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Ibanez close to one-year deal with Angels

Veteran outfielder Raul Ibanez is working out a one-year deal with the Angels, according to multiple reports on Wednesday morning. SB Nation‘s Chris Cotillo first reported the two sides were close, and the OC Register‘s Jeff Fletcher reported the deal was worth $2.75 million.

CBS Sports‘ Jon Heyman says the deal is incentive-heavy, giving Ibanez the opportunity to make up to $5 million on the year. 

Ibanez is still producing at a high level at the age of 41. He appeared in 124 games for the Mariners last season, belting 29 home runs and driving in 65 while hitting .242. 

– Joey Nowak

Reports: Padres, Benoit nearing 2-year deal

The Padres are close to adding a back-end reliever since losing setup man Luke Gregerson, CBS Sports‘ Jon Heyman reports. San Diego and former Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit are apparently close to finalizing a two-year agreement worth $15.5 million. The deal is pending a physical.

Benoit moved into the closer’s role for Detroit last year, but he is expected to serve as setup man for Huston Street in San Diego.

The 36-year-old veteran was steady over three years with Detroit, posting a 2.89 ERA in 205 appearances.

The Padres traded Gregerson to Oakland two weeks ago for Seth Smith.

Heyman also reported the Padres are still seeking a left-handed reliever, but intend to hold onto third baseman Chase Headley.

– Joey Nowak

White Sox trade Reed to D-backs for prospect

The White Sox and D-backs quickly and quietly pulled off a trade Monday morning that sends closer Addison Reed to Arizona in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson.

Reed has amassed 69 saves in three seasons with the White Sox, spanning 136 career relief appearances. He’s held opponents to a .243 average with 42 walks and 138 strikeouts, and a 4.17 ERA. He was Chicago’s third-round pick in the 2010 Draft.

He notched 40 saves and 72 strikeouts over 68 relief appearances last year. The save total ranked fifth in the AL and was tied for fourth-most in franchise history.

Davidson was Arizona’s first-round pick in the 2009 Draft, and was ranked the D-backs’ No. 2 prospect, according to MLB.com. The 22-year-old hit .280 with 32 doubles, 17 home runs, 74 RBIs, 55 runs, a .350 on-base percentage and .481 slugging percentage in 115 games with Triple-A Reno this year. He was named the MVP of the Future’s Game, was named a PCL midseason All-Star and won the 2013 Triple-A Home Run Derby.

He also appeared in 31 games for the D-backs last season (18 starts at third base), hitting .237 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

“As a young, power-hitting third baseman, Matt has put up some impressive offensive numbers at every stop in the minor leagues, often as one of the youngest players at his level,” White Sox GM Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We view him as potentially a middle of the order, run-producing third baseman for a long time.”

– Joey Nowak

Report: Cardinals, 2B Mark Ellis nearing agreement

The Cardinals are nearing a one-year deal with second baseman Mark Ellis, according to multiple reports on Sunday. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch‘s Derrick Goold first reported the deal was close.

According to reports, the deal is pending a physical.

The 36-year-old Ellis spent the last two seasons with the Dodgers, and has also spent time with the Rockies and A’s. He hit .270 with six homers and 48 RBIs in 126 games last season.

The veteran is expected to serve as a complement to rookie Kolten Wong at second base.

– Joey Nowak

Cubs claim RHP Liam Hendriks off waivers

The Cubs claimed right-hander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Twins on Friday. The 24-year-old is 2-13 with a 6.06 ERA in 30 Major League appearances (28 starts) with the Twins over the last three seasons. 

Hendriks originally signed with the Twins as a non-drafted free agent in February 2007 and made the Minnesota Opening Day roster for the first time in 2012, going 1-8 with a 5.59 ERA in 16 big league starts.

He became the 28th Australian-born player and 20th pitcher to ever play in the big leagues when he made his MLB debut with Minnesota in 2011.

– Joey Nowak

Reports: Kubel to reunite with Twins

Multiple outlets have reported on Friday that veteran outfielder/designated hitter Jason Kubel has agreed to a minor league deal with the Twins. 

Kubel, 31, was selected by the Twins in the 12th round of the 2000 Draft and played his first seven Major League seasons in Minnesota. He signed with the D-backs as a free agent in December 2011 and was traded to Cleveland late last season. 

He appeared in 97 games last year between Arizona and Cleveland, batting just .216.

– Joey Nowak

Tigers working to sign reliever Joba Chamberlain

The Tigers are adding to their bullpen by working on a deal with right-hander Joba Chamberlain, multiple news outlets have reported on Thursday. FOX Sports‘ Ken Rosenthal had the news first. 

MLB.com‘s Jason Beck has confirmed that it’s a one-year deal.

The injury-prone and inconsistent fireballer has undisputed talent, but it’s a question of whether the Tigers can harness the 28-year-old’s gifts and turn him into an effective back-end bullpen piece.

He was strong in 2011, posting a 2.83 ERA in 27 appearances for the Yankees before undergoing Tommy John Surgery in June of that year, but his ERA inflated to 4.35 in 2012 and 4.93 in 2013.

– Joey Nowak

Report: Pirates re-sign SS Barmes

The Pirates have re-upped with veteran shortstop Clint Barmes on a one-year deal, ESPN‘s Buster Olney reports.

Olney tweeted on Thursday that the deal is worth $2 million.

Barmes has spent the last two seasons with the Pirates, playing in 144 games in 2012 and 108 last year. He’s primarily a defensive shortstop, combining to hit .221 with 13 homers and 68 RBIs over the last two seasons.

– Joey Nowak

Giants sign Morse to 1-year deal

The Giants have signed outfielder Michael Morse to a one-year contract after he split time between the Mariners and Orioles last season.

After a strong year with the Nationals in 2012 — he hit .291 with 18 homers and 62 RBIs in 102 games — Morse disappointed last year, batting just .215 with 13 homers and 27 RBIs over 88 games split between Seattle and Baltimore. His OPS plummeted from .791 in 2012 to .651 in 2013.

CSN’s Andrew Baggarly reports Morse will be an everyday player for the Giants.

– Joey Nowak

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

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