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  1. Rays retain Navarro despite Shoppach trade

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:09 PM EDT

    Dioner Navarro was thought to be a likely non-tender candidate following the Rays’ trade for Kelly Shoppach, but instead the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $2.1 million contract that will keep him in Tampa Bay. It remains to be seen how the Rays plan to divvy up the playing behind the plate after…

  2. Padres change tune, ink Correia to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 8:22 PM EDT

    Earlier this week Kevin Correia said that he expected to be either traded or non-tendered by the Padres because they didn’t want to risk the possibility that he’d be awarded a big raise via arbitration, but the two sides have agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal just hours before the midnight deadline. Correia earned…

  3. Now that he's not so cheap, A's cut ties with Cust

    Dec 12, 2009, 7:25 PM EDT

    Oakland grabbed Jack Cust off the scrap heap in 2007, gave him the first regular playing time of his career, and ended up getting 1,717 plate appearances of .241/.378/.462 hitting with 84 homers, 309 walks, 226 runs, and 229 RBIs for a combined cost of under $4 million. However, with Cust now on the wrong…

  4. Report: Mystery team exceeds four years for Bay

    Dec 12, 2009, 6:12 PM EDT

    Updating a previous item, a major league source told WEEI.com that a mystery team has exceeded four years for free agent outfielder Jason Bay. The only two known offers at this point: Four-years, $60 million – Red Sox Four-years, $63 million – Mets After agent Joe Urbon’s comments earlier today and the skepticism following the…

  5. Thrifty Reds non-tender Jonny Gomes

    Dec 12, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT

    Jonny Gomes is the latest talented player to be non-tendered as the Reds cut ties with him on Saturday. The 29-year-old Gomes was a surprise power source in ’09, hitting .267/.338/.541 with 20 home runs and 51 RBI in just 281 at-bats. Among NL outfielders with 250 at-bats or more, Gomes ranked 12th with a…

  6. Bay declines Red Sox latest contract offer

    Dec 12, 2009, 3:58 PM EDT

    Things are about to get interesting. Rosenthal: Jason Bay’s tenure with the Red Sox appears over. The free-agent left fielder has rejected the team’s latest offer and is entertaining better proposals from other clubs, according to his agent, Joe Urbon. “We don’t agree with their evaluation of the player,” Urbon said. “Frankly, we have other…

  7. Yankees cut Chien-Ming Wang loose

    Dec 12, 2009, 3:23 PM EDT

    As expected, the Yankees non-tendered Chien-Ming Wang on Saturday. The 29-year-old right-hander was 1-6 with a 9.64 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 2009, eventually undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in June. Though Wang has already started a throwing program, he’s not expected to be ready to pitch in the majors until at least May. He’ll join…

  8. Braves non-tender Johnson and Church

    Dec 12, 2009, 2:29 PM EDT

    As expected, the Braves have non-tendered second baseman Kelly Johnson and outfielder Ryan Church. Church was designated for assignment earlier this week in order to make room for newly-acquired right-hander Rafael Soriano on the 40-man roster. Johnson batted .224/.303/.389 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats in ’09, while Church hit .273/.338/.384…

  9. Rays sign LHP Choate to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 1:58 PM EDT

    Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that left-hander Randy Choate has avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Rays. Choate, 33, posted a 3.47 ERA and 1.07 WHIP over 61 appearances with Tampa Bay in 2009. He was especially effective against left-handed hitters, holding them to a miniscule .141 batting average.…

  10. Alex Cora hurt himself, of course

    Dec 12, 2009, 1:29 PM EDT

    Uh-oh. Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog informs us that Alex Cora injured his back while playing with Criollos de Caguas in the Puerto Rican Winter League last week. Cora, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets earlier this month. He batted .251/.320/.310 with one home run, 18 RBI and 31 runs scored in…

  11. Braves still trying to find a taker for Johnson

    Dec 12, 2009, 1:06 PM EDT

    The Braves are holding out hope that they can find a taker for second baseman Kelly Johnson before tonight’s non-tender deadline, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports. Johnson, 27, batted .224/.303/.389 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 303 at-bats with the Braves in ’09, losing his starting second base job to Martin Prado (.307/.358/.464).…

  12. Atkins to be non-tendered by Rockies

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    As expected, the Rockies will non-tender third baseman Garrett Atkins on Saturday. Atkins, who turns 30 today (Happy Birthday, Garrett!), batted .226/.308/.342 with nine home runs and 48 RBI last season, losing his hold on the starting third base job to Ian Stewart by June. Atkins was featured in my “Non-tender tango” series two weeks…

  13. Mets' offer for Bay is heavily backloaded

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:42 AM EDT

    According to a team source, the Mets’ four-year, $63 million offer to Jason Bay is heavily backloaded, reports Bart Hubbach of the New York Post. The contract is worth roughly $10 million in the first season, increasing to near $20 million in the final year. Backloaded deals are nothing new for the Mets, as Carlos…

  14. Braves ink Diaz to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:18 AM EDT

    Matt Diaz avoided arbitration by signing a one-year, $2.55 million contract with the Braves, reports MLB.com. He earned $1.2375 million in 2009. Diaz, who turns 32 in March, batted .313/.390/.488 in ’09, establishing career-highs with 13 home runs and 58 RBI. Only six National League outfielders with at least 350 plate appearances were better than…

  15. Rosenthal is a pretty good match-maker

    Dec 12, 2009, 10:37 AM EDT

    After providing plenty of rumors and news all week at the winter meetings, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has a doozy of an idea regarding Roy Halladay and the Phillies: You want a blockbuster? How about one that includes not one, but two former Cy Young Award winners? I have no proof that the Phillies are…

  16. Cards offer to Holliday under $18 mil. per season

    Dec 12, 2009, 10:10 AM EDT

    Yesterday we heard that the Cardinals tendered a formal contract offer to free agent outfielder Matt Holliday. Though no specific terms were mentioned at the time, this morning Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch cites ‘a source familiar with the process’ as saying the offer did not top $18 million per season. This is…

  17. Pirates sign Cedeno to one-year deal

    Dec 12, 2009, 9:47 AM EDT

    Ronny Cedeno avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Pirates, reports Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cedeno made $822,500 last season. Cedeno, who turns 27 in February, batted .208/.256/.337 with 10 home runs and 38 RBI in 341 at-bats between the Mariners and Pirates in ’09. It isn’t saying…

  18. Today is non-tender day

    Dec 12, 2009, 8:38 AM EDT

    Welcome to non-tender day, everybody. Yes, today is the deadline for teams to decide whether to tender contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man roster. It’s usually done with a player between three and six years of service time coming off injury or a team simply doesn’t feel the player is worth a new contract.…

  19. Brewers out of money, but do they need to be?

    Dec 11, 2009, 9:46 PM EDT

    Indications are that the Brewers are just about out of cash after signing Randy Wolf and LaTroy Hawkins for their pitching staff at the meetings. They do have an offer out to Craig Counsell, but they could well be done adding significant free agents. Except they clearly don’t need to be. According to MLB.com’s Adam…

  20. Friday evening notes: Angels, Diamondbacks, Mets

    Dec 11, 2009, 8:59 PM EDT

    *Jose Arredondo will have Tommy John surgery and miss the 2010 season, a source told ESPN”s Jorge Arangure. That explains his struggles. Arredondo burst onto the scene with 10 wins and a 1.62 ERA out of the pen in 2008, but he came in at 6.00 in 45 innings during a dreadful 2009. With Arredondo…

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