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  1. Nationals showing “heavy interest” in Javier Vazquez

    Jan 12, 2013, 8:57 PM EST

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    The Nationals have a loaded starting rotation in Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren and Ross Detwiler. But they’re thinking about adding some depth. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Washington front office is beginning to show “heavy interest” in free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez, who is said to be considering a…

  2. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EST

    Zack Greinke, Ned Colletti, Magic Johnson

    We’ll be updating this one throughout the offseason. Players are listed based on their ranking in the Top 111 Free Agents. At the bottom is a listing of free agents who signed before the ranking came out, and we’ll be adding signings of players who didn’t make the top 111 as they come in. (Update:…

  3. Cubs sign Edwin Jackson to four-year, $52 million deal

    Dec 20, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that it’s a done deal at four years and $52 million, with an official announcement coming once Jackson passes a physical exam. ========== Late last night the Cubs were said to be the “frontrunner” for Edwin Jackson and now Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the two sides are…

  4. Angels never made strong push for Zack Greinke, dropped out of bidding in early November

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    At the beginning of the offseason the Angels shed Ervin Santana and Dan Haren from the payroll, seemingly to prepare to break the bank re-signing Zack Greinke. There were even articles suggesting re-signing Greinke was the entire focus of their offseason plan. And yet the Angels dropped out of the Greinke bidding weeks before he…

  5. The Phillies might not be done

    Dec 8, 2012, 5:32 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    After acquiring center fielder Ben Revere from the Twins on Thursday and third baseman Michael Young from the Rangers earlier today, Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. might have a bigger trick up his sleeve in the days ahead. Phillies fans better hope so, at least if they…

  6. Brandon McCarthy signs with the Diamondbacks: two years, $15.5 million

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:27 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the deal is for two years and $15.5 million. That seems like a bargain in this market. Dan Haren — who also has some health questions — got almost that much for one year. But it does conform with Kevin Towers’ self-imposed rule on pitcher contracts.…

  7. Dan Haren passes physical, officially signs with Nationals

    Dec 7, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Dan Haren Getty

    Dan Haren‘s one-year deal with the Nationals was contingent on his passing a physical exam and the concerns about his back and hip meant that wasn’t just a formality, but he passed the test and the contract is now official. Haren gets $13 million–plus the $3.5 million he received as a buyout from the Angels–and…

  8. Cubs introduce Kyuji Fujikawa, say Carlos Marmol is still the closer

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:13 PM EST

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    After signing Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million deal the Cubs introduced the Japanese reliever in a press conference at Wrigley Field today, during which general manager Jed Hoyer said that Carlos Marmol remains the team’s closer. That puts Fujikawa in a setup role after he saved 202 games in six seasons as a…

  9. Priced out on Zack Greinke, Angels GM calls moving on a “practical decision”

    Dec 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    Early in the offseason the Angels were shopping Ervin Santana (who they eventually traded) and Dan Haren (whose option they eventually declined) because they wanted to clear payroll space to re-sign Zack Greinke, making that the focus of their winter. Unfortunately for the Angels once Greinke actually hit the open market and the offers started…

  10. The Mets are overplaying their hand with R.A. Dickey

    Dec 6, 2012, 1:59 AM EST

    R.A. Dickey

    R.A. Dickey was the 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner. And yet he’s reportedly willing to accept Ryan Dempster money in a contract extension with the Mets: $13 million per season for two years. The Mets, however, are not willing to give him Ryan Dempster money, according to the New York Daily News. That’s…

  11. Report: Angels sign Joe Blanton for two years, $15 million

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:37 PM EST

    Joe Blanton

    The Angels are staying busy Wednesday, picking up Joe Blanton on a two-year, $15 million contract to add to their rotation. The deal includes an option for 2015, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Blanton went 10-13 with a 4.71 ERA for the Phillies and Dodgers last season, though he did post a fine 166/34…

  12. Greetings from Day Three of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:30 AM EST

    Farm Burger Pharmacy

    Another day dawns in Nashville, and with it comes another day of anticipation of one of the two biggies on the free agent market — Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke — to sign someplace.  As of now the highest-ranked name from our Free Agent Tracker that has signed during the Winter Meetings is Dan Haren at…

  13. Red Sox looking at Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:41 PM EST

    Ryan Dempster

    The Red Sox are sitting out the Zack Greinke chase and they don’t seem very interested in spending what it would take to land Anibal Sanchez, but they are kicking the tires on Ryan Dempster and Kyle Lohse, according to reports. WEEI’s Alex Speier writes about the interest in Dempster, who is seeking a three-year…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EST

    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…

  15. Shaikin: Dodgers, Rangers look like the “best bets” for Zack Greinke

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:22 PM EST

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    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has his ear to the ground regarding Zack Greinke, and he says the Dodgers and Rangers look like the “best bets” for Zack Greinke, with the Angels as a “dark horse.” Hope for the Angels’ sake that they’re not that dark. Having lost Dan Haren and even Ervin…

  16. Nationals sign Dan Haren to one-year, $13 million contract

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:13 AM EST

    Dan Haren

    Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nationals, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Last month the Angels nearly traded Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol and then, when that fell through, declined his $15.5 million option and paid him a $3.5 million buyout. In other words, Haren will…

  17. The Angels are in the mix for Edwin Jackson

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:01 AM EST

    Edwin Jackson

    The Angels are still holding out hope to retain free agent right-hander Zack Greinke, but they are also considering some backup plans in case things don’t work out. With that in mind, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that they are one of many teams in the mix for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson. Jackson, 29,…

  18. Cubs tell Carlos Marmol that he’s on the block

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:54 PM EST

    Carlos Marmol

    Carlos Marmol appeared pretty excited last month upon learning he was being traded to the Angels for Dan Haren, only to see the deal fall through because of medical concerns about Haren’s hip. Still a Cub, Marmol has been told he is a trade candidate, but that the team won’t “give him away,” reports Gordon Wittenmyer…

  19. Cubs ink Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to two-year, $9.5 million deal

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:59 PM EST

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Fujikawa is guaranteed $9.5 million as part of his deal with the Cubs. That’s a pretty nice chunk of change for a rebuilding team to give to a closer, especially one who has never pitched in the United States, but the Cubs are obviously confident he can make an impact in…

  20. Angels get Tommy Hanson from Braves for Jordan Walden

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EST

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    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…

  21. Padres interested in Dan Haren and Shaun Marcum

    Nov 24, 2012, 8:58 AM EST

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    Padres general manager Josh Byrnes admitted earlier this month that Dan Haren was among the “eight to 10” starting pitchers the club was very interested in. Bill Center of the San Diego-Union Tribune said in his weekly webchat yesterday that the Padres haven’t wavered on that, though they will likely have to wait to see…

  22. Rays should trade James Shields to fill holes

    Nov 11, 2012, 6:30 PM EST

    James Shields

    That the Rays will trade a starter this winter seems like a given. With David Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson, Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Jeff Niemann and Chris Archer all under contract, the Rays possess both quality and quantity in the rotation. What they don’t have are bats and a lot of money, so with…

  23. The Dan Haren-Carlos Marmol trade fell through because of Haren’s health

    Nov 8, 2012, 7:14 AM EST

    Dan Haren AP

    The Cubs and Angels had a Dan Haren-for-Carlos Marmol trade all but done. It feel through, however, with many speculating that it was due to issues surrounding Marmol’s no-trade clause or cold feet by one side or something. Many others, however, believe that it fell through because of Haren’s health. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com has a…

  24. Cubs interested in Brandon McCarthy and Shaun Marcum

    Nov 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

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    According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun Times the Cubs “already have expressed interest in” Brandon McCarthy and “another buy-low candidate the Cubs are eyeing” is Shaun Marcum. General manager Jed Hoyer indicated that the Cubs will probably try to sign some veterans to reasonably priced one- or two-year deals, like they did last…

  25. Nationals likely to cut ties with left-hander John Lannan

    Nov 4, 2012, 2:53 PM EST

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    The Nationals did not make free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson a qualifying offer by Friday night’s deadline and would seem to have an opening in their 2013 starting rotation for a guy like John Lannan. But Lannan probably won’t be given that shot. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, “people familiar with the…

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