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  1. Red Sox sign Vicente Padilla to minor-league contract

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Vicente Padilla

    Nothing is official yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Vicente Padilla and Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Padilla missed nearly all of last season following neck surgery and worked strictly as a reliever…

  2. Phil Hughes gets $3.2 million from Yankees, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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    Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million, avoiding arbitration. Hughes had a disappointing 2011, as injuries limited him to just 75 innings and he posted a 5.79 ERA, but he made $2.7 million and would have been in line for a decent-sized raise if the two sides went…

  3. The Red Sox would have to free up payroll to sign Roy Oswalt

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:30 PM EST

    Roy Oswalt

    Things that seem strange to me: (1) that no one has yet (that we know of) offered Roy Oswalt a contract; and (2) that, if the Red Sox are going to, they’re going to have to shed payroll first. Rob Bradford of WEEI: … the Red Sox are taking the same stance with Oswalt as…

  4. Rockies sign Seth Smith for $2.4 million to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:16 PM EST

    Seth Smith, Carlos Gonzalez

    Seth Smith is the latest arbitration eligible player to avoid tomorrow’s deadline, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rockies that Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports is worth $2.4 million. Trade rumors have swirled around Smith all offseason, particularly once the Rockies bumped him from the starting lineup by signing Michael Cuddyer as their new…

  5. Rick Porcello gets raise to $3.1 million, bypassing arbitration with Tigers

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    Arbitration eligible for the first time, Rick Porcello has avoided a hearing by signing a one-year deal with the Tigers. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Porcello will get $3.1 million after making $1.5 million last season as part of the major-league contract he signed after being drafted out of high school by the Tigers…

  6. So how bad is the Hall of Fame logjam gonna be?

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:33 AM EST

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    We’ve talked about the impending logjam on the Hall of Fame ballot going forward by virtue of all of the PED-associated players wading in starting next year.  The upshot: Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Sammy Sosa and others hanging around on the ballot for a long time, not getting enough support themselves while stealing support from…

  7. Red Sox and Jarrod Saltalamacchia avoid arbitration for $2.5 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox have avoided arbitration prior to tomorrow’s deadline for submitting figures, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Saltalamacchia, who earned $750,000 last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility, is in line for a bigger role with the Red Sox following the departure of Jason Varitek. His…

  8. No arbitration for Joel Hanrahan, as Pirates closer agrees to one-year deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    Scratch Joel Hanrahan off the list of potential arbitration hearings, as Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the closer has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pirates and Keith Law of ESPN.com says the deal is worth $4.1 million. Hanrahan made $1.4 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and saved…

  9. The Padres sale hold-up is because of Jeff Moorad’s limited partners

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

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    We saw last week that the final approval of the transfer of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad had hit a snag based on some financial consideration or other. At Forbes today, Mike Ozanian gets a little closer to the problem: The sale of controlling interest of the San Diego Padres to Jeff Moorad by John…

  10. Joel Pineiro inks minor-league contract with Phillies

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v San Diego Padres

    Joel Pineiro just completed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Angels, but he posted a 5.13 ERA in 146 innings last season and Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that he’s had to settle for a minor-league deal with the Phillies. No official announcement has been made yet, but according to Stark the contract includes…

  11. The Yankees only have $1-2 million to spend on a DH

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

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    If the Yankees truly are thinking about Johnny Damon — or Carlos Pena or anyone else — to be their DH then they’re going to have to get him on the cheap.  That’s because Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees only have $1-$2 million to spend on a DH. Well, they have more, but that’s what…

  12. Adam Wainwright: “I’m obsessed with Tim Tebow”

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:24 AM EST

    Denver Broncos Tebow fumbles after hit by Patriots Ninkovich during the first quarter during their NFL AFC Divisional playoff game in Foxborough

    Adam Wainwright was at the Cardinals Winter Warm-up over the weekend and he went off baseball for a moment: “I am obsessed with Tim Tebow.  I’m not afraid to say it. It’s almost embarrassing to us athletes that this much emphasis is put on Tim Tebow because that means we aren’t living our lives as…

  13. Jaime Garcia is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:56 AM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Houston Astros

    The Cardinals’ version of the offseason festival/fan interest thing is called the Winter Warm-up.  It went down over the weekend and Christine Coleman of the Aaron Miles‘ Fastball blog was there. She overheard Jaime Garcia dropping BSOML bombs: “There’s always room to get better. But I am excited to get two full years under my…

  14. The New York Daily News is considering Johnny Damon for DH

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:00 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

    I put the headline that way because, really, there’s not much in this story to suggest that the Yankees are considering him nearly as much as the Daily News is. The headline: “Yankees may bring back free agent Johnny Damon to play him as designated hitter.”  If you read the story, however, the basis for…

  15. Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder went “extremely well”

    Jan 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

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    Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has been travelling around the baseball world with his agent, Scott Boras, visiting teams who have expressed interest — mild or serious — in signing him. The 27-year-old met with Rangers executives on Friday in Dallas, and it apparently went swimmingly. Here’s the tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden: Rangers…

  16. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Colby Rasmus at $2.7M

    Jan 15, 2012, 3:52 PM EST

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Blue Jays have inked Colby Rasmus to a $2.7 million contract for 2012, thus avoiding salary arbitration with the 25-year-old center fielder. Rasmus made a poor first impression with Toronto last year, batting just .173/.201/.316 in 140 plate appearances after being acquired from the Cardinals at the July…

  17. Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EST

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    Forget about the Red Sox and Padres. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives. Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and…

  18. A’s ink right-hander Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:34 PM EST

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    From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Oakland A’s have signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on any of the financial details. Colon was courted recently by Arizona and spoke to the Yankees at one point about a reunion, but he settled on a place that…

  19. Nationals sign Gio Gonzalez to five-year contract extension

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:01 PM EST

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    According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, newly-acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been signed to a five-year contract extension. The deal also carries options for 2017 and 2018. Gonzalez was sent from Oakland to Washington three weeks ago for top prospects Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole. The 26-year-old starter was eligible for salary…

  20. Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

    Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EST

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    Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month. And he clearly made a positive impression. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya. The 27-year-old right-hander…

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