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The Angels have agreed to terms on a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite with veteran starter Mark Mulder, the two-time All-Star who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2008, a source confirmed to MLB.com on Wednesday.
The agreement – first reported by Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com – will pay Mulder up to $6 million if he reaches all incentives, according to several reports.
Mulder, 36 and previously working as an ESPN analyst, was one of the game’s top left-handers from 2001-05, averaging 18 wins and posting a 3.65 ERA for the A’s and Cardinals. But he pitched only 12 2/3 Major League innings from 2007-08 and retired in ’09 after struggling to bounce back from two shoulder surgeries.
This past October, though, he started emulating the delivery of Dodgers reliever Paco Rodriguez and found something that worked for him, according to an ESPN.com story. That prompted Mulder to spend the month of November working himself back into shape in Arizona, before throwing off the mound near his home in Scottsdale and reportedly sitting between 89-90 mph with his fastball.
The Angels were one of the teams who saw Mulder throw that day. Now, they’ll give him a chance to compete for a spot in their rotation this spring.
“I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am,” Mulder told ESPN in early December. “To be honest with you, I never anticipated this five or six weeks ago. It was just a flat-out fluke that came from me trying to imitate Paco Rodriguez in my living room.”
– Alden Gonzalez
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
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir is nearing a two-year deal with the A’s, according to multiple reports.
Kazmir, who turns 30 in January, experienced a rebirth this past season with the Indians, going 10-9 with a 4.04 ERA over 29 starts after missing all of 2012. It was far and away his best season since his 2008 All-Star campaign with the Rays.
Kazmir was drafted No. 15 overall by the Mets in 2002 and made two All-Star appearances with the Rays before being traded in 2009 from Tampa Bay to the Angels. His stint there never lived up to the hype due to injuries and ineffectiveness and he was out of baseball before Cleveland took a chance on him last offseason.
- Cash Kruth
The Mets began addressing their outfield vacancies on Friday morning, signing Chris Young to a one-year contract pending a physical, according to two sources with knowledge of the negotiations. The Mets have not commented on the signing because it is not yet official.
Young, 30, hit .200 with 12 home runs and 10 stolen bases last season, his first in Oakland after seven years with the D-backs. His best year came in 2010, when he hit .257 with 27 home runs and 28 steals, making his only All-Star appearance.
Though Young has played mostly center field throughout his career, he also played 26 games in right field last season and 24 games in left. If the Mets choose to keep Juan Lagares in center in 2014, they could plug Young into either corner.
The A’s announced Friday that they’ve exercised their contract options on left-hander Brett Anderson and outfielder Coco Crisp for the 2014 season, and declined to exercise their options on catcher Kurt Suzuki and outfielder Chris Young.
Crisp hit a career-high 22 homers and stole 21 bases, becoming the 10th player in club history with a 20/20 season. He also finished the year with a career high in runs (93) and walks (61) while batting .261 in 131 games. He also went errorless in 110 games in the outfield.
Anderson, the team’s Opening Day starter, finished the season in the bullpen after spending four months on the DL with a stress fracture in his right foot. He went 1-4 with three saves and a career-high 6.04 ERA in 16 games (five starts) on the year. He has missed 399 games on the DL over the last four years.
Suzuki returned to Oakland with an August 23 trade with the Nationals and hit .303 with two homers and seven RBIs in 15 games with the A’s. Young hit .200 with 12 homers and 40 RBIs in 107 games in 2013, his first season with Oakland.
– Joey Nowak
The action began to crank into high gear on Tuesday night, with less than 24 hours remaining before the non-waiver Trade Deadline, which comes at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Here’s where things stand going into the final day:
- The Red Sox made a bold move late on Tuesday night, landing veteran starting pitcher Jake Peavy in a three-way deal with the Tigers and White Sox, along with reliever Brayan Villareal. While the right-hander will bolster Boston’s rotation, Detroit’s acquisition of slick-fielding shortstop Jose Iglesias gives them insurance if Jhonny Peralta is served with a long suspension as part of MLB’s investigation into the Biogenesis case. Chicago, meanwhile, received young outfielder Avisail Garcia and a trio of prospects in the deal.
- The A’s acquired infielder Alberto Callaspo from the Angels for former first-round pick Grant Green and plan to add the switch-hitter to their mix at second base. General manager Billy Beane said afterward that he was “not currently” involved in additional trade talks.
- The Indians added the left-handed arm they were seeking for their bullpen, nabbing veteran Marc Rzepczynski from the Cardinals for a Minor Leaguer. Rzepczynski had spent much of this season at Triple-A Memphis.
- St. Louis has been linked to some big names ahead of the Deadline and could be in the mix for a shortstop or starting pitcher, but GM John Mozeliak downplayed the likelihood of a trade. But with All-Star catcher Yadier Molina headed to the disabled list with a knee injury, it’s possible the club could be spurred to action.
- Astros right-hander Bud Norris continues to draw plenty of interest from contending teams.
- The Yankees are one of the clubs in pursuit of White Sox outfielder Alex Rios, although New York is one of six teams on his no-trade list.
- The Dodgers took a shot at bolstering their bullpen by signing former Giants closer Brian Wilson, but there might not be much else for GM Ned Colletti to do.
- The D-backs could part with right-hander Ian Kennedy, who started for Arizona on Tuesday.
- The Pirates seem likely to stand pat after grabbing the NL Central lead with a doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals on Tuesday.
- Andrew Simon
The Angels have traded third baseman Alberto Callaspo to the A’s in exchange for Minor League infielder Grant Green, sources confirmed to MLB.com on Tuesday night.
Callaspo is expected to play second base for the A’s, who have Josh Donaldson at third. He was pulled from Tuesday’s game at Rangers Ballpark in the top of the sixth, and at about the same time, infielder Chris Nelson was pulled from a game in Triple-A Salt Lake. It looks like he’ll be taking Callaspo’s place on the 25-man roster.
This trade could set up another deal, as Green can play both middle-infield positions — he’s played mostly shortstop in the Minor Leagues — and Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick have been heavily discussed over the last couple of days.
Green, 25, made his Major League debut for Oakland this year, ultimately appearing in five games and going 0-for-15. He isn’t considered a very good defender, but he posted a .325/.379/.500 slash line in 87 games for the A’s Triple-A affiliate. He, too, was removed from the game on Tuesday night.
Callaspo is signed through next year, making $4.875 million in 2014.
– Alden Gonzalez
- The A’s will send right-handed reliever Fautino De Los Santos to the Brewers in exchange for catcher George Kottaras, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Kottaras was designated for assignment on Thursday, but no trade has officially be announced.
- Zack Greinke is off the board, and the Braves might not be able to close a deal for Ryan Dempster either. That has led Atlanta to search elsewhere for starting pitching help while also taking a look at the market for relievers, reported our own Mark Bowman.
- The Cardinals are looking to upgrade their starting pitching, according to Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. Francisco Liriano was one option, but the White Sox nabbed him on Saturday night. That could lead St. Louis to focus more heavily on the Rays’ James Shields, who is attracting interest from several clubs.
- The race for Padres third baseman Chase Headley is hotly contested but apparently no longer includes the A’s, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.
- Teams looking for bullpen help are considering Rockies closer Rafael Betancourt, with the Orioles, Yankees and A’s among the possibilities, reported Troy Renck of The Denver Post.
- Should the struggling Phillies decide to sell, Shane Victorino could be at the front of the line heading out of Philadelphia. Talks regarding the veteran center fielder are “getting warm,” according to CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury. Outfielders Juan Pierre and Hunter Pence and starting pitcher Joe Blanton also could be trade bait.
- The Red Sox’s interest in Mariners lefty starter Jason Vargas is “mild,” according to the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo.
– Andrew Simon
- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez suffered a fractured left hand on Tuesday and could miss at least four weeks. That led to speculation the team would look to address the situation with a trade, but general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com that he isn’t targeting a deal for a third baseman. Eric Chavez and Jayson Nix will fill the hole instead.
- Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Brewers have “officially become sellers.” That increases the likelihood of a trade involving ace pitcher Zack Greinke, who has drawn serious interest from several teams but hasn’t shown any in signing an extension with Milwaukee. The Brewers also could deal third baseman Aramis Ramirez, reliever Francisco Rodriguez, catcher George Kottaras and starter Randy Wolf.
- Not satisfied with pulling off a trade for Hanley Ramirez and Randy Choate late Tuesday night, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti still will look for a starting pitcher and another bat, according to our own Ken Gurnick. The Cubs’ Ryan Dempster remains the team’s prime target.
- Losing out on Ramirez didn’t end the A’s pursuit of an infielder, reported our own Jane Lee. The Blue Jays’ Yunel Escobar, the Padres’ Chase Headley and the D-backs’ Stephen Drew could be among the remaining possibilities.
- The Reds have “kicked the tires” on Twins center fielder Denard Span but are more likely to end up with the Phillies’ Shane Victorino or Juan Pierre, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
– Andrew Simon
Game 2 of the Opening Series began with a traditional Japanese samurai dance performance/laser light show and ended with Justin Smoak grounding out to second base. The Opening Series ends with a 1-1 split between the A’s and Mariners, meaning the clubs will return to the US with the AL West a hotly contested race:
Hanshin Tigers: 2-0, 1.000
Oakland Athletics: 2-2, .500
Yomiuri Giants: 1-1, .500
Seattle Mariners: 1-3, .250
Texas Rangers: 0-0, –
Los Angeles Angels: 0-0, –
For what it’s worth, I like Hanshin to make the postseason — especially with a second Wild Card now in place. Read more