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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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.…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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. …

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. Olney: Mets might release Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez

    Jan 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    Apparently Mets GM Sandy Alderson was serious when he put second baseman Luis Castillo and left-hander Oliver Perez on notice in mid-December, saying “if they don’t earn their way on the team, they won’t be on the team.” Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote today in his Sunday notes column that the Mets have tried to…

  20. Dallas Green’s granddaughter killed in Tucson shooting

    Jan 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    dallas green card

    The tragic shooting spree Saturday at a political rally in Tucson, Arizona has an unfortunate baseball tie. Christina Taylor Greene, the 9-year-old child who was killed, is the granddaughter of ex-MLB manager Dallas Green and the daughter of current Dodgers scout John Green.  This from Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. The elder Green managed…

  21. Radhames Liz signs contract with Korean team

    Jan 9, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Radhames Liz, Ernesto Frieri

    Another MLB free agent has decided to head overseas. According to the transactions page over at Yahoo! Sports, reliever Radhames Liz has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization. Tired of waiting on the scrap heap for a minor league contract offer, Brian Bannister made a similar move last week,…

  22. Sheffield “disrespected” by Rays, now 99.9% retired

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:08 PM EDT

    sheffield diamonds

    Remember when Gary Sheffield showed up to the Winter Meetings and said he was just there “to advise” a couple of young players?  And then remember when he later admitted that he had an interest in playing again, specifically for the Rays? You might also remember that Rays manager Joe Maddon took Sheffield out to…

  23. Twins closing in on two-year contract with Carl Pavano

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:50 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Twins are nearing agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Carl Pavano and it might be for only two years. Pavano was thought to be on the hunt for a three-year deal pretty much all winter and might have landed one from a non-contender like the Nationals…

  24. Brian Bannister signs contract with Yomiuri Giants

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:16 PM EDT

    Brian Bannister

    Brian Bannister is taking his talents to… Japan. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the 29-year-old right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League.  The deal also carries an option for 2012. Bannister drew very little interest from major league clubs this offseason after posting an ugly 6.34…

  25. Rangers ink Murphy to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan comes word that the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with outfielder David Murphy. It’s a nice chunk of change for the first-year arbitration-eligible outfielder, who made just $420,670 last season while posting an impressive .291/.358/.449 batting line, 12 home runs and 65 RBI across 419 at-bats. Murphy…

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