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  1. Mark Trumbo cleared to resume baseball activities

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Mark Trumbo‘s recovery from a broken right foot has been delayed several times, but the Rookie of the Year runner-up has finally been cleared to resume baseball activities. Alden Gonzalez reports that Trumbo will have to ramp up his workouts gradually, but plans to arrive at spring training a week early and has already been…

  2. Jed Lowrie, Astros avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, avoiding a hearing in the infielder’s first season of arbitration eligibility. Lowrie, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Mark Melancon in December, filed for $1.5 million while the Astros countered at $900,000. They settled $150,000 below the midpoint, but Brian McTaggart…

  3. Sold! Jose Reyes’ hair goes for $10,200 on eBay

    Feb 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    UPDATE: After a total of 50 bids the auction is over and Reyes’ hair went for $10,200. ========== Jose Reyes got his dreadlocks cut live on MLB Network last week and now his hair is being auctioned off on eBay for charity. And with two days remaining the price is already up over $6,000. Seriously.…

  4. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

  5. Padres sign 37-year-old Jeff Suppan to minor-league deal

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Jeff Suppan

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that 37-year-old Jeff Suppan has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres and calls it a “depth move,” which is code for “he’ll probably be at Triple-A unless he retires instead.” Suppan signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last spring, was released during spring training, and then latched…

  6. Marlins lose arbitration again, this time to Emilio Bonifacio

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Days after losing their arbitration case against Anibal Sanchez the Marlins have been defeated again, as an arbitrator ruled in favor of Emilio Bonifacio and awarded him a $2.2 million salary for this season. Miami filed at $1.95 million, but Bonifacio got the victory following a breakout season in which he hit .286 with a…

  7. ESPN.com’s Keith Law rates Padres as top farm system

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Keith Law published his annual farm system rankings over at ESPN.com and has the Padres in the top spot, noting that “there are so many prospects here with high floors, players who would be top-10 or top-five in other systems but are 11-20 here.” After the Padres at No. 1 he has the Rays, Blue…

  8. MLB announces “Fan Cave” finalists and HBT is endorsing a candidate

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    MLB just announced the 50 finalists for this season’s “Fan Cave” and there’s now an online vote to determine who makes the cut. HardballTalk is officially endorsing Lindsay Guentzel, because she’s great and knows baseball. And also because she was a guest on my podcast last night to talk about the whole “Fan Cave” selection…

  9. Melvin Mora isn’t retired, but did turn down the Rangers

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Melvin Mora didn’t play after being released by the Diamondbacks in June and was said to be retiring in December, but then changed his mind a few weeks ago and is now looking for a new team at age 40. However, he apparently wasn’t willing to play in Texas. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning…

  10. Mitch Moreland “feeling great” after November wrist surgery

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Mitch Moreland underwent wrist surgery in November that was expected to sideline him for 8-12 weeks, but yesterday the Rangers first baseman told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he’s “feeling great” and has been taking swings four times per week with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. Moreland might be slightly behind everyone else at the beginning…

  11. Red Sox sign 17-year-old Australian pitcher Daniel McGrath

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    They haven’t landed Roy Oswalt, but the Red Sox did sign a pitcher yesterday in 17-year-old Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath. McGrath is still in high school, so according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com he’ll fly to America to briefly attend spring training in Florida and then head back to Australia to play for the under-18…

  12. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes arrives in Miami

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:37 PM EST

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    Yoenis Cespedes got a visitor’s visa, left the Dominican Republic, and headed to Miami to meet with the Marlins. And Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel was waiting for him at the airport: If nothing else he certainly dresses like a major leaguer.

  13. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers avoid arbitration with two-year deal worth $19 million

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:55 PM EST

    Clayton Kershaw

    Rather than letting an arbitrator choose between the reigning Cy Young winner’s $10 million request and the team’s $6.5 million counter, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will get $7.5 million this season, $11 million in 2013,…

  14. Moneyball for the long haul: A’s to extend GM Billy Beane’s contract through 2019

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:20 PM EST

    Billy Beane

    The timetable for the A’s rebuilding plan keeps getting pushed back further and further as the team tries to time a return to contention with the possible opening of a new ballpark, but however long it takes general manager Billy Beane will be around to see it through. A’s owner Lewis Wolff said today during…

  15. Dodgers sign well-traveled Jamey Wright to minors deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

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    Jamey Wright will try to make the Dodgers his 11th big-league team after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Wright sticking around this long is pretty remarkable for a guy with an 85-121 record and 4.93 ERA, but lots of those ugly numbers came while starting for the Rockies early…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes granted visitor’s visa, meets with Marlins

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

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    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, who was finally declared a free agent by MLB two weeks ago, has been granted a visitor’s visa and is in Miami meeting with the Marlins. Marlins president David Samson said recently that they hoped to give Cespedes a tour of the new ballpark in Miami, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com…

  17. Reds GM is “sick and tired” of Roy Oswalt rumors

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Roy Oswalt‘s agents in a week, but a short time later Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reported that the two sides were “still in talks.” Jocketty apparently read that and various other rumors linking the Reds to Oswalt, and he’s fed up with the…

  18. Roy Oswalt, like Edwin Jackson, turned down the Pirates

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:23 PM EST

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    Pittsburgh hasn’t done much this offseason, but apparently it hasn’t been for a lack of effort. It just turns out no one wants to play for the Pirates. Edwin Jackson reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Pirates to take a one-year, $11 million from the Nationals and now Rob Biertempfel of…

  19. Yadier Molina is in, you guessed it, The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

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    Another day hour, another player in The Best Shape Of His Life. This one comes from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Most impressive first impression of camp: Molina’s look. Appears buff. Been in camp 5 days. — Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) February 7, 2012 By our unofficial count, that makes 1,073 reports of…

  20. One ace, four prospects, $137.5 million, and a blockbuster trade no one is happy about

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    I have a guest column at Baseball Prospectus today looking back at the Johan Santana blockbuster trade four years later to see why the Twins would have been better off trading with the Red Sox or Yankees instead of the Mets and how it turned out horribly for everyone involved: Lose-Lose Situation: Revisiting the Johan…

  21. Longtime closer Francisco Cordero “more than happy” to be setup man for Blue Jays

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA for the Reds last season, but then found himself in perhaps the biggest buyer’s market for veteran relievers in the history of free agency this offseason and ended up settling for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays. Oh, and he’ll be a setup…

  22. Red Sox, Reds, Rangers, Cardinals all downplaying interest in Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Roy Oswalt remains linked to a handful of teams, but seemingly no one wants to admit that they’re actually close to signing him. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Oswalt’s agent in a week, only to have Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com report that they were indeed “still in talks.”…

  23. Justin Ruggiano leaves Rays, signs with Astros

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Justin Ruggiano

    UPDATE: One week after declining the option of remaining in the Rays’ system Ruggiano has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Astros. ========== Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster housecleaning is costing Triple-A Durham its best players. This morning the Rays traded reigning Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler to the Indians for cash considerations after designating him…

  24. Rangers sign Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel to minors deals

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

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    Texas added some depth today, signing first baseman/corner outfielder Conor Jackson and left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Jackson’s career was derailed by valley fever in 2009. At the time he was a 27-year-old former first-round pick with a .287 career batting average and .810 OPS in 454 games,…

  25. Nationals add Mark Teahen on minor-league deal

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:48 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    Released by the Blue Jays three weeks ago, Mark Teahen has landed with the Nationals on a minor-league contract. Toronto is on the hook for his $5.5 million salary for 2012, so Teahen is a no-risk signing for Washington and will compete for a bench job in spring training. Teahen offers defensive versatility in the…

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