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  1. Braves non-tender Johnson and Church

    Dec 12, 2009, 2:29 PM EDT

    As expected, the Braves have non-tendered second baseman Kelly Johnson and outfielder Ryan Church. Church was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to make room for newly-acquired right-hander Rafael Soriano on the 40-man roster. Johnson batted .224/.303/.389 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats in ’09, while Church hit .273/.338/.384…

  2. Rays sign LHP Choate to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 1:58 PM EDT

    Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that left-hander Randy Choate has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Rays. Choate, 33, posted a 3.47 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 61 appearances with Tampa Bay in 2009. He was especially effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a miniscule .141 batting average.…

  3. Alex Cora hurt himself, of course

    Dec 12, 2009, 1:29 PM EDT

    Uh-oh. Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog informs us that Alex Cora injured his back while playing with Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League last week. Cora, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets earlier this month. He batted .251/.320/.310 with one home run, 18 RBI and 31 runs scored in…

  4. Braves still trying to find a taker for Johnson

    Dec 12, 2009, 1:06 PM EDT

    The Braves are holding out hope that they can find a taker for second baseman Kelly Johnson before tonight’s non-tender deadline, Ken Rosenthal of reports. Johnson, 27, batted .224/.303/.389 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats with the Braves in ’09, losing his starting second base job to Martin Prado (.307/.358/.464).…

  5. Atkins to be non-tendered by Rockies

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    As expected, the Rockies will non-tender third baseman Garrett Atkins on Saturday. Atkins, who turns 30 today (Happy Birthday, Garrett!), batted .226/.308/.342 with nine home runs and 48 RBI last season, losing his hold on the starting third base job to Ian Stewart by June. Atkins was featured in my “Non-tender tango” series two weeks…

  6. Mets' offer for Bay is heavily backloaded

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:42 AM EDT

    According to a team source, the Mets’ four-year, $63 million offer to Jason Bay is heavily backloaded, reports Bart Hubbach of the New York Post. The contract is worth roughly $10 million in the first season, increasing to near $20 million in the final year. Backloaded deals are nothing new for the Mets, as Carlos…

  7. Braves ink Diaz to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:18 AM EDT

    Matt Diaz avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $2.55 million contract with the Braves, reports He earned $1.2375 million in 2009. Diaz, who turns 32 in March, batted .313/.390/.488 in ’09, establishing career-highs with 13 home runs and 58 RBI. Only six National League outfielders with at least 350 plate appearances were better than…

  8. Rosenthal is a pretty good match-maker

    Dec 12, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT

    After providing plenty of rumors and news all week at the winter meetings, Ken Rosenthal of has a doozy of an idea regarding Roy Halladay and the Phillies: You want a blockbuster? How about one that includes not one, but two former Cy Young Award winners? I have no proof that the Phillies are…

  9. Cards offer to Holliday under $18 mil. per season

    Dec 12, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT

    Yesterday we heard that the Cardinals tendered a formal contract offer to free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. Though no specific terms were mentioned at the time, this morning Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites ‘a source familiar with the process’ as saying the offer did not top $18 million per season. This is…

  10. Pirates sign Cedeno to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 9:47 AM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Pirates, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cedeno made $822,500 last season. Cedeno, who turns 27 in February, batted .208/.256/.337 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 341 at-bats between the Mariners and Pirates in ’09. It isn’t saying…

  11. Today is non-tender day

    Dec 12, 2009, 8:38 AM EDT

    Welcome to non-tender day, everybody. Yes, today is the deadline for teams to decide whether to tender contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man roster. It’s usually done with a player between three and six years of service time coming off injury or a team simply doesn’t feel the player is worth a new contract.…

  12. Report: M's, King Felix talking extension

    Dec 6, 2009, 5:26 PM EDT

    As our own Craig Calcaterra noted on Twitter from the winter meetings in Indianapolis, “there’s a reason he gets all the news.” Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Mariners have initiated long-term contract discussions with ace Felix Hernandez, but the two sides seem “far apart” at the moment. Hernandez, 23, is under team control…

  13. Sick of efficiency, O's plan to send Uehara to bullpen

    Dec 6, 2009, 4:47 PM EDT

    While some continue to believe the fantastical idea of the Orioles as big spenders this offseason, Roch Kubato of MASN Sports writes that Koji Uehara will be used as a reliever in 2010.Uehara posted a 4.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 48/12 K/BB ratio over 12 starts in 2009, but his debut campaign was cut short…

  14. Figgins takes physical with M's; announcement to follow

    Dec 6, 2009, 2:04 PM EDT

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times checks in with an update on Chone Figgins and the Mariners: Figgins taking physical, deal to be announced either Monday or Tuesday once he’s done. Won’t be in Indy, but could appear in Seattle nxt wk. Figgins is expected to sign a four-year, $36 million contract with a vesting…

  15. Report: Mets like Willingham for left field

    Dec 6, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT

    The Mets are expected to bid on free agent big fish like Matt Holliday and Jason Bay to play left field, but according to Bill Ladson of, they have joined the Giants, Mariners and Braves among teams interested in Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham. Willingham, 30, batted .260/.367/.496 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI and…

  16. Non-tender tango: Kelly Johnson

    Dec 6, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT

    December 12th is the deadline for teams to decide whether to tender contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man roster. With that in mind, here’s the third in a series (read part one and part two) regarding some of the most likely non-tender candidates and where they may find new homes. Though this is based…

  17. Marlins' Lindstrom 'close' to being traded

    Dec 6, 2009, 11:19 AM EDT

    Add another potential closer to the list. Ken Rosenthal of reports that Marlins right-hander Matt Lindstrom is “virtually certain” to be traded during the winter meetings. According to major league sources, of the six teams to express interest in Lindstrom, three have jumped to the forefront in recent days. Said another source, Lindstrom is…

  18. Quote of the day: Jon Garland is a 'super free agent'

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:52 AM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo needs to get hooked up with Bloomberg, ASAP: “We don’t think that the free-agent class leads us to [pay big money],” Rizzo said. “I believe the things we need or want the most are out there, and we are going to address it. I don’t see us going after that…

  19. Marlins wanted prospect Bumgarner for Uggla

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    Giants general manager Brian Sabean was second-guessed by some for trading 2007 first-round pick Tim Alderson to the Pirates for second baseman Freddy Sanchez in July. Is there any chance they’d deal their other 2007 first-round pick to upgrade their offense? Probably not. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Marlins have asked for…

  20. Is next season the end for Sweet Lou?

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:19 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella has led the Cubs to an oustanding 265-219 record (.584) and two NL Central titles over three seasons as skipper. That said, they don’t have anything to show for their regular season success, having been swept in the division series by the Diamondbacks in 2007 and then by the Dodgers in 2008. After…

  21. Andrew McCutchen as a No. 3 hitter?

    Dec 6, 2009, 9:32 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen quickly earned the reputation as an offensive dynamo in his rookie season, batting .286/.365/.471 with 12 home runs, nine triples, 26 doubles, 54 RBI, 74 runs scored and 22 stolen bases in 443 at-bats, all of them out of the leadoff spot. But after the acquisition of Akinori Iwamura from the Rays last…

  22. Cubs still trying to say bye-bye to Bradley

    Dec 6, 2009, 9:11 AM EDT

    Another scoop from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus: Cubs signing of Mike Cameron is waiting on deal of Milton Bradley, which has been “imminent” for about 72 hours. This echoes what Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times wrote yesterday. In turn, this morning, Jon Heyman of “tweeted” that the Rays and Cubs were “not close”…

  23. Need a closer? Indianapolis is the place to get 'em.

    Dec 6, 2009, 8:47 AM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano, Fernando Rodney, Jose Valverde and Kevin Gregg are still out there as free agents, but teams will have at least three alternatives via trade at the winter meetings. Tracy Ringoslby of says that Francisco Cordero, Matt Capps and Heath Bell are being shopped, according to “early arrivals at the winter…

  24. We knew it. Those Bloomberg folks are stat geeks.

    Dec 6, 2009, 8:31 AM EDT

    Yesterday Craig noted a “tweet” from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus saying there would be “two huge announcements” coming at the winter meetings. Well, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times revealed one of them in the New York Times on Saturday night. It seems Bloomberg, best known for their financial software, have decided to…

  25. Quote of the day: Pujols, the Cardinals, and reinforcements

    Nov 29, 2009, 4:08 PM EDT

    “He has always made it clear that his drive is to win. That’s why he’s the great player he is. But you can’t do it alone. He knows that. We know that. He wants to be sure that we’re going to have a competitive team, and that is our objective every year. We do have…

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