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

    Jan 27, 2011, 9:20 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 27, 2011, 7:50 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Jan 27, 2011, 6:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

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    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.…

  8. Padres agree to deal with Jorge Cantu

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:53 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Jan 24, 2011, 9:44 PM EST

    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…

  10. Andy LaRoche signs minor league contract with Athletics

    Jan 24, 2011, 8:11 PM EST

    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…

  11. Rockies sign Willy Taveras to minor league deal

    Jan 24, 2011, 6:50 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

    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…

  14. Tigers “likely” to trade Armando Galarraga

    Jan 22, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:49 PM EST

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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.…

  17. Tigers to retire Sparky Anderson’s number

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

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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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    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…

  21. What they’re saying about the Vernon Wells trade

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

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    If you woke up this morning confused and disoriented, you aren’t alone. Angels general manager Tony Reagins has felt that way all winter long. The Angels and Blue Jays announced a blockbuster trade last night that sends Vernon Wells to Los Angeles for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. It’s an absolutely stunning deal that frees…

  22. UPDATE: Orioles not close to deal with Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE: Orioles president Andy MacPhail tells Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com that Bowden’s report “is not accurate.” He’s not the first one to say that. 8:32 AM: According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Vladimir Guerrero is close to signing a one-year contract with the Orioles. Bowden calls it a “humbling deal” and “one of…

  23. Brewers, Kameron Loe avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    Kameron Loe

    The Brewers and right-hander Kameron Loe avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Loe requested $1.65 million and was offered $1.055 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. While this contract is below the midpoint, the 29-year-old right-hander can make…

  24. Report: Rays agree to terms with Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

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    Oh, what a night. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, pending physicals. According to Heyman, Damon will receive a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 worth of incentives based on attendance. Ramirez will get $2 million guaranteed. That’s right. Just $2 million.…

  25. What does the Vernon Wells trade mean for Jose Bautista?

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swinging

    That’s what many Blue Jays fans are wondering right now. We’ve heard conflicting reports about whether the Blue Jays are picking up any of the $86 million remaining on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that they will, Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press hears that they won’t. Angels general manager Tony Reagins…

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