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  1. Report: Pirates bring back Jeff Karstens on one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

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    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have re-signed right-hander Jeff Karstens to a one-year contract, pending a physical. It’s believed to be worth $2.5 million, which is less than the $3.1 million he made last year. Karstens was non-tendered by the Pirates in late-November and there hasn’t been any buzz about…

  2. Mark Hendrickson to throw for Orioles next week

    Jan 12, 2013, 6:06 PM EDT

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    MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko reports that left-hander Mark Hendrickson will throw for the Orioles next week at the team’s mini-camp at Camden Yards. Hendrickson, 38, was out of baseball last season and posted a 5.73 ERA in eight appearances with the Orioles during his last stint in the majors in 2011. He’s now throwing as…

  3. Report: Red Sox have shown interest in Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay

    Jan 12, 2013, 5:12 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox continue to negotiate with Mike Napoli and have reportedly checked in on the Nationals’ Michael Morse, but they are also considering some lower-profile options at first base. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that the Red Sox “have shown interest” in free agents Casey Kotchman and Lyle Overbay. However, nothing is “active” with…

  4. Derek Jeter has begun workouts at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa

    Jan 12, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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    The Yankees continue to express confidence that Derek Jeter will be ready for Opening Day following left ankle surgery. While he hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities yet, his rehab appears to be going as planned. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed today that Jeter is out of a…

  5. Logan Morrison’s status for Opening Day in question as he rehabs from knee surgery

    Jan 12, 2013, 3:31 PM EDT

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    When Logan Morrison underwent season-ending surgery in September to repair the patella tendon in his right knee, many assumed that he would have enough time to be ready for Opening Day. But that may not be the case. According to the excellent Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Morrison said today that he…

  6. Phillies sign right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to minor league contract

    Jan 12, 2013, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Phillies have signed right-hander Rodrigo Lopez to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. This confirms a report by Fernando Ballesteros of Puro Beisbol. Lopez, who turned 37 in December, had a 5.68 ERA over four relief appearances with the Cubs last season and posted a 5.28…

  7. John Schuerholz on Hank Aaron: “There’s no questions about how he hit his home runs”

    Jan 12, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Ken Davidoff of the New York Post conducted an interesting Q & A earlier this week with former Braves general manager John Schuerholz. After leading the club to their incredible run of dominance in the National League East from 1991-2005, he was promoted to team president following the 2007 season. And he relishes that role.…

  8. Rockies not interested in moving Michael Cuddyer

    Jan 12, 2013, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Coming off a franchise-worst 64-98 record, things aren’t looking all that promising for the Rockies in 2013, even with a healthy Troy Tulowitzki. One would think they would be open to moving certain pieces that could net them some pitching or prospects, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports hears that they are content to…

  9. Rangers talking contract extension with left-hander Matt Harrison

    Jan 12, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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    The Rangers and Matt Harrison have already had some preliminary discussions about a contract extension, but the left-hander told Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest yesterday that he’s hoping to have more talks this weekend while he’s in town for the team’s Fan Fest. “We’re definitely still talking,” said Harrison. “We’ll see where that goes.…

  10. Fans choose Andrew McCutchen for cover of “MLB ’13 The Show”

    Jan 12, 2013, 9:40 AM EDT

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    We told you about the fan vote for the cover of “MLB ’13 The Show” earlier this week, so we might as well let you know that after five days of voting (and heavy campaigning by all parties on Twitter), Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen was declared the winner. McCutchen was trailed by CC Sabathia,…

  11. Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz to play for Dominican Republic in World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre said today that he plans to play for his native Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. He’ll be joined by his teammate Nelson Cruz. Beltre was limited down the stretch last season due to an abdominal injury, but didn’t require…

  12. Report: Red Sox want to reduce Mike Napoli’s contract to one year

    Jan 11, 2013, 9:44 PM EDT

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    Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox over a month ago, but the two sides are currently discussing an amended contract after an issue with his health (believed to be one of his hips) was revealed during his pre-signing physical. We now have some details on what the Red…

  13. Report: Mets interested in trading for Justin Upton

    Jan 11, 2013, 8:28 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier today that the Mets are looking at free agent Scott Hairston as a “fallback option” and will only sign him if they can’t find someone better for their outfield. It’s not a surprise who they have on their wish list. Sources tell Marc Carig of New York Newsday that the Mets are…

  14. Orioles, Nolan Reimold avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2013, 7:31 PM EDT

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    The Orioles announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with Nolan Reimold by agreeing to a one-year contract. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that he’ll make $1 million in 2013. Reimold was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old got off to a hot start last season, hitting .313 (21-for-67)…

  15. Blue Jays sign catcher Henry Blanco

    Jan 11, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

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    The Blue Jays announced this evening that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed, one-year, $750,000 contract. Tommy Hottovy was designated for assignment in a corresponding roster move, which means Blanco will occupy a spot on the 40-man roster for the time being. Blanco, 41, batted just .188/.224/.281 with one home run, seven…

  16. Todd Helton ready to play what will likely be his final season

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

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    Todd Helton is under contract for $5 million in 2013, but there was some uncertainty whether he’d come back following hip and knee surgeries. However, the 39-year-old first baseman told Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post today that he’s ready to return for what will likely be his final season in the majors. “I…

  17. Cubs give minor league deals to Brent Lillibridge and Darnell McDonald

    Jan 10, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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    According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, the Cubs have signed utility man Brent Lillibridge and outfielder Darnell McDonald to minor league contracts. Both will get invites to major league spring training. Lillibridge, 29, batted just .199/.250/.274 with three homers, 13 stolen bases and a .524 OPS in 209 plate appearances last season between the White…

  18. Rangers unlikely to acquire Darren Oliver from Blue Jays

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

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    We heard last week that Darren Oliver wanted a raise from the Blue Jays or a trade to the Rangers to be coaxed to come back for his 20th season in the majors, but nobody is blinking yet. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that while the Rangers have talked with the Blue Jays about possibly…

  19. Justin Upton rejected a trade to the Mariners

    Jan 10, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Taijuan Walker was in the deal, as well as Nick Franklin and two others. 8:29 PM: Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the D-Backs would have received three or four players in return for Upton, including relievers Charlie Furbush and Stephen Pryor, prospect infielder Nick Franklin and likely…

  20. Brewers and Chris Narveson avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 10, 2013, 6:38 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, Chris Narveson has avoided arbitration with the Brewers by agreeing to a one-year, $840,000 contract. Narveson, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, made just two starts last season prior to undergoing surgery in May to repair his labrum and rotator cuff. The 31-year-old southpaw is expected to…

  21. Roger Clemens on verge of taking “active role” with Astros

    Jan 7, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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    According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Roger Clemens is on the verge of taking an “active role” with the Astros. While there were all sorts of rumblings late last year about him making a comeback, the 50-year-old will not be pitching. As of now, the Astros envision Clemens providing guidance to their…

  22. Report: Red Sox still “hopeful” of getting deal done with Mike Napoli

    Jan 7, 2013, 9:32 PM EDT

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    Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox over a month ago, but the deal has been in limbo since an issue — believed to be a pre-existing injury with one of his hips — was revealed during his physical. While the two sides continue to negotiate, Peter Abraham of…

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

    Jan 7, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

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    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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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