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  1. Rangers’ meeting with Prince Fielder went “extremely well”

    Jan 15, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Free agent first baseman Prince Fielder has been travelling around the baseball world with his agent, Scott Boras, visiting teams who have expressed interest — mild or serious — in signing him. The 27-year-old met with Rangers executives on Friday in Dallas, and it apparently went swimmingly. Here’s the tweet from ESPN’s Jim Bowden: Rangers…

  2. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Colby Rasmus at $2.7M

    Jan 15, 2012, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com is reporting that the Blue Jays have inked Colby Rasmus to a $2.7 million contract for 2012, thus avoiding salary arbitration with the 25-year-old center fielder. Rasmus made a poor first impression with Toronto last year, batting just .173/.201/.316 in 140 plate appearances after being acquired from the Cardinals at the July…

  3. Twins, Joel Zumaya agree to terms on one-year deal

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT

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    Forget about the Red Sox and Padres. According to MLB.com’s Jason Beck, the Twins have signed reliever Joel Zumaya to a one-year contract that could be worth anywhere between $800,000 and $1.7 million, depending on the right-hander’s ability to hit certain performance incentives. Zumaya missed all of the 2011 season due to elbow surgery and…

  4. A’s ink right-hander Bartolo Colon to one-year contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:34 PM EDT

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    From ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark comes word that the Oakland A’s have signed veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to a one-year major league contract. No word yet on any of the financial details. Colon was courted recently by Arizona and spoke to the Yankees at one point about a reunion, but he settled on a place that…

  5. Nationals sign Gio Gonzalez to five-year contract extension

    Jan 15, 2012, 2:01 PM EDT

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    According to the Nationals’ official Twitter feed, newly-acquired left-hander Gio Gonzalez has been signed to a five-year contract extension. The deal also carries options for 2017 and 2018. Gonzalez was sent from Oakland to Washington three weeks ago for top prospects Tommy Milone, Brad Peacock, Derek Norris and A.J. Cole. The 26-year-old starter was eligible for salary…

  6. Red Sox, Padres “pushing hard” for reliever Joel Zumaya

    Jan 15, 2012, 12:56 PM EDT

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    Free agent reliever Joel Zumaya worked out in front of 50 scouts from 20 different MLB teams last month. And he clearly made a positive impression. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox and Padres are among a group of major league clubs “pushing hard” to sign Zumaya. The 27-year-old right-hander…

  7. Adam Wainwright on track for normal spring, normal season

    Jan 15, 2012, 11:31 AM EDT

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    Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright is over 10 months removed from Tommy John surgery and has not experienced any sort of setback. He recently shifted his rehab base to the team’s spring training facilities in Jupiter, Florida and is expecting to be at full strength by the time St. Louis’ other pitchers arrive. Cardinals GM John…

  8. Rangers, Yu Darvish not gelling on length of contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Rangers president Nolan Ryan seemed confident last week that a deal would be struck with Japanese starter Yu Darvish before Wednesday’s deadline. But that’s suddenly just three days away. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are disagreeing on the amount of years — not the amount of dollars — that will…

  9. Bartolo Colon has decided where he’s going to pitch in 2012

    Jan 15, 2012, 8:43 AM EDT

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    From USA Today’s Bob Nightengale comes word that veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon has “agreed to a deal with team,” but won’t divulge where exactly he’s headed until after he has passed a physical. That physical should take place Sunday or Monday. Jon Heyman of CBS says it’s not the Yankees, nor the Diamondbacks. The only…

  10. Tyler Greene could start at second base for the Cardinals

    Jan 14, 2012, 10:09 PM EDT

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    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters back in November that Daniel Descalso had a leg up on starting second base duties. But the 25-year-old is far from locked into that role. According to B.J. Rains of Fox Sports Midwest, Mozeliak said Saturday at the Cardinals’ Winter Warm-Up that Tyler Greene “will get every chance”…

  11. Josh Hamilton won’t discuss extension during the season

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    If the Rangers want to luck up outfielder Josh Hamilton, they better get the wheels in motion. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the 30-year-old slugger has informed the club’s higher-ups that he will not negotiate a long-term contract extension during the season — spring training included. So if the Rangers can’t…

  12. Cubs installing 70-foot digital scoreboard at Wrigley Field

    Jan 14, 2012, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From CSNChicago.com’s Jake Flannigan comes the below mockup of a 70-foot LED scoreboard that will be installed in right field at baseball’s second-oldest stadium. Construction will be completed this spring. Above the new scoreboard you’ll see something called the “Budweiser Patio.” It will contain 150 all-inclusive seats (not bleachers), and is also going in before…

  13. The Orioles have not had serious talks with Alfonso Soriano

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:00 PM EDT

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    We heard last week that the Orioles were interested in Alfonso Soriano.  Turns out that there isn’t much to that because, as Jon Paul Morosi reports, there have been no real substantive talks between the clubs. The reason: Soriano has a no-trade clause (both in his contract and now an automatic one due to him…

  14. The A’s are talking to Bartolo Colon

    Jan 14, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney reports the Athletics are in negotiations with Bartolo Colon. No sense if they’re going anywhere or not, but given that the A’s have traded away Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez they could use an arm. Last year Colon pitched 164 innings with a 4.00 ERA and 135/40 K/BB ratio. Not bad for a…

  15. The Red Sox have had discussions with David Ortiz’s agent

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

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    David Ortiz accepted arbitration, so we’ve already established what he’s going to be this year (the Red Sox’ DH), now we’re just negotiating the price.  To that end, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox had discussions with Ortiz’ agent yesterday. One would think that he’s going to get a two-year deal…

  16. Bobby Valentine on the Yankees’ moves: “meh”

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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    I don’t know if Bobby Valentine will be as good a manager for the Red Sox as Terry Francona was. But I do get the sense that he’ll be more fun to have around. Because of fun stuff like this, when asked by Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York to comment on the Yankees’ trade…

  17. Nolan Ryan: talks with Prince Fielder are “very preliminary”

    Jan 14, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    The Rangers met with Prince Fielder yesterday.  Exciting!  Maybe not too exciting, though.  “Keep your shirt on,” Nolan Ryan says: Texas Rangers president Nolan Ryan describes the team’s discussions with free agent slugger Prince Fielder as “very preliminary” … During a question-and-answer session with fans at the team’s annual winter FanFest, Ryan said the meeting Friday…

  18. R.A. Dickey has reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

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    As we mentioned last week, R.A. Dickey (and Kevin Slowey, but no one seems to want to mention him) has been chronicling his ascent of Mount Kilimanjaro for the New York Times.  He has just put up another installment. This one is important. He has reached the peak. Doing so wasn’t easy. As the climb…

  19. The Yankees vault is impressive

    Jan 14, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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    No, not the financial vault, which I’m sure is impressive too. But the information vault, which Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues notes kept any hint of the Pineda/Montero deal or the Hirkoi Kuroda signing from leaking out until after they were already done: I’ll close with this: it never ceases to amaze me how…

  20. And now a fairly disturbing picture of Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson

    Jan 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

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    With Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano around life is gonna be kind of crazy for the Miami Marlins this season. And that’s before considering that Hanley Ramirez may pout about playing third base at some point too. Thank goodness, then, that the Fish will have Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson around to keep things civilized.…

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