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  1. Matt Garza vows to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 28, 2012, 9:30 PM EDT

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    Matt Garza didn’t make another start after July 19 this past season due to a stress reaction in his throwing elbow, but he’s hoping for better luck in 2013. According to David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com, Garza hasn’t had any issues with his elbow since he resumed throwing earlier this month. Barring any setbacks, he fully…

  2. Mets sign Aaron Laffey to minor league contract

    Dec 27, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Aaron Laffey, who spent last season with the Blue Jays, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets. Laffey has pitched for four different teams in the past three seasons, splitting time between the bullpen and rotation, and the 27-year-old left-hander has a 4.38 career ERA in 474 innings. That includes a 4.56 ERA…

  3. Rangers still looking to add another hitter after signing A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 27, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Rangers made their one-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski official, adding the veteran catcher to the lineup following his career-year for the White Sox, but general manager Jon Daniels also said that he’s still searching for another hitter after losing Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli to free agency. “We’re looking at that now,” Daniels…

  4. Blue Jays hoping 42-year-old Darren Oliver will change his mind about retiring

    Dec 24, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Despite posting a 2.06 ERA in 57 innings this year and a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past five seasons Darren Oliver is still leaning toward retirement at age 42. Oliver first said that two months ago, although Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that the Blue Jays are “holding out hope that will change…

  5. 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:…

  6. Brewers sign Jim Hoey to minor league contract

    Dec 22, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy comes word that the Brewers have signed free agent reliever Jim Hoey to a minor league contract. The deal does not include an invitation to spring training, so Hoey won’t be up for a spot on Milwaukee’s Opening Day roster. The 29-year-old New Jersey native posted an ugly 4.60 ERA, 1.67 WHIP…

  7. Mets considering Francisco Liriano and Carl Pavano as potential R.A. Dickey replacements

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:32 PM EDT

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    The Mets jumped at the chance to trade R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays earlier this week in exchange for catchers Travis d’Arnaud and John Buck, prospect right-hander Noah Syndergaard and prospect outfielder Wuilmer Becerra. While it’s a tall order, they now need to find a way to replace the 2012 NL Cy Young Award…

  8. Carlos Villanueva’s deal with Cubs worth $10 million over two years

    Dec 20, 2012, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Carlos Villanueva agreeing to sign with the Cubs was first reported last night and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com has the details: $10 million for two years. Chicago is also said to be on the verge of signing Edwin Jackson to a four-year, $52 million deal, which means the Cubs will have added Jackson, Villanueva,…

  9. Cubs “now the front runner” for free agent Edwin Jackson

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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    That whole Anibal Sanchez thing didn’t quite work out, so the Northsiders are trying a different route. According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM, the Cubs are “now the front runner” for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson, who is also being courted currently by the Rangers. Bowden says the “ballpark” asking price is…

  10. Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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    From Jon Heyman of CBS Sports comes word that the Cubs have agreed to a contract with free agent right-hander Carlos Villanueva. No word yet on the financial terms of the deal. The length is also a mystery, but chances are it’s a one-year pact. Villanueva posted a decent 4.16 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 122/46…

  11. Blue Jays, Mets finalize seven-player R.A. Dickey trade

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey, Travis d'Arnaud

    R.A. Dickey passed his physical, clearing the final hurdle for his trade to Toronto. Here’s the official transaction: Blue Jays acquire RHP R.A. Dickey, C Josh Thole and C Mike Nickeas from the Mets for C Travis d’Arnaud, C John Buck, RHP Noah Syndergaard and OF Wuilmer Becerra. The final two names — those of Nickeas and…

  12. Scott Richmond signs with Korean team

    Dec 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Blue Jays pitcher Scott Richmond watches practice at their MLB American League spring training facility in Dunedin

    Scott Richmond has appeared in just four big-league games since starting 24 times for the Blue Jays in 2009 and now the 33-year-old right-hander is headed to Korea. Korean news outlet Navar reports that Richmond has agreed to a one-year, $600,000 deal with the Lotte Giants of the Korea Baseball Organization. Richmond had a 5.29…

  13. Mets on verge of trading R.A. Dickey to Blue Jays

    Dec 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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    SUNDAY, 2:09 PM: The seven-player trade has been agreed to in principle. Bang it HERE for more. ************** SATURDAY, 9:45 PM: Sherman says the trade, as it now stands, will send Dickey, Thole and a non-elite prospect to the Blue Jays for d’Arnaud, Syndergaard, Buck and a non-elite prospect. Sherman guesses that the swap might not be…

  14. Brewers haven’t even talked to Shaun Marcum

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Shaun Marcum adjusts his cap after giving up a three run home run to St. Louis Cardinals David Freese in the 1st inning of Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Shaun Marcum said yesterday during a radio interview that he was interested in re-signing with Milwaukee, but today Brewers general manager Doug Melvin revealed that he hasn’t even spoken to the free agent right-hander about the possibility. “I haven’t given it much thought,” Melvin told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “We haven’t talked…

  15. Rays work out trade with Marlins for shortstop Yunel Escobar

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Rays and Marlins are close to a trade that will send shortstop Yunel Escobar to Tampa Bay in exchange for infield prospect Derek Dietrich. Escobar was acquired by the Marlins as part of last month’s blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays, but Miami never really planned…

  16. Yunel Escobar a possibility for Rays, A’s and Red Sox

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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    While there are bigger names out there to be had, perhaps no player is more likely to be traded this week than new Marlins infielder Yunel Escobar. Escobar was mostly included in the Jose Reyes-Josh Johnson megadeal for salary purposes, and the Marlins have been intent on moving him since the day they picked him…

  17. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  18. Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    After watching the Marlins dismantle their roster over the past few months, Ricky Nolasco‘s agent, Matt Sosnick told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick today that his client wants to be traded: “Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season,” Sosnick said. “Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins…

  19. The Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rays are pursuing Escobar and that the A’s could also be in play. 7:20 PM: The Marlins acquired Yunel Escobar last month as part of the 12-player blockbuster with the Blue Jays, but he was never expected to be long for Miami, as he’s owed $5 million…

  20. The market for Joel Hanrahan is surprisingly weak

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EDT

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    Joel Hanrahan is an exceptional 76-for-84 saving games for the Pirates the last two years, but he isn’t drawing as much interest around the league as the team has hoped, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Rob Biertempfel. The Pirates recently shopped Hanrahan to a pair of American League teams, only to get the response that…

  21. Must-click link: Anatomy of a blockbuster

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson

    Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun has penned an excellent piece detailing how the recent 12-player blockbuster trade between the Blue Jays and Marlins went down. It’s rare that we get a fly-on-the-wall perspective on the inner workings of a trade, but Elliott has it from both sides and presents it in an entertaining and…

  22. The MLBPA elects its player reps

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

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    When I had a real job my boss used to call me the “shop steward.” But that was because (a) I was lazy; and (b) he hated unions and thought that laziness was the primary trait of unions. It was a great office. In reality, union representatives do things, all while still having to focus…

  23. Casey Janssen had shoulder surgery on November 16

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Nearly two weeks later the Blue Jays announced today that reliever Casey Janssen underwent shoulder surgery “to repair lingering AC joint soreness.” John Lott of the National Post notes: “This is the second time in the past month that the club revealed that a pitcher with a previously undisclosed injury had undergone surgery. Late in…

  24. Mike Napoli meeting with Red Sox this weekend and Rangers next week

    Nov 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier this week that Mike Napoli met with the Mariners, but he has at least two more stops on his itinerary in the coming days. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Napoli is meeting with the Red Sox this weekend while Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM hears that he…

  25. The Blue Jays signed Julio Izturis, not Cesar Izturis

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Turns out the Blue Jays didn’t sign Cesar Izturis after all. Mike Cormack of Sportsnet.ca reports that the Blue Jays actually signed Julio Izturis, who is Cesar’s 23-year-old brother. He played with the Giants’ low Class A affiliate this past season. Wednesday, 7:13 PM: After stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Baltimore, Milwaukee…

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