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  1. Picture of the Day: Marlins fans are really excited for the new season

    Feb 9, 2013, 10:31 AM EDT

    Marlins tickets

    Marlins’ single-game tickets for the 2013 season went on sale this morning. Fresh off a winter in which the team alienated their fanbase by trading away some big names and angered their best player in the process, it’s safe to say that enthusiasm is lacking. The line for single-game tickets outside #Marlins Park, less than…

  2. Carlos Marmol’s abuse case sent to higher court in Dominican Republic

    Feb 9, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Via Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Dominican newspaper El Nacional reports that Carlos Marmol appeared at a hearing Friday regarding a domestic abuse case in the Dominican Republic. The judge sent the case to a higher court, which will render a ruling at an unknown date. Marmol had a criminal complaint filed against him last week…

  3. Coming off elbow surgery, Scott Diamond might not be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 8, 2013, 9:58 PM EDT

    Scott Diamond Getty

    When left-hander Scott Diamond had surgery in December to remove a bone chip from his throwing elbow, it was expected that he would be ready for spring training. However, it appears that he is running behind schedule. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune writes that while Diamond has begun his throwing program, it’s…

  4. Mariners sign right-hander Jon Garland to a minor league contract

    Feb 8, 2013, 9:38 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v New York Mets

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have signed right-hander Jon Garland to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. This confirms a report by ESPN’s Jason Churchill. Garland is set to take a physical next week at the team’s complex in Peoria, Arizona. That’s a formality most of the…

  5. Jason Hammel and Orioles agree on one-year deal to avoid arbitration

    Feb 8, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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    The Orioles and right-hander Jason Hammel have agreed on a one-year, $6.75 million deal to avoid arbitration, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal includes $300,000 in possible incentives. Hammel requested $8.25 million and was offered $5.7 million by the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so the two sides settled…

  6. Orioles and Jim Johnson avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 8, 2013, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles and closer Jim Johnson have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract. He could earn an additional $50,000 based on games finished. Johnson requested $7.1 million and was offered $5.7 million from the Orioles when arbitration figures were exchanged last month, so…

  7. Felix Hernandez will not pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 8, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    Felix Hernandez was listed on Venezuela’s provisional roster when it was announced last month, but recent events have caused him to change his mind about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. You can probably guess what impacted his decision. Per @arreazaortega, Felix now skipping WBC, because of new contract and "pressure" from M's. —…

  8. The Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw have “mutual interest” in a contract extension

    Feb 7, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw AP

    As soon as word surfaced this afternoon that the Mariners and Felix Hernandez were on the verge of a record $175 million extension, many speculated that Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw could eventually push the $200 million mark. We’ll have to wait to find out, but Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti told Dylan Hernandez of the…

  9. Former murder suspect Angel Villalona gets travel visa, will be in Giants’ camp

    Feb 7, 2013, 9:07 PM EDT

    Angel Villalona AP

    Once upon a time, Angel Villalona was a highly regarded first base prospect with the Giants. However, he hasn’t played in the United States since 2009 because of a murder charge in his native Dominican Republic. Nearly four years later, he’s going to get the opportunity to resume his career stateside. According to Ben Badler…

  10. Report: Mariners agree to one-year deal with left-hander Joe Saunders

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The deal is worth between $5-7 million and includes an option for 2014, according to Scott Boeck of USA Today. 7:46 PM: This isn’t quite on the level of the big Felix Hernandez news, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have signed left-hander Joe Saunders to a one-year contract, pending a…

  11. Michael Pineda could begin throwing off full mound next week

    Feb 7, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda Reuters

    After throwing off a half-mound last week for the first time since shoulder surgery, Michael Pineda is close to taking the next step in his rehab process. According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger, Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild said today that he expects Pineda to progress to his first session off a full…

  12. Brian Burres signs to pitch with team in Taiwan

    Feb 4, 2013, 9:46 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, left-hander Brian Burres has agreed to a contract with the Lamigo Monkeys of Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League. Yes, I’m pretty sure this is the first mention of the Lamigo Monkeys on HBT. Burres owns a 5.75 ERA over 56 starts and 50 relief appearances in the…

  13. Rangers and Indians among teams interested in Ryan Theriot

    Feb 4, 2013, 8:25 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants Photo Day

    As we count down the final days before pitchers and catchers report to their respective complexes in Florida and Arizona, teams are currently trying to put the finishing touches on their rosters. The Rangers and Indians are two examples of this, as FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that both clubs have interest in free agent…

  14. Report: Pirates close to minor league deal with Jonathan Sanchez

    Feb 4, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirms that the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with Sanchez. 7:17 PM: According CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Pirates are close to a deal with free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. No word on whether it will be a guaranteed major league deal. Sanchez was a…

  15. Athletics acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros in five-player deal

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    The Athletics have just strengthened their infield, acquiring Jed Lowrie from the Astros in a five-player trade. Lowrie will head to Oakland along with right-hander Fernando Rodriguez while first baseman Chris Carter, right-hander Brad Peacock and catching prospect Max Stassi are being sent to Houston. Lowrie has shown considerable potential at times, but he has…

  16. Report: Melky Cabrera will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Melky Cabrera was included on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic when it was announced last month, but he has apparently had a change of heart about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name…

  17. Orioles expected to announce signings of Jair Jurrjens and Mark Hendrickson next week

    Feb 2, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

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    According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles are expected to announce the signings of Jair Jurrjens and Mark Hendrickson next week. Jurrjens agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Orioles last week and could earn an additional $2.5 million with incentives. However, the deal has yet to be finalized because he…

  18. Jemile Weeks and Scott Sizemore expected to compete for Athletics’ second base job

    Feb 2, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

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    Jemile Weeks entered last season as the Athletics’ starting second baseman, but a sophomore slump resulted in a demotion in August and being left off the postseason roster. But he’ll have a chance at redemption in 2013. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com, Weeks and Scott Sizemore will be part of what Athletics manager Bob…

  19. Mark Teixeira comes to terms with aging, says he’s overpaid

    Feb 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

    Mark Teixeira Getty

    Dan Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal has a must-read interview with Mark Teixeira, who has come to terms with the idea that he won’t be the same player in his mid-30s as he was in his 20s. In another moment of candor, he also said that he feels there’s nothing that he can do…

  20. Back from shoulder surgery, Sergio Santos hopes to regain Blue Jays’ closer job

    Feb 2, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

    Sergio Santos Getty

    The Blue Jays were largely praised when they acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox last winter, but his first season with Toronto was a bust, as he made just six appearances due to a nagging shoulder injury which eventually required surgery. Casey Janssen stepped up as the Blue Jays’ closer in his absence by…

  21. Fernando Rodney confident he’ll get contract extension from Rays

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

    Fernando Rodney Getty

    Fernando Rodney was quoted in Dominican newspaper El Dia earlier this week that he was closing in on a two-year extension with the Rays, but that report was quickly disputed by the club while Rodney’s agent, Dan Lozano, later said that his client was misquoted. However, Rodney told MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez yesterday that he’s in…

  22. The Pirates continue to negotiate with Francisco Liriano

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    The Pirates agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano in December, but the deal has yet to be finalized because he broke his right (non-throwing) arm in a bathroom fall. While FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported late last month that the two sides had agreed to a revised deal, it’s not…

  23. Reds GM Walt Jocketty hopes for resolution on Scott Rolen as soon as this weekend

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen Getty

    We heard yesterday that veteran third baseman Scott Rolen was leaning toward returning for another season, but it’s not clear whether he’ll do so as a member of the Reds. We might not have to wait much longer to find out. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said today that…

  24. Corey Hart hopes to return from knee surgery by the end of April

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Corey Hart Getty

    When Corey Hart underwent right knee surgery last week, it was estimated that he would be sidelined for four months. However, he is determined to make it back sooner. According to ESPN.com, Hart said today that he has already begun rehabilitating his knee and feels that there’s a “realistic” chance he could be ready to…

  25. Mets sign outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

    Marlon Byrd AP

    While many Mets fans are still dreaming of Michael Bourn and a protected first-round draft pick, the team just announced that they have signed outfielder Marlon Byrd to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Byrd batted just .210/.243/.245 with one home run and a .488 OPS in 153 plate…

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