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  1. Aroldis Chapman is going to be a starter for the Reds

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Nothing is official yet, but every indication is that the Reds will move Aroldis Chapman into the rotation after signing Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal to replace him as closer. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes as if it might as well be official, saying “this means Chapman’s going to start”…

  2. Giants’ negotiations with Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro are “mired in molasses”

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    Giants general manager Brian Sabean has made it clear that he’d like to re-sign both Angel Pagan and Marco Scutaro, but Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle writes that negotiations are “mired in the molasses of this offseason’s player movement.” Sabean told Schulman that he’s not close to a deal with either free agent,…

  3. The Pirates may offer Russell Martin a three-year deal

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    russell martin square getty

    Russel Martin wants a four-year deal.  The Yankees are only willing to give him two years, reports have said. Perhaps if someone were to split the difference? Jon Heyman reports: Word going around is that the Pirates might come in with the high bid, perhaps for three years and close to $25 million. The Yankees…

  4. The Twins have talked with Francisco Liriano’s agents

    Nov 28, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano AP

    Francisco Liriano, we just can’t quit you. LaVelle Neal of the Star Tribune reports: The Twins have had conversations with Liriano’s representatives, according to a source with knowledge of the talks, and the sides are expected to meet next week at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville during baseball’s annual winter meetings. Liriano posted a 5.34…

  5. One Hall of Fame voter is done playing steroids police

    Nov 28, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Pete Abraham

    This will be Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe’s third year as a Hall of Fame voter. In year one he decided no suspected steroid users will ever get his vote. In year two he softened his stance, only withholding votes from players who were documented steroid users.  This year, however, he has decided that…

  6. The Reds re-sign Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    UPDATE: Yes, it was close to Brandon League‘s deal. Ken Rosenthal reports that Broxton is getting three years and $21 million guaranteed. The salaries climb, paying him $4 million in 2013, $7 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015 and either a $1 million buyout or a $9 million option for 2016. That may seem crazy…

  7. The Hall of Fame ballot will be announced today

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:52 AM EDT

    Brace Yourself

    Many of you hate Hall of Fame arguments. Many of you hate steroids arguments. If that’s the case, you may want to skip about half of all baseball content written between now and the end of the year. Why? Because the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot will be announced at noon today, and it represents…

  8. Delmon Young underwent ankle surgery earlier this month

    Nov 27, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Jeff Keppinger is not the only free agent who is recovering from unexpected offseason ankle surgery. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, outfielder and designated hitter Delmon Young underwent an ankle procedure on November 10 to remove painful bone spurs and smooth out some jagged cartilage. Young is fully expected to recovered by the…

  9. Phillies sign Humberto Quintero to minor league contract

    Nov 27, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    From Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com comes word that the Phillies have signed catcher Humberto Quintero to a minor league contract. The agreement also comes with an invitation to spring training. To many, the move probably seems like a reaction to the 25-game amphetamine suspension handed down this afternoon to starting catcher Carlos Ruiz. And it does…

  10. Mike Napoli is top free agent priority for Red Sox

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Free agent slugger Mike Napoli has drawn interest from several different organizations this winter. But we can probably already identify the frontrunner. According to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox have made Napoli their top free agent pursuit and are considering all other potential free agent signings to be secondary. And Boston has enough…

  11. Carlos Ruiz and performance-enhancing drugs

    Nov 27, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz

    There are a lot of differing opinions out there, educated and otherwise, on just how much performance-enhancing drugs actually enhance performance. On the one side, there’s suspected users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens pulling off incredible feats at advanced ages. On the other, there’s the long list of proven cheaters littered with names of journeymen…

  12. Report: the Angels are unlikely to sign Zack Greinke

    Nov 27, 2012, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Los Angeles Dodgers, open your checkbooks. Danny Knobler reports: The Angels, once considered the favorite to keep free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke, are now unlikely to sign him, according to sources. The issue is money, it seems, as Knobler reports that the Angels don’t want to go to the top of the market where Greinke seems to be…

  13. Carlos Ruiz suspended 25 games for amphetamines

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Carlos Ruiz AP

    The Phillies just got another item placed on their offseason shopping list: a part time catcher to cover for Carlos Ruiz. From MLB: The Office of the Commissioner of Baseball announced today that Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz has received a 25-game suspension without pay after testing positive for an Amphetamine in violation of Major…

  14. “Friends of Cody Ross” say the Red Sox are in the lead for his services

    Nov 27, 2012, 4:31 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    Adding to our list of favorite expressions from the offseason hot stove reports: “friends of [player] say …” Which, by the way, I think it totally legit. Just often incomplete. Friends often know stuff. But how close are these friends? Is the player one of those guys with a close circle of trusted comrades, or…

  15. UPDATE: The offer to David Wright: seven years and between $119-129 million

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:31 PM EDT

    David Wright

    UPDATE: Rosenthal has corrected that initial report. The $125-150 million figure was over the next eight years, which includes his 2013 option which pays him $16 million. The new money in the seven-year extension is between $119-129 million. That still doesn’t match up all perfectly, but it seems like the idea is not to tear…

  16. Mets plan to non-tender Mike Pelfrey and Andres Torres

    Nov 27, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Mike Pelfrey adjusts his cap after giving a run to the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Florida

    No big surprise in either case, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Mets plan to non-tender both right-hander Mike Pelfrey and outfielder Andres Torres before Friday’s deadline for arbitration tenders. Pelfrey was a no-brainer, as he missed nearly the entire season following Tommy John elbow surgery and was paid $5.785 million.…

  17. White Sox add Bobby Thigpen to coaching staff, switch Harold Baines to assistant hitting coach

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    bobby thigpen

    Harold Baines is staying on the White Sox’s coaching staff, but they’ve decided to switch his role from first base coach to assistant hitting coach to join the increasing trend of teams with two coaches devoted to hitters. He’ll work alongside hitting coach Jeff Manto, who took over for Greg Walker when Robin Ventura replaced…

  18. All 30 teams’ local TV deals

    Nov 27, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

    old TV

    Over at Fangraphs, Wendy Thurm catalogs all 30 teams’ local TV deals, separating them by category from the super bazillionaires like the Dodgers down to the “have-nots” who are locked into craptastic local TV deals for years or even decades. And as she notes, it’s going to define the financial and competitive landscape for a…

  19. A’s donate full postseason share worth $34,325 to charity

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

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    I wrote yesterday about MLB distributing $65 million in postseason shares to teams that participated in the playoffs and the A’s decided to do something very nice with part of their $2.1 million allotment. Each “full share” for an A’s player equaled $34,325 and at the urging of Jonny Gomes–who has since signed with the…

  20. Russell Martin wants $9-10 million a year over four years

    Nov 27, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Russell Martin Getty

    Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York has a source telling him what Russell Martin‘s contract demands are: I’m told Martin is looking for four years and $9-10M per. Doubt Yanks will do that. — Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) November 27, 2012   $10 million is what Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda made this past season. With…

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