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  1. D’Backs, Miguel Montero likely headed to arbitration hearing

    Jan 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has been informed by sources that the Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero are likely to require an arbitration hearing, scheduled for Tuesday morning. Montero requested $6.8 million and was offered $5.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides have been unable to find a middle ground…

  2. Dallas Braden cleared to begin throwing off a mound

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden made only three starts last season before requiring surgery in May to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He’s hoping for a far better experience in 2012. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since going under the…

  3. Orioles have interest in free agent Casey Kotchman

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles “have discussed” the idea of making a run at free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman. It’s not clear whether those talks were all internal or whether there’s been direct contact with Kotchman’s representatives. But it does seem like a decent fit. Kotchman is an elite defensive…

  4. Tim Wakefield, 45, is considering retirement

    Jan 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has made it known that he wants to pitch one more year for the Red Sox. But the new Boston front office hasn’t made an offer yet and now the 45-year-old is mulling all of his options. Including retirement. Wakefield addressed the matter recently in an interview with John Torres of…

  5. Hong-Chih Kuo drawing interest from three teams

    Jan 29, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has failed to draw much free agent interest since being non-tendered by the Dodgers in mid-December. But that may start changing as spring training approaches. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, three West Coast teams have been “kicking the tires” recently on the 30-year-old left-hander. Kuo pitched only 27…

  6. Giants sign Clay Hensley to one-year, $750,000 contract

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that right-hander Clay Hensley agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Thursday evening with the Giants. The deal also carries around $300,000 worth of performance-based incentives, meaning Hensley could push the total value of it to over $1 million. Hensley had a rough 5.19 ERA and 46/30 K/BB ratio in 67…

  7. Reds, Jose Arredondo avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    From the Reds’ official Twitter account comes word that arbitration-eligible right-hander Jose Arredondo has agreed to a two-year contract. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. Arredondo, 27, posted a 3.23 ERA and 48/31 K/BB ratio in 53 innings last season out of the Cincinnati bullpen. If he develops better control, the Dominican reliever…

  8. Victor Martinez expected to undergo ACL surgery on Friday

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Detroit announced last week that Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL during offseason conditioning. He’s probably going to have it repaired on Friday. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, Martinez was in Vail, Colorado on Thursday for a second opinion on the potentially season-ending knee injury. If the original diagnosis is confirmed — and there’s about a…

  9. Reds sign lefty Jeff Francis to minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

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    From Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com comes word that the Reds have reached agreement on a minor league contract with free agent lefty Jeff Francis. The deal carries an invitation to major league spring training, where Francis will presumably get a shot at landing a spot in Cincinnati’s starting rotation. Francis, 31, posted a troubling 4.82 ERA…

  10. Angels make offer to free agent reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels have “tendered a formal offer” to free agent right-hander Luis Ayala. Whether it’s a major league or minor league contract offer is not yet known. Ayala is also drawing free agent interest from a “handful” of other teams, according to Gonzalez’s source, and is “still weighing his options.” The…

  11. UPDATE: Rays reach contract with infielder Jeff Keppinger

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    From Marc Topkin of the newly-named Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays are “closing in on a major-league deal” with infielder Jeff Keppinger. An agreement could be finalized later this week. Keppinger batted just .277/.300/.377 with six home runs and 35 RBI across 399 plate appearances last season between the Astros and Giants, and…

  12. Josh Johnson feeling good after first bullpen session

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson made only nine starts last season due to shoulder issues. He’s optimistic that things will be far different in 2012. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the 27-year-old ace felt “good” after throwing a bullpen session (29 pitches) Tuesday for the first time since September. He has…

  13. Marlins’ new stadium will be called “Marlins Park” … for now

    Jan 25, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

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    Marlins president David Samson told Miami’s 790 The Ticket on Wednesday that the organization is in talks with multiple companies interested in buying naming rights to the nearly-completed stadium. But no agreement has been struck yet, and that might not change before the facility opens its doors April 1 for an exhibition game against the…

  14. Mariners sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

    Jan 22, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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    The Mariners have added a touch of gray to their otherwise-under-30 starting rotation depth chart. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Seattle agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday evening with veteran righty Kevin Millwood. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Millwood will get a legitimate chance at claiming a spot as the…

  15. Angels among teams with interest in reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com beat writer Alden Gonzalez comes word that the Angels are “one of four clubs” showing interest in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. All four are offering major league contracts. Ayala posted a cool 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season for the Yankees after signing a minor league deal in February and earning…

  16. Jorge Posada to formally announce retirement this week

    Jan 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    From the New York Daily News‘ Andy Martino: Jorge Posada is expected to hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium early this week, likely Tuesday, to formally announce his retirement, according to a person familiar with the plans. The news comes as no surprise. Posada headed into this offseason with the intention of continuing his career,…

  17. Justin Morneau hasn’t felt concussion symptoms since Dec.

    Jan 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Finally, some promising news on Justin Morneau. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the 30-year-old first baseman has been participating in strenuous workouts for over a month at a training facility in Phoenix and has not experienced a concussion-related symptom yet. There’s still some concern that Morneau’s head issues will resurface when spring training opens and…

  18. MLB execs think Dodgers will be “in play” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 22, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    This is more speculation than rumor, but it’s worth passing along anyway given the subject matter. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says a “surprising number” of team executives have told him that they think the Dodgers will “ulimtately be in play” for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. That might seem impossible given the…

  19. UPDATE: David Eckstein, 37, considering retirement

    Jan 22, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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    It’s a sad day for scrappiness. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, veteran infielder David Eckstein has decided to retire from baseball “even though there were teams willing to bring him to camp” on a minor league contract. Eckstein, 37, will finish up with a .280/.345/.355 career batting line. The 5-foot-6 shortstop and…

  20. Ryan Braun accepts MVP award at BBWAA banquet

    Jan 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun accepted his National League Most Valuable Player award on Saturday night at the Baseball Writers Association of America awards banquet in New York City. It was his first public appearance since the news broke last month that he tested positive for “insanely high” levels of synthetic testosterone just before the start…

  21. Julio Lugo agrees to minor league deal with Indians

    Jan 22, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

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    From Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press comes word that the Indians have signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training, but Lugo seems like a longshot to crack the Indians’ Opening Day roster. He registered a brutal .136/.208/.136 slash line in 48 plate…

  22. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Daniel Bard at $1.6125M

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration on Saturday night with right-hander Daniel Bard by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.6125 million. This according to MLB.com beat writer Ian Browne. Bard requested $1.825 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on Tuesday. It took less than a week for his agent…

  23. Red Sox expected to make “aggressive bid” for Roy Oswalt

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox traded infielder Marco Scutaro to the Rockies on Saturday afternoon in order to free themselves of his $6 million salary commitment for 2012. And they are expected to now channel that freed up cash into the acquisition of a new starter. A source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Boston front office…

  24. Mets “making a run at signing” free agent Cody Ross

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Mets “have an interest” in free agent outfielder Cody Ross and “are making a run at signing him.” Ross went into this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has scaled back those expectations in recent weeks and might be resigned to accepting a one-year…

  25. Video: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria meets LeBron James

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was nearly crushed to a pulp at Thursday night’s Lakers vs. Heat game in Miami, when his courtside seat got in the way of LeBron James and a loose basketball. Luckily for Loria, James made a quick save, grabbing the back of the 71-year-old’s chair and pulling it upright. To the…

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