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  1. Giants and Pablo Sandoval agree to a three-year, $17.15 million contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 7:36 PM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    While the Giants have some work to do in order to keep Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain for the long haul, they have at least locked up a key position player through his arbitration seasons. The Giants just announced that they have agreed to a three-year contract with third baseman Pablo Sandoval. Andrew Baggarly of…

  2. Tim Lincecum asks for $21.5 million in arbitration

    Jan 17, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Unable to come to terms with the Giants before figures were exchanged Tuesday, Tim Lincecum asked for a record $21.5 million in arbitration. The Giants proposed a still impressive $17 million salary for their ace. Lincecum’s filing is a record request for a player with less than six years service time. The Yankees’ Derek Jeter…

  3. Erick Aybar agrees to one-year deal, Angels still interested in long-term contract

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

    Erick Aybar

    Last week the Angels were said to be talking to both shortstop Erick Aybar and second baseman Howie Kendrick about long-term contract extensions. Kendrick agreed to a four-year, $33.5 million deal, but the negotiations with Aybar apparently haven’t been as smooth and today he avoided arbitration with a one-year, $5.075 million contract. Aybar is eligible…

  4. Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE: Aoki and the Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for 2014. ========== With two hours remaining until the deadline to sign Norichika Aoki general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “close” to a deal with the Japanese outfielder. Milwaukee got a…

  5. Blue Jays release Mark Teahen, eat $5.5 million salary

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    UPDATE: As expected, Teahen and his $5.5 million contract passed through waivers unclaimed and today the Blue Jays released him. They’re on the hook for his entire salary. ========== Toronto needed to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for newly signed reliever Darren Oliver and did so by designating Mark Teahen for assignment. Teahen…

  6. Obama: the Cardinals are “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball”

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

    Obama Jersey

    The St. Louis Cardinals visited the White House today for the customary meet-and-greet with the President. During the ceremony he called the Cardinals “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.” So you see there: the Braves didn’t collapse. The Cardinals came back. The President said so. Anyway, not the usual star-studded White House…

  7. Diamondbacks re-sign Joe Saunders after non-tendering him last month

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Last month Joe Saunders turned down a two-year, $12 million deal from the Diamondbacks and they non-tendered him rather than pay approximately $8 million for 2012 via arbitration, but the veteran left-hander said later that he “really wanted to come back” to Arizona and today he did just that. Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports…

  8. Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his wrist

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    crawford reuters

    This isn’t anything as bad as the Victor Martinez news, but another big name is going to miss some time: Carl Crawford had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist today to repair cartilage. It’s being described as routine, and he is expected to be recovered and — in the words of GM Ben Cherington — will…

  9. Victor Martinez likely out for the season with torn ACL

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Detroit’s status as the AL Central favorites has taken a big hit before the Tigers even arrived at spring training, as designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during offseason conditioning. No decision has been yet made regarding surgery, but if Martinez needs to go under the knife he’d likely…

  10. Rangers “expect to sign” Yu Darvish, but also adding Prince Fielder is unlikely

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    darvish wide getty

    There have been some reports about roadblocks in the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Yu Darvish, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com they “expect to sign” the Japanese right-hander before tomorrow’s late-afternoon deadline. There’s also been some speculation that the Rangers could sign Darvish to a huge long-term deal and then add Prince…

  11. If you think players make too much money via arbitration …

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

    stack of money

    Yesterday and today the site has been overrun with posts about arbitration-eligible players and teams avoiding hearings with one-year contracts, which has led to an incredible number of comments basically complaining about the money players are paid. That’s not an uncommon sentiment expressed in the comments section here year-round, but it’s particularly prevalent today as…

  12. Whitey Herzog was in intensive care for 23 days

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Herzog

    The good news: Whitey Herzog is OK now and was at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-up talking to reporters; The bad news: He spent 23 days in intensive care starting in September after a nasty fall at his house left him with bleeding on the brain. The “good” news: He was colorful — dare I say…

  13. Francisco Rodriguez takes $3.5 million pay cut to avoid arbitration with Brewers

    Jan 17, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez was paid $11.5 million last season and when the Brewers tendered him a contract for 2012 they were risking his possibly being awarded a similar figure in arbitration, but the two sides have avoided a hearing with a one-year, $8 million deal. That’s still probably more than Milwaukee wanted to pay for a…

  14. Cameron Maybin changes agents, puts long-term contract talks with Padres on hold

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v Atlanta Braves

    Last month the Padres were said to be interested in working out a long-term contract extension with Cameron Maybin, but Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that the 24-year-old center fielder recently switched agents and the two sides have “tabled” all negotiations. Maybin won’t even be arbitration eligible for the first time until next offseason, so…

  15. Braves and Michael Bourn avoid arbitration for $6.845 million

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:37 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    The Braves and center fielder Michael Bourn avoided arbitration today, agreeing on a $6.845 million deal for 2012. That’s a raise from the $4.4 million he made in 2011. He’ll be a free agent after the season. Bourn was acquired from Houston last summer in exchange for Jordan Schafer and some minor leaguers. Expected to…

  16. Phillies and Cole Hamels avoid arbitration with $15 million deal

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:23 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels is entering his final season of arbitration eligibility and the 28-year-old left-hander will avoid a hearing by agreeing to a one-year, $15 million deal with the Phillies. Hamels earned $9.5 million last season as part of a three-year, $20.5 million deal that bought out his early arbitration eligibility and would have been in…

  17. The Cubs are making scouts take the subway!

    Jan 17, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Cubs logo

    Well, they don’t call it the subway in Chicago. It’s the L. But that’s not important right now. What’s important is that the Cubs’ owners are being compared to Marge Schott by Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times: For instance, a big-market team that just committed $3.5 million a year to a newly created position…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Jan 17, 2012, 11:10 AM EDT

    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…

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