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|12/12/2013||Mike Napoli, 1B (Bos)||The Boston Red Sox finalized their two-year deal with Napoli on Thursday, bringing back one of the biggest hitters from the World Series team. Napoli will earn $32 million through 2015. The terms were agreed to last week, when Napoli tweeted, ''The beard is coming back to Boston!!! Couldn't be happier!!''
Analysis: Napoli's bushy beard made him one of the most visible stars of the Red Sox, but it was his bat that helped them win the World Series. He drove in seven runs in the postseason as the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay, Detroit and St. Louis. Napoli hit .259 with 23 home runs and 92 RBIs this year in his first season with the Red Sox.
|12/12/2013||Nate McLouth, LF (Was)||McLouth has passed his physical and signed his two-year contract with the Washington Nationals.
Analysis: McLouth is part of general manager Mike Rizzo's offseason plan to strengthen the bench. He was a starter with the Baltimore Orioles this year, but in Washington he'll be the spare outfielder expected to fill in when Bryce Harper, Jayson Werth or Denard Span is injured or takes a day off. The 32-year-old McLouth hit .258 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs this year.
|12/12/2013||Joba Chamberlain, P (NYY)||A person familiar with the negotiations says the Detroit Tigers and Chamberlain have agreed to terms on a one-year contract. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Thursday because the deal hadn't been announced.
Analysis: The AL Central champion Tigers accomplished another goal during their busy offseason by adding Chamberlain to its bullpen. Chamberlain was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees. The converted starter was 23-14 with five saves with a 3.85 ERA in 260 over seven seasons with the Yankees.
|12/12/2013||Roberto Hernandez, P (TB)||Hernandez and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a one-year contract.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Hernandez was formerly known as Fausto Carmona. He was arrested in January 2012 on charges of falsifying his identity that were later dropped. Major League Baseball suspended him for three weeks. Last year, he was 6-13 with a 4.89 ERA for Tampa Bay, and he is 59-82 with a 4.67 ERA over eight seasons overall, seven with the Cleveland Indians.
|12/12/2013||Brian Bogusevic, LF (Mia)||The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Justin Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for the lefty swinging Bogusevic.
Analysis: The Cubs had left-handers Nate Schierholtz and Ryan Sweeney in the outfield, making Bogusevic available for trades. Bogusevic, who turns 30 in February, hit .273 with six homers and 16 RBI in 47 games last year. In 299 games over four years - the first three in Houston - Bogusevic has 17 homers and 62 RBIs with a .273 average.
|12/12/2013||Justin Ruggiano, CF (ChC)||The Chicago Cubs obtained the right-handed outfield bat they needed, acquiring Ruggiano from the Miami Marlins for lefty swinging Brian Bogusevic.
Analysis: Ruggiano, who turns 32 in April, has played parts of five big league seasons with Tampa Bay (2007-08, 2011) and Miami (2012-13). He hit a career-high 18 homers in 472 at-bats for Miami last year. He's a .251 hitter for his career. In 317 games, he has 37 homers and 109 RBIs.
|12/12/2013||Tomo Ohka, P (Tor)||Ohka, who last pitched in the major leagues in 2009, has agreed to a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Analysis: The 37-year-old right-hander was 51-68 for Boston (1999-01), Montreal (2001-04), Washington (2005), Milwaukee (2005-06), Toronto (2007) and Cleveland (2009). He has played in Japan for Yokohama (1995-98 and 2010-11) and Toyama (2013). Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Thursday that Ohka likely would start the season at Double-A New Hampshire.
|12/12/2013||Jordan Walden, P (Atl)||Walden and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $1.49 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. Walden would earn a $10,000 performance bonus under Thursday's deal if he has 30 games finished next season.
Analysis: Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels in November 2012, Walden was 4-3 with a 3.45 ERA this year with 54 strikeouts in 47 innings. He made $541,500.
|12/12/2013||Michael Morse, RF (Bal)||The San Francisco Giants have reached agreement on a one-year contract with Morse.
Analysis: Traded from Seattle to Baltimore on Aug. 30, Morse can play left field, first base and right field to give manager Bruce Bochy some flexibility in writing his lineup. He The 31-year-old nine-year veteran, batted .215 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 88 games last season between the Mariners and Orioles.
|12/11/2013||Miguel Cabrera, 1B (Det)||Cabrera is making good progress in his rehabilitation program following offseason surgery for a groin tear.
Analysis: "All the reports are good," manager Brad Ausmus said Wednesday at baseball's winter meetings. "I've talked to our head trainer a number of times about it and he said he's getting his rehab in and as far as reports go, everything is going well. Knock on wood."Cabrera could be ready for the start of spring training. He missed several games last season after the break because of a bad back, a sore left hip flexor, a strained lower abdomen, shin trouble and the groin tear.
|12/11/2013||Matt Kemp, CF (LAD)||Kemp's agent Dave Stewart says the Los Angeles Dodgers are not trading the All-Star outfielder.
Analysis: Stewart met Wednesday with Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti at baseball's winter meetings. "For the time being they are not going to move him," Stewart said. "He didn't even say that. I put in the words `for the time being' because you never know. Somebody could come along and overwhelm them with a player or players or a combination of players that would make it worth their while."
|12/11/2013||Edinson Volquez, P (LAD)||The Pittsburgh Pirates have reached a deal with right-handed pitcher Edinson Volquez on a one-year contract for $5 million.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Volquez went 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA in 2013 while splitting time with the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The deal is pending a physical. Volquez was an All-Star in 2008 when he went 17-6 for the Cincinnati. He has spent the last five years dealing with injury and other issues. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2009 and served a 50-game suspension in 2010 for using performance-enhancing drugs.
|12/11/2013||Anthony Bass, P (Hou)||Bass has been acquired by the Houston Astros from the San Diego Padres for a player to be named or cash.
Analysis: The 26-year-old pitched 42 innings in 24 relief appearances this year, compiling a 5.36 ERA with no decisions. He also was 4-6 with a 5.45 ERA in 15 starts at Triple-A Tucson. Bass made his big league debut in 2011 and has 4-8 career record with a 4.09 ERA in 18 starts and 57 relief appearances. The trade was announced Wednesday.
|12/11/2013||Bartolo Colon, P (Oak)||A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that 18-game winner Bartolo Colon and the New York Mets have agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract.
Analysis: The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because an agreement had not yet been completed. The deal is pending the 40-year-old Colon passing a physical. New York was in the market for a starter after ace Matt Harvey had elbow reconstruction surgery, which will sideline him for next season. Colon went 18-6 with a 2.65 ERA for the Oakland Athletics in a season in which he began by completing a 50-game suspension for a positive testosterone test.
|12/11/2013||Rajai Davis, RF (Det)||Outfielder Rajai Davis and the Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $9-10 million. The Tigers announced the deal Wednesday.
Analysis: The 33-year-old Davis spent the last three seasons with Toronto and hit .260 this year with six homers, 24 RBIs and 45 steals in 331 at-bats. He made $2.5 million.
|12/11/2013||Corey Hart, 1B (Mil)||Corey Hart and the Seattle Mariners reached agreement on a one-year contract Wednesday, putting another slugger in a lineup that's already added Robinson Cano this offseason.
Analysis: Hart can stay healthy, getting the two-time All-Star for one season on a relatively inexpensive deal could be a significant coup for the Mariners, who have made adding offense a top priority this offseason. It started with the stunning deal for Cano that was agreed to last week and was said to be worth $240 million over 10-years agreement. It continued by adding a needed right-handed bat in Hart that can provide protection in the lineup.
|12/11/2013||Charlie Morton, P (Pit)||The Pittsburgh Pirates and Morton have agreed to a three-year extension.
Analysis: The 30-year-old Morton went 7-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 starts for the Pirates in 2013. The $21 million deal includes a club option for $9.5 million in 2017. Morton missed most of 2012 and the beginning of 2013 while recovering from elbow reconstruction surgery.
|12/11/2013||Jerry Blevins, P (Was)||Oakland sent Blevins to the Washington Nationals for minor league outfielder Billy Burns, the Athletics' fifth trade in 10 days.
Analysis: Blevins was 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA in a career-high 67 games this year and has a 13-6 record with a 3.30 ERA in 281 big league games over seven seasons, all with the Athletics. He's averaged 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
|12/11/2013||Jerry Hairston Jr., 3B (LAD)||Hairston Jr. is retiring after spending the past two seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Analysis: The 37-year-old utilityman hit .211 this year with two homers and 22 RBIs in 204 at-bats. Hairston has a .257 career average with 70 homers, 420 RBIs and 147 steals with Baltimore (1998-04), the Chicago Cubs (2005-06), Texas (2006-07), Cincinnati (2008-09), the World Series champion New York Yankees in 2009, San Diego (2010), Washington (2011), Milwaukee (2011) and the Dodgers.
|12/11/2013||Ryan Webb, P (Bal)||The Baltimore Orioles have signed free agent Webb to a $4.5 million, two-year contract.
Analysis: Webb had a 2.91 ERA with the Miami Marlins in 2012 and reached career highs with 66 games, 80 1-3 innings and 54 strikeouts. He was 2-6 for the Marlins.
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