CHICAGO (AP) -- A person familiar with the situation says the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a one-year contract with reliever Wesley Wright.
The Colorado Rockies already have their replacement for Dexter Fowler, who patrolled center field at cavernous center field for the last six seasons: Gold Glove left fielder Carlos Gonzalez. ''CarGo has played all three spots in the past and that's the plan right now, to move him over to center,'' general manager Bill Geivett said Wednesday. The Rockies traded Fowler to the Houston Astros on Tuesday for two unproven players, 23-year-old right-handed pitcher Jordan Lyles and 27-year-old outfielder Brandon Barnes.
Once Ryan Vogelsong got over the hurt and frustration that followed when the Giants declined his option last month, the pitcher realized he still wanted to stay put in San Francisco. Vogelsong is right back where he wanted to be all along, with the ability to still do nearly as well financially, too. He finalized his $5 million, one-year contract with the Giants on Wednesday after passing his physical - a month after the club didn't pick up his $6.5 million contract option for 2014. San Francisco owed him a $300,000 buyout.
The Rockies and free-agent first baseman Justin Morneau continued work Wednesday toward what is likely to be a two-year, $12.5 million contract with a mutual 2016 option, but it's unlikely there will be an announcement until next week.
Fans have grown accustomed to the excitement Reds closer Aroldis Chapman brings when he emerges from the bullpen to lock down a game. On Wednesday, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty indicated that Chapman would likely remain the Reds' closer in 2014. There had been speculation again over whether Chapman could move into the rotation.
The inevitable agreement between the Giants and Ryan Vogelsong became official when the club signed the right-hander to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
The Brewers agreed to terms on 2014 contracts with 40-man roster pitchers Donovan Hand and Michael Olmsted, and also dipped into the Minor League free-agent market for the first time.
With a two-year, $20 million contract, plus a club option for a third season, Joe Nathan becomes the veteran closer the Tigers hope will help bolster their next run at a World Series title.
Jacoby Ellsbury went to the New York Yankees. Jarrod Saltalamacchia is gone, too. The Boston Red Sox began rebuilding for their World Series title defense Wednesday when they signed free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract. ''It's not every day you get a chance to play for the defending World Series champions.
Joe Nathan expects to fit in just fine in Detroit - and now the Tigers don't have to face the closer who has dominated them more than perhaps any other in baseball. Nathan agreed with Detroit on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, enabling the Tigers to accomplish one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of the game's most accomplished closers to the bullpen. The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-handed starter Doug Fister to Washington. It's been a busy offseason already for Detroit, which traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler in a move that, coupled with the trade of Fister, gave the Tigers more financial flexibility.
If those independent league road trips weren't humbling enough for Scott Kazmir, starting over from square one with his delivery and mechanics sure did the trick. As Kazmir looks back a couple of years now, a fresh $22 million, two-year contract with the Oakland Athletics in hand, that challenging time in his baseball career is all worthwhile. A's general manager Billy Beane, who also made three trades in the past three days to build his 2014 roster, isn't ready to pencil Kazmir into a particular spot in the club's young rotation.
For veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, choosing the Boston Red Sox over the other teams who pursued him was one of the easiest decisions of his career. After all, only one team won the World Series last season.
Edwin Encarnacion was the big winner as the Blue Jays' annual award winners were named, with the veteran first baseman earning Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive year.
While reports persist that the Mariners are aggressively in pursuit of free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, those rumors aren't coming from the club or general manager Jack Zduriencik.
Left-hander Scott Kazmir, who's two-year, $22 million free-agent deal with the A's was made official on Wednesday, chose to come to Oakland because of the club's recent success and its pitcher-friendly ballpark.
No one has doubted that Robinson Cano will be paid handsomely, one way or another, but the team name in the upper left-hand corner of those future paychecks suddenly appears much blurrier.
Paul Konerko, the veteran slugger and team captain who didn't want his career to end on such a sour note, is returning to the Chicago White Sox for another season. The 37-year-old Konerko will receive $1.5 million in 2014 and $1 million in 2021 under the deal. The White Sox won just 63 games last season after finishing second in the AL Central the previous year, and Konerko struggled in a big way. Even so, the White Sox had said they would have a spot for Konerko if he wanted to return, and he's coming back in a more limited role.