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  1. Nationals, Rays targeting Orlando Hudson

    Jan 26, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

    UPDATE: ESPN.com’s Buster Olney reports that the Rays are also keen on Hudson and might be willing to move Ben Zobrist to right field in order to accommodate him. 7:03pm: MLB.com’s Bill Ladson heard from a baseball source Tuesday that the Nationals “have a good chance of signing” free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson. “There…

  2. Rangers avoid arbitration with closer Frank Francisco

    Jan 26, 2010, 8:44 PM EDT

    According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers and closer Frank Francisco avoided arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a $3.265 million contract for the 2010 season. Francisco requested $3.6 million from the Rangers and was offered $3 million when arbitration figures were exchanged last week.  He had an impressive 1.11 WHIP and 57/15 K/BB ratio last…

  3. Rockies keeping an eye on Melvin Mora

    Jan 26, 2010, 7:30 PM EDT

    The Denver Post’s Troy Renck hears that the Rockies are still monitoring Melvin Mora in their ongoing search for a utility infielder. “Melvin likes it there. He’s definitely interested,” said agent Eric Goldschmidt, on the possibility of his client heading to Colorado. And who wouldn’t love playing in Coors Field?  Mora, 37, batted .260/.321/.358 last…

  4. Report: Padres, Garland agree to terms

    Jan 26, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    UPDATE: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal has the financial details: Garland will earn $4.7MM in 2010 and can earn $6.75MM on a mutual option for 2011. The option has a $600,000 buyout. 5:25pm: Padres president Tom Garfinkel said Tuesday that the Padres have signed free agent Jon Garland. The terms of the deal were not available. It’s…

  5. Diving into the depths: San Francisco Giants

    Jan 26, 2010, 6:23 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. San Francisco Giants Rotation 1. Tim Lincecum 2. Matt Cain 3. Barry Zito 4. Jonathan Sanchez 5. Madison Bumgarner 6. Joe Martinez 7. Kevin Pucetas 8. Henry Sosa 9. Clayton Tanner 10. Steve Johnson 11. Craig Clark While…

  6. Twins ink Jim Thome to one-year contract

    Jan 26, 2010, 6:22 PM EDT

    According to Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the Twins have inked Jim Thome to a one-year contract.  LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that the deal is worth $1.5 million with another $700,000 available through performance-based incentives. Thome, who turns 40 near the end of the 2010 season,…

  7. News Flash: Charlie Manuel would like to have had Cliff Lee in the rotation

    Jan 26, 2010, 5:50 PM EDT

    Cholly on the Cliff Lee trade: “Halladay is the best pitcher in baseball right now. Lee is a tad behind him. Of course it would’ve been nice to have both of them. It’d be good to have Halladay, Lee, Hamels. I’d be looking good. I might even be buying more expensive furniture than the Mrs.…

  8. The Dodgers have agreed to terms with Brad Ausmus

    Jan 26, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    So tweets Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times. He’ll earn a base salary of $850k and there’s a mutual option for 2011. Ausmus actually had a decent year with the stick by his standards in 2009, although it was in exceedingly limited play (.295/.343/.368 in 107 plate appearances). Before that, you’re looking at basically a…

  9. Satch vs. the Yankee Clipper

    Jan 26, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    Not that you need any other reasons to hate the fact that baseball was segregated for so long, but this one will make you fall into a debilitating “what if?” spiral: Joe DiMaggio was a prospect, a promising one for sure, but he still was two months shy of making his New York Yankees spring-training…

  10. The Dodgers sign Ron Belliard

    Jan 26, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick reports that the Dodgers have come to terms with Ron Belliard on a one-year, $850,000 deal. Belliard was hot down stretch for L.A. last year, hitting .351/.398/.636 in 24 games and taking Orlando Hudson’s job. He started all of the Dodgers’ playoff games, reaching base 13 times in 34 plate appearances against…

  11. Underrated Loretta retires to join Pads front office

    Jan 26, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

    After playing 15 seasons in the majors Mark Loretta retired this week and immediately joined the Padres’ front office as a special assistant to the baseball operations staff. Loretta has lived in San Diego since having the best stretch of his career as the Padres’ starting second baseman from 2003-2005 and also knows new general…

  12. Is Bob Geren on the hot seat?

    Jan 26, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    The Chronicle’s Ray Ratto breaks down the numbers that are up against the A’s fourth year manager: There have been 663 managers in major-league history, 176 of whom have held the job since 1980. Of those 176, 46 have held the same job for more than four years, which is where Geren would be at…

  13. Johan Santana throws off a mound, feels good

    Jan 26, 2010, 2:43 PM EDT

    Stepping on a mound for the first time since September surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow, Johan Santana threw a 24-pitch bullpen session this afternoon at the Mets’ spring training complex in Florida and said afterward that he felt “very good.” Santana noted that he’s now able to fully extend his arm, which…

  14. The McGwire-Rose comparisons make no sense

    Jan 26, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Gene Wojciechowski can’t see why, if Mark McGwire is allowed to take a job in the game, Pete Rose is not.  Indeed, he spends a couple dozen paragraphs making that equivalency, culminating in this: Yes, Rose betrayed the game by gambling on baseball. There’s no way around that elephant in the middle of the…

  15. Cubs give Nady one-year contract to platoon with Fukudome … for now

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Xavier Nady’s one-year deal with the Cubs is worth $3 million plus another $2 million in incentives and sets him up to platoon with Kosuke Fukudome in right field, which is a good fit for a right-handed hitter coming off Tommy John surgery in that he’ll face mostly left-handed pitching and won’t be asked to…

  16. The Athletics land Ben Sheets

    Jan 26, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the offer mentioned this morning was, in fact, competitive after all: Free agent right-hander Ben Sheets has signed with the A’s, CBS Sports.com has learned. Sheets agreed to terms on a one-year deal for more than $8 million. He passed a physical today, and the deal is expected…

  17. Manny Acta still likes sabermetrics and cool hats

    Jan 26, 2010, 12:50 PM EDT

    Craig will be thrilled to know that new Indians manager Manny Acta wore another awesome hat while holding a “town hall meeting” for fans (and television cameras) last night. MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince reports that Acta won over the audience with his outgoing personality, but a) what else is an MLB.com writer going to say? and…

  18. The Cubs sign Xavier Nady

    Jan 26, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    UPDATE: It’s Xavier Nady. The dimensions will stay 355-368-400-368-353. 12:20 P.M.: Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs “appear close to adding outfield depth.” That could mean that they’re going to sign Johnny Gomes or Jermaine Dye or Xavier Nady or someone. It could also mean that they’ve removed the bleachers and scoreboard…

  19. Gators wide receiver Riley Cooper picks football over baseball

    Jan 26, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Riley Cooper was picked by the Rangers in the 25th round of last June’s draft as an outfielder at the University of Florida, but he was also Tim Tebow’s second-favorite target as a wide receiver for the Gators and said yesterday that he plans to pursue a football career: Football’s definitely the route I want…

  20. Wandy Rodriguez can't lose

    Jan 26, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    FSN-Houston’s Greg Lucas on Wandy Rodriguez’s upcoming arbitration with the Astros: Rodriguez doesn’t lose no matter what the decision is. He made about $2.6 million in 2010. No wonder an awful lot of baseball owners rue the day they agreed to arbitration to settle contract disputes. The players always win. The owners offer raises-in Wandy’s…

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