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  1. Albert Pujols sets spring training deadline for contract talks

    Jan 15, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

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    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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

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

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

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

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.”…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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,…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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