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  1. Indians “making progress” in talks with Kevin Millwood

    Feb 5, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    kevin_millwood

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports this morning that the Indians are “making progress” in talks with free agent right-hander Kevin Millwood. Indians CEO Paul Dolan would have to approve the signing if it’s a major league deal. We heard the other day that Millwood was looking for $4-5 million, but that seems…

  2. Dennys Reyes signs minor league deal with Red Sox

    Feb 5, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    After having a major league deal with the Phillies fall through earlier this winter, left-handed reliever Denny Reyes has signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi. Reyes, 33, posted a 3.35 ERA and 25/21 K/BB ratio over 38 innings with the Cardinals last season. Though lefties batted…

  3. Kyle Drabek may not have an innings limit this season

    Feb 4, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Drabek

    In an interview with FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi earlier this week, new Blue Jays manager John Farrell didn’t dismiss the possibility that Kyle Drabek could eclipse 200 innings in his rookie season. “You can look at the (innings) progression he’s already gone through to this point,” Farrell said of Drabek, whose father, Doug, is the…

  4. Yankees sign Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts

    Feb 4, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Eric Chavez

    According to Sweeney Murti of WFAN, the Yankees have signed Eric Chavez and Ronnie Belliard to minor league contracts. They’ll both get invites to spring training. The oft-injured Chavez has played in a grand total of 154 games since the start of the 2007 season, but worked out for a number of teams this winter,…

  5. UPDATE: Orioles sign Vladimir Guerrero to a one-year, $8 million contract

    Feb 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that a significant portion of Guerrero’s $8 million salary is deferred. 6:59 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com confirms his colleague’s initial report. It’s one-year, $8 million, pending a physical. Interestingly, as Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun notes, the O’s payroll now sits at approximately $93 million, approximately $20…

  6. Blizzard takes off part of Wrigley Field’s roof

    Feb 1, 2011, 10:32 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    As evidenced by this insane picture from space, there’s some pretty crazy winter weather going on around the country right now. Perhaps you’re right in the middle of it. We currently have a massive blizzard wreaking havoc in the Chicago area. Mayor Richard M. Daley cautioned that it could be “a storm of historic magnitude”…

  7. The Indians are working to sign Jeremy Bonderman

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Jeremy Bonderman throwing

    Just hours after Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said his club was not re-signing Jeremy Bonderman, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Indians are currently working to sign him to a contract. It’s not clear if this will be a major league deal, but Tom Gage of the Detroit News speculated earlier today that…

  8. Orioles unlikely to make decision regarding Alfredo Simon until later this month

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    The Orioles have declined to comment in regards to Alfredo Simon, who is currently the prime suspect in the shooting death of his cousin in the Dominican Republic. But after hearing that he was recently denied bail, it’s pretty obvious that the right-hander won’t report to spring training on time, if at all. With that…

  9. Report: Rays to sign Felipe Lopez to a minor league contract

    Feb 1, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    felipe-lopez-cardinals

    UPDATE: Multiple major league sources tell Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the Red Sox would not be entitled to a draft pick, even if Lopez makes the Rays’ Opening Day roster. Nicely played, Mr. Friedman. 8:17 PM: Here’s an interesting one. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays are expected to…

  10. Bud Selig met with the Wilpons and Saul Katz today

    Feb 1, 2011, 6:48 PM EDT

    CORRECTION Mets Sale Baseball

    The Wilpons and Mets team president Saul Katz met with commissioner Bud Selig earlier today, according to the Associated Press. It doesn’t appear that this was an emergency meeting, as it was scheduled a couple weeks in advance. Still, according to Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, the team’s financial issues were a…

  11. Yankees sign Freddy Garcia to a minor league contract

    Jan 31, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    Earlier today we learned of Freddy Garcia’s desire to play for the Yankees. Wish granted. Well, sort of. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Yankees have signed Garcia to a minor league contract. He’ll compete with Ivan Nova, Sergio Mitre and Bartolo Colon for one of the two final spots in the starting rotation…

  12. Former closer Jason Isringhausen tried out for the Reds today

    Jan 31, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Jason Isringhausen AP

    Jason Isringhausen hasn’t thrown a pitch in the majors since undergoing Tommy John surgery in June of 2009 and hasn’t been an effective pitcher since 2007, but he’s still trying to keep his career alive. According to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com, Isringhausen threw approximately 30-35 pitches for Reds pitching coach Bryan Price in Arizona earlier…

  13. Report: White Sox agree to four-year, $32.5 million extension with Alexei Ramirez

    Jan 31, 2011, 7:16 PM EDT

    Alexei Ramirez ap

    According to Jorge Ebro of the El Nuevo Herald, the White Sox have signed Alexei Ramirez to a four-year, $32 million extension with a $10 million club option for a fifth year. Ramirez, who defected from Cuba via the Dominican Republic, originally signed a four-year, $4.4 million contract with the White Sox in December of…

  14. Mets and Angel Pagan avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 31, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan swinging

    The Mets are officially done with their arbitration cases. In addition to finalizing a multi-year contract with R.A. Dickey today, the club announced that they avoided arbitration with Angel Pagan by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract. Pagan filed for $4.2 million and was offered a little over $3.06 million by the Mets when…

  15. UPDATE: Reds, Volquez reach deal, avoid arbitration

    Jan 30, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    UPDATE: Mark Sheldon of MLB.com says this one is done. Saturday, 5:37 PM: Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Reds and Volquez are close to an agreement on a one-year, $1.6 million contract. Saturday, 3:31 PM: Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer earlier today that he expects…

  16. Blue Jays, Frank Francisco avoid arbitration with $4 million deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

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    Right on cue, the Blue Jays just announced via their Twitter feed that they have avoided arbitration with reliever Frank Francisco by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract. Francisco, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli earlier this week, requested $4.875 million and was offered $3.5 million from the Rangers when…

  17. Rangers and Mike Napoli avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Rangers and Mike Napoli avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million contract, according to to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Napoli, who was just acquired from the Blue Jays for Frank Francisco earlier this week, requested $6.1 million and was offered $5.3 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged last…

  18. Marlins sign Shawn Hill to a minor league contract

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Shawn Hill Jays

    The Marlins have signed Shawn Hill to a minor league contract, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The 29-year-old right-hander will receive an invite to major league spring training and will make $600,000 if he makes the team. The native Canadian was released by the Blue Jays in November after posting a 2.61 ERA and 14/4…

  19. UPDATE: Chone Figgins says he wants to stay — and win — in Seattle

    Jan 29, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins running

    UPDATE: According to a Tweet by John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse, Chone Figgins says he wants to stay “and win in Seattle.” He might be waiting a while. For what it’s worth, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that Figgins has not been asked to waive his limited no-trade clause, which includes…

  20. Kyle Farnsworth’s contract includes incentives for games finished

    Jan 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kyle Farnsworth

    The Rays signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year contract with an option for 2012 earlier this month, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has some interesting contract details. Farnsworth receives a base salary of $2.6 million this season and either a $3.3 million option or $650,000 buyout for 2012. The interesting part…

  21. Rangers negotiating contract extension with Jon Daniels

    Jan 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels GM

    Rangers president Nolan Ryan said last week that the club was going to make it a priority to work out a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels before spring training. It sounds like they are going to make good on that promise. Jon Heyman of SI.com reported last night that the Rangers are talking…

  22. Derek Jeter is already working on hitting mechanics with Kevin Long

    Jan 29, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

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    Ben Shpigel of the New York Times has an excellent, must-read piece about Derek Jeter‘s work with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long this week. Interestingly, Long told Shpigel that Jeter has always has always had a slightly flawed swing, due to the familiar stride that he takes towards the mound with his left leg. Coming…

  23. UPDATE: Orioles aren’t willing to budge from current offer for Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 29, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Orioles want Vladimir Guerrero, but only on their terms. He reports the total worth of the O’s offer is somewhere around $4.5-5 million. I would assume that includes a lower base salary with some incentives. 7:15 PM, Friday: Well, this act is getting old. According to Brittany…

  24. Dodgers sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Mike McDougal

    The Dodgers signed former All-Star reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed. OK, so I really wanted to use that former All-Star line. Fact is, MacDougal hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a few years now. MacDougal, who turns 34 in March,…

  25. Albert Pujols would veto any trade

    Jan 29, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Some have wondered whether the Cardinals would consider trading Albert Pujols if they are unable to work out a contract extension prior to spring training. Yeah, you can scratch that idea. Sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that Pujols will not accept any trade proposal. And with his 10 and 5 rights, he has every…

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