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  1. Hanley Ramirez is coming around to the idea of playing third base

    Jan 2, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Remember how Hanley Ramirez was all bent out of shape by the Marlins signing Jose Reyes and talking about moving him to third base?  Well, he — or his agent and/or P.R. team — has had a change of heart: “I have spoken with (manager Ozzie) Guillén and what we want is to win with…

  2. Vicente Padilla: “erect, proud, shining, and solid”

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    This is actually a Best Shape of His Life story, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use that phrase as a headline. It comes from a story by Osman Rosales Cruz at El Nuevo Diario in Nicaragua, where Vicente Padilla is plying his trade this winter. And it’s a thorough tongue-bathing.  Thanks a million to Nick…

  3. MLB has not updated the Brewers on Ryan Braun’s status

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Yesterday an MLB official told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension is likely to be upheld, but general manager Doug Melvin said today that the Brewers have yet to get any sort of official word from MLB. In speaking to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Melvin said: “We’re not involved…

  4. Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

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    Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market. And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million. C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for…

  5. Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:35 AM 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

    Washington may not have been Prince Fielder‘s first choice, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” to sign the free agent first baseman. Last month general manager Mike Rizzo downplayed Washington’s interest in Fielder, saying that Adam LaRoche was the team’s starting first baseman, but…

  6. Could … no one get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

    Jan 2, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    Over at ESPN David Schoenfield points out something interesting. That while we’re all assuming that Barry Larkin — who got 62% of the vote last year — will be pushed over 75% of the vote and into the Hall of Fame this year, it’s not a mortal lock. At least if you look at the historic…

  7. Dr. Lupica will see you now

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

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    Mike Lupica — who I’m sure has some sort of medical degree or else he wouldn’t be allowed to go after a doctor like this due to his total lack of expertise and credibility on such issues — is skeptical about the physician who treated A-Rod’s knee over in Germany: Nobody is saying that Wehling,…

  8. Athletics “in talks” with free agent outfielder Cody Ross

    Jan 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Area Baseball, the Athletics “are currently in talks” with the representatives for free agent outfielder Cody Ross. Ross opened this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has since lowered his demands and is now beginning to draw legitimate interest. The 31-year-old batted .240/.325/.405 with 14 home…

  9. White Sox trade reliever Jason Frasor back to Blue Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    From the White Sox’ official Twitter feed comes word that reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to his former team, the Blue Jays, for minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb. It’s yet another sign — if we’re ignoring the recent contract extension given to John Danks — that the Pale Hose are…

  10. MLB official says Ryan Braun’s 50-game PED suspension is unlikely to be overturned

    Jan 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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    At some point within the next few weeks, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will have the opportunity to plead his innocence against a charge that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs around the start of the 2011 postseason. But he faces great odds. The evidence against him comes in the form of a test, administered in either…

  11. Dayan Viciedo likely to take over right field for White Sox

    Jan 1, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    2012 will be an important year for Dayan Viciedo. According to the White Sox’ official Twitter feed, general manager Kenny Williams said Saturday that the 22-year-old Cuban is “the favorite to start in right field” in the wake of the Carlos Quentin trade. Viciedo struggled in the big leagues last year, posting a weak .255/.327/.314 batting line…

  12. Reds tabled extension talks with Brandon Phillips

    Jan 1, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

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    From the Cincinnati Enquirer‘s John Fay comes this update on the Reds’ negotiations toward a contract extension with Brandon Phillips: The Reds haven’t talked to Phillips’ agents since the winter meetings. “We decided to table it till January,” [GM Walt] Jocketty said. Phillips told reporters late last season that he would not be offering the Reds a…

  13. Updating the Prince Fielder market: Cubs, Nats, Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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    Newsday‘s Ken Davidoff has some fresh insight on the eerily silent Prince Fielder sweepstakes. Fielder “wanted the Cubs” because he has superb career numbers at Wrigley Field, and the two Chicago airports provide easy access (i.e. direct flights) to his Florida home. But, as we’ve addressed already on this blog, the Northsiders are in full rebuilding…

  14. Wife of Braves trainer Jeff Porter killed in car accident

    Jan 1, 2012, 1:46 AM EDT

    Martin Prado, Jeff Porter

    Braves head trainer Jeff Porter lost his wife, Kathy, Saturday when the family’s SUV collided with a Georgia State Patrol cruiser just north of Turner Field in Atlanta. Jeff Porter was at the wheel when the unidentified state police officer collided with his SUV in an intersection. Reports indicate the officer was responding to a…

  15. Tigers willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner

    Dec 31, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

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    Detroit is serious about making a big addition. From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Tigers have “made it known to other teams” that they are willing to trade top pitching prospect Jacob Tuner this offseason “in a deal for the right pitcher.” Turner, a 20-year-old right-hander, was the ninth overall selection in the…

  16. White Sox may be serious bidders for Yoenis Cespedes

    Dec 31, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Between this winter’s trades of closer Sergio Santos and outfielder Carlos Quentin, the White Sox have cut about $10 million in payroll. Could they be gearing up for something (or someone) special? Perhaps. Maybe. Potentially. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago expects the White Sox to take part in the bidding for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes,…

  17. Report: Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima “far apart” in negotiations

    Dec 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima are said to be “far apart” in negotiations. The Yankees bid $2 million to secure an exclusive 30-day negotiating window with the 29-year-old earlier this month. Nakajima doesn’t figure to be more than a second utility infielder behind Eduardo Nunez even if he does sign,…

  18. UPDATE: The Marlins and Tigers are interested in Matt Garza

    Dec 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Tigers have some more competition. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins also have “serious interest” in Garza. The Cubs are believed to have prospect outfielder and 2010 first-round pick Christian Yelich on their radar while Rosenthal hears the Marlins are willing to part with the likes of first baseman Gaby Sanchez,…

  19. Blue Jays sign left-hander Aaron Laffey to a split contract

    Dec 31, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

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    After reportedly inking veteran reliever Darren Oliver to a one-year contract with a club option for 2013, the Blue Jays have added another left-hander to the fold. According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Blue Jays have signed Aaron Laffey to a split contract. Laffey was non-tendered by the Royals earlier this month and actually turned…

  20. Padres acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox

    Dec 31, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Huh, and you probably thought New Years Eve day was going to be pretty boring for baseball news. Not so. The Padres just announced that they have acquired outfielder Carlos Quentin from the White Sox for prospect right-hander Simon Castro and prospect left-hander Pedro Hernandez. Quentin, a San Diego native, will be reunited with Josh…

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