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  1. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

  2. David Ortiz expects arbitration hearing, not settlement, with Red Sox

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Earlier this week dozens of players agreed to one-year deals prior to the deadline to submit arbitration figures and even those who didn’t will likely end up inking deals before an actual hearing. David Ortiz might be different, as the 36-year-old designated hitter said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to reach a compromise before going…

  3. Astros sign veteran catcher Chris Snyder

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

    chris-snyder-pirates-spring

    Jason Castro breaking his foot while playing in the Arizona Fall League left the Astros short on catching depth and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran backstop Chris Snyder. Snyder is from Houston and has long been a starting-caliber catcher, but missed most of last season following back surgery…

  4. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

  5. GM says Prince Fielder “probably not a good fit” for Tigers

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury puts the Tigers in the market for a veteran designated hitter and has some fans getting their hopes up for Prince Fielder, but general manager Dave Dombrowski threw cold water on that notion yesterday. Angela Wittrock of MLive.com asked the GM about Fielder during the Tigers’ winter caravan tour and…

  6. Norichika Aoki took a big pay cut to leave Japan for Brewers

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aoki

    For most Japanese players coming to America the amount a team bids to secure their exclusive negotiating rights through the posting process ends up being similar to the amount they sign for during the 30-day window. For instance, the Rangers bid $51.7 million for Yu Darvish and then signed him to a six-year, $60 million…

  7. Rockies extend reliever Rafael Betancourt’s contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Rafael Betancourt will be a full-time closer for the first time this season at age 36 and today the veteran right-hander agreed to a contract extension with the Rockies. Betancourt’s old contract pays $4 million this season and included a $4.25 million mutual option or $250,000 buyout for 2013, but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes…

  8. Gary Carter’s brain cancer treatment is “extremely grave”

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Gary Carter’s daughter revealed that a recent MRI exam on the Hall of Fame catcher showed “several new spots/tumors on his brain” and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes that “Carter’s fight with brain cancer has turned from brave to extremely grave.” According to Madden, in recent weeks Carter’s “condition was visibly…

  9. Fausto Carmona arrested in Dominican Republic for using false identity

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    carmona ap

    Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com passes along word from reporter Yancen Pujols that Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic and is being charged with using a false identity. According to Pujols, Dominican police arrested Carmona–whose real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia–while he was leaving the American consulate after renewing his visa.…

  10. Fred Lewis agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

    fred-lewis-blue-jays

    Fred Lewis, who spent last season with the Reds, has inked a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Lewis struggled last season, hitting just .230 with a .638 OPS in 81 games while spending time on the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he’s generally been a pretty…

  11. Dexter Fowler is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    Calcaterra is on vacation, but before leaving he gave me permission to cover the “best shape of my life” beat should the need arise and … well, shockingly another player has been working out this offseason! Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been working out with teammates…

  12. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still talking contract extension

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    Throughout last season there were various reports about Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals having contract extension discussions and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking about a long-term deal. Zimmerman has two years and $26 million remaining on his current five-year, $45 million contract, so there’s no huge rush for…

  13. Jorge Posada not officially retired yet, but not planning to play

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    posada wide getty

    Despite previous reports about his impending retirement Jorge Posada has not made an official announcement that he’s calling it quits, but the longtime Yankees catcher told Adam Berry of MLB.com that he’s “not getting prepared for another season, that’s for sure.” Posada added that he “tried” to get ready to play in 2012 but “it’s…

  14. Joe Magrane’s daughter advanced to the next round on “American Idol” last night

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Magranejoe

    I might be the only person in the country who’s never watched an epipode of “American Idol” at this point, but this story is still interesting. Former big league pitcher and current MLB Network announcer Joe Magrane has a 15-year-old daughter named Shannon Magrane and she auditioned for the “American Idol” judges on Wednesday night’s…

  15. Rangers sign Yu Darvish to six-year, $60 million deal, bringing total investment to $112 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    With the 30-day negotiating window set to expire this afternoon Yu Darvish and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract that will bring the Japanese phenom to Texas, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that the deal is worth $60 million with an additional $10 million in potential incentives. Last month the Rangers…

  16. Report: Rangers and Yu Darvish agree to deal

    Jan 18, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

    darvish getty wide

    UPDATE: Nothing official yet and no word on the terms, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rangers and Darvish have agreed to a deal. ========== With less than two hours to go until the Rangers’ deadline to sign Yu Darvish arrives, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an “agreement looks imminent.” According…

  17. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion declared a free agent

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    cuba flag

    UPDATE: Rojas reports that Concepcion has now officially been declared a free agent, with the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, Cubs, and White Sox showing the most interest. ========== Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion has established residency in Mexico and the 18-year-old left-hander is close to being declared a free agent by MLB, according to agent Jaime Torres.…

  18. Braves expect Tommy Hanson to be “ready to go” after shoulder problems

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson missed the final two months of last season with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, suffering multiple setbacks along the way as he unsuccessfully tried to return to the Braves’ rotation. That makes him a big question mark for 2012, but general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the…

  19. Agent says Cole Hamels won’t sign for Jered Weaver money

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels and the Phillies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $15 million one-year deal yesterday and afterward his agent made it clear that the 28-year-old left-hander won’t be signing a Jered Weaver-like extension with free agency waiting next offseason. That doesn’t mean Hamels won’t bypass free agency to stay in Philadelphia long term, but…

  20. “Imperfect game” pitcher Armando Galarraga signs minor-league deal with Orioles

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    Armando Galarraga hasn’t had much success since he and umpire Jim Joyce made headlines for his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010 and the 30-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Galarraga will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll…

  21. Yoenis Cespedes says the Cubs have had “the most interest”

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    Last week Yoenis Cespedes named six teams that have shown heavy interest in signing him and yesterday the Cuban outfielder revealed that the Cubs have had “the most interest in me.” Cespedes told the Associated Press that he’s “had dinner a couple of times” with Cubs officials and “they have shown more interest than others.”…

  22. Erick Aybar agrees to one-year deal, Angels still interested in long-term contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    Last week the Angels were said to be talking to both shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick about long-term contract extensions. Kendrick agreed to a four-year, $33.5 million deal, but the negotiations with Aybar apparently haven’t been as smooth and today he avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.075 million contract. Aybar is eligible…

  23. Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE: Aoki and the Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for 2014. ========== With two hours remaining until the deadline to sign Norichika Aoki general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “close” to a deal with the Japanese outfielder. Milwaukee got a…

  24. Blue Jays release Mark Teahen, eat $5.5 million salary

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    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

    UPDATE: As expected, Teahen and his $5.5 million contract passed through waivers unclaimed and today the Blue Jays released him. They’re on the hook for his entire salary. ========== Toronto needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Darren Oliver and did so by designating Mark Teahen for assignment. Teahen…

  25. Diamondbacks re-sign Joe Saunders after non-tendering him last month

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Last month Joe Saunders turned down a two-year, $12 million deal from the Diamondbacks and they non-tendered him rather than pay approximately $8 million for 2012 via arbitration, but the veteran left-hander said later that he “really wanted to come back” to Arizona and today he did just that. Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports…

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