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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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.…

  8. Ryan Braun tested positive for synthetic testosterone

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Braun, who won the 2011 National League MVP Award, is disputing the result through arbitration. If it is upheld, he will face a 50-game suspension. It should be noted that Major League Baseball has not once…

  9. Angels will tender a contract to Kendrys Morales

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    There’s been some talk, in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, that Anaheim might non-tender Kendrys Morales prior to Monday’s deadline. But Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia put that idea to rest on Saturday afternoon during a press conference introducing both Pujols and lefty C.J. Wilson. This according to MLB.com’s…

  10. Pujols Pandemonium: Recapping a busy day at HardballTalk

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

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    We’ve published over 50 posts containing mentions of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols since the Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday night. Today, of course, it all came to a head. In case you missed any of the analysis from our team of writers, here’s a recap of the subjects we’ve broached over the…

  11. Juan Carlos Oviedo released from jail, won’t face identity fraud charges in the Dominican

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case. But he wasn’t held for very long at all. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to…

  12. Stores in St. Louis are giving away Pujols merchandise

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis region was shocked at Thursday morning’s announcement that Cardinals icon Albert Pujols had accepted a 10-year, $250 million pact from the Angels. And so were its retail shops. According to Matthew Hathaway of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, four area Pro Image Sports stores began giving away Pujols jerseys and jersey shirts (valued between $14.99 and $129.99)…

  13. Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

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    In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols. Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of…

  14. Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu. It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice…

  15. Cardinals expected to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Cardinals are likely to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot before the December 12 deadline. The Cards were left unimpressed by Theriot’s defense at shortstop this past season and have already committed to 25-year-old Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012. Theriot, who possesses a weak…

  16. Yu Darvish announces that he will be posted on Thursday

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

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    Courtesy of Google’s Japanese-to-English translation service (hey, we’re doing what we can here people) comes this announcement from the personal blog of Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish: This time, having decided that Darvish posting system to use. The announcement will convey to everyone here, because most of the fans. The baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters I really…

  17. Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:41 AM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Astros have hired Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow to be their next general manager. Luhnow had been serving as the Redbirds’ vice president of scouting and player development, and was instrumental in turning around a Cardinals farm system that was once devoid of quality depth. It’s a great hire for…

  18. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez decline arbitration from Phillies

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

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    As expected, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Raul Ibanez have declined arbitration from the Phillies. This according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Rollins is in search of a five-year contract, so the decision on his part was a no-brainer. With Ibanez, it’s a bit trickier. He’s unlikely to score a significant deal on the open market…

  19. Cubs and Rangers discussing possible Matt Garza trade

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has told reporters over and over that he’s not shopping right-hander Matt Garza this offseason. But most signs point to that claim being untrue. Like, well, this one: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Rangers and Cubs have engaged in talks about a potential Garza trade at this week’s…

  20. Ryan Madson declines arbitration from the Phillies

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that free agent right-hander Ryan Madson has decided to decline the Phillies’ offer of arbitration. Madson is a Type A free agent, so by rejecting the offer he will net the Phillies two compensatory draft picks when he signs with a different team. The 31-year-old posted a dominant…

  21. Francisco Rodriguez accepts arbitration from Brewers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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    The Brewers offered arbitration to free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez last month in order to fetch draft picks when he signed elsewhere. But the reliever market has been rough since Jonathan Papelbon scored a massive deal from the Phillies and now it appears that Milwaukee will be stuck with a high-priced setup man in 2012.…

  22. Royals have discussed contract extension with Alex Gordon

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Royals have let a number of talented players depart via free agency in the past 10-plus offseasons. Hoping to turn a new leaf as an organization, they’re going to try not to do that so much anymore. According to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, the Kansas City front office has engaged in exploratory talks toward…

  23. UPDATE: Tigers near agreement with righty Octavio Dotel

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Brewers, Mets, Reds and Cardinals have also been involved in negotiations for veteran reliever Octavio Dotel at this week’s Winter Meetings, but it sounds like Detroit might come out on top. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers are currently considered the “front-runner” for Dotel, who is expected to decide on a team soon.…

  24. UPDATE: Angels reach one-year, $3M deal with Hawkins

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Angels are closing in on a contract agreement with free agent reliever LaTroy Hawkins. The Brewers and Rockies have also expressed interest in recent weeks, but it sounds as though Anaheim’s offer will ultimately prove victorious. Hawkins, 38, posted a sparkling 2.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP…

  25. Marlins “definitely not” in talks for Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    When Miami officially dropped out of the running for Albert Pujols, there were reports suggesting that they might shift that focus (and money) toward Prince Fielder. But it’s not happening. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish are “definitely not” in talks for Fielder. Maybe that will change if negotiations fall through…

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