Hawkins boosts Brewers bullpen
Right-hander will try to shore up a 2009 weakness for Crew
LaTroy Hawkins, who agreed to terms on a two-year contract with the Brewers, will be extra careful and look both ways crossing streets until taking his physical next week and completing the deal.
"I'm pretty excited about it," Hawkins told MLB.com. "I have a physical [next week], so I need to figure out a way not to get hit by a bus between now and then, but other than that I'm good."
Hawkins pitched in 65 games for the Astros in 2009, posting a 2.13 ERA and 11 saves when filling in for injured closer Jose Valverde.
Parisi adds depth to Cubs pitching staff: Former Cardinals prospect Mike Parisi was selected by the Cubs in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft. Parisi brings versatility to the Cubs staff.
"We just felt he fit in the mix going into camp," Cubs general manager Jim Hendry told MLB.com. "He's capable of starting, capable of pitching in the middle of the game, giving you some innings."
Looking to upgrade their outfield and their bench, the Pirates selected John Raynor from the Marlins.
"John Raynor is an athletic outfielder, with some threat at the plate," general manager Neal Huntington told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "He has the speed and defensive capability to play all three outfield positions and has the upside to project as a potential everyday outfielder in the future. He will compete for a bench role in Spring Training."
The Royals sought to upgrade their starting rotation by selecting Edgar Osuna from the Atlanta Braves with the fourth overall pick.
"A command/control guy," J.J. Picollo, the Royals assistant general manager for scouting and player development, told MLB.com in reference to Osuna. "He's not a power guy but really commands his fastball well. His secondary stuff is a curveball, then a changeup. He's a guy we've been tracking. We saw him pitch in winter ball this year a few times, and we obviously have a history with him."
The Cardinals, meanwhile, picked up Cincinnati's Ben Jukich, who was 9-6 with a 4.10 ERA at the Triple-A level last season. In winter ball, he was 3-2 with a 2.78 ERA.
"He was our first choice," Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. "He's someone who can pitch more than one inning. He has been used in the past as a starter. It just gives us some flexibility."
Lyon, Lindstrom bring experience to Astros: The Astros replenished their bullpen by trading two Minor Leaguers and a Rule 5 selection to the Marlins for hard-throwing Matt Lindstrom and agreeing to terms of a three-year deal with free-agent Brandon Lyon.
Both players have closing experience. Lindstrom converted 13 of 15 save opportunities for the Marlins last season, and Lyon was 6-5 with three saves for Detroit. Lyon had 26 saves for the Diamondbacks in 2008.
"I don't even think excited is the right word to use," Lindstrom told MLB.com. "I'm just looking forward to the opportunity to help the Houston Astros organization move forward. I followed the organization for a long time and look forward to contributing.
"I think that's the coolest thing about the whole situation is just the opportunity for advancement. I think I'll get a chance to close with Houston and hopefully display my skills and go out there and help them win games. We all know that's the most important thing. The opportunity that presents itself is unbelievable. I'm really excited to do that."
Jackson lands in Arizona in three-team deal: Edwin Jackson, who pitched in his first All-Star Game this season with the Tigers, took his trade to the Diamondbacks earlier this week in stride.
"It's a great group of guys out there, a young, talented team," he told the Arizona Republic. "To have an opportunity to come help a team like that, with young guys and successful guys, compete for a ... championship is always a good feeling, and I'm ready for the challenge."
Rangers sign Harden to one-year deal: One day after trading Kevin Millwood to Baltimore for Chris Ray, the Texas Rangers signed starter Rich Harden to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2011. Harden was 9-9 with a 4.09 ERA for the Cubs last season in 26 games. In his 141 innings, he struck out 171 batters, a ratio of 10.91 strikeouts per nine innings that led the National League.
"Our scouts who have watched him say he's a guy who, when he is out there and on top of his game, gives you a chance to shut down a lineup as well as anybody in the game and dominate a game as well as anybody," Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told MLB.com. "We just want him to stay healthy and take his turn. Where that ends up at the end of the year as far as the number of starts or the number of innings, that will take care of itself."
Pettitte keeps it moving: Andy Pettitte wanted to get his contract with the Yankees settled sooner rather than later.
"It's great," Pettitte told MLB.com. "I wanted to go home and get this decision behind me and just move forward. I didn't want to hold the Yankees up in any way. It's nice to just get it wrapped up as quick as we did."
Pettitte went 14-8 with a 4.16 ERA for the Yankees in 2009 in 32 starts. After winning a World Series title, Pettitte gave some thought to ending his career on a high note before agreeing to a one-year deal on Wednesday.
"For me, I couldn't have written a script any better than last year ended," Pettitte said. "What else is there to do? Why would you even continue to play? But I want to make sure I'm done. I want to make sure I fully exhaust myself, and I don't want to regret not playing. I want to come back and help this organization win another one."
Granderson ready to sneak up on teams: Curtis Granderson likes the idea of being surrounded by great players on the Yankees.
"I'm not going to be the standout guy," Granderson told MLB.com. "I'm not going to be the guy that you're constantly worried about. But if you don't keep an eye on me, hopefully, I can go and sneak in and do some positive things for our team."
Wolf joining Brewers: The Dodgers weren't interested in bidding for Randy Wolf despite the pitcher's interest in remaining with the club. The left-hander instead agreed to terms on a three-year contract with Milwaukee.
"I have sentimental ties to L.A., obviously," Wolf, who grew up in the San Fernando Valley, told the Los Angeles Times. "It made the decision a lot easier because the Dodgers weren't involved."
Royals consider adding Mulder: The Royals are considering an offer to Mark Mulder, a 21-game winner in 2001 and an All-Star in 2003 and 2004 who has been working his way back into pitching form.
"Last year and the year before, he was trying to do something," Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore told MLB.com. "I think he'll try to come back and pitch. He went through the rehab process, I think two years ago, and he just couldn't quite make it back. Some guys push it too fast."
Millwood lands with Orioles: Coming off a 13-win season with the Rangers, Kevin Millwood is moving on to the Orioles.
"I'm definitely not going to walk into Spring Training right away and start telling people what I think is right and what I think is wrong," Millwood told MLB.com. "Once I get to know guys and kind of find my way around a little bit, I'm sure that, if there are things I see that aren't quite right, I won't have a problem bringing that up to a guy one-on-one."
Feliz takes over the hot corner in Houston: Sure-handed Pedro Feliz has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Astros.
"We're very pleased to add Pedro to our infield mix," Astros general manager Ed Wade told MLB.com. "He's been an outstanding defensive player and a solid run-producer for his entire career. He played a premium position with a two-time World Series participant and was a key part of the Phillies' success. We're fortunate to have him on board."
The third baseman has played for the Phillies the last two seasons, helping them win the World Series in 2008. Last year, he hit .266 with 12 home runs and 82 RBIs.
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