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  1. 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.…

  2. Fred Lewis agrees to minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Fred Lewis, who spent last season with the Reds, has inked a minor-league deal with the Indians that includes an invitation to spring training. Lewis struggled last season, hitting just .230 with a .638 OPS in 81 games while spending time on the disabled list with an oblique injury, but he’s generally been a pretty…

  3. The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen. Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired…

  4. Dexter Fowler is in, you guessed it, the best shape of his life

    Jan 19, 2012, 12:21 PM EDT

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    Calcaterra is on vacation, but before leaving he gave me permission to cover the “best shape of my life” beat should the need arise and … well, shockingly another player has been working out this offseason! Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that Rockies center fielder Dexter Fowler has been working out with teammates…

  5. Indians sign Jeremy Accardo to a minor league contract

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Indians have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with veteran reliever Jeremy Accardo. The deal includes an invatiaton to major league spring training, where Accardo will presumably get a chance to win a spot in the Cleveland bullpen. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a rough 5.71…

  6. Ryan Zimmerman and Nationals still talking contract extension

    Jan 19, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Throughout last season there were various reports about Ryan Zimmerman and the Nationals having contract extension discussions and Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the two sides are still talking about a long-term deal. Zimmerman has two years and $26 million remaining on his current five-year, $45 million contract, so there’s no huge rush for…

  7. Jorge Posada not officially retired yet, but not planning to play

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Despite previous reports about his impending retirement Jorge Posada has not made an official announcement that he’s calling it quits, but the longtime Yankees catcher told Adam Berry of MLB.com that he’s “not getting prepared for another season, that’s for sure.” Posada added that he “tried” to get ready to play in 2012 but “it’s…

  8. Joe Magrane’s daughter advanced to the next round on “American Idol” last night

    Jan 19, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    I might be the only person in the country who’s never watched an epipode of “American Idol” at this point, but this story is still interesting. Former big league pitcher and current MLB Network announcer Joe Magrane has a 15-year-old daughter named Shannon Magrane and she auditioned for the “American Idol” judges on Wednesday night’s…

  9. The Angels have shown interest in Francisco Cordero

    Jan 19, 2012, 9:53 AM EDT

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    After the Reds signed Ryan Madson last week, Francisco Cordero was forced to turn his attention to a free agent market without many obvious places to close ballgames. The Orioles were mentioned as a possibility on Monday, but it’s hard to see why adding a late-game reliever should be a priority for them, especially when…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes hit a home run in the Dominican Winter League last night

    Jan 19, 2012, 8:52 AM EDT

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    Yoenis Cespedes‘ early struggles in the Dominican Winter League playoffs have been well documented, but he finally caught up with one last night. The 26-year-old outfielder turned on a 97 mph fastball from Astros’ Rule 5 pick right-hander Rhiner Cruz for a long home run over the left field fence. Below is the video footage,…

  11. Rangers GM says signing Prince Fielder is “very unlikely”

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:56 PM EDT

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    Rangers GM Jon Daniels addressed the speculation that his team might be a serious suitor for free agent slugger Prince Fielder after Wednesday’s press conference announcing the Yu Darvish contract. From MLB.com beat writer T.R. Sullivan: Jon Daniels, off camera, on the Rangers chances of pursuing Fielder: “I’m intimately aware of our budget and it’s very…

  12. 37-year-old Orlando Cabrera says he’s retiring

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas tweets that Orlando Cabrera told a Colombian radio station that he’s opting for retirement. Cabrera, 37, likely wasn’t offered more than minor league deals after hitting just .238/.267/.307 in 450 at-bats with the Indians and Giants last season. He hadn’t been a real asset as a regular since his last season…

  13. Jamie Moyer agrees to minor league deal with Rockies

    Jan 18, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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    The veteran left-hander has found a new home. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Jamie Moyer agreed to a minor league contract on Wednesday evening with the Colorado Rockies. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Moyer will presumably get a shot at landing a spot in the Rockies’ starting rotation. He’s 49…

  14. Mariners sign Oliver Perez to minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Greg Johns comes word that the Mariners have signed left-hander Oliver Perez to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Yes, that Oliver Perez. The 30-year-old former Met had a decent showing last year for the Nationals’ Double-A affiliate, posting a 3.09 ERA and 58/27 K/BB ratio across…

  15. We’re expecting a lot from Yu

    Jan 18, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

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    Yeah, I went with the cute headline. Sue me. In signing Yu Darvish to a six-year, $60 million contract, the Rangers committed $111.7 million to the 25-year-old hurler. Whether he’ll stay healthy and justify the expense is anyone’s guess, but given his track record, it was a price worth paying. My guess is that Darvish…

  16. Rangers sign Yu Darvish to six-year, $60 million deal, bringing total investment to $112 million

    Jan 18, 2012, 5:03 PM EDT

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    With the 30-day negotiating window set to expire this afternoon Yu Darvish and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year contract that will bring the Japanese phenom to Texas, with Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reporting that the deal is worth $60 million with an additional $10 million in potential incentives. Last month the Rangers…

  17. Report: Rangers and Yu Darvish agree to deal

    Jan 18, 2012, 4:51 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Nothing official yet and no word on the terms, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rangers and Darvish have agreed to a deal. ========== With less than two hours to go until the Rangers’ deadline to sign Yu Darvish arrives, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that an “agreement looks imminent.” According…

  18. Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion declared a free agent

    Jan 18, 2012, 3:50 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rojas reports that Concepcion has now officially been declared a free agent, with the Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, Cubs, and White Sox showing the most interest. ========== Cuban defector Gerardo Concepcion has established residency in Mexico and the 18-year-old left-hander is close to being declared a free agent by MLB, according to agent Jaime Torres.…

  19. Braves expect Tommy Hanson to be “ready to go” after shoulder problems

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:20 PM EDT

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    Tommy Hanson missed the final two months of last season with a partially torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder, suffering multiple setbacks along the way as he unsuccessfully tried to return to the Braves’ rotation. That makes him a big question mark for 2012, but general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the…

  20. ESPN announces the Sunday Night Baseball schedule

    Jan 18, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

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    It’s that time of year: the time when (a) ESPN announces its Sunday Night Baseball schedule, filled with the Yankees, the Red Sox and other big market teams; and (b) people complain about ESPN’s big market and/or east coast bias. And yes, in an ideal world everyone should get a turn in the spotlight and…

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