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  1. Angels, Mathis avoid arbitration with $1.7M agreement

    Jan 12, 2011, 8:31 PM EST

    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…

  2. Cardinals CEO: Pujols talks “not that far along”

    Jan 12, 2011, 7:08 PM EST

    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…

  3. White Sox sign Kinney, Lindsay to minor league deals

    Jan 9, 2011, 4:12 PM EST

    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…

  4. Scott Schoeneweis hoping to make a comeback this year

    Jan 9, 2011, 2:05 PM EST

    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…

  5. What they’re saying about the Matt Garza trade…

    Jan 9, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 9, 2011, 11:28 AM EST

    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…

  7. Dallas Green’s granddaughter killed in Tucson shooting

    Jan 9, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

    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…

  8. Radhames Liz signs contract with Korean team

    Jan 9, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    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,…

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

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    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…

  11. Brian Bannister signs contract with Yomiuri Giants

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

    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…

  13. Eric Chavez being courted by Dodgers, two others

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:28 PM EST

    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…

  14. Scot Shields still unsure about retirement

    Jan 5, 2011, 7:52 PM EST

    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…

  15. Padres sign Kevin Frandsen to minor league contract

    Jan 5, 2011, 6:18 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    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,…

  17. New details emerge in the Alfredo Simon shooting case

    Jan 2, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

    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.…

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

    Jan 2, 2011, 11:08 AM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    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…

  20. White Sox have some interest in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 2, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    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…

  21. Mariners believe Aardsma will be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:29 PM EST

    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…

  22. Little League places ban on composite baseball bats

    Dec 30, 2010, 7:41 PM EST

    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…

  23. Chad Qualls drawing interest from six teams

    Dec 29, 2010, 9:09 PM EST

    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…

  24. Mark Teixeira says he is well past hamstring injury

    Dec 29, 2010, 7:34 PM EST

    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…

  25. Report: Rangers reach agreement with Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

    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…

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