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  1. Mariano Rivera on reported talks with Red Sox: “It was real”

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera has confirmed reports that he had talks with the Red Sox prior to re-signing with the Yankees for $30 million over two years, saying: “It was real.” Rivera didn’t verify reports that his agent actually initiated contact with Boston, but made it pretty clear that he viewed the Red Sox as a legitimate…

  2. Jose Canseco wants to show you his bat speed

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jose Canseco has been more or less begging for another chance in baseball via Twitter all week, posting tweets such as “I can DH for any major league team and lead the league in home runs, just give me the chance” and “I will show everyone that steroids are completely overrated once I get the…

  3. Chien-Ming Wang expected to re-sign with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Washington signing Chien-Ming Wang to an incentive-laden one-year contract for 2010 didn’t work out so well, as never threw a pitch for the Nationals after struggling to come back from shoulder surgery, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are giving it another try. According to Rosenthal the Nationals are close to…

  4. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

  5. Russell Martin needs knee surgery, but the Yankees signed him anyway

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin officially signed his one-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees after passing a physical exam earlier this week, but it turns out he didn’t so much “pass” as the Yankees were only concerned with the status of his fractured hip. Presumably they were encouraged enough by what they saw in his recovery from…

  6. A’s get Josh Willingham from Nationals for two minor leaguers

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says it’s a done deal, pending physical exams. UPDATE #2: Rosenthal says the minor leaguers are reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown. Neither are considered top prospects, but Rodriguez has a high-90s fastball and big-time strikeout totals in the minors. It’s a pretty good haul for Willingham. ========== Earlier…

  7. Magglio Ordonez returns to Tigers for one year and $10 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Last month the Tigers declined their $15 million option on Magglio Ordonez for 2011, but after shopping around for a new team Ordonez has decided to return to Detroit on a one-year deal worth two-thirds the salary. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Ordonez turned down two-year offers elsewhere to re-sign for $10 million, citing…

  8. Marlins interested in signing Edgar Renteria a dozen years after trading him

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Giants may have some competition for the World Series MVP, as “it appears the Marlins have interest in bringing back Edgar Renteria.” Renteria originally signed with the Marlins out of Colombia as a teenager in 1992 and played the first three seasons of his career in Florida, coming…

  9. Rangers “continue to keep in contact with” Vladimir Guerrero

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com “the Rangers continue to keep in contact with Vladimir Guerrero’s agent, but don’t appear to be in any rush to nail down what they’ll do about the designated hitter position in 2011.” Other veteran DH options like Hideki Matsui, Jack Cust, Lance Berkman, and Pat Burrell are off the…

  10. Edwin Encarnacion returns to Toronto after a brief detour

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Toronto placed Edwin Encarnacion on waivers in mid-November and he was claimed by Oakland only to non-tendered three weeks later. And now he’s back with the Blue Jays, agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a 2012 team option worth $3.5 million. It was an odd little journey for Encarnacion, but basically the moves…

  11. Rays agree to terms on $900,000 deal with Joel Peralta

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with right-hander Joel Peralta on a one-year, $900,000 deal. After back-to-back rough years Peralta had to earn his way back to the majors with a dominant stint at Triple-A as a 34-year-old and then pitched brilliantly for the Nationals with a 2.02 ERA,…

  12. Red Sox “discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

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

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

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    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.…

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

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

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    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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

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

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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