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  1. Report: Athletics pushing to sign free agent reliever Brian Fuentes

    Jan 15, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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    The Athletics just added Grant Balfour to help strengthen their bullpen yesterday, but it appears that they aren’t done yet. Major league sources tell Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that the club is also pushing to sign Brian Fuentes. Fuentes, 35, posted a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio over 48 innings…

  2. Jed Lowrie could push Marco Scutaro for playing time at shortstop

    Jan 15, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Jed Lowrie swinging

    During an appearance at the “Hot Stove Cool Music” panel discussion at Fenway Park last night, Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein expressed confidence in Marco Scutaro as the starting shortstop, but suggested that Jed Lowrie could push him for playing time this season (via Brian McPherson of the Providence Journal). “We have two really…

  3. UPDATE: Johan Santana to throw before spring training

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:26 AM EDT

    Johan Santana

    UPDATE: Seems the Mets worded their initial announcement a little awkwardly. According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Santana has been cleared to throw before spring training, not now. Friday, 5:35 PM: You’ll recall that Johan Santana underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder in September. At the time…

  4. Josh Hamilton and Joey Votto among 119 players who filed for salary arbitration

    Jan 15, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    stack of money

    American League MVP Josh Hamilton and National League MVP Joey Votto were among the 119 players who filed for salary arbitration yesterday. Hamilton earned $3.25 million last season and is in his second year of eligibility, while Votto is arbitration-eligible for the first time. Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer spoke with a few agents…

  5. Report: Fox advances Frank McCourt money to help cover Dodgers’ operating expenses

    Jan 15, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    According to Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, who has been all over this story, Fox has advanced Dodgers owner Frank McCourt money in order to help cover the team’s operating expenses. Fox owes the Dodgers $35 million for television rights this year, $37 million next year and $39 million in 2013, according to…

  6. The Nationals aren’t in on Chris Young

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote earlier this week that the Nationals “may be in play” for free agent right-hander Chris Young, but a baseball source told Bill Ladson of MLB.com today that the report was untrue. This would seem to leave the Mets as the most logical destination, as the two sides have been connected…

  7. Heyman: Yankees would consider trading Joba Chamberlain for a starter

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    After news of the Rafael Soriano signing broke last night, many had the logical take that the Yankees should consider moving Joba Chamberlain back into the starting rotation. Of course, that probably won’t happen, which is all the more frustrating after reading the following information. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees would consider…

  8. Cubs and Geovany Soto avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the Cubs and Geovany Soto have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract, avoiding arbitration in the player’s first year of eligibility. He earned $575,000 last season. Soto, who turns 28 later this month, bounced back from a disappointing 2009 campaign to bat .280/.393/.497 with 17 home runs and…

  9. The Giants reality show is actually going to happen

    Jan 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Major League Baseball just made it official: that reality show on Showtime featuring the Giants is a go: Showtime Networks, Major League Baseball Productions and the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are teaming up for a new series chronicling the competitive and complex world of professional baseball. The new series will give viewers…

  10. Is the Soriano deal a sign of chaos in the Yankees organization?

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    The Rafael Soriano deal was a shocker. Mostly because until very recently Brian Cashman was telling anyone who would listen that the Yankees were done with their days of giving multi-year deals to non-Mariano Rivera class relievers and that they were not going to give up the draft pick required to get Soriano because doing…

  11. Nationals GM “frustrated” and “disappointed” with failed attempts to improve rotation

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    This afternoon the Nationals held a press conference to introduce Adam LaRoche to the local media, who naturally asked general manager Mike Rizzo about the team’s various failed attempts to improve the starting rotation this offseason. They failed to sign Cliff Lee and Jorge De La Rosa, have apparently dropped out of the bidding for…

  12. Is 600 home runs “magical?”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Danny Knobler asks that question in light of Jim Thome’s signing and his inevitable 600th home run: Thome is entirely likeable, by teammates, fans and writers alike. A whole bunch of people will be happy for him when he gets to 600. But will it feel magic? I’m not so sure it will. This just isn’t…

  13. Carl Pavano’s “decision expected Monday or Tuesday”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    General manager Bill Smith said this afternoon that re-signing Jim Thome won’t keep the Twins from also bringing back Carl Pavano, telling Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “We’re very optimistic, very hopeful of bringing Carl Pavano back to this ball club.” Christensen reports that Pavano “is taking the weekend to think about the…

  14. The Stamford police are skeptical of Bobby Valentine

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    Bobby Valentine’s new job as Stamford, Connecticut’s Public Safety Director is not going over all that well with the people who will be under his supervision: The announcement of Valentine’s new role wasn’t met with universal acclaim, however. Sgt. Joe Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, expressed his doubts about Valentine to the Advocate.…

  15. Mets sign utility man Willie Harris to a minor league contract

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    After three seasons in Washington the Nationals weren’t interested in bringing back Willie Harris and he apparently didn’t get any major-league offers thanks to a .183 batting average last year, so the 33-year-old utility man has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets. Prior to falling apart last season Harris was a very useful…

  16. The Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    I hope Cardinals fans didn’t have water in their mouths when they read the following tweet from Derrick Goold, or else they’d need new monitors: Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell I mean, jeez, Derrick. I know some people advocate pulling the bandage off quickly, but you really should break that kind of thing…

  17. Nationals interested in Jerry Hairston Jr. as replacement for Willie Harris

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals will not be re-signing Willie Harris, who spent the past three seasons in Washington, and are interesting in signing Jerry Hairston Jr. as his utility man replacement. Harris and Hairston are pretty similar, with Hairston perhaps bringing a bit more defensive value to the table, and Ladson…

  18. Blast from the past: the Phillies sign Matt Anderson

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    This will likely be the first and the last time we blog about Matt Anderson this year, but I am a sucker for comeback stories so it’s worth a mention. The Phillies signed him. Minor league deal, of course. For those who are blanking, Anderson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft,…

  19. Twins re-sign Jim Thome to one-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    After flirting with the Rangers while searching for a multi-year deal, Jim Thome has returned to the Twins on a one-year contract. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com he’ll get $3 million in guaranteed money, plus incentives based on playing time, which means the Twins got Thome at a bargain rate for the second straight…

  20. Rays will have 11 of the top 75 picks in this year’s draft

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    MLB First Year Player Draft

    This morning I noted that free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $215 million and since then Grant Balfour raised that figure even higher by signing a multi-year deal with the A’s. While most of the focus has understandably been on the Rays losing so much major-league talent,…

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