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  1. There’s an “enormous gap” in extension negotiations between Reds and Homer Bailey

    Feb 8, 2014, 5:22 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    If you have been holding out hope that the Reds will be able to lock up right-hander Homer Bailey, it’s time for a dose of reality. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, there’s “an enormous gap” between the Reds’ last offer and what Bailey wants in a long-term deal. Bailey, who turns 28 in May, is…

  2. It looks like the Dodgers and Paul Maholm have a deal

    Feb 8, 2014, 11:51 AM EDT

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    If these tweets from Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times are any indication, it looks like the Dodgers and free agent left-hander Paul Maholm have reached agreement on a contract: Locker for "Maholm" in #Dodgers clubhouse.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) February 08, 2014 Paul Maholm went in and out of the #Dodgers clubhouse. Evidently, he's…

  3. Bronson Arroyo signs with the Diamondbacks

    Feb 7, 2014, 5:01 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that Bronson Arroyo has signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that it’s a two-year deal with an option for a third. Buster Olney has the financials: $9.5 million in 2014, $9.5 million in 2015 and a team option for 2016 for $11 million with a $4.5 million buyout.…

  4. Ranking the bullpens: 2014 edition

    Feb 7, 2014, 9:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    We tried this with the rotations the other day. Once again, I’ll be dipping into my 2014 projections here to rank the bullpens. To come up with the following bullpen ERAs, I simply combined each team’s seven highest-IP relievers, according to my projections. AL Royals – 2.93 Red Sox – 3.14 Athletics – 3.16 Rangers…

  5. Bronson Arroyo’s price comes down

    Feb 6, 2014, 9:25 AM EDT

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    It’s been a tough offseason for Bronson Arroyo. Pitchers and catchers report in a week and he still doesn’t have a job. This despite the fact that he was not given a qualifying offer by the Reds and thus does not have draft-pick compensation tied around his neck. People just don’t want to give long-term…

  6. Bronson Arroyo finalists: Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Orioles

    Feb 5, 2014, 3:31 PM EDT

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    As of last week Bronson Arroyo was saying he’d yet to receive an actual offer from any teams, but presumably that’s changed now because Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Dodgers, Diamondbacks, and Orioles “have emerged as finalists” for the free agent right-hander. Los Angeles’ interest in Arroyo was reported by several sources…

  7. Dodgers “very interested” in free agent starter Bronson Arroyo but won’t go three years

    Feb 2, 2014, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Free agent starter Bronson Arroyo expressed frustration last week about the lack of legitimate offers he’s been made this winter. But it seems as though his market is now developing rather quickly. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Dodgers are “very interested” in signing the veteran right-hander and that the only hang-up…

  8. Add the Blue Jays to the list of teams interested in A.J. Burnett

    Jan 31, 2014, 10:35 PM EDT

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    A.J. Burnett recently announced that he will pitch for at least one more season before hanging up the spikes. That drew the attention of several teams instantaneously. The Pirates, of course, who had been waiting all off-season for Burnett to make a decision. The Orioles, in need of an upgrade in the rotation. The Phillies,…

  9. Rockies sign Nick Masset

    Jan 31, 2014, 4:46 PM EDT

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    In addition to re-signing reliever Manuel Corpas this morning the Rockies have also added another right-handed bullpen option in Nick Masset. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Masset has agreed to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. He can earn $1.2 million for making the team, with another $800,000…

  10. Blue Jays remain interested in free agent starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana

    Jan 29, 2014, 7:31 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal shares the buzz at FOXSports.com: The Toronto Blue Jays, in need of another starting pitcher, might finally be preparing to pounce. The Jays have yet to make an offer to a free-agent starter, according to major league sources. But they have done extensive background work on right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, digging into his medical…

  11. Bronson Arroyo: not too happy to be unemployed at the moment

    Jan 29, 2014, 4:38 PM EDT

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    Jayson Stark spoke with Bronson Arroyo about not having a job a couple weeks from spring training starting: Arroyo frustrated that teams can give Tanaka $155M & “forget about guys like me, who have done the job for the last eight or 10 years.” — Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) January 29, 2014   On the one…

  12. The Reds and Aroldis Chapman avoid arbitration

    Jan 28, 2014, 12:01 PM EDT

    Cleveland Indians v Cincinnati Reds

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Reds and closer Aroldis Chapman have settled on a one-year deal avoiding arbitration. His salary: $5 million, which is the midpoint between his asking price of $5.4 million and their offer $4.6 million. And before you ask, yes, I realize that Chapman had a long-term deal…

  13. Reds would like to get at least 60 innings out of Aroldis Chapman in 2014

    Jan 26, 2014, 7:20 PM EDT

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    Reds manager Bryan Price says the team would like to get at least 60 innings pitched from flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman during the season, reports C. Trent Rosecrans. Chapman reached 71 2/3 in 2012 and 63 2/3 in 2013, so it’s not an unreasonable expectation. Ex-manager Dusty Baker was not a fan of using Chapman…

  14. Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez

    Jan 24, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

    In need of starting pitching, Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have had “recent, active dialogue” with free agent pitchers Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo, and Ubaldo Jimenez. Of the three, Santana and Jimenez would both require the Orioles to give up their #17 pick in the first round of the 2014…

  15. Ranking the best 1-2 rotation punches in baseball

    Jan 22, 2014, 9:25 PM EDT

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    The Yankees made headlines when it was announced that they had signed Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year deal worth $155 million. They were in need of rotation help and satisfied that need in a big way by signing the best free agent pitcher on the market. That the Yankees signed him came as…

  16. Reds discussing contract extension with Homer Bailey

    Jan 18, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty admitted earlier this month that it will be “difficult” to keep Homer Bailey, but he still hasn’t given up hope of the possibility. Bailey, who is entering his final year of arbitration, asked for $11.6 million and was offered $8.7 million when arbitration figures were exchanged yesterday. While a panel…

  17. Reds VP Bob Miller on the arbitration process: “It works poorly”

    Jan 17, 2014, 8:55 PM EDT

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    The Reds avoided arbitration with starter Mike Leake and relievers Sam LeCure and Alfredo Simon earlier today, but were not able to do so with starter Homer Bailey and flame-throwing closer Aroldis Chapman. As a guest on The C Dot Show earlier, Reds vice president Bob Miller (who handles the arbitration cases for the club)…

  18. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  19. The Orioles are in talks with Bronson Arroyo

    Jan 16, 2014, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles are having “ongoing discussions” with Bronson Arroyo. Ongoing from ten days ago when it was last reported that the Orioles were interested in the veteran righty. At various times this winter the Twins and as many as four other teams have had some reported interest in Arroyo. Arroyo, who…

  20. Even after locking up Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers could still pursue more pitching

    Jan 15, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers may have just locked up starter Clayton Kershaw for the price of $215 million over seven years, but they may not be spending yet. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers could still add more pitching. Getting involved on Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka would require approval from ownership, but they could…

  21. Another big lefty signing: Zach Duke and the Brewers agree to a minor league deal

    Jan 15, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Well, it’s probably big to Zach Duke. And his parents and family are probably happy that his baseball career marches on. Shut up. Zach Duke has accomplished more in life than most of the rest of us: The #Brewers have signed LHP Zach Duke to a minor-league contract with an invitation to Major League camp.…

  22. Astros sign Cesar Izturis

    Jan 13, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Exciting day for utility infielders! First the Phillies signed Ronny Cedeno and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Astros have signed Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal. Izturis spent last season with the Reds, hitting .209 with zero homers and a .530 OPS in 63 games at age 31. He’s one of the…

  23. With A-Rod ban settled, where do the Yankees go from here?

    Jan 11, 2014, 2:15 PM EDT

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    The Yankees can finally move forward with their plans for 2014 now that Alex Rodriguez has received a 162-game ban which also includes the postseason. And they have to be pretty happy with how things have worked out. It’s easy to see the benefits of having Rodriguez off the books for 2014, as he was…

  24. Homer Bailey denies that he wants out of Cincinnati

    Jan 11, 2014, 10:04 AM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    There has been plenty of speculation on Homer Bailey‘s future this offseason, with Reds general manager Walt Jocketty recently conceding that it will be “difficult” to sign him to an extension, but the right-hander tells FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that he hasn’t dismissed the possibility of staying in Cincinnati. “To say that I ‘want out…

  25. Reds GM Walt Jocketty concedes that keeping Homer Bailey will be “difficult”

    Jan 6, 2014, 10:10 PM EDT

    Homer Bailey AP

    Homer Bailey has been subject to trade speculation this offseason, as he’s entering his final year of arbitration and could land a huge contract on the open market next winter. The Reds are interested in keeping him long-term, but general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com earlier today that he understands the reality…

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