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  1. Red Sox acquire Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney from A’s for Josh Reddick, prospects

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Oakland continues to part with big-league pitching in an effort to construct a team ready to contend if/when a new ballpark is built, with Buster Olney of ESPN.com reporting that the A’s have traded closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick, first base prospect Miles Head, and…

  2. Yankees nearing deadline for Hiroyuki Nakajima negotiations

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    In bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima the Yankees were given a 30-day window in which to work out a contract with the Japanese infielder. The deadline is January 6, so as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes: “One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week.” New York doesn’t…

  3. ‘Absolutely no truth’ to reported Rockies interest in Cody Ross

    Dec 28, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Cody Ross forearm

    Earlier this week Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that the Rockies were “in contract talks” with free agent Cody Ross, which seemed odd because Colorado already has so much outfield depth that Seth Smith is on the trading block. Olney is one of the best national reporters in the business, but Patrick Saunders of the…

  4. Yankees sign former Red Sox reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 28, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Hideki Okajima spent nearly all of last season in the minors despite being paid $1.75 million by the Red Sox and now the veteran reliever will try to make it back to the majors with the Yankees. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Okajima has agreed to a minor-league contract with the…

  5. A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Dec 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Oakland has been parting with big-league talent all offseason, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. According to Slusser the A’s also like fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but because he’s 26 years old and out of their price range they’ve…

  6. GM doubts Joel Zumaya is healthy enough to pass physical

    Dec 27, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya threw for a big group of teams earlier this month and reportedly topped out in the mid-90s with his fastball, leading to lots of optimism about the oft-injured reliever’s latest comeback. However, an unnamed American League general manager told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that “our doctors don’t think he would pass…

  7. Marlins really, really want to re-sign Greg Dobbs

    Dec 27, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Greg Dobbs is a decent role player and has drawn interest from several teams as a free agent, including the Nationals. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that re-signing Dobbs is the Marlins’ “main objective” right now and “the team is hoping to finalize a deal soon.” And then Frisaro starts laying it on pretty thick…

  8. Jim Johnson, not Kevin Gregg, likely to be Orioles’ closer

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Earlier this offseason there was some talk about the Orioles possibly moving Jim Johnson into the rotation, but he now seems destined to remain in the bullpen and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com expects Johnson to be the Opening Day closer. That could still change if the Orioles acquire a veteran closer, but they whiffed on…

  9. Venezuelan winter league suspends Yorvit Torrealba for 66 games following umpire attack

    Dec 26, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Torrealba_Yorvit

    While playing in the Venezuelan winter league last week Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba attacked the home plate umpire following a strikeout, screaming in his face and then shoving his head. You can see the incident for yourself in this video. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said yesterday that the team was looking into the situation,…

  10. Pitching coach Bob McClure ready to “kick ass and win” in Boston

    Dec 26, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Hired as the Red Sox’s new pitching coach last week, Bob McClure said during a radio interview yesterday that his philosophy is to “kick ass and win” in Boston. McClure also said that he likes the idea of Daniel Bard coming into spring training with plans to compete for a rotation spot, because switching back…

  11. Rockies “in contract talks” with outfielder Cody Ross

    Dec 26, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Cody Ross

    Colorado seemingly had all the outfield depth it needs and then some after signing Michael Cuddyer, but apparently they’re not done pursuing right-handed hitting outfielders. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rockies are “in contract talks” with Cody Ross, whose market has proven lacking compared to his desire for a three-year contract. Ross seems…

  12. Red Sox add Bob McClure, Alex Ochoa to coaching staff

    Dec 23, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

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    As expected the Red Sox officially announced Bob McClure as their new pitching coach and also added Alex Ochoa as first base coach, which … well, it makes me feel really, really old. It’s one thing when players from your childhood start getting coaching jobs, but it’s another thing when prospects from your childhood start…

  13. Cubs trade Sean Marshall to Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes

    Dec 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== It’s been a couple days since the Cubs and Reds reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Sean Marshall from Chicago to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two unnamed prospects, and now Keith Law of ESPN.com says the trade will be announced at some point today. Law also…

  14. Joe Saunders wanted to stay in Arizona, but Diamondbacks “wanted to go a different direction”

    Dec 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Joe Saunders is being linked to a handful of teams now that he’s a free agent, but the veteran left-hander never wanted to hit the open market in the first place. Saunders told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he “really wanted to come back” to the Diamondbacks, but the team “wanted to go…

  15. Twins sign Jason Marquis to one-year, $3 million contract

    Dec 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Minnesota has filled the final spot in its rotation with Jason Marquis, signing the veteran right-hander to a one-year deal worth $3 million. By replacing Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel with Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit the Twins saved a ton of money for 2012 and beyond, but they also sliced their payroll from $115…

  16. Cardinals have “intensified talks” with Carlos Beltran

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Cleveland’s actual level of interest in Carlos Beltran is unclear, but there’s no doubt that St. Louis is legitimately making a strong run at the free agent outfielder. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Cardinals have “intensified their talks” with Beltran and are likely offering him at least a two-year…

  17. Nationals agree to one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player. DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he…

  18. Rockies drawing plenty of trade interest in Seth Smith

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez

    Colorado has been shopping Seth Smith all offseason and now that the Rockies have signed Michael Cuddyer those efforts figure to increase, with Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that they’re getting interest from a handful of teams. According to Morosi the Mariners, A’s, Braves, Mets, and Rays have talked to the Rockies about Smith, who…

  19. Mets sign catcher Rob Johnson to minor-league contract

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Some people might say this is a slow news day, but I beg to differ because the Mets have signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor-league contract. Johnson figures to compete with Mike Nickeas for the job backing up starter Josh Thole. Johnson spent the first seven years of his pro career with the Mariners…

  20. Red Sox “backing off” free agent closer Francisco Cordero

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Earlier this week the Red Sox were said to be among a handful of teams pursuing free agent Francisco Cordero, but now John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that they’re “backing off” and “it appears we can cross Cordero off their list of potential closers.” Tomase suggests that Cordero’s desire for a multi-year deal…

  21. Royals sign Twins castoff Jose Mijares for $925,000

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Twins last week, Jose Mijares has quickly found a new home in the AL Central. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the 27-year-old reliever has agreed to a one-year deal with the Royals, who plan to use him as a left-handed specialist. Mijares had a terrible 2011 season, walking…

  22. Cubs and Reds agree to Sean Marshall-for-Travis Wood swap

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Last night Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago broke the news that the Cubs and Reds were working on a trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood, and now he’s reporting that the two sides have agreed to a deal “in principle.” According to Levine the Cubs will send Marshall to the Reds for Wood and…

  23. Cubs to hire Bill Buckner as Single-A hitting coach

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine wanted to add Bill Buckner to his Red Sox coaching staff, but the team’s upper management reportedly balked at the idea and now Buckner has taken a minor-league gig elsewhere. Jeremy Schaap of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs have hired Bucker as their new hitting coach for the Single-A Boise Hawks, which makes…

  24. Brewers sign infielder Cesar Izturis to minor-league contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Milwaukee replaced Yuniesky Betancourt with Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and the Brewers have added some more middle infield depth by signing Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Izturis lost his starting job when the Orioles traded for J.J. Hardy last offseason and missed all but 18 games with injuries…

  25. Andy LaRoche agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy LaRoche

    Cleveland has been adding some formerly intriguing names as minor-league depth and the latest is Andy LaRoche, who agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. LaRoche, whose brother Adam LaRoche is the Nationals’ first baseman, will join guys like Felix Pie and Jose Lopez in competing for a spot on the…

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