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  1. Rafael Soriano has arrived at Nationals camp

    Feb 16, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano was late reporting to the Nationals’ spring training complex this week because of an issue with his work visa. But that’s all settled now. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Dominican right-hander arrived in Viera, Florida on Saturday morning. He was greeted in the clubhouse by Nats general manager Mike Rizzo and new…

  2. University of Miami tests entire baseball team for HGH

    Feb 13, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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    From NBCSports.com, via the Associated Press: A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Miami’s baseball team has been tested for performance-enhancing drug use, including human growth hormone. Results have not arrived, according to the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the university has not authorized the information’s release. Miami’s…

  3. Chad Cordero signs minor league contract with Angels

    Feb 13, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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    We’ll go ahead and let the 30-year-old right-hander break his own news: comeback has officially begun.Just signed minor league deal with #Angels. Can’t believe I might have a chance 2 play for my hometown team — Chad Cordero (@ChadCordero32) February 14, 2013 Cordero has logged only 14 innings in the major leagues since the end…

  4. Mariners trade reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees

    Feb 13, 2013, 7:42 PM EDT

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    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have traded reliever Shawn Kelley to the Yankees for young outfielder Abraham Almonte. Kelley was designated for assignment by the M’s last week to clear a 40-man roster spot for catcher Kelly Shoppach. The 28-year-old right-hander had a decent 3.25 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 45/15…

  5. Felix Hernandez was given “clean bill of health” by Mariners

    Feb 13, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    Remember all that talk about a right elbow issue potentially derailing the Mariners’ new seven-year, $175 million contract extension with staff ace Felix Hernandez? Don’t feel too bad if not because it’s a distant memory for the two main parties involved. According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik told reporters on Wednesday that Felix…

  6. Mariners finalize deal with lefty Joe Saunders and designate Mike Carp for assignment

    Feb 12, 2013, 10:13 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have officially announced their one-year, $6.5 million contract with left-hander Joe Saunders. The deal includes another $1 million in performance-based incentives and a mutual option for 2014. To clear a spot on their 25- and 40-man rosters, the M’s designated outfielder Mike Carp for assignment. He’s…

  7. Pirates strike minor league contract with Brandon Inge

    Feb 12, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has the scoop: Brandon Inge is close to signing with the Pirates, according to sources. Inge is expected to sign a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. The 35-year-old infielder batted just .218/.275/.383 across 331 plate appearances last season between the Tigers and Athletics. But he does boast some pop,…

  8. Carl Crawford almost ready to begin facing live pitching

    Feb 12, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

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    An update here on the Dodgers’ Carl Crawford. According to beat writer Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, Crawford is throwing at a distance of 90 feet and taking regular swings off a tee at the Dodgers’ spring training complex in Arizona without any pain or discomfort in his surgically-repaired left elbow. Crawford hopes to begin facing…

  9. Ryan Madson undergoing MRI on troublesome right elbow

    Feb 12, 2013, 6:37 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels right-hander Ryan Madson is undergoing an MRI Tuesday evening on his surgically-repaired pitching elbow. The hope in Angels camp is that the exam will show nothing more than mild inflammation. Madson began feeling soreness in his elbow when he ramped up his offseason throwing program earlier this month. He…

  10. Derek Lowe hoping for a major league contract, willing to pitch out of a team’s bullpen

    Feb 10, 2013, 5:52 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: [Derek] Lowe understands teams wanting to go with younger pitchers, but if they’re not comfortable with that, he seems to provide the alternative. “I’ve made my money, so it’s not about money for me,” Lowe said. “What you’d be paying a kid and what you’d…

  11. Cubs make two-year, $5 million contract official with Scott Hairston and DFA Tony Campana

    Feb 10, 2013, 4:27 PM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs have finalized their two-year, $5 million free agent contract with Scott Hairston and designated Tony Campana for assignment to clear roster room. Hairston will get regular playing time in right field this season in Chicago after batting .263 with a solid .803 OPS and a…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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.…

  22. 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…

  23. 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,…

  24. 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.…

  25. 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…

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