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  1. “Imperfect game” pitcher Armando Galarraga signs minor-league deal with Orioles

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    Armando Galarraga hasn’t had much success since he and umpire Jim Joyce made headlines for his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010 and the 30-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Galarraga will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll…

  2. Yoenis Cespedes says the Cubs have had “the most interest”

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    Last week Yoenis Cespedes named six teams that have shown heavy interest in signing him and yesterday the Cuban outfielder revealed that the Cubs have had “the most interest in me.” Cespedes told the Associated Press that he’s “had dinner a couple of times” with Cubs officials and “they have shown more interest than others.”…

  3. Erick Aybar agrees to one-year deal, Angels still interested in long-term contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    Last week the Angels were said to be talking to both shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick about long-term contract extensions. Kendrick agreed to a four-year, $33.5 million deal, but the negotiations with Aybar apparently haven’t been as smooth and today he avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.075 million contract. Aybar is eligible…

  4. Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE: Aoki and the Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for 2014. ========== With two hours remaining until the deadline to sign Norichika Aoki general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “close” to a deal with the Japanese outfielder. Milwaukee got a…

  5. Blue Jays release Mark Teahen, eat $5.5 million salary

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    UPDATE: As expected, Teahen and his $5.5 million contract passed through waivers unclaimed and today the Blue Jays released him. They’re on the hook for his entire salary. ========== Toronto needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Darren Oliver and did so by designating Mark Teahen for assignment. Teahen…

  6. Diamondbacks re-sign Joe Saunders after non-tendering him last month

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Last month Joe Saunders turned down a two-year, $12 million deal from the Diamondbacks and they non-tendered him rather than pay approximately $8 million for 2012 via arbitration, but the veteran left-hander said later that he “really wanted to come back” to Arizona and today he did just that. Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports…

  7. Victor Martinez likely out for the season with torn ACL

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Detroit’s status as the AL Central favorites has taken a big hit before the Tigers even arrived at spring training, as designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during offseason conditioning. No decision has been yet made regarding surgery, but if Martinez needs to go under the knife he’d likely…

  8. Rangers “expect to sign” Yu Darvish, but also adding Prince Fielder is unlikely

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    darvish wide getty

    There have been some reports about roadblocks in the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Yu Darvish, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com they “expect to sign” the Japanese right-hander before tomorrow’s late-afternoon deadline. There’s also been some speculation that the Rangers could sign Darvish to a huge long-term deal and then add Prince…

  9. If you think players make too much money via arbitration …

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    stack of money

    Yesterday and today the site has been overrun with posts about arbitration-eligible players and teams avoiding hearings with one-year contracts, which has led to an incredible number of comments basically complaining about the money players are paid. That’s not an uncommon sentiment expressed in the comments section here year-round, but it’s particularly prevalent today as…

  10. Francisco Rodriguez takes $3.5 million pay cut to avoid arbitration with Brewers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez was paid $11.5 million last season and when the Brewers tendered him a contract for 2012 they were risking his possibly being awarded a similar figure in arbitration, but the two sides have avoided a hearing with a one-year, $8 million deal. That’s still probably more than Milwaukee wanted to pay for a…

  11. Cameron Maybin changes agents, puts long-term contract talks with Padres on hold

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Last month the Padres were said to be interested in working out a long-term contract extension with Cameron Maybin, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the 24-year-old center fielder recently switched agents and the two sides have “tabled” all negotiations. Maybin won’t even be arbitration eligible for the first time until next offseason, so…

  12. Phillies and Cole Hamels avoid arbitration with $15 million deal

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and the 28-year-old left-hander will avoid a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phillies. Hamels earned $9.5 million last season as part of a three-year, $20.5 million deal that bought out his early arbitration eligibility and would have been in…

  13. Orioles hire Rick Peterson, but not as pitching coach

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    As expected, the Orioles hired former A’s, Mets, and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson, but he’ll fill the role of pitching development coordinator rather than pitching coach. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com says that’s actually a new position created by the Orioles, who’ll keep Rick Adair as their pitching coach and have Peterson work primarily with…

  14. Setup man Juan Carlos Oviedo gets $6 million from Marlins to bypass arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Juan Carlos Oviedo–formerly known as Leo Nunez–has avoided arbitration with the Marlins with a one-year, $6 million deal. Oviedo earned $3.65 million last season while saving 36 games, so he would have been in line for a sizable raise via arbitration. However, paying $6 million for a setup man is awfully expensive, particularly since the…

  15. Giants avoid arbitration with Melky Cabrera for $6 million

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Kansas City traded Melky Cabrera to San Francisco last month because they got good value in return, but also presumably because they recognized he was coming off a career-best season that would be difficult to duplicate and was about to get pretty expensive. Sure enough, Cabrera and the Giants have avoided arbitration by agreeing to…

  16. Andre Ethier gets $11 million from Dodgers to skip arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    ethier getty wide

    Andre Ethier has avoided arbitration with the Dodgers, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10.95 million. This is Ethier’s final arbitration eligible season, so barring a contract extension with the Dodgers he’ll be a free agent next winter at age 31. He earned $9.5 million last season while hitting .292 with 11 homers and a…

  17. Reds add Dioner Navarro for catching depth

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    navarro warm-up

    Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds. Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready…

  18. Brewers agree to $2.35 million deal with Nyjer Morgan to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    Nyjer Morgan and the Brewers have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $2.35 million, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Morgan began last season in a backup role for the Brewers after coming over in spring training trade from the Nationals, but Carlos Gomez‘s injury opened up the door for him to become the…

  19. Gio Gonzalez’s contract extension with Nationals worth up to $65 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details on Gio Gonzalez‘s new five-year deal with the Nationals, reporting that the contract guarantees the 26-year-old left-hander at least $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million. For that $65 million figure to come into play the Nationals would have to exercise their…

  20. A’s acquire Seth Smith from Rockies for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Smith_Seth

    Shortly after avoiding arbitration with Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal the Rockies have traded the outfielder to the A’s for pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso. Smith had a very good year for the Rockies in 2011, but became expendable once they signed Michael Cuddyer to join Dexter Fowler…

  21. Red Sox sign Vicente Padilla to minor-league contract

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Nothing is official yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Vicente Padilla and Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Padilla missed nearly all of last season following neck surgery and worked strictly as a reliever…

  22. Phil Hughes gets $3.2 million from Yankees, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million, avoiding arbitration. Hughes had a disappointing 2011, as injuries limited him to just 75 innings and he posted a 5.79 ERA, but he made $2.7 million and would have been in line for a decent-sized raise if the two sides went…

  23. Rockies sign Seth Smith for $2.4 million to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez

    Seth Smith is the latest arbitration eligible player to avoid tomorrow’s deadline, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rockies that Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports is worth $2.4 million. Trade rumors have swirled around Smith all offseason, particularly once the Rockies bumped him from the starting lineup by signing Michael Cuddyer as their new…

  24. Rick Porcello gets raise to $3.1 million, bypassing arbitration with Tigers

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Arbitration eligible for the first time, Rick Porcello has avoided a hearing by signing a one-year deal with the Tigers. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Porcello will get $3.1 million after making $1.5 million last season as part of the major-league contract he signed after being drafted out of high school by the Tigers…

  25. Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration for $2.5 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration prior to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting figures, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Saltalamacchia, who earned $750,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, is in line for a bigger role with the Red Sox following the departure of Jason Varitek. His…

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