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

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:23 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:26 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:28 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:17 PM EST

    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…

  6. Reds plan to keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    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.…

  7. Mets sign Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz

    Jan 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    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,…

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

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 1, 2011, 3:07 PM EST

    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…

  10. Chien-Ming Wang vows to return by May

    Jan 1, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

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    We’re used to hearing your typical New Year’s resolutions. Work out more. Quit smoking. Read more HardballTalk. You know, that kind of thing. But for Chien-Ming Wang, the goal is simple. He wants to pitch in the majors this upcoming season. According to a report in the China Post, Wang said at a charity drive…

  11. Rockies will not confirm reports of extension for Carlos Gonzalez

    Jan 1, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional is reporting that Carlos Gonzalez is about to a sign a multi-year contract extension with the Rockies worth somewhere around “$78 or 80 million.” Meanwhile, the Rockies aren’t saying much. Harding reached a club official who would only say that there has been an offer…

  12. Report: Derrek Lee could make $10 million with Orioles

    Jan 1, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Derrek Lee with Braves

    We heard yesterday that the Orioles agreed to terms with Derrek Lee on a one-year contract. Now we’re learning some of the potential details. While Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the contract is expected to be worth $8 million, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the deal includes incentives and could…

  13. Report: Octavio Dotel agrees to one-year deal with Blue Jays

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:57 PM EST

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    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Blue Jays have signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a club option for 2012. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, he’ll make $2.75 million in 2011 with either a $3.75 million club option for 2012 or a $750,000 buyout, so he is…

  14. Joakim Soria says he wouldn’t block a trade to the Yankees

    Dec 28, 2010, 9:16 PM EST

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Amid speculation that he could the next Royal to be traded, Joakim Soria told Robert Espinosa of Mexican paper Vanguard that he wouldn’t block a deal to the Yankees, who are on his no-trade list. In fact, Soria said his no-trade list — which also consists of the Red Sox, Phillies, Tigers, Cardinals and Cubs…

  15. Craig Kimbrel confident he can close for Braves next season

    Dec 28, 2010, 7:47 PM EST

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    Craig Kimbrel turned some heads during the NLDS against the Giants in October and now that Billy Wagner has retired, the 22-year-old right-hander is ready to compete with Jonny Venters for the closer role during spring training. Kimbrel told Carroll Rogers of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he is confident he can handle closing duties in…

  16. Mark Teixeira believes Andy Pettitte is leaning towards retirement

    Dec 28, 2010, 6:17 PM EST

    Pettitte looks in

    Mark Teixeira told Ian Begley of ESPN New York today that through text messages with Andy Pettitte, he feels the veteran left-hander is leaning towards retirement. “I think, like everyone else [thinks], if he’s leaning one way, he’s probably leaning towards retiring,” Teixeira said on Tuesday at a press conference to kick off Thursday’s Pinstripe…

  17. Brewers break off negotiations with Chris Capuano

    Dec 27, 2010, 8:40 PM EST

    Chris Capuano

    Brewers general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the club has broken off talks with free agent left-hander Chris Capuano. “Chris wants to be a starting pitcher and we don’t see a match at this time,” said Melvin. “We like Chris a lot but we both decided it was best…

  18. The Orioles are still talking with Kevin Gregg

    Dec 27, 2010, 7:01 PM EST

    Kevin Gregg

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Orioles are in talks with Kevin Gregg. This isn’t really news, because we already heard this before, but it’s the holidays and people are drinking lots of eggnog and stuff. Gregg, 32, posted a 3.51 ERA along with a career-high 37 saves with the Blue Jays this past…

  19. Revisiting “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets”

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    It was a little less than a year ago when I wrote a piece for HardballTalk entitled “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets.” For those who have forgotten, here were my recommendations at the time: Decide on a public face Learn how to keep certain things in-house A complete and thorough review/overhaul of medical protocol…

  20. Report: Mets not currently talking with Freddy Garcia

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:49 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    The Mets have been fairly quiet so far this winter and it looks like it will stay that way, at least until after the new year. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are not “engaging further” with Freddy Garcia, beyond what was initially reported earlier this month. They would…

  21. Must-click link: Catching up with Matt Sosnick

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    Fresh off negotiating multi-year contract extensions for clients Jay Bruce and Ricky Nolasco, agent Matt Sosnick fielded some questions from Jason Rosenberg of It’s About the Money. The entire interview is worth a gander, as is Rosenberg’s first — and much lengthier — interview with Sosnick from 2008. However, I found this succinct answer to…

  22. The Yankees and Red Sox pay the luxury tax

    Dec 21, 2010, 6:24 PM EST

    stack of money

    According to the Associated Press, the Yankees and the Red Sox were the only two teams that paid MLB’s luxury tax for the 2010 season. The Yankees were hit with an $18 million tax, which was actually their lowest total since the first year of the system in 2003. They paid a whopping $25.7 million…

  23. The Nationals are still in the mix for Carl Pavano

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:35 PM EST

    Carl Pavano pitching

    The Cubs and Rangers may have jumped ahead of the Nationals for Brandon Webb, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the club remains interested in Carl Pavano. Pavano, who turns 35 in January, is considered by many to be the best free agent starting pitcher left on the market. He went 17-11 with a…

  24. Billy Butler: Zack Greinke “didn’t want to be here”

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

    Greinke throwing

    While Billy Butler told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that he had no ill will towards his former teammate Zack Greinke, he sounded downright relieved that the team wouldn’t have to begin the 2011 season with a distraction. “There’s no surprise,” Butler said Monday. “This has been a controversy ever since Zack had that article that…

  25. The Angels are interested in Scott Podsednik

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:21 PM EST

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    Many considered the Angels a lock to sign Carl Crawford this winter, but now that he is in Boston, all they have to show for themselves is a pair of left-handed relievers, Hisanori Takahashi and Scott Downs. That might soon change, but not necessarily for the better. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Angels…

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