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  1. Reds ink Johnny Cueto to a four-year, $27M extension

    Jan 20, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that the Reds have agreed to a four-year, $27 million contract extension with young right-hander Johnny Cueto. Cueto, 25 next month, was eligible for arbitration for the first time this winter.  This new extension will allow both sides to avoid an often tumultuous arbitration hearing and will…

  2. Duchscherer held private workouts for two AL clubs

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:59 PM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    Free agent right-hander Justin Duchscherer may be close to finding a new team. The right-hander drew interest from the Yankees earlier this winter and, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week. Duchscherer tallied only 28 total innings last year for the A’s and sat out for…

  3. Twins finally reach two-year, $16.5M pact with Pavano

    Jan 19, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    Finally, according to Ken Davidoff of Newsday, the Twins have officially reached agreement with right-hander Carl Pavano. It was reported almost 13 days ago that the two sides had reached a compromise on a two-year contract, but it took another few meetings for all of the financial terms to be worked out. Pavano will earn…

  4. Padres finalize contract with reliever Chad Qualls

    Jan 19, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Arizona Diamondbacks

    It was reported last week that the Padres and right-hander Chad Qualls were close to agreement on a one-year contract.  That deal is now official and Corey Brock of MLB.com has the financial terms. Qualls will make $1.5 million this season and another $1.05 million if his club option for 2012 is not exercised. The…

  5. Rockies ink Joe Crede to a minor league contract

    Jan 19, 2011, 4:43 PM EDT

    crede with white sox ring

    Joe Crede is back in action. After sitting out for all of the 2010 season in recovery from back surgery, the veteran third baseman inked a minor league contract on Wednesday afternoon with the Rockies.  This according to the club’s official Twitter feed. The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, where Crede…

  6. Votto’s contract details paint a scary picture for Reds fans

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    joey-votto-head-scratch

    The Reds inked first baseman Joey Votto to a three-year, $38 million contract extension on Sunday, buying out all three of his arbitration-eligible seasons.  Now John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer has the financial breakdown of the deal. Votto will earn a $5 million salary in 2011, a $9.5 million salary in 2012 and a…

  7. The Cardinals are probably going to sign Albert Pujols, but it won’t be easy and it won’t all be positive…

    Jan 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    As the resident Cardinals supporter on this here blog, I feel it is my responsibility to riff a little on the Albert Pujols extension stuff. It was reported Saturday that Pujols and his agent want talks to cease once spring training begins and Albert confirmed that deadline while speaking with the media Sunday in what…

  8. Astros prospect Delino DeShields Jr. charged with DUI

    Jan 16, 2011, 4:36 PM EDT

    Astros DeShields Baseball

    Ozzie Canseco isn’t the only guy with baseball ties who is facing DUI charges. According to Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle, infield prospect Delino DeShields Jr. was arrested and charged with DUI, possession of alcohol by a minor and a traffic violation early Sunday morning in the Atlanta, Georgia area. DeShields, 18, was a…

  9. Hamilton released from hospital after bout with pneumonia

    Jan 16, 2011, 3:24 PM EDT

    Rangers Hamilton slides on the grass after diving and catching a ball hit by Giants' Schierholtz during Game 4 of Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    All is well with Josh Hamilton. According to John Blake, the vice president of communications for the Rangers, Hamilton was released from the hospital this afternoon after a five-day stay because of pneumonia. The illness never got too serious and Hamilton only remained in the hospital for more than a couple of days so that…

  10. Twins avoid arbitration with Casilla via one-year, $865K deal

    Jan 16, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

    Alexi Casilla

    From SI.com’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Twins have reached agreement on a one-year, $865,000 contract with infielder Alexi Casilla, avoiding the need for an arbitration hearing. The 26-year-old was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time this winter after racking up enough service time in 2010. He sat idle for the first…

  11. Reds, Votto reach three-year, $38M contract extension

    Jan 16, 2011, 1:10 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

    Big news out of Cincinnati. According to MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon, the Reds reached agreement this afternoon on a three-year, $38 million contract extension with first baseman Joey Votto. Jon Heyman of SI.com first caught wind of the negotiations this morning and everything is expected to be made official once the slugger passes a physical Monday.…

  12. A’s reach deal with Ziegler, avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v St. Louis Cardinals

    From ESPN.com’s Buster Olney comes word that the A’s avoided arbitration with reliever Brad Ziegler on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract. Ziegler, a 31-year-old right-hander, posted a 3.26 ERA and 1.35 WHIP over 60.2 innings last season and a 3.07 ERA over 73.1 innings the year before.  He was eligible for…

  13. Yankees stepping up pursuit of Andruw Jones

    Jan 16, 2011, 10:44 AM EDT

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    It would appear that super agent Scott Boras is close to finding a home for veteran client Andruw Jones. The Yankees were first linked to Jones last week by SI.com’s Jon Heyman and now the Sports Illustrated reporter is saying that the Bombers have “stepped up” their pursuit of the 33-year-old. Jones isn’t as great…

  14. Reds working on multi-year extension with Joey Votto

    Jan 16, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    UPDATE: A three-year, $38 million contract extension was agreed to on Sunday afternoon. ************** Reds first baseman Joey Votto qualifies for arbitration this winter for the first time in his major league career.  But he may never actually have to face an arbitration hearing. The slugger is in line for a massive raise from the…

  15. Pablo Sandoval is shrinking!

    Jan 16, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    sandoval tweet

    At the beginning of last week, Hank Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle published a story about Pablo Sandoval and his offseason workout program.  The third baseman, of course, was claiming to be in “the best shape of his life” and ready to turn his career around after a disappointing 2010 campaign. We were skeptical. …

  16. Yankees agree to deal with Rafael Soriano

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Brian Cashman sure slow-played this one. Despite insisting last week that the Yankees would not surrender their first round pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft in order to sign a remaining Type A free agent, the Bombers agreed to terms on Thursday night with reliever Rafael Soriano.  Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the…

  17. Adam Rosales gets foot surgery, doubtful for Opening Day

    Jan 13, 2011, 8:11 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Texas Rangers

    Adam Rosales has a secret.  Or, he did. The A’s utilityman informed Jane Lee of MLB.com on Thursday that he underwent surgery on his right foot on December 8 and will need another two or three months to get back to 100 percent health. In other words, Rosales is not going to be ready when…

  18. Padres nearing agreement with catcher Gregg Zaun

    Jan 13, 2011, 6:54 PM EDT

    Gregg Zaun

    From Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune comes word that the Padres are “close to” agreement on a contract with free agent catcher Gregg Zaun. Zaun drew interest from the Cardinals and Mariners back in early December, but those talks never went anywhere and he’s been off the radar for the past month-plus.  The…

  19. Hamilton still in hospital with pneumonia, but improving

    Jan 12, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was hospitalized earlier this week with what was being termed “an early case of pneumonia.” Now we have an update. Hamilton is still in the hospital and isn’t expected to get out until the weekend, but the Rangers are saying that he has shown “significant improvement” and that he is only…

  20. UPDATE: Pettitte still undecided about pitching in 2011

    Jan 12, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    9:34 PM: Scratch that.  Chad Jennings of The Journal News spoke with Cashman just moments ago and the general manager said that he was misquoted.  Pettitte is still in decision mode for 2011 and the Yankees have heard nothing new. 9:02 PM: The Yankees are going to be just fine, let’s get that out of…

  21. Angels, Mathis avoid arbitration with $1.7M agreement

    Jan 12, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Baseball’s salary arbitration process is generally a good thing in that it can help young and productive players get the money they deserve well before they are allowed to test the free market. It also presents some hilarious situations. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels avoided arbitration Wednesday with catcher…

  22. Cardinals CEO: Pujols talks “not that far along”

    Jan 12, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    You’ve all heard the details by now. Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols will make $16 million this season via a club option.  It’s a bargain rate, but this is also his last year under contract with the club and he will become a free agent if he is not locked up by next winter. The…

  23. White Sox sign Kinney, Lindsay to minor league deals

    Jan 9, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

    white sox logo

    A couple of minor transactions here, via ESPN Chicago’s Doug Padilla. The White Sox have inked right-handers Josh Kinney and Shane Lindsay to minor league contracts and have invited both to spring training. Kinney began his career in the independent leagues, then broke into the majors in 2006 with a 3.24 ERA and 1.00 WHIP…

  24. Scott Schoeneweis hoping to make a comeback this year

    Jan 9, 2011, 2:05 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox

    For Scott Schoeneweis, things haven’t been very easy these past couple of years. The 37-year-old lefty lost his wife to a drug overdose in May of 2009 and has pitched to a 7.41 ERA and 1.89 WHIP over the last two years with Arizona and Boston.  The Red Sox gave him a look in 2010…

  25. What they’re saying about the Matt Garza trade…

    Jan 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 2

    The Rays and Cubs agreed to an eight-player trade involving right-hander Matt Garza on Friday afternoon and then completed that trade on Saturday after routine physicals were taken and the correct paperwork was filed. The Cubs received Garza, outfielder Fernando Perez and left-handed pitching prospect Zach Rossup from Tampa Bay. The Rays got top pitching…

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