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Transaction Action: Atlanta Welcomes Troy Glaus PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Tetreault   
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 10:10

Ken Rosenthal leads off this morning with a confirmed report that Troy Glaus has a agreed to a one year incentive-laden deal with the Atlanta Braves. Despite spending all but a handful of games at third base, the Braves intend to play Glaus at first base.

Injuries limited Glaus to 14 games in 2009, but the 33 year-old owns a career line of .255/.359/.497 and played stellar defense at the hot corner. Signing Glaus almost certainly signals the end of Adam LaRoche's second stint with the Braves.  Glaus' contract, on the heels of yesterday's trade, still leaves Atlanta with significant payroll savings that may be allocated to add another hitter to play left field.


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Transaction Action: Orioles Sign Garrett Atkins to One-Year, $4.5M Deal PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Maury Brown   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 15:56

AtkinsThe Orioles today announced that they have signed free agent INF Garrett Atkins to a one-year, $4.5 million contract for 2010, with a club option for the 2011 season.

According to The AP, his deal calls for a $4 million salary next year and includes an $8.5 million club option for 2011 with a $500,000 buyout. Atkins can make an additional $500,000 next year: $250,000 each for 550 and 600 plate appearances.

Atkins, 30, is a career .298 hitter over seven major league seasons, all with Colorado .

In 2006, Atkins set career highs with a .329 average, 48 doubles, 25 home runs and 120 RBI. He helped the Rockies to their first World Series appearance in 2007, where he homered in Game 4 of the Fall Classic.

In 2009, Atkins batted .226 (80-354) with nine home runs and 48 RBI in 126 games for Colorado . He played 78 games at third base and 28 at first base for the Rockies and in five games as a designated hitter, batted .450 (9-20) with two doubles, a home run and four RBI.

Originally selected in the fifth round of the 2000 draft by the Rockies out of UCLA, where he was a three-time all-American, Atkins made his major league debut August 3, 2003.

With the addition of Atkins, the Orioles’ 40-man major league roster is at capacity.


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Transaction Action: Yankees Re-Acquire Javier Vazquez PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Tetreault   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 09:57

Tyler Kepner of the NY Times tweets that a deal has been agreed to that will send Javier Vazquez back to the New York Yankees along with Boone Loganin exchange for Melky Cabrera, Mike Dunn and Arodys Vizcaino. Vazquez previously pitched in New York in 2004, posting a 14-10 record with a 4.91 ERA.

Vazquez, 33, enjoyed one of his best seasons in the major leagues in 2009, with career bests in ERA and across the board with his peripherals. Vazquez has had problems keeping the ball in the park, which may prove to be a problem in the homer friendly confines of the new Yankee Stadium. Logan was touched for a 5.19 ERA in 20 appearances out of the pen. He's expected to replace Phil Coke as a lefty out of the pen.

Cabrera, 25, was long touted as a prime Yankee prospect, and enjoyed a solid year at the plate in 2009 with a .274/.336/.416 line. Cabrera plays capably at all three outfield positions. Dunn, 24 made four appearances out of the pen for the Yanks in 2009. The lefty posted a 3.31 ERA in 73.1 minor league innings with a gaudy 12.2 K/9. Vizcaino made ten starts for Staten Island in the NY-Penn League as an 18 year old. His 2.14 ERA was backed by superb peripherals.


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Transaction Action: Rangers Sign Darren Oliver PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Tetreault   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 07:04

The Associated Press' Jamie Aron has the latest on the Rangers' new contract for reliever Darren Oliver. Oliver has had four consecutive successful seasons pitching rather well out of the pen, the last three of which in Los Angeles/Anaheim pitching for the Angels. Last season he posted a 5-1 record with an ERA of 2.71 in 73 innings.

After failing as a starter in the beginning of his career, to the point that he spent all of 2005 in the minors, Oliver has re-invented himself as a very good reliever. Not only his ERA but his component rate states are significantly better in shorter stints out of the pen. Texas gains by both adding an effective reliever as well as taking an effective player from the Angels who continue to see parts of their division winning squad depart for their rivals.


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Transaction Action: Dealing Brandons - Morrow to Jays, League to Mariners PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Tetreault   
Tuesday, 22 December 2009 06:53

The nearly omniscient Ken Rosenthal tweets the basics of the deal consummated late last night. Seattle will also receive an as yet unnamed prospect from the Jays' minor league system.

Brandon Mortow bounced between relieving and starting last season as well spending six weeks in AAA Tacoma. In 69.2 innings pitched, Morrow struck out 63 batters while yielding 66 hits. Walks were his problem as 44 batters reached via the free pass. Morrow, 25, figures to start in Toronto.

Working out of the bullpen exclusively, Brandon League posted a 4.58 ERA while striking better than a batter per inning. Unlike Morrow, League had better control and did a better job than his counterpart keeping the ball in the park. He should join Mark Lowe setting up David Aardsma. At 26 and likely to remain in the pen, League's upside is limited.


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Transaction Action: Recapping Monday's Minor Moves PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 22 December 2009 06:51

Marlins Add Danny Richar

Fox Sports' Jon Morosi tweets that Danny Richar will join Florida's system on a minor league deal. Richar saw limited major league action the last two seasons in Cincinnati.

The 26 year old middle infielder sports a career major league line of .229/.281/.381 in 252 plate appearances, splitting time between second and shortstop the past two seasons. Richar, along with Nick Masset, was traded by the White Sox to Cincinnati in exchange for Ken Griffey Jr. at the trading deadline in 2008. The Marlins are his fourth organization.

Cleveland Completes Shoppach Deal, Also Inks Rivera

A pair of tweets from Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. First noting that Cleveland will receive Mitch Talbot as the PTBNL for Kelly Shoppach. Talbot, a 26 year old righthander, spent last season primarily playing for Durham, Tampa Bay's AAA affiliate. In ten starts, he posted a 4.47 ERA.

Catrovince's second tweet announced the signing of former National reliever Saul Rivera to a minor league contract. Rivera spent most of the season in Washington's bullpen, appearing in 30 games and posting a 6.10 ERA, with underwhelming peripherals. It was the worst showing in his four years in the bigs, all of which had been played for Washington.

Cardinals Minor League Shortstop Suspended for 50 Games

Major League Baseball announced the suspension of Cardinal minor league shortstop Tyler Bighames for 50 games under the league's drug policy. The positive was Bighames' second triggering the suspension.

Bighames, 18, spent his first season of pro-ball in the Gulf Coast League, where he posted a .216/.300/.330 line in 33 games. Barring assignment to low-A, the suspension will effectively wipe out Bighames' 2010 season.


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Transaction Action: Nationals To Add Jason Marquis PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Tetreault   
Monday, 21 December 2009 16:27

MASNSports reports that the Washington Nationals are set to sign free agent starter, Jason Marquis. Marquis went 15-13 in 33 starts for the Rockies helping them to stay in contention early in the season, spinning an ERA just over four.

His rate stats were less impressive, and a return to his career averages is to be expected. Marquis spent last season in one of the most challenging environments for pitchers, and moves now to a park that benefits pitchers. The run support he enjoyed in Colorado will unfortunately be left behind as well.


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Transaction Action: Tigers Trade Dusty Ryan to Padres PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 21 December 2009 15:11

Dusty RyanThe Detroit Tigers today announced the club has traded catcher Dusty Ryan to the San Diego Padres for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

Ryan saw action with the Tigers and Triple A Toledo during the 2009 season. He batted .154 (4x26) with four RBI in 12 games with the Tigers and batted .257 (52x202) with 10 home runs and 35 RBI in 63 games with the Mud Hens.


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Transaction Action: Oakland to Sign Coco Crisp, Pending Tues. Physical PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Tetreault   
Monday, 21 December 2009 00:00

Buster Olney posts that Coco Crisp will be in Oakland Tuesday to take his physical, the last hurdle to be cleared before he signs a one year deal worth between $4.5 and $5 million. Crisp, whose 2009 was cut short by rotator cuff surgery to both shoulders, hit .228/.336/.378 in 215 plate appearances during his only season in Kansas City.

Oakland's outfield was already crowded with Rajai Davis, the incumbent starter in centerfield, Ryan Sweeney, Scott Hairston and the recently acquired Michael Taylor. Crisp's role with the team is unclear.


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Transaction Action: Jamey Carroll Signs with LA Dodgers PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 20 December 2009 07:54

Dylan Henrandez of the LA Times reports that the Dodgers have signed veteran utility player Jamey Carroll to a two year contract worth $3.85 million. Carroll posted a .276/.355/.340 line in 358 plate appearances for Cleveland last season.

Carroll, who turns 36 in February, is expected to split time at second base with Blake DeWitt, who is twelve years Carroll's Junior. The duo will replace Orlando Hudson who started at second for the Dodgers last season and who is now a free agent.


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