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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jan 4, 2013, 10:00 PM EDT

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    “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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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 reports that while Oliver wants to play, he’s not willing to return unless the Blue Jays increase…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. Adam LaRoche hopeful of re-signing with Nationals, but talking to “a few other teams”

    Dec 29, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    Nothing much has changed in negotiations between Adam LaRoche and the Nationals. While LaRoche wants a three-year deal, the Nationals aren’t willing to budge beyond two guaranteed years. With no resolution in sight, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post checked in with LaRoche yesterday for an update. “We’re talking to a few other teams,” LaRoche…

  16. Marlins not interested in Cuban free agents Dariel Alvarez and Aledmys Diaz

    Dec 29, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    The Marlins aggressively pursued Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes last offseason before he landed a four-year, $36 million deal from the Athletics, but the club has taken a decidedly different approach this winter, shedding big names while putting a focus on stockpiling prospects and fielding a team on the cheap. That’s why it comes as no…

  17. Mets looking around for bullpen help

    Dec 29, 2012, 10:28 AM EDT

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    According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Mets are “scouring” the market for bullpen help. He mentions Jose Valverde, Francisco Rodriguez and Matt Capps among those still available, but it’s unclear whether the Mets have any interest in those specific pitchers. Frank Francisco had surgery earlier this month to remove a bone spur from his…

  18. Nationals targeting left-handed reliever J.P. Howell

    Dec 29, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    After watching Sean Burnett, Mike Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny all sign elsewhere this offseason, the Nationals are in the market for a left-handed reliever. The pickings are starting to thin out, but Dan Kolko of MASNSports.com reports that J.P. Howell remains the club’s top choice in free agency. Howell, who turns 30 in April, posted…

  19. Matt Garza vows to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza didn’t make another start after July 19 this past season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but he’s hoping for better luck in 2013. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Garza hasn’t had any issues with his elbow since he resumed throwing earlier this month. Barring any setbacks, he fully…

  20. Brian Wilson has narrowed down his list of potential landing spots

    Dec 28, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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    We haven’t heard much about Brian Wilson recently, but CBS Sports’ Scott Miller reports that he’s drawing “lots of interest” in free agency. While he isn’t close to signing yet, he has narrowed down his list of potential landing spots from nine or 10 teams to around five. It’s not clear if any of those…

  21. Hisanori Takahashi agrees to minor league deal with Cubs

    Dec 27, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Cubs have agreed to sign left-hander Hisanori Takahashi to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invite to spring training. Takahashi posted a lousy 5.54 ERA over 51 relief appearances this season between the Angels and Pirates. However, he compiled solid secondary numbers, including a 52/14…

  22. Diamondbacks still expected to move one of their outfielders

    Dec 27, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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    After the Diamondbacks surprisingly slithered in to sign Cody Ross to a three-year, $26 million deal over the weekend, the general feeling was that they would trade one of their outfielders. Not much has changed on that front over the Christmas holiday. One person familiar with the Diamondbacks’ thinking told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman that…

  23. Pirates agree to trade Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox

    Dec 23, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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    UPDATE, SUNDAY: The Pirates will also get right-handed reliever Mark Melancon from the Red Sox, according to Bowden. Heyman says there’s “still some discussion” about the remaining players involved so negotiations may run past Christmas. ***************** SATURDAY, 5:02 PM: Heyman reports that it’s a six-player deal, with four going to Pittsburgh and two going to Boston.…

  24. Must-click link: Dale Murphy’s AMA chat

    Dec 22, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Hall of Fame hopeful Dale Murphy took part in an AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat on Reddit yesterday. There’s some really interesting stuff in there, ranging from thoughts on his playing career to sabermetrics and the new Wild Card play-in game. It’s a must-read for anyone who followed Murphy’s career, but I was mostly struck…

  25. Diamondbacks reach three-year, $26 million deal with Cody Ross

    Dec 22, 2012, 12:36 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that Ross got a three-year, $26 million contract. The deal includes a club option for 2016 which carries a $1 million buyout. Not a bad deal for someone who made $3 million in 2012. 12:01 PM: According to Mark Feinsand of the…

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