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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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.…

  17. Report: Jim Thome turned down at least $4 million from Rangers to re-sign with Twins

    Jan 15, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Jim Thome ap

    As Aaron wrote yesterday, Jim Thome will make $3 million guaranteed with the chance for an additional $3 million in performance-based incentives as part of his new contract with the Twins, but according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the veteran slugger was offered more than $4 million by the Rangers. So yes, Thome did leave…

  18. Cubs to honor Ron Santo with statue at Wrigley Field

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:36 PM EDT

    Ron Santo Wrigley

    The Cubs just kicked off day two of their annual Cubs Convention by announcing plans to unveil a statue in the likeness of Ron Santo, who passed away in December at the age of 70. The statue will be unveiled as part of “Ron Santo Day” on August 10. The official release from the team…

  19. Report: Athletics pushing to sign free agent reliever Brian Fuentes

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

    brian-fuentes-twins

    The Athletics just added Grant Balfour to help strengthen their bullpen yesterday, but it appears that they aren’t done yet. Major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the club is also pushing to sign Brian Fuentes. Fuentes, 35, posted a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio over 48 innings…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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