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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Cubs sign Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

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    From reporter Jorge Ebro of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald comes word that Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion agreed to a “multimillion dollar” contract on Thursday evening with the Chicago Cubs. Concepcion was named the Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional for 2010-2011 after posting a solid 10-3 record, 3.36 ERA and 53/43 K/BB ratio across…

  7. Red Sox GM says landing free agent pitcher is “unlikely”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have been linked recently to free agent pitchers Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt. But E-Jax apparently has better deals on the table from other clubs and Oswalt is thought to prefer a team in the middle of the country, like the Cards or Rangers. Which leads us to the following report… According…

  8. Blue Jays not expected to pursue Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    The news comes as no surprise, but we’ll pass it along anyway on this slow Wednesday evening. A scout told the Toronto Sun‘s Bob Elliot earlier today that the Blue Jays “will not be players” for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was granted major league free agency last week and is planning to travel from…

  9. Rickie Weeks still not fully recovered from ankle sprain

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

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    It’s been nearly six months since Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks suffered a severe left ankle sprain. And he’s still in recovery mode. Weeks was able to return from the injury last season, but he batted just .243 with a .743 OPS over his final 46 regular-season plate appearances and went 6-for-41 (.146) in the…

  10. Cardinals seeking trade partner for Kyle McClellan

    Jan 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals are “actively shopping” right-hander Kyle McClellan in an effort to free up payroll for a run at a free agent starter. Like, well, Roy Oswalt. McClellan, a 27-year-old native of the north St. Louis suburbs, registered a 4.19 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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