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  1. Indians expect Fausto Carmona to miss spring training

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Odds are that Fausto Carmona, like Leo Nunez before him, won’t do any significant jail time for his arrest on false identity charges, but the pitcher now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia may have trouble securing a visa and the Indians believe he’ll miss spring training. Manager Manny Acta spoke to the Associated Press, which…

  2. Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman. Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even…

  3. Ken Griffey Jr.’s son commits to play football at Arizona

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    trey griffey

    In addition to being Ken Griffey Jr.’s son Trey Griffey is a high school All-American football player and the wide receiver from Orlando has committed to play for the University of Arizona and their new head coach, Rich Rodriguez. Jason Kirk of SB Nation reports that Griffey chose Arizona over Arizona State and a handful…

  4. Rangers sign relievers Sean Green, Mitch Stetter to minor-league deals

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Green_Sean

    Texas is reportedly shopping reliever Koji Uehara, but that didn’t stop the Rangers from adding some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Sean Green and left-hander Mitch Stetter to minor-league contracts. Both pitchers will get invitations to spring training, although it’ll be tough for them to claim spots in the Rangers’ deep bullpen even if Uehara…

  5. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion works out for Rangers

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gerardo Concepcion

    Gerardo Concepcion, the 18-year-old pitcher who established residency in the Dominican Republic to become a free agent after defecting from Cuba, worked out for the Rangers yesterday. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that team president Nolan Ryan was part of the Rangers group on hand to watch Concepcion in the Dominican Republic, adding that “the…

  6. Rangers still looking to trade reliever Koji Uehara

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara quickly fell out of favor in Texas’ bullpen after coming over in a midseason trade from Baltimore and his name has been linked to various trade rumors all offseason, so not surprisingly Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers are still shopping him. According to Durrett the Blue Jays are among…

  7. UPDATE: Red Sox agree to one-year, $3 million contract with Cody Ross

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    9:14 PM: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Ross will make a $3 million base salary with the chance to earn more in bonuses based on plate appearances. 8:53 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox and Cody Ross have agreed to a contract. No word on the terms yet, but Michael…

  8. No more lone dissenter, as all 30 owners approve Bud Selig’s new contract extension

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    MLB announced that the 30 owners unanimously approved Bud Selig’s new two-year contract extension, which wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy except for reports last week saying the vote had 29 yays and one nay. That one dissenting vote was Padres owner John Moores, according to the Associated Press: Owners deferred a vote on the proposed transfer…

  9. Willie Harris agrees to minor-league deal with Reds

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    New York Mets v St Louis Cardinals

    Veteran role player Willie Harris has signed with the Reds, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Harris played last season with the Mets, hitting .246 with two homers and a .668 OPS in 283 plate appearances, and reportedly drew interest from the Nationals earlier this offseason. Harris is a career .240 hitter with…

  10. Roy Oswalt turned down the “very interested” Tigers

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com–who was a longtime beat writer in Detroit–reports that the Tigers “were very interested” in Roy Oswalt, but “he didn’t want to go to Detroit.” There’s been plenty of speculation that the Red Sox dumped Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies in order to clear the payroll space…

  11. Two examples of Jorge Posada being underrated

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    posada wide getty

    Amid news that Jorge Posada is planning to retire I’ve written a couple times recently that he’s underrated, in part because catchers in general tend to be undervalued and in part because Posada specifically has been in the shadow of various other Yankees stars. Some readers scoffed at the notion of Posada being underrated, but…

  12. Mike Piazza wants a Mets hat on his Hall of Fame plaque, but what about the Dodgers?

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Piazza

    Mike Piazza will make his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot next year and the 12-time All-Star catcher wants to wear a Mets hat on his plaque. Piazza was interviewed yesterday while at Madison Square Garden in New York for the Knicks-Nuggets game and replied “it’s gotta be the Mets, no question” when…

  13. Agent says David Eckstein is not officially retired

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    eckstein world series getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that David Eckstein “has decided to retire, even though there were teams willing to bring him into camp.” That quickly made the rounds, with several other prominent reporters congratulating him on retirement, but Eckstein’s agent says the 37-year-old infielder hasn’t actually retired. Not yet, at least. “If…

  14. Why did the Red Sox dump Marco Scutaro and his salary?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    scutaro getty

    I’m among the people confused by Boston’s move to dump Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies for a marginal minor leaguer in Clayton Mortensen, in part because Scutaro was hardly overpaid and in part because the Red Sox’s in-house options to replace him at shortstop are so underwhelming. It still doesn’t…

  15. Reds payroll likely to be down slightly from last season

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    After signing Ryan Ludwick last week the Reds more or less have their roster set, with John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculating that the one last move they might make is adding a veteran utility man like Ryan Theriot. Fay crunched the numbers to find that Cincinnati’s current payroll will be around $76 million…

  16. “No deal in place” between Nationals and Prince Fielder

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Late last night there was an unsubstantiated rumor going around Twitter that Prince Fielder had agreed to a deal with the Nationals, but both Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com have shot that down. According to Bowden the two sides “continue to work on a deal” but there’s no…

  17. Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Brad Hawpe was a bust for the Padres last season, earning $3 million while hitting just .231 with a .645 OPS in his first full season away from Coors Field, and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers. Hawpe’s numbers were always inflated by playing half…

  18. Rockies in talks with Red Sox for Marco Scutaro … maybe

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    scutaro getty

    UPDATE: Not so fast. Less than an hour after his original report Renck says “talks are now fizzling.” ========== Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “are close to acquiring” Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox. Colorado has been looking for a veteran second baseman and Scutaro would be a nice addition,…

  19. Jonny Gomes agrees to $1.1 million deal with A’s

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s. ========== Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120…

  20. Indians acquire Kevin Slowey from Rockies for Zach Putnam

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Last month the Rockies acquired Kevin Slowey from the Twins and penciled him into their rotation, but after picking up more pitching in the Seth Smith trade with the A’s they decided Slowey was no longer needed. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have traded Slowey to the Indians for pitching prospect…

  21. Brett Gardner, Yankees skip arbitration, settle for $2.8 million

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

    gardner-110621

    Brett Gardner and the Yankees won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports is worth $2.8 million. That’s the exact midpoint between the $3.2 million figure Gardner submitted and the Yankees’ counter of $2.4 million. Gardner gets a six-fold raise in his first…

  22. Sergio Romo, Giants avoid arbitration with $1.575 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo and the Giants couldn’t agree to a contract before Tuesday’s deadline to submit arbitration figures, but the two sides have still avoided a hearing with a one-year, $1.575 million deal. Romo filed for $1.75 million and the Giants countered at $1.3 million, so he ends up getting $50,000 more than the midpoint. Romo…

  23. Fausto Carmona released from jail on $13,000 bond

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    carmona hurt ap

    Fausto Carmona‘s stay in a Dominican jail was a short one, as the Indians right-hander was freed today on $13,000 bond after being arrested yesterday for allegedly falsifying his identity. Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, apologized to the Indians and their fans upon his release and according to the Associated Press…

  24. Ryan Spilborghs signs minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Spilborghs gets a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. ========== Ryan Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies last month and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran outfielder is expected to sign with the Indians. Spilborghs was productive in a part-time role for the Rockies…

  25. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

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