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  1. Scott Boras and Ruben Amaro Jr. disagree about why Ryan Madson didn’t re-sign with the Phillies

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Shortly after the start of free agency multiple sources reported that Ryan Madson and the Phillies had agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract, but that deal fell through and Philadelphia quickly signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal instead. Now two months later Madson settled for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with…

  2. Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers from Mets

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    As expected, Fernando Martinez didn’t make it very far on the waiver wire after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Mets earlier this week. One spot, in fact. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the 23-year-old former top prospect was snatched up by the Astros, who have the No. 1 waiver…

  3. Released by the Phillies, John Bowker heads to Japan

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia released John Bowker so that he could sign a deal to play in Japan, putting an end to (or at least putting on hold) a big-league career that just never really got going. Bowker was the Giants’ third-round pick in 2004 and always put up strong numbers in the minors, hitting .307 with an…

  4. “Nothing going on” with rumors of Matt Garza to the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last night David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the Cubs and Tigers were “down the road in discussions” for Matt Garza, but today several sources contradict that claim. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that “there’s nothing going on with the Tigers in regards to Garza” and Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that “I’m told…

  5. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth undergoes elbow surgery

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Blake Hawksworth‘s status for Opening Day is in question, as the Dodgers reliever will undergo surgery today to shave down bone spurs in his elbow. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hawksworth is expected to be sidelined or 4-6 weeks, which means he likely won’t be at full strength for the beginning…

  6. Mariners sign reliever Aaron Heilman to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    Aaron Heilman

    Aaron Heilman had an ugly 6.88 ERA for the Diamondbacks last season, so not surprisingly he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he’s signed with the Mariners. After being released by the Diamondbacks in mid-July he latched on with the Phillies and then the Pirates, but failed…

  7. Keith Law to stay at ESPN after interviewing with Astros

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Two weeks after news that he’d interviewed for a spot in the Astros’ front office, Law just tweeted: “I have chosen to stay with ESPN. It was a difficult decision, and I’m very grateful to the Astros for the opportunity.” ========== ESPN.com writer and former Blue Jays special assistant Keith Law recently interviewed for…

  8. Kendrys Morales cleared “to begin running on his own power”

    Jan 10, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    morales getty

    After visiting with a specialist in Colorado last week Kendrys Morales has been cleared “to begin running on his own power,” according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle in May of 2010, suffering multiple setbacks along the way after initially hoping to be ready for Opening Day of last…

  9. Mets re-sign 40-year-old Miguel Batista to minor-league deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 1:21 PM EDT

    Miguel Batista

    As part of their ongoing effort to stockpile cheap pitching depth the Mets have re-signed 40-year-old right-hander Miguel Batista to a minor-league contract. Batista was called upon to make a spot start in the Mets’ season finale and shockingly threw a complete-game shutout against the Reds to lower his ERA to 3.60, but his overall…

  10. Buster Posey aiming to take batting practice and run the bases in early February

    Jan 10, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Time for another update on Buster Posey‘s recovery from the broken leg that ended his sophomore season on May 25. Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that Posey has now progressed to 30- and 60-yard sprints along with additional agility drills and “mild distance running.” Posey has yet to go through live batting practice and isn’t…

  11. Cardinals to be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House next week

    Jan 10, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Obama First Pitch

    To celebrate their World Series title the Cardinals are scheduled to be honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on January 17. Albert Pujols is not expected to be part of the visit and according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Cardinals may also head to Washington without their…

  12. Hiroyuki Nakajima returns to Japan after failing to sign with Yankees

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    nakajima getty

    Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima failed to reach an agreement with the Yankees after they bid $2 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, so he’s returning to his old team in Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker notes that Nakajima has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions worth around $3.6 million, adding that the…

  13. Orioles sign Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to three-year deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Taiwanese left-hander Wei-Yin Chen and the Orioles have agreed to a three-year contract with a team option for 2015. No official word yet on the money involved, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the deal is expected to be worth $11-12 million. Chen threw 165 innings with a 2.68 ERA and 94/31…

  14. UPDATE: Paul Maholm agrees to contract with Cubs

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:06 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm

    UPDATE: Paul Maholm just indicated on his Twitter account that he has agreed to terms with the Cubs: “Looking forward to seeing the fans at Cubs convention this weekend and getting to know all the guys. It’s gonna be fun.” 1:42 PM: Just days after trading Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins for Chris Volstad the…

  15. Must-click link: Remembering Greg Spira

    Jan 9, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    I didn’t know Greg Spira well, but got a chance to see him each year at the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) convention and he was a great guy despite getting a raw deal health-wise. He’ll definitely be missed and Evan Drellich of MLB.com wrote a very nice remembrance of Spira and his baseball…

  16. Mets put former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers

    Jan 9, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    In need of 40-man roster spots after signing Ronny Cedeno and Scott Hairston the Mets have placed former top prospect Fernando Martinez on waivers, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. In his early days as a prospect Martinez was rumored to be the centerpiece of nearly every potential Mets trade and Baseball America…

  17. Johnny Giavotella expects to be ready for spring training following hip surgery

    Jan 9, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals Photo Day

    Johnny Giavotella underwent hip surgery in October to repair a torn labrum and recently had a checkup with the doctor who performed the operation, telling Dick Kaegel of MLB.com that he “will definitely be 100 percent by spring training.” Giavotella has already started to “run, hit, and throw” so his focus now is on adding…

  18. Kerry Wood expected to sign by Friday; Cubs no sure thing

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kerry Wood told NBC-5 in Chicago that he expects to sign by Friday, with Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reporting that the Phillies, Tigers, Angels, and Reds are among the teams competing with the Cubs for the 34-year-old reliever. Wood took significantly less money to sign with the Cubs last offseason and said just a couple…

  19. Brewers put Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki through 75-minute workout

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aoki

    As expected, Norichika Aoki traveled to Arizona over the weekend to have an in-person workout with the Brewers after they bid $2.5 million for the Japanese outfielder’s exclusive negotiating rights. Nikkon Sports, via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, reports that the workout lasted 75 minutes and “included catch, long toss, batting practice and base running.”…

  20. Mets agree to one-year, $1.1 million deal with Ronny Cedeno

    Jan 6, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rubin now says the deal is done, pending Cedeno passing a physical exam, and will be worth around $1.1 million for one season. ========== According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets are talking to free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno and negotiations have reached a “critical” stage. Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy…

  21. Dave Duncan to be away from Cardinals for all of 2012; Derek Lilliquist named pitching coach

    Jan 6, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: General manager John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals do not expect Duncan to return during the 2012 season, meaning Lilliquist will take over the job without an “interim” title. ========== Longtime pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking an extended leave of absence from the Cardinals to…

  22. Yoenis Cespedes due to become free agent within two weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes remains in limbo as he tries to establish residency in the Dominican Republic and become a free agent, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is expected to be declared a free agent “sometime in the next 10…

  23. So much for Prince Fielder: Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo from Padres for Andrew Cashner

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo‘s future in San Diego was in doubt as soon as the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade last month and today they traded Rizzo and Zach Cates to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo was awful in 49 games for the Padres as a…

  24. Georgia State Patrol fires trooper involved in crash that killed wife of Braves trainer

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Martin Prado, Jeff Porter

    Georgia State Patrol announced that trooper Donald Crozier was fired yesterday after being involved in the New Year’s Eve crash that killed the wife of Braves trainer Jeff Porter. Department of Public Safety commissioner Mark W. McDonough issued the following statement: Immediately following the crash, I requested the resources of the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized…

  25. Nick Markakis facing six-week rehab from abdominal surgery

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn rectus abdominus muscle and may not be ready for the beginning of spring training. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed six weeks after undergoing the same surgery and Markakis told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he won’t be…

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