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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Kendrys Morales cleared to “ramp up” some baseball activities

    Jan 7, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    morales getty

    Kendrys Morales is still a major question mark nearly two years removed from breaking his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning-home grand slam, but he did get some good news after visiting his doctor in Colorado earlier this week. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales was…

  7. UPDATE: Rangers among teams interested in Brad Hawpe

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Eric Patterson, Brad Hawpe

    UPDATE: According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are interested in Hawpe. They are considering him as insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland is slow coming back from wrist surgery. 9:31 PM: Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu news on the very same night? This Hot Stove is a-burnin’. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com…

  8. Rick Porcello opts out of contract, arbitration-eligible this winter

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, Rick Porcello has opted out of his contract and is now arbitration-eligible this winter. After the Tigers drafted Porcello out of high school as the 27th pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, they signed him to a four-year, $7.285 million major-league deal which included club options for 2011 and 2012.…

  9. Angels sign Jorge Cantu to minor league contract

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jorge-Cantu

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the deal is done. 6:50 PM: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Angels are close to signing Jorge Cantu. While he didn’t specify, it’s same to assume he would get a minor league deal. Cantu signed with the Padres last winter and began the…

  10. Rays and Fernando Rodney finalize one-year deal

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    rodney pose getty wide

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== TUESDAY, 11:56 PM: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times hears that while a deal is not done yet, something is definitely in the works. It could be made official in the next day or two. TUESDAY, 11:30 PM: Not sure how everyone missed this given how we’ve been…

  11. Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima unlikely to agree to deal before Friday’s deadline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    nakajima getty

    The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to agree on a contract, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger was told by “a person with knowledge of the situation” that a deal is unlikely. The Bombers were given a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Nakajima last month after submitting a…

  12. Report: Marlins re-sign Greg Dobbs to two-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Greg Dobbs

    Remember how it was a little weird when it was reported last week that the Marlins’ main objective was to re-sign Greg Dobbs? Well, they aren’t messing around. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have re-signed Dobbs to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com hears that the deal is worth…

  13. Report: Hisashi Iwakuma leaning toward signing with Mariners

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    According to a Sponichi report, Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is leaning toward signing with the Mariners. The story was passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and the following translated quote from Iwakuma was published on MLB Trade Rumors. “We’ve received terms from a number of clubs, but considering where I’m needed and an environment…

  14. Report: Orioles to hire Rick Peterson as organizational pitching guru

    Jan 2, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Rick Peterson wasn’t a candidate for the Red Sox pitching coach job, but he did have multiple interviews earlier this offseason for a position in the Orioles’ organization. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to be hired by the club within the next few days. Peterson was previously a…

  15. Coco Crisp has decided where he’ll sign

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

    crisp getty wide

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests that the Orioles could be a surprise fit. While the two sides have talked in recent days, he acknowledges that this is more of a guess on his part. Long live the mystery team. 8:35 PM: Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  16. Picture of the Day: The NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The New York Rangers just defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the fifth annual NHL Winter Classic, which took place this year at Citizens Park Park in Philadelphia. Here’s a pretty cool look at the transformation of the Phillies’ home stadium as U.S. Air Force fighter jets did a fly over during the pre-game ceremonies.…

  17. Report: Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima “far apart” in negotiations

    Dec 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    nakajima getty

    According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima are said to be “far apart” in negotiations. The Yankees bid $2 million to secure an exclusive 30-day negotiating window with the 29-year-old earlier this month. Nakajima doesn’t figure to be more than a second utility infielder behind Eduardo Nunez even if he does sign,…

  18. UPDATE: The Marlins and Tigers are interested in Matt Garza

    Dec 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    garza getty

    UPDATE: The Tigers have some more competition. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins also have “serious interest” in Garza. The Cubs are believed to have prospect outfielder and 2010 first-round pick Christian Yelich on their radar while Rosenthal hears the Marlins are willing to part with the likes of first baseman Gaby Sanchez,…

  19. Blue Jays sign left-hander Aaron Laffey to a split contract

    Dec 31, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v New York Yankees

    After reportedly inking veteran reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013, the Blue Jays have added another left-hander to the fold. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Blue Jays have signed Aaron Laffey to a split contract. Laffey was non-tendered by the Royals earlier this month and actually turned…

  20. Padres acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox

    Dec 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    Huh, and you probably thought New Years Eve day was going to be pretty boring for baseball news. Not so. The Padres just announced that they have acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for prospect right-hander Simon Castro and prospect left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Quentin, a San Diego native, will be reunited with Josh…

  21. Justin Morneau’s recovery from post-concussion syndrome remains an exercise in patience

    Dec 31, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    John McDonald; Justin Morneau

    The good news? Justin Morneau feels like he is making progress from post-concussion symptoms that have limited him to just 150 games over the past two seasons combined. However, his recovery remains an exercise in patience. In this interview with MLB Network, linked by Charlie Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Morneau describes how frustrating…

  22. Francisco Cordero has a one-year offer on the table to return to the Reds

    Dec 31, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    It seems like everybody has already decided that Ryan Madson is the big loser in the game of musical chairs among free agent closers, but don’t forget that Francisco Cordero is also out there looking for a job. The Reds acquired left-hander Sean Marshall from the Cubs last week, giving them a potential cost-effective alternative…

  23. Prince Fielder was in the Baltimore-Washington area, but not to meet with the Orioles…

    Dec 31, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    fielder getty brewers

    You know how Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo keeps trying to downplay his team’s interest in Prince Fielder? How he keeps saying Adam LaRoche is going to be the team’s first baseman next season? Yeah, this story isn’t going to help his cause. As you may have heard, Fielder and his agent Scott Boras went…

  24. Josh Hamilton will continue tossing balls to fans

    Dec 30, 2011, 9:22 PM EDT

    Cooper Stone, Josh Hamilton

    Shannon Stone tragically fell to his death on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark while trying to catch a baseball for his 6-year-old son Cooper. The ball was thrown into the stands by Josh Hamilton, who later told reporters that he remembers the incident as though it was in slow-motion and could hear Cooper screaming for his…

  25. More details of Albert Pujols’ contract with the Angels

    Dec 30, 2011, 7:19 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols Getty Image

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reported yesterday that Albert Pujols‘ 10-year contract with the Angels is extremely backloaded, including salaries of $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013 and jumping to $30 million at its conclusion. Now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has some more details. According to Heyman’s sources, Pujols is actually guaranteed $250 million…

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