White Sox sign Ronald Belisario to one-year deal
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The White Sox have agreed to a one-year, $3-million deal
with pitcher Ronald Belisario
, the Chicago Tribune
The Dodgers chose not to tender Belisario a contract by Monday's deadline. He went 5-7 with a 3.97 ERA, 1.47 WHIP and 49:28 K:BB ratio in 68 innings last season.
According to CSNChicago.com, Cubs president Theo Epstein sees right-hander Arodys Vizcaino as a bullpen candidate in 2014
after saying last offseason that the Cubs viewed him as a starter.
Vizcaino, who the Cubs acquired from the Braves in a 2012 deal for Paul Maholm, is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery but has been "electric" in outings this fall, throwing 98 mph.
Brian Wilson reaches agreement with Dodgers
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Free agent relief pitcher Brian Wilson
and the Dodgers agreed to a one-year, $10 million deal
Thursday, according to Yahoo! Sports. The deal includes a player option for a second year.
Wilson is expected to set up for closer Kenley Jansen, but his experience as a closer makes him capable of filling that role if needed.
Blue Jays trade Brad Lincoln to Phillies for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen
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The Toronto Blue Jays announced Tuesday they have traded
right-hander Brad Lincoln
to the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz
and left-hander Rob Rasmussen
Lincoln went 1-2 with a 3.98 ERA, 1.58 WHIP, and 25:22 K:BB ratio in 31 2/3 innings in the majors last season with Toronto.
Kratz played a career-high 68 games last season and batted .213/.280/.386 with nine home runs and 26 RBI. Rasmussen was acquired in the trade earlier in the month that sent Michael Young to Los Angeles. He went 3-11 with a 4.11 ERA, 1.36 WHIP and 113:60 K:BB ratio in 135 2/3 innings between Double-A Chattanooga and Triple-A Albuquerque.
Nationals pitcher Ross Ohlendorf
has agreed to a contract for 2014, avoiding arbitration.
Ohlendorf will make $1.25 million next season. Ohlendorf had a solid season with the Nationals, posting a 3.28 ERA in 60 1/3 innings.
Tim Stauffer avoids arbitration with one-year contract
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The Padres resigned pitcher Tim Stauffer
to a one-year deal worth $1.6 million to avoid arbitration Monday
, according to FOXSports.com.
Stauffer pitched well as a full-time reliever for the Padres last season, posting a 3.75 ERA in 69 2/3 innings of work.
Cubs to have closer competition
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Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio told the Chicago Tribune
that the closer's job for next season could come down to a competition
between Pedro Strop
and Hector Rondon
. Strop finished out the 2013 season as the Cubs' setup man, while Rondon served in both middle relief and setup roles.
Strop went 2-5 with a 4.55 ERA and one save for the Cubs and Orioles, while as a rookie, Rondon was 2-1 with 4.77 ERA.
Jose Mijares joins free agency
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The Giants waived reliever Jose Mijares
to make room for re-signed reliever Javier Lopez, and according to the San Francisco Chronicle
, Mijares cleared waivers on Tuesday and is now a free agent
Mijares appeared in 60 games for the Giants in 2013, and he lost all three decisions and finished with a 4.22 ERA.
Pirates bring in two minor-leaguers
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The Pirates have signed catcher Nevin Ashley
and pitcher Cody Eppley
to minor-league deals.
Ashley spent last season in the Reds' system. Eppley tossed 1 2/3 innings with the Yankees last season.
The Athletics signed the following minor league free agents: starting pitcher Matt Buschmann
, relievers Jose Flores
and Jeremy McBryde
and infielder Jose Martinez
, according to Baseball America
They also re-signed reliever Fernando Nieve to a minor league deal.