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  1. Athletics and Jim Johnson agree to one-year, $10 million deal to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2014, 9:03 PM EDT

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    The Athletics acquired Jim Johnson from the Orioles last month and now they have have avoided arbitration with their new closer by agreeing to a one-year, $10 million contract. Joel Sherman of the New York Post was first to report the signing. Johnson made $6.5 million last season, so he’s seeing another big raise after…

  2. CC Sabathia signs with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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    Now that Robinson Cano has joined the Mariners, Jay Z has a new Yankee in the fold at Roc Nation Sports. It’s left-hander CC Sabathia, who tweeted out the following picture earlier this evening: #RocNationSports La Familia http://t.co/DvFKr3PpN7— CC Sabathia (@CC_Sabathia) January 17, 2014 Sabathia was previously represented by Brian Peters of Legacy Sports. The…

  3. A number of owners are “convinced” that the Cubs will sign Masahiro Tanaka

    Jan 16, 2014, 8:03 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported this morning that the Cubs are “pushing hard” to sign Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Teams like the Yankees and Dodgers have obviously received much of the attention so far, but ESPN’s Jayson Stark provides more evidence why we should start taking the Cubs seriously here: In non-replay news, amazing how…

  4. Phillies and Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration on one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:42 PM EDT

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    The Phillies and right-hander Kyle Kendrick have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.675 million contract. The deal includes award bonuses. Kendrick just finished up a two-year, $7.5 million extension and is arbitration-eligible for the final time this winter. The 29-year-old got off to an excellent start last season, but ended up with a…

  5. Royals ink Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract

    Jan 16, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    After securing Brad Penny as a non-roster invitee yesterday, the Royals added another familiar name today by signing reliever Guillermo Mota to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Mota hasn’t pitched professionally since 2012 as a member of the Giants when he posted a 5.23 ERA over 26 appearances. He served…

  6. Brewers “making push” to sign Mark Reynolds

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:53 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Brewers are “making a push” to sign free agent Mark Reynolds, who is said to be “leaning toward” signing with them. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports also hears that a deal is close. It was reported earlier this week that the Nationals had expressed interest in Reynolds, but…

  7. Phillies among teams talking to Lyle Overbay about a minor league deal

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:41 PM EDT

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    We heard a few weeks ago that Lyle Overbay wasn’t drawing much interest on the free agent market, but he is finally getting some calls with spring training right around the corner. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are among the teams who are talking to Overbay about a minor league deal. The…

  8. Mets and Ike Davis avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

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    According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets and first baseman Ike Davis have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Davis, who was arbitration-eligible for the second time this winter, will receive a slight increase in salary from the $3.125 million he made last year. Of course, that’s…

  9. Yankees have contacted Padres about trading for an infielder

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:52 PM EDT

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    According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Yankees have contacted the Padres about dealing for an infielder. Chase Headley has been the subject of trade speculation for a long time, often in connection with the Yankees, but Morosi writes that Logan Forsythe is “the most realistic target.” Forysthe, who turns 27 tomorrow, batted just .214/.281/.332…

  10. Scott Boras says MLB is wrong to cut deals with PED pushers

    Jan 13, 2014, 10:22 PM EDT

    Scott Boras AP

    Interesting comments from an “agitated” Scott Boras this evening, as he told FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal via phone that MLB is wrong to enter into relationships with suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs and that the Anthony Bosch situation sets a dangerous precedent: “The integrity of the game is only partially served when a known pusher is…

  11. Orioles backed out of deal with Grant Balfour due to concerns over his wrist and knee

    Jan 13, 2014, 9:30 PM EDT

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    It was reported last month that the condition of Grant Balfour‘s right shoulder was the reason behind the Orioles backing out of a two-year, $15 million contract, but it turns out that they had other health concerns in mind. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the “red flags” that came up were actually about Balfour’s wrist…

  12. MLBPA director responds to A-Rod, calls attacks on Michael Weiner “inexcusable”

    Jan 13, 2014, 8:21 PM EDT

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    After Alex Rodriguez sued both Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association in federal court today in an effort to overturn his 162-game suspension, new MLBPA director Tony Clark fired back with the following statement: “It is unfortunate that Alex Rodriguez has chosen to sue the Players Association. His claim is completely…

  13. Orioles sign Delmon Young

    Jan 13, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have signed Delmon Young to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Young hit .260/.307/.407 with 11 home runs and 38 RBI over 103 games last season between the Phillies and Rays. The 28-year-old owns an underwhelming .705 OPS dating back…

  14. Wladimir Balentien arrested on domestic violence charges

    Jan 13, 2014, 6:50 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, former major league outfielder Wladimir Balentien has been arrested on domestic violence charges in Florida. Balentien, 29, is facing a felony false imprisonment charge and a misdemeanor battery charge following a confrontation at his wife’s house over the weekend. The couple is currently going through a divorce. According to a…

  15. Jason Bay expected to retire

    Jan 11, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

    Jason Bay AP

    We heard back in December that Jason Bay could be headed to Japan, but the veteran outfielder confirmed to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca today that his playing career is basically over. Bay hasn’t filed any official papers yet, but he told Davidi that he can’t see a scenario where he will come back. While he…

  16. Picture of the Day: Elvis Andrus has a new look

    Jan 11, 2014, 4:50 PM EDT

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    And now, for the really big news. Elvis Andrus made an appearance today at the Rangers’ caravan event in Frisco, Texas. And he used the occasion to show off his new Abraham Lincoln-inspired beard. Check it out below, courtesy of Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas: Check out the beard on @ElvisandrusSS1 today. He claims that…

  17. Report: Rangers making progress on deal with free agent right-hander Jerome Williams

    Jan 11, 2014, 4:08 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Rangers are “making progress” on a deal with free agent right-hander Jerome Williams. Talks have “intensified” since left-hander Derek Holland suffered a left knee injury which will likely keep him sidelined until midseason. Williams was non-tendered by the Angels in December after posting a 4.57 ERA…

  18. Complete statements from Alex Rodriguez, MLB, Yankees, Anthony Bosch

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:44 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    Arbitrator Fredric Horowitz ruled today that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez will serve a 162-game suspension for his ties to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs. The punishment also bans him from participating in the postseason. Below you’ll find reactions from the various parties involved. Statement from Alex Rodriguez: “The number of games sadly comes as no…

  19. Alex Rodriguez could still participate in spring training

    Jan 11, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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    OK, so maybe the Yankees will have some A-Rod-induced headaches in 2014 after all. While Rodriguez was banned for the entirety of the 2014 season by arbitrator Fredric Horowitz today, his spokesperson Ron Berkowitz told Jon Morosi of FOX Sports that it is “100 percent certain” that the suspended slugger plans to participate in spring…

  20. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

  21. MLBPA disagrees with A-Rod decision, but won’t stand behind him in legal fight

    Jan 11, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

    Yankees' Rodriguez stands at third base in the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game against the Red Sox in Boston

    Now that arbitrator Fredric Horowitz has banned Alex Rodriguez for 162 games (and the 2014 postseason) for his ties to Biogenesis and performance-enhancing drugs, the Major League Baseball Players Association has issued the following statement: “The MLBPA strongly disagrees with the award issued today in the grievance of Alex Rodriguez, even despite the arbitration panel’s…

  22. Alex Rodriguez receives 162-game suspension

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez has been hit with a 162-game suspension from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz, effectively ruling him out for the entire 2014 season. The suspension also covers the postseason. Rodriguez originally received a 211-game suspension from MLB in August due to his alleged ties to Biogenesis, an anti-aging clinic in South Florida which…

  23. Report: Alex Rodriguez decision “imminent,” ruling appears “favorable” for MLB

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez AP

    UPDATE: Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Horowitz is expected to rule on Rodriguez’s 211-game suspension today. Stay tuned. 11:35 a.m. ET: When yesterday passed without a ruling on Alex Rodriguez‘s 211-game suspension, the assumption was that we likely wouldn’t hear anything from arbitrator Fredric Horowitz until Monday at the earliest. As Ronald Blum…

  24. Carlos Gonzalez undergoes emergency appendectomy

    Jan 11, 2014, 11:11 AM EDT

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    Here’s the update from the official Twitter account of Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez: Carlos González was operated for appendicitis last night in Denver, presented a strong stomach pain and went to the emergency…— Car Go (@CarGoMedia5) January 11, 2014 Luckily CarGo is recovering and is stable now.— Car Go (@CarGoMedia5) January 11, 2014 Ouch. If…

  25. Homer Bailey denies that he wants out of Cincinnati

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

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    There has been plenty of speculation on Homer Bailey‘s future this offseason, with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty recently conceding that it will be “difficult” to sign him to an extension, but the right-hander tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of staying in Cincinnati. “To say that I ‘want out…

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