1) Bud Selig approved the trades to send Randy Johnson to the Yankees and Shawn Green to the Diamondbacks. The teams get 72 hours to work out contract extensions with them, in order to get them to waive their no trade clauses.
There is no doubt the Yankees and Johnson will agree to an extension. But, Green says he’s not sure whether he’ll agree to a new deal, with the Arizona Republic reporting he could have to take a big pay cut in order for it to happen.
2) According to NY Newsday, the Mets made an offer to free agent CF Carlos Beltran that exceeded his asking price of $17 million/year and $119 million total.
3) The Angels renamed themselves the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
4) The Twins signed 2B Brent Abernathy and P Pat Strange to minor league contracts.
Abernathy has -37 RCAA/.623 OPS in 208 career games.
Strange has a 6.35 ERA/-5 RSAA in 11 career games.
5) The Indians sold INF Erick Almonte to the Nippon Ham Fighters.
Almonte has -1 RCAA/.693 OPS in 39 career games.
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