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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Jhonny Peralta wants to prove that he can “play baseball naturally”

    Jan 19, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

    Jhonny Peralta

    On August 5 last season as a member of the Tigers, shortstop Jhonny Peralta accepted a 50-game suspension for his involvement with Biogenesis. He returned for the final three games of the regular season, then joined the Tigers in the post-season against the Athletics in the ALDS and the Red Sox in the ALCS. Peralta…

  14. Nationals interested in Grant Balfour; would like to trade Drew Storen

    Jan 19, 2014, 8:20 PM EDT

    Drew Storen Getty

    After a flubbed signing with the Orioles, free agent reliever Grant Balfour has recently drawn some interest from the Nationals, Ken Rosenthal reports on FOX Sports. The Nationals have a trio of relievers who could close, but as Rosenthal explains, they would prefer Rafael Soriano‘s $14 million option for 2015 not to vest and for…

  15. Reds in “advanced talks” with outfielder Grady Sizemore

    Jan 19, 2014, 7:10 PM EDT

    Grady Sizemore

    Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Reds are in “advanced talks” with free agent outfielder Grady Sizmore. Rosenthal adds that other teams are involved, however, and that Sizemore might ultimately head in another direction. Reds GM Walt Jocketty said he hopes to “get something done next week,” according to John Fay of…

  16. The Phillies have shown interest in Vernon Wells

    Jan 19, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Wells hits two-run home run against Kansas City Royals in their MLB American League baseball game in Kansas City

    Sometimes the jokes just write themselves. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Phillies have recently expressed interest in current free agent outfielder Vernon Wells. Wells was released by the Yankees last week and the Angels are paying the majority of his $21 million salary for 2014, so acquiring Wells is as cheap…

  17. Mariners sign Joe Beimel to a minor league deal

    Jan 18, 2014, 12:08 AM EDT

    Joe Beimel

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Mariners have signed reliever Joe Beimel to a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. Brown adds that scouts have said Beimel’s velocity is back after he had Tommy John surgery in May of 2012. Beimel last pitched in the Majors in 2011 as…

  18. Report: Mets and Dillon Gee settle on $3.625 million salary

    Jan 17, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher Dillon Gee follows through on a pitch to the New York Yankees during their MLB interleague baseball game in New York

    ESPN’s Adam Rubin is reporting that the Mets and starter Dillon Gee have agreed on a $3.625 million salary for 2014 in the right-hander’s first year of arbitration eligibility. The deal is at the exact midpoint between the $4.05 million for which Gee filed, and the $3.2 million for which the Mets filed. Gee, who…

  19. Three Jeopardy! contestants whiffed on a slam-dunk Hall of Fame answer

    Jan 17, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens Red Sox

    In the interest of full disclosure before I jump into the meat of the subject and poke some fun at some Jeopardy! contestants, I consistently whiff on a good 99 percent of Jeopardy! clues. But when it’s Teen Jeopardy time, or if there’s a baseball category, I’m ready to risk it all on a Daily…

  20. Bobby Parnell: “In my head I feel like I’m still the closer”

    Jan 17, 2014, 9:45 PM EDT

    Bobby Parnell

    Mets closer Bobby Parnell went on the disabled list after a perfect inning of relief on July 30 and did not return, eventually undergoing surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck. It was an unfortunate end to his first season as the team’s full-time closer, as he had a 2.16 ERA and 22…

  21. Reds VP Bob Miller on the arbitration process: “It works poorly”

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

    Mike Leake

    The Reds avoided arbitration with starter Mike Leake and relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon earlier today, but were not able to do so with starter Homer Bailey and flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. As a guest on The C Dot Show earlier, Reds vice president Bob Miller (who handles the arbitration cases for the club)…

  22. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Junichi Tazawa, Mike Carp, and Jonathan Herrera

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:09 PM EDT

    World Series - St Louis Cardinals v Boston Red Sox - Game Six

    The Red Sox have avoided arbitration with reliever Junichi Tazawa, first baseman/outfielder Mike Carp, and infielder Jonathan Herrera, WEEI’s Alex Speier reports. All three deals are non-guaranteed. Tazawa, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, will take home $1.275 million on a one-year deal. He finished 2013 with a 3.16 ERA and a six-to-one strikeout-to-walk…

  23. Marlins avoid arbitration with Giancarlo Stanton, Steve Cishek, and Mike Dunn

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

    giancarlo stanton getty

    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have avoided arbitration with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn. Stanton, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million. The slugger, one of baseball’s premier power hitters, portends to become very wealthy in…

  24. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  25. Nationals avoid arbitration with Jerry Blevins

    Jan 17, 2014, 6:57 PM EDT

    Jerry Blevins

    The Nationals and reliever Jerry Blevins have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $1.675 million, reports Ben Nicholson-Smith. Blevins was eligible for arbitration for the second time. The Athletics traded Blevins to the Nationals last month in exchange for minor league outfielder Billy Burns. In 60 innings last season, Blevins posted a 3.15 ERA…

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