Skip to content
  1. Jim Thome is going to play more first base than expected

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Third baseman Jim Thome

    Even I can’t distort this quote from Ruben Amaro into a full-blown Best Shape of His Life post, but it’s close — more of a “best shape of the decade” thing — and it is notable all the same.  From Jon Paul Morosi: “Our medical people are surprised at the shape he’s in,” Amaro said.…

  2. Carlos Pena is on the Yankees’ radar

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Fact: the Yankees have a radar. It’s a bistatic radar, adapted from Soviet-era surface-to-air missile systems.  Most teams are still using monostatic radar making them far less lethal forces than are the Yankees. It’s a little known fact but one we baseball insiders are all hip to. Stick with me and I’ll drop all kinds…

  3. Where will Jesus Montero play for the Mariners?

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Still reeling from that trade last night. Unlike some deals that are rumored for several hours or days, this one sprung from the head of Zeus, fully-formed, in almost no time.  And also unlike so many other deals this didn’t involve a salary dump. The M’s had a stud pitcher and needed a bat. The…

  4. Disturbing the peace charges dropped against Rockies pitcher Drew Pomeranz

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:59 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Colorado Rockies

    Disturbing the peace charges were dropped against Rockies left-hander Drew Pomeranz, his agency Beverly Hills Sports Council announced earlier today. Pomeranz, who was acquired from the Indians last July as the centerpiece of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade, was arrested in Oxford, Mississippi in mid-October following an incident after coming out of a bar with friends.…

  5. Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.75 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Ryan Sweeney

    According to the Associated Press, the Red Sox and Ryan Sweeney avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.75 million contract. Sweeney, who was acquired from the Athletics last month in the Andrew Bailey trade, earned $1.4 million last season while batting .265/.346/.341 with one home run, 25 RBI and a .687 OPS over 299…

  6. Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agree to one-year, $10 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    The Yankees are set to acquire right-hander Michael Pineda from the Mariners in a four-player deal, but they aren’t done improving their rotation. Jack Curry of YES Network reports that they have agreed to terms with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal worth between $10-11 million, pending a physical. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that it’s…

  7. Michael Pineda addition a big win for Yankees

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Maybe there were no household names involved, but Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero is a huge trade, one that, at first inspection, appears to have been won by the Yankees. The Mariners picked up Montero after originally passing on him in a Cliff Lee deal in the summer of 2010. They chose the Rangers’ package headed by…

  8. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

  9. Cubs re-sign Kerry Wood to one-year, $3 million deal with club option for 2013

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:17 PM EDT

    Kerry Wood Getty

    Things looked a little dicey earlier this week, but Kerry Wood is back where we all thought he would be when the offseason began. From David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com comes word that the Cubs and Wood have agreed to terms on a new deal. The announcement was made to an “insane ovation” at Cubs Convention…

  10. Braves, Martin Prado avoid arbitration with one-year, $4.75 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 6:28 PM EDT

    Martin Prado Getty

    Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and Martin Prado have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $4.75 million contract. Prado, who is under team control through 2013, earned $3.1 million last season while batting .260/.302/.385 with 13 homers, 57 RBI and a .687 OPS over 590 plate appearances while making 90 starts…

  11. The Red Sox offered Jason Varitek a minor league deal. Maybe.

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:50 PM EDT

    varitek ap wide

    The Red Sox don’t need Jason Varitek. They have Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kelly Shoppach.  Meanwhile, Varitek has had no known interest from any other team.  Things look grim for his future. But the Red Sox are at least offering him a temporary lifeline: Jon Heyman reports that they’ve offered a minor league deal with a spring…

  12. Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the…

  13. Hanley Ramirez is warming to the idea of playing third

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez didn’t take too well to the Marlins telling him he was moving to third base in the wake of the Jose Reyes signing.  But Jon Paul Morosi reports that “a friend of Hanley Ramirez” says Ramirez is “warming up” to the idea of playing third.  Two questions: Where does Morosi meet “a friend…

  14. Braves re-sign Jack Wilson to one-year, $1 million contract

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:32 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v St. Louis Cardinals

    Jack Wilson has seemingly been the cheap, light-hitting, veteran fallback plan for a handful of teams in the middle infield, but today he agreed to re-sign with the Braves after coming to Atlanta from Seattle in an August 31 trade. Wilson gets a one-year, $1 million deal and Mark Bowman of MLB.com speculates that he’ll…

  15. A position-by-position breakdown of the best players not in the Hall of Fame

    Jan 13, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    Over at Baseball Prospectus Jay Jaffe runs down the best players not in the Hall of Fame by position. At least the first half of them (this is the first part of a series). It’s a maddening list so far. Not so much for the first name listed — in  many cases they are players…

  16. Diamondbacks “showing interest” in Bartolo Colon

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon hasn’t been linked to many teams as a free agent, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “showing interest” in him as a potential fifth starter. After a year out of the big leagues Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last offseason and made a remarkable comeback, throwing…

  17. The prices fall on Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda, Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:36 PM EDT

    kuroda getty

    The top three starting pitchers left on the free agent market are finding it tough going.  And Buster Olney reports that Edwin Jackson, Hiroki Kuroda and Roy Oswalt have all lowered their asking price: The asking prices have come down significantly for veteran FA starters: Oswalt (said to be at $8m), Kuroda (10-11m), Edwin Jackson.…

  18. Phillies, Kyle Kendrick avoid arbitration with $3.6 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:19 PM EDT

    Kyle Kendrick throwing AP

    Kyle Kendrick and the Phillies have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $3.585 million. Kendrick earned $2.45 million last season in his first year of arbitration eligibility and threw 115 innings with a 3.22 ERA while splitting time between the rotation and bullpen. He’s slated for a bullpen role this season because…

  19. A deeper look at the holdup on approving Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner

    Jan 13, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    padres logo friar

    Yesterday the assembled owners put the vote to approve Jeff Moorad as the Padres owner on hold.  Today Tim Sullivan of the San Diego Union-Tribune has more on that. Specifically, that there are concerns about team finances and debt limit considerations: Selig declined to specify what questions Moorad’s group must resolve, but he said concerns…

  20. Yoenis Cespedes names six teams with “a lot of interest”

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes made his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic last night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and afterward the Cuban defector told local reporter Dionisio Soldevila that six teams have expressed “a lot of interest” in signing him. According to Cespedes those half-dozen teams are the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and…

Top 10 MLB Player Searches
  1. D. Span (3141)
  2. B. Gardner (3109)
  3. D. Mesoraco (3069)
  4. D. Salazar (3020)
  5. C. Gomez (2960)