Week In Review: 12/13/09 – 12/19/09

Let's take a look back on the week that was…

  • The biggest news of the week was, of course, the Roy Halladay-Cliff Lee blockbuster.  The four-way deal landed Doc and prospects in Philly, Lee in Seattle, a trio of youngsters (including Kyle Drabek) in Toronto, and Michael Taylor in Oakland.  Halladay also agreed to a three-year extension that will pay him $20MM annually through 2013.  The contract will not affect his 2010 salary ($15.75MM) and will include a vesting option.
  • The BoSox signed the market's top starter, John Lackey, to a five-year deal worth $82.5MM.  This matches A.J. Burnett's deal with the Yanks from a year ago and includes no incentives or bonuses.
  • Boston also took care of their vacancy in the outfield, signing Mike Cameron to a two-year deal worth approximately $15.5MM.  The soon-to-be 37-year-old is expected to be slotted in left field.
  • After Johnny Damon and the Yanks were unable to come to terms on a new deal, the club welcomed Nick Johnson back to the Bronx.  Johnson will earn $5.5MM plus incentives next season, with a $5.5 mutual option for 2011.
  • The Halos signed Hideki Matsui to a one-year pact for about $6.5MM.  The deal will pay him roughly half of the $13MM he made with the Yanks in the final year of his contract.
  • Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik turned the less-than-stellar Carlos Silva into outfielder Milton Bradley. The Cubs also receive $9MM in the transaction, but only net $5MM as Silva will earn $4MM more than Bradley over the next two seasons.
  • The trade of Mike Lowell to the Rangers was called off on Saturday as a physical revealed that the third baseman would require surgery on his right thumb.  The deal, which had been talked about for quite a while, would have sent Max Ramirez to Boston in exchange for Lowell and $9MM to help cover his $12MM salary.
  • The Dodgers shipped Juan Pierre to the White Sox, in exchange for pitchers Jon Link and John Ely.  Ned Colletti & Co. will eat $10.5MM of Pierre's contract as part of the deal.
  • The Orioles signed former Braves reliever Mike Gonzalez to a two-year deal worth $12MM guaranteed.  Since Atlanta offered the 31-year-old Type A free agent arbitration, the O's will surrender their second-round pick to them (currently #44).
  • The O's also inked Garrett Atkins to a one-year deal worth $4.5MM.  The contract has a club option for 2011 worth $8.5MM with a $500K buyout.
  • The Reds restructured Scott Rolen's contract, extending his deal through 2012.  Rolen will receive a shade under $24MM through the remainder of the pact while giving the club an additional $5MM in payroll flexibility this winter.
  • While Jason Bay's options have shrunk considerably this past week, some feel he may be hesitant to play for the Mets.
  • It sounds as though Adrian Gonzalez will be staying put- for now, at least.  Although it has been widely reported that the BoSox covet the slugger, the Padres aren't expected to move him this winter.
  • The Nats are making a run at free agent pitcher Jon Garland, who is seeking a three-year deal.  Washington, however, would prefer to limit him to two years.
  • Jamey Carroll agreed to a two-year deal with the Dodgers for just under $4MM total.  Carroll is expected to see time at multiple positions while serving as insurance for Blake DeWitt at second base.
  • Arbitration-eligible Ricky Nolasco came to terms with the Marlins on a one-year deal worth $3.8MM.  This represents a 58% pay raise for the 27-year-old.
  • Tim polished off his crystal ball and looked ahead to the free agent class of 2011.

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