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  1. The Rangers have until 5PM today to sign Yu Darvish

    Jan 18, 2012, 9:50 AM EDT

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    Today is the deadline for the Rangers to reach a deal with Yu Darvish. The sides have until 5pm Eastern.  These things tend to go to the wire, and all along it is has been expected that a deal would be done.  This is fun though. T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: The word this morning is…

  2. Brewers sign Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki

    Jan 17, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

    Aoki

    UPDATE: Aoki and the Brewers have agreed to a two-year deal with an option for 2014. ========== With two hours remaining until the deadline to sign Norichika Aoki general manager Doug Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the Brewers are “close” to a deal with the Japanese outfielder. Milwaukee got a…

  3. Rangers “expect to sign” Yu Darvish, but also adding Prince Fielder is unlikely

    Jan 17, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

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    There have been some reports about roadblocks in the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Yu Darvish, but according to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com they “expect to sign” the Japanese right-hander before tomorrow’s late-afternoon deadline. There’s also been some speculation that the Rangers could sign Darvish to a huge long-term deal and then add Prince…

  4. Rangers, Yu Darvish not gelling on length of contract

    Jan 15, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Rangers president Nolan Ryan seemed confident last week that a deal would be struck with Japanese starter Yu Darvish before Wednesday’s deadline. But that’s suddenly just three days away. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the two sides are disagreeing on the amount of years — not the amount of dollars — that will…

  5. Yankees, Mariners agree to Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap

    Jan 13, 2012, 7:51 PM EDT

    New York Yankees Jesus Montero hits a two-run single against the Baltimore Orioles  in New York

    UPDATE: Greg Johns of MLB.com was told by a team source that the Mariners are sending Michael Pineda and 19-year-old right-hander Jose Campos to the Yankees for Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi. It’s easy to say the Mariners should have just signed Prince Fielder and kept Pineda, but perhaps this was an acknowledgement that…

  6. Rangers meeting with Prince Fielder in Dallas

    Jan 13, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Most of the recent reports about Prince Fielder center around various teams not being interested in paying his asking price, but now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Rangers are meeting with the free agent first baseman at a Dallas hotel today. That doesn’t necessarily mean a deal is close, but clearly the…

  7. Yoenis Cespedes names six teams with “a lot of interest”

    Jan 13, 2012, 12:15 PM EDT

    Yoennis Cespedes

    Yoenis Cespedes made his winter league debut in the Dominican Republic last night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, and afterward the Cuban defector told local reporter Dionisio Soldevila that six teams have expressed “a lot of interest” in signing him. According to Cespedes those half-dozen teams are the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers, and…

  8. Yoenis Cespedes playing winter ball for some reason

    Jan 13, 2012, 9:02 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Yoenis Cespedes has a bit of mystery about him.  Gaudy numbers from Cuba. Far more limited footage and scouting of him freely available than of most hot properties. In spite of that — or perhaps because of it — he’s set to become a free agent and get himself a contract in the $50-60 million range…

  9. The Rangers have “made inquiries” about Roy Oswalt

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    I swear, someone decided this winter that we’re going to talk about Roy Oswalt like he’s a 17 year-old girl in the 1950s.  First people were “eyeing” him.  Now Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers have “made inquiries.” Gee, I hope they talk to Roy’s father first and declare their intentions.…

  10. Nolan Ryan “optimistic” about striking deal with Yu Darvish

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Rangers have less than a week to work out a contract with Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, for whom they committed a record $51,703,411 posting fee back in mid-December. But there’s no concern within the organization about the ticking clock. According to Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas, Rangers president Nolan Ryan said Thursday night that…

  11. Marlins planning aggressive pursuit of Yoenis Cespedes

    Jan 12, 2012, 7:04 PM EDT

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    The Yankees, Phillies, Cubs, Nationals, Tigers and White Sox have all made it known that they plan to pursue Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes once he becomes eligible for major league free agency. But those clubs may have to contend with a Miami front office that is willing to spend wildly. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the…

  12. How good does Yoenis Cespedes project to be in the majors?

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes is establishing residency in the Dominican Republic so that he can become a free agent and sign with an MLB team for what many people are speculating could be close to $50 million, but how good does the 26-year-old outfielder figure to be in America? Projecting prospects based on minor-league numbers…

  13. Hiroyuki Nakajima returns to Japan after failing to sign with Yankees

    Jan 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima failed to reach an agreement with the Yankees after they bid $2 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, so he’s returning to his old team in Japan. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker notes that Nakajima has signed a one-year deal with the Seibu Lions worth around $3.6 million, adding that the…

  14. The Rangers are offering Yu Darvish “Dice-K money”

    Jan 9, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports that the Texas Rangers are “offering about ‘Dice K money”” to Yu Darvish and that, as such, a deal is not close at the moment. Matsuzaka’s deal with the Red Sox was for six years and $52 million, and that seems way light of what most people have been projecting Darvish is…

  15. Brewers put Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki through 75-minute workout

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Aoki

    As expected, Norichika Aoki traveled to Arizona over the weekend to have an in-person workout with the Brewers after they bid $2.5 million for the Japanese outfielder’s exclusive negotiating rights. Nikkon Sports, via Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, reports that the workout lasted 75 minutes and “included catch, long toss, batting practice and base running.”…

  16. Rangers expressing interest in free agent Hiroki Kuroda?

    Jan 8, 2012, 8:51 AM EDT

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    Take this one with a grain of salt, as Japanese news services have been wrong many times before about the goings-on in MLB. But here’s the report… According to Sponichi, via the invaluable Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker, the Rangers are expressing free-agent interest in Hiroki Kuroda. Kuroda has drawn attention from several teams this offseason,…

  17. Yoenis Cespedes due to become free agent within two weeks

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes remains in limbo as he tries to establish residency in the Dominican Republic and become a free agent, but there may finally be a light at the end of the tunnel. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Cespedes is expected to be declared a free agent “sometime in the next 10…

  18. Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima after bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to the Japanese infielder. Technically their 30-day window to sign Nakajima doesn’t close until tomorrow, but there’s no time for him to fly to New York to undergo a physical exam anyway and general…

  19. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki to work out for Brewers this weekend

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    Aoki

    Milwaukee secured exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki with a $2.5 million bid, but before talking contract with the Japanese outfielder they wanted to get a first-hand look at him. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that will happen this weekend in Arizona, where the Brewers will put Aoki through what general…

  20. Yankees, Hiroyuki Nakajima unlikely to agree to deal before Friday’s deadline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    The Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima have until Friday at 5 p.m. ET to agree on a contract, but Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger was told by “a person with knowledge of the situation” that a deal is unlikely. The Bombers were given a 30-day exclusive negotiating window with Nakajima last month after submitting a…

  21. Report: Yu Darvish is on his way to Texas

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    There’s a report from a Japanese paper that, as of last night, Yu Darvish was en route from Japan to Texas. There’s a Google Translate translation of it via Baseball Time in Arlington. While the Rangers and Darvish are currently in their 30-day window to negotiate a deal, there’s no sense, to the extent much…

  22. MLB has not updated the Brewers on Ryan Braun’s status

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Yesterday an MLB official told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension is likely to be upheld, but general manager Doug Melvin said today that the Brewers have yet to get any sort of official word from MLB. In speaking to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Melvin said: “We’re not involved…

  23. White Sox may be serious bidders for Yoenis Cespedes

    Dec 31, 2011, 7:18 PM EDT

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    Between this winter’s trades of closer Sergio Santos and outfielder Carlos Quentin, the White Sox have cut about $10 million in payroll. Could they be gearing up for something (or someone) special? Perhaps. Maybe. Potentially. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago expects the White Sox to take part in the bidding for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes,…

  24. Report: Yankees and Hiroyuki Nakajima “far apart” in negotiations

    Dec 31, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, the Yankees and Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima are said to be “far apart” in negotiations. The Yankees bid $2 million to secure an exclusive 30-day negotiating window with the 29-year-old earlier this month. Nakajima doesn’t figure to be more than a second utility infielder behind Eduardo Nunez even if he does sign,…

  25. Yankees nearing deadline for Hiroyuki Nakajima negotiations

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

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    In bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima the Yankees were given a 30-day window in which to work out a contract with the Japanese infielder. The deadline is January 6, so as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes: “One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week.” New York doesn’t…

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