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  1. Mariners reach agreement with free agent Raul Ibanez

    Dec 22, 2012, 8:27 PM EST

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    Raul Ibanez is headed back to Seattle. Again. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Mariners have signed the free agent outfielder, and WFAN’s Sweeny Murti adds that it’s a one-year contract. No word yet on the financial terms. Ibanez was drafted by Seattle in the 36th round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft and…

  2. Brewers sign Jim Hoey to minor league contract

    Dec 22, 2012, 6:45 PM EST

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    From MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy comes word that the Brewers have signed free agent reliever Jim Hoey to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, so Hoey won’t be up for a spot on Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster. The 29-year-old New Jersey native posted an ugly 4.60 ERA, 1.67 WHIP…

  3. Cubs “now the front runner” for free agent Edwin Jackson

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:23 PM EST

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    That whole Anibal Sanchez thing didn’t quite work out, so the Northsiders are trying a different route. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, the Cubs are “now the front runner” for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson, who is also being courted currently by the Rangers. Bowden says the “ballpark” asking price is…

  4. Dodgers and Red Sox showing interest in Joel Hanrahan

    Dec 19, 2012, 8:55 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the scoop: The Dodgers are showing interest in Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan, but they have a little company. The Red Sox are said to have an interest as well. The Bucs would presumably want a starting pitcher (or multiple starting pitchers) in return, which makes the Dodgers a nice fit because they’re looking to unload both Chris…

  5. Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

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    From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Cubs have agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. The length is also a mystery, but chances are it’s a one-year pact. Villanueva posted a decent 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 122/46…

  6. Yankees finalize two-year, $13M contract with Ichiro Suzuki

    Dec 19, 2012, 6:27 PM EST

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    A source told ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews this afternoon that the Yankees were closing in on an agreement with Ichiro Suzuki but not quite there. Now the two sides have fully closed the gap. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Yankees and Ichiro officially inked a two-year, $13 million contract on Wednesday…

  7. Padres out of running for Edwin Jackson, who is choosing between the Rangers and Cubs

    Dec 18, 2012, 10:14 PM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal heard from multiple sources last week that the Padres were “strongly pursuing” free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson. But that’s apparently not going on anymore. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, the Padres are “out” on Jackson because he wants at least a four-year contract and the San Diego…

  8. Frank Francisco undergoes minor elbow surgery

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:51 PM EST

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    From ESPN New York beat reporter Adam Rubin comes word that Mets closer Frank Francisco underwent surgery Tuesday afternoon to remove a bone spur from his right elbow. The procedure was deemed an intial success and the right-hander is expected to begin a throwing program in six weeks. He should be fine for the start…

  9. Phillies have Vernon Wells “on their shopping list”

    Dec 18, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

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    The Yankees aren’t the only team thinking about providing Vernon Wells another change of scenery. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Phillies have Wells “on their shopping list” this winter and could pounce if a trade winds up making sense. The Phillies are also known to have interest in free agent outfielder Cody Ross,…

  10. Hiroyuki Nakajima says he signed with the A’s because Billy Beane is “extremely sexy and cool”

    Dec 18, 2012, 6:25 PM EST

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    Things got a little steamy today at the press conference introducing new A’s shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima: We’ll save you from any Brad Pitt jokes because they’re all pretty much played out at this point. Nakajima got a two-year, $6.5 million contract with a $5.5 million option for 2015. The 30-year-old shortstop batted .311/.382/.451 with 13 home runs…

  11. Nick Swisher expected to visit Indians this week

    Dec 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EST

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    The Indians got center fielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds (and Trevor Bauer from the Diamondbacks) in last week’s three-team, nine-player trade. Now they’re looking to acquire a new right fielder. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that free agent Nick Swisher is scheduled to visit Indians officials at Progressive Field on Tuesday or Wednesday of…

  12. Yankees “quietly interested” in free agent Michael Bourn?

    Dec 16, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

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    The Nationals and Phillies seemed like the most logical potential suitors for free agent center fielder Michael Bourn when this offseason got underway. But the Nats traded for Denard Span and the Phils traded for Ben Revere, both from the Twins. Which has everybody wondering where Bourn will now land. Here’s one theory — if…

  13. Mets and Blue Jays agree “in principle” on seven-player trade involving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:08 PM EST

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    We’re finally nearing the finish line, folks. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets and Blue Jays have agreed “in principle” on a seven-player trade that will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a (non-elite) prospect to Toronto in exchange for catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck…

  14. Pirates GM Neal Huntington defends SEALs training

    Dec 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EST

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    The Pirates have taken guff from various corners of the baseball universe — and from some of their own players — for requiring exhausting Navy SEALs-style training methods at the minor league level. And now they’re also getting criticism from fans. Bob Cohn, a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, describes the scene from Saturday…

  15. Andruw Jones finalizes one-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:36 AM EST

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that free agent outfielder Andruw Jones has finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. The deal was agreed to over a week ago but is just now being officially announced by the Japanese team. Jones batted .197/.294/.408 with 14 home runs…

  16. Tigers unlikely to be talked into signing Rafael Soriano

    Dec 16, 2012, 10:12 AM EST

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    Scott Boras has been trying to set up the Tigers and reliever Rafael Soriano since the Winter Meetings began. And perhaps even before. But it does not sound like the Detroit decision-makers are enticed. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports heard from sources inside the Tigers front office on Saturday that owner Mike Ilitch “won’t be…

  17. Angels hire Josh Hamilton’s accountability partner

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:45 AM EST

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    Angels owner Arte Moreno told reporters soon after Josh Hamilton‘s introductory press conference on Saturday at Downtown Disney that there was “no special language” in the outfielder’s five-year, $125 million contract laying out consequences for a potential drug or alcohol relapse. But that doesn’t mean Anaheim’s higher-ups aren’t taking measures to ensure that Hamilton remains on…

  18. Reds fifth-rounder Mason Felt involved in fatal crash

    Dec 15, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

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    Tragic news today out of southwestern Texas. According to Jennifer Rios of the San Angelo Standard-Times, the father of Reds pitching prospect Mason Felt was killed Saturday morning when a truck that the 18-year-old left-hander was driving hit a median on Interstate 10 and flipped. Richard Lee Felt, 51, was not wearing his seat belt…

  19. Yankees considering trade for Angels’ Vernon Wells?

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:59 PM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal provides the scoop: The Yankees, sources say, are among the possibilities for [Vernon] Wells — the teams discussed him at the winter meetings, and Wells could fill the Yankees’ need for a right-handed hitting outfielder. Wells has batted just .222 with a .667 OPS over the past two seasons and is owed…

  20. Breaking down Josh Hamilton’s five-year, $125M contract

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:24 PM EST

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    Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has the full season-to-season financial breakdown of Josh Hamilton‘s new five-year, $125 million agreement with the Angels: 2013: $15 million 2014: $15 million 2015: $23 million 2016: $30 million 2017: $30 million The deal also includes a $10 million signing bonus, access to a luxury suite and a full no-trade clause.…

  21. Angels have discussed trade for Tigers starter Rick Porcello

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:57 PM EST

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    The Angels beefed up their offense in a big way this week, signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. Now they’re looking to further address their starting rotation needs. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Anaheim’s decision-makers have “been in contact” with the Tigers about a potential trade for right-handed starter…

  22. Dodgers designate Scott Van Slyke for assignment

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:06 PM EST

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    The Dodgers have designated Scott Van Slyke for assignment, according to the club’s official Twitter feed, to clear room on the major league roster for newly-acquired utilityman Skip Schumaker. Van Slyke batted just .167/.196/.315 in 57 plate appearances this summer for Los Angeles, but he also hit .327/.404/.578 with 18 homers and 67 RBI in…

  23. Davey Johnson says there are “positive signs” Adam LaRoche will re-sign before Christmas

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:51 PM EST

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    The Nationals were expressing confidence during the Winter Meetings that they would be able to strike a contract with free agent slugger Adam LaRoche. Over a week later no deal has been struck, but the Nats still feel pretty good about the whole thing. According to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, manager Davey…

  24. Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

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    The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher. If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that…

  25. Rangers re-sign Brandon Snyder to minor league deal

    Dec 12, 2012, 6:25 PM EST

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    From beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that the Rangers have re-signed utilityman Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Snyder was non-tendered by the Rangers in late November, but it didn’t take long for the two sides to work out an agreement that will keep…

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