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  1. Yankees agree to seven-year, $153M contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury

    Dec 3, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman was the first to mention the possibility and now Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has the deal confirmed. The Yankees have officially reached agreement on a seven-year contract with free agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. The total value of the deal will exceed the seven-year, $142 million pact that…

  2. Corey Hart cleared for baseball activities

    Dec 3, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that free agent slugger Corey Hart was cleared by a doctor on Tuesday afternoon to resume all baseball activities, mercifully bringing to a close his more-than-year-long recovery from both left and right knee surgeries. Hart can now begin showcasing himself to interested teams. The Red Sox, Giants, Rays and Rockies…

  3. Marlins sign free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to three-year, $21 million contract

    Dec 3, 2013, 7:03 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Miami has signed free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a three-year, $21 million contract. The deal is only pending a physical. Salty drew serious interest from the Twins, Rangers, Rockies and Blue Jays before settling Tuesday with the Fish. He’ll take over…

  4. Carlos Beltran likely to land with the Royals?

    Dec 3, 2013, 6:11 PM EDT

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    That’s what ESPN’s Buster Olney is hearing from opposing teams … Other teams becoming convinced that Carlos Beltran is going to land with the Royals, on a deal of 3/$48 million. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 3, 2013 Other reporters have confirmed that there is indeed a three-year, $48 million contract offer on the table…

  5. Cubs’ preference is to lock up Jeff Samardzija

    Dec 1, 2013, 4:21 PM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo’s Sunday notes column in the Boston Globe: Jeff Samardzija, RHP, Cubs — Trade talks have been going on and when push comes to shove, he might get traded. But the Cubs’ No. 1 preference would be to re-sign Samardzija and lock him in beyond 2015 and build their future around him, according…

  6. Red Sox will tender contract to Andrew Bailey

    Dec 1, 2013, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Andrew Bailey threw just 28 2/3 innings in 2013 and is likely to miss the first half of the 2014 season while in recovery mode from shoulder surgery. But the Red Sox don’t want to cut ties with him just yet. Joel Sherman of the New York Post heard from a source Sunday that Boston…

  7. Rockies owner breaks down team’s budget

    Dec 1, 2013, 1:38 PM EDT

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    Baseball owners are notoriously shy about discussing team finances, which makes this Denver Post article on Rockies owner Dick Monfort both odd and refreshing. From beat writer Troy Renck: This past season, the Rockies ranked 24th in baseball in opening-day payroll, a figure Monfort calculated at $84 million — his accounting includes in-season call-ups and…

  8. Bronson Arroyo drawing interest from seven teams

    Dec 1, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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    From the Twitter account of the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo … seven teams have now called on Bronson Arroyo. None of them have actually made a contractual offer. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 1, 2013 We’ve seen the Giants, Twins, Angels, Mets, Orioles and Phillies connected to Arroyo this offseason, but that still leaves room…

  9. Twins making progress with A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Joe Mauer is officially moving to first base next season and the Twins aren’t quite sold that Josmil Pinto is ready to be an everyday catcher, so the goal is to bring in a new backstop this winter. And the wheels have already been put into motion. According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III…

  10. Padres “willing to listen to offers” for Chase Headley

    Dec 1, 2013, 9:37 AM EDT

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    Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the scoop: The Padres have made a few runs at signing third baseman Chase Headley to a long-term contract to no avail, and now according to sources, San Diego is willing to listen to offers for the switch-hitter. The Yankees have checked in before and apparently did…

  11. Diamondbacks working on deal with Daniel Hudson

    Nov 27, 2013, 10:21 PM EDT

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    Daniel Hudson has made just nine starts since the beginning of the 2012 regular season due to elbow issues and is expected to miss a majority of the 2014 season while recovering from his second Tommy John reconstructive surgery in two years. The Diamondbacks can get rid of the arbitration-eligible right-hander this winter by declining…

  12. Diamondbacks hire Mike Harkey as pitching coach

    Nov 27, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona … #Dbacks to name Mike Harkey pitching coach, sources with knowledge say. Monday announcement likely. — Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) November 28, 2013 Harkey had been serving as the Yankees’ bullpen coach since 2008. He was a first-round pick of the Chicago Cubs in the 1987 MLB…

  13. Twins agree to four-year, $49 million pact with free agent right-hander Ricky Nolasco

    Nov 27, 2013, 6:07 PM EDT

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    The big mystery lasted only a handful of minutes. According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, the Twins have reached agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Ricky Nolasco. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports says it’s a four-year, $49 million deal with a club option for the 2018 season, the richest free agent…

  14. Jose Mijares elects free agency

    Nov 26, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants outrighted Jose Mijares off their 40-man roster on Tuesday evening and that the veteran left-handed reliever then elected to become a free agent. Mijares was a non-tender candidate this winter in San Francisco after posting a brutal 4.22 ERA and…

  15. Pirates sign Cody Eppley to minor league contract

    Nov 26, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the Pirates have reached agreement with right-hander Cody Eppley on a minor league contract with a non-roster invite to spring training. Eppley had a solid season out of the Yankees’ bullpen in 2012, posting a 3.33 ERA in 46 innings. But he spent the majority…

  16. Robinson Cano’s reps met Tuesday with Yankees

    Nov 26, 2013, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Robinson Cano wants a 10-year, $310 million contract and the Yankees offered the free agent second baseman a seven-year, $160 million deal. Closing that gap is going to require a whole lot of dialogue. Which, it seems, has already begun. According to Daniel Barbarisi of the Wall Street Journal, Cano’s representatives met on Tuesday afternoon…

  17. Nationals wanted a $300 million publicly-funded roof

    Nov 26, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    Nationals Park was built entirely from public financing — $693 million worth — in 2006-2008. So you can’t really fault the club for trying to dip its mits back into the cookie jar … Source: Ted Lerner met with Mayor Gray with a proposal for a $300 million retractable roof over Nats Park. Gray was…

  18. Angels interested in Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon

    Nov 24, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    The Angels acquired third baseman David Freese from the Cardinals last week and inked reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million free agent contract on Saturday. Now Anaheim is zeroing in on its biggest offseason need — starting pitching. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Halos have expressed interest in free…

  19. Marlins showing interest in Phil Hughes

    Nov 24, 2013, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the scoop: The Marlins often like to pursue players who had one bad year after a good one, hoping to get them at a reasonable price. So it’s not surprising they called about Yankees free agent right-hander Phil Hughes, who went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA in 2013…

  20. Blue Jays “putting together package of young players” for Cubs starter Jeff Samardzjia

    Nov 24, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

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    Some potentially interesting Sunday morning hot stove tweets … Teams have inquired about StarterJeff Samardzija. Source: Toronto putting together package of young players. — Bruce Levine (@MLBBruceLevine) November 23, 2013 Alex Anthopolous won’t comment on specifics but they are exploring starters with teams…we have NOT made an offer to anybody regarding a SP — JIM…

  21. Yankees “more upbeat” about potential return of free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 24, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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    The Yankees signed free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million contract on Saturday evening. And there may be more positive developments on the way for Bronx Bombers fans. Joel Sherman of the New York Post writes Sunday that the Yankees’ higher-ups “have moved from gloomy early in the offseason to more upbeat…

  22. Nationals release Cuban righty Yunesky Maya

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

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    The Nationals had big plans for Yunesky Maya when they signed the Cuban right-hander back in 2010 to a four-year, $6 million international free agent contract. But the dream has come to an end in Washington. According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Nats officially released Maya on Saturday after getting just 16 major…

  23. Padres sign free agent right-hander Josh Johnson to one-year, $8 million contract

    Nov 19, 2013, 11:36 PM EDT

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com shares the following breaking news: Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com. The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam…

  24. Indians reach two-year deal with David Murphy

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:44 PM EDT

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    From Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News comes word the the Indians have reached agreement on a two-year contract with free agent outfielder David Murphy. It’s expected to be worth more than $10 million, though no exact figure has been released. Murphy posted a career-worst .656 OPS in 2013, but the left-handed hitter had…

  25. Phillies interview Rafael Chaves for pitching coach

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    The news from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal … Sources: #Phillies interviewed Rafael Chaves for pitching coach. #Dodgers minor-league pitching coordinator, former #Mariners pitching coach — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 20, 2013 The Phillies have offered their open pitching coach job this offseason to Pete Vuckovich, Roger McDowell and Jim Benedict, and they’ve been rejected by…

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