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  1. David Ortiz and Red Sox avoid arbitration for $14.575 million

    Feb 13, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    David Ortiz

    After all the drama about his potential arbitration case David Ortiz and the Red Sox have avoided today’s scheduled hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $14.575 million contract at the last minute. Ortiz filed for $16.5 million and the Red Sox submitted at $12.65 million, so the two sides settle at the exact midpoint. And…

  2. Orioles would eat Kevin Gregg’s salary to make him go away

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Baltimore has spent the offseason adding veteran relievers and in the process have pushed last season’s primary closer, Kevin Gregg, into a low-leverage role. Not surprisingly the Orioles are interesting in trading Gregg, who’s owed $5.8 million this season, and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that “they’d eat a chunk” of salary to facilitate a…

  3. Mike Napoli still bothered by World Series ankle injury

    Feb 13, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Over the weekend Mike Napoli and the Rangers avoided arbitration with a one-year, $9.4 million deal, but the ankle injury he suffered in Game 6 of the World Series continues to bother the catcher and figures to limit him at the beginning of spring training. “The fact he’s still feeling it a few months later…

  4. Twins infielder Luke Hughes out 3-4 weeks after injuring shoulder in Australia

    Feb 10, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Luke Hughes

    Luke Hughes injured his shoulder while playing winter ball back home in Australia and left the Perth Heat during the playoffs at the Twins’ request to undergo an MRI exam in Minnesota. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the MRI revealed a sprained shoulder and Hughes will be shut down for 3-4…

  5. Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration for $4.55 million

    Feb 10, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    UPDATE: So much for the streak ending. Hoynes reports that the Indians and Cabrera have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $4.55 million, which is $75,000 above the midpoint. ========== The Indians haven’t gone through an arbitration hearing with a player since Greg Swindell way back in 1991, settling before a case was to…

  6. Orioles sign veteran reliever Luis Ayala for $925,000

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Ayala gets a one-year, $925,000 deal with a team option for 2013. ========== Last offseason Luis Ayala could manage only a minor-league deal with the Yankees, but after throwing 56 innings with a 2.09 ERA he had multiple suitors this offseason and Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com…

  7. Billy Beane is going to the Oscars

    Feb 10, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Fresh off a contract extension that will keep him with the A’s through 2019, general manager Billy Beane is headed to the Academy Awards. Beane told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’ll be there on February 26 to support “Moneyball” and Brad Pitt, who portrayed him in the Oscar-nominated movie. Of course,…

  8. Why won’t anyone take the Pirates’ money?

    Feb 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Last week we learned that both Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt turned down offers from Pittsburgh, and in Jackson’s case he turned down the Pirates’ three-year, $30 million offer to sign a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review notes that the Pirates also tried to keep Derrek…

  9. White Sox sign former Arkansas, USC quarterback Mitch Mustain

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Notre Dame v USC

    Mitch Mustain’s football career never panned out as expected, so now he’s giving baseball a try. Mustain, who went from national high school player of the year to barely playing at two different colleges, has signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox after being cut by a Canadian Football League team. Mark Gonzales of…

  10. Cardinals finalize $750,000 deal with 17-year-old Dominican pitcher Andres Serrano

    Feb 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    In a deal that was agreed upon back in October, the Cardinals have finalized a contract with 17-year-old Dominican right-hander Andres Serrano that includes a $750,000 bonus. However, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America the signing “is still pending Major League Baseball’s investigation into Serrano’s age and identity.” Here’s a little of Badler’s scouting…

  11. Alex Gordon, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:37 PM EDT

    Alex Gordon

    Alex Gordon and the Royals have avoided an arbitration hearing by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.775 million. Earlier this offseason they were said to be discussing a long-term contract extension, but the two sides will instead go year by year for now at least with Gordon still under team via arbitration again in…

  12. Shane Victorino will be a guest star on “Hawaii Five-0”

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

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    Sure, being teammates with Roy Halladay and Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels and Chase Utley and Ryan Howard is probably pretty great, but obviously nothing compares to starring alongside Scott Caan: Shane Victorino is appearing on the Feb. 20 episode of Hawaii Five-O on CBS. According to CBS, Victorino stars as a business executive on…

  13. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is on Twitter now

    Feb 9, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    I’m assuming this is legit, because the Mets’ official Twitter feed just mentioned it: General manager Sandy Alderson is now on Twitter as @MetsGM. And his first tweet was actually pretty funny: Getting ready for Spring Training-Driving to FL but haven’t left yet. Big fundraiser tonight for gas money. Also exploring PAC contribution. — Sandy…

  14. Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, signs with Blue Jays

    Feb 9, 2012, 3:05 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Detroit Tigers

    After spending the first seven seasons of his pro career in the Astros’ farm system Roger Clemens’ son, Koby Clemens, became a free agent and has signed a minor-league deal with the Blue Jays. Clemens was Houston’s eighth-round pick in 2005 and has never been considered a top prospect, but did put up some big…

  15. Orioles defeat Brad Bergesen in arbitration hearing

    Feb 9, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Rick Kranitz, Brad Bergesen, Kennie Steenstra

    Brad Bergesen lost his arbitration hearing to the Orioles, so he’ll make $800,000 this season instead of the $1.2 million he requested. He was arbitration eligible for the first time after throwing 101 innings with a 5.70 ERA and 61/32 K/BB ratio in 12 starts and 22 relief appearances. Bergesen was much better in his…

  16. Craig Breslow bypasses arbitration with Diamondbacks for $1.8 million

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Craig Breslow Getty

    Craig Breslow, who was acquired from the A’s as part of the Trevor Cahill swap in December, has avoided arbitration with the Diamondbacks by agreeing to a one-year, $1.795 million deal. Breslow requested $2.1 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility, while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.5 million. They settled $5,000 below the midpoint…

  17. Mark Trumbo cleared to resume baseball activities

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo‘s recovery from a broken right foot has been delayed several times, but the Rookie of the Year runner-up has finally been cleared to resume baseball activities. Alden Gonzalez reports that Trumbo will have to ramp up his workouts gradually, but plans to arrive at spring training a week early and has already been…

  18. Jed Lowrie, Astros avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    Jed Lowrie and the Astros agreed to a one-year, $1.15 million deal, avoiding a hearing in the infielder’s first season of arbitration eligibility. Lowrie, who was acquired from the Red Sox for Mark Melancon in December, filed for $1.5 million while the Astros countered at $900,000. They settled $150,000 below the midpoint, but Brian McTaggart…

  19. Sold! Jose Reyes’ hair goes for $10,200 on eBay

    Feb 8, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: After a total of 50 bids the auction is over and Reyes’ hair went for $10,200. ========== Jose Reyes got his dreadlocks cut live on MLB Network last week and now his hair is being auctioned off on eBay for charity. And with two days remaining the price is already up over $6,000. Seriously.…

  20. Russell Branyan joins Yankees on minor-league contract

    Feb 8, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Russell Branyan has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post. He’ll compete for a bench spot in spring training after hitting just .197 in 68 games for the Diamondbacks and Angels last season. Branyan’s low batting averages and high strikeout totals have often masked otherwise…

  21. Padres sign 37-year-old Jeff Suppan to minor-league deal

    Feb 8, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that 37-year-old Jeff Suppan has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Padres and calls it a “depth move,” which is code for “he’ll probably be at Triple-A unless he retires instead.” Suppan signed a minor-league deal with the Giants last spring, was released during spring training, and then latched…

  22. Marlins lose arbitration again, this time to Emilio Bonifacio

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    Days after losing their arbitration case against Anibal Sanchez the Marlins have been defeated again, as an arbitrator ruled in favor of Emilio Bonifacio and awarded him a $2.2 million salary for this season. Miami filed at $1.95 million, but Bonifacio got the victory following a breakout season in which he hit .286 with a…

  23. ESPN.com’s Keith Law rates Padres as top farm system

    Feb 8, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Keith Law published his annual farm system rankings over at ESPN.com and has the Padres in the top spot, noting that “there are so many prospects here with high floors, players who would be top-10 or top-five in other systems but are 11-20 here.” After the Padres at No. 1 he has the Rays, Blue…

  24. MLB announces “Fan Cave” finalists and HBT is endorsing a candidate

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    MLB just announced the 50 finalists for this season’s “Fan Cave” and there’s now an online vote to determine who makes the cut. HardballTalk is officially endorsing Lindsay Guentzel, because she’s great and knows baseball. And also because she was a guest on my podcast last night to talk about the whole “Fan Cave” selection…

  25. Melvin Mora isn’t retired, but did turn down the Rangers

    Feb 8, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Melvin Mora didn’t play after being released by the Diamondbacks in June and was said to be retiring in December, but then changed his mind a few weeks ago and is now looking for a new team at age 40. However, he apparently wasn’t willing to play in Texas. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning…

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