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  1. Mariners sign 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Esteilon Peguero

    Seattle has been quiet on the free agent and trade front so far this offseason, but the Mariners made a big splash in the international prospect market yesterday by signing 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America that represents the highest signing bonus given to an international…

  2. Red Sox target Magglio Ordonez in search of right-handed bat

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    Detroit Tigers Ordonez heads for the dug-out after hitting a three-run home run against the Cleveland Indians during the seventh inning of their MLB baseball game in Detroit

    After trading for Adrian Gonzalez the Red Sox’s lineup is heavily left-handed and Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they may try to balance things a bit by signing Magglio Ordonez. Ordonez is 37 years old and missed half the season with an ankle injury, but he hit .303 with an .852 OPS when healthy…

  3. UPDATE: Diamondbacks, J.J. Putz agree to contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:07 PM EST

    J.J. Putz

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Putz will receive a two-year, $10 million contract from the Diamondbacks with a $6.5 million club option for 2013 or a $1.5 million buyout. He’ll earn $4 million in 2011 and $4.5 million in 2012. 6:18 PM: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks and J.J. Putz have agreed to…

  4. UPDATE: Loney/Broxton for Fielder trade debunked

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:40 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    UPDATE: Since this rumor initially surfaced, it has been shot down by Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and most importantly, by Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. And Colletti should know, because if this was a legitimate offer, he would have taken it in a heartbeat. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the Brewers approached…

  5. White Sox offered Gordon Beckham in runner-up bid for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    Gordon Beckham

    Prior to trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox the Padres were said to be fielding offers from several other teams, and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox finished runner-up with their offer. According to Nightengale they were willing to trade “Gordon Beckham and prospects” for Gonzalez, but the Padres…

  6. Pirates and Scott Olsen close to incentive-laden contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:18 PM EST

    Scott Olsen

    Pittsburgh is close to signing left-hander Scott Olsen to an incentive-laden one-year contract, according to both Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Langosch reports that the deal will be completed once Olsen passes a physical exam later this week, although given his history of shoulder problems that’s no sure…

  7. Padres GM says closer Heath Bell unlikely to be traded

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

    Heath Bell

    Asked this afternoon if trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox meant the Padres would soon be parting with closer Heath Bell too, general manager Jed Hoyer called it “exceptionally likely” that Bell would be San Diego’s closer on Opening Day. Hoyer added that “this isn’t a firesale” and “Heath is going to be our…

  8. Reynolds replacement? Diamondbacks sign Melvin Mora

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:56 PM EST

    Melvin Mora

    Shortly after trading Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for a pair of relievers the Diamondbacks have signed his potential replacement at third base Melvin Mora. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he’ll get a one-year deal worth $2 million, which is a reasonable price and makes Mora a solid pickup if the Diamondbacks…

  9. Chien-Ming Wang views Nationals as fallback plan if he can’t land MLB deal elsewhere

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:18 PM EST

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    Chien-Ming Wang is looking for a major-league deal or he’ll likely accept Washington’s offer of a minor-league contract and re-sign with the Nationals, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Last offseason Washington gave Wang a one-year contract that included $2 million in guaranteed money and another $3 million in potential incentives, but he struggled to…

  10. Red Sox interested in veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:46 PM EST

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    Last week the Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima and Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they may look to replace him as the left-handed setup man with Brian Fuentes. Fuentes pitched well for the Twins after coming over in an August 27 trade with the Angels, but Minnesota is not expected to make…

  11. UPDATE: Orioles get Mark Reynolds from Diamondbacks for David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: The deal is now official, pending physical exams. Baltimore will send relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to Arizona for Mark Reynolds. ========== President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail admitted this morning that the Orioles are “making progress” with the Diamondbacks on a trade for Mark Reynolds, which given the typical lack of public…

  12. Theo Epstein “very confident” Adrian Gonzalez will agree to long-term deal with Red Sox

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:45 AM EST

    adrian gonzalez red sox

    Moments ago the Red Sox held a press conference to officially announce the trade sending four prospects to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez and general manager Theo Epstein told the assembled media that he’s “very confident” the two sides will agree on a long-term contract extension. At various points yesterday it looked like the blockbuster…

  13. A’s pursuing Hideki Matsui after pulling offer to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms various reports that the A’s have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre and says it was “worth at least $64 million over five years.” For the second offseason in a row the A’s made a strong push for Beltre, only to realize that he viewed them as…

  14. Joe Crede is “healthy and ready to go” with a comeback

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Joe Crede sat out the entire season following his third back surgery in three years, but yesterday agent Scott Boras told reporters that the veteran third baseman is “healthy, ready to go, and he’s going to continue his career … he’s ready to come back and play.” Crede had a good first half for the…

  15. If the Red Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez, what does that mean for Adrian Beltre?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    adrian-beltre-red-sox-swing

    Adrian Beltre has made it clear that he’d prefer to re-sign with the Red Sox following his one-season stop (and MVP-caliber performance) in Boston, saying the following earlier this week: I got used to seeing that park full in the first inning and still full in the ninth inning. I liked that atmosphere. If everything…

  16. UPDATE: Padres agree to deal with Aaron Harang

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:17 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The deal is essentially done. No word on the specifics yet, but according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Harang only needs to pass a physical for the contract to become official. 4:47 PM: Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “could be close to signing” Aaron Harang, although he…

  17. Rangers close to re-signing backup catcher Matt Treanor

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:44 PM EST

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    Texas has switched starting catchers, letting Bengie Molina walk as a free agent and signing Yorvit Torrealba to replace him, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are sticking with Matt Treanor as their backup. General manager Jon Daniels told Sullivan that “we’re pretty confident Matt is coming back.” Treanor got a career-high…

  18. Russell Martin open to re-signing with Dodgers as utility man

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin was non-tendered by the Dodgers last night and the team seemingly replaced him behind the plate by re-signing Rod Barajas to a one-year deal, but today Martin’s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that returning at a lesser salary and as a utility man may still be an option. According…

  19. Tim Wakefield says 2011 will “probably” be his last season

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Tim Wakefield

    Jamie Moyer is undergoing elbow surgery with an eye toward returning in 2012 at age 49, but Tim Wakefield isn’t planning to stick around that long. He’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2011 after going 4-10 with a 5.40 ERA this year, but the 44-year-old knuckleballer told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe…

  20. Nationals and Cubs “stepping up pursuit of Brandon Webb”

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    Brandon Webb

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Nationals and Cubs “are stepping up their pursuit of Brandon Webb” and “making a big push” to sign the former Cy Young winner amid interest from “several other clubs.” Washington has been linked to Webb since the moment he became a free agent and Chicago’s interest was first…

  21. Braves get Scott Linebrink from White Sox for Kyle Cofield

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

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    No doubt looking to shed some salary after signing Adam Dunn and re-signing A.J. Pierzynski yesterday, the White Sox have traded veteran reliever Scott Linebrink to the Braves for mid-level pitching prospect Kyle Cofield. Chicago will reportedly send some cash to Atlanta to cover part of the one season and $5.5 million left on Linebrink’s…

  22. Hall of Fame or not, Ron Santo ranks among the all-time great third basemen

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    ron santo cubs card

    When someone successful and beloved dies there’s a natural tendency to perhaps overstate their greatness and at first glance it may seem as though people are doing that today in touting Ron Santo’s qualifications for the Hall of Fame after the longtime Cubs third baseman and announcer passed away yesterday. However, in Santo’s case amplifying…

  23. UPDATE: Angels sign Hisanori Takahashi to two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    UPDATE: Done deal. Two years and “between $5 and $6 million.” ========== Let go by the Mets last month when the two sides couldn’t agree to a new contract before a sign-or-cut deadline, left-hander Hisanori Takahashi is “close to agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Angels,” writes David Waldstein of the New York Times.…

  24. Dodgers re-sign Rod Barajas after dropping Russell Martin

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    Last night the Dodgers non-tendered Russell Martin and then quickly answered questions about their post-Martin catching situation by re-signing Rod Barajas to a one-year deal. Barajas was claimed off waivers from the Mets following Martin’s hip injury and played well down the stretch, hitting .297 with five homers and a .939 OPS in 25 games.…

  25. Mariners re-sign Erik Bedard to non-guaranteed contract

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

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    For three years the Mariners have tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to nurse an injured Erik Bedard back to health and recoup some value from the trade that sent Adam Jones and Chris Tillman to Baltimore in February of 2008. During that time Bedard has gone from 28-year-old ace to 31-year-old question mark, sitting out all of…

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