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  1. 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 –…

  2. Cubs likely to wait until mid-summer to trade Matt Garza

    Feb 5, 2012, 4:00 PM EST

    matt garza getty

    The Cubs have been dangling Matt Garza on the trade market all winter. But they clearly haven’t been blown away by any one offer, and may now put the whole effort to rest for the next couple of months. A major league executive told FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi this weekend that the Cubs are…

  3. Cubs and Matt Garza avoid arbitration with one-year, $9.5 million deal

    Feb 3, 2012, 10:14 AM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    The Cubs and Matt Garza have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $9.5 million contract. Garza’s agency, CAA Baseball, broke the news via Twitter and added that the deal includes some performance-based incentives. The two sides were able to work out a deal prior to an arbitration hearing scheduled for today. Garza requested $12.5…

  4. MLB’s worst position situations: 2012 edition

    Feb 2, 2012, 2:58 PM EST

    Jason Bourgeois, Jordan Schafer, Brian Bogusevic

    After declaring the Houston Astros in position of the game’s worst rotation earlier today, I thought it’d be fun to look at the rest of the worst. So here are MLB’s most gruesome position situations heading into the 2012 season: Catcher: Dodgers – A.J. Ellis, Matt Treanor, Tim Federowicz The Dodgers let the slugging-heavy Rod Barajas…

  5. Matt Garza had his American League Championship ring stolen

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:18 PM EST

    Matt Garza Getty

    From the Fresno Bee comes word that burglars recently broke into Matt Garza‘s Fresno County, California home and stole his 2008 American League championship ring which he earned while pitching with the Rays. The robbery happened at some point between January 26 and this morning. The ring, which is engraved with Garza’s name and has several white diamonds and…

  6. Indians acquire Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler from Rays

    Jan 31, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    russ canzler rays

    Russ Canzler predictably drew interest from other teams after the Rays designated him for assignment last week and Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Tampa Bay has traded the Triple-A MVP to Cleveland for cash considerations. For a brief moment early in the offseason Canzler sat atop the Rays’ first base depth chart, but then…

  7. Pat Burrell and the Class of 1998

    Jan 30, 2012, 10:00 PM EST

    Pat Burrell, Charlie Manuel

    Pat Burrell, the first overall pick in the 1998 draft, is expected to announce his retirement in the coming days. J.D. Drew, another top player from the same class, may do the same. So, here’s a look at the top players from the 1998 draft, as judged by Baseball-Reference’s version of WAR (the list only…

  8. Jeff Keppinger a smart pickup for thrifty Rays

    Jan 27, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

    Jeff Keppinger

    Counting on Carlos Pena, Matt Joyce and Luke Scott to fill key roles this year, the Rays had set themselves up to have huge problems against lefties in the bottom half of the order. That was alleviated somewhat today with the signing of Jeff Keppinger. Of course, Keppinger doesn’t play the same position as any…

  9. Rays make room for Jeff Keppinger by dropping Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler

    Jan 27, 2012, 4:16 PM EST

    keppinger giants getty

    This hasn’t been a good couple weeks for Russ Canzler. Last season he won the International League MVP award after hitting .314 with 18 homers, 40 doubles, and a .930 OPS for Durham, made his big-league debut in September with a handful of at-bats, and for a while at least it looked like the 25-year-old…

  10. 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…

  11. 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):…

  12. UPDATE: Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays pursuing Francisco Cordero

    Jan 23, 2012, 6:40 PM EST

    Francisco Cordero

    UPDATE: According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels, Orioles, Phillies and Blue Jays are pursuing Cordero. Those are likely our four finalists. 6:40 PM ET: MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that free agent Francisco Cordero is down to four teams and expects to make a decision by the end of the week.…

  13. Cubs re-sign Rodrigo Lopez to minor-league contract

    Jan 20, 2012, 1:33 PM EST

    Rodrigo Lopez

    Rodrigo Lopez did a decent job in 98 innings for the Cubs last season, posting a 4.42 ERA in 16 starts and 10 relief outings, and he’ll return to Chicago on a minor-league contract. His deal includes an invitation to spring training, but the 36-year-old right-hander will likely be competing for a long-relief role at…

  14. Rays sign Carlos Pena to one-year, $7.25 million deal

    Jan 20, 2012, 12:10 PM EST

    carlos pena ap

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says Pena to the Rays is now a done deal and he’ll get $7.25 million. ========== Tampa Bay signed Luke Scott last week, but apparently the Rays aren’t done adding veteran left-handed bats. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Rays are “pretty deep” in talks with Carlos Pena,…

  15. Victor Martinez likely out for the season with torn ACL

    Jan 17, 2012, 3:33 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Detroit’s status as the AL Central favorites has taken a big hit before the Tigers even arrived at spring training, as designated hitter/catcher Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during offseason conditioning. No decision has been yet made regarding surgery, but if Martinez needs to go under the knife he’d likely…

  16. Today is arbitration salary exchange day

    Jan 17, 2012, 9:50 AM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    You probably noticed yesterday that there were a lot of “so-and-so-avoids arbitration-by-signing-a-one-year-deal” posts.  Those all happened yesterday — and will continue in to trickle in today — because today is the day arbitration-eligible teams and player exchange salary proposals. Once numbers are exchanged, negotiation becomes way more constrained, as people are sort of pegged at…

  17. The Yankees and Hideki Matsui have been in contact

    Jan 16, 2012, 6:55 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    We heard earlier today that the Yankees are only willing to spend about $1-2 million on a designated hitter. This would seem to rule out Carlos Pena and possibly Johnny Damon, unless they are willing to take severe pay cuts. The Yanks will likely shuffle their aging veterans in and out of the DH spot…

  18. The Yankees only have $1-2 million to spend on a DH

    Jan 16, 2012, 9:53 AM EST

    Yankees logo

    If the Yankees truly are thinking about Johnny Damon — or Carlos Pena or anyone else — to be their DH then they’re going to have to get him on the cheap.  That’s because Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees only have $1-$2 million to spend on a DH. Well, they have more, but that’s what…

  19. The Orioles have not had serious talks with Alfonso Soriano

    Jan 14, 2012, 6:00 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    We heard last week that the Orioles were interested in Alfonso Soriano.  Turns out that there isn’t much to that because, as Jon Paul Morosi reports, there have been no real substantive talks between the clubs. The reason: Soriano has a no-trade clause (both in his contract and now an automatic one due to him…

  20. And now a fairly disturbing picture of Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson

    Jan 14, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

    wine glasses

    With Ozzie Guillen and Carlos Zambrano around life is gonna be kind of crazy for the Miami Marlins this season. And that’s before considering that Hanley Ramirez may pout about playing third base at some point too. Thank goodness, then, that the Fish will have Logan Morrison and Bryan Peterson around to keep things civilized.…

  21. Carlos Pena is on the Yankees’ radar

    Jan 14, 2012, 9:12 AM EST

    carlos pena ap

    Fact: the Yankees have a radar. It’s a bistatic radar, adapted from Soviet-era surface-to-air missile systems.  Most teams are still using monostatic radar making them far less lethal forces than are the Yankees. It’s a little known fact but one we baseball insiders are all hip to. Stick with me and I’ll drop all kinds…

  22. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EST

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

  23. Cubs re-sign Kerry Wood to one-year, $3 million deal with club option for 2013

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:17 PM EST

    Kerry Wood Getty

    Things looked a little dicey earlier this week, but Kerry Wood is back where we all thought he would be when the offseason began. From David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com comes word that the Cubs and Wood have agreed to terms on a new deal. The announcement was made to an “insane ovation” at Cubs Convention…

  24. Carlos Pena and Casey Kotchman are “two names high on Cleveland’s list”

    Jan 13, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    carlos pena ap

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported yesterday that the Indians’ front office had approached ownership about expanding the payroll to sign Carlos Pena, but he might not be the only free agent first baseman on the team’s radar. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com confirms the team’s interest in Pena, but adds that Casey Kotchman…

  25. Indians ask owners for payroll space to pursue Carlos Pena

    Jan 12, 2012, 3:50 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    Carlos Pena is one of the better free agents still available and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are interested in the 33-year-old first baseman. Whether or not they’ll be able to work something out is unclear, because according to Hoynes the front office went to ownership recently to see…

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