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Cubs, Marlins swap outfielders

The Marlins have traded outfielder Justin Ruggiano to the Cubs for outfielder Brian Bogusevic.

Bogusevic played in 47 games with the Cubs last year, hitting .273 with seven doubles, six home runs and 16 RBIs. He began the year hitting .317 in 79 games with Triple-A Iowa after signing a minor league contract before the season.

Over his four-year MLB career, Bogusevic is a .236 hitter. He was drafted by the Astros in the first round (24th overall) of the 2005 Draft out of Tulane, where he was a first-team All-American as a pitcher. He converted to outfield in 2008.

Ruggiano has spent all or part of five MLB seasons with Tampa Bay and Miami, hitting .251 with 49 doubles, 37 home runs and 109 RBIs in 317 games. He hit .313 with 23 doubles, 13 homers and a .909 OPS in 91 games with Miami in 2012 then belted a career-best 18 homers and drove in 50 RBIs in 128 games last year. He has spent time at all three outfield positions.

– Joey Nowak

Jones in, LoMo soon out in Miami?

Ken Rosenthal has reported the Marlins are close to signing first baseman/outfielder Garrett Jones to a deal in Miami, possibly setting off a domino effect of other moves. Rosenthal says it likely means Mike Napoli won’t be coming to Miami, and there could be a deal imminent involving Logan Morrison

Jones lost his job in Pittsburgh down the stretch last season to Justin Morneau (who is reportedly about to settle down in Denver), and then was let go this winter by the Pirates.

– Joey Nowak

Report: Rangers sign J.P. Arencibia

The Rangers have added a catcher, signing J.P. Arencibia to a one-year deal, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reported. 

After spending the last three seasons in Toronto, Arencibia will apparently back up Geovany Soto. 

Grant reports the deal is worth about $1 million in base salary. 

– Joey Nowak

Granderson reportedly moving across town

On just about any other day, Curtis Granderson would be the most high-profile Yankee leaving the Bronx. But with Robinson Cano apparently heading to Seattle, this may fly under the radar: Granderson and the Mets have agreed to a four-year deal, the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman has reported

Multiple outlets have the deal pegged at $60 million. 

The Mets have been searching for outfield help and Granderson fit in their price range. He missed most of last season with injuries but proved to be an extremely productive player in pinstripes, and would likely move to a corner outfield spot in Queens. 

– Joey Nowak

Yankees, Kuroda closing in on deal

The Yankees have reportedly finalized an agreement with Hiroki Kuroda, securing him with a one-year contract and his same bonus package as the 2013 season.

According to the New York Post‘s Joel Sherman, Kuroda will sign a one-year, $16-million deal with a $250,000 bonus for innings pitched. It also includes an interpreter.

There has been mutual interest between the two parties to find a deal after Kuroda won double-digit games in each of his first two seasons in the Bronx.

– Joey Nowak

Reports: Cano and Mariners back at it

The Mariners and Robinson Cano may not be done after all. In fact, it appears they’re closer than ever. 

After it was reported early Friday morning that talks had broken down when Cano’s agent Jay-Z demanded a larger contract than the Mariners were prepared to offer, multiple reports have surfaced recently that the talks are back on and the two sides have agreed to a 10-year, $240-million contract. Enrique Rojas reports the physical will be Monday. 

The New York Daily News reported Friday morning that the Mariners were willing to offer Cano the $200 million contract he was seeking (and that the Yankees have said they would not agree to) but when Cano and agent Jay-Z arrived in Seattle, the team was upset at Jay-Z’s ask for a 10-year, $252 million contract. 

Still, it appears the two sides have continued talks and have found some middle ground. 

– Joey Nowak

Cano-Mariners talks reportedly break down

Robinson Cano‘s serious talks with the Mariners about going to Seattle have reportedly ended after a breakdown in a Thursday meeting, according to the New York Daily News.

According to a report, talks have broken down between the two sides after it had been reported that Seattle was making a serious push for the free agent second baseman.

Cano has been said to be seeking a deal in the ballpark of eight years and $200 million, and there had been reports the Mariners would go as high as nine years and $225 million, according to the Daily News. But rapper Jay-Z, also Cano’s agent, reportedly asked for a 10-year deal and $252 million in Thursday’s meetings, and the conversations ended there.

That deal is the same amount Alex Rodriguez commanded when he left Seattle for Texas, and the notion reportedly caused Mariners chairman Howard Lincoln to “explode,” according to the report.

“It doesn’t look like we’re getting him,” a Mariners source told the Daily News.

– Joey Nowak

Report: Red Sox bolster bullpen, sign Mujica

The Red Sox are signing reliever Edward Mujica to a two-year, $9.5 million deal, Yahoo’s Jeff Passan has reported.

The 29-year-old emerged as the Cardinals closer last season, with a 2.78 ERA and 37 saves before Trevor Rosenthal took over late in the year as Mujica struggled.

Passan reports the deal is pending a physical, which is taking place today. 

– Joey Nowak 

Reports: Konerko returning to White Sox

Reports on Wednesday have the White Sox captain returning for 2014.

Ken Rosenthal reported Wednesday morning that veteran first baseman/designated hitter Paul Konerko will come back for the 2014 season. He’s a free agent and had considered retirement.

MLB.com’s Scott Merkin has confirmed the deal, and reports that it is for one year, and $2.5 million with a portion deferred. An announcement is expected sometime Wednesday morning.

The 37-year-old veteran struggled in 126 games last year, hitting .244 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs. With Jose Abreu now in the mix, along with fellow veteran first baseman/DH Adam Dunn, it’s unclear how much action Konerko will see next year.

– Joey Nowak

Gregerson, Smith traded in ever-busy day for A’s

The A’s are pulling off yet another deal on Tuesday afternoon, with outfielder Seth Smith heading to San Diego in exchange for reliever Luke Gregerson. Chris Kusiolek reported it first, and the teams made it official around 4:45 p.m. ET. 

This move certainly strengthens the A’s already-sturdy bullpen ahead of newly-acquired closer Jim Johnson. Gregerson has held an ERA under 3.00 each of the last three seasons with the Padres. Smith hit .246 with 22 homers and 92 RBIs over the last two seasons (242 games) with the A’s. The Oakland outfield was becoming crowded after the acquisition of Craig Gentry from Texas today. 

– Joey Nowak

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