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  1. Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets among teams interested in Jeff Francis

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis Getty

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is beginning to attract more interest from teams in the market for a starting pitcher. The Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets are among the teams believed to be in the mix. Francis, who turned 31 earlier this month, went 6-16 with the Royals…

  2. Picture of the Day: Yu Darvish, Texas Ranger

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a member of the Texas Rangers during a press conference earlier this evening in the “Hall of Fame room” at the Ballpark in Arlington. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media were on hand for the occasion. Below is a picture of…

  3. Report: The Rockies remain interested in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Rockies’ efforts to acquire Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox fizzled rather quickly, but they aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their search for another option at second base. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “remain strongly interested” in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner. This isn’t the first time…

  4. The Athletics are “very interested” in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 20, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said during the Winter Meetings last month that he would prefer to go younger at designated hitter this season, but despite having a number of internal options, things might not work out that way. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles was told by a source (link in Spanish) that Oakland…

  5. Mike Napoli has begun running after ankle injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We learned last week that Mike Napoli had yet to run comfortably on the left ankle injury that he suffered in an awkward baserunning play at second base during Game 6 of the World Series against the Cardinals, but he has made some progress over the past few days. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com,…

  6. R.A. Dickey is back from Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    RA Dickey

    R.A. Dickey returned to the United States on Tuesday after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last week. Dickey’s former teammate and current Rockies right-hander Kevin Slowey and Mets bullpen catcher Dave Raccaniello also participated in the climb, which was part of an effort to raise money and awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization dedicated…

  7. Details of Yu Darvish’s contract with the Rangers

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    Yu Darvish Getty

    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the year-by-year breakdown of Yu Darvish‘s contract with the Rangers: 2012: $5.5 million 2013: $9.5 million 2014: $10 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $10 million 2017: $11 million The deal was initially reported as a six-year, $60 million contract, but it turns out that $56 million is…

  8. The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen. Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired…

  9. The Angels have shown interest in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    After the Reds signed Ryan Madson last week, Francisco Cordero was forced to turn his attention to a free agent market without many obvious places to close ballgames. The Orioles were mentioned as a possibility on Monday, but it’s hard to see why adding a late-game reliever should be a priority for them, especially when…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run in the Dominican Winter League last night

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Yoenis Cespedes‘ early struggles in the Dominican Winter League playoffs have been well documented, but he finally caught up with one last night. The 26-year-old outfielder turned on a 97 mph fastball from Astros’ Rule 5 pick right-hander Rhiner Cruz for a long home run over the left field fence. Below is the video footage,…

  11. Report: Astros, Jack Cust agree to one-year deal with club option

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    UPDATE: Put the pitchforks and torches down, Astros fans. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Cust will get a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. While this is a little better than what we heard a few moments ago, most expected he wouldn’t get anything more than a spring training invite.…

  12. Padres and Carlos Quentin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.25 million contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

    quentin getty wide

    Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said earlier this month that he acquired Carlos Quentin from the White Sox with the idea of eventually signing him to a contract extension. Those talks have apparently been tabled for now, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year,…

  13. Braves re-sign Peter Moylan to minor-league contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

    moylan face getty

    The Braves non-tendered right-hander Peter Moylan last month, but David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the two sides have agreed to a minor league contract which includes an invitation to spring training. Moylan would make a $1 million prorated salary for time spent in the majors and could earn more with performance-based incentives.…

  14. Giants and Pablo Sandoval agree to a three-year, $17.15 million contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    While the Giants have some work to do in order to keep Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for the long haul, they have at least locked up a key position player through his arbitration seasons. The Giants just announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Andrew Baggarly of…

  15. Report: Reds and Ryan Ludwick agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2013. He’ll be reunited with Walt Jocketty, who was the general manager during his time in St. Louis. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Ludwick will make a $2.5 million base salary…

  16. Giants and Angel Pagan avoid arbitration with one-year, $4.85 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Giants and outfielder Angel Pagan have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.85 million contract. The deal includes $150,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Pagan, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason, made $3.5 million with the Mets in 2011 while batting…

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

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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