Not too much to report on over the weekend, although there were a couple minor deals within the AL Central.

In the biggest deal (and one that increases Torii Hunter‘s value) that happened over the weekend was the Blue Jays’ signing of CF Vernon Wells. The two parties agreed to a deal worth $126 million over 7 years, the same deal that Wells had proposed to management earlier in the season. Nothing official has been announced yet, though.

 

For the first of two deals involving the rival White Sox: a trade that sends 1B Ross Gload to the Royals for pitcher Andrew Cisco. Cisco is 6’10 and could start for the Sox next year, but is expected to start the season in the bullpen.

In the second deal, the White Sox signed catcher Toby Hall to a two-year, $3.65 million deal. He was signed to be a solid backup to plate-slapping, fat-faced looking A.J. Pierzynski. Hall started as the Devil Rays’ catcher from 2003-2005.

 

Long time Houston Astros first baseman Jeff Bagwell announced his retirement over the weekend. It was expected, as he sat out all of 2006 with a shoulder injury, and he’s also 38 years old. He finishes with 449 home runs, most in Astros history.

 

In other retirement news, it appears that Twins pitcher Brad Radke will officially announce his retirement on Tuesday. He pitched 12 years for Minnesota, finished with a record of 148-139 and a career ERA of 4.22. Pretty horrible stats for a pitcher that made $61,859,000 in 12 years of Major League ball.

 

Golden Gophers star and Boston Bruins center Phil Kessel has had his testicular cancer successfully removed. The story first broke last Tuesday. He will rest for two weeks before starting play again.

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