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

    Feb 4, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 4, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    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 According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Feb 2, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:10 AM EDT

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    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…

  9. The Pirates continue to negotiate with Francisco Liriano

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Feb 1, 2013, 7:01 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. White Sox claim Lars Anderson off waivers from the Diamondbacks

    Feb 1, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks acquired first baseman Lars Anderson from the Indians in December as part of the three-team Trevor Bauer trade, but his stint with the club didn’t last long. After being designated for assignment last week following the Justin Upton deal, Anderson has been claimed off waivers by the White Sox. Once a top prospect…

  14. Arthur Rhodes and Fernando Tatis audition for Orioles

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles turned back the clock by holding workouts for left-hander Arthur Rhodes and infielder Fernando Tatis in recent days. And you thought the Orioles’ offseason has been boring. Rhodes didn’t pitch in the majors last season and had a 4.64 ERA and 21/11 K/BB ratio over…

  15. Tsuyoshi Wada not expected back from Tommy John surgery until May or June

    Jan 31, 2013, 10:06 PM EDT

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    Tsuyoshi Wada signed a two-year, $8.15 million contract with the Orioles last offseason, but he didn’t throw a pitch for the club in 2012 because he required Tommy John surgery in May. And now his recovery is expected to stretch into the 2013 season. According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, Orioles pitching coach Rick…

  16. Angels close to minor league deal with Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi

    Jan 31, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

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    After considering a move over to MLB following the 2010 season, Japanese reliever Hiroyuki Kobayashi is finally headed stateside. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the 34-year-old right-hander is close to a minor league deal with the Angels. The deal is expected an invite to spring training. Kobayashi has a 3.53 ERA…

  17. Pirates avoid arbitration with Neil Walker and James McDonald

    Jan 31, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that Walker will get $3.3 million while McDonald will get $3.025 million. 7:31 PM: The Pirates announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year contracts with second baseman Neil Walker and right-hander James McDonald. No word yet on the terms involved. Walker was…

  18. Dodgers unveil Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella statue giveaway

    Jan 31, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    Today would have been Jackie Robinson’s 94th birthday. With that in mind, today the Dodgers unveiled a mini-statue of Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella that will be handed out to the first 40,000 fans who attend the April 15 game against the Padres. That date will mark the 66th year since Robinson broke baseball’s…

  19. Cole Hamels says his shoulder feels fine

    Jan 28, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. revealed earlier this month that Cole Hamels felt some shoulder soreness down the stretch last season and again when he ramped up his offseason throwing program, but he also downplayed any long-term concerns. While Hamels was similarly unconcerned about the situation in speaking to reporters before the annual Philadelphia…

  20. Michael Pineda to throw off half-mound on Tuesday

    Jan 28, 2013, 8:11 PM EDT

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    Just when Michael Pineda will finally pitch in a regular season game with the Yankees remains uncertain, but he’s ready to take the next step in his rehab from right shoulder surgery. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Erik Boland of New York Newsday that Pineda threw his final flat-ground session today and will throw…

  21. Freddy Garcia signs minor league deal with Padres

    Jan 28, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

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    According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Padres have signed veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract. He’ll also get an invite to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot in San Diego’s starting rotation. Garcia, 36, posted a 5.20 ERA in 17 starts and 13 relief appearances with the Yankees last season.…

  22. Report: MLB is investigating the age of Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:49 PM EDT

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    Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz has drawn interest from multiple MLB teams this winter, but his situation just got a bit more complicated. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America, MLB is currently investigating his age. At issue is that Diaz is presenting himself as a 23-year-old born on January 8, 1990. However, one report suggests…

  23. Marlins add reliever Chad Qualls on minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2013, 9:09 PM EDT

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    Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have signed right-handed reliever Chad Qualls to a minor league contract. The deal includes a spring training invite. Qualls, 34, posted a 5.33 ERA and 27/14 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings last season between the Phillies, Yankees and Pirates. He still induces plenty of…

  24. Nationals add William Howard Taft as new racing president

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:42 PM EDT

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    The Presidents’ Race at Nationals Park lost a little bit of juice after the Nationals let Teddy win, so the team is hoping that a new addition to the race will keep fans interested. While all sorts of names were thrown around over the past few days, the Nationals have settled on a pretty logical…

  25. Red Sox bring back outfielder Ryan Sweeney on minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2013, 8:14 PM EDT

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    Fresh off the news of Ryan Kalish‘s latest shoulder surgery, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox have brought back outfielder Ryan Sweeney on a minor league deal. He’ll also receive an invite to spring training. Sweeney, who turns 28 next month, batted .260/.303/.373 with zero homers, 16 RBI and a .675 OPS…

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