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  1. Jed Lowrie could push Marco Scutaro for playing time at shortstop

    Jan 15, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie swinging

    During an appearance at the “Hot Stove Cool Music” panel discussion at Fenway Park last night, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein expressed confidence in Marco Scutaro as the starting shortstop, but suggested that Jed Lowrie could push him for playing time this season (via Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal). “We have two really…

  2. Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto among 119 players who filed for salary arbitration

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    stack of money

    American League MVP Josh Hamilton and National League MVP Joey Votto were among the 119 players who filed for salary arbitration yesterday. Hamilton earned $3.25 million last season and is in his second year of eligibility, while Votto is arbitration-eligible for the first time. Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with a few agents…

  3. Report: Fox advances Frank McCourt money to help cover Dodgers’ operating expenses

    Jan 15, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, who has been all over this story, Fox has advanced Dodgers owner Frank McCourt money in order to help cover the team’s operating expenses. Fox owes the Dodgers $35 million for television rights this year, $37 million next year and $39 million in 2013, according to…

  4. The Nationals aren’t in on Chris Young

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote earlier this week that the Nationals “may be in play” for free agent right-hander Chris Young, but a baseball source told Bill Ladson of MLB.com today that the report was untrue. This would seem to leave the Mets as the most logical destination, as the two sides have been connected…

  5. Heyman: Yankees would consider trading Joba Chamberlain for a starter

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    After news of the Rafael Soriano signing broke last night, many had the logical take that the Yankees should consider moving Joba Chamberlain back into the starting rotation. Of course, that probably won’t happen, which is all the more frustrating after reading the following information. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees would consider…

  6. Cubs and Geovany Soto avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the Cubs and Geovany Soto have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract, avoiding arbitration in the player’s first year of eligibility. He earned $575,000 last season. Soto, who turns 28 later this month, bounced back from a disappointing 2009 campaign to bat .280/.393/.497 with 17 home runs and…

  7. Twins invite top pitching prospect Kyle Gibson to spring training

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    Kyle Gibson throws

    The Twins announced a list of 19 non-roster invitees to spring training this afternoon, including top prospect pitcher Kyle Gibson. Gibson was considered one of the most polished pitchers in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, but fell to No. 22 overall due to concerns about a stress fracture in his forearm. He made his professional…

  8. Ruben Amaro doesn’t sound like he’s in a hurry to deal Joe Blanton

    Jan 11, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Joe Blanton

    The Phillies are still actively shopping Joe Blanton, but general manager Ruben Amaro told Todd Zolecki of MLB.com that he has no sense of urgency to make a deal for salary relief. “I really don’t have to do anything,” he said. “We’ll see whether it makes some sense to increase some flexibility for us for…

  9. Former No. 1 overall pick Kris Benson retires

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Kris Benson throwing

    From the hardly shocking news department: Kris Benson told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he has decided to retire. “I’m done,” the 36-year-old said by phone from his home outside Atlanta. “I decided pretty much after this past season that I wasn’t going to pursue anything. I’ve been putting way too much into it…

  10. UPDATE: Brad Penny tells us he’s close to signing a contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brad Penny cards

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Tigers are looking like the front-runners to sign Penny. 8:30 PM: Brad Penny just cut out the middleman and gave us the latest update on his job search via his Twitter account. “Getting close to finding my new home. Should know by the end of the day.”…

  11. Don Cooper doesn’t want the White Sox to mess with Chris Sale

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    The White Sox just officially announced a two-year, $4 million contract with left-handed reliever Will Ohman. When the agreement was initially reported on Saturday, many immediately speculated (including myself) that his addition to the bullpen would push Matt Thornton to the closer role and Chris Sale to the rotation if Jake Peavy isn’t ready for…

  12. Reds sign Fred Lewis to a one-year contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Fred Lewis high five

    The Reds have signed outfielder Fred Lewis to a one-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’ll make a $900,000 base salary, plus incentives. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays in December after batting .262/.332/.442 with eight home runs, 36 RBI, 17 stolen bases and a 745…

  13. The Rangers attempted to acquire Matt Garza from the Rays

    Jan 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Matt Garza pitching Rays

    Doesn’t matter much now that a deal with the Cubs is complete, but according to Peter Gammons — and information passed along by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com — the Rangers pushed hard for Matt Garza this week. The Rangers were willing to part with left-hander Derek Holland, right-handed reliever Frank Francisco and prospect outfielder Engel…

  14. David Aardsma might not be ready for the season after hip surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    The Mariners originally expressed optimism that David Aardsma would be ready for the start of the season after hip surgery, but general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times yesterday that the surgery was more extensive than first expected and that the right-hander might not be ready for Opening Day. Aardsma, who…

  15. The Yankees are apparently still in on Rafael Soriano

    Jan 8, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees are still in on free agent reliever Rafael Soriano. This seems curious given that just yesterday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he is not willing to surrender the team’s first-round draft pick. If the Yankees were to sign Soriano,…

  16. Athletics acquire right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from Rangers

    Jan 8, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Guillermo Moscoso

    Here’s a pretty minor deal on a slow Saturday. Initially reported by Oscar Prieto Rojas and confirmed by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, the Athletics have acquired Guillermo Moscoso from the Rangers for minor league right-hander Ryan Kelly. Moscoso was designated for assignment by the Rangers earlier this week in order to make room for…

  17. Report: White Sox agree to two-year, $4 million deal with Will Ohman

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Will Ohman throwing

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the White Sox have signed Ohman to a two-year, $4 million contract, pending a physical. Friday, 7:10 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted earlier this afternoon that reliever Will Ohman had narrowed his choice to three teams. We’re beginning to piece this thing together. According to Dan Connolly…

  18. The Cubs have acquired Joaquin Benoit! Oh wait.

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

    click here bigger

    If you’re looking for a good laugh this morning, the Chicago Sun-Times is happy to help. The Cubs made the back page of Saturday’s paper following yesterday’s acquisition of Matt Garza from the Rays, but the thing is, they used a picture of Joaquin Benoit, instead. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the…

  19. The Mets are only willing to consider another starter on the cheap

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Mets logo

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets don’t want to pay another starting pitcher more than Chris Capuano, who was signed to an incentive-laden deal by the club earlier this week. Capuano will earn a base salary of $1.5 million with the Mets this season. The left-hander could make an additional $3…

  20. Joe Torre may get Sandy Alderson’s old gig with MLB

    Jan 8, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    According to Teri Thompson and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Joe Torre is in talks with baseball commissioner Bud Selig about joining MLB as executive vice president of operations. Sandy Alderson vacated the post to become the new general manager of the Mets in October. Longtime executive John McHale Jr. is currently…

  21. Frank McCourt met with executives from the commissioner’s office this week

    Jan 8, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met with executives from the commissioner’s office — but not the commissioner himself — from Monday through Wednesday at MLB headquarters in New York. The topic du jour? McCourt, who requested the meetings, outlined his plans for retaining control of the Dodgers…

  22. The Yankees have begun talks with Andruw Jones

    Jan 8, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have started talks with free agent Andruw Jones, though a deal is not believed to be close. Heyman wrote earlier this week that the Bombers were considering Jones. The Yankees are pursuing Jones in part because they need a right-handed hitting outfielder, but also because they are…

  23. Carlos Delgado hopes to make another comeback attempt

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    Carlos Delgado has undergone three hip surgeries since his last major league at-bat on May 9, 2009, but he’s not about to give up now. In fact, he told Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun that he hopes to sign with a team in time to get some at-bats during spring training. “I’d like to…

  24. Mariners and Brendan Ryan avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    This deal was announced earlier in the week, then denied, but now it’s officially official. According to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald, the Mariners avoided arbitration with infielder Brendan Ryan by agreeing to a two-year contract. Terms weren’t disclosed, but Stephen Hawkins of the Associated Press previously reported that Ryan agreed to a two-year,…

  25. Report: Preliminary forensics test could clear Alfredo Simon in shooting

    Jan 5, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    Take this news with a grain of salt, but Alfredo Simon’s lawyer told CNN tonight that a “preliminary forensics test” could clear the pitcher in the shooting death of 25-year-old Michael Esteban Castillo. “The ballistics tests have been favorable,” lawyer Carlos Olivares told CNN in a telephone interview. “We are waiting for the formal report.”…

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