MLB Hot Stove: Transactions of the week
As the MLB season grows closer to opening day, transactions around the league happen.
The signing first baseman Lyle Overbay to a minor league deal by the Brewers opened up the past weeks Transactions. In 2013 Overbay finish the season with Yankees with 14 HR and .240 batting average.
The New York Mets were also active the team agreed to terms with pitchers Dillon Gee on a one year deal and two minor league deals with pitcher John Lannan and infielder Omar Quintanilla.
The day of the catchers took off beginning with the Los Angeles Dodgers, where and general manager Ned Colletti and his penchant for game callers signed two to minor league deals to Miguel Olivo and Griff Erickson.
The St. Louis Cardinals responded by agreeing to terms with catcher Ed Easley.
The trend continued in the south-side of Chicago with the White Sox signing Hector Gimenez. But the Whte Sox were not done yet. As the club also signed a slew of other players to Minor league deals including right hand pitchers Dylan Axelrod, Parker Frazier, Brian Omogrosso, Omar Poveda and Zach Putnam; left hand pitchers David Purcey and Mauricio Robles; infielders Alex Liddi; and outfielder Denis Phipps.
Other deals included the Philadelphia Phillies signing left-hand pitcher Antonio Bastardo to a one-year deal and Bobby Abreu returning to the city of brotherly love on a minor league deal with an invite to spring training.
The Washington Nationals agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training with Clay Hensley.
The biggest news of the week came Wednesday morning as “Hot Stove” wires went crazy with the announcement that Ma-Kun aka Masahiro Tanaka agreed to join the New York Yankees. The right handed pitching sensation from Japan signed a seven year, $155 million deal, including an opt out clause after year four of the deal.
The signing of Tanaka suddenly opened up the flood gates with tons of player speculation and players started moving including.
The day moved ahead as outfielder Grady Sizemore found a new home in Boston by signing a one-year deal with the team.
Followed by the Oakland A’s agreeing to terms with left-hander Eric O'Flaherty to a two-year contract and finally the Hot-Stove day ended with a seven player blockbuster deal between the Rays and Padres highlighted by pitcher Alex Torres joining the San Diego while Logan Forsy the traveling to the Rays.
Highlighted a veteran reliever agreeing to deals including Grant Balfour that agreed to a two-year deal with the Rays, and two minor league deals that moved David Aardsma to the Indians and Jon Rauch to the Royals.
Up in the Bay Area the San Francisco Giants decided to make their first move of the week by signing infielder Joaquin Arias to a two year deal.
Seattle is on a wave thinking about the football team on the way to the Super Bowl, but the Mariners did pick up veteran Eric Chavez to a minor league deal the treasure player in the game #7 if the 2006 NLCS between the Cardinals and the Mets.
The day began with the Bronx Bombers trading pitcher David Huff to the Giants. The move was made due to the official signing of Masahiro Tanaka, which forced the Yankees to free up a 40-man roster spot. Speaking of New York and Japanese pitchers, the New York Mets agreed to a minor league deal with former Daisuke Matsuzaka. The former Japanese pitching sensation who originally came over on the six year/$60M deal with the Boston Red Sox, has hit rough times.
Meanwhile, in Chicago, to say that the Cubs were busy is an understatement. The club signed 16 players to both major and minor league deals including names such as left-hand pitchers Travis Wood, Jonathan Sanchez and infielder Ryan Roberts, and catchers John Baker and Eli Whiteside.
The Nationals also stepped into the action on Friday making seven signings of their own, including infielders Jamey Carroll and Mike Fontenot, as well as catcher Chris Snyder.
Also, two veteran third baseman signed minor league deals on Friday, Ty Wigginton joined the Miami Marlins, while Chone Figgins joined the Dodgers. Both players were invited to spring training. And finally, speaking of third basemen, the Chicago White Sox agreed to a multi-year contract extension with manager Robin Ventura.
This complete’s our hot stove update for the week. Stay tuned to MLB Insiders for more up to date articles on player movement and rumors around baseball!