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  1. LaTroy Hawkins expects to be ready for Opening Day after shoulder surgery

    Jan 31, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    latroy-hawkins-brewers

    Last offseason LaTroy Hawkins signed a two-year, $7.5 million deal with the Brewers and then went 0-3 with an 8.44 ERA in 16 innings while trying to pitch through shoulder pain. He was eventually shut down and underwent surgery on his labrum and rotator cuff in August. Yesterday the 38-year-old reliever told Tom Haudricourt of…

  2. Rays claim Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    rob delaney twins

    Today the Rays added another reliever to the mix for their rebuilt bullpen, claimining right-hander Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins. Minnesota designated Delaney for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Dusty Hughes, who’s older and has a significantly less impressive minor-league track record, but did spend…

  3. Rays sign Casey Kotchman to a minor league contract

    Jan 28, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Earlier this week the Indians were said to be interested in Casey Kotchman, but today the veteran first baseman signed a minor-league contract with the Rays that includes an invitation to spring training. Tampa Bay lost last year’s starting first baseman, Carlos Pena, as a free agent, but Dan Johnson is expected to replace him…

  4. Lance Berkman criticizes the Rangers in explaining why he chose St. Louis over Texas

    Jan 28, 2011, 2:16 PM EDT

    lance berkman and his dog

    During a Houston radio interview yesterday Lance Berkman talked about his offseason and explained why he opted to sign with St. Louis instead of Texas (among several other teams). Berkman was remarkably honest in his comments and said plenty of stuff that will no doubt anger the Rangers and their fans. In fact, Rangers starter…

  5. David Aardsma won’t be ready for Opening Day after surgery

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit. According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of…

  6. Ian Stewart and Rockies avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    ian-stewart-and-carlos-gonzalez-hugging

    Ian Stewart and the Rockies have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.23 million deal that nearly splits the difference between the $2.6 million figure he submitted and the team’s $2.15 million counter. It’s actually about $140,000 short of the exact midway point, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Stewart can earn an…

  7. Nolan Ryan says the Rangers aren’t trading Michael Young

    Jan 28, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Texas acquiring Mike Napoli from the Blue Jays earlier this week restarted all the “will the Rangers trade Michael Young?” speculation that had died down since peaking last month, but while speaking at a minor-league event yesterday team president Nolan Ryan made it pretty clear that Young won’t be traded. Ryan explained that Young “is…

  8. Joe Beimel set to leave Rockies for Pirates

    Jan 28, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

    joe beimel rockies

    Joe Beimel told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that he’s leaving the Rockies to sign with the Pirates. Beimel had an offer to return to Colorado and Baltimore was at least one other team willing to give him a minor-league contract, but the left-handed reliever lives near Pittsburgh and also pitched for Pirates manager…

  9. Check out the A’s new “alternate home jerseys”

    Jan 27, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    a's new jerseys

    Today the A’s unveiled their new “alternate home jerseys” and Jane Lee of MLB.com snapped a picture. I might be in the minority as someone who likes the A’s usual white, green, and yellow ensemble, but these new ones are pretty hideous at first glance. Of course, we won’t realize the full scope of the…

  10. Adam Kennedy was arrested, charged with a DUI last night

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    For the second time in the past two weeks a Mariners player has been arrested. First it was Milton Bradley being charged with a felony for allegedly threatening a woman and now TMZ reports that Adam Kennedy was arrested last night in California and charged with a DUI. According to the report Kennedy, who signed…

  11. John Baker hoping to win roster spot even if he can’t catch

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker has just recently started soft-tossing from 45 feet following September elbow surgery and likely won’t be cleared to catch again until at least May even if he avoids setbacks, but he’s still hoping to win a spot on the Marlins’ roster coming out of spring training. He’ll be able to swing at full…

  12. Details of Johnny Cueto’s new contract

    Jan 27, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Via the Associated Press, here are the details of the contract extension Johnny Cueto signed with the Reds yesterday: 2011 – $3.4 million 2012 – $5.4 million 2013 – $7.4 million 2014 – $10 million 2015 – $10 million team option or $800,000 buyout Add it all up and Cueto, who submitted a figure of…

  13. Rockies “negotiating with” veteran starter Rodrigo Lopez

    Jan 27, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    rodrigo-lopez-diamondbacks

    In an effort to add some rotation depth the Rockies “are negotiation with” right-hander Rodrigo Lopez, according to Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Lopez pitched for the Rockies in 2007, going 5-4 with a 4.42 ERA in 14 starts before blowing out his elbow. He missed all of 2008 and spent most of the 2009 at…

  14. Rangers haven’t talked to Rockies about Michael Young lately

    Jan 27, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Michael Young

    Last month Colorado talked to Texas about acquiring Michael Young before those talks fizzled, and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post if the Rangers have renewed their efforts to trade Young after adding Mike Napoli on Monday they haven’t gotten back in touch with the Rockies. Renck reports that Colorado “has not talked…

  15. Rockies sign Alfredo Amezaga and Chad Moeller

    Jan 27, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    alfredo-amezaga-marlins

    Colorado added a pair of veterans on minor-league deals, signing infielder Alfredo Amezaga and catcher Chad Moeller. Moeller has little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster with Chris Iannetta and Jose Morales ahead of him on the depth chart, but Amezaga should have a legitimate chance to claim a bench spot if healthy. Amezaga…

  16. Vladimir Guerrero is no longer seeking a two-year contract

    Jan 26, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    After originally seeking a two-year, $16 million contract Vladimir Guerrero has lowered his demands to one year and $8 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Guerrero earned $6.5 million in 2010 via a one-year deal with the Rangers and slumped down the stretch before struggling mightily in the playoffs, so with plenty of other…

  17. Southpaw search: Orioles sign Clay Rapada, make offer to Joe Beimel

    Jan 26, 2011, 3:48 PM EDT

    clay-rapada-rangers

    In an effort to add some left-handed relief options the Orioles have signed Clay Rapada to a minor-league contract and offered the same to Joe Beimel, according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Rapada has spent parts of four seasons in the majors for the Cubs, Tigers, and Rangers while logging a total of…

  18. Johnny Cueto and the Reds finalize long-term extension

    Jan 26, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    This afternoon the Reds officially announced the long-term contract extension with Johnny Cueto that was first reported last week. Cueto, who was arbitration eligible for the first time this season and submitted a figure of $3.9 million, gets a four-year deal worth an estimated $27 million and the Reds also hold an undisclosed team option…

  19. Joe Nathan plans to resume closing after coming back from Tommy John surgery

    Jan 26, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    joe-nathan-twins

    Joe Nathan is 10 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and told Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he plans to pick up right where he left off as the Twins’ closer once he arrives at spring training on February 17. Nathan saved 47 games in 2009 and has been the…

  20. Mariners sign reliever Chris Ray to a minor league contract

    Jan 26, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    chris-ray-rangers

    Chris Ray was one of the youngest closers in baseball in 2006, saving 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old, but his career was derailed by Tommy John elbow surgery the next season and he hasn’t been the same since, posting a 31/25 K/BB ratio in 56 innings for the Giants and Rangers in…

  21. Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguer to hold workout for Marlins

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Yasiel Balaguer, who defected from Cuba in November in order to become a free agent and eventually sign with an MLB team, will hold his first workout today for the Marlins, according to Michael Miller of the Miami New Times. Balaguer’s representatives have been touting the 18-year-old outfielder as an elite prospect and various media…

  22. Justin Duchscherer is “pretty much 100 percent” healthy and wants to start

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Justin Duchscherer missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries, but the oft-injured right-hander told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s “pretty much 100 percent” healthy. According to Ghiroli he’s held private workouts for at least five teams, and at various points this offseason Duchscherer has been linked to the…

  23. Mariners GM says Milton Bradley “is going to come in and compete for a starting position”

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Last week Milton Bradley was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly threatening a woman, which is the latest in a long line of on- and off-field “incidents” involving the troubled outfielder who’s played for eight teams in 11 years. At the time there was speculation the Mariners might simply get rid of Bradley,…

  24. Blue Jays trade just-acquired Mike Napoli to the Rangers for Frank Francisco

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    Just days after acquiring catcher Mike Napoli from the Angels as part of the Vernon Wells trade/contract dump the Blue Jays have traded him to the Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco. Napoli seemed like an odd fit in Toronto because the Blue Jays have catching prospect J.P. Arencibia ready to take over behind the plate…

  25. Cubs sign Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    wellemeyer throwing

    During an online chat earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that the Cubs have signed Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract. According to Levine, the deal is worth $800,000 plus incentives if Wellemeyer makes the team out of spring training. Wellemeyer was a reliever for the first four seasons of his career, but…

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