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    With February, Spring Training, and Opening day right around the corner, I figured it would be nice to start a thread with the interesting transactions we are seeing in the MLB. The following transaction log will consist of big name marquee players and TCBL teams as of JANUARY 1st.

     
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    CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Chicago Cubs outfielder Reed Johnson is returning to the team as a free agent with a one-year deal, Cubs officials announced Tuesday.
    Johnson played for the Cubs from 2008-09, spent 2010 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and returned to the North Side this past season, hitting .309 with five home runs, 22 doubles and 28 RBI over 111 games.
    The 36-year-old began his career with the Toronto Blue Jays (2003-07).
    Johnson will play his 1,000th major-league game in his third contest of the upcoming season. He has hit .283 with 59 homers, 178 doubles and 349 RBI in his career.
     
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    After trading Carlos Zambrano to the Miami Marlins on Thursday, Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein said his first inclination after talking to team players and personnel was to trade the disgruntled pitcher.

    "I talked to enough [players] in order to get an understanding of the history here," Epstein said. "This isn't a decision that players will make. But I think if you don't listen to what happens in the clubhouse then you can't develop a proper understanding of it."

    The transaction requires the Cubs to pay $15 million of the $18 million owed Zambrano in 2012, a source said. Zambrano had a $19 million vesting option for 2013 if he finished in the top four in Cy Young Award voting, but he waived that and will receive a $100,000 bonus if he is voted the comeback player of the year.

    Zambrano also waived his no-trade clause, and the deal hinged on the Cubs agreeing to pay back $2.4 million of the $3 million Zambrano lost when he was put on the disqualified list for leaving Atlanta's Turner Field -- and saying he was retiring -- on Aug. 12, the source said.

    "I'll just say that the people who have been around the situation over the years heard before there would be change," Epstein said. "They heard before there would be a new attitude, and they have been burned. Physical altercations, deserting the team, that type of thing. The best way to put it is there was a breakdown of trust. It would have been very difficult to re-establish that trust."

    The Cubs will receive right-handed pitcher Chris Volstad in return. The former first-round draft pick was 32-39 with a 4.59 ERA in 103 major league appearances, including 102 starts, with the Marlins the past four seasons.

    The 6-foot-8, 230-pound Volstad is 25 and a workhorse, having made at least 29 starts in each of the past three seasons.

    "We've all been a little bit baffled by some of Chris' inconsistencies," Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest said.

    For Zambrano, the possibility of pitching for friend and former Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen may have played a role in waiving the no-trade clause.

    "Ozzie has a long and close relationship with Carlos," Beinfest said. "We went with Ozzie on this one. The bottom line was Ozzie just really, really felt confident about this deal."

    The emotional right-hander had several highly publicized outbursts as a Cub, one being a dugout altercation with former teammate Derrek Lee in 2010 while facing the White Sox that lead to a suspension. After that game, Zambrano had dinner with Guillen, who supported the pitcher.
    Zambrano was required to attend anger-management sessions, and they seemed to make an impact as he won all eight decisions upon his return to finish the season 11-6. He spent part of the season in the bullpen after a slow start and because the Cubs were struggling with their relief pitching.

    Last season proved to be marked by more erratic behavior by Zambrano, whose emotions boiled over Aug. 12 after he allowed five home runs against the Braves. After two inside pitches to Chipper Jones, Zambrano was ejected. He proceeded to clean out his locker stall and left Turner Field during the game after telling clubhouse workers he was retiring.

    The pitcher quickly recanted, but the damage already had been done, and Zambrano was put on the disqualified list by then-general manager Jim Hendry. The players' union filed a grievance and Zambrano was activated Sept. 11, but he did not pitch the rest of the season.

    Epstein had a face to face meeting with Zambrano and his agent Barry Praver on Nov. 15 in Chicago. Epstein said Thursday he told Zambrano that he believed the best option for the team and the pitcher was a trade. With a no-trade clause, Zambrano said he would not consider a trade and asked for a chance to repair his relationship with the players and fans.

    Epstein had no choice but to go along with Zambrano. That all changed on Monday when the Cubs and Marlins agreed to the parameters of a deal. At that point the Cubs contacted Praver who then asked Zambrano if he would waive his no-trade and 2013 option.

    Epstein felt this was the best option for both sides.

    "Not just talking to players but talking to a lot of the people that have been here for many years, they made it clear in my mind this wasn't just a mob mentality or unfair momentum to run this guy out of town," Epstein said. "This was a very legitimate situation. It would have been very difficult for him to re-establish himself in that clubhouse and gain the trust of his teammates back. Therefore it would be very difficult to establish the culture we want in the clubhouse. I think the certainty of this move, turning [Zambrano] into a 25-year-old starter that we liked made a lot more sense."

    Hendry, who gave Zambrano a five-year, $91.5 million contract extension in 2007, was relieved of his GM duties on Aug. 19.

    Several Cubs players had questioned publicly how Zambrano would be welcomed back to the clubhouse, and now they don't have to ponder it. Zambrano's demeanor now becomes a question for the Marlins.

    "It would be hard for me to say everything is going to be perfect and incident-free, given the guy's history," Beinfest said. "It may happen that he has a blowup or two. But Ozzie is very confident he can help him.

    Zambrano, who has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, is one of the best hitting pitchers in MLB history and set a Cubs record for home runs by a pitcher with 23. He often was used as a pinch hitter.

    One of the highlights of his career occurred on Sept. 14, 2008, when he threw a no-hitter against theHouston Astros at Milwaukee's Miller Park. The game was moved from Houston because of Hurricane Ike and was MLB's first neutral-site no-hitter.

    Volstad is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, and his contract status made him appealing to the Cubs.

    "The calculus became for us: Would we rather spend that $18 million on one season of Carlos and try to make it work with him here?" Epstein said. "In the best case scenario even if it did work, he'd be leaving at the end of the year as a free agent. Or, if we were going to have to spend that money anyway as a sum cost, would we rather spend it on a 25-year-old that we can put in our rotation and control for three seasons? That made a lot of sense."

    Meanwhile, pitcher Chad Gaudin says he has reached agreement on a minor league deal with the Marlins and received an invitation to spring training.
     
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    During today’s press conference for Michael Cuddyer the Rockies also announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Casey Blake on a one-year contract.
    Blake missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery and talked about possibly being forced to retire, but he’ll give it another go at age 38 while earning $2 million upfront and another $1 million in potential incentives.
    If healthy Blake will get a chance to win the starting job at third base and basically keep the position warm while top prospect Nolan Arenado gets more seasoning in the minors. Colorado traded former starting third baseman Ian Stewart to the Cubs last week.
    Blake was only healthy enough to play 63 games for the Dodgers, hitting .252 with four homers and a .712 OPS. He had similarly modest numbers in 2010, hitting .248 with 17 homers and a .727 OPS in 146 games.
     
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    Cubs get first baseman Anthony Rizzo

    The Chicago Cubs may have gotten their first baseman of the future, and his name isn't Prince Fielder.
    The team acquired Anthony Rizzo from the Padres in a deal that sends right-hander Andrew Cashner to San Diego.
    Rizzo batted .331 with 34 doubles, 26 home runs and 101 RBIs in 93 Triple-A games last season. He had a solid 1.056 OPS. Rizzo struggled in his call-up to the Padres, batting .141 in 128 at-bats, but it was the 22-year-old's first exposure to the big leagues.

    New Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer know Rizzo well. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder was originally drafted by the Red Sox in 2007, when the pair and new Cubs scouting director Jason McLeod were in Boston.
    Rizzo was then a big part of the deal that broughtAdrian Gonzalez to Boston last season. At that time, Hoyer was the GM of the Padres.
    "We believe Anthony has the potential to be a middle-of-the-order run producer for the Cubs for a very long time," Hoyer said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "He still has some development left. We feel what he's done at age 20 at Double-A and age 21 at Triple-A was remarkable."
    Rizzo has also overcome Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was diagnosed in 2008 and declared cancer-free after months of chemotherapy.
    The Cubs also get right-hander Zach Cates, 22, who pitched at Class A last season, in the trade. In addition to Cashner, the Cubs send minor league outfielder Kyung-Min Na, 20, to San Diego.
    Cashner, 25, was 2-6 with a 4.29 ERA in 60 major league games. He was expected to step into the starting rotation last season but made only one start and appeared in just seven games because of a shoulder strain.
    "The acquisition of Yonder Alonso (from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade) provided us the flexibility to make this trade and acquire a quality, young power arm in Andrew Cashner," Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.
    "We are happy to add a pitcher with the pedigree of Cashner and an outfielder with the athleticism of Na."
    The Cubs have been in need of a first baseman after not re-signing Carlos Pena, who manned the position for one season.
    Hoyer said Friday that the team will head to spring training with Bryan LaHair at first and Rizzo getting more seasoning at Triple-A.
    "To be candid, I don't think I did Anthony any favors when I was GM of the Padres," Hoyer said of Rizzo's call-up last season. "It was too early, and it was a mistake on my part."
    LaHair had his own huge year at Triple-A last season, winning the Pacific Coast League MVP.
    LaHair did a little better than Rizzo in his major league call-up, hitting .288 with two homers and six RBIs in 59 at-bats with the Cubs. But LaHair is also 29 years old, and Epstein has vowed to build for the long haul.
    Both players bat left-handed, an area of need for the Cubs. If at some point in the season Rizzo did get called up to play first base, LaHair gained some experience in the outfield last season and could get at-bats there. Epstein reportedly has been talking to teams about trading Alfonso Soriano, but his big contract is an impediment to a deal.
    Fielder is still the biggest name on the free-agent market. The Cubs had reportedly shown interest in the former Brewers slugger, but he doesn't seem to fit into Epstein's commitment to building from within and only adding big free agents when the team is poised to challenge for a title. After a 71-91 season and with a number of holes to fill, the team is likely a few years away from being a serious contender.
    "Any time you go with young players, it's the right thing to do," Hoyer said, according to the Tribune. "It's exciting to have young talent in an organization, but there's no doubt that with young talent comes an adjustment period. The best prospects get through that adjustment period and they take off. It's nice to have a team with upside, and you know that when they do go through that adjustment period, and can get past it, they can explode."
    Since taking over in October, Epstein and Hoyer have traded the Cubs' 2008 first-round pick in Cashner and 2006 first-rounder Tyler Colvin, who went to Colorado for third baseman Ian Stewart.
    Hoyer also said Friday that he is still in talks with representatives for Kerry Wood on bringing the reliever back to the Cubs.
     
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    more to come later...
     
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    haha yeah, lots of talk about darvish
     
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    In all likelihood we payed 9 figures for a minor leaguer, but at least there is some hope that he will be decent.
     
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    I knew drifter and myself would get along..
     
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