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Posted on: January 20, 2011 2:23 pm
 

Giants sign Suppan to minor-league deal

Jeff Suppan Last year early in the season I'm walking into Great American Ball Park for a Brewers-Reds game and the guy behind me getting his bag looked at is pitcher Jeff Suppan.

As we're walking together at the same speed, I decide to break the awkwardness and asked about the team's trip -- it was a two-game stint in Cincinnati and this was before the Tuesday day game. Anyway, we started talking, and he was asking me about my job and career path and newspapers in general.

Suppan said he worked at a newspaper in high school for one night -- he came in to answer phones from high school games. He said he was amazed and overwhelmed with the task and had a respect for those doing it and doing it well. It turns out, he got the job because his friend's dad was the sports editor. It turns out, that high school friend is a friend of mine, and we ended up talking about Kevin and his young son and all sorts of things.

It was just a really nice 10-minute conversation with a guy who is a real pro, but by all other accounts just a really good dude.

Anyway, the point is it looks as if Suppan will sign a minor-league contract with a big-league invite to spring training with the Giants (according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News on Twitter ).

Suppan was 3-8 last season with a 5.06 ERA with the Brewers and Cardinals last season. The Brewers released him in June, and he then made 13 starts for the Cardinals, going 3-6 with a 3.84 ERA in St. Louis.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 20, 2011 12:44 pm
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Posted on: January 19, 2011 10:20 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 3:18 pm
 

Nats add Coffey, Hairston

Todd Coffey The Nationals have agreed to a deal with reliever Todd Coffey pending a physical, MLB.com's Bill Ladson tweets .

Coffey, non-tendered by the Brewers in December, made $2.025 million last season for Milwaukee. He was 2-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 69 appearances. Coffey had 56 strikeouts in 62 1/3 innings, while walking 23. However, he gave up more than a hit an inning, allowing 65 hits.

The Brewers claimed Coffey off of waivers from the Reds in 2008 and resurrected his career in the Brewers bullpen. He was 4-4 with a 2.90 ERA and two saves in 2009, but regressed in 2010.

UPDATE: Jerry Hairston Jr. has passed his physical and officially signed with the Nationals today, Ladson tweets .

UPDATE: Hairston's deal is for one year, worth $2 million plus another million in incentive bonuses, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com tweets .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 8:35 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 8:36 am
 

Jays interested in Damon, Podsednik

Johnny Damon Johnny Damon could still end up back in the American League East -- as the Blue Jays are reportedly eyeing Damon and Scott Podsednik, FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports .

The Jays signed the speedy Rajai Davis to a two-year, $5.75 million contract on Tuesday to avoid arbitration, but are still looking at other leadoff options.

Davis, who had 50 stolen bases in 62 attempts for the A's last season, had nearly as many stolen bases as the entire Toronto roster last season (58), but his subpar on-base percentage of .320 make him a less-than-ideal candidate to leadoff full-time. Toronto sent two minor-league pitchers to Oakland to acquire the 30-year old in Novemeber.

Damon and Podsednik are also attractive because the Jays are heavily right-handed, with only two left-handed-hitting players on the roster, Adam Lind and Travis Snider.

Damon had a .355 on-base percentage in 2010, but managed to steal only 11 bases last season and 12 in 2009. Podsednik stole 35 bases with the Royals and Dodgers last season and had a .342 OBP.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 19, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: January 19, 2011 12:16 am
 

Twins, Pavano 'very close' to a deal

Carl Pavano If you didn't already think the Twins had re-signed Carl Pavano, they haven't yet. But they're about to, Joe Christensen of the Star Tribune tweets .

Christensen tweets the two sides are "very close" and just working out the final details on a deal to bring back the man with the best mustache in baseball.

"I think we're in the home stretch here," general manager Bill Smith told the paper on Tuesday.

Pavano, 35, was 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA for the Twins last season, pitching 221 innings in 32 starts. He signed a one-year, $7 million deal before last season and has reportedly been looking for a multiyear deal this time.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 16, 2011 5:17 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2011 9:58 pm
 

A's add Fuentes to bullpen

Brian Fuentes The A's have continued to bolster their bullpen this offseason, adding former Angels closer Brian Fuentes to a two-year deal, the Associated Press reports.

According to a tweet from FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal, the deal is worth $5 million per year, with incentives for finishing games.

On Friday, the A's added Grant Balfour and then re-signed the arbitration-eligible Brad Ziegler. With Balfour, our own Evan Brunell ranked the A's bullpen as the fourth-best in baseball with its only weakness being a "lack of a top left-handed option." With Fuentes, the A's now have that and one of the best bullpens in the game.

Fuentes wasn't the best closer around, but with the Andrew Bailey finishing out games for Oakland, he won't be asked to do that for the A's, leaving him as a setup man, which is likely a better role for him. Left-handers hit just .128/.222/.149 against him last season.

Fuentes, 35, had 23 saves for the Angels last season before an August trade to the Twins for a player to be named (Loek Van Mil). The lefty appeared in nine games for the Twins, earning a save and allowing no runs in nine games. Overall, he was 4-1 with a 2.81 ERA with 24 saves in 48 appearances in 2010, striking out 47 batters in 48 innings while walking 20.

In 2009, Fuentes led the American League with 48 saves. He signed a two-year deal before the '09 season worth $17.5 million.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 12, 2011 11:53 am
Edited on: January 13, 2011 4:23 pm
 

Rays sign Farnsworth

Kyle Farnsworth Well, nobody said rebuilding a bullpen would be easy -- and the Rays have proven that, signning rigth-hander Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year deal with an option, ESPN's Buster Olney tweets .

According to Olney (via Twitter ), Farnsworth will make $3.25 million and could be worth $6 million over two years.

The Rays will be Farnsworth's sixth team. He pitched for the Royals and Braves last season, going 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA with 61 strikeouts in 64 2/3 innings. Farnsworth is a hard-thrower, but hasn't shown the ability to pitch in his 12 seasons in the big leagues.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: January 11, 2011 10:49 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 10:49 am
 

Royals searching for starters

Much to his dismay, it appears Royals general manager Dayton Moore has remembered he must field a team in 2011 -- one with hitters and pitchers.

Bruce Chen So far the Royals rotation is Vin Mazzaro, Luke Hochevar, Kyle Davies and Sean O'Sullivan. The team needs a fifth starter (or first or second or third or fourth, depending on how you look at it) for next season, but with an influx of talent due in Kansas City in 2012, Moore isn't looking to give out a multi-year deal to anyone.

Moore told MLB.com's Dick Kaegel that he's only looking at starting pitching at this point in the offseason. There's little on the free-agent market, but the team could bring back Bruce Chen.

"We're still open-minded with that," Moore told Kaegel. "He performed very well with us last year and showed us what he had, and we've got a comfort level there."

Chen, 33, went 12-7 with a 4.17 ERA in 23 starts for the Royals last season. Chen is a Scott Boras client and has apparently been eyeing a multi-year deal following his good 2010, but his status as a free agent shows that nobody is biting, even in a pitching-poor market.

Or Kansas City could look to trade, although it's unlikely the team would give up too much for a short-term solution.

"It's something that we'll continue to look at, and it might be Spring Training or early next year," Moore said. "You're always looking to get better, so it's not out of the question we might make some kind of move and pitching is one of those areas where you can never have enough depth. And we don't want to be in a position where we're force-feeding some of those kids, either."

Still, some of those kids -- Aaron Crow, John Lamb and Danny Duffy -- could get an extended look during spring training.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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