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  1. Today is arbitration salary exchange day

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    You probably noticed yesterday that there were a lot of “so-and-so-avoids arbitration-by-signing-a-one-year-deal” posts.  Those all happened yesterday — and will continue in to trickle in today — because today is the day arbitration-eligible teams and player exchange salary proposals. Once numbers are exchanged, negotiation becomes way more constrained, as people are sort of pegged at…

  2. Brian Wilson will start spring training at full speed

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    brian wilson getty wide

    Know what we did all last winter but haven’t done at all this winter? Talked about Giants closer Brian Wilson.  How zany he is and all of that. Really, I haven’t thought about him at all since the last “BECAUSE I”M BLACK OPS!” Taco Bell commercial aired during the World Series.  Guess that happens when…

  3. NBC SportsTalk: The Montero-Pineda trade

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking with my buddy Russ Thaler about the Jesus Montero–Michael Pineda trade. Video below.  Watch for the moment when I called Jose Campos “that fireballer” because my brain locked and I was terrified that I was going to call him “Jorge Campos” and knew that wasn’t right but…

  4. A great interview with Robert Creamer

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

    Old team

    Graham Womack of Baseball Past and Present conducted an email interview with venerable baseball writer and author Robert Creamer. Creamer, who began following baseball as a kid in 1931 and began covering it for Sports Illustrated in 1954, provided a zillion fascinating answers all around, including his takes on steroids (you bet your bippy Babe…

  5. Report: Reds and Ryan Ludwick agree to one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds and outfielder Ryan Ludwick have agreed to a one-year deal with a mutual option for 2013. He’ll be reunited with Walt Jocketty, who was the general manager during his time in St. Louis. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Ludwick will make a $2.5 million base salary…

  6. Giants and Angel Pagan avoid arbitration with one-year, $4.85 million deal

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    According to Janie McCauley of the Associated Press, the Giants and outfielder Angel Pagan have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $4.85 million contract. The deal includes $150,000 in incentives based on plate appearances. Pagan, who was arbitration-eligible for the final time this offseason, made $3.5 million with the Mets in 2011 while batting…

  7. Josh Hamilton’s father-in-law will not be his accountability partner

    Jan 16, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    It was announced less than two weeks ago that Josh Hamilton‘s father-in-law, Michael Dean Chadwick, would replace new Brewers hitting coach Jerry Narron as the outfielder’s accountability partner for the 2012 season. However, Chadwick has experienced a change of heart since the announcement, recently informing Hamilton and the team that he couldn’t accept the job. Here’s…

  8. The Yankees and Hideki Matsui have been in contact

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    We heard earlier today that the Yankees are only willing to spend about $1-2 million on a designated hitter. This would seem to rule out Carlos Pena and possibly Johnny Damon, unless they are willing to take severe pay cuts. The Yanks will likely shuffle their aging veterans in and out of the DH spot…

  9. The Orioles are interested in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    When the Reds signed Ryan Madson to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with a club option last week, it left Francisco Cordero without a logical landing spot to close ballgames in 2012. However, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun is hearing that the Orioles have expressed interest in the veteran right-hander. Cordero, who turns 37…

  10. UPDATE Jamie Moyer is the the Rockies’ mystery pitcher

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:19 PM EDT

    moyer getty

    UPDATE: Mystery solved: Renck has updated his story: the mystery pitcher to whom the Rockies have made an offer is … Jamie Moyer. The offer is for a minor league deal. I picture him taking off a Mexican-style wrestling mask to reveal his identity. Except he doesn’t look like a Mexican wrestler because he’s 49…

  11. How the draft killed baseball in Puerto Rico

    Jan 16, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    Puerto Rico map

    Baseball had been king in Puerto Rico for the better part of a century. But now the Puerto Rico Winter League is all but dead.  There were only 20 players from Puerto Rico on major league rosters last Opening Day. What happened? According to the sources for this New York Times article it was the…

  12. Reds add Dioner Navarro for catching depth

    Jan 16, 2012, 4:46 PM EDT

    navarro warm-up

    Dioner Navarro was an All-Star for the Rays in 2008, but since then he’s hit .218, .194, and .193 in three seasons and today he agreed to a minor-league contract with the Reds. Cincinnati lost last year’s starting catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to the Rockies in free agency, but backup Ryan Hanigan has long been ready…

  13. Brewers agree to $2.35 million deal with Nyjer Morgan to avoid arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers - Game 5

    Nyjer Morgan and the Brewers have avoided arbitration with a one-year deal worth $2.35 million, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Morgan began last season in a backup role for the Brewers after coming over in spring training trade from the Nationals, but Carlos Gomez‘s injury opened up the door for him to become the…

  14. An in-depth look at the “should Jesus Montero catch” question

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron takes an extended look at the question I briefly touched on on Saturday: what position should Jesus Montero play now that he’s a Seattle Mariner? My quick view, based on the roster more than anything else, was that Montero should at least be given a shot to catch to see…

  15. Gio Gonzalez’s contract extension with Nationals worth up to $65 million

    Jan 16, 2012, 2:44 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has the details on Gio Gonzalez‘s new five-year deal with the Nationals, reporting that the contract guarantees the 26-year-old left-hander at least $42 million and could be worth as much as $65 million. For that $65 million figure to come into play the Nationals would have to exercise their…

  16. Murray Chass, his dinner and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony

    Jan 16, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Murray Chass

    Murray Chass has a blog post up over at his blog because he’s a blogger. It’s about the Hall of Fame. After a lot of words about Jack Morris and steroids dudes that are pretty redundant in light of everything else you’ve read in the past couple of months, he explains why he will never…

  17. A’s acquire Seth Smith from Rockies for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

    Smith_Seth

    Shortly after avoiding arbitration with Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal the Rockies have traded the outfielder to the A’s for pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso. Smith had a very good year for the Rockies in 2011, but became expendable once they signed Michael Cuddyer to join Dexter Fowler…

  18. The Braves have new alternate jerseys and they look pretty spiffy

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Braves alternates

    The Braves are going to sport a new home alternate jersey next year. It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but it was leaked by someone earlier today. I saw it over at Big League Stew. This is supposedly it: The differences: It’s cream not white.  There’s no tomahawk under the lettering, though there’s still a…

  19. Red Sox sign Vicente Padilla to minor-league contract

    Jan 16, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Nothing is official yet, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network reports that the Red Sox have agreed to terms with right-hander Vicente Padilla and Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. Padilla missed nearly all of last season following neck surgery and worked strictly as a reliever…

  20. Phil Hughes gets $3.2 million from Yankees, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million, avoiding arbitration. Hughes had a disappointing 2011, as injuries limited him to just 75 innings and he posted a 5.79 ERA, but he made $2.7 million and would have been in line for a decent-sized raise if the two sides went…

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