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  1. Marlins’ new park 50% done, premium tickets selling quickly

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    marlins new park

    Marlins president David Samson has teamed up with MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro to provide fans (and casual onlookers) with an inside look at the progress of the club’s new ballpark construction. According to the most recent update, the new park is nearly 50% complete and premium season tickets for the stadium — set to open in…

  2. Yankees internally discussing free agent Manny Ramirez

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Here’s a juicy one.  Well, sorta. Jack Curry of the YES Network heard from a source Thursday that the Yankees have engaged in “internal chats” about free agent slugger Manny Ramirez. The Yanks are trying to add a quality bat to their bench and have also looked into signing free agent Johnny Damon.  But, as…

  3. Padres “on verge” of deal with free agent Brad Hawpe

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies baserunner Brad Hawpe is congratulated by Rockies Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes after batter Ian Stewart hit a single to score two against the San Diego Padres in their MLB baseball game in Denver

    UPDATE: Dan Hayes of the North County Times was told by a Padres official that the talks are serious, but that “nothing is going to happen either way for a few days.” 8:03 PM: Aaron wrote earlier that the Padres were “interested” in signing free agent Brad Hawpe to play first base. Now Buster Olney…

  4. The Yankees have spoken with Johnny Damon, but it’s “unlikely” he’d return to the Bronx

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:34 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    UPDATE:  The Daily News is reporting that, despite the contact between Damon and the Yankees, Damon in New York is “unlikely” and that “there just isn’t enough playing time” for him in the Bronx. Wednesday, 6:58 PM: Ken Davidoff of New York’s Newsday heard from a source Wednesday that the Yankees have spoken with the…

  5. Mariners just about ready to finalize Miguel Olivo deal

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:37 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    The Mariners agreed to a two-year, $7 million contract with catcher Miguel Olivo back on December 9 — almost 14 days ago. For whatever reason, it has taken close to two weeks for the parties involved to take care of all the necessary paperwork that goes along with a free agent signing, including the transferring…

  6. Brewers ink reliever Sean Green to one-year, $875K deal

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    green in mets uni

    From MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy comes word that the Brewers have agreed to terms on a one-year, $875,000 contract with right-handed reliever Sean Green. Green missed most of the 2010 season while battling a right intercostal muscle strain and allowed eight walks over just 9.1 innings of work when healthy.  The Mets non-tendered him earlier this…

  7. Renteria’s agent says quotes were “inaccurate representation”

    Dec 18, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    renteria head

    Edgar Renteria’s agent is doing his best best to soften the blow of his client’s recent quotes about San Francisco’s “disrespectful” one-year, $1 million contract offer. The agent, Barry Meister, contacted the Giants’ front office on Friday and called the comments an “inaccurate representation” of the veteran’s shortstop’s feelings.  Meister said that Renteria is still…

  8. O’s offer to Adam LaRoche is three years, $16-18M

    Dec 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reported Thursday that the Orioles were “closing in on signing” free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.  They are, and Jen Royle of MASN was given an idea of the financial terms Saturday from a source in the know. LaRoche will earn between $16 million and $18 million over a three-year…

  9. Jim Tracy feeling better after Winter Meetings collapse

    Dec 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    Last week’s Winter Meetings had a couple of scares.  First, it was Jayson Werth’s humongous seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals that sent a shockwave of dollar signs through the baseball world.  Then it was Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapsing in the hotel lobby. Werth is still counting his money.  Tracy, too, is doing…

  10. Marlins may look to trade right-hander Ricky Nolasco

    Dec 18, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    The Marlins aren’t having the best offseason.  They gave out a three-year, $18 million contract to 30-year-old catcher John Buck, a .243/.301/.421 career hitter, they got very little in return when they traded power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla to the Braves, and now they’re having trouble locking up one of their top arbitration-eligible pitchers. According…

  11. Jeff Francis expected to pick a team within the next few days

    Dec 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jeff Francis fever is sweeping the hot stove.  Or whatever. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, the left-hander is expected to decide between offers from the Rockies, Mets, Brewers, Pirates and Nationals within the next couple of days. Francis missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery just before spring training…

  12. Phillies keeping mum on cancellation of Dennys Reyes deal

    Dec 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Like us, you’re probably trying to figure out why exactly the Phillies cut off their one-year, $1.1 million deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on Friday afternoon. We may never know the truth. Whether Reyes failed part of his physical (which is highly possible given his weight and conditioning issues) or whether the Phillies simply…

  13. Angels’ offer to Beltre worth about $70 million over five years

    Dec 18, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    The market for free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is finally beginning to take shape. The A’s reportedly offered Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract at the beginning of the offseason.  He never even responded to the proposal and it has since been pulled off the table. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  14. Red Sox agree to terms with reliever Dan Wheeler

    Dec 18, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    From Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a contract with right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler. Sean McAdam of CSN New England heard Thursday that the Sox would not give the free agent righty anything greater than a one-year contract.  It remains to be seen if they…

  15. Omar Minaya to talk with Sandy Alderson about a job

    Dec 18, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    All that talk about ex-GM Omar Minaya scoring another job with the Mets might actually be real. According to Ian Belgey of ESPN New York, Minaya plans to sit down with new general manager Sandy Alderson sometime after the New Year to discuss what role he could fit in the organization. Minaya has also drawn…

  16. Chien-Ming Wang’s deal with Nats includes $5M in incentives

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan with Washington Nationals new cap and uniform in Florida

    Chien Ming-Wang agreed to re-sign with the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Now the details of his contract are trickling in.  You know, the good stuff. According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Wang will get a base salary of $1 million and can earn another $5 million through performance-based bonuses. The Nationals clearly still believe…

  17. Rangers, Angels, Tigers are not on Greinke’s no-trade list

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Most of this is already known, but it’s worth revisiting anyway. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com noted Thursday evening that Royals right-hander Zack Greinke can reject a move to 15 major league teams via a no-trade clause in his contract.  (Got it) The Yankees, Red Sox and Nationals are all on that list.  (Got most…

  18. Rockies acquire Jose Morales in minor swap with Twins

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jose Morales

    From the Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has traded catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for young left-hander Paul Bargas. Morales, 27, hit .194/.295/.250 with zero home runs, two doubles and seven RBI over 36 at-bats in 2010 for the Twins.  He will serve as a rarely-used backup in Colorado behind…

  19. He’s back, Chicago: Cubs close to deal with Kerry Wood

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Here’s an interesting one. According to David Kaplan of Chicago Now, the Cubs are moving toward the finalization of a deal with free agent reliever Kerry Wood. Wood spent the first 10 years of his professional career with the Cubbies and was a force in their starting rotation from 2001-2004.  But injuries hit him toward…

  20. D’Backs sign Xavier Nady to one-year, $1.75M contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Xavier Nady is off the market. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Diamondbacks locked up the outfielder to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Wednesday night and plan to start him in left field next season. Nady might also get a bit of time at first base. He batted just .256 with a .306…

  21. Bob Feller: 1918-2010

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Sad news out of Iowa tonight. Keith Murphy of WHO in Des Moines passes along word that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has died at the age of 92 in a Cleveland hospice. Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia a few weeks ago and previously fought a battle against leukemia. Born November 3, 1918 in…

  22. Padres’ trade for Bartlett ‘better than 50-50′ to happen

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Nobody’s quite sure why the Padres’ trade for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has been put on hold.  The swap was initially agreed to a full week ago, but something might have gone wrong during the physicals for the three involved players or the two teams may still be working out contract matters. Whatever the case,…

  23. White Sox, Jesse Crain agree to three-year contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Peter Gammons, now of the MLB Network and MLB.com, is reporting that free agent reliever Jesse Crain has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the White Sox. Crain, 29, posted a healthy 3.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 71 appearances for the Twins this past year, fanning 62 batters and walking only 27 over…

  24. Russell Martin’s deal with Yanks includes $1.4M in incentives

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Yankees have included $1.4 million in performance-based incentives in their new one-year, $4 million contract with catcher Russell Martin. Martin has already passed his physical with the Yanks and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The…

  25. Heath Bell battled typhoid fever earlier this offseason

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres closer Heath Bell won Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2010 with a shiny 1.93 ERA and 47 saves in 50 chances. His winter has not gone as smoothly. First he was named in several different trade scenarios, then he came down with typhoid fever while vacationing in the islands…

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