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  1. 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…

  2. Fausto Carmona released from jail on $13,000 bond

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Fausto Carmona‘s stay in a Dominican jail was a short one, as the Indians right-hander was freed today on $13,000 bond after being arrested yesterday for allegedly falsifying his identity. Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, apologized to the Indians and their fans upon his release and according to the Associated Press…

  3. Ryan Spilborghs signs minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Spilborghs gets a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. ========== Ryan Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies last month and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran outfielder is expected to sign with the Indians. Spilborghs was productive in a part-time role for the Rockies…

  4. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

  5. David Ortiz expects arbitration hearing, not settlement, with Red Sox

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Earlier this week dozens of players agreed to one-year deals prior to the deadline to submit arbitration figures and even those who didn’t will likely end up inking deals before an actual hearing. David Ortiz might be different, as the 36-year-old designated hitter said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to reach a compromise before going…

  6. Astros sign veteran catcher Chris Snyder

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Jason Castro breaking his foot while playing in the Arizona Fall League left the Astros short on catching depth and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran backstop Chris Snyder. Snyder is from Houston and has long been a starting-caliber catcher, but missed most of last season following back surgery…

  7. 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,…

  8. Mike Napoli has begun running after ankle injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    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,…

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

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    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…

  10. 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…

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

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aoki

    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…

  12. Video: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria meets LeBron James

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:34 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v Miami Heat

    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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.…

  17. 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…

  18. Rockies extend reliever Rafael Betancourt’s contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    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…

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

    Jan 19, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

    Gary Carter

    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…

  20. 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.…

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