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  1. Red Sox sign 17-year-old Australian pitcher Daniel McGrath

    Feb 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    australian flag

    They haven’t landed Roy Oswalt, but the Red Sox did sign a pitcher yesterday in 17-year-old Australian left-hander Daniel McGrath. McGrath is still in high school, so according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com he’ll fly to America to briefly attend spring training in Florida and then head back to Australia to play for the under-18…

  2. Picture of the Day: Yoenis Cespedes arrives in Miami

    Feb 7, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes airport

    Yoenis Cespedes got a visitor’s visa, left the Dominican Republic, and headed to Miami to meet with the Marlins. And Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel was waiting for him at the airport: If nothing else he certainly dresses like a major leaguer.

  3. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers avoid arbitration with two-year deal worth $19 million

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:55 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw

    Rather than letting an arbitrator choose between the reigning Cy Young winner’s $10 million request and the team’s $6.5 million counter, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers have agreed to a two-year contract worth $19 million. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Kershaw will get $7.5 million this season, $11 million in 2013,…

  4. Moneyball for the long haul: A’s to extend GM Billy Beane’s contract through 2019

    Feb 7, 2012, 4:20 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    The timetable for the A’s rebuilding plan keeps getting pushed back further and further as the team tries to time a return to contention with the possible opening of a new ballpark, but however long it takes general manager Billy Beane will be around to see it through. A’s owner Lewis Wolff said today during…

  5. Dodgers sign well-traveled Jamey Wright to minors deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

    Jamey Wright ,Hank Conger

    Jamey Wright will try to make the Dodgers his 11th big-league team after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Wright sticking around this long is pretty remarkable for a guy with an 85-121 record and 4.93 ERA, but lots of those ugly numbers came while starting for the Rockies early…

  6. Yoenis Cespedes granted visitor’s visa, meets with Marlins

    Feb 7, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes, who was finally declared a free agent by MLB two weeks ago, has been granted a visitor’s visa and is in Miami meeting with the Marlins. Marlins president David Samson said recently that they hoped to give Cespedes a tour of the new ballpark in Miami, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com…

  7. Reds GM is “sick and tired” of Roy Oswalt rumors

    Feb 7, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Roy Oswalt‘s agents in a week, but a short time later Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reported that the two sides were “still in talks.” Jocketty apparently read that and various other rumors linking the Reds to Oswalt, and he’s fed up with the…

  8. Roy Oswalt, like Edwin Jackson, turned down the Pirates

    Feb 7, 2012, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Pittsburgh hasn’t done much this offseason, but apparently it hasn’t been for a lack of effort. It just turns out no one wants to play for the Pirates. Edwin Jackson reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million offer from the Pirates to take a one-year, $11 million from the Nationals and now Rob Biertempfel of…

  9. Yadier Molina is in, you guessed it, The Best Shape Of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Another day hour, another player in The Best Shape Of His Life. This one comes from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Most impressive first impression of camp: Molina’s look. Appears buff. Been in camp 5 days. — Joe Strauss (@JoeStrauss) February 7, 2012 By our unofficial count, that makes 1,073 reports of…

  10. One ace, four prospects, $137.5 million, and a blockbuster trade no one is happy about

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    I have a guest column at Baseball Prospectus today looking back at the Johan Santana blockbuster trade four years later to see why the Twins would have been better off trading with the Red Sox or Yankees instead of the Mets and how it turned out horribly for everyone involved: Lose-Lose Situation: Revisiting the Johan…

  11. Longtime closer Francisco Cordero “more than happy” to be setup man for Blue Jays

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA for the Reds last season, but then found himself in perhaps the biggest buyer’s market for veteran relievers in the history of free agency this offseason and ended up settling for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays. Oh, and he’ll be a setup…

  12. Red Sox, Reds, Rangers, Cardinals all downplaying interest in Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    Roy Oswalt remains linked to a handful of teams, but seemingly no one wants to admit that they’re actually close to signing him. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Oswalt’s agent in a week, only to have Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com report that they were indeed “still in talks.”…

  13. Justin Ruggiano leaves Rays, signs with Astros

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    UPDATE: One week after declining the option of remaining in the Rays’ system Ruggiano has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Astros. ========== Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster housecleaning is costing Triple-A Durham its best players. This morning the Rays traded reigning Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler to the Indians for cash considerations after designating him…

  14. Rangers sign Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel to minors deals

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    conor jackson getty wide

    Texas added some depth today, signing first baseman/corner outfielder Conor Jackson and left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Jackson’s career was derailed by valley fever in 2009. At the time he was a 27-year-old former first-round pick with a .287 career batting average and .810 OPS in 454 games,…

  15. Nationals add Mark Teahen on minor-league deal

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:48 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

    Released by the Blue Jays three weeks ago, Mark Teahen has landed with the Nationals on a minor-league contract. Toronto is on the hook for his $5.5 million salary for 2012, so Teahen is a no-risk signing for Washington and will compete for a bench job in spring training. Teahen offers defensive versatility in the…

  16. Edwin Jackson turned down three-year offer from Pirates

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson Getty

    Last week when Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals there were several reports that he turned down multi-year offers elsewhere. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now has at least one of those offers pegged, reporting that Jackson said no to a three-year proposal from the Pirates believed to be worth…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Cut by Orioles, Clay Rapada needs work

    Feb 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Rapada throws against the Minnesota Twins during their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Baltimore trimmed reliever Clay Rapada from the 40-man roster this morning to make room for Jason Hammel and Matt Lindstrom, so the 30-year-old left-hander is now looking for work via Twitter: anybody need a lefty… lefty are 6-67 last two years… #justsayin — Clayton Rapada (@pada5something) February 6, 2012 Rapada correctly notes that left-handed hitters…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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