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  1. The Giants and Tim Lincecum have made “significant progress” in contract talks

    Jan 21, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Colorado Rockies

    Tim Lincecum requested $21.5 million and was offered by the Giants $17 million when arbitration figures were exchanged Tuesday. Both were records for a player with less than six years of service time. Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that “significant progress” has been made in negotiations since the filing numbers were…

  2. Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets among teams interested in Jeff Francis

    Jan 20, 2012, 10:58 PM EDT

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    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, free agent left-hander Jeff Francis is beginning to attract more interest from teams in the market for a starting pitcher. The Mariners, Reds, Blue Jays and Mets are among the teams believed to be in the mix. Francis, who turned 31 earlier this month, went 6-16 with the Royals…

  3. Picture of the Day: Yu Darvish, Texas Ranger

    Jan 20, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers Introduce Yu Darvish

    Yu Darvish was officially introduced as a member of the Texas Rangers during a press conference earlier this evening in the “Hall of Fame room” at the Ballpark in Arlington. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, an estimated 200 members of the Japanese media were on hand for the occasion. Below is a picture of…

  4. Report: The Rockies remain interested in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:40 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v New York Mets

    The Rockies’ efforts to acquire Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox fizzled rather quickly, but they aren’t ready to throw in the towel on their search for another option at second base. Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “remain strongly interested” in Mets’ infielder Justin Turner. This isn’t the first time…

  5. The Athletics are “very interested” in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 20, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane said during the Winter Meetings last month that he would prefer to go younger at designated hitter this season, but despite having a number of internal options, things might not work out that way. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes Los Angeles was told by a source (link in Spanish) that Oakland…

  6. Rangers sign Brad Hawpe to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:55 PM EDT

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    Brad Hawpe was a bust for the Padres last season, earning $3 million while hitting just .231 with a .645 OPS in his first full season away from Coors Field, and Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Rangers. Hawpe’s numbers were always inflated by playing half…

  7. Rockies in talks with Red Sox for Marco Scutaro … maybe

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Not so fast. Less than an hour after his original report Renck says “talks are now fizzling.” ========== Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies “are close to acquiring” Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox. Colorado has been looking for a veteran second baseman and Scutaro would be a nice addition,…

  8. Jonny Gomes agrees to $1.1 million deal with A’s

    Jan 20, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com says Gomes will get $1.1 million from the A’s. ========== Oakland is close to signing outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Gomes struggled to find work after hitting just .209 with 14 homers and a .714 OPS in 120…

  9. Nationals and Michael Morse agree to two-year contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:35 PM EDT

    Michael Morse

    6:00 p.m. EST update: According to the Associated Press, Morse will earn about $10.5 million over the next two seasons. 5:20 p.m EST update: According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, it’s a two-year deal for Morse, so it merely takes him to free agency. /// The terms aren’t in yet, but the Nationals avoided arbitration with…

  10. Indians acquire Kevin Slowey from Rockies for Zach Putnam

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    Last month the Rockies acquired Kevin Slowey from the Twins and penciled him into their rotation, but after picking up more pitching in the Seth Smith trade with the A’s they decided Slowey was no longer needed. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Rockies have traded Slowey to the Indians for pitching prospect…

  11. Brett Gardner, Yankees skip arbitration, settle for $2.8 million

    Jan 20, 2012, 4:04 PM EDT

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    Brett Gardner and the Yankees won’t be going through with an arbitration hearing, instead agreeing to a one-year deal that Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports is worth $2.8 million. That’s the exact midpoint between the $3.2 million figure Gardner submitted and the Yankees’ counter of $2.4 million. Gardner gets a six-fold raise in his first…

  12. Sergio Romo, Giants avoid arbitration with $1.575 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:52 PM EDT

    Sergio Romo

    Sergio Romo and the Giants couldn’t agree to a contract before Tuesday’s deadline to submit arbitration figures, but the two sides have still avoided a hearing with a one-year, $1.575 million deal. Romo filed for $1.75 million and the Giants countered at $1.3 million, so he ends up getting $50,000 more than the midpoint. Romo…

  13. Fausto Carmona released from jail on $13,000 bond

    Jan 20, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Fausto Carmona‘s stay in a Dominican jail was a short one, as the Indians right-hander was freed today on $13,000 bond after being arrested yesterday for allegedly falsifying his identity. Carmona, whose real name is reportedly Roberto Hernandez Heredia, apologized to the Indians and their fans upon his release and according to the Associated Press…

  14. Ryan Spilborghs signs minor-league deal with Indians

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

    Ryan Spilborghs

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Spilborghs gets a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. ========== Ryan Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies last month and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran outfielder is expected to sign with the Indians. Spilborghs was productive in a part-time role for the Rockies…

  15. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EDT

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

  16. David Ortiz expects arbitration hearing, not settlement, with Red Sox

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:55 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Earlier this week dozens of players agreed to one-year deals prior to the deadline to submit arbitration figures and even those who didn’t will likely end up inking deals before an actual hearing. David Ortiz might be different, as the 36-year-old designated hitter said yesterday that he doesn’t expect to reach a compromise before going…

  17. Astros sign veteran catcher Chris Snyder

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:31 PM EDT

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    Jason Castro breaking his foot while playing in the Arizona Fall League left the Astros short on catching depth and Brian McTaggart of MLB.com reports that they’ve agreed to terms with veteran backstop Chris Snyder. Snyder is from Houston and has long been a starting-caliber catcher, but missed most of last season following back surgery…

  18. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

  19. Mike Napoli has begun running after ankle injury

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We learned last week that Mike Napoli had yet to run comfortably on the left ankle injury that he suffered in an awkward baserunning play at second base during Game 6 of the World Series against the Cardinals, but he has made some progress over the past few days. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com,…

  20. GM says Prince Fielder “probably not a good fit” for Tigers

    Jan 20, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury puts the Tigers in the market for a veteran designated hitter and has some fans getting their hopes up for Prince Fielder, but general manager Dave Dombrowski threw cold water on that notion yesterday. Angela Wittrock of MLive.com asked the GM about Fielder during the Tigers’ winter caravan tour and…

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