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  1. Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months. A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are…

  2. Brandon Webb is still on the comeback trail

    Feb 5, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb last appeared in a big league game on Opening Day in 2009 and has undergone a series of major shoulder procedures since. But the 32-year-old is still fighting — still trying to make it back. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Webb is planning to throw for major league teams “sometime in…

  3. A’s among teams pursuing trade for Rangers’ Koji Uehara

    Feb 5, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the A’s are among the teams considering a trade for Rangers setup man Koji Uehara. The Orioles have also been identified as a potential suitor. Uehara posted an uninspiring 4.00 ERA in 18 innings for the Rangers last season after joining the team in a late-July trade from Baltimore.…

  4. Mariners have interest in free agent lefty Hong-Chih Kuo

    Feb 5, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last Sunday that free agent left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was drawing interest from “three West Coast teams.” We can now identify one of those clubs. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have been “looking closely” at Kuo recently and could be moving toward an agreement. Kuo…

  5. Cardinals nearing minor league contract with Alex Cora

    Feb 5, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Big news this Super Bowl Sunday. OK, not quite. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Cardinals are nearing agreement on a minor league deal with 36-year-old free agent infielder Alex Cora. It’s not clear whether the pact will include an invitation to spring training, but Cora would be doutbful to crack St. Louis’ Opening…

  6. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Alfredo Aceves at $1.2M

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    From the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo comes word that the Red Sox and right-hander Alfredo Aceves avoided arbitration Sunday morning by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. The deal also carries $100K worth of incentives. Aceves requested $1.6 million and was offered $950,000 from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged last month.…

  7. Brad Penny officially signs with Japan’s Softbank Hawks

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball announced Sunday on their team website that veteran right-hander Brad Penny has officially agreed to a contract for 2012. Terms of the deal have not been released. Penny is expected to travel to Japan on Wednesday. The 33-year-old…

  8. Marlins, Anibal Sanchez to get arbitration ruling Monday

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

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    According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a decision on how much Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez will earn this season is expected to be announced on Monday. Sanchez requested an $8 million salary and was offered $6.9 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides argued…

  9. Giants think Yoenis Cespedes will cost more than he’s worth

    Feb 4, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was hearing rumblings in mid-November that the Giants would be one of nine major league teams in the running for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. But we can now scratch San Francisco off the list of potential landing spots for the much-hyped 26-year-old outfielder. Giants GM Brian Sabean told Hank Schulman…

  10. Rangers “unlikely” to sign free agent Roy Oswalt

    Feb 2, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt‘s options seem to be dwindling. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington told reporters on Wednesday that it’s “unlikely” his team adds a starting pitcher before spring training, and now the Rangers are saying much of the same. A source explained to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday evening that the Rangers already…

  11. Josh Hamilton spotted drinking alcohol at DFW bar

    Feb 2, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    The details are slim, but they’re still cringe-worthy. According to reporter Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News, Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was spotted consuming alcohol at a bar in the Dallas-Fort Worth area on Monday night. It’s not clear what exactly the 2010 American League MVP was drinking or how intoxicated he became. A Rangers…

  12. O’s and A’s expressing the most interest in Manny Ramirez

    Feb 2, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

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    Oakland’s interest in Manny Ramirez has been public knowledge for the past couple of weeks. But the Athletics are not alone. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Orioles are also exploring the thought of making an offer to the 39-year-old free agent slugger. Ramirez made only 17 total plate appearances last year for the…

  13. Cubs sign Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion

    Feb 2, 2012, 7:16 PM EDT

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    From reporter Jorge Ebro of Miami’s El Nuevo Herald comes word that Cuban left-hander Gerardo Concepcion agreed to a “multimillion dollar” contract on Thursday evening with the Chicago Cubs. Concepcion was named the Rookie of the Year in Cuba’s Serie Nacional for 2010-2011 after posting a solid 10-3 record, 3.36 ERA and 53/43 K/BB ratio across…

  14. Red Sox GM says landing free agent pitcher is “unlikely”

    Feb 1, 2012, 9:23 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have been linked recently to free agent pitchers Edwin Jackson and Roy Oswalt. But E-Jax apparently has better deals on the table from other clubs and Oswalt is thought to prefer a team in the middle of the country, like the Cards or Rangers. Which leads us to the following report… According…

  15. Blue Jays not expected to pursue Yoenis Cespedes

    Feb 1, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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    The news comes as no surprise, but we’ll pass it along anyway on this slow Wednesday evening. A scout told the Toronto Sun‘s Bob Elliot earlier today that the Blue Jays “will not be players” for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes was granted major league free agency last week and is planning to travel from…

  16. Rickie Weeks still not fully recovered from ankle sprain

    Jan 29, 2012, 5:25 PM EDT

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    It’s been nearly six months since Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks suffered a severe left ankle sprain. And he’s still in recovery mode. Weeks was able to return from the injury last season, but he batted just .243 with a .743 OPS over his final 46 regular-season plate appearances and went 6-for-41 (.146) in the…

  17. Cardinals seeking trade partner for Kyle McClellan

    Jan 29, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    From Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals are “actively shopping” right-hander Kyle McClellan in an effort to free up payroll for a run at a free agent starter. Like, well, Roy Oswalt. McClellan, a 27-year-old native of the north St. Louis suburbs, registered a 4.19 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and…

  18. D’Backs, Miguel Montero likely headed to arbitration hearing

    Jan 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has been informed by sources that the Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero are likely to require an arbitration hearing, scheduled for Tuesday morning. Montero requested $6.8 million and was offered $5.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides have been unable to find a middle ground…

  19. Dallas Braden cleared to begin throwing off a mound

    Jan 29, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Oakland left-hander Dallas Braden made only three starts last season before requiring surgery in May to repair a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder. He’s hoping for a far better experience in 2012. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Braden will throw off a mound Monday for the first time since going under the…

  20. Orioles have interest in free agent Casey Kotchman

    Jan 29, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    From MASN’s Roch Kubatko comes word that the Orioles “have discussed” the idea of making a run at free agent first baseman Casey Kotchman. It’s not clear whether those talks were all internal or whether there’s been direct contact with Kotchman’s representatives. But it does seem like a decent fit. Kotchman is an elite defensive…

  21. Tim Wakefield, 45, is considering retirement

    Jan 29, 2012, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Veteran knuckleballer Tim Wakefield has made it known that he wants to pitch one more year for the Red Sox. But the new Boston front office hasn’t made an offer yet and now the 45-year-old is mulling all of his options. Including retirement. Wakefield addressed the matter recently in an interview with John Torres of…

  22. Hong-Chih Kuo drawing interest from three teams

    Jan 29, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Veteran reliever Hong-Chih Kuo has failed to draw much free agent interest since being non-tendered by the Dodgers in mid-December. But that may start changing as spring training approaches. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, three West Coast teams have been “kicking the tires” recently on the 30-year-old left-hander. Kuo pitched only 27…

  23. Giants sign Clay Hensley to one-year, $750,000 contract

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that right-hander Clay Hensley agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Thursday evening with the Giants. The deal also carries around $300,000 worth of performance-based incentives, meaning Hensley could push the total value of it to over $1 million. Hensley had a rough 5.19 ERA and 46/30 K/BB ratio in 67…

  24. Reds, Jose Arredondo avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    From the Reds’ official Twitter account comes word that arbitration-eligible right-hander Jose Arredondo has agreed to a two-year contract. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. Arredondo, 27, posted a 3.23 ERA and 48/31 K/BB ratio in 53 innings last season out of the Cincinnati bullpen. If he develops better control, the Dominican reliever…

  25. Victor Martinez expected to undergo ACL surgery on Friday

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Detroit announced last week that Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL during offseason conditioning. He’s probably going to have it repaired on Friday. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, Martinez was in Vail, Colorado on Thursday for a second opinion on the potentially season-ending knee injury. If the original diagnosis is confirmed — and there’s about a…

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