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  1. Must-Click Link: Mike Carp honoring Greg Halman

    Feb 11, 2012, 10:11 PM EDT

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    The late-November stabbing death of Mariners outfielder Greg Halman is still fresh on the mind of many players in the Seattle clubhouse as spring camp begins to get underway in Peoria, Arizona. One player in particular. Mariners left fielder Mike Carp considered Halman his best friend, writes MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns. Carp attended Halman’s…

  2. Rangers avoid arbitration with Mike Napoli at $9.4 million

    Feb 11, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    From Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors comes word that the Rangers avoided arbitration with catcher Mike Napoli on Saturday night by agreeing to a one-year, $9.4 million contract for 2012. Napoli requested a salary of $11.5 million and was offered $8.3 million from the Texas front office when arbitration figures were filed last month.…

  3. Angels confident in working out long-term deal with Aybar

    Feb 11, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Angels GM Jerry Dipoto acknowledged Saturday to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez that it’s unlikely Erick Aybar‘s contract will be extended before the start of the 2012 regular season, but at the same time expressed confidence that something will get done eventually: “We’ve had multiple talks with Erick and his people,” said Dipoto. “They’re aware of our…

  4. Yadier Molina on looming free agency: “It’s business”

    Feb 9, 2012, 10:03 PM EDT

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    It doesn’t sound like Yadier Molina is planning to offer the Cardinals much of a hometown discount in negotiations toward a long-term contract extension. The 29-year-old catcher, who is currently slated to become a free agent five days after the conclusion of the 2012 World Series, spoke Thursday evening with Joe Strauss of the St.…

  5. No deadline for decision on Ryan Braun’s PED appeal

    Feb 9, 2012, 8:44 PM EDT

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    It has been three whole weeks since Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun made a plea of innocence in front of an independent arbitrator in New York City, and yet no decision has been made about the NL MVP’s status for the start of the 2012 regular season. Braun, who tested positive for “insane” levels of…

  6. Yankees want Garrett Jones from Pirates for A.J. Burnett

    Feb 9, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    The A.J. Burnett trade rumors are very real, but they’re apparently not leading to a transaction. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Yankees asked the Pirates for outfielder Garrett Jones in exchange for Burnett. New York was quickly rebuffed and there is currently “no traction” for a deal. Jones hasn’t come close to the .938…

  7. Orioles sign Nick Johnson to minor-league deal

    Feb 9, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with veteran first baseman Nick Johnson. The deal will presumably include an invitation to major league spring training, where Johnson will presumably get a legitimate shot at claiming a spot on Baltimore’s…

  8. Rangers finalize 3-year, $14.4M contract with Elvis Andrus

    Feb 8, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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    Columnist Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News passes along the season-by-season financial breakdown of Elvis Andrus‘ new three-year, $14.4 million contract extension with the Rangers: 2012: $2.375 million 2013: $4.8 million 2014: $6.475 million The agreement, which also comes with a $750,000 signing bonus, covers Andrus through all three of his years of arbitration…

  9. David Ortiz arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    According to WEEI.com’s Alex Speier, an arbitration hearing for the Red Sox and designated hitter David Ortiz has been scheduled for Monday. Ortiz requested a salary of $16.5 million and was offered $12.65 million by the Boston front office when arbitration numbers were exchanged in mid-January. The two sides have not been able to find…

  10. Lance Lynn is in the Best Shape Of His Life. Or close to it.

    Feb 8, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

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    Best Shape Of His Life stories can come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t necessarily have to involve superstars, and they don’t always need to be presented in full-length feature articles. There are no rules for this phenomenon, you see. There is a logo now, but there are no rules. Enter Cardinals right-hander Lance…

  11. Reds haven’t made progress on Brandon Phillips extension

    Feb 8, 2012, 7:53 AM EDT

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    Last we heard, the Reds had tabled long-term negotiations with second baseman Brandon Phillips due to differing opinions on his market value. And it seems not much has changed. Reds GM Walt Jocketty told MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon on Tuesday that the team isn’t any closer to locking up Phillips, who is currently on track to…

  12. Rick Ankiel welcomed back to Nats on minor league deal

    Feb 5, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    Amanda Comack of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals have re-signed outfielder Rick Ankiel to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Ankiel, 32, batted just .239/.296/.363 with nine home runs and 37 RBI in 415 plate appearances last season for Washington. He has one of the best outfield arms in…

  13. Mark Prior expected to attempt “one more comeback”

    Feb 5, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Mark Prior, RHP, free agent – He will likely attempt one more comeback. He spent some of last season with the Yankees, his rebuilt arm holding up well and getting his velocity into the low 90s. But Prior, who was the Stephen Strasburg of his day, has…

  14. Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months. A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are…

  15. Brandon Webb is still on the comeback trail

    Feb 5, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb last appeared in a big league game on Opening Day in 2009 and has undergone a series of major shoulder procedures since. But the 32-year-old is still fighting — still trying to make it back. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Webb is planning to throw for major league teams “sometime in…

  16. A’s among teams pursuing trade for Rangers’ Koji Uehara

    Feb 5, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the A’s are among the teams considering a trade for Rangers setup man Koji Uehara. The Orioles have also been identified as a potential suitor. Uehara posted an uninspiring 4.00 ERA in 18 innings for the Rangers last season after joining the team in a late-July trade from Baltimore.…

  17. Mariners have interest in free agent lefty Hong-Chih Kuo

    Feb 5, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last Sunday that free agent left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was drawing interest from “three West Coast teams.” We can now identify one of those clubs. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have been “looking closely” at Kuo recently and could be moving toward an agreement. Kuo…

  18. Cardinals nearing minor league contract with Alex Cora

    Feb 5, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Big news this Super Bowl Sunday. OK, not quite. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Cardinals are nearing agreement on a minor league deal with 36-year-old free agent infielder Alex Cora. It’s not clear whether the pact will include an invitation to spring training, but Cora would be doutbful to crack St. Louis’ Opening…

  19. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Alfredo Aceves at $1.2M

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    From the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo comes word that the Red Sox and right-hander Alfredo Aceves avoided arbitration Sunday morning by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. The deal also carries $100K worth of incentives. Aceves requested $1.6 million and was offered $950,000 from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged last month.…

  20. Brad Penny officially signs with Japan’s Softbank Hawks

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball announced Sunday on their team website that veteran right-hander Brad Penny has officially agreed to a contract for 2012. Terms of the deal have not been released. Penny is expected to travel to Japan on Wednesday. The 33-year-old…

  21. Marlins, Anibal Sanchez to get arbitration ruling Monday

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

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    According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a decision on how much Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez will earn this season is expected to be announced on Monday. Sanchez requested an $8 million salary and was offered $6.9 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides argued…

  22. Giants think Yoenis Cespedes will cost more than he’s worth

    Feb 4, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was hearing rumblings in mid-November that the Giants would be one of nine major league teams in the running for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. But we can now scratch San Francisco off the list of potential landing spots for the much-hyped 26-year-old outfielder. Giants GM Brian Sabean told Hank Schulman…

  23. Rangers “unlikely” to sign free agent Roy Oswalt

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt‘s options seem to be dwindling. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” his team adds a starting pitcher before spring training, and now the Rangers are saying much of the same. A source explained to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday evening that the Rangers already…

  24. Josh Hamilton spotted drinking alcohol at DFW bar

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    The details are slim, but they’re still cringe-worthy. According to reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted consuming alcohol at a bar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday night. It’s not clear what exactly the 2010 American League MVP was drinking or how intoxicated he became. A Rangers…

  25. O’s and A’s expressing the most interest in Manny Ramirez

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Oakland’s interest in Manny Ramirez has been public knowledge for the past couple of weeks. But the Athletics are not alone. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are also exploring the thought of making an offer to the 39-year-old free agent slugger. Ramirez made only 17 total plate appearances last year for the…

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