LaRoche takes over at first for Nats
Washington agrees with former D-back on two-year deal
The Nationals agreed to terms with Adam LaRoche on a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2013. Last year with the Diamondbacks, LaRoche hit 25 home runs and drove in 100 runs. Just as importantly, he has a strong defensive reputation at first base.
"You have a lot of confidence with every throw that's going over there," former Nationals closer Matt Capps, a teammate of LaRoche's in Pittsburgh, told the The Washington Post. "You can throw it 10 feet short, 10 inches short, 20 feet short, he's going to pick it every time. That's another good sign for Washington."
"He'll fit in great in the clubhouse," Capps said. "If you can't get along with Adam LaRoche, you probably don't have a heartbeat. He plays hard and gives everything he has every night. What you see is what you get."
Gregg sees himself as closer: Kevin Gregg would like to be the Orioles' closer.
"I had 37 saves in this division last year. I have shown I can do it. I have averaged 30 saves in the last four years. I love doing it, but we'll see when the season begins," Gregg told the Baltimore Sun.
Chapman likely targeted for bullpen: The Reds are leaning toward using Aroldis Chapman out of the bullpen in 2011.
"He's capable of filling a lot of roles," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "He can set up. He can go more than one inning. He's very versatile. He can help us a lot."
Adam Jones likes addition of Derrek Lee: Adam Jones is excited to have Derrek Lee on board in Baltimore for 2011, noting Lee's strong clubhouse presence.
"He's a great dude," Jones told the Baltimore Sun. "I think he's going to come fit in and add that leadership. He's going to take this team where it needs to go. That was a real good move. He's one of the first guys I thought of [earlier this offseason]."
Feliciano joins Yankees with two-year deal: The Yankees officially announced Pedro Feliciano's signing on Monday. Feliciano, who agreed to a two-year deal with a club option for a third year, pitched for the Mets last season.
"He's a lefthander who can get left-handed hitters out," general manager Brian Cashman told the New York Daily News. "And he can pitch in New York. Those are two things that made him attractive to us."
Feliciano has held left-handed hitters to a .214 batting average during his career, including a .211 average last season.
Hawpe joins Padres, returns to first base: The Padres have found their new first baseman, signing Brad Hawpe to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2011.
"I can't wait to get back to first. I was hoping for a team to offer me a chance to play first," Hawpe told the San Diego Union-Tribune.
Hawpe has a career .279 average with 120 homers and 471 RBIs in 831 games. He has a career .373 on-base percentage. From 2006 through 2009, Hawpe averaged 24 homers and 94 RBIs for the Rockies.
Webb, Rhodes are Rangers' latest additions: The Texas Rangers added two pitchers to the staff, signing Brandon Webb and Arthur Rhodes. Webb signed a one-year deal while Rhodes agreed to a one-year contract with a vesting club option for 2012.
Webb, the National League Cy Young Award winner in 2006, has not pitched since Opening Day in 2009 due to right shoulder and arm injuries. But Webb expects to be 100 percent when Spring Training begins on Feb. 17.
"Coming into Spring Training, healthy or not, it takes people a few weeks to get their feet wet," Webb told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I feel like I should be right there with the other guys. A few days with the guys, I should be rolling."
Rhodes, who was born and raised in Waco, Texas, said the ability to play close to his hometown led him to sign with the Rangers. In 2010 -- his 19th Major League season -- the reliever appeared in his first All-Star Game at age 40.
Michael Young could get another new look: Michael Young is willing to switch positions for the third time in his career if Adrian Beltre signs to become the Rangers' third baseman.
"My motivation is to play for a winning team and to be extremely productive, and I want to do that with the Rangers," Young told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "If I've got to get the majority of my 700 plate appearances as a DH, that's what I've got to do.
"In a role that he [Rangers general manager Jon Daniels] described to me, they'd be trying to get me on the field as much as possible. So, we'll see where that takes us."
Hermida could find a roster spot with Reds: With the signing of Jeremy Hermida to a Minor League deal, the Reds believe they have a player who has a good chance at making the club.
"We liked him a lot in the past, and we're giving him an opportunity to see what he can do to make the club," Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. "Maybe playing in our ballpark will make a difference for him. There's not a lot of risk and a chance for good upside."
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