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Pitcher Neftali Feliz agrees to $5.35M deal with Brewers (Yahoo Sports)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Free agent right-hander Neftali Feliz has agreed to a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for a closer in the bullpen.

Posted on 20 January 2017 @ 11:22 pm

Santiago Casilla returns to A’s on $11M, 2-year contract (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this May 19, 2016, file photo, San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla pitches against the San Diego Padres in the ninth inning of the Giants' 3-1 victory in a baseball game in San Diego. Relief pitcher Santiago Casilla is crossing the bay again, re-joining the Oakland Athletics with a two-year contract Friday, Jan. 20, 2017, after seven seasons with San Francisco. Casilla has spent his entire big league career between the two Bay Area teams; his initial six seasons were with Oakland. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

Casilla is crossing the bay once again, re-joining the A’s with an $11 million, two-year contract after seven seasons with the Giants. While the right-hander lost his job as closer in mid-September last season for the Giants’ struggling bullpen, he provides A’s manager Bob Melvin with some options of when to use him. ”To be able to sign an experienced late-inning reliever who has performed in multiple World Series games makes our bullpen deeper and obviously better,” Melvin said by text message.

Posted on 20 January 2017 @ 11:22 pm

Trumbo, Orioles finalize $37.5 million, 3-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2016, file photo, Baltimore Orioles' Mark Trumbo bats during the team's baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Baltimore. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Orioles have agreed to a $37.5 million, three-year contract to keep Trumbo. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday night, Jan. 19, because the agreement is contingent on Trumbo passing a physical. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)

For the second year in a row, the Orioles negotiated a deal to keep the major league home run champion in Baltimore. Mark Trumbo’s $37.5 million, three-year contract Friday was finalized Friday, a day after the sides reached agreement subject to a successful physical. Trumbo had a limited no-trade provision, allowing him to list seven teams each year he cannot be traded to without his consent.

Posted on 20 January 2017 @ 11:15 pm

Mike Fiers and Astros agree to $3.45 million, 1-year deal (Yahoo Sports)

Right-hander Mike Fiers and the Houston Astros have avoided salary arbitration, agreeing to a $3.45 million, one-year contract. Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Fiers settled at the midpoint of the $3.9 million he had asked for and the $3 million the team offered him when the sides swapped proposed salaries last week.

Posted on 20 January 2017 @ 1:46 am

Different era, different drug question for Rodriguez, Raines (Yahoo Sports)

Newly elected baseball Hall of Fame inductee Ivan Rodriguez speaks to reporters during a news conference, Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Moments after Tim Raines spoke openly about overcoming cocaine abuse, Ivan Rodriguez tried to avoid discussing whether he had used steroids. Raines, Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell sat together for a news conference Thursday, a day after they were elected to baseball’s Hall. Jose Canseco wrote in a 2005 book that he showed Rodriguez how to inject steroids.

Posted on 20 January 2017 @ 1:37 am

Marlins acquire RHP Straily from Reds for 3 minor leaguers (Yahoo Sports)

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Dan Straily throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Replacing Jose Fernandez will be a collective task for the Miami Marlins, with 14-game winner Dan Straily joining the effort Thursday. Miami obtained Straily from the Cincinnati Reds for three minor leaguers, including right-handers Luis Castillo and Austin Brice, both highly regarded prospects in the Marlins’ thin system. Outfielder Isaiah White was also dealt to Cincinnati.

Posted on 19 January 2017 @ 10:12 pm

Francona on Encarnacion: I didn’t think there was a chance (Yahoo Sports)

When Edwin Encarnacion became a free agent this offseason, Indians manager Terry Francona didn’t allow himself to daydream about adding the former Blue Jays slugger to his roster. ”I didn’t think there was a chance to even talk to Edwin,” Francona said on Thursday in his first comments since the AL champs signed Encarnacion to a three-year, $65 million deal this month. ”You’ve got to be realistic that in the winter we play in a different neighborhood” than during his tenure in Boston, when the Red Sox were among the top-spending clubs in baseball.

Posted on 19 January 2017 @ 9:40 pm

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