Daily Dose: Bucs Eyeing Kang

Daily Dose: Bucs Eyeing Kang
Nate Grimm recaps the week's news, including the Pirates' pursuit of Jung-Ho Kang, the Justin Upton deal and more in Friday's Daily Dose.
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that A.J. Pierzynski will make a base salary of $2 million in his one-year contract with the Braves.

He'll have the opportunity to make more through incentives. Pierzynski will serve as Christian Bethancourt's backup in 2015 after batting .251/.288/.337 over 362 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox and Cardinals.
Dec 26 - 3:00 PM

Nationals signed 2B Dan Uggla to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

General manager Mike Rizzo has history with Uggla, as he drafted him back in 2001 when he was Director of Scouting for the Diamondbacks. Uggla will turn 35 in March and batted just .149/.229/.213 in 157 plate appearances last season. There's a good possibility he's done, but he did at least land in a good spot, as the Nats have an opening at second base. That said, it's unlikely that they're done shopping for upgrades at the position.
Dec 26 - 11:28 AM

Rays signed RHP Jhan Marinez to a minor league contract.

Marinez struck out 46 over 40 1/3 innings but held a 6.69 ERA between Double- and Triple-A last season. The 26-year-old is merely an organizational add.
Dec 26 - 10:02 AM

Giants re-signed RHP J.C. Gutierrez to a minor league contract.

The pact likely contains an invitation to spring training. Gutierrez held a 3.96 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 44/16 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings for the World Champion Giants in 2014. He should get a legit shot at an Opening Day bullpen spot.
Dec 26 - 9:58 AM

Diamondbacks signed LHP Dan Runzler to a minor league contract.

Runzler held a 3.30 ERA and 53/36 K/BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings at Triple-A for the Giants last season before finishing the year in Japan. He gives the D'Backs some left-handed relief depth.
Dec 26 - 9:51 AM

Rick VandenHurk has signed with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.

VandenHurk has pitched the last two seasons in Korea, posting a 3.55 ERA for the Samsung Lions. The 29-year-old hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012.
Dec 26 - 9:35 AM

Astros sent LHP Darin Downs outright to Triple-A Fresno.

He's now off the 40-man roster but will be invited to spring training. Downs posted a 5.45 ERA and 1.36 WHIP across 45 appearances for the Astros in 2014.
Dec 26 - 8:41 AM

Japanese right-hander Chihiro Kaneko has signed a four-year deal with the Orix Buffaloes.

Kaneko had been drawing interest from a range of MLB clubs, but he wasn't posted this winter by his Nippon Professional Baseball team and might now remain with them through 2018. The 31-year-old starting pitcher registered a fantastic 1.98 ERA and 199/42 K/BB ratio in 191 innings this past season for the Buffaloes. He would have commanded a sizable MLB contract.
Source: Japan Times
Dec 25 - 11:22 AM
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