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  1. Johan Santana reuniting with the Twins? Still possible

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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    It’s been nine days since Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Johan Santana was close to signing a minor-league deal and that hasn’t happened yet, but now Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Twins “remain a real possibility” to sign Santana. According to Martino at least a dozen…

  2. Pirates sign Chris Dickerson

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Veteran outfielder Chris Dickerson has signed a minor-league deal with the Pirates, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Dickerson, who’ll be 32 years old in April, hit .238 with four homers and a .666 OPS in 56 games for the Orioles last season and is a career .262 hitter with a .745…

  3. Jesse Crain’s deal with Astros worth $3.25 million

    Jan 3, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the details of Jesse Crain‘s one-year deal with the Astros, reporting that the right-hander will get $3.25 million in guaranteed money. Crain is a big question mark after missing the second half with a shoulder injury, but he was having a fantastic season before getting hurt and if healthy certainly…

  4. Jason Motte hoping to be ready for game action in March

    Jan 3, 2014, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch has a lengthy article updating the status of Jason Motte, who’s recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery last May. In his absence Trevor Rosenthal has taken over as the Cardinals’ closer after Motte saved a league-leading 42 games in 2012, so whenever he does return it’ll be…

  5. Mark Mulder will attempt his comeback with the Angels

    Jan 1, 2014, 7:22 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Making official what was speculated about last week the Angels have signed Mark Mulder to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Mulder hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008 and hasn’t been healthy and effective in the majors since 2005, so he’s certainly a long shot…

  6. Astros sign Jesse Crain

    Dec 31, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

    Jesse Crain

    Hey, actual news on December 31! Jesse Crain has agreed to a one-year contract with the Astros, who add the veteran right-hander to a bullpen mix that also recently added Chad Qualls on a two-year, $6 million deal. Crain was having a career-year for the White Sox when shoulder problems derailed him in late June.…

  7. Pirates acquire Chris McGuiness from Rangers

    Dec 30, 2013, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh picked up first baseman Chris McGuiness from Texas in exchange for Triple-A reliever Miles Mikolas. Gaby Sanchez is around as the Pirates’ right-handed-hitting fallback option at first base in case they fail to land one of their primary targets and now they’ve acquired a left-handed-hitting first baseman in McGuiness to potentially platoon with him.…

  8. Mets still shopping Ike Davis to Orioles, Brewers, Pirates

    Dec 27, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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    Not much going on today, but Mike Puma of the New York Post has an interesting tidbit about the Ike Davis trade speculation. According to Puma the Mets asked the Orioles for minor league left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez in exchange for Davis and were turned down, but New York continues to talk to Baltimore, Milwaukee, and…

  9. Chris Narveson is headed to Japan

    Dec 26, 2013, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Chris Narveson, who was a mid-rotation starter for the Brewers in 2010 and 2011 before injuries derailed him, has agreed to a deal with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows in Japan. According to the Japan Times his deal is worth $850,000 for one season and the 33-year-old left-hander can also earn further incentives. Narveson totaled just…

  10. Phillies interested in reunion with Ryan Madson

    Dec 24, 2013, 10:18 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson has signed two sizable contracts with two different teams since leaving Philadelphia as a free agent after the 2011 season, but he’s yet to throw a pitch in a big-league game because of elbow problems. And now he might be returning to the Phillies. Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies are…

  11. Orioles have talked to Francisco Rodriguez about closing

    Dec 23, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    According to several reports the Orioles have targeted Fernando Rodney as their top closer choice now that their deal with Grant Balfour has fallen apart, but they also need a fallback option to Rodney too. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun suggests that it might be Francisco Rodriguez, writing that the Orioles “recently reached out…

  12. Orioles pitcher Troy Patton suspended for amphetamine use

    Dec 20, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    MLB announced that Orioles left-hander Troy Patton has been suspended 25 games following a positive test for amphetamine use. Patton has done nice work out of Baltimore’s bullpen during the past three seasons, throwing a combined 142 innings with a 3.05 ERA and 113/33 K/BB ratio in a middle relief role. He was previously arrested…

  13. Orioles looking at Fernando Rodney as Grant Balfour alternative

    Dec 20, 2013, 12:52 PM EDT

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    Grant Balfour‘s two-year, $15 million deal with the Orioles is in jeopardy because the team didn’t like what it saw during his pre-signing physical exam and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re turning their attention to Fernando Rodney. Any pursuit of Rodney would only happen if Balfour’s deal is wiped away, but…

  14. Twins sign Kurt Suzuki

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:46 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    Minnesota wasted little time finding a new veteran catcher, adding free agent Kurt Suzuki one day after trading Ryan Doumit to Atlanta. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Suzuki and the Twins have agreed to a one-year deal and the 30-year-old will compete with rookie Josmil Pinto for playing time behind the…

  15. Fenway Park will host Notre Dame-Boston College football game

    Dec 20, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Notre Dame-Boston College is now officially booked at Fenway Park in 2015. ========== Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Fenway Park Sports Group is in talks with Notre Dame and Boston College to host a football game at the ballpark in 2015. That’s when the two schools are next scheduled to…

  16. Orioles sign Xavier Paul

    Dec 19, 2013, 3:02 PM EDT

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    One day after trading Danny Valencia for outfielder David Lough the Orioles have added some more outfield depth, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that they’ve agreed to a minor-league deal with Xavier Paul. Paul has bounced around a lot without getting a ton of extended chances, hitting .254 with 12 homers and…

  17. Cubs sign Tsuyoshi Wada

    Dec 19, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada tries on an Orioles cap after signing with the Orioles in Baltimore

    Two offseasons ago Tsuyoshi Wada left Japan to sign a two-year, $8 million deal with Baltimore, but he underwent Tommy John elbow surgery before ever throwing a pitch for the Orioles. He hit the free agent market again after having a $5 million team option declined and now Wada has agreed to a minor-league deal…

  18. A’s acquire Corey Brown from Nationals

    Dec 19, 2013, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Corey Brown was designated for assignment by the Nationals last week and today they traded the 27-year-old outfielder to the A’s for cash considerations. Or traded him back to the A’s, since Brown was drafted 59th overall by Oakland in 2007 and then traded to Washington in the Josh Willingham deal in December of 2010.…

  19. Don’t expect Nelson Cruz back in Texas

    Dec 19, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    Nelson Cruz is still a free agent and still talking to the Rangers about potentially re-signing, but both Cruz and general manager Jon Daniels have made a reunion sound highly unlikely. Here’s what Cruz told Jeff Wilson of the Forth Worth Star Telegram: It’s been tough, but I understand it’s part of the process. Hopefully,…

  20. Former No. 2 overall pick Greg Reynolds is headed to Japan

    Dec 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Greg Reynolds, who was the second overall pick in a stacked 2006 draft, has signed with the Seibu Lions in Japan after posting a 7.01 ERA in the majors. Even at the time of the draft many people questioned why the Rockies went with Reynolds, whose upside was considered modest coming out of Stanford. Evan…

  21. Orioles trade Danny Valencia to Royals for David Lough

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:49 PM EDT

    Chris Davis Getty

    Kansas City and Baltimore swapped role players, with the Orioles sending third baseman/first baseman Danny Valencia to the Royals for outfielder David Lough. Valencia was overmatched as a regular for the Twins, but has found a good niche as a part-timer used mostly versus left-handed pitching. He hit .304 with eight homers and an .888…

  22. Livan Hernandez is auctioning off his World Series ring and MVP

    Dec 18, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez

    Livan Hernandez earned more than $50 million during his 17-season career, including a million bucks as recently as 2012, but now he’s selling his stuff. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Hernandez is auctioning off his championship ring and MVP award from the 1997 World Series with the Marlins, both with $5,000 reserve…

  23. Diamondbacks re-sign Eric Chavez

    Dec 18, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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    After shopping around as a free agent Eric Chavez has decided to return to Arizona, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting that he’s agreed to re-sign with the Diamondbacks. Chavez has stayed healthy and productive in part-time roles for the Diamondbacks and Yankees during the past two seasons, hitting a combined .281 with 25 homers…

  24. Casey McGehee returns from Japan, signs with Marlins

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    After a year spent in Japan veteran third baseman/first baseman Casey McGehee is headed back to America to sign with the Marlins, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald. McGehee took a $1.5 million deal in Japan following back-to-back terrible seasons in the majors and helped the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles to the league…

  25. Red Sox trade Franklin Morales back to Rockies

    Dec 18, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Boston acquired Franklin Morales from Colorado in May of 2011 and now three years later the Red Sox have traded him back to the Rockies. Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that the Red Sox will send the Rockies 27-year-old Triple-A reliever Chris Martin in addition to Morales, who had a 3.90 ERA in 134 innings…

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