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  1. Robert Andino gets $1.3 million to skip arbitration with Orioles

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Andino_Robert

    Cross another name off the list of potential arbitration hearings, as Robert Andino and the Orioles have compromised on a one-year deal. Andino submitted a $1.6 million figure and the Orioles countered at $1 million, and according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun they settled at the $1.3 million midpoint. Andino came into last…

  2. Koji Uehara rejected a trade to the Blue Jays

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara and apparently found a palatable deal for him, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the 36-year-old reliever rejected a trade to Toronto. Uehara’s contract–which was signed with the Orioles–includes a limited no-trade clause consisting of six teams and unfortunately for the Rangers the Blue Jays are on…

  3. Bartolo Colon’s one-year deal with the A’s worth $2 million

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon and the A’s made their one-year deal official yesterday, as the 38-year-old right-hander passed his physical exam. Colon, who made just $900,000 last season on a minor-league deal with the Yankees, will get a big-league deal worth $2 million in guaranteed money this time around. Oakland has shed all kinds of major-league talent…

  4. Blue Jays sign Francisco Cordero to serve as setup man

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Not only couldn’t Francisco Cordero secure a multi-year contract coming off a season in which the longtime closer saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA, it turns out he couldn’t even find a closing gig. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays, who…

  5. Tigers general manager four days ago: Prince Fielder “is probably not a good fit”

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    leyland and dombrowski tigers

    Obviously a general manager saying misleading things about a big-name free agent shouldn’t be shocking at this point, but with Prince Fielder signing a massive nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers today Dave Dombrowski’s comments from just four days ago are pretty interesting. Dombrowski was asked Friday about the Tigers’ chances of signing Fielder…

  6. MLB announces Tony La Russa will manage All-Star game

    Jan 24, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Tony La Russa stepped down as Cardinals manager on October 31, calling it quits after 33 seasons, 2,728 wins, and three championships, but being retired won’t keep him from managing this year’s All-Star game. Pennant-winning managers get the honor of managing the next season’s All-Star game and MLB announced that La Russa will manage the…

  7. Wilson Betemit expected to be Orioles’ designated hitter, gets two-year deal worth $3 million

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Wilson Betemit‘s two-year contract with the Orioles is worth $3 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $6 million if his 2014 option vests based on playing time, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Betemit has bounced around a ton over the past few years, so his agent did very…

  8. Astros hire Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    KUZCO

    As if hiring a sabermetrically inclined general manager in Jeff Luhnow wasn’t proof enough that the Astros are becoming a new-school organization, Luhnow just used Twitter to announce the hiring of Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast: Ever hear of Mike Fast?Great work, will help us@whimsicalcookie@jluhnow are #Astros using systems like FieldF/X and HitF/X? Did #Cardinals?…

  9. Indians expect Fausto Carmona to miss spring training

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Odds are that Fausto Carmona, like Leo Nunez before him, won’t do any significant jail time for his arrest on false identity charges, but the pitcher now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia may have trouble securing a visa and the Indians believe he’ll miss spring training. Manager Manny Acta spoke to the Associated Press, which…

  10. Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman. Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even…

  11. Ken Griffey Jr.’s son commits to play football at Arizona

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    trey griffey

    In addition to being Ken Griffey Jr.’s son Trey Griffey is a high school All-American football player and the wide receiver from Orlando has committed to play for the University of Arizona and their new head coach, Rich Rodriguez. Jason Kirk of SB Nation reports that Griffey chose Arizona over Arizona State and a handful…

  12. Rangers sign relievers Sean Green, Mitch Stetter to minor-league deals

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Green_Sean

    Texas is reportedly shopping reliever Koji Uehara, but that didn’t stop the Rangers from adding some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Sean Green and left-hander Mitch Stetter to minor-league contracts. Both pitchers will get invitations to spring training, although it’ll be tough for them to claim spots in the Rangers’ deep bullpen even if Uehara…

  13. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion works out for Rangers

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gerardo Concepcion

    Gerardo Concepcion, the 18-year-old pitcher who established residency in the Dominican Republic to become a free agent after defecting from Cuba, worked out for the Rangers yesterday. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that team president Nolan Ryan was part of the Rangers group on hand to watch Concepcion in the Dominican Republic, adding that “the…

  14. Rangers still looking to trade reliever Koji Uehara

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara quickly fell out of favor in Texas’ bullpen after coming over in a midseason trade from Baltimore and his name has been linked to various trade rumors all offseason, so not surprisingly Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers are still shopping him. According to Durrett the Blue Jays are among…

  15. UPDATE: Red Sox agree to one-year, $3 million contract with Cody Ross

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    9:14 PM: According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, Ross will make a $3 million base salary with the chance to earn more in bonuses based on plate appearances. 8:53 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox and Cody Ross have agreed to a contract. No word on the terms yet, but Michael…

  16. No more lone dissenter, as all 30 owners approve Bud Selig’s new contract extension

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    MLB announced that the 30 owners unanimously approved Bud Selig’s new two-year contract extension, which wouldn’t be particularly noteworthy except for reports last week saying the vote had 29 yays and one nay. That one dissenting vote was Padres owner John Moores, according to the Associated Press: Owners deferred a vote on the proposed transfer…

  17. Willie Harris agrees to minor-league deal with Reds

    Jan 23, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    New York Mets v St Louis Cardinals

    Veteran role player Willie Harris has signed with the Reds, according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Harris played last season with the Mets, hitting .246 with two homers and a .668 OPS in 283 plate appearances, and reportedly drew interest from the Nationals earlier this offseason. Harris is a career .240 hitter with…

  18. Roy Oswalt turned down the “very interested” Tigers

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com–who was a longtime beat writer in Detroit–reports that the Tigers “were very interested” in Roy Oswalt, but “he didn’t want to go to Detroit.” There’s been plenty of speculation that the Red Sox dumped Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies in order to clear the payroll space…

  19. Two examples of Jorge Posada being underrated

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    posada wide getty

    Amid news that Jorge Posada is planning to retire I’ve written a couple times recently that he’s underrated, in part because catchers in general tend to be undervalued and in part because Posada specifically has been in the shadow of various other Yankees stars. Some readers scoffed at the notion of Posada being underrated, but…

  20. Mike Piazza wants a Mets hat on his Hall of Fame plaque, but what about the Dodgers?

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Mike Piazza

    Mike Piazza will make his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot next year and the 12-time All-Star catcher wants to wear a Mets hat on his plaque. Piazza was interviewed yesterday while at Madison Square Garden in New York for the Knicks-Nuggets game and replied “it’s gotta be the Mets, no question” when…

  21. Agent says David Eckstein is not officially retired

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    eckstein world series getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that David Eckstein “has decided to retire, even though there were teams willing to bring him into camp.” That quickly made the rounds, with several other prominent reporters congratulating him on retirement, but Eckstein’s agent says the 37-year-old infielder hasn’t actually retired. Not yet, at least. “If…

  22. Why did the Red Sox dump Marco Scutaro and his salary?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    scutaro getty

    I’m among the people confused by Boston’s move to dump Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies for a marginal minor leaguer in Clayton Mortensen, in part because Scutaro was hardly overpaid and in part because the Red Sox’s in-house options to replace him at shortstop are so underwhelming. It still doesn’t…

  23. Reds payroll likely to be down slightly from last season

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    After signing Ryan Ludwick last week the Reds more or less have their roster set, with John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculating that the one last move they might make is adding a veteran utility man like Ryan Theriot. Fay crunched the numbers to find that Cincinnati’s current payroll will be around $76 million…

  24. “No deal in place” between Nationals and Prince Fielder

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Late last night there was an unsubstantiated rumor going around Twitter that Prince Fielder had agreed to a deal with the Nationals, but both Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com have shot that down. According to Bowden the two sides “continue to work on a deal” but there’s no…

  25. Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    brad-hawpe-padres

    Brad Hawpe was a bust for the Padres last season, earning $3 million while hitting just .231 with a .645 OPS in his first full season away from Coors Field, and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers. Hawpe’s numbers were always inflated by playing half…

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