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  1. Tim Wakefield says 2011 will “probably” be his last season

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Jamie Moyer is undergoing elbow surgery with an eye toward returning in 2012 at age 49, but Tim Wakefield isn’t planning to stick around that long. He’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2011 after going 4-10 with a 5.40 ERA this year, but the 44-year-old knuckleballer told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe…

  2. Nationals and Cubs “stepping up pursuit of Brandon Webb”

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Nationals and Cubs “are stepping up their pursuit of Brandon Webb” and “making a big push” to sign the former Cy Young winner amid interest from “several other clubs.” Washington has been linked to Webb since the moment he became a free agent and Chicago’s interest was first…

  3. Braves get Scott Linebrink from White Sox for Kyle Cofield

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    No doubt looking to shed some salary after signing Adam Dunn and re-signing A.J. Pierzynski yesterday, the White Sox have traded veteran reliever Scott Linebrink to the Braves for mid-level pitching prospect Kyle Cofield. Chicago will reportedly send some cash to Atlanta to cover part of the one season and $5.5 million left on Linebrink’s…

  4. Hall of Fame or not, Ron Santo ranks among the all-time great third basemen

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EDT

    ron santo cubs card

    When someone successful and beloved dies there’s a natural tendency to perhaps overstate their greatness and at first glance it may seem as though people are doing that today in touting Ron Santo’s qualifications for the Hall of Fame after the longtime Cubs third baseman and announcer passed away yesterday. However, in Santo’s case amplifying…

  5. UPDATE: Angels sign Hisanori Takahashi to two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    UPDATE: Done deal. Two years and “between $5 and $6 million.” ========== Let go by the Mets last month when the two sides couldn’t agree to a new contract before a sign-or-cut deadline, left-hander Hisanori Takahashi is “close to agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Angels,” writes David Waldstein of the New York Times.…

  6. Dodgers re-sign Rod Barajas after dropping Russell Martin

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    Last night the Dodgers non-tendered Russell Martin and then quickly answered questions about their post-Martin catching situation by re-signing Rod Barajas to a one-year deal. Barajas was claimed off waivers from the Mets following Martin’s hip injury and played well down the stretch, hitting .297 with five homers and a .939 OPS in 25 games.…

  7. Mariners re-sign Erik Bedard to non-guaranteed contract

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    For three years the Mariners have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to nurse an injured Erik Bedard back to health and recoup some value from the trade that sent Adam Jones and Chris Tillman to Baltimore in February of 2008. During that time Bedard has gone from 28-year-old ace to 31-year-old question mark, sitting out all of…

  8. Pirates cut Lastings Milledge rather than pay him $1 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Milledge waits

    Once upon a time Lastings Milledge was a top prospect whose on-field upside was clouded by his problematic personality. Three teams and 1,655 plate appearances later, it turns out maybe he just wasn’t all that good. Milledge has hit just .269 with a modest .723 OPS in his five-season career, including .277 with a .712…

  9. Jim Thome reiterates plans to play in 2011 at age 40

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Free agent Jim Thome has successfully avoided media attention since finishing an amazing season that saw him hit .283 with a 1.039 OPS while stepping in for an injured Justin Morneau, but yesterday his agent told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the future Hall of Famer “has no intention of retiring” at…

  10. Javier Vazquez hoping physical therapist can help him find lost velocity

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Earlier this week I wrote about how Javier Vazquez’s significant drop in velocity this season makes him far from a sure thing to bounce back in 2011 simply because he was leaving New York and returning to the National League. Vazquez apparently feels the same way, because Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports…

  11. Braves non-tender Matt Diaz after five years in Atlanta

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    Matt Diaz has been added to the non-tender pile, as the Braves cut the 33-year-old outfielder loose after five seasons in Atlanta. Diaz has alternated good years and bad years for the Braves, and when his batting average slumps like it did this season his modest pop, swing-at-everything approach, and poor defense make him a…

  12. Twins sign Pat Neshek and Jason Repko to one-year deals, avoiding arbitration

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    pat-neshek-twins

    Non-tender candidates Pat Neshek and Jason Repko will remain with the Twins and avoid arbitration after signing one-year contracts prior to tonight’s deadline. Neshek will get $625,000 after spending most of 2010 on the disabled list or back in the minors following a shaky comeback from Tommy John surgery. He’ll compete for a spot in…

  13. UPDATE: White Sox non-tender longtime closer Bobby Jenks

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: As expected, the White Sox have non-tendered Jenks. ========== Throughout the past year or so there’s been speculation about the White Sox non-tendering closer Bobby Jenks this offseason. He made $7.5 million in 2010 and would be in line for a raise through the arbitration process, and his performance has deteriorated to the point…

  14. Cubs and Jeff Baker avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Jeff Baker and the Cubs have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal prior to tonight’s contract-tendering deadline. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the deal is worth $1.175 million, which is a 20 percent raise from the $975,000 he earned while hitting .272/.326/.413 in a part-time role this season. Baker has logged…

  15. Diamondbacks non-tender Church, Carrasco, Ojeda, Boyer

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

    ryan-church-diamondbacks

    Arizona announced four non-tenders, cutting loose Ryan Church, D.J. Carrasco, Augie Ojeda, and Blaine Boyer rather than going through the arbitration process with them. They may also still non-tender Zach Duke prior to tonight’s deadline, but for now the Diamondbacks are reportedly trying to work out a one-year deal with him for a lesser salary…

  16. Trade for Ryan Theriot has Cardinals shopping Brendan Ryan

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    brendan-ryan-cardinals2

    Earlier this week the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers and made it clear they plan to start him at shortstop, so not surprisingly Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have let other teams know Brendan Ryan is available and they’ll look to trade him during next week’s…

  17. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley guest starring on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” tonight

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    howard and utley on always sunny

    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley make cameo appearances in tonight’s episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FX. As an NBC/GE/Comcast employee my advice is to DVR the show on FX for later viewing and watch whatever is on NBC in real time. It’s the sensible thing to do, obviously. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com…

  18. Joel Zumaya is one more injury from “finding another job”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    Joel Zumaya is hoping to be fully recovered from his latest significant arm injury in time for spring training, but the flame-throwing right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that his next injury would probably be his last one: I’m trying to make some believers. This year’s going to be my make-it-or-break-it year. If I get…

  19. Padres non-tender Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    tony-gwynn-jr-padres

    As expected, the Padres have decided to non-tender both Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston. San Diego locked up its fourth outfielder for 2011 by signing Chris Denorfia to a one-year, $800,000 deal, making Gwynn and Hairston somewhat superfluous. In addition to his fantastic, beloved-in-San Diego bloodlines Gwynn has proven to be an elite defensive…

  20. Red Sox expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Boston is expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima before tonight’s deadline, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Okajima proved to be an excellent investment for the Red Sox, who signed him out of Japan in November of 2006 for just $2.5 million. He quickly emerged as one of the league’s top setup men, going 12-4…

  21. Yankees under the knife: Wrist surgery for Gardner, clavicle surgery for Aceves

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Gardner slide

    After playing through tendinitis in his right wrist for much of the season Brett Gardner is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. He had a very strong season offensively and defensively despite the injury, and Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring…

  22. Former top prospect Andy Marte finds new home with Pirates

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    andy-marte-indians-broken-bat

    Dropped by the Indians last month, one-time elite prospect Andy Marte has signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Managing only a minor-league deal without a 40-man roster spot shows just how far Marte’s stock has plummeted since he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 15 prospects in 2004,…

  23. UPDATE: A’s met with Lance Berkman, but not Adam Dunn

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    UPDATE: Slusser just posted a few tweets walking back her report about Dunn meeting with the A’s yesterday, including: “I’m told much to my horror that the Chronicle’s report of earlier today that the Athletics met with Dunn is not accurate.” She stands by the information about the A’s being “in the mix” for Dunn,…

  24. Astros, Nelson Figueroa avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    nelson-figueroa-astros

    Nelson Figueroa was a non-tender candidate heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility, but the Astros have avoided having to make a decision on him before tomorrow night’s deadline by signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Figueroa has bounced around for a decade in the majors and minors, but pitched well for the…

  25. Highlight video of Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    While the Twins negotiate with Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka after bidding $5 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, here’s a five-minute highlight video put together by his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Complex: Nishioka looks pretty good, but then again I’m pretty sure someone could splice together five minutes of footage that makes Juan…

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