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  1. Report: Kendrys Morales drawing trade interest from multiple AL teams

    Dec 15, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    I mentioned a little earlier how the Angels have a bit of a logjam of hitters after signing outfielder Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million contract this week. Per Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and Sirius XM radio, plenty of teams are already trying to take advantage of the team’s surplus. After missing the entire…

  2. Angels finalize five-year, $125 million contract with Josh Hamilton

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Josh Hamilton has passed his physical with the Angels, making his new five-year, $125 million contract is official. He’s scheduled to be introduced at a news conference in Anaheim at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon. Per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton’s contract includes a no-trade clause and is slightly…

  3. Phillies agree to one-year, $2.5 million contract with left-hander John Lannan

    Dec 15, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Washington Nationals' Lannan pitches to New York Mets in MLB game in New York

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that it’s a one-year deal with a $2.5 million base salary. He could make an additional $2.5 million in performance incentives. Given what we’ve seen in this market, this is a pretty nice deal for the Phillies. 10:50 AM: John Lannan was non-tendered by the Nationals last month, but…

  4. R.A. Dickey was “appreciated but far from beloved” by his teammates

    Dec 15, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey AP

    Earlier this week R.A. Dickey spoke with reporters about his contract situation at the Mets’ holiday party. The team wasn’t thrilled about how he handled the situation and we suddenly heard a report that the Mets were concerned that Dickey was becoming “too absorbed by his new celebrity.” That’s small potatoes compared to what Ken…

  5. Twins among teams expected to watch Brandon Webb throw

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:58 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Brandon Webb hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since Opening Day of 2009 due to nagging shoulder issues, but he hasn’t given up on the idea of a comeback. According to Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins will be among the teams in attendance for a throwing session by Webb…

  6. Pirates hire Jeff Branson as assistant hitting coach

    Dec 14, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    197px-Pittsburgh_Pirates_Cap_Insignia.svg

    Per Tom Singer of MLB.com, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said at PirateFest today that Jeff Branson has been hired as the team’s assistant hitting coach. Branson, who played in the majors with the Reds, Indians and Dodgers, has served as the hitting coach with Triple-A Indianapolis for the past four seasons. He already has experience…

  7. Yankees hit with $18.9 million luxury tax bill

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

    stack of money

    According to the Associated Press, the Yankees will pay a luxury tax to MLB for the 10th consecutive year. The Yankees finished with a $222.5 million payroll for the purposes of the tax, well above the $178 million threshold. They were charged at 42.5 percent of the overage, so they’ll owe $18.9 million to MLB.…

  8. Former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush to accept plea deal in DUI hit-and-run case

    Dec 14, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    Matt Bush mugshot

    According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, former No. 1 overall pick Matt Bush will accept a plea deal next week for his DUI hit-and-run case in Florida. Bush has been in a Charlotte County jail since March on charges that he hit 72-year-old motorcyclist Tony Tufano with a vehicle while under the…

  9. Edwin Jackson drawing interest from Rangers and Padres

    Dec 14, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    The market for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson has been a bit of a mystery until now, but with Zack Greinke and Ryan Dempster falling off the board over the past week and Anibal Sanchez nearing a decision, it appears things are finally heating up. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Jackson is a target…

  10. Manny Acosta signs with Japanese team

    Dec 13, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Washington Nationals

    Manny Acosta‘s agent, Gene Mato, announced on Twitter this afternoon that his client has signed a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League. He’ll make $1.65 million guaranteed in 2013 and could earn an additional $500,000 with possible incentives. Acosta was non-tendered by the Mets late last month after posting a 6.46…

  11. Giants sign right-hander Chad Gaudin to minor league contract

    Dec 13, 2012, 8:02 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Miami Marlins

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Giants have signed right-hander Chad Gaudin to a minor league contract. The deal presumably includes an invite to major league spring training. Gaudin, who turns 30 in March, owns a 4.63 ERA over 10 seasons in the majors. He posted a 4.54 ERA and 57/26 K/BB…

  12. Nick Swisher to visit with multiple teams next week

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher

    The market for Nick Swisher has been slow to develop this offseason, but things are beginning to fall into place now that Josh Hamilton has agreed to a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Swisher plans to visit with multiple teams in person next…

  13. Twins and Kevin Correia agree to two-year, $10 million contract

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:50 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    After acquiring right-hander Vance Worley from the Phillies last week in the Ben Revere trade, the Twins have added another starting pitcher. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Twins and right-hander Kevin Correia have reached agreement on a contract. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears that he’ll get $10 million over two years. Correia, 32, posted…

  14. Dodgers putting $100 million into stadium renovations this winter

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    The Dodgers aren’t just putting insane amounts of money into their on-field product. They are also making some changes to Dodger Stadium. According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers part-owner Magic Johnson said during Hyun-Jin Ryu‘s press conference this afternoon that the team is putting $100 million into stadium renovations this winter.…

  15. Now that Zack Greinke is in the fold, the Dodgers could try to lock up Clayton Kershaw

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw Getty

    It’s possible that Zack Greinke‘s six-year, $147 million deal won’t be the biggest contract the deep-pocketed Dodgers give out this offseason. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said during the press conference for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu earlier today that it’s possible the club could explore extension talks…

  16. The Yankees are close to bringing back Ichiro Suzuki

    Dec 10, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    We saw a premature report out of Japan late last month, but it appears that Ichiro Suzuki will indeed be back with the Yankees next season. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are “moving closer” to an agreement with Ichiro and that a deal is expected to be done within the next few days.…

  17. The Phillies might not be done

    Dec 8, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    After acquiring center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins on Thursday and third baseman Michael Young from the Rangers earlier today, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. might have a bigger trick up his sleeve in the days ahead. Phillies fans better hope so, at least if they…

  18. The Tigers aren’t taking the bait yet on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Despite Scott Boras’ best efforts, the Tigers still aren’t taking the bait on free agent closer Rafael Soriano. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said this week that he’s pretty satisfied with the guys in his bullpen and isn’t going to add anyone unless it’s the right fit. “It would…

  19. Robinson Cano will not take hometown discount to stay with Yankees

    Dec 8, 2012, 3:16 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    And now, for the least shocking story of the day. Mark Feinsand and Christian Red of the New York Daily News were told by sources that Robinson Cano will not accept a hometown discount in order to stay with the Yankees when his contract is up after next season. “I don’t think he’ll be with…

  20. UPDATE: Phillies acquire Michael Young from Rangers

    Dec 8, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    UPDATE: The deal is done, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Young, the Rangers’ all-time leader in hits and games played, has been traded to the Phillies. Nightengale hears that Young agreed to the deal after receiving $1.2 million in benefits from the Rangers and a full no-trade clause from the Phillies. The Rangers agreed…

  21. Alex Rodriguez says he’ll have hip surgery in mid-January

    Dec 8, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    We learned earlier this week that Alex Rodriguez needs left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. Now we have a rough idea of when the surgery will take place. According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez said this morning that he will have the surgery in “mid-January.” A-Rod made the comment at…

  22. Chad Murphy argues for his dad, Dale Murphy, to get into the Hall of Fame

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    This is Dale Murphy’s final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, so his family has embarked on a bit of a P.R. campaign to spread the word about why he should be voted in. You can sign a petition here if you are so inclined. Meanwhile, Chad Murphy, one of Murphy’s eight…

  23. Report: R.A. Dickey more likely to stay with the Mets than be traded

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    The future of R.A. Dickey was a popular topic at this week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll be pitching in Queens again next season. Marc Carig of New York Newsday was told by a person familiar with the situation that there is a “growing sense” that the Mets will pass…

  24. Pedro Martinez: “I did it clean and my integrity is right where it belongs”

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox

    Pedro Martinez was in attendance for David Ortiz‘s celebrity golf fundraiser in the Dominican Republic yesterday and he had some interesting things to say about the steroids era and his own legacy. What Martinez did during his career was impressive enough without context, but many have wondered what his numbers would have looked like if…

  25. Negotiations between the Dodgers and Ryu Hyun-Jin are expected to go down to the wire

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    hyun-jin getty

    The Dodgers bid $25.7 million last month for exclusive negotiating rights on South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin. Now they have a little more than 24 hours to get a deal done. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM was told by a Dodgers source that they expect negotiations will go right…

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