Saturday, December 12, 2009

A Couple of Signings

-- Ronny Cedeno avoided arbitration and inked a one-year deal worth $1.125M with the Bucs.

-- Bobby Crosby passed his physical and is now officially a Pirate.

-- Robby Diaz was signed as a minor league free agent by Detroit this week. He's considered catching insurance for the Tigers, who have to decide whether Alex Avila is better suited for a backup MLB role or everyday minor league duty, according to Steve Kornacki of MLive. Gerald Laird is Motown's regular backstop, and is a free agent after the season.

It was rumored that the Tigers were trying to deal for him in August; Neal Huntington might have missed the boat on that one.

-- Jesse Chavez has been traded again, this time from Tampa Bay to the Atlanta Braves in a deal for reliever Rafael Soriano. Hope he didn't sign a lease in Florida yet. Pat Lackey at WHYGAVS has an insightful post on the economics of the Jesse Chavez Circle.

-- Tom Gorzelanny was tendered by the Cubs, posts Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, so he remains their property in 2010.

-- Juan C. Rodriguez of Marlins Beat tweets that Ronny Paulino signed a one-year deal with the Fish for $1.1M.

-- Jason Kendall signed with KC for a deal that will earn him $2.25M in 2010 and $3.75M in 2011, with another $250K in incentives, tweets Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. It's the same two year, $6M contract Pudge Rodriguez received.

-- 28 year-old Chris Duffy signed a minor league contract with the Phillies.

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