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  1. Reds sign Ramon Santiago

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    Veteran utility man Ramon Santiago has signed a minor-league deal with the Reds and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that he’d get $1.1 million in upfront money for making the Opening Day roster via spring training invitation. Santiago has spent the past eight years with the Tigers, including several seasons as a productive part-timer, but…

  2. Mariners sign Scott Baker

    Jan 29, 2014, 1:48 PM EDT

    Scott Baker

    Scott Baker, who missed all of 2012 and most of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mariners. Baker signed a one-year, $5.5 million deal with the Cubs last offseason, but experienced multiple setbacks in his recovery and ended up making just three starts in September. Before blowing…

  3. Phillies minor leaguer suspended for drug of abuse

    Jan 29, 2014, 1:13 PM EDT

    account suspended

    Christopher O’Hare, a left-hander who was the Phillies’ 23rd-round pick last year, has been suspended 50 games after a second positive test for a drug of abuse. O’Hare made his pro debut last season and spent time at three different levels, but threw a grand total of just five innings in five appearances. He’ll sit…

  4. Twins sign Matt Guerrier

    Jan 29, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Chicago Cubs

    Matt Guerrier, who spent 2004-2010 in Minnesota’s bullpen, has returned to the Twins on a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Guerrier was one of the most underrated setup men in baseball during his first go-around with the Twins, which earned him a three-year, $12 million deal from the Dodgers as a free…

  5. Angels sign Chad Tracy

    Jan 29, 2014, 11:17 AM EDT

    Chad Tracy AP

    Not satisfied after signing Carlos Pena and Brennan Boesch yesterday the Angels have added another veteran left-handed bat in Chad Tracy, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Tracy is 33 years old and spent the past two seasons as a bench bat for the Nationals, hitting .230 with seven homers and a .660…

  6. Another day, another prospect list with Byron Buxton No. 1

    Jan 29, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Byron Buxton

    At this point I might be getting sick of writing these “Byron Buxton named No. 1 prospect by X” posts, except I’m a Twins fan and it’s negative-10 degrees here in Minnesota and it’s basically all I’ve got. Anyway, the latest to pick Buxton as the best prospect in the world is Keith Law of…

  7. A.J. Burnett isn’t retiring and is open to leaving the Pirates

    Jan 28, 2014, 4:44 PM EDT

    A.J. Burnett

    For the past several months the assumption has been that A.J. Burnett would either retire or return to pitch for the Pirates, with calling it a career at age 37 seemingly being in the lead of late. However, according to Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review the free agent right-hander “will return to pitch…

  8. GM says Mariners “would love to have Nelson Cruz, but …”

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    As expected the draft pick compensation attached to signing Nelson Cruz has significantly hurt the free agent outfielder’s market, leaving him unsigned with weeks before spring training begins. In speaking at the Mariners’ fan fest event general manager Jack Zduriencik was very open about the team’s interest in Cruz, but also laid out exactly why…

  9. Indians sign Elliot Johnson

    Jan 28, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Elliot Johnson

    Elliot Johnson, who split last season between the Braves and Royals, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians. Johnson has logged 181, 331, and 275 plate appearances during the past three seasons and brings a lot of defensive versatility and speed to the table in a utility man role, but he’s a career…

  10. Reds sign Chris Nelson

    Jan 27, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Chris Nelson Getty

    Chris Nelson, who bounced around with three different teams last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds. Nelson hit .301 with nine homers and an .810 OPS in 111 games for the Rockies in 2012, which was his first full season at age 26, but he took a big step backward last…

  11. Rockies sign Paul Janish

    Jan 27, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

    Paul Janish

    Utility man Paul Janish has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rockies, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Janish spent the past two seasons with the Braves and before that four seasons with the Reds, hitting .214 with seven homers and a .572 OPS in 431 games overall. He can’t hit and at age…

  12. Jesse Crain still not ready to begin throwing

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    Houston took a risk in signing Jesse Crain after he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, although a one-year, $3.25 million deal is certainly a reasonable risk to take on a potential impact bullpen arm. His status for Opening Day remains in question, as CSNHouston.com reports that Crain won’t even begin throwing for…

  13. Jorge Posada is catching Gio Gonzalez’s bullpen sessions

    Jan 27, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    gio gonzalez and jorge posada

    Like most pitchers, Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been throwing regular offseason bullpen sessions to stay sharp. Unlike most pitchers, Gonzalez has enlisted one of the best catchers in baseball history, Jorge Posada, to be behind the plate for those sessions. Gonzalez and Posada meet up at the University of Miami baseball field on Tuesdays…

  14. Phillies, Ben Revere avoid arbitration

    Jan 24, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

    Ben Revere, Tim Federowicz

    Center fielder Ben Revere and the Phillies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $1.95 million deal. Revere had a terrible first month in Philadelphia after coming over in a trade from Minnesota, but then caught fire by hitting .347 in 65 games from May 1 until mid-July. Unfortunately that’s when his season ended thanks to…

  15. Mets re-sign Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Jan 24, 2014, 3:40 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Daisuke Matsuzaka wasn’t exactly impressive in his late-season action for the Mets, starting seven games with a 4.42 ERA and 33/16 K/BB ratio in 39 innings, but he was apparently impressive enough to re-sign. Matsuzaka will be back with the Mets on a minor-league deal, which includes an invitation to spring training and a chance…

  16. Braves re-sign Freddy Garcia

    Jan 24, 2014, 12:05 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Freddy Garcia found the fountain of youth down the stretch for Atlanta, posting a 1.65 ERA in 27 innings after looking just about washed up for the Orioles and at Triple-A, and now the Braves have re-signed the 37-year-old to a minor-league deal. Barring injuries it’ll be awfully tough for Garcia to crack the Braves’…

  17. Grant Balfour says he’s “100 percent healthy” after Orioles’ “failed” physical cost him $3 million

    Jan 24, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

    balfour

    Grant Balfour agreed to a two-year, $15 million contract with the Orioles in mid-December before they claimed he failed a physical exam and nixed the deal. More than a month later Balfour signed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Rays and at the press conference yesterday he repeatedly stressed that he’s “100 percent healthy”…

  18. Cubs, Travis Wood avoid arbitration

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    travis wood cubs

    Left-hander Travis Wood and the Cubs have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $3.9 million deal, according to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com. Wood was a big bright spot for the Cubs last season, throwing 200 innings with a 3.11 ERA after coming into the year with a 4.22 ERA in 365 innings through age 25. Around…

  19. MLB.com names Byron Buxton as baseball’s best prospect

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Byron Buxton

    MLB.com prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis released their top 100 list yesterday and to absolutely no one’s surprise 20-year-old Twins center field prospect Byron Buxton is in the top spot. Buxton split last year between two levels of Single-A, batting .334 with 49 extra-base hits, 76 walks, and 55 stolen bases in 125…

  20. Royals sign Jon Rauch

    Jan 23, 2014, 3:46 PM EDT

    Jon Rauch Getty

    Jon Rauch, who was released by the Marlins and Orioles last season before sitting out the second half, has signed a minor-league deal with the Royals, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Rauch will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for a middle relief gig in Kansas City’s relatively stacked bullpen. Rauch…

  21. Brewers sign Matt Garza to four-year, $52 million deal

    Jan 23, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Now that Masahiro Tanaka is off the market the other starting pitching dominoes can begin falling and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Matt Garza. That’s quite a bit less than most projections pegged Garza for at the beginning of the offseason and…

  22. Max Scherzer open to extension, but won’t negotiate during season

    Jan 23, 2014, 12:52 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    There’s been lots of speculation about the Tigers trading Max Scherzer before he hits free agency next offseason and he recently avoided arbitration by signing for $15.25 million in his final season of eligibility. Today the reigning Cy Young winner told Jason Beck of MLB.com that he’s open to a contract extension with the Tigers…

  23. Reds hire Lee Tinsley as assistant hitting coach

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

    lee tinsley

    This seems like a really late hire considering spring training starts is less than a month, but the Reds have added Lee Tinsley as their new assistant hitting coach. Ronnie Ortegon, who filled that role last season, is now the Braves’ minor league hitting coordinator. Don Long is the Reds’ primary hitting coach. C. Trent…

  24. Jamie Moyer interviewed for the Phillies’ announcer gig

    Jan 23, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    moyer getty

    Brad Lidge pulled himself out of the running to replace Gary Matthews as the Phillies’ television analyst and now Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Jamie Moyer interviewed for the job. According to Zolecki the “top candidates” for the gig are Moyer, Mitch Williams, Mickey Morandini, and Kevin Stocker. Doug Glanville apparently removed himself from…

  25. Astros made $100 million offer to Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:48 PM EDT

    masahiro tanaka getty

    Gonna be a whole lot of “Team X made a big offer to Masahiro Tanaka” stories coming out in the next few days now that he’s signed with the Yankees, but here’s an interesting one from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com: Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Wednesday the club made an offer for Japanese ace…

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