Parra re-signs with Reds has confirmed that Reds left-handed reliever Manny Parra is back with the Reds after he signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract on Wednesday. Parra will earn $2 million in 2014 and $3.5 million in 2015. He has already passed his physical.

The Reds have yet to make an announcement. (UPDATE: It could be a while until we hear this announced. With the 40-man roster being full, a corresponding move is needed to take someone else off to make room for Parra.)

Jon Heyman of reported it first.

Signed last winter as a free agent, Parra was 2-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 57 games. The 31-year-old walked 15 and struck out 56 in 46 innings of work.

Parra credited then-pitching coach Bryan Price for helping him with his turnaround as Price and assistant pitching coach Mack Jenkins developed his slider. Price is now the Reds manager, of course.

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Makes a great deal of sense. I think this was the plan since the end of season.

Eye on Baseball
By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer
November 27, 2013 7:45 pm ET


For the third consecutive day, the Yankees and representatives for Robinson Cano met on Wednesday. They remain far apart on contract terms, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News. The two sides will break for Thanksgiving and meet again next week.

According to Feinsand, Cano’s camp lowered their demands “very slightly.” He was said to be seeking a ten-year contract worth $310 million earlier this year while the team countered with seven years and $161 million. Sounds like the two sides still have a pretty significant gap to bridge.

I think we need to watch this closely.

This Date In Transactions History: November 28th
By Zach Links [November 28 at 1:57pm CST]

Expecting a quiet day on Thanksgiving? it’s true that things tend to slow down on the major holidays, but the business of baseball never stops. Thanksgiving itself might not have a lengthy trade history, but we’ve had some notable transactions go down on November 28th..
•The Rays and Twins completed a six-player trade on this date in 2007. The Rays received Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett, and Eddie Morlan while Minnesota received Delmon Young, Brendan Harris, and Jason Pridie. The Rays were the winners of the trade with Garza and Barlett helping their new team to its first World Series in 2008. The Twins didn’t come away totally empty-handed, however. It’s easy to forget now, but Young had a career season in 2010, hitting .298/.333/.493 with 21 homers. Today, Garza finds himself as one of the most desirable starting pitchers on the free agent market.
•On the same day, the Reds signed Francisco Cordero to a four-year, $46MM deal. Cordero pitched to a 2.96 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 4.1 BB/9 in four seasons with Cincinnati, but he’s had a rough time ever since. Cordero has been derailed by injuries and at last check, the reliever is shooting for a return in 2014.
•On this date in 2003, the Red Sox acquired Curt Schilling from the Diamondbacks for Casey Fossum, Brandon Lyon, Jorge de la Rosa, and minor leaguer Michael Gross. Schilling helped Boston to World Championships in 2004 and 2007, and other than Lyon (4.03 ERA in 232 IP), Arizona didn’t get much out of this trade.
•The Mariners signed David Ortiz, a young slugger out of the Dominican Republic, on this date in 1992, and eventually traded him to the Twins four years later. Of course, Big Papi would go on to find his greatest success in Boston.

Mark…thanks for all you do and for providing a board we can chalk all over!?*
Happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and all the posters and their families!


Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving to you and everyone. Appreciate you all stopping here to read the posts.

As opposed to turning the site into your own personal posting vehicle?

Source: Mets eye Bronson Arroyo
Updated: November 30, 2013, 5:08 PM ET
By Adam Rubin |

NEW YORK — New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with right-hander Bronson Arroyo at the free-agent pitcher’s Tampa, Fla., home during the upcoming week, a baseball source told

Alderson, who has spent the holiday weekend in Maryland, touched base with Arroyo’s representatives Wednesday to try to arrange a face-to-face meeting. Alderson has met in person with at least two free agents so far this offseason — shortstop Jhonny Peralta and outfielder Chris Young.

Peralta, who met with Alderson at the GM meetings, subsequently signed a four-year, $53 million deal with the St. Louis Cardinals. The Mets announced a one-year, $7.25 million deal with Young this past week.

The Mets also recently dined with agent Jay Z in Manhattan regarding client Robinson Cano, although Alderson subsequently downplayed the likelihood of the Mets pursuing the second baseman in a meaningful way.

How serious the Mets’ inquiry with Arroyo will be remains to be seen, since they have been averse to committing to large contracts in recent years. In fact, the largest contract Alderson has given to a free agent in four offseasons as GM is a now-expired two-year, $12 million deal to former closer Frank Francisco.

A baseball source told that Arroyo seeks a three-year deal, but may ultimately accept a two-year offer with a vesting option for 2016. The Mets particularly need rotation help because right-hander Matt Harvey is due to miss next season recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Ideally, the Mets would add two starting pitchers from outside the organization, to pair with Jonathon Niese, Zack Wheeler and Dillon Gee. That would allow upper-level pitching prospects Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom to open the season at Triple-A Las Vegas.

Arroyo, 36, went 14-12 with a 3.79 ERA in 202 innings with the Cincinnati Reds this past season.

Since 2005, Arroyo has logged the third-most innings in the majors (1,895 2/3), trailing only CC Sabathia (1,999 1/3) and Dan Haren (1,927 2/3). While Alderson hopes to meet with Arroyo during the upcoming week in Tampa, a source indicated the meeting may be pushed back to the following week, when the winter meetings will be help in nearby Orlando, Fla.

SB Nation first reported a potential meeting between Alderson and Arroyo.

My take is that if Cano doesn’t sign with the Yankees, and they are far apart, Phillips will be signed. And with Phillips, Choo and Arroyo gone, that will free up
a huge chunk of salary. Mix in trading one of our catchers and a SP and we should look a bit different next season.

Cano Asking Yankees For Nine Years, $250-$260MM
Posted: 30 Nov 2013 06:42 PM PST

Robinson Cano requested a nine-year deal in the $250-$260MM range in his most recent offer to the Yankees, a source tells Ken Davidoff of the New York Post. The offer came in a meeting last week.

The Yankees have reportedly offered Cano a deal in the range of seven years and $168MM, which Davidoff notes would still make the second baseman among the highest-paid players in baseball. In addition, a second source says the much-discussed 10-year, $310MM offer floated by Cano’s camp hasn’t been in play since Cano became a free agent. Nevertheless, the two sides presently appear to be approximately $100MM apart. The Yankees are scheduled to meet again with Cano, who is represented by Jay-Z and CAA’s Brodie Van Wagenen, on Monday.

Davidoff writes that the Yankees maintain they won’t wait for Cano as they hold discussions with free agents such as Carlos Beltran, Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury and Stephen Drew. The team also remains interested in Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. If the Yankees hit their budget limit without signing Cano, club officials say, they’ll either move on or force Cano to agree to a much smaller deal than what’s now under discussion.

Other potential destinations include the Tigers, the Mariners, the Rangers and the Nationals, and the Mets have met with Cano’s representatives, Davidoff writes. However, he adds that no teams have publicly indicated significant interest in the infielder.

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