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  1. Nationals and Adam LaRoche not close to resolution

    Dec 21, 2012, 10:10 AM EDT

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    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said previously that he’d like a decision from free agent Adam LaRoche before Christmas, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com writes that the two sides haven’t made any real progress in weeks. According to Zuckerman “there’s little reason to believe a resolution is near” because LaRoche continues to want a three-year…

  2. Hip problem causing Red Sox’s delay signing Mike Napoli

    Dec 21, 2012, 9:15 AM EDT

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    It’s now been three weeks since Mike Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox and no official announcement has been made, leading to lots of speculation about what might be causing the holdup. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Napoli “has a problem with one of his hips” which also…

  3. Casey McGehee signing with Japanese team

    Dec 21, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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    Casey McGehee‘s rapid decline has led to the 30-year-old heading to Japan. Sankei in Japan reports that McGehee has agreed to a one-year, $1.3 million deal with the Rakuten Golden Eagles, which is the same team that signed Andruw Jones earlier this week. As recently as 2010 he hit .285 with 23 homers and 104…

  4. Mets considering Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano as potential R.A. Dickey replacements

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

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    The Mets jumped at the chance to trade R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays earlier this week in exchange for catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, prospect right-hander Noah Syndergaard and prospect outfielder Wuilmer Becerra. While it’s a tall order, they now need to find a way to replace the 2012 NL Cy Young Award…

  5. Orioles and Mariners have discussed trade for Tigers’ Rick Porcello

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The Tigers lost one potential suitor for Rick Porcello after the Angels acquired left-hander Jason Vargas from the Mariners yesterday, but the young right-hander is still drawing plenty of interest around the majors. FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Mariners and Orioles are among the teams who have talked to the Tigers about…

  6. Report: Mets “very interested” in Grady Sizemore

    Dec 20, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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    With Lucas Duda, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Mike Baxter and the newly-acquired Collin Cowgill as the top internal options on their 40-man roster, the Mets don’t have a legitimate everyday outfielder at this point. Now they are looking at someone who hasn’t played in the majors since September 22, 2011. SNY’s Kevin Burkhardt hears that the Mets…

  7. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers agree to one-year, $7.5 million contract

    Dec 20, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that Pierzynski’s one-year deal is worth $7.5 million. 5:31 PM: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com says it’s a done deal, with the physical exam slated for tomorrow. ========== A.J. Pierzynski has regularly been linked to the Rangers for the past couple weeks and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports…

  8. Twins interested in being home to Rich Harden’s comeback

    Dec 20, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    A few weeks ago Rich Harden announced that he was attempting a comeback after not playing in 2012 and now we know at least one team is interested in the oft-injured right-hander. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins “have been in contact” with Harden’s agent and adds that…

  9. Edwin Jackson went from $11 million last offseason to $52 million this offseason

    Dec 20, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Last offseason Edwin Jackson was a 28-year-old free agent coming off a season in which he threw 200 innings with a 3.79 ERA and 148/62 K/BB ratio. He wanted a long-term contract, but ended up settling for a one-year, $11 million deal from the Nationals. This offseason Edwin Jackson is a 29-year-old free agent coming…

  10. Rangers re-sign Yoshinori Tateyama to minor league deal

    Dec 20, 2012, 4:03 PM EDT

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    Yoshinori Tateyama became a free agent in late October when Texas declined his $1.2 million option for 2013, but the 36-year-old reliever is returning to the Rangers on a minor-league contract. Tateyama pitched well as rookie in 2011 after coming over from Japan, throwing 44 innings with a 4.50 ERA and 43/11 K/BB ratio, but…

  11. Cubs sign Edwin Jackson to four-year, $52 million deal

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that it’s a done deal at four years and $52 million, with an official announcement coming once Jackson passes a physical exam. ========== Late last night the Cubs were said to be the “frontrunner” for Edwin Jackson and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are…

  12. Adam Greenberg will try to get back to the majors with the Orioles

    Dec 20, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Miami Marlins outfielder Adam Greenberg reacts as he walks in the dugout after striking out on a pitch by New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey as the Marlins met the New York Mets in their MLB National League baseball game in Miami

    Adam Greenberg, who was called up for a one-game return to the majors by the Marlins in September after his official MLB debut saw him get hit in the head by a pitch in 2005, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Orioles. Greenberg has spent most of the past five years playing independent…

  13. Marlins sign Placido Polanco to one-year contract

    Dec 20, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s now official. ========== Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins are close to signing Placido Polanco to a one-year, $2.75 million deal, which I suppose beats the other two old, not-very-good third basemen they were linked to yesterday: Miguel Tejada and Brandon Inge. Polanco is 37 years old and has…

  14. Bobby Crosby is making a comeback

    Dec 20, 2012, 1:42 PM EDT

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    Bobby Crosby, the former Rookie of the Year-winning shortstop who hasn’t played since 2010, is attempting a comeback. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Crosby will hold a workout for teams in mid-January, right around his 33rd birthday. Once upon a time Crosby was a good-fielding, power-hitting shortstop for the A’s, but injuries and inconsistent…

  15. Must-click link: American League East soccer jerseys

    Dec 20, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Mark Willis is a website designer/artist who also writes about soccer and he put those talents to work creating hypothetical soccer jerseys (or kits, if you want to act like you’re a soccer fan or something) for all the American League East teams. Here’s a sample of the back of Wilson Betemit‘s Orioles jersey: They’re…

  16. Diamondbacks add Steve Sax, Turner Ward to coaching staff

    Dec 20, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

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    Arizona announced a pair of coaching hires, adding Turner Ward as assistant hitting coach and Steve Sax as first base coach. Don Baylor is the Diamondbacks’ primary hitting coach, but they’re joining the rapidly expanding list of teams with two people devoted to the job. Ward previously managed at Double-A in Arizona’s farm system. Sax…

  17. Brewers sign Tom Gorzelanny for two years, $6 million

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

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    Tom Gorzelanny has signed a two-year, $6 million deal with the Brewers pending a physical exam, according to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Gorzelanny, who was non-tendered by the Nationals three weeks ago, isn’t expected in town to take the physical exam until tomorrow, so Haudricourt reports that the deal may not be…

  18. Kendrys Morales says he’s ready to play first base in Seattle

    Dec 20, 2012, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales played just 28 of his 134 games at first base this year, seeing the bulk of his action at designated hitter after missing most of 2010 and all of 2011 with a broken ankle. However, after being traded to the Mariners yesterday Morales said he’s “confident knowing that I’m 100 percent ready to…

  19. Carlos Villanueva’s deal with Cubs worth $10 million over two years

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Carlos Villanueva agreeing to sign with the Cubs was first reported last night and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the details: $10 million for two years. Chicago is also said to be on the verge of signing Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, which means the Cubs will have added Jackson, Villanueva,…

  20. Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario kicked off winter ball team

    Dec 20, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Dodgers reliever Ronald Belisario, who was suspended for the entire 2011 season following a positive cocaine test, has been kicked off his winter ball team in Venezuela. Belisario has been removed from the roster due to undisclosed disciplinary reasons and will not play for the remainder of the winter ball season, according to Steve Dilbeck…

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