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  1. Rockies acquire Marco Scutaro from Red Sox for Clayton Mortensen

    Jan 21, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Marco Scutaro

    UPDATE: Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports that the deal is done. The Red Sox are sending Marco Scutaro to the Rockies for right-hander Clayton Mortensen. Colorado will be responsible for Scutaro’s entire $6 million salary this season. Mortensen, a 2007 supplemental first-round pick of the Cardinals, posted a…

  2. Josh Johnson to begin throwing off a mound next week

    Jan 21, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    The Marlins have made some splashy additions this winter with Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, but they likely won’t be contenders if they don’t get bounceback seasons from two their big two stars, Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson. Ramirez told the Associated Press earlier this month that his surgically-repaired shoulder is 95-percent healed…

  3. Ozzie Guillen denies quitting on the White Sox, threatens to “kill people’s feelings”

    Jan 21, 2012, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Jake Peavy made some waves with an appearance on WSCR-AM 670 in Chicago last Saturday, implying that Ozzie Guillen quit on the White Sox last September by stepping down as manager with two games remaining in the season. Here’s part of his comments, via Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune. “I know he had a…

  4. Report: Giants offered Tim Lincecum a two-year, $40 million contract

    Jan 21, 2012, 3:04 PM EDT

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    We heard this morning that the Giants and Tim Lincecum were making “significant progress” in contract negotiations. Now we have some specifics. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Giants offered Lincecum a two-year, $40 million contract while the ace right-hander’s reps countered at two years and $44 million. With such a small gap…

  5. Nick Markakis expects to be ready for Opening Day following abdominal surgery

    Jan 21, 2012, 2:10 PM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis is currently working his way back from surgery earlier this month to repair a torn rectus abdominus muscle. During an appearance at Orioles’ FanFest earlier today, the 28-year-old outfielder told Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com that while he’ll probably be limited until the first week of March, he expects to be ready for Opening Day…

  6. Yu Darvish’s father is not a fan of the posting system

    Jan 21, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    After securing exclusive negotiating rights for Yu Darvish with a record $51,703,411 posting fee last month, the Rangers signed the 25-year-old right-hander to a six-year contract this week which guarantees him $56 million. While everyone appears to be pleased with the outcome, Yu’s father, Farsad Darvish, told Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com following the press conference last…

  7. Rangers’ co-owner would rather keep Josh Hamilton than sign Prince Fielder

    Jan 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

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    Now that Yu Darvish is officially in the fold as a member of the Texas Rangers, much of the attention will shift to whether the club should also sign Prince Fielder. The Rangers will soon have plenty of money coming in thanks to their new television contract, but the reality is that they might not…

  8. Fausto Carmona was outed following a hush money dispute with the real Fausto Carmona

    Jan 21, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Fausto Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Thursday for allegedly falsifying his identity. We’re slowly learning more details about how he was exposed. ESPN’s Pedro Gomez reported on “Outside the Lines” yesterday that Carmona was outed several weeks ago on a popular radio show in Santo…

  9. The Giants and Tim Lincecum have made “significant progress” in contract talks

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Tim Lincecum requested $21.5 million and was offered by the Giants $17 million when arbitration figures were exchanged Tuesday. Both were records for a player with less than six years of service time. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that “significant progress” has been made in negotiations since the filing numbers were…

  10. Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets among teams interested in Jeff Francis

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is beginning to attract more interest from teams in the market for a starting pitcher. The Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets are among the teams believed to be in the mix. Francis, who turned 31 earlier this month, went 6-16 with the Royals…

  11. Picture of the Day: Yu Darvish, Texas Ranger

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a member of the Texas Rangers during a press conference earlier this evening in the “Hall of Fame room” at the Ballpark in Arlington. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media were on hand for the occasion. Below is a picture of…

  12. Report: The Rockies remain interested in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Rockies’ efforts to acquire Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox fizzled rather quickly, but they aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their search for another option at second base. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “remain strongly interested” in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner. This isn’t the first time…

  13. The Athletics are “very interested” in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 20, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said during the Winter Meetings last month that he would prefer to go younger at designated hitter this season, but despite having a number of internal options, things might not work out that way. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles was told by a source (link in Spanish) that Oakland…

  14. Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Brad Hawpe was a bust for the Padres last season, earning $3 million while hitting just .231 with a .645 OPS in his first full season away from Coors Field, and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers. Hawpe’s numbers were always inflated by playing half…

  15. Rockies in talks with Red Sox for Marco Scutaro … maybe

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    scutaro getty

    UPDATE: Not so fast. Less than an hour after his original report Renck says “talks are now fizzling.” ========== Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “are close to acquiring” Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox. Colorado has been looking for a veteran second baseman and Scutaro would be a nice addition,…

  16. Jonny Gomes agrees to $1.1 million deal with A’s

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s. ========== Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120…

  17. Nationals and Michael Morse agree to two-year contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    6:00 p.m. EST update: According to the Associated Press, Morse will earn about $10.5 million over the next two seasons. 5:20 p.m EST update: According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, it’s a two-year deal for Morse, so it merely takes him to free agency. /// The terms aren’t in yet, but the Nationals avoided arbitration with…

  18. Indians acquire Kevin Slowey from Rockies for Zach Putnam

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Last month the Rockies acquired Kevin Slowey from the Twins and penciled him into their rotation, but after picking up more pitching in the Seth Smith trade with the A’s they decided Slowey was no longer needed. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have traded Slowey to the Indians for pitching prospect…

  19. Brett Gardner, Yankees skip arbitration, settle for $2.8 million

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner and the Yankees won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports is worth $2.8 million. That’s the exact midpoint between the $3.2 million figure Gardner submitted and the Yankees’ counter of $2.4 million. Gardner gets a six-fold raise in his first…

  20. Sergio Romo, Giants avoid arbitration with $1.575 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo and the Giants couldn’t agree to a contract before Tuesday’s deadline to submit arbitration figures, but the two sides have still avoided a hearing with a one-year, $1.575 million deal. Romo filed for $1.75 million and the Giants countered at $1.3 million, so he ends up getting $50,000 more than the midpoint. Romo…

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