The Houston Astros and Erik Bedardagreed to a minor league contract that includes an invitation to Spring Training. Bedard will return to the American League next season after spending last year with the Pirates. Bedard posted a 3.12 ERA over his first 10 outings in 2012 before falling apart. He finished the season with a 7-14 with a 5.01 ERA in 24 starts.
The Milwaukee Brewers learned Friday that Corey Hart needs knee surgery and will miss 3 to 4 months. The issue presented itself during offseason workouts as his knee began to swell up. Hart does not know exactly when the injury occurred.
The Texas Rangers and David Murphy avoided arbitration and agreed on a one-year deal. He should get a look as a full-time starter this season after demonstrating he could hit left-handed pitching when called upon in 2012.
The Pittsburgh and Francisco Liriano has agreed to new terms, necessary after an injury to his non-throwing arm disrupted the original contract negotiations. The new deal states that Liriano can still make all the money owed on his original contract if he stays healthy.
The Boston Red Sox and Jacoby Ellsburyagreed to a one-year deal to avoid arbitration. The Red Sox also agreed to terms were pitchers Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Bailey, Daniel Bard, Joel Hanrahan, Andrew Miller and Franklin Morales.
The Colorado Rockies and Chris Volstadagreed to minor league contract. Volstad went 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA for the Cubs last season in 21 starts. The Rockies also agreed to a minor league deal with Miguel Batista who is a candidate for a middle-relief role. Even with these two pitchers signed the Rockies are pursing additional arms.
The baseball world mourned the loss of two of the great ones over the weekend. St. Louis Cardinals great Stan "The Man" Musial, one of baseball's great hitters passed away quietly in his home on Saturday evening as he was surrounded by family & friends. Musial was 92 years old. Former Baltimore Orioles manager, Earl Weaverpassed away late Friday night at the age of 82 years old.
THIS DAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY: 1997 - Modern Yankee great Don Mattingly officially announced his retirement at a media conference in Yankee Stadium.