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  1. Angels’ rebuilt bullpen adds left-hander Sean Burnett on two-year, $8 million contract

    Dec 5, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    They still need plenty of rotation help, but the Angels have added another late-inning option to their bullpen. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that they’ve signed left-hander Sean Burnett to a two-year deal with an option for 2015. Burnett joins Ryan Madson in a new-look bullpen after spending the past three-and-a-half seasons in Washington, where…

  2. Scott Rolen still not sure if he’ll retire or play an 18th season

    Dec 5, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    Every few weeks someone checks in with Scott Rolen to see if he plans to play in 2013 or retire after 17 seasons in the majors, and the 37-year-old third baseman still isn’t sure. His agent told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that Rolen needs more time to make a decision. Fay speculates that…

  3. The Reds are interested in doing long term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    Mat Latos

    Last season the Reds did long term deals for Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. Now they’re thinking about locking up some pitching: they want to do long-term deals for Homer Bailey and Mat Latos, reports John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. Bailey and Latos look to be long-term parts of the Reds rotation, with each…

  4. Reds close to re-signing outfielder Ryan Ludwick

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:07 PM EDT

    ludwick getty

    Ryan Ludwick is apparently staying in Cincinnati. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Reds are “getting close on a deal” for the veteran outfielder. It’s likely for two years and a little under $20 million. Ludwick batted .275/.346/.531 with 26 home runs and 80 RBI in 125 games this past season for the…

  5. Report: Indians offered Shane Victorino $44 million

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Finally out from under Travis Hafner‘s deal, the Indians tried going big for once, offering free agent Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million deal, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Victorino instead signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, netting him an extra $2 million annually. The $44 million would have been the…

  6. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  7. Mets show interest in Ryan Ludwick

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:11 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    It’s about time that somebody did. Cody Ross is getting all kinds of hits — the latest coming from the Yankees — after batting .267/.326/.481 with 22 homers and 81 RBI in 476 at-bats for the Red Sox last season. The market for Ryan Ludwick, on the other hand, has been very quiet, even though…

  8. Major League Baseball holding a charity auction for Stand Up to Cancer

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Stand Up to Cancer

    Major League Baseball just announced something very cool: a charity auction to benefit the Stand Up to Cancer. The initiative was inspired by the numerous cases of public relations officials in the sport who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years. The auction starts now and goes through Thursday December 6 at midnight and includes…

  9. Angels still pursuing bullpen help, interested in Sean Burnett and Mike Adams

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:30 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Washington Nationals

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto continues to search for bullpen help after missing out on Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. Fujikawa chose the Cubs, perhaps in part because he wanted a chance to be a closer and the Angels had just signed Ryan Madson to more or less fill that role. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com says…

  10. The Dodgers aren’t looking at Brian Wilson

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Well, this is a first. The free-spending Dodgers have no plans to make a run at non-tendered closer Brian Wilson, sources told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Wilson was said to be quite interested in pitching in SoCal with the Dodgers or Angels, but both teams have already signed closers this winter. The…

  11. Reds interested in Dexter Fowler to fill leadoff spot

    Dec 2, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT

    Dexter Fowler

    The Reds aren’t willing to spend for Michael Bourn or Angel Pagan to upgrade from Drew Stubbs in center fielder, but there is a cheaper alternative available in trade: Colorado’s Dexter Fowler. FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi reports that the Reds are interested in Fowler, while the Rockies happen to like Reds starter Homer Bailey. There’s no…

  12. Brian Wilson isn’t happy with the Giants

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

    Giants Wilson Baseball

    Brian Wilson was the most noteworthy name among those who were non-tendered last night. There’s still a chance he could return to the Giants at a discounted rate, but Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that his tenure in San Francisco is almost certainly over. The Giants technically can negotiate a lower-priced, incentive-rich…

  13. Breaking down Friday’s non-tenders: Wilson, Reynolds and more

    Dec 1, 2012, 12:30 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Here’s the official list of Friday’s non-tenders: American League Angels: none Athletics: OF Jermaine Mitchell Mitchell had already been designated for assignment. He had a breakthrough 2011 in Triple-A, hitting .302/.401/.453, but he regressed to .252/.345/.386 for Sacramento last season. Astros: none Blue Jays: C Bobby Wilson Wilson is minor league contract material. The 29-year-old…

  14. Angels get Tommy Hanson from Braves for Jordan Walden

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

    tommy hanson getty

    Tommy Hanson once looked likely to be atop Atlanta’s rotation for a long time, but after the right-hander struggled for the past season-and-a-half the Braves have traded him to the Angels. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Braves will get 25-year-old reliever Jordan Walden in return, which makes it a swap of two young…

  15. Ryan Ludwick is talking to the Reds, wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ryan Ludwick turned down his half of a $5 million mutual option to become a free agent, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the 34-year-old outfielder has been talking to the Reds about re-signing. Ludwick’s agent told Fay that they’re looking for “a multi-year deal” and added that he “has offers from…

  16. Woman found tied up in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room fined $164 after guilty plea

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    hotel hell

    Remember back in May when police found a woman tied up in Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room? She claimed to have been robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry, but then changed her story several times and was later charged with lying to police. Well, this week she pleaded guilty in exchange for the charge being lessened…

  17. Aroldis Chapman will be on innings limit in Reds’ rotation

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:13 PM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    Aroldis Chapman is going to enter spring training next February as a starter. Should he also emerge as one, there will have to be a limit on the amount of innings that he throws in 2013 because he topped out at 71 2/3 frames as the Reds’ closer in 2012. But that innings limit won’t…

  18. Angels “letting clubs know” that Jordan Walden is available

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:58 PM EDT

    jordan walden getty

    The Angels finalized a one-year free agent contract with Ryan Madson on Wednesday afternoon and intend to use him at closer. Which leads us here: According to Jayson Stark of ESPN, the Angels “were letting clubs know today” that 25-year-old right-hander Jordan Walden is available through a trade. Walden served as the Angels’ primary closer…

  19. Done deal: Angels sign Ryan Madson to one-year contract

    Nov 28, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    UPDATE: Madson passed the physical exam, so it’s a done deal. He gets $3.5 million in upfront money, plus a $2.5 million “roster bonus” and up to $1 million in incentives based on games finished. So he’s guaranteed less than half of what he got from the Reds last offseason and can earn up to…

  20. Aroldis Chapman is going to be a starter for the Reds

    Nov 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aroldis Chapman

    Nothing is official yet, but every indication is that the Reds will move Aroldis Chapman into the rotation after signing Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal to replace him as closer. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes as if it might as well be official, saying “this means Chapman’s going to start”…

  21. The Reds re-sign Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    UPDATE: Yes, it was close to Brandon League‘s deal. Ken Rosenthal reports that Broxton is getting three years and $21 million guaranteed. The salaries climb, paying him $4 million in 2013, $7 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015 and either a $1 million buyout or a $9 million option for 2016. That may seem crazy…

  22. Ryan Madson close to a deal to become the Angels closer

    Nov 27, 2012, 7:25 AM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    Jon Heyman reports that Ryan Madson are close to signing a deal.  It would be for one year. Heyman says that Madson would become the Angels closer, and that Ernesto Frieri would set up. The financial terms are not yet known. Madson missed the entire 2012 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery. In 2011 he…

  23. Reds “in serious talks” to re-sign Jonathan Broxton

    Nov 26, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Three

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are “in serious talks” to re-sign free agent reliever Jonathan Broxton and adds that the contract is “expected to be a multi-year deal.” Broxton was traded from Kansas City to Cincinnati on July 31 and the big right-hander threw 22 innings for the Reds with a 2.82…

  24. Angels “hot” on free agent reliever Ryan Madson

    Nov 25, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

    ryan madson getty

    It sounds like Ryan Madson will soon have a team. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, “things are hot” between the Angels and the free agent reliever, who is expected to be recovered from Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery by the beginning of the 2013 regular season. The Phillies had been talking to Madson about…

  25. Scott Rolen is still weighing a retirement decision

    Nov 21, 2012, 8:22 PM EDT

    Scott Rolen

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark has the pre-turkey day scuttlebutt: On the one hand, Rolen had a pretty miserable NLDS against the Giants in October. On the other, he hit a pretty terrific .297/.376/.473 with five homers in 165 at-bats after the All-Star break. He’d seem to be quite an asset starting twice per week and teaching…

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