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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Jason Kendall is “ahead of the game” with recovery from shoulder surgery

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Initially expected to be sidelined for the first two months of the season following September shoulder surgery, Jason Kendall told Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star that he’s “ahead of the game” and could be cleared to resume throwing early next month. Whether that would leave him enough time to potentially be ready for…

  16. Mark Kotsay “is a possibility” as Brewers target bench bat

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are still looking to add a veteran bench player and Mark Kotsay “is a possibility.” Kotsay was tremendously out of place as the White Sox’s primary designated hitter last season, batting just .239 with a .303 on-base percentage and .376 slugging percentage in 359 plate appearances. He…

  17. Diamondbacks will give Micah Owings some time at first base

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Micah Owings

    I’ve written about Micah Owings a few times recently (these are called “slow news days”) and each time suggested that he might have a brighter future as a hitter than as a pitcher at this point. Apparently the Diamondbacks and new general manager Kevin Towers agree, because after signing Owings to a minor-league contract yesterday…

  18. Nationals finalize one-year contract with Todd Coffey

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Reported to be close to a deal last week, Todd Coffey and the Nationals have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.35 million. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers last month after earning $2.025 million in 2010, so Milwaukee accurately determined that his market value wasn’t quite that high. Still, he’s a solid middle reliever and…

  19. Diamondbacks sign Micah Owings to a minor league contract

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Micah Owings

    In an effort to resurrect his career Micah Owings is returning to the team that drafted him, signing a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training. Owings was Arizona’s third-round pick in 2005 and spent the first two seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the…

  20. Orioles pitcher Troy Patton arrested and charged with DWI

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    troy patton mugshot

    Orioles left-hander Troy Patton was arrested Saturday night in Houston and charged with a DWI after police pulled him over for speeding and driving over a curb, according to KPRC television. Patton was the Astros’ ninth-round pick in 2004 and was traded to the Orioles in December of 2007 as part of the package for…

  21. Nelson Cruz altering running style to avoid hamstring injuries

    Jan 24, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    Nelson Cruz missed 54 games and spent three different stints on the disabled list last season because of hamstring injuries and Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Rangers outfielder is working with a trainer “focused on running more upright to possibly relieve some of the stress on his legs.” Cruz’s trainer is actually Rangers…

  22. Re-signing Carl Pavano leaves Twins with an extra starter

    Jan 24, 2011, 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 is a 35-year-old pitcher with an infamously lengthy injury history and one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball last season, so re-signing him to a two-year, $16.5 million contract is not without risk for Minnesota, but to avoid a three-year commitment and retain him for a slight bump in annual salary from…

  23. Rays undecided about rookie Jake McGee’s role for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    jake-mcgee-rays

    After sitting out most of 2009 following elbow surgery Jake McGee returned to the mound last season as a starter with great success and then shifted to the bullpen in the second half before debuting with the Rays in September as a reliever. However, now that McGee is two years removed from going under the…

  24. Nolan Ryan won’t rule out Texas re-signing Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract last month general manager Jon Daniels said the team was “out” of the mix to potentially re-sign Vladimir Guerrero, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan has re-opened that door a bit. Guerrero is still available with less than a month to go until the…

  25. Nationals “closing in on” a deal with reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Washington is “closing in on” a contract with right-hander Todd Coffey, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers despite a 3.52 ERA and 128/46 K/BB ratio in 153 innings for Milwaukee during the past three seasons. Coffey’s slider is his best pitch, but his average fastball also clocks in at…

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