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MLB News and Rumors: Benoit signs with Padres

MLB News and Rumors: Benoit signs with Padres
December 19, 2013
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With the offseason now in full spring, news will continue to become more and more frequent. In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Wednesday, December 18th.

Top Stories

  • The Indians dealt outfielder Drew Stubbs to Colorado, receiving lefty reliever Josh Outman in return. Stubbs was made expendable after the early offseason signing of outfielder David Murphy gave Cleveland five outfielders. The Indians showed interest in Outman at the 2013 trade deadline. Both Stubbs and Outman are under their respective team's control through 2015, but Outman is projected to make close to $1.5 million through arbitration, whereas Stubbs could make close to $4 million.
  • The Padres and set up man/closer Joaquin Benoit agreed to a two-year contract worth $15.5 million. Benoit is expected to take over for Luke Gregerson, who was traded to Oakland, and set up for closer Huston Street.

Other News and Notes

  • Within an hour of acquiring Stubbs, news broke that the Rockies had also completed a trade with Boston, sending infielder Jonathan Herrera to the Red Sox for pitcher Franklin Morales and Minor League pitcherChris Martin.
  • The Astros acquired corner infielder/outfielder Jesus Guzman from the Padres, in exchange for infielderRyan Jackson.
  • Jon Heyman reported that the Diamondbacks and Eric Chavez have agreed to a deal to bring the third baseman back to Arizona.
  • The Marlins agreed to a one-year Major League contract with Casey McGehee. The third baseman will receive a base salary of $1.1 million with additional incentives. McGehee played in Japan in 2013, after spending 2012 with the Pirates and Yankees.
  • The Phillies agreed to a Minor League deal with former Indians catcher Lou Marson. Philadelphia also designated catcher Sebastian Valle for assignment. Valle was once seen as one of the top Phillies prospects.
  • The Angels and Raul Ibanez agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.75 million, with incentives that could push the contract to $5 million.
  • Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported that Shin-Soo Choo turned down a seven-year, $140 million contract offer from the Yankees, even after New York had already signed Jacoby Ellsbury. According to Passan, Choo's agent Scott Boras asked for Ellsbury money (seven-years, $153 million), and the Yankees passed and signed Carlos Beltran instead.
  • Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted that the Indians have spoken with Jason Knapp. Yesterday reports surfaced that Knapp, the former top Phillies prospect who was sent to Cleveland in theCliff Lee trade, is attempting a comeback after several shoulder surgeries.
  • Ken Rosenthal reported that the Brewers are interested in Michael Young to fill their hole at first base.
  • Greg Johns of said Franklin Gutierrez had offers from other teams, including the Indians, but wanted to stay with Seattle.
  • The Cubs agreed to a Minor League deal with pitcher Jonathan Sanchez. The deal includes incentives if he makes the team and it is believed Chicago views Sanchez as a reliever.

User Comments

December 19, 2013 - 4:53 PM EST
If the Indians and Padres offered similar contracts, I think Benoit wanted to be the set up guy at pitcher friendly Petco Park. I think he did not want to be the closer in Cleveland face his former team 19 times. I agree with Hermie what the Padres did makes no sense. Unless they are planning to trade Street. Yankees still looking for closer.
December 19, 2013 - 11:10 AM EST
I don't get the Padres...

Trade away Gregerson for Seth Smith...then paying a much older reliever that much money to set up Street? Must really love Smith...who is a free agent at the end of the year and is a DH-type...

Really like the Ibanez deal for the Angels. 29 HRs while playing half his games at Safeco is impressive for anyone...let alone a 40 year old. I know he really struggled in the 2nd half but personally wonder if that wasn't partially because of having to play the OF so much. If he can DH only in LA (and don't see why he can't) then think he could be a 15-20 HR guy. Better version of Giambi.

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