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  1. What are the Rays getting in Manny Ramirez?

    Jan 22, 2011, 6:17 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    The Rays’ $2 million investment in Manny Ramirez certainly seems like a worthwhile gamble, but there’s no denying that the 38-year-old slugger seemed washed up during his stint with the White Sox last season. He hit just .261/.420/.319 with one homer and two RBI in 69 at-bats following the August deal. On the other hand,…

  2. Nolan Ryan predicts at least 90 wins for the Rangers this season

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas reports that during an appearance at the Rangers’ Fan Fest today, team president Nolan Ryan predicted that the club will win between 90 to 95 games this season. “I think we’re a better ballclub now than we were this time last year,” Ryan told ESPNDallas.com after talking with fans in…

  3. UPDATE: Rockies and Jason Hammel avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 22, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    Jason Hammel

    The Rockies and right-hander Jason Hammel avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a two-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Exact terms haven’t been disclosed, but the new contract will cover Hammel’s final two years of arbitration. Hammel filed for $3.7 million and was offered $3.1 million by the Rockies when arbitration figures were…

  4. Tigers “likely” to trade Armando Galarraga

    Jan 22, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski told Jason Beck of MLB.com earlier today that trade talks involving Armando Galarraga are progressing, adding that a deal “is likely.” Galarraga was designated for assignment by the club earlier this week, just one day after the two sides avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.3 million contract. The…

  5. What they’re saying about Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez to Tampa Bay

    Jan 22, 2011, 2:25 PM EDT

    Damon Manny

    The Vernon Wells trade wasn’t the only big thing that happened last night. Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez reportedly agreed to one-year contracts with the Rays, pending physicals. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Damon will earn a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 in incentives based on attendance figures while Ramirez will earn $2…

  6. Must-click link: Angels and Blue Jays fans in word cloud form

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:49 PM EDT

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    If you click on anything pertaining to the Vernon Wells-for-Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera trade, make sure this is it. In order to gauge reaction to the blockbuster trade, Sam Miller of the Orange County Register produced word clouds based on comments from Angels fans at Halos Heaven and Blue Jays fans at Bluebird Banter.…

  7. Tigers to retire Sparky Anderson’s number

    Jan 22, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

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    Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski just announced at the club’s annual TigerFest event that Sparky Anderson’s No. 11 will be retired this season. According to John Lowe of the Detroit Free Press, the team will also wear a patch on their uniforms and fly a flag at Comerica Park in honor of Anderson throughout the…

  8. UPDATE: Giants, Andres Torres agree to one-year deal

    Jan 22, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News reports that the deal is official. 10:00 AM: According to Mychael Urban of CSNBayArea.com, the Giants and outfielder Andres Torres are close to agreeing to a one-year contract. A deal could be finalized by as soon as today. A league source tells Urban that Torres’ contract…

  9. Royals, Billy Butler agree to four-year, $30 million extension

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:33 AM EDT

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    According to Dick Kaegal of MLB.com, the Royals and Billy Butler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a four-year, $30 million extension. Butler, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, filed for $4.3 million and was offered $3.4 million from the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. The new contract…

  10. The Blue Jays have next to nothing in payroll obligations for 2012

    Jan 22, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Some teams have all the luck. Just a couple of years ago, the Blue Jays were stuck with massive commitments to both Alex Rios and Vernon Wells. But thanks to some old fashioned generosity by White Sox general manager Ken Williams and Angels general manager Tony Reagins, the Blue Jays don’t have to worry about…

  11. What they’re saying about the Vernon Wells trade

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

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    If you woke up this morning confused and disoriented, you aren’t alone. Angels general manager Tony Reagins has felt that way all winter long. The Angels and Blue Jays announced a blockbuster trade last night that sends Vernon Wells to Los Angeles for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. It’s an absolutely stunning deal that frees…

  12. UPDATE: Orioles not close to deal with Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE: Orioles president Andy MacPhail tells Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com that Bowden’s report “is not accurate.” He’s not the first one to say that. 8:32 AM: According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Vladimir Guerrero is close to signing a one-year contract with the Orioles. Bowden calls it a “humbling deal” and “one of…

  13. Brewers, Kameron Loe avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Kameron Loe

    The Brewers and right-hander Kameron Loe avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Loe requested $1.65 million and was offered $1.055 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. While this contract is below the midpoint, the 29-year-old right-hander can make…

  14. UPDATE: Angels acquire Vernon Wells from Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms it. The Angels are picking up the entire $86 million tab left on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Mind sufficiently blown. 9:08 PM: The deal is done. The Angels have acquired Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, cash…

  15. Report: Rays agree to terms with Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EDT

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    Oh, what a night. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, pending physicals. According to Heyman, Damon will receive a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 worth of incentives based on attendance. Ramirez will get $2 million guaranteed. That’s right. Just $2 million.…

  16. What does the Vernon Wells trade mean for Jose Bautista?

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

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    That’s what many Blue Jays fans are wondering right now. We’ve heard conflicting reports about whether the Blue Jays are picking up any of the $86 million remaining on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that they will, Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press hears that they won’t. Angels general manager Tony Reagins…

  17. Unbelievable: Angels take on Vernon Wells from Jays

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

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    Such is the world of baseball news: spend a half hour typing up a blog and see it turned into garbage within 10 seconds of it being posted. Because less than hour after reporting that Mike Napoli was being dealt to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal decided to mention that, oh yeah, Vernon Wells just…

  18. White Sox pick up Ozzie Guillen’s option for 2012

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox just held a news conference to announce that they have picked up the 2012 option for manager Ozzie Guillen. There was some speculation last September that Guillen was on his way out after he said he wanted to know where he stood with the…

  19. Tired of standing still, Angels take step backwards

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:19 PM EDT

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    Having struck out all winter, the Angels finally did something to shake up their lineup Friday, only the move was to get rid of one of their best hitters.  Opinions on Mike Napoli‘s defense are certainly mixed, but there aren’t many better offensive catchers.   Since he entered the league in 2006, Napoli has hit .251/.346/.455…

  20. Some more (and better) words about scoops

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Yesterday I wrote about scoops regarding player transactions and the like, offering my somewhat rambling take on it all. Today Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has his own take, and it’s much better informed and, frankly, a lot more interesting than mine: Readers don’t go online to read Rosenthal and Heyman for the latest…

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