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  1. Padres could be a fit for Dan Haren this winter

    Nov 4, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Dan Haren had a frustrating 2012, posting a pedestrian 4.33 ERA across 176 2/3 innings while fighting a lingering lower back issue. Haren should still find plenty of interest on the open market this offseason, but if he would rather do a one-year “prove-it” style of deal to reestablish his value, there’s…

  2. Dodgers might want a reunion with Hiroki Kuroda

    Nov 4, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees are expected to attempt to re-sign starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda this offseason and should have ample funds to get the contract done. But they’re going to have some competition. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe writes in this week’s Sunday notes column that Kuroda “may be the most sought-after pitcher in terms of…

  3. Twins considering trade for Rays righty James Shields?

    Nov 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

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    The Twins had one of the worst pitching staffs in the majors this season, finishing with a combined 4.77 ERA that ranked 28th out of baseball’s 30 teams. It was a given that they’d try to do some patchwork this winter, but could a big splash be on the way? According to Nick Cafardo of…

  4. Cody Ross and Red Sox are not close to deal

    Nov 4, 2012, 10:57 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox have been trying to work out a contract extension with Cody Ross since July. But it’s now November, and it suddenly sounds like the free agent corner outfielder will not be brought back for 2013. “It hasn’t been really what I would say close,” Ross told Rob Bradford of Boston’s WEEI.com about…

  5. Red Sox have standing job offer for Pedro Martinez

    Nov 4, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Pedro Martinez is enjoying life after (and away from) baseball. And he can return to the game in a flash if he wants. Via MLB.com’s Evan Drellich: “We’ve had discussions,” general manager Ben Cherington said Saturday. “He knows there is a role waiting for him when the time is right for him.” It would probably…

  6. Billy Hamilton steals second and third in Rising Stars Game

    Nov 4, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

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    The video is unfortunately not embeddable, but you’ll want to follow this link to see Reds prospect Billy Hamilton steal the show — pun intended — at last night’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game. The 22-year-old gets a nice jump and snags second base rather routinely, then darts over to third after the next pitch…

  7. Mariners re-sign Oliver Perez to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:26 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have re-signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a one-year major league deal for the 2013 season. Financial terms of the agreement aren’t yet available. Perez reinvented himself as reliever this past season on a non-guaranteed minor league deal with the M’s, posting a 2.12 ERA across 29 2/3…

  8. Miguel Tejada to play in Dominican Winter League

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:58 PM EDT

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    Veteran infielder Miguel Tejada was released from Triple-A Norfolk (the Orioles’ International League affiliate) in late June and failed to latch on with another organization. But he is keeping active. According to Venezuelan baseball reporter Manolo Hernandez, the 38-year-old Tejada will being playing with Aguilas Cibaenas of the Dominican Winter League on Sunday. He’s presumably hoping to…

  9. Brandon McCarthy finding “immediate interest” in free agency

    Nov 3, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Free agent starter Brandon McCarthy has made it known that he would like to return to the Athletics. But he is going to have some options. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that McCarthy has drawn “immediate interest” from multiple teams since officially becoming a free agent early Saturday morning. Slusser names the…

  10. Mike Gonzalez drawing interest from 10 clubs

    Nov 3, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Free agency is a breeze for a good lefty reliever. According to beat writer James Wagner of the Washington Post, free agent left-hander Mike Gonzalez said in a phone interview on Saturday morning that he’s already drawn interest from 10 different teams this offseason. Nationals included. “They’ve had a couple conversations,” Gonzalez said of the…

  11. Previewing Saturday’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League

    Nov 3, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

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    Bored without some baseball games in your life? Well, I have good news for you. Some of the game’s top prospects will be featured in tonight’s Rising Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League, which will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 8 p.m. ET. The annual Rising Stars Game has proven…

  12. Athletics re-sign Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 4:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE II: Slusser also hears that despite re-signing Colon, the A’s still have interest in bringing back Brandon McCarthy. UPDATE: Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Colon will receive a $3 million base salary and could earn more with incentives. 4:37 PM: Well, here’s a surprise. According to Jane Lee of MLB.com,…

  13. Marlins sign Kevin Kouzmanoff to minor league contract

    Nov 3, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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    According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins have signed Kevin Kouzmanoff to a minor league contract. He’ll get an invite to big league camp in spring training. If you haven’t heard Kouzmanoff’s name much recently, there’s a reason for that. The 31-year-old played exclusively in the minor leagues this season…

  14. It’s official: Mariano Rivera is coming back next year

    Nov 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera is coming back for another season. We heard last week that Rivera was “having second thoughts” about returning, but George A. King III of the New York Post reports that the all-time saves leader got in touch with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman yesterday to let him know that he plans to pitch…

  15. Dominican police make arrests in killing of Pascual Perez

    Nov 3, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, police in the Dominican Republic said today that they have arrested three men suspected in the killing of former major league pitcher Pascual Perez during a home robbery on Thursday. Two other suspects are still at large. One of the men who was arrested actually knew Perez and confessed that…

  16. Indians acquire Mike Aviles from Blue Jays

    Nov 3, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Two weeks after being traded to the Blue Jays in the deal that sent manager John Farrell to the Red Sox, Mike Aviles is on the move again. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays have shipped Aviles and utility man Yan Gomes to the Indians in exchange for right-hander Esmil Rogers. Aviles,…

  17. Brett Myers is open to being a starter or a reliever

    Nov 3, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

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    The White Sox declined Brett Myers‘ $10 million club option for 2013 earlier this week, instead paying him a $3 million buyout. Now that he’s a free agent, Myers tells Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that he’s willing to market himself as both a starting pitcher and a reliever this winter. “I’ve got the mentality, I…

  18. Dan Haren said yesterday was “one of the most anxious days” of his life

    Nov 3, 2012, 11:55 AM EDT

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    If you thought the drama involving Dan Haren yesterday was crazy from an outsider’s perspective, just imagine being the guy in the middle of it all. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com caught up with Haren late last night after the proposed deal with the Cubs fell through and the Angels bought out his $15.5 million option…

  19. John Mabry likely to replace Mark McGwire as hitting coach with Cardinals

    Nov 3, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

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    With Mark McGwire set to accept the hitting coach job with the Dodgers, the Cardinals are expected to look in-house for a replacement. While the Cardinals offered no comment on coaching matters yesterday, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the club may name John Mabry as their new hitting coach as soon…

  20. Free agency is officially underway

    Nov 3, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

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    As of 12:01 a.m. ET this morning, MLB free agency was officially open for business. Free agents are now free to negotiate and sign with any team. Zack Greinke and Josh Hamilton headline this year’s crop, which isn’t nearly as impressive as ones we have seen in the past. Still, many believe that we could…

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