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Smokin' Hot Stove: Coast to Coast

The hot stove has been heating up for the past few days, and we've seen lots of random signings throughout the league. Let's recap!

Fernando Rodney, one of the scariest men in all of baseball, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels to the tune of $11 million. The 32-year-old right-hander enjoyed his first seven big league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, including the last two years as their closer. He converted 37 of 38 save opportunities last season, tossing a career-best 75.2 innings.

On the other side of the country, the New York Mets have signed righty Kelvim Escobar to a one-year deal, for roughly $1.25 million. The 33-year-old righty won 18 games for the Halos back in 2007, but missed nearly all of the past two seasons with shoulder problems. If he stays healthy, he'd most likely work out of the bullpen for the Mets, who are seeking some setup assistance for All-Star closer Francisco Rodriguez.

Back on the West Coast, the Oakland Athletics have reached a preliminary agreement on a one-year contract with Justin Duchscherer. This deal is top secret of course, since it hasn't been made public just yet.

The 32-year-old, two-time All-Star missed all of last season due to an elbow injury and clinical depression after becoming a full-time starter for the first time in his career during 2008. Duchscherer went 10-8 that year with a 2.54 ERA over a career-high 141.2 innings.

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