Phillies to sign Madson for 3 years
Gobble was 0-2 with an 8.81 ERA and one save in 39 relief appearances for Kansas City last season. After giving up 10 runs in one inning against Detroit on July 21, he went on the disabled list until Sept. 2 because of a stiff lower back. When he returned, he didn't allow a run in his final eight appearances and seven innings.
He can earn an additional $50,000 in performance bonuses: $25,000 each for 55 and 70 games.
The Blue Jays and reliever Brandon League agreed Monday to $640,000, one-year contract.The 25-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with one save and 2.18 ERA in 31 relief appearances last season, allowing 28 hits in 33 innings. Outfielder Jason Repko avoided arbitration with the Los Angeles Dodgers by agreeing to a $500,000, one-year contract. Repko hit .167 in limited duty for the Dodgers last season, getting three hits in 18 at-bats. He can also earn an additional $87,500 based on plate appearances: $12,500 for 100, and $25,000 each for 150, 250 and 350. Catcher Mike Napoli and the Los Angeles Angels avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2 million. Napoli hit .273 with 20 homers and 49 RBIs for the Angels last season. Relief pitcher Frank Francisco has agreed to a $1.6 million, one-year contract with the Rangers. Francisco went 3-5 with five saves and a 3.13 ERA last season in 58 appearances. He took over as the Rangers' closer on Aug. 25 and didn't allow an earned run in his final 11 appearances of the season, going for 5-for-5 in save chances. The Reds and outfielder Jonny Gomes agreed to a minor league contract Monday with an invitation to spring training. Gomes played the first four months of last season with AL champion Tampa Bay before being optioned to Triple-A Durham. He was recalled on Sept. 13 and finished the year batting .182 with eight homers and 21 RBIs. Information from ESPN.com senior baseball writer Jayson Stark and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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