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  1. Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law will not be his accountability partner

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

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    It was announced less than two weeks ago that Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, would replace new Brewers hitting coach Jerry Narron as the outfielder’s accountability partner for the 2012 season. However, Chadwick has experienced a change of heart since the announcement, recently informing Hamilton and the team that he couldn’t accept the job. Here’s…

  2. The Yankees and Hideki Matsui have been in contact

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    We heard earlier today that the Yankees are only willing to spend about $1-2 million on a designated hitter. This would seem to rule out Carlos Pena and possibly Johnny Damon, unless they are willing to take severe pay cuts. The Yanks will likely shuffle their aging veterans in and out of the DH spot…

  3. The Orioles are interested in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Reds signed Ryan Madson to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with a club option last week, it left Francisco Cordero without a logical landing spot to close ballgames in 2012. However, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that the Orioles have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Cordero, who turns 37…

  4. Disturbing the peace charges dropped against Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    Disturbing the peace charges were dropped against Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, his agency Beverly Hills Sports Council announced earlier today. Pomeranz, who was acquired from the Indians last July as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested in Oxford, Mississippi in mid-October following an incident after coming out of a bar with friends.…

  5. Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. Sweeney, who was acquired from the Athletics last month in the Andrew Bailey trade, earned $1.4 million last season while batting .265/.346/.341 with one home run, 25 RBI and a .687 OPS over 299…

  6. Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agree to one-year, $10 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    The Yankees are set to acquire right-hander Michael Pineda from the Mariners in a four-player deal, but they aren’t done improving their rotation. Jack Curry of YES Network reports that they have agreed to terms with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal worth between $10-11 million, pending a physical. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that it’s…

  7. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

  8. Cubs re-sign Kerry Wood to one-year, $3 million deal with club option for 2013

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood Getty

    Things looked a little dicey earlier this week, but Kerry Wood is back where we all thought he would be when the offseason began. From David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com comes word that the Cubs and Wood have agreed to terms on a new deal. The announcement was made to an “insane ovation” at Cubs Convention…

  9. Braves, Martin Prado avoid arbitration with one-year, $4.75 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Martin Prado Getty

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and Martin Prado have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $4.75 million contract. Prado, who is under team control through 2013, earned $3.1 million last season while batting .260/.302/.385 with 13 homers, 57 RBI and a .687 OPS over 590 plate appearances while making 90 starts…

  10. UPDATE: Reds ink Ryan Madson to one-year, $8.5 million deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    madson getty

    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth $8.5 million guaranteed while Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that it includes some performance-based incentives. The Phillies will receive two draft picks as compensation for Madson, though the new CBA stipulates that the Reds will not surrender their first-round pick.  Instead, the Phils are…

  11. Phillies focused on a one-year deal for Cole Hamels

    Jan 10, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels can hit free agency next offseason, but a contract extension doesn’t appear to be on the agenda for the Phillies this winter. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies assistant general manager said tonight that the club is focused on negotiating a one-year deal with the left-hander. “We’ve had discussions with Cole,” assistant…

  12. Cardinals sign catcher Koyie Hill to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Koyie Hill Getty

    Koyie Hill was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting .194 with two homers and .545 OPS over 153 plate appearances in 2011, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the has latched on with the division-rival Cardinals on a minor-league deal. Hill, who turns 33 in March, has a .211/.275/.298 batting line…

  13. Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers and Carlos Gomez have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth around $2 million. Gomez earned $1.5 million last season while batting .225/.276/.403 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .679 OPS over 258 plate appearances. The 26-year-old was arbitration-eligible…

  14. Juan Nicasio throws to hitters five months after broken neck

    Jan 9, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Juan Nicasio , Bob Apodaca

    Rockies’ right-hander Juan Nicasio suffered a fractured C-1 vertebrae when he was hit by a comebacker last August, but he continues to show remarkable signs of progress. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, Nicasio has begun throwing to live hitters in a controlled environment. “He’s been throwing to hitters with an L screen…

  15. Rangers and Derek Holland table extension talks

    Jan 9, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    We learned last month that the Rangers and Derek Holland were discussing a five-year contract extension with a club option for a sixth year. The two sides have made little progress in the past few weeks, so Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com reports that they have decided to table contract talks for now. This comes on…

  16. Cubs and Tigers “down the road” in trade talks regarding Matt Garza

    Jan 9, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

    garza getty

    Citing “excellent baseball sources,” David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that the Cubs and Tigers are “down the road in discussions” of a deal that would send right-hander Matt Garza to Detroit for a package of prospects. No word of the prospects being discussed, but Kaplan mentions right-hander Jacob Turner, third baseman Nick Castellanos and left-hander Casey…

  17. The Rays are interested in Ryan Theriot

    Jan 7, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v St. Louis Cardinals

    While the Rays are still weighing their options for first base and designated hitter, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they also have interest in Ryan Theriot as a right-handed hitting utility infielder. Theriot was non-tendered by the Cardinals last month after batting .271/.321/.342 with one home run, 47 RBI and a .662 OPS over…

  18. Report: The Orioles and Blue Jays have watched Manny Ramirez

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Orioles manager Buck Showalter and longtime scout Fred Ferreira watched Ramirez take batting practice shortly after the Winter Meetings. It isn’t clear whether they have legitimate interest or this was just a matter of due diligence. 4:00 PM: Manny Ramirez is scheduled to hold a workout for MLB…

  19. Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hasn’t had any setbacks since undergoing surgery early last month to remove polyps on his vocal cords. In fact, he spent a couple hours earlier today coaching some youth players during a clinic at the Frozen Ropes baseball facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the all-time saves…

  20. Report: Jorge Posada will announce retirement within next two weeks

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

    Jorge Posada Getty

    Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York just reported that Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. We already knew Posada wasn’t returning to the Yankees in 2012, but he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. In fact, there were…

  21. Brewers sign infielder Brooks Conrad to minor league contract

    Jan 7, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Brooks Conrad Getty

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Brewers have signed infielder Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract. He’ll compete for a utility infielder job during spring training. Conrad, who turns 32 later this month, batted .223/.325/.388 with four home runs, 13 RBI and a .713 OPS over 122 plate appearances with the Braves last…

  22. Arthur Rhodes close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2012

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    arthur rhodes reuters

    Arthur Rhodes said during the Cardinals’ World Series run in October that he planned to play one more season before retiring and according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the 42-year-old left-hander is close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2012. Rhodes was released by the Rangers last August after posting a 4.81 ERA…

  23. Kerry Wood talking with multiple clubs as deal with Cubs “far from done”

    Jan 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood Getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday afternoon that the Cubs and Kerry Wood were getting closer on a one-year deal, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is hearing that the veteran right-hander is still talking to multiple clubs and that a deal with Chicago is “far from done.” Wood left a lot of money…

  24. The Rangers have checked in on Ryan Madson

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Rangers signed Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14 million contract in November, but that didn’t stop them from pursuing closer Andrew Bailey before the Athletics traded him to the Red Sox late last month. And now they have checked in on free agent reliever Ryan Madson, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. I don’t have…

  25. Ryan Ludwick has contract offers from at least four teams

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Ryan Ludwick has received contract offers from at least four teams. We have seen reports linking him to the Athletics and Reds as recently as this week, although it’s not clear whether any of the offers are from them. Ludwick, 33, batted .237/.310/.363 with 13 home runs, 75 RBI…

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