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  1. Blue Jays sign Francisco Cordero to serve as setup man

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:32 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Not only couldn’t Francisco Cordero secure a multi-year contract coming off a season in which the longtime closer saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA, it turns out he couldn’t even find a closing gig. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero has agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays, who…

  2. Tigers general manager four days ago: Prince Fielder “is probably not a good fit”

    Jan 24, 2012, 4:13 PM EDT

    leyland and dombrowski tigers

    Obviously a general manager saying misleading things about a big-name free agent shouldn’t be shocking at this point, but with Prince Fielder signing a massive nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers today Dave Dombrowski’s comments from just four days ago are pretty interesting. Dombrowski was asked Friday about the Tigers’ chances of signing Fielder…

  3. MLB announces Tony La Russa will manage All-Star game

    Jan 24, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 4 -Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Tony La Russa stepped down as Cardinals manager on October 31, calling it quits after 33 seasons, 2,728 wins, and three championships, but being retired won’t keep him from managing this year’s All-Star game. Pennant-winning managers get the honor of managing the next season’s All-Star game and MLB announced that La Russa will manage the…

  4. Prince Fielder signs a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Tigers

    Jan 24, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    It’s being reported by multiple sources that Prince Fielder is “very close” to a nine-year, $214 million deal with the Detroit Tigers. Tim Brown of Yahoo! had it first. UPDATE: The Associated Press reports that it’s a done deal. This is really off-the-wall.  Partially because (a) the Tigers just last week said they weren’t going…

  5. Wilson Betemit expected to be Orioles’ designated hitter, gets two-year deal worth $3 million

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Wilson Betemit‘s two-year contract with the Orioles is worth $3 million in guaranteed money and could be worth up to $6 million if his 2014 option vests based on playing time, according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun. Betemit has bounced around a ton over the past few years, so his agent did very…

  6. UPDATE: Tim Lincecum signs a two-year, $40.5 million deal with the Giants

    Jan 24, 2012, 2:31 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    UPDATE: It’s now confirmed by multiple sources that the deal is done: two-years, $40.5 million. 2:14 PM: Jon Heyman just tweeted that the Giants and Tim Lincecum are “very, very” close to sealing a two-year deal for “a little over $40 million.” The existence of such an offer was first reported by Tim Brown of Yahoo!…

  7. Astros hire Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    KUZCO

    As if hiring a sabermetrically inclined general manager in Jeff Luhnow wasn’t proof enough that the Astros are becoming a new-school organization, Luhnow just used Twitter to announce the hiring of Baseball Prospectus analyst Mike Fast: Ever hear of Mike Fast?Great work, will help us@whimsicalcookie@jluhnow are #Astros using systems like FieldF/X and HitF/X? Did #Cardinals?…

  8. Dan Patrick clarifies his comments about Ryan Braun being “innocent”

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:32 PM EDT

    NLCS Cardinals Brewers Baseball

    In law school they teach you the difference between “innocent” and “not guilty” pretty quickly. Dan Patrick didn’t go to law school, so forgive him for not having that down pat. Today — Via Tom Haurdricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel — he clarifies his comments from yesterday regarding Ryan Braun and “innocence”: “I want to clarify something…

  9. Indians expect Fausto Carmona to miss spring training

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona, Roberto Hernandez Heredia

    Odds are that Fausto Carmona, like Leo Nunez before him, won’t do any significant jail time for his arrest on false identity charges, but the pitcher now known as Roberto Hernandez Heredia may have trouble securing a visa and the Indians believe he’ll miss spring training. Manager Manny Acta spoke to the Associated Press, which…

  10. J.D. Drew “very likely” to retire

    Jan 24, 2012, 1:03 PM EDT

    J.D. Drew

    Given that (a) no team has been linked to him at all this winter; and (b) he himself has sounded very unenthusiastic about playing again, this is not terribly surprising, but Jon Heyman reports that J.D. Drew is likely to retire. If he is done, Drew put together a better career than you think he…

  11. Rangers “believe they’re out of the bidding” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Last week general manager Jon Daniels admitted that Texas was “very unlikely” to sign Prince Fielder and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers “believe they are out of the bidding” for the slugging first baseman. Fielder met with Rangers officials in Dallas earlier this month, but it’s unclear if talks even…

  12. Jorge Posada officially retires

    Jan 24, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Posada Presser

    The Jorge Posada retirement press conference just went down at Yankee Stadium.  It was a packed house. Even more so than Andy Pettitte’s last year. In attendance were Derek Jeter, Mariano Rivera, CC Sabathia and about a zillion others. It was also pretty emotional, as Diana Munson, the widow of Thurman Munson, was on hand.…

  13. Ken Griffey Jr.’s son commits to play football at Arizona

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    trey griffey

    In addition to being Ken Griffey Jr.’s son Trey Griffey is a high school All-American football player and the wide receiver from Orlando has committed to play for the University of Arizona and their new head coach, Rich Rodriguez. Jason Kirk of SB Nation reports that Griffey chose Arizona over Arizona State and a handful…

  14. The Blue Jays finalize their extension with Brandon Morrow

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we heard about the Blue Jays and Brandon Morrow nearing a three-year extension. Today it’s final: three years, $20 million with a $10 million team option for 2015. A $1 million buyout makes it a $21 million total commitment. A gamble? Sure, but not a gigantic one and an average of $7 million a…

  15. Rangers sign relievers Sean Green, Mitch Stetter to minor-league deals

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    Green_Sean

    Texas is reportedly shopping reliever Koji Uehara, but that didn’t stop the Rangers from adding some bullpen depth by signing right-hander Sean Green and left-hander Mitch Stetter to minor-league contracts. Both pitchers will get invitations to spring training, although it’ll be tough for them to claim spots in the Rangers’ deep bullpen even if Uehara…

  16. The Dodgers received more than 10 bids by yesterday’s deadline

    Jan 24, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    dodgers logo

    Yesterday was the deadline for those wanting to bid on the Dodgers.  It wasn’t a hard deadline — the bankers handling the sale can waive the deadline if new suitable bids reveal themselves — but more than ten interested parties got bids in yesterday. Among the bidders are many we’ve talked about here over the…

  17. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion works out for Rangers

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gerardo Concepcion

    Gerardo Concepcion, the 18-year-old pitcher who established residency in the Dominican Republic to become a free agent after defecting from Cuba, worked out for the Rangers yesterday. Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that team president Nolan Ryan was part of the Rangers group on hand to watch Concepcion in the Dominican Republic, adding that “the…

  18. “Moneyball” nominated for Best Picture

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    moneyball poster

    The Oscar nominations came out this morning. I’ve seen three of the Best Picture nominees. That is easily the most I’ve seen by nomination time in years. Maybe a decade. Having kids sort of kills your moviegoing mojo. There’s a decent chance I would have posted about this anyway because, hey, it’s the offseason and…

  19. Rangers still looking to trade reliever Koji Uehara

    Jan 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Koji Uehara

    Koji Uehara quickly fell out of favor in Texas’ bullpen after coming over in a midseason trade from Baltimore and his name has been linked to various trade rumors all offseason, so not surprisingly Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers are still shopping him. According to Durrett the Blue Jays are among…

  20. Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser dies

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Musser

    Longtime Phillies broadcaster Andy Musser died on Sunday. He was 74. While non-Phillies fans always think — and almost exclusively think — of Harry Kalas or Richie Ashburn when they think of Phillies broadcasters, Musser was no less of a fixture in the booth, helping call all but two games during his 26-year tenure. Ray…

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