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

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    orlando-hudson-twins-sitting

    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…

  2. 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,…

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

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    kevin-correia-padres

    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    aaron-heilman-diamondbacks

    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Hall of Famer Bob Feller hospitalized for pneumonia

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    feller

    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Frank Francisco likely to accept arbitration, return to Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    Tomorrow night is the deadline for Type A and Type B free agents to accept or decline their teams’ arbitration offers. For the most part it’s merely a procedural deadline, as nearly all the free agents will decline the offer on their way to the open market, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Frank…

  16. Happy birthday to the greatest announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I first listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game when I was about 20 years old and he was around 75, yet immediately became such a big fan that I frequently tuned into their games on the MLB Extra Innings package despite a two-hour time difference and absolutely no allegiance to the Dodgers whatsoever.…

  17. Astros reject Lance Berkman’s attempt to return to Houston

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle writes that Lance Berkman “believed he would return to the Astros in 2011 … from the moment he was traded to the Yankees last July.” However, when his agent approached general manager Ed Wade about potentially returning to Houston he was told “thanks, but no thanks.” “It wasn’t a…

  18. What does winning negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka mean for the Twins?

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Earlier this month, when the Twins announced plans to increase their payroll even further next year after blowing away the previous franchise record with more than $100 million in salaries this year, I wrote that “getting into the $115 million range would complete the transition from small-payroll team to large-payroll team” and “maintaining a top-10…

  19. Twins win bidding for negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    nishioka big

    No official announcement has been made yet by the Chiba Lotte Marines, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms Christensen’s report and quotes a source estimating that the Twins’ winning bid…

  20. Kaz Matsui returns to Japan as teams wait to hear results of Tsuyoshi Nishioka bidding

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    kaz matsui and milano

    After seven seasons in the majors Kazuo Matsui has returned to Japan by signing with the Rakuten Eagles, which is interesting timing as the baseball world waits to see which team won the bidding for negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka is a speedy, switch-hitting middle infielder who won a batting title in…

  21. $50 million deal looks worse with news Tigers will use Victor Martinez mostly at DH

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    victor-martinez-catching

    From the Tigers’ point of view I liked signing Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million deal last week. Initially, at least. My assumption at the time was that they would use Martinez as their primary catcher for as long as he was somewhat passable behind the plate, getting an elite-hitting backstop for the first…

  22. Chiba Lotte Marines to announce winning bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Friday

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker the Chiba Lotte Marines have received at least one acceptable bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and have scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce the winning MLB team. Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and San Diego are among the teams said to be interested in Nishioka, but various…

  23. History suggests A’s are right to balk at Japanese ace Hisashi Iwakuma’s asking price

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Earlier this week contract talks between the A’s and Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma broke down over what was, depending on which side you choose to believe, either a large or humongous gap in expected value. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle initially reported that Iwakuma was asking for a “Barry Zito-type deal” before agent…

  24. Former No. 1 overall pick Bryan Bullington is headed to Japan

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Bryan Bullington

    Bryan Bullington finally notched his first big-league win with eight shutout innings against the Yankees on August 15, eight years after the Pirates selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, but now it looks like that may prove to be his only major-league victory. Designated for assignment by the Royals…

  25. Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa undergoes hand surgery

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

    Depending on what moves the Nationals make this offseason Danny Espinosa could be the favorite to start at second base on Opening Day, but he’ll be out of commission for at least the next six weeks after undergoing surgery today to remove the hook of the hamate bone from his right hand. Espinosa had been…

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