As the league’s general managers slowly descend upon their annual meeting in Orlando early this week, expect the Hot Stove to start to sizzle. Many have said that this year’s market, with the earlier window to exclusively negotiate with a team’s own free agents, has speed up the process a bit. That being said, let’s kick off what promises to be an exciting week with a look at comings and goings around the league.
– The Phillies were able to reach a deal to re-sign Jose Contreras, the club officially announced on Tuesday. Contreras and the Phils agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million deal, MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki
reported. The contract is also said to include performance incentives and an option for the 2013 season.
– Reliever Taylor Buchholz was claimed by the Red Sox off waivers from the Blue Jays on Monday, both clubs announced. Buchholz, who will be arbitration eligible this season, was designated by the Rockies in September before landing in Toronto. Here’s more details from MLB.com’s Ian Browne
– Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker tells MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez
that he still hadn’t decided if he was attending the general manager’s meetings this week. Braunecker suggested that the purpose of the meeting is usually to help establish the market for a free agent and it’s been fairly well defined for Lee.
– The D-backs signed Geoff Blum to a two-year deal, the club announced on Monday
. Blum, who hit .267 with limited at-bats in 2010, is expected bolster Arizona’s bench. GM Kevin Towers has expressed repeatedly his preference for veteran hitters in the bench role.
Check back for more Hot Stove news later on MLB.com.