January 3, 2012
MLB notes: Darvish on tour of Texas
By QMI Agency
Japanese pitcher Yu Darvish and his father are visiting the Lone Star State for the first time and hope to learn more about the Texas Rangers organization.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels confirmed the visit Tuesday after reports in the Japanese media surfaced, but he wouldn't discuss contract negotiations with the 25-year-old.
The team's exclusive 30-day negotiating period to sign the Japanese sensation ends at 5 p.m. ET on Jan. 18.
The Rangers paid a posting fee of nearly $52 million last month for the right to negotiate with the right-hander.
If the sides don't reach an agreement, the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters would return the posting fee.
EX-JAY JOINS BOSOX
Former Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Jesse Carlson is among 12 players the Boston Red Sox have signed to minor-league contracts.
The Red Sox, who announced the signings Tuesday, invited all the players to major league spring training.
The other 11 are pitchers Carlos Silva, Brandon Duckworth, Charlie Haeger, Will Inman, Doug Mathis, Tony Pena Jr., Chorye Spoone, Rich Hill and Justin Thomas, along with shortstop Pedro Ciriaco and utility player Nate Spears.
Carlson appeared in 162 games for the Blue Jays from 2008 through 2010, posting a 3.63 earned-run average and 114 strikeouts in 141 1/3 innings. However, the 31-year-old left-hander missed all of last season because of rotator cuff surgery.
CRISP MOVE FOR A'S
Coco Crisp is returning to the Oakland Athletics, agreeing Tuesday to a two-year deal worth $13 million, according to an ESPN.com report.
The A's have an option for $7.5 million in 2014 with a $1-million buyout.
Crisp, 32, hit .264 in 2011 with eight homers, 54 RBI and a league-leading 49 stolen bases for Oakland. It will be his third season with the A's, following stints with the Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians.
INDIANS INK TEJEDA
The Cleveland Indians have signed pitcher Robinson Tejeda to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The right-hander split the 2011 season between the Kansas City Royals and triple-A Omaha. In nine relief appearances with the Royals, he went 0-1 with a 6.14 earned-run average while going 0-3 with a 3.80 ERA in the minors. He also spent five weeks on the disabled list early in the season with shoulder inflammation.
Tejeda, who turns 30 in March, has a 23-27 career record with a 4.42 ERA in 186 games (53 starts) for the Philadelphia Phillies, Texas Rangers and the Royals.
The Washington Nationals are in the running to sign free-agent first baseman Prince Fielder, according to MLB.com. The Nationals reportedly face competition from the Seattle Mariners and Chicago Cubs in their pursuit of the coveted slugger ... The Miami Marlins have signed versatile Greg Dobbs to a two-year deal worth $3 million, CBSSports.com reported Tuesday. He hit .275 in 2011 for the Marlins with eight homers and 49 RBI while playing mainly third base ... The Baltimore Orioles acquired outfielder Jai Miller from the Oakland Athletics for cash and traded infielder Brandon Snyder to the Texas Rangers for cash ... The New York Mets signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league contract ... The Chicago Cubs confirmed they have brought back outfielder Reed Johnson, finalizing a one-year deal Tuesday with the outfielder. Johnson hit. 309 with five home runs, 22 doubles and 28 RBI over 111 games with the Cubs in 2011. He began his career with Toronto in 2003 and is three games shy of 1,000 for his major-league career.