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  1. Luke Scott’s deal with Rays worth $6 million, with team option for 2013

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Luke Scott

    Luke Scott and the Rays have finalized their one-year deal. He’ll get $5 million in 2012 and the contract also includes a $6 million team option or $1 million buyout for 2013, which officially makes it a one-year, $6 million deal. There are also some undisclosed incentives built in that could raise the maximum value…

  2. Logan Morrison is feeling good and swinging a bat five weeks after knee surgery

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison underwent arthroscopic knee surgery five weeks ago, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that he “walked without a limp” while attending a charity event for his youth baseball camp yesterday. Morrison told Capozzi that he’d taken his first post-surgery swings earlier in the day and “it felt good.” However, he’s…

  3. Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson tells Rockies he’s sticking with football

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Big 10 Championship Game - Wisconsin v Michigan State

    Prior to emerging as one of the best college quarterbacks in the country at Wisconsin this season Russell Wilson was picked by the Rockies in the fourth round of the 2010 draft. He played parts of two minor-league seasons, hitting just .229 with five homers and a .710 OPS in 93 games as a rookie-ball…

  4. Brian Roberts unlikely to attend fan event due to concussion, but Orioles want him to sign autographs

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Baltimore Orioles

    Brian Roberts missed the final four months of last season due to aggravating a concussion suffered in 2010 and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the second baseman is not expected to attend the Orioles’ “fan fest” event as he continues to struggle with post-concussion symptoms 16 months after the initial injury. Roberts…

  5. Twins talking to free agent reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Todd Coffey

    Based on their projected roster and plans to slice about $15 million off last season’s payroll the Twins’ lone remaining move this offseason figures to be adding a veteran right-handed reliever for around $2 million. According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com they’ve been talking to 31-year-old right-hander Todd Coffey, who’s also reportedly been in touch…

  6. Mike Napoli still hasn’t started running again after World Series ankle injury

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Despite suffering a gruesome-looking ankle injury in Game 6 of the World Series Mike Napoli remained in the game and then played Game 7, but that’s the last time he’s been able to run. It’s nearly three months later, but Napoli told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he recently attempted to start running again…

  7. Angels, Kendrys Morales avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:21 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Morales’ deal is for the same salary he made last season, $2.975 million, and also includes a $50,000 bonus for reaching 550 plate appearances. ========== Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his leg in May of 2010, but rather than make him a free agent last month the Angels tendered him a contract for…

  8. Scott Boras and Ruben Amaro Jr. disagree about why Ryan Madson didn’t re-sign with the Phillies

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

    Ryan Madson

    Shortly after the start of free agency multiple sources reported that Ryan Madson and the Phillies had agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract, but that deal fell through and Philadelphia quickly signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal instead. Now two months later Madson settled for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with…

  9. Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers from Mets

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Fernando Martinez

    As expected, Fernando Martinez didn’t make it very far on the waiver wire after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Mets earlier this week. One spot, in fact. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the 23-year-old former top prospect was snatched up by the Astros, who have the No. 1 waiver…

  10. Released by the Phillies, John Bowker heads to Japan

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

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    Philadelphia released John Bowker so that he could sign a deal to play in Japan, putting an end to (or at least putting on hold) a big-league career that just never really got going. Bowker was the Giants’ third-round pick in 2004 and always put up strong numbers in the minors, hitting .307 with an…

  11. “Nothing going on” with rumors of Matt Garza to the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last night David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the Cubs and Tigers were “down the road in discussions” for Matt Garza, but today several sources contradict that claim. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that “there‚Äôs nothing going on with the Tigers in regards to Garza” and Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that “I’m told…

  12. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth undergoes elbow surgery

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Blake Hawksworth‘s status for Opening Day is in question, as the Dodgers reliever will undergo surgery today to shave down bone spurs in his elbow. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hawksworth is expected to be sidelined or 4-6 weeks, which means he likely won’t be at full strength for the beginning…

  13. Mariners sign reliever Aaron Heilman to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

    Aaron Heilman

    Aaron Heilman had an ugly 6.88 ERA for the Diamondbacks last season, so not surprisingly he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he’s signed with the Mariners. After being released by the Diamondbacks in mid-July he latched on with the Phillies and then the Pirates, but failed…

  14. Keith Law to stay at ESPN after interviewing with Astros

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:44 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Two weeks after news that he’d interviewed for a spot in the Astros’ front office, Law just tweeted: “I have chosen to stay with ESPN. It was a difficult decision, and I’m very grateful to the Astros for the opportunity.” ========== ESPN.com writer and former Blue Jays special assistant Keith Law recently interviewed for…

  15. Kendrys Morales cleared “to begin running on his own power”

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

    morales getty

    After visiting with a specialist in Colorado last week Kendrys Morales has been cleared “to begin running on his own power,” according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle in May of 2010, suffering multiple setbacks along the way after initially hoping to be ready for Opening Day of last…

  16. Mets re-sign 40-year-old Miguel Batista to minor-league deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EST

    Miguel Batista

    As part of their ongoing effort to stockpile cheap pitching depth the Mets have re-signed 40-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista to a minor-league contract. Batista was called upon to make a spot start in the Mets’ season finale and shockingly threw a complete-game shutout against the Reds to lower his ERA to 3.60, but his overall…

  17. Buster Posey aiming to take batting practice and run the bases in early February

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

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    Time for another update on Buster Posey‘s recovery from the broken leg that ended his sophomore season on May 25. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Posey has now progressed to 30- and 60-yard sprints along with additional agility drills and “mild distance running.” Posey has yet to go through live batting practice and isn’t…

  18. Cardinals to be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House next week

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Obama First Pitch

    To celebrate their World Series title the Cardinals are scheduled to be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on January 17. Albert Pujols is not expected to be part of the visit and according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Cardinals may also head to Washington without their…

  19. Hiroyuki Nakajima returns to Japan after failing to sign with Yankees

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    nakajima getty

    Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima failed to reach an agreement with the Yankees after they bid $2 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, so he’s returning to his old team in Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker notes that Nakajima has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions worth around $3.6 million, adding that the…

  20. Orioles sign Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to three-year deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and the Orioles have agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2015. No official word yet on the money involved, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the deal is expected to be worth $11-12 million. Chen threw 165 innings with a 2.68 ERA and 94/31…

  21. UPDATE: Paul Maholm agrees to contract with Cubs

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:06 PM EST

    Paul Maholm

    UPDATE: Paul Maholm just indicated on his Twitter account that he has agreed to terms with the Cubs: “Looking forward to seeing the fans at Cubs convention this weekend and getting to know all the guys. It’s gonna be fun.” 1:42 PM: Just days after trading Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins for Chris Volstad the…

  22. Must-click link: Remembering Greg Spira

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    I didn’t know Greg Spira well, but got a chance to see him each year at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention and he was a great guy despite getting a raw deal health-wise. He’ll definitely be missed and Evan Drellich of MLB.com wrote a very nice remembrance of Spira and his baseball…

  23. Mets put former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:36 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:44 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    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…

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