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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

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

    Jan 29, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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,…

  14. 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…

  15. Mets and R.A. Dickey avoid arbitration, agree to two-year deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    UPDATE: Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the deal is worth about $8 million. 11:13 PM, Friday: The Mets might be hard up for cash, but they just signed one of their pitchers to a multi-year contract. According to Andy Martino, the Mets and R.A. Dickey avoided arbitration by agreeing to a…

  16. Blue Jays and Jason Frasor avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    The Blue Jays and Jason Frasor have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, according to a team press release. The contract includes a $3.75 million team option for 2012. The 33-year-old Frasor accepted arbitration from the Blue Jays at the end of November, a decision motivated by his Type A free…

  17. Joe Mauer recovering well from offseason knee surgery

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer, A.J. Pierzynski

    During an appearance with the Twins’ annual Winter Caravan earlier this week, Joe Mauer told FOX Sports 9 in Minnesota that he “should be OK” for spring training after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee in December. Seemed innocent enough at the time, but that one Tweet was still enough to send some fans…

  18. Twins to retire Bert Blyleven’s number

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

    blyleven

    2011 is going to be one big victory lap for Bert Blyleven. The Twins announced Thursday night at their annual Diamond Awards that they plan to retire his No. 28 during “Bert Blyleven Day” on July 16, prior to a game against the Texas Rangers. Blyleven will be inducted to the Hall of Fame alongside…

  19. Fred Wilpon would like Omar Minaya to remain with Mets in advisory role

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon told Ian Begley of ESPN New York earlier today that he would like former general manager Omar Minaya to remain with the organization in an advisory role. “I think Omar is a very good man and a very good person also,” Wilpon said at the Police Athletic League’s 18th annual Sportsnite…

  20. Darryl Strawberry to run to the top of Empire State Building to support cancer research

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Darryl Strawberry mets

    Two Darryl Strawberry stories in one week? Either I’m nostalgic or we need spring training to get here real soon. In all seriousness, I’m mentioning Strawberry for a very good reason this time, as he plans to run to the top of the Empire State Building to raise money for cancer research. It’s all part…

  21. The White Sox are interested in re-signing Freddy Garcia

    Jan 27, 2011, 6:33 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The White Sox have considered a few in-house options to fill the void in their starting rotation until Jake Peavy is ready to return from shoulder surgery. Now we can add another familiar face to the list. Jon Heyman of SI.com reported earlier this afternoon that the club is considering re-signing free agent right-hander Freddy…

  22. The Red Sox made a pitch for Jose Bautista at the winter meetings

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:14 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista swings

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox made “multiple offers” for Jose Bautista at last month’s winter meetings. These conversations took place after Jayson Werth rocked the baseball world by signing with the Nationals and before the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford, but the addition of Bautista would have likely had a radical…

  23. The Blue Jays sent $5 million to the Angels in the Vernon Wells deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Tony Reagins

    OK. Calm down, everybody. This all makes sense now. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Blue Jays did indeed send cash to the Angels to help cover some of Vernon Wells’ massive contract. The whopping sum of $5 million, in fact. Heyman writes that the “teams apparently just didn’t want to disclose” that money…

  24. Darryl Strawberry thinks Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Here we go again. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Darryl Strawberry believes Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets. “Wally will be the next manager of the Mets, in my opinion. I don’t have much say, but I thought he would’ve been the right choice for them. Not taking…

  25. Astros, Wandy Rodriguez agree to three-year, $34 million extension

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:37 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez ap

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $34 million contract extension. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2014 which could net him as much as $44.5 million, according to Alyson Footer, Sr. Director of Social Media for the Astros.…

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