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The Indians signed a free-agent starting pitcher on Saturday, but it wasn’t Ubaldo Jimenez. Instead of bringing back Jimenez, who rejected a qualifying offer from the club in November, Cleveland signed right-hander Aaron Harang to a Minor League deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training. The veteran is expected to compete for the fifth spot in the Indians’ rotation.
Cleveland also prevailed in its arbitration case against pitcher Josh Tomlin. The right-hander will earn $800,000 this season. The Indians have another arbitration hearing scheduled for Thursday with starter Justin Masterson, but the sinkerballer says the pending
contract talks don’t bother him at all.
In other Hot Stove news:
• The Cubs added depth to their bench, signing veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio. He was released by the Royals on Wednesday after being designated for assignment on Feb. 1.
• The Mariners and first baseman Justin Smoak avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to terms on a one-year contract with a club option for 2015. Seattle has now signed all of its arbitration-eligible players.
• The A’s and outfielder Josh Reddick agreed to a one-year deal, clearing the club’s arbitration slate.
• The Red Sox won’t be going to any arbitration hearings either after coming to terms with left-handed reliever Andrew Miller on a one-year contract for 2014.
• The Orioles claimed utility man Jimmy Paredes off waivers from the Marlins. The switch hitter is expected to compete for a spot on Baltimore’s bench.
With pitchers and catchers scheduled to report to Spring Training in less than two weeks, time is running out for free-agent starters A.J. Burnett, Ervin Santana, Ubaldo Jimenez and Bronson Arroyo to find work. However, the Orioles are rumored to be in talks with those big-name arms, writes MLB.com’s Brittany Ghiroli.
Baltimore executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said Saturday his club has “some more work to do this offseason.” In addition to talking to several free-agent starters, Duquette and the Orioles would also like to avoid an arbitration hearing with catcher Matt Wieters. For his part, Wieters said he’s staying out of the contract negotiations.
Perhaps once Burnett, Santana, Jimenez or Arroyo reaches a deal with a club, the rest will follow suit. Although that quartet remains on the market, there was still movement on the Hot Stove on Saturday:
• The Nationals and right-handed starter Doug Fister agreed to a one-year deal, avoiding arbitration. With Fister under contract for 2014, reliever Tyler Clippard is the only player expected to take Washington to arbitration this month. Clippard seeks $6.35 million, while the Nationals have offered $4.45 million.
• In a similar development, the Dodgers and catcher A.J. Ellis avoided arbitration by coming to terms on a 2014 contract worth $3.55 million plus incentives. That leaves closer Kenley Jansen as the only remaining Dodgers player eligible for arbitration. Jansen is looking for $5.05 million and the club has offered $3.5 million.
• Veteran utility man Emilio Bonifacio was designated for assignment by the Royals in a move to clear roster space for left-handed starter Bruce Chen, who recently inked a new contract. Kansas City has 10 days to place Bonifacio on waivers, release him or trade him.
• Giants head of baseball operations Brian Sabean said the organization would still consider signing a veteran reliever, though “it would have to be at a minimal price.”
The Marlins aren’t going to force anything, but for the right price, they will trade outfielder Cody Ross by Saturday’s 4 p.m. ET Trade Deadline.
The Braves and Red Sox remain teams interested in Ross, who is batting .272 with nine homers and 52 RBIs.
Several other clubs could be in the mix, and the Marlins are on the fence of which direction to go with the outfielder.
One source said it may go down to whether the Marlins win or loss on Friday at the Padres.
Ross, who is making $4.45 million in his second season of arbitration, does not fit into the team’s long-range plans.
The Marlins on Thursday traded Jorge Cantu, and the team cleared all but $600,000 of the $2.2 million that remains on his $6 million deal.
A prime reason Cantu was dealt was because he didn’t fit into the club’s future.
The Marlins have several outfielders they are wanting to get a look at, including Bryan Petersen, Emilio Bonifacio and Cameron Maybin, who is in Triple-A New Orleans.
When the Marlins traded Cantu, the team noted that it was looking to position the roster for now and into the future. In 2012, they move into a retractable-roof ballpark, and they want to be as competitive as possible. Already, 20-year-old Mike Stanton is gaining valuable playing time in right field, and he projects to be a future star.
By moving Cantu on Thursday, prospect Logan Morrison was given the job in left field. The Marlins have high hopes for Morrison, who promises to be a centerpiece player in the years to come.
— Joe Frisaro
Chris Coghlan’s knee injury has the Marlins reconsidering their trade options. The player who most is impacted is Cody Ross.
For weeks, the club has fielded trade offers for the versatile outfielder. Yet, losing Coghlan, coupled with the team being over .500, has the Marlins leaning towards keeping Ross.
Ross, who is making $4.45 million, has one more arbitration season remaining. For the right offer, the Marlins would consider trading Ross, who has attracted attention from the Braves, Dodgers and Red Sox. But the deal would have to completely make sense.
Also, moving Ross would be a sign they team is throwing in the towel on their chances this season.
Based on how they’re playing, Coghlan’s injury has the Marlins re-evaluating.
Coghlan has a torn left meniscus in his left knee. If surgery is required, he will be out six to eight weeks, which means he could be lost for the rest of the season.
With Coghlan out, prospect Logan Morrison has been called up from Triple-A New Orleans. Morrison and Emilio Bonifacio are expected to split time in left field, replacing Coghlan.
Ross is the club’s best defensive outfielder, and he’s been a steady influence on rookie right fielder Mike Stanton. The Marlins are realistic about their playoff hopes, but with the team winning eight of 11 since the All-Star Break has management considering staying the course for the remainder of the season.
The player most likely to be traded is Jorge Cantu. Coghlan has been considered the option to move from left field to third base if Cantu is dealt. Bonifacio is an option to play third, or platoon the position with Wes Helms.
— Joe Frisaro