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

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. A’s “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy

    Dec 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

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    In addition to being on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui the A’s are also “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. McCarthy has a lengthy injury history and was limited to 56 innings this season–all in the minors–because of a stress fracture in his shoulder, but…

  6. Mariners designate catcher Rob Johnson for assignment

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Seattle has mercifully designated Rob Johnson for assignment after giving the 27-year-old catcher a total of 499 plate appearances during the past two seasons despite hitting a combined .204 with a .291 on-base percentage and .307 slugging percentage. And unlike most catchers who get significant playing time despite not being able to hit, Johnson wasn’t…

  7. Rangers re-sign backup catcher Matt Treanor to one-year deal

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Waiting for word from Cliff Lee hasn’t stopped the Rangers from making moves, as they’ve re-signed Matt Treanor to a one-year, $850,000 contract. Acquired from the Brewers last spring, Treanor actually led Rangers catchers in starts with 67. He moved into a backup role once Texas traded for Bengie Molina and will serve as Yorvit…

  8. Lastings Milledge got into a “big fight” while playing winter ball

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EDT

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    In news that probably won’t help Lastings Milledge’s job search any, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the 25-year-old outfielder got into an on-field brawl yesterday while playing in the Venezuelan winter league. Here are some details that Rubin tweeted: Lastings Milledge involved in big team fight in winter ball. Venezuelan friend says: Heated game.…

  9. Jon Heyman keeps banging the Cliff Lee “mystery team” drum

    Dec 13, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

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    This morning several baseball media heavyweights took public jabs as SI.com’s Jon Heyman over his repeatedly reporting on a supposed “mystery team” joining the Rangers and Yankees in the mix for Cliff Lee. First there was Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweeting: “Remember: if you ever read about a ‘mystery team,’ it can only come spoon-fed…

  10. Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee”

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Washington has been linked to just about every veteran first baseman on the market this offseason, so not surprisingly Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee.” Lee is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 1998, hitting .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers in 148 games for…

  11. Red Sox targeting Twins trio of Fuentes, Crain, and Guerrier

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Apparently general manager Theo Epstein and company really liked Minnesota’s bullpen down the stretch, because Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox “have their sights focused on” Twins free agent relievers Brian Fuentes, Jesse Crain, and Matt Guerrier. None would require giving up a draft pick to sign, as Guerrier is the only…

  12. Get this: “Mariano Rivera initiated contact with the Red Sox”

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    When the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera two weeks ago there were numerous reports that the Red Sox made him a multi-year offer worth as much or more than he ended up accepting from New York. As if that weren’t juicy enough, now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes: “According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera’s…

  13. Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Pittsburgh added Matt Diaz to the outfield mix with a two-year, $4.25 million contract and now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit despite general manager Neal Huntington calling him the team’s starting right fielder just a few days ago. Doumit made 91 of…

  14. UPDATE: Orioles re-sign Cesar Izturis following J.J. Hardy trade

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: That was quick. Baltimore has re-signed Izturis to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million in base salary, so he’ll go from starting shortstop to backing up Hardy and second baseman Brian Roberts. ========== Yesterday the Orioles made a shrewd move to address their hole at shortstop, sending a pair of minor-league relievers to the…

  15. UPDATE: Brewers sign backup catcher Wil Nieves

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Done deal. Nieves gets a non-guaranteed contract worth $775,000. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing veteran catcher Wil Nieves, who played this year with the Nationals. Nieves is a run-of-the-mill backup with a good defensive reputation and an anemic bat, hitting .227 with a .570 OPS for…

  16. Jorge Cantu “seriously being considered by Diamondbacks”

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Jorge Cantu is “seriously being considered by the Diamondbacks” as an option at first base. Cantu was horrendous for the Rangers after they acquired him a midseason deal with the Marlins and barely played in the postseason as rookie Mitch Moreland emerged as the primary first baseman. He’s always…

  17. Pavano “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision”

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to agent Tom O’Connell about Carl Pavano’s status and reports that the free agent right-hander “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision.” Pavano is said to be drawing interest from the Twins, Nationals, and Brewers, so it may come down to which team is willing…

  18. Adrian Gonzalez: “I haven’t signed any contract” with Boston

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Various reports following the Red Sox’s trade for Adrian Gonzalez suggested that the two sides had a preliminary agreement in place for a long-term contract extension, but were delaying an official announcement in part to avoid the luxury tax ramifications for 2011. That may still be the case, as the whole point of the maneuvering…

  19. Ryan Garko leaves MLB, signs with Korean team for $300,000

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Ryan Garko spent 2007-2009 as a starting first baseman for the Indians and Giants, but played most of this season at Triple-A after being claimed off waivers by the Rangers. And now he’s headed to Korea. Apparently unable to land a major-league deal as even a part-time player, Garko has signed with the Samsung Lions…

  20. Royals “in listen-only mode” for Zack Greinke trade talks

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    General manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that the Royals are “in listen-only mode” when it comes to Zack Greinke trade talks. “I haven’t made one call to one organization asking them if they’re interested in Zack Greinke,” Moore said. Of course, that’s ultimately meaningless. Moore doesn’t have to make…

  21. After whiffing on top targets, A’s shift focus to Hideki Matsui

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Oakland left the winter meetings empty handed despite several attempts to make a big splash, which has Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle thinking that the A’s will turn their attention to signing Hideki Matsui. Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, told Slusser that he expects to begin fielding offers over the weekend and indicated that…

  22. CC Sabathia says Yankees, not Red Sox, are the team to beat

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Asked yesterday what the Red Sox adding Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup does to the AL East picture, CC Sabathia predictably responded that the Yankees remain the team to beat in 2011. You want me to say the Red Sox are the favorites? I mean … I think the Yankees. If you…

  23. Martin in “serious discussions” with Yanks, Red Sox and Jays

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Russell Martin’s agent said today that the rehabbing catcher is in “serious” talks with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays after the Dodgers all but ruled out a return by signing both Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com the Red Sox have made an offer to Martin, who was…

  24. Giants offer to bring back World Series MVP Edgar Renteria as a bench player

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

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    Last month the Giants declined their $10.5 million 2011 option on Edgar Renteria just three days after he was named World Series MVP, but John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports they’ve offered him a one-year contract “to be a utility infielder.” Renteria has never started a game at a position other than shortstop…

  25. Brandon Webb “remains the Cubs’ No. 1 target”

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    After signing first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million deal the Cubs have turned their attention to the rotation. Craig reported earlier that Matt Garza could be a possibility, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Brandon Webb “remains their No. 1 target.” Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of 2009…

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