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  1. Pirates could explore long-term deal for Neil Walker

    Dec 1, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Neil Walker AP

    The Pirates’ efforts to sign Neil Walker to a long-term contract last summer went nowhere, but Tom Singer of MLB.com reports that they could give it another shot this offseason. The timing is right for negotiations, as Walker is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter as a Super Two player. The 27-year-old batted .280/.342/.426…

  2. Brewers acquire Burke Badenhop from Rays for Raul Mondesi, Jr.

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:29 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Toronto Blue Jays

    The Brewers announced this afternoon that they have acquired right-hander Burke Badenhop from the Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Raul Mondesi, Jr. Badenhop, who turns 30 in February, posted a solid 3.03 ERA and 42/12 K/BB ratio over 62 1/3 innings out the Rays’ bullpen this past season. With a career ground ball…

  3. The Mets have increased their offer to R.A. Dickey

    Dec 1, 2012, 1:01 PM EDT

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    After agreeing to an eight-year, $138 million extension with third baseman David Wright earlier this week, the Mets have turned their attention to 2012 Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. Talks have progressed slowly until now, but ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Mets have increased their offer. No word on the specifics of the…

  4. Brian Wilson isn’t happy with the Giants

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Brian Wilson was the most noteworthy name among those who were non-tendered last night. There’s still a chance he could return to the Giants at a discounted rate, but Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that his tenure in San Francisco is almost certainly over. The Giants technically can negotiate a lower-priced, incentive-rich…

  5. Davey Johnson really wants the Nationals to re-sign Adam LaRoche

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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    The Nationals have the option of moving Michael Morse over to first base following the acquisition of Denard Span this week, but manager Davey Johnson really wants the club to re-sign Adam LaRoche. Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Johnson hosted a charity event last night to benefit Lighthouse Central Florida, a non-profit organization…

  6. Must-click link: Anatomy of a blockbuster

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun has penned an excellent piece detailing how the recent 12-player blockbuster trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins went down. It’s rare that we get a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the inner workings of a trade, but Elliott has it from both sides and presents it in an entertaining and…

  7. The Diamondbacks are interested in Aubrey Huff

    Dec 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    Jack Magruder of FOXSports.com hears that the Diamondbacks have “made contact” with free agent Aubrey Huff. He’s apparently a target as the club looks for a backup corner infielder. Huff, who turns 36 next month, batted just .192/.326/.282 with one home run and a .608 OPS in 95 plate appearances with the Giants this past…

  8. The Pirates are shopping Joel Hanrahan

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Joel Hanrahan has been a quality closer for the Pirates for the past two seasons, but he’s about to get another raise in arbitration and can become a free agent next offseason. With that in mind, ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the Pirates are currently trying to gauge his trade value. Hanrahan is coming off…

  9. Charlie Morton, Pirates avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

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    The Pirates announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Charlie Morton by agreeing to a new contract. Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Morton will get a $2 million base salary, which is a slight cut in pay from the $2.445 million he made in 2012. The 29-year-old right-hander had…

  10. The Phillies have joined the hunt for outfielder Angel Pagan

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    With B.J. Upton off the market, things are starting to heat up with free agent outfielder Angel Pagan. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the scoop: The Philadelphia Phillies, after losing the B.J. Upton sweepstakes to the Atlanta Braves, are pushing for another free-agent center fielder, according to major-league sources. Angel Pagan. Two teams have made…

  11. Kyuji Fujikawa close to making decision, Angels considered front-runners

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa has visited with multiple MLB teams over the past couple of weeks. It shouldn’t be long before we know where he’ll pitch stateside. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Fujikawa is nearing a decision on where to sign and adds that the Angels are seen as the front-runners. The 32-year-old…

  12. Diamondbacks interested in free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic passes along word that the Diamondbacks have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy. The D’Backs actually pursued McCarthy two years ago before he latched on with the A’s, though he’s obviously a different pitcher now than he was back then. McCarthy posted a 3.24 ERA and 73/24…

  13. Athletics acquire reliever Chris Resop from Pirates

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates announced earlier this evening that they traded reliever Chris Resop to the Athletics in exchange for right-hander Zach Thornton. Resop earned $850,000 this past season while posting a 3.91 ERA and 46/24 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings. While the 30-year-old right-hander did a better job limiting walks and inducing ground balls, he…

  14. Orioles avoid arbitration with Alexi Casilla, Steve Pearce and Taylor Teagarden

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Casilla got a one-year, $1.7 million deal with a $3 million club option for 2014. The O’s could buy out the option for $200,000. 7:52 PM: Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with infielder Alexi Casilla, utility man…

  15. Could the Cubs get involved for Michael Bourn?

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The rebuilding Cubs don’t look like prime candidates to pursue one of the top free agents on the market, but Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com was told by a major league source that the club has been in touch with Michael Bourn‘s agent, Scott Boras. Of course, Boras represents many players, so it’s possible other names…

  16. Daric Barton, Athletics avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics and first baseman Daric Barton have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. He could earn an additional $250,000 with incentives. Barton, 27, earned the same $1.1 million this past season while batting just .204/.338/.292 with one home run and a…

  17. Red Sox add Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

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    After hiring Greg Colbrunn as their new hitting coach earlier this week, the Red Sox have added a long-time member of the organization as an assistant. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have named Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach. Rodriguez has been with the organization with 18 seasons, including…

  18. Dodgers in the mix for A.J. Pierzynski?

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    UPDATE: Heyman was told by Dodgers officials that it’s unlikely they’ll make a run at Pierzynski. Makes sense with Ellis in-house. As in, they’re all stocked up on A.J.’s. 10:15 PM: It seems like the deep-pocketed Dodgers have been mentioned as a potential suitor for nearly every free agent on the market. Now it’s A.J.…

  19. Braves plan to non-tender Jair Jurrjens

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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    Jair Jurrjens was a popular trade target exactly one year ago, but now he’s days away from hitting the free agent market. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Braves plan to non-tender Jurrjens before Friday’s deadline. It doesn’t come a big surprise, as he posted a 6.89 ERA and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 48…

  20. Pirates and Russell Martin agree to two-year, $17 million contract

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees never made Martin an offer. In fact, they haven’t made an offer to any position players so far this offseason. 8:44 PM: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Martin agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates. You could understand if the…

  21. The Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have reportedly identified Mike Napoli as their No. 1 target in free agency, but they are also weighing the alternatives. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche as a potential fallback option for first base. The Red Sox have made a three-year offer to Napoli,…

  22. Felipe Paulino, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    The Royals announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Felipe Paulino by agreeing to a one-year contract. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Paulino will receive a $1.75 million base salary which could increase to $2 million based on performance bonuses. Paulino was arbitration-eligible for the third time this…

  23. Rays, Marlins, Braves and Rangers among teams interested in Ryan Raburn

    Nov 29, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

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    Ryan Raburn was released by the Tigers earlier this month after batting just .171/.226/.254 with one home run and a .480 OPS in 222 plate appearances this past season, but he’s apparently a pretty popular target in free agency. ESPN’s Jayson Stark hears that six teams are in the mix for Raburn. The Rays, Marlins,…

  24. Seven teams interested in free agent outfielder Shane Victorino

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino is drawing interest from at least seven teams, including the Reds, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Rays and Red Sox. While that’s one less than was reported by Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this month, that’s a pretty healthy market. Victorino is coming…

  25. Russell Martin is a travelin’ man

    Nov 26, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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    Much like fellow free agent Mike Napoli, Russell Martin is staying busy on the road as he tries to land his next contract. Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York was told by Martin’s agent, Matt Colleran, that the free agent catcher recently visited “multiple cities” to see if they would be the right fit. Colleran…

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