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  1. White Sox open to re-signing Paul Konerko, but lack at-bats

    Oct 29, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn, Paul Konerko

    They signed Cuban first baseman Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68 million contract and Adam Dunn is still around as a should-be designated hitter, but the White Sox haven’t closed the door on re-signing free agent Paul Konerko. Konerko is pondering retirement following a horrible age-37 season in which he hit just .244 with 12…

  2. Breaking down Jose Abreu’s contract with the White Sox

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    Jose Abreu and the White Sox officially announced their six-year, $68 million contract today with a press conference in Chicago and here are the year-by-year details: Signing bonus: $10 million 2014: $7 million 2015: $7 million 2016: $10 million 2017: $10.5 million 2018: $11.5 million 2019: $12 million There’s been a lot made about Abreu…

  3. Rockies offered $63 million for Jose Abreu

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Cuban slugger Jose Abreu signed with the White Sox for six years and $68 million, and according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies came up just short by bidding $63 million for the 26-year-old first baseman: Rockies’ ownership gave clearance to spend the money on Abreu. It’s unlikely that the Rockies would…

  4. Report: The Cubs have made signing right-hander Masahiro Tanaka a “top priority”

    Oct 26, 2013, 3:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    We already know the Yankees are interested in Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but they are going to have plenty of competition. Phil Rogers of MLB.com was told by sources that Tanaka has become a “top priority” for the Cubs’ front office. The club is expected to have a large contingent in attendance to watch him…

  5. White Sox hire A’s hitting coordinator Todd Steverson as hitting coach

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

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    After finishing dead last among AL teams in scoring this season the White Sox fired hitting coach Jeff Manto and now they’ve settled on a replacement, with Scott Merkin of MLB.com reporting that it’ll be A’s minor league hitting coordinator Todd Steverson. Steverson played briefly in the majors during the mid-90s and has lots of…

  6. Dodgers (finally) sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero

    Oct 21, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero

    Twice already the Dodgers were said to be signing 26-year-old Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero, first in July and then in September. Both times it was reportedly a $32 million contract and both times the deal never got completed. Now they’ll try for a third time, as Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that Guerrero and the…

  7. Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa signs with the Red Sox

    Oct 18, 2013, 8:30 PM EDT

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    The Red Sox have signed Cuban pitcher Dalier Hinojosa to a Minor League contract, reports Baseball America. Hinojosa was cleared as a free agent back in July after defecting from Cuba in February. Baseball America expects the Red Sox to utilize the 27-year-old Hinojosa as a reliever. Their scouting report on the right-hander: Hinojosa, 27, throws around…

  8. Are the Yankees preparing for a shopping spree?

    Oct 18, 2013, 7:45 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Sources close to ESPN’s Andrew Marchand tell him that the Yankees are preparing for a shopping spree that could total as much as $300 million. Marchand recalls that the last time the Yankees unloaded that much money in a single off-season came after the 2008 season, when the Yankees committed a total of $423 million…

  9. Jose Abreu skepticism sounds like Yasiel Puig skepticism

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jose Abreu‘s reported $68 million deal with the White Sox isn’t even official yet and there are already lots of prominent media members questioning whether Chicago over-committed to an “untested” player with some question marks attached. I have no idea. I’ve seen Abreu play a couple times on television, I’ve read the same write-ups everyone…

  10. UPDATE: White Sox, Jose Abreu agree to six-year, $68 million deal

    Oct 17, 2013, 11:13 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    UPDATE: Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that the White Sox and Abreu have a deal, pending a physical. The two sides have agreed to a six-year, $68 million contract, confirming Rosenthal’s original report. 10:36 p.m. ET: Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the Rangers will not sign Abreu. He also hears that the White…

  11. Sounds like the White Sox are going to get Jose Abreu

    Oct 17, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    That is, if our process of elimination is correct.  The upshot: earlier today MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez reported that Jose Abreu narrowed his list of potential destinations to the Astros, Red Sox and White Sox. Then Buster Olney reported that the Astros’ bid has fallen short and that the Red Sox did not expect to sign him.…

  12. Report: Marlins “all in” on signing Jose Abreu

    Oct 5, 2013, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America pegged the Rangers as the most likely landing spot for Cuban slugger Jose Abreu last week, but it sounds like they are going to have plenty of competition. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Marlins are “all in” to sign Abreu and were “well represented” as his two-day workout…

  13. Rangers considered to have “inside track” on Jose Abreu

    Sep 30, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Ben Badler of Baseball America, who covers the international prospect world better than anyone, has a lengthy new article about Cuban slugger Jose Abreu and his “green light” to sign after being cleared by MLB. Quite a few teams have been linked to Abreu by various reports, but Badler rates the Rangers as his most…

  14. Report: Giants GM Brian Sabean scouting Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu

    Sep 12, 2013, 10:39 PM EDT

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    After watching the Dodgers strike gold with Yasiel Puig, the NL West rival Giants are trying to land the next impact bat out of Cuba. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Giants general manager Brian Sabean and special assistant Felipe Alou are currently in the Dominican Republic scouting first baseman Jose Dariel Abreu. The 26-year-old…

  15. Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero close to $32 million contract with Dodgers

    Sep 9, 2013, 4:12 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero

    Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero is close to signing a $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com. Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reported back in mid-July that Guerrero and the Dodgers had agreed to a $32 million contract–which he said was for seven years–but then Guerrero’s agent denied there was a…

  16. Phillies sign Cuban pitcher Miguel Alredo Gonzalez to revised deal at $36 million discount

    Aug 30, 2013, 3:52 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Back in mid-July the Phillies and Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez reportedly agreed to a six-year, $48 million contract, but that deal fell apart over concerns about the health of his elbow. Today the Phillies announced that they’ve officially signed Gonzalez, but the contract is for three years and $12 million, with a vesting option…

  17. Jose Dariel Abreu establishing residency in Haiti

    Aug 21, 2013, 11:07 PM EDT

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    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com has an update on Jose Dariel Abreu, the powerful first baseman who defected from his native Cuba earlier this month and is in the process of becoming an MLB free agent: Source: Jose Abreu is establishing residency in Haiti. There isn’t a open showcase scheduled yet & he’ll likely be an…

  18. Report: Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero narrows list of potential landing spots

    Aug 19, 2013, 9:01 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero

    Reports last month that Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero had agreed to a contract with the Dodgers turned out to be premature, but the 26-year-old has apparently narrowed his list of potential landing spots. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that Guerrero is currently deciding between four teams, including the Twins, Dodgers, Red Sox, and Braves.…

  19. Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu has picked an agent stateside

    Aug 17, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    Jose Abreu

    We learned last week that Cuban slugger Jose Dariel Abreu had defected (reportedly to Haiti or the Dominican Republic) in an effort to make his way to the United States. Now he has picked an agent. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that Abreu has selected Barry Praver and Bart Hernandez of Praver Shapiro Sports…

  20. Phillies hit a snag in $50 million deal with Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez

    Aug 7, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Two weeks ago the Phillies were said to have agreed to a six-year, $50 million deal with Cuban defector Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, but the contract has yet to be announced officially and apparently it may not actually happen now. For their part the Phillies have said absolutely nothing about Gonzalez one way or another and…

  21. Keeping Cliff Lee is the wrong choice for Phillies

    Jul 31, 2013, 2:56 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v New York Mets

    Trends don’t get much more clear than this: 2008: Won World Series 2009: Lost World Series 2010: Lost NLCS 2011: Lost NLDS 2012: Missed playoffs Now, that’s not entirely fair: the Phillies had their best records in that span in 2011 and 2010. But Charlie Manuel’s team has dropped off severely since then. In 2012,…

  22. Phillies sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez to a six-year contract worth more than $50 million

    Jul 26, 2013, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, the highly-touted 26-year-old right-hander from Cuba, to a six-year contract worth more than $50 million. Gonzalez drew interest from almost every major league team after being cleared for employment on July 15 by the United States government. The bidding came down…

  23. Report: Dodgers sign Cuban infielder Alexander Guerrero for $32 million

    Jul 23, 2013, 1:30 PM EDT

    Alexander Guerrero2

    Update: Guerrero’s agent has denied that there’s an agreement in place, according to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez. He says there are still three teams in the mix. /// Cuban shortstop Alexander Guerrero, who defected and set up shop in the Dominican Republic back in January, has inked a seven-year, $32 million contract with the Dodgers, according…

  24. Dodgers not interested in Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez after all?

    Jul 23, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Over the weekend Peter Gammons of MLB Network reported that the Dodgers “will go five years and close to $50 million” to sign Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, citing as his source an unnamed general manager who believed the Cuban right-hander would sign with Los Angeles. However, now Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that “the Dodgers are…

  25. Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could sign next week

    Jul 18, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

    Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez AP

    Cuban right-hander Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez was declared a free agent by MLB earlier this week after he received clearance by the United States government. And the bidding could wrap up fairly quickly. Gonzalez’s agent, Jaime Torres, told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that he expects his client to have an agreement with an MLB team…

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