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  1. Astros, Pence set date for arbitration hearing

    Feb 6, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Hunter Pence

    The Astros and outfielder Hunter Pence are going to an arbitration hearing. According to Stephen Goff of the Houston Astros Examiner, the two sides will meet on February 18 in front of a panel of independent arbitrators who will decide between the $6.9 million that Pence asked for and the $5.15 million that the Astros…

  2. One scout thinks Andy Pettitte is not done pitching

    Feb 6, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

    New York Yankee Andy Pettitte Announces Retirement

    When 38-year-old left-hander Andy Pettitte announced his retirement from the game of baseball on Friday at a press conference inside the halls of Yankee Stadium, he answered a question about possibly pitching again with a “never say never” type of response.  In fact, those were nearly his exact words.  Now Nick Cafardo of the Boston…

  3. Everth Cabrera hitting well in Caribbean Series

    Feb 6, 2011, 10:38 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v San Diego Padres

    Padres shortstop Everth Cabrera turned some heads in 2009 when he swiped 22 bases and posted a .255 batting average and .342 on-base percentage as a 22-year-old rookie.  He failed to make any sort of improvement last season, however, and finished the 2010 campaign with an absolutely brutal .208/.279/.278 batting line. The Padres spun a…

  4. Woodie Fryman: 1940-2011

    Feb 6, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

    fryman cards

    Sad news out of Kentucky. According to the Associated Press, former major league pitcher Woodie Fryman passed away this weekend at the age of 70. Fryman played 18 major league seasons from 1966-1983, spending time with the Expos, Pirates, Phillies, Tigers, Reds and Cubs.  He had four career one-hitters and he left the game after…

  5. Giants ink Justin Christian to minors contract

    Feb 6, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Justin Christian (C) of  Mexico celebrat

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Giants reached agreement on a minor league contract Saturday with outfielder Justin Christian. Christian, 30, posted a decent .289/.366/.435 batting line with nine homers and 22 stolen bases over 468 plate appearances between Double-A Trenton and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season. The Lincoln, Nebraska native has spent his entire…

  6. Cubs nearing long-term extension with Carlos Marmol

    Feb 4, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Chicago Cubs

    According to David Kaplan and Fred Mitchell, two baseball writers for the Chicago Tribune, the Cubs are nearing agreement on a long-term extension with closer Carlos Marmol. There’s not much information available at the moment.  The bit of news only got two sentences on the Tribune‘s website, one which pretty much reads like the introduction…

  7. Fred McGriff isn’t having the best couple of months

    Feb 3, 2011, 9:55 PM EDT

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    The Rays fired the Crime Dog!  Or, probably. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays declined to rehire Fred McGriff after the 2010 season for reasons unknown.  He had been working as a special advisor in the community outreach department for a total of four years. Those roles are usually more…

  8. Braves’ bullpen in good hands with Kimbrel, Venters

    Feb 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EDT

    Criag Kimbrel

    Veteran southpaw Billy Wagner posted a superb 1.43 ERA and 0.87 WHIP over 71 appearances for the Braves last season, saving 37 games and striking out 104 batters in 69.1 innings.  He was ridiculously good, but he wanted to go out on top and called it quits as soon as the year was over. Most…

  9. Rays ink reliever Juan Cruz to minor league contract

    Feb 3, 2011, 7:20 PM EDT

    Juan Cruz

    Juan Cruz is back in business. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have inked the 32-year-old reliever to a minor league contract. Cruz made it through only five appearances with the Royals last season before his shoulder gave out and he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery.  He’s all healed…

  10. UPDATE: Dodgers reach minor league deal with Ron Mahay

    Feb 3, 2011, 6:49 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com says the deal will be worth $900,000 if Mahay makes the big league roster and remains on it. 6:33 PM: The Dodgers have officially announced the minor league contract on their team Twitter feed. 6:14 PM: From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Dodgers have nearly agreed to a…

  11. Jermaine Dye drawing only minor interest, likely to retire

    Feb 2, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    dye swinging

    Jermaine Dye, ladies and gentlemen, is about to say goodbye to professional baseball. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the free agent outfielder, now 37 years old, has only drawn minor league contract offers from interested big league clubs this offseason and only wants to continue his playing career if guaranteed a roster spot.  Fair…

  12. Nationals sign minor league deal with Cla Meredith

    Feb 2, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    The Nationals announced on their official team Twitter feed this evening that they have reached agreement on a minor league contract with right-hander Cla Meredith. Meredith enjoyed a couple of successful seasons in a middle relief role for the Padres from 2006-2009, but he allowed nine earned runs in 15 innings last year with the…

  13. Dodgers reach deal with Kuo, avoid arbitration

    Feb 2, 2011, 8:14 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    From MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick comes word that the Dodgers avoided arbitration Wednesday with left-handed reliever Hong-Chih Kuo by agreeing to a one-year, $2.725 million contract.  The deal also includes $700,000 in performance-based incentives. Kuo requested a $3.075 million salary and was offered $2.55 million when arbitration figures were exchanged in mid-January.  It took only a…

  14. O’s looking to acquire Duchscherer, might have made offer

    Jan 30, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics

    There are only a couple of free agents remaining on the open market who could have real value in 2011.  Justin Duchscherer is one of them. The 33-year-old right-hander boasts an excellent 3.13 career ERA and 1.14 career WHIP across eight major league seasons.  He has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, but his…

  15. Rockies sign Betancourt to two-year contract extension

    Jan 30, 2011, 3:14 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Colorado Rockies

    According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Rockies have reached agreement on a two-year contract extension with reliever Rafael Betancourt.  The deal also carries a club option for 2013. Betancourt, 35, has been one of the most reliable setup men in baseball for the past several seasons, especially recently in Colorado.  Since coming over…

  16. Rangers ink Dave Bush to minor league contract

    Jan 30, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Dave Bush

    From Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report comes word that the Rangers have signed right-hander Dave Bush to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.  It’s a deal that carries a $1 million base salary and another $1 million in performance-based incentives, if the veteran is able to land a spot on…

  17. Mets likely to host 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field

    Jan 30, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    Billy Joel's "The Last Play At Shea" Premieres At Citi Field

    Mets owner Fred Wilpon announced Friday that he is looking to sell a 20-25 percent stake in the club in order to secure funds that will help his family bounce back from their involvement with Bernie Madoff’s ponzi scheme.  A ton of bargain hunters have already stepped forward, including a group of investors led by…

  18. Morneau not yet 100 percent, but moving in that direction

    Jan 30, 2011, 12:49 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Justin Morneau speaks with reporters after he takes batting practice before the start of the Twins' American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Minneapolis

    It has been close to seven whole months since Twins first baseman Justin Morneau took a knee to the head in Toronto and suffered a concussion that would put an end to his 2010 season. He’s now working out regularly down at the Twins’ spring training facility in Fort Myers, Florida and is making good…

  19. Brewers optimistic about reaching deals with Weeks, Marcum

    Jan 30, 2011, 11:35 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Milwaukee Brewers

    The Brewers have already settled on salaries for 2011 with arbitration-eligible players Prince Fielder ($15.5M), Carlos Gomez ($1.5M), Kameron Loe ($1.25M) and Manny Parra ($1.2M). They have only two unsettled cases: Rickie Weeks and Shaun Marcum. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers expect to reach agreements with both within the…

  20. Padres claim Samuel Deduno off waivers from Colorado

    Jan 30, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    deduno throwing

    The Rockies claimed 25-year-old Clayton Mortensen off waivers from the A’s last week and designated right-hander Samuel Deduno for assignment in order to clear a 40-man roster spot. Deduno, though, was teamless for only a short period of time. According to MLB.com’s transactions page, the Padres claimed the 27-year-old off waivers on Saturday evening. Deduno…

  21. Russ Springer calls it a career at age 42

    Jan 30, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Russ Springer

    From Bob Tompkins of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk (via MLB Trade Rumors) comes word that veteran reliever Russ Springer has decided to hang up his cleats for good. The 42-year-old native of Alexandria, Louisiana broke into the majors back in 1992 as a reliever for the Yankees.  He played for 10 different teams throughout…

  22. Troy Glaus may sit out this season

    Jan 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Troy Glaus

    The winter has been a bit rude to free agent first baseman Troy Glaus. The 34-year-old drew mild interest from the Rockies in early December, but talks never went anywhere and he wasn’t linked to another club the rest of the way.  Now, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, he is considering retirement.  Or at…

  23. D’Backs avoid arbitration with Montero via $3.2M deal

    Jan 26, 2011, 9:39 PM EDT

    Miguel Montero, Ivan Rodriguez

    As first reported by Mike Axisa of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks avoided arbitration on Wednesday evening with Miguel Montero by agreeing to a one-year contract that will pay the catcher $3.2 million in 2011. Montero was eligible for arbitration this winter for the second time in his career.  Last season he pulled in $2…

  24. Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011

    Jan 26, 2011, 8:12 PM EDT

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    Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use. Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego. The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked…

  25. Angels open long-term contract discussions with Weaver

    Jan 26, 2011, 6:36 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    The Angels got all sorts of deserved flak for taking on $81 million of Vernon Wells‘ contract in a trade with the Blue Jays last week.  But they could end their offseason on a high note. According to Mark Saxson of ESPN L.A., the Halos have opened long-term contract discussions with ace right-hander Jered Weaver.…

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