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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Jan 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    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.”…

  4. 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,…

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

    Jan 6, 2012, 3:13 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

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

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

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    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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler

    Dec 28, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Oakland has been parting with big-league talent all offseason, but Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s “have strong interest” in 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Soler. According to Slusser the A’s also like fellow Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, but because he’s 26 years old and out of their price range they’ve…

  15. So did anyone come close to the Rangers’ bid for Darvish, or not?

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we heard that the Toronto Blue Jays came really close to the Rangers’ $51.7 million bid for Yu Darvish.  As the day wore on into night, however, multiple reports surfaced suggesting that, no, the Jays didn’t bid that high and that in fact no team came anywhere close to what the Rangers’ bid. I’ll…

  16. Runner-up Blue Jays bid more than $50 million for Yu Darvish

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Texas secured exclusive negotiating rights to Yu Darvish with a $51.7 million bid and apparently Toronto finished runner-up for the Japanese ace, as Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star reports that the Blue Jays submitted a bid in excess of $50 million. General manager Alex Anthopoulos predictably declined to give any details about the Blue…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Is Yu Darvish worth the price?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

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    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking about Yu Darvish.  Feel free to watch the clip for my analysis of his prospects in the major leagues. Of course, if you read HBT you’ve read as much, so don’t assume I’m breaking new ground. No, the real reason you should watch it is because I…

  18. Rangers and Mike Napoli have discussed contract extension

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

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    The Rangers may end up spending over $120 million in order to sign right-hander Yu Darvish, but that isn’t going to stop their efforts to lock up some of their core players. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the Rangers have had “several conversations” with Mike Napoli‘s representatives about a multi-year contract. He earned $5.8 million…

  19. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

  20. Report: Nationals “pushing hard” to land Gio Gonzalez from Athletics

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Nationals are “pushing hard” to acquire left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics. No word on the specific players being offered by Washington, but Rosenthal hears the two sides are discussing a four-for-one deal. Gonzalez has drawn interest from several teams this winter. The 26-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible for…

  21. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters “definitely” plan to accept high bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

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    Just a quick mini-update while we patiently (or anxiously, depending upon your fandom) wait to learn who had the top bid for Yu Darvish. No big news yet, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid. Hardly a shocker, as Franz Lidz of SI.com reported…

  22. Yoenis Cespedes close to establishing residency in Dominican Republic

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

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    While we’re all waiting to find out who had the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cespedes could be granted residency in the Dominican Republic this week. Edgar Mercedes, Cepsedes’ representative in the Dominican, said that the 26-year-old has…

  23. Wait, might the Rangers have won the Darvish bidding?

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

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    We’ve heard several reports — or maybe one report repeated by a bunch of people — that the Blue Jays are the high bidder for the Yu Darvish posting fee.  But Buster Olney hears something else: Most folks guessing/assuming Jays have won Darvish bidding. But just got off the phone with an AL exec who…

  24. Brewers will work out Norichika Aoki after winning negotiating rights for $2.5 million

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Milwaukee placed the high bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Norichika Aoki and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers plan to work out the Japanese center fielder before deciding what type of contract to offer him. Evaluating a player in person, on your terms, seems like an obvious thing for teams to do…

  25. The Yu Darvish winner will be announced tonight

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

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    The Nippon-Ham Fighters will announce the winner of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes Tuesday morning, Japan time, which means we’ll know who gets the chance to negotiate with him tonight. It was reported on Friday that the Blue Jays are the likely top bidders.  We’ll see. The fact that it has not been confirmed by a…

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