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  1. 2014 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 25, 2013, 12:26 AM EDT

    MLB: Yankees-Brian McCann Press Conference

    Here’s the rundown of where this winter’s top 150 free agents are landing, continuously updated throughout the offseason. Re-signings are posted in red, while players signing with new teams are in blue. Stars denote players who received qualifying offers and thus will cost their new team a draft pick if they sign elsewhere. (Non-tenders have…

  2. A bunch of players were claimed off waivers today

    Dec 23, 2013, 9:02 PM EDT

    Eric Surkamp Getty

    Today we saw an unusual amount of players claimed off waivers. They can probably best be described as 40-man roster stocking stuffers. Here’s a quick look at the busy day of transactions: The Blue Jays claimed third baseman Brent Morel off waivers from the White Sox Morel hit 10 homers in 126 games with the…

  3. Gavin Floyd turned down bigger offer from Orioles to sign with Braves

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Gavin Floyd signed an incentive-laden one-year deal with the Braves yesterday and in doing so turned down a bigger offer from the Orioles. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles offered the Maryland native a two-year deal worth up to $20 million based on incentives. By comparison, his deal with the Braves…

  4. Not so fast: Jose Valverde hasn’t signed with the Diamondbacks

    Dec 17, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    UPDATE: Heyman now says Valverde has not signed and remains a free agent, adding “I miss-interpreted a text” that led him to believe it was a done deal. ========== Man, talk about getting the band back together. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that one day after trading for White Sox closer Addison Reed the Diamondbacks…

  5. White Sox decide closers exist to be cashed in

    Dec 16, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Rick Hahn

    It’s a world gone topsy-turvy, I tell you. Billy Beane’s Athletics are going to spend about $10 million on closer Jim Johnson next year, even though their bullpen would seem to be plenty good without him. Meanwhile, the White Sox are playing at Oakland’s old game, trading their closers as soon as they can manufacture…

  6. Diamondbacks trade for White Sox closer Addison Reed

    Dec 16, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    Nothing like a big, out-of-nowhere trade on an otherwise slow news day: Arizona has acquired closer Addison Reed from the White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson. Reed saved 40 games this year at age 24, throwing 71 innings with a 3.79 ERA and 72/23 K/BB ratio while holding opponents to a…

  7. Braves sign rehabbing Gavin Floyd to one-year deal

    Dec 16, 2013, 11:47 AM EDT

    Gavin Floyd Getty

    Gavin Floyd and the Braves have finalized a one-year, $4 million deal with another $4.5 million in potential incentives, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. Floyd underwent Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon surgery in May, so he’s unlikely to be ready for the beginning of the season and his status for the entire first…

  8. Report: Braves close to a deal with Gavin Floyd

    Dec 14, 2013, 5:40 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd Getty

    Eddie A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun reported last night that free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd was close to signing a one-year contract with an unidentified team. That team is a mystery no longer. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Floyd is in talks with the Braves. The two sides are believed to…

  9. Report: Gavin Floyd close to signing a one-year deal

    Dec 13, 2013, 10:15 PM EDT

    Gavin Floyd

    Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun is reporting that free agent starter Gavin Floyd is close to signing a one-year deal with an unspecified team. Floyd, who was born in Annapolis, met with Orioles reps at the winter meetings but Encina specifies that the unknown team is not the Orioles. Floyd went on the disabled…

  10. Diamondbacks “talking about” Indians’ Justin Masterson

    Dec 10, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    justin masterson getty

    Now that the Diamondbacks have found their coveted power bat in Mark Trumbo, the club’s offseason focus has shifted to starting pitching. David Price of the Rays, Chris Sale of the White Sox and Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs are some of the names that have been frequently suggested, but ESPN’s Buster Olney says the…

  11. D’backs, Angels, White Sox agree to three-team Mark Trumbo deal

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    3:00 p.m. EST update: A source told the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro that the deal is done. The Diamondbacks will get Trumbo and two players to be named, and they give outfielder Adam Eaton to the White Sox and left-hander Tyler Skaggs to the Angels. Left-hander Hector Santiago will go from Chicago to Anaheim. Trumbo…

  12. Don’t count on a Chris Sale trade

    Dec 9, 2013, 2:55 PM EDT

    Chris Sale

      About that report from this morning that teams are shooting offers to the White Sox for Chris Sale? Eh, don’t think too hard about it: I asked a GM who is in the market for pitching about Chris Sale. “He’s not out there,” the GM said. #whitesox — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 9, 2013…

  13. The White Sox are getting lots of Chris Sale inquiries

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:19 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Chicago White Sox

    Fox’s Ken Rosenthal reports that “teams are pushing Chicago to consider” trading Chris Sale. Intriguing, but it seems to me unlikely. Mostly because I have found it useful in life to go back to the idea that if people keep telling you that you should do something you weren’t already considering, it’s more in their best interests…

  14. 2013 Winter Meetings Preview

    Dec 8, 2013, 9:58 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings pic

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL — Greetings from the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort, deep in the dark recesses of the happiest place on Earth. I have been down here with my children since last Tuesday, doing battle with a mouse. The mouse is a worthy adversary. Much respect for him and his hyper-efficiency at separating…

  15. Report: Cubs offering Jeff Samardzija around five years and $55 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

    Jeff Samardzija

    It was reported Wednesday that the Cubs intend to listen to offers on right-hander Jeff Samardzija during next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they haven’t given up all hope in retaining him for the long-term. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was told by a source that the Cubs have offered Samardzija…

  16. Paul Konerko is returning to the White Sox

    Dec 4, 2013, 9:44 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko

    Paul Konerko pondered retirement following the worst season of his career, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 37-year-old will return to the White Sox for another go-around. Konerko hit just .244 with 12 homers and a .669 OPS in 126 games this year and the White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu to…

  17. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  18. White Sox and Tyler Flowers agree to one-year deal to avoid arbitration

    Dec 2, 2013, 10:02 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game One

    ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the White Sox and catcher Tyler Flowers have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $950,000 contract. It was reported yesterday that the Mets could have interest if Flowers was non-tendered before tonight’s 11:59 p.m. ET deadline, but the White Sox have rendered that possibility moot. The 27-year-old stumbled in…

  19. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EDT

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  20. Mets are interested in Tyler Flowers if he is non-tendered by the White Sox

    Dec 1, 2013, 6:05 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Chicago White Sox - Game One

    The non-tender deadline is tomorrow and there is a chance that the White Sox could non-tender catcher Tyler Flowers. Flowers himself believes there’s slightly better than a 50-50 chance he stays in Chicago, per MLB.com’s Scott Merkin: “I put it at 51-49 in favor of staying because of the contractual conversation we’ve had before,” Flowers…

  21. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  22. Should the White Sox sign Paul Konerko for old time’s sake?

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    paul konerko getty

    Seems crazy. Seems like, based on his age and a batting line of .244/.313/.355 last season that Paul Konerko is kaput. But Rick Morrissey argues that, even if Konerko is finished, the Sox should sign him. For old time’s sake: There is no measure from 2013 that would make you want Konerko on your roster, not…

  23. Orioles monitoring rehab of free agent Gavin Floyd

    Nov 19, 2013, 8:49 PM EDT

    gavin floyd getty

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun passes along this inside scoop: The Orioles have some interest in free agent right-hander Gavin Floyd and have been monitoring his progress as he recovers from elbow surgery, according to industry sources. The 30-year-old Floyd, who starred at Mount St. Joseph’s before being selected by the Philadelphia Phillies with the…

  24. White Sox unsure if Paul Konerko plans to retire or play

    Nov 19, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    White Sox general manager Rick Hahn recently met with free agent Paul Konerko and made it clear that he’d welcome the 38-year-old first baseman back in a part-time role. However, during an interview with WSCR-AM radio in Chicago team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf revealed that the White Sox still “have no idea” if Konerko even plans…

  25. The Rays will use a DH rotation

    Nov 18, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    Rays logo

    Edgar Martinez’s and David Ortiz‘s Hall of Fame cases often get bogged down in “they’re only part-time players” and “anyone can just DH” arglebargle. But when you look around you realize that there are fewer and fewer guys who can make the full-time DH thing work. Indeed, there are 15 teams who use a DH…

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