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  1. Reds haven’t talked to Shin-Soo Choo in weeks

    Dec 4, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    For any Reds fans holding out hope that Shin-Soo Choo will wind up back in Cincinnati, general manager Walt Jocketty has some discouraging news: We have not had any discussions in a couple of weeks. I had one conversation with [agent Scott] Boras a couple of weeks ago. We haven’t done anything since then because…

  2. Rays sign newly acquired Ryan Hanigan to extension

    Dec 3, 2013, 4:16 PM EDT

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    As part of their trade acquiring Ryan Hanigan from the Reds earlier today the Rays announced a three-year, $10.75 million contract extension with the catcher. The deal also includes an option for 2017, which means Hanigan is now under team control through age 36. He was arbitration eligible for the final time in 2014 and…

  3. Eric Hinske joins the Cubs’ coaching staff

    Dec 3, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske isn’t wasting any time going from playing to coaching, joining new Cubs manager Rick Renteria’s staff as first base coach. Hinske played for the Diamondbacks this year, hitting .173 in 52 games to finish up a 12-season career in which he won a Rookie of the Year award and then went on to…

  4. Rays get Ryan Hanigan from Reds, Heath Bell from Diamondbacks in three-team deal

    Dec 3, 2013, 2:47 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Not only are the Rays getting Hanigan from the Reds as their new starting catcher, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that they’re also getting reliever Heath Bell from the Diamondbacks as part of a three-team trade. Bell has become sort of a punchline in recent years, but he was quietly fairly effective…

  5. Sign of a trade? Brandon Phillips not on RedsFest schedule

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Rumors about the Reds trading Brandon Phillips have died down a bit since early in the offseason, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer noticed an interesting little tidbit that seems to suggest the second baseman remains likely to be moved. According to a press release sent out by the team to promote the upcoming…

  6. 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…

  7. Mets GM Sandy Alderson met with Curtis Granderson on Sunday

    Dec 2, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson AP

    While there has been some conflicting information on the Mets’ interest in a meeting with right-hander Bronson Arroyo, general manager Sandy Alderson has another free agent on his radar. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Alderson had a meeting with Curtis Granderson yesterday. We heard about a month ago that the Mets had “preliminary interest”…

  8. The Mets are not “super high” on Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 2, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Bronson Arroyo‘s Agent: Say, man, you have a meeting scheduled with my client? Sandy Alderson: No, don’t have one scheduled, man. Bronson Arroyo’s Agent: It’d be a lot cooler if you diid . . . A Mets official downplayed the team’s interest in Bronson Arroyo, now suggesting a meeting may or may not take place with…

  9. 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…

  10. Bronson Arroyo drawing interest from seven teams

    Dec 1, 2013, 12:14 PM EDT

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    From the Twitter account of the Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo … seven teams have now called on Bronson Arroyo. None of them have actually made a contractual offer. — Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) December 1, 2013 We’ve seen the Giants, Twins, Angels, Mets, Orioles and Phillies connected to Arroyo this offseason, but that still leaves room…

  11. Report: Mets “heavily involved” in talks with free agent Bronson Arroyo

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with Arroyo at the pitcher’s home in Florida next week. Alderson contacted Arroyo’s representatives on Wednesday to arrange the meeting. 3:00 p.m. ET: It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after…

  12. The Twins haven’t given up on Bronson Arroyo yet

    Nov 29, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    This blog is quickly becoming “TwinsStartingPitcherTalk,” isn’t it? Oh well, nothing else going on. MLB Daily Dish’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Twins’ signing of Ricky Nolasco does not end their pursuit of free agent starter Bronson Arroyo. Which flows nicely with the idea of them chasing Phil Hughes too. They need two pitchers, it…

  13. Report: the Twins are close to a “major free agent signing”

    Nov 27, 2013, 5:35 PM EDT

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    Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors is hearing some buzz: Heard from a rival team the Twins are close to a major free agent signing. Name is unknown at this time. — timdierkes (@timdierkes) November 27, 2013   It’d be somewhat surprising to see the Twins sign a “major” free agent, as they have not…

  14. Reds re-sign Manny Parra

    Nov 27, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Left-hander Manny Parra has agreed to a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Reds, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Parra was once a promising young starter for the Brewers, but control problems and injuries wiped away most of that potential. He shifted to the bullpen full time in 2012 and has been pretty solid,…

  15. Report: The Twins still like free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo

    Nov 25, 2013, 11:01 PM EDT

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    It was reported two weeks ago that the Twins were in talks with free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo and Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors hears that the two sides could still be a match. Hearing Twins remain very high on Bronson Arroyo. Might still be possible to get him on a two-year deal. —…

  16. Gammons: Dioner Navarro is close to signing somewhere

    Nov 25, 2013, 7:33 PM EDT

    Dioner Navarro AP

    We have already seen Brian McCann, Carlos Ruiz, Brayan Pena, and Geovany Soto sign free agent contracts, and now it appears that another catcher is about to go off the board. Told Dioner Navarro is moving to resolution, Boston not in pursuit — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 25, 2013 While Navarro isn’t a big name,…

  17. Heyman: Yankees eyeing Carlos Beltran, Stephen Drew, Jacoby Ellsbury, others

    Nov 24, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

    NLCS - Los Angeles Dodgers v St Louis Cardinals - Game One

    The Yankees already made waves this off-season with their recent signing of free agent catcher Brian McCann to a five-year, $85 million deal (the largest ever for a catcher going by average annual value). However, they are still pursuing some of the biggest names still available in the free agent market, reports Jon Heyman of…

  18. Angels interested in Bronson Arroyo, Bartolo Colon

    Nov 24, 2013, 3:08 PM EDT

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    The Angels acquired third baseman David Freese from the Cardinals last week and inked reliever Joe Smith to a three-year, $15.75 million free agent contract on Saturday. Now Anaheim is zeroing in on its biggest offseason need — starting pitching. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the Halos have expressed interest in free…

  19. 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 –…

  20. Prince Fielder, Ian Kinsler, and mouthwatering moves

    Nov 21, 2013, 1:18 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Opening monologue: How many players in baseball history have a name as incompatible as “Prince Fielder?” Crazy, right? It would be like Bud Harrelson being named “Crown Batter” or Randy Johnson being named “Elfin Junkballer,” or Alex Rodriguez being named “Innocent victim.” Am I right? And what’s the deal with all the questions they ask…

  21. The Tigers and Rangers trade is just as much about past mistakes as it is about current need

    Nov 21, 2013, 5:34 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    In case you missed the big news last night, the Tigers traded Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler. Detroit is sending along around $30 million. The net result: the Tigers get Kinsler and about $70 million in salary relief, the Rangers get seven years of Fielder and a $138 million bill for his services.…

  22. Mets suffering from “sticker shock” on free agents

    Nov 20, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics - Game Five

    Ushering in a “new day” for the Mets is a bit more difficult than GM Sandy Alderson anticipated. Per Mike Puma of the New York Post on Twitter, the Mets are dealing with “sticker shock” in the current free agent market. Puma writes that the Mets were hoping to pursue free agent shortstop Jhonny Peralta…

  23. Giants remain interested in Bronson Arroyo

    Nov 19, 2013, 6:21 PM EDT

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    The Giants inked veteran right-hander Tim Hudson on Monday to a two-year contract worth $23 million, but they are not done pursuing starting pitchers. Giants assistant general manager Bobby Evans told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Tuesday afternoon that his team is still in contact with another veteran right-hander, Bronson Arroyo. The idea would be…

  24. Bronson Arroyo has heard from the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Twins and Orioles

    Nov 18, 2013, 10:16 PM EDT

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    Free agent right-hander Bronson Arroyo was a guest on MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM this afternoon and told host Jim Bowden that the Phillies, Dodgers, Angels, Twins and Orioles have expressed interest in signing him. You can listen to part of the interview here. Arroyo added that he hasn’t received an offer yet, so…

  25. The Rangers are interested in Shin-Soo Choo

    Nov 18, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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    I guess there is at least one team who isn’t scared away from Scott Boras’ claim that Shin-Soo Choo should make more than Jayson Werth: the Texas Rangers. Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers are among the teams looking at Shin-Soo Choo. But even if they’re not scared off by the claim, they’re not paying that…

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