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  1. Johan Santana on return timetable: “Tough for me to guess”

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Johan Santana is three weeks into his offseason throwing program and has advanced to long-tossing from 110 feet, but the two-time Cy Young award winner’s status for Opening Day remains uncertain 16 months after shoulder surgery. During a conference call yesterday Santana told reporters that his shoulder “feels fine” and “everything is fine,” but then…

  2. Brewers, Manny Parra avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Yesterday the Brewers avoided arbitration with Carlos Gomez by signing him to a one-year contract and today they did the same with Manny Parra, agreeing to a one-year deal with the left-hander after he missed all of last season with back and elbow problems. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that Parra will get $1.2 million,…

  3. Indians ask owners for payroll space to pursue Carlos Pena

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Carlos Pena is one of the better free agents still available and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in the 33-year-old first baseman. Whether or not they’ll be able to work something out is unclear, because according to Hoynes the front office went to ownership recently to see…

  4. Indians sign reliever Chris Ray to minor-league contract

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:28 PM EDT

    Chris Ray

    Cleveland has added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Chris Ray to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Ray saved 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old rookie in 2004, but injuries soon derailed his career and he’s bounced around a lot since then, pitching for the Orioles, Rangers, Giants, and…

  5. How good does Yoenis Cespedes project to be in the majors?

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is establishing residency in the Dominican Republic so that he can become a free agent and sign with an MLB team for what many people are speculating could be close to $50 million, but how good does the 26-year-old outfielder figure to be in America? Projecting prospects based on minor-league numbers…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

  10. Twins talking to free agent reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    morales getty

    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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    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…

  14. Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers from Mets

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  17. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth undergoes elbow surgery

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

    keith law

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    posey wide

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    wei-yin chen

    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…

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