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  1. Red Sox expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Boston is expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima before tonight’s deadline, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Okajima proved to be an excellent investment for the Red Sox, who signed him out of Japan in November of 2006 for just $2.5 million. He quickly emerged as one of the league’s top setup men, going 12-4…

  2. Yankees under the knife: Wrist surgery for Gardner, clavicle surgery for Aceves

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Gardner slide

    After playing through tendinitis in his right wrist for much of the season Brett Gardner is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. He had a very strong season offensively and defensively despite the injury, and Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring…

  3. Former top prospect Andy Marte finds new home with Pirates

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

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    Dropped by the Indians last month, one-time elite prospect Andy Marte has signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Managing only a minor-league deal without a 40-man roster spot shows just how far Marte’s stock has plummeted since he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 15 prospects in 2004,…

  4. UPDATE: A’s met with Lance Berkman, but not Adam Dunn

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    UPDATE: Slusser just posted a few tweets walking back her report about Dunn meeting with the A’s yesterday, including: “I’m told much to my horror that the Chronicle’s report of earlier today that the Athletics met with Dunn is not accurate.” She stands by the information about the A’s being “in the mix” for Dunn,…

  5. Astros, Nelson Figueroa avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Nelson Figueroa was a non-tender candidate heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility, but the Astros have avoided having to make a decision on him before tomorrow night’s deadline by signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Figueroa has bounced around for a decade in the majors and minors, but pitched well for the…

  6. Highlight video of Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    While the Twins negotiate with Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka after bidding $5 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, here’s a five-minute highlight video put together by his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Complex: Nishioka looks pretty good, but then again I’m pretty sure someone could splice together five minutes of footage that makes Juan…

  7. Padres and Chris Denorfia avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    With tomorrow night’s deadline for teams to tender 2011 contracts to arbitration-eligible players looming, Chris Denorfia and the Padres have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $800,000. Signed last December after being let go by the A’s following a miserable Triple-A performance, Denorfia earned a mid-May call-up to San Diego and…

  8. Mariners expected to cut Jose Lopez at non-tender deadline

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Seattle Mariners

    A month ago the Mariners declined their $4.5 million option on Jose Lopez for 2011 and since then they’ve no doubt been trying to find another team interesting in trading for him with an eye toward taking Lopez to arbitration at a lower salary. Not surprisingly there were apparently no takers for the disappointing infielder…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

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

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    humberto-quintero-astros

    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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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,…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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