Weekend Dump: Trades and Free Agents galore!

Scott Halleran

Welcome to the Dump.

The Winter Meetings have apparently started a week early!

Mariners sign Robinson Cano - Lookout Landing

10 years, $240 million. That means he'll be getting $24 million when he's 40 years old, which I think is ridiculous. Cano's contract is worth more than those of Brian McCann and Jacoby Ellsbury COMBINED.

Jacoby Ellsbury jumps to the Bronx - Pinstripe Alley

7 years, $153 million. Red Sox Nation can't be happy about this.

Mets ink Curtis Granderson for four years, $60 million - NY Post

At least he doesn't have to walk very far.

Nats acquire Doug Fister from Tigers in trade - Yahoo

In return, Detroit gets Ian Krol, Steve Lombardozzi, and minor league pitcher Robbie Ray. Tigers got fleeced.

Tigers to sign Joe Nathan - MLB Trade Rumors

Nathan is the first free-agent closer to sign, giving Detroit something they didn't have last year, and that's a reliable ninth-inning pitcher. He replaces Jose Valverde, who suffered from a ruptured success gland in 2013.

A's sign Kazmir; make trades with Baltimore, Texas - Athletics Nation

The Kazmir contract is for two years at $22 million. Oakland also traded outfielder Jemile Weeks to Baltimore for Jim Johnson and a PTBNL. The need for Johnson came about when Grant Balfour declared free agency. In addition, the A's also acquired Craig Gentry and Josh Lindblom from Texas in exchange for Michael Choice and minor league infielder Chris Bostick.

A's trade Seth Smith to Padres for Luke Gregerson straight up - CBS Sports

Wow. Billy Beane's working the phones, isn't he? First he acquires Jim Johnson, who tied Craig Kimbrel atop the saves leader board in 2013, now he gets one of the more elite middle relievers into his bullpen.

Rays acquire Ryan Hanigan from Reds, Heath Bell from D-backs - NBC

Hanigan became expendable when the Reds signed Brayan Pena; once the Rays landed Hanigan, they gave him a three-year extension with an option for a fourth year and in turn made Jose Lobaton expendable. Arizona will pay $500,000 of Bell's 2014 salary.

Pierzynski inks one-year deal with Red Sox - MLB Trade Rumors

The signing ensured Jarrod Saltalamacchia wouldn't return to Boston. Speaking of which...

Salty agrees to a deal with the Marlins - ESPN

3 years, $21 million. Salty is an upgrade over what Marlins catchers produced in 2013: .193 avg. 9 HR, .529 OPS.

Dexter Fowler traded to Astros - FOX

Remember last week when Dan O'Dowd publicly criticized Fowler's gameplay? He is officially on his way to Houston. The Rockies get outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles in return. This means Carlos Gonzalez will now play center field.

Brewers trade Aoki to Royals - MLB.com

Milwaukee gets reliever Will Smith in return. Ken Rosenthal tweets that this does not change KC's pursuit of Carlos Beltran. Ryan Braun will move to right field.

Never mind about Beltran; he signs with the Yankees - ESPN

3 years, $45 million.

Justin Morneau signs two-year deal with Rockies - NBC

With Todd Helton retired, Morneau would be the everyday first baseman. The contract is worth roughly $13 million.

Yankees sign Kelly Johnson - NY Post

He could be a 25-HR guy in that ballpark if he played everyday, and since Robinson Cano left for Seattle, could very well be the regular second baseman.

Tanaka may not be available - ESPN

A proposed agreement between MLB and NPB has capped negotiation bids at $20 million. This results in a lower payout for the posting team, but allows more MLB teams to be involved. 11 of the 12 NPB teams agreed to this proposal; the only dissenter was Rakuten, the team for which Tanaka pitched.

Mujica bolsters Red Sox bullpen - Yahoo

Edward Mujica was a non-factor in the 2013 playoffs, but gets a $9.5 million deal for two years. He joins a relief corps already stacked with Koji Uehara, Junichi Tazawa and Craig Breslow.

Furcal signs 1-year deal with Marlins, will play second base - CBS Sports

Veteran presents.

Rangers sign J.P. Arencibia - MLB Trade Rumors

He will back up Geovany Soto.

Astros sign Scott Feldman for 3 years, $30 million - NBC

$30 million? LOL

Nats sign Nate McLouth for 2 years, $10.75 million - Federal Baseball

Watch him bat 1.000 in every series against Atlanta, and suck against everyone else.

Three charged in Leonys Martin extortion case - ESPN

In one of the few non-trade/free agent stories this week, three men who conspired to smuggle, extort and kidnap Rangers outfielder Leonys Martin had charges brought against them in Miami. Martin said, according to his lawyer, he was held "against his will" in Mexico by people associated with an agency claiming to represent him.

For a list of all this year's free agents, check out the 2014 Free Agent Tracker.

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