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  1. Astros’ Carrillo arrested for trespassing at Tampa casino

    Jan 23, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

    cesar carrillo head

    According to the Associated Press, via CBSSports.com, Astros right-hander Cesar Carrillo was arrested and charged with trespassing after an incident early Saturday morning at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. Carrillo was asked to leave the casino for an undisclosed reason and then attempted to reenter the premises 15 minutes later.  He…

  2. Billy Butler’s new extension provides the Royals flexibility

    Jan 23, 2011, 8:56 AM EDT

    Billy Butler

    Royals first baseman Billy Butler agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract extension with the Royals on Saturday morning.  Now Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star has the financial breakdown of the deal. Butler will make $3 million this year, $8 million in 2012, 2013 and 2014, then possibly $12.5 million on a club…

  3. Reds now talking multi-year deal with Edinson Volquez

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    The Reds haven’t been overly active in free agency this offseason, but they’ve done a nice job of locking up some of their key internal components. Staff ace Bronson Arroyo was signed to a three-year, $35 million contract extension in early December.  Young power-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce inked a six-year, $51 million extension less than…

  4. Josh Hamilton lost 10 lbs. to pneumonia last week

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:21 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton‘s recent bout with pneumonia was actually kind of serious. According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton dropped 10 pounds last week while battling the lung inflammation for five days in the hosptial.  The outfielder also told reporters on Friday that he’s only at about 90 percent health at the moment.…

  5. Update: Rays, Damon just talking for now

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE, 12:15 PM: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was told by a source that the Rays are indeed talking to Damon and that an agreement could “certainly happen,” but also that nothing is close. 2:29 AM: Johnny Damon has found a new home for the upcoming season.  Well, almost. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports,…

  6. Rangers “going after” free agent slugger Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Manny Ramirez, new team member of the Chicago White Sox, looks on during batting practice prior to the White Sox MLB American League baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Cleveland

    On Thursday, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes filed a report claiming that free agent Manny Ramirez would likely sign with a new team by the beginning of next week.  Now T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com is reporting that the Rangers are “going after” him. A couple of other clubs have been linked to Ramirez, including the…

  7. Mets sign Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract

    Jan 21, 2011, 10:08 AM EDT

    Houston Astros Photo Day

    Mike Silva of New York Baseball Digest had this one last night.  Adam Rubin of ESPN New York confirmed it this morning. The Mets have signed left-handed reliever Tim Byrdak to a minor league contract and, presumably, have invited him to spring training. There’s a real chance that Byrdak will be able to climb his…

  8. Nate McLouth will start in center this year for Atlanta

    Jan 20, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v San Francisco Giants, Game 1

    Braves outfielder Nate McLouth had the worst offensive season of his career in 2010, posting a miserable .190 batting average and .620 OPS across 288 plate appearances.  He was demoted to the Triple-A level at one point and he also battled a concussion near the middle of the summer. It was a brutal showing. But,…

  9. Update: Giants complete minor league deal with Suppan

    Jan 20, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    Jeff Suppan

    UPDATE, 7:41 PM: According to Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area, this one is done.  If Suppan manages to find a spot on the Giants’ Opening Day roster, he will earn a $1 million salary. 2:16 PM: From Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News comes word that the Giants are nearing agreement on…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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. …

  25. 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…

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