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  1. Brad Penny is still looking for work

    Jan 4, 2014, 9:50 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    We last saw Brad Penny pitch with the Giants in a relief role at the end of the 2012 season. He was bothered for a few weeks in August into September by a shoulder impingement, which prompted him to take the 2013 season off. However, he has been throwing and according to Troy Renck, he…

  2. Aubrey Huff has officially retired from Major League Baseball

    Jan 4, 2014, 8:40 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v St. Louis Cardinals

    Aubrey Huff has officially announced his retirement from baseball, ending a 13-year Major League career, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. “I’m officially done. I have no desire to play anymore,” Huff said over the phone on Saturday. “That has come and gone. I couldn’t even imagine picking up a bat and trying to…

  3. The Mariners could add intrigue to the Masahiro Tanaka sweepstakes

    Jan 4, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    masahiro tanaka getty

    Japanese pitching star Masahiro Tanaka will be courted by a handful of interested teams, including the Yankees, Dodgers, Cubs, Rangers, and Diamondbacks, but as ESPN’s Andrew Marchand details, it may be the Mariners who emerge victorious by the January 24 deadline. Marchand cites some reasoning laid out by Dan Szymborski also at ESPN — that…

  4. Orioles and Mets have been discussing potential trade ideas

    Jan 4, 2014, 6:25 PM EDT

    Ike Davis

    The Orioles and Mets tossed around trade ideas involving not just first baseman Ike Davis, but second baseman Daniel Murphy, and left fielder/first baseman Lucas Duda as well, reports Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun. He writes that the two teams couldn’t reach an agreement because the Mets wanted Orioles top pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez…

  5. Kendrys Morales a fit for the Royals?

    Jan 3, 2014, 11:25 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio suggests free agent 1B/DH Kendrys Morales would be a good fit for the Royals. The market for Morales is fairly quiet right now as he is tied to draft pick compensation and doesn’t offer much aside from his ability to hit. However, Duquette also suggests that signing Morales would…

  6. Carlos Marmol has discussed a Major League deal with three teams

    Jan 3, 2014, 10:45 PM EDT

    Carlos Marmol

    Teams are expected to watch free agent reliever Carlos Marmol pitch for the Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League playoffs, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. MLBTR reports that Marmol has discussed a Major League deal with three different teams, though it is unclear if any of those offers are still…

  7. Andruw Jones drawing some interest after playing in Japan

    Jan 3, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Free agent outfielder Andruw Jones is drawing a bit of interest after spending the 2013 season in Japan, reports Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish. Jones is about three months shy of his 37th birthday, having posted a .243/.391/.454 slash line with 26 home runs as a member of the Rakuten Golden Eagles. Cotillo writes…

  8. Orioles sign Quintin Berry to a Minor League deal

    Jan 3, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    ALCS - Detroit Tigers v Boston Red Sox - Game One

    The Orioles have signed outfielder Quintin Berry to a Minor League deal with an invitation to spring training, reports Roch Kubatko of MASN. If his performance merits it, Berry could land a job on the Orioles’ bench, adding some much-needed speed. Nate McLouth, who stole 30 bases in 2013 for the O’s, signed with the…

  9. Jonathan Papelbon compared the cultures of the Red Sox and Phillies

    Jan 3, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jonathan Papelbon

    Losing never feels good, even if you’re the most well-compensated player at your position. Following the conclusion of the 2011 season, the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to the richest contract ever for a closer — a four-year, $50 million deal with a fifth-year option that can vest at an additional $13 million. Papelbon has generally…

  10. Bryce Harper is trying to “get as big as a house”

    Jan 3, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper AP

    Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is listed at 230 pounds and weighed in just under that at the end of the 2013 season, but his goal going into spring training is to “get as big as a house”, writes Anna McDonald for ESPN’s Sweet Spot. Astros strength and conditioning coach Jake Beiting is behind the approach,…

  11. D-Backs reps willing to fly to Japan to meet with Masahiro Tanaka

    Dec 29, 2013, 9:45 PM EDT

    masahiro tanaka getty

    Nick Piecoro of AZ Central is reporting that Diamondbacks officials are willing to fly to Japan to court Masahiro Tanaka. Nothing has been scheduled yet but the interest is there. The Diamondbacks have had an active off-season, getting involved in two separate three-team trades. In the more recent of the two, they picked up Mark…

  12. Luis Valbuena could be the Cubs’ starting third baseman

    Dec 29, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    Third base has become an increasingly difficult position to fill properly. As an example, Juan Uribe has earned the biggest contract at the position this off-season, recieving $15 million over two years from the Dodgers. As a result, the Cubs may end up having to give their starting third base job to Luis Valbuena, Carrie…

  13. Ranking the worst off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Following up the ranking of the five best off-seasons thus far, let’s take a look at the five worst. 26. Minnesota Twins — The Twins won 66 games in 2013 but help is on the horizon. They have one of the best Minor League systems around and it’s only a matter of time before the…

  14. Ranking the best off-seasons so far

    Dec 29, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    We’re almost into 2014, which means we’re only about a month and a half away from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training — the official start of baseball. Most of the big name free agents are off the board and thus most teams have already finished shopping or have done most of the heavy…

  15. Tonight in Jack Morris hyperbole

    Dec 28, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Jack Morris

    In last week’s edition, Jack Morris was “never once not the best pitcher on the mound” according to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News. Jerry Green has managed to exceed that amount of hyperbole though in his latest column for The Detroit News. Green argues that Morris will likely miss out on being…

  16. Cory Luebke could contribute out of the Padres’ bullpen

    Dec 28, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    Cory Luebke Getty

    28-year-old lefty Cory Luebke is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Rather than return to the starting rotation, where he was when he was injured early in 2012, Padres GM Josh Byrnes suggested that Luebke could contribute out of the bullpen, according to Corey Brock on Twitter. The Padres are still looking for…

  17. Indians, Justin Masterson both receptive to contract extension

    Dec 28, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Justin Masterson Getty

    In today’s mailbag column, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer writes that both the Indians and starter Justin Masterson appear to be receptive to the idea of a contract extension. Masterson, who turns 29 in March, is eligible for arbitration for the third time and can become a free agent after the 2014 season.…

  18. Commissioner’s office will make sure Masahiro Tanaka doesn’t “repay” Rakuten

    Dec 27, 2013, 11:06 PM EDT

    masahiro tanaka getty japan

    Japanese pitching superstar Masahiro Tanaka is expected to earn upwards of $100 million when the bidding process among Major League Baseball teams is all said and done. According to Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Takibana, Tanaka said he would like to help out the Golden Eagles, with whom he played for seven years in the…

  19. Rangers GM Jon Daniels closes the book on the Nelson Cruz era in Texas

    Dec 27, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Nelson Cruz

    The Rangers formally introduced free agent signee Shin-Soo Choo at a press conference earlier today. GM Jon Daniels signed the outfielder to a seven-year, $130 million deal. Including Choo’s $14 million salary for 2014, the Rangers stand at about $116 million guaranteed to 15 players, leaving them $9 million shy of last season’s Opening Day…

  20. Five teams showing interest in Sam Fuld

    Dec 27, 2013, 8:00 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld

    Free agent outfielder Sam Fuld has received offers from five teams, reports Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors. They are all Minor League deals with an invitation to spring training. Fuld has spent the past three seasons with the Rays after coming over from the Cubs in the Matt Garza trade. He hasn’t done much…

  21. Report: Angels the favorite to sign Mark Mulder

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    Mark Mulder

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is reporting that the Angels have emerged as the front runner to sign Mark Mulder. He writes that an incentive-laden deal could be reached soon. Mulder is 36 years old and hasn’t pitched in the Majors since 2008 but is eager to make an attempt at a comeback. He…

  22. Raul Ibanez’s deal with the Angels finalized

    Dec 27, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez

    Last week, the Angels reportedly reached an agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez. The deal was finalized after Ibanez passed his physical today, reports Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register. The deal has a base salary of $2.75 million and it can increase to as much as $5 million based on incentives. Ibanez will…

  23. Report: Dodgers nearing deal with reliever Chris Perez

    Dec 23, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

    chris perez indians getty

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times is reporting that the Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with free agent reliever Chris Perez. Financial details of the deal are not yet known. Perez had spent the past four seasons as the closer for the Indians, but increasing ineffectiveness and some non-baseball-related incidents made him more trouble…

  24. Brett Tomko plans to audition for teams in late January

    Dec 22, 2013, 11:08 PM EDT

    Brett Tomko Getty

    Brett Tomko is on the comeback trail, currently working out in California and is hoping to audition for a team during spring training, according to Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors. MLBTR’s Charlie Wilmoth writes that Tomko is consistently in the low 90’s with his fastball, which is good news for the right-hander, who will…

  25. Yasmani Grandal likely to begin 2014 season on the disabled list

    Dec 22, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Diego Padres

    Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal suffered a torn ACL on July 6 when Nationals second baseman Anthony Rendon slid into him on a play at home plate. The initial timetable for his return was set between 9-12 months and that appears to still be the case, according to Bill Center of the Union-Times. Grandal underwent surgery…

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