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  1. Yadier Molina won’t discuss contract extension during the season

    Feb 21, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

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    Yadier Molina recently indicated that he would be willing to discuss a contract extension with the Cardinals during the season, but the impending free agent is apparently going to follow the example of his friend and former teammate Albert Pujols. Molina’s agent, Melvin Roman, told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that his client…

  2. Yankees and Eric Chavez agree to one-year contract

    Feb 21, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays v New York Yankees

    After finalizing a contract with Raul Ibanez earlier today, the Yankees have quickly moved on to the next item on their agenda. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Yankees and Eric Chavez have agreed to a contract, pending a physical. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com adds that it’s a one-year, $900,000 deal which includes incentives.…

  3. Bobby Abreu wants a trade if he won’t be an everyday player with the Angels

    Feb 21, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Angels’ general manager Jerry Dipoto told Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com that Abreu hasn’t personally issued an ultimatum to him or manager Mike Scioscia: “I spoke to Bobby a little more than a week ago, I’d say — a week, 10 days ago — and walked through his current situation, and Mike has had very…

  4. Wade Davis isn’t thrilled with the possibility of pitching out of the bullpen

    Feb 20, 2012, 9:30 PM EST

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    The Rays decided against cashing in on their starting pitching depth over the winter and will enter spring training with six realistic candidates for five spots. David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and top prospect Matt Moore are essentially locks for the rotation at this point, which means Wade Davis will compete with Jeff Niemann…

  5. Rockies have “handshake agreement” with manager Jim Tracy on extension

    Feb 20, 2012, 8:01 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Rockies announced this evening via their official Twitter account that they have a “handshake agreement” on a contract extension with manager Jim Tracy. No word on the exact details, but Tracy’s current contract was set to expire after this season. And so, the new deal will allow him to avoid the dreaded lame-duck status.…

  6. Zack Greinke not talking contract, says there’s “no reason” for him to have an agent

    Feb 20, 2012, 7:30 PM EST

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    Zack Greinke, who is representing himself after leaving CAA in December, said last month that he was open to discussing a contract extension with the Brewers. However, from his comments at Brewers’ camp today, it doesn’t appear as though a contract is in the front of his mind. According to Todd Rosiak of the Milwaukee…

  7. Sandy Alderson says David Wright’s future will not be tied to team performance

    Feb 18, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Washington Nationals v New York Mets

    Last year we were bombarded with stories focused on the future of Jose Reyes, but now it’s David Wright‘s turn. There’s already been plenty of speculation about a possible trade over the past few months, but Mets’ general manager Sandy Alderson told Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com in Port St. Lucie this morning that as opposed…

  8. It’s not a sure thing that the Yankees will add Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez

    Feb 18, 2012, 12:43 PM EST

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com indicated last night that the Yankees would finalize contracts with Raul Ibanez and Eric Chavez once A.J. Burnett is officially traded to the Pirates. That may turn out to be the case, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that it’s not a sure thing they’ll add either…

  9. Watch Gary Carter’s final hit in a Mets’ uniform from a fan’s perspective

    Feb 18, 2012, 11:39 AM EST

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    This is pretty special. A fan who was in attendance for Gary Carter’s final game at Shea Stadium in a Mets’ uniform has uploaded his 8mm camcorder footage. The game below took place on September 27, 1989 against the Phillies. Carter, who was limited to just 50 games that season due to injuries, entered the…

  10. Will the Rangers spend any money saved in a possible Koji Uehara trade?

    Feb 18, 2012, 10:28 AM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    We learned yesterday that the Rangers were close to trading right-handed reliever Koji Uehara to the Athletics. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported last night that the Rangers were also talking to another team, but indicated that progress on a deal could be made this weekend. Trading Uehara would clear his $4 million…

  11. Astros remove gun from Colt .45s throwback uniforms

    Feb 18, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

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    The Astros are celebrating their 50th anniversary this season, so they plan to honor their past by wearing a different throwback uniform at every Friday home game. The first “Flashback Friday” will feature the Colt .45s, which was the name of the franchise for the first three years of its existence. Sweet. Those were some…

  12. The Athletics and Manny Ramirez could reach an agreement within days

    Feb 17, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported earlier this week that the Athletics were “likely” to sign Manny Ramirez just before or soon after the start of spring training, so the following information should come as no real surprise. According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Athletics still have “strong interest” in…

  13. The Phillies were the “mystery team” for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 17, 2012, 8:05 PM EST

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    The Yankees and Pirates have agreed to a deal that will send A.J. Burnett and cash considerations to the Pirates for Double-A reliever Diego Moreno and Low-A outfielder Exicardo Cayones, but it turns out there was another team in the mix. A”mystery team,” if you will. And this one might surprise you. ESPN’s Buster Olney…

  14. Jason Varitek is leaning toward retirement

    Feb 17, 2012, 7:02 PM EST

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    Tim Wakefield just officially announced his retirement and it appears as though his longtime teammate Jason Varitek is finally close to making a decision about his future. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe was told by a friend of Varitek as the Wakefield presser that the veteran backstop is leaning toward retirement. Varitek’s agent, Scott…

  15. Ryan Braun may report to spring training without decision on appeal

    Feb 16, 2012, 10:41 PM EST

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    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this week that we would learn the fate of Ryan Braun‘s appeal before the outfielder reports to spring training, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was told by a source “familiar with the appeal” that there’s a possibility a decision could take longer. While there’s hope for…

  16. Brandon Webb is throwing again

    Feb 16, 2012, 9:39 PM EST

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    Brandon Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since Opening Day of the 2009 season due to lingering shoulder woes. He latched on with the Rangers last offseason, but struggled over four minor league rehab starts before requiring another surgery in August. However, he’s still working hard to get his career back on track.…

  17. Reds sign Brett Tomko to a minor league contract

    Feb 16, 2012, 8:15 PM EST

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    Brett Tomko’s career is about to come full circle. According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Reds have agreed to sign Tomko to a minor league contract. Tomko, who turns 39 in April, was originally drafted by the Reds in the second round of the 1995 draft and spent his first three major…

  18. What they’re saying about the passing of Gary Carter

    Feb 16, 2012, 7:41 PM EST

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    Gary Carter passed away this afternoon at the age of 57 following a fight with brain cancer. Here’s some reaction from around a baseball world in mourning. Mets chairman & CEO Fred Wilpon, president Saul Katz and COO Jeff Wilpon: “On behalf of everyone at the Mets, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Gary’s family…

  19. Carl Barger’s family isn’t happy with No. 5 being unretired for Logan Morrison

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:45 PM EST

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    We learned over the weekend that the Marlins were unretiring No. 5 so that Logan Morrison could wear it in memory of his father. Nice story, right? Turns out it’s a bit more complicated. According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the family of former Marlins’ president Carl Barger didn’t hear from the…

  20. Red Sox and Cubs submit Theo compensation arguments to Bud Selig

    Feb 13, 2012, 9:02 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Cubs have submitted written arguments to commissioner Bud Selig in regard to compensation for Theo Epstein. The Red Sox say they were promised “significant compensation” after Epstein stepped down as general manager nearly four months ago in order to become the Cubs’ president of baseball operations,…

  21. Dmitri Young works out for the Pirates

    Feb 13, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

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    We recently passed along word that Dmitri Young was going to have a tryout for the Pirates at the team’s spring training complex in Bradenton, Florida. The scheduled workout took place today, according to Tom Singer of MLB.com. The slimmed-down Young fielded balls at first base and in the outfield, ran the bases and hit…

  22. Stephen Drew doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Opening Day

    Feb 11, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Stephen Drew is currently rehabbing from surgery to repair a fractured right ankle and sports hernia surgery, but we haven’t heard too many updates about his progress. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic wrote last week that the shortstop had turned down multiple requests this offseason for an interview. Well, Drew finally broke his silence…

  23. A.J. Burnett-to-Pittsburgh has a “good chance” of happening

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:08 PM EST

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    UPDATE: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News was told by a source that there’s a “good chance” Burnett gets traded to the Pirates. 1:09 PM: The Yankees and Pirates continue to negotiate a potential A.J. Burnett trade. We learned yesterday that the Bucs were willing to eat $10 million of the $33 million…

  24. UPDATE: Marlins offered Yoenis Cespedes less than $40 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:02 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald is hearing that the Marlins offered Cespedes less than the $40 million sum being reported by Reynoso. 3:15 PM: Marlins’ president David Samson told Jayson Stark of ESPN.com on Tuesday night that the club was considering making an offer to Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes during their meeting in…

  25. Marlins unretire No. 5 for Logan Morrison

    Feb 11, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

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    Logan Morrison will have a new look this season. Nope, not just the new logo and uniforms, but also the number on his back. Morrison broke the news via his Twitter account earlier this afternoon that he’ll switch to No. 5 this season after wearing No. 20 in his previous two seasons in the major…

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