The Orioles re-signed outfielder Steve Pearce
Monday, rather than opting to go to arbitration. Pearce, who made $700,000 while posting a .261/.362/.420 line in 119 at-bats in 2013, will see a slight pay raise, as FOXSports.com reports his deal is worth $850,000
The Orioles avoided arbitration with injury-prone outfielder Nolan Reimold
Monday, according to the Baltimore Sun.
The report indicates the two sides agreed to a one-year, $1.025 million deal
ahead of the non-tender deadline Monday.
Reimold hit just .195 with five home runs last season, while being limited to 40 games due to neck surgery. The deal reportedly features performance incentives based on playing time.
The Blue Jays have signed first baseman Dan Johnson
to a minor-league deal. Johnson went 0 for 5 in three appearances with the Orioles last season while hitting .250/.378/.439 with 21 home runs and 70 RBI in 472 Triple-A at-bats.
Angels first baseman Albert Pujols
says that his injured left foot is "99.9 percent healthy,"
MLB.com reports. Pujols suffered a partial plantar fascia tear in late July and missed the remainder of the season.
"I feel really happy," Pujols said Tuesday on the show "Grandes en los Deportes." "Last year … it was a really tough year for me physically, in terms of recovering. But now I feel really good, really excellent. With the foot, I feel 99.9 percent healthy. And with my knee, I'm doing my rehab like always. That's something where you have to keep doing therapy so that something small doesn't become something bigger."
Pujols, who took live batting practice Tuesday, hit .258/.330/.437 with 17 home runs and 64 RBI in 391 at-bats last season, his first with less than 140 games played.
Though Royals designated hitter Billy Butler
is once again rumored to be a trade candidate this offseason, a club official told The Kansas City Star
he's unlikely to be dealt.
"Do the math. We're looking to add offense," the club official said. "If we trade Butler, we'd have to add a lot of offense. It would have to be a series of moves to do that, and that's hard to do. Plus, there's just not that much available offense out there."
Butler, who is signed through 2014 with a team option for 2015, hit .289 with 15 homers and a .787 OPS in 2013.
Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz
won his sixth career Silver Slugger award Wednesday. He hit .309/.395/.562 with 30 home runs and 103 RBI in 518 at-bats.
Ortiz was the only Silver Slugger winner from the 2013 champions.