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

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

  4. Nationals finalize one-year contract with Todd Coffey

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

  5. Diamondbacks sign Micah Owings to a minor league contract

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:42 PM EST

    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…

  6. Orioles pitcher Troy Patton arrested and charged with DWI

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EST

    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…

  7. Nelson Cruz altering running style to avoid hamstring injuries

    Jan 24, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    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…

  12. Padres sign veteran catcher Gregg Zaun to minor league deal

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Gregg Zaun

    San Diego signed Gregg Zaun to a minor-league contract and the veteran catcher will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for the backup job with Rob Johnson. Zaun missed most of last season following June shoulder surgery and will be 40 years old in April, but if healthy he’s a far superior…

  13. Aaron Heilman to re-sign with Diamondbacks as a starter

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    aaron-heilman-diamondbacks

    Earlier this offseason Aaron Heilman expressed a desire to give starting a try after spending the past five seasons exclusively as a reliever and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get an opportunity to do that after re-signing with the Diamondbacks. Heilman appeared in 70 games for Arizona last season, all out of the…

  14. Cody Ross parlays big postseason into $6.3 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:44 PM EST

    cody ross giving high five

    Cody Ross earned $4.65 million last season and was available to any team willing to claim him (and his remaining salary) off waivers in mid-August. San Francisco made a claim, with some reports speculating they did so mostly to block San Diego from doing the same, and then Ross slugged five homers in 15 playoff…

  15. After letting half the bullpen walk as free agents, Twins give $7.15 million to Matt Capps

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Matt Capps, Joe Mauer

    The offseason bullpen exodus in Minnesota is now complete, as Jon Rauch signed with the Blue Jays and Brian Fuentes signed with the A’s. They join Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain in leaving the Twins after that quartet combined to throw 45 percent of the team’s relief innings last season while posting a 2.98 ERA.…

  16. Mets sign Scott Hairston to a minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Scott Hairston, Angel Hernandez

    Scott Hairston has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets, according to Ted Berg of SportsNet New York (and later confirmed by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com). Hairston managing only a minor-league deal is surprising, because while he’s been overmatched as an everyday player he’d be an excellent fit for any number of teams as…

  17. For Clint Barmes a .656 OPS in 2010 equals $4 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Clint Barmes

    Among the many reasons why Houston trading for Clint Barmes two months ago struck me as a misguided move is that he was in line for a sizable salary via arbitration and … well, he just isn’t very good. Sure enough, today the Astros avoided arbitration with Barmes by signing him to a one-year deal…

  18. Jim Thome’s one-year deal worth up to $4.4 million

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome turned down more money from the Rangers to re-sign with the Twins for just $3 million in upfront cash, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has the details on the contract’s incentives: * $200,000 for 200 plate appearances * $300,000 for 300 plate appearances * $300,000 for 350 plate appearances *…

  19. Heath Bell signs for $7.5 million in final season of arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    With one season remaining until he can become a free agent, Heath Bell and the Padres have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Bell, who made $1.255 million in his first season of arbitration and $4 million last year in his second season of eligibility, has said he’d like to sign…

  20. Mets “closing in on a deal” with rehabbing starter Chris Young

    Jan 17, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

    chris young padres

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com the Mets are “closing in on a deal” with right-hander Chris Young, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. New York has been linked to Young throughout the offseason as new general manager Sandy Alderson and company targeted him as a worthwhile reclamation project who could…

  21. Rockies, Matt Lindstrom avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    After acquiring Matt Lindstrom from the Astros last month the Rockies have avoided arbitration with the right-hander by signing him to a two-year deal with a team option for 2013. The contract buys out Lindstrom’s final two seasons of arbitration eligibility while giving the Rockies an option on his first year of free agency. Troy…

  22. Jason Giambi returns to Rockies on a minor league contract

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Jason Giambi, Yorvit Torrealba

    After a season-and-a-half as a bench player in Colorado the assumption was that Jason Giambi would go elsewhere this offseason in search of more playing time, but today he re-signed with the Rockies on a minor-league contract. Last winter Giambi got a guaranteed deal worth $1.75 million, but this time around he won’t have a…

  23. Nationals sign Alex Cora to a minor league contract

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Alex Cora

    Last week the Nationals were said to be targeting Jerry Hairston Jr. as their utility man replacement for Willie Harris, who signed a minor-league deal with the Mets. However, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com they turned their attention to Alex Cora because “some in the organization believe [Hairston’s] asking price would be too steep” and…

  24. Pablo Sandoval’s dieting tips

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    sandoval tweet

    After eating his way out of a starting job last season Pablo Sandoval has shed 20-30 pounds this winter, posting a picture of his slimmed-down self over the weekend that shows him looking like a new man. That led to a bunch of his Twitter followers asking Sandoval how he lost the weight, so he…

  25. Jose Veras chooses Pirates over Giants, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Rays

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

    jose-veras-marlins

    Reportedly offered minor-league contracts by as many as a half-dozen teams last week, reliever Jose Veras has signed with the Pirates, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Veras chose the Pirates over the Giants, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Rays, with Rojas reporting that the right-hander will receive a base salary of $1 million if…

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