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  1. Gio Gonzalez’s contract extension with Nationals worth up to $65 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details on Gio Gonzalez‘s new five-year deal with the Nationals, reporting that the contract guarantees the 26-year-old left-hander at least $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million. For that $65 million figure to come into play the Nationals would have to exercise their…

  2. A’s acquire Seth Smith from Rockies for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Smith_Seth

    Shortly after avoiding arbitration with Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal the Rockies have traded the outfielder to the A’s for pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso. Smith had a very good year for the Rockies in 2011, but became expendable once they signed Michael Cuddyer to join Dexter Fowler…

  3. Red Sox sign Vicente Padilla to minor-league contract

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Nothing is official yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Vicente Padilla and Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Padilla missed nearly all of last season following neck surgery and worked strictly as a reliever…

  4. Phil Hughes gets $3.2 million from Yankees, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million, avoiding arbitration. Hughes had a disappointing 2011, as injuries limited him to just 75 innings and he posted a 5.79 ERA, but he made $2.7 million and would have been in line for a decent-sized raise if the two sides went…

  5. Rockies sign Seth Smith for $2.4 million to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez

    Seth Smith is the latest arbitration eligible player to avoid tomorrow’s deadline, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rockies that Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports is worth $2.4 million. Trade rumors have swirled around Smith all offseason, particularly once the Rockies bumped him from the starting lineup by signing Michael Cuddyer as their new…

  6. Rick Porcello gets raise to $3.1 million, bypassing arbitration with Tigers

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Arbitration eligible for the first time, Rick Porcello has avoided a hearing by signing a one-year deal with the Tigers. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Porcello will get $3.1 million after making $1.5 million last season as part of the major-league contract he signed after being drafted out of high school by the Tigers…

  7. Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration for $2.5 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration prior to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting figures, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Saltalamacchia, who earned $750,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, is in line for a bigger role with the Red Sox following the departure of Jason Varitek. His…

  8. No arbitration for Joel Hanrahan, as Pirates closer agrees to one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Scratch Joel Hanrahan off the list of potential arbitration hearings, as Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the closer has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates and Keith Law of ESPN.com says the deal is worth $4.1 million. Hanrahan made $1.4 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and saved…

  9. Joel Pineiro inks minor-league contract with Phillies

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Joel Pineiro just completed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Angels, but he posted a 5.13 ERA in 146 innings last season and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that he’s had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Phillies. No official announcement has been made yet, but according to Stark the contract includes…

  10. Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the…

  11. Braves re-sign Jack Wilson to one-year, $1 million contract

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson has seemingly been the cheap, light-hitting, veteran fallback plan for a handful of teams in the middle infield, but today he agreed to re-sign with the Braves after coming to Atlanta from Seattle in an August 31 trade. Wilson gets a one-year, $1 million deal and Mark Bowman of MLB.com speculates that he’ll…

  12. Diamondbacks “showing interest” in Bartolo Colon

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon hasn’t been linked to many teams as a free agent, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “showing interest” in him as a potential fifth starter. After a year out of the big leagues Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last offseason and made a remarkable comeback, throwing…

  13. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration with $3.6 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.585 million. Kendrick earned $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and threw 115 innings with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. He’s slated for a bullpen role this season because…

  14. Yoenis Cespedes names six teams with “a lot of interest”

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes made his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic last night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and afterward the Cuban defector told local reporter Dionisio Soldevila that six teams have expressed “a lot of interest” in signing him. According to Cespedes those half-dozen teams are the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and…

  15. Adam Everett retires, joins Indians as special assistant

    Jan 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Adam Everett

    I guess this means Adam Everett is officially retired. Everett was released by Cleveland in the middle of his 11th big-league season last June, and the light-hitting, Gold Glove-caliber shortstop has decided to end his playing career and join the Indians’ front office as a “special assistant to baseball operations.” Everett hit just .242 with…

  16. Carlos Pena and Casey Kotchman are “two names high on Cleveland’s list”

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that the Indians’ front office had approached ownership about expanding the payroll to sign Carlos Pena, but he might not be the only free agent first baseman on the team’s radar. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com confirms the team’s interest in Pena, but adds that Casey Kotchman…

  17. Johan Santana on return timetable: “Tough for me to guess”

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    johan santana getty

    Johan Santana is three weeks into his offseason throwing program and has advanced to long-tossing from 110 feet, but the two-time Cy Young award winner’s status for Opening Day remains uncertain 16 months after shoulder surgery. During a conference call yesterday Santana told reporters that his shoulder “feels fine” and “everything is fine,” but then…

  18. Brewers, Manny Parra avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Yesterday the Brewers avoided arbitration with Carlos Gomez by signing him to a one-year contract and today they did the same with Manny Parra, agreeing to a one-year deal with the left-hander after he missed all of last season with back and elbow problems. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Parra will get $1.2 million,…

  19. Indians ask owners for payroll space to pursue Carlos Pena

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Carlos Pena is one of the better free agents still available and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in the 33-year-old first baseman. Whether or not they’ll be able to work something out is unclear, because according to Hoynes the front office went to ownership recently to see…

  20. Indians sign reliever Chris Ray to minor-league contract

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Chris Ray

    Cleveland has added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Chris Ray to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Ray saved 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old rookie in 2004, but injuries soon derailed his career and he’s bounced around a lot since then, pitching for the Orioles, Rangers, Giants, and…

  21. How good does Yoenis Cespedes project to be in the majors?

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is establishing residency in the Dominican Republic so that he can become a free agent and sign with an MLB team for what many people are speculating could be close to $50 million, but how good does the 26-year-old outfielder figure to be in America? Projecting prospects based on minor-league numbers…

  22. Luke Scott’s deal with Rays worth $6 million, with team option for 2013

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Luke Scott and the Rays have finalized their one-year deal. He’ll get $5 million in 2012 and the contract also includes a $6 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2013, which officially makes it a one-year, $6 million deal. There are also some undisclosed incentives built in that could raise the maximum value…

  23. Logan Morrison is feeling good and swinging a bat five weeks after knee surgery

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison underwent arthroscopic knee surgery five weeks ago, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that he “walked without a limp” while attending a charity event for his youth baseball camp yesterday. Morrison told Capozzi that he’d taken his first post-surgery swings earlier in the day and “it felt good.” However, he’s…

  24. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson tells Rockies he’s sticking with football

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Big 10 Championship Game - Wisconsin v Michigan State

    Prior to emerging as one of the best college quarterbacks in the country at Wisconsin this season Russell Wilson was picked by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He played parts of two minor-league seasons, hitting just .229 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 93 games as a rookie-ball…

  25. Brian Roberts unlikely to attend fan event due to concussion, but Orioles want him to sign autographs

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts missed the final four months of last season due to aggravating a concussion suffered in 2010 and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the second baseman is not expected to attend the Orioles’ “fan fest” event as he continues to struggle with post-concussion symptoms 16 months after the initial injury. Roberts…

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