The Pittsburgh Pirates were able to pry Russell Martin from the Bronx.
Chicago Cubs sign Scott Baker
The Chicago Cubs have made a couple of good moves this offseason to help make their club stronger.
One of those moves is the signing of Scott Baker, a solid arm to add to the starting rotation (via MLB.com).
Baker has pitched for the Minnesota Twins his entire career, going 63-48 with a 4.15 ERA in 958 innings over seven seasons. He should be all set to pitch in spring training after recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Cincinnati Reds re-sign Jonathan Broxton
The Cincinnati Reds must have been happy with Jonathan Broxton's performance during the second half of the 2012 season, as they've re-signed him to a three-year contract (via ESPN).
The signing of Broxton allows the Reds to move closer Aroldis Chapman to the starting rotation without losing much at the back end of the Cincinnati rotation. Broxton has 111 saves in his career between the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Reds.
Milwaukee Brewers sign Tom Gorzelanny
Whether the Milwaukee Brewers were looking for a starting pitcher or a reliever, they got both in Tom Gorzelanny and signed him to a two-year deal (via Yahoo! Sports).
The eight-year veteran pitched for the Washington Nationals the last two seasons as a starter and reliever. He has made 111 career starts between the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Nationals as well as 82 relief appearances.
Pittsburgh Pirates sign Russell Martin
The Pittsburgh Pirates made one of the more surprising moves of the offseason by signing catcher Russell Martin to a two-year contract (via USA Today). The move wasn’t surprising because they decided to sign him, but because they got him and the New York Yankees didn’t.
Martin hasn’t hit well over the last few seasons, but has benefited from the short porches at Yankee Stadium, hitting 39 home runs over in the past two years despite hitting .224 in 258 games. Martin should do well working with Pittsburgh’s pitchers and can hopefully revamp his swing to hit with consistency.
St. Louis Cardinals sign Ty Wiggington
Ty Wiggington had played for a lot of teams over the course of his 11-year career, but never with the St. Louis Cardinals.
That is, until now, as the Cardinals signed the utility player to a two-year contract (via MLB.com).
Although Wigginton likely won’t start for the Cardinals, he now becomes one of their best options off the bench. He can play virtually every position and has a decent bat as well. He’s a career .263/.324/.438 hitter with 169 home runs and 591 RBI in 1,315 games.