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  1. Mets put former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    In need of 40-man roster spots after signing Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston the Mets have placed former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. In his early days as a prospect Martinez was rumored to be the centerpiece of nearly every potential Mets trade and Baseball America…

  2. Johnny Giavotella expects to be ready for spring training following hip surgery

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and recently had a checkup with the doctor who performed the operation, telling Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he “will definitely be 100 percent by spring training.” Giavotella has already started to “run, hit, and throw” so his focus now is on adding…

  3. Kerry Wood expected to sign by Friday; Cubs no sure thing

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    kerry-wood-cubs

    Kerry Wood told NBC-5 in Chicago that he expects to sign by Friday, with Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reporting that the Phillies, Tigers, Angels, and Reds are among the teams competing with the Cubs for the 34-year-old reliever. Wood took significantly less money to sign with the Cubs last offseason and said just a couple…

  4. Brewers put Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki through 75-minute workout

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aoki

    As expected, Norichika Aoki traveled to Arizona over the weekend to have an in-person workout with the Brewers after they bid $2.5 million for the Japanese outfielder’s exclusive negotiating rights. Nikkon Sports, via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, reports that the workout lasted 75 minutes and “included catch, long toss, batting practice and base running.”…

  5. Mets agree to one-year, $1.1 million deal with Ronny Cedeno

    Jan 6, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    cedeno_ronny

    UPDATE: Rubin now says the deal is done, pending Cedeno passing a physical exam, and will be worth around $1.1 million for one season. ========== According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets are talking to free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno and negotiations have reached a “critical” stage. Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy…

  6. Dave Duncan to be away from Cardinals for all of 2012; Derek Lilliquist named pitching coach

    Jan 6, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: General manager John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals do not expect Duncan to return during the 2012 season, meaning Lilliquist will take over the job without an “interim” title. ========== Longtime pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking an extended leave of absence from the Cardinals to…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes due to become free agent within two weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes remains in limbo as he tries to establish residency in the Dominican Republic and become a free agent, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is expected to be declared a free agent “sometime in the next 10…

  8. So much for Prince Fielder: Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo from Padres for Andrew Cashner

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo‘s future in San Diego was in doubt as soon as the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade last month and today they traded Rizzo and Zach Cates to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo was awful in 49 games for the Padres as a…

  9. Georgia State Patrol fires trooper involved in crash that killed wife of Braves trainer

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Martin Prado, Jeff Porter

    Georgia State Patrol announced that trooper Donald Crozier was fired yesterday after being involved in the New Year’s Eve crash that killed the wife of Braves trainer Jeff Porter. Department of Public Safety commissioner Mark W. McDonough issued the following statement: Immediately following the crash, I requested the resources of the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized…

  10. Nick Markakis facing six-week rehab from abdominal surgery

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn rectus abdominus muscle and may not be ready for the beginning of spring training. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed six weeks after undergoing the same surgery and Markakis told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he won’t be…

  11. Angels “not looking to trade” Mark Trumbo despite logjam

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    mark-trumbo-angels-spring

    By adding Albert Pujols to a roster already well-stocked with first basemen and corner outfielders the Angels created a logjam that seemingly pointed to a trade. Speculation centered on Mark Trumbo, because he’s 25 years old and the Rookie of the Year runner-up, but yesterday general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated that the Angels aren’t shopping…

  12. Rangers interested in re-signing reliever Michael Gonzalez

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Michael Gonzalez threw just seven innings for the Rangers after coming over from the Orioles in an August 31 trade, but pitched well in the playoffs and impressed the team enough that they’re interested in re-signing the left-handed reliever. Gonzalez underwent minor knee surgery shortly after the season ended and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas…

  13. Ryan Howard is six weeks from starting baseball activities

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard met with a doctor yesterday and was given positive news about his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered during his final at-bat of the playoffs in October. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Howard has been cleared “to begin some strength and power exercises” and “also will start jogging underwater.” However, he…

  14. Mike Adams undergoes hernia surgery, could miss start of spring training

    Jan 5, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Mike Adams underwent hernia surgery yesterday and the Rangers right-hander may not be fully recovered in time for the start of spring training. However, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the Rangers expect Adams to have plenty of time to be ready for Opening Day. Adams, who came over from the Padres in a July…

  15. Dodgers re-sign reliever Mike MacDougal for $1 million

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Veteran reliever Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Dodgers for a one-year contract that includes an option for 2013, with Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reporting that the deal is worth $1 million. MacDougal joined the Dodgers on a minor-league deal last offseason and threw 57 innings with a 2.05 ERA, so the fact that he’s…

  16. Manny Ramirez will hold a workout for MLB teams

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is predictably still looking for work after MLB reduced his suspension from 100 games to 50 games and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he plans to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month. Last offseason Ramirez signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays, only to retire after five…

  17. Albert Pujols’ contract is worth up to $265.75 million

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    pujols getty press conference

    Today the players’ association and MLB officially signed off on Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Angels, revealing a few interesting details about the deal. Pujols is guaranteed at least $240 million over 10 seasons, but the contract could be worth as much as $265.75 million. When he’s finished playing Pujols will begin a 10-year “personal…

  18. Angels discuss extensions with Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick are both free agents after this season, but general manager Jerry Dipoto said today that the Angels have “begun to explore and will continue to explore” long-term contract extensions for their middle infield duo. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times classifies the talks as “preliminary discussions” and speculates that…

  19. Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    nakajima getty

    As expected, the Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima after bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to the Japanese infielder. Technically their 30-day window to sign Nakajima doesn’t close until tomorrow, but there’s no time for him to fly to New York to undergo a physical exam anyway and general…

  20. GM says Angels are “very, very unlikely” to sign Ryan Madson

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    madson getty

    There have been surprisingly few teams linked to Ryan Madson since his reported four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies fell through. That led to some speculation that the Angels might make a run at him, but general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that signing Madson is “very, very…

  21. Mark Trumbo’s recovery from broken foot delayed again

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo‘s season ended a week early because of a stress fracture in his right foot and the Rookie of the Year runner-up’s recovery timetable has been pushed back for the second time. Trumbo was initially hoping to be recovered by now, but in November doctors added a month to his timetable and now Mike…

  22. Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki gets his wish, signs with Mariners

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki

    After a 10-year career in Japan shortstop Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent last month and publicly stated that he only wanted to play for the Mariners. That obviously limited his bargaining power considerably, but ultimately Kawasaki got his wish and revealed yesterday that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes…

  23. Marlins acquire Carlos Zambrano and $15 million from the Cubs for Chris Volstad

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    UPDATE, 7:31 PM: ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine says the deal is done. It’s Zambrano for Volstad, with the Cubs eating $15 million of the $18 million remaining on Zambrano’s contract. UPDATE, 7:12 PM: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Marlins are sending right-hander Chris Volstad to the Cubs as part of the Big Z…

  24. Coco Crisp turned down Rays to re-sign with A’s

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    Oakland paid a surprisingly steep price to re-sign Coco Crisp yesterday, giving the 32-year-old outfielder $14 million for two seasons, and I’m equally surprised to learn that the normally budget-conscious Rays finished runner-up for Crisp. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Crisp ultimately chose to remain with the A’s because he liked…

  25. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to work out for Brewers this weekend

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Aoki

    Milwaukee secured exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki with a $2.5 million bid, but before talking contract with the Japanese outfielder they wanted to get a first-hand look at him. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that will happen this weekend in Arizona, where the Brewers will put Aoki through what general…

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