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  1. Adam Dunn, David Wright have strong words for PED users

    Feb 20, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Photo Day

    People like to talk about how the players all protect their own when it comes to PEDs, but if that was ever the case it isn’t anymore. We’ve seen a few examples recently of players calling out their PED-using colleagues. Today there are two high profile examples. Adam Dunn and David Wright. Dunn, while noting…

  2. Matt Thornton diagnosed with elbow inflammation

    Feb 19, 2013, 4:10 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    Matt Thornton skipped today’s drills and underwent an MRI exam because of elbow soreness, but the White Sox reliever has been diagnosed with merely inflammation. “He just said he didn’t feel right,” manager Robin Ventura said, via Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune. “We have so much time down here, it’s safer to slow him…

  3. Joel Peralta suffers sandwich-related injury

    Feb 13, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    This is obviously the leader in the clubhouse for best injury of the year. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays reliever Joel Peralta “hurt his neck getting out of the car when he stopped for sandwiches.” I realize it’s only February 13, but that’s gonna be awfully tough to beat. There…

  4. Francisco Liriano broke his arm while “trying to startle his kids” on Christmas morning

    Feb 11, 2013, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Francisco Liriano cost himself a lot of guaranteed money when he broke his non-pitching arm this offseason. The Pirates tore up a two-year, $12.75 million deal and it was replaced with one that only guarantees him $1 million. He can get it all back if he achieves certain benchmarks and has his 2014 option vest,…

  5. Details of Francisco Liriano’s contract with the Pirates

    Feb 9, 2013, 2:14 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano Getty

    Francisco Liriano originally agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with the Pirates in December, but the two sides went back to the negotiating table after he broke his right (non-throwing) arm in a bathroom fall. The deal was finalized yesterday as a one-year, $1 million contract with a vesting option for 2014, but now…

  6. UPDATE: Francisco Liriano only guaranteed $1 million in deal with Pirates

    Feb 8, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    UPDATE: According to Tom Singer of MLB.com, Liriano will only be guaranteed $1 million. He could make an additional $11.75 million if he reaches certain bonuses and has his option vest for 2014. That was quite a costly fall. 10:48 PM: The Pirates just officially announced the deal. Liriano will get a one-year contract with…

  7. Giving Aaron Hill $35 million another misstep for Diamondbacks

    Feb 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

    Aaron Hill

    Arizona GM Kevin Towers has mastered the art of buying high and selling low this winter. In giving Aaron Hill a three-year, $35 million extension on Friday, Towers made another high-risk, low-upside move.  Second basemen have a history of cratering earlier than most, and Hill is going to be 32-34 during the years his extension…

  8. Report: Pirates close to minor league deal with Jonathan Sanchez

    Feb 4, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

    Jonathan Sanchez

    UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review confirms that the Pirates are close to a minor league deal with Sanchez. 7:17 PM: According CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Pirates are close to a deal with free agent left-hander Jonathan Sanchez. No word on whether it will be a guaranteed major league deal. Sanchez was a…

  9. The Pirates continue to negotiate with Francisco Liriano

    Feb 2, 2013, 8:59 AM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    The Pirates agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract with left-hander Francisco Liriano in December, but the deal has yet to be finalized because he broke his right (non-throwing) arm in a bathroom fall. While FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported late last month that the two sides had agreed to a revised deal, it’s not…

  10. Jake Peavy: pressure got to the White Sox last year

    Jan 30, 2013, 11:02 AM EDT

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    Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com spoke with Jake Peavy, who said something you rarely hear ballplayers say: pressure got to the White Sox last year: “I think you saw that when things got on the line and we were the team to beat there, being in first place down the stretch and that pressure, you feel…

  11. Paul Konerko says his 2012 was “smoke and mirrors”

    Jan 28, 2013, 1:00 PM EDT

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    White Sox first baseman Paul Konerko had another fine year in 2012, posting a line of .298/.371/.486 with 26 homers.  It was especially notable for its fast start, as Konerko was pusing .400 through late May. But Chuck Garfien of CSNChicago.com reports Konerko told folks at Sox Fest over the weekend that it was a…

  12. Francisco Liriano fractured right arm in a “bathroom fall”

    Jan 22, 2013, 11:04 PM EDT

    francisco liriano getty

    The Pirates re-worked some language this week in Francisco Liriano‘s two-year, $12.75 million free agent contract because of an undisclosed right arm fracture that he suffered in late December. Now there’s a bit more information about how that injury happened courtesy of MLB.com beat writer Tom Singer and the newspaper El Caribe: The mystery of Francisco Liriano’s broken right arm…

  13. Pirates, Francisco Liriano reach a revised deal

    Jan 21, 2013, 3:48 PM EDT

    francisco liriano getty

    In late December, the Pirates and Francisco Liriano agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract. Then it was revealed that Liriano suffered an injury to his right (non-throwing) arm in December, putting the deal in jeopardy. Now, however, there is a resolution. Ken Rosenthal reports that Liriano agreed to reduce his salary in the first year of…

  14. Michael Bourn is still waiting for some love

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Considered by many as the No. 2 free agent hitter available this winter, Michael Bourn has now gone three months with seemingly no market developing for his services. The Braves struck early to sign B.J. Upton to replace him. The Phillies also targeted Upton and then traded for Ben Revere after coming up short. The…

  15. Arbitration avoidance roundup: Loose ends

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:20 PM EDT

    arbitration

    By noon we’d already done a dozen posts about players and teams avoiding arbitration ahead of today’s deadline, so something had to give. We’ll keep posting the more noteworthy cases, but here’s a roundup of the not-so-noteworthy ones that will be updated throughout the day. • Gaby Sanchez and the Pirates: $1.75 million • Antonio…

  16. John Danks throwing off mound, shoulder “feels great”

    Jan 15, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    John Danks

    John Danks started throwing off a mound two weeks ago as he attempts to come back from August shoulder surgery and the White Sox left-hander told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that his arm “feels great.” “Being on the mound for a little bit of time, I feel better about things than I did before,” Danks…

  17. Report: Pirates bring back Jeff Karstens on one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2013, 6:01 PM EDT

    Jeff Karstens Getty

    Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have re-signed right-hander Jeff Karstens to a one-year contract, pending a physical. It’s believed to be worth $2.5 million, which is less than the $3.1 million he made last year. Karstens was non-tendered by the Pirates in late-November and there hasn’t been any buzz about…

  18. Joey Votto’s status in limbo for World Baseball Classic

    Jan 12, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    votto getty

    Joey Votto is hoping to play for Team Canada in the 2013 World Baseball Classic, but he underwent knee surgery last summer and must pass a physical for insurance purposes before he’s given the go-ahead. This according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca. “We have every reason to believe there will be no issue whatsoever,” Team…

  19. Injury puts Francisco Liriano’s deal with Pirates in jeopardy

    Jan 8, 2013, 3:18 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano AP

    What was believed to be a done deal between Francisco Liriano and the Pirates is apparently in jeopardy weeks after the left-hander reportedly agreed to a two-year, $12.75 million contract. Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that Liriano suffered an injury to his right (non-throwing) arm in December, adding that the Pirates “continue…

  20. Jose Lopez signs with Japanese team for $911,000

    Jan 7, 2013, 11:16 AM EDT

    Jose Lopez

    Making official what was reported last week, Jose Lopez has signed a one-year deal with the Yomiuri Giants in Japan. According to the Associated Press he’ll get $911,000, which is less than most former major leaguers heading to Japan typically receive and suggests Lopez couldn’t find anything more than a minor-league deal in America. And…

  21. Indians’ one-year deal with Brett Myers includes $8 million option for 2014

    Jan 4, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

    brett myers getty

    Brett Myers and the Indians officially announced their one-year, $7 million deal today and it was also revealed that the team option for 2014 is worth $8 million. So if Myers pitches well and stays healthy he’ll get $15 million for two seasons, which would be the same contract that free agent starters like Joe…

  22. Indians’ new local television deal with FOX worth $400 million for 10 seasons

    Jan 2, 2013, 10:21 AM EDT

    television money

    Last week FOX purchased Sportstime Ohio and the right to broadcast Indians games and now we have some details about the deal, with Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reporting that the Indians are expected to get $400 million for 10 seasons. That includes $40 million for 2013, which helps explains their sudden spending…

  23. Brett Myers is getting $7 million from the Indians

    Jan 2, 2013, 9:45 AM EDT

    Brett Myers Getty

    Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Indians and Brett Myers had reached agreement on a one-year deal. This morning he reports the contract’s value: $7 million. As mentioned last night, the contract includes an option for 2014. At best: Myers becomes a serviceable starter for the Tribe who, if they don’t contend, would be a pretty appealing…

  24. Indians “have had dialogue with” Shaun Marcum

    Jan 1, 2013, 10:27 PM EDT

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    The Indians traded for Trevor Bauer last month and signed Brett Myers to a one-year free agent deal earlier this evening. But their thirst for starting rotation candidates apparently remains strong. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Indians “have had dialogue” with righty Shaun Marcum. It’s possible that the yet-to-be-finalized Myers contract will end…

  25. Brett Myers close to one-year deal with Indians

    Jan 1, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Brett Myers has agreed to a one-year deal with the Indians, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Heyman reports that the contract also includes an option for 2014 and is pending a physical exam for the 32-year-old right-hander. In both 2008 and last year Myers was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen and made…

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