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  1. UPDATE: Orioles and Wilson Betemit agree to two-year contract with an option

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:09 AM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is now reporting that the O’s and Betemit have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for a third year. Exact terms aren’t yet available, but it’s a bit of a surprise to see him get a multi-year deal at this point of the offseason. And from…

  2. Padres and Clayton Richard avoid arbitration with one-year, $2.705 million contract

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:36 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v San Diego Padres

    According to the Associated Press, the Padres and Clayton Richard have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.705 million contract. Richard was arbitration-eligible for the first time this offseason. The 28-year-old southpaw requested $3.1 million and was offered $2.35 million by the Padres when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides…

  3. New Astros’ owner says he’s considering changing team name

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:33 PM EDT

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    New Astros owner Jim Crane unveiled some fan-friendly initiatives earlier today, including lower ticket prices, partial rebates for season ticket holders, lower concession prices and relaxed policies on outside food and beverage. While those are all well and good, they were overshadowed by some interesting comments about the team’s future as they prepare for a…

  4. Omar Vizquel agrees to minor-league deal with Blue Jays

    Jan 23, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick originally reported that Vizquel was getting a one-year deal, but it’s actually a minor-league deal with a spring training invite. He’s expected to battle Mike McCoy and Luis Valbuena for a utility infield job. 8:00 PM: While we haven’t heard much about Omar Vizquel this winter, we’re happy to pass along word…

  5. Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow close to three-year extension

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:45 PM EDT

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    According to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca, the Blue Jays and right-hander Brandon Morrow are nearing a three-year, $20 million contract extension. The proposed deal includes a $10 million option for 2015 or a $1 million buyout. An official announcement could come as soon as tomorrow. Morrow requested $4.2 million and was offered $3.9 million from the…

  6. White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf says Ozzie Guillen didn’t quit on team

    Jan 23, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Ozzie Guillen threatened retaliation over the weekend for some recent comments by right-hander Jake Peavy which implied that he quit on the White Sox last September by stepping down as manager with two games remaining in the season. Guillen hasn’t said anything on the matter since and it appears White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf is doing…

  7. Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap is finally official

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Montero passed his physical, so it’s now a done deal. ========== The multi-player deal between the Yankees and Mariners headlined by Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda is moving closer to completion. Montero was delayed from taking a physical due to weather, plane and visa problems in his native Venezuela, but Larry Stone of the…

  8. Rockies acquire Marco Scutaro from Red Sox for Clayton Mortensen

    Jan 21, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro

    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the deal is done. The Red Sox are sending Marco Scutaro to the Rockies for right-hander Clayton Mortensen. Colorado will be responsible for Scutaro’s entire $6 million salary this season. Mortensen, a 2007 supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals, posted a…

  9. Josh Johnson to begin throwing off a mound next week

    Jan 21, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    The Marlins have made some splashy additions this winter with Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, but they likely won’t be contenders if they don’t get bounceback seasons from two their big two stars, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. Ramirez told the Associated Press earlier this month that his surgically-repaired shoulder is 95-percent healed…

  10. Ozzie Guillen denies quitting on the White Sox, threatens to “kill people’s feelings”

    Jan 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Jake Peavy made some waves with an appearance on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago last Saturday, implying that Ozzie Guillen quit on the White Sox last September by stepping down as manager with two games remaining in the season. Here’s part of his comments, via Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. “I know he had a…

  11. Report: Giants offered Tim Lincecum a two-year, $40 million contract

    Jan 21, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

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    We heard this morning that the Giants and Tim Lincecum were making “significant progress” in contract negotiations. Now we have some specifics. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Giants offered Lincecum a two-year, $40 million contract while the ace right-hander’s reps countered at two years and $44 million. With such a small gap…

  12. Nick Markakis expects to be ready for Opening Day following abdominal surgery

    Jan 21, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

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    Nick Markakis is currently working his way back from surgery earlier this month to repair a torn rectus abdominus muscle. During an appearance at Orioles’ FanFest earlier today, the 28-year-old outfielder told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that while he’ll probably be limited until the first week of March, he expects to be ready for Opening Day…

  13. Yu Darvish’s father is not a fan of the posting system

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    After securing exclusive negotiating rights for Yu Darvish with a record $51,703,411 posting fee last month, the Rangers signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a six-year contract this week which guarantees him $56 million. While everyone appears to be pleased with the outcome, Yu’s father, Farsad Darvish, told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com following the press conference last…

  14. Rangers’ co-owner would rather keep Josh Hamilton than sign Prince Fielder

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Now that Yu Darvish is officially in the fold as a member of the Texas Rangers, much of the attention will shift to whether the club should also sign Prince Fielder. The Rangers will soon have plenty of money coming in thanks to their new television contract, but the reality is that they might not…

  15. Fausto Carmona was outed following a hush money dispute with the real Fausto Carmona

    Jan 21, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Fausto Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday for allegedly falsifying his identity. We’re slowly learning more details about how he was exposed. ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on “Outside the Lines” yesterday that Carmona was outed several weeks ago on a popular radio show in Santo…

  16. The Giants and Tim Lincecum have made “significant progress” in contract talks

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Tim Lincecum requested $21.5 million and was offered by the Giants $17 million when arbitration figures were exchanged Tuesday. Both were records for a player with less than six years of service time. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that “significant progress” has been made in negotiations since the filing numbers were…

  17. Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets among teams interested in Jeff Francis

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is beginning to attract more interest from teams in the market for a starting pitcher. The Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets are among the teams believed to be in the mix. Francis, who turned 31 earlier this month, went 6-16 with the Royals…

  18. Picture of the Day: Yu Darvish, Texas Ranger

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a member of the Texas Rangers during a press conference earlier this evening in the “Hall of Fame room” at the Ballpark in Arlington. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media were on hand for the occasion. Below is a picture of…

  19. Report: The Rockies remain interested in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Rockies’ efforts to acquire Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox fizzled rather quickly, but they aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their search for another option at second base. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “remain strongly interested” in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner. This isn’t the first time…

  20. The Athletics are “very interested” in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 20, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said during the Winter Meetings last month that he would prefer to go younger at designated hitter this season, but despite having a number of internal options, things might not work out that way. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles was told by a source (link in Spanish) that Oakland…

  21. Mike Napoli has begun running after ankle injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We learned last week that Mike Napoli had yet to run comfortably on the left ankle injury that he suffered in an awkward baserunning play at second base during Game 6 of the World Series against the Cardinals, but he has made some progress over the past few days. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com,…

  22. R.A. Dickey is back from Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    RA Dickey

    R.A. Dickey returned to the United States on Tuesday after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last week. Dickey’s former teammate and current Rockies right-hander Kevin Slowey and Mets bullpen catcher Dave Raccaniello also participated in the climb, which was part of an effort to raise money and awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization dedicated…

  23. Details of Yu Darvish’s contract with the Rangers

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty

    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the year-by-year breakdown of Yu Darvish‘s contract with the Rangers: 2012: $5.5 million 2013: $9.5 million 2014: $10 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $10 million 2017: $11 million The deal was initially reported as a six-year, $60 million contract, but it turns out that $56 million is…

  24. The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen. Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired…

  25. The Angels have shown interest in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    After the Reds signed Ryan Madson last week, Francisco Cordero was forced to turn his attention to a free agent market without many obvious places to close ballgames. The Orioles were mentioned as a possibility on Monday, but it’s hard to see why adding a late-game reliever should be a priority for them, especially when…

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