MLB notebook: Buehrle, Marlins celebrate wild week

Miami Marlins newly acquired pitcher Mark Buehrle (C) wears his new Marlins hat and jersey after he...

Miami Marlins newly acquired pitcher Mark Buehrle (C) wears his new Marlins hat and jersey after he was introduced by Marlins executives at a news conference in Miami, Florida December 9, 2011. (REUTERS/Joe Skipper)

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The Miami Marlins completed a wild week of signings Friday -- overshadowed only by the Los Angeles Angels' dynamic duo of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson -- by introducing starting pitcher Mark Buehrle.

Buehrle signed a four-year contract worth $58 million but said he wouldn't be the team's ace.

"When you have a stud like Josh Johnson at the top of the rotation, it's hard to beat," he said. "I'm coming here just to try to fit in."

Buehrle joined shortstop Jose Reyes and closer Heath Bell in the Marlins' $191-million free-agent spending spree.

"A fun and very productive week," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "This is a great way to end it."

While the Marlins lost out on the bidding for Pujols and Wilson, they were still satisfied with their haul. It is expected the Marlins would continue their search for another starting pitcher.

Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 earned-run average last season and has 157 career wins, all with the Chicago White Sox. The pitcher will be reunited with Ozzie Guillen, the outspoken manager who wore out his welcome with the White Sox, but was welcomed to Miami with enthusiasm.

"He's like one of the players," Buehrle said. "I love playing for him. He's a great guy. He keeps everybody loose."

GARCIA BACK WITH YANKS

The New York Yankees will bring back right-handed starting pitcher Freddy Garcia for another season, announcing Friday they had signed the Venezuelan to a one-year contract reported to be worth $4 million plus incentives.

Garcia, 35, proved to be a bargain free agent last winter, signing with the Yankees for $1.5 million and posting a 12-8 record with a 3.62 ERA.

Garcia, a two-time American League all-star, has a 145-95 record with a 4.09 ERA over his 13-year career.

RAYS UNFURL WELCOME MATT

The Tampa Bay Rays signed top pitching prospect Matt Moore to a flexible contract that could run for as long as eight years and be worth $37.5 million.

The base agreement is reportedly for five years and $14 million. The deal has multiple club options, sources told ESPN.

Moore, 23, sparked attention when, as a September callup, he struck out 11 in five innings against the New York Yankees. It's expected Moore will be part of the Rays starting rotation in 2012.

LUCKY 13 FOR DOTEL

Relief pitcher Octavio Dotel is poised to set a record next season.

He has agreed to a one-year contract with the Detroit Tigers -- his 13th major league franchise.

The pact includes a club option for 2013.

"He has been successful in various roles throughout his major league career and his addition to our club solidifies our bullpen for the 2012 season," Tigers president David Dombrowski said.

Dotel, 38, split last season between the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, going 5-4 with a 3.50 ERA. He struck out 62 batters in 54 innings.

A 13-year veteran, Dotel also has played for the Mets, Astros, Athletics, Yankees, Royals, Braves, White Sox, Pirates, Rockies, and Dodgers.

Matt Stairs, Ron Villone and Mike Morgan each played for 12 teams.

BRIEFLY

The Oakland A's are on the verge of a deal that would send right-hander Trevor Cahill and lefty reliever Craig Breslow to the Arizona Diamondbacks, MLB.com reported Friday. In return, Oakland would get prized pitching prospect Jarrod Parker and outfielder Collin Cowgill ... The Diamondbacks have re-signed first baseman Lyle Overbay to a one-year contract. He appeared in 18 games for the Diamondbacks last season after being released by the Pittsburgh Pirates ... The Philadelphia Phillies have signed a pair of former Blue Jays pitchers, Dave Bush and David Purcey, to minor-league contracts. They also have signed catcher Steven Lerud ... The Chicago Cubs have claimed infielder Jeff Bianchi off waivers from the Kansas City Royals ... The judge overseeing the Los Angeles Dodgers bankruptcy said he will allow the team to begin a multibillion-dollar sale of future rights to broadcast games. The decision was a blow to the current broadcaster, Fox Sports.


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