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  1. Cardinals sign infielder Alex Cora to minor-league contract

    Feb 6, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Alex Cora

    Alex Cora‘s deal with the Cardinals is official, with Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reporting that the veteran utility infielder agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Last week Cora announced his retirement from winter ball in Puerto Rico and Goold notes that he was thinking about going…

  2. Freddie Freeman is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Calcaterra stepped out of the virtual office for a moment, so it’s my duty to inform you of yet another player in the Best Shape of His Life. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution has the big news on Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman: Freeman’s put on lot of muscle since last yr, did…

  3. Hong-Chih Kuo agrees to one-year deal with Mariners

    Feb 6, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    kuo reuters

    Hong-Chih Kuo has parlayed reported interest from multiple teams into a major-league contract with the Mariners, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. After three years as one of the most dominant relievers in baseball Kuo was awful last year, allowing 29 runs in 27 innings. As usual he missed a ton of…

  4. Scott Boras says Jason Varitek “is deliberating what he wants to do”

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    With spring training right around the corner Jason Varitek doesn’t have a job and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that the 40-year-old catcher “is deliberating what he wants to do.” Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe makes it clear that “there’s no room on the Red Sox roster for him” after they signed Kelly Shoppach…

  5. Jake Peavy admits he isn’t the same pitcher he was before shoulder surgery

    Feb 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Jake Peavy

    Dave Van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune asked Jake Peavy if he’s 100 percent healthy heading into spring training and the 30-year-old right-hander gave an answer that can’t be very encouraging to White Sox fans: I’m as 100 percent as I can be. I don’t know if I’m 100 percent as to what I was…

  6. Reds general manager on Roy Oswalt: “Last we heard he was going to Texas”

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Cincinnati is among the teams linked to Roy Oswalt, but general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that the Reds haven’t talked to the right-hander’s agent in a week and “the last we heard he was going to Texas.” “That was on Monday,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I don’t know if that…

  7. Anibal Sanchez defeats Marlins in arbitration hearing

    Feb 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Anibal Sanchez

    After arguing their respective cases Friday, right-hander Anibal Sanchez has defeated the Marlins in an arbitration hearing and was awarded $8 million for 2012. Miami submitted a $6.9 million figure, but the arbitrator sided with Sanchez after he threw 196 innings with a 3.72 ERA and 202/64 K/BB ratio last season while earning $3.7 million.…

  8. Micah Owings agrees to minor-league deal with Padres

    Feb 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Micah Owings

    Micah Owings pitched well enough for the Diamondbacks last season that most people stopped saying he should give up pitching and become a full-time hitter, but the 29-year-old right-hander has still had to settle for a minor-league deal from the Padres. Owings was an excellent hitter in college and has batted .286 with an .820…

  9. Prosecutors drop DUI charge against James Loney

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney was arrested in November and charged with suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing his Maserati into multiple other cars, but now TMZ reports that prosecutors have dropped the charges. Loney refused to take a breathalyzer test and the police reported noted that he “exhibited eyelid tremors and his shirt was soiled…

  10. Carlos Guillen returns to Mariners on minor-league contract

    Feb 1, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen, who played for the Mariners from 1998-2003 before being traded to the Tigers, is returning to Seattle on a minor-league contract. Guillen has had a very good, very odd career, shifting all over the diamond defensively while developing into an impact hitter in his late twenties, but now he’s simply trying to hang…

  11. Nationals add reliever Chad Durbin on minor-league deal

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

    durbin getty

    Washington wasn’t exactly hurting for bullpen depth, but with so many veteran relievers still looking for homes and willing to sign cheaply Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Nationals have signed Chad Durbin to a minor-league deal. Durbin spent last season in Cleveland and struggled, posting a 5.53 ERA while serving up 12 homers…

  12. Juan Cruz signs minor-league contract with Pirates

    Feb 1, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is the latest veteran reliever forced to settle for a minor-league contract in a buyer’s market, signing with the Pirates for a deal that includes an invitation to spring training. Cruz is 33 years old, but was plenty effective for the Rays last season with a 3.88 ERA and 46/28 K/BB ratio in…

  13. Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez might be pardoned for falsifying their identities

    Feb 1, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez, as Dominican Today reports that “the U.S. State Department could pardon the Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity.” That apparently comes from some remarks consul general William Weissman made during an event yesterday, although he declined to address any specific…

  14. Dan Johnson signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    Feb 1, 2012, 12:13 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Dan Johnson hits a ninth inning home run with New York Yankees catcher Austin Romine at right during their American League MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    Dan Johnson, whose dramatic homer for the Rays in Game 162 last year overshadowed his otherwise miserable season, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox. Johnson had a strong rookie season for the A’s in 2005, but he’s hit just .219 with a .712 OPS in 290 games since then while spending…

  15. MLB Network will broadcast Jose Reyes’ haircut

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    What does a television channel devoted to baseball show in the middle of the winter? Haircuts, apparently. Jose Reyes‘ agent revealed that the Marlins shortstop will get his dreadlocks cut off Friday and it will air live on MLB Network. Reyes knew he’d have to cut his hair when he signed with the Marlins, who…

  16. Jorge De La Rosa pitched through pain, lied about injury before Tommy John surgery

    Feb 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    de la rosa getty

    As Jorge De La Rosa progresses in his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery Thomas Harding of MLB.com revealed some interesting details about how the veteran left-hander pitched through the pain initially and lied to the Rockies about the injury. Harding of course doesn’t frame the information that way, calling it merely “stretching the truth,”…

  17. Cubs and A’s interested in reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 31, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    I’ve been confused about why the Twins haven’t snatched up one of the many low-cost veteran relievers who’ve signed recently and of the remaining options Todd Coffey would seemingly be a good fit, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN.com in Minnesota reports that they aren’t even in the mix for him. According to Wolfson the Cubs…

  18. Insurance to cover “about half” of Victor Martinez’s salary

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Victor Martinez underwent microfracture knee surgery yesterday and is slated to undergo another surgery to repair his torn ACL in 6-8 weeks, leaving no doubt that he’ll miss the entire season. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the Tigers’ insurance policy on Martinez’s four-year, $50 million contract is “expected to cover about half of the…

  19. Ronald Belisario is already at Dodgers camp, but drug suspension looms

    Jan 31, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Ronald Belisario AP

    Ronald Belisario missed all of last season because he couldn’t secure a visa, but this year the Venezuelan reliever has already reported to Dodgers camp in Arizona in the hopes of reclaiming a bullpen job. Of course, since nothing ever seems to come easy with Belisario he’d first have to serve a 25-game suspension for…

  20. Dallas Braden throws for first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Dallas Braden took the mound yesterday for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, throwing 25 pitches and then telling his Twitter followers that his “arm feels great” and “I wept with joy.” Braden made headlines for his perfect game in 2010 and squabble with Alex Rodriguez over mound ownership in Oakland, but…

  21. GM on Ryan Howard: “If he’s back by sometime in May, I’ll be happy”

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    A few weeks ago Ruben Amaro Jr. declined to “speculate” about Ryan Howard‘s odds of being in the Opening Day lineup, but yesterday the Phillies general manager made it very clear that no one is expecting a return that soon. Amaro told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that Howard returning from his torn Achilles’ tendon by…

  22. Diamondbacks, Ryan Roberts avoid arbitration

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Ryan Roberts

    It wasn’t quite as last-minute as their deal with Miguel Montero this morning, but the Diamondbacks have also avoided arbitration with Ryan Roberts by signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract. Roberts requested $2.275 million and Arizona countered at $1.65 million, so they settled slightly above the midpoint. Roberts didn’t get an extended opportunity…

  23. Daisuke Matsuzaka has first post-surgery bullpen session

    Jan 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Kyodo News in Japan has an update on Daisuke Matsuzaka‘s comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery. Matsuzaka threw a bullpen session yesterday for the first time since going under the knife in June, tossing around 20 pitches at the Red Sox’s spring training complex in Florida. Afterward he called it “a warmup” and said he…

  24. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero avoid arbitration at last minute

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miguel Montero

    Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, but the two sides agreed to a one-year contract just moments before going in. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Montero will get $5.9 million, which is $200,000 less than the midpoint between his $6.8 request and the team’s $5.4 million figure. Montero…

  25. Phillies sign Chad Qualls to one-year, $1.15 million deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chad Qualls Getty

    Philadelphia spending $50 million on Jonathan Papelbon stands out in what has otherwise been a buyer’s market for relief pitching, but the Phillies got into the bargain-hunting action by signing Chad Qualls to a one-year, $1.15 million deal. Jose Contreras‘ health status is uncertain coming off elbow surgery, so Qualls can slide into his right-handed…

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