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Angels sign Daniel Nava to one-year major league contract


According to the Angels’ official Twitter account, the club has reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with first baseman and corner outfielder Daniel Nava.

The one-year deal is worth $1.375 million and also carries some performanced-based bonuses, per Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Nava batted just .194 with a .560 OPS in 166 plate appearances this summer between Boston and Tampa Bay, but the 32-year-old owns a .281/.377/.409 career batting line against right-handed pitching and could form a left-field platoon with Craig Gentry next year in Anaheim if the Angels don’t make a bolder move.

They’ve been tied recently to free agent outfielder¬†Justin Upton.

Indians sign Rajai Davis to one-year, $5.25 million deal

Rajai Davis
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As first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Indians have reached agreement on a one-year contract with free agent outfielder Rajai Davis. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal says it will be worth $5.25 million with some performance-based incentives tacked on.

Davis posted a respectable .746 OPS with eight home runs and 18 stolen bases in 113 games this past season for the Tigers. He gives the Indians much-needed outfield depth with Michael Brantley recovering from major offseason shoulder surgery. There have been reports that Brantley might not be recovered until June.

Davis is 35 years old, but he still moves well and there is little risk in any one-year deal. There’s a chance he maintains starter-like playing time even when Brantley returns.

Nationals discussing trade for Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips

Brandon Phillips
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Ken Rosenthal has the developing story over at …

The Washington Nationals are discussing a trade with the Cincinnati Reds that would reunite new manager Dusty Baker and second baseman Brandon Phillips in Washington, according to major-league sources on Tuesday.

Phillips carries full no-trade protection via 10-and-5 rights, so he would have to approve any swap. But you’d have to figure the 34-year-old would be open to getting out of Cincinnati, where there is a full rebuild underway.

Phillips bounced back somewhat from his brutal 2014 to hit .294/.328/.395 with 12 home runs and 70 RBI in 148 games this summer for the Reds. He still plays very good defense at second base, though not quite at the elite level we saw during his peak.

Phillips is owed $13 million in 2016 and $14 million in 2017.

Korean first baseman Dae-ho Lee has offers on the table from MLB teams

Lee Dae-ho, Motohiro Shima
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Japanese starting pitcher Kenta Maeda is the biggest fish currently on the international market, but Korean first baseman Dae-ho Lee is generating some noise of his own while the Maeda posting process plays out.

Daum’s Daniel Kim reports that Lee has received multiple offers in the two-year, $4-5 million range from interested major league teams. Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review suggested last week that the Pirates might take a look.

Lee is a free agent and so he doesn’t have to follow the typical posting guidelines for players moving from Nippon Professional Baseball to North America. He stands to make around $5 million from the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in 2016 and could just head back to NPB if he doesn’t find an MLB contract to his liking.

Lee, 33, batted .282/.368/.524 with 31 homers and 98 RBI in 141 games for the Hawks in 2015.

Jeff Francis has retired from baseball

Jeff Francis
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Jeff Francis told’s Thomas Harding on Tuesday that he is hanging up his cleats for good after 11-plus major league seasons.

Francis was selected ninth overall by the Rockies in 2002 out of the University of British Columbia and pitched eight total years for Colorado. The most memorable was probably 2007, when he posted a 4.22 ERA (114 ERA+) and 17 wins in 34 starts and led the Rockies to the World Series, where they would fall to the Red Sox.

He also spent time with the Royals, Reds, Athletics, and Yankees.

The native of Vancouver finished up his career in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays.