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  1. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

  2. Mike Napoli has begun running after ankle injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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    We learned last week that Mike Napoli had yet to run comfortably on the left ankle injury that he suffered in an awkward baserunning play at second base during Game 6 of the World Series against the Cardinals, but he has made some progress over the past few days. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com,…

  3. GM says Prince Fielder “probably not a good fit” for Tigers

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury puts the Tigers in the market for a veteran designated hitter and has some fans getting their hopes up for Prince Fielder, but general manager Dave Dombrowski threw cold water on that notion yesterday. Angela Wittrock of MLive.com asked the GM about Fielder during the Tigers’ winter caravan tour and…

  4. R.A. Dickey is back from Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    R.A. Dickey returned to the United States on Tuesday after successfully reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro last week. Dickey’s former teammate and current Rockies right-hander Kevin Slowey and Mets bullpen catcher Dave Raccaniello also participated in the climb, which was part of an effort to raise money and awareness for the Bombay Teen Challenge, an organization dedicated…

  5. Norichika Aoki took a big pay cut to leave Japan for Brewers

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    For most Japanese players coming to America the amount a team bids to secure their exclusive negotiating rights through the posting process ends up being similar to the amount they sign for during the 30-day window. For instance, the Rangers bid $51.7 million for Yu Darvish and then signed him to a six-year, $60 million…

  6. Video: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria meets LeBron James

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

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    Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was nearly crushed to a pulp at Thursday night’s Lakers vs. Heat game in Miami, when his courtside seat got in the way of LeBron James and a loose basketball. Luckily for Loria, James made a quick save, grabbing the back of the 71-year-old’s chair and pulling it upright. To the…

  7. Details of Yu Darvish’s contract with the Rangers

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the year-by-year breakdown of Yu Darvish‘s contract with the Rangers: 2012: $5.5 million 2013: $9.5 million 2014: $10 million 2015: $10 million 2016: $10 million 2017: $11 million The deal was initially reported as a six-year, $60 million contract, but it turns out that $56 million is…

  8. Montero-Pineda trade being held up by visa, weather issues

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT

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    The Yankees and Mariners agreed last Friday to a trade sending catcher Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to Seattle for right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. But that deal has not been completely finalized, and might not be made officially official for another couple days. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Montero is waiting for…

  9. Ryan Braun’s PED suspension appeal was heard Thursday

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun finally got his day in court on Thursday afternoon. Here’s the story, from reporters Bill Madden, Andy Martino and Teri Thompson of the New York Daily News: Ryan Braun, the National League’s Most Valuable Player, pleaded his case Thursday before a three-member panel that will decide whether he faces a 50-game…

  10. Rangers will formally introduce Yu Darvish on Friday night

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    Press conferences are typically held on weekday afternoons to ensure that fans and media members can easily take in whatever news is being discussed. But the Angels’ press conference introducing Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson was held outdoors on a Saturday and the Rangers are now taking a unique approach with their big offseason acquisition.…

  11. Jorge De La Rosa cleared to begin throwing off mound

    Jan 19, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    Rockies left-hander Jorge De La Rosa underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last June and wound up making only 10 starts during the 2011 season. He should be much more active in 2012. According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, De La Rosa has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound regularly and…

  12. Rockies extend reliever Rafael Betancourt’s contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

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    Rafael Betancourt will be a full-time closer for the first time this season at age 36 and today the veteran right-hander agreed to a contract extension with the Rockies. Betancourt’s old contract pays $4 million this season and included a $4.25 million mutual option or $250,000 buyout for 2013, but Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes…

  13. Gary Carter’s brain cancer treatment is “extremely grave”

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Gary Carter’s daughter revealed that a recent MRI exam on the Hall of Fame catcher showed “several new spots/tumors on his brain” and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News writes that “Carter’s fight with brain cancer has turned from brave to extremely grave.” According to Madden, in recent weeks Carter’s “condition was visibly…

  14. Fausto Carmona arrested in Dominican Republic for using false identity

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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    Jorge Arangure of ESPN.com passes along word from reporter Yancen Pujols that Indians right-hander Fausto Carmona was arrested in the Dominican Republic and is being charged with using a false identity. According to Pujols, Dominican police arrested Carmona–whose real name is apparently Roberto Hernandez Heredia–while he was leaving the American consulate after renewing his visa.…

  15. Fred Lewis agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Fred Lewis, who spent last season with the Reds, has inked a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Lewis struggled last season, hitting just .230 with a .638 OPS in 81 games while spending time on the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he’s generally been a pretty…

  16. The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen. Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired…

  17. Dexter Fowler is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Calcaterra is on vacation, but before leaving he gave me permission to cover the “best shape of my life” beat should the need arise and … well, shockingly another player has been working out this offseason! Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been working out with teammates…

  18. Indians sign Jeremy Accardo to a minor league contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Indians have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran reliever Jeremy Accardo. The deal includes an invatiaton to major league spring training, where Accardo will presumably get a chance to win a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a rough 5.71…

  19. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still talking contract extension

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Throughout last season there were various reports about Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals having contract extension discussions and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking about a long-term deal. Zimmerman has two years and $26 million remaining on his current five-year, $45 million contract, so there’s no huge rush for…

  20. Jorge Posada not officially retired yet, but not planning to play

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Despite previous reports about his impending retirement Jorge Posada has not made an official announcement that he’s calling it quits, but the longtime Yankees catcher told Adam Berry of MLB.com that he’s “not getting prepared for another season, that’s for sure.” Posada added that he “tried” to get ready to play in 2012 but “it’s…

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