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  1. Winning bid for righty Yu Darvish will set posting record

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

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    From Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated comes word that the winning posting bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish will top the $51,111,111 sum that the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka back in November of 2006. The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have not revealed which major league team made the record bid, and…

  2. Allen Craig aiming to get out of leg brace in three weeks

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

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    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig underwent surgery on his right knee around Thanksgiving and is doubtful to be ready for the start of the 2012 regular season. But his recovery, to this point, has gone smoothly. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Craig is expected to have his protective leg brace removed three…

  3. Rockies won’t improve offer to free agent Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post spoke Thursday to Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd, who confirmed that his team is waiting on word from free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer about the three-year, $27 million offer that was presented last week. O’Dowd also told Renck that the offer would not be improved. “It’s out of my hands, said…

  4. Yu Darvish winner might not be revealed until next week

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

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    The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters were presented with the winning bid in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes on Wednesday. But it could be another several days before they reveal that information to the world. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the Fighters have until next Tuesday to accept the bid and reveal the winning team, and they’re likely to…

  5. Report: Cubs are “not major players” for Prince Fielder

    Dec 15, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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    Contrary to recent reports, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing that the Cubs are “not major players” for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder because they are “not ready to spend big.” Cafardo is a Boston-based writer and his information goes against what has been reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, ESPN’s Jerry…

  6. Josh Willingham is in Minnesota for his pre-signing physical

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:22 PM EDT

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    The Twins have refused to acknowledge that they are close to a three-year, $21 million contract agreement with outfielder Josh Willingham. But all indications point to the deal being just about complete. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Willingham arrived in Minnesota on Wednesday for his pre-signing physical — a process that will…

  7. Hiroyuki Nakajima’s agent exploring sign-and-trade

    Dec 14, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the agent for Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima has approached the Yankees’ decision-makers about their interest in executing a sign-and-trade. It’s a strategy that is seen more often in the NBA than MLB, but it might make sense in this case. The Yankees won the rights to Nakajima earlier this…

  8. Coco Crisp drawing interest from the Dodgers and Cubs

    Dec 14, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The market for Coco Crisp is heating up a bit. According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Cubs and Dodgers have expressed interest, and have even engaged in discussions recently with representatives for the 32-year-old outfielder. Crisp batted just .264/.314/.379 with eight homers and 54 RBI in 583 plate appearances this past season for the…

  9. Waiting for word on the Yu Darvish bidding…

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:04 PM EDT

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    The window for Major League Baseball teams to submit bids on free agent Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish has been closed for over three hours. We don’t know which club has won the rights to negotiate exclusively with the 6-foot-5 starter, and might not have that information for another few days, but reports are slowly trickling…

  10. Cardinals nearing one-year deal with lefty J.C. Romero

    Dec 14, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Cardinals are nearing a one-year contract agreement with left-hander J.C. Romero. Romero posted a pedestrian 4.01 ERA and 19/15 K/BB ratio in 24 2/3 innings this year between the Phillies and Rockies. But he was effective against left-handed batters, holding them to a .231/.318/.231 slash line, and…

  11. Wife of Albert Pujols tells radio show: “the city of St. Louis has absolutely been deceived”

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Pujols kisses his wife Deidre after the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    “I understand you’re talking to us, then one TV station, and that’s about it,” is how Sandi Brown, morning show host at 99.1 Joy FM in St. Louis, opened her conversation Monday with Deidre Pujols, the wife of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. “This is the moment of truth for us,” Deidre replied. “Four…

  12. Rockies have trade interest in Boston’s Marco Scutaro

    Dec 11, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies have expressed interest in executing a trade for veteran Red Sox infielder Marco Scutaro. Scutaro is set to earn around $6 million in 2012 via a club option that was exercised at the end of October. That kind of money normally wouldn’t drive the Red Sox front…

  13. Ryan Braun’s testosterone levels were “insanely high,” says source close to the MVP outfielder

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is passionately fighting a positive performance-enhancing drug test result that would land him a 50-game suspension if upheld at an arbitration hearing in January. His side of the story: the result was false — a false positive. Braun told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel late Saturday night that he’s “completely…

  14. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon, spaghetti sauce king

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon has produced a large-scale spaghetti dinner for homeless and needy folks around the Tampa Bay region since the winter of 2006. It typically takes place on a Sunday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and has thus been anointed the name “Thanksmas.” Maddon isn’t your typical celebrity philanthropist. He actually gets hands-on with the…

  15. Indians sign outfielder Felix Pie to minor league contract

    Dec 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Indians have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract worth potentially $1 million. The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, where Pie will attempt to land a spot on Cleveland’s 25-man roster. If he’s unable to pull that off, he can request…

  16. Source associated with Ryan Braun says positive test was for “prohibited substance,” not PED

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ESPN reported that Braun tested positive for a PED that gave him an abnormally high testosterone level, which proved to be synthetic and therefore not produced by the body. But my source — and again, this is from Braun’s end and not MLB — familiar with the test’s findings…

  17. Josh Willingham deciding between the Indians and Twins

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    On Saturday night, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham was said to be deciding between offers from the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Now, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, he’s down to Minnesota and Cleveland. Willingham batted .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers, 26 doubles and 98 RBI in 563 plate appearances this past…

  18. Red Sox will try to make Daniel Bard a starter this spring

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:24 PM EDT

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    New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine confirmed Sunday what many have suspected: Daniel Bard is going to be tried as a starter during spring training. This via the Boston Globe‘s Michael Vega. Bard was drafted as a starter out of the University of North Carolina in 2006 before being moved to the bullpen after a…

  19. Diamondbacks re-sign veteran infielder Cody Ransom

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Diamondbacks have re-signed veteran infielder Cody Ransom to a minor league contract. Ransom posted a stellar .317/.405/.629 batting line with 27 home runs, 29 doubles and 92 RBI in 432 plate appearances this past year at the Triple-A level, also swiping 10 bases in 13 attempts. The 35-year-old was…

  20. Cards’ strategy in Pujols talks was odd, maybe even insulting

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

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    It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway because the Angels blew away the competition with their 10-year, $254 million contract offer to Albert Pujols, but it’s now being revealed that the Cardinals’ higher-ups made a number of odd decisions in their negotiations for the first baseman and franchise icon. Like, for instance, offering him a five-year,…

  21. Brewers issue statement on Ryan Braun’s PED charge

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

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    Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio issued a statement late Saturday night offering the organization’s official stance on the allegations that left fielder Ryan Braun was using synthetic testosterone during the 2011 season. If you’re not into reading prepared statements, which almost always lack provocativeness, the gist is this: Braun has been an honorable player since…

  22. Pujols addresses Cardinals fans: “I respect them”

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Albert Pujols was introduced at an outdoor press conference Saturday in Anaheim, California attended by over 4,000 fans — a pep rally, basically. So when he was asked by multiple reporters to discuss his feelings about heart-broken St. Louisans, the questions drew loud boos and he deflected ‘em. A bit later in the day, Pujols…

  23. Ryan Braun on PED charge: “I’m completely innocent”

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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    There’s been so much blatant lying on the topic of steroid usage in baseball that fans have rightfully developed trust issues with the game’s athletes. But Ryan Braun deserves to be heard on the charge that he was using synthetic testosterone — confirmed by an early-October positive test, then denied by a negative test a…

  24. Josh Willingham deciding between four interested teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

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    According to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham has narrowed his long list of suitors down to four teams: the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. The Rays were also in the running at one point but may have backed away from the negotiating table during the Winter Meetings as…

  25. David Price attacked by man peeing on his car in Tampa

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    This one’s … odd. But thankfully fairly innocent. From Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times comes word that Rays pitcher David Price was nearly assaulted outside of a Tampa restaurant Friday after confronting a man who was relieving himself on the 26-year-old left-hander’s car. No one was injured — not Price, nor the man.…

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