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  1. Mariners “continue to target” free agent Josh Hamilton

    Dec 9, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the following scoop: The Seattle Mariners, searching for offense, continue to target slugger Josh Hamilton. The Mariners probably aren’t prepared to meet Hamilton’s request for a seven-year deal, but they seem to have emerged as the likeliest alternative to the incumbent Rangers by virtue of their perceived willingness to go longer than most.…

  2. Breaking down Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million deal

    Dec 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM has the full financial breakdown of Zack Greinke‘s new six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers — the most amount of money ever promised to a right-hander. 2013: $17 million 2014: $24 million 2015: $23 million 2016: $24 million 2017: $23 million 2018: $24 million Greinke will also receive a…

  3. Rangers still want to trade for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Most assumed that after losing free agent righty Zack Greinke to the Dodgers, the Rangers would shift their focus (and winter budget) back toward Josh Hamilton. But that might not be the case. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers “still want to trade for” Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Which would mean letting Hamilton…

  4. Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract with Dodgers does not include no-trade protection

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers can have quite a firesale if they want. ESPN and SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden reports that the record six-year, $147 million contract committed Saturday to free agent right-hander Zack Greinke does not include a no-trade clause. Also without no-trade protection are center fielder Matt Kemp, who agreed to an eight-year, $160 million extension in November…

  5. Shohei Otani decides to remain in Japan

    Dec 9, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

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    Japanese right-hander Shohei Otani announced back in October that he was planning to break tradition and jump from his high school (Hanamaki East) right to the professional ranks in the United States, skipping a career in Nippon Professional Baseball altogether. But it’s not going to happen. According to Japanese reporter Yasuko Yanagita, Otani has decided…

  6. Dodgers at around $233 million for 2013 but can add more

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:10 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports says “word is” the Dodgers may try for “another big free-agent starter.” And it’s pretty easy to believe those whispers. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Dodgers have $210.1 million in salary commitments for 2013 and will pay another $22 million in luxury tax (for a total sum…

  7. A-Rod says diagnosis on hip provided some relief

    Dec 8, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

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    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez posted a .764 OPS in the second half of the 2012 season and went 3-for-27 (.120) in the playoffs. So it was sort of reassuring, confidence-wise, when he was diagnosed this month with a torn muscle in his left hip because he actually had something to blame for his struggles.…

  8. Dodgers reach six-year, $147 million deal with Zack Greinke

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Dodgers are “closing in on” a contract agreement with free agent starter Zack Greinke. The deal will cover the next six years and carry a total value of $145 million if it indeed goes through. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on Thursday that Dodgers officials…

  9. Mariners finalize one-year contract with Jason Bay

    Dec 8, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    From Larry Stone of the Seattle Times comes word that the Mariners have finalized their one-year contract with outfielder Jason Bay and designated lefty reliever Mauricio Robles in a corresponding move to a clear a spot on the 40-man roster. Robles, 23, had a 5.78 ERA and 1.69 WHIP in 71 2/3 innings this summer…

  10. Rays sign outfielder Jason Bourgeois to minors deal

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:38 AM EDT

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    As noted by Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have signed outfielder Jason Bourgeois to a minor league contract. It does not come with an invitation to spring training, meaning the 30-year-old has little chance of cracking the Opening Day roster. Bourgeois hit .258/.303/.323 with no home runs and five RBI in…

  11. Yankees, Twins and Reds interested in Jack Hannahan

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:15 PM EDT

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    The market for mediocre infielders remains strong. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Yankees, Twins and Reds are among several teams that have expressed interest in free agent Jack Hannahan. Hannahan was designated for assignment by the Indians near the end of November after batting just .244/.312/.341 with four homers, 16 doubles and 29…

  12. Orioles ink Conor Jackson to minor league contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles agreed on Wednesday to a minor league contract with free agent utilityman Conor Jackson. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Jackson will be given a chance to compete for a spot on Baltimore’s Opening Day 25-man roster. Jackson batted .277/.363/.434 with nine home runs and…

  13. Cubs sign Nate Schierholtz to one-year, $2.25M contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Cubs agreed to a one-year contract on Wednesday night with free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz. Financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed. Schierholtz attracted a pretty strong market after being non-tendered in late November by the Phillies, at one point drawing interest from nine different teams —…

  14. Royals making starter Anibal Sanchez their “top choice”

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    The Royals badly need a front-line starting pitcher. And it appears they might have one in their sights. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi hears that the Kansas City front office has made free agent right-hander Anibal Sanchez their “top choice” this winter. It’s going to cost a ton of money, but the Royals’ higher-ups are surely…

  15. Rockies re-sign left-hander Jeff Francis to one-year deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:11 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Rockies have re-signed left-handed starter Jeff Francis to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on the financial details. Francis posted a brutal 5.58 ERA and 1.48 WHIP across 24 starts this past season for Colorado, fanning only 76 batters in 113 innings of work. He…

  16. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, manager John Farrell met with Josh Hamilton at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has the scoop: According to multiple baseball sources, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell met with free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton at the winter meetings Wednesday. Bradford probably has that timeline wrong, as Hamilton tweeted a picture from the Nashville airport on Tuesday night with accompanying text…

  17. Nationals “remain confident they will get” Adam LaRoche

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche slugged 33 home runs and tallied 100 RBI in 154 games this summer for the Nationals while also earning Gold Glove honors at first base. But he hasn’t found much of a market this offseason. Which has the Washington front office feeling good. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals “remain confident…

  18. Andrew Cashner injures right thumb in hunting accident, needs three-month recovery

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:52 PM EDT

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    Rough offseason development here for San Diego. According to MLB.com’s Corey Brock, starter Andrew Cashner suffered a puncture wound to his right thumb when a friend sliced him with a knife while the two were dressing meat during a recent hunting trip. He had surgery to repair a lacerated tendon and needs three months of…

  19. Nate Schierholtz “getting a lot of play” from AL East teams

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:20 PM EDT

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    Pretty steamy headline up there, is it not? ESPN’s Buster Olney reported earlier today that the Yankees were the “early frontrunner” for free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz. But they may have some competition within their own division. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, the 28-year-old has been “getting a lot of play” from American League…

  20. Giants re-sign Marco Scutaro to three-year, $20 million deal

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:24 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Giants have re-signed infielder Marco Scutaro to a three-year contract worth a total of $20 million. The Giants were holding firm on their two-year offer to the 37-year-old native of Venezuela before the Cardinals swooped in and tried to work out a deal. The Yankees were…

  21. Reds close to re-signing outfielder Ryan Ludwick

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Ryan Ludwick is apparently staying in Cincinnati. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Reds are “getting close on a deal” for the veteran outfielder. It’s likely for two years and a little under $20 million. Ludwick batted .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 125 games this past season for the…

  22. Rays work out trade with Marlins for shortstop Yunel Escobar

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Rays and Marlins are close to a trade that will send shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar was acquired by the Marlins as part of last month’s blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays, but Miami never really planned…

  23. Mariners interested in Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    MLB Network’s Peter Gammons reported Monday that the Dodgers are shopping young shortstop Dee Gordon. Now at least one suitor can be identified. According to Scott Miller of CBS Sports, the Mariners are going “hard” after the 24-year-old speedster, who has tallied 56 steals in 143 MLB games. Other teams have likely also been calling.…

  24. Rangers put Josh Hamilton talks on hold as they focus on free agent right-hander Zack Greinke

    Dec 4, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have put negotiations “on hold” with Josh Hamilton as they try to sign free agent starter Zack Greinke. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Dodgers were looking like the “clear favorite” for Greinke, but Heyman says the Texas front office is showing “signs of determination”…

  25. Cardinals offer assistant hitting coach job to Bengie Molina

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the scoop: The Cardinals will offer Bengie Molina the role of assistant hitting coach. The move will allow him to join, for the first time in their major-league careers, his younger brother Yadier on the same team. Molina, 38, last played in 2010, ending a career that…

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