Brewers, Rays, Pirates, Astros interested in James Loney
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The market for free-agent James Loney
is looking good
after the Mariners acquired two potential first baseman Wednesday, with the Brewers, Rays, Pirates and Astros having interest in Loney, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.
Loney, 29, hit .299/.348/.430 with 13 home runs and 75 RBI in 549 at-bats with the Rays last season.
Justin Smoak still penciled in as starting first baseman
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Despite acquiring two players with experience at first base Wednesday, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said that Justin Smoak
remains the team's starter at first base
, the Tacoma News Tribune
If Smoak sticks as the first baseman, new acquisitions Corey Hart and Logan Morrison would be ticketed for roles in the outfield. Smoak hit .238/.334/.412 with 20 home runs and 50 RBI in 454 at-bats last season.
Corey Hart could earn as much as $13 million
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FOXSports.com reports that first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart
will receive $5 million in base salary under his new deal with the Mariners. With incentives, Hart could earn up to $13 million for the 2014 season.
Hart and the Mariners agreed on a one-year deal Wednesday.
Three teams showing most interest in Logan Morrison
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The Brewers, Pirates and Mariners are the three teams who are pursuing first baseman Logan Morrison
the most, according to FoxSports.com.
Milwaukee also has an offer out to first baseman Corey Hart, which could impact how hard they go after Morrison. The 26-year-old Morrison struggled through an injury-riddled season, hitting .242/.333/.375 in 293 at-bats.
Report: White Sox, D-Backs and Angels complete three-team deal
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A three-team deal involving the White Sox, Diamondbacks and Angels has been completed, according to the azcentral.com.
The Angels will receive pitcher Hector Santiago from Chicago and pitcher Tyler Skaggs from Arizona. The White Sox will receive outfielder Adam Eaton, and the Diamondbacks will get outfielder Mark Trumbo. Arizona will also receive two PTBNL, one from Chicago and one from Los Angeles.
Indians continue to hang with David Cooper
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According to MLB.com, the Indians re-signed first baseman David Cooper
on Monday, bringing him back on a major league deal.
Cooper, who played parts of 2011 and 2012 with the Blue Jays, appeared in 13 games in the Indians' minor league system in 2013. He missed most of the season due to a back injury.
Nationals targeting Jeff Baker for bench role
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According to the Washington Post
, free agent utility player Jeff Baker
has been contacted by the Nationals.
In 74 games with the Rangers, Baker hit .279 with 11 home runs and 21 RBI.
Marlins targeting Mat Gamel for third base
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The South Florida Sun Sentinel
reports that the Marlins are considering free agent Mat Gamel
as a potential starting third baseman. Gamel has not played since May 2012, as he has torn his ACL twice.
The Cubs non-tendered Gamel last week after having claimed him off waivers from the Brewers earlier this fall.
Marlins officially sign Garrett Jones
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The Marlins signed free agent first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones
to a two-year deal Monday, according to MLB.com. Jones is expected to replace Logan Morrison, who is rumored to be traded soon, as the Marlins' first baseman.
The Miami Herald reported over the weekend that Jones' deal would be worth $7.75 million.
Red Sox re-sign Mike Napoli to two-year deal
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The Red Sox have agreed to re-sign
first baseman Mike Napoli
to a two-year, $32 million deal, according to a report from WEEI in Boston on Friday.
Napoli, 32, remained relatively healthy last year and played 139 games for Boston after signing a one-year deal in the offseason. He owned a .259/.360/.482 slash line with 23 home runs and 92 RBI over 498 at-bats. He drew interest from the Rockies, Mariners, Marlins and Rangers before returning to Boston.