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  1. Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays interested in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays are among “at least five teams” to express interest in Manny Ramirez, which is a surprise given how little speculation has surrounded him publicly throughout the offseason. Rojas writes that Ramirez has been training in Arizona in an effort to…

  2. Free agents departing Rays have signed for $213 million

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:18 AM EST

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Following the Yankees signing Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million deal last night Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that the eight free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $213 million over 19 years. That total will rise to $215 million for 20 seasons once Chad…

  3. UPDATE: Frank Robinson released from hospital

    Jan 13, 2011, 5:04 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Not only is Robinson already out of the hospital, he’s returned to the owners meetings. ========== Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Frank Robinson has been hospitalized “after experiencing dizziness and irregular heartbeat at the owners meetings in Scottsdale, Arizona.” According to Shaikin the 75-year-old Hall of Famer “was alert and…

  4. Dodgers general manager rules out signing Johnny Damon

    Jan 13, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yesterday manager Don Mattingly reiterated that the Dodgers won’t be bringing back Manny Ramirez and today general manager Ned Colletti also ruled out signing free agent Johnny Damon. Colletti also indicated that the Dodgers are unlikely to sign Scott Podsednik, telling Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times that he’s instead focusing on right-handed-hitting options…

  5. Padres close to signing reliever Chad Qualls to one-year deal

    Jan 13, 2011, 3:57 PM EST

    Tampa Bay's Quallsthrows a pitch with the bases loaded with Kansas City base runners during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Chad Qualls is “close to agreeing on a contract” with the Padres, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. With a 7.32 ERA in 59 innings between two teams Qualls had a dreadful 2010, but most of that can be blamed on a .399 batting average on balls in play that was the worst in…

  6. Don Mattingly: “I don’t think Manny is a viable option now”

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:53 PM EST

    Mannywood sign

    Despite the Dodgers’ offseason-long search for a left fielder and/or middle-of-the-order bat, new manager Don Mattingly reiterated to Beth Harris of the Associated Press that Mannywood won’t be returning to Dodger Stadium. “I don’t think Manny is a viable option now,” Mattingly said, with Harris noting that he was “choosing his words carefully.” At this…

  7. Derek Jeter will report to spring training early to work with hitting coach Kevin Long

    Jan 13, 2011, 2:17 PM EST

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    Coming off the worst season of his career, Derek Jeter will report to the Yankees’ spring training complex in two weeks to get a head start working with hitting coach Kevin Long. Full squad workouts aren’t until February 20, but Long told Brian Costello of the New York Post that Jeter “wants to get going”…

  8. Ryan Howard listens to The Cranberries

    Jan 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    the cranberries

    Ryan Howard told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that the ankle injury which caused him to miss three weeks last August and sapped his production down the stretch still isn’t 100 percent healed. More importantly, in doing so he said: I still get a little bit of stiffness every once in a while. I’ll take it…

  9. Cornering the market on scrappiness, Diamondbacks sign Willie Bloomquist

    Jan 13, 2011, 11:15 AM EST

    Willie Bloomquist

    Geoff Blum apparently didn’t fill new general manager Kevin Towers’ “scrappy utility infielder” quota for the offseason, so Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Diamondbacks have signed Willie Bloomquist to a one-year, $1.05 million deal with a mutual option for 2012. That means Diamondbacks fans will now be treated to months of newspaper articles…

  10. Jay Gibbons leaves winter ball team due to blurred vision

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:50 AM EST

    jay-gibbons-dodgers

    Jay Gibbons has been playing winter ball in Venezuela, but had to leave the team earlier this week because of blurred vision following November eye surgery to improve his sight from 20/20 to 20/15, according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Dodgers trainer Stan Conte downplayed the seriousness of the blurred vision, telling…

  11. Jose Tabata “worked out in the gym every day this winter”

    Jan 13, 2011, 10:21 AM EST

    Neil Walker, Jose Tabata

    It looks like we can add Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata to the ever-growing pool of players “in the best shape of their life.” Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review writes that Tabata “has bulked up noticeably” during the offseason “and it’s muscle, not fat.” One teammate called Tabata “a beast” after getting a look…

  12. Reed Johnson rejoins the Cubs on a minor league contract

    Jan 12, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Reed Johnson, Russell Mitchell

    Reed Johnson, who spent 2008 and 2009 with the Cubs before playing last season with the Dodgers, has returned to Chicago on a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. Johnson struggled for the Dodgers last season and has always been stretched as a regular, but he’s a good fit as a fourth outfielder…

  13. Ryan Raburn and Tigers avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 12, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    ryan-raburn-tigers

    Ryan Raburn and the Tigers have agreed to a two-year, $3.4 million contract, avoiding arbitration in his first season of eligibility. After three years as a bench player Raburn received a career-high 410 plate appearances last season while starting games in all three outfield spots plus second base and first base. He hit .280 with…

  14. Koyie Hill and Cubs avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 12, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    koyie-hill-cubs

    Koyie Hill was arbitration eligible for the second time after earning $700,000 last season, but he’s avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $850,000 deal with the Cubs. Hill has spent the past four seasons with the Cubs after previously being let go by the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Yankees, but has hit just .211…

  15. Kevin Kouzmanoff thought “where do I fit?” while A’s pursued other third basemen

    Jan 12, 2011, 1:46 PM EST

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    Last offseason the A’s acquired Kevin Kouzmanoff from the Padres in the hopes he’d be their long-term answer at third base, but after a career-worst season that saw him hit just .247 with a measly .679 OPS the team claimed Edwin Encarnacion off waivers and made a big offer to free agent Adrian Beltre. Oakland…

  16. Mariano Rivera could pass Trevor Hoffman for all-time saves lead this season

    Jan 12, 2011, 12:47 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Trevor Hoffman announced his retirement yesterday, calling it quits after an amazing 18-year career that saw the future Hall of Famer rack up an MLB record 601 saves. To put that staggering total in some context, consider that only one other pitcher in baseball history has even 500 career saves and with Billy Wagner joining…

  17. Twins are “optimistic” that Justin Morneau “will be ready for spring training”

    Jan 12, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Morneau catch

    Initially expected to be sidelined for less than a week, Justin Morneau ended up missing the final three months of the season and the playoffs after suffering a concussion from a knee to the helmet while trying to break up a double play on July 7. There’s been little said about his status since the…

  18. Armando Galarraga could be odd man out for Tigers’ rotation

    Jan 12, 2011, 10:41 AM EST

    Armando Galarraga

    Armando Galarraga might be the most well known starting pitcher without an actual rotation spot this season, as the Tigers signing Brad Penny to a one-year, $3 million contract yesterday likely pushes Galarraga out of the starting five. Galarraga is famous for his imperfect perfect game last year and will forever be linked to umpire…

  19. All-times saves leader Trevor Hoffman announces retirement

    Jan 11, 2011, 5:15 PM EST

    trevor hoffman padres

    Trevor Hoffman has decided to retire after 18 seasons and an MLB record 601 saves, the future Hall of Famer told Barry Bloom of MLB.com today. As recently as last month Hoffman was looking for work as a free agent, but with no teams willing to guarantee him a shot at closing in 2011 the…

  20. Alberto Callaspo, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    alberto-callaspo-angels

    Alberto Callaspo is eligible for arbitration this season for the first time, but he’s avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Angels. Callaspo, who earned $460,000 last season, gets a hefty raise to $2 million despite hitting just .265/.302/.374 in 146 games last year. Acquired from the Royals in July for…

  21. Josh Hamilton hospitalized for “an early case of pneumonia”

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Josh Hamilton was hospitalized yesterday after being diagnosed with “an early case of pneumonia,” according to the ESPNDallas.com. He’s expected to be released from the hospital today or tomorrow, and the reigning AL MVP “should be able to resume his conditioning and baseball activities within the next several days.”  

  22. Details of Carlos Gonzalez’s seven-year contract with Rockies

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Now that Carlos Gonzalez‘s seven-year contract extension with the Rockies is finalized Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the specifics of the $80 million deal: 2011 – $1 million 2012 – $5 million 2013 – $7.5 million 2014 – $10.5 million 2015 – $16 million 2016 – $17 million 2017 – $20 million Gonzalez…

  23. Who are the top free agents still available?

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:18 AM EST

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Most of the big-name free agents are off the market with a little over a month to go before pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training, but based on Matthew Pouliot’s ranking of the top 111 free agents here are the best players still available: 1. Carl Pavano (RHP, Twins) 2. Andy Pettitte (LHP,…

  24. Rockies sign reliever Sean White to minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:22 AM EST

    sean-white-mariners

    Colorado has at least five and possibly six bullpen spots locked in already, but the Rockies added some more relief depth yesterday by signing right-hander Sean White to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. White struggled last season, but has a 4.16 ERA in 134 career innings spent with the Mariners and…

  25. Mariners sign Adam Kennedy to minor league contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:20 PM EST

    Adam Kennedy, Chris Denorfia

    Adam Kennedy, whose $2 million option for 2011 was declined by the Nationals last month, has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training from the Mariners. Kennedy started 85 games for the Nationals last season, including 75 at second base, but hit just .249 with a .327 on-base percentage and .327…

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