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  1. Dodgers re-sign reliever Mike MacDougal for $1 million

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Veteran reliever Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Dodgers for a one-year contract that includes an option for 2013, with Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reporting that the deal is worth $1 million. MacDougal joined the Dodgers on a minor-league deal last offseason and threw 57 innings with a 2.05 ERA, so the fact that he’s…

  2. Nats minor leaguer suspended 50 games

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced that Washington Nationals minor leaguer Zechry Zinicola has received a 50-game suspension.  Not PEDs, though. His suspension comes after a second violation of “a drug of abuse” pursuant to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  Two things: 1. I vaguely remember Zinicola pitching for the Columbus Clippers a few…

  3. Manny Ramirez will hold a workout for MLB teams

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is predictably still looking for work after MLB reduced his suspension from 100 games to 50 games and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he plans to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month. Last offseason Ramirez signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays, only to retire after five…

  4. The new safety railing is up at Rangers Ballpark

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Arlington barrier

    Shannon Stone tragically fell to his death on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark.  In the aftermath of that, plans were announced to create a barrier that would make it less likely that fans would fall out of the stands again.  That barrier has been built. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted a picture…

  5. Albert Pujols’ contract is worth up to $265.75 million

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    pujols getty press conference

    Today the players’ association and MLB officially signed off on Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Angels, revealing a few interesting details about the deal. Pujols is guaranteed at least $240 million over 10 seasons, but the contract could be worth as much as $265.75 million. When he’s finished playing Pujols will begin a 10-year “personal…

  6. The Carlos Zambrano deal is official

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

    zambrano fenway reuters

    The trade of Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins is official. Ken Rosenthal tweets some of the details: Zambrano waived his no-trade clause and his $19.25 million option for 2013 that would have kicked in if he finished in top four of the Cy Young vote. He’ll be a free agent next winter; He also settled…

  7. Angels discuss extensions with Erick Aybar, Howie Kendrick

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Erick Aybar and Howie Kendrick are both free agents after this season, but general manager Jerry Dipoto said today that the Angels have “begun to explore and will continue to explore” long-term contract extensions for their middle infield duo. Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times classifies the talks as “preliminary discussions” and speculates that…

  8. What do we really know about Mr. Met?

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Mr. Met Love

    Richard Sandomir has a nice story in the New York Times today about Mr. Met. About his history. About how beloved he is. And about how, despite all of the turmoil the Mets have found themselves in over the years, Mr. Met has always been there, smiling and spreading good will: Mr. Met, then, can…

  9. Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

    nakajima getty

    As expected, the Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima after bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to the Japanese infielder. Technically their 30-day window to sign Nakajima doesn’t close until tomorrow, but there’s no time for him to fly to New York to undergo a physical exam anyway and general…

  10. Miguel Tejada is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Jon Heyman on Twitter: miguel tejada is training in miami w/ legendary workout guru pete bommarito. looking for comeback. word is, he looks great Tejada turns 38 in May. Last year he hit .239/.270/.326 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 322 at-bats. The Giants released him. Repeat: the Giants, who couldn’t collectively hit water…

  11. GM says Angels are “very, very unlikely” to sign Ryan Madson

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    madson getty

    There have been surprisingly few teams linked to Ryan Madson since his reported four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies fell through. That led to some speculation that the Angels might make a run at him, but general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that signing Madson is “very, very…

  12. Tim Raines > Lou Brock

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Tim Raines is not going to be on the list of names (er, probably name) when the Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday.  But as we’ve argued over and over again around here, he should be. But he has time. Like Bert Blyleven, it will take some years and some persuading and eventually —…

  13. Mark Trumbo’s recovery from broken foot delayed again

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Mark Trumbo Getty

    Mark Trumbo‘s season ended a week early because of a stress fracture in his right foot and the Rookie of the Year runner-up’s recovery timetable has been pushed back for the second time. Trumbo was initially hoping to be recovered by now, but in November doctors added a month to his timetable and now Mike…

  14. Are future awards out of the question for Ryan Braun?

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney posed an interesting question on Twitter and then in his column this morning: If Ryan Braun is suspended for his positive drug test, will writers never again consider Braun for any award during his playing career? In other words, if he’s suspended 50 games this year, then passes all subsequent tests and hits 60 homers…

  15. Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki gets his wish, signs with Mariners

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki

    After a 10-year career in Japan shortstop Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent last month and publicly stated that he only wanted to play for the Mariners. That obviously limited his bargaining power considerably, but ultimately Kawasaki got his wish and revealed yesterday that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes…

  16. Scott Hairston re-signs with the Mets

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post just tweeted that Scott Hairston is going up to New York for a physical and thus it appears as though he’s re-signing with the Mets. UPDATE:  it’s confirmed. Hairston’s role with the Mets was pretty limited last year, both by injury and by Terry Collins’ seeming reluctance to…

  17. Quote of the Day: Logan Morrison on Ozzie Guillen

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    The Marlins are gonna be so much damn fun this year. Carlos Zambrano. Hanley Ramirez. Ozzie Guillen. Logan Morrison. If they could trade for Nyjer Morgan and figure out roles for Milton Bradley, Carl Crawford I’d have enough bloggy material to last me all summer. As it is, it’s just a matter of what’s going…

  18. Bobby Jenks needed a second back procedure

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    The Boston Globe reports that Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks — who missed most of last season with back problems and had surgery to remove bone fragments in December — needed a second surgery to deal with fluid buildup around his spine. The recover time for that, the Globe reports, is eight weeks, which means he…

  19. Photo of the day: Is Alex Rodriguez a nerd or a hipster?

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez laughs with supermodel Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

    Well, I guess it depends on the expression he has at the time.  Here’s Alex Rodriguez — caught at the Lakers-Rockets game the other night — talking to Cindy Crawford of all people.  First up: the nerd look: But then when he’s not scrunching his face up all silly he looks less nerdy and more…

  20. Rangers table long-term extension talks with Mike Napoli

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    napoli 1 getty

    According to beat writer T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are no longer aiming to work out a long-term contract extension this winter with catcher Mike Napoli. Here’s general manager Jon Daniels: “We love Mike and we’re not closing the door on anything but right now we are focused on a one-year deal.” Napoli is entering…

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