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  1. Running down the rosters: Oakland Athletics

    Feb 9, 2012, 6:12 PM EST

    Kurt Suzuki, Brandon McCarthy

    At least to the outside eye, it seems like the A’s have lacked a plan since they shipped off Matt Holliday after 93 games in 2009. It finally appeared that they were going for a full rebuild this winter, but after trading Trevor Cahill, Andrew Bailey and Gio Gonzalez, they re-signed Coco Crisp for $14…

  2. Craig Breslow bypasses arbitration with Diamondbacks for $1.8 million

    Feb 9, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Craig Breslow Getty

    Craig Breslow, who was acquired from the A’s as part of the Trevor Cahill swap in December, has avoided arbitration with the Diamondbacks by agreeing to a one-year, $1.795 million deal. Breslow requested $2.1 million in his second season of arbitration eligibility, while the Diamondbacks countered at $1.5 million. They settled $5,000 below the midpoint…

  3. Running down the rosters: Houston Astros

    Feb 9, 2012, 12:30 AM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez

    The 2012 Astros are pretty sure bets to lose 100 games, with the big question being whether they’ll top last year’s mark of 106 losses. That achievement will be tied to their ability to move the contracts of Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee. Ideally, they’d be able to sell off at least the…

  4. Willie Bloomquist is the Pavement of baseball players

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EST

    willie-bloomquist-diamondbacks

    After that Madonna post I feel like I sort of need to come back quickly and re-establish some form of musical credibility. So, now I will tell you all about how great I think the Pet Shop Boys are … Kidding! I offer you a link (sorry, subscription only) to Baseball Prospectus in which Geoff Young…

  5. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EST

    Jeremy Guthrie

    There’s nothing sexy about a 47-65 career record. Jeremy Guthrie has led the AL in losses twice and in homers allowed once. He’s never won even a dozen games or struck out more than 130 batters in a season. Still, the Rockies should be very happy to have him, especially for the modest price of…

  6. 2012 projections: top 10 catchers

    Feb 5, 2012, 9:14 PM EST

    Buster Posey

    I’ll save the fantasy projections for the Rotoworld Draft Guide, but here are my top catchers for 2012 going by OPS: .878 - Buster Posey – Giants – 486 AB – .756 in 2011 .868 – Mike Napoli – Rangers – 413 AB – 1.046 in 2011 .867 – Carlos Santana – Indians – 524 AB –…

  7. So, what to make of Scott Boras’ winter?

    Feb 2, 2012, 3:30 PM EST

    Boras thinking

    Before Prince Fielder signed for $214 million, people were saying that Scott Boras was having a bad offseason for his free agents.  Then, all of  a sudden, everyone was saying how awesome he was.  Then today Edwin Jackson signed a one-year deal that, in my view anyway, is a borderline bargain for the Nationals. Then…

  8. Micah Owings agrees to minor-league deal with Padres

    Feb 1, 2012, 4:46 PM EST

    Micah Owings

    Micah Owings pitched well enough for the Diamondbacks last season that most people stopped saying he should give up pitching and become a full-time hitter, but the 29-year-old right-hander has still had to settle for a minor-league deal from the Padres. Owings was an excellent hitter in college and has batted .286 with an .820…

  9. Diamondbacks, Ryan Roberts avoid arbitration

    Jan 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EST

    Ryan Roberts

    It wasn’t quite as last-minute as their deal with Miguel Montero this morning, but the Diamondbacks have also avoided arbitration with Ryan Roberts by signing him to a one-year, $2 million contract. Roberts requested $2.275 million and Arizona countered at $1.65 million, so they settled slightly above the midpoint. Roberts didn’t get an extended opportunity…

  10. Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero avoid arbitration at last minute

    Jan 31, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Miguel Montero

    Miguel Montero and the Diamondbacks had an arbitration hearing scheduled for today, but the two sides agreed to a one-year contract just moments before going in. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Montero will get $5.9 million, which is $200,000 less than the midpoint between his $6.8 request and the team’s $5.4 million figure. Montero…

  11. D’Backs, Miguel Montero likely headed to arbitration hearing

    Jan 29, 2012, 3:42 PM EST

    miguel montero getty

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has been informed by sources that the Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero are likely to require an arbitration hearing, scheduled for Tuesday morning. Montero requested $6.8 million and was offered $5.4 million when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this month. The two sides have been unable to find a middle ground…

  12. The Giants and Xavier Nady have “mutual interest”

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:45 PM EST

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Looks like the Giants are looking at a youth movement. Hank Schulman on Twitter: Next name to watch for Giants: Xavier Nady. There’s some mutual interest, but almost certainly on a minor-league deal + invite. He could be a useful bat depending on his health, but coming off a 248/.287/.359 season, he’s not exactly a tonic…

  13. Astros sign Zach Duke to minor-league deal

    Jan 27, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Zach Duke, who spent last season with the Diamondbacks, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Astros. Duke was once considered a top prospect for the Pirates, but had a 4.54 ERA over six seasons in Pittsburgh before being traded to Arizona last offseason. He posted a 4.93 ERA in 77 innings split between…

  14. Omar Vizquel and the Hall of Fame

    Jan 27, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Omar Vizquel

    Soon-to-be 45-year-old Omar Vizquel is set to play a 24th season in the bigs after recently inking a minor league deal with the Blue Jays. He’s not promised anything, but it’s likely that he’ll have a roster spot in John McDonald‘s old role. It’ll be his fourth straight season as the game’s oldest position player, and…

  15. Bartolo Colon’s one-year deal with the A’s worth $2 million

    Jan 25, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon and the A’s made their one-year deal official yesterday, as the 38-year-old right-hander passed his physical exam. Colon, who made just $900,000 last season on a minor-league deal with the Yankees, will get a big-league deal worth $2 million in guaranteed money this time around. Oakland has shed all kinds of major-league talent…

  16. Diamondbacks and Brad Ziegler agree to one-year, $1.795M deal, avoiding arbitration

    Jan 24, 2012, 9:31 PM EST

    Getty Brad Ziegler

    According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Diamondbacks and reliever Brad Ziegler avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.795 million contract. Ziegler requested $1.945 million and was offered $1.46 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, so the two sides agreed to a deal a little above the midpoint.…

  17. Ike Davis is the NL’s second-best first baseman?

    Jan 24, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

    Ike Davis, Miguel Montero

    With Albert Pujols and now Prince Fielder following Adrian Gonzalez to the American League, the NL has bled some remarkable talent at first base the last two winters. That’s one sure Hall of Famer and two more legitimate possibilities switching leagues while still in their primes. Left is Joey Votto and, well… Reds: Joey Votto…

  18. Top 111 Free Agents: the post-Prince Fielder update

    Jan 24, 2012, 6:48 PM EST

    Baseball player Albert Pujols wears an Angels cap after he is introduced by the Los Angeles Angels during a news conference at Angels Stadium in Anaheim

    In light of the Prince Fielder signing, here’s an updated look at how this year’s top 111 free agents have fared. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers): Tigers – 9 years, $214 million 3. Jose Reyes (Mets): Marlins – 6 years, $106 million 4. C.J. Wilson (Rangers):…

  19. The Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen

    Jan 19, 2012, 1:14 PM EST

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Apparently Billy Beane has realized that he has way too many first baseman on his 40-man roster. With Daric Barton, Chris Carter and possibly Kila Ka-aihue in the mix for roster spots during spring training, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Athletics are shopping Brandon Allen. Allen, who turns 26 in February, was acquired…

  20. Diamondbacks re-sign Joe Saunders after non-tendering him last month

    Jan 17, 2012, 4:33 PM EST

    Joe Saunders

    Last month Joe Saunders turned down a two-year, $12 million deal from the Diamondbacks and they non-tendered him rather than pay approximately $8 million for 2012 via arbitration, but the veteran left-hander said later that he “really wanted to come back” to Arizona and today he did just that. Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports…

  21. The A’s are talking to Bartolo Colon

    Jan 14, 2012, 5:24 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Buster Olney reports the Athletics are in negotiations with Bartolo Colon. No sense if they’re going anywhere or not, but given that the A’s have traded away Trevor Cahill and Gio Gonzalez they could use an arm. Last year Colon pitched 164 innings with a 4.00 ERA and 135/40 K/BB ratio. Not bad for a…

  22. Diamondbacks “showing interest” in Bartolo Colon

    Jan 13, 2012, 2:35 PM EST

    Bartolo Colon

    Bartolo Colon hasn’t been linked to many teams as a free agent, but Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “showing interest” in him as a potential fifth starter. After a year out of the big leagues Colon signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees last offseason and made a remarkable comeback, throwing…

  23. Melvin Mora is not retiring, seeks minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:02 PM EST

    melvin mora getty

    Remember those reports in late December about Melvin Mora retiring? They were a little premature. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Mora is not hanging up his cleats and is in fact looking for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says the 39-year-old would…

  24. Marlins have “little to no interest” in Joe Saunders or Edwin Jackson, but do like Matt Garza

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    Joe Saunders

    Last month the Marlins were said to be looking at Joe Saunders to fill out their rotation and agent Scott Boras is still trying to find Edwin Jackson a lucrative new home, but Joe Frisaro of MLB.com writes that Miami “has little to no interest” in either free agent starter. However, according to Frisaro the…

  25. Free agent Edwin Jackson “intrigues” the Orioles

    Dec 30, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    Free agent left-hander Joe Saunders has already been linked to the Orioles and now Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson also “intrigues” them. Connolly speculates that Jackson will wind up with a four-year contract somewhere and notes that “the Orioles have been hesitant” to make that type of…

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