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  1. Conflicting reports on the Mets’ interest in Michael Bourn

    Jan 24, 2013, 6:36 AM EDT

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    There has been a lot of chatter about the Mets and Michael Bourn in the past day or so. It breaks down like this: John Harper of the Daily News says that he has been told that the Mets have a real interest in Bourn. He also reports that the Mets not signing Scott Hairston,…

  2. Scott Boras is trying to drum up interest in Jose Valverde

    Jan 21, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde

    Now that he’s found a taker for Rafael Soriano on a heavily deferred deal, Scott Boras is trying to get teams interested in ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde. Valverde, 34, was 49-for-49 saving games for the Tigers in 2011 and 35-for-40 last season, but the postseason meltdown that saw him give up nine runs in 2…

  3. Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals’ closer

    Jan 18, 2013, 2:50 PM EDT

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    General manager Mike Rizzo left no doubt that Rafael Soriano will be the Nationals’ new closer after signing a two-year, $28 million deal, saying: “Suffice it to say, Raffy is here to pitch the ninth inning.” That means last year’s primary closer, Tyler Clippard, moves back into a setup role after saving 32 games, and…

  4. Drew Storen avoids arbitration with Nationals, gets one-year, $2.5 million deal

    Jan 17, 2013, 9:11 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and right-hander Drew Storen have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. Storen’s agent, CAA Baseball, made the announcement on Twitter and added that the deal includes $1 million in performance bonuses. This is a pretty nice chunk of change for Storen, who was arbitration-eligible for the first time this…

  5. Kyle Farnsworth has multiple offers

    Jan 16, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    With Rafael Soriano off the table the list of established relievers is getting shorter. And apparently several teams feel that ending up with Kyle Farnsworth is better than ending up with nothing: Sources: Interest in Farnsworth intensifying in wake of Soriano deal. Multiple offers, has narrowed choices from six teams to three. — Ken Rosenthal…

  6. Half of Rafael Soriano’s new $28 million contract is deferred

    Jan 15, 2013, 6:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s two-year, $28 million pact with the Nationals has an interesting financial breakdown. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, the right-handed reliever will make just a $7 million salary in 2013 and 2014, and the remaining $14 million will be deferred until after the 2018 season. So agent Scott Boras can boast…

  7. Nationals sign Rafael Soriano to two-year, $28 million deal

    Jan 15, 2013, 2:27 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Well, this certainly came out of nowhere. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has agreed to a two-year, $28 million contract with the Nationals, who lose their first-round draft pick in order to sign him. Soriano was one of three remaining free agents with draft pick compensation attached. All…

  8. Report: Dodgers “looking into” signing Rafael Soriano

    Jan 14, 2013, 8:06 PM EDT

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    The market for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano has been pretty weak this winter, mostly because of the draft pick compensation tied to him after he opted out of his contract with the Yankees and then rejected a one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offer. However, the deep-pocketed Dodgers could come to the rescue. “20 percent chance”…

  9. Behold, the most Scott Boras quote of all time

    Jan 11, 2013, 1:52 PM EDT

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    Agent Scott Boras, talking to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com about representing the three free agents with draft pick compensation attached who remained unsigned in Kyle Lohse, Rafael Soriano, and Michael Bourn: People call me all the time and say, “Man, your players aren’t signed yet.” Well, it doesn’t really matter what time dinner is when…

  10. Yankees really, really don’t want Rafael Soriano back

    Jan 7, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano is still looking for work, with the draft pick compensation attached to signing him no doubt crushing the reliever’s potential market, but just in case anyone thought he might end up back with the Yankees … The Yankees want the draft pick/draft dollars they’ll get when Soriano signs elsewhere more than they want…

  11. Yankees probably won’t welcome back Rafael Soriano

    Jan 6, 2013, 5:23 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano had a 2.26 ERA in 67 2/3 innings last year for the Yankees while converting 42 saves in 46 opportunities. But he has struggled to attract offers on the open market this offseason because of the draft pick (and draft pool money) that a team would have to forfeit in order to ink…

  12. 2013 Free Agency Tracker

    Dec 23, 2012, 9:36 PM EDT

    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:…

  13. Tigers unlikely to be talked into signing Rafael Soriano

    Dec 16, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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    Scott Boras has been trying to set up the Tigers and reliever Rafael Soriano since the Winter Meetings began. And perhaps even before. But it does not sound like the Detroit decision-makers are enticed. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports heard from sources inside the Tigers front office on Saturday that owner Mike Ilitch “won’t be…

  14. Mariano Rivera is “feeling good” and “will be ready” for Opening Day

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Two weeks after officially returning to the Yankees on a one-year, $10 million deal Mariano Rivera made it very clear that he expects to be fully recovered from knee surgery by Opening Day. “Oh, yeah, I don’t see why not,” Rivera said, via Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. “We have at least…

  15. The Tigers aren’t taking the bait yet on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 8, 2012, 4:15 PM EDT

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    Despite Scott Boras’ best efforts, the Tigers still aren’t taking the bait on free agent closer Rafael Soriano. According to Chris Iott of MLive.com, Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said this week that he’s pretty satisfied with the guys in his bullpen and isn’t going to add anyone unless it’s the right fit. “It would…

  16. The Yankees are checking in on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale tells us something interesting: The #Yankees, but not GM Brian Cashman, quietly running background check on Josh Hamilton, rival GM says — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2012   Not so quiet, eh, Bob? The most interesting part of that is the “not Brian Cashman” part. Sounds like Rafael Soriano part deux, where…

  17. Scott Boras still trying to entice Tigers on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 5, 2012, 9:06 PM EDT

    Scott Boras

    With no teams showing much interest in paying $10 million per year and giving up a draft pick for a closer, agent Scott Boras is hoping the Tigers have a change of heart and bid for Rafael Soriano. MLB.com’s Jason Beck has the quotes: “I think the Tigers’ position is one where they’re trying to…

  18. Dave Dombrowski says the Tigers aren’t interested in Rafael Soriano

    Nov 29, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Many have assumed that the Tigers are going to go after Rafael Soriano or some other free agent closer. They need a closer. They have the money. They’ve worked quite nicely with Scott Boras before. If they don’t go after someone they’re going to be forced to go with a rookie closer in Bruce Rondon.…

  19. The Yankees are expected to sign Mariano Rivera this week too

    Nov 27, 2012, 9:51 AM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Yankees are “optimistic” about signing a one-year deal with Mariano Rivera this week. Along with Pettitte and Ichiro, that would make the third old-timer the Yankees are supposed to lock up before the Winter Meetings. Each of the deals is defensible in and of themselves, but it is striking how…

  20. Great Moments in Scott Boras: The Rafael Soriano pitch to the Yankees

    Nov 16, 2012, 1:02 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Houston Astros

    Peter Gammons heard about the pitch Rafael Soriano and Scott Boras made to the Yankees. It’s tasty: Soriano pitch to Yanks: in last 50 years no team won world series with closer 40 or older — Peter Gammons (@pgammo) November 16, 2012   If I’m Brian Cashman I come back with “we won 20 World…

  21. Collusion IV? The union is getting annoyed at ownership

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:20 AM EDT

    Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

    Once upon a time, baseball owners illegally conspired to keep free agent salaries down. Then they did it again. And again. And they were busted for it, hard. Then, according to the union, they did it again, and again and again.  They were not busted for it in those instances — baseball owners are a…

  22. Yankees confident they can re-sign Pettitte, Rivera, Kuroda

    Nov 11, 2012, 11:34 AM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman provides the scoop: The Yankees have faith they can make deals with pitchers Mariano Rivera, Hiroki Kuroda and Andy Pettitte — surely more faith than they can do a deal with Rafael Soriano at the moment. The Yankees expect to try to work something out with Rivera in the coming week, especially now that Soriano has rejected the $13.3-million qualifying…

  23. Basically every single free agent has declined their teams’ qualifying offers

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

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    There are some still trickling in — and it’s possible I may have missed one — but it appears as though every single free agent who was given a qualifying offer by their team has declined them. Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche, Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Kyle Lohse and B.J. Upton have…

  24. The Tigers are going to go with Bruce Rondon as their closer

    Nov 9, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Bruce Rondon

    Many of you are saying “who is Bruce Rondon?”  The most relevant answer to that question for you is that he’s the reason why the Tigers aren’t, according to Danny Knobler, going to be players for Rafael Soriano or any other established closer types: Tigers are not interested in Soriano. Plan to stay in-house for…

  25. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EDT

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    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

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