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  1. White Sox sign right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom

    Jan 19, 2013, 7:18 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman comes word that the White Sox have agreed to terms on a one-year free agent contract with setup man Matt Lindstrom. The deal, which is only pending a physical, also comes with a club option for the 2014 season. Exact financial terms haven’t been disclosed. Lindstrom registered a cool 2.68…

  2. Rockies avoid arbitration with right-hander Wilton Lopez and left-hander Josh Outman

    Jan 16, 2013, 9:29 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have signed right-hander Wilton Lopez to a one-year, $1.7625 million contract and left-hander Josh Outman to a one-year, $675,000 contract, avoiding salary arbitration with each pitcher. Both were arbitration-eligible for the first time. Lopez posted a 2.17 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 54/8 K/BB ratio in…

  3. A’s designate George Kottaras for assignment

    Jan 16, 2013, 8:15 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the A’s have designated George Kottaras for assignment. The move clears a spot on Oakland’s MLB roster for John Jaso, who was acquired from the Mariners this evening as part of a three-team, five-player trade. Kottaras, 29, posted a .211/.351/.415 batting line with nine home runs and 31 RBI across…

  4. Mariners pick up Michael Morse from the Nationals as part of three-team, five-player trade

    Jan 16, 2013, 7:08 PM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the story: The Nationals traded slugger Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners in a three-way trade that netted them right-hander A.J. Cole, the pitching prospect who last winter served as the centerpiece of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland A’s to the Nationals. The Mariners…

  5. Yankees sign one-year, $7.15 million contract with Phil Hughes, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 16, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News comes word that the Yankees have avoided arbitration with right-hander Phil Hughes by agreeing to a one-year, $7.15 million contract. Hughes is in his third year of arbitration eligiblily. He made $2.7 million in 2011 and $3.2 million in 2012. If the Yankees don’t lock him at…

  6. Carl Crawford recently began a throwing program

    Jan 15, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Hey, look, it’s positive news about Carl Crawford: Appearing on 710 ESPNLA Tuesday, Dodgers president Stan Kasten said he had just gotten a positive medical report, including video, and that the four-time All-Star has lost 10 pounds since last season and has started to throw. “At no time has he felt he wouldn’t be ready…

  7. Angels strike one-year, $2 million contract with Jerome Williams, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 15, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com beat reporter Alden Gonzalez comes word that the Angels have avoided salary arbitration with right-hander Jerome Williams by agreeing to a one-year, $2 million contract. Williams earned an $820,000 salary in 2012 as a first-year arbitration-eligible player while posting a 4.58 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 98/35 K/BB ratio across 137 2/3 innings. The 31-year-old…

  8. Scott Rolen could be a target for the Dodgers

    Jan 15, 2013, 7:35 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have poured money into various parts of their roster over the past several months, but they’re set to open the 2013 season with Luis Cruz as their starting third baseman and do not have much depth behind him. So more moves are being considered. According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, the Los Angeles front…

  9. Half of Rafael Soriano’s new $28 million contract is deferred

    Jan 15, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s two-year, $28 million pact with the Nationals has an interesting financial breakdown. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the right-handed reliever will make just a $7 million salary in 2013 and 2014, and the remaining $14 million will be deferred until after the 2018 season. So agent Scott Boras can boast…

  10. Bruce Chen commits to Team China for 2013 WBC

    Jan 13, 2013, 5:01 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Royals left-hander Bruce Chen has agreed to pitch for Team China in the 2013 World Baseball Classic after spending the 2009 WBC with Team Panama. Chen, who was born in Panama City, Panama but is of Chinese descent, posted a 5.07 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 140/47 K/BB ratio across…

  11. Jeffrey Loria, David Samson no longer talking to the media

    Jan 13, 2013, 3:32 PM EDT

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    According to columnist Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, the Marlins’ higher-ups have intentionally gone into hiding since executing the organization’s latest major firesale: Besides forbidding president David Samson from doing his radio show, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria also told Samson that he can no longer do interviews. That’s short-sighted, because Samson made himself more accountable and accessible than many…

  12. Marlins interested in free agent reliever Matt Capps

    Jan 13, 2013, 2:07 PM EDT

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    From Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald comes word that the Marlins “are among several teams in talks” with the agent for righty reliever Matt Capps. The Twins declined a $6 million club option on Capps in late October after the 29-year-old was limited to just 29 1/3 innings in 2012 because of a shoulder…

  13. Albert Pujols aiming to participate in World Baseball Classic but first wants to test his right knee

    Jan 13, 2013, 12:44 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has the story: As long as his surgically repaired knee continues to feel good, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols is expected to play for the Dominican Republic in the upcoming World Baseball Classic, his agent, Dan Lozano, said. Pujols underwent a cleanup procedure on his right knee in October to alleviate some…

  14. Mets GM Sandy Alderson scouted Brian Wilson on Saturday

    Jan 13, 2013, 11:28 AM EDT

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    Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Wednesday evening that Brian Wilson has begun to turn the corner in his recovery from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery. So it stands to reason that the free agent reliever is now starting to talk with teams that want to sign him. According to USA Today’s…

  15. Angels “not expected to be players on” righty Kyle Lohse

    Jan 13, 2013, 10:11 AM EDT

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    The Angels have been mentioned at different times this winter as a potential landing spot for free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse. But it doesn’t sound like they are even going to make an offer to him. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Halos are “not expected to be players on Lohse” no matter how low…

  16. Geoff Blum takes broadcasting job with Astros

    Jan 13, 2013, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Veteran infielder Geoff Blum hasn’t formally retired from baseball, but that’s probably coming soon. Here’s MLB.com beat writer Brian McTaggart: Geoff Blum, who played five years with the Astros in two separate stints with the club, has reached an agreement to join the club’s television broadcast team, a source has told MLB.com. Blum is expected…

  17. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

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    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  18. Nationals showing “heavy interest” in Javier Vazquez

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:57 PM EDT

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    The Nationals have a loaded starting rotation in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler. But they’re thinking about adding some depth. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington front office is beginning to show “heavy interest” in free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is said to be considering a…

  19. Giancarlo Stanton will play for Team USA in World Baseball Classic, Mike Trout will not

    Jan 12, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

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    A bit of World Baseball Classic roster news. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has informed Team USA officials that he plans to participate in the 2013 WBC. Angels outfielder Mike Trout has bowed out of the competition, meanwhile, according to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times. Stanton, 23, batted…

  20. Brian Wilson almost ready to begin mound work

    Jan 9, 2013, 10:11 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle: I learned today that free-agent Brian Wilson has completed his long-toss program and should begin throwing off a mound soon as he bids to return from his second “Tommy John” surgery. He continues to work out under the Giants’ supervision. It’s standard procedure for a…

  21. Dodgers sign Matt Palmer to minor league contract

    Jan 9, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Dodgers have signed right-handed pitcher Matt Palmer to a minor league contract. The deal also carries an invitation to spring training, though Palmer is highly doubtful to carve himself a spot on Los Angeles’ Opening Day 25-man roster. Palmer allowed two runs in two innings…

  22. Giants strike deal with Japanese infielder Kensuke Tanaka

    Jan 9, 2013, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants are “closing in on signing” Japanese second baseman Kensuke Tanaka to a minor league contract. The deal is expected to include an invitation to spring training, where Tanaka will be in the running for a utility job. The 31-year-old batted .300/.350/.363 with three…

  23. MLB switching from land line bullpen phones to cell phones

    Jan 8, 2013, 8:37 PM EDT

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    MLB and T-Mobile just announced a multi-year sponsorship agreement which makes the former the Official Wireless Sponsor of the latter. That’s well and good because business is business, but it has a baseball implication too: wireless bullpen phones. The setup is going to look like this: It’ll be a joy to watch Charlie Manuel try…

  24. Michael Morse “strongly opposes” being a designated hitter

    Jan 8, 2013, 7:51 PM EDT

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    It’s a near certainty that the Nationals are going to trade Michael Morse, but FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal presents one issue that might affect talks with any potentailly interested American League teams: Morse strongly opposes being a DH, according to major-league sources. The issue, sources say, will carry weight for some AL clubs. Morse is…

  25. Alex Rodriguez to undergo hip surgery on January 16

    Jan 8, 2013, 6:34 PM EDT

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    MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch passes along news from the Yankees: The Yankees signed Kevin Youkilis to a one-year, $12 million free agent contract early last month and will feature him as their starting third baseman through at least the first half of the 2013 season. A-Rod’s owed $28 million in 2013, $25 million in…

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