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  1. Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima unlikely to agree to deal before Friday’s deadline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to agree on a contract, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger was told by “a person with knowledge of the situation” that a deal is unlikely. The Bombers were given a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Nakajima last month after submitting a…

  2. Report: Marlins re-sign Greg Dobbs to two-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

    Greg Dobbs

    Remember how it was a little weird when it was reported last week that the Marlins’ main objective was to re-sign Greg Dobbs? Well, they aren’t messing around. According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have re-signed Dobbs to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com hears that the deal is worth…

  3. Report: Hisashi Iwakuma leaning toward signing with Mariners

    Jan 3, 2012, 7:07 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    According to a Sponichi report, Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma is leaning toward signing with the Mariners. The story was passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker and the following translated quote from Iwakuma was published on MLB Trade Rumors. “We’ve received terms from a number of clubs, but considering where I’m needed and an environment…

  4. Coco Crisp returning to Oakland for two years, $14 million

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Coco Crisp had a tough time finding a multi-year contract elsewhere and the A’s need outfield help after departures by Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, and Ryan Sweeney, so his deciding to return to Oakland makes sense. The price, however, is surprising. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Crisp will get a two-year, $14 million deal…

  5. Say what you want about him, but Scott Boras has got guts

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Scott Boras

    Jon Heyman writes about Edwin Jackson today, and the market his agent — Scott Boras — is trying to create for him.  This passage is great fun: Jackson is believed to be looking for a deal that pays him in the $15-to-17-million range annually. Agent Scott Boras has compared Jackson to C.J. Wilson, Mark Buehrle, John Lackey, A.J. Burnett and Derek…

  6. Agent says Francisco Cordero has multi-year contract offers

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:41 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    General manager Walt Jocketty revealed last week that the Reds have kept their one-year offer to Francisco Cordero on the table and the two sides continue to talk, but today agent Bean Stringfellow indicated that the veteran closer has multi-year offers from other teams. “We’re making progress on a lot of fronts,” Stringfellow told Mark…

  7. Roy Oswalt “being eyed” by the Cardinals

    Jan 3, 2012, 4:14 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Phrasing. Seriously people. Just makes the Cardinals sound like creepers. But according to Nick Cafardo, the Cardinals are “eyeing” the free agent Oswalt. The free agent Oswalt who is open to a one-year deal and would be really attractive to any number of teams on such a basis. And who, back when he was on…

  8. So what should you do if you suspect a Hall of Fame candidate did steroids?

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    This morning I opined about the voters who leave Jeff Bagwell off their ballots because they suspect he did steroids. In the piece I explained what I took to be the thought process of such voters: either they know nothing about his PED use but merely have a hunch or else they know something but…

  9. Carlos Silva agrees to minor-league contract with Red Sox

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Carlos Silva spent the final season of his four-year, $48 million contract at Triple-A and the 32-year-old right-hander will likely begin 2012 there as well after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Silva will earn a prorated share of $1 million if the Red Sox call…

  10. MLB Network is going to cover the living hell out of the Hall of Fame vote announcement

    Jan 3, 2012, 1:39 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    The “Powell doctrine” mandates the use of overwhelming and decisive force in order to achieve the stated objective. Based on the press release I got a few minutes ago, MLB Network adheres to that doctrine when it comes to coverage of the Hall of Fame vote announcement on Monday: The results of the 2012 National…

  11. Indians sign reliever Robinson Tejeda to minor-league deal

    Jan 3, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Cleveland added some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Robinson Tejeda to a minor-league contract, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, where the 29-year-old Tejeda will compete for a middle relief role. Tejeda spent most of last season in the minors and saw his velocity drop while battling…

  12. Coco Crisp to return to the A’s?

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    As we noted last night, Coco Crisp has decided where’s he’ll sign.  Where? This is pretty loose — even the guy passing it along, Jim Bowden, says it’s unconfirmed — but Bowden says that Coco Crisp is going to re-sign with the Oakland Athletics. If he did, it would make him on of the few…

  13. Mets sign infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league deal

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Omar Quintanilla, John McDonald

    In an effort to add some middle infield depth behind projected starters Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy the Mets have signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Once upon a time Quintanilla was a first-round pick and top prospect, but now he’s 30 years old with just…

  14. Three more Hall voters accuse Jeff Bagwell of being a juicer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Via The Platoon Advantage, we come across three more Hall of Fame voters, all from Chicago, who have determined based on either (a) nothing; or (b) rumor or information that they posses but don’t feel is up to the standards of being published in a piece of ethical journalism,* that Jeff Bagwell did steroids and…

  15. Padres will try to sign Carlos Quentin to contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    San Diego made a surprising move to acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox over the weekend and yesterday general manager Josh Byrnes indicated that the Padres will try to extend the 29-year-old outfielder’s contract before he’s eligible for free agency next offseason. “Our payroll model is setting up well,” Byrnes told Bill Center of…

  16. The Hall of Fame’s attendance is in decline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    There’s an article over at Sports Business Journal — sorry, subscription only — about the financials and attendance for the Hall of Fame. The money part sounds somewhat more dire than it may be in practice. The joint has lost money for seven of the past nine years, including a $2.36 million loss for 2010…

  17. Report: Yu Darvish is on his way to Texas

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    There’s a report from a Japanese paper that, as of last night, Yu Darvish was en route from Japan to Texas. There’s a Google Translate translation of it via Baseball Time in Arlington. While the Rangers and Darvish are currently in their 30-day window to negotiate a deal, there’s no sense, to the extent much…

  18. Hall of Fame projection: Larkin makes it, no one else

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    Every year Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times projects the results of the Hall of Fame vote. Not just who goes in, but the exact percentage of the vote each candidate gets. He’s pretty good at it:  In the past four years he has made predictions for 63 candidates. Fifty of those candidates have come…

  19. Report: Orioles to hire Rick Peterson as organizational pitching guru

    Jan 2, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Rick Peterson wasn’t a candidate for the Red Sox pitching coach job, but he did have multiple interviews earlier this offseason for a position in the Orioles’ organization. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to be hired by the club within the next few days. Peterson was previously a…

  20. Coco Crisp has decided where he’ll sign

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests that the Orioles could be a surprise fit. While the two sides have talked in recent days, he acknowledges that this is more of a guess on his part. Long live the mystery team. 8:35 PM: Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

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