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  1. Jorge Cantu is headed to Korea

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jorge Cantu

    Jorge Cantu, who played eight seasons in the majors, has signed a one-year deal with the Doosan Bears of the Korea Baseball Organization. According to the Yonhap News Agency he’ll earn $250,000 up front, plus another $50,000 in potential incentives, which is about the middle ground between what he’d earn at Triple-A in America and…

  2. Agent thinks Matt Kemp will be traded by the Dodgers

    Dec 9, 2013, 10:20 AM EDT

    Matt Kemp Getty

    This should super-charge the Matt Kemp trade speculation: Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he’d “be surprised” if the outfielder isn’t traded by the Dodgers. “I haven’t heard a player’s name floated around like that and something not happen,” Stewart noted, adding that “Matt wants to be a…

  3. Nationals sign Nate McLouth

    Dec 6, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth Getty

    Nate McLouth won’t have to move far, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the former Orioles outfielder has agreed to a two-year deal with the Nationals. There’s no starting job for McLouth in Washington, where Bryce Harper, Denard Span, and Jayson Werth all figure to play almost every day, but Rosenthal says he’s “expected…

  4. Phillies trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon

    Dec 6, 2013, 3:42 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Philadelphia Phillies

    Two seasons into a four-year, $46 million contract the Phillies are trying to trade Jonathan Papelbon, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Papelbon has been very good for the Phillies with a 2.67 ERA that’s not far off from his 2.33 ERA for the Red Sox, but his strikeout rate and average fastball velocity both…

  5. Marlins close to signing Garrett Jones; Logan Morrison on the way out?

    Dec 6, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    Garrett Jones

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins are close to signing first baseman/corner outfielder Garrett Jones, who was let go by the Pirates last week. Jones lost his job to Justin Morneau down the stretch and the Pirates didn’t want to pay him around $5 million via arbitration. Why the Marlins want him is…

  6. Will the Mariners’ next big move be for David Price?

    Dec 6, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Now that the Mariners have signed Robinson Cano for $240 million there’s tons of speculation about their next big move, since the consensus is that Seattle has significant payroll space left to spend and remains aggressive on a number of trade and free agent fronts. Making a run at David Price would be another huge splash,…

  7. Curtis Granderson leaves Yankees for Mets (and $60 million)

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    Curtis Granderson

    In a big move that will nonetheless get almost zero attention among New York sports fans today, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have signed former Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson to a four-year contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says it’s worth $60 million. Granderson missed more than 100 games with…

  8. Robinson Cano agrees to $240 million deal with Mariners

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:04 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera, Robinson Cano

    As of this morning the New York Daily News was reporting that the Mariners were no longer negotiating with Robinson Cano because of Jay Z’s attempts to raise the second baseman’s price tag at the last minute. As of right now–and for the next 10 seasons–Cano is a Seattle Mariner. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes…

  9. Not so fast: Robinson Cano’s talks with Mariners “still alive”

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

    cano gray getty

    For all the drama being reported this morning about Robinson Cano‘s talks with the Mariners falling apart over Jay Z’s negotiating tactics–and multiple well-respected reporters more or less confirming the story–Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now says the talks are “still alive.” Who knows what exactly that means at this point, but if nothing else the…

  10. Yankees re-sign Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 6, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda Getty

    UPDATE: Joel Sherman of the New York Post says it’s a done deal: One year, $16 million with some bonuses for innings pitched. ========== Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman seemed optimistic about Hiroki Kuroda ultimately deciding to return to the Yankees and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides are close to…

  11. Orioles sign Marlins castoff Ryan Webb for $4.5 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 9:35 AM EDT

    ryan webb marlins

    Ryan Webb was non-tendered because the Marlins weren’t willing to pay him around $1.5 million despite a very good 2013 season and now Jonah Keri of Grantland reports that he’ll be getting more money elsewhere. According to Keri the right-handed reliever has agreed to a two-year, $4.5 million deal with the Orioles, who’re looking for…

  12. Report: Mariners break off talks with Robinson Cano after Jay Z “overplayed his hand”

    Dec 6, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

    robinson cano and jay z

    Just when it looked like Robinson Cano was ready to say goodbye to the Yankees and sign a massive long-term contract with the Mariners talks have broken down and Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that “Cano’s chances of landing in Seattle have apparently ended on a sour note.” According to Feinsand…

  13. Rangers sign 42-year-old Jose Contreras

    Dec 5, 2013, 5:47 PM EDT

    Jose Contreras

    Texas announced some non-roster spring training invitations and there’s a familiar name on the list: Jose Contreras. Contreras is 42 years old and pitched just five innings for the Pirates this year after coming back from Tommy John elbow surgery. He hasn’t been healthy and effective since 2010, but on a minor-league deal … why…

  14. Report: Mariners willing to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year, $240 million deal

    Dec 5, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that Robinson Cano flew to Seattle to meet with the Mariners today and they’re willing to offer him a 10-year contract worth as much as $240 million. Previous reports claim the Yankees aren’t willing to go as high as $200 million, so if Rojas’ information is correct the money…

  15. Dodgers re-sign Brian Wilson

    Dec 5, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v San Francisco Giants

    Brian Wilson and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $10 million contract that includes a player option for 2015, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. That’s a nice payday for Wilson, who looked great in 20 innings down the stretch and into the playoffs after missing all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow…

  16. Ryan Braun is changing positions

    Dec 5, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    ryan braun brewers

    Miguel Cabrera isn’t the only MVP changing positions. As part of the Norichika Aoki trade the Brewers announced that Ryan Braun will move from left field to right field for 2014, opening up left field for Khris Davis after he showed a ton of power in a 56-game debut. Moving from one outfield corner to…

  17. Red Sox sign Edward Mujica

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Edward Mujica‘s late-season struggles (and arm/back problems) caused him to go from the Cardinals’ closer to out of their playoff plans, but it hasn’t stopped him from getting a nice payday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the right-hander has agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million deal with the Red Sox. St. Louis acquired…

  18. Brewers trade Norichika Aoki to Royals for Will Smith

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:11 AM EDT

    norichika aoki getty

    Kansas City has a new starting outfielder, as the Royals announced that they’ve acquired Norichika Aoki from the Brewers for left-hander Will Smith. Aoki has been a tremendous bargain for Milwaukee since coming over from Japan two seasons ago, playing nearly every day and hitting .287 with a .355 on-base percentage, 50 steals, and quality…

  19. Nationals interested in Scott Downs

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:40 AM EDT

    Scott Downs

    Washington has been linked to basically every left-handed free agent reliever and now Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals have “expressed interest” in Scott Downs. Downs was traded from the Angels to the Braves in July and then left off Atlanta’s playoff roster, but he pitched well overall with a 2.49 ERA and…

  20. Aroldis Chapman isn’t moving into the Reds’ rotation

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:01 AM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Reds fired Dusty Baker and hired Bryan Price as their new manager there was speculation that it could lead to Aroldis Chapman moving from the bullpen to the rotation, as Price had previously indicated he’d be in favor of getting more innings out of the stud left-hander. However, now that Price actually has…

  21. U.S. attorney’s office charges three people with conspiring to kidnap and extort Leonys Martin

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Leonys Martin, Mike Dayly, Jon Daniels

    Jay Weaver of the Miami Herald reports that the U.S. attorney’s office in Miami has charged three people with smuggling Cuban prospects into the United States, including smuggling, kidnapping, and extortion charges specifically related to Rangers center fielder Leonys Martin. According to Weaver two of the accused–Eliezer Lazo and Joel Martinez–are already serving prison sentences…

  22. Tigers make it official: Miguel Cabrera is moving back to first base

    Dec 4, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski was initially coy last week when asked if Miguel Cabrera would be moving from third base to first base following the Prince Fielder trade, but today he admitted that’s the plan. No surprise, certainly, as Cabrera was banged up physically a lot this year and has long been stretched defensively…

  23. Joe Nathan finalizes two-year contract with Tigers

    Dec 4, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    Joe Nathan Getty

    Joe Nathan‘s deal with the Tigers is now official and it’s a two-year contract believed to be worth $20 million with a team option for 2016, when the closer will be 41 years old. Nathan made the right call to turn down his $9 million player option with the Rangers, correctly predicting that he could…

  24. Robinson Cano met with the Mariners in Seattle

    Dec 4, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    As a follow-up to yesterday’s reports that the Mariners were making a serious run at Robinson Cano, now Kevin Kernan of the New York Post reports that the free agent second baseman and his agent met with the Mariners in Seattle. Kernan’s source told him “the meeting went very well.” There’s also been some recent…

  25. Angels GM shoots down Mark Trumbo trade rumors

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Mark Trumbo has been linked to various teams in trade rumors, but yesterday Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto tried to squash that speculation by telling Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times: I wouldn’t even say we’re willing to trade Mark. We haven’t been out there shopping Trumbo. At the end of the day, our…

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