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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Mariners sign reliever Chris Ray to a minor league contract

    Jan 26, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    chris-ray-rangers

    Chris Ray was one of the youngest closers in baseball in 2006, saving 33 games for the Orioles as a 24-year-old, but his career was derailed by Tommy John elbow surgery the next season and he hasn’t been the same since, posting a 31/25 K/BB ratio in 56 innings for the Giants and Rangers in…

  2. Cuban defector Yasiel Balaguer to hold workout for Marlins

    Jan 26, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Yasiel Balaguer

    Yasiel Balaguer, who defected from Cuba in November in order to become a free agent and eventually sign with an MLB team, will hold his first workout today for the Marlins, according to Michael Miller of the Miami New Times. Balaguer’s representatives have been touting the 18-year-old outfielder as an elite prospect and various media…

  3. Justin Duchscherer is “pretty much 100 percent” healthy and wants to start

    Jan 26, 2011, 10:41 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Justin Duchscherer missed all of 2009 and most of 2010 following hip and elbow surgeries, but the oft-injured right-hander told Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com that he’s “pretty much 100 percent” healthy. According to Ghiroli he’s held private workouts for at least five teams, and at various points this offseason Duchscherer has been linked to the…

  4. Mariners GM says Milton Bradley “is going to come in and compete for a starting position”

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:11 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Last week Milton Bradley was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly threatening a woman, which is the latest in a long line of on- and off-field “incidents” involving the troubled outfielder who’s played for eight teams in 11 years. At the time there was speculation the Mariners might simply get rid of Bradley,…

  5. Blue Jays trade just-acquired Mike Napoli to the Rangers for Frank Francisco

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Mike Napoli

    Just days after acquiring catcher Mike Napoli from the Angels as part of the Vernon Wells trade/contract dump the Blue Jays have traded him to the Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco. Napoli seemed like an odd fit in Toronto because the Blue Jays have catching prospect J.P. Arencibia ready to take over behind the plate…

  6. Cubs sign Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    wellemeyer throwing

    During an online chat earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that the Cubs have signed Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract. According to Levine, the deal is worth $800,000 plus incentives if Wellemeyer makes the team out of spring training. Wellemeyer was a reliever for the first four seasons of his career, but…

  7. Jason Kendall is “ahead of the game” with recovery from shoulder surgery

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Initially expected to be sidelined for the first two months of the season following September shoulder surgery, Jason Kendall told Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star that he’s “ahead of the game” and could be cleared to resume throwing early next month. Whether that would leave him enough time to potentially be ready for…

  8. Mark Kotsay “is a possibility” as Brewers target bench bat

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are still looking to add a veteran bench player and Mark Kotsay “is a possibility.” Kotsay was tremendously out of place as the White Sox’s primary designated hitter last season, batting just .239 with a .303 on-base percentage and .376 slugging percentage in 359 plate appearances. He…

  9. Diamondbacks will give Micah Owings some time at first base

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Micah Owings

    I’ve written about Micah Owings a few times recently (these are called “slow news days”) and each time suggested that he might have a brighter future as a hitter than as a pitcher at this point. Apparently the Diamondbacks and new general manager Kevin Towers agree, because after signing Owings to a minor-league contract yesterday…

  10. Nationals finalize one-year contract with Todd Coffey

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Reported to be close to a deal last week, Todd Coffey and the Nationals have finalized a one-year contract worth $1.35 million. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers last month after earning $2.025 million in 2010, so Milwaukee accurately determined that his market value wasn’t quite that high. Still, he’s a solid middle reliever and…

  11. Diamondbacks sign Micah Owings to a minor league contract

    Jan 24, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    Micah Owings

    In an effort to resurrect his career Micah Owings is returning to the team that drafted him, signing a minor-league contract with the Diamondbacks that includes an invitation to spring training. Owings was Arizona’s third-round pick in 2005 and spent the first two seasons of his career with the Diamondbacks before being traded to the…

  12. Orioles pitcher Troy Patton arrested and charged with DWI

    Jan 24, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    troy patton mugshot

    Orioles left-hander Troy Patton was arrested Saturday night in Houston and charged with a DWI after police pulled him over for speeding and driving over a curb, according to KPRC television. Patton was the Astros’ ninth-round pick in 2004 and was traded to the Orioles in December of 2007 as part of the package for…

  13. Nelson Cruz altering running style to avoid hamstring injuries

    Jan 24, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz pops out

    Nelson Cruz missed 54 games and spent three different stints on the disabled list last season because of hamstring injuries and Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that the Rangers outfielder is working with a trainer “focused on running more upright to possibly relieve some of the stress on his legs.” Cruz’s trainer is actually Rangers…

  14. Re-signing Carl Pavano leaves Twins with an extra starter

    Jan 24, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano is a 35-year-old pitcher with an infamously lengthy injury history and one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball last season, so re-signing him to a two-year, $16.5 million contract is not without risk for Minnesota, but to avoid a three-year commitment and retain him for a slight bump in annual salary from…

  15. Rays undecided about rookie Jake McGee’s role for 2011

    Jan 24, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    jake-mcgee-rays

    After sitting out most of 2009 following elbow surgery Jake McGee returned to the mound last season as a starter with great success and then shifted to the bullpen in the second half before debuting with the Rays in September as a reliever. However, now that McGee is two years removed from going under the…

  16. Nolan Ryan won’t rule out Texas re-signing Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 24, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract last month general manager Jon Daniels said the team was “out” of the mix to potentially re-sign Vladimir Guerrero, but Rangers president Nolan Ryan has re-opened that door a bit. Guerrero is still available with less than a month to go until the…

  17. Nationals “closing in on” a deal with reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Milwaukee Brewers

    Washington is “closing in on” a contract with right-hander Todd Coffey, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Coffey was non-tendered by the Brewers despite a 3.52 ERA and 128/46 K/BB ratio in 153 innings for Milwaukee during the past three seasons. Coffey’s slider is his best pitch, but his average fastball also clocks in at…

  18. Padres sign veteran catcher Gregg Zaun to minor league deal

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    San Diego signed Gregg Zaun to a minor-league contract and the veteran catcher will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll compete for the backup job with Rob Johnson. Zaun missed most of last season following June shoulder surgery and will be 40 years old in April, but if healthy he’s a far superior…

  19. Aaron Heilman to re-sign with Diamondbacks as a starter

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:19 PM EDT

    aaron-heilman-diamondbacks

    Earlier this offseason Aaron Heilman expressed a desire to give starting a try after spending the past five seasons exclusively as a reliever and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get an opportunity to do that after re-signing with the Diamondbacks. Heilman appeared in 70 games for Arizona last season, all out of the…

  20. Cody Ross parlays big postseason into $6.3 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    cody ross giving high five

    Cody Ross earned $4.65 million last season and was available to any team willing to claim him (and his remaining salary) off waivers in mid-August. San Francisco made a claim, with some reports speculating they did so mostly to block San Diego from doing the same, and then Ross slugged five homers in 15 playoff…

  21. After letting half the bullpen walk as free agents, Twins give $7.15 million to Matt Capps

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Matt Capps, Joe Mauer

    The offseason bullpen exodus in Minnesota is now complete, as Jon Rauch signed with the Blue Jays and Brian Fuentes signed with the A’s. They join Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain in leaving the Twins after that quartet combined to throw 45 percent of the team’s relief innings last season while posting a 2.98 ERA.…

  22. Mets sign Scott Hairston to a minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston, Angel Hernandez

    Scott Hairston has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets, according to Ted Berg of SportsNet New York (and later confirmed by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com). Hairston managing only a minor-league deal is surprising, because while he’s been overmatched as an everyday player he’d be an excellent fit for any number of teams as…

  23. For Clint Barmes a .656 OPS in 2010 equals $4 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Clint Barmes

    Among the many reasons why Houston trading for Clint Barmes two months ago struck me as a misguided move is that he was in line for a sizable salary via arbitration and … well, he just isn’t very good. Sure enough, today the Astros avoided arbitration with Barmes by signing him to a one-year deal…

  24. Jim Thome’s one-year deal worth up to $4.4 million

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome turned down more money from the Rangers to re-sign with the Twins for just $3 million in upfront cash, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has the details on the contract’s incentives: * $200,000 for 200 plate appearances * $300,000 for 300 plate appearances * $300,000 for 350 plate appearances *…

  25. Heath Bell signs for $7.5 million in final season of arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    With one season remaining until he can become a free agent, Heath Bell and the Padres have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Bell, who made $1.255 million in his first season of arbitration and $4 million last year in his second season of eligibility, has said he’d like to sign…

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