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  1. Phillies sign Juan Pierre to minor-league contract

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Philadelphia has had “serious discussions” with Juan Pierre, which might frighten Phillies fans if not for the fact that he says they talked about a minor-league deal. Pierre has been an everyday player for the past decade and got 711 plate appearances for…

  2. Dan Wheeler agrees to minor-league contract with Indians

    Jan 26, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    As further proof of what a buyer’s market this offseason is for relief pitching, the Indians have signed Dan Wheeler to a minor-league contract. Wheeler is certainly far from a great reliever, but he’s been a solid, dependable setup man for the better part of a decade and yet couldn’t even secure a big-league contract…

  3. Boone Logan, Yankees avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 26, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Logan_Boone

    Boone Logan and the Yankees won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year, $1.875 million contract. Logan submitted a $2.1 million figure while the Yankees countered at $1.7 million, so they’re settling $25,000 below the midpoint. And he can get that $25,000 back in the form of a bonus if…

  4. Miguel Cabrera is definitely the Tigers’ starting third baseman

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera said as much as soon as the Prince Fielder signing happened, but manager Jim Leyland made things official during Fielder’s introductory press conference today: Cabrera will be the Tigers’ starting third baseman. And not only that, Leyland added that he doesn’t even plan to remove Cabrera for defensive purposes late in games. Cabrera,…

  5. Fired as Royals announcer, Frank White stays in Kansas City as independent league coach

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    frank white royals

    Frank White was fired by the Royals last month after refusing to take a pay cut to keep his job as their part-time television analyst, but his next job will keep the 61-year-old former All-Star and Gold Glove second baseman in Kansas City. White has taken a job with the Kansas City T-Bones of the…

  6. Justin Smoak is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    smoak rounds bases

    Not to steal Calcaterra’s gimic, but we can add another name to the “best shape of my life” list thanks to this tweet from MLB.com Mariners beat reporter Greg Johns: Griffin says Justin Smoak weighs 220 now, down from 234 when came to Seattle, and is in excellent condition. — Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) January 26,…

  7. Jason Motte, Cardinals skip arbitration with $1.95 million deal

    Jan 26, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

    motte reuters

    Jason Motte emerged as the Cardinals’ closer late last season and now he’s getting a big raise, as the right-hander avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.95 million contract. Motte submitted a $2.4 million request while the Cardinals countered at $1.5 million, so they’re settling for the exact midpoint. Motte, who’s arbitration eligible for…

  8. Indians place Fausto Carmona on restricted list

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Fausto Carmona‘s legal situation may drag on well into spring training, but in the meantime the Indians have placed the right-hander on the restricted list after he was arrested in the Dominican Republic for falsifying his identity. Carmona, who was revealed to be Roberto Hernandez Heredia and three years older than his listed age of…

  9. Jason Isringhausen unlikely to re-sign with Mets

    Jan 26, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    jason-isringhausen-mets-spring

    Back in August the Mets turned down a chance to trade Jason Isringhausen, pulling him off waivers when the reliever was claimed by an interested in team, but now Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that they’re unlikely to re-sign him anyway. Isringhausen completed a successful comeback last season and provided the Mets…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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