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

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Yu Darvish pitch

    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

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

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Valdimir Guerrero skyward

    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. Mariners re-sign catcher Josh Bard to minor league deal

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    josh-bard-mariners

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. Must-click link: Adrian Beltre freaks out if you touch his head

    Jan 4, 2011, 5:19 PM EDT

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    This probably qualifies somewhere between “weird” and “the greatest thing I’ve ever seen,” but apparently Adrian Beltre really, really hates when people touch the top of his head. So naturally his teammates on the Red Sox last season–and Victor Martinez, in particular–did it frequently to upset him in the dugout, hilarious evidence of which you…

  14. Kevin Gregg signs two-year, $10 million deal with Orioles

    Jan 4, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Kevin Gregg has been linked to the Orioles for most of the offseason and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides have finally agreed to terms on a deal. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun he’ll get $10 million for two years, and the contract also includes a vesting option…

  15. Arthur Rhodes’ one-year deal with Rangers includes vesting option for 2012

    Jan 4, 2011, 1:44 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    Arthur Rhodes and the Rangers agreed to terms on a one-year contract last week, but the deal finally became official yesterday and the monetary details have been revealed. Rhodes will make $3.9 million this season and the deal also includes a $4 million option for 2012 that vests if he appears in at least 62…

  16. Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

    manny-delcarmen-rockies

    In their ongoing effort to rebuild the bullpen the Rays “have expressed interest in” Manny Delcarmen, according to Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times. Delcarmen was traded from the Red Sox to the Rockies in August and then non-tendered last month after posting a 4.99 ERA and 38/32 K/BB ratio in 52 innings between…

  17. Brandon Webb’s “goal” is to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    brandon-webb-spring-training

    Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in a big-league game since Opening Day of 2009, yet the former Cy Young winner still isn’t certain he’ll be recovered enough from shoulder surgery to begin the season in the Rangers’ rotation. Asked if he’ll be ready for Opening Day, Webb told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: I set timetables last…

  18. Reds “have an offer out” to jilted Giant Edgar Renteria

    Jan 4, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    Renteria running

    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that he’d talked to Edgar Renteria‘s agent and today John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that “it’s believed that the Reds have an offer out to” the veteran shortstop. Last month the Giants reportedly offered Renteria a one-year, $1 million deal to re-sign after winning World Series…

  19. Adam LaRoche and the Nationals nearing two-year deal

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    As soon as Derrek Lee signed with Baltimore it seemed inevitable that fellow free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche would end up in Washington, and sure enough Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals and LaRoche are close to agreeing on a two-year contract. LaRoche would replace Adam Dunn at first base, which is…

  20. Carlos Gonzalez close to $80 million extension with Rockies

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Over the weekend Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported that Carlos Gonzalez was close to signing a long-term contract extension with the Rockies worth as much as $80 million. Initially the Colorado-based media was pretty quiet about the possibility, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post just tweeted that he “would be surprised if deal doesn’t…

  21. Dodgers sign Tim Redding to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Tim Redding started 17 games and threw 120 innings for the Mets in 2009, but he spent all of last season at Triple-A and will likely begin this year there as well after signing a minor-league contract with the Dodgers. Redding pitched pretty well at Triple-A with a 2.89 ERA and 83/22 K/BB ratio in…

  22. Reds “are showing interest” in outfielder Fred Lewis

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EDT

    fred-lewis-blue-jays

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent outfielder Fred Lewis for a part-time role. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays despite a decent one-season stay in Toronto, hitting .262/.332/.414 with 17 steals in 480 plate appearances after coming over from the Giants in a mid-April trade. He’d…

  23. Pirates re-sign Brian Burres to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    brian-burres-pirates

    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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