MLB Notes: Two teams eyeing Theriot?

MLB Notes: Two teams eyeing Theriot?
February 5, 2013, 8:45 am
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After winning a World Series with the Giants last season, Ryan Theriot is still without a job for 2013.

But according to's Ken Rosenthal (via HardballTalk), the Rangers and Indians both have interest in the free-agent infielder.

Last season, Theriot hit .270 in 104 games with San Francisco. Theriot was a Chicago Cub from 2005-09 and for 96 games of 2010, but since then, he's bounced around between the Dodgers, Cardinals and Giants.

Report: Pirates close to signing Sanchez
The Pittsburgh Pirates are close to a deal with free-agent pitcher Jonathan Sanchez, according to Jon Heyman of (via HardballTalk).

Last season, Sanchez had a 8.07 ERA in 15 starts between the Royals and Rockies before he was shut down for the season on Aug. 3 with left biceps tendinitis.

Heyman reports Sanchez is healthy and spent the winter working on his mechanics.

Jed Lowrie traded to A's
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics have acquired infielder Jed Lowrie and right-hander Fernando Rodriguez from the Houston Astros for first baseman Chris Carter and two minor leaguers.

Right-hander Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi also went to Houston in Monday's deal.

Lowrie batted .244 with 16 homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games with Houston, missing two months with ankle and thumb injuries. The Astros got rid of his $2.4 million salary for this season and will likely have the lowest payroll in the majors in 2013.

Rodriguez went 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 71 relief appearances last year with 78 strikeouts in 70 1-3 innings.

Carter batted .239 with 16 homers and 39 RBIs in 67 games with Oakland last year, platooning at first base with left-handed hitting Brandon Moss.

- Associated Press

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