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  1. The Matt Capps' saga continues…

    Dec 13, 2009, 4:17 PM EST

    Earlier today, Craig had some thoughts on how Pirates general manager Neal Huntington treated right-hander Matt Capps, who was non-tendered on Saturday. I’m beginning to think that Huntington announced that he would tender contracts to all of his arbitration-eligible players only to attempt to drum up some late trade interest in the 26-year-old reliever. It…

  2. Blue Jays ink John Buck to one-year deal

    Dec 13, 2009, 2:11 PM EST

    The Blue Jays have signed catcher John Buck to a one-year, $2 million contract, reports Jayson Stark of Buck was non-tendered by the Royals on Saturday. The 29-year-old backstop batted .247/.299/.484 with eight home runs and 36 RBI in 186 at-bats in ’09, throwing out 16% of would-be basestealers. He has a .235/.299/.484 career…

  3. Scott Boras can't be serious

    Dec 13, 2009, 1:27 PM EST

    When Scott Boras talks, people listen. Take the winter meetings, for instance. He’s bombastic. He’s outrageous. And sometimes he’s very close to pushing his luck. The Yankees recently acquired the younger and more-athletic Curtis Granderson in a blockbuster three-team trade, providing general manager Brian Cashman with some flexibility in negotiations for veteran free agent outfielder…

  4. Akinori Iwamura says goodbye to Tampa Bay

    Dec 13, 2009, 11:33 AM EST

    Akinori Iwamura, who was traded from the Rays to the Pirates last month, took out a full-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the St. Petersburg Times, thanking the fans of Tampa Bay: “I hope you’ll remember me with good thoughts for my efforts on the field and even for my “Rayhawk” haircut during our run to…

  5. Dave Duncan could fix Chien-Ming Wang

    Dec 13, 2009, 11:14 AM EST

    Cardinals pitching coach Dave Duncan said Chien-Ming Wang, who was non-tendered by the Yankees on Saturday, intrigues him as a free agent, reports Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Wang likely won’t be able to contribute until next May as he recovers from shoulder surgery, and he hasn’t pitched a full season since 2007,…

  6. Report: Brewers have deal for Counsell

    Dec 13, 2009, 9:59 AM EST

    According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Brewers have a tentative agreement in place to re-sign free agent infielder Craig Counsell. The 39-year-old Counsell was believed to be seeking a two-year contract this winter, but the length and terms of the new contract are not yet known. Counsell came out of nowhere…

  7. Lowell's right thumb holding up trade to Texas

    Dec 13, 2009, 9:31 AM EST

    This week’s proposed trade of Mike Lowell and cash to the Rangers for catcher Max Ramirez currently stands in transaction limbo. Why? Blame Lowell’s right thumb. The Rangers are reportedly satisfied with the status of Lowell’s right hip, but they are reviewing an injury to Lowell’s thumb that hampered him over the final weeks of…

  8. Red Sox talks for Padres' Gonzalez "going nowhere"

    Dec 13, 2009, 9:03 AM EST

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe has been following the Adrian Gonzalez situation pretty closely this winter, but recent talks between the Red Sox and Padres are going nowhere. For now, that is. At conflict is the players San Diego will receive in return. New general manager Jed Hoyer has asked for Clay Buchholz and…

  9. Neal Huntington: jerkin' his players around

    Dec 13, 2009, 8:49 AM EST

    Twice last week Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington said that he would tender closer Matt Capps, and all other arb-eligible players a contract: “At this point, our plan is to tender all eligible players,” he said on Monday. He repeated the phrase almost verbatim on Wednesday.   Last night: no contract tendered to Matt Capps. As…

  10. 39 non-tenders include Atkins, Wang, Capps

    Dec 13, 2009, 12:51 AM EST

    Here’s the complete list of players non-tendered prior to Saturday’s midnight deadline. Angels: RHP Jose Arredondo*, INF Matt Brown, RHP Dustin Moseley Athletics: OF Jack Cust Blue Jays: C Raul Chavez Indians: RHP Adam Miller*, RHP Anthony Reyes*, RHP Jose Veras Mariners: OF Ryan Langerhans Orioles: RHP Brian Bass Rays: OF Gabe Gross, C Shawn…

  11. Giants non-tender midseason pickup Ryan Garko

    Dec 13, 2009, 12:29 AM EST

    San Francisco acquired Ryan Garko from Cleveland at midseason in an effort to boost one of the league’s worst lineups, but Garko hit just .235/.307/.330 in 40 games and tonight the Giants non-tendered him rather than pay what likely would have been around $2 million via arbitration. Garko is mediocre against right-handers and crushes left-handers,…

  12. Penny pinching Pirates drop closer Matt Capps

    Dec 13, 2009, 12:24 AM EST

    Pittsburgh has spent months trying to trade closer Matt Capps, but after finding zero takers the Pirates decided to non-tender him rather than go to arbitration. Capps struggled mightily in 2009 and likely would have been awarded a salary in the neighborhood $3 million, but that’s hardly a budget-crippling number even for a small-payroll team…

  13. Rays retain Navarro despite Shoppach trade

    Dec 12, 2009, 11:09 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 12, 2009, 8:22 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 12, 2009, 7:25 PM EST

    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…

  16. Report: Mystery team exceeds four years for Bay

    Dec 12, 2009, 6:12 PM EST

    Updating a previous item, a major league source told 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…

  17. Thrifty Reds non-tender Jonny Gomes

    Dec 12, 2009, 5:14 PM EST

    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…

  18. Bay declines Red Sox latest contract offer

    Dec 12, 2009, 3:58 PM EST

    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…

  19. Yankees cut Chien-Ming Wang loose

    Dec 12, 2009, 3:23 PM EST

    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…

  20. Braves non-tender Johnson and Church

    Dec 12, 2009, 2:29 PM EST

    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…

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