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  1. Jason Kipnis open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians

    Jan 26, 2014, 3:50 PM EDT

    Jason Kipnis

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that second baseman Jason Kipnis is open to discussing a contract extension with the Indians. The two sides will likely begin talking during spring training. Kipnis, however, does not want contract talks to distract him during the regular season, as MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian writes. Kipnis, who turns 27…

  2. Brewers, Matt Garza agree on a four-year, $50 million deal

    Jan 26, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    On Thursday, we learned that the Brewers had signed free agent starter Matt Garza to a four-year, $52 million contract. However, the deal was never finalized and talks hit a standstill. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported earlier that the hold-up was related to certain language included in the contract. Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee…

  3. Sandy Koufax presented the NL Cy Young award to Clayton Kershaw

    Jan 25, 2014, 11:15 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    Major League Baseball’s award winners were presented with their hardware tonight at the Baseball Writers Association of America dinner at the New York Hilton. Hall of Fame managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa, and Joe Torre were honored. Wil Myers and Jose Fernandez picked up their Rookie of the Year awards for the American and…

  4. Livan Hernandez likely to join the Nationals in spring training as an instructor

    Jan 25, 2014, 10:40 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals starter Livan Hernandez pitches against the Atlanta Braves during the third inning of their National League baseball game in Washington

    Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington reports that Livan Hernandez says it’s “99 percent” that he will be a part of Nationals’ spring training as an instructor. Hernandez turns 39 on February 20 and did not pitch in 2013, so it’s reasonable to believe his time as a player is done. Hernandez last pitched out of…

  5. Brewers sign Jeremy Hermida and Joe Thurston to minor league deals

    Jan 25, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    The Brewers Player Development Department reported on Twitter that the team signed outfielders Jeremy Hermida and Joe Thurston to minor league deals. Hermida, who turns 30 on Thursday, has been besieged by injuries, including a sports hernia suffered at the end of April 2012. In 2013, he worked his way back with Triple-A Columbus, an…

  6. Indians to unveil statue of Jim Thome on August 2

    Jan 25, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Minnesota Twins

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that the Indians will unveil a statue of Jim Thome on August 2. Thome, who still has not officially retired, has hit 612 home runs over a 22-year Major League career. 337 of them came in 13 seasons with the Indians between 1991-2002 and a second stint in…

  7. With Michael Young considering retirement, GM Jon Daniels wants him to retire as a Ranger

    Jan 25, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    About two weeks ago, we learned that infielder Michael Young is thinking about retiring after 13 full seasons in the Majors. Young, 37, split time between the Phillies and Dodgers last year, posting a .730 OPS. He has shown mediocre power in each of his last two seasons and his defense has been less and…

  8. Now a Tiger, Joba Chamberlain is excited to have a beard

    Jan 25, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Joba Chamberlain Getty

    Getting away from the limelight in New York, and all the stress and expectations that come with it, might be just what Joba Chamberlain needs to get his career back on track. He logged 42 innings last season, the most he has pitched since 2010. He’s had Tommy John surgery, surgery on his ankle, and…

  9. Jack Morris on 15th and final Hall of Fame snub: “I’m tired of getting scrutinized by writers.”

    Jan 24, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Jack Morris

    Jack Morris missed out on the Hall of Fame for the 15th and final time a little over two weeks ago. For someone who came so close — within eight percent of the 75 percent threshold in 2013 balloting — it might seem frustrating, but it sounds more like a relief to Jack Morris. Morris,…

  10. Marlins sign Ty Wigginton to a minor league deal

    Jan 24, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v St. Louis Cardinals

    MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins have signed utilityman Ty Wigginton to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Wigginton will be competing for a bench job. He can play first, second, and third, and even has experience in the outfield corners. Wigginton was unproductive with the Cardinals last year, posting…

  11. Red Sox sign Jose Mijares to a minor league deal

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    jose mijares getty

    The Red Sox have signed lefty reliever Jose Mijares to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Mijares, 29, has had mixed results over the last four seasons, but has shown that he has the potential to be effective out of the bullpen. Last season, with…

  12. Yankees trade David Huff to Giants for cash considerations

    Jan 24, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Yankees have traded lefty David Huff to the Giants for cash considerations. The Yankees had acquired Huff by claiming him off waivers from the Indians in late May last season. In 34 2/3 innings split between two spot starts and nine relief appearances, Huff posted a…

  13. Mets have been in touch with Fernando Rodney, hoping his price dropped

    Jan 24, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have checked in with free agent reliever Fernando Rodney as well as many other relievers, hoping that prices had fallen “way down”. An executive Sherman spoke to said that he wouldn’t classify anything as “hot”. The Mets’ bullpen is comprised of a lot of…

  14. Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    In need of starting pitching, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with free agent pitchers Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Of the three, Santana and Jimenez would both require the Orioles to give up their #17 pick in the first round of the 2014…

  15. Mariners sign Endy Chavez to a minor league deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 10:53 PM EDT

    Endy Chavez

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Chavez, who turns 36 on February 7, has spent the last three seasons in part-time roles with the Rangers, Orioles, and Mariners. In those three seasons, he has posted an aggregate .265/.290/.353…

  16. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

    kershaw getty

    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  17. Angels sign Ian Stewart to a minor league deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:51 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register is reporting that the Angels have signed infielder Ian Stewart to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Stewart has had a rough go of it on the field over the last few years, but found himself in hot water last June when he went…

  18. Chipper Jones caused a forest fire, apparently

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Smokey Bear will be very disappointed when he hears the news. Chipper Jones sent out a couple of concerning tweets in which he says he says he started a forest fire. Lol. Tried to do my daily chores and cleaned out the fireplace. Went and dumped the ashes. Alls good right? Nope. Set the woods…

  19. Chone Figgins, Dodgers close on minor league deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 8:13 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins

    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Dodgers and utilityman Chone Figgins are close to signing a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. [Update: Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that an agreement has been reached.] Figgins didn’t play in 2013 after three difficult years with the Mariners. He had inked a four-year, $36…

  20. Orioles take issue with results of Tyler Colvin’s physical

    Jan 22, 2014, 7:01 PM EDT

    Tyler Colvin Getty

    The Orioles found themselves in a bit of controversy last month when they backed out of a two-year, $15 million deal with free agent reliever Grant Balfour. Balfour had a four-year-long streak with at least 55 innings pitched and a sub-2.60 ERA, but the O’s claimed they were concerned over his wrist and knee (which…

  21. Red Sox sign Grady Sizemore to a big league deal worth $750,000

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:42 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians

    WEEI’s Rob Bradford is reporting that the Red Sox are in agreement with outfielder Grady Sizemore on a one-year Major League deal worth $750,000. He can earn an additional $5.25 million with incentives. We learned earlier that Sizemore was moving on from the Reds, who had been heavily pursuing him. Sizemore, 31, hasn’t played in the…

  22. Mets and Lucas Duda avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 22, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Lucas Duda Getty

    Masahiro Tanaka isn’t the only one getting rich today. Adam Rubin of ESPN reports that the Mets and first baseman/outfielder Lucas Duda have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.6375 million. On Friday, Duda filed for $1.9 million while the Mets filed for $1.35 million, making the midpoint $150,000 less than what the two…

  23. Report: Rays and Padres agree to trade involving Alex Torres and Logan Forsythe

    Jan 22, 2014, 12:37 AM EDT

    Logan Forsythe

    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rays and Padres have agreed to a trade. The Rays will send reliever Alex Torres to the Padres and receive utilityman Logan Forsythe in return. Cotillo adds that each team will receive at least one additional prospect, though they have yet to be named. The deal…

  24. Marlins haven’t discussed a contract extension with Giancarlo Stanton

    Jan 19, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

    giancarlo stanton getty

    The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million deal for the 2014 season. As MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports, however, the two sides haven’t discussed a contract extension: For months, Miami had stated it was open to discussing a multi-year deal with the 24-year-old right fielder. Such conversations…

  25. Justin Verlander says Seahawk Richard Sherman would get a “high and tight fastball” if he played baseball

    Jan 19, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander

    The Seattle Seahawks punched their ticket to the Super Bowl tonight thanks in part to some great defense by cornerback Richard Sherman. Sherman broke up a pass from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, then had one of the most interesting post-game interviews you’ll ever find. Shouting at the top of his lungs, ostensibly because…

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