The Los Angeles Angels added two more new arms to their retooled pitching staff by agreeing to a $15 million, two-year contract with former Phillies righthander Joe Blanton and an $8 million, two-year deal with lefthanded reliever Sean Burnett.
Blanton's deal includes a team option for 2015, a person familiar with the negotiations said at the baseball winter meeting in Nashville on Wednesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the deal was pending a physical. Burnett's agreement also is pending a physical.
Blanton, who turns 32 next week, was 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA this year for the Phillies and Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired him on Aug. 3.
The 30-year-old Burnett was 1-2 with a 2.38 ERA in 70 games this year for the Washington Nationals. He joins a bullpen that already has added former Phillie Ryan Madson to go along with incumbent closer Ernesto Frieri.
Other winter-meeting deals, also according to persons with knowledge of the negotiations - and, as always, pending physicals - include:
Outfielder Jason Bay reportedly reaching a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners. The 34-year-old Bay is hoping to resurrect his career with the Mariners after three disappointing and injury-plagued seasons with the New York Mets, who made a deal on his $66 million, four-year contract allowing the team to spread out the $21 million they still owe.
Infielder Eric Chavez (.281, 16 homers) agreeing to terms with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a $3 million, one-year contract. In addition, sources said the Diamondbacks reached agreement on a one-year deal with 35-year-old catcher Wil Nieves.
Infielder Jeff Keppinger (.325, 9 HRs, 40 RBIs) and the Chicago White Sox reportedly agreeing on a $12 million, three-year contract.
Outfielder Nate McLouth said to be rejoining the Baltimore Orioles with a one-year deal worth $2 million.
Lefthanded reliever Randy Choate and the St. Louis Cardinals, said to have agreed to a $7.5 million, three-year contract.
Lefthander Jeff Francis, (6-7, 5.58) said to be staying with the Colorado Rockies on a one-year contract.
Scutaro stays. Second baseman Marco Scutaro, the NL Championship Series MVP, is staying in San Francisco, agreeing to a $20 million, three-year deal with the Giants late Tuesday.
Fredi's back. The Atlanta Braves exercised their 2014 option on manager Fredi Gonzalez's contract.
Frick Award. Former Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the baseball Hall of Fame announced.
Cheek, who died in 2005, made his most famous call came in the 1993 World Series, when Joe Carter hit a walk-off home run in Game 6 off Phillies reliever Mitch Williams to win the title. ("Touch 'em all, Joe!")