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  1. Elbow issue could derail that big Felix Hernandez extension

    Feb 10, 2013, 3:03 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported on Thursday that the Mariners had reached agreement on a seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez. But something apparently went wrong during the righty’s pre-signing physical. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, there is some concern about the status of Hernandez’s pitching elbow which “could affect…

  2. Nationals “continue to monitor” free agent Javier Vazquez

    Feb 10, 2013, 1:54 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the scoop: The Nationals and others continue to monitor Vazquez, who is recovering from minor knee surgery. Washington’s interest may be piqued by revelations of Gio Gonzalez’s links to the Miami anti-aging clinic and PEDs. The Nationals believe Ross Detwiler could emerge as a successful lefty after going…

  3. Indians sign Daisuke Matsuzaka to minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

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    From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Indians have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed starter Daisuke Matsuzaka. The deal carries an invitation to spring training, where the 32-year-old will be given a crack at a starting rotation spot. If he’s on the major league roster the entire season, he…

  4. Rays finalize one-year, $2.75 million deal with Luke Scott

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:12 PM EDT

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    As reported by beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, the Rays have finalized their one-year, $2.75 million free agent contract with Luke Scott. Dane De La Rosa, who allowed seven earned runs in five innings of relief last season with the Rays, was designated for assignment to open up a roster spot.…

  5. Jhonny Peralta’s name discovered in the Biogenesis records

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 PM EDT

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    Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reports: Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta is named in the records of Tony Bosch, the director of the Biogenesis wellness clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., that is the target of an MLB investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, according to sources familiar with the records. The list of players discovered in the…

  6. Sergio Romo agrees to two-year, $9M contract with Giants

    Feb 6, 2013, 7:39 PM EDT

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    The Giants have wrapped up their final arb. case. According to beat writer Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, closer Sergio Romo agreed Wednesday evening to a two-year pact that will cover his final two years of arbitration eligibility. No word yet on the exact financial layout. Romo posted a dominant 1.79 ERA and…

  7. Phillies sign Matt Tolbert to minor league contract

    Feb 6, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    From Matt Eddy of Baseball America comes word that the Phillies have signed infielder Matt Tolbert to a minor league contract. The deal does not carry an invitation to major league camp, so Tolbert will not be in the running for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The 30-year-old former 16th-round pick of the…

  8. Ryan Braun releases written statement, says connection to Biogenesis was consulting-related

    Feb 5, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy passes along a written statement from Ryan Braun addressing his connection to the Biogenesis clinic: “During the course of preparing for my successful appeal last year, my attorneys, who were previously familiar with Tony Bosch, used him as a consultant. More specifically, he answered questions about T/E ratio and possibilities of tampering…

  9. Rockies discussed minor league contract with Derek Lowe

    Feb 5, 2013, 8:55 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies spoke recently to the representatives for free agent right-hander Derek Lowe. But the Colorado front office is only interested in signing the veteran starter to a minor league deal and Lowe is currently holding out for something a little more lucrative. Lowe posted a 5.11 ERA and…

  10. Ryan Braun’s name discovered in the Biogenesis records

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    From Jeff Passan and Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports: Milwaukee Brewers star Ryan Braun‘s name is in records of the Miami-area clinic alleged to have distributed performance-enhancing drugs to a rash of baseball players, and Major League Baseball will investigate the link to the former MVP who tested positive for illegal synthetic testosterone during the 2011 postseason.…

  11. Astros starter Bud Norris is “available and drawing interest”

    Feb 5, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    The Astros might not be done trading big leaguers. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, starting pitcher Bud Norris “is available and drawing interest” from opposing teams. The Astros will hope to get a prospect or two in return for the right-hander, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is under contractual control through…

  12. Torii Hunter still a bit sour about departure from Anaheim

    Feb 3, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    “I was told money was tight,” veteran outfielder Torii Hunter tweeted on December 13, shortly after the Angels signed Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. “But I guess [Angels owner Arte Moreno] had money hidden under a mattress. Business is business but don’t lie.” Hunter later claimed that he was joking,…

  13. Dodgers “uneasy” that Hanley Ramirez isn’t playing enough shortstop in offseason ball

    Feb 3, 2013, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Hanley Ramirez played in the Dominican Winter League this offseason, is currently participating in the Caribbean Series, and has committed to suiting up for the Dominican Republic in the 2013 World Baseball Classic. But Ramirez has not — and will not — play shortstop in any of those events. Which has the Dodgers’ front office concerned.…

  14. Mets close to agreement with reliever Brandon Lyon

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Hey, a baseball signing on Super Bowl Sunday. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Brandon Lyon. No word yet on what the terms of the contract might be. Lyon posted a solid 3.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 67 relief appearances last season between the…

  15. Evan Longoria recovered from November hamstring surgery

    Feb 3, 2013, 2:51 PM EDT

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    A promising injury update here for the Rays. According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, third baseman Evan Longoria is fully recovered from a November cleanup surgery on his troublesome left hamstring and expects to be an active participant throughout spring camp. “The leg is ready,” he told reporters confidently. Longoria,…

  16. Astros and Mets considering free agent Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Feb 3, 2013, 1:25 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has the goods: Teams like the Astros and Mets are kicking around the possibility of adding Matsuzaka to their spring training camp to see if he can recapture the form he had in his first two seasons in Boston. Matsuzaka could also head back to Japan if he doesn’t…

  17. Rays may be looking to trade infielder Reid Brignac

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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    According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there was “some chatter last week” around the Rays organization that a trade could be in the works involving utility infielder Reid Brignac. Brignac is a steady defender and is capable of playing all around the diamond, but he batted just .095 with a…

  18. Kevin Millwood retiring after 16-year MLB career

    Feb 3, 2013, 10:38 AM EDT

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    According to Richard Walker of the Shelby Star, 38-year-old right-hander Kevin Millwood announced Friday night at his old high school in Bessemer City, North Carolina that he is ending his baseball career. “I’m just ready to retire,” Millwood told the Star. “I feel like I can still throw it well and going out on a high…

  19. Orioles not expected to sign free agent Arthur Rhodes

    Feb 3, 2013, 9:12 AM EDT

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    Veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes worked out in front of Orioles officials last week at Camden Yards with the hope of scoring an invitation to big league camp. But it’s not going to happen. Here’s beat writer Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com: Someone else in the organization described Rhodes’ tryout as a “courtesy.” Rhodes approached the Orioles…

  20. Esmil Rogers bows out of 2013 World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Some minor World Baseball Classic news. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Blue Jays righty Esmil Rogers has removed himself from consideration for the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team after originally being listed on the country’s provisional roster. Rogers, who was sent to Toronto in a November trade with the Indians, will…

  21. Pablo Sandoval leads Venezuelan Winter League team to title

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:22 PM EDT

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    As noted by the Associated Press, third baseman Pablo Sandoval led his Venezuelan Winter League team — Navegantes del Magallanes — to an 11-9 win on Wednesday night in the final game of the league’s championship series. It was the first league title for Navegantes del Magallanes since 2002. Sandoval batted .300 with three home runs and…

  22. Extension coming next offseason for Matt Wieters?

    Feb 2, 2013, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Here’s Rich Dubroff, Orioles insider for CSNBaltimore.com: “I don’t know the timing of it,” Orioles executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette said at last month’s Fan Fest. “The good news is that Matt’s signed for this year. He had a great year. He’s continuing to improve as an RBI man. His leadership and defense are…

  23. Padres avoid arbitration with Chase Headley at $8.575 million

    Jan 30, 2013, 10:23 PM EDT

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    Another big arbitration case has been settled. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Padres and third baseman Chase Headley avoided a salary arbitration hearing on Wednesday evening by agreeing to a one-year, $8.575 million contract. Headley requested $10.3 million and was offered $7.075 million by the San Diego front office when figures were…

  24. Angels sign Bill Hall to minor league contract

    Jan 30, 2013, 9:15 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Angels have agreed to a minor league contract with veteran infielder Bill Hall. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, though Hall is highly doubtful to win an Opening Day roster spot. The 33-year-old spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Orioles’ Triple-A…

  25. MLB will interview players named in Miami New Times story

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball officials are planning to hold face-to-face interviews with all of the players named in this week’s Miami New Times story. That includes Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal. MLB officials are hoping first to obtain documents from New…

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