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  1. UPDATE: Phillies lock up Chooch for three years

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:04 PM EST

    Update: According to Todd Zolecki of, Ruiz will receive $8.85 million over three years with a $5 million option for a fourth year. 6:04 pm: Jim Salisbury of reports that the Phillies have signed catcher Carlos Ruiz to a three-year, $9 million contract, pending a physical. Ruiz, who turned 31 on Friday, was…

  2. Dodgers to play two exhibition games in Taiwan

    Jan 24, 2010, 5:51 PM EST

    This news has flown under the radar somewhat this weekend, but the Dodgers announced on Saturday that a split squad team will travel to Taiwan to play two exhibition games against a team from the Chinese Professional Baseball League on March 13 and 14. “We’re very excited to return to Taiwan and continue to strengthen…

  3. UPDATE: Curt Schilling NOT planning a comeback

    Jan 24, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    Update: Well, that didn’t last long. In a conversation with Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald this afternoon, Curt Schilling denied that he is attempting a comeback:  “Nope,” he said. Carry on, everyone. 1:47 pm: One of his tweets this afternoon may lead some people to think so: “Working out again…..not sure I can add…

  4. Dontrelle Willis admits to 'serious lack of confidence'

    Jan 24, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    The Tigers’ medical staff called it an anxiety disorder, but Dontrelle Willis told Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press that was he suffering from something he calls a “serious lack of confidence.” Whatever the diagnosis, Willis was so unsure of his ability to find the strike zone that there were occasions last season when…

  5. UPDATE: Ozzie Guillen wants Thome

    Jan 24, 2010, 1:23 PM EST

    Update: According to Scott Merkin of, Ozzie Guillen said the following: “Well, if I want one guy out there, I want (Thome). I already talk to Kenny about that.” It’s a long way from a confirmation of a deal, and Guillen sometimes lacks a filter, but it sure sounds like he’s coming back. 11:51…

  6. Carlos Delgado is limping in winter ball

    Jan 24, 2010, 12:49 PM EST

    Those still hanging on to the notion that Carlos Delgado will sign a contract with the Mets should take note of the following from Jayson Stark of “He’s got no range at first — none,” said one scout. “He actually limps out there. He can’t play first on a day-to-day basis. I think he…

  7. Could Carl Crawford soon be trade bait?

    Jan 24, 2010, 10:50 AM EST

    That’s what Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing: The feeling is that if the Rays’ financial picture gets any gloomier, Crawford will be trade bait by the trading deadline or even earlier. In fact, both he and Carlos Pena could have new addresses at some point in the season. This really shouldn’t surprise…

  8. A-Rod accepts postseason MVP award at BBWAA gala

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:50 AM EST

    Completing an improbable year in which he admitted to steroid use and missed the first month of the season after hip surgery only to return to form to shed that pesky “unclutch” tag during the playoffs, Alex Rodriguez accepted the postseason MVP award at the 87th annual New York baseball writers’ dinner Saturday night. Called…

  9. Mark Loretta expected to hang 'em up

    Jan 24, 2010, 9:28 AM EST

    Jerry Crasnick of reports that Mark Loretta is expected to retire this week and accept a front office job with an unspecified team. Loretta, 38, struggled with the Dodgers last season, batting a career-low .232/.309/.276 in just 181 at-bats, but played hero during the postseason, punching a game-winning RBI single in Game 2 of…

  10. UPDATE: Jerry Hairston joins brother in San Diego

    Jan 18, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    UPDATE: Hairston is officially a Padre, agreeing to a one-year, $2.125 million deal. Ken Rosenthal of reports that free agent utility man Jerry Hairston Jr. is “closing in” on a contract to join his younger brother Scott in San Diego. Hairston would make more than $2 million with the Padres, according to Rosenthal, and…

  11. Jose Offerman (still) has anger-management issues

    Jan 18, 2010, 1:10 PM EST

    Monday update: Offerman has been “suspended for life” by the Dominican Republic’s winter league.5:50 PM: Update: A group of American umpires working in the Dominican winter league, including the one who was attacked by Offerman, have decided to leave the country for fear of their safety, reports Enrique Rojas of Hard to blame them…

  12. "Three or four teams" interested in Jim Thome

    Jan 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EST

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe went over the wealth of free agents left on the market earlier this morning. We’ve covered a couple of them here today, including Joe Crede and Joel Pineiro, but Scott Merkin of passes along word that three or four teams — including the Rays — have contacted free…

  13. UPDATE: McGwire has "testy give-and-take" with media

    Jan 17, 2010, 3:49 PM EST

    3:49 PM: McGwire just got done answering questions from the media at the team’s Winter Warm-Up event in St. Louis. Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the event “was cut short after six minutes of a testy give-and-take.” 2:32 PM: Matthew Leach of reports that “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns…

  14. Eric Byrnes would love to play in San Francisco

    Jan 17, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

    Eric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants: “It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit…

  15. Orioles talking to the oft-injured Joe Crede

    Jan 17, 2010, 12:31 PM EST

    The Orioles are talking to free agent third baseman Joe Crede, reports Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Crede, who turns 32 in April, is coming off his third back surgery since 2007, so he’d surely have to accept a modest one-year deal at this point. Limited to just 90 games last season, Crede batted…

  16. Angels, Dodgers and Mets "all in" on Pineiro

    Jan 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EST

    Jon Heyman of tweets that the Angels, Dodgers and Mets are “all in” on free agent Joel Pineiro. The Mets have been connected to the 31-year-old right-hander all winter, while the Dodgers have stepped up their pursuit in recent weeks. The Angels, meanwhile, expressed interest early on, but have money to spend after losing…

  17. White Sox ink Jenks, Quentin to one-year deals

    Jan 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EST

    The White Sox and reliever Bobby Jenks avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Jenks, who turns 29 in March, will receive a $1.9 million raise over a 2009 season that saw him post a 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 27 saves in 35 chances. Jenks fought a very public…

  18. Renovations in store for 100th anniversary of Wrigley

    Jan 17, 2010, 9:44 AM EST

    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are planning a complete renovation of Wrigley Field in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of the park in 2014. The “Wrigley 20-14″ project includes the long-rumored “triangle building,” a large open-air courtyard, the possible addition of a restaurant, widened concourses and expanded restrooms, some…

  19. Mozeliak: McGwire had to address questions about PEDs

    Jan 16, 2010, 6:26 PM EST

    Everybody already assumed as much, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak finally confirmed it on Saturday when he said his willingness to hire Mark McGwire as the team’s new hitting coach was contingent upon him addressing his past use of performance enhancing drugs: “He needed to be honest,” Mozeliak told the media during a press…

  20. Saturday signings: Masset, Medders

    Jan 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EST

    There’s plenty of activity this weekend, as players and teams settle on new contracts to avoid arbitration. Here’s a couple deals that were announced on Saturday: – The Reds signed reliever Nick Masset to a two-year, $2.58 million contract. Masset entered 2009 as a potential rotation candidate, but ended up being one of the most…

  21. Update: Pirates sign Brendan Donnelly

    Jan 16, 2010, 3:02 PM EST

    3:10 PM: Yikes. Donnelly signed for $1.5 million guaranteed, according to Jerry Crasnick of He could make $3 million with incentives. 2:02 PM: Kovacevic confirms that the Pirates have come to terms with Donnelly on a contract, pending a physical. 11:15 AM: The Pirates have officially signed right-hander D.J. Carrasco to a minor league…

  22. Omar Minaya admits there's a problem with "the process"

    Jan 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EST

    Mets general manager Omar Minaya quickly tried to smooth things over with Carlos Beltran after the team publicly expressed their displeasure in his decision to undergo surgery on his right knee this week, telling David Waldstein of the New York Times that the whole controversy may have stemmed from a miscommunication of protocol: “It was…

  23. Tony La Russa responds to Jack Clark

    Jan 16, 2010, 12:51 PM EST

    There’s a war of words in St. Louis. You may have already heard that Jack Clark, who spent three years with the Cardinals, thinks Mark McGwire should be banned from baseball. He also questioned Tony La Russa’s claim that he didn’t know McGwire was on steroids during his tenure in Oakland and St. Louis: “[McGwire’s]…

  24. It's on: Tim Lincecum files for arbitration

    Jan 16, 2010, 11:35 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum was one of 128 players to file for arbitration on Friday, paving the way for him to surpass the record $10 million salary for a first-time eligible player. Ryan Howard set the bar in 2008, a year after he won the National League MVP award. Lincecum, 25, has won the National League Cy…

  25. John Maine agrees to new deal with Mets

    Jan 16, 2010, 10:42 AM EST

    The Mets and right-hander John Maine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract on Friday. Maine, who turns 29 in May, could earn an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses based on number of starts. Limited to just 15 starts last season due to shoulder problems, Maine was 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA…

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