LHP Josh Outman became the first of the 146 arbitration filers to
settle his case, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Indians on
Jan. 14. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Outman was acquired by Cleveland in a Dec. 18 that sent OF Drew
Stubbs to Colorado.
Outman, 29, was 3-0 with a 4.33 ERA in 61 relief appearances for the
Rockies last season, limiting left-handed batters to a .198 batting
Texas Rangers: Holland, Derek
LHP Derek Holland underwent microfracture left knee surgery Jan. 10,
and he is likely to be sidelined until midseason.
Holland was injured while playing at home with his dog, Wrigley.
There was no ACL or MCL damage. He denied reports that he was
injured during a hockey game.
Rangers general manager Jon Daniels described Holland's long-term
prognosis as good.
Holland, 27, went 10-9 with a 3.42 ERA in 33 starts for the Rangers
Seattle Mariners: Buck, John
C John Buck agreed to a one-year, $1 million free agent deal
with the Mariners, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Jan. 14.
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Last season, Buck played a combined 110 games with the New York
Mets and the Pittsburgh Pirates, hitting .219 with a .285
on-base percentage and a .362 slugging percentage. Buck might
compete with Humberto Quintero for the backup catcher role in
spring training. Quintero is a non-roster invitee to the
Mariners' spring camp. Second-year player Mike Zunino is
expected to be Seattle's starting catcher.
Retired player: Braden, Dallas
LHP Dallas Braden, who pitched a perfect game for the Oakland
A's in 2010, told the San Francisco Chronicle on Jan. 14 that he
is retiring from baseball after being unable to make a comeback
following multiple shoulder surgeries. "There is nothing left in
there, it's just a shredded mess," Braden told the Chronicle.
Braden, 30, pitched the 19th perfect game in major league
history on May 9, 2010, Mother's Day, in a 4-0 Oakland victory
over the Tampa Bay Rays. Braden had a record of 26-36 with a
4.16 ERA in five seasons, all with the A's. He last pitched in
the Majors in 2011.
Braden pitched only 18 major league innings after the 2010
season. He worked out this offseason trying to make a comeback,
according to the Chronicle, but after another setback, an MRI
revealed that his shoulder was too damaged to repair.
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