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  1. UPDATE: Cardinals reach two-year deal with Rafael Furcal

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears that the Cardinals and Furcal have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth around $14 million, pending a physical. Take that, Angels. 2:27 PM: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are “finishing up” a two-year contract which is likely worth around $14 million. That’s a…

  2. Darren Oliver drawing interest from multiple teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    We heard earlier this week that Darren Oliver was on the verge of re-signing with the Rangers, but things have evidently changed over the past few days. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the veteran left-hander is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Red Sox, and is “keeping an open mind” on his destination for…

  3. Harrison Ford to play Branch Rickey in Jackie Robinson biopic

    Dec 10, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Harrison Ford AP

    According to Spencer Fordin of MLB.com, Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Harrison Ford will play Hall of Fame Dodgers’ executive Branch Rickey in a biopic about Jackie Robinson. Many prominent actors have been mentioned for the role of Rickey over the years, including Robert Redford this past April, but Ford was apparently their top choice.…

  4. Rangers and Ian Kinsler have discussed contract extension

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler could become a free agent following the 2013 season, but he wants to stay with the Rangers for the long haul. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Kinsler said that his agent, Jay Franklin, has had preliminary talks with the club about an extension. “I want to stay here,” Kinsler…

  5. James Loney didn’t tell the Dodgers about his arrest last month

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney spoke with Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles yesterday, issuing his first public comments since news broke that he was arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing into three cars. Among other things, Loney claims that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has…

  6. Manny Ramirez officially reinstated from voluntary retirement list

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Let the bidding war begin. OK, not really. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Manny Ramirez has been officially reinstated by MLB from the voluntary retirement list. We learned last weekend that Ramirez was planning a comeback. While he was initially expected to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing…

  7. Buster Posey’s rehab is going off without a hitch

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Chris Haft of MLB.com checked in yesterday with Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, who said that Buster Posey‘s rehab from left leg injuries is going well. Groeschner said that Posey’s current regimen mainly involves cardiovascular work, such as riding a stationary bicycle and running on a treadmill. In early January, Posey will resume baseball-related activities such…

  8. Tweet of the Day: Craig Breslow embraces the future

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

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    Craig Breslow was traded to the Diamondbacks tonight as part of the Trevor Cahill deal. How did he find out about it? Well, the same way a lot of us did. While a heads up would have been nice, at least he’s headed to a contender.

  9. The Diamondbacks may look to trade Joe Saunders

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    The Diamondbacks were discussing a two-year deal with the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders over the past couple of weeks, but tonight’s acquisition of Trevor Cahill has changed things a bit. In fact, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that Arizona may now trade the veteran left-hander. Saunders, 30, earned $5.5 million this season while going…

  10. Phillies expected to chat with Jimmy Rollins’ agent tomorrow

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Jimmy Rollins‘ agent, Dan Lozano, is expected to chat with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. tomorrow. The two sides had multiple meetings at this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, but despite your typical rumor madness, they aren’t yet close to a deal. The Brewers signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez…

  11. A’s taking a big chance in trading Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    Trevor Cahill won 18 games as a 22-year-old for the A’s in 2010. Now he’s a goner, having been sent to the Diamondbacks along with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow in exchange for right-hander Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill and right-hander Ryan Cook. It’s a deal that would make a lot more sense for Cahill if…

  12. Arizona signs former big-league OF Jason Lane as a LHP

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Jason Lane, who made six relief appearances when he wasn’t playing the outfield for Triple-A Las Vegas last season, will make a full-time move to the mound next season. The Diamondbacks have signed him to a minor league deal as a left-handed pitcher. Lane hit 26 homers for the Astros as a 28-year-old back in…

  13. Update: Diamondbacks get Trevor Cahill from A’s

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    6:47 p.m. EST update: The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says the deal is done. The A’s are getting RHP Jarrod Parker, OF Collin Cowgill and RHP Ryan Cook from the A’s for Cahill and LHP Craig Breslow. /// Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “close” to acquiring right-hander Trevor Cahill from…

  14. Tigers, Nationals swap hard-throwing relievers

    Dec 9, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Perry

    It’s a challenge trade: the Tigers and Nationals pulled off an exchange of right-handed relievers Ryan Perry and Collin Balester on Friday. The trade is a bit more surprising from Detroit’s point of view, but it appears that the Tigers soured on Perry as last year went along, even though he pitched better in the…

  15. Lyle Overbay signs one-year deal to stay with Diamondbacks

    Dec 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    Arizona is working on a potentially huge trade with Oakland for Trevor Cahill, but in the meantime the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve re-signed Lyle Overbay to a one-year, $1 million deal. Pittsburgh gave Overbay a one-year, $5 million deal last offseason, but released him in August and the veteran first baseman found a new home…

  16. Phillies add Dave Bush and David Purcey on minors deals

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dave Bush

    Philadelphia added some veteran pitching depth by signing David Purcey and re-signing Dave Bush to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Bush was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, but the 32-year-old right-hander spent much of this year at Triple-A for three different organizations. Philadelphia was the last of…

  17. Prosecutors want Barry Bonds to do 15 months in prison

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    On Tuesday, the federal probation officer assigned to Barry Bonds’ case recommended that the Home Run King — people love it when I call him that — get probation when he is sentenced next week.  Today the prosecutors came back with their request: 15 months. That seems pretty darn harsh given that he was convicted…

  18. Albert Pujols took out newspaper ad to thank Cardinal Nation

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols purchased a full-page ad in the St. Louis Post Dispatch today to thank “the city of St. Louis and Cardinal Nation”:

  19. Tigers finalize one-year, $3.5 million deal with Octavio Dotel

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Detroit and Octavio Dotel made their deal official, with the Tigers paying the veteran right-hander $3 million in 2012 and $3.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2013. This will be his 13th team in 14 seasons, but Dotel remains a very effective reliever at age 38 and is particularly dominant against right-handed hitters, throwing…

  20. Cardinals “reluctant” to give five-year deal to Jimmy Rollins, could pursue Carlos Beltran

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jimmy Rollins has been linked to the Cardinals following Albert Pujols‘ departure, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they “would be reluctant to enter the bidding for Rollins” unless he backs off demands for a five-year deal. Philadelphia is also said to be very much against the idea of giving…

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