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  1. Angels “not looking to trade” Mark Trumbo despite logjam

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    By adding Albert Pujols to a roster already well-stocked with first basemen and corner outfielders the Angels created a logjam that seemingly pointed to a trade. Speculation centered on Mark Trumbo, because he’s 25 years old and the Rookie of the Year runner-up, but yesterday general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated that the Angels aren’t shopping…

  2. It’s cute watching Mike Rizzo pretend to play tough with Scott Boras over Prince Fielder

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Fact: Mike Rizzo and the Washington Nationals have been Scott Boras’ huckleberry for a few years now. Nothing wrong with that. They’ve signed some great guys by being willing to play ball with Boras in ways that some teams have chosen not to. But it is pretty obvious that if Boras has a big name,…

  3. Rangers interested in re-signing reliever Michael Gonzalez

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Michael Gonzalez threw just seven innings for the Rangers after coming over from the Orioles in an August 31 trade, but pitched well in the playoffs and impressed the team enough that they’re interested in re-signing the left-handed reliever. Gonzalez underwent minor knee surgery shortly after the season ended and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas…

  4. Ryan Howard is six weeks from starting baseball activities

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    Ryan Howard met with a doctor yesterday and was given positive news about his recovery from a torn Achilles’ tendon suffered during his final at-bat of the playoffs in October. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports that Howard has been cleared “to begin some strength and power exercises” and “also will start jogging underwater.” However, he…

  5. The Orioles spoke with the Cubs about Alfonso Soriano for some reason

    Jan 6, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that the Orioles have spoken to the Cubs about a potential trade involving Alfonso Soriano. Based on various other reports in the past few days suggesting that Soriano isn’t going anywhere, it’s quite possible that this refers to past talks that similarly went nowhere. But it is fun, if for no…

  6. Attorneys for Starlin Castro: “We are confident these allegations are baseless”

    Jan 6, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v San Francisco Giants

    Jay K. Reisinger and Michael P. Gillespie, attorneys for Starlin Castro, have released a statement in the wake of the report that he has been accused of sexual assault: We are aware of certain allegations that have been made against our client, Starlin Castro. We have thoroughly investigated this matter, and we are confident that…

  7. Report: Starlin Castro accused of sexual assault

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:33 AM EDT

    Starlin Castro

    Wow: WBBM Newsradio in Chicago is reporting that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro has been accused of sexually assaulting a Chicago woman last September.  No charges have been filed and he has not been arrested, but he is wanted for questioning. WBBM has obtained a police report — heavily redacted — that says Castro took to woman…

  8. Mets hire the turnaround consulting firm that handled the Rangers bankruptcy and sale

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Eno Sarris of Amazin’ Avenue reported last night that the New York Mets have hired a consulting firm called CRG Partners.  The significance?  That’s the same consulting firm Tom Hicks and the Texas Rangers hired in 2010 (a) to put them into and help them through bankruptcy and; (b) to eventually help sell the team to Chuck…

  9. Cards pitching coach Dave Duncan taking leave of absence

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:44 PM EDT

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    According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking a leave of absence from the team to be with his wife, who underwent surgery in August of last year to remove a brain tumor. “As far as how long he’ll be gone, no one knows,” Cardinals GM John Mozeliak said Thursday…

  10. Mariners sign Hisashi Iwakuma to one-year, $1.5M contract

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Mariners have signed Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma to a one-year, $1.5 million major league contract. The agreement also carries another $3.4 million in performance-based incentives. Iwakuma, 30, registered a superb 2.42 ERA and 90/19 K/BB ratio in 119 innings last season for the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of…

  11. Rockies acquire Jim Tracy’s son for righty Greg Reynolds

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:38 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    According to the Rockies’ official Twitter feed, Colorado has acquired infielder Chad Tracy from the Rangers for right-handed pitcher Greg Reynolds. Chad, the son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy, was a third-round pick in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted a .259/.339/.475 batting line with 26 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games…

  12. Rangers hire Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law as the outfielder’s new accountability partner

    Jan 5, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com: The Rangers have hired Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, as the 2010 AL MVP’s new accountability partner. Chadwick will handle part of the role that Johnny Narron vacated when he became hitting coach of the Milwaukee Brewers this offseason. Chadwick will travel on the road with the Rangers, watching…

  13. Miguel Cabrera receives probation, fine for his DUI charge

    Jan 5, 2012, 5:26 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera‘s arrest for DUI last February was pretty spectacular, at least as far as all of the sordid details about the arrest were concerned. The resolution of it all is kind of boring, however:  Cabrera was given a $500 fine and one year of probation yesterday.  He also had his license suspended for a…

  14. Mike Adams undergoes hernia surgery, could miss start of spring training

    Jan 5, 2012, 5:10 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers pitcher Mike Adams reacts after striking out Detroit Tigers' Jhonny Peralta to end the eighth inning of Game 1 of the MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Arlington

    Mike Adams underwent hernia surgery yesterday and the Rangers right-hander may not be fully recovered in time for the start of spring training. However, according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com the Rangers expect Adams to have plenty of time to be ready for Opening Day. Adams, who came over from the Padres in a July…

  15. Dodgers re-sign reliever Mike MacDougal for $1 million

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Veteran reliever Mike MacDougal has re-signed with the Dodgers for a one-year contract that includes an option for 2013, with Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reporting that the deal is worth $1 million. MacDougal joined the Dodgers on a minor-league deal last offseason and threw 57 innings with a 2.05 ERA, so the fact that he’s…

  16. Nats minor leaguer suspended 50 games

    Jan 5, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Major League Baseball just announced that Washington Nationals minor leaguer Zechry Zinicola has received a 50-game suspension.  Not PEDs, though. His suspension comes after a second violation of “a drug of abuse” pursuant to the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.  Two things: 1. I vaguely remember Zinicola pitching for the Columbus Clippers a few…

  17. Manny Ramirez will hold a workout for MLB teams

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    Manny Ramirez is predictably still looking for work after MLB reduced his suspension from 100 games to 50 games and Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that he plans to hold a workout for MLB teams later this month. Last offseason Ramirez signed a one-year, $2 million deal with the Rays, only to retire after five…

  18. The new safety railing is up at Rangers Ballpark

    Jan 5, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Arlington barrier

    Shannon Stone tragically fell to his death on July 7 at Rangers Ballpark.  In the aftermath of that, plans were announced to create a barrier that would make it less likely that fans would fall out of the stands again.  That barrier has been built. Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweeted a picture…

  19. Albert Pujols’ contract is worth up to $265.75 million

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Today the players’ association and MLB officially signed off on Albert Pujols‘ contract with the Angels, revealing a few interesting details about the deal. Pujols is guaranteed at least $240 million over 10 seasons, but the contract could be worth as much as $265.75 million. When he’s finished playing Pujols will begin a 10-year “personal…

  20. The Carlos Zambrano deal is official

    Jan 5, 2012, 2:04 PM EDT

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    The trade of Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins is official. Ken Rosenthal tweets some of the details: Zambrano waived his no-trade clause and his $19.25 million option for 2013 that would have kicked in if he finished in top four of the Cy Young vote. He’ll be a free agent next winter; He also settled…

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