News & links, Tuesday, December 17: Pitching, Pitching, Pitching

So long, Matt Albers - Marilyn Indahl

Today's 3 most important words in baseball: pitching, pitching and pitching

Tribe News

Right-hander John Axford reaches agreement with Cleveland Indians | News - ICYHBHUAR (In case you have been hiding under a rock)

Indians sign RHP Shaun Marcum to Minor League contract | News - The Cleveland Indians today announced that the club has signed free agent RHP SHAUN MARCUM to a Minor League contract with a non-roster invitation to Major League spring training camp.

Inbox: Pitching depth remains priority for Indians | News - MLBastian answers fan correspondence.

Around the Hot Stove

Matt Albers, Astros reach agreement on one-year deal | News LGFT Matt Albers returns to where it started for him, as the Astros agreed to a one-year deal with an option. Albers was drafted by the club and pitched the first two years of his career in Houston.

Arizona Diamondbacks land Addison Reed in deal with Chicago White Sox | News - The D-backs bolstered the back end of their bullpen Monday, acquiring right-hander Addison Reed from the White Sox in exchange for third-base prospect Matt Davidson.

Braves, Floyd come to terms on one-year deal | News- Gavin Floyd and the Braves have reached agreement on a one-year, $4.5 million contract with an additional $4.5 million in incentives.

Gavin Floyd and the nuttiness of the pitching market. | : Jonathan Bernhardt Article - The Braves will pay pitcher Gavin Floyd $4 million next year, even though he's recovering from Tommy John surgery and will likely miss a chunk of the season ... and it's not a bad move. That's how sideways the free-agent pitching market has gone.

Are there more vacant Hall of Fame classes to come? | : Will Leitch Article - One Hall of Fame prognosticator predicts that Greg Maddux will be the only player going to Cooperstown in 2014. This could be yet another sign of an overstuffed ballot problem voters are struggling with -- and it seems like it's only going to get worse.

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