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  1. Marlins acquire Carlos Zambrano and $15 million from the Cubs for Chris Volstad

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    UPDATE, 7:31 PM: ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine says the deal is done. It’s Zambrano for Volstad, with the Cubs eating $15 million of the $18 million remaining on Zambrano’s contract. UPDATE, 7:12 PM: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Marlins are sending right-hander Chris Volstad to the Cubs as part of the Big Z…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 11:48 AM EDT

    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…

  3. Coco Crisp returning to Oakland for two years, $14 million

    Jan 3, 2012, 5:43 PM EDT

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    Coco Crisp had a tough time finding a multi-year contract elsewhere and the A’s need outfield help after departures by Josh Willingham, David DeJesus, and Ryan Sweeney, so his deciding to return to Oakland makes sense. The price, however, is surprising. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that Crisp will get a two-year, $14 million deal…

  4. Tigers willing to trade pitching prospect Jacob Turner

    Dec 31, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

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    Detroit is serious about making a big addition. From ESPN’s Buster Olney comes word that the Tigers have “made it known to other teams” that they are willing to trade top pitching prospect Jacob Tuner this offseason “in a deal for the right pitcher.” Turner, a 20-year-old right-hander, was the ninth overall selection in the…

  5. UPDATE: The Marlins and Tigers are interested in Matt Garza

    Dec 31, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: The Tigers have some more competition. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins also have “serious interest” in Garza. The Cubs are believed to have prospect outfielder and 2010 first-round pick Christian Yelich on their radar while Rosenthal hears the Marlins are willing to part with the likes of first baseman Gaby Sanchez,…

  6. Francisco Cordero has a one-year offer on the table to return to the Reds

    Dec 31, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    It seems like everybody has already decided that Ryan Madson is the big loser in the game of musical chairs among free agent closers, but don’t forget that Francisco Cordero is also out there looking for a job. The Reds acquired left-hander Sean Marshall from the Cubs last week, giving them a potential cost-effective alternative…

  7. Cubs want young pitching in return for Matt Garza

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

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    It’s quite clear by now that the Cubs are going to trade Matt Garza this winter as part of a larger rebuilding effort. Where he will land, of course, is yet to be determined. But here’s a hint: The Red Sox have also shown serious interest in Garza, and would do well to add a…

  8. Red Sox acquire Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney from A’s for Josh Reddick, prospects

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Oakland continues to part with big-league pitching in an effort to construct a team ready to contend if/when a new ballpark is built, with Buster Olney of ESPN.com reporting that the A’s have traded closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick, first base prospect Miles Head, and…

  9. Reds GM Walt Jocketty says Sean Marshall “a possibility” to close

    Dec 23, 2011, 8:47 PM EDT

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    The Reds held a conference call earlier this afternoon to introduce Sean Marshall, who was acquired from the Cubs for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes. Marshall has primarily pitched in a set-up role over the past two seasons, but Jon Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty didn’t…

  10. Cubs trade Sean Marshall to Reds for Travis Wood, Dave Sappelt, and Ronald Torreyes

    Dec 23, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== It’s been a couple days since the Cubs and Reds reportedly agreed to a deal that would send Sean Marshall from Chicago to Cincinnati for Travis Wood and two unnamed prospects, and now Keith Law of ESPN.com says the trade will be announced at some point today. Law also…

  11. Cubs and Reds agree to Sean Marshall-for-Travis Wood swap

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Last night Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago broke the news that the Cubs and Reds were working on a trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood, and now he’s reporting that the two sides have agreed to a deal “in principle.” According to Levine the Cubs will send Marshall to the Reds for Wood and…

  12. Cubs re-sign outfielder Reed Johnson to one-year contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs' Reed Johnson watches a 2-RBI against the Boston Red Sox during their MLB Interleague baseball game at Fenway Park

    Free agent outfielder Reed Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Cubs, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Johnson has always been an ideal fourth outfielder because he can handle all three spots defensively, puts up strong numbers versus left-handed pitching, and isn’t totally overmatched versus right-handers once in a while. At age…

  13. UDPATE: Cubs and Reds “close” to trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago reports that the deal is “close” and that the Cubs would receive two minor-leaguers along with Wood. 10:29 PM ET: The Reds landed Mat Latos in a blockbuster deal over the weekend, but they aren’t done on the trade front. Ken Rosenthal on FOXSports.com reports that they are currently discussing…

  14. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

  15. Dodgers sign reliever John Grabow to minor-league contract

    Dec 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    John Grabow has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Dodgers, according to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors. To get a sense for how far Grabow’s stock has fallen, consider that he just finished a two-year, $7.5 million contract with the Cubs that was signed shortly after they acquired him from the Pirates in…

  16. Cubs, Padres talking Matt Garza-Anthony Rizzo trade?

    Dec 18, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

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    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, the Padres have expressed interest in acquiring right-handed starter Matt Garza from the Cubs in a package trade that would include 22-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo. It’s not yet known which other names are involve in the talks, or how far along the negotiations are.…

  17. Rockies pick a foolish way to break the bank

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    In reading work from the Denver Post’s Troy Renck and ex-Rocky Mountain News columnist Tracy Ringolsby, I’ve seen dozens (hundreds?) of references to players being too expensive for the Rockies over these last few years. Time and time again that player set to make $6 million, $9 million or $12 million per year was labeled…

  18. Carlos Zambrano is “climbing mountains and running on the beach”

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano took the mound in the Venezuelan winter league yesterday for the first time since a line drive off the face on November 18 left him needing 16 stitches. Zambrano faced 13 batters and tossed four hitless, scoreless innings, with Carrie Muskat of MLB.com noting that eight of his twelve outs came on ground…

  19. Coco Crisp drawing interest from the Dodgers and Cubs

    Dec 14, 2011, 9:29 PM EDT

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    The market for Coco Crisp is heating up a bit. According to Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors, the Cubs and Dodgers have expressed interest, and have even engaged in discussions recently with representatives for the 32-year-old outfielder. Crisp batted just .264/.314/.379 with eight homers and 54 RBI in 583 plate appearances this past season for the…

  20. Carlos Zambrano is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 14, 2011, 8:00 AM EDT

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    Our friend Nick Collias of MLBTR has been reading the Venezuelan newspapers and he passes along word from Joiner Martinez at Líder en Deportes that Carlos Zambrano is either (a) getting into the best shape of his life; or (b) getting ready to fight Ivan Drago in Moscow on Christmas Day: “I’m preparing like when I…

  21. An updated top 50 free agents

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No.…

  22. Aramis Ramirez backloaded his contract to help with Brewers’ payroll crunch

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration from the Brewers stretched their payroll to the limit, so Aramis Ramirez‘s three-year, $36 million deal is heavily backloaded. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Ramirez will get just $6 million in 2012, leaving $30 million to paid for the other two seasons, and $6 million of his…

  23. The Rangers aren’t really hot for Prince Fielder

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

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    We keep hearing reports about teams interested in Prince Fielder. Without putting too fine a point on it, however, those reports often seem to come from people who have been said to have Prince Fielder’s agent as a valued source. Others, however, specifically Ken Rosenthal, are hearing different things. Specifically with respect to the Rangers, who…

  24. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  25. Pirates land 3B Casey McGehee from Brewers

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    The Pirates picked up another option at third base on Monday, acquiring Casey McGehee from the Brewers for right-hander Jose Veras. Both players were considered candidates to be non-tendered this evening. McGehee, 29, followed up two surprisingly strong seasons for the Brewers by hitting .223/.280/.346 with 13 homers and 67 RBI in 546 at-bats last…

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