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  1. Marlins sign Randy Choate to two-year, $2.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    Florida’s bullpen makeover continues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed left-handed specialist Randy Choate to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Choate is a Type B free agent and Tampa Bay smartly offered him arbitration, so the Rays will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds for…

  2. Carlos Beltran is unaware of trade rumors because he’s not “into the computer searching”

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Prior the Red Sox signing Carl Crawford last week Peter Gammons reported that they “continue to talk to the Mets” about a potential trade for Carlos Beltran (which is obviously no longer an option). For his part Beltran told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he was unaware of the rumors until a family member in Puerto…

  3. How many wins will Phillies’ four aces combine for in 2011?

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Bodog.com has set an early over/under line on the combined 2011 wins from the Phillies’ four aces: 61. At first glance (and considering the tremendous hype) that may seem like a low number, but this year Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels combined for 58 victories and Halladay (21) was the only…

  4. Arizona targets Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns for part-time role

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    After finding a backup catcher in Henry Blanco the Diamondbacks “will next turn their attention to finding a right-handed bat who can play left field” and are targeting Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Gilbert speculates that Nady could have a slight edge because he has experience at first base…

  5. Diamondbacks promote former Baseball Think Factory writer Carlos Gomez to international scouting director

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

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    As a longtime lurker, occasional commenter, and former contributor at Baseball Think Factory I’m absolutely thrilled by this news: Carlos Gomez, who frequently posted comments and wrote articles at Baseball Think Factory under the screen name “Chad Bradford Wannabe,” has been hired as the Diamondbacks’ international scouting director. Gomez, who pitched professionally in independent leagues…

  6. MLB minimum salary will increase to $414,000 for 2011

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    minimum wage

    The commissioner’s office announced today that the MLB minimum salary will rise to $414,000 for 2011, which is a $14,000 increase from the $400,000 mark this year. As part of the collective bargaining agreement the minimum salary rises at the same rate as the increase in the Consumer Price Index-Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.…

  7. Diamondbacks agree to one-year contract with Henry Blanco

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Earlier this week the Diamondbacks were said to be on the verge of signing veteran catcher Henry Blanco and now Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that they’ve come to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract. Blanco will back up 27-year-old starter Miguel Montero and figures to get most of his starts subbing…

  8. A’s and Rich Harden agree to one-year, $1.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Rich Harden throwing

    Rich Harden and the A’s have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million in guaranteed money and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, according to a major league source. Harden, who was drafted by the A’s in 2000 and pitched in Oakland from 2003 to mid-2008, returns after stints with the Cubs and Rangers.…

  9. Ron Washington wants to keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    In the wake of the Rangers missing out on re-signing Cliff Lee there’s been some speculation that they could fill his spot in the rotation with closer Neftali Feliz, who was primarily a starter in the minors and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 10 prospects as a starter in back-to-back years. Yesterday manager Ron Washington…

  10. Dodgers sign Matt Guerrier to three-year, $12 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Matt Guerrier has been linked to Boston throughout the offseason, but Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is said to be against the idea of handing out three-year contracts to relievers and Erik Boland of New York Newsday reports that Guerrier has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers believed to be worth $12…

  11. Red Sox “getting closer” to signing reliever Matt Albers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt-albers-orioles

    Peter Gammons reported yesterday that the Red Sox had agreed to a contract with Matt Albers, while “a source familiar with the negotiations” told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the deal is “getting closer” but “not done yet.” Albers was non-tendered earlier this month by the Orioles, who didn’t want to keep him despite a…

  12. Russell Martin signed with Yankees for lower base salary than he turned down from Dodgers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the details of Russell Martin’s one-year contract with the Yankees. He’ll earn $4 million in base salary, which is less guaranteed money than he turned down from the Dodgers prior to being non-tendered. Los Angeles reportedly offered him $4.2 million upfront and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, while Martin is…

  13. What’s the hold up? Rays and Padres still haven’t finalized Jason Bartlett trade

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    It’s been six days since the Rays and Padres were said to have agreed upon a trade sending Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, yet the deal is still “on hold” and no one seems quite sure what’s going on. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union…

  14. Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth … $1.08 million. Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67…

  15. Carl Pavano’s “other suitors are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota”

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    This morning I wrote about how Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies leaves Carl Pavano as the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pavano’s “other suitors” aside from the Twins “are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota.” That jibes with Tom Haudricourt of the…

  16. UPDATE: Cardinals add Gerald Laird as Yadier Molina’s backup

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    UPDATE: Done deal. Laird gets $1 million guaranteed, plus $300,000 in incentives. ========== Matthew Leach of MLB.com hasn’t been able to confirm the news yet, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Cardinals are close to signing veteran catcher Gerald Laird. Laird is coming off a career-worst season in Detroit, hitting just .207 with…

  17. Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

    Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting. Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight…

  18. Jeff Francoeur already has Kansas City media under his spell

    Dec 14, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    jeff francoeur royals presser

    It’s been less than a week since Jeff Francoeur signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals, but he predictably already has local media members in Kansas City writing the same type of overly glowing prose and outright fluff about him that became commonplace in Atlanta and New York. Yesterday the Royals held a…

  19. Pirates sign first baseman Lyle Overbay to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    Continuing their offseason plan of stockpiling mediocre veterans, the Pirates have agreed to terms with first baseman Lyle Overbay on a one-year, $5 million contract. Overbay spent the past five seasons in Toronto, but the Blue Jays made no attempt to re-sign the 33-year-old after he hit just .243 with a .329 on-base percentage and…

  20. Owner says Rangers turned down Cliff Lee’s offer to re-sign for seven guaranteed years

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Initially last night the Cliff Lee storyline was that he left as much as $50 million on the table because he loved Philadelphia and simply wanted to pitch for the Phillies instead of the Yankees or Rangers. However, now that the various contract details are trickling in it turns out he probably left at most…

  21. Matt Stairs returns to his original team at age 43 … sort of

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Matt Stairs

    Way back in 1989 the Montreal Expos signed a Canadian-born infielder named Matt Stairs as an undrafted free agent. In the two-plus decades since then Stairs has played more than 1,800 games in the majors for a dozen different teams while becoming baseball’s all-time leader in pinch-hit homers and the Expos have moved to Washington…

  22. Carl Pavano is suddenly the top starting pitcher on the market

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    By waiting until the Cliff Lee domino fell Carl Pavano has put himself in position to be the most sought-after starting pitcher on the free agent market, which is both very smart on his agent’s part and remarkable given how the veteran right-hander was viewed just a couple years ago. Pavano was a huge bust…

  23. Yankees sign catcher Russell Martin to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

    Russell Martin mask

    Moving on quickly after Cliff Lee turned them down, the Yankees “have agreed to terms on a contract with Russell Martin,” according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. It’s believed to be a one-year deal, although the Yankees would also have Martin under team control in 2012 as an arbitration-eligible player. Because of his fractured hip…

  24. Twins still negotiating contract details with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    When the Twins traded starting shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Orioles last week it signaled that they were extremely confident about being able to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka before the December 26 deadline. No deal is in place yet, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the two sides are close…

  25. Going back to Philly: Cliff Lee chooses Phillies over Yankees and Rangers

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:12 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Wow. In one of the most surprising free agent signings in a long time, Cliff Lee has turned down longer, more lucrative offers from both the Yankees and Rangers to return to the Phillies. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Lee’s deal is worth approximately $100 million for five seasons. Obviously that’s…

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