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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Eric Chavez being courted by Dodgers, two others

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics

    Eric Chavez is serious about wanting to return for a 13th professional season. The oft-injured infielder told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he has a workout with the Dodgers on January 20 and will hold private workouts with two American League clubs later this month. Chavez played in only 33 games last…

  6. Scot Shields still unsure about retirement

    Jan 5, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Veteran setup man Scot Shields told reporters in late September that he was considering calling it quits at the conclusion of the 2010 season in order to spend more time with his family.  He also left open the possibility of returning “if the right situation comes up.” Today, he’s pretty much of the same exact…

  7. Padres sign Kevin Frandsen to minor league contract

    Jan 5, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Kevin Frandsen slides across home plate to score against Seattle Mariners during American League baseball game in Anaheim

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Padres have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen, 28, can make $575,000 if he lands on San Diego’s Opening Day roster and manages to hang around for the entire 2011 season. Our guess is he will kick off the year…

  8. Rangers “still talking” to free agent Adrian Beltre

    Jan 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    A report on a Dominican Republic-based website this morning had the Rangers and Adrian Beltre agreeing to a six-year, $96 million contract.  That was later found to be incorrect by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, but the Rangers are indeed talking to the free agent third baseman, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi,…

  9. New details emerge in the Alfredo Simon shooting case

    Jan 2, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

    simon bigger

    The bilingual Nick Collias, who translates articles for our friends over at MLB Trade Rumors, has been digging through Spanish language publications in the Dominican Republic this morning for more details on the Alfredo Simon shooting incident. He was kind enough to pass along some of the information that has not yet been reported state-side.…

  10. O’s Alfredo Simon suspected of murder in Dominican

    Jan 2, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitches against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    UPDATE: More details HERE. 11:08 AM: Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon may be in serious trouble back in his native country. According to the Associated Press, he is the “main suspect” in the fatal shooting of a man down in the Dominican Republic. The AP says that Simon, 29, is believed to have shot and…

  11. Crawford thanks Rays fans with half-page newspaper ad

    Jan 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    The act has become a little too predictable — and maybe even expected — but it’s still pretty cool. Carl Crawford took out a half-page ad in the Sunday edition of the St. Petersburg Times to thank Rays fans and the Tampa Bay community for their “support over the years.” Crawford also bought lunch for…

  12. White Sox have some interest in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 2, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    It’s amazing how quiet the market has been this winter for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.  He was one of the best bullpen pitchers in all of baseball last year with a 1.73 ERA and 0.80 WHIP across 64 appearances. His 45 saves in 48 chances led all American League closers and he struck out…

  13. Mariners believe Aardsma will be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    The Mariners announced this evening that closer David Aardsma will have surgery on January 3 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.  It’s news that is going to put a halt to the M’s attempts to trade the right-hander, but all indications are that it won’t affect their 2011 season. According to Larry…

  14. Little League places ban on composite baseball bats

    Dec 30, 2010, 7:41 PM EDT

    Little League Logo

    Fairly big news here out of Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee, which operates all divisions of Little League Baseball, including the Little League World Series, has issued an immediate and complete moratorium on the use of composite bats. Composite bats, which sell for upwards of $300, first popped onto…

  15. Chad Qualls drawing interest from six teams

    Dec 29, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay's Quallsthrows a pitch with the bases loaded with Kansas City base runners during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Free agent reliever Chad Qualls turned in an ugly 7.32 ERA and 1.80 WHIP across 59 innings for the Diamondbacks and Rays in 2010 and drew very little interest during the early part of this offseason.  But that is starting to change as reliever-needy teams look to fill their bullpens. According to Joe Stiglich of…

  16. Mark Teixeira says he is well past hamstring injury

    Dec 29, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira suffered a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring during the Bomber’s ALCS matchup with the Rangers last October and was forced to sit idle for the first six to eight weeks of the offseason. It’s December now, of course, and Tex spoke to ESPN New York on Tuesday about…

  17. Report: Rangers reach agreement with Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    webb on grass

    From Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse comes word that the Rangers have reached agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  The deal is only pending a physical. The Reds, Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Nationals all showed interest in the 31-year-old this winter, but he chose Texas in the end and should open…

  18. Reds identified as mystery team in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    webb with towel

    More developments here in the hunt for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb. The NL Central “mystery” team that was mentioned earlier by ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark has been identified by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com as the Cincinnati Reds.  Rosenthal believes that Webb is now choosing between Texas and Cincinnati. The 31-year-old righty knows Reds pitching coach…

  19. Ron Santo, a man of great pride until the very end…

    Dec 26, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Jose Cuevas

    Published late Christmas Eve, this inspiring story on Ron Santo’s passing from the Arlington Heights Daily Herald flew largely under the radar during the holiday weekend. Let’s bring it back to light. The obituaries will tell you that the Cubs legend passed away on December 2, but Santo’s immediate family knows the real truth. At…

  20. Cubs and Nationals no longer pursuing Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    webb and wife

    The market for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb is finally starting to take shape.  Teams are moving in and teams are moving out as negotiations begin to turn serious. We told you earlier today that the Yankees are “monitoring” the 31-year-old starter.  According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Cubs and Nationals are not.  At…

  21. Braves, Uggla still moving toward long-term extension

    Dec 26, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported two weeks ago that the Braves were nearing a five-year, $61 million extension with newly acquired infielder Dan Uggla. Cafardo has an update on the ongoing talks today in his info-packed Sunday notes column. The two sides have not yet reached an official agreement because Uggla’s camp is seeking…

  22. Yankees “monitoring” free agent righty Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    From George King III of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees are monitoring the negotiations surrounding free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  However, the Yanks “don’t appear to be in a hurry to do anything.” New York is still waiting on a decision from veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, who is weighing whether to…

  23. Hisashi Iwakuma re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they were unwilling to meet his lofty contract demands and the 29-year-old has now re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.  This according to Jason Coskrey of The Japan Times. Iwakuma turned in a quality 2.81 ERA…

  24. Nationals “remain in the mix” for righty Carl Pavano

    Dec 26, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    The Nationals made a run at free agent southpaw Cliff Lee before he signed with the Phillies.  They also tried for right-hander Zack Greinke before the Royals dealt him to the Brewers. The free agent market is mostly a scrap heap by now, but one top free agent pitcher remains and the Nationals are doing…

  25. Baseball Stars, a peak in many ways…

    Dec 25, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    baseball stars logo

    Merry Christmas. It’s nice to be able to write that and know that a few thousand people might read it.  Or at least glance over it.  I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday. I used to love Christmas.  I guess I still do, but I used to really love it. Presents. Presents.…

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