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  1. Former top prospect Lastings Milledge signs with the Tokyo Yakult Swallows

    Dec 27, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

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    According to a Sanspo report via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of Japan’s Central League have announced the signing of outfielder Lastings Milledge. Former Athletics and Tigers farmhand Scot Drucker actually spoiled the news earlier this month, but the signing is now official. Milledge will earn around $570,000 next season while…

  2. UPDATE: OK, so maybe Prince Fielder won’t consider a three-year deal

    Dec 27, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: OK, maybe not. Scott Boras told Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com that Prince Fielder will not consider a three-year deal: “Not only is that inaccurate and delusional, but it seems that some people have gotten into their New Year’s Eve stash just a little bit early this year,” Boras told ESPNChicago.com on Tuesday. “It appears…

  3. Yorvit Torrealba issues apology for umpire attack in Venezuela

    Dec 26, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Yorvit Torrealba shoved an umpire in the face last Friday while playing for his hometown Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan winter league. The league announced a 66-game suspension earlier today, which covers the rest of this winter league season and carries into next season. You can watch video of the attack here. According to Jeff…

  4. Cubs sign Andy Sonnanstine and Manny Corpas to split contracts

    Dec 26, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Cubs just announced that they have signed right-handers Andy Sonnanstine and Manny Corpas to non-guaranteed split contracts for 2012. Way to totally upstage Boxing Day, you guys. We knew about Corpas last week, although it was originally reported as a one-year major-league deal. Sonnanstine, who turns 29 in March, was non-tendered by the Rays…

  5. Edwin Encarnacion is playing left field in the Dominican Winter League

    Dec 24, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim  v Toronto Blue Jays

    We heard last month that Edwin Encarnacion was going to play some left field during winter ball. Well, the experiment is officially underway. According to a report in the Toronto Sun, Encarnacion has played left field in four out of his first five games with Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican Winter League. Encarnacion proved to…

  6. The White Sox could still trade Gavin Floyd

    Dec 24, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    The fire sale is apparently back on. While the White Sox signed John Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract extension earlier this week, Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reported yesterday that they remain open to trading Gavin Floyd. Floyd could be an attractive target for many teams because he is owed $7 million next season…

  7. Report: The Athletics will be granted permission to move to San Jose by February

    Dec 24, 2011, 1:15 PM EDT

    Oakland A's logo

    Some pretty significant news to pass along on this Christmas Eve afternoon. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, “all signs and top MLB sources” say that the Athletics will be granted permission by February to move to San Jose. Of course, the A’s efforts to move have been stonewalled since 2009 so that a…

  8. What’s going on with Javier Vazquez?

    Dec 24, 2011, 11:47 AM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Under normal circumstances, Javier Vazquez would do pretty well in this weak free agent market for starting pitchers. The 35-year-old right-hander was awful over the first two and a half months this past season, but finished with a 1.92 ERA and 115/19 K/BB ratio over 126 2/3 innings in his final 19 starts. Only Cliff…

  9. Report: Rays interested in Jorge Posada

    Dec 24, 2011, 10:20 AM EDT

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    We already know Jorge Posada isn’t returning to the Yankees, but he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. With that in mind, Javier Maymi of ESPNDeportes.com hears (link in Spanish) that the division-rival Rays are interested in the 40-year-old. Maymi confirmed the information with Posada’s father, who said he has also had…

  10. Rangers looking into Yorvit Torrealba incident

    Dec 24, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba AP

    Footage of Yorvit Torrealba‘s attack on home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. in the Venezuelan Winter League spread like wildfire last night, so naturally it didn’t take long for word to reach the Rangers. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he is aware of the incident and…

  11. Adam LaRoche expected to be Nationals’ first baseman next season

    Dec 23, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard plenty of speculation that the Nationals could emerge as a suitor for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but general manager Mike Rizzo is doing his best to downplay the situation. The Nationals held a conference call earlier today to discuss the Gio Gonzalez deal. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that…

  12. Reds GM Walt Jocketty says Sean Marshall “a possibility” to close

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

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    The Reds held a conference call earlier this afternoon to introduce Sean Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes. Marshall has primarily pitched in a set-up role over the past two seasons, but Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t…

  13. Yorvit Torrealba hits umpire during Venezuelan Winter League game

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba isn’t exactly in the “Christmas spirit.” After striking out while playing with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League earlier today, the veteran backstop blew off some steam by attacking home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. It’s unclear what sort of penalty he’ll pay in the VWL, but Licey manager Jose…

  14. UDPATE: Cubs and Reds “close” to trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago reports that the deal is “close” and that the Cubs would receive two minor-leaguers along with Wood. 10:29 PM ET: The Reds landed Mat Latos in a blockbuster deal over the weekend, but they aren’t done on the trade front. Ken Rosenthal on FOXSports.com reports that they are currently discussing…

  15. UPDATE: Ronald Belisario to serve 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Ronald Belisario AP

    UPDATE: Belisario is expected to report to spring training on time after securing his visa, but he won’t be on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. According to Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he must serve a 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy. No word on the exact nature of…

  16. Rangers and Mike Napoli have discussed contract extension

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

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    The Rangers may end up spending over $120 million in order to sign right-hander Yu Darvish, but that isn’t going to stop their efforts to lock up some of their core players. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the Rangers have had “several conversations” with Mike Napoli‘s representatives about a multi-year contract. He earned $5.8 million…

  17. Red Sox among four teams interested in Francisco Cordero

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero would prefer to return to the Reds. 8:15 PM: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have “increased dialogue” with free agent closer Francisco Cordero. Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears similar information from his sources, but he was also told by Cordero’s agent,…

  18. Ed Wade to rejoin Phillies in scouting department

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Confirming what Richard Justice of MLB.com first relayed earlier tonight, John Finger and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com have learned that Ed Wade will rejoin the Phillies as a member of their scouting department. Wait a minute, did he ever actually leave? Wade previously served as general manager with the Phillies from 1998-2005 and even hired…

  19. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

  20. Jose Tabata cleared to resume hitting following broken bone in hand

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Pittsburgh Pirates

    According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Jose Tabata was cleared to resume hitting last week after being shut down in September due to a broken bone in his left hand. Tabata received clearance from doctors while he was in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ caravan and PirateFest events and immediately began hitting in the indoor cage. “I…

  21. Report: Nationals “pushing hard” to land Gio Gonzalez from Athletics

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Nationals are “pushing hard” to acquire left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics. No word on the specific players being offered by Washington, but Rosenthal hears the two sides are discussing a four-for-one deal. Gonzalez has drawn interest from several teams this winter. The 26-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible for…

  22. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters “definitely” plan to accept high bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Just a quick mini-update while we patiently (or anxiously, depending upon your fandom) wait to learn who had the top bid for Yu Darvish. No big news yet, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid. Hardly a shocker, as Franz Lidz of SI.com reported…

  23. Yoenis Cespedes close to establishing residency in Dominican Republic

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    While we’re all waiting to find out who had the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cespedes could be granted residency in the Dominican Republic this week. Edgar Mercedes, Cepsedes’ representative in the Dominican, said that the 26-year-old has…

  24. Brewers win exclusive negotiating rights for Norichika Aoki with $2.5 million posting fee

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE, 7:45 PM: The Brewers had the $2.5 million winning bid, according to Yanagita, and now have 30 days to work out a major league contract. 8:51 AM: Yasuko Yanagita of Japanese newspaper Hochi Shimbun and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports are both hearing that the Yakult Swallows have accepted a $2.5 million posting fee for outfielder…

  25. The Red Sox inquired about Royals’ closer Joakim Soria

    Dec 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox acquired right-hander Mark Melancon from the Astros earlier this week, but they aren’t done upgrading the back-end of their bullpen. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, they have spoken to the Royals about the availability of closer Joakim Soria. Talks have failed to progress thus far, as Kansas City is seeking at…

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