Week In Review: 1/1/12 – 1/7/12

Lots of transactions this week… let's run down the major ones along with the week's top rumors here:

  • The Angels and Howie Kendrick agreed to terms on a four-year contract extension worth $33.5MM that will buy out his final arbitration year and three free agent seasons. The Halos also inked Jorge Cantu to a minor league deal.
  • The A's signed Coco Crisp to a two-year deal that will pay the center fielder $6MM in 2012, $7MM in 2013, and carries a $7.5MM club option with a $1MM buyout for 2014.
  • Jason Frasor's tenure with the White Sox didn't last long; the South Siders dealt him back to the team they acquired him from this past summer — the Blue Jays – in exchange for two minor league pitchers.
  • The Padres dealt with their first base surplus this week by trading Anthony Rizzo (along with Zach Cates) to the Cubs in exchange for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo had previously been one of the key components to San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez trade.
  • The Marlins took on one of the game's biggest loose cannons when they acquired Carlos Zambrano for Chris Volstad. The Cubs will pay all but $2.5MM of the $18MM owed to Zambrano. Miami also signed Greg Dobbs to a two-year deal worth $3MM.
  • Speaking of nearly untradeable Cubs, the Orioles discussed a potential acquisition of Alfonso Soriano from Chicago earlier this week. Multiple teams have inquired on Soriano apparently, though the Cubs would need to eat an immense amount of salary.
  • The Mariners signed Hisashi Iwakuma to a mere one-year, $1.5MM contract that includes $3.4MM in incentives. Iwakuma turned down signficantly more on a multiyear deal with the A's through the posting system following the 2010 season.
  • Iwakuma wasn't Seattle's only Japanese signing though; the Mariners also agreed to sign infielder Munenori Kawasaki to a minor league contract. Like Iwakuma, Kawasaki was a free agent and exempt from the posting system.
  • The Yankees, meanwhile, failed to reach an agreement with Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima. The Bombers wanted Nakajima in a utility role, while he was a star with the Seibu Lions.
  • The Cubs agreed to extend their relationship with Reed Johnson, coming to terms on a one-year deal worth $1.15MM for the outfielder.
  • The Mets made a pair of similar one-year signings (price-wise), picking up Ronny Cedeno for $1.2MM and re-signing Scott Hairston to a $1.1MM deal.
  • There were several major league deals given out to relievers this week, starting with the Rays' addition of Fernando Rodney on a one-year deal worth $2MM. Rodney will earn $1.75MM this season with a $250K buyout on a $2.5MM club option for 2013.
  • The Blue Jays signed Darren Oliver to a one-year deal that will pay the veteran southpaw $4MM.
  • The Dodgers signed Mike MacDougal to a one-year deal that will pay the 34-year-old $1MM and contains a club option for the 2013 season.
  • The Nationals, who will be receiving a tremendous increase in their TV revenues, may have emerged as the favorites to land Prince Fielder. Doing so would likely mean they'd have to find a new home for Adam LaRoche.
  • Scott Boras is said to be seeking five years for his other big ticket free agent, Edwin Jackson. Early in the offseason, Boras was reportedly seeking A.J. Burnett/John Lackey money (five years, $82.5MM).
  • Tigers righty Rick Porcello has opted out of his contract and become arbitration-eligible. He signed a four-year Major League deal out of the draft and exercised his opt-out clause, which will allow him to earn more via the arbitration process.
  • Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence while his wife battles with cancer. Keep he and his family in your thoughts.
  • After a 17-year Major League career spent entirely with the Yankees, Jorge Posada will announce his retirement in the coming weeks. After all is said and done, Posada will finish with a career triple slash line of .273/.374/.474 to go along with 275 homers.

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3 Comments on "Week In Review: 1/1/12 – 1/7/12"

3 years 8 months ago

Edwin Jackson is pretty solid but that about it. Good numbers for a #3 man in most rotations. Boras’ asking price is too high IMO.

Matt Talken
3 years 8 months ago

I hate to be the grammar jerk on this, but on the Duncan line, it should be “Keep HIM and his family in your thoughts.”  It’s the object of the sentence, not the subject (which is an implied “you”, since it’s an imperative sentence.  

On another note:  I’m curious to see how the Cubs rebuild this roster.  As a Cardinals fan, I picked on all my Cub fan friends (I live in Central IL, very divided territory between the two) about how awful that contract would look in the last few years, and we’re there now.

They seem to be making some good small acquisitions, like Sonnanstine and resigning Johnson, that could keep the team playing at least at a bad MLB-level (as opposed to the Pirates many of the recent years, which pretty much threw out a AAA team), but they’ve obviously got to figure out where their main production is going to come from in a couple years in order to really get this team competing for the NL Central crown again.

Of course as a Cardinals fan, I’m perfectly fine if they don’t necessarily do that and continue to be bad, but either way, it’s a point of interest for me this off-season (and probably next).

J. C. Hahne
3 years 8 months ago

Boras would be an idiot to compare Jackson to Lackey and/or Burnett as those 2 bums are 2 of the worst deals around…