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  1. Rays undecided about rookie Jake McGee’s role for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    jake-mcgee-rays

    After sitting out most of 2009 following elbow surgery Jake McGee returned to the mound last season as a starter with great success and then shifted to the bullpen in the second half before debuting with the Rays in September as a reliever. However, now that McGee is two years removed from going under the…

  2. Nolan Ryan won’t rule out Texas re-signing Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract last month general manager Jon Daniels said the team was “out” of the mix to potentially re-sign Vladimir Guerrero, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan has re-opened that door a bit. Guerrero is still available with less than a month to go until the…

  3. Nationals “closing in on” a deal with reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Washington is “closing in on” a contract with right-hander Todd Coffey, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers despite a 3.52 ERA and 128/46 K/BB ratio in 153 innings for Milwaukee during the past three seasons. Coffey’s slider is his best pitch, but his average fastball also clocks in at…

  4. Padres sign veteran catcher Gregg Zaun to minor league deal

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    San Diego signed Gregg Zaun to a minor-league contract and the veteran catcher will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for the backup job with Rob Johnson. Zaun missed most of last season following June shoulder surgery and will be 40 years old in April, but if healthy he’s a far superior…

  5. Aaron Heilman to re-sign with Diamondbacks as a starter

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    aaron-heilman-diamondbacks

    Earlier this offseason Aaron Heilman expressed a desire to give starting a try after spending the past five seasons exclusively as a reliever and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get an opportunity to do that after re-signing with the Diamondbacks. Heilman appeared in 70 games for Arizona last season, all out of the…

  6. Cody Ross parlays big postseason into $6.3 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    cody ross giving high five

    Cody Ross earned $4.65 million last season and was available to any team willing to claim him (and his remaining salary) off waivers in mid-August. San Francisco made a claim, with some reports speculating they did so mostly to block San Diego from doing the same, and then Ross slugged five homers in 15 playoff…

  7. After letting half the bullpen walk as free agents, Twins give $7.15 million to Matt Capps

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Matt Capps, Joe Mauer

    The offseason bullpen exodus in Minnesota is now complete, as Jon Rauch signed with the Blue Jays and Brian Fuentes signed with the A’s. They join Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain in leaving the Twins after that quartet combined to throw 45 percent of the team’s relief innings last season while posting a 2.98 ERA.…

  8. Mets sign Scott Hairston to a minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston, Angel Hernandez

    Scott Hairston has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets, according to Ted Berg of SportsNet New York (and later confirmed by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com). Hairston managing only a minor-league deal is surprising, because while he’s been overmatched as an everyday player he’d be an excellent fit for any number of teams as…

  9. For Clint Barmes a .656 OPS in 2010 equals $4 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Clint Barmes

    Among the many reasons why Houston trading for Clint Barmes two months ago struck me as a misguided move is that he was in line for a sizable salary via arbitration and … well, he just isn’t very good. Sure enough, today the Astros avoided arbitration with Barmes by signing him to a one-year deal…

  10. Jim Thome’s one-year deal worth up to $4.4 million

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome turned down more money from the Rangers to re-sign with the Twins for just $3 million in upfront cash, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has the details on the contract’s incentives: * $200,000 for 200 plate appearances * $300,000 for 300 plate appearances * $300,000 for 350 plate appearances *…

  11. Heath Bell signs for $7.5 million in final season of arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    With one season remaining until he can become a free agent, Heath Bell and the Padres have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Bell, who made $1.255 million in his first season of arbitration and $4 million last year in his second season of eligibility, has said he’d like to sign…

  12. Mets “closing in on a deal” with rehabbing starter Chris Young

    Jan 17, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    chris young padres

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com the Mets are “closing in on a deal” with right-hander Chris Young, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. New York has been linked to Young throughout the offseason as new general manager Sandy Alderson and company targeted him as a worthwhile reclamation project who could…

  13. Rockies, Matt Lindstrom avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    After acquiring Matt Lindstrom from the Astros last month the Rockies have avoided arbitration with the right-hander by signing him to a two-year deal with a team option for 2013. The contract buys out Lindstrom’s final two seasons of arbitration eligibility while giving the Rockies an option on his first year of free agency. Troy…

  14. Jason Giambi returns to Rockies on a minor league contract

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi, Yorvit Torrealba

    After a season-and-a-half as a bench player in Colorado the assumption was that Jason Giambi would go elsewhere this offseason in search of more playing time, but today he re-signed with the Rockies on a minor-league contract. Last winter Giambi got a guaranteed deal worth $1.75 million, but this time around he won’t have a…

  15. Nationals sign Alex Cora to a minor league contract

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Alex Cora

    Last week the Nationals were said to be targeting Jerry Hairston Jr. as their utility man replacement for Willie Harris, who signed a minor-league deal with the Mets. However, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com they turned their attention to Alex Cora because “some in the organization believe [Hairston's] asking price would be too steep” and…

  16. Pablo Sandoval’s dieting tips

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    sandoval tweet

    After eating his way out of a starting job last season Pablo Sandoval has shed 20-30 pounds this winter, posting a picture of his slimmed-down self over the weekend that shows him looking like a new man. That led to a bunch of his Twitter followers asking Sandoval how he lost the weight, so he…

  17. Jose Veras chooses Pirates over Giants, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Rays

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    jose-veras-marlins

    Reportedly offered minor-league contracts by as many as a half-dozen teams last week, reliever Jose Veras has signed with the Pirates, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Veras chose the Pirates over the Giants, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Rays, with Rojas reporting that the right-hander will receive a base salary of $1 million if…

  18. Nationals GM “frustrated” and “disappointed” with failed attempts to improve rotation

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    This afternoon the Nationals held a press conference to introduce Adam LaRoche to the local media, who naturally asked general manager Mike Rizzo about the team’s various failed attempts to improve the starting rotation this offseason. They failed to sign Cliff Lee and Jorge De La Rosa, have apparently dropped out of the bidding for…

  19. Carl Pavano’s “decision expected Monday or Tuesday”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    General manager Bill Smith said this afternoon that re-signing Jim Thome won’t keep the Twins from also bringing back Carl Pavano, telling Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “We’re very optimistic, very hopeful of bringing Carl Pavano back to this ball club.” Christensen reports that Pavano “is taking the weekend to think about the…

  20. Mets sign utility man Willie Harris to a minor league contract

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    willie-harris-nationals

    After three seasons in Washington the Nationals weren’t interested in bringing back Willie Harris and he apparently didn’t get any major-league offers thanks to a .183 batting average last year, so the 33-year-old utility man has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets. Prior to falling apart last season Harris was a very useful…

  21. Nationals interested in Jerry Hairston Jr. as replacement for Willie Harris

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals will not be re-signing Willie Harris, who spent the past three seasons in Washington, and are interesting in signing Jerry Hairston Jr. as his utility man replacement. Harris and Hairston are pretty similar, with Hairston perhaps bringing a bit more defensive value to the table, and Ladson…

  22. Twins re-sign Jim Thome to one-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    After flirting with the Rangers while searching for a multi-year deal, Jim Thome has returned to the Twins on a one-year contract. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com he’ll get $3 million in guaranteed money, plus incentives based on playing time, which means the Twins got Thome at a bargain rate for the second straight…

  23. Rays will have 11 of the top 75 picks in this year’s draft

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    MLB First Year Player Draft

    This morning I noted that free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $215 million and since then Grant Balfour raised that figure even higher by signing a multi-year deal with the A’s. While most of the focus has understandably been on the Rays losing so much major-league talent,…

  24. Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays interested in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays are among “at least five teams” to express interest in Manny Ramirez, which is a surprise given how little speculation has surrounded him publicly throughout the offseason. Rojas writes that Ramirez has been training in Arizona in an effort to…

  25. Free agents departing Rays have signed for $213 million

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Following the Yankees signing Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million deal last night Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that the eight free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $213 million over 19 years. That total will rise to $215 million for 20 seasons once Chad…

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