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  1. Diamondbacks re-sign veteran infielder Cody Ransom

    Dec 11, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

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    According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, the Diamondbacks have re-signed veteran infielder Cody Ransom to a minor league contract. Ransom posted a stellar .317/.405/.629 batting line with 27 home runs, 29 doubles and 92 RBI in 432 plate appearances this past year at the Triple-A level, also swiping 10 bases in 13 attempts. The 35-year-old was…

  2. Cards’ strategy in Pujols talks was odd, maybe even insulting

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    It probably wouldn’t have mattered anyway because the Angels blew away the competition with their 10-year, $254 million contract offer to Albert Pujols, but it’s now being revealed that the Cardinals’ higher-ups made a number of odd decisions in their negotiations for the first baseman and franchise icon. Like, for instance, offering him a five-year,…

  3. Brewers issue statement on Ryan Braun’s PED charge

    Dec 11, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    Brewers chairman and principal owner Mark Attanasio issued a statement late Saturday night offering the organization’s official stance on the allegations that left fielder Ryan Braun was using synthetic testosterone during the 2011 season. If you’re not into reading prepared statements, which almost always lack provocativeness, the gist is this: Braun has been an honorable player since…

  4. Pujols addresses Cardinals fans: “I respect them”

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Albert Pujols was introduced at an outdoor press conference Saturday in Anaheim, California attended by over 4,000 fans — a pep rally, basically. So when he was asked by multiple reporters to discuss his feelings about heart-broken St. Louisans, the questions drew loud boos and he deflected ‘em. A bit later in the day, Pujols…

  5. Ryan Braun on PED charge: “I’m completely innocent”

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

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    There’s been so much blatant lying on the topic of steroid usage in baseball that fans have rightfully developed trust issues with the game’s athletes. But Ryan Braun deserves to be heard on the charge that he was using synthetic testosterone — confirmed by an early-October positive test, then denied by a negative test a…

  6. Josh Willingham deciding between four interested teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

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    According to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham has narrowed his long list of suitors down to four teams: the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. The Rays were also in the running at one point but may have backed away from the negotiating table during the Winter Meetings as…

  7. David Price attacked by man peeing on his car in Tampa

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

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    This one’s … odd. But thankfully fairly innocent. From Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times comes word that Rays pitcher David Price was nearly assaulted outside of a Tampa restaurant Friday after confronting a man who was relieving himself on the 26-year-old left-hander’s car. No one was injured — not Price, nor the man.…

  8. MVP Braun’s positive test spells disaster for MLB

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

    Ryan Braun

    This is just the kind of PR mess that commissioner Bud Selig and his cronies didn’t need this month. The National League’s newly minted Most Valuable Player tested positive for enhanced testosterone levels during the postseason, and now Ryan Braun joins legends like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Alex Rodriguez and Mark McGwire in being implicated…

  9. Ryan Braun tested positive for synthetic testosterone

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:47 PM EDT

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    According to Mark Fainaru-Wada and T.J. Quinn of ESPN.com, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug. Braun, who won the 2011 National League MVP Award, is disputing the result through arbitration. If it is upheld, he will face a 50-game suspension. It should be noted that Major League Baseball has not once…

  10. Angels will tender a contract to Kendrys Morales

    Dec 10, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    There’s been some talk, in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, that Anaheim might non-tender Kendrys Morales prior to Monday’s deadline. But Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia put that idea to rest on Saturday afternoon during a press conference introducing both Pujols and lefty C.J. Wilson. This according to MLB.com’s…

  11. The Dodgers have interest in Daniel Muprhy

    Dec 10, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy

    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti mentioned during the Winter Meetings that he was working on a deal to add another infielder capable of playing multiple positions. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was told by a league source that the Mets’ Daniel Murphy was their target and that they make may a run at him again sometime…

  12. Picture of the Day: Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in their new digs

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    The Angels just held a press conference/pep rally at Angel Stadium officially introducing their new first baseman Albert Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson. It goes without saying, but seeing Pujols in a different uniform is going to take some getting used to.

  13. Dodgers targeting Hideki Matsui as bench bat

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that he’d like to go younger with the DH spot next season, which means that Hideki Matsui will almost certainly be playing elsewhere next season. His search for a job may lead him to an interesting place: the National League. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts was…

  14. Astros may have interest in Ryan Theriot if he’s non-tendered

    Dec 10, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    MLB Network’s Jon Heyman hears that the Astros may have interest in infielder Ryan Theriot if he’s non-tendered by the Cardinals. The non-tender part sounds like a pretty good bet to happen, as the Cardinals have already pegged Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for next season and are “making progress” in bringing back…

  15. UPDATE: Cardinals reach two-year deal with Rafael Furcal

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

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

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears that the Cardinals and Furcal have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth around $14 million, pending a physical. Take that, Angels. 2:27 PM: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are “finishing up” a two-year contract which is likely worth around $14 million. That’s a…

  16. Darren Oliver drawing interest from multiple teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that Darren Oliver was on the verge of re-signing with the Rangers, but things have evidently changed over the past few days. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the veteran left-hander is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Red Sox, and is “keeping an open mind” on his destination for…

  17. Harrison Ford to play Branch Rickey in Jackie Robinson biopic

    Dec 10, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    According to Spencer Fordin of MLB.com, Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Harrison Ford will play Hall of Fame Dodgers’ executive Branch Rickey in a biopic about Jackie Robinson. Many prominent actors have been mentioned for the role of Rickey over the years, including Robert Redford this past April, but Ford was apparently their top choice.…

  18. Rangers and Ian Kinsler have discussed contract extension

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler could become a free agent following the 2013 season, but he wants to stay with the Rangers for the long haul. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Kinsler said that his agent, Jay Franklin, has had preliminary talks with the club about an extension. “I want to stay here,” Kinsler…

  19. James Loney didn’t tell the Dodgers about his arrest last month

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney spoke with Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles yesterday, issuing his first public comments since news broke that he was arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing into three cars. Among other things, Loney claims that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has…

  20. Manny Ramirez officially reinstated from voluntary retirement list

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Let the bidding war begin. OK, not really. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Manny Ramirez has been officially reinstated by MLB from the voluntary retirement list. We learned last weekend that Ramirez was planning a comeback. While he was initially expected to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing…

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