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  1. Angels among teams with interest in reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:08 PM EST

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    From MLB.com beat writer Alden Gonzalez comes word that the Angels are “one of four clubs” showing interest in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. All four are offering major league contracts. Ayala posted a cool 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season for the Yankees after signing a minor league deal in February and earning…

  2. Jorge Posada to formally announce retirement this week

    Jan 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EST

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    From the New York Daily News‘ Andy Martino: Jorge Posada is expected to hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium early this week, likely Tuesday, to formally announce his retirement, according to a person familiar with the plans. The news comes as no surprise. Posada headed into this offseason with the intention of continuing his career,…

  3. Justin Morneau hasn’t felt concussion symptoms since Dec.

    Jan 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EST

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    Finally, some promising news on Justin Morneau. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the 30-year-old first baseman has been participating in strenuous workouts for over a month at a training facility in Phoenix and has not experienced a concussion-related symptom yet. There’s still some concern that Morneau’s head issues will resurface when spring training opens and…

  4. MLB execs think Dodgers will be “in play” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 22, 2012, 12:51 PM EST

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    This is more speculation than rumor, but it’s worth passing along anyway given the subject matter. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says a “surprising number” of team executives have told him that they think the Dodgers will “ulimtately be in play” for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. That might seem impossible given the…

  5. UPDATE: David Eckstein, 37, considering retirement

    Jan 22, 2012, 11:27 AM EST

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    It’s a sad day for scrappiness. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, veteran infielder David Eckstein has decided to retire from baseball “even though there were teams willing to bring him to camp” on a minor league contract. Eckstein, 37, will finish up with a .280/.345/.355 career batting line. The 5-foot-6 shortstop and…

  6. Ryan Braun accepts MVP award at BBWAA banquet

    Jan 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EST

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun accepted his National League Most Valuable Player award on Saturday night at the Baseball Writers Association of America awards banquet in New York City. It was his first public appearance since the news broke last month that he tested positive for “insanely high” levels of synthetic testosterone just before the start…

  7. Julio Lugo agrees to minor league deal with Indians

    Jan 22, 2012, 8:39 AM EST

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    From Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press comes word that the Indians have signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training, but Lugo seems like a longshot to crack the Indians’ Opening Day roster. He registered a brutal .136/.208/.136 slash line in 48 plate…

  8. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Daniel Bard at $1.6125M

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:13 PM EST

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    The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration on Saturday night with right-hander Daniel Bard by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.6125 million. This according to MLB.com beat writer Ian Browne. Bard requested $1.825 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on Tuesday. It took less than a week for his agent…

  9. Red Sox expected to make “aggressive bid” for Roy Oswalt

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:56 PM EST

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    The Red Sox traded infielder Marco Scutaro to the Rockies on Saturday afternoon in order to free themselves of his $6 million salary commitment for 2012. And they are expected to now channel that freed up cash into the acquisition of a new starter. A source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Boston front office…

  10. Mets “making a run at signing” free agent Cody Ross

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:28 PM EST

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Mets “have an interest” in free agent outfielder Cody Ross and “are making a run at signing him.” Ross went into this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has scaled back those expectations in recent weeks and might be resigned to accepting a one-year…

  11. Video: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria meets LeBron James

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:34 AM EST

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    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was nearly crushed to a pulp at Thursday night’s Lakers vs. Heat game in Miami, when his courtside seat got in the way of LeBron James and a loose basketball. Luckily for Loria, James made a quick save, grabbing the back of the 71-year-old’s chair and pulling it upright. To the…

  12. Montero-Pineda trade being held up by visa, weather issues

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:19 AM EST

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    The Yankees and Mariners agreed last Friday to a trade sending catcher Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to Seattle for right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. But that deal has not been completely finalized, and might not be made officially official for another couple days. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Montero is waiting for…

  13. Ryan Braun’s PED suspension appeal was heard Thursday

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:01 PM EST

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun finally got his day in court on Thursday afternoon. Here’s the story, from reporters Bill Madden, Andy Martino and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News: Ryan Braun, the National League’s Most Valuable Player, pleaded his case Thursday before a three-member panel that will decide whether he faces a 50-game…

  14. Rangers will formally introduce Yu Darvish on Friday night

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EST

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    Press conferences are typically held on weekday afternoons to ensure that fans and media members can easily take in whatever news is being discussed. But the Angels’ press conference introducing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson was held outdoors on a Saturday and the Rangers are now taking a unique approach with their big offseason acquisition.…

  15. Jorge De La Rosa cleared to begin throwing off mound

    Jan 19, 2012, 7:03 PM EST

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    Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last June and wound up making only 10 starts during the 2011 season. He should be much more active in 2012. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound regularly and…

  16. Indians sign Jeremy Accardo to a minor league contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EST

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Indians have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran reliever Jeremy Accardo. The deal includes an invatiaton to major league spring training, where Accardo will presumably get a chance to win a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a rough 5.71…

  17. Rangers GM says signing Prince Fielder is “very unlikely”

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 PM EST

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    Rangers GM Jon Daniels addressed the speculation that his team might be a serious suitor for free agent slugger Prince Fielder after Wednesday’s press conference announcing the Yu Darvish contract. From MLB.com beat writer T.R. Sullivan: Jon Daniels, off camera, on the Rangers chances of pursuing Fielder: “I’m intimately aware of our budget and it’s very…

  18. Jamie Moyer agrees to minor league deal with Rockies

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:05 PM EST

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    The veteran left-hander has found a new home. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Jamie Moyer agreed to a minor league contract on Wednesday evening with the Colorado Rockies. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Moyer will presumably get a shot at landing a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. He’s 49…

  19. Mariners sign Oliver Perez to minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:31 PM EST

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Yes, that Oliver Perez. The 30-year-old former Met had a decent showing last year for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, posting a 3.09 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio across…

  20. Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder went “extremely well”

    Jan 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has been travelling around the baseball world with his agent, Scott Boras, visiting teams who have expressed interest — mild or serious — in signing him. The 27-year-old met with Rangers executives on Friday in Dallas, and it apparently went swimmingly. Here’s the tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden: Rangers…

  21. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Colby Rasmus at $2.7M

    Jan 15, 2012, 3:52 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Blue Jays have inked Colby Rasmus to a $2.7 million contract for 2012, thus avoiding salary arbitration with the 25-year-old center fielder. Rasmus made a poor first impression with Toronto last year, batting just .173/.201/.316 in 140 plate appearances after being acquired from the Cardinals at the July…

  22. Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    Forget about the Red Sox and Padres. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives. Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and…

  23. A’s ink right-hander Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:34 PM EST

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    From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Oakland A’s have signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on any of the financial details. Colon was courted recently by Arizona and spoke to the Yankees at one point about a reunion, but he settled on a place that…

  24. Nationals sign Gio Gonzalez to five-year contract extension

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

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    According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, newly-acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been signed to a five-year contract extension. The deal also carries options for 2017 and 2018. Gonzalez was sent from Oakland to Washington three weeks ago for top prospects Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole. The 26-year-old starter was eligible for salary…

  25. Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

    Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

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    Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month. And he clearly made a positive impression. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya. The 27-year-old right-hander…

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