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  1. Royals “making progress” toward re-signing Bruce Chen

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that the Royals are “making progress in reaching agreement on a new contract” with free agent left-hander Bruce Chen, with general manager Dayton Moore saying that the two sides are hoping to get a deal finalized before the winter meetings next month. Chen looked just about finished…

  2. Juan Pierre doesn’t get arbitration offer from White Sox

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status. Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years.…

  3. Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million. Baltimore understandably didn’t want…

  4. Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Hiroki Sanada

    Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander. However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of…

  5. Braves choose not to offer arbitration to Alex Gonzalez

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    In order to receive a compensatory draft pick for Alex Gonzalez signing elsewhere the Braves would first have to offer him arbitration, but the team announced today that they’ve decided not to risk the free agent shortstop accepting and locking them into a one-year deal. That means the Braves pass up the chance for a…

  6. Indians re-sign Grady Sizemore to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Three weeks after declining their $8.5 million option on Grady Sizemore the Indians have re-signed the oft-injured outfielder to a one-year, $5 million contract. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the deal also includes up to $4 million in additional incentives and Sizemore received a $500,000 buyout to become a free agent in the first…

  7. All-Star reliever Aaron Crow wants spot in Royals’ rotation

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aaron Crow

    Aaron Crow made the All-Star team as a rookie and finished the year with a 2.76 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 62 innings, but now the Royals are giving the 25-year-old former first-round pick a chance to win a rotation spot in 2012 after he started in college and the minors. Crow told Bob Dutton…

  8. Wilson Ramos returned to winter ball action in Venezuela

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    FILE: MLB Player Wilson Ramos Kidnapped in Venezuela

    Wilson Ramos was in the Aragua Tigers’ lineup last night, returning to Venezuelan winter ball action 13 days after being kidnapped at gunpoint and rescued by police 51 hours later. Ramos went 0-for-5 as the Tigers’ designated hitter and cleanup man. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said last week that he supported Ramos’ decision to…

  9. Mariano Rivera may need surgery on his vocal cords

    Nov 22, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    In the strongest evidence yet that Mariano Rivera is, in fact, human, the Yankees closer told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News that he likely needs vocal cord surgery. Rivera said that his vocal cords have “been bothering him for a month.” Presumably the surgery wouldn’t have any impact on Rivera’s usual offseason…

  10. Tweet of the Day: Matt Kemp just wants to party

    Nov 22, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Matt Kemp doesn’t seem too broken up about finishing runner-up to Ryan Braun in the MVP voting:

  11. Lonnie Chisenhall and Jason Kipnis expected to be Opening Day starters for Indians

    Nov 22, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Cleveland Indians

    In his most recent mailbag column Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall and second baseman Jason Kipnis are both likely to be in the Indians’ lineup on Opening Day, although he says Chisenhall “would be the more likely of the two to start at Triple-A.” Jason Donald and Jack Hannahan will…

  12. Red Sox tried to talk Blue Jays into letting them interview manager John Farrell

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    John Farrell

    Back in the early days of Boston’s never-ending managerial search the Blue Jays changed their team policy to block the Red Sox from potentially interviewing John Farrell. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com even after that policy switch the Red Sox tried to talk the Blue Jays into changing their mind about Farrell, who…

  13. Pitcher turned outfielder Adam Loewen signs minor-league deal with Mets

    Nov 22, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Adam Loewen

    Adam Loewen’s conversion from pitcher to outfielder went well enough that he made it back to the majors with Toronto as a hitter in September, but the Blue Jays let him go after the season and now the former No. 4 overall pick has signed a minor-league deal with the Mets. Loewen played well at…

  14. Report: Grady Sizemore has agreed to re-sign with Indians

    Nov 22, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Baltimore Orioles

    Last week Grady Sizemore was to be putting negotiations with other teams on hold in an effort to work out a deal with the Indians and now Nick Camino of 1100-WTAM in Cleveland reports that the two sides have agreed to a contract. According to Camino an official announcement “will happen by tonight or tomorrow.”…

  15. Neftali Feliz happy to be moving into the Rangers’ rotation

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 2

    By signing Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14.5 million contract the Rangers showed that they’re committed to moving Neftali Feliz into the rotation and the 23-year-old closer issued a statement saying he’s on board with the switch: Jon Daniels and Ron Washington called me a couple of days ago and told me about the team’s…

  16. C.J. Wilson to visit the Marlins in Miami after Thanksgiving

    Nov 22, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers starting pitcher C.J. Wilson faces the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1st inning of Game 1 of MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    C.J. Wilson dined last night with Angels manager Mike Scioscia and general manager Jerry Dipoto, and Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the free agent left-hander’s next meeting with come with the Marlins after Thanksgiving. According to Spencer the two sides initially spoke at the general manager meetings in Milwaukee last week and…

  17. Man arrested for breaking into White Sox GM’s house drank his beer and wore his World Series ring

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ken Williams

    OK, so this might be taking the whole “GM for a day” thing a little too far. Paula Faris of NBC Chicago reports that a man was arrested yesterday for allegedly breaking into White Sox general manager Ken Williams’ home after “police found him wearing Williams’ clothes and the GM’s 2005 World Series ring.” But…

  18. International scouting director Craig Shipley leaves Red Sox

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    General manager Ben Cherington announced yesterday that the Red Sox and international scouting director Craig Shipley are parting ways after the former big leaguer spent nine years in the organization. Last February the Red Sox promoted Shipley to senior vice president of player personnel and international scouting and at various points during his time with…

  19. Rockies “always planned” to keep Ian Stewart for 2012

    Nov 21, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

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    By trading Ty Wigginton last night the Rockies seemingly increased their odds of keeping Ian Stewart around for 2012, but general manager Dan O’Dowd told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that they “always planned on tendering” Stewart a contract. Stewart spent much of this season at Triple-A despite being a 27-year-old with 1,400 career plate appearances…

  20. Rangers interested in bringing back Frank Francisco

    Nov 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    If the Rangers move Neftali Feliz into the rotation they could simply turn closing duties over to Mike Adams, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com writes that another possibility is reuniting with Frank Francisco. Last offseason the Rangers traded Francisco to the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli, which worked out pretty damn well for Texas. According…

  21. Nationals visiting “top free agent choice” Mark Buehrle at his home in St. Louis

    Nov 21, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle is rumored to be fielding offers from nearly half the teams in baseball and the Nationals are pulling out all the stops, with Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reporting that they’ve made Buehrle “their top free agent choice” and are visiting the left-hander at his home in St. Louis today. According to…

  22. Trade for Ty Wigginton won’t keep Phillies from pursuing Michael Cuddyer

    Nov 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Last night the Phillies sent a player to be named later to the Rockies for Ty Wigginton, but general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that acquiring Wigginton’s right-handed bat “really doesn’t have anything to do with what I may do in the outfield or infield.” In other words, Wigginton won’t stop…

  23. Rays “remain interested in” re-signing Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Last offseason the Rays signed Johnny Damon and Casey Kotchman to one-year deals and got good value out of both players, but rather than simply let them walk as free agents Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Tribune writes that they “remain interested in” re-signing both hitters. “They are very prominent in our discussions right…

  24. Clint Barmes turned down Brewers to sign with Pirates

    Nov 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    No official announcement has been made yet, but Clint Barmes told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that his new contract with the Pirates is a two-year, $10.5 million deal. He’s expected to take a physical exam today, at which point it’ll be finalized and he’ll take over as Pittsburgh’s starting shortstop. Barmes explained that he signed…

  25. Reds talking to A’s about deal for closer Andrew Bailey

    Nov 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Cincinnati is preparing for Francisco Cordero‘s departure via free agency by talking to Oakland about closer Andrew Bailey, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Earlier this month there were reports about the A’s shopping nearly everyone on the roster as they wait to hear back about the likelihood of a new ballpark. That apparently includes…

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