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MLB roundup: Wilson returns to Dodgers for 1-year deal

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Dec 06 2013 08:37:26 AM MST
Updated On: Dec 06 2013 09:24:04 AM MST
Baseballs, sports, MLB

Reliever Brian Wilson and the Los Angeles Dodgers reached an agreement on a one-year, $10 million contract with a player option for 2015 worth $8.5 million, according to multiple media reports.

Wilson did not pitch until late August after recovering from Tommy John elbow ligament reconstruction surgery in April 2012. In the regular season and playoffs with Los Angeles, Wilson allowed just one run in 19 2/3 innings.

The Dodgers plan to use Wilson, a three-time All-Star with the San Francisco Giants, as the primary setup man to closer Kenley Jansen.

--Phil Hughes hopes a change of scenery will help him get his career back on track.

The Minnesota Twins formally announced the signing of the right-handed pitcher to a three-year, $24 million contract on Thursday.

Hughes was surprised to receive a three-year contract.

"I want to out-perform this deal," Hughes said. "The Twins really stepped up for me, and I want to repay them for that. I think it's a good situation all around."

After going 16-13 with a 4.23 ERA in 2012 with the Yankees, Hughes went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013, surrendering 170 hits in 145 2/3 innings. He is 56-50 with a 4.54 ERA in his career.

--The Seattle Mariners are bringing back veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist, who signed a two-year contract with the team.

Bloomquist, 36, spent the past three seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last season, he appeared in 48 games and had 139 at-bats.

--The Milwaukee Brewers acquired left-handed pitcher Will Smith from the Kansas City Royals on Thursday in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki.

Smith, 24, went 2-1 with a 3.24 ERA in 19 games last season. He held opponents to a .202 batting average and struck out 43 batters in 33 1/3 innings.

Aoki, 31, batted .286 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 20 steals in 2013. He will be the first Japanese-born position player in Royals history.

--Tampa Bay Rays left-handed starter David Price, long expected to be on the trade market this offseason, is drawing considerable interest with at least seven teams known to be showing strong interest.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Mariners, Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, Arizona Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays are in pursuit of Price, who won the 2012 American League Cy Young and is under contract through the 2015 season.

The budget-conscious Rays were successful unloading starters under team control in previous deals that sent Matt Garza to the Chicago Cubs and James Shields to the Kansas City Royals for top prospects.