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  1. Brian Wilson isn’t happy with the Giants

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Giants Wilson Baseball

    Brian Wilson was the most noteworthy name among those who were non-tendered last night. There’s still a chance he could return to the Giants at a discounted rate, but Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that his tenure in San Francisco is almost certainly over. The Giants technically can negotiate a lower-priced, incentive-rich…

  2. Davey Johnson really wants the Nationals to re-sign Adam LaRoche

    Dec 1, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

    Adam LaRoche Getty

    The Nationals have the option of moving Michael Morse over to first base following the acquisition of Denard Span this week, but manager Davey Johnson really wants the club to re-sign Adam LaRoche. Per Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, Johnson hosted a charity event last night to benefit Lighthouse Central Florida, a non-profit organization…

  3. Must-click link: Anatomy of a blockbuster

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun has penned an excellent piece detailing how the recent 12-player blockbuster trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins went down. It’s rare that we get a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the inner workings of a trade, but Elliott has it from both sides and presents it in an entertaining and…

  4. The Diamondbacks are interested in Aubrey Huff

    Dec 1, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Aubrey Huff

    Jack Magruder of FOXSports.com hears that the Diamondbacks have “made contact” with free agent Aubrey Huff. He’s apparently a target as the club looks for a backup corner infielder. Huff, who turns 36 next month, batted just .192/.326/.282 with one home run and a .608 OPS in 95 plate appearances with the Giants this past…

  5. The Pirates are shopping Joel Hanrahan

    Dec 1, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Joel Hanrahan has been a quality closer for the Pirates for the past two seasons, but he’s about to get another raise in arbitration and can become a free agent next offseason. With that in mind, ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the Pirates are currently trying to gauge his trade value. Hanrahan is coming off…

  6. HOF voters: choose Mike Piazza or accuse him of using steroids

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:31 AM EDT

    Mike Piazza

    Jeff Bagwell gave the Hall of Fame voters an easy way out. Sure, his body of work leaves him qualified for Cooperstown based on the standards for first basemen, but he didn’t bat .300 for his career or hit 500 homers. His one MVP season came in strike-shortened 1994. That’s also the only year he…

  7. Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…

  8. Charlie Morton, Pirates avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:52 PM EDT

    Charlie Morton Getty

    The Pirates announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Charlie Morton by agreeing to a new contract. Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Morton will get a $2 million base salary, which is a slight cut in pay from the $2.445 million he made in 2012. The 29-year-old right-hander had…

  9. The Phillies have joined the hunt for outfielder Angel Pagan

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    With B.J. Upton off the market, things are starting to heat up with free agent outfielder Angel Pagan. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the scoop: The Philadelphia Phillies, after losing the B.J. Upton sweepstakes to the Atlanta Braves, are pushing for another free-agent center fielder, according to major-league sources. Angel Pagan. Two teams have made…

  10. Kyuji Fujikawa close to making decision, Angels considered front-runners

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:47 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa has visited with multiple MLB teams over the past couple of weeks. It shouldn’t be long before we know where he’ll pitch stateside. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Fujikawa is nearing a decision on where to sign and adds that the Angels are seen as the front-runners. The 32-year-old…

  11. Diamondbacks interested in free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic passes along word that the Diamondbacks have expressed interest in free agent right-hander Brandon McCarthy. The D’Backs actually pursued McCarthy two years ago before he latched on with the A’s, though he’s obviously a different pitcher now than he was back then. McCarthy posted a 3.24 ERA and 73/24…

  12. Athletics acquire reliever Chris Resop from Pirates

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    The Pirates announced earlier this evening that they traded reliever Chris Resop to the Athletics in exchange for right-hander Zach Thornton. Resop earned $850,000 this past season while posting a 3.91 ERA and 46/24 K/BB ratio over 73 2/3 innings. While the 30-year-old right-hander did a better job limiting walks and inducing ground balls, he…

  13. Orioles avoid arbitration with Alexi Casilla, Steve Pearce and Taylor Teagarden

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:52 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that Casilla got a one-year, $1.7 million deal with a $3 million club option for 2014. The O’s could buy out the option for $200,000. 7:52 PM: Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have avoided arbitration with infielder Alexi Casilla, utility man…

  14. Could the Cubs get involved for Michael Bourn?

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

    bourn getty

    The rebuilding Cubs don’t look like prime candidates to pursue one of the top free agents on the market, but Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com was told by a major league source that the club has been in touch with Michael Bourn‘s agent, Scott Boras. Of course, Boras represents many players, so it’s possible other names…

  15. Daric Barton, Athletics avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Oakland Athletics

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Athletics and first baseman Daric Barton have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.1 million contract. He could earn an additional $250,000 with incentives. Barton, 27, earned the same $1.1 million this past season while batting just .204/.338/.292 with one home run and a…

  16. Red Sox add Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

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    After hiring Greg Colbrunn as their new hitting coach earlier this week, the Red Sox have added a long-time member of the organization as an assistant. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have named Victor Rodriguez as assistant hitting coach. Rodriguez has been with the organization with 18 seasons, including…

  17. Astros claim RHP Philip Humber off waivers from White Sox

    Nov 30, 2012, 6:02 PM EDT

    Philip Humber

    Update: And the Astros have already signed Humber to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. No word on the terms yet, but a guarantee around $2 million seems likely. /// The White Sox were planning to non-tender Philip Humber before Friday’s deadline, but they went ahead and placed him on waivers beforehand,…

  18. Next week: The Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Opryland Hotel

    The next time you hear from me I’ll be blogging from Nashville, where the 2012 Winter Meetings will be held in the labyrinthine Gaylord Opryland Resort. I’ve been to that place before. It’s crazy big and confusing what with all of the fern-filled atria and gawking tourists. And, at this time of year, it’s festooned with…

  19. OK, forget what I said about Bonds and Clemens maybe getting in the Hall after all

    Nov 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Roger Clemens

    A couple of data points made me think, hey, Bonds’ and Clemens’  Hall of Fame case may not be as bleak as everyone things, but the AP has taken a straw poll, and it’s not all that optimistic: With steroid scandals still very much on the minds of longtime members of the Baseball Writers’ Association…

  20. The annual report about baseball’s drug program is out

    Nov 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

    Adderall

    From MLB’s media relations department to my inbox to your eyes:  MLB and the MLBPA released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program’s Independent Program Administrator. It’s the thing that says how many positive drug tests there were, for what, etc. The notable numbers, which cover the period starting when the…

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