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  1. Scott Olsen signs minor-league deal with White Sox

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that left-hander Scott Olsen has agreed to a minor-league contract with the White Sox, who add some rotation depth in case they continue to trade more veteran pitchers. Once upon a time Olsen was a top prospect and had a strong rookie season for the Marlins as a 22-year-old in…

  2. Must-click link: The Scott Boras origin story

    Jan 25, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Boras thinking

    Every superhero has an origin story. They were sent here from a doomed alien world. They were bit by a radioactive spider. Their parents were murdered in Crime Alley. Whatever the hell boring stuff happened to Aquaman to make him the mediocre whatever-it-is he is. Scott Boras may not be in the Justice League, but…

  3. Ryan Zimmerman won’t negotiate extension with Nationals after spring training begins

    Jan 25, 2012, 12:44 PM EDT

    zimmerman bats

    Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals have been engaged in some level of long-term contract talks for going on a year now, but yesterday the third baseman told Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post that he’ll cut off negotiations once spring training starts: I think it’s unfair to my teammates for that to garner any attention…

  4. Marlins “expected to make strong push” for Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Now that Yoenis Cespedes has established residency in the Dominican Republic his long-awaited free agency should be right around the corner and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins “are expected to make a strong push” for the Cuban defector. They’ll have plenty of competition, although Cespedes’ poor showing in the Dominican winter league…

  5. Gammons: GMs think Oswalt signs with the Cardinals or Rangers

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:37 AM EDT

    oswalt getty

    Peter Gammons knows people in high places. Three of them are GMs with whom he spoke about Roy Oswalt, and two of them think Oswalt will sign with the Rangers. The third thinks it’s the Cardinals. All of those have been discussed before either due to previous interest in Oswalt or what we think we…

  6. Robert Andino gets $1.3 million to skip arbitration with Orioles

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Andino_Robert

    Cross another name off the list of potential arbitration hearings, as Robert Andino and the Orioles have compromised on a one-year deal. Andino submitted a $1.6 million figure and the Orioles countered at $1 million, and according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun they settled at the $1.3 million midpoint. Andino came into last…

  7. The Dodgers sale price could soar above $1.5 billion

    Jan 25, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Dodger Stadium

    Bill Shaikin writes of another interested bidder in the Los Angeles Dodgers: Leo Hindery. His significance? He was the founder of YES Network and his presence in the bidding suggests that a Dodgers cable network could be in the works. Which, as we know, means serious money for the team to which it is attached.…

  8. Koji Uehara rejected a trade to the Blue Jays

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Texas has been shopping Koji Uehara and apparently found a palatable deal for him, but Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the 36-year-old reliever rejected a trade to Toronto. Uehara’s contract–which was signed with the Orioles–includes a limited no-trade clause consisting of six teams and unfortunately for the Rangers the Blue Jays are on…

  9. Florida lawmaker looking to soak teams which accepted public stadium money

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    I don’t know enough about Florida politics to know if this has any chance of going anywhere, but I am heartened to see that someone in the Florida legislature is trying — either through actual legislation or just by virtue of sheer grandstanding — to illustrate just how crappy a deal it is for taxpayers…

  10. Bartolo Colon’s one-year deal with the A’s worth $2 million

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon and the A’s made their one-year deal official yesterday, as the 38-year-old right-hander passed his physical exam. Colon, who made just $900,000 last season on a minor-league deal with the Yankees, will get a big-league deal worth $2 million in guaranteed money this time around. Oakland has shed all kinds of major-league talent…

  11. People in Houston DO NOT like the idea of changing the Astros’ name

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Astros logo

    Remember how Jim Crane suggested the other day that the Astros could have their name changed?  Yeah, not a very popular idea in Houston. According to this article by Zach Levine of the Houston Chronicle, 80% of 11,000 people (admittedly unscientifically) polled by the paper were opposed to the idea. Levine produces some of the responses.…

  12. Adam Dunn on his “one stupid year”

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    There’s a good story about Adam Dunn by Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times today. Van Schouwen caught up with Dunn at home in Houston and talked about the train wreck that was Dunn’s 2011 season and how he feels he’s going to get back on track for 2012. Note: there is some flirting…

  13. Carlos Beltran: Mets fans need to get over the 2006 NLCS

    Jan 25, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Carlos Beltran is now a St. Louis Cardinal. Before that he was a San Francisco Giant. Yet he still gets asked about his time with the Mets a lot. And not just recent stuff. Stuff from 2006. For example, the other night he appeared at a charity event in New York and he was asked…

  14. Prince Fielder, Cecil Fielder and the significance of family

    Jan 25, 2012, 8:17 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder Cecil Fielder

    Cecil Fielder was making the media rounds yesterday following his son’s signing with the Detroit Tigers. It was understandable given his own history in Detroit. Thing is, Cecil and Prince have a very complicated history and, in recent years, have been reported to have no relationship at all. The whole story is known only to…

  15. Diamondbacks and Brad Ziegler agree to one-year, $1.795M deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Getty Brad Ziegler

    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks and reliever Brad Ziegler avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.795 million contract. Ziegler requested $1.945 million and was offered $1.46 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides agreed to a deal a little above the midpoint.…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes establishes residency in Dominican Republic, already a free agent?

    Jan 24, 2012, 8:57 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    UPDATE: That was fast. Dionisio Soldevila of the Associated Press was told by Cespedes’ representative, Edgar Mercedes, that not only has the Cuban outfielder established residency in the Dominican Republic, he has also officially been granted free agency by MLB. In fact, Cespedes stopped playing in the Dominican Winter League playoffs at the urging of MLB teams. We haven’t…

  17. Ike Davis is the NL’s second-best first baseman?

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

    Ike Davis, Miguel Montero

    With Albert Pujols and now Prince Fielder following Adrian Gonzalez to the American League, the NL has bled some remarkable talent at first base the last two winters. That’s one sure Hall of Famer and two more legitimate possibilities switching leagues while still in their primes. Left is Joey Votto and, well… Reds: Joey Votto…

  18. Miguel Cabrera says he’ll move back to third base to accommodate Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera began his tenure with the Tigers as a third baseman in 2008, but he was quickly moved across the diamond after committing five errors in the space of just 14 games. However, he’s preparing for an unexpected move back to the hot corner now that the Tigers and Prince Fielder have agreed to…

  19. Yankees and Russell Martin avoid arbitration with one-year, $7.5 million deal

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News passes along word that the Yankees and Russell Martin have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that he’ll make $7.5 million with the chance for $100,000 in performance-based incentives. Martin requested $8.2 million and was offered $7…

  20. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EDT

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

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  2. R. Castillo (3469)
  3. D. Travis (3203)
  4. A. Pujols (3038)
  5. C. Crisp (2985)
  1. B. Harper (2897)
  2. H. Ryu (2895)
  3. Y. Puig (2869)
  4. J. Reyes (2741)
  5. D. Wright (2740)