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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. Could the Cubs get involved for Michael Bourn?

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:35 PM EDT

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    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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,…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. MLB, NPB discussing new posting rules

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! reports that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball are discussing changes to the posting system. Talks are just starting and won’t affect anyone for the 2013 season, but the hope is to have something new in place for next winter. As you know, the posting system involves teams blindly bidding for…

  14. Pirates non-tender Jeff Karstens

    Nov 30, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    After five seasons together the Pirates have non-tendered right-hander Jeff Karstens, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Karstens has been a decent back-of-the-rotation starter for Pittsburgh, throwing 535 innings with a 4.31 ERA, but he was limited to just 91 innings this year due to shoulder and hip injuries and the Pirates…

  15. A Hall of Fame voter still needs more information about Barry Bonds’ PED use?

    Nov 30, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    I understand the idea of wanting to be more informed about things before making a Hall of Fame vote.  To want to have a fuller picture of the PED-era before casting votes for certain players.  I am not a fan of those who accuse with no evidence, but I do have some sympathy for people…

  16. Brewers non-tender Manny Parra

    Nov 30, 2012, 3:19 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Manny Parra hasn’t been the same since a promising rookie season in 2008, struggling with control problems and injuries, and today the Brewers non-tendered him. Parra was arbitration eligible for the third and final time after making $1.3 million in 2012 and showed some promise in a shift to the bullpen full time with 61…

  17. Tweet of the Day: Denard Span wonders what “Natitude” is

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

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    The newest Washington National has yet to make it to orientation, so he asks … Can somebody explain to me what natitude is?! — Denard Span (@thisisdspan) November 30, 2012   Sure, Denard. It’s the way the Nationals channeled their inferiority complex into a marketing tool. Sadly, however, the team won the division last year…

  18. Tigers non-tender reliever Daniel Schlereth

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Detroit has non-tendered left-handed reliever Daniel Schlereth, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Schlereth was the Diamondbacks’ first-round pick in 2008 and went to the Tigers in the big three-team deal with the Yankees involving Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer, Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Edwin Jackson, and Phil Coke in December of 2009. He tossed 49 innings…

  19. The Angels are going to meet with Zack Greinke

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    There was some speculation earlier this week that the Angels were no longer interested in Zack Greinke or, at the very least, were not likely to sign him. And now that the Angels have acquired Tommy Hanson, one would think that they have even less of a desire to go big dollars on starting pitching.…

  20. Angels get Tommy Hanson from Braves for Jordan Walden

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Tommy Hanson once looked likely to be atop Atlanta’s rotation for a long time, but after the right-hander struggled for the past season-and-a-half the Braves have traded him to the Angels. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Braves will get 25-year-old reliever Jordan Walden in return, which makes it a swap of two young…

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