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  1. Dodgers sign Matt Palmer to minor league contract

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Palmer to a minor league contract. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, though Palmer is highly doubtful to carve himself a spot on Los Angeles’ Opening Day 25-man roster. Palmer allowed two runs in two innings…

  2. Giants strike deal with Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka

    Jan 9, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants are “closing in on signing” Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract. The deal is expected to include an invitation to spring training, where Tanaka will be in the running for a utility job. The 31-year-old batted .300/.350/.363 with three…

  3. MLB switching from land line bullpen phones to cell phones

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    MLB and T-Mobile just announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement which makes the former the Official Wireless Sponsor of the latter. That’s well and good because business is business, but it has a baseball implication too: wireless bullpen phones. The setup is going to look like this: It’ll be a joy to watch Charlie Manuel try…

  4. Michael Morse “strongly opposes” being a designated hitter

    Jan 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    It’s a near certainty that the Nationals are going to trade Michael Morse, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal presents one issue that might affect talks with any potentailly interested American League teams: Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources. The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is…

  5. Alex Rodriguez to undergo hip surgery on January 16

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch passes along news from the Yankees: The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million free agent contract early last month and will feature him as their starting third baseman through at least the first half of the 2013 season. A-Rod’s owed $28 million in 2013, $25 million in…

  6. Yankees probably won’t welcome back Rafael Soriano

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano had a 2.26 ERA in 67 2/3 innings last year for the Yankees while converting 42 saves in 46 opportunities. But he has struggled to attract offers on the open market this offseason because of the draft pick (and draft pool money) that a team would have to forfeit in order to ink…

  7. Cubs might shop starter Matt Garza during spring training

    Jan 6, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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    This from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe: Hard to read the Cubs, since they’re building for the future while also signing veteran pitchers. [Matt] Garza still has to show teams in spring training that his injured elbow is OK; the Cubs would listen on a possible deal. Garza missed the final two months of…

  8. Marlins say they “are not moving” slugger Giancarlo Stanton

    Jan 6, 2013, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported on Saturday night that the Marlins have made contact with the Padres to inquire about their interest in young slugger Giancarlo Stanton. And now comes the big denial, via the Miami Herald‘s Clark Spencer: Simply put, the Marlins “are not moving him,” according to a source I…

  9. Brian McCann unlikely to get an extension this season

    Jan 6, 2013, 1:26 PM EDT

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    Braves catcher Brian McCann is set to hit the free agent market after the 2013 MLB season. But he is recovering from shoulder surgery and coming off a career-worst year, so contract talks are on hold. Braves GM Frank Wren told Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sunday that he spoke recently with McCann’s…

  10. Braves haven’t closed the door on re-signing Michael Bourn

    Jan 6, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and “Inside Pitch” on SiriusXM provides these juicy nuggets: When the Braves inked B.J. Upton to a five-year, $75.25 million free agent contract back in November, most assumed they were done with big spending. But a market for Bourn has failed to develop — largely due to the new draft pick…

  11. A look at the wall adjustments being made at Petco Park

    Jan 6, 2013, 10:39 AM EDT

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    Tom Garfinkel, president and CEO of the Padres, tweeted the following picture last week of the ongoing construction on Petco Park’s outfield walls. That black outer fence below is for construction purposes only. The new walls are represented by that large concrete barrier that can be seen most prominently in right field. For more on the exact…

  12. Chase Headley confident that his 2012 was not a fluke

    Jan 6, 2013, 9:07 AM EDT

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    Padres third baseman Chase Headley hit .286/.376/.498 with 31 home runs, 31 doubles and 115 RBI in 699 plate appearances last season, blowing away all of his previous career-bests. And he’s pretty certain he can keep that pace going forward. Via Corey Brock, beat writer for MLB.com: “I expect a lot out of myself. And…

  13. Rick VandenHurk plans to sign with a “foreign club”

    Jan 5, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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    From the Pirates’ official Twitter account comes word that the team has asked for release waivers on right-hander Rick VandenHurk for “the purpose of allowing him to sign with a foreign club.” We would guess that it’s a team from either Korea or Japan. VandenHurk posted a promising 2.92 ERA and 1.19 WHIP in 19 starts…

  14. Marlins have contacted Padres about Giancarlo Stanton

    Jan 5, 2013, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Via Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune: It’s far too early to talk about the possibilities, but the Padres are one of the clubs the Miami Marlins have talked to regarding right-handed, power-hitting right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. Center suspects that the Fish would want infield prospect Jedd Gyorko and at least two other young…

  15. Orioles interested in Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel

    Jan 5, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have expressed interest in acquiring corner outfielder Jason Kubel from the Diamondbacks but are “disinclined” at this point to meet Arizona’s demands, which center around young pitching. The D’Backs have an overly crowded outfield and are currently shopping both Kubel and Justin Upton. Upton has drawn serious…

  16. Lance Berkman has discussed a deal with the Rangers

    Jan 2, 2013, 9:56 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the scoop: Free agent Lance Berkman still has not decided that he will play in 2013. But he is talking about a possible return with multiple clubs, including the Texas Rangers, major-league sources say. Berkman — a native of Waco, Texas — considered signing with the Rangers before the 2011 season but instead…

  17. Franklin Gutierrez hit .349 in the Venezuelan Winter League

    Jan 2, 2013, 8:31 PM EDT

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    Mariners center fielder Franklin Gutierrez appeared in only 40 games last season due to head and heel injuries, and he batted just .260/.309/.420 when he wasn’t on the disabled list. But there may be reason for a hint of optimism about what’s ahead in 2013. Gutierrez is — first and foremost — healthy. He hasn’t…

  18. Indians get Russ Canzler back from the Blue Jays

    Jan 2, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

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    Russ Canzler was designated for assignment by the Indians last month and promptly claimed by Toronto. But now the 26-year-old is returning to Cleveland. According to MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, the Tribe claimed Canzler on Wednesday back from the Blue Jays, designating right-hander Jeanmar Gomez for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster. Canzler batted…

  19. Mariners and Marlins have discussed Giancarlo Stanton trade

    Jan 1, 2013, 11:45 PM EDT

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    Here’s the report from FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi: The Seattle Mariners and Miami Marlins have had discussions about a trade that would send outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to Seattle, but one source told FOXSports.com that a deal appears doubtful at this point. “Deal appears doubtful” being the key set of words. The Mariners would have to…

  20. Indians “have had dialogue with” Shaun Marcum

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    The Indians traded for Trevor Bauer last month and signed Brett Myers to a one-year free agent deal earlier this evening. But their thirst for starting rotation candidates apparently remains strong. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Indians “have had dialogue” with righty Shaun Marcum. It’s possible that the yet-to-be-finalized Myers contract will end…

  21. Brandon Webb scheduled to throw for teams this month

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

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    1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson was the first to report it and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com can confirm: free agent right-hander Brandon Webb, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since Opening Day 2009, will throw for teams later this month. The Twins — per Wolfson’s initial report — will send a rep. The other interested…

  22. Rays avoid arbitration with 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner David Price

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Rays and left-hander David Price avoided salary arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year deal. The exact financial details haven’t been disclosed. Price, a Super Two qualifier who’s arbitration-eligible for the second time, turned in a dominant 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 in 31 starts last season…

  23. Torii Hunter says having an openly gay teammate would be “difficult and uncomfortable”

    Dec 30, 2012, 6:03 PM EDT

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    The math says that Torii Hunter — a 16-year major league veteran who has played with several hundred different teammates over the course of his amateur and professional baseball careers — has probably shared a clubhouse with a gay man. But math and science and reality aren’t things that the 37-year-old outfielder chooses to dabble in. Neither…

  24. A look back at the Nationals’ promotion of Bryce Harper

    Dec 30, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has pieced together a nice retrospective on the Nationals’ late-April decision to promote Bryce Harper — the process and thinking that went into it, and quotes from Nats general manager Mike Rizzo about how it all played out. It’s worth the long read on a weekend without very much baseball…

  25. Red Sox probably aren’t serious about Adam LaRoche

    Dec 30, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have been linked in recent weeks to free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche. But it sounds like he is merely being used as leverage while the Boston decision-makers attempt to work out a hip injury clause in their yet-to-be-finalized three-year, $39 million contract with Mike Napoli. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston…

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