Yes, there was more than just the A.J. Burnett trade talk happening this week in the AL East. We covered Okajima's failed physical, the Adam Jones deal, Tim Wakefield's pending retirement, the Red Sox signing Ross Ohlendorf, the Casey Jansen signing, and the Joe Maddon extension:
A.J. Burnett Trade Completed, Pending Physicals And Approval From MLB - MLB Daily Dish
The deal is complete, pending physicals and approval from the commissioner's office, according to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. The Pirates will be paying $5 million in 2012 and $8 million in 2013 for Burnett's services, for a total commitment of $13 million, as Kovacevic adds.
Hideki Okajima Fails Physical With Yankees - MLB Daily Dish
Relief pitcher Hideki Okajima failed his physical with the New York Yankees on Friday and likely won't be joining the team going forward, according to David Waldstein of the New York Times. The Yankees signed Okajima to a minor league deal earlier in the off-season but it appears that his stint with the Yankees will be short lived.
Orioles Notes: Adam Jones, Young Pitching, Seong-Min Kim Fallout - MLB Daily Dish
The Baltimore Orioles would be better off trading Adam Jones now, according to Ken Rosenthal. Now is when teams have the most roster and financial flexibility, but the trading deadline might provide another opportunity. Rosenthal notes that it would be more difficult to find a good return if they waited too long (similar to the Guthrie trade) -- and that waiting until next off-season will have been too long.
Baltimore Orioles Avoid Arbitration With Adam Jones - MLB Daily Dish
It's a one-year deal worth $6.15 million that has another $50K Jones can earn through performance bonuses, Connolly adds. If Jones can trigger in the $50K, the two sides essentially agreed to the mid-point in their arbitration differences.
Orioles Talked Extension with Adam Jones - MLB Daily Dish
Dan Connolly from the Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Baltimore Orioles have discussed a contract extension with center fielder Adam Jones. New general manager Dan Duquette has said that they have talked, but the goal right now is to iron out a deal for the 2012 season.
Tim Wakefield to Announce Retirement - MLB Daily Dish
The Boston Red Sox have announced that long time starting pitcher Tim Wakefield will announce his retirement in Fort Myers later today. The knuckle baller has been considering this decision for a while this off season.
Red Sox, Cubs, Close to Settling Theo Epstein Compensation - MLB Daily Dish
Earlier this morning, Nick Cafardo from the Boston Globe reported via tweet that the Theo Epstein compensation talks between the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs should come to an end soon.
Boston Red Sox Sign Ross Ohlendorf - MLB Daily Dish
The Boston Red Sox and Ross Ohlendorf have agreed to a minor league contract, according to MLBTR. The deal was first reported by MLB Network's Peter Gammons, and the Boston Globe's Peter Abraham confirmed that Ohlendorf is at Boston's camp in Fort Myers, Fla.
2012 MLBDD Prospect Lists: Top 15 Catchers - MLB Daily Dish
2. Travis d'Arnaud, Toronto Blue Jays - He still needs a bit more development, but he's got potential to be an elite catcher given his combination of offensive and defensive skills. The power is legitimately plus, and he projects as a plus defender behind the plate given his improving technique.
Blue Jays, Casey Janssen Avoid Arbitration - MLB Daily Dish
The Toronto Blue Jays and reliever Casey Janssen are nearing a two-year deal with an option to successfully avoid salary arbitration, reports Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.
Tampa Bay Rays Sign Chris Gimenez - MLB Daily Dish
According to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, the Tampa Bay Rays have signed free agent catcher Chris Gimenez to a minor league deal today. The Seattle Mariners designated Gimenez for assignment last week, and he soon elected free agency before the Rays picked him up.
Tampa Bay Rays Extend Joe Maddon - MLB Daily Dish
The Tampa Bay Rays and manager Joe Maddon have agreed to terms on a contract extension that will keep arguably the best manager in baseball with the organization, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times.