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  1. Twins sign Jason Marquis to one-year, $3 million contract

    Dec 22, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    Jason Marquis

    Minnesota has filled the final spot in its rotation with Jason Marquis, signing the veteran right-hander to a one-year deal worth $3 million. By replacing Michael Cuddyer and Jason Kubel with Josh Willingham and Ryan Doumit the Twins saved a ton of money for 2012 and beyond, but they also sliced their payroll from $115…

  2. Cardinals have “intensified talks” with Carlos Beltran

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

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    Cleveland’s actual level of interest in Carlos Beltran is unclear, but there’s no doubt that St. Louis is legitimately making a strong run at the free agent outfielder. According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch the Cardinals have “intensified their talks” with Beltran and are likely offering him at least a two-year…

  3. Nationals agree to one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

    Dec 22, 2011, 2:04 PM EDT

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    Mark DeRosa will try to get his career back on track in Washington. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured veteran infielder has agreed to a one-year contract with the Nationals, who plan to use him as a bench player. DeRosa just completed a two-year, $12 million contract with the Giants during which he…

  4. Rockies drawing plenty of trade interest in Seth Smith

    Dec 22, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez

    Colorado has been shopping Seth Smith all offseason and now that the Rockies have signed Michael Cuddyer those efforts figure to increase, with Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that they’re getting interest from a handful of teams. According to Morosi the Mariners, A’s, Braves, Mets, and Rays have talked to the Rockies about Smith, who…

  5. Mets sign catcher Rob Johnson to minor-league contract

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Some people might say this is a slow news day, but I beg to differ because the Mets have signed catcher Rob Johnson to a minor-league contract. Johnson figures to compete with Mike Nickeas for the job backing up starter Josh Thole. Johnson spent the first seven years of his pro career with the Mariners…

  6. Red Sox “backing off” free agent closer Francisco Cordero

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Earlier this week the Red Sox were said to be among a handful of teams pursuing free agent Francisco Cordero, but now John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that they’re “backing off” and “it appears we can cross Cordero off their list of potential closers.” Tomase suggests that Cordero’s desire for a multi-year deal…

  7. Royals sign Twins castoff Jose Mijares for $925,000

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Twins last week, Jose Mijares has quickly found a new home in the AL Central. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the 27-year-old reliever has agreed to a one-year deal with the Royals, who plan to use him as a left-handed specialist. Mijares had a terrible 2011 season, walking…

  8. Cubs and Reds agree to Sean Marshall-for-Travis Wood swap

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Last night Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago broke the news that the Cubs and Reds were working on a trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood, and now he’s reporting that the two sides have agreed to a deal “in principle.” According to Levine the Cubs will send Marshall to the Reds for Wood and…

  9. Cubs to hire Bill Buckner as Single-A hitting coach

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    "The Summer of 86: The Rise and Fall Of The World Champion Mets" Premiere

    Bobby Valentine wanted to add Bill Buckner to his Red Sox coaching staff, but the team’s upper management reportedly balked at the idea and now Buckner has taken a minor-league gig elsewhere. Jeremy Schaap of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs have hired Bucker as their new hitting coach for the Single-A Boise Hawks, which makes…

  10. Brewers sign infielder Cesar Izturis to minor-league contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Milwaukee replaced Yuniesky Betancourt with Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and the Brewers have added some more middle infield depth by signing Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Izturis lost his starting job when the Orioles traded for J.J. Hardy last offseason and missed all but 18 games with injuries…

  11. Andy LaRoche agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Andy LaRoche

    Cleveland has been adding some formerly intriguing names as minor-league depth and the latest is Andy LaRoche, who agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. LaRoche, whose brother Adam LaRoche is the Nationals’ first baseman, will join guys like Felix Pie and Jose Lopez in competing for a spot on the…

  12. Prince Fielder to the Orioles “just isn’t going to happen”

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Baltimore has been linked to Prince Fielder at various points this offseason, but locally their odds of actually signing the free agent slugger are perceived as very slim. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun writes that “the Orioles aren’t going to give eight or more years or $18 or more million per year to a…

  13. Ex-manager Edwin Rodriguez says Marlins will “have a tough time” moving Hanley Ramirez to third base

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Edwin Rodriguez, who was fired as Marlins manager in part because of his poor relationship with Hanley Ramirez, appeared on MLB Network Radio today and was asked about the team’s plan to move the career-long shortstop to third base following the Jose Reyes signing. Not surprisingly, Rodriguez thinks it may not go over particularly well…

  14. Cubs re-sign outfielder Reed Johnson to one-year contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park

    Free agent outfielder Reed Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Johnson has always been an ideal fourth outfielder because he can handle all three spots defensively, puts up strong numbers versus left-handed pitching, and isn’t totally overmatched versus right-handers once in a while. At age…

  15. Runner-up Blue Jays bid more than $50 million for Yu Darvish

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Texas secured exclusive negotiating rights to Yu Darvish with a $51.7 million bid and apparently Toronto finished runner-up for the Japanese ace, as Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Blue Jays submitted a bid in excess of $50 million. General manager Alex Anthopoulos predictably declined to give any details about the Blue…

  16. Orioles turned down Braves’ offer for Adam Jones

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Two weeks ago there was a report that the Orioles were willing to listen to offers on center fielder Adam Jones and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they turned down the Braves’ offer of Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, and an unnamed “pitching prospect.” It’s tough to evaluate that offer without knowing…

  17. Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year, $2 million contract

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    During today’s press conference for Michael Cuddyer the Rockies also announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Casey Blake on a one-year contract. Blake missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery and talked about possibly being forced to retire, but he’ll give it another go at age…

  18. Endy Chavez’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $1.5 million

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Endy Chavez, Kerwin Danley, Miguel Olivo

    Baltimore made Endy Chavez‘s one-year contract official, announcing that he’ll get $1.5 million upfront and another $500,000 in potential incentives. That’s more or less the going rate for a veteran fourth outfielder, which is the role Chavez will fill in 2012 after turning his career around by hitting .301 with five homers and a .749…

  19. Yuniesky Betancourt and the Royals, together again

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    In a hilarious yet oddly predictable reunion the Royals have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal. Betancourt was Kansas City’s starting shortstop for the second half of 2009 and all of 2010, but was traded to Milwaukee as part of the Zack Greinke blockbuster and had a terrible season for the Brewers. Now he…

  20. Rays and Joel Peralta avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta has avoided arbitration with the Rays, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.175 million. Tampa Bay picked Peralta up after he was non-tendered by Washington last offseason and the 35-year-old reliever was an excellent low-cost signing, earning just $925,000 while throwing 68 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely…

  21. Mets talking to Rockies about Eric Young Jr.

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets “have expressed interest” in Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr. Rubin notes that the two teams have had talks regarding Jon Niese, but indicates that the Young discussions may be unrelated and quotes a source as saying that the Mets may be able to get…

  22. Mets shopping one-time top prospect Fernando Martinez?

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    As a teenager Fernando Martinez was an elite prospect, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 30 prospects in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but injuries and mediocre hitting have caused his stock to plummet of late and now the Mets may be shopping the 23-year-old outfielder. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic…

  23. Jeff Clement re-signs with Pirates on minor-league deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jeff Clement has gone from No. 3 overall pick and top-rated prospect to bust and Triple-A veteran, but rather than make a fresh start somewhere else the 28-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract. Once upon a time Clement looked like a future star as a power-hitting catcher, but his…

  24. Allen Craig’s knee surgery has Cardinals interested in Coco Crisp

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    It’s unclear how far along the two sides are in talks, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch have each reported recently that the Cardinals are interested in Coco Crisp. Allen Craig is likely to miss at least the first month of the…

  25. Freddy Sanchez aiming to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Shoulder surgery ended Freddy Sanchez‘s season in mid-June, but he’s under contract for $6 million in 2012 and said yesterday that he hopes to be in the Opening Day lineup. Sanchez told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s advanced to throwing from 60 feet, saying “the shoulder is coming along great” and…

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