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  1. 37-year-old Orlando Cabrera says he’s retiring

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

    Orlando Cabrera

    ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas tweets that Orlando Cabrera told a Colombian radio station that he’s opting for retirement. Cabrera, 37, likely wasn’t offered more than minor league deals after hitting just .238/.267/.307 in 450 at-bats with the Indians and Giants last season. He hadn’t been a real asset as a regular since his last season…

  2. Jamie Moyer agrees to minor league deal with Rockies

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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    The veteran left-hander has found a new home. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Jamie Moyer agreed to a minor league contract on Wednesday evening with the Colorado Rockies. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Moyer will presumably get a shot at landing a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. He’s 49…

  3. Mariners sign Oliver Perez to minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Yes, that Oliver Perez. The 30-year-old former Met had a decent showing last year for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, posting a 3.09 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio across…

  4. We’re expecting a lot from Yu

    Jan 18, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    yu darvish in nippon uniform

    Yeah, I went with the cute headline. Sue me. In signing Yu Darvish to a six-year, $60 million contract, the Rangers committed $111.7 million to the 25-year-old hurler. Whether he’ll stay healthy and justify the expense is anyone’s guess, but given his track record, it was a price worth paying. My guess is that Darvish…

  5. Rangers sign Yu Darvish to six-year, $60 million deal, bringing total investment to $112 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    With the 30-day negotiating window set to expire this afternoon Yu Darvish and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract that will bring the Japanese phenom to Texas, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that the deal is worth $60 million with an additional $10 million in potential incentives. Last month the Rangers…

  6. Report: Rangers and Yu Darvish agree to deal

    Jan 18, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Nothing official yet and no word on the terms, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rangers and Darvish have agreed to a deal. ========== With less than two hours to go until the Rangers’ deadline to sign Yu Darvish arrives, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an “agreement looks imminent.” According…

  7. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion declared a free agent

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rojas reports that Concepcion has now officially been declared a free agent, with the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, Cubs, and White Sox showing the most interest. ========== Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion has established residency in Mexico and the 18-year-old left-hander is close to being declared a free agent by MLB, according to agent Jaime Torres.…

  8. Braves expect Tommy Hanson to be “ready to go” after shoulder problems

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

    Tommy Hanson

    Tommy Hanson missed the final two months of last season with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, suffering multiple setbacks along the way as he unsuccessfully tried to return to the Braves’ rotation. That makes him a big question mark for 2012, but general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the…

  9. ESPN announces the Sunday Night Baseball schedule

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    It’s that time of year: the time when (a) ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball schedule, filled with the Yankees, the Red Sox and other big market teams; and (b) people complain about ESPN’s big market and/or east coast bias. And yes, in an ideal world everyone should get a turn in the spotlight and…

  10. Agent says Cole Hamels won’t sign for Jered Weaver money

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels delivers a pitch to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Cole Hamels and the Phillies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $15 million one-year deal yesterday and afterward his agent made it clear that the 28-year-old left-hander won’t be signing a Jered Weaver-like extension with free agency waiting next offseason. That doesn’t mean Hamels won’t bypass free agency to stay in Philadelphia long term, but…

  11. Clayton Kershaw: a little different than Tim Tebow

    Jan 18, 2012, 11:02 AM EDT

    82nd MLB All-Star Game - Batting Practice

    The other day I wrote that there are a lot of devoutly religious young ballplayers but we just don’t hear that much about them like we do Tim Tebow, in part because of the differences between the baseball news cycle and the football news cycle. I still think that’s true, but over at the Los…

  12. “Imperfect game” pitcher Armando Galarraga signs minor-league deal with Orioles

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Joyce Galarraga shaking hands

    Armando Galarraga hasn’t had much success since he and umpire Jim Joyce made headlines for his “imperfect game” on June 2, 2010 and the 30-year-old right-hander has had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Galarraga will get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll…

  13. Cubs, Red Sox punt; ask Bud Selig to solve the Theo compensation issue

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    It occurs to me on occasion that someone stumbling onto a headline like that will not comprehend it at all unless they already know everything about the issue it refers to, in which case the post is kind of pointless to begin with. Sorry. Feeling existential this morning. Anyway, the headline does kind of say…

  14. Yoenis Cespedes says the Cubs have had “the most interest”

    Jan 18, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last week Yoenis Cespedes named six teams that have shown heavy interest in signing him and yesterday the Cuban outfielder revealed that the Cubs have had “the most interest in me.” Cespedes told the Associated Press that he’s “had dinner a couple of times” with Cubs officials and “they have shown more interest than others.”…

  15. The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    Today is the deadline for the Rangers to reach a deal with Yu Darvish. The sides have until 5pm Eastern.  These things tend to go to the wire, and all along it is has been expected that a deal would be done.  This is fun though. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: The word this morning is…

  16. Ryan Braun will accept his MVP Award in person, thank you very much

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    braun tall getty

    Ryan Braun won the MVP. This not long after he broke the testosterone-o-meter in a random drug test. This led to a whole lot of writers loudly proclaiming his award illegitimate and/or demanding that it be stripped from him and given to Matt Kemp (or something; they haven’t thought ahead that far).  He now faces…

  17. Jimmy Rollins goes to Uganda; finds a knuckleballer

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    Great story at ESPN.com about Jimmy Rollins’ recent trip to Uganda, where he met and worked with young baseball players who were supposed to play in last years’ Little League World Series but were unable to come up with the funds to travel here. With Rollins’ help they will now get to play a series…

  18. Vlad Guerrero, Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees peddling DH services

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    The free agent DH market is rough, kids. If you’re old, used to hit well and can’t field anymore the pickings are slim for you. So slim that you’re  calling teams rather than them calling you. To wit: Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports that Vlad Guerrero and Raul Ibanez have called the Yankees inquiring about…

  19. Report: Astros, Jack Cust agree to one-year deal with club option

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Jack Cust

    UPDATE: Put the pitchforks and torches down, Astros fans. Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle reports that Cust will get a one-year deal with a club option for 2013. While this is a little better than what we heard a few moments ago, most expected he wouldn’t get anything more than a spring training invite.…

  20. Padres and Carlos Quentin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.25 million contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:30 PM EDT

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    Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said earlier this month that he acquired Carlos Quentin from the White Sox with the idea of eventually signing him to a contract extension. Those talks have apparently been tabled for now, as Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the two sides have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year,…

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