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  1. Rangers looking into Yorvit Torrealba incident

    Dec 24, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Yorvit Torrealba AP

    Footage of Yorvit Torrealba‘s attack on home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. in the Venezuelan Winter League spread like wildfire last night, so naturally it didn’t take long for word to reach the Rangers. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he is aware of the incident and…

  2. Adam LaRoche expected to be Nationals’ first baseman next season

    Dec 23, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

    laroche swing

    We’ve heard plenty of speculation that the Nationals could emerge as a suitor for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder, but general manager Mike Rizzo is doing his best to downplay the situation. The Nationals held a conference call earlier today to discuss the Gio Gonzalez deal. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports that…

  3. Reds GM Walt Jocketty says Sean Marshall “a possibility” to close

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

    Sean Marshall Getty2

    The Reds held a conference call earlier this afternoon to introduce Sean Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes. Marshall has primarily pitched in a set-up role over the past two seasons, but Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t…

  4. Yorvit Torrealba hits umpire during Venezuelan Winter League game

    Dec 23, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba isn’t exactly in the “Christmas spirit.” After striking out while playing with Leones del Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League earlier today, the veteran backstop blew off some steam by attacking home plate umpire Dario Rivero, Jr. It’s unclear what sort of penalty he’ll pay in the VWL, but Licey manager Jose…

  5. UDPATE: Cubs and Reds “close” to trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago reports that the deal is “close” and that the Cubs would receive two minor-leaguers along with Wood. 10:29 PM ET: The Reds landed Mat Latos in a blockbuster deal over the weekend, but they aren’t done on the trade front. Ken Rosenthal on FOXSports.com reports that they are currently discussing…

  6. UPDATE: Ronald Belisario to serve 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Ronald Belisario AP

    UPDATE: Belisario is expected to report to spring training on time after securing his visa, but he won’t be on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. According to Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he must serve a 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy. No word on the exact nature of…

  7. Rangers and Mike Napoli have discussed contract extension

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    napoli reuters

    The Rangers may end up spending over $120 million in order to sign right-hander Yu Darvish, but that isn’t going to stop their efforts to lock up some of their core players. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the Rangers have had “several conversations” with Mike Napoli‘s representatives about a multi-year contract. He earned $5.8 million…

  8. Red Sox among four teams interested in Francisco Cordero

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero would prefer to return to the Reds. 8:15 PM: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have “increased dialogue” with free agent closer Francisco Cordero. Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears similar information from his sources, but he was also told by Cordero’s agent,…

  9. Ed Wade to rejoin Phillies in scouting department

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Confirming what Richard Justice of MLB.com first relayed earlier tonight, John Finger and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com have learned that Ed Wade will rejoin the Phillies as a member of their scouting department. Wait a minute, did he ever actually leave? Wade previously served as general manager with the Phillies from 1998-2005 and even hired…

  10. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

    darvish getty rectangle

    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

  11. Jose Tabata cleared to resume hitting following broken bone in hand

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Pittsburgh Pirates

    According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Jose Tabata was cleared to resume hitting last week after being shut down in September due to a broken bone in his left hand. Tabata received clearance from doctors while he was in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ caravan and PirateFest events and immediately began hitting in the indoor cage. “I…

  12. Report: Nationals “pushing hard” to land Gio Gonzalez from Athletics

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Nationals are “pushing hard” to acquire left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics. No word on the specific players being offered by Washington, but Rosenthal hears the two sides are discussing a four-for-one deal. Gonzalez has drawn interest from several teams this winter. The 26-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible for…

  13. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters “definitely” plan to accept high bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Just a quick mini-update while we patiently (or anxiously, depending upon your fandom) wait to learn who had the top bid for Yu Darvish. No big news yet, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid. Hardly a shocker, as Franz Lidz of SI.com reported…

  14. Yoenis Cespedes close to establishing residency in Dominican Republic

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    While we’re all waiting to find out who had the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cespedes could be granted residency in the Dominican Republic this week. Edgar Mercedes, Cepsedes’ representative in the Dominican, said that the 26-year-old has…

  15. Brewers win exclusive negotiating rights for Norichika Aoki with $2.5 million posting fee

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:45 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE, 7:45 PM: The Brewers had the $2.5 million winning bid, according to Yanagita, and now have 30 days to work out a major league contract. 8:51 AM: Yasuko Yanagita of Japanese newspaper Hochi Shimbun and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports are both hearing that the Yakult Swallows have accepted a $2.5 million posting fee for outfielder…

  16. The Red Sox inquired about Royals’ closer Joakim Soria

    Dec 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    soria wide getty

    The Red Sox acquired right-hander Mark Melancon from the Astros earlier this week, but they aren’t done upgrading the back-end of their bullpen. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, they have spoken to the Royals about the availability of closer Joakim Soria. Talks have failed to progress thus far, as Kansas City is seeking at…

  17. The Reds have talked to free agent outfielders Jason Kubel and Cody Ross

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Reds logo

    There are all sorts of ramifications to today’s Mat Latos deal, but one of the more under-the-radar aspects is that the Reds now have some extra cash to use in the free agent market. While they remain interested in re-signing closer Francisco Cordero, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that they have also spoken…

  18. Will the Padres trade first base prospect Anthony Rizzo?

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds today as part of their massive haul for Mat Latos, which has led many to wonder whether prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo will become a trade chip. With that in mind, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio this afternoon…

  19. Hanley Ramirez still hesitant about move to third base

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    The Marlins have repeatedly said that they have no intention to trade Hanley Ramirez following the addition of shortstop Jose Reyes, but it’s clear that he’s not yet on board with moving to third base. Marlins president Larry Beinfest made some interesting comments to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald yesterday, admitting that “it may take a little…

  20. Phillies re-sign Jimmy Rollins to three-year, $33 million deal with vesting option

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that it’s a three-year, $33 million deal with an $11 million vesting option for 2015. 1:52 PM: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com hears that the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth about $33 million with a vesting option for a fourth year. 1:39 PM: Jerry Crasnick of…

  21. Reds acquire right-hander Mat Latos from Padres in multi-player deal

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    UPDATE: The Reds just announced that they have acquired Latos from the Padres for first baseman Yonder Alonso, right-handers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger and catching prospect Yasmani Grandal. Wow. This one is looking a lot better for San Diego. 1:12 PM: Well, the Reds have landed the top-flight starter they’ve been looking for all…

  22. Could the Cardinals become a suitor for Prince Fielder?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    fielder getty

    After Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, the assumption was that the Cardinals would move Lance Berkman to first base and potentially make a play for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. However, in a series of tweets this morning, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates that any such plan isn’t necessarily set in…

  23. Bryan Stow speaks on camera for first time since attack

    Dec 17, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, gave his first television interview to Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC’s “Rock Center.” Below is a very brief clip of the story, which will air in full Monday night at 10 p.m. ET.

  24. Mets would need to be “knocked out” to trade Jon Niese

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Jon Niese

    There was an interesting report by Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com yesterday that Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese was available in a trade centered around Rockies’ outfielder Seth Smith. It didn’t make a lot of sense on the Mets’ end, barring the inclusion of a third team, and it turns out there isn’t much to it. According…

  25. Report: Winning bid for Yu Darvish around $48 million

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    darvish presser

    We won’t know anything official until next week, but Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes that reports in Japan indicate that the winning bid for Yu Darvish came in around $48 million. If the $48 million figure proves accurate, it would fall just under the record $51,111,111 sum the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights…

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