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  1. Blue Jays nearing five-year, $65M extension with Bautista

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:46 PM EDT

    Jose Bautista

    UPDATE, 8:46 PM: Now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is reporting that the extension carries a $13 million club option for a sixth season. So it appears that $65 million of the new contract will be guaranteed. 8:39 PM: Forget the minor ankle injuries. There might be real news out of Blue Jays camp tonight. According…

  2. Jon Rauch misses bullpen session due to ankle injury

    Feb 16, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Rauch displays tattoos on his neck during practice at the team's MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    It’s a minor one, but we might have our first injury of this year’s spring training. According to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, Blue Jays reliever Jon Rauch twisted his ankle while walking down a flight of stairs earlier this week at the club’s spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida and missed a scheduled bullpen session…

  3. D’Backs find a first baseman, sign Russell Branyan

    Feb 16, 2011, 6:51 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    From SI.com’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Diamondbacks have reached agreement on a minor league contract with Russell Branyan. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, where Branyan will have the opportunity to put a claim on Arizona’s starting first base gig. Juan Miranda and Brandon Allen had been ticketed for the…

  4. Report: Sabathia likely to opt out of deal after this season

    Feb 15, 2011, 12:17 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craig addressed earlier why the matter isn’t worth freaking out about, and that probably still holds true because the baseball season is long and because anything can happen, but it appears that this is now becoming a near fact: CC Sabathia, if everything goes according to plan production-wise, will opt out of his current contract…

  5. De La Rosa arriving late to camp due to visa issues

    Feb 14, 2011, 9:35 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    Jorge De La Rosa is going to be late to Rockies camp this spring. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa “is expected to miss the first few days” of spring training because he is having visa issues in his native Mexico. De La Rosa has an offseason home in Scottsdale,…

  6. Vlad Guerrero will take physical with Orioles on Wednesday

    Feb 14, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

    File photo of Rangers' Guerrero hitting an RBI single against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Veteran slugger Vladimir Guerrero agreed to a one-year, $8 million contract with the Orioles a whole ten days ago. On Wednesday, he will finally take his physical. If he passes, the O’s will officially introduce him on Friday. That all comes from Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, who has also caught word that Guerrero…

  7. Blue Jays and Jose Bautista push back arbitration hearing to continue talking long-term extension

    Feb 14, 2011, 6:42 PM EDT

    Blue Jays batter Jose Bautista watches a high pitch during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Blue Jays have bought themselves some extra time to work out a long-term contract extension with slugger Jose Bautista. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, both sides agreed Monday to postpone a scheduled arbitration hearing until Friday so that extension talks can continue. The extra four days might not matter. Bautista tallied a…

  8. Does Pujols’ self-imposed deadline really matter?

    Feb 13, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Albert Pujols told the Cardinals a couple of months ago that he wants all negotiations involving a possible contract extension to stop once he arrives at spring training so that he can avoid distractions and focus on getting ready for the start of the regular season. That self-imposed deadline is just three days away and…

  9. D’Backs, Johnson have arbitration hearing Wednesday

    Feb 13, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reported last week that the Diamondbacks and second baseman Kelly Johnson had scheduled an arbitration hearing for Tuesday, February 15. According to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com, that was one day off. The two sides have officially set up a hearing for Wednesday, February 16. Johnson requested a $6.5 million…

  10. Joel Hanrahan expected to win Pirates’ ninth inning gig

    Feb 13, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    With the start of spring training each year comes the start of position battles — two or three guys, fighting for one roster spot or one particular gig. The Braves have a position battle going on in the back end of their bullpen, where Craig Kimbrel and Jonny Venters are vying to become Billy Wagner‘s…

  11. La Russa: Edmonds may still be “hobbled”

    Feb 13, 2011, 12:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Cardinals signed veteran outfielder Jim Edmonds to a minor league contract earlier this month and gave him an invitation to spring training. He doesn’t have a guaranteed roster spot and will have to earn his way on to the big league roster with a strong showing in Grapefruit League games. It will be a…

  12. Pedro might try to return for the last few months of 2011

    Feb 13, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox

    Veteran right-hander Pedro Martinez is busy opening a school in his native Dominican Republic and he is not thinking about pitching in the major leagues. Yet. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, “those in the know” think that Pedro might return for the last couple months of the 2011 season if he finds…

  13. Mat Latos’ innings will not be limited this season

    Feb 13, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Arizona Diamondbacks

    The Padres are ready to turn Mat Latos loose. Completely. The 23-year-old right-hander posted a stellar 2.92 ERA and 1.08 WHIP across 31 starts last season as a big league sophomore, striking out 189 batters and walking only 50. His strikeout total might have been even higher and his rate stats might have fallen even…

  14. At least one GM thinks Cards will reach deal with Pujols

    Feb 13, 2011, 8:55 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols will arrive at spring camp in Jupiter, Florida on Wednesday and has informed the club that he wants all talks regarding a contract extension to cease once he unpacks his things. The clock isn’t ticking, it’s screaming. If you kept up with the story last week, it was all about doom…

  15. Padres, Flores reach minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Another minor deal to report. According to CAA Baseball’s official Twitter feed, the Padres have signed left-handed reliever Randy Flores to a minor league contract and have issued him an invitation to spring training. CAA, by the way, stands for Creative Artists Agency.  It’s a massive firm that represents show business people and professional athletes. …

  16. Mariners ink Manny Delcarmen to minor league contract

    Feb 10, 2011, 8:03 PM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen

    From the Mariners’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-handed reliever Manny Delcarmen. The contract carries an invitation to spring training, where Delcarmen will attempt to win a job in the Mariners’ Opening Day bullpen. The 28-year-old posted an underwhelming 4.70 ERA and 1.39…

  17. Michael Young probably isn’t going anywhere

    Feb 10, 2011, 6:46 PM EDT

    World Series Giants Rangers Baseball

    There’s a really good chance that disgruntled infielder Michael Young is going to have to report to Rangers camp next week. He has requested a trade and the Rangers’ front office has attempted to satisfy that request, but there’s simply nothing out there. A source told Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Thursday…

  18. If Albert Pujols hits free agency, it’s a near certainty that both the Yankees and Red Sox will pursue him…

    Feb 10, 2011, 1:04 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    I don’t have sources. I don’t know Albert Pujols and I’ve only been to Yankee Stadium once, back when I was a 15-year-old high school sophomore. I saw Roger Clemens get his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout in the same night, then tried to pat down goosebumps as Elton John’s “Rocket Man” rang through the…

  19. Brewers, Marcum avoid arbitration with $3.95M agreement

    Feb 9, 2011, 10:44 PM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Most arbitration cases have been settled by now.  And if they haven’t, they’ll be resolved soon via arbitration hearings. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers avoided arbitration late Wednesday evening with right-hander Shaun Marcum by agreeing to a one-year, $3.95 million contract for 2011.  The deal also carries some performance-based…

  20. Pujols has no plans to talk contract upon arrival to camp

    Feb 9, 2011, 9:58 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker, Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter

    Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols is dominating the headlines this week, and that probably won’t change in the coming weeks and months until some kind of resolution is reached about his expiring contract. SI.com’s Jon Heyman reported earlier today that there is “virtually no chance” of Pujols and the Cards finding a middle ground on an…

  21. Phillies looked into Michael Young, talks didn’t get far

    Feb 9, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Phillies reached out to the Rangers recently about a possible trade for disgruntled infielder Michael Young, but that talks did not get far. A source told Crasnick that the Phils were only “tire kicking” and that the conversation was “brief.” As it should have been.  The Phillies…

  22. Heyman: Cards have “virtually no chance” of deal with Pujols

    Feb 9, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

    Yadier Molina, Albert Pujols

    Albert Pujols is scheduled to arrive at the Cardinals’ spring training complex on February 16, one week from today. He has asked that all talks involving a contract extension be put to an end by the time he unpacks his things and begins preparing for what could be his final year in St. Louis. In…

  23. Happy Super Bowl Sunday

    Feb 6, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    Super Bowl Football

    If you’re a real football fan, you’re probably not reading this post because you’re undoubtedly taking in the gobs of great content that Pro Football Talk has been pumping out all day.  We’ll leave the analysis to them.  Mike Florio, Gregg Rosenthal, Michael David Smith, Evan Silva and Josh Alper do it better than anyone.…

  24. Confirmed: Michael Young wants out of Texas

    Feb 6, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney was definitely on to something when he wrote Saturday that “something has changed” in the relationship between the Rangers and Michael Young.  He wants a trade.  And the Rangers are going to try to meet that request. A source familiar with the situation told Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday afternoon…

  25. J.D. Drew already has his first nagging injury of 2011

    Feb 6, 2011, 2:53 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Boston Red Sox

    Buried in Nick Cafardo’s excellent Sunday notes column on the Boston Globe‘s website is this bit of troubling news for Red Sox fans: J.D. Drew has been experiencing discomfort in his hamstring this offseason and is likely to be limited when spring training opens later this month. Drew battled hamstring problems throughout much of the…

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