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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

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

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

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    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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. White Sox pick up Ozzie Guillen’s option for 2012

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox just held a news conference to announce that they have picked up the 2012 option for manager Ozzie Guillen. There was some speculation last September that Guillen was on his way out after he said he wanted to know where he stood with the…

  18. ESPN to televise 10 spring training games

    Jan 20, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

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    ESPN just announced that they will televise 10 spring training games. The schedule breaks down as follows: March 3:  Detroit vs. Atlanta – 1 p.m. ET March 14:  N.Y. Yankees vs. Boston – 7 p.m. ET (ESPN2) March 16: Boston vs. Atlanta – 1 p.m. ET March 21:  Boston vs. Philadelphia – 1 p.m. ET…

  19. The first round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is set

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:57 PM EST

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    Carl Pavano was the final Type A free agent left on the board. And now that he has re-signed with the Twins, the first-round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft is officially set. Courtesy of Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com, let’s take a look at the field: 1. Pittsburgh Pirates 2. Seattle Mariners 3. Arizona Diamondbacks…

  20. The Rangers are finally ready to give Jon Daniels a contract extension

    Jan 20, 2011, 12:12 PM EST

    Chuck Greenberg, Nolan Ryan, Jon Daniels

    The Rangers have had a pretty hectic offseason. After losing to the Giants in the World Series, they found themselves in almost instant contract talks with Cliff Lee right up until mid-December. Once Lee signed with the Phillies, the Rangers countered with the additions of Brandon Webb and Adrian Beltre. Naturally, there hasn’t been much…

  21. Jerry Hairston Jr. agrees to one-year deal with Nationals

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:56 PM EST

    Jerry Hairston Jr

    Our own Aaron Gleeman mentioned the possibility last week and now the deal is done. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Jerry Hairston Jr. has agreed to terms with the Nationals. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Hairston signed a one-year, $2 million contract with another $1 million in performance-based incentives. Hairston, who turns 35…

  22. Adrian Gonzalez plays catch for the first time since shoulder surgery

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:17 PM EST

    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…

  23. Matt Szczur passes up football to stay with Cubs

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:11 AM EST

    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…

  24. UPDATE: Milton Bradley arrested on felony charge for allegedly making a threat

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:49 PM EST

    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…

  25. Ruben Amaro doesn’t feel “comfortable” trading Joe Blanton

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

    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…

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