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  1. MLB could reach deal on new posting system soon

    Dec 1, 2013, 11:30 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Major League Baseball and Japanese baseball officials have been negotiating the details to a new posting system throughout the off-season, which will have a big impact on the future of pitcher Masahiro Tanaka. Some suggested changes reported a few weeks ago included the winning team paying an average of the top two bids on a…

  2. Report: Mets “heavily involved” in talks with free agent Bronson Arroyo

    Nov 30, 2013, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo Getty

    UPDATE: Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson plans to meet with Arroyo at the pitcher’s home in Florida next week. Alderson contacted Arroyo’s representatives on Wednesday to arrange the meeting. 3:00 p.m. ET: It was reported on Thanksgiving that the Twins were still pursuing Bronson Arroyo even after…

  3. Japanese baseball officials will try to resolve posting issue in New York

    Nov 24, 2013, 9:05 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka AP

    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that top Japanese baseball officials will attempt to finalize a new posting system in New York this week, which will impact free agent pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, the most sought-after prize from the Nippon Professional Baseball league. More, from Heyman: There is renewed hope for a posting agreement after…

  4. Yankees, Brian McCann agree to five-year, $85 million deal

    Nov 23, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Yankees and McCann have reached agreement on a deal, pending a physical. McCann will get five years and $85 million with a vesting option for a sixth year which could bring the total to $100 million. His $17 million AAV (average annual value) is the highest-ever for…

  5. Talks regarding changes to the Japanese player posting system have hit a snag

    Nov 14, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard more details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system earlier this week, but it’s not a done deal yet. In fact, Rob Manfred, MLB’s chief operating officer, indicated today that an agreement is not close. Barry M. Bloom of MLB.com has the details from Orlando, Florida: “What I would tell you…

  6. More details on proposed changes to the Japanese player posting system

    Nov 11, 2013, 7:29 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We heard back in September that some big changes could be coming to the Japanese player posting system. Some details on those changes are beginning to emerge. While early word indicated that the player would get more control in the process, potentially deciding among the top three bids, that apparently won’t be the case here.…

  7. Report: Yankees are “going to be bold” in bidding for Masahiro Tanaka

    Nov 8, 2013, 6:10 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    We’ve known for quite some time that the Yankees are expected to bid on Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears from sources that they are willing to go to great lengths in order to land him: Sources with knowledge of the Yankees’ plans said they are “going to be bold”…

  8. Rosenthal: Ervin Santana wants more than $100 million

    Nov 7, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    It’s still early November, so there’s no harm in aiming high. According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, free agents Ervin Santana and Ricky Nolasco are doing just that. Santana wants “more than $100 million” for five years, while Nolasco would settle for a mere $80 million over the same timeframe. Santana’s asking price would seem to…

  9. Masahiro Tanaka earns a save in the Japan Series clincher

    Nov 4, 2013, 3:54 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    Get used to hearing the name Masahiro Tanaka this offseason. He’s likely to get huge money to come to the U.S. If he does, his last act in Japan was something special. As we noted over the weekend, Tanaka’s record unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Saturday, as the Rakuten Golden Eagles lost 4-2 to the…

  10. Marlins not expected to significantly increase payroll

    Nov 2, 2013, 10:25 PM EDT

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    “We’re getting ready for another season, and we’re going to win more,” Marlins president David Samson assured Christina De Nicola of FOX Sports Florida late last week. “I promise you this: We’re not going to lose 100 games next year. Not even close.” But that doesn’t mean that Marlins fans should be expecting a wheeling-and-dealing…

  11. Japanese right-hander Masahiro Tanaka finally loses a game

    Nov 2, 2013, 3:49 PM EDT

    tanaka ap

    Masahiro Tanaka‘s record unbeaten streak finally came to an end on Saturday, as the Rakuten Golden Eagles lost 4-2 to the Yomiuri Giants in Game 6 of the Japan Series. Tanaka went 30 starts between losses dating back to last August, setting a professional record. The 25-year-old right-hander finished the regular season at 24-0 with a…

  12. The Dodgers could go after David Price, Masahiro Tanaka

    Nov 1, 2013, 11:00 PM EDT

    Division Series - Tampa Bay Rays v Boston Red Sox - Game Two

    Must be nice to have money. And, apparently, prospects. Because the Dodgers are prepared — or are at least able — to go after one of the most expensive free agents and the most desirable trade target this offseason, reports Peter Gammons, who spoke with some GMs who speculate that the Dodgers could do both:…

  13. Where will the Red Sox spend this winter?

    Nov 1, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

    Masahiro Tanaka

    With Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli, Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all filing for free agency, the world champion Red Sox would seem to have a whole lot of flexibility this winter. Even without signing any replacements, they have a perfectly legitimate 25-man roster ready to go: SS: Xander Bogaerts: $500,000 RF: Shane Victorino: $13 million…

  14. Ubaldo Jimenez declines option with Indians, hits free agency

    Nov 1, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez AP

    Ubaldo Jimenez is no dummy. After seeing Tim Lincecum get $35 million, Jimenez said thanks but no thanks to the Indians after they exercised their half of the $8 million option for 2014, thereby becoming a free agent. Jimenez had a nice bounce back year for the Indians. Going 13-9 with a 3.30 ERA in…

  15. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    This year’s annual free agents column has expanded to a top 150, though I’m writing up just the top 55 (it was going to be 50, but I couldn’t help myself). The rest are presented in a list. Not included are players whose contract options are sure to be exercised. Players are ranked based not…

  16. 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…

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

    Oct 29, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

    jose abreu getty

    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…

  18. Rockies offered $63 million for Jose Abreu

    Oct 28, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    jose dariel abreu getty

    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…

  19. 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…

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

    Oct 25, 2013, 11:48 AM EDT

    todd steverson card

    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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. Jose Abreu skepticism sounds like Yasiel Puig skepticism

    Oct 18, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    jose dariel abreu getty

    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…

  25. 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…

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