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  1. A’s may non-tender Jack Cust for second straight year

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Last offseason the A’s non-tendered Jack Cust rather than pay him around $4 million via the arbitration process, only to re-sign him a month later for $2.6 million. And now Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Oakland may non-tender him again by tomorrow night’s deadline. Cust was better in 2010 than he was in 2009,…

  2. Royals “now appear open to trading” Robinson Tejeda

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Joaquin Benoit opened the free agent market by signing a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Tigers and various other relievers are reportedly shopping for three-year contracts as well, so Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals “are now open to trading” Robinson Tejeda. Dutton notes that general manager Dayton Moore…

  3. Giants offered to match $21 million deal before Juan Uribe signed with Dodgers

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe’s three-year, $21 million contract with the Dodgers strikes me as a significant over-pay for a 31-year-old with a career on-base percentage of .300 who’s cracked a .750 OPS once since 2004, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times the Giants offered to match that deal in an unsuccessful last-minute effort…

  4. Rockies interested in Troy Glaus as Todd Helton’s backup

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Troy Glaus finished the season in a horrible slump, going from the Braves’ starting first baseman to completely out of the team’s plans, so predictably there’s been little reported interest in him as a free agent. However, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies may have some interest in Glaus as “a…

  5. Arbitration offers turned down by 25 out of 27 free agents

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    For all the speculation about which Type A and Type B free agents would and wouldn’t accept arbitration offers just two of the 27 eligible players said yes: Frank Francisco of the Rangers and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. I’ve seen some suggestions that the low number of accepted arbitration offers means this offseason…

  6. Pierzynski is “talking to the White Sox and some other teams”

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Asked about his free agency while doing a radio interview this morning, A.J. Pierzynski replied that he’s “talking to the White Sox and some other teams” and “everyone knows the White Sox would be right up there as my first choice.” Chicago declined to offer Pierzynski arbitration because he likely would have accepted and locked…

  7. Rockies plan to non-tender reliever Manny Delcarmen

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    manny-delcarmen-rockies

    Manny Delcarmen threw just eight innings for the Rockies after they acquired him from the Red Sox on August 31 and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they plan to non-tender the arbitration-eligible reliever, making him a free agent. Delcarmen didn’t pitch well during that brief stint in Colorado, but obviously eight…

  8. Astros and catcher Humberto Quintero avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Arbitration eligible for the third time, Humberto Quintero and the Astros have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract. Quintero made $610,000 and $750,000 in his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility. He received a career-high 276 plate appearances this year, but hit just .234 with a measly .579 OPS to…

  9. Must-click link: Derek Jeter in all 29 non-Yankees uniforms

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    derek jeter beckett royals

    Last month ESPN photo-shopped a Red Sox uniform onto Derek Jeter and that made the internet rounds for a while, but now our friends at Beckett Media have taken the next step and put together fake baseball cards featuring Jeter wearing all 29 non-Yankees uniforms. Beckett: 29 Derek Jeters you won’t see in 2011 I…

  10. Rangers sign Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama

    Nov 30, 2010, 2:19 PM EDT

    Yoshinori Tateyama

    Japanese reliever Yoshinori Tateyama has signed a one-year contract with the Rangers that also includes team options for 2012 and 2013. Unlike higher-profiles Japanese players such as Hisashi Iwakuma and Tsuyoshi Nishioka there was no “posting fee” required to negotiate with Tateyama, as he’s a 35-year-old veteran who was simply a free agent following 12…

  11. Red Sox get free draft pick as Felipe Lopez declines arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    At first glance it seemed odd when the Red Sox signed Felipe Lopez for the final week of the season. They were no longer really in the playoff picture and he wouldn’t have been eligible for the postseason roster anyway. He appeared in just four games before becoming a free agent. So why did they…

  12. Orlando Hudson will decline arbitration as part of gentleman’s agreement with Twins

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Orlando Hudson will decline the Twins’ arbitration offer, which is expected following reports that the two sides reached a so-called gentleman’s agreement where Hudson would turn down the offer if the team made it. That allows the Twins to essentially get a free compensatory draft pick. There’s no real…

  13. Pedro Feliciano will decline the Mets’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    There was some speculation that Pedro Feliciano would accept the Mets’ arbitration offer and ensure himself at least $3 million in 2011, but his agent has informed the team that he’ll decline the offer. Given some of the contracts already handed out to relievers this offseason Feliciano should have little problem securing a multi-year deal,…

  14. Kevin Correia will turn down the Padres’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Kevin Correia will turn down San Diego’s arbitration offer but is still interested in potentially re-signing with the Padres, according to agent Damon Lapa. Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration offers, and as a Type B free agent Correia will fetch the Padres a compensatory draft pick between the…

  15. Rays reportedly on the verge of trading Jason Bartlett

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    An already underwhelming crop of free agent shortstops has seen Juan Uribe, Jhonny Peralta, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka come off the market and now it sounds like the Rays are ready to trade Jason Bartlett to one of the teams still looking to fill the position. Bartlett is coming off a sub par season and will…

  16. Not done yet: Jamie Moyer to undergo elbow surgery at age 48

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    Jamie Moyer missed the final two months of the season with an elbow injury that he aggravated while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, which combined with his status as a free agent led many to assume that he’d be calling it a career at age 48. However, yesterday Moyer announced…

  17. Aaron Heilman will decline arbitration, may give starting a try

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Aaron Heilman is a Type B free agent and the Diamondbacks offered him arbitration, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Heilman will decline the offer and look to sign elsewhere after making $2.15 million in 2010. Rosenthal also notes that Heilman is “drawing interest as a starter” after being exclusively a reliever for the…

  18. Rangers sign Yorvit Torrealba to two-year, $6.25 million deal

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Torrealba dropping popup

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the Rangers have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25 million contract, which almost surely means Bengie Molina won’t be back in Texas. Torrealba is five years younger than Molina and represents an upgrade offensively. Over the past two seasons Torrealba has hit .279 with…

  19. Former top prospect Andy LaRoche unclaimed on waivers

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Andy LaRoche

    Not so long ago Andy LaRoche was considered one of the elite prospects in baseball. He ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 in both 2006 and 2007, placed in BA‘s top 100 for two other years as well, and was arguably the centerpiece of the package Pittsburgh received when trading Jason Bay in mid-2008. Last…

  20. Hall of Famer Bob Feller hospitalized for pneumonia

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

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    Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has been hospitalized with pneumonia stemming from complications following his treatment for leukemia. Feller, who turned 92 years old this month, has dealt with multiple health problems recently, but “is said to be getting stronger” according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. Here’s more from Castrovince: It has been a…

  21. Eric Hinske deciding between Braves and Brewers

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske was hoping to land a two-year deal after playing for six different teams during the past five seasons, but instead Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s deciding between one-year offers from the Braves and Brewers. Hinske fared well as a part-time player for the Braves this season, hitting .256/.338/.456 with 11 homers…

  22. Declining fastball velocity makes Javier Vazquez no sure thing to bounce back in Florida

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez signing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Marlins has seemingly everyone assuming that he’ll fare well going back to the NL and away from New York, and admittedly that was my first thought as well. After all, Vazquez has a 4.02 ERA in eight career seasons in the NL, compared to 4.65…

  23. Juan Uribe “closing in on a three-year deal” with the Dodgers

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

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    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Dodgers are “closing in on a three-year deal” with Juan Uribe and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the contract is worth $21 million, which is remarkable for someone who had to settle for a minor-league contract in 2009 and then returned to the Giants on a one-year,…

  24. Gammons: Nine teams “already in” bidding for Jesse Crain

    Nov 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    jesse-crain-twins

    Peter Gammons tweets that Jesse Crain “may be the hottest reliever” on the market after Joaquin Benoit signed with the Tigers, reporting that the Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Orioles, Cubs, Nationals, and Blue Jays are “already in” the bidding for the 29-year-old right-hander. Crain was offered arbitration by the Twins, but as a Type…

  25. Playoff shares: $318,000 for Giants, $246,000 for Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    MLB has announced the “postseason shares” for each of the playoff teams and the World Series-winning Giants lead the way at $317,631.29 per player, which is just slightly less than the MLB minimum salary for the entire season and some pretty nice change for a month’s work. Rangers players will receive $246,279.55 apiece for their…

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