Entries in Minor League Contract (8)


Diamondbacks Agree to 1-Year Deal with Laird

Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks signed free-agent catcher Gerald Laird to a one-year minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Laird, 35, spent the last two seasons serving as the Atlanta Braves backup catcher, hitting .238 in 273 plate appearances.

Laird has played 12 big league seasons: six with the Texas Rangers, three with the Detroit Tigers, two with the Braves, and one with the St. Louis Cardinals. During that time, he hit .244 with 38 home runs and 238 RBIs.

Tuffy Gosewisch and Oscar Hernandez are the only catchers on Arizona's 40-man roster.

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Alexi Ogando Signs Deal with Red Sox

Robert Binder/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Free-agent reliever Alexi Ogando agreed with the Boston Red Sox on a one-year contract Friday.

According to USA Today, Ogando will receive $1.5 million guaranteed, with incentives the deal could reach up to $3 million.

The 6-foot-4 Ogando has spent all five of his major league seasons with the Texas Rangers. During that time he has been used as a starter and a reliever.

The past couple of seasons Ogando has been dealing with right shoulder and elbow problems that last year limited him to pitching just 25 innings.

The 31-year-old Ogando has been effective when healthy. For his career he's pitched 406 innings, compiling a 28-16 record, 3.35 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 325 strikeouts. He made the All-Star team as a starter in 2011.

The Red Sox designated left-handed pitcher Drake Britton for assignment to make room for Ogando on the 40-man roster.

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Francoeur Signs Deal with Phillies

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Phillies signed outfielder Jeff Francoeur to a minor league contract, the team announced Thursday.

The 30-year-old Francoeur, who is a former Gold Glove winner, has played with the Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, and San Diego Padres over 10 big league seasons. During that time, he hit .262 with 140 home runs, 619 RBIs, and 52 stolen bases.

Francoeur, a former first-round pick of the Braves, played in 10 games last season with the Padres. He has been invited to the Phillies' spring training in February.

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Bobby Abreu Back with Phillies

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Bobby Abreu is a Phillie again.

The 39-year-old outfielder signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday.

Abreu, who played with the Phillies from 1998-2006, can make up to $800,000 if he makes the big league club.

Abreu hasn't played in the majors since 2012, when he was a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The two-time All-Star has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, where he is hitting .322 with three home runs and 28 RBIs for Leones del Caracas.

During his 17-year major league career, Abreu has hit .292 hitter with 287 home runs, 1,441 runs scored, 399 stolen bases and a .396 on-base percentage.

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Catcher Ramon Hernandez Agrees to Deal with Royals

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Catcher Ramon Hernandez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals Tuesday.

The 37-year-old former All-Star played in 17 games for the Los Angeles Dodgers last season before being released in June, after hitting .208 with three home runs and six RBIs.

Hernandez has played 15 big league seasons, split between the Athletics, Reds, Orioles, Rockies, Padres and Dodgers. He is a career .263 hitter with 269 home runs and 757 RBIs.

Hernandez joins Salvador Perez and Brett Hayes as the catchers on the Royals' 40-man roster.

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Rangers Sign Pitcher Derek Lowe to Minor League Deal

Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images(SURPRISE, Ariz.) -- Veteran pitcher Derek Lowe signed a minor league contract with the Texas Rangers Wednesday.

The deal also includes an invitation to spring training.

The 39-year-old Lowe is will make $1.25 million if he makes the major league roster and could make more with incentives.

Last season Lowe played for the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees. He made 38 regular season appearances in 2012, including 21 starts for the Indians.  For the season Lowe went 9-11 with a 5.11 ERA, a 1.62 WHIP and one save.

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Mets Sign Outfielder Andrew Brown to Minor League Deal

Major League Baseball(NEW YORK) -- The New York Mets signed outfielder Andrew Brown to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

Brown hit .232 with five home runs and 11 RBIs in 46 games with the Colorado Rockies last season. He hit .182 in 11 games the previous year with the St. Louis Cardinals, his only other year in the majors.

The 28-year-old Brown joins a Mets' outfield that includes Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Collin Cowgill, Mike Baxter, Brian Bixler and Jordany Valdespin.

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Oswalt Agrees to Terms with Rangers

Drew Hallowell/Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Texas) -- The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with pitcher Roy Oswalt. Still, the deal, worth around $5 million, is pending Oswalt's physical on Thursday.

The general manager of Triple-A Round Rock Jon Daniels says Oswalt will make his first start Saturday.

Oswalt, 34, landed on the disabled list twice last-season with the Philadelphia Phillies, both times due to lower-back inflammation.

During the 2011 regular season, Oswalt started 23 games, posting a 9-10 record, with 3.69 ERA, recording 93 strikeouts and 33 walks.

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