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12/14 Roundup

The Mariners have been one of the most aggressive teams this offseason, signing Robinson Cano to a massive contract, then adding two more power bats at this week’s Winter Meetings, in Corey Hart and Logan Morrison.

But there still could be more moves on the horizon, and one in particular makes a lot of sense, writes our Richard Justice. He believes Seattle should beef up its offense further by adding free-agent Nelson Cruz.

In other news from around the league on Saturday:

  • The Dodgers have filled the most significant hole in their lineup, agreeing to a two-year deal with free-agent third baseman Juan Uribe.
  • The Marlins also held some interest in Uribe, so his signing leaves them looking at other options at third base, writes our Joe Frisaro.
  • The Twins signed their third starting pitcher so far this offseason, agreeing to bring back righty Mike Pelfrey on a two-year deal. Minnesota, still looking to add another arm, is unlikely to sign Matt Garza but is open to Bronson Arroyo, according to a tweet from Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network.
  • The Mets announced their two-year deal with Bartolo Colon, officially adding the 40-year-old to their starting rotation.
  • The Braves could be close to signing free-agent right-hander Gavin Floyd, according to a report from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Floyd, coming off Tommy John surgery, is expected to return to action in May.
  • With free-agent second baseman Omar Infante set to sign with the Royals, the Yankees’ interest in a trade for the Cubs’ Darwin Barney “may pick up,” according to a tweet from Bruce Levine of Chicago’s WSRC-AM and 670thescore.com. The teams held earlier talks about Barney, Levine writes.
  • The Royals signed three players, including reliever Cory Wade, to Minor League deals.

– Andrew Simon

Twins to re-sign Pelfrey

A source confirmed to MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger on Saturday night that free-agent right-hander Mike Pelfrey has agreed on a deal to return to the Twins. The agreement was first reported by Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network, who tweeted that Pelfrey will make a guaranteed $11 million, with another $3.5 million in performance bonuses.

Pelfrey, who turns 30 next month, went 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts for Minnesota last season, after undergoing Tommy John surgery the year before while with the Mets. He is the third starting pitcher to sign with the Twins this offseason, joining Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes.

– Andrew Simon

Report: Uribe returning to Dodgers

Free-agent third baseman Juan Uribe will sign a two-year deal to return to the Dodgers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network. No terms were reported, and the club has not confirmed the move, which would fill a major hole in its lineup.

After two down seasons with Los Angeles, Uribe bounced back in 2013, hitting .278/.331/.438 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs in 426 plate appearances. The 34-year-old also hit .375 with two homers in the National League Division Series against the Braves, including the go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning of the decisive Game 4.

– Andrew Simon

12/13 Roundup

Baseball’s Winter Meetings ended on Thursday, but that doesn’t mean the Hot Stove came to a halt on Friday.

Even with general managers, agents and media members gone from Lake Buena Vista, Fla., the action continued, and the free-agent market continued to grow thinner. A pair of players reportedly agreed to new contracts, with first baseman James Loney set to return to the Rays on a three-year deal and second baseman Omar Infante heading to Kansas City on a four-year agreement.

In other news from around the league:

  • The Yankees introduced new center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, making his seven-year, $153 million contract official.
  • Former Yankee Robinson Cano saw two pieces of lineup protection added to his new club, as the Mariners held an introductory press conference for Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. Those additions do not signal the end of Seattle’s offseason shopping, however.
  • The Rockies finalized their two-year agreement with first baseman Justin Morneau and also have reportedly signed lefty reliever Boone Logan to a three-year pact.
  • The Red Sox made their two-year deal with Mike Napoli official. Teammate David Ortiz, whose contract with  the Red Sox expires after the 2014 season, is looking for a one-year extension.
  • The Pirates announced a pair of one-year contracts, re-signing shortstop Clint Barmes and adding right-hander Edinson Volquez.
  • The Tigers announced their one-year agreement with reliever Joba Chamberlain.
  • Our Paul Hagen runs down the top names still available after the Winter Meetings.
  • With free-agent options dwindling, the Brewers could turn to the trade market to fill their need for a first baseman, our Adam McCalvy writes.
  • Might the Braves really trade stud closer Craig Kimbrel? Our Mark Bowman tackles that question in his latest inbox article.
  • Outfielder Jason Kubel, coming off a rough 2012 with the D-backs and Indians, is returning to the Twins after signing a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training.
  • The D-backs signed right-hander Daniel Hudson and catcher Henry Blanco to Minor League deals with Spring Training invites. Hudson, who hasn’t pitched since early ‘12 due to injury, was non-tendered earlier this month.
  • The Marlins continue to have interest in free-agent third baseman Juan Uribe, writes our Joe Frisaro.

– Andrew Simon

Report: Royals, Infante agree to deal

The Royals and free-agent second baseman Omar Infante have agreed to a four-year contract worth about $30 million, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Kansas City has not confirmed the deal.

Infante played 118 games for the Tigers last season and hit .318 with 10 home runs, 51 RBIs and a career-high .795 OPS. The 31-year-old also has spent time at shortstop, third base and the outfield over 12 big league seasons, hitting .279 with a .721 OPS.

– Andrew Simon

Report: Loney close to returning to Rays

Free-agent first baseman James Loney is “on the verge” of signing a multi-year contract with the Rays, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Loney will make $21 million over three years, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network, although the club has not confirmed a deal.

The 29-year-old signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay as a free agent last winter and had a bounceback season, hitting .299/.348/.430 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs.

– Andrew Simon

Report: Pirates sign Volquez

The Pirates have reached a one-year, $5 million agreement with free-agent right-hander Edinson Volquez, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network, who adds that the deal is pending a physical.

Volquez split last season between the Padres and Dodgers, going 9-12 with a 5.71 ERA over 33 games, including 32 starts. The 30-year-old struggled with his control, walking 4.1 batters per nine innings, a rate below his career mark of 4.8.

In nine seasons with the Rangers, Reds, Padres and Dodgers, Volquez is 53-52 with a 4.75 ERA and 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings.

– Andrew Simon

Mariners sign Corey Hart, acquire Logan Morrison

The Mariners reached a deal with free agent first baseman-outfielder Corey Hart on Wednesday, our Greg Johns reports. The deal, which the team has not confirmed, won’t be official until Hart completes a physical on Friday.

The deal is for one year, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com and MLB Network.

Hart missed all of last season while recovering from knee surgery, but the 31-year-old, a nine-year veteran, had an .857 OPS for the Brewers from 2010-12, averaging 29 home runs and 83 RBIs.

Seattle also pulled off a trade for first baseman Logan Morrison, sending right-handed reliever Carter Capps to the Marlins.

Morrison also has battled injuries, playing a total of 178 games over the past two years. The 26-year-old left-handed batter hit .242/.333/.375 with six home runs in 333 plate appearances for Miami last season.

Capps, 23, had a 5.49 ERA in 53 appearances with the Mariners in 2013, striking out 66 in 59 innings.

– Andrew Simon

Nationals acquire Blevins from A’s

The Nationals filled their need for a left-handed relief pitcher on Wednesday, acquiring Jerry Blevins from the A’s for Minor League outfielder Billy Butler.

Blevins made 67 appearances for the A’s last season, going 5-0 with a 3.15 ERA. The 30-year-old struck out 52 and walked 17 over 60 innings and actually was tougher on right-handed batters, who hit .190 against him, with a .581 OPS.  However, Blevins has been effective against lefties over his career, holding them to a .224 average and .636 OPS.

Burns was the Nationals’ Minor League Player of the Year in 2013, when he split time between Class A Advanced Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg, hitting .315/.425/.383 with no home runs but 74 stolen bases.

– Andrew Simon

12/11 Afternoon Roundup

No transactions went down on Wednesday morning, as the third day of the Winter Meetings got underway at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. But there are plenty of rumors and buzz going around. Here is a look at the latest:

  • The agent for Rays left-hander David Price told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and MLB Network that his client wouldn’t consider an extension with the Mariners if traded to Seattle but might do so with other, unspecified teams. Price has two seasons remaining before he hits free agency. Our Greg Johns calls Price and the Mariners “an extremely remote match.”
  • Free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo could command a seven-year, $140 million deal, tweets USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The Mariners and Rangers are in the lead for his services, according to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman.
  • The Rangers are staying patient as they wait for asking prices to come down on the likes of Choo and Nelson Cruz, writes our T.R. Sullivan.
  • The D-backs are in the market for a starting pitcher, Rosenthal tweets. ESPN’s Jayson Stark mentions free-agent right-hander Matt Garza as a possibility.
  • The Nationals’ quest for a left-handed reliever could end soon, according to Rosenthal.
  • Rosenthal also describes Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips as “in play” for trade talks.
  • Our Carrie Muskat updates the Jeff Samardzija situation, as the Cubs explore a contract extension with the right-hander, who also has been involved in plenty of trade rumors this offseason.
  • The Astros are one of the teams interested in often-injured former All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore.
  • The Marlins are listening to offers for outfielder Justin Ruggiano, writes our Joe Frisaro. They also have interest in outfielder Delmon Young, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
  • The Orioles have talked with free-agent reliever John Axford, tweets Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

– Andrew Simon

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