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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Mets re-sign Cora to 1-year deal with 2011 option

    Nov 30, 2009, 2:58 PM EDT

    WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reports that Alex Cora is close to returning to the Mets for the same $2 million that he earned this season. According to Bradford the one-year contract will also include a vesting option for 2011, but the details of that aren’t yet available. Cora was slated for a bench job when he…

  2. Orioles interested in Japanese lefty Takahashi

    Nov 30, 2009, 1:59 PM EDT

    Last offseason the Orioles signed veteran Japanese starter Koji Uehara to a two-year, $10 million deal and now they’re reportedly interested in his former Yomiuri Giants teammate Hisanori Takahashi. Baltimore also made a run at Kenshin Kawakami last winter before he ended up in Atlanta, so the Orioles are suddenly very active in pursuing Japanese…

  3. Cardinals re-sign backup catcher Jason LaRue

    Nov 30, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT

    Jason LaRue and the Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal that will keep him backing up Yadier Molina in 2010. Molina is one of the best, most durable catchers in baseball, so barring a major injury LaRue’s role will again be extremely limited. He appeared in just 51 games this season, logging a grand…

  4. Joe Mauer hires IMG as his 'off-the-field agent'

    Nov 30, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    At this point Minnesotans analyze every Joe Mauer sneeze to determine whether it makes him more or less likely to re-sign with the Twins, so the reaction to this news will be interesting: IMG, the premier global sports, media and entertainment company, today announced that it has signed the 2009 American League Most Valuable Player,…

  5. Pirates interested in Rick Ankiel, Hank Blalock

    Nov 27, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have “made contact with” free agents Rick Ankiel and Hank Blalock, both of whom would fit the team’s apparent plan to pursue players looking to “revive their careers.” Kovacevic notes that the Pirates could bring in a free agent like Ankiel or Blalock on a…

  6. Agent says Lincecum not pursuing multi-year deal

    Nov 27, 2009, 1:32 PM EDT

    While speculation swirls about what kind of salary Tim Lincecum could command via arbitration later this offseason, agent Rick Thurman said yesterday that “as of today” the two-time Cy Young winner plans to “pursue a one-year deal” rather than sign a multi-year contract with the Giants. John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that…

  7. Sammy Sosa, Vin Diesel, and a $203,000 lawsuit

    Nov 27, 2009, 12:35 PM EDT

    Sammy Sosa has been ordered to appear in a Dominican Republic court next week after being sued for $203,000 by a businessman who claims that the former Cubs star failed to pay him for various services. Here’s more from the Associated Press: Carim Abu Nabaa alleges that Sosa has not paid him a commission of…

  8. Orlando Cabrera wants two years and $10 million

    Nov 27, 2009, 11:43 AM EDT

    Prior to signing Alex Gonzalez yesterday the Blue Jays apparently looked into Orlando Cabrera, but balked at his reported asking price of two years and $10 million. Cabrera received tons of credit for the Twins’ dramatic late-season turnaround after batting .411 with 21 runs and 16 RBIs over the final 16 games, but also hit…

  9. Pujols and Mauer MVP press conferences

    Nov 26, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    Here are some of the highlights from the MVP press conferences for Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer. First up is Pujols, who talked about getting the news while driving his daughter to school and what it means to join some pretty exclusive company as a three-time MVP: Soft spoken as always, Mauer spent most of…

  10. White Sox sign Andruw Jones to one-year deal

    Nov 25, 2009, 3:20 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones and the White Sox have agreed to a one-year deal worth $500,000 in guarantees and another $1 million in potential incentives, with general manager Ken Williams making it very clear that the five-time All-Star is being brought in as a bench player: This is an opportunity to add a power bat to the…

  11. Some team should give Shelley Duncan a chance

    Nov 25, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    Shelley Duncan would probably have several seasons in the big leagues under his belt had just about any other team drafted him in the second round back in 2001, but instead he’s wasted away in the Yankees’ minor-league system. Duncan has accumulated 3,812 plate appearances spread over 905 games and nine seasons in the minors,…

  12. Blue Jays set to re-sign McDonald for $1.5 million

    Nov 25, 2009, 1:37 PM EDT

    While trade rumors swirl around Roy Halladay, it looks like Alex Anthopoulos’ first move as the Blue Jays’ new general manager will be re-signing John McDonald for one year and $1.5 million. McDonald has spent the past five seasons in Toronto, starting a total of 301 games, but was primarily a backup this year as…

  13. MVP voting confirms Utley as most underrated

    Nov 25, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT

    During his amazing playoff run last month I penned a lengthy article about Chase Utley being the most underrated player in baseball, writing: “Many media members and fans seem to think of him as merely a very good player rather than a truly great one.” Part of my evidence for Utley being significantly underrated was…

  14. Mauer wins AL MVP with 27 of 28 first-place votes

    Nov 23, 2009, 2:27 PM EDT

    Only a stray first-place vote for Miguel Cabrera kept Joe Mauer from being a unanimous pick for AL MVP by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mark Teixeira finished runner-up, with Yankees teammate Derek Jeter placing third, and Cabrera finished fourth while somehow convincing one professional baseball writer that he was the league’s best player.…

  15. Marlins not looking to deal Cantu, but should be

    Nov 23, 2009, 1:42 PM EDT

    As usual the Marlins are going to spend the offseason cutting payroll and trading players making more than minimum salaries, but MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that they’re “almost 100 percent” certain to keep Jorge Cantu. On the heels of apparently balking at 25-year-old ace Josh Johnson’s long-term contract demands, the decision to hang onto Cantu…

  16. Arroyo and Gleeman agree: Reds are confusing

    Nov 23, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    When reports surfaced last week that the Reds “need to slash payroll” and may be forced to shed high-priced veterans I wrote about the horrible planning that led to their trading three players to acquire Scott Rolen and his $12 million 2010 contract just months ago. Cincinnati had no business taking on a salary like…

  17. My ballot: American League MVP

    Nov 23, 2009, 11:40 AM EDT

    Later today the Baseball Writers Association of America will announce their choice for AL MVP, but first here’s how my ballot would look: 1. Joe Mauer, Minnesota 2. Derek Jeter, New York 3. Ben Zobrist, Tampa Bay 4. Evan Longoria, Tampa Bay 5. Zack Greinke, Kansas City 6. Mark Teixeira, New York 7. Miguel Cabrera,…

  18. Yankees more likely to re-sign Damon than Matsui

    Nov 20, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has an update on the Yankees’ odds of re-signing Johnny Damon and Hideki Matsui: Multiple sources have indicated that the Yankees would like to bring Johnny Damon back on a two-year deal, but Hideki Matsui’s time in pinstripes is likely over as they would prefer to keep…

  19. Curtis Granderson, television star?

    Nov 20, 2009, 2:44 PM EDT

    Television website THR.com has the details on Curtis Granderson’s attempts to branch out: MLB All-Star Curtis Granderson is shopping a reality series with production company Authentic Entertainment (Food Network’s “Ace of Cakes,” Bravo’s “Flipping Out”). The Detroit Tigers player has agreed to host a TV and online series titled “Stadium Secrets” where he takes sports…

  20. Now that the BBWAA is enlightened, can we get a re-do on 2005?

    Nov 20, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    Since a big portion of the Baseball Writers Association of America seems to be beyond their past over-reliance on win-loss records to evaluate starting pitchers, can we have a good old-fashioned mulligan on the AL Cy Young vote from 2005? Bartolo Colon, who won the award that year, had a 3.48 ERA, 157/43 K/BB ratio,…

  21. Rangers official says 3-team deal 'not happening'

    Nov 20, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    Various rumors have been swirling around today about a potential three-team trade that would supposedly send Kevin Millwood to the Mets, Luis Castillo to the Cubs, and Milton Bradley to the Rangers. Even at first glance that seems like a “which one of these things doesn’t belong” test question, because while the Mets and Cubs…

  22. White Sox close to signing Omar Vizquel

    Nov 20, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Omar Vizquel must not have drawn any interest for a possible full- or even part-time job, because FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that he’s close to signing a one-year deal with the White Sox. Chicago has Alexei Ramirez entrenched at shortstop and plans to make Gordon Beckham an everyday second baseman after playing him at third…

  23. Garrett Atkins: 'I'll be on another team next year'

    Nov 20, 2009, 11:45 AM EDT

    For now at least the Rockies have held off on releasing Garrett Atkins, but the veteran third baseman admitted yesterday that he sees zero chance of remaining in Colorado: “I know that I’ll be on another team next year and I’m just getting ready to have a good season.” Atkins’ performance has declined significantly in…

  24. Marlon Byrd unlikely to re-sign with Rangers

    Nov 19, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that free agent outfielder Marlon Byrd is unlikely to re-sign with the Rangers after the two sides recently had unproductive talks. “We’ve had a decent amount of conversation,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “I expect them to test the market. Based on what they’re looking for … we’re not in a…

  25. Tim Lincecum narrowly defeats Cardinals duo for second straight NL Cy Young

    Nov 19, 2009, 2:23 PM EDT

    Showing more than ever before that they’re smartly willing to look beyond win-loss records to determine the league’s best pitcher, the Baseball Writers Association of America followed up their selection of 16-game winner Zack Greinke as AL Cy Young by giving 15-game winner Tim Lincecum the NL award. Lincecum received just 11 of 32 first-place…

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