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  1. Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan taking leave of absence

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:44 PM EST

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    According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence from the team to be with his wife, who underwent surgery in August of last year to remove a brain tumor. “As far as how long he’ll be gone, no one knows,” Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Thursday…

  2. Mariners sign Hisashi Iwakuma to one-year, $1.5M contract

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:01 PM EST

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Mariners have signed Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to a one-year, $1.5 million major league contract. The agreement also carries another $3.4 million in performance-based incentives. Iwakuma, 30, registered a superb 2.42 ERA and 90/19 K/BB ratio in 119 innings last season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of…

  3. Rockies acquire Jim Tracy’s son for righty Greg Reynolds

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EST

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    According to the Rockies’ official Twitter feed, Colorado has acquired infielder Chad Tracy from the Rangers for right-handed pitcher Greg Reynolds. Chad, the son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy, was a third-round pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted a .259/.339/.475 batting line with 26 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games…

  4. Rangers hire Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law as the outfielder’s new accountability partner

    Jan 5, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

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    From Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: The Rangers have hired Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, as the 2010 AL MVP’s new accountability partner. Chadwick will handle part of the role that Johnny Narron vacated when he became hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason. Chadwick will travel on the road with the Rangers, watching…

  5. Rangers table long-term extension talks with Mike Napoli

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:54 PM EST

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    According to beat writer T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are no longer aiming to work out a long-term contract extension this winter with catcher Mike Napoli. Here’s general manager Jon Daniels: “We love Mike and we’re not closing the door on anything but right now we are focused on a one-year deal.” Napoli is entering…

  6. Reds finalize one-year deal with righty Andrew Brackman

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EST

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    According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Reds signed right-hander Andrew Brackman to a one-year contract on Wednesday afternoon. The deal, which was first discussed last month, will pay Brackman the veteran major league minimum. It also carries some performance-based incentives. Brackman was selected by the Yankees with 30th overall pick in the 2007 MLB…

  7. Athletics “in talks” with free agent outfielder Cody Ross

    Jan 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EST

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    According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Area Baseball, the Athletics “are currently in talks” with the representatives for free agent outfielder Cody Ross. Ross opened this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has since lowered his demands and is now beginning to draw legitimate interest. The 31-year-old batted .240/.325/.405 with 14 home…

  8. White Sox trade reliever Jason Frasor back to Blue Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 2:05 PM EST

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    From the White Sox’ official Twitter feed comes word that reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to his former team, the Blue Jays, for minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb. It’s yet another sign — if we’re ignoring the recent contract extension given to John Danks — that the Pale Hose are…

  9. MLB official says Ryan Braun’s 50-game PED suspension is unlikely to be overturned

    Jan 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EST

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    At some point within the next few weeks, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will have the opportunity to plead his innocence against a charge that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs around the start of the 2011 postseason. But he faces great odds. The evidence against him comes in the form of a test, administered in either…

  10. Dayan Viciedo likely to take over right field for White Sox

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

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    2012 will be an important year for Dayan Viciedo. According to the White Sox’ official Twitter feed, general manager Kenny Williams said Saturday that the 22-year-old Cuban is “the favorite to start in right field” in the wake of the Carlos Quentin trade. Viciedo struggled in the big leagues last year, posting a weak .255/.327/.314 batting line…

  11. Reds tabled extension talks with Brandon Phillips

    Jan 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EST

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    From the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay comes this update on the Reds’ negotiations toward a contract extension with Brandon Phillips: The Reds haven’t talked to Phillips’ agents since the winter meetings. “We decided to table it till January,” [GM Walt] Jocketty said. Phillips told reporters late last season that he would not be offering the Reds a…

  12. Updating the Prince Fielder market: Cubs, Nats, Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:59 AM EST

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    Newsday‘s Ken Davidoff has some fresh insight on the eerily silent Prince Fielder sweepstakes. Fielder “wanted the Cubs” because he has superb career numbers at Wrigley Field, and the two Chicago airports provide easy access (i.e. direct flights) to his Florida home. But, as we’ve addressed already on this blog, the Northsiders are in full rebuilding…

  13. Tigers willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner

    Dec 31, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

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    Detroit is serious about making a big addition. From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Tigers have “made it known to other teams” that they are willing to trade top pitching prospect Jacob Tuner this offseason “in a deal for the right pitcher.” Turner, a 20-year-old right-hander, was the ninth overall selection in the…

  14. White Sox may be serious bidders for Yoenis Cespedes

    Dec 31, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

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    Between this winter’s trades of closer Sergio Santos and outfielder Carlos Quentin, the White Sox have cut about $10 million in payroll. Could they be gearing up for something (or someone) special? Perhaps. Maybe. Potentially. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago expects the White Sox to take part in the bidding for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes,…

  15. Melvin Mora announces retirement from baseball

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

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    From Rafael Rojas of Viva Colorado comes word that veteran infielder Melvin Mora announced his retirement Thursday from the game of baseball. Mora, 39, posted a .277/.350/.431 career batting line over 6,158 career plate appearances, amassing 1,503 career hits and 171 career home runs. The native of Venezuela spent time with the Orioles, Mets, Diamondbacks…

  16. Albert Pujols’ 10-year, $254 million deal is extremely backloaded

    Dec 29, 2011, 7:32 PM EST

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    Just like the Marlins did in acquiring free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, the Angels are dabbling in some dangerous backloading in their 10-year, $254 agreement with first baseman Albert Pujols. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Pujols will get just $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013. Because of those low early salaries, the…

  17. Who will close next season in Oakland?

    Dec 28, 2011, 9:28 PM EST

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    The A’s dealt closer Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox on Wednesday evening as part of a five-player swap. The trade has all sorts of implications, many of which we’ll analyze over the next few months leading into the start of spring training. But let’s start simple, with a look at the back end of the…

  18. Cubs want young pitching in return for Matt Garza

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:41 PM EST

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    It’s quite clear by now that the Cubs are going to trade Matt Garza this winter as part of a larger rebuilding effort. Where he will land, of course, is yet to be determined. But here’s a hint: The Red Sox have also shown serious interest in Garza, and would do well to add a…

  19. Red Sox keeping door open with free agent Jason Varitek

    Dec 25, 2011, 4:21 PM EST

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    When the Red Sox signed catcher Kelly Shoppach to a one-year, $1.35 million free agent contract earlier this winter, many took it as a signal of the conclusion of the Jason Varitek era in Boston. But maybe that was an incorrect assumption. According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have “kept…

  20. Joba Chamberlain’s rehabbing right arm “feels great”

    Dec 25, 2011, 1:39 PM EST

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    Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain provided an update Saturday on his ongoing recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. It sounds like everything is going smoothly: Chamberlain had the procedure in June and will be looking to return to live action around late May. He registered a 2.83 ERA and 24/7 K/BB ratio in 28 2/3 innings…

  21. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from HardballTalk

    Dec 25, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

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    Christmas isn’t typically a busy day in the baseball world, so you probably won’t be hearing much from us over the next several hours. Enjoy whatever it is you enjoy, and maybe check in with our friends at ProBasketballTalk as they cover the season-opening marathon of NBA games. Happy Holidays!

  22. Padres ready to talk extension again with Cameron Maybin

    Dec 25, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

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    From Dan Hayes of the North County Times comes word that the Padres are planning to re-engage young center fielder Cameron Maybin early next month about a contract extension. The two sides first broached the topic of a long-term deal in September, but decided to table talks until the winter. And now it’s time to get…

  23. A’s making another attempt at Japan’s Hisashi Iwakuma

    Dec 24, 2011, 7:01 PM EST

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    The A’s put up a $19 million posting fee last winter for the right to negotiate exclusively with Japanese righty Hisashi Iwakuma. The two sides failed to work out a contract, and that money was returned to Oakland after the 30-day negotiating period. But now that Iwakuma is a free agent, Billy Beane and Co.…

  24. Marlins showing interest in free agent lefty Joe Saunders

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:38 PM EST

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Marlins have expressed recent interest left-hander Joe Saunders. Saunders was non-tendered by the Diamondbacks earlier this month despite posting a respectable 3.69 ERA and 1.31 WHIP across 212 innings in 2011. The 30-year-old veteran was set to earn around $9 million next season through salary arbitration, and the Snakes…

  25. Cubs ink reliever Manny Corpas to one-year deal

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:16 PM EST

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    From Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago comes word that the Cubs have signed free agent right-hander Manny Corpas to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on the dollar amount. Corpas missed all of the 2011 season after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last September. Once viewed as the “closer of the future”…

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