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  1. Report: Orioles, Mets chasing Bartolo Colon

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says the market for Bartolo Colon‘s services is heating up, with the Orioles, Mets and others involved. WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported earlier in the day that the Mets met with Colon’s agent. Seattle and Atlanta would also seem to be possibilities for the 40-year-old right-hander, who did not receive a qualifying…

  2. Indians sign former first-rounder David Cooper to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:01 PM EST

    David Cooper, Prince Fielder

    After having his career derailed by back problems, first baseman David Cooper is on the way back with Cleveland, signing a one-year, major league deal on Monday. Cooper, Toronto’s first-round pick in 2008, was last seen hitting .300/.324/.464 in 140 at-bats with the Blue Jays in 2012. He hurt his back that August diving back…

  3. Report: Phillies dangling All-Star Domonic Brown

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:28 PM EST

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    The Phillies’ Domonic Brown had a breakthrough season at age 25, finishing tied for fourth in the NL with 27 homers and appearing in the All-Star Game. That would seem to make him a centerpiece player, right? Sources: Phillies actively shopping OF Domonic Brown. Looking for controllable starting pitching in return. Idea is to sell…

  4. Jeff Francoeur’s eyes are in the best shape of his life

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:53 PM EST

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    According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, free agent Jeff Francouer recently had LASIK surgery and has decided to go to a lighter bat in an attempt to salvage his career. The soon-to-be 30-year-old Francoeur finished last season out of the league after being let go by the Giants in late August. On the heels of a…

  5. Next stop Cooperstown for Roy Halladay

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:58 AM EST

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    Roy Halladay‘s shoulder let him down in the end, but not until after one of the best 10-year runs in memory. From 2002-2011, Halladay went 170-75 with a 2.97 ERA and 1,699 strikeouts in 2,194 2/3 innings. He went to eight All-Star Games, won two Cy Young Awards and finished second twice more. During that…

  6. Rangers sign catcher J.P. Arencibia for $1.8 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:36 PM EST

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    The Rangers nearly traded for J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered by the Blue Jays. Now they have him anyway, signing him to a one-year deal, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. It’s worth $1.8 million and includes $300,000 in incentives, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Arencibia, who turns 28 next month,…

  7. Robinson Cano signing only bad if the Mariners stop now

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:14 PM EST

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    No, there’s very little chance that Robinson Cano will resemble a $24 million player in 2023. But at least he’s better than that now. In a world in which Jacoby Ellsbury is worth $22 million annually and middle-rotation starters get $10 million-$13 million per year, it’s hardly unreasonable to value Cano as a $30 million…

  8. Astros sign Scott Feldman to $30 million deal

    Dec 6, 2013, 11:48 AM EST

    Scott Feldman

    After going 12-12 with a 3.86 ERA for the Cubs and Orioles last season, Scott Feldman has landed a fat three-year, $30 million contract from the Astros, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Feldman had similar peripherals in 2012 with the Rangers, but since it resulted in a 5.09 ERA, his best offer was a one-year,…

  9. Yankees’ Jacoby Ellsbury signing to pay big dividends… for now

    Dec 3, 2013, 9:24 PM EST

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    The Yankees are betting big that Jacoby Ellsbury will age well in his thirties. They’re betting big that he’s not injury-prone and that his two season-ruining injuries were flukes. They’re betting big that his power will come back with Yankee Stadium’s short porch in right serving as such a tempting target. They’re betting big that…

  10. UPDATE: Giants prospects injured in van crash released from hospital

    Dec 3, 2013, 3:52 PM EST

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    It appears that everything turned out OK for the Giants prospects injured in Tuesday’s crash. According to Andrew Baggarly, all five players hospitalized have already been released. They were: LHP Bryce Bandilla, LHP Adalberto Mejia, RHP Daniel Slania, RHP Jeff Soptic and INF Kebly Tomlinson. /// The names aren’t yet known, but a van carrying…

  11. A.J. Pierzynski approaching rare territory for catchers

    Dec 3, 2013, 11:15 AM EST

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Despite his remarkable consistency and durability, A.J. Pierzynski was unable to secure a multiyear deal again this winter. After spending 2013 with the Rangers, he’s joining the Red Sox on another one-year pact. Working against Pierzynski is his age and throwing arm. Pierzynski turns 37 later this month, and he’s never been great at gunning…

  12. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

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    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  13. Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday. Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA…

  14. A dozen dismissed: the best players left off the Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 26, 2013, 5:58 PM EST

    Keith Foulke

    While the BBWAA screening committee was keeping up with the Joneses — Jacque and Todd, to be precised — it left a bunch of superior players off Tuesday’s Hall of Fame ballot reveal. In the grand scheme of things, it hardly matters who makes the ballot to be cast off after one year and who…

  15. How to handle this overstuffed Hall of Fame ballot

    Nov 26, 2013, 3:00 PM EST

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    We have a problem here, one that’s going to keep getting worse in future years. The Hall of Fame electorate is permitted to vote for only 10 players per year, but this ballot contains more than 10 Hall of Famers: Jeff Bagwell Craig Biggio Barry Bonds Roger Clemens Tom Glavine Greg Maddux Mark McGwire Mike…

  16. Rays bring back Jose Molina for two years, $4.5 million

    Nov 24, 2013, 4:08 PM EST

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    Jose Molina‘s ability to frame pitches will keep him in the league for at least another couple of years. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, he and the Rays have come to terms on a two-year, $4.5 million contract. The 38-year-old Molina doesn’t bring much else to the table at this point. He hit .228/.288/.318…

  17. Brad Ziegler isn’t thrilled with Jhonny Peralta’s $50 million payday

    Nov 24, 2013, 4:00 PM EST

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    Diamondbacks closer Brad Ziegler, one of the best follows among MLB players on twitter, had a little something to say about the Cardinals’ decision to give Jhonny Peralta a four-year, $52 million contract. It pays to cheat…Thanks, owners, for encouraging PED use “@JimBowdenESPNxm: Peralta – Cards agree to 4-year deal: http://t.co/rkpdAO3QaL” — Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler)…

  18. Cardinals put faith in defensive numbers in signing Jhonny Peralta

    Nov 24, 2013, 12:35 PM EST

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    Jhonny Peralta should be a terrible defensive shortstop. Defensive ability peaks significantly younger than offensive ability, and Peralta wasn’t really any good defensively in what should have been his prime. As a 24-year-old in 2006, he was the game’s second worst shortstop by UZR. In 2007, he was the fifth worst. By 2008, Peralta graded…

  19. Report: Cardinals set to sign Jhonny Peralta for short

    Nov 23, 2013, 11:15 PM EST

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    11:15 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi says it’s expected to be a four-year pact between the Cardinals and Peralta. /// A source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Cardinals and shortstop Jhonny Peralta are “closing in” on a deal. The word Friday from MLB.com’s Peter Gammons was that Peralta already had a four-year, $52…

  20. Report: Angels sign Joe Smith to three-year, $15.75 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

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    The setup market is all set up: Joe Smith and the Angels have come to terms on a three-year contract, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports that it’s worth $15.75 million. Obviously, it’s a big price for a pretty anonymous guy, but Smith has a 2.97 ERA since entering the…

  21. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  22. Brian McCann joins Yankees with best days likely behind him

    Nov 23, 2013, 8:24 PM EST

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    Turning 30 in February, Brian McCann is pretty young as far as free agents go, even though he decided to forgo his first two years of eligibility as part of a long-term deal with the Braves. He clearly has several more years as a regular catcher in his future, and he was worthy of being…

  23. Tigers win big in shedding Prince Fielder’s contract

    Nov 20, 2013, 9:01 PM EST

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    Give lots of credit to Dave Dombrowski; the potential nightmare back half of Prince Fielder‘s nine-year, $214 million contract is no more. Instead, Fielder and the $168 million he’s still owed is gone after two mildly disappointing seasons in Detroit, with Ian Kinsler‘s more palatable deal coming back. The Tigers sent along $30 million in…

  24. Andrew McCutchen claims NL MVP award in landslide

    Nov 14, 2013, 6:53 PM EST

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    The Pirates have their first NL MVP since 1992 after Andrew McCutchen received 28 of the 30 first-place votes on Thursday to easily top Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt for the award. Goldschmidt finished second with 242 points to McCutchen’s 409. He was second on 15 of the 30 ballots. Yadier Molina finished third with 219 points.…

  25. Max Scherzer wins AL Cy Young Award

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:32 PM EST

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    Max Scherzer became the second Tiger in three years to claim the AL Cy Young Award on Wednesday, picking up 28 of the 30 first-place votes to easily outdistance the Rangers’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. Darvish was second on 19 ballots to finish as the runner up to Scherzer. Iwakuma was third, getting…

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