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  1. Grant Balfour: “I am healthy”

    Dec 22, 2013, 1:34 PM EDT

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    The Orioles canceled their two-year agreement with Grant Balfour after discovering something bothersome during the free agent right-hander’s pre-signing physical. Balfour has publicly lashed out at the Baltimore front office for the way things were handled — even threatening to file an official grievance — and he appeared Sunday morning on MLB Network Radio to…

  2. Scott Boras is “trying to engage Mets ownership” on Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales

    Dec 22, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick explains the situation over a series of tweets … Scott Boras trying to engage #mets ownership in talks over 2 big remaining free agents, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 22, 2013 Drew would be a nice upgrade at SS, but price will be issue after #mets spent…

  3. Starlin Castro hoping to recoup $3.6 million seized by Dominican baseball school

    Dec 22, 2013, 10:53 AM EDT

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    Paul Sullivan, Cubs beat writer at the Chicago Tribune, has the story: On Wednesday it was revealed Castro had $3.6 million from his bank accounts in the Dominican Republic frozen over a contract his father signed when he was 16, agreeing to give 3 percent of his major league earnings to persons involved with a…

  4. Cubs sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

    Dec 18, 2013, 11:26 PM EDT

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    From Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune: The Cubs signed free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to a minor league deal, according to a source. The deal is said to include incentives if he makes the major league roster. There was a report earlier this week that Sanchez was drawing free agent interest from seven or…

  5. Luke Scott signs with Korean team

    Dec 18, 2013, 10:14 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that free agent Luke Scott has agreed to a contract with the SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization. The financial details have not been disclosed, but it’s probably safe to assume that the deal comes with a hefty salary given that the KBO doesn’t often attract legitimate…

  6. Rakuten Golden Eagles offer Masahiro Tanaka an $8 million salary to remain in Japan

    Dec 18, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

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    NPB Tracker’s Patrick Newman translated the report from Sports Hochi in Japan … Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. — Patrick Newman (@npbtracker) December 19, 2013 It would be the highest single-season salary ever given out to a Nippon Professional…

  7. Mariners showing “continued interest” in Ervin Santana

    Dec 18, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

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    With the Rays still asking the moon for ace David Price, the Mariners have apparently moved on to other options for upgrading their starting rotation. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Seattle front office has been showing “continued interest” in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. There was a report in November stating that Santana…

  8. Padres trade outfielder Jesus Guzman to the Astros for shortstop Ryan Jackson

    Dec 18, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

    padres logo’s Corey Brock passes along word of this minor transaction … More #Padres action: The team has traded Jesus Guzman to the #Astros for INF Ryan Jackson. — Corey Brock (@FollowThePadres) December 18, 2013 Guzman, 29, is a .259/.324/.418 career hitter in 930 plate appearances at the major league level. He’s limited defensively to the…

  9. Franklin Gutierrez close to returning to Mariners

    Dec 17, 2013, 11:12 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi has the exclusive report … Mariners close to bringing Franklin Gutierrez back on a 1-year, major league contract sources tell @FOXSports1. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) December 18, 2013 Gutierrez batted .248 with a .278 on-base percentage in 151 plate appearances this past year with Seattle and has played in just 81…

  10. Mariners ink Cole Gillespie to minor league deal

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

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    Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Mariners have signed free agent outfielder Cole Gillespie to a minor league contract. It presumably comes with an invitation to spring training. Gillespie has a promising .290/.386/.475 career batting line at Triple-A, but it’s just .225/.293/.337 at the major level and the 29-year-old is unlikely to…

  11. Red Sox pick up Japanese reliever Shunsuke Watanabe, release righty Chris Carpenter

    Dec 17, 2013, 8:59 PM EDT

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    It’s a night of subtle tweaks for the Red Sox, who have announced a minor league agreement with Japanese reliever Shunsuke Watanabe and the release of Chris Carpenter — the lesser-known one — who will go pitch for NPB’s Yakult Swallows. Watanabe is an extreme submariner coming off a poor season in Japan and seems…

  12. Dodgers re-sign left-handed reliever J.P. Howell to a two-year, $11.5 million contract

    Dec 17, 2013, 7:48 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Dodgers finalized a two-year contract with left-hander J.P. Howell on Tuesday afternoon. The two-year pact, which carries $11.5 million in guaranteed money along with a $6.25 million vesting option for 2016, will be officially announced Thursday after Howell passes his pre-signing physical exam. Howell drew heavy free…

  13. Cubs sign reliever Jose Veras to one-year pact

    Dec 17, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Cubs have reached agreement on a one-year, $4 million contract with right-handed reliever Jose Veras. The deal also carries a $5.5 million club option for the 2015 season along with some undisclosed performance-based incentives. Veras drew interest on the open market from the Astros and…

  14. Yankees president says team has “absolutely no intention” of trading Brett Gardner

    Dec 15, 2013, 4:31 PM EDT

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    It’s a fact by now that the Yankees have explored a Brett Gardner trade, but it sounds like they’re ready to pull him off the block for the rest of the winter. Yankees president Randy Levine had a radio interview Sunday morning with Ian O’Connor of ESPN New York and discussed the still-swirling Gardner rumors.…

  15. Jeremy Guthrie finds throwing partner on Twitter

    Dec 15, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Royals fan and Kansas City resident Daniel Wesley had a pretty cool Friday. It played out on Twitter: Does anyone in northern Kansas City want to play catch today out to 90 feet? Day 3 of throwing program. — Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) December 13, 2013 @TheRealJGuts What part of Northern KC? I can be there…

  16. Ryan Freel had chronic traumatic encephalopathy

    Dec 15, 2013, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Ryan Freel died last December from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after an eight-year major league playing career during which he claimed to have suffered 10 concussions. Believing there to be a link between the suicide and Freel’s multiple incidents of head trauma, Freel’s family donated his brain to the Boston University Center for the Study…

  17. Cardinals agree to one-year contract with 2B Mark Ellis

    Dec 15, 2013, 12:42 PM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free agent second baseman Mark Ellis. The deal is only pending a physical and should be officially announced at some point early this week. Ellis batted just .270/.323/.351 in 126 games this past season…

  18. Pete Rose upset home plate collisions will be eliminated from Major League Baseball

    Dec 15, 2013, 11:34 AM EDT

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    You probably could have predicted this. Via the great Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News: A GOOD FRIEND, Mark Fisher of Bloomington, Ind., sent my an e-mail and asked, “What would Pete Rose say about MLB wanting to eliminate collisions at home plate?” That’s a great question, so I called Rose. As you might…

  19. Twins “remain strongly interested” in Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 15, 2013, 10:17 AM EDT

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    Even after signing free agents Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to multi-year contracts and re-upping with Mike Pelfrey, the Twins are still trying to make improvements to a starting rotation that ranked last in the majors in 2013 with a hideous 5.26 ERA. The Astros finished second-worst with an ERA of 4.81. This comes from…

  20. Braves sign first baseman Mark Hamilton

    Dec 15, 2013, 8:51 AM EDT

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    As first reported by Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Braves have reached agreement on a minor league contract with first baseman Mark Hamilton. Hamilton was a second-round pick of the Cardinals in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He appeared in 47 games for St. Louis between the 2010 and 2011 seasons but has…

  21. Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston also plays baseball

    Dec 14, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Florida State University quarterback Jameis Winston was named the 79th winner of college football’s Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York. The Heisman Memorial Trophy Award is given annually to the “outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.” It’s sort of like Major League Baseball’s MVP. A…

  22. Twins re-sign Mike Pelfrey to two-year, $11 million deal

    Dec 14, 2013, 7:32 PM EDT

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    Mike Pelfrey posted an ugly 5.19 ERA (78 ERA+) in 152 2/3 innings this past season for the Twins and owns a 4.48 career ERA (90 career ERA+) in 1,049 major league frames. But the Minnesota front office apparently feels he has some untapped potential. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins have…

  23. Royals sign right-hander Cory Wade

    Dec 14, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Dick Kaegel of Right-hander Cory Wade, who has postseason experience with the Dodgers and Yankees, is among three players signed by the Royals to Minor League contracts, the club announced on Saturday. The others: Brian Bocock and Johermyn Chavez. Wade hopped between three different Triple-A affiliates in 2013, posting a 3.86…

  24. Blue Jays shopping Colby Rasmus

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:06 AM EDT

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    Bob Elliott cuts to the chase in the Toronto Sun: Colby Rasmus is on the market and has been offered to two teams by the Blue Jays for starting pitching. Toronto probably wants a good, cost-controlled starter in return for the 27-year-old Rasmus, who had an .840 OPS, 22 homers and 66 RBI in 118…

  25. Cardinals interested in infielder Mark Ellis

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

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    The Cardinals got most of their offseason shopping done early this year, but the club still wants to add a right-handed-hitting infielder to provide insurance behind young second baseman Kolten Wong. And there may be a specific target in mind. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Cards spoke to the agent…

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