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  1. Jesus Montero-for-Michael Pineda swap is finally official

    Jan 23, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    pineda and montero getty wide

    UPDATE: Montero passed his physical, so it’s now a done deal. ========== The multi-player deal between the Yankees and Mariners headlined by Jesus Montero and Michael Pineda is moving closer to completion. Montero was delayed from taking a physical due to weather, plane and visa problems in his native Venezuela, but Larry Stone of the…

  2. Mariners sign Kevin Millwood to minor league contract

    Jan 22, 2012, 6:32 PM EDT

    kevin millwood getty

    The Mariners have added a touch of gray to their otherwise-under-30 starting rotation depth chart. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Seattle agreed to a minor league contract on Sunday evening with veteran righty Kevin Millwood. The deal comes with an invitation to spring training, where Millwood will get a legitimate chance at claiming a spot as the…

  3. Montero-Pineda trade being held up by visa, weather issues

    Jan 20, 2012, 8:19 AM EDT

    pineda and montero getty wide

    The Yankees and Mariners agreed last Friday to a trade sending catcher Jesus Montero and right-hander Hector Noesi to Seattle for right-handers Michael Pineda and Jose Campos. But that deal has not been completely finalized, and might not be made officially official for another couple days. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Montero is waiting for…

  4. NBC SportsTalk: The Montero-Pineda trade

    Jan 17, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking with my buddy Russ Thaler about the Jesus Montero-Michael Pineda trade. Video below.  Watch for the moment when I called Jose Campos “that fireballer” because my brain locked and I was terrified that I was going to call him “Jorge Campos” and knew that wasn’t right but…

  5. An in-depth look at the “should Jesus Montero catch” question

    Jan 16, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Over at FanGraphs, Dave Cameron takes an extended look at the question I briefly touched on on Saturday: what position should Jesus Montero play now that he’s a Seattle Mariner? My quick view, based on the roster more than anything else, was that Montero should at least be given a shot to catch to see…

  6. Phil Hughes gets $3.2 million from Yankees, avoids arbitration

    Jan 16, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    hughes throws getty

    Phil Hughes and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.2 million, avoiding arbitration. Hughes had a disappointing 2011, as injuries limited him to just 75 innings and he posted a 5.79 ERA, but he made $2.7 million and would have been in line for a decent-sized raise if the two sides went…

  7. Bobby Valentine on the Yankees’ moves: “meh”

    Jan 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

    bobby valentine reuters

    I don’t know if Bobby Valentine will be as good a manager for the Red Sox as Terry Francona was. But I do get the sense that he’ll be more fun to have around. Because of fun stuff like this, when asked by Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York to comment on the Yankees’ trade…

  8. Where will Jesus Montero play for the Mariners?

    Jan 14, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

    Jesus Montero

    Still reeling from that trade last night. Unlike some deals that are rumored for several hours or days, this one sprung from the head of Zeus, fully-formed, in almost no time.  And also unlike so many other deals this didn’t involve a salary dump. The M’s had a stud pitcher and needed a bat. The…

  9. Yankees, Hiroki Kuroda agree to one-year, $10 million deal

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:45 PM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    The Yankees are set to acquire right-hander Michael Pineda from the Mariners in a four-player deal, but they aren’t done improving their rotation. Jack Curry of YES Network reports that they have agreed to terms with Hiroki Kuroda on a one-year deal worth between $10-11 million, pending a physical. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that it’s…

  10. Michael Pineda addition a big win for Yankees

    Jan 13, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Michael Pineda

    Maybe there were no household names involved, but Michael Pineda-for-Jesus Montero is a huge trade, one that, at first inspection, appears to have been won by the Yankees. The Mariners picked up Montero after originally passing on him in a Cliff Lee deal in the summer of 2010. They chose the Rangers’ package headed by…

  11. 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…

  12. Phillies focused on a one-year deal for Cole Hamels

    Jan 10, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds

    Cole Hamels can hit free agency next offseason, but a contract extension doesn’t appear to be on the agenda for the Phillies this winter. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies assistant general manager said tonight that the club is focused on negotiating a one-year deal with the left-hander. “We’ve had discussions with Cole,” assistant…

  13. David Aardsma begins throwing, not taking offers yet

    Jan 7, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

    aardsma getty

    Veteran reliever David Aardsma underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last July and won’t be ready to step back atop a major league mound until the middle of the 2012 season. Thus, as reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney, the free agent right-hander is not yet shopping himself to teams. Aardsma recently began a throwing program, but he still has…

  14. Quote of the Day: Logan Morrison on Ozzie Guillen

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    The Marlins are gonna be so much damn fun this year. Carlos Zambrano. Hanley Ramirez. Ozzie Guillen. Logan Morrison. If they could trade for Nyjer Morgan and figure out roles for Milton Bradley, Carl Crawford I’d have enough bloggy material to last me all summer. As it is, it’s just a matter of what’s going…

  15. Ichiro opens up, says he ‘felt desperate’ in worst season

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:08 AM EDT

    Ichiro Suzuki

    Ichiro Suzuki, 38, had the worst season of his MLB career in 2011, notching career lows in average (.272), hits (184), on-base (.310) and slugging (.335) as his Seattle Mariners struggled to a 67-95 record and second straight last-place finish in the AL West. Ichiro talked about his disappointing year with the Nikkan Sports newspaper,…

  16. Carlos Silva agrees to minor-league contract with Red Sox

    Jan 3, 2012, 3:10 PM EDT

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    Carlos Silva spent the final season of his four-year, $48 million contract at Triple-A and the 32-year-old right-hander will likely begin 2012 there as well after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the Red Sox. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Silva will earn a prorated share of $1 million if the Red Sox call…

  17. Casper Wells is the most awesome person ever

    Dec 26, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    casper wells getty

    I had a pretty good Christmas. It’s all about the kids at this point in my life, but I got a couple of cool things and I’m grateful.  But — at the risk of sounding like a horrible, materialistic and greedy person — there is part of me that wishes I was Casper Wells of…

  18. Mariners could make Brandon League available

    Dec 21, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    Even though Ryan Madson, Francisco Cordero and Brad Lidge remain available in free agency, much of the recent closer talk has been regarding trade possibilities. Now perhaps Brandon League can be added to the list of available closers that includes Andrew Bailey and maybe Joel Hanrahan. According to FOXSports.com, the Mariners are getting hits on League…

  19. On Michael Cuddyer’s future with the Rockies

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    The Rockies decided to ante up $31.5 million for Michael Cuddyer‘s age 33-35 seasons on Friday, so I thought it’d be fun to look at what some similarly productive players have done in those years. Cuddyer had a 117+ OPS from 2009-11, his age 30-32 seasons. Since 1995, there have been 10 other corner outfielders…

  20. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  21. Deducing Albert Pujols’ mystery team

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:28 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark surmises that the mystery team chasing Albert Pujols is a club with an established first baseman that it would need to trade in order to make room for a shiny new three-time MVP. So, let’s run through the league to see who might qualify. I’ll exclude the Cardinals and Angels — the known…

  22. UPDATE: The Dodgers and Adam Kennedy: done deal

    Nov 30, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE:  The deal is done. The Dodgers have signed Kennedy to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Tuesday, 5:13 PM: Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles reports that Kennedy and the Dodgers are close to a deal. Tuesday, 3:10 PM: Feel the offseason excitement, Dodgers fans: According to Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors, the Dodgers are talking…

  23. Mariners’ trade for John Jaso may make Miguel Olivo available

    Nov 28, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Ongoing speculation that Seattle could look to trade catcher Miguel Olivo is likely even stronger after the Mariners acquired John Jaso from the Rays last night. Jaso facing most right-handers and Olivo facing most left-handers is a natural platoon from which the Mariners could get very nice production, but Adam Moore is also waiting in…

  24. Mariners acquire catcher John Jaso from Rays

    Nov 27, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    John Jaso

    Given the Rays’ struggles behind the plate last season, it didn’t seem all that likely that the team would be content to replace Kelly Shoppach with Jose Molina and call it a day. They went in another direction Sunday, trading incumbent John Jaso to the Mariners for reliever Josh Lueke and a player to be named or…

  25. Jason Giambi replaces Todd Helton in Game 3

    Apr 7, 2010, 11:44 AM EDT

    When the Rockies re-signed Jason Giambi in January they talked about wanting to work him into the lineup by giving 36-year-old Todd Helton more frequent days off and sure enough he’s already getting a rest in Game 3 this afternoon. It seems kind of silly that someone would need a day off less than a…

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