Brett Tomko (above) was 8-15 last season for the San Francisco Giants. Amazingly, losing 15 games with a 4.14 ERA was good enough for Tomko to see his salary nearly double, courtesy of a new two-year pact with Los Angeles. If there’s any truth to the tired cliche that a pitcher must be pretty good to be given the opportunity to lose 20 games, it would stand to reason that a 15 game loser is merely average.

Minnesota has signed OF Rondell White to a one year, $3.25 million contract.

Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports the Red Sox and Diamondbacks are discussing a deal for the latter’s Troy Glaus, with the longtime third baseman moving to first base.

The Padres have added free agent 2B Mark Bellhorn, and pitchers Dewan Brazelton and Mark Sikorski. The Union-Tribune’s Bill Center writes the Padres have received permission from MLB to move Petco’s right center field fence in some 11 feet.

Pitchers David Borowski and knuckleballer Steve Sparks, infielders Eric Munson, Danny Klassen, Kevin Orie are all likely candidates for the Round Rock Express’ opening day roster. The quintet were signed to minor league contracts earlier today by the Houston Astros.

The A’s have announced plans to close the third deck of MacAfee Coliseum next season. As pointed out in the link from Athletics Nation, even if good seats are readily available in Oakland, it is a drag to have fewer cheap, walk-up options available.