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  1. Rangers “expect to sign” Yu Darvish, but also adding Prince Fielder is unlikely

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    darvish wide getty

    There have been some reports about roadblocks in the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Yu Darvish, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com they “expect to sign” the Japanese right-hander before tomorrow’s late-afternoon deadline. There’s also been some speculation that the Rangers could sign Darvish to a huge long-term deal and then add Prince…

  2. If you think players make too much money via arbitration …

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    stack of money

    Yesterday and today the site has been overrun with posts about arbitration-eligible players and teams avoiding hearings with one-year contracts, which has led to an incredible number of comments basically complaining about the money players are paid. That’s not an uncommon sentiment expressed in the comments section here year-round, but it’s particularly prevalent today as…

  3. Francisco Rodriguez takes $3.5 million pay cut to avoid arbitration with Brewers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez was paid $11.5 million last season and when the Brewers tendered him a contract for 2012 they were risking his possibly being awarded a similar figure in arbitration, but the two sides have avoided a hearing with a one-year, $8 million deal. That’s still probably more than Milwaukee wanted to pay for a…

  4. Cameron Maybin changes agents, puts long-term contract talks with Padres on hold

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Last month the Padres were said to be interested in working out a long-term contract extension with Cameron Maybin, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the 24-year-old center fielder recently switched agents and the two sides have “tabled” all negotiations. Maybin won’t even be arbitration eligible for the first time until next offseason, so…

  5. Phillies and Cole Hamels avoid arbitration with $15 million deal

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and the 28-year-old left-hander will avoid a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phillies. Hamels earned $9.5 million last season as part of a three-year, $20.5 million deal that bought out his early arbitration eligibility and would have been in…

  6. Orioles hire Rick Peterson, but not as pitching coach

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    As expected, the Orioles hired former A’s, Mets, and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson, but he’ll fill the role of pitching development coordinator rather than pitching coach. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com says that’s actually a new position created by the Orioles, who’ll keep Rick Adair as their pitching coach and have Peterson work primarily with…

  7. Setup man Juan Carlos Oviedo gets $6 million from Marlins to bypass arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Juan Carlos Oviedo–formerly known as Leo Nunez–has avoided arbitration with the Marlins with a one-year, $6 million deal. Oviedo earned $3.65 million last season while saving 36 games, so he would have been in line for a sizable raise via arbitration. However, paying $6 million for a setup man is awfully expensive, particularly since the…

  8. Giants avoid arbitration with Melky Cabrera for $6 million

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Melky Cabrera

    Kansas City traded Melky Cabrera to San Francisco last month because they got good value in return, but also presumably because they recognized he was coming off a career-best season that would be difficult to duplicate and was about to get pretty expensive. Sure enough, Cabrera and the Giants have avoided arbitration by agreeing to…

  9. Andre Ethier gets $11 million from Dodgers to skip arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    ethier getty wide

    Andre Ethier has avoided arbitration with the Dodgers, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10.95 million. This is Ethier’s final arbitration eligible season, so barring a contract extension with the Dodgers he’ll be a free agent next winter at age 31. He earned $9.5 million last season while hitting .292 with 11 homers and a…

  10. Reds add Dioner Navarro for catching depth

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    navarro warm-up

    Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds. Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready…

  11. Brewers agree to $2.35 million deal with Nyjer Morgan to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    Nyjer Morgan and the Brewers have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $2.35 million, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Morgan began last season in a backup role for the Brewers after coming over in spring training trade from the Nationals, but Carlos Gomez‘s injury opened up the door for him to become the…

  12. Gio Gonzalez’s contract extension with Nationals worth up to $65 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details on Gio Gonzalez‘s new five-year deal with the Nationals, reporting that the contract guarantees the 26-year-old left-hander at least $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million. For that $65 million figure to come into play the Nationals would have to exercise their…

  13. A’s acquire Seth Smith from Rockies for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Smith_Seth

    Shortly after avoiding arbitration with Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal the Rockies have traded the outfielder to the A’s for pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso. Smith had a very good year for the Rockies in 2011, but became expendable once they signed Michael Cuddyer to join Dexter Fowler…

  14. Red Sox sign Vicente Padilla to minor-league contract

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Nothing is official yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Vicente Padilla and Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Padilla missed nearly all of last season following neck surgery and worked strictly as a reliever…

  15. Phil Hughes gets $3.2 million from Yankees, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million, avoiding arbitration. Hughes had a disappointing 2011, as injuries limited him to just 75 innings and he posted a 5.79 ERA, but he made $2.7 million and would have been in line for a decent-sized raise if the two sides went…

  16. Rockies sign Seth Smith for $2.4 million to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez

    Seth Smith is the latest arbitration eligible player to avoid tomorrow’s deadline, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rockies that Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports is worth $2.4 million. Trade rumors have swirled around Smith all offseason, particularly once the Rockies bumped him from the starting lineup by signing Michael Cuddyer as their new…

  17. Rick Porcello gets raise to $3.1 million, bypassing arbitration with Tigers

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Arbitration eligible for the first time, Rick Porcello has avoided a hearing by signing a one-year deal with the Tigers. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Porcello will get $3.1 million after making $1.5 million last season as part of the major-league contract he signed after being drafted out of high school by the Tigers…

  18. Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration for $2.5 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration prior to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting figures, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Saltalamacchia, who earned $750,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, is in line for a bigger role with the Red Sox following the departure of Jason Varitek. His…

  19. No arbitration for Joel Hanrahan, as Pirates closer agrees to one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Scratch Joel Hanrahan off the list of potential arbitration hearings, as Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the closer has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates and Keith Law of ESPN.com says the deal is worth $4.1 million. Hanrahan made $1.4 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and saved…

  20. Joel Pineiro inks minor-league contract with Phillies

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Joel Pineiro just completed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Angels, but he posted a 5.13 ERA in 146 innings last season and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that he’s had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Phillies. No official announcement has been made yet, but according to Stark the contract includes…

  21. Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the…

  22. Braves re-sign Jack Wilson to one-year, $1 million contract

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson has seemingly been the cheap, light-hitting, veteran fallback plan for a handful of teams in the middle infield, but today he agreed to re-sign with the Braves after coming to Atlanta from Seattle in an August 31 trade. Wilson gets a one-year, $1 million deal and Mark Bowman of MLB.com speculates that he’ll…

  23. Diamondbacks “showing interest” in Bartolo Colon

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon hasn’t been linked to many teams as a free agent, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “showing interest” in him as a potential fifth starter. After a year out of the big leagues Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last offseason and made a remarkable comeback, throwing…

  24. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration with $3.6 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.585 million. Kendrick earned $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and threw 115 innings with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. He’s slated for a bullpen role this season because…

  25. Yoenis Cespedes names six teams with “a lot of interest”

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes made his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic last night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and afterward the Cuban defector told local reporter Dionisio Soldevila that six teams have expressed “a lot of interest” in signing him. According to Cespedes those half-dozen teams are the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and…

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