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  1. Rangers “out” on Vladimir Guerrero after signing Adrian Beltre

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Michael Young is expected to become Texas’ primary designated hitter after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract to replace him at third base, so not surprisingly today general manager Jon Daniels said the team is “out” of the mix to re-sign Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero out-produced Young by a wide margin…

  2. Lack of standout first-timers on next year’s HOF ballot is good news for Larkin and Bagwell

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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    Deserving players like Barry Larkin, Tim Raines, and Jeff Bagwell fell short of reaching the 75 percent of the votes required for Hall of Fame induction this year, but they’ll have a good chance to increase their totals in 2012 as the pool of first-year eligible players doesn’t include anyone likely bound for Cooperstown. Here’s…

  3. Albert Pujols re-starts contract negotiations with Cardinals

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols and the Cardinals have “resumed” contract negotiations, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Strauss reports that general manager John Mozeliak and agent Dan Lozano agreed last month “to keep talks confidential,” but quotes “several sources familiar with the process” as saying the talks have a “positive” tone. Pujols will…

  4. Nationals general manager downplays interest in Carl Pavano

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Carl Pavano has been linked to the Nationals for nearly the entire offseason, with recent reports suggesting that he’s basically narrowed his choices down to Washington or Minnesota, but in talking to Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post yesterday general manager Mike Rizzo surprisingly downplayed the Nationals’ interest: I hear we are “the finalist” along…

  5. Yankees “have shown interest in” Jeremy Bonderman

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    While the Yankees wait for Andy Pettitte to decide if he wants to play in 2011 or retire, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that they “have shown interest in” former Tigers right-hander Jeremy Bonderman. Once upon a time Bonderman was a very promising young starter, going 14-8 with a 4.08 ERA and 202 strikeouts…

  6. Mariners re-sign catcher Josh Bard to minor league deal

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Seattle has signed Josh Bard to a minor-league contract for the second straight offseason. Last year he spent most of the first half at Triple-A before joining the Mariners for good in early July and hitting .214 with a .634 OPS in 39 games while backing up Adam Moore. This time around he’ll compete with…

  7. UPDATE: Mariners, Brendan Ryan still working on contract

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the Mariners and Brendan Ryan have not officially agreed to a new contract, though a deal is believed to be close. 3:45 PM: Three weeks after acquiring Brendan Ryan from the Cardinals for pitching prospect Maikel Cleto the Mariners have avoided arbitration with the infielder by agreeing to…

  8. Must-click link: Adrian Beltre freaks out if you touch his head

    Jan 4, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

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    This probably qualifies somewhere between “weird” and “the greatest thing I’ve ever seen,” but apparently Adrian Beltre really, really hates when people touch the top of his head. So naturally his teammates on the Red Sox last season–and Victor Martinez, in particular–did it frequently to upset him in the dugout, hilarious evidence of which you…

  9. Kevin Gregg signs two-year, $10 million deal with Orioles

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Kevin Gregg has been linked to the Orioles for most of the offseason and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides have finally agreed to terms on a deal. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun he’ll get $10 million for two years, and the contract also includes a vesting option…

  10. Arthur Rhodes’ one-year deal with Rangers includes vesting option for 2012

    Jan 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

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    Arthur Rhodes and the Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year contract last week, but the deal finally became official yesterday and the monetary details have been revealed. Rhodes will make $3.9 million this season and the deal also includes a $4 million option for 2012 that vests if he appears in at least 62…

  11. Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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    In their ongoing effort to rebuild the bullpen the Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. Delcarmen was traded from the Red Sox to the Rockies in August and then non-tendered last month after posting a 4.99 ERA and 38/32 K/BB ratio in 52 innings between…

  12. Brandon Webb’s “goal” is to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since Opening Day of 2009, yet the former Cy Young winner still isn’t certain he’ll be recovered enough from shoulder surgery to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation. Asked if he’ll be ready for Opening Day, Webb told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: I set timetables last…

  13. Reds “have an offer out” to jilted Giant Edgar Renteria

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that he’d talked to Edgar Renteria‘s agent and today John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that “it’s believed that the Reds have an offer out to” the veteran shortstop. Last month the Giants reportedly offered Renteria a one-year, $1 million deal to re-sign after winning World Series…

  14. Adam LaRoche and the Nationals nearing two-year deal

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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    As soon as Derrek Lee signed with Baltimore it seemed inevitable that fellow free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche would end up in Washington, and sure enough Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals and LaRoche are close to agreeing on a two-year contract. LaRoche would replace Adam Dunn at first base, which is…

  15. Carlos Gonzalez close to $80 million extension with Rockies

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Over the weekend Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported that Carlos Gonzalez was close to signing a long-term contract extension with the Rockies worth as much as $80 million. Initially the Colorado-based media was pretty quiet about the possibility, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post just tweeted that he “would be surprised if deal doesn’t…

  16. Dodgers sign Tim Redding to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Tim Redding started 17 games and threw 120 innings for the Mets in 2009, but he spent all of last season at Triple-A and will likely begin this year there as well after signing a minor-league contract with the Dodgers. Redding pitched pretty well at Triple-A with a 2.89 ERA and 83/22 K/BB ratio in…

  17. Reds “are showing interest” in outfielder Fred Lewis

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent outfielder Fred Lewis for a part-time role. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays despite a decent one-season stay in Toronto, hitting .262/.332/.414 with 17 steals in 480 plate appearances after coming over from the Giants in a mid-April trade. He’d…

  18. Pirates re-sign Brian Burres to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    Brian Burress has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract after being non-tendered last month, according to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Signed last offseason after being let go by the Orioles and Blue Jays, the 29-year-old left-hander had a 4.99 ERA and 45/34 K/BB ratio in 79 innings for the Pirates split between the…

  19. Hall of Fame projection has Blyleven and Alomar getting in

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times does an annual column projecting the Hall of Fame voting based on previous results and he’s had some remarkably accurate predictions in the past. After crunching the numbers this time around Jaffe projects that Roberto Alomar will get in easily with around 87 percent of the vote and Bert…

  20. Jim Thome wants his next contract to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season”

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Many people in Minnesota have been assuming that Jim Thome re-signing with the Twins was only a matter of time, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Thome wants to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season.” It’s tough to blame Thome, because he was certainly worth far…

  21. Red Sox close to re-signing reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Non-tendered by the Red Sox three weeks ago Hideki Okajima is close to returning to Boston, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that Okajima is on the verge of agreeing to a one-year contract, presumably for less than the $3.5 million or so the Red Sox likely would have owed him…

  22. Orioles agree to one-year contract with Derrek Lee

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

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    No doubt sick of waiting for Adam LaRoche to accept multi-year offers that have been on the table for weeks now the Orioles have moved on to Plan B at first base, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that they’ve agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Derrek Lee. And ultimately the…

  23. Mariners closer David Aardsma to have hip surgery Monday

    Dec 30, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Seattle has been shopping closer David Aardsma since the middle of last season and recent reports suggested they were looking for “an impact bat” in exchange for the 29-year-old right-hander, but today’s announcement that he needs surgery to repair a torn hip labrum ruins those plans. Aardsma is scheduled to go under the knife Monday…

  24. Rays interested in Brian Fuentes as their new closer

    Dec 30, 2010, 2:52 PM EDT

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to the Red Sox for most of the offseason, but now Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the Rays are interested in signing the veteran southpaw to be their new closer. Fuentes served as a setup man for the Twins down the stretch after coming over in…

  25. Metrodome collapse impacts TwinsFest and over 300 college and high school baseball games

    Dec 30, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Fortunately for the Twins they moved out of the Metrodome before it collapsed, but news that the stadium will be out of commission until at least March has a big impact on the local amateur baseball scene in Minnesota. More than 300 college and high school games that were scheduled to be played at the…

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