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  1. Angels discuss extensions with Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

  2. Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:01 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

    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…

  9. Marlins have “little to no interest” in Joe Saunders or Edwin Jackson, but do like Matt Garza

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    Joe Saunders

    Last month the Marlins were said to be looking at Joe Saunders to fill out their rotation and agent Scott Boras is still trying to find Edwin Jackson a lucrative new home, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that Miami “has little to no interest” in either free agent starter. However, according to Frisaro the…

  10. Adam LaRoche’s status in Washington is unclear amid Prince Fielder rumors

    Jan 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    laroche swing

    Adam LaRoche has seen the reports about the Nationals’ pursuit of Prince Fielder, but the would-be starting first baseman told Bill Ladson of MLB.com that he understands if the team tries to replace him: All I can tell you is, I don’t hold any grudges either way. If [Fielder doesn’t sign with the Nationals] and…

  11. Coco Crisp returning to Oakland for two years, $14 million

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EST

    coco crisp getty

    Coco Crisp had a tough time finding a multi-year contract elsewhere and the A’s need outfield help after departures by Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, and Ryan Sweeney, so his deciding to return to Oakland makes sense. The price, however, is surprising. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Crisp will get a two-year, $14 million deal…

  12. Agent says Francisco Cordero has multi-year contract offers

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that the Reds have kept their one-year offer to Francisco Cordero on the table and the two sides continue to talk, but today agent Bean Stringfellow indicated that the veteran closer has multi-year offers from other teams. “We’re making progress on a lot of fronts,” Stringfellow told Mark…

  13. Carlos Silva agrees to minor-league contract with Red Sox

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:10 PM EST

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    Carlos Silva spent the final season of his four-year, $48 million contract at Triple-A and the 32-year-old right-hander will likely begin 2012 there as well after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Silva will earn a prorated share of $1 million if the Red Sox call…

  14. Indians sign reliever Robinson Tejeda to minor-league deal

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    robinson-tejeda-royals

    Cleveland added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Robinson Tejeda to a minor-league contract, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, where the 29-year-old Tejeda will compete for a middle relief role. Tejeda spent most of last season in the minors and saw his velocity drop while battling…

  15. Mets sign infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league deal

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:17 AM EST

    Omar Quintanilla, John McDonald

    In an effort to add some middle infield depth behind projected starters Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy the Mets have signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Once upon a time Quintanilla was a first-round pick and top prospect, but now he’s 30 years old with just…

  16. Padres will try to sign Carlos Quentin to contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    quentin getty wide

    San Diego made a surprising move to acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox over the weekend and yesterday general manager Josh Byrnes indicated that the Padres will try to extend the 29-year-old outfielder’s contract before he’s eligible for free agency next offseason. “Our payroll model is setting up well,” Byrnes told Bill Center of…

  17. MLB has not updated the Brewers on Ryan Braun’s status

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

    ryan braun wide getty

    Yesterday an MLB official told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension is likely to be upheld, but general manager Doug Melvin said today that the Brewers have yet to get any sort of official word from MLB. In speaking to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Melvin said: “We’re not involved…

  18. Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market. And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million. C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for…

  19. Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:35 AM EST

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Washington may not have been Prince Fielder‘s first choice, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” to sign the free agent first baseman. Last month general manager Mike Rizzo downplayed Washington’s interest in Fielder, saying that Adam LaRoche was the team’s starting first baseman, but…

  20. Free agent Edwin Jackson “intrigues” the Orioles

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders has already been linked to the Orioles and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson also “intrigues” them. Connolly speculates that Jackson will wind up with a four-year contract somewhere and notes that “the Orioles have been hesitant” to make that type of…

  21. Shoulder surgery may keep Ryan Kalish out until June

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    kalish pose

    By trading Josh Reddick to the A’s yesterday the Red Sox seemingly cleared the way for Ryan Kalish to take over as their starting right fielder at some point in 2012, but whether he’s in the minors or majors Kalish will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Kalish missed most of 2011 with…

  22. Details of John Danks’ five-year, $65 million extension with White Sox

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:19 PM EST

    John Danks

    John Danks‘ five-year, $65 million contract extension with the White Sox was reported last week and became official today. Danks will get $8 million in 2012 and then $14.25 million per season from 2013-2016. If not for the extension Danks would be heading into his final season of arbitration eligibility after earning $6 million in…

  23. Nationals likely to start Jayson Werth in center field

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Jayson Werth

    Washington has been searching for a long-term answer in center field since the middle of last season, but after once again coming up empty in their attempts to trade for a veteran general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that he’ll put the search on hold until next offseason. Rizzo noted during an interview with MLB Network…

  24. Adam Wainwright is “pretty stinking close” to “perfect rehab”

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    wainwright ap

    Adam Wainwright is 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and one month into a throwing program designed to get him ready for spring training, and the Cardinals right-hander is making excellent progress in his recovery. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw 30 pitches to a catcher on…

  25. Red Sox acquire Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney from A’s for Josh Reddick, prospects

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:07 PM EST

    Andrew Bailey

    Oakland continues to part with big-league pitching in an effort to construct a team ready to contend if/when a new ballpark is built, with Buster Olney of ESPN.com reporting that the A’s have traded closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick, first base prospect Miles Head, and…

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