A is for Active - News & Notes 12/3/13

Jim Johnson is also now an Oakland Athletic - Greg Fiume

The Oakland A's made a big splash yesterday, signing Scott Kazmir and trading for Jim Johnson. Also, Doug Fister is now a National.

Tribe News

Cleveland Indians to close three of their four team shops - Cleveland Business News - Northeast Ohio and Cleveland - Crain's Cleveland Business - Online sales activity leads Cleveland Indians to close three of their four team shops.

Cleveland Indians suffer 2nd free-agent sting as Scott Kazmir signs with A's | cleveland.com - ICYMI, Scott Kazmir, who revitalized his career with the Indians, follows reliever Joe Smith to the West Coast for big free agent money.

Indians non-tender catcher Lou Marson | indians.com: News - The Indians decided against tendering Lou Marson a contract for the 2014 season, making the catcher a free agent this offseason. The Tribe did tender contracts to six of its nine arbitration-eligible players, a list that includes Justin Masterson, Michael Brantley, Drew Stubbs, Marc Rzepczynski, Vinnie Pestano and Josh Tomlin. Also not tendered by the Tribe - Tyler Cloyd and Matt Carson.

Simmering on the Hot Stove

A's acquire Jim Johnson from Orioles for Jemile Weeks | MLB.com: News - In less than 12 hours, Oakland's pitching staff underwent a dramatic makeover. While the A's were still finalizing a two-year deal with lefty Scott Kazmir on Monday, they were also reeling in a closer, trading for All-Star Jim Johnson from the Orioles.

Nationals acquire pitcher Doug Fister from Tigers for three players | MLB.com: News - The good news - the Tigers no longer have Fister. The bad news - they have more money to spend on someone else (Cabrera, Scherzer extensions?).

Nationals Steal Doug Fister From Tigers | FanGraphs Baseball - Another take on the trade.

Phil Hughes may not be a great pitcher, but he fits the Twins. | SportsonEarth.com : Jack Moore Article - Somebody has to pitch for the Twins. Why not Phil Hughes?

Tenders/Non-Tenders — 2014 (MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com) - MLBTR does nothing wrong in publishing a handy list of tendered/non-tendered players.

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