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  1. Cubs interested in free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers signed starter Chris Capuano to a two-year, $10 million contract on Friday, thus pulling themselves out of the running for Hiroki Kuroda. Now the Japanese right-hander is said to be considering “all options” in free agency. Well, here’s an intriguing one: According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, new Cubs president Theo Epstein…

  2. Manny Ramirez filing for reinstatement from MLB’s retired list

    Dec 4, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Manny Ramirez is filing for reinstatement from Major League Baseball’s voluntary retired list and plans to a join a team at some point during the 2012 season. Manny retired from baseball in early-April of this year after receiving a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs.…

  3. Nationals seen as favorite for left-hander C.J. Wilson

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    The Nationals made a big splash at last December’s Winter Meetings, signing outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract. Might they be preparing a similar-style plunge at this year’s event? According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, other teams are viewing the Nationals as the current favorite to land free agent left-handed starter C.J. Wilson.…

  4. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

  5. Yu Darvish might not make himself available until January

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal heard Saturday that Japanese ace Yu Darvish is expected to be posted soon after this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. But that might not be the case. In an update to his Saturday column, Rosenthal writes that Darvish’s father is telling news services in Japan that his son might…

  6. Luis Ayala drawing interest from several teams

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, free agent reliever Luis Ayala is drawing interest from the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox. And other clubs could join the fray at this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ayala posted a surprising 2.09 ERA across 56 innings of relief for the Yankees in 2011.…

  7. Pedro Martinez is planning to retire

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, 40-year-old right-hander Pedro Martinez told reporters on Saturday night that he’s planning to officially retire from baseball. Pedro sat out the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons, and hinted at hanging up his cleats during an interview back in May. So the announcement comes as no…

  8. Chris Valaika gets go-ahead for light running and throwing

    Dec 3, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds infielder Chris Valaika has been cleared by team doctors to begin light running and throwing. Valaika was shut down in early September after tearing his right ACL during a game against the Rockies. He eventually underwent surgery. The Reds are fully expecting the 26-year-old to be back…

  9. Marlins reach three-year, $27M agreement with Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    The run on high-priced free agent closers rolls on. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Marlins have reached agreement on a three-year, $27 million contract with veteran righty Heath Bell. His contract also includes a vesting option for 2015. Bell has managed a 2.36 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over the past three seasons in…

  10. Josh Johnson set to begin throwing program this weekend

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

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    The Marlins have spoken with nearly all of the top free agents on the market this winter, including shortstop Jose Reyes, first baseman Albert Pujols, left-hander C.J. Wilson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. But Miami’s primary addition for 2012 could very well come from within. Josh Johnson, 27, posted a dominant 2.30 ERA and 186/48 K/BB…

  11. Angels visited with Aramis Ramirez, likely to make offer

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that members of the Angels’ front office paid a visit recently to free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. Ramirez struggled with injuries and inconsistency during the latter part of his tenure in Chicago, but he posted a bounceback .871 OPS with 26…

  12. Rangers “optimistic” about locking up Mike Napoli this winter

    Dec 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is currently scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season. But the Texas front office is hoping that he won’t even get a whiff of the open market. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers are going to attempt to sign Napoli to a…

  13. Thad Levine declines interview for Astros’ GM opening

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Astros’ hunt for a new general manager began Monday when freshly-approved owner Jim Crane fired Ed Wade. It’s early, but so far the hunt has not been fruitful. In fact, it’s even been a little embarrassing. Crane and Co. have reached out to Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, but most insiders believe that to…

  14. Mitch Moreland undergoes surgery on right wrist

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing right wrist. Rangers doctors say Moreland will need 8-12 weeks of recovery time, meaning he should be mostly done healing by the start of spring training in February and should be back to 100 percent health by…

  15. Rockies sign Ramon Hernandez to two-year contract, trade Chris Iannetta to Angels

    Nov 30, 2011, 7:26 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Rockies have reached a two-year, $6.4 million free agent contract with veteran catcher Ramon Hernandez and have traded Chris Iannetta to the Angels for 21-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood. Hernandez, 35, posted a .788 OPS in 328 plate appearances this year for the Reds. He’s not much…

  16. Nationals re-sign Carlos Maldonado to minors contract

    Nov 27, 2011, 5:03 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Bill Ladson of MLB.com comes word that the Nationals have re-signed catcher Carlos Maldonado to a minor league contract. Maldonado hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the 2010 season and posted an ugly-looking .234/.361/.342 slash line with one home run and 12 RBI in 38 games this past year at the…

  17. Eric Young Jr. dismissed from VWL team due to tardiness

    Nov 27, 2011, 3:49 PM EDT

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    Rockies speedster Eric Young Jr. was sent to the Venezuelan Winter League this month to work on his play at second base, the hope being that he might enter 2012 with a bit more defensive versatility. But that plan has now been derailed. According to Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado, an affiliate of the Denver…

  18. Joba Chamberlain says Tommy John rehab is on track

    Nov 27, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

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    According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, via River Ave. Blues, Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain was in the New York Rangers locker room after Saturday’s game against the Flyers and told reporters that he’s currently on schedule in his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. Chamberlain underwent the reconstructive elbow procedure this past June — only five months…

  19. O’s might be open to trading Chris Tillman this winter

    Nov 27, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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    Chris Tillman was a second-round pick of the Mariners back in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted intriguing strikeout numbers at a few different levels of Single-A between 2006-2007 before being dealt in an offseason trade to the Orioles in 2008. That’s when his profile really began rising. Tillman registered a 3.18 ERA and 154/65 K/BB…

  20. Dodgers near agreement with reliever Wil Ledezma

    Nov 27, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

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    From Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com comes word that the Dodgers are close to an agreement on a minor league contract with reliever Wil Ledezma. A 30-year-old left-hander, Ledezma surrendered 11 hits and 10 earned runs in six innings this past year for the Blue Jays. He has a brutal 5.40 career ERA and 1.61 career…

  21. Wily Mo Pena close to signing deal with Japanese team

    Nov 27, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

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    According to Sponichi in Japan, via Yakyubaka.com and CBS Sports’ Eye on Baseball, free agent slugger Wily Mo Pena is close to signing a two-year contract with the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball. Pena, 29, slugged seven home runs in 120 major league plate appearances this past year between the Diamondbacks and Mariners. He…

  22. Brian Tallet was a victim of check forgery in St. Louis

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    According to Marlon A. Walker of the Post-Dispatch, a man in St. Louis was arrested this summer for attempting to cash a $2,000 check on a Regions Bank account belonging to left-handed reliever Brian Tallet and his wife Natalie. Tallet posted a rough 8.31 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings for the Cardinals…

  23. Blue Jays acquire infielder Luis Valbuena from Indians

    Nov 26, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    It feels like it’s been weeks since the announcement of a trade or free agent signing in baseball. Well, folks, the long wait is over. From the Indians’ official Twitter feed comes this bit of thrilling news: Valbuena posted a weak .209/.227/.279 batting line in 44 plate appearances this past year for Cleveland and has…

  24. A Night at the Peabody: covering the premiere of MLB Productions’ 2011 World Series Film…

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    I was invited, through Craig and MLB’s PR people, to attend and report on the premiere of the 2011 World Series Film on Tuesday night in St. Louis. I’ve been writing professionally about baseball since 2008, but it was the first time I had covered any sort of live event with a media badge and…

  25. Yankees sign Jayson Nix to minor league contract

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season…

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