ANAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 23: Howie Kendrick #47 of the during the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates as he enters the dugout after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Chicago White Sox during the MLB game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on August 23, 2011 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
You wouldn't believe the number of signings, acquisitions, and trades that happened the first week of the year. Here's what we had:
Mets Sign Omar Quintanilla To Minor League Contract - MLB Daily Dish
The New York Mets have signed backup middle infielder Omar Quintanilla, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN.
Baltimore Orioles Acquire Jai Miller - MLB Daily Dish
The Baltimore Orioles announced through a press release on Tuesday that they have acquired outfielder Jai Miller from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations. Miller was recently designated for assignment by the A's after they traded lefty Gio Gonzalez.
Texas Rangers To Acquire Brandon Snyder - MLB Daily Dish
The Texas Rangers will acquire infielder Brandon Snyder from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for cash.
Oakland Athletics To Sign Coco Crisp - MLB Daily Dish
The Oakland Athletics have reportedly agreed to a two-year contract with outfielder Coco Crisp.
Pittsburgh Pirates To Sign Jo-Jo Reyes - MLB Daily Dish
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a minor league contract with free agent lefty Jo-Jo Reyes.
Rays Sign Fernando Rodney - MLB Daily Dish
Free-agent reliever Fernando Rodney tells the Associated Press he has signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.
Miami Marlins Sign Greg Dobbs - MLB Daily Dish
The Miami Marlins have re-signed veteran third baseman Greg Dobbs to a two-year, $3 million deal.
New York Yankees Trying To Trade A.J. Burnett - MLB Daily Dish
The New York Yankees are looking to lower payroll, and the easiest way to do that is by moving bad contracts like the one they gave out to right-handed starting pitcher A.J. Burnett. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the club has had no success in their attempts to move Burnett's albatross contract.
New York Mets Sign Scott Hairston - MLB Daily Dish
The New York Mets have re-signed backup outfielder Scott Hairston to a one-year, $1.1 million major-league contract, as first reported by Joel Sherman of the New York Post and Andy Martino of the New York Daily News.
Los Angeles Dodgers Re-Sign Mike MacDougal - MLB Daily Dish
The Dodgers have re-signed right-handed reliever Mike MacDougal to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013, the club announced via Twitter.
Chicago Cubs Acquire Anthony Rizzo In Four-Player Deal - MLB Daily Dish
The Chicago Cubs announced on Friday that they have acquired first baseman Anthony Rizzo and pitcher Zach Cates from the San Diego Padres in exchange for pitcher Andrew Cashner and outfielder Kyung-Min Na. The deal gives the Cubs a shiny, newly minted first baseman that they can try out next season, while the Padres get an extremely intriguing power arm to slide into their pitching staff.
Jorge Cantu, Los Angeles Angels Sign Minor League Deal - MLB Daily Dish
The Angels have indeed signed Jorge Cantu as well as Doug Deeds to minor league deals, according to Mike DiGiovanna via twitter...
Detroit Tigers Update: Porcello Opts for Arbitration, Minor Moves, Jacob Turner - MLB Daily Dish
In Detroit, Rick Porcello became eligible for arbitration today after opting out of the final year of his contract, the Tigers made several minor league moves, and the team is doing what it can to tamp down Jacob Turner rumors...
Angels, Howie Kendrick Agree to Four-Year Deal - MLB Daily Dish
"According to Ken Rosenthal, the Los Angeles Angels and Howie Kendrick have reached an agreement on a four-year contract, pending a physical. Kendrick, 28, was entering his final year of arbitration eligibility. The deal also buys out his first three years of free agency. The second baseman has hit .292/.329/.434 over the first six seasons of his career, good for a 105 OPS+."
Aaron Cook, Red Sox Agree to Minor-League Deal - MLB Daily Dish
According to Ken Rosenthal, righty Aaron Cook is in agreement with the Boston Red Sox on a minor-league contract, pending a physical, and will compete for a starting job this spring. The 32-year-old has spent the first ten seasons of his career in Colorado, where he's ultimately had moderate success. In just over 1300 total innings pitched, he's posted a 106 ERA+ and compiled 13.7 rWAR.