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  1. Koji Uehara turned down deal to Blue Jays, but still likely to be traded by Rangers

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara exercised his limited no-trade clause by turning down a trade to the Blue Jays earlier this week, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that there’s still “a pretty good chance” the Rangers will end up dealing the 35-year-old reliever. Uehara struggled after coming over from the Orioles in a July 30 deal for…

  2. Nationals sign former Phillies closer Brad Lidge for setup gig

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal, as Lidge gets a one-year contract worth $1 million. ========== Longtime closer Brad Lidge is on the verge of signing with the Nationals as a setup man, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Lidge failed to save at least 15 games last season for the first time since 2003, as…

  3. Andrew Bailey avoids arbitration with Red Sox for $3.9 million

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    Acquired from the A’s last month, Andrew Bailey has avoided arbitration with the Red Sox by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.9 million. Bailey submitted a $4.7 million figure for arbitration while the Red Sox countered at $3.35 million, so he ends up accepting $100,000 less than the midpoint. And he can make up…

  4. Nick Masset signs two-year deal with Reds, avoids arbitration

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Masset_Nick

    Cincinnati has bought out Nick Masset‘s remaining arbitration eligibility, signing the right-hander to a two-year contract that MLB Trade Rumors reports is worth $5.5 million. Masset made $1.725 million last season and submitted a $2.9 million figure for arbitration after throwing 70 innings with a 3.71 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio. Cincinnati countered at $2.1…

  5. Austin Kearns agrees to minor-league contract with Marlins

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Kearns_Austin

    Austin Kearns has bounced around a lot, playing for four teams in the past three seasons, and the 32-year-old outfielder will now try to win a spot on the Marlins’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Kearns briefly looked like a future star in 2002 and 2003, but…

  6. Brewers owner: Ryan Braun won’t attend fan event because “this is too sensitive of a time”

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Ryan Braun was scheduled to appear at the Brewers “fan fest” event this weekend, but owner Mark Attanasio just released a statement announcing that the reigning MVP won’t be there because of concerns about how his attendance could impact the 50-game suspension appeal: In working through the logistics of this weekend’s Brewers On Deck event…

  7. Let the bidding begin: Yoenis Cespedes is finally a free agent

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    cespedes getty

    After months of reports about Yoenis Cespedes being on the verge of free agency MLB has finally announced that the 26-year-old outfielder who defected from Cuba last summer is cleared to negotiate with teams. Cespedes established residency in the Dominican Republic and then surprised many people by participating in the Dominican winter league, but stopped…

  8. Reds acquire utility man Wilson Valdez from Phillies

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Valdez_Wilson

    Not so long ago Wilson Valdez got all kinds of undeserved credit for the Phillies’ success, but now they’ve traded the light-hitting utility man to the Reds for left-handed reliever Jeremy Horst. Valdez has topped 300 plate appearances in each of the past two seasons despite hitting just .254 with a .300 on-base percentage and…

  9. Mariners turned down trade for Jorge Posada in 1995

    Jan 25, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    In the wake of Jorge Posada‘s retirement following an 1,829-game career spent entirely with the Yankees comes a story about how he was almost traded to the Mariners as a prospect way back in 1995. Larry Stone of the Seattle Times has the details: Management deemed that they couldn’t afford Tino Martinez, so he was…

  10. Scott Olsen signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that left-hander Scott Olsen has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox, who add some rotation depth in case they continue to trade more veteran pitchers. Once upon a time Olsen was a top prospect and had a strong rookie season for the Marlins as a 22-year-old in…

  11. Ryan Zimmerman won’t negotiate extension with Nationals after spring training begins

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals have been engaged in some level of long-term contract talks for going on a year now, but yesterday the third baseman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’ll cut off negotiations once spring training starts: I think it’s unfair to my teammates for that to garner any attention…

  12. Marlins “expected to make strong push” for Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Now that Yoenis Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic his long-awaited free agency should be right around the corner and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins “are expected to make a strong push” for the Cuban defector. They’ll have plenty of competition, although Cespedes’ poor showing in the Dominican winter league…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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?…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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