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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Mauer and Twins still talking despite yesterday's report of a done deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 1:49 PM EDT

    The latest news on Joe Mauer is that there really isn’t any news. Mark Rosen of WCCO television in Minnesota reported yesterday afternoon that Mauer and the Twins had agreed to a 10-year contract extension, which naturally got Twins fans incredibly excited. Unfortunately it turns out that Rosen’s report seems to be somewhere between premature…

  2. Dodgers sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson and the Dodgers have officially agreed to a one-year deal worth $800,000 plus another $250,000 in potential incentives. Between a part-time role and fractured foot Johnson played just 65 games for the Cubs last season, hitting .255/.330/.412 to basically match his .282/.344/.411 career mark. That production and the ability to handle all three…

  3. Joaquin Benoit is making a comeback

    Feb 2, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi reports that Joaquin Benoit is making a comeback after sitting out all of last season following shoulder surgery. Benoit pitched eight seasons in Texas after signing with the Rangers out of the Dominican Republic as a teenager, but he’s now a free agent and Morosi notes a “handful of teams” are…

  4. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Twins and Mauer have not yet reached a preliminary agreement

    Feb 1, 2010, 4:29 PM EDT

    UPDATE: Buster Olney tweets that the Twins are calling the WCCO report “not accurate” and that while they remain optimistic that a deal will be done, it’s not done yet. Not that I’m going to delete the analysis of the deal I started drafting or anything. 4:16 P.M.:: WCCO TV is reporting that Mauer and…

  5. Hudson deciding between Twins and Nationals?

    Feb 1, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    It sounds like Orlando Hudson is close to deciding on his new team, although reports vary a bit on where he’s likely to end up. For instance,’s Buster Olney reported this morning that the “Twins appear to be serious in their pursuit of Orlando Hudson.” Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune agrees,

  6. Mariners sign Garko to platoon with Kotchman

    Feb 1, 2010, 1:42 PM EDT

    Non-tendered by the Giants in December when he would have been in line for about $2 million via arbitration, Ryan Garko has signed a one-year deal with the Mariners worth $550,000 and another $525,000 in potential incentives. Garko isn’t much of a defender and his bat is mediocre against right-handers, but he crushes left-handers and…

  7. A's and Reds swap unwanted Taveras and Miles

    Feb 1, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT’s Buster Olney reports the A’s have acquired Willy Taveras and Adam Rosales from the Reds for Aaron Miles and a player to be named later or cash. Miles went from Chicago to Oakland in the December trade for Jake Fox because the Cubs wanted to dump his $2.7 million salary, but he lasted all…

  8. Glen Perkins doesn't sound long for Minnesota

    Jan 29, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Glen Perkins filed a grievance against the Twins when they optioned him to Triple-A rather than keep him on the major-league disabled list with a shoulder injury. The two sides have since settled the case, but the move left Perkins just short of the service time needed for arbitration eligibility, costing him about $500,000 and…

  9. Remembering the first Hall of Fame class

    Jan 29, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT’s Maury Brown notes that on this day in 1936 the Baseball Writers Association of America elected the first class into the Hall of Fame: * Babe Ruth * Ty Cobb * Honus Wagner * Walter Johnson * Christy Mathewson Not a bad little group, but amazingly none of those five players were picked unanimously.…

  10. Orlando Cabrera likely to sign with Reds, Rockies or Nationals

    Jan 29, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT’s Mark Sheldon reports that Orlando Cabrera has narrowed his list of suitors down to the Reds, Nationals, and Rockies. Cabrera hasn’t started at a position other than shortstop since he was a 23-year-old rookie in 1998, so if remaining there is a priority Cincinnati could be the pick. Troy Tulowitzki’s presence guarantees that he’d…

  11. Damon turned down Yankees' offer last week

    Jan 29, 2010, 12:23 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees made a final offer to Johnny Damon last week that would have paid him $6 million for 2010, although half the money would have been deferred without interest. Damon turned that down and the Yankees quickly signed Randy Winn for $2 million instead, so now he’s searching for…

  12. Blue Jays' manager, GM disagree about Delgado

    Jan 29, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    Cito Gaston has said previously that he’d like the Blue Jays to bring back Carlos Delgado and’s Jordan Bastian reports that the manager “spent time lobbying” for the move while appearing at a team function last night: If there’s some way to bring Carlos back here, I’d love to see him back here, because…

  13. Rays sign former No. 1 pick, giant bust Matt Bush

    Jan 28, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay has signed one of the biggest busts in draft history, inking former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to a minor-league contract. When last we saw Bush in July he’d been sentenced to 120 days in residential rehab, 240 hours of community service, three years of probation, and $2,000 in fines after being…

  14. Gammons: 'Mets were only team in on Jason Bay' and Red Sox 'were scared to death of his knees'

    Jan 28, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Last week Peter Gammons reported that Boston and Jason Bay “had agreed on the framework” of a four-year, $60 million contract in July, but the Red Sox pulled the offer when an MRI exam raised red flags about the health of his knees. While appearing on WEEI radio today Gammons revealed a few more details:…

  15. Nationals won't return Livan Hernandez's calls

    Jan 28, 2010, 1:50 PM EDT

    Livan Hernandez said yesterday that he’d really like to re-sign with the Nationals, but revealed that he sent the team a contract proposal in December that “did not ask for a lot of money” and general manager Mike Rizzo never even responded. Here’s more from Hernandez, who went 9-12 with a 5.44 ERA last season…

  16. Mascots beware: Randall Simon is still around

    Jan 28, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Randall Simon played eight seasons in the majors, batting .283 with a decent .742 OPS as a part-time first baseman for six different teams, but he’s most famous for two things: 1) Braves teammate called him a “fat monkey” in an interview with Sports Illustrated. 2) During the mascot “Sausage Race” in Milwaukee he leaned…

  17. Gerald Laird's arrest involved NBA player's wife

    Jan 28, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Last month Tigers catcher Gerald Laird and his 22-year-old Yankees prospect brother Brandon Laird were arrested while attending a Phoenix Suns game, with initial reports describing their “loud behavior” and how “the Laird brothers allegedly assaulted the security guards” who tried to calm them down. Gerald Laird insisted afterward that the whole thing was just…

  18. Thome is nice, but Twins still need infield help

    Jan 27, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    As a Twins fan I’ve been hoping they’ll sign either Felipe Lopez or Orlando Hudson to play second base and hit second in the lineup, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune‘s beat writing tag team threw some cold water on both scenarios recently. First here’s LaVelle E. Neal II on Lopez: Lopez? Scouts tell me you…

  19. Underrated Loretta retires to join Pads front office

    Jan 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    After playing 15 seasons in the majors Mark Loretta retired this week and immediately joined the Padres’ front office as a special assistant to the baseball operations staff. Loretta has lived in San Diego since having the best stretch of his career as the Padres’ starting second baseman from 2003-2005 and also knows new general…

  20. Johan Santana throws off a mound, feels good

    Jan 26, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Stepping on a mound for the first time since September surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, Johan Santana threw a 24-pitch bullpen session this afternoon at the Mets’ spring training complex in Florida and said afterward that he felt “very good.” Santana noted that he’s now able to fully extend his arm, which…

  21. Cubs give Nady one-year contract to platoon with Fukudome … for now

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady’s one-year deal with the Cubs is worth $3 million plus another $2 million in incentives and sets him up to platoon with Kosuke Fukudome in right field, which is a good fit for a right-handed hitter coming off Tommy John surgery in that he’ll face mostly left-handed pitching and won’t be asked to…

  22. Manny Acta still likes sabermetrics and cool hats

    Jan 26, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Craig will be thrilled to know that new Indians manager Manny Acta wore another awesome hat while holding a “town hall meeting” for fans (and television cameras) last night.’s Anthony Castrovince reports that Acta won over the audience with his outgoing personality, but a) what else is an writer going to say? and…

  23. Gators wide receiver Riley Cooper picks football over baseball

    Jan 26, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Riley Cooper was picked by the Rangers in the 25th round of last June’s draft as an outfielder at the University of Florida, but he was also Tim Tebow’s second-favorite target as a wide receiver for the Gators and said yesterday that he plans to pursue a football career: Football’s definitely the route I want…

  24. Out of options McGowan 'remains a big unknown'

    Jan 25, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Dustin McGowan missed all of 2009 following shoulder surgery and general manager J.P. Ricciardi went so far as to suggest that his career was in jeopardy, but now he’s former general manager J.P. Ricciardi and’s Jordan Bastian reports “the hope is that McGowan will be ready to join the rotation competition” in spring training.…

  25. Neshek on track to be ready for spring training

    Jan 25, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT’s Kelly Thesier reports that side-arming setup man Pat Neshek is “a little anxious” but “on track to be ready for the start of spring training” 14 months after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery. “I just want to face hitters to see where I’m at and get that in my head,” Neshek said. “I want…

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