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  1. Cardinals sign catcher Koyie Hill to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Koyie Hill Getty

    Koyie Hill was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting .194 with two homers and .545 OPS over 153 plate appearances in 2011, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the has latched on with the division-rival Cardinals on a minor-league deal. Hill, who turns 33 in March, has a .211/.275/.298 batting line…

  2. Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers and Carlos Gomez have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth around $2 million. Gomez earned $1.5 million last season while batting .225/.276/.403 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .679 OPS over 258 plate appearances. The 26-year-old was arbitration-eligible…

  3. Juan Nicasio throws to hitters five months after broken neck

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio , Bob Apodaca

    Rockies’ right-hander Juan Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae when he was hit by a comebacker last August, but he continues to show remarkable signs of progress. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Nicasio has begun throwing to live hitters in a controlled environment. “He’s been throwing to hitters with an L screen…

  4. Rangers and Derek Holland table extension talks

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    We learned last month that the Rangers and Derek Holland were discussing a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth year. The two sides have made little progress in the past few weeks, so Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that they have decided to table contract talks for now. This comes on…

  5. Cubs and Tigers “down the road” in trade talks regarding Matt Garza

    Jan 9, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    garza getty

    Citing “excellent baseball sources,” David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs and Tigers are “down the road in discussions” of a deal that would send right-hander Matt Garza to Detroit for a package of prospects. No word of the prospects being discussed, but Kaplan mentions right-hander Jacob Turner, third baseman Nick Castellanos and left-hander Casey…

  6. The Rays are interested in Ryan Theriot

    Jan 7, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v St. Louis Cardinals

    While the Rays are still weighing their options for first base and designated hitter, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they also have interest in Ryan Theriot as a right-handed hitting utility infielder. Theriot was non-tendered by the Cardinals last month after batting .271/.321/.342 with one home run, 47 RBI and a .662 OPS over…

  7. Report: The Orioles and Blue Jays have watched Manny Ramirez

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Orioles manager Buck Showalter and longtime scout Fred Ferreira watched Ramirez take batting practice shortly after the Winter Meetings. It isn’t clear whether they have legitimate interest or this was just a matter of due diligence. 4:00 PM: Manny Ramirez is scheduled to hold a workout for MLB…

  8. Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hasn’t had any setbacks since undergoing surgery early last month to remove polyps on his vocal cords. In fact, he spent a couple hours earlier today coaching some youth players during a clinic at the Frozen Ropes baseball facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the all-time saves…

  9. Report: Jorge Posada will announce retirement within next two weeks

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada Getty

    Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York just reported that Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. We already knew Posada wasn’t returning to the Yankees in 2012, but he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. In fact, there were…

  10. Brewers sign infielder Brooks Conrad to minor league contract

    Jan 7, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Brooks Conrad Getty

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Brewers have signed infielder Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract. He’ll compete for a utility infielder job during spring training. Conrad, who turns 32 later this month, batted .223/.325/.388 with four home runs, 13 RBI and a .713 OPS over 122 plate appearances with the Braves last…

  11. Arthur Rhodes close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2012

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    arthur rhodes reuters

    Arthur Rhodes said during the Cardinals’ World Series run in October that he planned to play one more season before retiring and according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the 42-year-old left-hander is close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2012. Rhodes was released by the Rangers last August after posting a 4.81 ERA…

  12. Kerry Wood talking with multiple clubs as deal with Cubs “far from done”

    Jan 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood Getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday afternoon that the Cubs and Kerry Wood were getting closer on a one-year deal, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is hearing that the veteran right-hander is still talking to multiple clubs and that a deal with Chicago is “far from done.” Wood left a lot of money…

  13. The Rangers have checked in on Ryan Madson

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Rangers signed Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14 million contract in November, but that didn’t stop them from pursuing closer Andrew Bailey before the Athletics traded him to the Red Sox late last month. And now they have checked in on free agent reliever Ryan Madson, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. I don’t have…

  14. Ryan Ludwick has contract offers from at least four teams

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Ryan Ludwick has received contract offers from at least four teams. We have seen reports linking him to the Athletics and Reds as recently as this week, although it’s not clear whether any of the offers are from them. Ludwick, 33, batted .237/.310/.363 with 13 home runs, 75 RBI…

  15. Kendrys Morales cleared to “ramp up” some baseball activities

    Jan 7, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    morales getty

    Kendrys Morales is still a major question mark nearly two years removed from breaking his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning-home grand slam, but he did get some good news after visiting his doctor in Colorado earlier this week. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales was…

  16. UPDATE: Rangers among teams interested in Brad Hawpe

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Eric Patterson, Brad Hawpe

    UPDATE: According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are interested in Hawpe. They are considering him as insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland is slow coming back from wrist surgery. 9:31 PM: Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu news on the very same night? This Hot Stove is a-burnin’. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com…

  17. Rick Porcello opts out of contract, arbitration-eligible this winter

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, Rick Porcello has opted out of his contract and is now arbitration-eligible this winter. After the Tigers drafted Porcello out of high school as the 27th pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, they signed him to a four-year, $7.285 million major-league deal which included club options for 2011 and 2012.…

  18. Angels sign Jorge Cantu to minor league contract

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jorge-Cantu

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the deal is done. 6:50 PM: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Angels are close to signing Jorge Cantu. While he didn’t specify, it’s same to assume he would get a minor league deal. Cantu signed with the Padres last winter and began the…

  19. Rays and Fernando Rodney finalize one-year deal

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    rodney pose getty wide

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== TUESDAY, 11:56 PM: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times hears that while a deal is not done yet, something is definitely in the works. It could be made official in the next day or two. TUESDAY, 11:30 PM: Not sure how everyone missed this given how we’ve been…

  20. Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima unlikely to agree to deal before Friday’s deadline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    nakajima getty

    The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to agree on a contract, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger was told by “a person with knowledge of the situation” that a deal is unlikely. The Bombers were given a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Nakajima last month after submitting a…

  21. Report: Marlins re-sign Greg Dobbs to two-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Greg Dobbs

    Remember how it was a little weird when it was reported last week that the Marlins’ main objective was to re-sign Greg Dobbs? Well, they aren’t messing around. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have re-signed Dobbs to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com hears that the deal is worth…

  22. Report: Hisashi Iwakuma leaning toward signing with Mariners

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    According to a Sponichi report, Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is leaning toward signing with the Mariners. The story was passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and the following translated quote from Iwakuma was published on MLB Trade Rumors. “We’ve received terms from a number of clubs, but considering where I’m needed and an environment…

  23. Report: Orioles to hire Rick Peterson as organizational pitching guru

    Jan 2, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Rick Peterson wasn’t a candidate for the Red Sox pitching coach job, but he did have multiple interviews earlier this offseason for a position in the Orioles’ organization. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to be hired by the club within the next few days. Peterson was previously a…

  24. Coco Crisp has decided where he’ll sign

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests that the Orioles could be a surprise fit. While the two sides have talked in recent days, he acknowledges that this is more of a guess on his part. Long live the mystery team. 8:35 PM: Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  25. Picture of the Day: The NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The New York Rangers just defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the fifth annual NHL Winter Classic, which took place this year at Citizens Park Park in Philadelphia. Here’s a pretty cool look at the transformation of the Phillies’ home stadium as U.S. Air Force fighter jets did a fly over during the pre-game ceremonies.…

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