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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    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…

  4. 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…

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

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:18 PM EST

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    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. Shoulder surgery may keep Ryan Kalish out until June

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

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    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. Yankees nearing deadline for Hiroyuki Nakajima negotiations

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EST

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    In bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima the Yankees were given a 30-day window in which to work out a contract with the Japanese infielder. The deadline is January 6, so as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes: “One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week.” New York doesn’t…

  16. ‘Absolutely no truth’ to reported Rockies interest in Cody Ross

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:56 PM EST

    Cody Ross forearm

    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Rockies were “in contract talks” with free agent Cody Ross, which seemed odd because Colorado already has so much outfield depth that Seth Smith is on the trading block. Olney is one of the best national reporters in the business, but Patrick Saunders of the…

  17. Yankees sign former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima spent nearly all of last season in the minors despite being paid $1.75 million by the Red Sox and now the veteran reliever will try to make it back to the majors with the Yankees. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Okajima has agreed to a minor-league contract with the…

  18. A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Dec 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    cuba flag

    Oakland has been parting with big-league talent all offseason, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. According to Slusser the A’s also like fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but because he’s 26 years old and out of their price range they’ve…

  19. GM doubts Joel Zumaya is healthy enough to pass physical

    Dec 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EST

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya threw for a big group of teams earlier this month and reportedly topped out in the mid-90s with his fastball, leading to lots of optimism about the oft-injured reliever’s latest comeback. However, an unnamed American League general manager told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that “our doctors don’t think he would pass…

  20. Marlins really, really want to re-sign Greg Dobbs

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Greg Dobbs is a decent role player and has drawn interest from several teams as a free agent, including the Nationals. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that re-signing Dobbs is the Marlins’ “main objective” right now and “the team is hoping to finalize a deal soon.” And then Frisaro starts laying it on pretty thick…

  21. Jim Johnson, not Kevin Gregg, likely to be Orioles’ closer

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Johnson_Jim

    Earlier this offseason there was some talk about the Orioles possibly moving Jim Johnson into the rotation, but he now seems destined to remain in the bullpen and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com expects Johnson to be the Opening Day closer. That could still change if the Orioles acquire a veteran closer, but they whiffed on…

  22. Venezuelan winter league suspends Yorvit Torrealba for 66 games following umpire attack

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Torrealba_Yorvit

    While playing in the Venezuelan winter league last week Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba attacked the home plate umpire following a strikeout, screaming in his face and then shoving his head. You can see the incident for yourself in this video. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said yesterday that the team was looking into the situation,…

  23. Pitching coach Bob McClure ready to “kick ass and win” in Boston

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EST

    mcclure getty wide

    Hired as the Red Sox’s new pitching coach last week, Bob McClure said during a radio interview yesterday that his philosophy is to “kick ass and win” in Boston. McClure also said that he likes the idea of Daniel Bard coming into spring training with plans to compete for a rotation spot, because switching back…

  24. Rockies “in contract talks” with outfielder Cody Ross

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Cody Ross

    Colorado seemingly had all the outfield depth it needs and then some after signing Michael Cuddyer, but apparently they’re not done pursuing right-handed hitting outfielders. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rockies are “in contract talks” with Cody Ross, whose market has proven lacking compared to his desire for a three-year contract. Ross seems…

  25. Red Sox add Bob McClure, Alex Ochoa to coaching staff

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    mcclure getty wide

    As expected the Red Sox officially announced Bob McClure as their new pitching coach and also added Alex Ochoa as first base coach, which … well, it makes me feel really, really old. It’s one thing when players from your childhood start getting coaching jobs, but it’s another thing when prospects from your childhood start…

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