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  1. The deadline to sign Albert Pujols is a little earlier than we thought

    Feb 8, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    It was reported last month that Albert Pujols and his agent Dan Lozano would cut off contract talks with the Cardinals if an extension wasn’t reached by spring training. We have been operating under the assumption that his self-imposed deadline was going to be February 19. Turns out he’ll be an early arrival. ESPN.com and…

  2. Rockies and Angels among places where Michael Young would accept a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:51 PM EDT

    Michael Young AP

    Sources have told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the eight teams where Michael Young would accept a trade. Drumroll: They are the Cardinals, Yankees, Twins, Astros, Rockies, Dodgers, Angels and Padres. Young is from Southern California, so it’s no surprise to see the Dodgers, Angels and Padres on this list. Of course, this doesn’t mean the…

  3. Michael Young: “I’ve been misled and manipulated”

    Feb 7, 2011, 11:13 PM EDT

    Michael Young swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com speculated earlier this evening that despite Michael Young‘s desire for a trade, he would still likely open spring training with the team. Well, judging by Young’s comments to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News earlier tonight, the Rangers may have no choice but to deal him away. “I’ve kept a…

  4. What’s going on with Jake Peavy?

    Feb 7, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Jake Peavy shoulder

    We’re about to find out. Jake Peavy is expected to provide an update on his rehab from shoulder surgery during a conference call tomorrow, according to Scot Gregor of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald. Peavy posted a 4.63 ERA over his first 17 starts last season before suffering a detached lat muscle near his right…

  5. Dodgers sign Aaron Miles to a minor league contract

    Feb 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Aaron Miles gritty

    The Dodgers announced via their Twitter feed that they have signed Aaron Miles to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Miles will earn a salary of $500,000 if he makes the team. As evidenced by the picture to the right, Miles is usually associated with…

  6. Rangers confirm that Michael Young has requested a trade

    Feb 7, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    UPDATE: Jayson Stark of ESPN.com writes that a major source of the friction between the two sides is that the club was attempting to trade Young, but telling him otherwise. Now he wants out of Texas, but the Rangers are reluctant to deal him. In a word, awkward. 6:22 PM: Confirming what Tim Brown of…

  7. How will the Mets handle Francisco Rodriguez this season?

    Feb 5, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    We’re probably getting a little bit ahead of ourselves with this topic, but it’s a worthwhile discussion on a slow news day. The Mets will get plenty of payroll relief when Carlos Beltran, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo come off the books after this season, but the status of Francisco Rodriguez could be much trickier.…

  8. UPDATE: OK, maybe Michael Young isn’t going anywhere yet

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

    Michael Young ap

    UPDATE: Haven’t we been through this whole song and dance before? Troy Renck of the Denver Post has spoken with multiple sources with direct knowledge of the Rockies’ situation, who tell him that the Rangers have not re-opened talks for Michael Young. The Rockies are interested, mind you, but they would want the Rangers to…

  9. Twins and Francisco Liriano avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Feb 5, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano throwing

    The Twins and Francisco Liriano have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.3 million contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Liriano requested $5 million and was offered $3.6 million from the Twins when arbitration figures were submitted last month, so the two sides ultimately settled at the exact midpoint. The 27-year-old left-hander went…

  10. Kelvim Escobar is attempting another comeback

    Feb 5, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kelvim Escobar throwing

    Most of us scoffed when the Mets signed Kelvim Escobar to a guaranteed major league contract last winter. He was limited in the early part of spring training and eventually needed season-ending surgery in May to repair a capsule tear in the front of his right shoulder. Now he’s attempting another comeback as a relief…

  11. Uh-oh: Cardinals’ contract talks with Albert Pujols are not going well

    Feb 5, 2011, 2:31 PM EDT

    Pujols swing

    With two weeks to go before spring training, this isn’t what Cardinals fans want to hear. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that while most “baseball people” believe that the Cardinals will sign Albert Pujols, the club is currently balking at his asking price. According to Rosenthal, Pujols wants a contract that “reflects his status as…

  12. Jim Edmonds had surgery on his Achilles tendon last month

    Feb 5, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jim Edmonds swing

    Jim Edmonds surprised many around the game by signing a minor league contract with the Cardinals yesterday. The 40-year-old outfielder was limited down the stretch last season due to a left Achilles injury, but he decided to return for his 18th major league season after undergoing surgery to repair the tendon last month. According to…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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”…

  19. 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…

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

    Feb 1, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    simon bigger

    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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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