Padres sign Jason Lane, Gabe Suarez to minor-league deals
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The Padres have signed pitcher Jason Lane
and second baseman Gabe Suarez to minor-league deals
, Baseball America reports.
Lane signed with the Padres in July as well and went 2-2 with a 5.24 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 33:6 K:BB ratio in 46 1/3 innings. Suarez, who was drafted by the Montreal Expos in 2003 and 2004, hit .261/.318/.322 with 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 264 at-bats with El Paso of the American Association last season.
Moises Sierra in line to platoon at 1B in 2014
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Blue Jays outfielder Moises Sierra
is likely to platoon at first base with Adam Lind next season, MLB.com reports. Sierra has only played the outfield in his career but recent began preparing for the platoon role by taking grounders at first base.
With Sierra out of options, he will likely have to hold his own as a platoon-mate with Lind to save his job in Toronto. He hit .290/.369/.458 in 107 at-bats last season and has hit .267/.327/.478 with four home runs and 10 RBI in 90 at-bats against lefties in his career.
Royals fill outfield need with ... Norichika Aoki
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The Royals, who are rumored to be in the running for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran, addressed one outfield need by acquiring Norichika Aoki
from the Brewers in exchange for left-hander Will Smith Thursday.
Aoki batted leadoff for the Brewers last season, hitting .286 with eight home runs and 20 stolen bases. He has reached base at a .355 clip or better both of his years in the majors. The 31-year-old will most likely play either center or right field for the Royals, depending on what other moves they make this offseason.
A's, Diamondbacks discussed Yoenis Cespedes deal
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The Athletics and Diamondbacks have discussed a deal
involving trading outfielder Yoenis Cespedes
for outfielder A.J. Pollock, pitcher Tyler Skaggs and more, but neither side was comfortable with the deal, Fox Sports reports.
The framework suggests the Diamondbacks are serious about adding power to the lineup.
Brett Gardner not going anywhere
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ESPN.com reports that the Yankees' signing of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury does not signal a trade
of incumbent center fielder Brett Gardner
. According to a source, "The whole idea is to put the two of them at the top of the lineup."
Gardner had a .344 on-base percentage with 81 runs scored and 24 stolen bases in 2013, and he served as the Yankees' leadoff hitter in 132 games.
The Astros acquired outfielder Dexter Fowler
from the Rockies Tuesday in exchange for starting pitcher Jordan Lyles and outfielder Brandon Barnes. Fowler had been rumored to be on the move all offseason, drawing interest from the Mariners, Royals and Cardinals.
Fowler got off to a great start in 2013, hitting .305 with eight homers, four steals and a 1.032 OPS in April, but he struggled with injuries -- most notably to his wrist and knee -- the rest of the way, hitting .250 with four homers, 15 steals and a .700 OPS.
Athletics and Rangers swap Craig Gentry for Michael Choice
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The Athletics have acquired outfielder Craig Gentry
from the Rangers, according to Yahoo!
Oakland will send over 24-year-old outfielder Michael Choice as part of the deal. The club will also send infielder Chris Bostick in the deal. The Rangers will send pitcher Josh Lindblom to Oakland to complete the trade. Gentry hit .280/.373/.386 in 246 at-bats last season. Choice spent most of the season in Triple-A, hitting .302/.390/.445. He received 18 at-bats in the majors.
Blue Jays tender contracts to three
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The Blue Jays tendered contracts to three players Monday, ahead of the league-imposed deadline. The team opted to bring back pitchers Esmil Rogers
and Brett Cecil
, along with outfielder Colby Rasmus
, and their salaries will be determined based on the results of the arbitration process if contracts cannot be agreed to ahead of time.
Tigers keep Don Kelly on one-year deal
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The Tigers re-signed utility player Don Kelly
to a one-year deal worth $1 million Monday, according to MLB.com. By signing Kelly, the Tigers avoid going through arbitration.
Kelly hit .222 with six home runs and 23 RBI in 216 at-bats.
Anthony Gose to play in Venezuelan Winter League
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After initially planning to skip winter ball this offseason, Blue Jays outfielder Anthony Gose
is going to report to Tiburones de La Guaira
in the Venezuela Winter League, according to Sportsnet.ca. One of Gose's primary objectives this winter is to work on eliminating the leg kick from his swing.
Late this season, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons approached Gose about doing away with the kick, which he used as a timing device.
Gose is likely to serve as the Jays' fourth outfielder next season.