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  1. Rangers and Elvis Andrus avoid arbitration by agreeing to three-year deal

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:21 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: The deal is believed to be in the range of $14-15 million total and doesn’t include any club options, reports Rosenthal and Morosi. The Rangers likely would have preferred to get some of his free agent years as part of the deal, but that was probably a long shot given that Andrus is represented…

  2. The Marlins and Emilio Bonifacio went to an arbitration hearing today

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

    New York Mets v Florida Marlins

    It was announced yesterday that the Marlins lost their arbitration hearing to right-hander Anibal Sanchez, but the club went right back at it today, this time stating their case against Emilio Bonifacio. Bonifacio, who is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, requested $2.2 million and was offered $1.95 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures…

  3. Josh Hamilton has a new accountability partner

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers have hired Shayne Kelley as a major league staff assistant and that one of his duties will be to serve as Josh Hamilton‘s new accountability partner. Kelley has a pretty diverse background, serving as the Royals’ minor league strength and conditioning coach for two seasons and the team…

  4. Dmitri Young will work out for the Pirates next week

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

    dmitri young getty

    We’ve chronicled Dmitri Young’s comeback attempt for a couple of months now. Thanks to no longer eating like a viking, the 38-year-old has trimmed down pretty significantly in hopes of scoring a spring training invite. Well, after working out for the Phillies late last month, it appears he has another lead. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com…

  5. The Royals and Alex Gordon are close to a one-year contract

    Feb 7, 2012, 7:10 PM EST

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    According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals and Alex Gordon “appear close” to agreeing on a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration. Gordon, who is arbitration-eligible for the third time this offseason, filed for $5.45 million and was offered $4.15 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Dutton estimates…

  6. The Reds remain in talks for Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:17 AM EST

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday that he hadn’t spoken with the agent Roy Oswalt in about a week while adding that “the last we heard he was going to Texas.” Either Jocketty was being coy or something has changed in the past day or so, because Ken…

  7. The Yankees are introducing an official fragrance

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:18 PM EST

    Yankees logo

    OK, this is a fun one. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees will introduce two “official fragrances” on Tuesday, February 21 at a cocktail reception in Manhattan. They’ll be called “New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees For Her.” If the rumors are true, this must be excellent news for Derek…

  8. The Yankees are in “serious discussions” with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s almost closing time for MLB’s Hot Stove and folks are beginning to get desperate. We’re seeing minor league deals all over the place and players who once were seeking multi-year contracts are now settling for one-year deals. Many speculated that the Yankees would be in the market for a hitter after trading Jesus Montero…

  9. The Athletics are interested in Magglio Ordonez

    Feb 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    magglio ordonez getty

    We already know that the Athletics have some interest in Manny Ramirez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network is hearing that they are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a possible tryout during spring training. Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, returned from right ankle surgery last season and batted just .255/.303/.331 with five home runs,…

  10. Red Sox and Phillies maintaining contact with Roy Oswalt

    Feb 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It’s pretty well-documented that Roy Oswalt would prefer to pitch for the Rangers or Cardinals in order to be closer to his home in Mississippi. However, since both clubs have full starting rotations, they have little reason to break the bank in order to sign him. This leaves Oswalt considering the alternatives. With that in…

  11. See the Marlins’ new stadium in video game form

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:31 PM EST

    Miami Marlins Stadium Construction Baseball

    Can’t wait to see what the Marlins’ new stadium will look like when the season begins two months from now? Well, we have something to tide you over. Via Operationsports.com, here’s a trailer from video game MLB 12 The Show portraying the new ballpark, complete with the much-ballyhooed home run monstrosity in left-center field and the…

  12. Joba Chamberlain is now throwing off a half-mound

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    chamberlain getty

    According to the Associated Press, Joba Chamberlain has begun throwing off a half-mound as he continues his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday’s throwing session took place at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound with Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild and team vice president Billy Connors in…

  13. Buster Posey progressing with rehab, but says ankle isn’t yet 100 percent

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EST

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    Buster Posey still expects to be ready for the start of the season, but he told Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com during Giants’ media day yesterday that his surgically-repaired left ankle is “not 100 percent yet.” “The games will be a whole new level and I’m excited to see how [my ankle] responds,” Posey said Friday.…

  14. U.S. Consulate backtracks on pardoning Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez for falsifying their identities

    Feb 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EST

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    There appeared to be some good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez earlier this week, as Dominican Today quoted William Weissman, consul general for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, as saying the U.S. State Department could pardon Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity. While many…

  15. Brian Cashman’s wife files for divorce

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:42 AM EST

    Brian Cashman

    This whole topic definitely pushes the boundaries of what we’re willing to talk about here at HardballTalk, as it’s only relevant because Brian Cashman is the general manager of the New York Yankees, but since we’ve followed the ugly and bizarre situation regarding his alleged extramarital affairs this week, it only makes sense that we…

  16. Cecil Fielder on his son Prince: “I think we’re all a little disappointed”

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EST

    Prince Fielder Cecil Fielder

    After Prince Fielder shocked the baseball world by signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers late last month, Cecil Fielder was quoted as saying that the relationship with his son was “doing a lot better.” Obviously something has changed over the past few days, because Cecil had some harsh words for Prince before…

  17. Nationals’ GM says Bryce Harper could make the team out of spring training

    Feb 4, 2012, 8:57 AM EST

    Bryce Harper

    It’s no secret that Nationals manager Davey Johnson would like top prospect Bryce Harper to make the team out of spring training as the starting right fielder. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has played things pretty coy until now, but his comments to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com yesterday indicate that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility.…

  18. Dodgers ask court to throw out claims in Bryan Stow case

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The Associated Press reports that the Dodgers asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge earlier today to throw out claims against the team filed on behalf of Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day last year. Stow and his family originally sued the Dodgers in California, but then filed the…

  19. Yes, Jose Reyes just got his haircut on television

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Jose Reyes gets a haircut

    Do you want a sign that we have reached the absolute nadir of offseason boredom? Jose Reyes just had his haircut televised live on MLB Network. Seriously. Reyes had let his trademark dreadlocks grow since 2007, but he signed his big $106 million deal with the Marlins in December with the knowledge that he would have to…

  20. Josh Hamilton to hold a press conference this afternoon

    Feb 3, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

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    According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Josh Hamilton will hold a press conference at 1 p.m. CT (2 p.m. ET) at Rangers Ballpark this afternoon to address his reported relapse from addiction. Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reported last night that Hamilton was spotted drinking alcohol Monday night at a bar…

  21. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

  22. John Lannan loses arbitration hearing against Nationals, will make $5 million in 2012

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Washington Nationals - Game Two

    We have the results of the first arbitration hearing of the offseason. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, left-hander John Lannan lost his hearing against the Nationals and will earn a $5 million salary this season. Lannan, 27, requested a $5.7 million salary when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Both sides stated…

  23. Indians and Rafael Perez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 2, 2012, 11:11 AM EST

    Rafael Perez Getty

    Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians and lefty reliever Rafael Perez avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $2,005,000 contract. According to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, he can earn an additional $25,000 if he makes 55 appearances this season. Perez, who was arbitration-eligible for the third time this winter, requested $2.4 million and…

  24. Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning. The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and…

  25. Nyjer Morgan will practice with the San Jose Sharks tomorrow

    Jan 31, 2012, 9:10 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    We’ve seen Nyjer Morgan cross-check major league catchers in the past, but he’ll have a chance to go back to his roots tomorrow. According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the outspoken outfielder will suit up to practice with his hometown San Jose Sharks. “I’m really excited to get on the ice with the team,” said Morgan.…

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