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  1. Ex-manager Edwin Rodriguez says Marlins will “have a tough time” moving Hanley Ramirez to third base

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Edwin Rodriguez, who was fired as Marlins manager in part because of his poor relationship with Hanley Ramirez, appeared on MLB Network Radio today and was asked about the team’s plan to move the career-long shortstop to third base following the Jose Reyes signing. Not surprisingly, Rodriguez thinks it may not go over particularly well…

  2. Cubs re-sign outfielder Reed Johnson to one-year contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park

    Free agent outfielder Reed Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Johnson has always been an ideal fourth outfielder because he can handle all three spots defensively, puts up strong numbers versus left-handed pitching, and isn’t totally overmatched versus right-handers once in a while. At age…

  3. Runner-up Blue Jays bid more than $50 million for Yu Darvish

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    Texas secured exclusive negotiating rights to Yu Darvish with a $51.7 million bid and apparently Toronto finished runner-up for the Japanese ace, as Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Blue Jays submitted a bid in excess of $50 million. General manager Alex Anthopoulos predictably declined to give any details about the Blue…

  4. Orioles turned down Braves’ offer for Adam Jones

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Two weeks ago there was a report that the Orioles were willing to listen to offers on center fielder Adam Jones and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they turned down the Braves’ offer of Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, and an unnamed “pitching prospect.” It’s tough to evaluate that offer without knowing…

  5. Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year, $2 million contract

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Casey Blake

    During today’s press conference for Michael Cuddyer the Rockies also announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Casey Blake on a one-year contract. Blake missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery and talked about possibly being forced to retire, but he’ll give it another go at age…

  6. Endy Chavez’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $1.5 million

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EST

    Endy Chavez, Kerwin Danley, Miguel Olivo

    Baltimore made Endy Chavez‘s one-year contract official, announcing that he’ll get $1.5 million upfront and another $500,000 in potential incentives. That’s more or less the going rate for a veteran fourth outfielder, which is the role Chavez will fill in 2012 after turning his career around by hitting .301 with five homers and a .749…

  7. Yuniesky Betancourt and the Royals, together again

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:53 PM EST

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    In a hilarious yet oddly predictable reunion the Royals have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal. Betancourt was Kansas City’s starting shortstop for the second half of 2009 and all of 2010, but was traded to Milwaukee as part of the Zack Greinke blockbuster and had a terrible season for the Brewers. Now he…

  8. Rays and Joel Peralta avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta has avoided arbitration with the Rays, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.175 million. Tampa Bay picked Peralta up after he was non-tendered by Washington last offseason and the 35-year-old reliever was an excellent low-cost signing, earning just $925,000 while throwing 68 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely…

  9. Mets talking to Rockies about Eric Young Jr.

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets “have expressed interest” in Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr. Rubin notes that the two teams have had talks regarding Jon Niese, but indicates that the Young discussions may be unrelated and quotes a source as saying that the Mets may be able to get…

  10. Mets shopping one-time top prospect Fernando Martinez?

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Fernando Martinez

    As a teenager Fernando Martinez was an elite prospect, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 30 prospects in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but injuries and mediocre hitting have caused his stock to plummet of late and now the Mets may be shopping the 23-year-old outfielder. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic…

  11. Jeff Clement re-signs with Pirates on minor-league deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    Jeff Clement has gone from No. 3 overall pick and top-rated prospect to bust and Triple-A veteran, but rather than make a fresh start somewhere else the 28-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract. Once upon a time Clement looked like a future star as a power-hitting catcher, but his…

  12. Allen Craig’s knee surgery has Cardinals interested in Coco Crisp

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

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    It’s unclear how far along the two sides are in talks, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch have each reported recently that the Cardinals are interested in Coco Crisp. Allen Craig is likely to miss at least the first month of the…

  13. Freddy Sanchez aiming to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Shoulder surgery ended Freddy Sanchez‘s season in mid-June, but he’s under contract for $6 million in 2012 and said yesterday that he hopes to be in the Opening Day lineup. Sanchez told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s advanced to throwing from 60 feet, saying “the shoulder is coming along great” and…

  14. Mike Cameron chooses Nationals over Indians

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Mike Cameron

    Washington and Cleveland were reportedly fighting over Mike Cameron. I’m not sure if this qualifies as winning or losing the fight, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 38-year-old outfielder has decided to sign with the Nationals. Cameron defied father time for years, remaining very productive offensively and excellent defensively into his mid-30s, but…

  15. Diamondbacks couldn’t get Hiroki Kuroda to say yes

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Two weeks ago the Diamondbacks reportedly made Hiroki Kuroda a contract offer, but general manager Kevin Towers revealed today that they couldn’t get the free agent right-hander to give them an answer. Arizona signed Jason Kubel instead, paying $15 million over two years for a left fielder who isn’t even a clear upgrade over incumbent…

  16. Dodgers sign reliever John Grabow to minor-league contract

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    John Grabow has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. To get a sense for how far Grabow’s stock has fallen, consider that he just finished a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Cubs that was signed shortly after they acquired him from the Pirates in…

  17. Hunter Pence’s “recovery is going well” after hernia surgery

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    He can't believe it either.

    Hunter Pence underwent sports hernia surgery shortly after the Phillies were knocked out of the playoffs and told Bernardo Fallas of the Philadelphia Daily News that “the recovery is going well” so far. Pence explained that he’s already been cleared to run and swing a bat, so he seems to be on track with the…

  18. Two weeks later Mets finally announce Frank Francisco deal

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Frank Francisco

    Two weeks ago the Mets signed reliever Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million contract. Today they finally announced the move, officially adding Francisco to the 40-man roster. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News joked that perhaps Francisco’s physical exam took 14 days to administer. He does have a pretty lengthy injury history,…

  19. Padres re-sign Jeremy Hermida to minor-league deal

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Last month Jeremy Hermida was said to be headed to Japan and then when that fell through San Diego dropped him from the 40-man roster, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Padres have re-signed Hermida to a minor-league contract. That means he’ll remain off the 40-man roster, making the path back to the…

  20. Brewers will work out Norichika Aoki after winning negotiating rights for $2.5 million

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Aoki

    Milwaukee placed the high bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers plan to work out the Japanese center fielder before deciding what type of contract to offer him. Evaluating a player in person, on your terms, seems like an obvious thing for teams to do…

  21. Padres trade Aaron Cunningham to Indians for Cory Burns

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EST

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    San Diego and Cleveland made a minor trade, with the Padres sending outfielder Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for minor-league pitcher Cory Burns. Cunningham was once considered a pretty solid prospect, but he’s now been traded four times since mid-2007 and is a 25-year-old with a career .231 batting average and .664 OPS in 392…

  22. Indians sign Jose Lopez to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Jose Lopez

    UPDATE: Done deal. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Lopez has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot on Cleveland’s bench. ========== Cleveland has had “serious discussions” with free agent Jose Lopez, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Once upon a time Lopez was a…

  23. Must-click link: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

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    I’m not sure if this is cute or lame or somewhere in between, but here’s the e-holiday card the Red Sox sent out to season ticket holders: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer I’m assuming nose brightness will soon be factored into a revised version of Wins Above Replacement.

  24. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque expected to miss first half following elbow surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:14 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after called for a balk which scored New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the fifth inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Detroit’s impressive bullpen depth will be put to the test, as Al Alburquerque is expected to miss the first half of the season after undergoing elbow surgery. James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press reports that Alburquerque “had a screw inserted into his olecranon to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture in his right elbow” and…

  25. Nationals did not submit a bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

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    While everyone waits to see if reports about the Blue Jays submitting the highest bid for Yu Darvish prove accurate, we can cross another name off the list of potential homes for the Japanese ace. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post the Nationals did not submit a bid for Darvish despite scouting him…

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