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  1. What’s the hold up? Rays and Padres still haven’t finalized Jason Bartlett trade

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:51 PM EST

    Jason Bartlett

    It’s been six days since the Rays and Padres were said to have agreed upon a trade sending Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, yet the deal is still “on hold” and no one seems quite sure what’s going on. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union…

  2. Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:17 PM EST

    jeremy-accardo-blue-jays

    Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth … $1.08 million. Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67…

  3. Carl Pavano’s “other suitors are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota”

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

    Carl Pavano

    This morning I wrote about how Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies leaves Carl Pavano as the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pavano’s “other suitors” aside from the Twins “are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota.” That jibes with Tom Haudricourt of the…

  4. UPDATE: Cardinals add Gerald Laird as Yadier Molina’s backup

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:19 PM EST

    gerald-laird-tigers

    UPDATE: Done deal. Laird gets $1 million guaranteed, plus $300,000 in incentives. ========== Matthew Leach of MLB.com hasn’t been able to confirm the news yet, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Cardinals are close to signing veteran catcher Gerald Laird. Laird is coming off a career-worst season in Detroit, hitting just .207 with…

  5. Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EST

    Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

    Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting. Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight…

  6. Jeff Francoeur already has Kansas City media under his spell

    Dec 14, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    jeff francoeur royals presser

    It’s been less than a week since Jeff Francoeur signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals, but he predictably already has local media members in Kansas City writing the same type of overly glowing prose and outright fluff about him that became commonplace in Atlanta and New York. Yesterday the Royals held a…

  7. Pirates sign first baseman Lyle Overbay to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    lyle-overbay-blue-jays

    Continuing their offseason plan of stockpiling mediocre veterans, the Pirates have agreed to terms with first baseman Lyle Overbay on a one-year, $5 million contract. Overbay spent the past five seasons in Toronto, but the Blue Jays made no attempt to re-sign the 33-year-old after he hit just .243 with a .329 on-base percentage and…

  8. Owner says Rangers turned down Cliff Lee’s offer to re-sign for seven guaranteed years

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Chuck Greenberg

    Initially last night the Cliff Lee storyline was that he left as much as $50 million on the table because he loved Philadelphia and simply wanted to pitch for the Phillies instead of the Yankees or Rangers. However, now that the various contract details are trickling in it turns out he probably left at most…

  9. Matt Stairs returns to his original team at age 43 … sort of

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    Matt Stairs

    Way back in 1989 the Montreal Expos signed a Canadian-born infielder named Matt Stairs as an undrafted free agent. In the two-plus decades since then Stairs has played more than 1,800 games in the majors for a dozen different teams while becoming baseball’s all-time leader in pinch-hit homers and the Expos have moved to Washington…

  10. Carl Pavano is suddenly the top starting pitcher on the market

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    By waiting until the Cliff Lee domino fell Carl Pavano has put himself in position to be the most sought-after starting pitcher on the free agent market, which is both very smart on his agent’s part and remarkable given how the veteran right-hander was viewed just a couple years ago. Pavano was a huge bust…

  11. Yankees sign catcher Russell Martin to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 11:11 AM EST

    Russell Martin mask

    Moving on quickly after Cliff Lee turned them down, the Yankees “have agreed to terms on a contract with Russell Martin,” according to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com. It’s believed to be a one-year deal, although the Yankees would also have Martin under team control in 2012 as an arbitration-eligible player. Because of his fractured hip…

  12. Twins still negotiating contract details with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 14, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    nishioka big

    When the Twins traded starting shortstop J.J. Hardy to the Orioles last week it signaled that they were extremely confident about being able to sign Tsuyoshi Nishioka before the December 26 deadline. No deal is in place yet, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the two sides are close…

  13. Going back to Philly: Cliff Lee chooses Phillies over Yankees and Rangers

    Dec 14, 2010, 12:12 AM EST

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Wow. In one of the most surprising free agent signings in a long time, Cliff Lee has turned down longer, more lucrative offers from both the Yankees and Rangers to return to the Phillies. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Lee’s deal is worth approximately $100 million for five seasons. Obviously that’s…

  14. A’s “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy

    Dec 13, 2010, 7:00 PM EST

    brandon-mccarthy-rangers

    In addition to being on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui the A’s are also “closing in on finishing a deal” with Brandon McCarthy, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. McCarthy has a lengthy injury history and was limited to 56 innings this season–all in the minors–because of a stress fracture in his shoulder, but…

  15. Mariners designate catcher Rob Johnson for assignment

    Dec 13, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    rob-johnson-mariners

    Seattle has mercifully designated Rob Johnson for assignment after giving the 27-year-old catcher a total of 499 plate appearances during the past two seasons despite hitting a combined .204 with a .291 on-base percentage and .307 slugging percentage. And unlike most catchers who get significant playing time despite not being able to hit, Johnson wasn’t…

  16. Rangers re-sign backup catcher Matt Treanor to one-year deal

    Dec 13, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

    matt-treanor-ranger

    Waiting for word from Cliff Lee hasn’t stopped the Rangers from making moves, as they’ve re-signed Matt Treanor to a one-year, $850,000 contract. Acquired from the Brewers last spring, Treanor actually led Rangers catchers in starts with 67. He moved into a backup role once Texas traded for Bengie Molina and will serve as Yorvit…

  17. Lastings Milledge got into a “big fight” while playing winter ball

    Dec 13, 2010, 1:46 PM EST

    Milledge waits

    In news that probably won’t help Lastings Milledge’s job search any, Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com reports that the 25-year-old outfielder got into an on-field brawl yesterday while playing in the Venezuelan winter league. Here are some details that Rubin tweeted: Lastings Milledge involved in big team fight in winter ball. Venezuelan friend says: Heated game.…

  18. Jon Heyman keeps banging the Cliff Lee “mystery team” drum

    Dec 13, 2010, 12:10 PM EST

    unsolved mysteries

    This morning several baseball media heavyweights took public jabs as SI.com’s Jon Heyman over his repeatedly reporting on a supposed “mystery team” joining the Rangers and Yankees in the mix for Cliff Lee. First there was Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweeting: “Remember: if you ever read about a ‘mystery team,’ it can only come spoon-fed…

  19. Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee”

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Derrek Lee

    Washington has been linked to just about every veteran first baseman on the market this offseason, so not surprisingly Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals “have expressed interest in Derrek Lee.” Lee is 35 years old and coming off his worst season since 1998, hitting .260/.347/.428 with 19 homers in 148 games for…

  20. Red Sox targeting Twins trio of Fuentes, Crain, and Guerrier

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:16 AM EST

    brian-fuentes-twins

    Apparently general manager Theo Epstein and company really liked Minnesota’s bullpen down the stretch, because Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox “have their sights focused on” Twins free agent relievers Brian Fuentes, Jesse Crain, and Matt Guerrier. None would require giving up a draft pick to sign, as Guerrier is the only…

  21. Get this: “Mariano Rivera initiated contact with the Red Sox”

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    rivera in delivery

    When the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera two weeks ago there were numerous reports that the Red Sox made him a multi-year offer worth as much or more than he ended up accepting from New York. As if that weren’t juicy enough, now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes: “According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera’s…

  22. Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EST

    ryan-doumit-pirates

    Earlier this week Pittsburgh added Matt Diaz to the outfield mix with a two-year, $4.25 million contract and now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit despite general manager Neal Huntington calling him the team’s starting right fielder just a few days ago. Doumit made 91 of…

  23. UPDATE: Orioles re-sign Cesar Izturis following J.J. Hardy trade

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EST

    cesar-izturis-orioles

    UPDATE: That was quick. Baltimore has re-signed Izturis to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million in base salary, so he’ll go from starting shortstop to backing up Hardy and second baseman Brian Roberts. ========== Yesterday the Orioles made a shrewd move to address their hole at shortstop, sending a pair of minor-league relievers to the…

  24. UPDATE: Brewers sign backup catcher Wil Nieves

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    UPDATE: Done deal. Nieves gets a non-guaranteed contract worth $775,000. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing veteran catcher Wil Nieves, who played this year with the Nationals. Nieves is a run-of-the-mill backup with a good defensive reputation and an anemic bat, hitting .227 with a .570 OPS for…

  25. Jorge Cantu “seriously being considered by Diamondbacks”

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:40 PM EST

    Jorge Cantu

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Jorge Cantu is “seriously being considered by the Diamondbacks” as an option at first base. Cantu was horrendous for the Rangers after they acquired him a midseason deal with the Marlins and barely played in the postseason as rookie Mitch Moreland emerged as the primary first baseman. He’s always…

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