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  1. 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…

  2. Royals sign right-hander Cory Wade

    Dec 14, 2013, 6:58 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Dick Kaegel of MLB.com: 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Yankees having internal discussions about Joaquin Benoit

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale of USA Today has the scoop on the Yankees’ reliever search … The #Yankees would love to grab two relievers and have had lots of internal discussions about Joaquin Benoit — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 11, 2013 Benoit registered an exceptional 2.01 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 73/22 K/BB ratio in 67 innings this…

  6. Cubs, Pirates, Royals, Braves in on Jason Hammel

    Dec 10, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi comes word that the Cubs, Pirates, Royals and Braves are among the teams with interest in free agent Jason Hammel. The Giants requested the 31-year-old’s medical records at one point earlier this offseason, but they’ve apparently moved on after signing Tim Hudson and re-upping with Ryan Vogelsong. Hammel, who’s said…

  7. Mark Mulder wants to attempt a comeback

    Dec 10, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    Mark Mulder hasn’t pitched in a major league game since 2008 and chronic left shoulder issues robbed him of his ability to effectively retire batters by early 2006, but the veteran southpaw has been working on mechanical changes to his delivery between rounds of golf and he wants to sign with a team this winter…

  8. Ryan Zimmerman will begin transition to first base

    Dec 10, 2013, 7:55 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the story: Let there be no confusion: [Ryan] Zimmerman will remain the Nationals’ everyday third baseman in 2014. But, Zimmerman confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the Nationals’ plans for him next season include spot duty at first base. Zimmerman will take some grounders at first base during spring training,…

  9. Mets re-sign right-hander Jeremy Hefner

    Dec 10, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    As first reported by MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo, the Mets have re-signed right-hander Jeremy Hefner to a one-year contract. No word yet on the financials. Hefner was non-tendered by the Mets earlier this month after undergoing Tommy John elbow surgery in late August. He’s likely to sit out for the entire 2014 season, so this deal…

  10. Diamondbacks “talking about” Indians’ Justin Masterson

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Now that the Diamondbacks have found their coveted power bat in Mark Trumbo, the club’s offseason focus has shifted to starting pitching. David Price of the Rays, Chris Sale of the White Sox and Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs are some of the names that have been frequently suggested, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says the…

  11. Pirates willing to listen to offers for Justin Wilson

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:19 PM EDT

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    Pirates lefty Justin Wilson was one of the best relievers in baseball in 2013, posting a 2.08 ERA in 73 2/3 innings while holding left-handed batters to a .200/.266/.235 line. That performance has apparently caught the attention of the rest of the big leagues. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweets that the Pirates “have been overwhelmed…

  12. Scout on Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena: “You’re not going to hear from 15 teams”

    Dec 8, 2013, 5:11 PM EDT

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    Cuban shortstop Erisbel Arruebarruena had a showcase this weekend in the Dominican and MLB.com’s Jonathan Mayo spoke to a scout who was there: “He’s what you’ve been reading. He’s a very good defensive player. His glove is very close to the big leagues. The bat, you kind of think he’s one of those guys who’ll…

  13. Yankees shopping Ichiro Suzuki

    Dec 8, 2013, 3:58 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner trade rumors are all the rage at the moment, but he’s not the only Yankees outfielder on the block. This comes from beat writer Chad Jennings of New York’s Journal News: According to one rival executive, the Yankees have also mentioned Ichiro Suzuki’s name in trade talks. There’s no indication that any sort…

  14. Cubs, Orioles and Mariners among teams with interest in free agent reliever John Axford

    Dec 8, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    John Axford was non-tendered by the Cardinals earlier this month, but the 30-year-old right-hander won’t have trouble finding a new place to pitch. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Cubs, Orioles and Mariners have all expressed interest in Axford since the Cardinals let him go. And those teams may even offer him the opportunity…

  15. Rakuten Golden Eagles appear likely to allow Masahiro Tanaka’s departure to MLB

    Dec 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

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    Rakuten Golden Eagles president Yozo Tachibana spoke to the Japanese media this weekend about MLB and NPB’s new posting system, which puts a $20 million cap on posting fees. The Golden Eagles own the rights to the hottest international free agent on the market this winter, Masahiro Tanaka, and were hoping to cash in like…

  16. Royals targeting free agent second baseman Omar Infante

    Dec 8, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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    Another thing to monitor at the Winter Meetings … According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals are expressing interest in free agent second baseman Omar Infante and will try to beat out the Yankees for his services. The two clubs engaged in a biding war for outfielder Carlos Beltran — which the Yanks…

  17. Andrew Bailey drawing interest from over 15 teams

    Dec 8, 2013, 11:39 AM EDT

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    From Tim Dierkes of MLBTradeRumors.com: More than 15 teams have called to express interest in free agent reliever Andrew Bailey, MLBTR has learned.  The 29-year-old had season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder in July, and the Red Sox declined to tender him a contract earlier this month.  Barring setbacks, he…

  18. Pirates still waiting to hear from A.J. Burnett

    Dec 8, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander A.J. Burnett has said publicly and privately that he will either pitch for the Pirates in 2014 or retire from baseball for good. The Bucs want him back and are prepared to commit a significant portion of their budget to the cause, but the 36-year-old has not made an official decision about…

  19. Mariners management called dysfunctional by former skipper and front office personnel

    Dec 8, 2013, 8:53 AM EDT

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    If you read one thing today, make it this Seattle Times profile of the Mariners’ front office. Geoff Baker, the author of the piece, talked to former M’s manager Eric Wedge, former special assistant Tony Blengino and scouts who are still affiliated with the team. What he found wasn’t pretty. A taste: One of those…

  20. Rangers tried to trade for J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:32 AM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Rangers beat writer, T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers had serious trade discussions with the Blue Jays about catcher J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered on Monday, according to industry sources. A trade was close to being completed but the Rangers were reluctant to add another arbitration-eligible player. The Rangers were willing to do a…

  21. Cubs ink lefty Wesley Wright to $1.425 million deal

    Dec 4, 2013, 11:05 PM EDT

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    A bullpen pickup for the Cubs, via USA Today‘s Bob Nightengale … The #Cubs signed left-handed reliever Wesley Wright to a one-year contract believed to be for $1.425 million. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 5, 2013 Wright had a 3.69 ERA and 55/19 K/BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings this summer between the Astros and…

  22. Yankees sign one-year contract with Kelly Johnson

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

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    From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Yankees have agreed to a one-year contract with utilityman Kelly Johnson. It’s believed to be worth about $3 million and is only pending a physical. Johnson, who can play third base, second base and some corner outfield, batted .235/.305/.410 with 16 home runs and 52…

  23. David Price trade market may heat up soon

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:34 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports has the inside info: The David Price sweepstakes is expected to heat up later this week, multiple executives with interest in the left-handed ace told Yahoo Sports, as the Tampa Bay Rays begin to survey the market for the former Cy Young winner and consider whether to trade him. Passan…

  24. Erisbel Arruebarruena to be showcased this weekend for interested big league teams

    Dec 4, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

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    From Andy Martino, the Mets beat writer at the New York Daily News: A new possibility for shortstop has emerged for the Mets, as the team plans to send scouts to a showcase this weekend for Cuban defector Erisbel Arruebarruena, according to sources. The 23-year-old Arruebarruena, who has drawn comparisons to Detroit’s Jose Iglesias, was…

  25. MLB, NPB nearing new posting system agreement

    Dec 4, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

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    According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, who has translated a Wednesday evening report from Sanspo in Japan, officials at Nippon Professional Baseball headquarters are prepared to accept a new outline of posting system rules from MLB execs. It’s not exactly clear at this point what their final agreement is going to look like —…

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