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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Twins to retire Bert Blyleven’s number

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:01 AM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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.…

  13. Padres agree to deal with Jorge Cantu

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:53 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Oakland Athletics

    UPDATE: A slight correction. Dan Hayes of the North County Times hears that it is a non-guaranteed major league deal. 11:35 PM: Marty Caswell of XX1090 Sports Radio in San Diego reports that Cantu will make an $850,000 base salary in his new one-year contract with the Padres. I would assume there are some incentives…

  14. Justin Morneau to skip TwinsFest in order to continue workouts

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Here’s a little addendum to what Craig wrote this morning. Twins general manager Bill Smith has informed La Valle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that Justin Morneau will skip the team’s annual TwinsFest this weekend in order to continue his workouts near his offseason home in Arizona. Smith said it was a tough…

  15. Andy LaRoche signs minor league contract with Athletics

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Andy LaRoche

    Funny I mentioned Andy LaRoche just a short while ago, because he has signed a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to the team’s Twitter feed. He’ll be a non-roster invitee during spring training. LaRoche, now 27 years old, was designated for assignment by the Pirates in November after batting just .206/.268/.287 with four…

  16. Rockies sign Willy Taveras to minor league deal

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

    Willy Taveras sliding

    The Rockies have signed outfielder Willy Taveras to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed. This is a homecoming of sorts for Taveras, who batted .320 with a .367 on-base percentage and .748 OPS with the Rockies during the team’s World Series run in 2007. Baseball’s…

  17. Nolan Ryan predicts at least 90 wins for the Rangers this season

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that during an appearance at the Rangers’ Fan Fest today, team president Nolan Ryan predicted that the club will win between 90 to 95 games this season. “I think we’re a better ballclub now than we were this time last year,” Ryan told ESPNDallas.com after talking with fans in…

  18. UPDATE: Rockies and Jason Hammel avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jason Hammel

    The Rockies and right-hander Jason Hammel avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a two-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Exact terms haven’t been disclosed, but the new contract will cover Hammel’s final two years of arbitration. Hammel filed for $3.7 million and was offered $3.1 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were…

  19. Tigers “likely” to trade Armando Galarraga

    Jan 22, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga throwing

    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that trade talks involving Armando Galarraga are progressing, adding that a deal “is likely.” Galarraga was designated for assignment by the club earlier this week, just one day after the two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. The…

  20. What they’re saying about Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez to Tampa Bay

    Jan 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Damon Manny

    The Vernon Wells trade wasn’t the only big thing that happened last night. Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez reportedly agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, pending physicals. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Damon will earn a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 in incentives based on attendance figures while Ramirez will earn $2…

  21. Must-click link: Angels and Blue Jays fans in word cloud form

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    If you click on anything pertaining to the Vernon Wells-for-Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera trade, make sure this is it. In order to gauge reaction to the blockbuster trade, Sam Miller of the Orange County Register produced word clouds based on comments from Angels fans at Halos Heaven and Blue Jays fans at Bluebird Banter.…

  22. Tigers to retire Sparky Anderson’s number

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just announced at the club’s annual TigerFest event that Sparky Anderson’s No. 11 will be retired this season. According to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press, the team will also wear a patch on their uniforms and fly a flag at Comerica Park in honor of Anderson throughout the…

  23. UPDATE: Giants, Andres Torres agree to one-year deal

    Jan 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Andres Torres swinging

    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the deal is official. 10:00 AM: According to Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants and outfielder Andres Torres are close to agreeing to a one-year contract. A deal could be finalized by as soon as today. A league source tells Urban that Torres’ contract…

  24. Royals, Billy Butler agree to four-year, $30 million extension

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

    Billy Butler royals

    According to Dick Kaegal of MLB.com, the Royals and Billy Butler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year, $30 million extension. Butler, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, filed for $4.3 million and was offered $3.4 million from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. The new contract…

  25. The Blue Jays have next to nothing in payroll obligations for 2012

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Some teams have all the luck. Just a couple of years ago, the Blue Jays were stuck with massive commitments to both Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. But thanks to some old fashioned generosity by White Sox general manager Ken Williams and Angels general manager Tony Reagins, the Blue Jays don’t have to worry about…

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