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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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!

  5. 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…

  6. 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.…

  7. 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…

  8. 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”…

  9. Cardinals sign Carlos Beltran to two-year, $26M contract

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:01 PM EST

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    According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals agreed Thursday to a two-year, $26 million contract with free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. The deal includes a no-trade clause. Beltran batted .300 with a .910 OPS, 22 home runs and 84 RBI in 142 games this past year between the Mets and Giants, and…

  10. Yankees, Red Sox only teams hit with luxury tax bills

    Dec 22, 2011, 7:23 PM EST

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    It’s time for baseball’s biggest spenders to pay up. According to the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, the Yankees were hit with a $13.9 million luxury tax bill from MLB on Thursday and the Red Sox were asked to pay $3.4 million. For the Yanks, it’s their lowest luxury tax bill since 2003, down from $18…

  11. Angels interested in veteran left-hander Darren Oliver

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:25 AM EST

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    Anaheim apparently isn’t done spending yet. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels are looking to add a free agent reliever to their bullpen and have been in contact recently with the representatives for veteran southpaw Darren Oliver. Oliver, 41, posted a 2.29 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 51 innings this past year for…

  12. Nationals nearing one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:08 PM EST

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    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Nationals are “close to signing” free agent veteran Mark DeRosa to a one-year contract. Presuming the deal gets done, DeRosa will function as a super utilityman next season in Washington. He has experience playing all over the infield and is capable of playing either corner outfield position. DeRosa, 36,…

  13. Twins close to agreement with free agent Jason Marquis

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:33 PM EST

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Twins are nearing agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Jason Marquis. Marquis posted an underwhelming 4.43 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 starts between the Nationals and Diamondbacks in 2011, fanning only 76 batters and walking 43 across 132 innings before fracturing his right fibula on…

  14. White Sox reach five-year, $65M extension with John Danks

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:27 PM EST

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    Cancel the fire sale in Chicago. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $65 million contact extension with left-handed starter John Danks. The deal will be made official soon after Christmas. After the White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos and his team-friendly three-year, $8.25 million contract to the…

  15. Red Sox to name Bob McClure as next pitching coach

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:54 PM EST

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    As first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM Radio, the Red Sox are preparing to name Bob McClure as their next pitching coach. McClure was a major league pitcher from 1975-1993, posting a 3.81 career ERA over 1158-plus innings. He joined the coaching ranks in 1999, first serving as a pitching instructor…

  16. Cardinals sign Eugenio Velez to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

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    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have inked utilityman Eugenio Velez to a minor league contract. They also signed left-hander R.J. Swindle to a similar deal. Velez collected no hits in 40 plate appearances this past year for the Dodgers and posted a brutal .164/.246/.309 batting line in…

  17. Yankees’ bid fell short for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish

    Dec 18, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

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    From Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger comes this update on the Yankees’ effort to land righty Yu Darvish: The Yankees submitted a bid. But the only way they can emerge with Darvish is if it proves to be the highest on the table, and the person with knowledge said the Yankees’ bid will not…

  18. Pirates “optimistic” about Andrew McCutchen extension

    Dec 18, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

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    Pirates GM Neal Huntington told fans at Saturday’s PirateFest that he is “optimistic” about signing Andrew McCutchen to a long-term extension before the 25-year-old center fielder reaches free agency. This according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCutchen isn’t eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2012 season and won’t hit free agency until the winter of 2015,…

  19. Indians in “serious talks” for outfielder Mike Cameron

    Dec 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

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    As first reported by Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, then confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are in serious talks with the representatives for veteran outfielder Mike Cameron. The Indians are also interested in Andy LaRoche. Cameron hit just .203/.285/.359 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 78 games between the…

  20. Cubs speaking with agent Scott Boras about Prince Fielder

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    Another day, another take on the Cubs’ level of interest in free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs’ decision-makers first expressed a desire to sign Fielder back at the general managers meetings in mid-November and have kept an open line of communication with agent Scott Boras ever…

  21. Cardinals maintaining strong interest in Carlos Beltran

    Dec 18, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes this: The Cardinals did extensive background work on free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran last week and maintain strong interest in him, according to major league sources. Rosenthal goes on to say that other teams “remain in the mix” and that Beltran is considering “two- and even three-year” offers, but the Cardinals may have become the front-runner…

  22. Cubs, Padres talking Matt Garza-Anthony Rizzo trade?

    Dec 18, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

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    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, the Padres have expressed interest in acquiring right-handed starter Matt Garza from the Cubs in a package trade that would include 22-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo. It’s not yet known which other names are involve in the talks, or how far along the negotiations are.…

  23. Albert Pujols’ contract carries $10M in milestone incentives

    Dec 18, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

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    The Angels signed first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $254 million free agent contract earlier this month. All of that money is guaranteed, and now it has been revealed that the massive deal also carries $10 million worth of milestone-based incentives. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Pujols will get an additional $3…

  24. Mariners reach agreement with reliever George Sherrill

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:19 PM EST

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    UPDATE, 11:19 PM: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the one-year pact has been finalized. 7:23 PM: As first reported by Prospect Insider‘s Jason Churchill, the Mariners are nearing a one-year contract agreement with lefty George Sherrill. Word is the deal is worth $1.1 million plus incentives. Sherrill, 34, registered a 3.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP…

  25. Winning bid for righty Yu Darvish will set posting record

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

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    From Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated comes word that the winning posting bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish will top the $51,111,111 sum that the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka back in November of 2006. The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have not revealed which major league team made the record bid, and…

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