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  1. Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months. A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are…

  2. Brandon Webb is still on the comeback trail

    Feb 5, 2012, 2:53 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb last appeared in a big league game on Opening Day in 2009 and has undergone a series of major shoulder procedures since. But the 32-year-old is still fighting — still trying to make it back. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Webb is planning to throw for major league teams “sometime in…

  3. A’s among teams pursuing trade for Rangers’ Koji Uehara

    Feb 5, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the A’s are among the teams considering a trade for Rangers setup man Koji Uehara. The Orioles have also been identified as a potential suitor. Uehara posted an uninspiring 4.00 ERA in 18 innings for the Rangers last season after joining the team in a late-July trade from Baltimore.…

  4. Mariners have interest in free agent lefty Hong-Chih Kuo

    Feb 5, 2012, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last Sunday that free agent left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo was drawing interest from “three West Coast teams.” We can now identify one of those clubs. According to Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times, the Mariners have been “looking closely” at Kuo recently and could be moving toward an agreement. Kuo…

  5. Cardinals nearing minor league contract with Alex Cora

    Feb 5, 2012, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Big news this Super Bowl Sunday. OK, not quite. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, the Cardinals are nearing agreement on a minor league deal with 36-year-old free agent infielder Alex Cora. It’s not clear whether the pact will include an invitation to spring training, but Cora would be doutbful to crack St. Louis’ Opening…

  6. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Alfredo Aceves at $1.2M

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:32 AM EDT

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    From the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo comes word that the Red Sox and right-hander Alfredo Aceves avoided arbitration Sunday morning by agreeing to a one-year, $1.2 million contract. The deal also carries $100K worth of incentives. Aceves requested $1.6 million and was offered $950,000 from the Red Sox when arbitration figures were exchanged last month.…

  7. Brad Penny officially signs with Japan’s Softbank Hawks

    Feb 5, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, via the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Softbank Hawks of Nippon Professional Baseball announced Sunday on their team website that veteran right-hander Brad Penny has officially agreed to a contract for 2012. Terms of the deal have not been released. Penny is expected to travel to Japan on Wednesday. The 33-year-old…

  8. Marlins, Anibal Sanchez to get arbitration ruling Monday

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

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    According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, a decision on how much Marlins right-hander Anibal Sanchez will earn this season is expected to be announced on Monday. Sanchez requested an $8 million salary and was offered $6.9 million from the Marlins when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. The two sides argued…

  9. Giants think Yoenis Cespedes will cost more than he’s worth

    Feb 4, 2012, 7:14 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports was hearing rumblings in mid-November that the Giants would be one of nine major league teams in the running for Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. But we can now scratch San Francisco off the list of potential landing spots for the much-hyped 26-year-old outfielder. Giants GM Brian Sabean told Hank Schulman…

  10. The Athletics are interested in Magglio Ordonez

    Feb 4, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    We already know that the Athletics have some interest in Manny Ramirez, but Peter Gammons of MLB Network is hearing that they are also evaluating Magglio Ordonez for a possible tryout during spring training. Ordonez, who turned 38 in January, returned from right ankle surgery last season and batted just .255/.303/.331 with five home runs,…

  11. Red Sox and Phillies maintaining contact with Roy Oswalt

    Feb 4, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It’s pretty well-documented that Roy Oswalt would prefer to pitch for the Rangers or Cardinals in order to be closer to his home in Mississippi. However, since both clubs have full starting rotations, they have little reason to break the bank in order to sign him. This leaves Oswalt considering the alternatives. With that in…

  12. See the Marlins’ new stadium in video game form

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Can’t wait to see what the Marlins’ new stadium will look like when the season begins two months from now? Well, we have something to tide you over. Via Operationsports.com, here’s a trailer from video game MLB 12 The Show portraying the new ballpark, complete with the much-ballyhooed home run monstrosity in left-center field and the…

  13. Joba Chamberlain is now throwing off a half-mound

    Feb 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, Joba Chamberlain has begun throwing off a half-mound as he continues his rehabilitation process from Tommy John surgery. Yesterday’s throwing session took place at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Florida. Chamberlain threw off a five-inch mound with Yankees’ pitching coach Larry Rothschild and team vice president Billy Connors in…

  14. Buster Posey progressing with rehab, but says ankle isn’t yet 100 percent

    Feb 4, 2012, 12:53 PM EDT

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    Buster Posey still expects to be ready for the start of the season, but he told Rael Enteen of CSNBayArea.com during Giants’ media day yesterday that his surgically-repaired left ankle is “not 100 percent yet.” “The games will be a whole new level and I’m excited to see how [my ankle] responds,” Posey said Friday.…

  15. U.S. Consulate backtracks on pardoning Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez for falsifying their identities

    Feb 4, 2012, 11:41 AM EDT

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    There appeared to be some good news for the men formerly known as Fausto Carmona and Leo Nunez earlier this week, as Dominican Today quoted William Weissman, consul general for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic, as saying the U.S. State Department could pardon Dominican baseball players caught with a false identity. While many…

  16. Brian Cashman’s wife files for divorce

    Feb 4, 2012, 10:42 AM EDT

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    This whole topic definitely pushes the boundaries of what we’re willing to talk about here at HardballTalk, as it’s only relevant because Brian Cashman is the general manager of the New York Yankees, but since we’ve followed the ugly and bizarre situation regarding his alleged extramarital affairs this week, it only makes sense that we…

  17. Cecil Fielder on his son Prince: “I think we’re all a little disappointed”

    Feb 4, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT

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    After Prince Fielder shocked the baseball world by signing a nine-year, $214 million contract with the Tigers late last month, Cecil Fielder was quoted as saying that the relationship with his son was “doing a lot better.” Obviously something has changed over the past few days, because Cecil had some harsh words for Prince before…

  18. Nationals’ GM says Bryce Harper could make the team out of spring training

    Feb 4, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

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    It’s no secret that Nationals manager Davey Johnson would like top prospect Bryce Harper to make the team out of spring training as the starting right fielder. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has played things pretty coy until now, but his comments to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com yesterday indicate that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility.…

  19. Dodgers ask court to throw out claims in Bryan Stow case

    Feb 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

    Giants Fan Attacked

    The Associated Press reports that the Dodgers asked a U.S. Bankruptcy Judge earlier today to throw out claims against the team filed on behalf of Bryan Stow, the Giants’ fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day last year. Stow and his family originally sued the Dodgers in California, but then filed the…

  20. Yes, Jose Reyes just got his haircut on television

    Feb 3, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    Do you want a sign that we have reached the absolute nadir of offseason boredom? Jose Reyes just had his haircut televised live on MLB Network. Seriously. Reyes had let his trademark dreadlocks grow since 2007, but he signed his big $106 million deal with the Marlins in December with the knowledge that he would have to…

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