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  1. Kenshin Kawakami is headed back to Japan

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along reports from Japan that Kenshin Kawakami has agreed to a deal with the Chunichi Dragons following a disappointing three-year stretch with the Braves. Kawakami inked a $23 million contract with Atlanta in 2009 and had a solid rookie season for the Braves, tossing 156 innings with a 3.86…

  2. Jeff Francoeur is the finest man in all of baseball

    Jan 27, 2012, 1:28 PM EDT

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    No, I’m not being sarcastic. I have seen the freakin’ light. Read on. Everyone knows that I have a long history of allowing Jeff Francoeur — or, rather, the idea of Jeff Francoeur — drive me crazy.  I never liked his game. I mocked the claims of his surrogates in the media that he was…

  3. Cleveland’s League Park still exists, is getting a $5 million renovation

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

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    Things I did not know: Cleveland’s League Park, in which Cy Young pitched for the Cleveland Spiders in 1891 and which was home to the Cleveland Indians until 1946, still stands. At least partially.  And the city of Cleveland has somehow found some money to help renovate it: City Architecture is wrapping up plans that…

  4. Giants sign Ryan Theriot to one-year, $1.25 million contract

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Ryan Theriot has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the Giants that includes $750,000 in potential incentives, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Theriot has been a starter for most of the past five seasons, but his performance ceased warranting regular playing time several years ago. He hit just .271 with a .321…

  5. The Mets may experience the largest payroll decline in baseball history

    Jan 27, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

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    This is fun. From Adam Rubin of ESPN New York: After general manager Sandy Alderson revealed the organization lost $70 million last year, the Mets appear poised to have the biggest one-year payroll drop in MLB history — roughly $52 million. That would surpass the former record: $48.4 million by the Texas Rangers from 2003 to 2004,…

  6. Frank White and the Royals are having an ugly breakup

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT

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    Frank White played his entire 18-season career for the Royals, spent years after that coaching and broadcasting their games, and has a statue in front of Kauffman Stadium. Yet last month the team fired White as their part-time television announcer and yesterday he took a new job on the independent league Kansas City T-Bones’ coaching…

  7. Say what you want, but Miguel Cabrera has the right attitude about playing third base

    Jan 27, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    We’ve pretty much beat the whole Prince Fielder-to-Detroit, Miguel Cabrera-to-third base stuff into the ground, but I think there’s room for one more little nugget. From Michael Rosenberg’s story about it all in the Detroit Free Press: Cabrera wants to play the field; when I asked him last week what he wanted to improve most…

  8. Brandon Inge isn’t so happy about the Prince Fielder signing

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Just about everyone in Detroit seems thrilled about the Prince Fielder signing despite plenty of room for concerns about his massive $214 million contract and how his arrival impacts the Tigers’ defense. One person who definitely isn’t happy? Brandon Inge, who was slated to start at third base until Fielder’s presence pushed Miguel Cabrera across…

  9. The Yankees are interested in Raul Ibanez

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post says that the Yankees are interested in free agent Raul Ibanez. It would be a good fit, actually. A lefty, Ibanez and Andruw Jones would make a pretty good DH platoon. And both of them can play left field too if need be.  Having him — as opposed…

  10. Phillies sign Juan Pierre to minor-league contract

    Jan 27, 2012, 10:18 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that Philadelphia has had “serious discussions” with Juan Pierre, which might frighten Phillies fans if not for the fact that he says they talked about a minor-league deal. Pierre has been an everyday player for the past decade and got 711 plate appearances for…

  11. Omar Vizquel and the Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

    Omar Vizquel

    Soon-to-be 45-year-old Omar Vizquel is set to play a 24th season in the bigs after recently inking a minor league deal with the Blue Jays. He’s not promised anything, but it’s likely that he’ll have a roster spot in John McDonald‘s old role. It’ll be his fourth straight season as the game’s oldest position player, and…

  12. Kendrys Morales is looking good

    Jan 27, 2012, 9:24 AM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his leg in May of 2010, but if the reports from Tempe, Arizona are to be believed, he’s going to be playing, and playing well, pretty darn soon: “I’ve been hitting with him every day (at the Angels’ minor-league complex in Tempe, Ariz.) and he looks strong,” Angels centerfielder…

  13. Peter Moylan can’t possibly be in the Best Shape of His Life, can he?

    Jan 27, 2012, 8:55 AM EDT

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    I don’t follow many ballplayers on Twitter. One I do follow for some reason, however, is Braves reliever Peter Moylan. I don’t know why, i just do. Moylan is Australian, but he does one thing that is absolutely American: he eats at Waffle House.  Good man, too.  If you’re gonna have breakfast, you shouldn’t accept…

  14. Lew Wolff would be totally cool with the Athletics signing Manny Ramirez

    Jan 27, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT

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    The Athletics have cast off players like crazy this winter and look to have something of a talent deficiency.  But if you go to the movies, you know exactly how a team like the Athletics solves this problem:  they dress up as a British nanny to get closer to their kids and, in the process,…

  15. Giants sign Clay Hensley to one-year, $750,000 contract

    Jan 26, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that right-hander Clay Hensley agreed to a one-year, $750,000 contract on Thursday evening with the Giants. The deal also carries around $300,000 worth of performance-based incentives, meaning Hensley could push the total value of it to over $1 million. Hensley had a rough 5.19 ERA and 46/30 K/BB ratio in 67…

  16. Reds, Jose Arredondo avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 26, 2012, 8:34 PM EDT

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    From the Reds’ official Twitter account comes word that arbitration-eligible right-hander Jose Arredondo has agreed to a two-year contract. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. Arredondo, 27, posted a 3.23 ERA and 48/31 K/BB ratio in 53 innings last season out of the Cincinnati bullpen. If he develops better control, the Dominican reliever…

  17. Victor Martinez expected to undergo ACL surgery on Friday

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Detroit announced last week that Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL during offseason conditioning. He’s probably going to have it repaired on Friday. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, Martinez was in Vail, Colorado on Thursday for a second opinion on the potentially season-ending knee injury. If the original diagnosis is confirmed — and there’s about a…

  18. Dropping Ichiro in order not the answer for the Mariners

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:55 PM EDT

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    Manager Eric Wedge said Thursday that he’s probably going to try Ichiro Suzuki somewhere other than at the top of the order this season. “It’s as much to do with his teammates as it has to do with him with regard to the collective nine that we’re putting down on paper,” Wedge said. “I haven’t…

  19. Ivan Rodriguez, Jason Varitek still looking for work

    Jan 26, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Brad Ausmus played until 41 despite rarely getting a ball out of the infield in his later years and an extreme lack of production never stopped the Royals from throwing money at Jason Kendall, but all of a sudden, experience isn’t counting quite as much on the catcher market. Ivan Rodriguez, who landed a two-year,…

  20. Lots of new stats you can use

    Jan 26, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    I know a lot of you guys aren’t statheads — and some of you are downright hostile to sabermetrics — but there are a bunch of new stats created every day, and I can’t help but think that this collection of them will contains something for everyone. Such as: OPSPA: On-base plus slugging plus batting average:…

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