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  1. Report: Rangers moving toward deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EST

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    The Rangers are zeroing in on catching help on the heels of A.J. Pierzynski leaving Texas for a one-year deal with the World Series champion Red Sox. While Kurt Suzuki was mentioned as a possibility earlier this week, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are “progressing” toward a deal. Arencibia…

  2. Rangers tried to trade for J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 5, 2013, 8:32 AM EST

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    From MLB.com’s Rangers beat writer, T.R. Sullivan: The Rangers had serious trade discussions with the Blue Jays about catcher J.P. Arencibia before he was non-tendered on Monday, according to industry sources. A trade was close to being completed but the Rangers were reluctant to add another arbitration-eligible player. The Rangers were willing to do a…

  3. Phillies acquire Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for Erik Kratz and Rob Rasmussen

    Dec 3, 2013, 10:25 PM EST

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    A minor trade in among all these high-profile deals, via MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki: Phillies have acquired RHP Brad Lincoln from Blue Jays in exchange for catcher Erik Kratz and LHP Rob Rasmussen. — Todd Zolecki (@ToddZolecki) December 4, 2013 Lincoln was out of minor league options and the Blue Jays are loaded with relievers. The…

  4. Report: Marlins recently made offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    Dec 3, 2013, 12:09 AM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    The Marlins have mostly been connected to marginal free agents so far this offseason, but they have one notable name on their wish list. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Marlins recently made an offer to free agent catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. The specifics aren’t known, but Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald confirms that…

  5. 2013 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 2, 2013, 11:30 PM EST

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    We’ll be writing up the non-tenders as they come in prior to Monday’s midnight deadline. These players immediately become free agents. AMERICAN LEAGUE Angels – RHP Juan Gutierrez, RHP Tommy Hanson, INF Chris Nelson, RHP Jerome Williams All of these were expected. Hanson and Williams would have cost upwards of $4 million apiece. Williams is…

  6. Padres, Eric Stults avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2013, 10:57 PM EST

    Eric Stults

    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres and left-hander Eric Stults have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.75 million contract. This is the first major payday for Stults, who has thrived since he was claimed off waivers from the White Sox in May of 2012, posting a 3.62 ERA over 47 starts…

  7. Report: Blue Jays will trade or non-tender J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 2, 2013, 1:45 PM EST

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    Dioner Navarro agreeing to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays seemed to signal that 2013 starting catcher J.P. Arencibia was on his way out of Toronto and sure enough Shi Davidi of Sports Net reports that Arencibia will be non-tendered if they can’t find a trade before tonight’s deadline. Arencibia has very…

  8. Blue Jays sign Dioner Navarro to two-year deal

    Dec 2, 2013, 9:40 AM EST

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    Dioner Navarro has agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract with the Blue Jays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Navarro went from 24-year-old All-Star in 2008 to little-used, unproductive backup from 2010-2012, but the switch-hitting catcher put together a big season in a part-time role for the Cubs this year. He hit .300 with…

  9. Ryan Howard thinks he can be a 30-100 guy again

    Dec 1, 2013, 10:10 PM EST

    Ryan Howard

    This is a few days old, but per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard thinks he can still be a 30-100 guy (as in 30 home runs and 100 RBI). Howard has been slowed by injuries ever since he tore his Achilles tendon making the final out in Game 5 of the 2011…

  10. Report: Twins sign Phil Hughes for $24 million over three years

    Nov 30, 2013, 11:13 PM EST

    Phil Hughes

    Phil Hughes will join Ricky Nolasco in a rebuilt Twins rotation, according to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, agreeing to a three-year, $24 million contract on Saturday. Hughes, the winter’s youngest free agent at age 27, is coming off a rough season in which he went 4-14 with a 5.19 ERA…

  11. Does McCann to New York set up a Salty, Red Sox reunion?

    Nov 23, 2013, 9:35 PM EST

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia

    It’s the catcher market that has moved the most quickly in free agency this winter, with Brian McCann becoming the first elite free agent to come to terms, agreeing to a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees on Saturday. The other catcher deals: Carlos Ruiz – Phillies (three years, $26 million) Geovany Soto –…

  12. Padres sign free agent right-hander Josh Johnson to one-year, $8 million contract

    Nov 19, 2013, 11:36 PM EST

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com shares the following breaking news: Free-agent starter Josh Johnson has reached agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $8 million contract with the San Diego Padres, a baseball source told ESPN.com. The deal includes additional performance bonuses based on games started, the source said. Johnson was in San Diego for a physical exam…

  13. The Pirates are a finalist to sign Josh Johnson

    Nov 19, 2013, 3:40 PM EST

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    In an offseason when players are making a lot more money than we thought they might, a guy with a of recent injuries who is probably only in the market for a one year, make-good deal might be worth the risk. Exhibit A: Josh Johnson, who is said to have interest from three or four…

  14. Report: Josh Johnson would prefer to pitch for the Giants or Padres

    Nov 18, 2013, 8:11 PM EST

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    Free agent right-hander Josh Johnson has two teams at the top of his list among potential landing spots, both of whom could put him in excellent position for a rebound season. According to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle, Johnson let the Giants and Padres know early on in the free agent process that…

  15. The Blue Jays may be willing to swap Jose Bautista for pitching help

    Nov 17, 2013, 7:05 PM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    Despite the recently debunked trade rumor involving Jose Bautista and the Phillies, started by radio personality Howard Eskin, the Blue Jays may still be willing to move him for pitching help according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo writes that the Jays are looking to add multiple starters. Given the dearth of quality…

  16. Josh Johnson drawing serious interest from Royals

    Nov 13, 2013, 10:00 PM EST

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    The Royals had a cool 3.45 team ERA in 2013 that ranked sixth in the majors, but they still missed the playoffs and Ervin Santana is expected to leave as a free agent this offseason. So, yet again, Kansas City’s front office is on a search for starting pitching. ESPN’s Buster Olney hears that the…

  17. Clayton Kershaw named NL Cy Young Award winner

    Nov 13, 2013, 6:54 PM EST

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    In what had to be the most obvious choice of this year’s trophy-presenting season, Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw was named Cy Young Award winner for the National League on Wednesday evening. Kershaw beat out fellow finalists Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals and Jose Fernandez of the Marlins in a nearly unanimous vote by members of…

  18. Mark DeRosa joins MLB Network as a studio analyst

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:50 AM EST

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    When news of Mark DeRosa‘s retirement came down yesterday my first thought, and the thought of many others, was that DeRosa was going to be a TV or radio analyst pretty darn quick. And it was quick. Less than 24 hours, in fact: MLB Network today announced that after a 16-year career, Mark DeRosa has joined its…

  19. Heyman: no truth to the Jose Bautista-for-Domonic Brown rumor

    Nov 13, 2013, 9:20 AM EST

    Toronto Blue Jays' Bautista looks into the stands between innings during a MLB American League baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in St. Petersburg

    Last night Howard Eskin of 94 WIP in Philly reported that the Blue Jays and Phillies were discussing a possible Jose Bautista-for-Dominic Brown trade. It was something of a crazy rumor as far as these things go, but I suppose there is crazier. Jon Heyman says this morning, however, that there’s nothing to it. Eskin…

  20. Wild rumor: Phillies, Jays discussing Jose Bautista-Domonic Brown swap

    Nov 12, 2013, 11:45 PM EST

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    94WIP Radio’s Howard Eskin isn’t necessarily a baseball guy, but he is a big player in the Philadelphia sports radio scene, and he’s reporting tonight that the Phillies and Blue Jays are involved in “serious talks” about a deal involving Jose Bautista and Domonic Brown. It’d be a swap of 2013 All-Stars, one seven years…

  21. Report: Mark DeRosa is retiring

    Nov 12, 2013, 5:03 PM EST

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    Shi Davidi of Sportsnet says that Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos is saying that Mark DeRosa is retiring. DeRosa lasted longer than a lot of people thought he might. Sixteen seasons, to be exact, with time spent in Atlanta, Texas, Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, Cleveland St. Louis and Toronto. A utility guy for the most…

  22. “A bunch of teams moving quick” on Stephen Drew

    Nov 10, 2013, 8:55 AM EST

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    Because he received a qualifying offer from the Red Sox and signing him will require the forfeiture of a top draft pick, there was some thought that free agent shortstop Stephen Drew might struggle to attract multiple lucrative offers on the open market this offseason. But that apparently won’t be the case. A source told…

  23. UPDATED: Everything about today’s qualifying offer deadline

    Nov 4, 2013, 5:10 PM EST

    Robinson Cano

    Here’s the wrap on how Monday’s qualifying offer deadline went down. First, here’s a quick guide to the qualifying offers game: Teams are allowed to make $14.1 million qualifying offers to free agents they’ve employed for at least a year and thus secure a draft pick if they depart. That pick will come immediately following the…

  24. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2014

    Nov 1, 2013, 8:00 AM EST

    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…

  25. Blue Jays pick up options on Adam Lind and Mark DeRosa, decline on Munenori Kawasaki

    Oct 31, 2013, 11:10 PM EST

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    We learned earlier tonight that the Blue Jays exercised their 2014 option on closer Casey Janssen, but Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca now reports that the club has also picked up their options on first baseman Adam Lind and utility player Mark DeRosa. Lind is coming off a solid bounce back campaign in which he batted…

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