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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Diamondbacks looking for closer, but reunion with Valverde too costly

    Dec 16, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde spent the first five years of his career in Arizona and the Diamondbacks are in the closer market with an eye toward sliding Chad Qualls back into a setup role, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that “it appears his asking price puts him out of their budget.” There was speculation…

  2. Are the Red Sox gearing up for Adrian Gonzalez?

    Dec 16, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT

    Boston signing John Lackey and Mike Cameron has Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune thinking that the Red Sox are preparing to make another run at Adrian Gonzalez. And sure enough’s Ken Rosenthal wrote this morning that they’re “working hard to obtain” the Padres first baseman. Center tosses out Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay…

  3. Details on Cameron's contract and likely role

    Dec 16, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron is meeting the Boston media any second now and Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald sheds some light on his contract details and likely role with the Red Sox. According to Silverman … * Cameron has limited no-trade protection as part of his two-year, $15.5 million deal, which further shows that the Red…

  4. Mets close to signing Japanese reliever Igarashi

    Dec 15, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT

    David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets are close to signing Japanese pitcher Ryota Igarashi to a two-year contract. Igarashi is a 30-year-old right-handed reliever who has pitched for the Yakult Swallows since 1999. He saved 37 games in 2004, but has primarily been a setup man since, posting a 2.87…

  5. Who's better: Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee?

    Dec 15, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Clearly the Phillies’ decision to part with Cliff Lee and bring in Roy Halladay goes beyond each pitcher’s value for 2010. Halladay is apparently willing to sign a long-term deal to remain in Philadelphia while Lee is reportedly intent on testing the free agent market next offseason, which makes it more complicated than simply asking…

  6. Curt Schilling analyzes the John Lackey signing

    Dec 15, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    Over at his personal website Curt Schilling posted his thoughts on the Red Sox signing John Lackey. Summarizing some of the interesting points: * “Holy #$!&!” (Note: That’s a direct quote.) * He doesn’t think signing Lackey “precludes them from signing” Jason Bay or Matt Holliday because “they have the money.” (Note: Presumably he wrote…

  7. But wait, there's more: Toronto to get Taylor from Philadelphia and flip him to Oakland

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:50 PM EDT

    As if the massive three-team trade wasn’t intriguing enough already,’s Buster Olney reports that the Blue Jays are acquiring prospect Michael Taylor from the Phillies in order to flip him to the A’s for fellow prospect Brett Wallace. Seriously. Oakland got Wallace from St. Louis in the midseason Matt Holliday trade and seemingly viewed…

  8. White Sox look just about set after Pierre trade

    Dec 15, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    Swinging a trade with the Dodgers for Juan Pierre this morning has the White Sox’s lineup looking more or less set for 2010: C – A.J. Pierzynski (.300/.331/.425 in 2009) 1B – Paul Konerko (.277/.353/.489) 2B – Gordon Beckham (.270/.347/.460) SS – Alexei Ramirez (.277/.333/.389) 3B – Mark Teahen (.271/.325/.408) LF – Carlos Quentin (.236/.323/.456)…

  9. Rehabbing Chien-Ming Wang may wait to sign

    Dec 14, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang’s agent told Buster Olney of that the free agent right-hander may choose not to sign for several months despite at least a half-dozen teams expressing interest. Wang will meet with Dr. James Andrews next month to determine the next step in his recovery from shoulder surgery and may want to show teams…

  10. Counsell, Brewers make one-year deal official

    Dec 14, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    Craig Counsell has officially re-signed with the Brewers, getting a one-year deal worth $2.1 million in guaranteed money and another $500,000 in incentives based on playing time. Counsell made $1.5 million in 2009 while having one of the best seasons of his career and rightfully gets slightly more than fellow left-handed-hitting utility infielder Alex Cora,…

  11. Do Yankees really think Miranda can be the DH?

    Dec 14, 2009, 2:56 PM EDT

    Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman “cut off a question about not having a designated hitter” and insisted that “Juan Miranda can be a DH,” which is noteworthy following this afternoon’s news that Hideki Matsui is close to signing with the Angels. “I don’t want to over-sell anybody, but I think Juan Miranda will do a…

  12. Kelvim Escobar drawing interest as reliever

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT’s Jorge Arangure reports that Kelvim Escobar is scheduled to pitch later this week in Venezuela after making just one appearance during the past two seasons because of shoulder problems. According to Arangure the Mets have already offered Escobar a minor-league contract and the Rays are also interested. Escobar has been primarily a starter since…

  13. Lackey takes physical for Red Sox, may be close to signing

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT

    This morning an unnamed source told Ed Price of Fanhouse that John Lackey would be taking a physical exam for the Red Sox and now’s Ken Rosenthal confirms that while offering further details: Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement…

  14. Brian McCann is the last 'Baby Brave' standing

    Dec 14, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution points out that the Braves last won a divisional title in 2005 while using 18 different rookies, yet with Kelly Johnson getting non-tendered over the weekend only one of those guys remains on the team: Brian McCann. O’Brien notes that the “Baby Braves” were “celebrated for their energy,…

  15. Cardinals prospect David Freese charged with suspected DWI

    Dec 14, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT

    General manager John Mozeliak has repeatedly said that the Cardinals are comfortable going with 26-year-old prospect David Freese as their Opening Day third baseman, so he can’t be too happy with this news from the weekend: David Freese was arrested in St. Louis County early Saturday morning on suspicion of driving while intoxicated, Maryland Heights…

  16. Giants non-tender midseason pickup Ryan Garko

    Dec 13, 2009, 12:29 AM EDT

    San Francisco acquired Ryan Garko from Cleveland at midseason in an effort to boost one of the league’s worst lineups, but Garko hit just .235/.307/.330 in 40 games and tonight the Giants non-tendered him rather than pay what likely would have been around $2 million via arbitration. Garko is mediocre against right-handers and crushes left-handers,…

  17. Penny pinching Pirates drop closer Matt Capps

    Dec 13, 2009, 12:24 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh has spent months trying to trade closer Matt Capps, but after finding zero takers the Pirates decided to non-tender him rather than go to arbitration. Capps struggled mightily in 2009 and likely would have been awarded a salary in the neighborhood $3 million, but that’s hardly a budget-crippling number even for a small-payroll team…

  18. Rays retain Navarro despite Shoppach trade

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:09 PM EDT

    Dioner Navarro was thought to be a likely non-tender candidate following the Rays’ trade for Kelly Shoppach, but instead the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract that will keep him in Tampa Bay. It remains to be seen how the Rays plan to divvy up the playing behind the plate after…

  19. Padres change tune, ink Correia to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 8:22 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Kevin Correia said that he expected to be either traded or non-tendered by the Padres because they didn’t want to risk the possibility that he’d be awarded a big raise via arbitration, but the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal just hours before the midnight deadline. Correia earned…

  20. Now that he's not so cheap, A's cut ties with Cust

    Dec 12, 2009, 7:25 PM EDT

    Oakland grabbed Jack Cust off the scrap heap in 2007, gave him the first regular playing time of his career, and ended up getting 1,717 plate appearances of .241/.378/.462 hitting with 84 homers, 309 walks, 226 runs, and 229 RBIs for a combined cost of under $4 million. However, with Cust now on the wrong…

  21. Rockies still trying to re-sign Yorvit Torrealba

    Dec 11, 2009, 3:47 PM EDT

    Yesterday the Rockies signed Chris Iannetta to a three-year, $8.3 million contract with an option for 2013, but they’re apparently not done handing out multi-year deals to catchers. Iannetta actually lost his starting job to Yorvit Torrealba down the stretch and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have offered Torrealba a…

  22. Red Sox plan to keep Casey Kotchman around

    Dec 11, 2009, 2:49 PM EDT

    Assuming that the Mike Lowell trade to Texas goes through as planned Casey Kotchman will temporarily move atop Boston’s depth chart at first base, with Kevin Youkilis taking over for Lowell at third base. That alignment doesn’t figure to last long, with the Red Sox reportedly making a serious play for Adrian Beltre that would…

  23. Tigers may give Phil Coke chance to join rotation

    Dec 11, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

    Phil Coke served as a left-handed specialist for the Yankees over the past two seasons, working strictly out of the bullpen while logging just 74.2 innings in 83 appearances. He pitched well, with a 3.74 ERA, 63/22 K/BB ratio, and .199 opponents’ average, but that success came while being matched up against left-handed hitters 60…

  24. Why does MLB need winter meetings, anyway?

    Dec 11, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette asks why baseball even bothered having winter meetings: One wonders what the purpose of these winter meetings really is at this point. As Neal Huntington and other executives acknowledged, the timing of the non-tender deadline Saturday works very much against teams making moves. Who wants to trade for…

  25. Deal sending Soriano to Rays is done

    Dec 11, 2009, 12:46 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The deal is now official. It’s 1-year, $7.25 million. 12-10-09, 12:21 P.M.’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the trade sending Rafael Soriano from Atlanta to Tampa Bay is all but completed after the Rays worked out a one-year deal worth around $7 million with Soriano. Tampa Bay wanted to get a contract finalized rather…

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