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  1. The Rays are interested in Ryan Theriot

    Jan 7, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v St. Louis Cardinals

    While the Rays are still weighing their options for first base and designated hitter, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they also have interest in Ryan Theriot as a right-handed hitting utility infielder. Theriot was non-tendered by the Cardinals last month after batting .271/.321/.342 with one home run, 47 RBI and a .662 OPS over…

  2. Report: The Orioles and Blue Jays have watched Manny Ramirez

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    UPDATE: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com reports that Orioles manager Buck Showalter and longtime scout Fred Ferreira watched Ramirez take batting practice shortly after the Winter Meetings. It isn’t clear whether they have legitimate interest or this was just a matter of due diligence. 4:00 PM: Manny Ramirez is scheduled to hold a workout for MLB…

  3. Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera hasn’t had any setbacks since undergoing surgery early last month to remove polyps on his vocal cords. In fact, he spent a couple hours earlier today coaching some youth players during a clinic at the Frozen Ropes baseball facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the all-time saves…

  4. Report: Jorge Posada will announce retirement within next two weeks

    Jan 7, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

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    Sweeny Murti of WFAN in New York just reported that Jorge Posada will announce his retirement within the next two weeks. This shouldn’t come as a big surprise. We already knew Posada wasn’t returning to the Yankees in 2012, but he hadn’t ruled out the possibility of continuing his career elsewhere. In fact, there were…

  5. Brewers sign infielder Brooks Conrad to minor league contract

    Jan 7, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

    Brooks Conrad Getty

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Brewers have signed infielder Brooks Conrad to a minor league contract. He’ll compete for a utility infielder job during spring training. Conrad, who turns 32 later this month, batted .223/.325/.388 with four home runs, 13 RBI and a .713 OPS over 122 plate appearances with the Braves last…

  6. Arthur Rhodes close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2012

    Jan 7, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

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    Arthur Rhodes said during the Cardinals’ World Series run in October that he planned to play one more season before retiring and according to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, the 42-year-old left-hander is close to deciding where he’ll pitch in 2012. Rhodes was released by the Rangers last August after posting a 4.81 ERA…

  7. Kerry Wood talking with multiple clubs as deal with Cubs “far from done”

    Jan 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Kerry Wood Getty

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported Friday afternoon that the Cubs and Kerry Wood were getting closer on a one-year deal, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com is hearing that the veteran right-hander is still talking to multiple clubs and that a deal with Chicago is “far from done.” Wood left a lot of money…

  8. The Rangers have checked in on Ryan Madson

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Rangers signed Joe Nathan to a two-year, $14 million contract in November, but that didn’t stop them from pursuing closer Andrew Bailey before the Athletics traded him to the Red Sox late last month. And now they have checked in on free agent reliever Ryan Madson, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. I don’t have…

  9. Ryan Ludwick has contract offers from at least four teams

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick AP

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Ryan Ludwick has received contract offers from at least four teams. We have seen reports linking him to the Athletics and Reds as recently as this week, although it’s not clear whether any of the offers are from them. Ludwick, 33, batted .237/.310/.363 with 13 home runs, 75 RBI…

  10. Kendrys Morales cleared to “ramp up” some baseball activities

    Jan 7, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales is still a major question mark nearly two years removed from breaking his lower left leg while jumping onto home plate following a game-winning-home grand slam, but he did get some good news after visiting his doctor in Colorado earlier this week. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, Morales was…

  11. UPDATE: Rangers among teams interested in Brad Hawpe

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:05 PM EDT

    Eric Patterson, Brad Hawpe

    UPDATE: According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are interested in Hawpe. They are considering him as insurance at first base in case Mitch Moreland is slow coming back from wrist surgery. 9:31 PM: Brad Hawpe and Jorge Cantu news on the very same night? This Hot Stove is a-burnin’. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com…

  12. Rick Porcello opts out of contract, arbitration-eligible this winter

    Jan 6, 2012, 8:20 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers - Game Four

    According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, Rick Porcello has opted out of his contract and is now arbitration-eligible this winter. After the Tigers drafted Porcello out of high school as the 27th pick of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, they signed him to a four-year, $7.285 million major-league deal which included club options for 2011 and 2012.…

  13. Angels sign Jorge Cantu to minor league contract

    Jan 6, 2012, 6:50 PM EDT

    Jorge-Cantu

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the deal is done. 6:50 PM: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Angels are close to signing Jorge Cantu. While he didn’t specify, it’s same to assume he would get a minor league deal. Cantu signed with the Padres last winter and began the…

  14. Mets agree to one-year, $1.1 million deal with Ronny Cedeno

    Jan 6, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rubin now says the deal is done, pending Cedeno passing a physical exam, and will be worth around $1.1 million for one season. ========== According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets are talking to free agent infielder Ronny Cedeno and negotiations have reached a “critical” stage. Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy…

  15. Dave Duncan to be away from Cardinals for all of 2012; Derek Lilliquist named pitching coach

    Jan 6, 2012, 4:36 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: General manager John Mozeliak told Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch that the Cardinals do not expect Duncan to return during the 2012 season, meaning Lilliquist will take over the job without an “interim” title. ========== Longtime pitching coach Dave Duncan is taking an extended leave of absence from the Cardinals to…

  16. Yoenis Cespedes due to become free agent within two weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes remains in limbo as he tries to establish residency in the Dominican Republic and become a free agent, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is expected to be declared a free agent “sometime in the next 10…

  17. So much for Prince Fielder: Cubs acquire Anthony Rizzo from Padres for Andrew Cashner

    Jan 6, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Anthony Rizzo‘s future in San Diego was in doubt as soon as the Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds in the Mat Latos trade last month and today they traded Rizzo and Zach Cates to the Cubs for Andrew Cashner and Kyung-Min Na. Rizzo was awful in 49 games for the Padres as a…

  18. Georgia State Patrol fires trooper involved in crash that killed wife of Braves trainer

    Jan 6, 2012, 12:57 PM EDT

    Martin Prado, Jeff Porter

    Georgia State Patrol announced that trooper Donald Crozier was fired yesterday after being involved in the New Year’s Eve crash that killed the wife of Braves trainer Jeff Porter. Department of Public Safety commissioner Mark W. McDonough issued the following statement: Immediately following the crash, I requested the resources of the Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized…

  19. Nick Markakis facing six-week rehab from abdominal surgery

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Nick Markakis grand slam

    Nick Markakis underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn rectus abdominus muscle and may not be ready for the beginning of spring training. Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com notes that Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman missed six weeks after undergoing the same surgery and Markakis told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he won’t be…

  20. Angels “not looking to trade” Mark Trumbo despite logjam

    Jan 6, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    By adding Albert Pujols to a roster already well-stocked with first basemen and corner outfielders the Angels created a logjam that seemingly pointed to a trade. Speculation centered on Mark Trumbo, because he’s 25 years old and the Rookie of the Year runner-up, but yesterday general manager Jerry Dipoto indicated that the Angels aren’t shopping…

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