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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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,…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

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

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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    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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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,…

  15. 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.”…

  16. UPDATE: Adrian Beltre took physical with Rangers today

    Jan 4, 2011, 11:07 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre swinging

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Adrian Beltre took his physical with the Rangers earlier today. The contract will be officially announced during a press conference tomorrow. 9:41 PM: It’s almost a done deal. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Adrian Beltre will be in Texas tonight in order to undergo…

  17. Report: Braves and Dan Uggla agree to five-year, $62 million extension

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Braves and Dan Uggla have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a five-year, $62 million contract. Some thought Uggla may have been pushing his luck when he turned down a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins in November, leading to a trade to the Braves. But you see,…

  18. Report: Nationals sign Adam LaRoche to two-year deal

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    It was more of a matter of “when” than “if,” but according to Peter Gammons of MLB Network, the Nationals have signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year contract. He’s expected to take a physical on Thursday in order to finalize the deal. Terms aren’t yet known, but Jen Royle of MASNSports.com reported last week that…

  19. Report: Mets have offered Chris Young more than $1 million guaranteed

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    Shortly after the Mets added Chris Capuano as an option for their starting rotation last night, there were a few reports that suggested the club wasn’t done looking for additional help. With that in mind, Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Mets’ offer to free agent right-hander Chris Young includes a guaranteed salary of…

  20. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon held pending the results of ballistic tests

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:28 AM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    UPDATE: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Simon is being held in the Dominican Republic pending the results of ballistic tests. Authorities are currently trying to confirm whether the bullet that killed Castillo came from Simon’s gun. He has yet to be charged with a crime, though he is the lead suspect. 9:28…

  21. UPDATE: Michael Young willing to be DH if club signs Adrian Beltre

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:17 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    UPDATE: Remember what I wrote earlier? Well, scratch all that. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Michael Young said he is willing to be a designated hitter if the club signs Adrian Beltre. 6:39 PM: Depending on what you read right now, the Rangers may or may not be close to signing…

  22. Reds plan to keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Now that veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes has officially signed with the Rangers, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that Aroldis Chapman will likely remain in the bullpen for 2011. “I would think so, yeah,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “The plans are to keep Chapman in the bullpen right now.…

  23. Mets sign Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz

    Jan 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EDT

    Mets logo

    According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, the Mets added a pair of Tommy John survivors today by agreeing to one-year contracts with left-hander Chris Capuano and right-hander Taylor Buchholz. Capuano, 32, returned from his second Tommy John surgery to post a 3.95 ERA and 54/21 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers last season,…

  24. Matt Thornton didn’t appreciate Oney Guillen’s tweets

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Thornton Guillen

    During an appearance on ESPN 1000 in Chicago earlier today, Matt Thornton criticized Ozzie Guillen’s son Oney for his recent tweets regarding former closer Bobby Jenks. “What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that’s crossing a pretty big line in my personal opinion. That’s something that’s gotta be addressed quickly and taken care…

  25. Carlos Guillen “more and more likely” to be ready for Opening Day

    Jan 1, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen knee

    As you may recall, Carlos Guillen underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last September due to an injury suffered on a takeout slide by Brett Gardner last August. There isn’t much of a track record as far as microfracture success stories in MLB, but it sounds as though Guillen is making good progress thus…

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