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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Rangers’ interest in Adrian Beltre may be “to drive up the price” for rival Angels

    Dec 30, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Now that the A’s have reportedly pulled themselves out of the bidding for Adrian Beltre the Angels are the presumed front-runners for the free agent third baseman, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com speculates that the Rangers will remain in the mix “long enough to drive up the price at the expense of the Angels.” There…

  10. Orioles have “definite interest” in free agent Grant Balfour

    Dec 29, 2010, 2:36 PM EDT

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    There hasn’t been much speculation surrounding Grant Balfour, largely because he’s a Type A free agent and most teams aren’t keen on surrendering a first-round draft pick to sign a non-closer reliever. In fact, Balfour declining the Rays’ arbitration offer last month was viewed by many as a surprise because of how much the draft…

  11. Mike Morse waiting to learn fate as Nationals’ fallback option

    Dec 29, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

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    On the strength of hitting .289 with 15 homers in 266 at-bats as a part-timer Mike Morse emerged as a possible everyday player for the Nationals in 2011, but Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com writes that his role hinges on whether they sign a veteran first baseman. Washington has been linked to just about every free…

  12. Octavio Dotel promised the chance to be Blue Jays’ closer

    Dec 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    It won’t be official until he takes a physical exam next week, but yesterday the Blue Jays signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $3.5 million option or $750,000 buyout for 2012. Dotel could have signed with any number of teams as a setup man, but according to his agent in…

  13. Jeff Francis downplays level of free agent interest

    Dec 28, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Last week Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported that at least five teams were pursuing Jeff Francis, but the Canadian left-hander talked to the Vancouver Province and downplayed the amount of interest he’s received as a free agent. It’s exciting for people to read because they think there’s lots of things happening, but it’s not as…

  14. Red Sox looking at southpaw Rich Hill as a bullpen option

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Rich Hill posted incredible strikeout totals in the minors while coming up through the Cubs’ system and had a 3.92 ERA with 183 strikeouts in 195 innings in his first full season as a starter in 2007. Unfortunately because of injuries and prolonged bouts of wildness that stands as Hill’s only full season as a…

  15. Yunesky Maya named top pitcher in Dominican winter league

    Dec 28, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yunesky Maya signed a four-year, $6 million contract with the Nationals after defecting from Cuba and found himself in the majors following just five starts in the minors, but the 28-year-old right-hander struggled with an 0-3 record and 5.88 ERA in five September outings. Maya headed to the Dominican Republic to pitch winter ball and…

  16. Mets acquire shortstop Chin-lung Hu from Dodgers

    Dec 27, 2010, 5:29 PM EDT

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    Chin-lung Hu never really got another shot in Los Angeles after struggling as a rookie in 2008, and today the Dodgers traded the 27-year-old shortstop to the Mets for left-hander Michael Antonini. Once upon a time Hu was considered a top prospect, but his bat never developed enough to match his strong glove and now…

  17. Brewers sign reliever Takashi Saito to one-year contract

    Dec 27, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

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    Takashi Saito and the Brewers have finalized a one-year contract, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that the deal could pay the 41-year-old reliever up to $3.2 million based on incentives. Saito can’t handle a full workload at this point in his career, rarely pitching on back-to-back days for the Braves this year, but he…

  18. Desmond Jennings no sure thing to replace Carl Crawford

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

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    For the past year or so most people have assumed that the Rays would replace Carl Crawford in left field with top prospect Desmond Jennings, a 23-year-old speedster who’s drawn frequent comparisons to Crawford while coming up through the minors. However, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times “the most likely scenario” for…

  19. Carl Pavano is holding out for a three-year contract

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano and his agent smartly let Cliff Lee sign before making their move, setting him up as the top free agent starter on the market. However, that took place two weeks ago and Pavano still hasn’t made a decision despite interest from multiple teams. Minnesota and Washington (and previously Milwaukee) have been linked to…

  20. Brandon Webb’s one-year deal with Rangers worth $3 million plus incentives

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    No official details yet on Brandon Webb’s one-year contract with the Rangers, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth around $3 million in guaranteed money plus undisclosed incentives. Webb earned $6.5 million to make one start in 2009 and then the Diamondbacks picked up his $8.5 million option for 2010 only…

  21. D-Backs “seem keen on giving Juan Miranda an opportunity”

    Dec 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Arizona has been relatively quiet on the first baseman front despite letting 2010 starter Adam LaRoche walk as a free agent, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks seem likely to give minor-league veteran Juan Miranda a chance to claim the everyday job. Acquired from the Yankees for a mid-level prospect…

  22. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch, but “the offers are sparse”

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Trevor Hoffman told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward wanting to continue pitching in 2011, but McCalvy writes that “the offers are sparse” for the all-time saves leader after he struggled in 2010. With a 2-7 record and 5.89 ERA in 47 innings Hoffman’s overall numbers were ugly, but he bounced back from…

  23. Mets will give D.J. Carrasco a chance to earn rotation spot

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    When the Mets signed D.J. Carrasco to a two-year, $2.5 million deal earlier this month the assumption was that they’d use him as a middle reliever, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that he’ll likely be given a chance to claim a rotation spot in spring training. Carrasco has experience as…

  24. Rockies acquire reliever Matt Lindstrom from Astros

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The swap is now complete, according to Astros social media director Alyson Footer.  Houston will receive minor league pitchers Jonnathan Aristil and Wes Musick in return from the Rox. Aristil, a 24-year-old right-hander, had a 5.90 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 71.2 minor league innings in 2010.  Musick, a 23-year-old lefty, posted a 4.05…

  25. Rangers sign reliever Arthur Rhodes to one-year contract

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    Texas has agreed to a one-year contract with Arthur Rhodes, according to Steve Phillips of AOL Fanhouse, who reports that the deal also includes a vesting option for 2012 after the veteran left-hander made his first All-Star team this year at age 41. Rhodes was classified as a Type A free agent, but because the…

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