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  1. Carlos Gonzalez expected to finalize $80 million contract today

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Carlos Gonzalez and the Rockies agreed to a seven-year, $80 million contract extension last week and the two sides are expected to finalize the deal today after Gonzalez undergoes a physical exam in Colorado. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Gonzalez flew in from Venezuela yesterday and will visit a doctor today, with…

  2. Can Mike Stanton hit 40 homers in his first full season?

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Mike Stanton hit 43 homers between the minors and majors last season, including 22 long balls in 100 games with the Marlins following his call-up in mid-June, which has Joe Frisaro of MLB.com wondering if he can break the franchise record for homers in his first full season. Gary Sheffield owns that mark with 42…

  3. Blue Jays “among most serious suitors for” Brian Fuentes

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to nearly a dozen teams this offseason while reportedly holding out for an opportunity to close and according to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday the Blue Jays “rank among the most serious suitors for” the 35-year-old left-hander. Toronto signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last week…

  4. Nationals, Adam LaRoche finalize two-year, $16 million deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Adam LaRoche and the Nationals made things official this afternoon, as Washington announced a two-year contract with the veteran first baseman. He’ll get $7 million in 2011 and $8 million in 2012, and the deal also includes a $10 million mutual option or $1 million buyout for 2012. In other words, he’s guaranteed $16 million…

  5. Edgar Renteria expects to be the Reds’ starting shortstop

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Edgar Renteria‘s one-year deal with Cincinnati is expected to be finalized soon and yesterday he told ESPN Deportes that “the opportunity to keep playing shortstop full time … was the main reason to accept the offer from the Reds.” However, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com notes earlier this week–and prior to reaching an agreement with…

  6. Ryne Duren: 1929-2011

    Jan 7, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Ryne Duren, a three-time All-Star reliever in the 1950s and 1960s known for his blazing fastball, coke-bottle glasses, and effective wildness, has passed away at age 81. Duren didn’t get his first extended opportunity in the majors until he was 28, but he pitched nine seasons for seven different teams and was a dominant force…

  7. Chone Figgins is moving back to third base for the Mariners

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Last offseason the Mariners signed Chone Figgins and moved him to second base, a position he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. It didn’t go well, as Figgins compounded his disappointing production at the plate by struggling defensively, with Ultimate Zone Rating pegging him as 12.3 runs below average. Not surprisingly, with 2010 third baseman Jose…

  8. Andrew Bailey cleared to throw following elbow “clean up”

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey was shut down in September and underwent “cleanup surgery” to remove bone chips from his elbow, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s closer has been cleared to resume throwing. For now he’s throwing from 60 feet, but the plan is for Bailey to stretch things out to 120 feet by…

  9. Heath Bell says signing long-term deal with Padres “would be my dream”

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Once the Padres traded Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox with one season remaining on his contract the assumption has been that fellow impending free agent Heath Bell isn’t long for San Diego either, but yesterday the closer told Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune that signing a long-term extension “would be my…

  10. Chipper Jones “should not have any restrictions coming into spring training”

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Chipper Jones has spent the offseason rehabbing his surgically repaired knee and dry-heaving on his neighbor’s lawn, and yesterday general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he should be ready for Opening Day: I think he’s progressed very well. He had a setback earlier in the winter when he…

  11. Rafael Soriano is willing to be a setup man for the Yankees

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    Rafael Soriano‘s agent, Scott Boras, told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that the former Rays closer would be willing to serve as a setup man on the Yankees, saying “that door is open for a number of different reasons.” Here’s more from Boras on Soriano’s potential interest in setting up Mariano Rivera in New York: I…

  12. Jeff Keppinger out 3-4 months following foot surgery

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Earlier this offseason the Yankees were said to be talking to the Astros about trading for Jeff Keppinger, but those talks apparently fizzled and now the veteran infielder is expected to miss the beginning of the season following foot surgery. General manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Keppinger’s recovery time is expected…

  13. Mike Cameron willing to accept fourth outfielder role in Boston

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a good article about Mike Cameron, who was signed to be the Red Sox’s starting center fielder last offseason and is now slated to be their fourth outfielder following an injury wrecked season and the Carl Crawford signing. General manager Theo Epstein called Cameron before the Crawford deal was official…

  14. Yu Darvish signs 2011 contract in Japan, gives “no comment” on potential 2012 move to MLB

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish, the 24-year-old Japanese ace MLB teams have been salivating over for years already, has signed a 2011 contract with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters worth approximately $6 million, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. There’s been speculation that Darvish could make the move to MLB following the 2011 season, but when asked about…

  15. Derrek Lee’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $7.25 million plus incentives

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee with Braves

    Derrek Lee and the Orioles are making their one-year deal official today, and Don Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the contract is worth $7.25 million in guaranteed money plus another $2.75 million in potential “performance bonuses.” Lee just finished a five-year, $65 million deal signed with the Cubs in 2006, but is a…

  16. GM says Jose Bautista likely to play third base in 2011

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Blue Jays Bautista rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Indians during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    All eyes will be on Jose Bautista‘s performance at the plate this year as he tries to follow up an out of nowhere 54-homer season, but Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated yesterday that he’ll likely also be playing third base full time after being mostly a right fielder in 2010. Anthopoulos told Shi…

  17. Mike Scioscia has not ruled out Vladimir Guerrero returning to the Angels

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Now that the Rangers are “out” on re-signing Vladimir Guerrero there have been conflicting reports about his chances of returning to the Angels, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia indicated during a radio interview that it remains a possibility: Well, Vladdy’s been one of the guys obviously we’ve talked about for a while, and I think…

  18. Red Sox claim Max Ramirez off waivers from Rangers

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

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    Last year at this time the Red Sox and Rangers were close to a deal that would have sent Mike Lowell (and some salary relief) to Texas for minor leaguer Max Ramirez, but the trade was nixed because Lowell needed thumb surgery in addition to his hip problems. Lowell ended up staying in Boston and…

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

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    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…

  20. 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…

  21. Albert Pujols re-starts contract negotiations with Cardinals

    Jan 5, 2011, 1:18 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    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…

  22. Nationals general manager downplays interest in Carl Pavano

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano pitching

    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…

  23. Yankees “have shown interest in” Jeremy Bonderman

    Jan 5, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman

    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…

  24. 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…

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

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    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…

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