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  1. "Three or four teams" interested in Jim Thome

    Jan 17, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe went over the wealth of free agents left on the market earlier this morning. We’ve covered a couple of them here today, including Joe Crede and Joel Pineiro, but Scott Merkin of MLB.com passes along word that three or four teams — including the Rays — have contacted free…

  2. UPDATE: McGwire has "testy give-and-take" with media

    Jan 17, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    3:49 PM: McGwire just got done answering questions from the media at the team’s Winter Warm-Up event in St. Louis. Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the event “was cut short after six minutes of a testy give-and-take.” 2:32 PM: Matthew Leach of MLB.com reports that “Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns…

  3. Eric Byrnes would love to play in San Francisco

    Jan 17, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    Eric Byrnes, who was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks last week, told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he would be interested in signing with his hometown Giants: “It’s not a real secret (that) I’d definitely be interested,” Byrnes said in a phone interview. “The Giants, of course, that’s the best fit…

  4. Orioles talking to the oft-injured Joe Crede

    Jan 17, 2010, 12:31 PM EDT

    The Orioles are talking to free agent third baseman Joe Crede, reports Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Crede, who turns 32 in April, is coming off his third back surgery since 2007, so he’d surely have to accept a modest one-year deal at this point. Limited to just 90 games last season, Crede batted…

  5. Angels, Dodgers and Mets "all in" on Pineiro

    Jan 17, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Jon Heyman of SI.com tweets that the Angels, Dodgers and Mets are “all in” on free agent Joel Pineiro. The Mets have been connected to the 31-year-old right-hander all winter, while the Dodgers have stepped up their pursuit in recent weeks. The Angels, meanwhile, expressed interest early on, but have money to spend after losing…

  6. White Sox ink Jenks, Quentin to one-year deals

    Jan 17, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    The White Sox and reliever Bobby Jenks avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Jenks, who turns 29 in March, will receive a $1.9 million raise over a 2009 season that saw him post a 3.79 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 27 saves in 35 chances. Jenks fought a very public…

  7. Renovations in store for 100th anniversary of Wrigley

    Jan 17, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune reports that the Cubs are planning a complete renovation of Wrigley Field in conjunction with the 100-year anniversary of the park in 2014. The “Wrigley 20-14″ project includes the long-rumored “triangle building,” a large open-air courtyard, the possible addition of a restaurant, widened concourses and expanded restrooms, some…

  8. Diving into the depths: Houston Astros

    Jan 16, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Houston Astros Rotation 1. Roy Oswalt 2. Wandy Rodriguez 3. Brett Myers 4. Bud Norris 5. Brian Moehler 6. Felipe Paulino 7. Yorman Bazardo 8. Wesley Wright 9. Gustavo Chacin 10. Polin Trinidad 11. Chris Sampson 12. Josh…

  9. Mozeliak: McGwire had to address questions about PEDs

    Jan 16, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    Everybody already assumed as much, but Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak finally confirmed it on Saturday when he said his willingness to hire Mark McGwire as the team’s new hitting coach was contingent upon him addressing his past use of performance enhancing drugs: “He needed to be honest,” Mozeliak told the media during a press…

  10. Saturday signings: Masset, Medders

    Jan 16, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

    There’s plenty of activity this weekend, as players and teams settle on new contracts to avoid arbitration. Here’s a couple deals that were announced on Saturday: – The Reds signed reliever Nick Masset to a two-year, $2.58 million contract. Masset entered 2009 as a potential rotation candidate, but ended up being one of the most…

  11. Update: Pirates sign Brendan Donnelly

    Jan 16, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    3:10 PM: Yikes. Donnelly signed for $1.5 million guaranteed, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. He could make $3 million with incentives. 2:02 PM: Kovacevic confirms that the Pirates have come to terms with Donnelly on a contract, pending a physical. 11:15 AM: The Pirates have officially signed right-hander D.J. Carrasco to a minor league…

  12. Omar Minaya admits there's a problem with "the process"

    Jan 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Mets general manager Omar Minaya quickly tried to smooth things over with Carlos Beltran after the team publicly expressed their displeasure in his decision to undergo surgery on his right knee this week, telling David Waldstein of the New York Times that the whole controversy may have stemmed from a miscommunication of protocol: “It was…

  13. Tony La Russa responds to Jack Clark

    Jan 16, 2010, 12:51 PM EDT

    There’s a war of words in St. Louis. You may have already heard that Jack Clark, who spent three years with the Cardinals, thinks Mark McGwire should be banned from baseball. He also questioned Tony La Russa’s claim that he didn’t know McGwire was on steroids during his tenure in Oakland and St. Louis: “[McGwire's]…

  14. It's on: Tim Lincecum files for arbitration

    Jan 16, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Tim Lincecum was one of 128 players to file for arbitration on Friday, paving the way for him to surpass the record $10 million salary for a first-time eligible player. Ryan Howard set the bar in 2008, a year after he won the National League MVP award. Lincecum, 25, has won the National League Cy…

  15. John Maine agrees to new deal with Mets

    Jan 16, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    The Mets and right-hander John Maine avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.3 million contract on Friday. Maine, who turns 29 in May, could earn an additional $225,000 in performance bonuses based on number of starts. Limited to just 15 starts last season due to shoulder problems, Maine was 7-6 with a 4.43 ERA…

  16. Deadline passes, but Rangers close to being sold

    Jan 16, 2010, 9:27 AM EDT

    Their exclusive 30-day negotiation window has closed without a deal, but an investment group led by Pittsburgh sports attorney Chuck Greenberg and Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan said “extraordinary progress” had been made in talks to buy the Rangers from Hicks Sports Group. “We are on the verge of an agreement that would provide…

  17. Adam LaRoche calls the Diamondbacks his "first choice"

    Jan 16, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    During an introductory conference call on Friday, new first baseman Adam LaRoche called the Diamondbacks his “first choice.” ‘This all came together obviously really fast,” LaRoche said. “There were some other options out there and to be honest with you, this was at the top of the list if we could work it out. From…

  18. A's acquire Kouzmanoff from Padres for Hairston

    Jan 15, 2010, 8:47 PM EDT

    According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Athletics have acquired third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff and prospect Eric Sogard from the Padres out outfielders Scott Hairston and Aaron Cunningham. Kouzmanoff was long expected to be dealt, but this is a stunning destination for him given his horrible on-base percentages and seemingly overrated defense. Kouzmanoff made some…

  19. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 15, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Rotation 1. Jered Weaver 2. Joe Saunders 3. Ervin Santana 4. Scott Kazmir 5. Matt Palmer 6. Sean O’Sullivan 7. Anthony Ortega 8. Trevor Reckling 9. Trevor Bell 10. Tommy Mendoza The Angels…

  20. The Red Sox add roster fodder

    Jan 15, 2010, 4:50 PM EDT

    The Red Sox have signed six guys to minor league deals: Fernando Cabrera, Edwin Moreno, Jorge Sosa, Angel Sanchez, Gil Velazquez, and Darnell McDonald. Since 1998, the Red Sox and their fans have celebrated “truck day” in early February which is the day the moving truck that transports the team’s spring training gear from to spring training in…

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