Home » Posts tagged with » MLB (Page 2)

Starting Pitcher Johan Santana Attempting Another Comeback

Starting Pitcher Johan Santana Attempting Another Comeback

Elliot J. Schecther/MLB Photos(NEW YORK) -- Former All-Star starting pitcher Johan Santana isn't ready to call it a career just yet as he will make yet another attempt to reach the Majors again.

While attempting a comeback last season with Baltimore Orioles, Santana tore his left Achilles tendon in June. He will participate in the Venezuelan Winter League.

"Johan wants to go out on his own terms," said Peter Greenberg, Santana's agent. "He doesn't want to go out because an injury put him out. He's worked very hard and kept himself in shape, and he's never thought about retiring.

"It's not about the money or anything like that. He's said he wants to draw his own ending. He wants to go out on his own terms. He's told me, 'I want to add to my legacy.' I think anybody who knows him is going to bet on him."

Santana was one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball 2003-2010 during his time with the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets.

During his 12-year career, the 35-year-old Santana went 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA. He also won two American League Cy Young Awards in 2004 and 2006.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

 

Athletics Acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays

Athletics Acquire Ben Zobrist and Yunel Escobar from the Rays

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Oakland Athletics make over continues this offseason as they've acquired infielder Ben Zobrist and shortstop Yunel Escobar from the Tampa Bay Rays.

In exchange for the two players, the A's sent back catcher John Jaso as well as minor league prospects Daniel Robertson and Boog Powell.

Zobrist is a two-time All Star who had spent his entire nine-year career with the Rays. He is a valuable piece to any team due to his versatility. This past season he saw time at second base, shortstop, and all three outfield spots.

In 2014, the 33-year-old hit .272 with 10 home runs and 52 RBIs.

Escobar bring a veteran presence to the Athletics as well as a solid bat. In 2014, Escobar hit .258 with seven home runs and 39 RBIs.

After a quick exit in the 2014 postseason, the Athletics have made a slew of moves including trading away Josh Donaldson and Jeff Samardzija.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Nationals’ Jayson Werth Expected to Miss 3-4 Months After Shoulder Surgery

Nationals’ Jayson Werth Expected to Miss 3-4 Months After Shoulder Surgery

Eliot Schechter/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth is expected to undergo shoulder surgery on Friday and will miss around 2-3 months.

The 35-year-old Werth will undergo arthroscopic surgery on the AC joint of his right shoulder. He had battled some shoulder issues back in August, even missing about a week as a result.

Because of the surgery, it is unknown just when Werth will be ready to resume baseball activities, but the hope is that he'll be ready to join the team once the regular season starts in April.

In his 12th Major League season, Werth is still a very productive all-around outfielder for the Nationals. In 147 games this past season, Werth hit .292 with 16 home runs, 82 RBIs, and a .394 on base percentage.

Werth still has three years left remaining on his seven-year, $126 million contract he signed with the Nationals back in 2011.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Detroit Tigers Sign Free Agent LHP Tom Gorzelanny

Detroit Tigers Sign Free Agent LHP Tom Gorzelanny

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(DETROIT) -- The Detroit Tigers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent left-handed reliever Tom Gorzelanny, the club announced on Tuesday. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

In 23 appearances with the Milwaukee Brewers last season, the 32-year-old Gorzelanny had an ERA of 0.86 and struck out 23 batters in 21 innings of work. He missed the beginning of the year, recovering from offseason surgery on his left-shoulder.

"We are pleased to add a veteran pitcher like Tom to our ballclub," said Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski in a statement. "Tom is an established reliever who can help solidify the bullpen on the left side and will be a nice addition to our roster."

Gorzelanny was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the second round of the 2003 MLB draft. In 10 big league seasons with the Pirates, Chicago Cubs, Washington Nationals and Brewers, he has posted a record of 47-51 along with a 4.27 ERA.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Report: White Sox Sign OF/INF Emilio Bonifacio

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(CHICAGO) -- The Chicago White Sox and veteran utilityman Emilio Bonifacio agreed to a one-year contract worth a guaranteed $4 million, according to ESPN.

Bonifacio will earn $3 million guaranteed this season. The deal includes a club option for the 2016 season worth $4 million and a buyout at $1 million.

In 110 games with the Atlanta Braves and Chicago Cubs last season, Bonifacio batted .259 with three homers and 24 RBIs. He also had 26 stolen bases and scored 47 runs.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Royals Agree on Minor League Deal with Reliever Ryan Madson

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Former Philadelphia Phillies reliever/closer Ryan Madson hasn't given up on pitching in the Major Leagues as he's agreed on a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.

The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training camp.

The 34-year-old Madson hasn't thrown a pitch in a Major League game since 2011 when he went 4-2 with a 2.37 ERA to go along with a career-high 32 saves.

That offseason, Madson hit the free agent market as he signed a one-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds worth $8.5 million. He wound up never pitching for the Reds as he underwent Tommy John Surgery in spring training.

He tried to make a comeback in 2013 with the Los Angeles Angels, but nothing materialized. He wound up sitting out the entire 2014 season in an attempt to get healthy.

Mike Arbuckle, who is now a senior advisor for the Royals, was the Phillies' scouting director in 1998 when the Phillies drafted Madson.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rays Sign Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera

Rich Pilling/Getty Images(TAMPA BAY, Fl.) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have signed Asdrubal Cabrera to a one-year deal.

Cabrera, 29, signed for around $8 million, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Last season Cabrera was traded to the Washington Nationals from the Cleveland Indians, with whom he has spent the previous seven seasons.

Cabrera has struggled at the plate in recent years. Last season with both the Nationals and Indians, he hit .241, had an OBP of .307 and 108 strikeouts.

This has been the latest move for a Rays franchise undergoing a major overhaul.  After manager Joe Maddon and general manager Andrew Friedman left the franchise, the team has traded away Wil Myers, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Joyce, Joel Peralta and Sean Rodriguez.

Cabrera joins Ernesto Frieri and Michael Kohn as additions to the big league roster.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2014, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Royals Finalize Two-Year Deal with Edinson Volquez

Royals Finalize Two-Year Deal with Edinson Volquez

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The defending American League Champions have taken a step to bolster their starting rotation, finalizing a two-year deal with free agent starting pitcher Edinson Volquez.

Volquez' deal will pay him $20 million during the course of his deal and includes a mutual option for the 2017 season.

"I want to be here and help the team win some games, the way they did last year," Volquez told reporters. "We did in Pittsburgh, too, but Kansas City went a little bit farther. They almost won the World Series. Why not do it here?"

The 31-year-old Volquez is coming off arguably one of the best seasons of his career. In 32 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014, he went 13-7 with a 3.04 ERA.

"I was really aggressive, attacking the hitter in the strike zone, getting ahead of the count," Volquez explained. "And I controlled a little more my emotions."

Volquez will take over the spot recently vacated by free agent James Shields.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Hiroki Kuroda To Return To Japan

Hiroki Kuroda To Return To Japan

Elsa/Getty Images

(NEW YORK) -- Hiroki Kuroda has decided to sign with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League.

Kuroda, 39, spent seven seasons in Major League Baseball, the last three with the New York Yankees.

After spending most of his career in the NBP, Kuroda came over to the United States at age 33 to join the Los Angeles Dodgers.  He owns a 3.45 career ERA with 6.7 K/9 in seven seasons of Major League Baseball.

The loss leaves the Yankees with more questions in their rotation as Kuroda was one of their most dependable pitchers last season.  C.C Sabathia, Masahiro Tanaka and Ivan Nova are returning from injury while Michael Pineda and newly acquired Nathan Eovaldi will seek to prove their consistency.

Last season Kuroda finished 11-9 with a 3.71 ERA and a 4.17 SO/BB ratio over 199 innings.  

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

ESPN: Braves Sign Catcher A.J. Pierzynski

ESPN: Braves Sign Catcher A.J. Pierzynski

Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A.J. Pierzynski isn't done yet. According to ESPN, the Atlanta Braves has signed the veteran catcher to a one-year deal.

According to a report by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Pierzynski's deal will be worth $2 million pending a physical.

Pierzynski is a 17-year Major League veteran, making his debut back in 1998 with the Minnesota Twins. At age 37, Pierzynski is coming off arguably the worst season of his Major League career.

In 2014, was released by the Boston Red Sox after hitting .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games. He wound up signing with the St. Louis Cardinals after an injury to All-Star Yadier Molina. In 30 with the Cards, he hit .244 with one home run and six RBIs.

Pierzysnki will likely platoon with catching prospect Christian Bethancourt as the team is likely to shit Evan Gattis to the outfield or explore a trade.

Overall, Pierzynski is a career .281 hitter with 177 home runs and 837 RBIs.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Giants’ Marco Scuatro’s Career in Jeopardy After Back Surgery

Giants’ Marco Scuatro’s Career in Jeopardy After Back Surgery

Justin Edmonds/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- After undergoing back surgery, San Francisco Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro's career could be coming to an end.

The team announced that Scutaro underwent a fusion procedure performed by Dr. Michael Wang in Miami on Friday to alleviate the troublesome area at level L-2/L-3 of his spine.

It will be another four-to-six months before doctors can determine whether or not the 39-year-old can continue his baseball career.

"I don't want to speak for the doctor or the procedure but you'd have to how he responds to the surgery and that's months away," Giants general manager Brian Sabean said.

During his 13-year career, Scutaro is a .277 hitter who has played for the Mets, Athletics, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies, and Giants.

Back in December 2012, Scutaro signed a three-year contract with the Giants worth $20 million.

During the Giants World Series run in 2012, Scutaro batted .328 in 16 postseason games. He became the first player in major league history with six multi-hit games in an LCS.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Braves Agree on Two Year-Deal with Reliever Jason Grilli

Braves Agree on Two Year-Deal with Reliever Jason Grilli

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(ATLANTA) -- In need of some bullpen depth, the Atlanta Braves have decided to see if reliever Jason Grilli can regain his All-Star form as the two sides have agreed on a two-year contract.

Grilli's deal with the Braves will be worth $8 million, and also includes a club option for 2017.

With the recent departure of Jordan Walden, Grilli is expected to serve as the team's setup man behind All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel.

The 38-year-old Grilli has experienced many highs and lows during his career as he's gone back and forth between the Majors and minors at times.

In 2011, he was called up by the Pittsburgh Pirates and became one of the better relievers in the National League. In 2013, Grilli made the All-Star team as he finished the season with 33 saves to go along with a 2.70 ERA.

This year was a different story however. In 22 appearances, Grilli blew four saves and posted a 4.87 ERA. He was ultimately traded to the Los Angeles Angels where he had a 3.48 ERA in 40 appearances.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Pirates Win Negotiating Rights to Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Pirates Win Negotiating Rights to Korean Shortstop Jung-Ho Kang

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- Already having one of the best offenses in baseball, the Pittsburgh Pirates are taking a shot on an international player as they have won the negotiating rights to Korean shortstop Jung-Ho Kang.

The Pirates now have 30 days to negotiate a contract with the international star, or he'll head back to Korea. If a deal is reached, the Pirates will pay the Nexen Heroes the posting fee of $5,002,015.

"The Pirates are pleased to have secured the opportunity to attempt to add Kang, Jung Ho to our system and look forward to commencing discussions with the player and his representative in an effort to make that happen," Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said in a statement.

The 27-year-old Kang hit .354 with 39 home runs this past season for the Heroes, and was named the MVP of the Korean Baseball Organization.

The Pirates are hoping Kang can provide some infield depth for the club behind second baseman Neil Walker and shortstop Jordy Mercer.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Twins Reward Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes with Three-Year Extension

Twins Reward Starting Pitcher Phil Hughes with Three-Year Extension

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Minnesota Twins and starting pitcher Phil Hughes enjoyed their first season together so much, the two sides have already decided to extend the relationship as the team has agreed on a three-year extension with Hughes worth $42 million.

Hughes' new deal will give him a $1.2 million annual raise from his previous deal. He originally had two years left on his deal worth $16 million.

The overall value of Hughes' deal is now for five years and will pay him $58 million. It is the largest deal ever the team has ever spent on a pitcher.

The 28-year-old Hughes spent the first seven seasons of his career with the New York Yankees where he was a highly touted pitching prospect. He never quite lived up to expectations, and was let go by the team following the 2013 season.

In his first season with the Twins in 2014, Hughes went 16-10 with 3.52 ERA in 32 starts. He also had an impressive K/BB ratio of 182/16 in 202.2 innings.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the Giants

Marlins Trade Third Baseman Casey McGehee to the GiantsMike McGinnis/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- The San Francisco Giants have found their replacement for former third baseman Pablo Sandoval as the team has acquired Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins. In exahcange for McGehee, the Giants are sending t...

Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Dodgers Designate Reliever Brian Wilson for Assignment

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Reliever Brian Wilson and his infamous beard are out of Los Angeles as the Dodgers have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Despite the decision, the Dodgers will still pay Wilson his 2015 salary worth $9.5 million.

"At this point, we did not feel he was one of the best seven relief options," Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said on a conference call with reporters.

At one point in his carreer, Wilson was one of the most dominant relievers in Baseball and one of the more colorful personalities in baseball.

From 2008-2011, Wilson averaged over 40 saves during his time with the San Francisco Giants.

Despite his dominance, Wilson underwent multiple elbow reconstruction surgeries and he never quite recovered from it.

In 2014, the 32-year-old Wilson went 2-4 with a 4.66 ERA and a WHIP of 1.61. Those were his highest marks since his rookie year back in 2006.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Yankees and Marlins Swap Prado and Eovaldi

Yankees and Marlins Swap Prado and Eovaldi

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The Yankees and Marlins have completed a five-player trade that will send Martin Prado to Miami and Nathan Eovaldi to New York.

Friday, the Yankees sent Prado and relief pitcher David Phelps to Miami, in exchange for the 24-year-old right handed fireballer Eovaldi, utility player Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German.

Eovaldi, was 6-14 last season with a 4.37 ERA while also surrendering the most hits in the National League with 223.

The Yankees have made similar moves in the past; buying low on young inconsistent talent.

Last season, the team acquired pitcher Brandon McCarthy in a low risk move.  After a few tweaks to his mechanics and pitching tendencies McCarthy lowered his ERA from 4.53 in 2013 with the Arizona Diamondbacks, to 2.89 over 14 games for the Yankees last season.  McCarthy signed with the Dodgers this offseason for $48 million over four years.

According to Marc Craig of Newsday, the Yankees are also including $6 million in the trade to cover the salary of Prado. 

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Report: Padres Acquire Outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves

Report: Padres Acquire Outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The San Diego Padres have struck again this offseason by acquiring another big-time bat. According to reports, the team has acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves.

According to reports, the Padres will send Braves pitcher Max Fried, third baseman Dustin Peterson and outfielder Mallex Smith.

Still just 27 years old, Upton hit .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBIs in his eighth season in the big leagues. He will be a free agent following the 2015 season.

The Padres now have a completely revamped offense/outfield. Not only have they acquired Upton, they've also made trades for former All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp and former American League Rookie of the Year outfielder Wil Myers.

The Padres also recently acquired All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics, and reportedly they've acquired third baseman Will Middlebrooks from the Boston Red Sox for Ryan Hanigan.

In 2014, the Padres ranked 30th in Major League Baseball in runs scored, batting average, on base percentage, and slugging percentage.

San Diego hasn't made the playoffs since 2006.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Giants Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy

Giants Re-Sign Starting Pitcher Jake Peavy

Brandon Mangin/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Starting pitcher Jake Peavy enjoyed his brief time with the San Francisco Giants so much, he agreed on a two-year deal with the club on Friday morning.

ESPN reports that Peavy's deal is worth $24 million to go along with a $4 million signing bonus.

The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins were reportedly among the teams who were also pursuing Peavy.

Peavy is a three-time All Star and former Cy Young winner who rebounded strongly after the Boston Red Sox dealt him to the Giants prior to the trade deadline.

In 20 starts with the Red Sox in 2014, Peavy went 1-9 with a 4.72 ERA. In 12 starts with the Giants after getting traded, he went 6-4 with a 2.17 ERA.

Peavy did fall apart in the postsesaon though despite the team winning the World Series. In four starts, Peavy went 1-2 with a 6.29 ERA.

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Reports: Royals to Sign SP Edinson Volquez

Major League Baseball(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- The American League pennant winners are adding to their rotation.

Starting pitcher Edinson Volquez will join the Kansas City Royals rotation on a two-year, $20 million deal, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. 

The right-handed pitcher spent 2014 with the Pittsburgh Pirates. It was a bounce back season as he posted a 3.04 ERA, 140 strikeouts and a 3.3 BB/ 9 over 192.2 innings pitched.

Volquez, 31, had struggled after Tommy John Surgery in 2009. He was suspended for 50 games in 2010 after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He was then traded to the Padres and had a brief stint with the the Dodgers. In that span, he never posted an ERA better than 4.14.

He will likely replace James Sheilds in the Royals rotation as he is expected to leave via free agency. 

Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Advertise With Us

Would you like to advertise on East Idaho News? Fill out this form to contact a representative.
  • Full and Last
  • The name of your company, business or brand.