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  1. The Padres finally acquire Jason Bartlett from the Rays

    Dec 17, 2010, 7:04 PM EST

    Jason Bartlett Rays

    UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the player to be named later going to the Padres will be a minor leaguer and will be worked out prior to Opening Day 2011. 6:19 PM: That on-again, off-again trade that was supposed to send Jason Bartlett to the Padres? It’s finally done. With…

  2. John Baker on the comeback trail after Tommy John surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:07 PM EST

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker was limited to just 23 games last season due to right forearm and elbow injuries and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in September. Position players can usually bounce back from surgery more quickly than pitchers, but because Baker is a catcher, the Marlins aren’t going to push him too soon. With that in…

  3. Twins finalize three-year deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:46 PM EST

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    The Twins just officially announced that they have come to terms with Tsuyoshi Nishioka on a three-year, $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the team will hold an introductory press conference tomorrow. The Twins secured exclusive negotiating rights for Nishioka by submitting a…

  4. No deal between Phillies and Dennys Reyes

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EST


    It was reported last week that the Phillies and left-hander Dennys Reyes had agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with a $1.35 million option for 2011, but Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia just tweeted that the deal is off. Not to make light of Reyes’ conditioning, but it’s entirely possible that the team could…

  5. Heyman: The Padres are unlikely to pursue Derrek Lee

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:36 PM EST

    Derrek Lee braves

    Craig told us earlier this week that the Padres, Orioles and Nationals were bidding against each other for the remaining free-agent first baseman, the most prominent of which are Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche. It sounds like the pieces are starting to fall into place. Jon Heyman of writes that now that Lee will…

  6. The Astros sign Bill Hall to a one-year deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    Bill Hall

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Astros have signed Bill Hall to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. He’ll make somewhere around $3 million. Hall, who turns 31 later this month, batted .247/.316/.456 with 18 home runs, 46 RBI, nine stolen bases and a 772 OPS over 382 plate appearances this…

  7. Report: The Giants and Cubs talked Rowand for Fukudome

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:31 PM EST

    Kosuke Fukudome

    Get this. According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Giants and Cubs discussed a swap of Aaron Rowand for Kosuke Fukudome. Some may classify this as a potential swap of bad contracts, but to equate Fukudome to Rowand is nuts. Keep in mind, Rowand is still owed $24 million (!) over the next two seasons…

  8. Phillies could finalize contract with Cliff Lee tomorrow

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:13 PM EST

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: NBC 10 in Philadelphia provides the photo evidence that Cliff Lee has arrived. And boy, do his eyes look mighty tired. Must be from staring at multiple offers of $100-plus million over the past week. Poor guy. 9:13 PM: You probably thought we were done talking about Cliff Lee, huh? Nope, not yet. According…

  9. UPDATE: Athletics have talked to Rich Harden, no deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:01 PM EST

    Rich Harden throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast on this one. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the A’s have talked to Harden, but that he might have better offers elsewhere. Meanwhile, Renck writes that he hasn’t confirmed his information with the A’s. So, nothing to see here. At least not yet. 6:56 PM: Here’s an…

  10. Yankees strike back, sign Mark Prior to minor league deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EST

    Mark Prior throwing

    UPDATE: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior’s deal with the Yankees is worth $750,000 if he makes the team. He is also willing to go to the minor leagues if he doesn’t make the club during spring training. Jon Heyman of writes that he could make $750,000 in additional incentives, meanwhile Joel…

  11. With Cliff Lee gone, what’s next for the Rangers?

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:42 AM EST


    First, a little perspective about what the Rangers actually offered Cliff Lee. Though they wouldn’t guarantee a seventh year, they were reportedly willing to offer $23 million per season over six years with a vesting option for a seventh year that would have brought the value of the entire deal to $161 million. It wasn’t…

  12. UPDATE: Cliff Lee chooses Phillies

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:55 PM EST

    Cliff Lee

    UPDATE: Amazing. Absolutely amazing. According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers have been told that Cliff Lee has chosen the Phillies. 10:42 PM: Todd Zolecki of confirms that the Phillies are a legitimate suitor for Lee and adds that the team is shopping Joe Blanton, Raul Ibanez and Kyle Kendrick in order to…

  13. Brian Cashman is still waiting, just like the rest of us

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:46 PM EST

    Brian Cashman

    Ready for the latest on Cliff Lee? Well, there’s not much to report. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times that much like the rest of us, he’s still playing the waiting game: “They have not made any decision, same as yesterday… He’s got a life decision to make,…

  14. Report: Rays re-sign left-hander J.P. Howell

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    JP Howell

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have re-signed left-hander J.P. Howell. Howell was non-tendered earlier this month, primarily in an effort to avoid paying him through the arbitration process, but Rays VP Andrew Friedman said last week that the club was making progress towards keeping him in the fold. He…

  15. Jimmy Rollins undergoes minor wrist surgery

    Dec 11, 2010, 6:11 PM EST

    Jimmy Rollins

    According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies announced that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery Thursday to have a ganglion cyst removed from his left wrist. Rollins will have stitches removed within the next two weeks and David Murphy (not the baseball player) of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he should be…

  16. Must-click link: Johnny Estrada battling post-concussion syndrome

    Dec 11, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

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    Martin Gandy of the Braves-centric blog Talking Chop attended the Braves Foundation Wiffle Ball Game and Holiday Party for the Troops at Turner Field earlier today and ran into former major league catcher Johnny Estrada. The rest is a must-read. Estrada, who has been out of baseball since the Nationals released him in 2008, revealed…

  17. Report: The Angels may have matched Boston’s offer for Carl Crawford

    Dec 11, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Doesn’t matter much now, but depending on who you talk to, the Angels may have matched Boston’s offer to Carl Crawford. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has heard both sides. One source tells Edes that Crawford’s agents set an 11 p.m. deadline on Wednesday night. The ultimatum? Crawford would sign if the Red Sox or…

  18. UPDATE: More on the Carlos Quentin trade rumors

    Dec 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EST


    UPDATE: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is defending his initial report and adds that a scout told him that White Sox general manager Ken Williams is hoping to trade Carlos Quentin for a “Carlos Lee-type” return. The White Sox traded Carlos Lee to the Brewers for Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and a player to…

  19. The Reds are probably stuck with Bronson Arroyo, for better or worse

    Dec 11, 2010, 2:01 PM EST

    Bronson Arroyo throwing

    The Reds inked Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million contract extension last week, but it turns out that similar to the contracts recently handed out to Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe, it includes some deferred money. According to Ken Rosenthal of, Arroyo will earn $6.5 million next season and $7 million…

  20. The details on Jayson Werth’s new contract with the Nationals

    Dec 11, 2010, 12:24 PM EST

    Jayson Werth, Sam Perlozzo

    Ken Rosenthal of has the breakdown of Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. In a nutshell, it’s heavily backloaded. Werth will get a $4 million signing bonus between January of 2011 and January and 2012 and will earn salaries of $10 million next season, $13 million in 2012, $16 million in…

  21. Heyman: The Rangers’ offer to Cliff Lee may contain an option for a seventh year

    Dec 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    While the baseball world waits for Cliff Lee’s decision, Jon Heyman of has an interesting update on what the Rangers may have offered the free-agent left-hander. According to Heyman, the club’s original offer was for five years at $100 million. They improved their offer during their visit to Arkansas on Thursday with a “menu…

  22. The Red Sox introduce Carl Crawford

    Dec 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    Carl Crawford

    The Red Sox just held their press conference to introduce Carl Crawford. He’ll continue to wear No. 13 in his new digs. Here’s a couple quick items of note: – Crawford confirmed that he only received offers from the Red Sox and Angels, not the Yankees, though they reportedly met with him during the Winter…

  23. Evan Longoria would welcome contract extension with Rays

    Dec 11, 2010, 10:01 AM EST

    Evan Longoria Rays

    It’s going to be tough for Rays fans to watch Carl Crawford be introduced as a member of the Red Sox in the next few minutes, so I wanted to pass along some encouraging words from Evan Longoria. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the third baseman would welcome a contract extension…

  24. Report: Yankees made a one-year offer to Russell Martin

    Dec 11, 2010, 9:33 AM EST

    Russell Martin mask

    A source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the Yankees have offered Russell Martin a one-year contract. We know that the Red Sox and Blue Jays also have interest, while Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday that a “mystery team” offered a multi-year contract. If Martin signs a one-year…

  25. List of 104 positive PED tests barred from courts

    Dec 11, 2010, 9:08 AM EST

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    Remember the infamous list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003? Yeah, I’m trying to forget, too. Well, according to the Associated Press, the government will not contest an appeals court ruling from September that determined that investigators illegally seized the list. In other words, those tests are barred from being…

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