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  1. A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers agree to one-year, $7.5 million contract

    Dec 20, 2012, 5:31 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that Pierzynski’s one-year deal is worth $7.5 million. 5:31 PM: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com says it’s a done deal, with the physical exam slated for tomorrow. ========== A.J. Pierzynski has regularly been linked to the Rangers for the past couple weeks and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports…

  2. Cody Ross met with the Rangers yesterday

    Dec 19, 2012, 12:12 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

    Apparently the Rangers were busy yesterday. Not only was A.J. Pierzynski in Texas for a meet-and-greet with team officials, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Cody Ross had dinner with a group that included manager Ron Washington and general manager Jon Daniels. Texas is looking for more offense after losing catcher Mike Napoli and outfielder…

  3. A.J. Pierzynski is meeting with the Rangers

    Dec 18, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    Last week several reports had the Rangers interested in A.J. Pierzynski and now Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago writes that the free agent catcher was in Texas to meet with the team today. After losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli the Rangers have been looking for lineup help and the left-handed-hitting Pierzynski would be a…

  4. The Yankees’ non-Youkilis options for third base were … interesting

    Dec 17, 2012, 7:10 AM EDT

    Cody Ransom

    I like the Kevin Youkilis signing by the Yankees. I’m not sure he has a return to form in him — it’s not the years, it’s the mileage, as the man once said — but if he does bounce back he’s gonna be nice to have around even if A-Rod does recover. And let’s face…

  5. How did Kevin Youkilis get a name like Youkilis anyway?

    Dec 13, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis Reuters

    Remember when comedian Dennis Leary made everyone uncomfortable on TV a few years back because he assumed that Kevin Youkilis was Greek and then, when told he was Jewish, went on and on — maybe on a bit too much — about how awesome it was that the Red Sox’ first baseman was Jewish? Well,…

  6. Rangers claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Blue Jays

    Dec 12, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Eli Whiteside is giving Sandy Rosario some competition for the waiver wire’s favorite player this offseason. Today the Rangers claimed Whiteside off waivers from the Blue Jays, who had claimed him off waivers from the Yankees … who had claimed him off waivers from the Giants. And all since November 1. Somewhere along the way…

  7. Red Sox “mostly focused on” Dempster, Sanchez, Lohse, Marcum, Liriano

    Dec 12, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Getty Ryan Dempster

    As the Red Sox continue to look for rotation help Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com reports that they’re “mostly focused on” Anibal Sanchez, Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse, Shaun Marcum, and Francisco Liriano. McAdam calls Sanchez “something of a longshot” because the Red Sox probably won’t want to pay his asking price and Dempster reportedly already turned…

  8. An Ichiro deal continues to draw closer

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

    ichiro getty

    The Zeno’s paradox of free agent deals — Ichiro’s imminent deal with the Yankees — continues to draw closer, everyone is saying. The distance to the target has been cut in half again: #Yankees know they are signing Ichiro, decision is 1 yr, 1 yr with vesting option or 2-yr deal. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1)…

  9. Report: Kevin Youkilis takes $12 million from Yankees

    Dec 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says Kevin Youkilis will be decked out in pinstripes and goatee-less next season. According to Rosenthal, the Yankees and Youkilis have agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract that would put the long time Red Sox infielder at third base until Alex Rodriguez returns from hip surgery in June or July. Youkilis…

  10. Rangers interested in A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    All offseason we’ve heard that the Rangers were looking for catching help and now, even after re-signing Geovany Soto to a one-year deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re interested in A.J. Pierzynski. Rosenthal notes that Texas’ righty dominated lineup could use a left-handed bat–especially if they fail to re-sign Josh Hamilton–and a Pierzynski-Soto…

  11. Will Mark Reynolds signing with the Indians push Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees?

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    White Sox Youkilis celebrates game-winning single in MLB American League baseball game against Rangers in Chicago

    Yesterday afternoon reports had the Indians trying to sign either Mark Reynolds or Kevin Youkilis to be their new first baseman. Last night Reynolds accepted their one-year, $6 million offer, which is quite a bit less than Cleveland is said to have offered Youkilis and seemingly makes it much more likely that Youkilis will wind…

  12. Report: Indians to sign Mark Reynolds to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds

    According to the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly, the Indians and Mark Reynolds have agreed to terms, with an announcement set to come early this week. MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli says it’s a one-year deal worth $6 million that can reach $7.5 million with incentives. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the two sides were close to a…

  13. Twins’ talks with Francisco Liriano going “backwards”

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

    francisco liriano getty

    The Twins made some sort of offer earlier this winter to free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano. But it apparently wasn’t a very attractive one. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Saturday that negotiations between the Twins’ front office and Liriano’s representatives “have gone backwards.” And it doesn’t sound like there’s a strong…

  14. Tribe may try Mark Reynolds if they can’t get Kevin Youkilis

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

    mark reynolds getty

    Kevin Youkilis is thought to be deciding between a one-year, $12 million offer from the Yankees and a two-year, $18 million proposal from the Indians. If he goes with New York, Cleveland has a backup plan. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians would likely turn to Mark Reynolds, who is capable of playing…

  15. A-Rod says diagnosis on hip provided some relief

    Dec 8, 2012, 10:08 PM EDT

    a-rod getty

    Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez posted a .764 OPS in the second half of the 2012 season and went 3-for-27 (.120) in the playoffs. So it was sort of reassuring, confidence-wise, when he was diagnosed this month with a torn muscle in his left hip because he actually had something to blame for his struggles.…

  16. Alex Rodriguez says he’ll have hip surgery in mid-January

    Dec 8, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    We learned earlier this week that Alex Rodriguez needs left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. Now we have a rough idea of when the surgery will take place. According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez said this morning that he will have the surgery in “mid-January.” A-Rod made the comment at…

  17. White Sox shopping Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    viciedo swings getty

    Gavin Floyd has been rumored to be available in trades all offseason and now Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports that the White Sox are also shopping outfielders Dayan Viciedo and Alejando De Aza. According to Gonzales they’re looking for either a big left-handed bat or prospects. He says the Mariners were interested in…

  18. The Indians have offered Kevin Youkilis two-years, $18 million

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Yesterday we learned that the Yankees have offered Kevin Youkilis one-year for $12 million. Buster Olney reports, now, that the Indians’ offer for Youk is two-years, $18 million. Certainly a clear choice between dough and security for Youkilis. If he has a good year in 2013 the Yankees deal will allow him to capitalize on…

  19. Kevin Correia has multi-year offers on the table

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Maybe it’s the lack of sleep I’ve gotten this week, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman seems to be implying that free agent right-hander Kevin Correia is a pretty popular guy right now. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that the Royals are considering Correia along with Brett Myers and Jair Jurrjens, but the Twins and…

  20. The Yankees offer to Kevin Youkilis is $12 million

    Dec 6, 2012, 9:30 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Oh, so I guess the Yankees can spend money after all: The Yankees’ offer to Kevin Youkilis is one year at $12M, according to source. — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) December 6, 2012   That’s a good offer for Youkilis in terms of dollars, but you have to wonder whether a one year deal in New…

  21. Twins have offers out to Francisco Liriano, Joe Saunders

    Dec 5, 2012, 11:45 PM EDT

    Francisco Liriano

    Seemingly uninterested in committing to a full rebuild after losing 95+ games each of the last two years, the Twins are more buyers than sellers at the moment. MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that they’ve made offers to Francisco Liriano and Joe Saunders while waiting for the pitching market to further unfold. Liriano, of course, pitched…

  22. Orioles ink Conor Jackson to minor league contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:20 PM EDT

    conor jackson a's getty

    As first reported by MASN’s Roch Kubatko, the Orioles agreed on Wednesday to a minor league contract with free agent utilityman Conor Jackson. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where Jackson will be given a chance to compete for a spot on Baltimore’s Opening Day 25-man roster. Jackson batted .277/.363/.434 with nine home runs and…

  23. Indians, Yankees both in on Mark Reynolds, Kevin Youkilis

    Dec 5, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds

    Both the Indians and Yankees have met with the agent for non-tendered infielder Mark Reynolds in Nashville. Those two teams are also known to be interested in Kevin Youkilis, who lost one lessor suitor when his old team, the White Sox, signed Jeff Keppinger today. Youkilis has also been mentioned in connection with the Dodgers…

  24. Jeff Keppinger for $12 million is a bit of a reach

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:17 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    Obviously, it’s a good idea not to give three-year contracts to part-time players unless you have to. Unfortunately, in this winter’s free agent market, the White Sox felt they had to. Jeff Keppinger probably had multiple teams interested in him at $8 million for two years, so the first team to go to $12 million…

  25. Kevin Youkilis has multiple offers

    Dec 5, 2012, 12:00 PM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Third basemen are a rare commodity on the free agent market. At least any with some upside to them. Kevin Youkilis is one of those guys with some upside, and it seems like teams are recognizing it, as Alex Speier reports that he has offers from “multiple teams.” The Yankees are a team with a…

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