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  1. Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder went “extremely well”

    Jan 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has been travelling around the baseball world with his agent, Scott Boras, visiting teams who have expressed interest — mild or serious — in signing him. The 27-year-old met with Rangers executives on Friday in Dallas, and it apparently went swimmingly. Here’s the tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden: Rangers…

  2. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Colby Rasmus at $2.7M

    Jan 15, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Blue Jays have inked Colby Rasmus to a $2.7 million contract for 2012, thus avoiding salary arbitration with the 25-year-old center fielder. Rasmus made a poor first impression with Toronto last year, batting just .173/.201/.316 in 140 plate appearances after being acquired from the Cardinals at the July…

  3. Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Forget about the Red Sox and Padres. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives. Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and…

  4. A’s ink right-hander Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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    From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Oakland A’s have signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on any of the financial details. Colon was courted recently by Arizona and spoke to the Yankees at one point about a reunion, but he settled on a place that…

  5. Nationals sign Gio Gonzalez to five-year contract extension

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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    According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, newly-acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been signed to a five-year contract extension. The deal also carries options for 2017 and 2018. Gonzalez was sent from Oakland to Washington three weeks ago for top prospects Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole. The 26-year-old starter was eligible for salary…

  6. Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

    Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month. And he clearly made a positive impression. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya. The 27-year-old right-hander…

  7. Adam Wainwright on track for normal spring, normal season

    Jan 15, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is over 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery and has not experienced any sort of setback. He recently shifted his rehab base to the team’s spring training facilities in Jupiter, Florida and is expecting to be at full strength by the time St. Louis’ other pitchers arrive. Cardinals GM John…

  8. Rangers, Yu Darvish not gelling on length of contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Rangers president Nolan Ryan seemed confident last week that a deal would be struck with Japanese starter Yu Darvish before Wednesday’s deadline. But that’s suddenly just three days away. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are disagreeing on the amount of years — not the amount of dollars — that will…

  9. Bartolo Colon has decided where he’s going to pitch in 2012

    Jan 15, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

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    From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes word that veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon has “agreed to a deal with team,” but won’t divulge where exactly he’s headed until after he has passed a physical. That physical should take place Sunday or Monday. Jon Heyman of CBS says it’s not the Yankees, nor the Diamondbacks. The only…

  10. Tyler Greene could start at second base for the Cardinals

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

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    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters back in November that Daniel Descalso had a leg up on starting second base duties. But the 25-year-old is far from locked into that role. According to B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest, Mozeliak said Saturday at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up that Tyler Greene “will get every chance”…

  11. Josh Hamilton won’t discuss extension during the season

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    If the Rangers want to luck up outfielder Josh Hamilton, they better get the wheels in motion. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the 30-year-old slugger has informed the club’s higher-ups that he will not negotiate a long-term contract extension during the season — spring training included. So if the Rangers can’t…

  12. Cubs installing 70-foot digital scoreboard at Wrigley Field

    Jan 14, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From CSNChicago.com’s Jake Flannigan comes the below mockup of a 70-foot LED scoreboard that will be installed in right field at baseball’s second-oldest stadium. Construction will be completed this spring. Above the new scoreboard you’ll see something called the “Budweiser Patio.” It will contain 150 all-inclusive seats (not bleachers), and is also going in before…

  13. Nolan Ryan “optimistic” about striking deal with Yu Darvish

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Rangers have less than a week to work out a contract with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, for whom they committed a record $51,703,411 posting fee back in mid-December. But there’s no concern within the organization about the ticking clock. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Thursday night that…

  14. Blue Jays “not a serious suitor” for free agent Prince Fielder

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    There was a general assumption, at the beginning of this offseason, that the Blue Jays would get involved at some point in the bidding for Prince Fielder. But it hasn’t happened yet, and it’s not likely to. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Toronto is “not a serious suitor” for the 27-year-old first baseman,…

  15. Marlins planning aggressive pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, Nationals, Tigers and White Sox have all made it known that they plan to pursue Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes once he becomes eligible for major league free agency. But those clubs may have to contend with a Miami front office that is willing to spend wildly. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the…

  16. Melvin Mora is not retiring, seeks minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Remember those reports in late December about Melvin Mora retiring? They were a little premature. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Mora is not hanging up his cleats and is in fact looking for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says the 39-year-old would…

  17. Giants ink Ryan Vogelsong to two-year, $8M extension

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    According to Mychael Urban, the Giants have signed right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2014. No word yet on the financial terms of the agreement. Vogelsong was eligible for arbitration this winter, and due a hefty raise after posting a superb 2.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 179…

  18. Chicago PD planning to talk with Starlin Castro this weekend about sexual assault allegations

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be in Chicago this weekend for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. It will also be his first time back in the city since he allegedly committed sexual assault against a woman at his downtown apartment. So, in between appearances at the Cubs’ annual fan convention,…

  19. Red Sox sign righty Aaron Cook to minor league contract

    Jan 8, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Red Sox have signed right-hander Aaron Cook to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The agreement is pending a physical. Rosenthal says Cook will be given a change to compete for a job in the Boston rotation during spring camp, but the…

  20. Picture of the Day: J.P. Arencibia and a very young fan

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is participating in the team’s “Winter Tour” this weekend, meeting admirers and signing autographs in various Canadian cities. The photo below comes from Ottawa, where the 26-year-old former first-round pick was asked to pose with an especially young Jays fan. Gotta get to ‘em early.

  21. Phillies among teams with interest in Kerry Wood

    Jan 8, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that free agent right-hander Kerry Wood is no longer a lock to re-sign with the Cubs and has begun speaking to other teams. Now we have even more details. Crasnick reported moments ago that the Phillies are among the clubs with interest in Wood, and may get aggressive if veteran setup…

  22. Brewers will know Ryan Braun’s fate before spring training

    Jan 8, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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    It’s far from surprising news, but we’ll pass it along anyway. Via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Milwaukee Brewers will know before the start of spring training whether all-star leftfielder Ryan Braun will be in their lineup on opening day. People familiar with the history of the Major League Baseball drug testing program and…

  23. Disney family expected to bid for ownership of Dodgers

    Jan 8, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

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    The Disneys want back in to Major League Baseball. According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the family of the late Roy Disney, a nephew of Walt Disney, has formed a partnership with investment banker Stanley Gold in an effort to purchase the Dodgers from outgoing owner Frank McCourt. They’ll be one of many…

  24. Kevin Cash retires, takes scouting job with Blue Jays

    Jan 8, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that veteran catcher Kevin Cash has decided to hang up his cleats for good and accept a job as a major league advance scout with the Blue Jays. Cash, 34, played for the Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros during an eight-year major league career,…

  25. Rays, Red Sox, Cardinals may be fallbacks for Ryan Madson

    Jan 8, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson likely had a smile on his face back in early November when Jonathan Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies. That deal set the bar high for free agent closers, and Madson — with stats similar to Papelbon’s in recent years — probably figured he would also cash in. But…

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