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  1. Koji Uehara turned down deal to Blue Jays, but still likely to be traded by Rangers

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara exercised his limited no-trade clause by turning down a trade to the Blue Jays earlier this week, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that there’s still “a pretty good chance” the Rangers will end up dealing the 35-year-old reliever. Uehara struggled after coming over from the Orioles in a July 30 deal for…

  2. The Prince Fielder deal is official, press conference at 2pm today

    Jan 26, 2012, 11:05 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    The Prince Fielder contract is now official. And the terms were pretty much what was reported:  $23 million in each of the next two seasons and $24 million per season over the final seven years of the contract. A total of $214 million over nine. The real significance of this, however, is that this will be…

  3. Nationals sign former Phillies closer Brad Lidge for setup gig

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:51 AM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal, as Lidge gets a one-year contract worth $1 million. ========== Longtime closer Brad Lidge is on the verge of signing with the Nationals as a setup man, according to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com. Lidge failed to save at least 15 games last season for the first time since 2003, as…

  4. The White Sox will wear throwback uniforms this year

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    White Sox throwbacks

    Given all of the bad uniform choices the White Sox made over the years, when I heard that they’d be doing throwback uniforms in 2012 my heart skipped a beat.  But it turns out that they’re going with a conservative and even tasteful choice: I always liked those. Probably because I have a framed copy…

  5. Andrew Bailey avoids arbitration with Red Sox for $3.9 million

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    Acquired from the A’s last month, Andrew Bailey has avoided arbitration with the Red Sox by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.9 million. Bailey submitted a $4.7 million figure for arbitration while the Red Sox countered at $3.35 million, so he ends up accepting $100,000 less than the midpoint. And he can make up…

  6. MLB.com releases its top-100 prospects list

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    It’s top-prospects season.  The two lists I watch for each year are Jonathan Mayo’s at MLB.com and Keith Law’s at ESPN.  Mayo just came out with his. I was mildly surprised that he has Matt Moore in the top spot ahead of Bryce Harper. But only mildly. When you strip away the hype over Harper,…

  7. The Orioles would consider a four-year deal for Edwin Jackson

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:28 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Edwin Jackson‘s free agent expectations have gone down as the winter has dragged on.  In recent days we’ve even heard-tell that he’d consider a one-year deal.  But never fear, Edwin! Dan Connolly reports that the Orioles may come riding to the rescue: In fact, I’ve been told the club would consider a four-year deal for…

  8. The Cardinals’ offer to Roy Oswalt sounds light

    Jan 26, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    oswalt glove getty

    For the last two days we’ve been talking about Roy Oswalt, the Red Sox, Cardinals and Rangers.  It sounds like he’s leaning toward the latter two. Now, after this tweet from Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, it sound like the latter one. Hearing that Cards made bid approaching $5M on Oswalt weeks ago…

  9. Chicago ad agencies angry at the Cubs for hiring a New York firm

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Don Draper

    I’m guessing a baseball team hiring service providers like lawyers, accountants and ad agencies from other cities is pretty common, but I’m drawn to this story anyway. Why? Because I was years behind watching “Mad Men,” and in the last month or so I have been catching up, often by watching two episodes or sometimes…

  10. Reds sign lefty Jeff Francis to minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:14 PM EDT

    jeff francis ap

    From Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com comes word that the Reds have reached agreement on a minor league contract with free agent lefty Jeff Francis. The deal carries an invitation to major league spring training, where Francis will presumably get a shot at landing a spot in Cincinnati’s starting rotation. Francis, 31, posted a troubling 4.82 ERA…

  11. Eric Wedge ‘leaning’ toward dropping Ichiro from leadoff spot

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:48 PM EDT

    suzuki_ichiro

    The Seattle Mariners remain in a transition phase, attempting to undo the messes of Bill Bavasi while playing in a beefed up AL West division that includes two teams — the Rangers and Angels — that are throwing money around like they just got some magic pants. A big part of that transition will involve…

  12. Angels make offer to free agent reliever Luis Ayala

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    ayala getty

    According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels have “tendered a formal offer” to free agent right-hander Luis Ayala. Whether it’s a major league or minor league contract offer is not yet known. Ayala is also drawing free agent interest from a “handful” of other teams, according to Gonzalez’s source, and is “still weighing his options.” The…

  13. UPDATE: Rays reach contract with infielder Jeff Keppinger

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    keppinger giants getty

    From Marc Topkin of the newly-named Tampa Bay Times comes word that the Rays are “closing in on a major-league deal” with infielder Jeff Keppinger. An agreement could be finalized later this week. Keppinger batted just .277/.300/.377 with six home runs and 35 RBI across 399 plate appearances last season between the Astros and Giants, and…

  14. Josh Johnson feeling good after first bullpen session

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:55 PM EDT

    josh johnson ap

    Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson made only nine starts last season due to shoulder issues. He’s optimistic that things will be far different in 2012. According to beat writer Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post, the 27-year-old ace felt “good” after throwing a bullpen session (29 pitches) Tuesday for the first time since September. He has…

  15. Marlins’ new stadium will be called “Marlins Park” … for now

    Jan 25, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    marlins park reuters

    Marlins president David Samson told Miami’s 790 The Ticket on Wednesday that the organization is in talks with multiple companies interested in buying naming rights to the nearly-completed stadium. But no agreement has been struck yet, and that might not change before the facility opens its doors April 1 for an exhibition game against the…

  16. Nick Masset signs two-year deal with Reds, avoids arbitration

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:48 PM EDT

    Masset_Nick

    Cincinnati has bought out Nick Masset‘s remaining arbitration eligibility, signing the right-hander to a two-year contract that MLB Trade Rumors reports is worth $5.5 million. Masset made $1.725 million last season and submitted a $2.9 million figure for arbitration after throwing 70 innings with a 3.71 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio. Cincinnati countered at $2.1…

  17. Daryle Ward, still alive apparently, suspended 50 games for amphetamines

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    syringe

    Did you know that Daryle Ward was still kicking around baseball?  Me neither! But he is. And now he’s been suspended for 50 games after a positive amphetamines test. From the press release: Free agent Minor League first baseman Daryle Ward has received a 50-game suspension after testing positive for an amphetamine.  The suspension of Ward is…

  18. Austin Kearns agrees to minor-league contract with Marlins

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

    Kearns_Austin

    Austin Kearns has bounced around a lot, playing for four teams in the past three seasons, and the 32-year-old outfielder will now try to win a spot on the Marlins’ bench after agreeing to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Kearns briefly looked like a future star in 2002 and 2003, but…

  19. Brewers owner: Ryan Braun won’t attend fan event because “this is too sensitive of a time”

    Jan 25, 2012, 5:02 PM EDT

    braun wide getty

    Ryan Braun was scheduled to appear at the Brewers “fan fest” event this weekend, but owner Mark Attanasio just released a statement announcing that the reigning MVP won’t be there because of concerns about how his attendance could impact the 50-game suspension appeal: In working through the logistics of this weekend’s Brewers On Deck event…

  20. Let the bidding begin: Yoenis Cespedes is finally a free agent

    Jan 25, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    cespedes getty

    After months of reports about Yoenis Cespedes being on the verge of free agency MLB has finally announced that the 26-year-old outfielder who defected from Cuba last summer is cleared to negotiate with teams. Cespedes established residency in the Dominican Republic and then surprised many people by participating in the Dominican winter league, but stopped…

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