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  1. Chad Gaudin failed physical exam, released by Phillies

    Feb 13, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chad Gaudin signed a minor-league deal with the Phillies three weeks ago, but he failed the physical exam and was released today. Gaudin would have earned $750,000 if he made the Opening Day roster out of spring training after throwing 97 innings with a 3.06 ERA for the Giants at age 30. However, he missed…

  2. Hisashi Iwakuma out 4-6 weeks with finger injury

    Feb 12, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, who finished third in the Cy Young voting last season, is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a finger injury sustained while working out at home last month. Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports that Iwakuma suffered a strained tendon in the middle finger of his throwing hand. The…

  3. Orioles interested in Kendrys Morales, talking to his agent

    Feb 12, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

    kendrys morales getty

    After missing out on A.J. Burnett the Orioles “remain interested” in first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales and “continue to be in contact with his reps,” according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Baltimore has collected some designated hitter options like Nolan Reimold, Delmon Young, and Henry Urrutia, but the Orioles could definitely find room…

  4. Royals release Emilio Bonifacio, eat a half-million bucks

    Feb 12, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

    Emilio Bonifacio Getty

    Kansas City has released Emilio Bonifacio after the utility man and his $3.5 million contract predictably passed through waivers. Because his one-year deal was an arbitration avoidance it’s not fully guaranteed, so by releasing him the Royals are only on the hook for around $575,000. Or maybe “only” is a better way to put it.…

  5. So long, Pirates: A.J. Burnett signs with the Phillies

    Feb 12, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett AP

    Just minutes after news that Cole Hamels could miss the beginning of the season due to a biceps injury the Phillies have made a big move for the rotation: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that they’ve signed A.J. Burnett to a one-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $16 million. Burnett had two…

  6. Dodgers close to signing slick-fielding Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:44 AM EDT

    Erisbel Arruebarruena

    Continuing their focus on using their spending advantages to acquire talent internationally the Dodgers are close to signing Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Arruebarruena defected from Cuba in November and held workouts for MLB teams in December. He’s considered an elite defensive shortstop, but there are lots of questions…

  7. Dusty Baker on unemployment: “It still hurts some”

    Feb 12, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    Dusty Baker

    Dusty Baker tried to land a managing gig for this season after being fired by the Reds, but the Nationals and several other teams weren’t interested and now the three-time Manager of the Year is sitting at home in California instead of going to spring training. Baker talked to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com about what…

  8. Don’t expect Ubaldo Jimenez to go back to the Indians

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    Ubaldo Jimenez remains unsigned and the draft pick compensation attached to his free agency has definitely hurt the right-hander’s market value, but don’t expect a return to the Indians. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that “it would take something extreme” for the Indians to re-sign Jimenez and “there has been no communication”…

  9. Papa Grande in the Big Apple: Mets sign Jose Valverde

    Feb 12, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jose Valverde was rumored to be signing with the Diamondbacks back in December, but that never happened and now the longtime closer has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mets. Valverde saved 35 games with a 3.78 ERA for the Tigers in 2012, but his secondary numbers showed a pitcher in significant decline and…

  10. Dodgers, Kenley Jansen avoid arbitration for $4.3 million

    Feb 11, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kenley Jansen

    Kenley Jansen has avoided arbitration with the Dodgers by inking a one-year, $4.3 million contract, which is $25,000 above the midpoint of his submission and the team’s counter. Jansen sometimes flies under the radar when stud relievers are discussed because he’s yet to rack up huge save totals, but no one has been more dominant…

  11. Randy Wolf will make his comeback attempt with Mariners

    Feb 11, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf

    Randy Wolf is attempting a comeback at age 37 after missing all of last season and it’ll be with the Mariners, as Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league contract that includes an invitation to spring training. Wolf hasn’t pitched since September of 2012 because of Tommy John elbow…

  12. Jaime Garcia arrives in Cardinals camp feeling healthy

    Feb 11, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Jaime Garcia, who underwent surgery to repair a torn shoulder labrum in May, is now “on the same schedule as the other starters” in Cardinals camp, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Garcia is under contract for $7.75 million this season (and $9.25 million in 2015) and posted a 3.89 ERA…

  13. Twins general manager Terry Ryan diagnosed with cancer

    Feb 10, 2014, 2:16 PM EDT

    terry ryan twins

    Twins general manager Terry Ryan has been diagnosed with cancer and will undergo treatment at the Mayo Clinic, the team announced in a statement. Ryan was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in his neck following a routine physical exam and will not be with the team in Florida when spring training begins, but issued a…

  14. Nationals, Tyler Clippard avoid arbitration for $5.875 million

    Feb 10, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game

    Washington won’t be going to an arbitration hearing this year, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Nationals and reliever Tyler Clippard have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $5.875 million deal. Clippard asked for $6.35 million and the Nationals countered at $4.45 million, so he’s getting $475,000 more than the midpoint…

  15. Tommy Hanson agrees to minor league deal with Rangers

    Feb 10, 2014, 11:33 AM EDT

    Tommy Hanson Getty

    Not so long ago Tommy Hanson was one of the best young pitchers in baseball, but after back-to-back rough seasons the 27-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract from the Rangers. Hanson has struggled to stay healthy since mid-2011 and last season he posted an ugly 5.42 ERA in 73 innings for…

  16. Grady Sizemore: “I’m healthy, I’m good to go”

    Feb 10, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Grady Sizemore, who turned down a deal with the Reds to sign a $750,000 contract with the Red Sox, arrived at spring training yesterday and sounded pretty optimistic about his health status after sitting out all of 2012 and 2013. Sizemore hasn’t been healthy and effective since way back in 2009, but he’s still just…

  17. Francisco Rodriguez is returning to the Brewers again

    Feb 7, 2014, 3:22 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez and the Brewers are getting back together, with Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reporting that the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $3.25 million deal. Rodriguez spent part of 2011, all of 2012, and part of 2013 with the Brewers before being traded to the Orioles in July of last year. Overall for…

  18. White Sox sign Mitchell Boggs

    Feb 7, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Mitchell Boggs

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the White Sox have signed Mitchell Boggs to a one-year, $1.1 million deal. Boggs was a mess last season for the Cardinals, posting a 11.05 ERA in 18 appearances before a demotion to Triple-A. He was traded to the Rockies in July and walked as many batters as he…

  19. Nationals sign Luis Ayala

    Feb 7, 2014, 12:12 PM EDT

    Luis Ayala

    Washington continues to add depth, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Nationals have signed reliever Luis Ayala to a minor-league deal. Ayala looked pretty washed up five years ago, but somehow stuck around, kept getting jobs, and actually has put together a nice run for the past three seasons with a 2.58 ERA…

  20. Don’t expect A.J. Burnett to sign with the Phillies

    Feb 7, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    Philadelphia has been mentioned as a potential landing spot for A.J. Burnett, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. indicated pretty strongly that the Phillies won’t be signing the free agent right-hander. Amaro naturally declined to comment specifically on Burnett, but told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com: I don’t suspect we’ll be doing anything. I think we’ve…

  21. Orioles sign former top-10 pick Matt LaPorta

    Feb 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Matt LaPorta

    Former first-round pick Matt LaPorta, whose career was derailed by multiple injuries, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Baltimore previously signed Delmon Young to a minor-league deal and they’re similar enough as right-handed bats and defensively challenged corner outfielders/first basemen that it could end up being a competition for one bench spot.…

  22. Astros designate Brett Wallace for assignment

    Feb 6, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

    Brett Wallace

    To make room for free agent signing Jerome Williams on the 40-man roster the Astros have designated first baseman Brett Wallace for assignment. Wallace was once a top prospect, but it turned out he couldn’t really play third base defensively and never developed into the impact bat many people pegged him for in the minors.…

  23. Cubs, Darwin Barney avoid arbitration for $2.3 million

    Feb 6, 2014, 1:45 PM EDT

    Darwin Barney Getty

    Second baseman Darwin Barney and the Cubs have agreed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract to avoid arbitration. Barney is one of the worst-hitting regulars in baseball, batting just .208 with seven homers and a .569 OPS last season and .246 with a .628 OPS for his career, but the Cubs love his defense at…

  24. Nationals talking to Rays about Jose Lobaton

    Feb 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jose Lobaton

    Washington’s spring training roster is packed with catchers, including starter Wilson Ramos and six backup options to evaluate, but apparently the Nationals are still looking for another backstop. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals are talking to the Rays about trading for Jose Lobaton, who became expendable in Tampa Bay following the addition…

  25. Dodgers sign Justin Turner

    Feb 5, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v New York Mets

    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that the Dodgers have signed utility man Justin Turner, who spent the past three seasons with the Mets. Turner has played all over the diamond defensively and hit .265 with eight homers and a .696 OPS in 895 total plate appearances for the Mets, which makes him a…

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