Baseball Notes: Morneau signs with Rockies

Posted: December 15, 2013

The Colorado Rockies signed first baseman Justin Morneau to a two-year, $12.5 million deal Friday.

He will step in for Todd Helton, who retired at the end of the season. The Rockies were contemplating moving Michael Cuddyer from right field over to first base before the deal with Morneau.

Like Helton, Morneau is a smooth-fielding first baseman. Since 2003, his fielding percentage (.996) is second to only Helton (.997).

Over his 11-year career, Morneau is a .277 hitter. He was the 2006 American League MVP while a member of the Minnesota Twins, hitting .321 that season with 34 homers and 130 RBIs.

The 32-year-old Morneau is a four-time All-Star.

Chamberlain deal finalized

The Detroit Tigers have finalized their one-year deal with righthanded reliever Joba Chamberlain.

Chamberlain joins a retooled bullpen that also includes free agent acquisition Joe Nathan. The hard-throwing Chamberlain, whose slide has been inconsistent in recent years, was 2-1 with one save in 45 games and a career-high 4.93 ERA last season for the New York Yankees.

Detroit general manager Dave Dombrowski indicated Friday that the team may not make any more major moves this offseason. The Tigers traded slugger Prince Fielder for second baseman Ian Kinsler last month, and their lineup figures to have less power and more speed next year.

Cubs claim Twins hurler

The Chicago Cubs claimed Australian righthander Liam Hendriks off waivers from the Minnesota Twins. The 24-year-old Hendriks made 28 starts and two relief appearances with the Twins from 2011-13, going 2-13 with a 6.06 earned-run average. Last season, he was 1-3 with a 6.85 ERA in 10 games.

Dodgers get Mets pitcher

The Dodgers have acquired pitcher Seth Rosin from the New York Mets for cash after he was selected by New York in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft from Philadelphia. The 6-foot-6, 250-pound right-hander was 9-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 26 games last season for the Phillies' Double-A Reading club.

Logan to Rockies?

A person with knowledge of the situation says reliever Boone Logan has agreed to a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has yet to be announced. Logan, 29, has spent the last four seasons with the New York Yankees. He was 5-2 with a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings last season.

Kubel, Twins agree

Outfielder Jason Kubel has returned to the Minnesota Twins, agreeing to a minor league contract. He hit a combined .216 last season with Arizona and Cleveland.

- Associated Press

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