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  1. Agent says David Eckstein is not officially retired

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that David Eckstein “has decided to retire, even though there were teams willing to bring him into camp.” That quickly made the rounds, with several other prominent reporters congratulating him on retirement, but Eckstein’s agent says the 37-year-old infielder hasn’t actually retired. Not yet, at least. “If…

  2. Why did the Red Sox dump Marco Scutaro and his salary?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    scutaro getty

    I’m among the people confused by Boston’s move to dump Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies for a marginal minor leaguer in Clayton Mortensen, in part because Scutaro was hardly overpaid and in part because the Red Sox’s in-house options to replace him at shortstop are so underwhelming. It still doesn’t…

  3. Reds payroll likely to be down slightly from last season

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Walt Jocketty

    After signing Ryan Ludwick last week the Reds more or less have their roster set, with John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculating that the one last move they might make is adding a veteran utility man like Ryan Theriot. Fay crunched the numbers to find that Cincinnati’s current payroll will be around $76 million…

  4. “No deal in place” between Nationals and Prince Fielder

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Late last night there was an unsubstantiated rumor going around Twitter that Prince Fielder had agreed to a deal with the Nationals, but both Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com have shot that down. According to Bowden the two sides “continue to work on a deal” but there’s no…

  5. Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Brad Hawpe was a bust for the Padres last season, earning $3 million while hitting just .231 with a .645 OPS in his first full season away from Coors Field, and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers. Hawpe’s numbers were always inflated by playing half…

  6. Rockies in talks with Red Sox for Marco Scutaro … maybe

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    scutaro getty

    UPDATE: Not so fast. Less than an hour after his original report Renck says “talks are now fizzling.” ========== Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “are close to acquiring” Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox. Colorado has been looking for a veteran second baseman and Scutaro would be a nice addition,…

  7. Jonny Gomes agrees to $1.1 million deal with A’s

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s. ========== Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120…

  8. Indians acquire Kevin Slowey from Rockies for Zach Putnam

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Last month the Rockies acquired Kevin Slowey from the Twins and penciled him into their rotation, but after picking up more pitching in the Seth Smith trade with the A’s they decided Slowey was no longer needed. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have traded Slowey to the Indians for pitching prospect…

  9. Brett Gardner, Yankees skip arbitration, settle for $2.8 million

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner and the Yankees won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports is worth $2.8 million. That’s the exact midpoint between the $3.2 million figure Gardner submitted and the Yankees’ counter of $2.4 million. Gardner gets a six-fold raise in his first…

  10. Sergio Romo, Giants avoid arbitration with $1.575 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo and the Giants couldn’t agree to a contract before Tuesday’s deadline to submit arbitration figures, but the two sides have still avoided a hearing with a one-year, $1.575 million deal. Romo filed for $1.75 million and the Giants countered at $1.3 million, so he ends up getting $50,000 more than the midpoint. Romo…

  11. Fausto Carmona released from jail on $13,000 bond

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Fausto Carmona‘s stay in a Dominican jail was a short one, as the Indians right-hander was freed today on $13,000 bond after being arrested yesterday for allegedly falsifying his identity. Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, apologized to the Indians and their fans upon his release and according to the Associated Press…

  12. Ryan Spilborghs signs minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Spilborghs gets a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. ========== Ryan Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies last month and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran outfielder is expected to sign with the Indians. Spilborghs was productive in a part-time role for the Rockies…

  13. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

  14. David Ortiz expects arbitration hearing, not settlement, with Red Sox

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Earlier this week dozens of players agreed to one-year deals prior to the deadline to submit arbitration figures and even those who didn’t will likely end up inking deals before an actual hearing. David Ortiz might be different, as the 36-year-old designated hitter said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to reach a compromise before going…

  15. Astros sign veteran catcher Chris Snyder

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Jason Castro breaking his foot while playing in the Arizona Fall League left the Astros short on catching depth and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran backstop Chris Snyder. Snyder is from Houston and has long been a starting-caliber catcher, but missed most of last season following back surgery…

  16. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

  17. GM says Prince Fielder “probably not a good fit” for Tigers

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury puts the Tigers in the market for a veteran designated hitter and has some fans getting their hopes up for Prince Fielder, but general manager Dave Dombrowski threw cold water on that notion yesterday. Angela Wittrock of MLive.com asked the GM about Fielder during the Tigers’ winter caravan tour and…

  18. Norichika Aoki took a big pay cut to leave Japan for Brewers

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aoki

    For most Japanese players coming to America the amount a team bids to secure their exclusive negotiating rights through the posting process ends up being similar to the amount they sign for during the 30-day window. For instance, the Rangers bid $51.7 million for Yu Darvish and then signed him to a six-year, $60 million…

  19. Rockies extend reliever Rafael Betancourt’s contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    Rafael Betancourt will be a full-time closer for the first time this season at age 36 and today the veteran right-hander agreed to a contract extension with the Rockies. Betancourt’s old contract pays $4 million this season and included a $4.25 million mutual option or $250,000 buyout for 2013, but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes…

  20. Gary Carter’s brain cancer treatment is “extremely grave”

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    Gary Carter’s daughter revealed that a recent MRI exam on the Hall of Fame catcher showed “several new spots/tumors on his brain” and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes that “Carter’s fight with brain cancer has turned from brave to extremely grave.” According to Madden, in recent weeks Carter’s “condition was visibly…

  21. Fausto Carmona arrested in Dominican Republic for using false identity

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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    Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com passes along word from reporter Yancen Pujols that Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic and is being charged with using a false identity. According to Pujols, Dominican police arrested Carmona–whose real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia–while he was leaving the American consulate after renewing his visa.…

  22. Fred Lewis agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Fred Lewis, who spent last season with the Reds, has inked a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Lewis struggled last season, hitting just .230 with a .638 OPS in 81 games while spending time on the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he’s generally been a pretty…

  23. Dexter Fowler is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    Calcaterra is on vacation, but before leaving he gave me permission to cover the “best shape of my life” beat should the need arise and … well, shockingly another player has been working out this offseason! Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been working out with teammates…

  24. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still talking contract extension

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Throughout last season there were various reports about Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals having contract extension discussions and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking about a long-term deal. Zimmerman has two years and $26 million remaining on his current five-year, $45 million contract, so there’s no huge rush for…

  25. Jorge Posada not officially retired yet, but not planning to play

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Despite previous reports about his impending retirement Jorge Posada has not made an official announcement that he’s calling it quits, but the longtime Yankees catcher told Adam Berry of MLB.com that he’s “not getting prepared for another season, that’s for sure.” Posada added that he “tried” to get ready to play in 2012 but “it’s…

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