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  1. Red Sox sign righty Aaron Cook to minor league contract

    Jan 8, 2012, 10:40 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Red Sox have signed right-hander Aaron Cook to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. The agreement is pending a physical. Rosenthal says Cook will be given a change to compete for a job in the Boston rotation during spring camp, but the…

  2. Picture of the Day: J.P. Arencibia and a very young fan

    Jan 8, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is participating in the team’s “Winter Tour” this weekend, meeting admirers and signing autographs in various Canadian cities. The photo below comes from Ottawa, where the 26-year-old former first-round pick was asked to pose with an especially young Jays fan. Gotta get to ’em early.

  3. Phillies among teams with interest in Kerry Wood

    Jan 8, 2012, 3:14 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported Saturday that free agent right-hander Kerry Wood is no longer a lock to re-sign with the Cubs and has begun speaking to other teams. Now we have even more details. Crasnick reported moments ago that the Phillies are among the clubs with interest in Wood, and may get aggressive if veteran setup…

  4. Brewers will know Ryan Braun’s fate before spring training

    Jan 8, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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    It’s far from surprising news, but we’ll pass it along anyway. Via Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: The Milwaukee Brewers will know before the start of spring training whether all-star leftfielder Ryan Braun will be in their lineup on opening day. People familiar with the history of the Major League Baseball drug testing program and…

  5. Disney family expected to bid for ownership of Dodgers

    Jan 8, 2012, 12:27 PM EDT

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    The Disneys want back in to Major League Baseball. According to Bill Shaikin of the LA Times, the family of the late Roy Disney, a nephew of Walt Disney, has formed a partnership with investment banker Stanley Gold in an effort to purchase the Dodgers from outgoing owner Frank McCourt. They’ll be one of many…

  6. Kevin Cash retires, takes scouting job with Blue Jays

    Jan 8, 2012, 10:39 AM EDT

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    From Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe comes word that veteran catcher Kevin Cash has decided to hang up his cleats for good and accept a job as a major league advance scout with the Blue Jays. Cash, 34, played for the Jays, Rays, Red Sox, Yankees and Astros during an eight-year major league career,…

  7. Rays, Red Sox, Cardinals may be fallbacks for Ryan Madson

    Jan 8, 2012, 9:46 AM EDT

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    Ryan Madson likely had a smile on his face back in early November when Jonathan Papelbon signed a four-year, $50 million contract with the Phillies. That deal set the bar high for free agent closers, and Madson — with stats similar to Papelbon’s in recent years — probably figured he would also cash in. But…

  8. Rangers expressing interest in free agent Hiroki Kuroda?

    Jan 8, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    Take this one with a grain of salt, as Japanese news services have been wrong many times before about the goings-on in MLB. But here’s the report… According to Sponichi, via the invaluable Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, the Rangers are expressing free-agent interest in Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has drawn attention from several teams this offseason,…

  9. Halos lock up Howie Kendrick with 4-year, $33.5M extension

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:25 PM EDT

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    Anaheim’s spending spree continues. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Angels have agreed to a four-year contract extension with second baseman Howie Kendrick. The deal will cover his final year of arbitration-eligibility and his first three years of free agency. Kendrick posted career-bests across the board in 2011, batting .285/.338/.464 with 18 home runs, 63…

  10. David Aardsma begins throwing, not taking offers yet

    Jan 7, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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    Veteran reliever David Aardsma underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July and won’t be ready to step back atop a major league mound until the middle of the 2012 season. Thus, as reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney, the free agent right-hander is not yet shopping himself to teams. Aardsma recently began a throwing program, but he still has…

  11. The Rays are interested in Ryan Theriot

    Jan 7, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 7, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery

    Jan 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. Brewers sign infielder Brooks Conrad to minor league contract

    Jan 7, 2012, 1:10 PM EDT

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    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…

  16. 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…

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

    Jan 7, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. The Rangers have checked in on Ryan Madson

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 7, 2012, 10:01 AM EDT

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    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…

  20. 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…

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