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MLB Shuffle – Free Agent Frenzy Begins

Jayson Werth leads the free agent Class of 2011. What is he worth - and to whom?

Which destination will be "Mannywood-adjacent" for 2011?

The World Series has ended. 2010 is officially in the books. The Giants are champs and aside from some award nominations for MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, all MLB franchises have turned their eye to 2011. Who’s going to be on the Free Agent market? What prospects should be on the 40-man roster? Who do we invite to Spring Training? The offseason as it used to be is no longer any sort of a Hot Stove ice fishing trip for MLB owners to discuss trades and deals. Baseball is a 12-month calendar which ends with the World Series and re-sets itself the following day.

Carl Crawford was an original Tampa Bay [Devil} Ray but now leaves for GREEN-er pastures

Thanks to the invasion of agents and contract negotiations and admittedly the media even the integrity of the locker room has been affected. Free agents-to-be are pressed by the media as to their preferred destination, their allegiance to the team or other ways to draw the focus away from the enjoyment of the postseason games on the field. Managers, coaches and players alike are not supposed to negotiate contracts until five days after the World Series has concluded but we all know that this happens behind the scenes. Moribund teams start scoping out managerial candidates sometime between the All-Star Break and the September 1 roster expansion – knowing that they can’t make an official offer for another 4-6 weeks. Teammates who are planning to test the free agent market still have to play out the string with their teammates but even in the postseason, one wonders how split their focus may be. Are they worried about avoiding injury or winning the game? It’s tantamount to that awkward time when your  soon-to-be ex-wife is divorcing you but hasn’t moved out yet because she’s still looking for a new place and it’s not the end of the month yet. So you’re sleeping on the couch while she’s going out with her friends and staying out until all hours and parading firemen or GQ Models in front of you  while you sit alone and catch up on the third season of “Lost.” You want to press the fast forward button to get it over with but find yourself answering the door to meet the Ab-Crucher who’s arrived to date your Ex.

Can Beltre finally find a home? Dodgers, Mariners, Red Sox... who's next?

We can speculate for some time about the bevy of team-swapping free agents who will hit the market and the law of averages would suggest the we could be right about half the time. Baseball GMs and player agents do a lot of this too but they call it “market research.” Essentially it is predicting the market, identifying areas of need by team and determining where the best match may be. So call it a game or consider this your test to be a Major League Baseball General Manager or a professional agent. Are you the next Scott Boras or Billy Beane?

Predict where the following free agents will wind up. I’ve offered my opinions but I invite you to challenge me. For more fun, suggest terms of the contracts for Jayson Werth, Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, Adam Dunn, and Derek Jeter. My picks are below so you can make yours and then scroll down to see how we compare. Should Carl Crawford stay in Tampa or move within the AL East? Where is Adam Dunn headed? Who will win the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes THIS year?

Will Jose Bautista have support in the Toronto lineup or will it be another lean year?

Feel free to add your suggestions for your favorite free agent that you think your team needs. Good luck!

Jayson Werth

Cliff Lee

Carl Crawford

Adam Dunn

Derek Jeter

Rafael Soriano

Adrian Beltre

Javier Vasquez

Manny Ramirez

Victor Martinez

My picks below…


Jayson Werth – Boston Red Sox, 5/$90MM = /$18 PER YEAR

Cliff Lee – New York Yankees, 6/$140MM = /$23 PER YEAR

Carl Crawford – NY Yankees, 6/$95MM

Adam Dunn – Chicago White Sox, 3/$50MM

Derek Jeter – NY Yankees, 3/$68MM – RE-SIGNS

Rafael Soriano – Atlanta Braves 3/$40MM

Adrian Beltre – Boston Red Sox 3/$40MM

Javier Vazquez -Chicago Cubs 4/$50MM

Manny Ramirez – Toronto Blue Jays 1/$15MM

Victor Martinez – Texas Rangers 1/$10MM

We’re also interested to hear what you think will happen to big name players heading into the final year of their contract.  Which team is the best fit for Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, Zack Greinke & Heath Bell to be traded to – or should their existing teams lock them up for the long haul? Is Cliff Lee going to be a Yankee? Will Jhonny Peralta’s  new deal with the Tigers be Detroit’s only free agent signing? Now that Dan Uggla has snubbed the Florida Marlins offer, where will he go? What about your team’s biggest needs and who would you like to sign if you were GM for a day?


All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman would like to pitch in 2011 if he can find a closer spot.

Hoffman reached 600 saves last season while with the Brewers, but only closed sporadically down the stretch. Finding a team willing to take a chance that Hoffman still has something in the tank could be tough as there are a number of potential closers fighting for jobs next season, including J.J. Putz, Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood, Kevin Gregg, Jon Rauch, and Koji Uehara.’s Ken Rosenthal reports that Bronson Arroyo’s extension could get completed this week and be for two years.

Including the option that was picked up on Thursday, the three-year total of the deal could be worth $36-$39 million. As had already been reported on, this extension has been in the works since early October, as GM Walt Jocketty indicated during the playoffs. The amount sounds in line with what Arroyo has been earning the past couple of seasons.

The Red Sox have reached out to agent Scott Boras to express their interest in free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth, reported on Monday.

The exclusive window for free agents to negotiate with the clubs they finished the previous season with ended on Sunday, so clubs can now reach out to any free agent. Negotiations for Werth are expected to be a drawn-out process, considering the money he’ll land and the track record of the agent representing him. Werth hit .296 with 27 homers and 85 RBIs in 156 games last season. From 2008-10, he’s hit .279 with 29 homers and 84 RBIs.

Second baseman Dan Uggla reportedly was offered a four-year, $48 million contract extension from the Marlins and turned it down. reported late Sunday night that the Marlins were “stunned” by the rejection of the offer. As the site pointed out, Uggla has been hitting home runs at a historic rate for a player at his position, with a Major League record of four seasons of 30 or more. Also, Uggla’s power numbers stack up with free-agent outfielder Jayson Werth, most recently of the Philadelphia Phillies, who is looking for a bigger contract than the relatively comparable Uggla. Stay tuned.

On the first day of open negotiations for players who became free agents at the conclusion of the World Series, New York officials placed a call to the agent for left-hander Cliff Lee.

Lee is generally perceived as the Yankees’ top priority among the 166 free agents, after the 32-year-old veteran had gone 12-9 with a 3.18 ERA in a season he split between the Mariners and the American League champion Rangers.

The Tigers have agreed to terms with shortstop Jhonny Peralta on a two-year contract, reportedly for $11.25 million over two years.

The deal reportedly includes a club option for a buyout. Peralta will still get a sizable raise from his previous deal. He’ll make $5.25 million next season and $5.5 million in 2012, after which the Tigers will either pick up his $6 million option or buy him out for $500,000. Over 217 at-bats last season with the Tigers, Peralta hit .253 with eight homers, 38 RBIs and a .396 slugging.

The Indians outrighted infielder Andy Marte to the Minors.

Marte’s tenure with the Tribe saw him either playing infrequently or producing inconsistently. In 277 games with the Indians over the past five years, the former top prospect hit a combined .224 with a .650 OPS, 20 homers and 92 RBIs in 781 at-bats.

Outfielder Scott Podsednik on Thursday declined a mutual option for 2011 and became a free agent.

An eight-year veteran, Podsednik hit .262 with a home run and seven RBIs in 39 games after being acquired for Lucas May and Jesus Pimental. But he missed the last three weeks of the season with plantar fasciitis of his left foot, which did not require surgery. While healthy, Podsednik took over left field before and after Manny Ramirez’s departure to the White Sox and also served as the leadoff hitter before and after shortstop Rafael Furcal returned from the disabled list. In 134 combined games, he batted .297 with 35 steals, 63 runs, six home runs and 51 RBIs.

The Giants declined to pick up the $10.5 million option on Edgar Renteria’s 2011 contract on Thursday, making the shortstop a free agent.

Renteria, 35, played a career-low 72 games this season while thrice going on the disabled list with different injuries each time (groin, hamstring, biceps). He started only 62 games at shortstop, compared with Juan Uribe’s 96. Renteria’s fluctuating health has led him to contemplate retirement. The five-time All-Star said Wednesday that he’s still weighing the issue.

On Thursday, Toronto declined to pick up the club options included in Gregg’s contract, sending him to the pool of this offseason’s free-agent class.

Parting ways with Gregg removes a veteran arm from the back end of the Blue Jays’ bullpen, which also could lose both Scott Downs and Jason Frasor this offseason. This past season, Gregg established a career best with 37 saves in his first tour with Toronto, which brought him in on a one-year, $2 million contract last winter. The 6-foot-6 righty posted a 3.51 ERA over 63 games, striking out 58 and walking 30 over 59 innings. It marked Gregg’s first 30-save season since he collected 32 in 2007 with the Marlins.

The Blue Jays acquired catcher Miguel Olivo from Colorado on Thursday, then declined his contract option for 2011.

Toronto will now likely offer Olivo arbitration. If he declines that offer and signs with another team, the Blue Jays would receive a draft pick as compensation.

The Nationals gave reliever Tyler Walker his unconditional release on Friday.

Walker pitched in 24 games and had a 3.57 ERA for Washington in 2010, but the right-hander missed the second half of the season because of surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder. Walker said he most likely would not be ready to pitch until the end of Spring Training.

The Dodgers and outfielder Jay Gibbons agreed to terms on a one-year contract Thursday.

Gibbons was planning to be a volunteer high school assistant coach in 2010 when the Dodgers called with a Minor League job and no invitation to Major League camp. Gibbons took it, hit .347 with 19 home runs and earned his way back to the Major Leagues. He hit .280 with five home runs and 17 RBIs for the Dodgers in 2010.

The Red Sox announced on Thursday that they plan to exercise their $12.5 million option on designated hitter David Ortiz

Ortiz has said in several interviews in recent months that a multiyear extension would be more to his liking than the one-year option. The sides have had at least some discussions this week, so it’s still possible an extension could be reached over a more relaxed time frame this offseason. Ortiz’s 2010 season was his most productive in just about every category since 2007, as he hit .270 with 32 homers, 102 RBIs and an .899 OPS. He turns 35 in two weeks.

Left-hander Wil Ledezma will return to the Pirates in 2011 after agreeing to a one-year contract on Wednesday.

The signing suggests that the organization sees Ledezma as part of its 2011 bullpen, which has a number of vacancies to fill this offseason. Ledezma began the 2010 season in Triple-A, where he remained until being called up to Pittsburgh in late July. He allowed 25 hits and 15 earned runs in 19 2/3 innings with the Pirates.
  • Willy Aybar (U)
  • Nov 04 2010, 03:39 pm ET
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  • The Rays declined their option on utility man Willy Aybar on Wednesday.

    Aybar appeared in 100 games in 2010 and hit .230 with six home runs and 43 RBIs. He has spent three seasons with the Rays, compiling a .246 batting average with 28 homers and 117 RBIs.

    The Rays have declined their options for 2011 on right-hander Dan Wheeler.

    Wheeler, 32, is a veteran of 11 Major League seasons. In 2010, he went 2-4 with three saves and a 3.35 ERA in 64 games. Since 2005, his 419 appearances are tied for third-most in the Major Leagues.

    The Rockies will not pick up one-time ace left-hander Jeff Francis’ 2011 option after seeing him battle health problems for the last three years.

    General manager Dan O’Dowd said the Rockies still hope to re-sign Francis under a contract that protects them if he continues to struggle. From his first full season in 2005 through ’07, Francis went 44-32 with a 4.65 ERA in 99 starts. That included a 17-9, 4.22 regular season in ’07 that he followed with two playoff wins while leading the club to the World Series. Since then, however, he is 8-16 with a 5.01 ERA in 44 games, including 43 starts. He missed all of 2009 because of shoulder surgery, and parts of ’08 and ’10 with shoulder problems.

    The Padres on Wednesday declined the 2011 club option on right-handed pitcher Chris Young, who has won 33 games for them since ’06.

    Young, 31, was 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA in four starts last season, including 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts in September. He missed most of the season with a strained right shoulder. San Diego general manager Jed Hoyer said last month that he wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Young returning in 2011 on a lesser deal. Young was 33-25 with a 3.60 ERA in 97 starts for the Padres over the past five seasons.

    Aramis Ramirez has reportedly exercised his $14.6 million option for next year.

    The third baseman batted .241 with 21 doubles, 25 homers and 83 RBIs in an injury-filled 2010 season, hitting just .162 in the first two months of the year. It’s the second straight year and third time in the past six seasons that Ramirez hasn’t reached 100 RBIs.

    The Rangers declined their $9 million option on designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, making him a free agent.

    The Rangers would still like to re-sign Guerrero and he has an expressed an interest in returning to Texas. Guerrero hit .300 with 29 home runs and a club-leading 115 RBIs during the regular season. That included an on-base percentage of .345 and a slugging percentage of .496, and he was selected to his ninth All-Star Game.

    The Mets on Wednesday exercised their $11 million 2011 option on shortstop Jose Reyes’ contract.

    Reyes, 27, hit .282 this year with 11 home runs and 30 stolen bases in a season marred by multiple injuries. Missing the beginning of the season due to a thyroid imbalance, Reyes also sat out two extended periods later in the summer with a right oblique strain. He’ll once again be one of the Top 5 fantasy shortstops heading into next season.

    Third baseman Adrian Beltre officially informed the Red Sox on Wednesday that he declined his $10 million player option and will be come a free agent.

    The Red Sox have interest in bringing Beltre back, and the player thrived during his one season in Boston. Though the Red Sox have exclusive negotiating rights with Beltre until Saturday, he is all but sure to test the open market. Beltre hit .321 with 49 doubles, 28 homers and 102 RBIs in 2010.

    On Wednesday, the A’s declined their $12.5 million option on third baseman Eric Chavez.

    The A’s instead bought out Chavez’s option for $3 million. The news, though expected, officially represents the end of a 13-year career with the A’s — marking his entire professional career, a total surpassed only by Rickey Henderson’s 14 years. The 32-year-old third baseman had each of his past four seasons end early with injuries, the most recent limiting him to just 33 games due to neck spasms.

    The A’s on Wednesday exercised the 2011 club options for a pair of prominent players, retaining veterans Mark Ellis and Coco Crisp for the coming season.

    Ellis’ option was for $6 million, while Crisp’s was worth $5.75 million. Ellis led the A’s in batting for the second time in the past six seasons, compiling a .291 average through 124 games while flashing a stellar glove, committing just three errors in 116 games. Crisp posted some of the best numbers on the team, hitting .279 with eight home runs, 38 RBIs and a career-high 32 stolen bases in 75 games. He gives the A’s a strong leadoff threat, as well as an above-average defensive glove in the outfield.

    With two days of organizational meetings complete, the Yankees are prepared to begin their pursuit of free-agent left-hander Cliff Lee.

    The Yankees’ top brass spent Monday and Tuesday huddling at the club’s complex in Tampa, Fla., to prioritize their winter planning. New York’s top priority from outside the organization is Lee, an official familiar with the meetings has told The Associated Press. Yankees managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner conducted a pair of New York radio interviews on Tuesday, and while he declined to address Lee by name, Steinbrenner said that the Yankees would be ready to spend. Lee was 2-0 against the Yankees for the Phillies in the 2009 World Series and beat New York for the Rangers in this year’s AL Championship Series before losing both starts he made against the Giants in this year’s World Series, his first career postseason losses.

    The Padres exercised a club option worth $6.2 million to keep Adrian Gonzalez in the fold for the 2011 season on Tuesday.

    Gonzalez has had at least 30 home runs and 99 RBIs in each of the last four seasons, and he led the Padres in doubles (33), RBIs (101), runs (87) and walks (93) last season. Gonzalez batted third nearly all season and also paced San Diego hitters in on-base (.393) and slugging percentage (.511). Gonzalez, the first overall pick in the 2000 First-Year Player Draft, has already set a franchise record with four 30-homer seasons, and his three 100-RBI campaigns is tied for the most in team history.

    Reliever Scott Proctor agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves on Tuesday.

    Proctor will return to the Braves next year with the hope that he can regain his status as one of the game’s most reliable middle relievers. The 33-year-old right-hander spent most of this season with Triple-A Gwinnett, struggling with his attempted return from Tommy John surgery.

    The Braves announced on Tuesday that they have exercised their $2.5 million option on infielder Omar Infante.

    Infante entered this season regarded as a valuable utility man and exited it as one of the most valuable members of manager Bobby Cox’s last Braves club. The versatile Venezuelan ranked third among qualified National League players with a .321 batting average, played five different positions and made at least 12 starts at three different positions. When Phillies manager Charlie Manuel opted to add a utility man to his National League roster in July, Infante was provided a surprising All-Star selection. The 28-year-old infielder has hit a Major League-best .352 with runners in scoring position since the start of the 2007 season.

    The Braves announced on Tuesday that they have exercised the $2.5 million options for shortstop Alex Gonzalez

    Gonzalez hit .250 and matched a career-high 23 homers while playing for the Blue Jays and Braves this past season. The 33-year-old shortstop’s offensive production dropped significantly after he was acquired during the All-Star break in a five-player trade that sent Yunel Escobar to Toronto. During his 72 games with the Braves, Gonzalez hit .240 with six homers and a.676 OPS. But the veteran shortstop provided solid defense and clutch hits down the stretch. He hit a walk-off homer during a Sept. 11 win over the Cardinals and delivered the game-tying eighth-inning double off Brian Wilson in the Game 2 win over the Giants in the National League Division Series
  • Jhonny Peralta (3B)
  • Nov 02 2010, 11:32 am ET
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  • The Tigers announced on Tuesday that the club has declined the option of Jhonny Peralta for the 2011 season.

    This was a given, as Peralta’s option was for $7 million. The Tigers would like to bring back Peralta at a lesser cost. Peralta hit .249 with 15 home runs and 81 RBI between the Indians and Tigers this past season.

    After Monday night’s series loss to the Giants, free-agent-to-be Cliff Lee indicated that he would like to return to the Rangers next season.

    Lee is eligible to be a free agent and will be in five days. Under the amended provisions of the Basic Agreement, all players eligible to become free agents were declared so immediately after the conclusion of the World Series, and clubs have an exclusive five-day window to negotiate with their own free agents. After that, any player can negotiate with any club. Lee will be the premium free-agent pitcher on the market. He was 48-25 with a 2.98 ERA over the past three seasons, and he helped pitch his team to the World Series in each of the past two seasons. He didn’t pitch well in the World Series, losing twice to the Giants, but still has a 7-2 record with a 2.13 ERA in 10 career postseason starts.

    The Twins declined infielder Nick Punto’s $5 million club option, making him eligible to become a free agent.

    Punto, who made $4 million in each of the last two seasons, played in 88 games for the Twins in 2010. He batted .238 with 11 doubles, one triple, one home run and 20 RBIs, but he went on the disabled list twice with a strained left hamstring.

    The Twins announced that they had exercised Jason Kubel’s $5.25 million club option for next season.

    Kubel is coming off a slightly disappointing season, hitting .249 with 21 home runs and 92 RBIs in 143 games for the Twins in 2010, but the 28-year-old still finished second on the team in RBIs. After starting last season as Minnesota’s everyday designated hitter, Kubel spent nearly the entire second half playing in right field. He was used almost exclusively in the outfield after Michael Cuddyer shifted to first base in the absence of Justin Morneau, who suffered a season-ending concussion on July 7.

    David Ortiz uncertain status for 2011 and beyond wascleared up this week, as the Red Sox picked up his $12.5 million option on Ortiz for next season.

    The designated hitter maintains what he had said throughout the 2010 season — he would like a little more security than just the one-year option. Ortiz is still miffed at all the media scrutiny he took after producing a poor April for a second straight season. But for the second year running, he responded to the slow start in dramatic fashion. Ortiz finished 2010 with a .270 average, 32 homers, 102 RBIs, a .529 slugging percentage and an OPS of .899. In virtually every production category, Ortiz’s ’10 season represented his best statistical output since ’07.

    Right-handers Anthony Reyes and Hector Ambriz and catchers Chris Gimenez were all outrighted to Triple-A Columbus by the Indians on Monday.

    Reyes and Gimenez have the option of becoming free agents, if they so desire. Reyes, who would have been arbitration-eligible, had he remained on the roster, hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since May 2009. He had Tommy John surgery last summer and is still working on his mechanics. He is 13-26 with a 5.12 ERA in his Major League career. Ambriz, a Rule 5 Draft pickup who stuck with the Tribe for the length of the 2010 season and therefore did not have to be offered back to the D-backs, had Tommy John surgery performed on his right elbow in September and won’t be an option next year. Ambriz was 0-2 with a 5.59 ERA in 34 appearances in his rookie year.

    The Indians removed catcher Luke Carlin from the 40-man roster by outrighting him to Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday.

    Carlin joined the organization in August, when there was an emergency need for catching depth. He was a September callup and went 5-for-14 with two homers in six games for the Tribe. Carlin’s Major League career has seen him appear in 52 games for the Padres, D-backs and Indians. He is eligible to elect free agency.

    The Blue Jays answered one of the questions about their catching situation on Wednesday afternoon, choosing to keep veteran catcher Jose Molina in the fold for the 2011 season.

    Toronto exercised the $1.2 million club option included in Molina’s contract, retaining the catcher for one more year. The Blue Jays also have highly touted catching prospect J.P. Arencibia in the picture, as well as an upcoming free agent in All-Star catcher John Buck.

    The Yankees announced that they have declined to exercise their 2011 options on Nick Johnson and Kerry Wood, permitting them to file for free agency.

    Johnson, 32, was limited to just 24 games due to injury after signing as a free agent, batting .167 with two home runs and eight RBIs. He had a mutual option for 2011 worth $5.5 million and instead receives a $250,000 buyout. Wood, 33, was 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA in 24 regular-season relief appearances for New York after coming over in a July 31 trade from the Indians, posting the lowest single-season ERA in franchise history (minimum 25 innings). Wood’s mark eclipsed Goose Gossage’s 0.71 ERA from 1981. The right-hander’s 2011 option was for $11 million, a high price for the Yankees to pay Mariano Rivera’s setup man. It is possible the Yankees could attempt to re-sign Wood, though it is likely he will also field offers from teams in need of a closer.

    The Yankees announced that they have declined to exercise their 2011 option on first baseman Lance Berkman.

    Berkman, 34, was acquired from the Astros on July 31 with the understanding that his $15 million club option for next season would not be picked up, with a $2 million buyout in place instead. Berkman hit .255 with one home run and nine RBIs in 37 regular-season games for New York and said that he would prefer to play for a team where he could play first base more regularly. With Mark Teixeira in place, Berkman’s duty was largely confined to the designated-hitter role.

    The Phillies announced Thursday that veteran starter Jamie Moyer and infielder Greg Dobbs, who was eligible for salary arbitration, have become unrestricted free agents.

    Both players could return in 2011, although it is highly unlikely. The Phillies placed both players on waivers earlier this week to expedite the process for them to become free agents. Once they cleared waivers, each player filed for free agency. Moyer, who turns 48 next month, finished the season on the disabled list with an injured elbow. He is going to pitch winter ball in the Dominican Republic to see if he can pitch and possibly get a contract before Spring Training. Dobbs, who just completed the second year of a $2.5 million contract, hit a combined .284 with 19 home runs and 95 RBIs in 550 at-bats from 2007-08 as he established himself as one of the game’s top pinch-hitters. He hit a combined .221 with 10 homers and 35 RBIs in 317 at-bats the previous two seasons as his playing time dropped.

    The White Sox exercised their 2011 option for left-hander Matt Thornton on Tuesday.

    After posting a 5-4 record, 2.67 ERA and a career-high eight saves in 61 relief appearances during the 2010 season, Thornton certainly seems ready to move to the last line of White Sox pitching defense. “I’ve done everything to deserve that chance,” said Thornton, who fanned 81 over 60 2/3 innings last year. “I’ve done well in the ninth inning. In my career. I would love the opportunity to be the White Sox closer. I’ll be prepared for anything they bring my way.” Consider Tornton a sleeper closer if Chicago opts not to bring Bobby Jenks back.

    The Rockies acquired veteran right-handeed reliever Octavio Dotel from the Dodgers on Saturday for a player to be named later.

    Dotel, who has 105 career saves, has spent the majority of his career in the National League. This season, Dotel is 3-3 with a 3.99 ERA and 22 saves between Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. He went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 19 appearances for the Dodgers. To make room on the 40-man roster for Dotel, the Rockies transferred right-hander pitcher Manuel Corpas from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list.

    The Royals on Monday traded utility man Willie Bloomquist to the Reds for a player to be named later or cash considerations.

    Bloomquist is batting .265 on the year with three home runs, 17 RBIs, 31 runs scored and eight stolen bases in 72 games and boasts a .321 average since the beginning of August. The 32-year-old veteran’s biggest appeal lies in his fielding flexibility as he has played at least one game at every position except for catcher this season. He’ll add to the bench depth of a first-place Reds club that is vying for its first playoff berth in 15 years.

    The Phillies designated Nate Robertson for assignment Thursday, following his effort on Wednesday in a 10-6 victory over the Florida Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

    The Phillies had a 10-0 lead when Robertson entered the game in the eighth inning. He allowed six runs in just two-thirds of an inning, which ultimately forced manager Charlie Manuel to use Ryan Madson in the ninth inning. Robertson went 6-8 with a 5.47 ERA in 19 appearances this season with the Marlins, and 2-1 with a 9.45 ERA in six appearances with Triple-A Memphis, the Cardinals’ affiliate, before the Phillies signed him. The Phillies replaced Robertson on the 40-man roster when they claimed right-hander Cesar Carrillo off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Carrillo, who is not joining the Phillies, went 5-14 with a 5.60 ERA in 27 starts this season with Triple-A Portland.

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