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  1. Mariners re-sign Franklin Gutierrez

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last night the Mariners and Franklin Gutierrez were said to be close to a deal and now Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract. According to Rojas the deal also includes $2 million in potential incentives after Gutierrez spent the past three seasons mostly…

  2. Mark Mulder asked the Giants for a major-league contract

    Dec 17, 2013, 4:40 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Mark Mulder is 36 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, but that isn’t stopping him from seeking a major-league contract in his comeback attempt. San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean dropped that tidbit on reporters today while explaining why the Giants haven’t signed Mulder. Basically the Giants contacted Mulder to express…

  3. Orioles nearing a deal with closer Grant Balfour

    Dec 17, 2013, 1:45 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    Grant Balfour was said to be close to signing with the Orioles a week ago and now Ken Rosenthal of reports that the two sides are on the verge of a two-year deal. Balfour is 36 years old, but based on his performance as the A’s closer during the past two seasons he’s likely…

  4. Yankees sign Matt Thornton

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton AP

    Matt Thornton, whose $6 million option for 2014 was declined by the Red Sox, has signed a two-year, $7 million deal with the Yankees according to Jack Curry of YES Network. After a five-year run as one of the best left-handed relievers in baseball Thornton showed some signs of slipping this year, particularly with his…

  5. Gavin Floyd turned down bigger offer from Orioles to sign with Braves

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Gavin Floyd signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Braves yesterday and in doing so turned down a bigger offer from the Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles offered the Maryland native a two-year deal worth up to $20 million based on incentives. By comparison, his deal with the Braves…

  6. Not so fast: Jose Valverde hasn’t signed with the Diamondbacks

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: Heyman now says Valverde has not signed and remains a free agent, adding “I miss-interpreted a text” that led him to believe it was a done deal. ========== Man, talk about getting the band back together. Jon Heyman of reports that one day after trading for White Sox closer Addison Reed the Diamondbacks…

  7. Yankees “likely” to sign second baseman Brian Roberts

    Dec 17, 2013, 12:05 AM EDT

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    New York already has Kelly Johnson around as a potential Robinson Cano replacement at second base, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Yankees are “likely to sign” Brian Roberts too. Roberts was once among the best all-around second basemen in baseball for the Orioles–consistently hitting for high batting averages with tons of doubles…

  8. Shane Victorino undergoes thumb surgery

    Dec 16, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Three

    Shane Victorino underwent surgery today to release a nerve from his right thumb, the Red Sox announced. He’s expected to be healthy in time for spring training after dealing with thumb problems down the stretch this year. Victorino is heading into his age-33 season with two years and $26 million remaining on his contract after…

  9. Dodgers close to re-signing J.P. Howell

    Dec 16, 2013, 9:12 PM EDT

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    Ken Gurnick of reports that the Dodgers are close to re-igning left-hander J.P. Howell to a multi-year contract. Howell was said to be talking to the Rockies last week before Colorado decided to sign fellow southpaw reliever Boone Logan to a three-year, $15 million contract. Despite throwing in the high-80s with his fastball Howell…

  10. Indians sign Shaun Marcum

    Dec 16, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v, New York Mets

    Last offseason Shaun Marcum got a one-year, $4 million deal from the Mets as a bounceback candidate, but after another injury wrecked season Jon Morosi of reports that he’s had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Indians. Marcum went 1-10 with a 5.19 ERA in 78 innings for the Mets before being…

  11. Astros sign Matt Albers

    Dec 16, 2013, 4:20 PM EDT

    Matt Albers Indians

    Houston’s payroll keeps skyrocketing! OK, maybe not quite, but Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Astros have signed free agent reliever Matt Albers to a one-year, $2.45 million contract. Two weeks ago there was a report about Albers already having at least one multi-year offer, but it’s possible the 30-year-old right-hander preferred to play…

  12. Diamondbacks trade for White Sox closer Addison Reed

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    Nothing like a big, out-of-nowhere trade on an otherwise slow news day: Arizona has acquired closer Addison Reed from the White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson. Reed saved 40 games this year at age 24, throwing 71 innings with a 3.79 ERA and 72/23 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a…

  13. Braves sign rehabbing Gavin Floyd to one-year deal

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Gavin Floyd and the Braves have finalized a one-year, $4 million deal with another $4.5 million in potential incentives, according to Jerry Crasnick of Floyd underwent Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon surgery in May, so he’s unlikely to be ready for the beginning of the season and his status for the entire first…

  14. Diamondbacks making a push to re-sign Eric Chavez

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    Eric Chavez has been linked to a half-dozen teams, but Jesse Sanchez of reports that re-signing the veteran corner infielder “has become a priority” for the Diamondbacks. Chavez is in an interesting spot because his recent performance in part-time roles has certainly been good enough to justify a full-time role, but given his inability to…

  15. Rays re-sign James Loney for three years, $21 million

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:27 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Now that the first base market has shaken out a bit the Rays have re-signed James Loney to a three-year, $21 million contract, according to Ken Rosenthal of Loney was hardly a sought-after free agent last offseason, signing a one-year, $2 million deal with Tampa Bay. He got off to a hot start for…

  16. Corey Hart took Taijuan Walker’s uniform number

    Dec 13, 2013, 4:30 PM EDT

    Taijuan Walker

    This is amusing considering the rumors about Seattle possibly trading top pitching prospct Taijuan Walker in a deal for David Price. Today the Mariners introduced Corey Hart and Logan Morrison as official signings and Hart was given jersey No. 27, which is the number Walker wore during his debut this year. reporter Greg Johns…

  17. Cubs sign Ryan Roberts

    Dec 13, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    Ryan Roberts, who struggled for the past two years with the Rays after a couple nice seasons for the Diamondbacks, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Cubs. Roberts got a late start, securing his first extended action in the majors at age 28, and he’s a career .245 hitter with a .713 OPS…

  18. David Ortiz is talking to the Red Sox about extending his contract

    Dec 13, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

    World Series - Boston Red Sox v St Louis Cardinals - Game Four

    David Ortiz is under contract for $11 million in 2014, which will be his age-38 season, and Rob Bradford of reports that the designated hitter is talking to the Red Sox about adding another year to the deal. Obviously all teams would prefer not to make unnecessary commitments to players nearing 40, but Ortiz…

  19. Braves sign Mat Gamel

    Dec 13, 2013, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Mat Gamel, who was a top prospect and the heir apparent at first base for the Brewers before multiple knee surgeries derailed his career, has signed a minor-league contract with the Braves. Atlanta isn’t a great landing spot for Gamel because the Braves have Freddie Freeman and Chris Johnson locked into corner infield jobs, although…

  20. Jason Kubel returns to the Twins on minor league deal

    Dec 13, 2013, 11:44 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Jason Kubel left Minnesota to sign a two-year, $16 million deal with Arizona following the 2011 season, but after one good year and one bad year Darren Wolfson of reports that he’s returning to the Twins on a minor-league deal. At this point in his career Kubel should really be a platoon designated hitter,…

  21. Quote of the Day: Joe Girardi, romantic poet

    Dec 13, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Aw, shucks: Joe Girardi on Jacoby Ellsbury: “You no longer are a thorn in my side. You are a flower in our clubhouse.” — Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) December 13, 2013 Hey girl, you are a flower in our clubhouse. Follow @AaronGleeman

  22. Twins have a $12 million offer on the table to Mike Pelfrey

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Washington Nationals

    Mike Pelfrey was awful for the Twins this year, going 5-13 with a 5.19 ERA in 29 starts, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Minnesota has made him a two-year offer to return. According to Neal the deal would be worth around $12 million, which … well, as a…

  23. Diamondbacks close to signing Daniel Hudson, Henry Blanco

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Daniel Hudson

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks are close to re-signing rehabbing right-hander Daniel Hudson and backup catcher Henry Blanco. Hudson is expected to miss most of 2014 following a pair of Tommy John elbow surgeries and the Diamondbacks non-tendered him last week because they ran out of time to work out…

  24. Picture of the Day: Robinson Cano (and his beard) in a Mariners uniform

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Robinson Cano‘s official introductory press conference in Seattle is today and the Mariners just put out this picture of him wearing No. 22 … and sporting a beard, which was of course banned by the Yankees. Robinson will wear #22 #HelloCano — Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) December 12, 2013 As a locally recognized beard-haver myself,…

  25. Rangers sign Kevin Kouzmanoff, Brent Lillibridge

    Dec 12, 2013, 2:34 PM EDT

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    Remember Kevin Kouzmanoff? He hasn’t played in the majors since 2011, but the Rangers just announced that they’ve signed him to a minor-league contract. Texas also did the same with utility infielders Josh Wilson and Brent Lillibridge, adding some bench options (or Triple-A depth). Kouzmanoff put up some nice power numbers with the Padres early…

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