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  1. Roy Oswalt turned down the “very interested” Tigers

    Jan 23, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com–who was a longtime beat writer in Detroit–reports that the Tigers “were very interested” in Roy Oswalt, but “he didn’t want to go to Detroit.” There’s been plenty of speculation that the Red Sox dumped Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies in order to clear the payroll space…

  2. Two examples of Jorge Posada being underrated

    Jan 23, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Amid news that Jorge Posada is planning to retire I’ve written a couple times recently that he’s underrated, in part because catchers in general tend to be undervalued and in part because Posada specifically has been in the shadow of various other Yankees stars. Some readers scoffed at the notion of Posada being underrated, but…

  3. Mike Piazza wants a Mets hat on his Hall of Fame plaque, but what about the Dodgers?

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Mike Piazza will make his first appearance on the Hall of Fame ballot next year and the 12-time All-Star catcher wants to wear a Mets hat on his plaque. Piazza was interviewed yesterday while at Madison Square Garden in New York for the Knicks-Nuggets game and replied “it’s gotta be the Mets, no question” when…

  4. Agent says David Eckstein is not officially retired

    Jan 23, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported yesterday that David Eckstein “has decided to retire, even though there were teams willing to bring him into camp.” That quickly made the rounds, with several other prominent reporters congratulating him on retirement, but Eckstein’s agent says the 37-year-old infielder hasn’t actually retired. Not yet, at least. “If…

  5. Why did the Red Sox dump Marco Scutaro and his salary?

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    I’m among the people confused by Boston’s move to dump Marco Scutaro and his $6 million salary on the Rockies for a marginal minor leaguer in Clayton Mortensen, in part because Scutaro was hardly overpaid and in part because the Red Sox’s in-house options to replace him at shortstop are so underwhelming. It still doesn’t…

  6. Reds payroll likely to be down slightly from last season

    Jan 23, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After signing Ryan Ludwick last week the Reds more or less have their roster set, with John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer speculating that the one last move they might make is adding a veteran utility man like Ryan Theriot. Fay crunched the numbers to find that Cincinnati’s current payroll will be around $76 million…

  7. “No deal in place” between Nationals and Prince Fielder

    Jan 23, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Late last night there was an unsubstantiated rumor going around Twitter that Prince Fielder had agreed to a deal with the Nationals, but both Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Jim Bowden of ESPN.com have shot that down. According to Bowden the two sides “continue to work on a deal” but there’s no…

  8. Mariners sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

    Jan 22, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

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    The Mariners have added a touch of gray to their otherwise-under-30 starting rotation depth chart. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Seattle agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday evening with veteran righty Kevin Millwood. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Millwood will get a legitimate chance at claiming a spot as the…

  9. Angels among teams with interest in reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 22, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com beat writer Alden Gonzalez comes word that the Angels are “one of four clubs” showing interest in free agent reliever Luis Ayala. All four are offering major league contracts. Ayala posted a cool 2.09 ERA in 56 innings last season for the Yankees after signing a minor league deal in February and earning…

  10. Jorge Posada to formally announce retirement this week

    Jan 22, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    From the New York Daily News‘ Andy Martino: Jorge Posada is expected to hold a news conference at Yankee Stadium early this week, likely Tuesday, to formally announce his retirement, according to a person familiar with the plans. The news comes as no surprise. Posada headed into this offseason with the intention of continuing his career,…

  11. Justin Morneau hasn’t felt concussion symptoms since Dec.

    Jan 22, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Finally, some promising news on Justin Morneau. According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the 30-year-old first baseman has been participating in strenuous workouts for over a month at a training facility in Phoenix and has not experienced a concussion-related symptom yet. There’s still some concern that Morneau’s head issues will resurface when spring training opens and…

  12. MLB execs think Dodgers will be “in play” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 22, 2012, 12:51 PM EDT

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    This is more speculation than rumor, but it’s worth passing along anyway given the subject matter. Joel Sherman of the New York Post says a “surprising number” of team executives have told him that they think the Dodgers will “ulimtately be in play” for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. That might seem impossible given the…

  13. UPDATE: David Eckstein, 37, considering retirement

    Jan 22, 2012, 11:27 AM EDT

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    It’s a sad day for scrappiness. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, veteran infielder David Eckstein has decided to retire from baseball “even though there were teams willing to bring him to camp” on a minor league contract. Eckstein, 37, will finish up with a .280/.345/.355 career batting line. The 5-foot-6 shortstop and…

  14. Ryan Braun accepts MVP award at BBWAA banquet

    Jan 22, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun accepted his National League Most Valuable Player award on Saturday night at the Baseball Writers Association of America awards banquet in New York City. It was his first public appearance since the news broke last month that he tested positive for “insanely high” levels of synthetic testosterone just before the start…

  15. Julio Lugo agrees to minor league deal with Indians

    Jan 22, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

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    From Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press comes word that the Indians have signed veteran infielder Julio Lugo to a minor league contract. The deal includes an invitation to major league spring training, but Lugo seems like a longshot to crack the Indians’ Opening Day roster. He registered a brutal .136/.208/.136 slash line in 48 plate…

  16. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Daniel Bard at $1.6125M

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox avoided salary arbitration on Saturday night with right-hander Daniel Bard by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $1.6125 million. This according to MLB.com beat writer Ian Browne. Bard requested $1.825 million and was offered $1.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged on Tuesday. It took less than a week for his agent…

  17. Red Sox expected to make “aggressive bid” for Roy Oswalt

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:56 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox traded infielder Marco Scutaro to the Rockies on Saturday afternoon in order to free themselves of his $6 million salary commitment for 2012. And they are expected to now channel that freed up cash into the acquisition of a new starter. A source told ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick that the Boston front office…

  18. Mets “making a run at signing” free agent Cody Ross

    Jan 21, 2012, 7:28 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Mets “have an interest” in free agent outfielder Cody Ross and “are making a run at signing him.” Ross went into this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has scaled back those expectations in recent weeks and might be resigned to accepting a one-year…

  19. Rockies acquire Marco Scutaro from Red Sox for Clayton Mortensen

    Jan 21, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the deal is done. The Red Sox are sending Marco Scutaro to the Rockies for right-hander Clayton Mortensen. Colorado will be responsible for Scutaro’s entire $6 million salary this season. Mortensen, a 2007 supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals, posted a…

  20. Josh Johnson to begin throwing off a mound next week

    Jan 21, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    The Marlins have made some splashy additions this winter with Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, but they likely won’t be contenders if they don’t get bounceback seasons from two their big two stars, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. Ramirez told the Associated Press earlier this month that his surgically-repaired shoulder is 95-percent healed…

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