Atkins, Gonzalez, Marquis Sign Elsewhere
In case you hadn’t heard, Garrett Atkins signed a one-year, $4M contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles also inked lefthanded reliever Mike Gonzalez to a two-year, $12M deal to be their closer. Too bad they play in the AL East or these signings might matter.
In other news, the Washington Nationals added veteran pitcher-cum-mentor Jason Marquis to a two-year, $15M contract that I’m happy to say was not offered by the Mets. The Nats are also on the verge of signing lefty reliever Eddie Guardado and are in talks with Matt Capps, Jon Garland, and Orlando Hudson. Suddenly, I’m starting to worry a little about those annoying Nats.
Back to the AL, Darren Oliver returned to the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays and Mariners traded Brandons (Morrow for League), and the Angels are in “serious talks” with Fernando Rodney.
Meanwhile, the Mets are close to signing knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Yee ha.