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  1. Orioles hire Rick Peterson, but not as pitching coach

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Rick Peterson AP

    As expected, the Orioles hired former A’s, Mets, and Brewers pitching coach Rick Peterson, but he’ll fill the role of pitching development coordinator rather than pitching coach. Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com says that’s actually a new position created by the Orioles, who’ll keep Rick Adair as their pitching coach and have Peterson work primarily with…

  2. Setup man Juan Carlos Oviedo gets $6 million from Marlins to bypass arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Leo Nunez - Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Juan Carlos Oviedo–formerly known as Leo Nunez–has avoided arbitration with the Marlins with a one-year, $6 million deal. Oviedo earned $3.65 million last season while saving 36 games, so he would have been in line for a sizable raise via arbitration. However, paying $6 million for a setup man is awfully expensive, particularly since the…

  3. If you’re the Rangers you pick Prince Fielder over Josh Hamilton, right?

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 AM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    There has been increasing talk about the Rangers being interested in Prince Fielder.  Today Richard Justice of MLB.com has a column talking about the ins-and-outs of that.  Particularly what it would mean for Josh Hamilton: Fielder’s signing would come at a time when Hamilton is approaching the final year of his contract. Last week, Hamilton…

  4. Giants avoid arbitration with Melky Cabrera for $6 million

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Melky Cabrera

    Kansas City traded Melky Cabrera to San Francisco last month because they got good value in return, but also presumably because they recognized he was coming off a career-best season that would be difficult to duplicate and was about to get pretty expensive. Sure enough, Cabrera and the Giants have avoided arbitration by agreeing to…

  5. Craig Counsell retiring, joining the Brewers’ front office

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:32 AM EST

    craig-counsell-brewers-spring

    Craig Counsell don’t need a weatherman to see which way the wind blows.  With no interest in his services this offseason, he has decided to retire and will take a job with the Brewers’ front office. Counsell is 41, which even though he’s been around forever, is older than I think of him as. That’s…

  6. Andre Ethier gets $11 million from Dodgers to skip arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Andre Ethier has avoided arbitration with the Dodgers, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $10.95 million. This is Ethier’s final arbitration eligible season, so barring a contract extension with the Dodgers he’ll be a free agent next winter at age 31. He earned $9.5 million last season while hitting .292 with 11 homers and a…

  7. Today is arbitration salary exchange day

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    You probably noticed yesterday that there were a lot of “so-and-so-avoids arbitration-by-signing-a-one-year-deal” posts.  Those all happened yesterday — and will continue in to trickle in today — because today is the day arbitration-eligible teams and player exchange salary proposals. Once numbers are exchanged, negotiation becomes way more constrained, as people are sort of pegged at…

  8. Brian Wilson will start spring training at full speed

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

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    Know what we did all last winter but haven’t done at all this winter? Talked about Giants closer Brian Wilson.  How zany he is and all of that. Really, I haven’t thought about him at all since the last “BECAUSE I”M BLACK OPS!” Taco Bell commercial aired during the World Series.  Guess that happens when…

  9. NBC SportsTalk: The Montero-Pineda trade

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:50 AM EST

    Michael Pineda

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking with my buddy Russ Thaler about the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade. Video below.  Watch for the moment when I called Jose Campos “that fireballer” because my brain locked and I was terrified that I was going to call him “Jorge Campos” and knew that wasn’t right but…

  10. A great interview with Robert Creamer

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

    Old team

    Graham Womack of Baseball Past and Present conducted an email interview with venerable baseball writer and author Robert Creamer. Creamer, who began following baseball as a kid in 1931 and began covering it for Sports Illustrated in 1954, provided a zillion fascinating answers all around, including his takes on steroids (you bet your bippy Babe…

  11. Report: Reds and Ryan Ludwick agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:31 PM EST

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2013. He’ll be reunited with Walt Jocketty, who was the general manager during his time in St. Louis. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Ludwick will make a $2.5 million base salary…

  12. Giants and Angel Pagan avoid arbitration with one-year, $4.85 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Giants and outfielder Angel Pagan have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.85 million contract. The deal includes $150,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Pagan, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason, made $3.5 million with the Mets in 2011 while batting…

  13. Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law will not be his accountability partner

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    It was announced less than two weeks ago that Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, would replace new Brewers hitting coach Jerry Narron as the outfielder’s accountability partner for the 2012 season. However, Chadwick has experienced a change of heart since the announcement, recently informing Hamilton and the team that he couldn’t accept the job. Here’s…

  14. The Yankees and Hideki Matsui have been in contact

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    We heard earlier today that the Yankees are only willing to spend about $1-2 million on a designated hitter. This would seem to rule out Carlos Pena and possibly Johnny Damon, unless they are willing to take severe pay cuts. The Yanks will likely shuffle their aging veterans in and out of the DH spot…

  15. The Orioles are interested in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Reds signed Ryan Madson to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with a club option last week, it left Francisco Cordero without a logical landing spot to close ballgames in 2012. However, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that the Orioles have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Cordero, who turns 37…

  16. UPDATE Jamie Moyer is the the Rockies’ mystery pitcher

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EST

    moyer getty

    UPDATE: Mystery solved: Renck has updated his story: the mystery pitcher to whom the Rockies have made an offer is … Jamie Moyer. The offer is for a minor league deal. I picture him taking off a Mexican-style wrestling mask to reveal his identity. Except he doesn’t look like a Mexican wrestler because he’s 49…

  17. How the draft killed baseball in Puerto Rico

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:12 PM EST

    Puerto Rico map

    Baseball had been king in Puerto Rico for the better part of a century. But now the Puerto Rico Winter League is all but dead.  There were only 20 players from Puerto Rico on major league rosters last Opening Day. What happened? According to the sources for this New York Times article it was the…

  18. Reds add Dioner Navarro for catching depth

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    navarro warm-up

    Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds. Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready…

  19. Brewers agree to $2.35 million deal with Nyjer Morgan to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    Nyjer Morgan and the Brewers have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $2.35 million, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Morgan began last season in a backup role for the Brewers after coming over in spring training trade from the Nationals, but Carlos Gomez‘s injury opened up the door for him to become the…

  20. An in-depth look at the “should Jesus Montero catch” question

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:23 PM EST

    Jesus Montero

    Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron takes an extended look at the question I briefly touched on on Saturday: what position should Jesus Montero play now that he’s a Seattle Mariner? My quick view, based on the roster more than anything else, was that Montero should at least be given a shot to catch to see…

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