infield of Clint Barmes, Troy Tulowitzki and Ian Stewart. Mora can also sub at any of the outfield positions, making him an ideal utility player on a team giving a roster sport to a designated pinch hitter/infrequent first baseman like Jason Giambi.
Mora has played in Baltimore since 2000, playing primarily at third base. He posted a .260/.321/.358 batting line in 496 plate appearances.
Mariners Add Ryan Garko for $550K
Gregg Bell of the the AP reports that the Mariners have inked former Giant first baseman Ryan Garko to a one-year contract worth $550,000. The deal includes incentive clauses that could elevate the deal to $1,075,000 if he reaches 600 plate appearances in 2010.
Garko began 2009 in Cleveland before being dealt to the Giants on July 27th. He posted a combined line of .268/.344/.421 in 400 plate appearances. His playing time was reduced in San Francisco which was reflected in a slip in his batting line to .235/.307/.638.
Reds Welcome Orlando Cabrera to Cincinnati
MLB.com's Mark Sheldon provides the details of Cincinnati's contract to bring Orlando Cabrera to town. Cabrera will get a one-year deal worth a guaranteed $3.02 million.
The deal includes a $4 million mutual option for 2011. Cabrera's base salary will be $770,000. The deal provides a $1.25 million signing bonus. Cabrera is guaranteed a $1 million buyout if he chooses to exercise the $4 million option. Should he decline to exercise the option, the value of his buyout drops to $550,000.
Cabrera began 2009 with Oakland. The A's traded him to Minnesota at the trading deadline. His combined line of .284/.316/.389 in 706 plate appearances was slightly below his career averages.
Oakland Inks Gabe Gross
Jane Lee of MLB.com has the story of Oakland's contract agreement with outfielder Gabe Gross. It's a one-year deal worth $750,000.
Gross spent 2009 with the Rays, compiling a batting line of .226/.327/.355 in 326 plate appearances. He played primarily in right field, but has covered both center and left. He joins a very crowded Oakland outfield where he'll likely serve in a reserve capacity.
A's, Reds Swing Deal
The busy days in Cincinnati and Oakland leading up to spring training continued according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney who reports on the deal struck between the two teams that sends Aaron Miles to Cincinnati in exchange for Adam Rosales and Willy Tavares. Oakland subsequently designated Tavares for assignment to make room on their 40-man roster for Gross. The Reds will receive either a player to be named later or cash to complete the deal.
Miles joined the A's earlier in the offseason in a deal that brought he and Jake Fox to Oakland. Miles was positively awful in 2009 with the Cubs. He hit .185/.224/.242 in 170 plate appearances.
Rosales bounced around the infield for the Reds in 2009. He hit .213/.303/.317 in 266 plate appearances for Cincinnati. Oakland has 10 days to place Tavares on waivers, work another trade for the speedy outfielder or give him his unconditional release. Tavares hit .240/.275/.285 in 102 games for the Reds.
Cubs Agree with Kevin Millar on a Minor League Deal
ESPN's Jerry Crasnick tweets that the Cubs will sign Kevin Millar to a minor league contract and extend him an invitation to spring training.
Millar spent 2009 in Toronto slipping into a part time role with the Blue Jays. He appeared in 78 games hitting seven homeruns and posting a batting line of .223/.311/.363.
Byung-Hyun Kim Signs with Giants
Jerry Crasnick also has a story on the comeback attempt of former Arizona Diamondbacks closer Byung-Hyun Kim. The inconsistent righty had retired after the 2007 season, but has agreed to a minor league with an invitation to spring training and an opportunity to win a job in San Francisco's pen.
Kim's last season in major league baseball was 2007 where he made 22 starts for three separate teams. He was 10-8 with an ERA of 6.08 in 118.3 innings pitched.
Joe Nelson Joins Red Sox
Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Red Sox have signed veteran reliever Joe Nelson to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training.
Nelson pitched for Tampa Bay in 2009. He factored in three decisions, all wins and saved three games for the Rays, posting an ERA of 4.02 in 40.3 innings pitched. He kept runners off base and recorded good strikeout numbers, but had trouble with control walking six batters per 9 IP.
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