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  1. Mike Cameron chooses Nationals over Indians

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Washington and Cleveland were reportedly fighting over Mike Cameron. I’m not sure if this qualifies as winning or losing the fight, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 38-year-old outfielder has decided to sign with the Nationals. Cameron defied father time for years, remaining very productive offensively and excellent defensively into his mid-30s, but…

  2. Diamondbacks couldn’t get Hiroki Kuroda to say yes

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Hiroki Kuroda

    Two weeks ago the Diamondbacks reportedly made Hiroki Kuroda a contract offer, but general manager Kevin Towers revealed today that they couldn’t get the free agent right-hander to give them an answer. Arizona signed Jason Kubel instead, paying $15 million over two years for a left fielder who isn’t even a clear upgrade over incumbent…

  3. Dodgers sign reliever John Grabow to minor-league contract

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    John Grabow has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. To get a sense for how far Grabow’s stock has fallen, consider that he just finished a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Cubs that was signed shortly after they acquired him from the Pirates in…

  4. Hunter Pence’s “recovery is going well” after hernia surgery

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    He can't believe it either.

    Hunter Pence underwent sports hernia surgery shortly after the Phillies were knocked out of the playoffs and told Bernardo Fallas of the Philadelphia Daily News that “the recovery is going well” so far. Pence explained that he’s already been cleared to run and swing a bat, so he seems to be on track with the…

  5. Two weeks later Mets finally announce Frank Francisco deal

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Frank Francisco

    Two weeks ago the Mets signed reliever Frank Francisco to a two-year, $12 million contract. Today they finally announced the move, officially adding Francisco to the 40-man roster. Andy Martino of the New York Daily News joked that perhaps Francisco’s physical exam took 14 days to administer. He does have a pretty lengthy injury history,…

  6. Padres re-sign Jeremy Hermida to minor-league deal

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    Last month Jeremy Hermida was said to be headed to Japan and then when that fell through San Diego dropped him from the 40-man roster, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Padres have re-signed Hermida to a minor-league contract. That means he’ll remain off the 40-man roster, making the path back to the…

  7. Brewers will work out Norichika Aoki after winning negotiating rights for $2.5 million

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aoki

    Milwaukee placed the high bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers plan to work out the Japanese center fielder before deciding what type of contract to offer him. Evaluating a player in person, on your terms, seems like an obvious thing for teams to do…

  8. Padres trade Aaron Cunningham to Indians for Cory Burns

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    San Diego and Cleveland made a minor trade, with the Padres sending outfielder Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for minor-league pitcher Cory Burns. Cunningham was once considered a pretty solid prospect, but he’s now been traded four times since mid-2007 and is a 25-year-old with a career .231 batting average and .664 OPS in 392…

  9. Indians sign Jose Lopez to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Jose Lopez

    UPDATE: Done deal. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Lopez has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot on Cleveland’s bench. ========== Cleveland has had “serious discussions” with free agent Jose Lopez, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Once upon a time Lopez was a…

  10. Must-click link: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if this is cute or lame or somewhere in between, but here’s the e-holiday card the Red Sox sent out to season ticket holders: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer I’m assuming nose brightness will soon be factored into a revised version of Wins Above Replacement.

  11. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque expected to miss first half following elbow surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after called for a balk which scored New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the fifth inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Detroit’s impressive bullpen depth will be put to the test, as Al Alburquerque is expected to miss the first half of the season after undergoing elbow surgery. James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press reports that Alburquerque “had a screw inserted into his olecranon to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture in his right elbow” and…

  12. Nationals did not submit a bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    darvish getty wide

    While everyone waits to see if reports about the Blue Jays submitting the highest bid for Yu Darvish prove accurate, we can cross another name off the list of potential homes for the Japanese ace. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post the Nationals did not submit a bid for Darvish despite scouting him…

  13. Twins still interested in re-signing Jason Kubel

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel

    Minnesota replaced Michael Cuddyer by signing Josh Willingham yesterday and seemingly replaced Jason Kubel by signing Ryan Doumit last month, but apparently they haven’t given up on bringing Kubel back. Kubel indicated earlier this week that he’d all but written off the possibility of re-signing with Minnesota, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune…

  14. Giants re-sign Eli Whiteside to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Eli Whiteside

    UPDATE: Whiteside is officially back in San Francisco, getting a minor-league contract, so the Giants made the correct call in non-tendering him. He’ll have to compete for a roster spot during spring training. ========== Earlier this week the Giants non-tendered Eli Whiteside, making him a free agent, but John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  15. Reds were Josh Willingham’s second choice behind Twins

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

    willingham reuters

    Yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty called the Reds’ lack of moves this offseason “very frustrating” and now it’s safe to assume failing to sign Josh Willingham played a part in his disappointment. Willingham inked a three-year, $21 million contract with the Twins and during his press conference with the Minnesota media the 33-year-old outfielder revealed…

  16. Dontrelle Willis thinks the Phillies will re-sign Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins 2

    Dontrelle Willis and the Phillies made their one-year contract official yesterday, and in meeting with the local media Willis indicated that he expects his friend Jimmy Rollins to return to Philadelphia. “[Rollins] was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s pretty surreal to come…

  17. Rockies sign Michael Cuddyer to three-year, $31.5 million deal

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    cuddyer getty

    Minnesota made a $25 million offer to Michael Cuddyer at least 10 days ago and signed Josh Willingham to replace him yesterday, and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Cuddyer “is in agreement” with Colorado on a three-year, $31.5 million deal. By avoiding any comments to the media and not giving the Twins a…

  18. Report: Prince Fielder is “the Cubs’ player to lose”

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Yesterday there were conflicting reports about the Cubs’ interest in Prince Fielder, with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com saying they were “stepping up their pursuit” and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe saying they’re “not major players” for the free agent first baseman. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com chimed in on the situation today, writing that “the…

  19. Cardinals finalize one-year deal with reliever J.C. Romero

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero has bounced around a ton over the past few seasons and his latest home is St. Louis, as the Cardinals have finalized a one-year deal with the left-handed reliever. Romero’s terrible control and inability to consistently get right-handed batters out make him a poor fit in a setup role, but he remained death…

  20. Dontrelle Willis signs one-year contract with Phillies

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Willis passed his physical exam, so the deal is now official. ========== Last month Dontrelle Willis was said to be drawing a decent amount of interest as a free agent and sure enough it sounds like he’s managed to get a big-league deal for guaranteed money. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willis is…

  21. Michael Cuddyer’s delayed decision has everyone confused

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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    As a Twins fan I’ve been confused by Michael Cuddyer not responding to a three-year, $25 million offer that Minnesota put on the table more than a week ago and apparently I’m not alone. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “many in the industry are baffled that free agent Michael Cuddyer is taking so long…

  22. Report: Cubs “stepping up their pursuit of Prince Fielder”

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    There seemingly hasn’t been much movement on the Prince Fielder front since Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, but now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs are “stepping up their pursuit of Fielder.” What that means exactly is unclear, but with the Marlins saying repeatedly that they aren’t interested in throwing a ton…

  23. Twins haven’t ruled out re-signing Michael Cuddyer even after Josh Willingham deal

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Josh Willingham was signed to replace Michael Cuddyer as the right-handed bat in the middle of Minnesota’s lineup, but now that Willingham’s three-year, $21 million deal is finally official the Twins aren’t ruling out bringing back Cuddyer too. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “there is growing hope within the Twins organization…

  24. Mariners near deal with Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki

    Last month Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent and held a press conference announcing that the only MLB team he was interested in signing with was the Mariners. It sounds like Kawasaki will get his wish, although publicly ruling out the other 29 teams might have wrecked his leverage, as Larry Stone of…

  25. Jake Peavy says relationship with Ozzie Guillen “didn’t end on good terms”

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Jake Peavy talked to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune about the White Sox parting ways with manager Ozzie Guillen and replacing him with Robin Ventura, saying he thought the move was necessary because “things needed to change with the way we did things.” Peavy prefaced his comments with “I’m not, in any way, bashing…

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