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  1. Terry Francona visiting ESPN to talk about television job

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    SI.com media writer Richard Deitsch reports that Terry Francona is at the ESPN offices in Connecticut today discussing a potential television analyst job. Shortly after the Red Sox fired him Francona subbed for Tim McCarver during FOX’s postseason broadcast and generally received glowing reviews. And with Bobby Valentine leaving ESPN to take Francona’s old job…

  2. Dodgers sign Chris Capuano to two-year, $10 million deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v New York Mets

    Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Dodgers worth around $10 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. Capuano played this year on an incentive-laden deal with the Mets, showing he was healthy for the first time since 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio. He…

  3. Yoenis Cespedes’ price tag expected to rise above $50 million

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an update on Yoenis Cespedes and says “the buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign” the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder. Cespedes still has to establish residency in the Dominican Republic to officially become a free agent, but that’s viewed as merely a formality…

  4. Joel Zumaya will throw for teams in two weeks, unlikely to re-sign with Tigers

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston. Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm…

  5. Wily Mo Pena signs two-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Wily Mo Pena’s comeback attempt never quite took hold, as he totaled just 120 plate appearances for the Mariners and Diamondbacks, and now the flawed but powerful 29-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract to play in Japan for the Softbank Hawks. Earlier this week reports pegged Pena’s contract as being worth around $5 million,…

  6. Twins interested in free agent starter Chris Capuano

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers. =========== Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano. Capuano is coming off a bounceback season…

  7. Rockies want Blake DeWitt from Cubs for Ian Stewart

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    DeWitt_Blake

    Earlier this week Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart and now he says the Rockies asked for Blake DeWitt in exchange for him. DeWitt doesn’t hit much, but he’s much more versatile and valuable than Stewart defensively and also under team control through 2014. Not so…

  8. Logan Morrison to undergo minor right knee surgery Monday

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison revealed yesterday that his right knee was still giving him problems after a pair of outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis, saying surgery might be needed. Sure enough, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Morrison will go under the knife Monday for what’s being described as a “minor” operation. According to…

  9. Tweet of the Day: Chantel Kendall says hello

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

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    As Craig noted in his “Baseball Wives” recap this morning, my favorite cast member is Jason Kendall‘s ex-wife, Chantel Kendall. She happens to be on Twitter, so naturally I creepily attempted to interact this afternoon and … well, this happened: I’m aiming for an appearance on Season 2. Or maybe a “Baseball Blogger Wives” spin-off?

  10. Yankees turned down meeting with free agent C.J. Wilson

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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    There have been plenty of reports about the Yankees’ lack of interest in C.J. Wilson and now Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York writes that they don’t even want to meet with him. Marchand reports that Wilson’s agent requested a meeting to discuss the free agent left-hander and “the Yankees said no.” That doesn’t preclude…

  11. Orioles acquire catcher Taylor Teagarden from Rangers

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Done deal. Connolly says the Rangers are getting minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later for Teagarden. =========== Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have been talking to the Rangers about catcher Taylor Teagarden as they search for a new backup for Matt Wieters. Teagarden is…

  12. Tal Smith got two weeks’ severance pay after 35 years with the Astros

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    When the Astros fired Tal Smith last week after 35 years in the organization the longtime team president was upset with how the situation unfolded, saying he learned the news through the media and hadn’t spoken to new owner Jim Crane in months. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has a few more details about Smith’s firing,…

  13. White Sox’s rebuild may involve shopping starters John Danks and Gavin Floyd

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

    John Danks could be on the trading block if he can’t agree to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that negotiations are at a “stalemate.” According to Padilla the White Sox made Danks several offers “not that long ago” and were rebuffed, so they haven’t even…

  14. Rockies grant Astros permission to interview Bill Geivett

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Rockies assistant general manager Bill Geivett is a candidate for the Astros’ general manager opening, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. McTaggart writes that the Rockies granted the Astros permission to interview Geivett, although the Rangers did the same with Thad Levine earlier this week and he ultimately decided to withdraw his name from consideration…

  15. Yonder Alonso is in–you guessed it–the best shape of his life

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the ever-growing “best shape of my life” list. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Yonder Alonso today and reports that the Reds prospect has lost about 18 pounds already this offseason. Alonso hired a personal chef and switched up his workout routine in order to prepare for potential…

  16. Ron Gardenhire says the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    cuddyer getty

    During a 1500-ESPN radio interview yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign free agent Michael Cuddyer, adding that “both sides are talking.” Cuddyer previously visited the Phillies and has reportedly drawn interest from several other teams, and if he signs elsewhere the Type A free agent would fetch…

  17. A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day in the most boring way possible

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Kurt Suzuki

    In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out. Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads,…

  18. Marlins “going strong after” free agent closer Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Last night Heath Bell posted on Twitter denying an ESPN.com report that he was close to signing with an undisclosed team, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the free agent closer met with the Marlins and described Miami as “going strong after” him. Whether that means the ESPN.com report is accurate…

  19. Tweet of the Day: David DeJesus’ wife is very happy

    Nov 30, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    kim dejesus tweet

    Most wives would probably be pretty happy after their husband signed a $10 million contract, but Kim DeJesus is especially pleased by David DeJesus joining the Cubs because she’s from Chicago and … well: Coincidentally, Calcaterra did the exact same thing when the Braves picked up Eric Hinske‘s option.

  20. Logan Morrison “just trying to rehab” knee injury that may require surgery

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    logan morrison ap

    Logan Morrison‘s right knee is still giving him problems after two outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis issues, so the Marlins left fielder told Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post that he may need surgery. For now he’s “just trying to rehab it and make sure if doesn’t flare up again,” but he’s scheduled to…

  21. Tigers re-sign Ramon Santiago to two-year contract

    Nov 30, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

    Ramon Santiago

    After testing the free agent market Ramon Santiago has decided to remain in Detroit, re-signing with the Tigers on a two-year contract. As the Tigers’ utility man Santiago has averaged just 278 plate appearances during the past four years, but depending on how the rest of the offseason plays out he could get an opportunity…

  22. Jose Reyes was in Philadelphia yesterday, but it had nothing to do with the Phillies

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:46 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Jose Reyes was spotted at a Philadelphia restaurant yesterday, leading to some hasty speculation about the Phillies’ potentially being interested in the free agent shortstop, but any rumors can safely be shut down. Reyes was apparently just in town visiting his daughter, who lives in Philadelphia, and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. made it very…

  23. Cubs sign David DeJesus to two-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Athletics' DeJesus hits a solo home run against the Angels during their MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    David DeJesus has agreed to a two-year contract with the Cubs and is expected to be Chicago’s starting right fielder, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $10 million and includes a team option for 2014, when DeJesus will be 34 years old. DeJesus is coming…

  24. Kelvim Escobar is making another comeback

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Kelvim Escobar is 35 years old and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2009 because of shoulder problems, but Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that he’s attempting a comeback. Or, more accurately, another comeback. Escobar had similar plans last offseason, when agent Peter Greenberg told reporters he was “doing very well.” It…

  25. Cubs “have interest” in Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart

    Nov 30, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Last week Rockies general manager Dan O’Dowd ruled out non-tendering Ian Stewart before the deadline to offer arbitration, but he didn’t rule out trading him and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Cubs have expressed interest in the 26-year-old third baseman. Renck writes that the Rockies turned down an offer for…

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