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Three lower-level free agents finalized contracts, with Cincinnati acquiring left-hander Arthur Rhodes ($4 million for two years), Arizona getting infielder Felipe Lopez ($3.5 million for one year) and Pittsburgh picking up infielder Ramon Vazquez ($4 million for two years).
The Chicago White Sox finalized an international deal, agreeing to a $10 million, four-year contract with Cuban infielder Dayan Viciedo.
And in the day's one trade, the New York Mets dealt left-hander Scott Schoeneweis to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league right-hander Connor Robertson. New York agreed to pay $1.6 million to Arizona to cover part of the $3.6 million salary for Schoeneweis, who went 0-3 with a blown save and a 5.40 ERA in September as the Mets collapsed down the stretch for the second straight year.
Ten players eligible for arbitration agreed to contracts, including Washington outfielder Willie Harris, who got a $3 million, two-year deal.
The Chicago Cubs agreed to one-year contracts with outfielder Reed Johnson ($3 million), right-hander Chad Gaudin ($2 million) and left-hander Neal Cotts ($1.1 million), and the Phillies reached one-year agreements with infielder Eric Bruntlett ($800,000) and right-hander Clay Condrey ($650,000).
Also agreeing to one-year contracts were Kansas City infielder Esteban German ($1.2 million), Detroit infielder Ramon Santiago ($825,000), White Sox outfielder DeWayne Wise ($550,000) and Oakland catcher Rob Bowen ($535,000).
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