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  1. Russ Springer calls it a career at age 42

    Jan 30, 2011, 9:53 AM EDT

    Russ Springer

    From Bob Tompkins of the Alexandria Daily Town Talk (via MLB Trade Rumors) comes word that veteran reliever Russ Springer has decided to hang up his cleats for good. The 42-year-old native of Alexandria, Louisiana broke into the majors back in 1992 as a reliever for the Yankees.  He played for 10 different teams throughout…

  2. Troy Glaus may sit out this season

    Jan 30, 2011, 8:44 AM EDT

    Troy Glaus

    The winter has been a bit rude to free agent first baseman Troy Glaus. The 34-year-old drew mild interest from the Rockies in early December, but talks never went anywhere and he wasn’t linked to another club the rest of the way.  Now, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, he is considering retirement.  Or at…

  3. Blue Jays, Frank Francisco avoid arbitration with $4 million deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    Right on cue, the Blue Jays just announced via their Twitter feed that they have avoided arbitration with reliever Frank Francisco by agreeing to a one-year, $4 million contract. Francisco, who was acquired from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli earlier this week, requested $4.875 million and was offered $3.5 million from the Rangers when…

  4. Rangers and Mike Napoli avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    The Rangers and Mike Napoli avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $5.8 million contract, according to to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com. Napoli, who was just acquired from the Blue Jays for Frank Francisco earlier this week, requested $6.1 million and was offered $5.3 million from the Angels when arbitration figures were exchanged last…

  5. Marlins sign Shawn Hill to a minor league contract

    Jan 29, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Shawn Hill Jays

    The Marlins have signed Shawn Hill to a minor league contract, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. The 29-year-old right-hander will receive an invite to major league spring training and will make $600,000 if he makes the team. The native Canadian was released by the Blue Jays in November after posting a 2.61 ERA and 14/4…

  6. UPDATE: Chone Figgins says he wants to stay — and win — in Seattle

    Jan 29, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Chone Figgins running

    UPDATE: According to a Tweet by John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse, Chone Figgins says he wants to stay “and win in Seattle.” He might be waiting a while. For what it’s worth, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported yesterday that Figgins has not been asked to waive his limited no-trade clause, which includes…

  7. Kyle Farnsworth’s contract includes incentives for games finished

    Jan 29, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Kyle Farnsworth

    The Rays signed reliever Kyle Farnsworth to a one-year contract with an option for 2012 earlier this month, but Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times has some interesting contract details. Farnsworth receives a base salary of $2.6 million this season and either a $3.3 million option or $650,000 buyout for 2012. The interesting part…

  8. Rangers negotiating contract extension with Jon Daniels

    Jan 29, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels GM

    Rangers president Nolan Ryan said last week that the club was going to make it a priority to work out a contract extension with general manager Jon Daniels before spring training. It sounds like they are going to make good on that promise. Jon Heyman of SI.com reported last night that the Rangers are talking…

  9. Derek Jeter is already working on hitting mechanics with Kevin Long

    Jan 29, 2011, 11:24 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Ben Shpigel of the New York Times has an excellent, must-read piece about Derek Jeter‘s work with Yankees hitting coach Kevin Long this week. Interestingly, Long told Shpigel that Jeter has always has always had a slightly flawed swing, due to the familiar stride that he takes towards the mound with his left leg. Coming…

  10. UPDATE: Orioles aren’t willing to budge from current offer for Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 29, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE: According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, the Orioles want Vladimir Guerrero, but only on their terms. He reports the total worth of the O’s offer is somewhere around $4.5-5 million. I would assume that includes a lower base salary with some incentives. 7:15 PM, Friday: Well, this act is getting old. According to Brittany…

  11. Dodgers sign Mike MacDougal to minor league deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

    Mike McDougal

    The Dodgers signed former All-Star reliever Mike MacDougal to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training, according to the team’s Twitter feed. OK, so I really wanted to use that former All-Star line. Fact is, MacDougal hasn’t been an effective pitcher for a few years now. MacDougal, who turns 34 in March,…

  12. Albert Pujols would veto any trade

    Jan 29, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    Some have wondered whether the Cardinals would consider trading Albert Pujols if they are unable to work out a contract extension prior to spring training. Yeah, you can scratch that idea. Sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that Pujols will not accept any trade proposal. And with his 10 and 5 rights, he has every…

  13. Mets and R.A. Dickey avoid arbitration, agree to two-year deal

    Jan 29, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    UPDATE: Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the deal is worth about $8 million. 11:13 PM, Friday: The Mets might be hard up for cash, but they just signed one of their pitchers to a multi-year contract. According to Andy Martino, the Mets and R.A. Dickey avoided arbitration by agreeing to a…

  14. Blue Jays and Jason Frasor avoid arbitration with one-year contract

    Jan 28, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays v Texas Rangers

    The Blue Jays and Jason Frasor have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.5 million contract, according to a team press release. The contract includes a $3.75 million team option for 2012. The 33-year-old Frasor accepted arbitration from the Blue Jays at the end of November, a decision motivated by his Type A free…

  15. Joe Mauer recovering well from offseason knee surgery

    Jan 28, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer, A.J. Pierzynski

    During an appearance with the Twins’ annual Winter Caravan earlier this week, Joe Mauer told FOX Sports 9 in Minnesota that he “should be OK” for spring training after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee in December. Seemed innocent enough at the time, but that one Tweet was still enough to send some fans…

  16. Diving into the depths: St. Louis Cardinals

    Jan 28, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Adam Wainwright 2. Chris Carpenter 3. Jake Westbrook 4. Jaime Garcia 5. Kyle Lohse 6. P.J. Walters 7. Brian Tallet 8. Ian Snell 9. Lance Lynn 10. Bryan Augenstein 11. Adam Ottavino 12. Miguel Batista 13.…

  17. Could such a punchless A’s team win the AL West?

    Jan 28, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp

    If the A’s bring in Chone Figgins to replace Kevin Kouzmanoff at third base, they’d enter the season with a lineup that looks something like this: 3B Chone Figgins RF David DeJesus 1B Daric Barton LF Josh Willingham DH Hideki Matsui C Kurt Suzuki 2B Mark Ellis CF Coco Crisp SS Cliff Pennington My 2011…

  18. In which the Yankees are the Austrian Habsburgs

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Ferdinand III

    This is for the true history geeks among you. And I’m not talking Civil War buffs or French Revolution experts, because you guys are a dime a dozen. I’m talking about those of you who know a bit about 17th Century nation-states and the Holy Roman Empire and stuff and are able to chuckle at…

  19. ESPN reveals their commentator teams

    Jan 28, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    old TV

    For those of you who care deeply about the announcers of the national games, ESPN has announced their Monday night and Wednesday night baseball teams: Sean McDonough, Aaron Boone and Rick Sutcliffe will handle Mondays and Dave O’Brien and Nomar Garciaparra will do Wednesdays. The good news here is McDonough, who I like an awful lot.  And while…

  20. Rays claim Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins

    Jan 28, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

    rob delaney twins

    Today the Rays added another reliever to the mix for their rebuilt bullpen, claimining right-hander Rob Delaney off waivers from the Twins. Minnesota designated Delaney for assignment earlier this week to make room on the 40-man roster for left-hander Dusty Hughes, who’s older and has a significantly less impressive minor-league track record, but did spend…

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