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  1. Ronald Belisario is already at Dodgers camp, but drug suspension looms

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Ronald Belisario missed all of last season because he couldn’t secure a visa, but this year the Venezuelan reliever has already reported to Dodgers camp in Arizona in the hopes of reclaiming a bullpen job. Of course, since nothing ever seems to come easy with Belisario he’d first have to serve a 25-game suspension for…

  2. Dallas Braden throws for first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Dallas Braden took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, throwing 25 pitches and then telling his Twitter followers that his “arm feels great” and “I wept with joy.” Braden made headlines for his perfect game in 2010 and squabble with Alex Rodriguez over mound ownership in Oakland, but…

  3. GM on Ryan Howard: “If he’s back by sometime in May, I’ll be happy”

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    A few weeks ago Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to “speculate” about Ryan Howard‘s odds of being in the Opening Day lineup, but yesterday the Phillies general manager made it very clear that no one is expecting a return that soon. Amaro told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Howard returning from his torn Achilles’ tendon by…

  4. Diamondbacks, Ryan Roberts avoid arbitration

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    It wasn’t quite as last-minute as their deal with Miguel Montero this morning, but the Diamondbacks have also avoided arbitration with Ryan Roberts by signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract. Roberts requested $2.275 million and Arizona countered at $1.65 million, so they settled slightly above the midpoint. Roberts didn’t get an extended opportunity…

  5. Daisuke Matsuzaka has first post-surgery bullpen session

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Kyodo News in Japan has an update on Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in June, tossing around 20 pitches at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida. Afterward he called it “a warmup” and said he…

  6. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero avoid arbitration at last minute

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miguel Montero

    Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, but the two sides agreed to a one-year contract just moments before going in. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Montero will get $5.9 million, which is $200,000 less than the midpoint between his $6.8 request and the team’s $5.4 million figure. Montero…

  7. Phillies sign Chad Qualls to one-year, $1.15 million deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Philadelphia spending $50 million on Jonathan Papelbon stands out in what has otherwise been a buyer’s market for relief pitching, but the Phillies got into the bargain-hunting action by signing Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. Jose Contreras‘ health status is uncertain coming off elbow surgery, so Qualls can slide into his right-handed…

  8. Indians acquire Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler from Rays

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Russ Canzler predictably drew interest from other teams after the Rays designated him for assignment last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Tampa Bay has traded the Triple-A MVP to Cleveland for cash considerations. For a brief moment early in the offseason Canzler sat atop the Rays’ first base depth chart, but then…

  9. Yankees sign Manny Delcarmen to minor-league deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen

    Manny Delcarmen didn’t pitch in the majors last year, spending the entire season at Triple-A, and now the 29-year-old reliever will try to make it back to the big leagues with the Yankees. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Delcarmen has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training,…

  10. Orioles sign Pat Neshek, Ronny Paulino to minors deals

    Jan 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Baltimore added some depth for spring training, signing right-hander Pat Neshek and catcher Ronny Paulino to minor-league deals with camp invites. Neshek was an excellent setup man for the Twins in 2006 and 2007, but underwent Tommy John elbow surgery in mid-2008 and hasn’t been the same since. He threw 25 innings for the Padres…

  11. Rangers keep manager Ron Washington through 2014 with two-year contract extension

    Jan 30, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Ron Washington’s contract was set to expire after this season, but the Rangers have signed the 60-year-old manager to a two-year extension that will keep him in Texas through 2014. Washington’s current deal was also a two-year extension inked after the 2010 season, which was the Rangers’ first of back-to-back AL championships. Washington replaced Buck…

  12. Taylor Buchholz to sit out 2012 with depression issues

    Jan 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Taylor Buchholz‘s season ended in early June due to a combination of shoulder fatigue and depression, and agent David Pasti told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that the right-hander plans to sit out the entire 2012 season. Pasti described Buchholz as “feeling great, but not ready to get back into baseball” as he continues…

  13. Red Sox hire Matt Stairs as television analyst

    Jan 30, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Matt Stairs, who retired in August after being released by the Nationals in his 19th big-league season, has already found a new gig as a part-time television analyst for the Red Sox’s local broadcasts. Stairs will serve as a studio analyst for NESN, which also hired Jenny Dell away from ESPN.com to replace Heidi Watney…

  14. Dmitri Young worked out for the Phillies

    Jan 30, 2012, 1:47 PM EDT

    Dmitri Young AP

    Dmitri Young’s comeback hasn’t found a home yet, but Jim Bowden of ESPN.com reports that the 38-year-old recently worked out for the Phillies. Young hasn’t played in the majors since 2008, so it’s a long shot, but hitting was never the reason for his demise and he’s dropped 75 pounds. According to Bowden the Phillies…

  15. Pat Burrell expected to retire at age 35

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    Pat Burrell

    No official word yet, but Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors reports that Pat Burrell will announce his retirement following a 12-year career. Burrell got back on track after a miserable one-and-a-half season stint with the Rays, returning to the NL with the Giants while hitting .259 with 25 homers and an .827 OPS in…

  16. Cubs sign veteran reliever Trever Miller to minor-league deal

    Jan 30, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Trever Miller, who played for three big-league teams last season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Cubs, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com. Miller has quietly been one of the better left-handed specialists in baseball for the past decade, making 589 of his 694 career appearances after age 30 while posting a 3.74…

  17. Rays and Joe Maddon on verge of three-year extension

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    For weeks now the Rays and Joe Maddon have reportedly been close to finalizing a multi-year contract extension and now Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times says the new deal will be for three seasons and figures to be announced within a few days. As for why they haven’t agreed to the deal yet,…

  18. Indians’ deal with Julio Lugo has “fallen apart”

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Julio Lugo

    Last week the Indians signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor-league contract, or so they thought. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal has “fallen apart” and the Indians no longer expect to sign Lugo, who would have competed for a bench spot in spring training at age 36. He would have been…

  19. Rays make room for Jeff Keppinger by dropping Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    This hasn’t been a good couple weeks for Russ Canzler. Last season he won the International League MVP award after hitting .314 with 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS for Durham, made his big-league debut in September with a handful of at-bats, and for a while at least it looked like the 25-year-old…

  20. Phillies, Hunter Pence avoid arbitration for $10.4 million

    Jan 27, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    Hunter Pence and the Phillies won’t be needing an arbitration hearing, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides have agreed to a one-year deal worth $10.4 million. Pence submitted an $11.8 million request while Philadelphia countered at $9 million, which is a very big spread relative to other filings and may have…

  21. Astros sign Zach Duke to minor-league deal

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Zach Duke, who spent last season with the Diamondbacks, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Astros. Duke was once considered a top prospect for the Pirates, but had a 4.54 ERA over six seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to Arizona last offseason. He posted a 4.93 ERA in 77 innings split between…

  22. Kenshin Kawakami is headed back to Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along reports from Japan that Kenshin Kawakami has agreed to a deal with the Chunichi Dragons following a disappointing three-year stretch with the Braves. Kawakami inked a $23 million contract with Atlanta in 2009 and had a solid rookie season for the Braves, tossing 156 innings with a 3.86…

  23. Giants sign Ryan Theriot to one-year, $1.25 million contract

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

    Ryan Theriot

    Ryan Theriot has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Giants that includes $750,000 in potential incentives, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Theriot has been a starter for most of the past five seasons, but his performance ceased warranting regular playing time several years ago. He hit just .271 with a .321…

  24. Frank White and the Royals are having an ugly breakup

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Frank White played his entire 18-season career for the Royals, spent years after that coaching and broadcasting their games, and has a statue in front of Kauffman Stadium. Yet last month the team fired White as their part-time television announcer and yesterday he took a new job on the independent league Kansas City T-Bones’ coaching…

  25. Brandon Inge isn’t so happy about the Prince Fielder signing

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Just about everyone in Detroit seems thrilled about the Prince Fielder signing despite plenty of room for concerns about his massive $214 million contract and how his arrival impacts the Tigers’ defense. One person who definitely isn’t happy? Brandon Inge, who was slated to start at third base until Fielder’s presence pushed Miguel Cabrera across…

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