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  1. Padres and Dustin Moseley avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

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    The Padres just announced that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Dustin Moseley by agreeing on a one-year contract. Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he’ll make $2.0125 million. Moseley was arbitration-eligible for the second time this offseason after earning $900,000 in 2011. The 30-year-old requested $2.55 million and was offered $1.5 million from the Padres…

  2. The Astros aren’t changing their name

    Jan 30, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    Remember how new Astros’ owner Jim Crane created a mini-controversy last week when he said he planned to conduct a study on whether to change the team’s name?  Well, the results are in. The Astros aren’t going anywhere…except the American League West, that is. According to Astros’ Sr. Director of Social Media Alyson Footer, Crane said the following…

  3. Yoenis Cespedes expected to travel to United States within 7-10 days

    Jan 30, 2012, 8:30 PM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes‘ agent Adam Katz has been a pretty popular guy since the Cuban outfielder was granted free agency by MLB last Wednesday. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Katz said the market for the 26-year-old has been “meaningful and aggressive” and that he expects his client will be in spring training with an MLB…

  4. The Rangers met with Roy Oswalt today

    Jan 30, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As mentioned by Craig yesterday morning, the Rangers did indeed have a meeting with Roy Oswalt today. But if you’re looking for any major developments, you’re probably going to be disappointed. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the situation “remains ongoing and unresolved.” Meanwhile, Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com described it as an “exploratory meeting.” It’s probably fair…

  5. What does Don Mattingly have against bears, anyway?

    Jan 28, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Atlanta Braves

    Nothing, as long as they are wearing a Dodgers’ hat. Confused? Hang with me for a second. You see, Don Mattingly and his son, Preston, were invited to participate in a “trick shot” video with some other local sports stars from Evansville, Indiana. The group calls themselves “Trickwinkle.” Among the various trick shots, Preston makes…

  6. Hall of Famer Brooks Robinson suffers broken clavicle after fall at charity event

    Jan 28, 2012, 3:51 PM EDT

    2011 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Some unfortunate news to pass along. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson suffered two fractures in his rear shoulder area, including a broken clavicle, after falling more than six feet off the back of a stage last night. The 74-year-old was in attendance for a…

  7. Jon Daniels didn’t view Prince Fielder and Josh Hamilton as an either-or situation

    Jan 28, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    Now that Prince Fielder is officially a member of the Detroit Tigers, many have assumed that the Rangers will step up their efforts to sign Josh Hamilton to a contract extension. While contract talks are expected to continue leading into spring training, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said during an appearance yesterday on ESPN 103.3…

  8. Cardinals’ GM denies team has deal in place with Roy Oswalt

    Jan 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

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    There was increasing chatter late last night about Roy Oswalt closing in on an agreement with the Cardinals. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was even told by a source that the veteran right-hander was headed to St. Louis. Those reports were downplayed early this morning and now we have an official denial from the team’s general…

  9. Mark Cuban out of the running for Dodgers; Joe Torre and Magic Johnson among those still in

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Steve Garvey-Orel Hershiser group was not selected to advance in the bidding process, reports Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times. As for the actual bid amounts, well, let’s just say that Frank McCourt is going to walk away from this process filthy, stinkin’ rich. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that bidding on the…

  10. The Athletics have interest in bringing back Conor Jackson

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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    The Athletics have already traded for Josh Reddick, Seth Smith and Collin Cowgill and signed Coco Crisp and Jonny Gomes this offseason. But do you know what they could really use? Another outfielder. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s still have some interest in bringing back Conor Jackson. The 29-year-old…

  11. Jim Thome has a job waiting for him with the White Sox when he retires

    Jan 28, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

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    41-year-old Jim Thome isn’t done mashing taters off big league pitchers, but he has a job waiting for him when he retires. According to Chuck Garfen of CSNChicago.com, White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said at SoxFest last night that he and Thome have a handshake deal for the veteran slugger to work for the team when…

  12. Edwin Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table

    Jan 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    While it looks like Roy Oswalt is close to deciding where he’ll sign, the market for Edwin Jackson is finally beginning to heat up. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Jackson has multiple three-year offers on the table. It’s not clear who the offers are from, but there was a report earlier this week that…

  13. UPDATE: No deal yet between Cardinals and Roy Oswalt

    Jan 28, 2012, 8:31 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Oswalt’s agent, Bob Garber, told Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors this morning that there’s “no chance” of his client pitching out of the bullpen. 8:31 AM: Hold your horses, everyone. When most of us went to bed, it appeared as though Roy Oswalt was St. Louis-bound. That may still be the case, but…

  14. Bud Selig expects expanded playoffs to begin this season

    Jan 28, 2012, 12:33 AM EDT

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    We’re just a little over two months away from the start of the 2012 season, but we still have no confirmation on when the expanded playoff format will take effect. Commissioner Bud Selig aims to change that real soon. According to Jim Owczarski of CSNChicago.com, Selig was in attendance at SoxFest on Friday night to…

  15. Brad Penny is drawing interest from the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks in Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles

    UPDATE: My guess was way off. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Penny is “weighing an opportunity” with the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League. 7:15 PM: Brad Penny was pretty awful with the Tigers last season. In addition to his 5.33 ERA over 31 starts, his strikeout rate of 3.67 K/9 was the lowest in…

  16. Diamondbacks and Brad Ziegler agree to one-year, $1.795M deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks and reliever Brad Ziegler avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.795 million contract. Ziegler requested $1.945 million and was offered $1.46 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides agreed to a deal a little above the midpoint.…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes establishes residency in Dominican Republic, already a free agent?

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: That was fast. Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press was told by Cespedes’ representative, Edgar Mercedes, that not only has the Cuban outfielder established residency in the Dominican Republic, he has also officially been granted free agency by MLB. In fact, Cespedes stopped playing in the Dominican Winter League playoffs at the urging of MLB teams. We haven’t…

  18. Miguel Cabrera says he’ll move back to third base to accommodate Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Miguel Cabrera began his tenure with the Tigers as a third baseman in 2008, but he was quickly moved across the diamond after committing five errors in the space of just 14 games. However, he’s preparing for an unexpected move back to the hot corner now that the Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to…

  19. Yankees and Russell Martin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.5 million deal

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News passes along word that the Yankees and Russell Martin have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that he’ll make $7.5 million with the chance for $100,000 in performance-based incentives. Martin requested $8.2 million and was offered $7…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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