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  1. Rangers sign Jeff Baker to minor league contract

    Jan 27, 2013, 10:23 AM EDT

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    Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers have signed utility infielder Jeff Baker to a minor league contract. The deal carries an invitation to spring training, where Baker will attempt to win a spot on the Texas bench. Baker, 31, batted .239/.279/.378 with four homers and 25 RBI in 201 plate appearances last season between…

  2. Dodgers confirm interest in free agent Scott Rolen

    Jan 27, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney reported two weeks ago that the Dodgers were viewing free agent Scott Rolen as a “possible target” in their quest for third base depth. And now the club has confirmed that interest. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register on Saturday that he has spoken directly to…

  3. Rays re-sign Kyle Farnsworth to one-year contract

    Jan 24, 2013, 12:05 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Rays have re-signed right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year free agent contract. The deal will carry a base salary of about $1.5 million and will include another $1.5 million in performance-based bonuses. It’s not a bad score for the 36-year-old, who had a weak 4.00 ERA and 1.33…

  4. Cubs reach two-year agreement with Scott Hairston

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Cubs have signed free agent outfielder Scott Hairston to a two-year contract. It’s only pending a physical exam. Exact financial details have not been disclosed. Hairston batted .263/.299/.504 with a career-high 20 home runs and 57 RBI in 398 plate appearances last season for the Mets. The 32-year-old…

  5. Angels owner Arte Moreno not willing to eat a substantial chunk of Vernon Wells’ contract

    Jan 23, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Angels outfielder Vernon Wells has drawn interest this winter from teams like the Phillies and Yankees. But it doesn’t sound like he is headed anywhere. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, Angels owner Arte Moreno isn’t willing “to pay a substantial part” of the $42 million in salary that Wells is owed over the final…

  6. Bud Selig declines comment on potential involvement of Pete Rose in 2015 All-Star Game

    Jan 23, 2013, 8:58 PM EDT

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    John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the story: The biggest All-Star moment in Cincinnati history was Pete Rose barreling over Ray Fosse to end the 1970 game at Riverfront Stadium. Will Rose be allowed to participate in the 2015 ceremonies when Cincinnati hosts? “I’m not going to comment on that today,” commissioner Bud Selig…

  7. Rockies avoid arbitration with infielder Jonathan Herrera

    Jan 23, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    From Troy Renck of the Denver Post comes word that the Rockies avoided salary arbitration on Wednesday evening with utility infielder Jonathan Herrera by agreeing to a one-year, $900,000 deal. Herrera asked for a $1 million salary and was offered $800,000 by the Colorado front office when figures were exchanged late last week. It didn’t…

  8. Scott Elbert undergoes second elbow surgery in four months

    Jan 23, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Dodgers left-hander Scott Elbert underwent a “left elbow arthroscopy” on Wednesday afternoon in Los Angeles. This is Elbert’s second elbow surgery in the last four months. He will require a six-week rehab and is doubtful to be ready for Opening Day. Elbert posted a superb 2.20…

  9. Francisco Liriano fractured right arm in a “bathroom fall”

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

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    The Pirates re-worked some language this week in Francisco Liriano‘s two-year, $12.75 million free agent contract because of an undisclosed right arm fracture that he suffered in late December. Now there’s a bit more information about how that injury happened courtesy of beat writer Tom Singer and the newspaper El Caribe: The mystery of Francisco Liriano’s broken right arm…

  10. Diamondbacks do two-year, $5M deal with Cliff Pennington

    Jan 22, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Diamondbacks have inked Cliff Pennington to a two-year, $5 million contract. The agreement covers the shortstop’s first two years of arbitration eligibility. Pennington batted .215/.278/.311 with six homers, 18 doubles and 28 RBI in 462 plate appearances last season for the Athletics. He was traded to Arizona…

  11. Roy Halladay already throwing at Phillies’ spring complex

    Jan 22, 2013, 9:42 PM EDT

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    Good news today out of Clearwater, Florida. According to Jim Salisbury of, right-hander Roy Halladay threw 30 pitches off a mound Tuesday afternoon at the Phillies’ spring training complex. The workout, which was overseen by pitching coach Rich Dubee, reportedly went well. Halladay missed time last year because of a shoulder issue and posted…

  12. Ken Griffey Jr. to be inducted into Mariners Hall of Fame

    Jan 22, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has the story: It was only a matter of time, of course, but now it’s official: Ken Griffey Jr. will be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame, it was announced today. The induction ceremony will take place at Safeco Field on Saturday, Aug. 10, prior to a game with the…

  13. Rays ink minor league deals with Shelley Duncan, Jamey Wright and Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Jan 22, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have agreed to minor league contracts with outfielder Shelley Duncan and right-handed pitchers Jamey Wright and Juan Carlos Oviedo. Duncan batted just .203/.288/.388 in 264 plate appearances last season with the Indians. The 33-year-old does have some power but seems highly doubtful to crack…

  14. Lucas Duda making smooth recovery from broken wrist

    Jan 20, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Mets outfielder Lucas Duda fractured his right wrist in early November while moving furniture and had a procedure a couple days later to repair the injury at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. But that should be a faint memory by Opening Day. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Duda has experienced…

  15. Cubs open to repairing relationship with Sammy Sosa

    Jan 20, 2013, 3:59 PM EDT

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    Sammy Sosa walked disgruntledly out of Wrigley Field in the middle of his final game with the Cubs back in October 2004. He was fined $87,400 for going AWOL and the Cubs traded him before the start of the 2005 season to the Orioles for Jerry Hairston Jr., Mike Fontenot and Dave Crouthers. The relationship…

  16. CC Sabathia is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Jan 20, 2013, 2:41 PM EDT

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    We’ll have to get Craig in here on Monday to make sure this one qualifies:     Sabathia posted a 3.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 28 starts last season, fanning 197 batters in 200 innings. The 32-year-old lefty underwent elbow surgery in October but is expected to be recovered by Opening Day. The Yankees…

  17. Stan Musial, JFK share a moment at the 1962 All-Star Game

    Jan 20, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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    American historian Michael Beschloss shares this classic image of Stan Musial and then-president John F. Kennedy having a laugh just before the start of the 1962 All-Star Game at District of Columbia Stadium: Musial, who died at his home in St. Louis on Saturday evening at the age of 92, campaigned for JFK in the…

  18. Adam Wainwright optimistic about extension talks

    Jan 20, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Adam Wainwright is scheduled to become a free agent after the 2013 season. But it doesn’t sound like he’s going to catch a whiff of the open market. According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, the right-hander said Saturday at the Cardinals’ annual Winter Warm-Up that he and his agent discussed the parameters of a…

  19. David Wright engaged to model Molly Beers

    Jan 20, 2013, 11:40 AM EDT

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    ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin has the big scoop: David Wright is off the market. And we’re not referring to the eight-year contract he signed last month. Weeks after model Molly Beers accompanied Wright to the winter meetings for his contract-extension announcement, the couple became engaged over the holidays, Wright told No wedding date has…

  20. Justin Sellers arrested in California for reckless motorcycle driving and attempting to flee

    Jan 20, 2013, 10:35 AM EDT

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    Via Sacramento, California’s Police said Justin Sellers was doing “wheelies” on his motorcycle in a neighborhood near Riva Drive. When officers tried to pull him over, police said Sellers took off. After a short chase, Sellers turned himself in, authorities said. The ordeal will probably put a dent in the young infielder’s wallet but…

  21. St. Louis Post-Dispatch honors Stan Musial

    Jan 20, 2013, 9:42 AM EDT

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    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has probably the best local baseball coverage of any newspaper in the country. You’ll want to read everything you can find over there today. Here’s a shot of Sunday’s front page:

  22. Rockies strike minor league deal with Miguel Batista

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Miguel Batista. If the deal is finalized — and there’s no reason to think it won’t be — Batista will be given an invitation to major league spring training with a pretty favorable opportunity…

  23. Crowd gathers at Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium

    Jan 20, 2013, 12:14 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports Midwest provides the picture below of the crowd of Cardinals fans gathering in front of the Stan Musial statue outside Busch Stadium’s third base gate. It was taken around 10:30 p.m. local time. And here’s a message on a ball, provided by B.J. Rains, that was left by a young fan at the…

  24. “Everyone I know in St. Louis has a ball signed by Stan”

    Jan 19, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

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    I can’t claim to have known Stan Musial, who died this evening at the age of 92, and you’re sure to find far more thorough tributes to “The Man” in various other corners of the baseball media landscape. But I figured I’d share some memories from the couple of times I was lucky enough to…

  25. Pablo Sandoval back with VWL squad after health scare

    Jan 19, 2013, 10:47 PM EDT

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    Good news out of the Venezuelan Winter League. According to Alex Pavlovic of the San Jose Mercury News, Pablo Sandoval has returned to the starting lineup for Navegantes del Magallanes following a short stay in a local hospital. He was diagnosed with colitis (swelling of the large intestine) but got over the painful symptoms it was causing…

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