Showing posts with label Signs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Signs. Show all posts

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jeff Francis signs a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds


Jeff Francis was a pitcher the Mets had on their radar, but he has decided to go to Cincinnati instead.

Free agent pitcher Jeff Francis signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, CBSSports.com insider Jon Heyman has learned.

Francis, a 31-year-old left-hander, was 6-16 with a 4.82 ERA, 1.44 WHIP and 91 strikeouts in 183 innings for the Royals last season. He was once an effective starter, but that was back in 2006-07 with the Rockies.

Not only that, but the Reds have plenty of starting pitching. Mat Latos and Johnny Cueto are the top two in the rotation, with Bronson Arroyo, Mike Leake and Homer Bailey in tow as well. Plus, left-handed fireballer Aroldis Chapman is being converted to a starter this spring as well. So even if Francis gets a nod in the rotation before long reliever Sam LeCure, he is the seventh option.

On the other hand, Latos, Cueto, Arroyo, Leake and Bailey are all right handed. If Chapman doesn't cut it as a starter, it's entirely possible Francis gets a look as the fifth starter at some point, just to have a lefty in there.

The Mets might still turn their attention to RHP Chris Young , who is coming off an arm injury.. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

Mets sign Mike Baxter to a minor League Contract


Four days after he was bounced from the Mets major-league roster, Mike Baxter agreed to a minor-league deal to remain with the club. Baxter, a 27-year-old outfielder from Whitestone, received an invitation to major-league camp.

The Mets claimed Baxter off waivers from the San Diego Padres last summer. He managed a .791 on-base plus slugging percentage during a brief call-up.

Baxter was non-tendered on Monday evening to make room on the 40-man roster for free-agent acquisition Jon Rauch. The team is still juggling pieces on its roster, as it needs to also add reliever Frank Francisco to the roster. Plus, they still have interest in finding a backup shortstop, keeping in contact with the agents for veterans Ronny Cedeno and Jack Wilson.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Grady Sizemore officially signs with Indians


The Cleveland Indians make it official and have agreed to terms with the former all-star outfielder on a one-year, incentive-based contract.

It's a deal that could work for both sides if he can stay healthy and on the field.

The Indians declined a $9 million option for 2012 last month on Sizemore, who has undergone five surgeries the past two years and has only played in 210 games the last three seasons because of injuries. Sizemore reportedly drew interest as a free agent from several other teams, but decided to come back to Cleveland.

Sizemore's base salary in 2012 will be $5-million and he can make another $4-million based on plate appearances. The deal also includes an awards package that includes $500,000 if Sizemore is selected comeback player of the year.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Oliver Perez sign with the Nationals...........


WFAN’s Jon Heyman is reporting that former Mets pitcher Oliver Perez has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.


Tuesday, Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he has no interest in the left-hander. The Yankees considered Perez, before concluding that they would be better off without him. “It’s not something that makes sense for us,” Cashman said.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Update: Castillo signs with the Phillies


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On the day he officially was eligible to sign, Castillo quickly narrowed his focus and appears poised to join the Philadelphia Phillies, according to ESPN NY.

The Phillies’ second base situation is unsettled because of All-Star Chase Utley’s knee woes.

Castillo, 35, hit .235 with no homers and 17 RBIs last season in 247 at-bats. The Mets began the process of releasing Castillo on Friday, despite owing him $6 million in the final season of a four-year, $25 million deal. Castillo’s new employer will only be responsible for the major league minimum.

Update: The Philadelphia Phillies, obviously concerned about Chase Utley’s knee problem, have signed former Mets second baseman Luis Castillo to a minor league contract, according to ESPN.com.

Utley is battling patellar tendinitis and told reporters on Sunday he is “moving in the right direction.” But the Phillies, hedging their bets on a quick return by their star, decided to add Castillo. Utley has not played in a spring training game.

According to ESPN, Mets G.M. Sandy Alderson was not shocked by the signing, telling reporters, “It wasn’t a surprise. It wasn’t unanticipated.”

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