LHP Clayton Kershaw signed a reported seven-year, $215 million
deal, making him the first $200 million pitcher in MLB history.
Kershaw, also becomes the first player with a contract averaging
$30-plus million per season. Kershaw wasn't yet a free agent and had
one year of arbitration remaining. This deal buys out the final year
of arbitration plus up to six years of free agency. Kershaw, who was
16-9 last season, won the National League Cy Young award for the
second time in three years. He finished first in ERA (1.83),
strikeouts (232) and walks-and-hits-per-inning-pitched ratio (0.92).
Kershaw came in second in innings pitched (236), and he tied for
third with 16 wins.
Chicago Cubs: Coghlan, Chris
OF/3B Chris Coghlan signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on
Jan. 15. He received an invitation to Chicago's major league spring
camp. Coghlan became a free agent last month when the Marlins did
not tender him a contract at the deadline, choosing not to go to
salary arbitration with him.
The 28-year-old will be paid $800,000 if he is on the big-league
roster, and his salary could top $1 million if he receives all
incentive bonuses, according to the New York Daily News.
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Last season, Coghlan played 70 games with Miami, hitting .256
with a .318 on-base percentage, a .354 slugging percentage, one
homer and 10 RBIs.
As a rookie in 2009, Coghlan batted
.321/.390/.460 with nine homers and 47 RBIs in 128 games. Over the
next four seasons, he hit a combined .242/.307/.352 with 12 homers
and 70 RBIs in 265 games.
New York Yankees: Roberts, Brian
2B Brian Roberts and the Yankees finalized a one-year, $2 million
deal Jan. 15. In his prime, Roberts was a sparkplug as a leadoff man
for the Orioles and a dynamite defender. However, injuries have
haunted him in his career. Roberts appeared in 192 of a possible 648
games over the past four seasons with Baltimore. He was a two-time
All-Star with the Orioles, but he hasn't played in more than 77
games in a season since 2009.
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