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Multi-year arbitration settlements, and an f.a. signing

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Okay, some deals to announce...

The Pirates have signed free agent starter Tony Armas, Jr., to a 1 year, $3.5 million deal. The Pirates had been hunting about for a while for a veteran arm to plug into the back of the rotation, and Armas was the last guy standing.

Not a bad deal, though...if Armas is healthy, he's a steal at that price, and the Pirates will have a tasty morsel to dangle at the trade deadline. If he's not, well, it is a one year deal, and it isn't as if the Pirates have much better to spend their money on.

Austin Kearns agreed to a 3 year, $17.5 million deal with the Nationals, with the Nats having a $10 million option on Kearns for the 2010 season. Pretty solid deal for both sides, I think...Kearns has an injury history that has to worry you, but if he can stay on the field, this can pay off big for Washington.

And finally, the Phillies and Brett Myers agreed to a three year deal, with the Phillies buying out Myers' last two arbitration seasons at $5.25 million and $8 million, along with a free agent season at $12 million.

Myers is pretty good. And now, even if his arm falls off, he's set for life.