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  1. Rangers, Neftali Feliz avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.9 million contract

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:27 PM EDT

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    The Rangers and right-hander Neftali Feliz have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.9 million contract, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The deal includes $1 million in performance-based incentives. Feliz, 24, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The Rangers have him under team control through 2015. After pitching…

  2. Drew Storen avoids arbitration with Nationals, gets one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and right-hander Drew Storen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Storen’s agent, CAA Baseball, made the announcement on Twitter and added that the deal includes $1 million in performance bonuses. This is a pretty nice chunk of change for Storen, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this…

  3. Brian Roberts had sports hernia surgery in December

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    After undergoing season-ending surgery last August to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, Brian Roberts went under the knife again last month. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Roberts required surgery to repair a sports hernia on December 20 after he felt some discomfort and inflammation in his abdominal area. While…

  4. Yankees avoid arbitration with Joba Chamberlain by agreeing to one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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    The Yankees announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Joba Chamberlain by agreeing to a one-year contract. Ken Davidoff of the New York Post hears that he’ll make $1.875 million, which is a slight raise from his $1.65 million salary last year. Chamberlain was on track to return from Tommy John surgery…

  5. Giants in “advanced negotiations” with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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    We’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, yet many familiar faces remain available, especially among relievers. However, one of them might be off the market very soon. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are in “advanced negotiations” with free…

  6. Brewers, Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Jan 17, 2013, 6:39 PM EDT

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    The Brewers and outfielder Carlos Gomez have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, according to Brewers senior director of media relations Mike Vassallo. Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that he’ll get $4.3 million, which is more than double the $1,962,000 he earned last year. Gomez was arbitration-eligible for the fourth and final time…

  7. Nationals sign Delwyn Young to minor league contract

    Jan 14, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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    Here’s a blast from the past. According to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals have signed utilityman Delwyn Young to a minor league contract. The deal does not include a spring training invite, which speaks to how far the former Dodgers’ farmhand has fallen in recent years. Young, 30, failed to make the White Sox…

  8. Video: Roger Clemens’ first interview since the HOF vote

    Jan 14, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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    The Astros confirmed today what we learned a week ago, specifically that Roger Clemens will have an increased role with club’s major league and minor league pitchers in 2013, including spring training and the regular season. This is part of the personal services contract that the seven-time Cy Young Award winner agreed to under former…

  9. Report: Dodgers “looking into” signing Rafael Soriano

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The market for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has been pretty weak this winter, mostly because of the draft pick compensation tied to him after he opted out of his contract with the Yankees and then rejected a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, the deep-pocketed Dodgers could come to the rescue. “20 percent chance”…

  10. Athletics, George Kottaras avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2013, 7:06 PM EDT

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    The Athletics announced late this afternoon that they have avoided arbitration with catcher George Kottaras by agreeing to a one-year contract. Terms aren’t yet available. Kottaras was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter. The 29-year-old earned $700,000 last season while hitting .211/.351/.415 with nine home runs, 31 RBI and a .766 OPS over 85…

  11. Report: Pirates bring back Jeff Karstens on one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have re-signed right-hander Jeff Karstens to a one-year contract, pending a physical. It’s believed to be worth $2.5 million, which is less than the $3.1 million he made last year. Karstens was non-tendered by the Pirates in late-November and there hasn’t been any buzz about…

  12. Mark Hendrickson to throw for Orioles next week

    Jan 12, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

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    MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko reports that left-hander Mark Hendrickson will throw for the Orioles next week at the team’s mini-camp at Camden Yards. Hendrickson, 38, was out of baseball last season and posted a 5.73 ERA in eight appearances with the Orioles during his last stint in the majors in 2011. He’s now throwing as…

  13. Report: Red Sox have shown interest in Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay

    Jan 12, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox continue to negotiate with Mike Napoli and have reportedly checked in on the Nationals’ Michael Morse, but they are also considering some lower-profile options at first base. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox “have shown interest” in free agents Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay. However, nothing is “active” with…

  14. Derek Jeter has begun workouts at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa

    Jan 12, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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    The Yankees continue to express confidence that Derek Jeter will be ready for Opening Day following left ankle surgery. While he hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities yet, his rehab appears to be going as planned. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed today that Jeter is out of a…

  15. Logan Morrison’s status for Opening Day in question as he rehabs from knee surgery

    Jan 12, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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    When Logan Morrison underwent season-ending surgery in September to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, many assumed that he would have enough time to be ready for Opening Day. But that may not be the case. According to the excellent Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Morrison said today that he…

  16. Phillies sign right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to minor league contract

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have signed right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. This confirms a report by Fernando Ballesteros of Puro Beisbol. Lopez, who turned 37 in December, had a 5.68 ERA over four relief appearances with the Cubs last season and posted a 5.28…

  17. John Schuerholz on Hank Aaron: “There’s no questions about how he hit his home runs”

    Jan 12, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post conducted an interesting Q & A earlier this week with former Braves general manager John Schuerholz. After leading the club to their incredible run of dominance in the National League East from 1991-2005, he was promoted to team president following the 2007 season. And he relishes that role.…

  18. Rockies not interested in moving Michael Cuddyer

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Coming off a franchise-worst 64-98 record, things aren’t looking all that promising for the Rockies in 2013, even with a healthy Troy Tulowitzki. One would think they would be open to moving certain pieces that could net them some pitching or prospects, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hears that they are content to…

  19. Rangers talking contract extension with left-hander Matt Harrison

    Jan 12, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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    The Rangers and Matt Harrison have already had some preliminary discussions about a contract extension, but the left-hander told Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest yesterday that he’s hoping to have more talks this weekend while he’s in town for the team’s Fan Fest. “We’re definitely still talking,” said Harrison. “We’ll see where that goes.…

  20. Fans choose Andrew McCutchen for cover of “MLB ’13 The Show”

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    We told you about the fan vote for the cover of “MLB ’13 The Show” earlier this week, so we might as well let you know that after five days of voting (and heavy campaigning by all parties on Twitter), Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was declared the winner. McCutchen was trailed by CC Sabathia,…

  21. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz to play for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said today that he plans to play for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He’ll be joined by his teammate Nelson Cruz. Beltre was limited down the stretch last season due to an abdominal injury, but didn’t require…

  22. Report: Red Sox want to reduce Mike Napoli’s contract to one year

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox over a month ago, but the two sides are currently discussing an amended contract after an issue with his health (believed to be one of his hips) was revealed during his pre-signing physical. We now have some details on what the Red…

  23. Report: Mets interested in trading for Justin Upton

    Jan 11, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier today that the Mets are looking at free agent Scott Hairston as a “fallback option” and will only sign him if they can’t find someone better for their outfield. It’s not a surprise who they have on their wish list. Sources tell Marc Carig of New York Newsday that the Mets are…

  24. Orioles, Nolan Reimold avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The Orioles announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with Nolan Reimold by agreeing to a one-year contract. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that he’ll make $1 million in 2013. Reimold was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old got off to a hot start last season, hitting .313 (21-for-67)…

  25. Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays announced this evening that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $750,000 contract. Tommy Hottovy was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move, which means Blanco will occupy a spot on the 40-man roster for the time being. Blanco, 41, batted just .188/.224/.281 with one home run, seven…

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