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  1. UPDATE: Orioles not close to deal with Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE: Orioles president Andy MacPhail tells Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com that Bowden’s report “is not accurate.” He’s not the first one to say that. 8:32 AM: According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Vladimir Guerrero is close to signing a one-year contract with the Orioles. Bowden calls it a “humbling deal” and “one of…

  2. Brewers, Kameron Loe avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Kameron Loe

    The Brewers and right-hander Kameron Loe avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Loe requested $1.65 million and was offered $1.055 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. While this contract is below the midpoint, the 29-year-old right-hander can make…

  3. Report: Rays agree to terms with Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    Rays logo large

    Oh, what a night. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, pending physicals. According to Heyman, Damon will receive a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 worth of incentives based on attendance. Ramirez will get $2 million guaranteed. That’s right. Just $2 million.…

  4. What does the Vernon Wells trade mean for Jose Bautista?

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swinging

    That’s what many Blue Jays fans are wondering right now. We’ve heard conflicting reports about whether the Blue Jays are picking up any of the $86 million remaining on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that they will, Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press hears that they won’t. Angels general manager Tony Reagins…

  5. White Sox pick up Ozzie Guillen’s option for 2012

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox just held a news conference to announce that they have picked up the 2012 option for manager Ozzie Guillen. There was some speculation last September that Guillen was on his way out after he said he wanted to know where he stood with the…

  6. ESPN to televise 10 spring training games

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    old TV

    ESPN just announced that they will televise 10 spring training games. The schedule breaks down as follows: March 3:  Detroit vs. Atlanta – 1 p.m. ET March 14:  N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston – 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2) March 16: Boston vs. Atlanta – 1 p.m. ET March 21:  Boston vs. Philadelphia – 1 p.m. ET…

  7. The first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is set

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:57 PM EDT

    MLB Draft

    Carl Pavano was the final Type A free agent left on the board. And now that he has re-signed with the Twins, the first-round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is officially set. Courtesy of Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, let’s take a look at the field: 1. Pittsburgh Pirates 2. Seattle Mariners 3. Arizona Diamondbacks…

  8. The Rangers are finally ready to give Jon Daniels a contract extension

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels

    The Rangers have had a pretty hectic offseason. After losing to the Giants in the World Series, they found themselves in almost instant contract talks with Cliff Lee right up until mid-December. Once Lee signed with the Phillies, the Rangers countered with the additions of Brandon Webb and Adrian Beltre. Naturally, there hasn’t been much…

  9. Jerry Hairston Jr. agrees to one-year deal with Nationals

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:56 PM EDT

    Jerry Hairston Jr

    Our own Aaron Gleeman mentioned the possibility last week and now the deal is done. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Jerry Hairston Jr. has agreed to terms with the Nationals. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Hairston signed a one-year, $2 million contract with another $1 million in performance-based incentives. Hairston, who turns 35…

  10. Adrian Gonzalez plays catch for the first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Good news for Red Sox fans. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Adrian Gonzalez tossed a baseball with his brother Edgar Gonzalez on Monday, the first time he has played catch since undergoing right shoulder surgery. After Gonzalez underwent the procedure in October, he said in a radio interview that he may not be cleared…

  11. Matt Szczur passes up football to stay with Cubs

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:11 AM EDT

    Matt Szczur

    According to Jim Callis of Baseball America, Cubs prospect outfielder Matt Szczur has accepted a $1.5 million deal to stick with baseball rather than pursue a career in the NFL. The story was first reported by Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net. Szczur originally signed for $100,000 after being drafted in the fifth round last June. The…

  12. UPDATE: Milton Bradley arrested on felony charge for allegedly making a threat

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:49 PM EDT

    Mariners' batter Bradley reacts during the second inning of their MLB American League Opening Day baseball game in Seattle

    UPDATE: According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, Bradley was arrested at home at around 10:40 a.m for making a threat against an unidentified female. He was later released on $50,000 bail. By the way, here’s a link to the penal code section 422. 9:22 PM: The law isn’t really my game, but our…

  13. Ruben Amaro doesn’t feel “comfortable” trading Joe Blanton

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    When we checked in with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. last week, he wasn’t in a hurry to deal Joe Blanton. Now? According to what he told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com today, it sounds like he isn’t willing to deal him at all. “I don’t feel comfortable doing it,” Amaro told FOXSports.com. “He’s going…

  14. Jose Bautista requests $10.5 million in arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swinging

    Now here’s a really interesting case. Of course, Jose Bautista shocked the baseball world last season by leading the majors with 54 home runs to go along with a solid .260/.378/.617 batting line, 124 RBI and a .995 OPS. Such a breakthrough season can be particularly tricky come arbitration time, so it’s no shock that…

  15. Josh Hamilton files for $12 million in arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    As some of you may have noticed already, today is the day that players and teams submit arbitration figures. We have seen a number of contracts get worked out right before the deadline, but there are a few notable players who filed today. We’ll touch on a couple of them here, beginning with last year’s…

  16. Marlins agree to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    The Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica tonight, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nunez will make $3.65 million plus performance bonuses based on games finished. Nunez earned $2 million last season while posting…

  17. Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera ap

    The Indians and Asdrubal Cabrera avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year contract. The Associated Press reports that the deal is worth $2.025 million. Cabrera was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 25-year-old shortstop batted .276/.326/.346 with three home runs, 29 RBI, a .673 OPS and six stolen bases in 425 plate…

  18. Report: Dodgers reach agreement with Marcus Thames

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

    Marcus Thames yanks

    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract with Marcus Thames. No word on the specific terms involved, but the deal could be finalized by as soon as tomorrow. Thames, who turns 34 in March, batted .288/.350/.491 with 12 home runs, 33 RBI and .841…

  19. Details of Brandon Webb’s contract with the Rangers

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb rangers

    Brandon Webb signed an incentive-laden one-year contract with the Rangers earlier this month that will guarantee him $3 million, but now we have learned the some of the details. Via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: He gets $150,000 when he reaches 100 innings. He will $150,000 more for 110 and 120 innings pitched. His bonus goes…

  20. Rays, B.J. Upton avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

    BJ Upton ap

    The Rays and B.J. Upton avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $4.825 million, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. The Tampa Tribune reports that he could make an additional $25,000 based on plate appearances. The 26-year-old Upton earned $3 million in 2010 after losing an arbitration hearing in…

  21. Ozzie Canseco arrested on DUI charges in Florida

    Jan 15, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Ozzie Canseco

    The Associated Press reports that Ozzie Canseco, twin brother of Jose Canseco, was arrested in Florida this morning for DUI charges. According to Kristal Roberts of the local ABC affiliate in Tampa, Canseco had a blood alcohol level between .109 and .108, above the .08 legal limit. The 46-year-old was booked early this morning and…

  22. Albert Pujols sets spring training deadline for contract talks

    Jan 15, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Pujols swing

    That’s the sobering news from the team’s annual Winter Warm-Up event this afternoon. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak confirmed that Albert Pujols and his agent Don Lozano will not negotiate a contract extension once spring training begins. It’s not clear if this has been the deadline all…

  23. Phillies, Ben Francisco avoid arbitation with one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

    ben Francisco swinging

    The Phillies and outfielder Ben Francisco avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.175 million contract, according to Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Francisco, who was acquired from the Indians along with Cliff Lee in July of 2009, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 29-year-old outfielder earned $470,000 last season while…

  24. Olney: Brian Cashman has “full confidence” of Steinbrenners

    Jan 15, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman, Hank Steinbrenner

    If you ever had any doubt that the Yankees own New York, just look at the back page of the New York Daily News today. Pretty impressive feat — no, I didn’t use that word because of Rex Ryan — especially on a weekend when the Jets are playing the Patriots in the divisional playoffs.…

  25. Cardinals and Kyle McClellan avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2011, 2:15 PM EDT

    Kyle McLellan throwing

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak just announced at the team’s annual Winter Warm-Up Event that the team avoided arbitration with right-hander Kyle McClellan by agreeing on a one-year contract. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted earlier this morning that a deal was close. McClellan, 26, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.…

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