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  1. Michael Bourn switched agents to Scott Boras too

    Feb 11, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Last week Robinson Cano left his agent for Scott Boras and this morning Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported that Nick Swisher is doing the same, but Boras’ stable of prominent clients isn’t done growing yet. Stephen Goff of Examiner.com reports that Astros center fielder Michael Bourn recently dropped his representation at SFX…

  2. Matt Holliday willing to defer money to help keep Albert Pujols

    Feb 11, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

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    During a radio interview this morning Matt Holliday said he’d be willing to defer some of his salary in an effort to help the Cardinals sign Albert Pujols to a long-term deal. Matthew Leach of MLB.com has a transcript of the comments: I deferred $2 million a year for the whole contract and I would…

  3. Jose Bautista puts Blue Jays in very tough spot with Monday deadline for long-term deal

    Feb 11, 2011, 10:19 AM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    Albert Pujols‘ self-imposed deadline for long-term contract talks with the Cardinals is understandably grabbing all the headlines, but Jose Bautista setting a similar timetable on potential talks with the Blue Jays has flown somewhat under the radar. Bautista, who like Pujols will be eligible for free agency following this season, told Ken Fidlin of the…

  4. Luke Scott and the Orioles avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Luke Scott filed an arbitration request for $6.85 million while the Orioles countered at $5.7 million, and this afternoon the two sides avoided a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $6.4 million deal. That figure is $125,000 above the midpoint and Scott gets a $2.35 million raise after hitting .284 with 27 homers and a…

  5. Stephen Strasburg starts throwing after Tommy John surgery

    Feb 10, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

    Strasburg press conference

    Stephen Strasburg, who felt a “pop” in his elbow on August 21 and underwent Tommy John surgery two weeks later, has started throwing again. It’s just the first step on the year-plus road to recovery and Strasburg is still nowhere near getting back on a mound yet, but Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty told Adam…

  6. Mariners sign Vladimir Guerrero’s nephew for $400,000

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Mariners signed Felix Hernandez‘s older brother to a minor-league contract and now they’ve signed Vladimir Guerrero’s nephew, giving 17-year-old Dominican outfielder Gabriel Guerrero a $400,000 bonus. Ben Badler of Baseball America has a brief scouting report on Gabriel and it actually sounds quite a bit like Vlad: Guerrero, a big-bodied right-handed hitter, has…

  7. Josh Hamilton and Rangers agree to two-year, $24 million deal

    Feb 10, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton and the Rangers won’t have to worry about arbitration again, as the two sides have agreed to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the deal is worth $24 million. Hamilton was seeking $12 million for this season, while the Rangers countered at $8.7 million. That makes the midpoint $10.35 million…

  8. Rickie Weeks and Brewers set for arbitration on February 17

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:41 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    Milwaukee avoided arbitration with Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million deal yesterday, but they don’t appear close to doing the same with Rickie Weeks and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that they have a hearing scheduled for February 17. Weeks requested $7.2 million and the Brewers countered at $4.85…

  9. Jon Niese focusing on conditioning after struggling with fatigue as a rookie

    Feb 10, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    Jon Niese arrived at spring training about a week before pitchers and catchers were due at Mets camp and told Dan Martin of the New York Post that his goal is to improve his conditioning after tiring down the stretch as a rookie last year: Last year, I kind of got fatigued. I don’t think…

  10. Duke Moises? Mariners sign Felix Hernandez’s older brother

    Feb 10, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Seattle has signed Felix Hernandez‘s older brother, Moises Hernandez, to a minor-league contract. Felix is a 25-year-old Cy Young winner, but Moises is a 27-year-old journeyman with a 4.37 ERA in six minor-league seasons spent in the Orioles’ and Braves’ systems. Larry Stone does write that Moises “bears an uncanny resemblance to his brother” and…

  11. Yankees void contract with Luis Vizcaino following injury

    Feb 10, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Luis Vizcaino

    Back in mid-December the Yankees signed reliever Luis Vizcaino to a minor-league deal, but they’ve voided the contract after the veteran right-hander injured his Achilles’ tendon while pitching in winter ball. Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes that Vizcaino was “throwing consistently in the mid-90s” after missing most of the past two seasons…

  12. MLB-verified list of nearly 300 players on Twitter

    Feb 9, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Your mileage will vary in terms of how many are actually worth following, but MLB.com has a list of verified Twitter accounts for nearly 300 players. Some of my favorites are C.J. Wilson, John Axford, Heath Bell, Michael Cuddyer, Curtis Granderson, Adam Jones, and Pat Neshek. And of course Ozzie Guillen, although as a manager…

  13. Eric Chavez’s deal with the Yankees worth up to $5.5 million

    Feb 9, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    Eric Chavez agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees last week and today the deal (and its details) became official. Chavez will get $1.5 million if he makes the team out of spring training and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he can opt out of the contract and become a…

  14. D.J. Carrasco and Bobby Parnell to work seventh and eighth innings in front of Francisco Rodriguez

    Feb 9, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell throwing

    New manager Terry Collins laid out the Mets’ bullpen plan to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com, saying that he expects D.J. Carrasco to work the seventh inning and Bobby Parnell to work the eighth inning setting up closer Francisco Rodriguez. Parnell made a team-high 68 appearances as a rookie in 2009, but then spent the first…

  15. Yankees sign reliever Luis Ayala to a minor league deal

    Feb 9, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

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    Luis Ayala has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Yankees, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Morosi notes that Ayala “is coming off a strong showing in Mexican winter teague,” where he had a 1.99 ERA and 14 saves, but … well, he hasn’t been any good in the majors for a long time.…

  16. Ross Ohlendorf beats Pirates in arbitration hearing to match his 2010 win total

    Feb 9, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Ross Ohlendorf

    In the first arbitration hearing of the year Ross Ohlendorf has defeated the Pirates, meaning the 28-year-old right-hander will receive $2.025 million this season rather than the $1.4 million figure submitted by the team. Ohlendorf won the case despite going 1-11 in 21 starts last season, which means he already has as many victories in…

  17. Another Nationals catching prospect suspended

    Feb 9, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Hector Taveras nationals

    Last week Nationals catching prospect Adrian Nieto was suspended 50 games after testing positive for banned substances named Oxandrolone and Metabolite. Yesterday another Nationals catching prospect, 22-year-old Hector Taveras, was suspended 25 games after he was, according to the Associated Press, “found in possession of an unauthorized syringe.” First-time violators of the Minor League Drug…

  18. Giants sign Elmer Dessens to a minor league contract

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Elmer Dessens has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Giants, with Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal will pay $600,000 if the veteran right-hander makes the team out of spring training. Dessens spent the past two seasons with the Mets and posted a 2.71 ERA in 80 innings, but that success…

  19. Red Sox sign former Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves

    Feb 8, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox have agreed to a major-league contract with reliever Alfredo Aceves, who spent the past three seasons pitching for the Yankees. New York non-tendered Aceves after he was limited to just 12 innings last season because of a back injury and then suffered a broken…

  20. Jarrod Washburn apparently isn’t making a comeback

    Feb 8, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    Jarrod Washburn

    Back in November there were some reports of Jarrod Washburn considering a comeback after sitting out all of last season following knee surgery, but Joel Sherman has a note about Washburn in the New York Post that suggests the veteran left-hander won’t be pitching again. According to Sherman the Yankees “did check into Washburn earlier…

  21. Phil Hughes blames inconsistent changeup for second-half fade, but do the numbers agree?

    Feb 8, 2011, 1:54 PM EDT

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    Phil Hughes discussed his second-half struggles with Brian Costello of the New York Post and explained that relying less and less on his changeup during a successful first half caused the pitch to lose effectiveness when he needed it down the stretch. Hughes made his first All-Star team by going 11-2 with a 3.65 ERA…

  22. Carlos Santana cleared to resume all baseball activities

    Feb 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carlos Santana

    Last month general manager Chris Antonetti expressed confidence that Carlos Santana would be ready for spring training following season-ending knee surgery in early August and today the Indians announced that he’s officially been cleared to resume all baseball activities. Santana suffered a gruesome-looking knee injury in a home plate collision on August 2, but met…

  23. Dirty little secret: Michael Young simply isn’t all that great

    Feb 8, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    All the drama between the Rangers and Michael Young is receiving an incredible amount of attention, but lost in the never-ending speculation about where he’ll wind up is that … well, Young just isn’t that great. Texas made the mistake of giving Young a five-year contract that pays him like a superstar and six straight…

  24. Koji Uehara, not Kevin Gregg, will enter spring training as the Orioles’ closer

    Feb 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com writes that Koji Uehara will head into spring training as the Orioles’ closer despite Baltimore signing Kevin Gregg to a two-year, $10 million contract this offseason. Gregg has far more closing experience, saving 37 games last season and a total of 121 games during the previous four years, but if healthy…

  25. Josh Hamilton and the Rangers are talking two-year contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that Josh Hamilton and the Rangers “are making progress towards settling his contract situation so that they will not have to go to an arbitration hearing” and “have discussed a two-year contract.” Hamilton is arbitration eligible both this season and next, so a two-year deal would simply give the Rangers…

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