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  1. Francisco Cervelli OK after suffering whiplash in Venezuelan Winter League

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

    New York Yankees' Cervelli walks back to the dugout after striking out against the Washington Nationals in Tampa

    We heard last week that the Yankees are prepared to begin 2013 with Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart as their catching duo, so this report from Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York is worth noting. Francisco Cervelli, who seems to make getting hurt in the off-season or in spring training an annual ritual, suffered a…

  2. Mets and Yankees are the likely finalists for Scott Hairston

    Jan 7, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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    After weighing his options for most of the offseason, Scott Hairston is close to making a decision on where he’ll play in 2013. And chances are he’s not going far. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, it appears that the Mets and Yankees are the finalists for Hairston’s services. Casey Close, the outfielder’s…

  3. Dodgers sign Alfredo Amezaga to minor league contract

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:55 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Dodgers have signed veteran utility man Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Amezaga, who turns 35 later this month, hasn’t appeared in the majors since 2011 as a member of the Marlins. The switch-hitter spent all of last…

  4. Diamondbacks and Padres have discussed Justin Upton-for-Chase Headley deal

    Jan 5, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Justin Upton has been mentioned in trade rumors for a long time now, but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports has a new one. And it’s pretty juicy. Justin Upton for Chase Headley? The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have…

  5. Mariano Rivera to start throwing next week, says knee is at about “95 percent”

    Jan 5, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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    Encouraging news to pass along regarding Mariano Rivera, who is currently working his way back from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Rivera said today that he plans to start his offseason throwing program next week. That’s earlier than normal for him, but…

  6. Rangers and Lance Berkman agree to one-year, $11 million contract

    Jan 5, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Berkman will need to get 525-550 at-bats for the 2014 option to vest. He hasn’t had that many at-bats in a season since 2008. 3:56 PM: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Berkman will get a $10 million salary for 2013 while the vesting option…

  7. The Mets should have a cash infusion of over $160 million

    Jan 5, 2013, 3:53 PM EDT

    Mayor Bloomberg Makes Announcement With MLB Commissioner Bud Selig And Mets Owner CEO Fred Wilpon

    Craig passed along a story yesterday that the Mets received $700 million in loans to refinance their debt, but as Richard Sandomir of the New York Times reports, the devil is in the details. The resulting stability and financial muscularity of SNY and similar networks make them low risks to banks. Late last month, SNY…

  8. Joe Saunders wants a three-year contract

    Jan 5, 2013, 1:04 PM EDT

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    In a world where Joe Blanton gets two years with an option, Jeremy Guthrie gets three years and Edwin Jackson gets four, Joe Saunders wants his piece of the pie. Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that Saunders was originally seeking a four-year deal last month and is now looking for a three-year…

  9. Dodgers “50-50″ between Fox Sports and Time Warner for new television deal

    Jan 5, 2013, 11:55 AM EDT

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    Fox Sports have long been considered the favorites to work out the oft-mentioned mega TV deal with the Dodgers, but Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times hears that an agreement between the two sides is no longer a slam dunk. Whether the Dodgers keep their television broadcasts on Fox Sports or move them to…

  10. The Red Sox, Rays, Nationals and Royals scouted Javier Vazquez last night

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:45 AM EDT

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    We knew that the Red Sox were planning to send a scout to watch right-hander Javier Vazquez pitch in the Puerto Rican Winter League last night, but they weren’t alone. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Rays, Nationals and Royals were also in attendance. For what it’s worth, the box score indicates that…

  11. Orioles expected to give Buck Showalter a three-year extension

    Jan 5, 2013, 9:46 AM EDT

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    We’ve known for a while that the Orioles are nearing an extension with manager Buck Showalter, but now we have some of the specifics. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Showalter is expected to get a three-year extension which will carry him through through the 2016 season. His current contract expires after next season. Multiple…

  12. Rockies interested in Brandon Webb and Jeff Karstens

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:35 AM EDT

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    After a year in which their starters posted a major-league worst 5.22 ERA, the Rockies continue to look for reinforcements for their rotation. While the club remains open to possible trades, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they have expressed “mild interest” in free agent right-handers Brandon Webb and Jeff Karstens. Webb, who…

  13. Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos believes Darren Oliver will retire

    Jan 4, 2013, 11:35 PM EDT

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    Remember how left-hander Darren Oliver wanted a raise to return to the Blue Jays in 2013? Yeah, well, general manager Alex Anthopoulos is calling his bluff. According to Chris Toman of MLB.com, Anthopoulos said earlier tonight that he doesn’t expect Oliver to be with the Blue Jays next season and believes the 42-year-old will ultimately…

  14. Cubs sign left-hander Dontrelle Willis to a minor league contract

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

    Washington Nationals v Baltimore Orioles

    “The D-Train” has at least one stop left. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Dontrelle Willis has agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs, who originally drafted him back in 2000. The deal includes an invite to minor league camp, but he could get a chance in major league spring training if he’s…

  15. Dodgers agree to one-year, $2.85 million deal with reliever J.P. Howell

    Jan 4, 2013, 9:08 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Olney clarifies that the deal is worth $2.85 million plus incentives. 9:08 PM: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. Howell will make a $3 million base salary in 2013 and could earn more in performance bonuses. 8:54 PM: The Dodgers aren’t done spending yet. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los…

  16. The Yankees also have interest in Lance Berkman

    Jan 4, 2013, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Who declared it “Lance Berkman Day” around here? In any case, Ken Davidoff of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are the latest team to express interest in the veteran slugger, joining the Rangers, Astros, Orioles and Rays. Of course, Berkman had a pretty miserable time after being traded from the Astros to…

  17. Jose Bautista swinging at full strength following wrist surgery

    Jan 4, 2013, 7:15 PM EDT

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    Jose Bautista required surgery in September to repair the tendon sheath in his left wrist, but word is that he’s making fine progress. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio has the latest on his recovery: Good news. Bautista actually expressed interest in playing winter ball this offseason, but the Blue Jays quickly shot…

  18. Sergio Romo issues apology for incident at Las Vegas airport

    Jan 3, 2013, 10:53 PM EDT

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    We learned earlier today that Giants reliever Sergio Romo was detained in a Las Vegas airport on New Year’s Day for allegedly “becoming belligerent” with a TSA officer after he couldn’t provide proper ID to pass through security. Courtesy of John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, the fan favorite has issued the following statement…

  19. Brayan Villarreal shut down from winter ball due to a sore elbow

    Jan 3, 2013, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Jason Beck of MLB.com passes along word that Tigers reliever Brayan Villarreal has been shut down from the Venezuelan Winter League due to a sore elbow. Villareal tossed three scoreless innings over three appearances with Caribes de Anzoategui before first complaining about his elbow in mid-December. Venezuelan newspaper El Universal reported that he was immediately…

  20. Darren Oliver wants a raise to return to Blue Jays for another season

    Jan 3, 2013, 8:01 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays exercised their $3 million club option on Darren Oliver earlier this winter in hopes of convincing him to come back for another season, but there’s still no resolution with the 42-year-old left-hander. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal┬áreports that while Oliver wants to play, he’s not willing to return unless the Blue Jays increase…

  21. Omar Quintanilla returns to Mets on minor league deal

    Jan 3, 2013, 6:35 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets have signed infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Quintanilla appeared in 29 games with the Mets last season prior to being traded to the Orioles for cash considerations in July. The 31-year-old became a free…

  22. Royals sign Miguel Tejada to minor league contract

    Dec 31, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Big news on this New Year’s Eve. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed infielder Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. He’ll get $1.1 million if he makes the club. Dave Skretta of the Associated Press was the first to break the news of the…

  23. Picture of the Day: Something looks different at Yankee Stadium

    Dec 29, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Courtesy of the official Twitter account of the Yankees, here’s what Yankee Stadium looked like in the hours leading up to today’s Pinstripe Bowl football game between Syracuse and West Virginia. What you can’t see are the Yankees players telling those pesky college kids to get off their lawn. In all seriousness, baseball will be…

  24. Michael Young won’t participate in the World Baseball Classic

    Dec 29, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Craig passed along a story earlier this week that Michael Young was listed among the potential candidates to play for Mexico in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. Young was on Team USA for the WBC back in 2009, but he’s eligible to play for Mexico since his mother is of Mexican descent. However, the veteran…

  25. Ugueth Urbina working out with Caracas Lions, hopes to return to MLB

    Dec 29, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that former MLB reliever Ugueth Urbina was released from prison after serving a little over half of his 14-year sentence for the attempted murder of five workers on his family’s ranch in his native Venezuela. Now he’s ready to embark on an unlikely comeback attempt. In a story that was…

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