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  1. Report: Gavin Floyd close to signing a one-year deal

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that free agent starter Gavin Floyd is close to signing a one-year deal with an unspecified team. Floyd, who was born in Annapolis, met with Orioles reps at the winter meetings but Encina specifies that the unknown team is not the Orioles. Floyd went on the disabled…

  2. Dallas Braden, who once twirled a perfect game, to showcase for teams in January

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    dallas braden ap

    Lefty Dallas Braden tossed a perfect game against the Rays on Mother’s Day — May 9, 2010. He finished the year with a 3.50 ERA in 192.2 innings, ranking as a solid #3 option in the Athletics’ rotation behind Gio Gonzalez and Trevor Cahill. Following surgery on the anterior capsule in his left shoulder in…

  3. Reds, Twins in the lead for Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 13, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the field of applicants in the running for Bronson Arroyo‘s services has been narrowed down to four teams: the Reds and Twins, and two unnamed teams. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier that the Reds will offer Arroyo a one-year deal. As for the Twins, Heyman notes that…

  4. Orioles have interest in A.J. Burnett if he chooses to extend career

    Dec 13, 2013, 8:20 PM EDT

    a.j. burnett getty

    MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports that the Orioles are feeling out free agent pitcher A.J. Burnett‘s interest in prolonging his career. If the right-hander wants to go for one more season, the Orioles will want to start a discussion. Kubatko adds that the O’s already met with representatives of Burnett at the winter meetings in Florida.…

  5. Padres and Indians both in hot pursuit of Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    joaquin benoit getty

    Both the Padres and the Indians have offered two-year deals and at least $14 million in total to free agent reliever Joaquin Benoit, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. Passan’s source close to the Padres suggests the team’s deal could also include a third-year option. Should Benoit reach such an agreement with either club, he…

  6. Rays shortstop Tim Beckham to miss most of 2014 after tearing ACL in right knee

    Dec 13, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles  v Tampa Bay Rays

    Sad news for the Rays. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times is reporting that former shortstop top prospect Tim Beckham will miss a significant portion of the 2014 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Beckham was taken by the Rays first overall in the 2008 draft. He made Baseball America’s top-100…

  7. Report: Royals agree to a deal with Omar Infante worth about $30 million over four years

    Dec 13, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

    Omar Infante Getty

    ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the Royals and Omar Infante have agreed to a contract in which the free agent infielder will earn approximately $30 million over four years. Infante solves an obvious middle infield need for the Royals, who are loading up for a run at the AL Central in 2014. Infante, who…

  8. Multi-sport star Deion Sanders thinks Russell Wilson should “seriously consider baseball”

    Dec 12, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Seattle Seahawks v San Francisco 49ers

    Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson is enjoying a nice season. His team is 11-2 and has already clinched at least a Wild Card spot, and will likely soon wrap up the NFC West. What many have forgotten is that he was once a fourth-round pick by the Rockies in the 2010 Major League Baseball draft. He…

  9. Could baseball return to Montreal?

    Dec 12, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    Expos in a line

    The Montreal Gazette is reporting that one of Canada’s great cities could once again be a home for a Major League Baseball team as long as a new stadium is built in the downtown area. A study was performed by Ernst and Young and the law firm BCF, which found that it would cost Montreal…

  10. Report: Rockies nearing a multi-year deal with Boone Logan

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:20 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post is reporting that the Rockies are close to signing left-handed reliever Boone Logan on a deal believed to be three years in length and around $15 million. The deal will not be finalized until Logan passes a physical. Logan, 29, is an eight-year veteran having spent time with the…

  11. Orioles have a multi-year deal on the table with Grant Balfour

    Dec 12, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Division Series - Oakland Athletics v Detroit Tigers - Game Three

    MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli confirmed a report that the Orioles have put a multi-year contract offer on the table with free agent closer Grant Balfour. Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that a team has offered him a third-year vesting option, but it’s not the Orioles. He also adds that the right-hander has a two-year…

  12. The Royals and Blue Jays discussed a Billy Butler trade

    Dec 12, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail is reporting that the Royals and Blue Jays have discussed a trade involving first baseman-slash-DH Billy Butler. He clarifies that there has been no movement on a deal beyond the initial discussions, and adds that the Jays would receive prospects along with Butler in such a deal. It’s…

  13. Reds have interest in Omar Infante, but need to move Brandon Phillips first

    Dec 12, 2013, 7:30 PM EDT

    Omar Infante

    Another potential suitor has joined the Omar Infante sweepstakes: the Cincinnati Reds. But, as Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports, they would need to move current second baseman Brandon Phillips first. Recently, the Yankees — sans Robinson Cano — and the Royals have had the strongest links to Infante. As for Phillips, the Reds offered…

  14. Highlights from the Robinson Cano news conference

    Dec 12, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

    robinson cano and jay z

    The Mariners just held a news conference where they introduced new second baseman Robinson Cano after he officially signed his ten-year, $240 million contract. It was your standard presser involving a star player, but Cano and GM Jack Zduriencik both raised some eyebrows with some comments. Via Todd Dybas of the Tacoma News Tribune: “I…

  15. Wanna watch Robinson Cano sign his contract with the Mariners?

    Dec 12, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    The Mariners just posted this Vine, showing Robinson Cano adding his signature to his ten-year, $240 million contract with recently-embattled GM Jack Zduriencik to his right and agent Jay-Z behind him. As beard aficionado Aaron Gleeman pointed out earlier, Cano is sporting a nice new beard which would have violated the Yankees’ personal grooming rules.

  16. Padres not expected to move Chase Headley during the off-season

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:50 PM EDT

    chase headley padres getty

    Though Chase Headley‘s name has been found in trade rumors every now and then, you can expect him to stay in San Diego for the time being, writes Bill Shaikin for the L.A. Times. Headley is eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time and is expected to get a bump over last year’s…

  17. Sandy Alderson expects to start 2014 with Ruben Tejada at shortstop

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:55 PM EDT

    Mets' Ruben Tejada reacts after he was picked off second base by Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

    Speaking to the media earlier today, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he expects to start the 2014 season with Ruben Tejada at shortstop, tweets Jorge Castillo of the Star-Ledger. The Mets were reportedly interested in Jhonny Peralta before he signed with the Cardinals. With Stephen Drew leading the class of remaining free agent shortstops, the…

  18. Delmon Young working out at first base to pad resume

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    delmon young getty

    You’re never too old to start learning how to play first base. Delmon Young, shockingly only 28 years old, has never played a single inning at first base in his entire professional baseball career, but he has been working out at the position lately in order to make himself more attractive as a free agent,…

  19. CC Sabathia says spending career in New York “didn’t mean that much” to Robinson Cano

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Houston Astros

    CC Sabathia was among the many observers shocked to learn that second baseman Robinson Cano will be donning a Mariners uniform, rather than Yankee pinstripes, when the 2014 regular season begins. Sabathia had been Cano’s teammate for five years, ever since he signed a seven-year, $161 million contract to join the Yankees on December 11,…

  20. Tony Blengino says recent report on Seattle front office is “just the tip of the iceberg”

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

    jack zduriencik getty

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times caused a bit of a stir after publishing a scathing takedown of the culture within the Mariners’ front office, quoting various former employees. Among them were ex-manager Eric Wedge and former special assistant to the GM Tony Blengino. In the report, Baker writes that Blengino prepared a job application…

  21. Mariners could part with Nick Franklin and other young talent to bolster roster

    Dec 8, 2013, 7:00 PM EDT

    david price getty

    If you thought the Mariners were going to call it an off-season after signing second baseman Robinson Cano to a ten-year, $240 million contract, think again. They’re only just getting started. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports tweets that the Mariners could use some of their young talent, such as middle infielder Nick Franklin, to bolster…

  22. Despite age, Raul Ibanez still drawing lots of interest

    Dec 8, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Raul Ibanez Getty

    The list of players who are able to justify a roster spot at the age of 40 is relatively short. The list of 40-year-olds to bash 29 home runs is remarkably shorter. Maybe that’s why free agent Raul Ibanez, now 41, is still drawing interest. He finished 2013 with 29 dingers and an adjusted OPS…

  23. Rays would like to bring James Loney back if he lowers his price

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    First baseman James Loney had a career rebirth of sorts in 2013 with the Rays and the team would like to bring him back, but not at his current asking price, reports Mark Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Loney is currently seeking a three-year, $27 million deal. If the Rays have to search for…

  24. Rakuten Golden Eagles may not post Masahiro Tanaka due to $20 million posting fee limit

    Dec 7, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball recently agreed to a new posting system, altering the way Major League teams pursue Japanese talent. One of the changes capped posting fees at $20 million, meaning that if multiple teams are willing to pay the fee, the player can negotiate with them all, with only the winner…

  25. Diamondbacks showing interest in Mark Trumbo

    Dec 7, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    After Carlos Beltran signed a three-year, $45 million deal with the Yankees, we learned he had actually been offered more money by the Diamondbacks but declined in order to return to New York. Still looking to fill their corner outfield void, they are showing interest in Angels slugger Mark Trumbo, tweets Bob Nightengale of USA…

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