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  1. Radhames Liz signs contract with Korean team

    Jan 9, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    Radhames Liz, Ernesto Frieri

    Another MLB free agent has decided to head overseas. According to the transactions page over at Yahoo! Sports, reliever Radhames Liz has signed a contract with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization. Tired of waiting on the scrap heap for a minor league contract offer, Brian Bannister made a similar move last week,…

  2. The Rangers attempted to acquire Matt Garza from the Rays

    Jan 8, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Matt Garza pitching Rays

    Doesn’t matter much now that a deal with the Cubs is complete, but according to Peter Gammons — and information passed along by T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com — the Rangers pushed hard for Matt Garza this week. The Rangers were willing to part with left-hander Derek Holland, right-handed reliever Frank Francisco and prospect outfielder Engel…

  3. David Aardsma might not be ready for the season after hip surgery

    Jan 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    The Mariners originally expressed optimism that David Aardsma would be ready for the start of the season after hip surgery, but general manager Jack Zduriencik told Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times yesterday that the surgery was more extensive than first expected and that the right-hander might not be ready for Opening Day. Aardsma, who…

  4. The Yankees are apparently still in on Rafael Soriano

    Jan 8, 2011, 3:06 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees are still in on free agent reliever Rafael Soriano. This seems curious given that just yesterday, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Chad Jennings of the Journal News that he is not willing to surrender the team’s first-round draft pick. If the Yankees were to sign Soriano,…

  5. Athletics acquire right-hander Guillermo Moscoso from Rangers

    Jan 8, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Guillermo Moscoso

    Here’s a pretty minor deal on a slow Saturday. Initially reported by Oscar Prieto Rojas and confirmed by Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, the Athletics have acquired Guillermo Moscoso from the Rangers for minor league right-hander Ryan Kelly. Moscoso was designated for assignment by the Rangers earlier this week in order to make room for…

  6. Report: White Sox agree to two-year, $4 million deal with Will Ohman

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

    Will Ohman throwing

    UPDATE: According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the White Sox have signed Ohman to a two-year, $4 million contract, pending a physical. Friday, 7:10 PM: Jon Heyman of SI.com tweeted earlier this afternoon that reliever Will Ohman had narrowed his choice to three teams. We’re beginning to piece this thing together. According to Dan Connolly…

  7. The Cubs have acquired Joaquin Benoit! Oh wait.

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:31 PM EDT

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    If you’re looking for a good laugh this morning, the Chicago Sun-Times is happy to help. The Cubs made the back page of Saturday’s paper following yesterday’s acquisition of Matt Garza from the Rays, but the thing is, they used a picture of Joaquin Benoit, instead. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has the…

  8. The Mets are only willing to consider another starter on the cheap

    Jan 8, 2011, 12:15 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, the Mets don’t want to pay another starting pitcher more than Chris Capuano, who was signed to an incentive-laden deal by the club earlier this week. Capuano will earn a base salary of $1.5 million with the Mets this season. The left-hander could make an additional $3…

  9. Joe Torre may get Sandy Alderson’s old gig with MLB

    Jan 8, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    Joe Torre

    According to Teri Thompson and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, Joe Torre is in talks with baseball commissioner Bud Selig about joining MLB as executive vice president of operations. Sandy Alderson vacated the post to become the new general manager of the Mets in October. Longtime executive John McHale Jr. is currently…

  10. Frank McCourt met with executives from the commissioner’s office this week

    Jan 8, 2011, 10:06 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers owner Frank McCourt met with executives from the commissioner’s office — but not the commissioner himself — from Monday through Wednesday at MLB headquarters in New York. The topic du jour? McCourt, who requested the meetings, outlined his plans for retaining control of the Dodgers…

  11. The Yankees have begun talks with Andruw Jones

    Jan 8, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees have started talks with free agent Andruw Jones, though a deal is not believed to be close. Heyman wrote earlier this week that the Bombers were considering Jones. The Yankees are pursuing Jones in part because they need a right-handed hitting outfielder, but also because they are…

  12. Carlos Delgado hopes to make another comeback attempt

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:47 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado comeback

    Carlos Delgado has undergone three hip surgeries since his last major league at-bat on May 9, 2009, but he’s not about to give up now. In fact, he told Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun that he hopes to sign with a team in time to get some at-bats during spring training. “I’d like to…

  13. Mariners and Brendan Ryan avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    This deal was announced earlier in the week, then denied, but now it’s officially official. According to Kirby Arnold of the Everett Herald, the Mariners avoided arbitration with infielder Brendan Ryan by agreeing to a two-year contract. Terms weren’t disclosed, but Stephen Hawkins of the Associated Press previously reported that Ryan agreed to a two-year,…

  14. Blue Jays “among most serious suitors for” Brian Fuentes

    Jan 7, 2011, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Brian Fuentes has been linked to nearly a dozen teams this offseason while reportedly holding out for an opportunity to close and according to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday the Blue Jays “rank among the most serious suitors for” the 35-year-old left-hander. Toronto signed Octavio Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal last week…

  15. Nationals, Adam LaRoche finalize two-year, $16 million deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 4:11 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Adam LaRoche and the Nationals made things official this afternoon, as Washington announced a two-year contract with the veteran first baseman. He’ll get $7 million in 2011 and $8 million in 2012, and the deal also includes a $10 million mutual option or $1 million buyout for 2012. In other words, he’s guaranteed $16 million…

  16. Edgar Renteria expects to be the Reds’ starting shortstop

    Jan 7, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    Edgar Renteria‘s one-year deal with Cincinnati is expected to be finalized soon and yesterday he told ESPN Deportes that “the opportunity to keep playing shortstop full time … was the main reason to accept the offer from the Reds.” However, as Mark Sheldon of MLB.com notes earlier this week–and prior to reaching an agreement with…

  17. Ryne Duren: 1929-2011

    Jan 7, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    ryne duren yankees

    Ryne Duren, a three-time All-Star reliever in the 1950s and 1960s known for his blazing fastball, coke-bottle glasses, and effective wildness, has passed away at age 81. Duren didn’t get his first extended opportunity in the majors until he was 28, but he pitched nine seasons for seven different teams and was a dominant force…

  18. Chone Figgins is moving back to third base for the Mariners

    Jan 7, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

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    Last offseason the Mariners signed Chone Figgins and moved him to second base, a position he hadn’t played regularly since 2005. It didn’t go well, as Figgins compounded his disappointing production at the plate by struggling defensively, with Ultimate Zone Rating pegging him as 12.3 runs below average. Not surprisingly, with 2010 third baseman Jose…

  19. Quote of the Day: Are we sick of Phillies fans yet?

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    A guy on my Facebook feed who happens to be a Phillies fan wrote this as his status this morning: 37 days until Aces and catchers report! Clever. But I gotta ask: is anyone sick of this rebop yet? I know I sure am.  I mean, I appreciate how excited Phillies fans are about 2011, but…

  20. Andrew Bailey cleared to throw following elbow “clean up”

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Andrew Bailey was shut down in September and underwent “cleanup surgery” to remove bone chips from his elbow, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that the A’s closer has been cleared to resume throwing. For now he’s throwing from 60 feet, but the plan is for Bailey to stretch things out to 120 feet by…

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