December 24, 2013 |
On his 39th birthday, Jamey Wright landed a long-awaited major league contract. The Dodgers officially announced Tuesday their one-year deals with Wright and Chris Perez, a former All-Star closer with the Cleveland Indians. By signing Wright to a guaranteed contract, the Dodgers ended one of baseball's most remarkable streaks. In each of the last eight seasons, Wright went into spring training on a minor league contract and pitched his way on to the opening-day roster, including with the Dodgers in 2012.
December 23, 2013 |
The Dodgers are closing in on a one-year contract with former All-Star closer Chris Perez, according to people familiar with the situation who spoke under the condition of anonymity because the deal hasn't been finalized. Financial terms of the prospective deal aren't known. Perez, 28, was an All-Star with the Cleveland Indians in 2011 and 2012 but was released Oct. 31. Perez was arrested on marijuana charges this year and lost his job as the Indians' closer. Armed with a fastball routinely clocked in the mid- to high 90s, Perez figures to be a late-inning reinforcement in a bullpen that includes closer Kenley Jansen and setup man Brian Wilson.
December 15, 2013 |
The best sports nicknames connote power, speed, bravery and even whimsy. But many fans say they see something else in some of the country's most popular team names and mascots - racism. The Oneida Indian Nation is pressuring the NFL and Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change that team's name and logo, which many Native Americans say is offensive. And thousands of baseball fans have signed an online petition asking the Cleveland Indians to retire Chief Wahoo, the team's smiling, red-faced caricature.
December 5, 2013 |
The Angels have signed veteran left-handed relief specialist Clay Rapada to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Rapada, 32, has a 4.06 earned run average in 152 big league games over seven seasons with six teams - the Chicago Cubs, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, New York Yankees and Cleveland Indians. He has held left-handers to a .164 average. Rapada spent most of 2013 in triple-A and made only four major league appearances, all with the Indians.
December 2, 2013 |
Free-agent left-hander Scott Kazmir agreed to terms on a $22-million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Monday, a person with knowledge of the negotiations said. The deal is pending a physical. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hadn't finalized the deal or formally announced interest in Kazmir. The 29-year-old Kazmir was 10-9 with a 4.04 earned-run average in 29 starts and 158 innings last season for the Cleveland Indians.
November 23, 2013 |
The Angels bolstered their bullpen Saturday night, agreeing to terms with former Cleveland Indians setup man Joe Smith on a three-year deal for about $15 million. The signing, confirmed by a person familiar with negotiations but not authorized to speak publicly about them, is not expected to be announced until Smith passes a physical. Smith, who turns 30 in March, has been one of the American League's most durable and dependable relievers for the last three seasons, compiling a 16-9 record and 2.42 earned-run average in 197 innings over 213 appearances.