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  1. Mike Aviles, Indians avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Feb 7, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

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    Cleveland has avoided arbitration with Mike Aviles by signing the infielder to a two-year deal that includes an option for 2015, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Aviles was traded twice this offseason, going from the Red Sox to the Blue Jays as compensation for manager John Farrell and then going from…

  2. Mark Buehrle’s family won’t join him in Toronto because they can’t take the dog

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:33 AM EDT

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    Back in November we learned of the dog dilemma faced by Mark Buehrle‘s family. They have a pit bull, but Ontario has outlawed pit bull ownership. This meant either getting rid of the dog or Buehrle’s family not joining him in Toronto when the Blue Jays’ season starts. Jerry Crasnick reports that the family is…

  3. Pirates sign Jonathan Sanchez to minor league deal

    Feb 6, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Sanchez will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh, agreeing to a minor-league deal with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Once upon a time Sanchez looked like a very promising young left-hander, but control problems have consistently wrecked any chance he had of emerging as a front-line starter and he…

  4. Jesus Montero linked to Biogenesis

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:54 AM EDT

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    The New York Daily News reports that Mariners catcher Jesus Montero‘s name appears in the Biogenesis records.  Add him to Ryan Braun, Alex Rodriguez, Danny Valencia, Francisco Cervelli, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez and Yasmani Grandal. The report said he was “named in records.” It does not say if there is any indicia of PED use on…

  5. R.A. Dickey to get the Opening Day start for the Blue Jays

    Feb 6, 2013, 8:28 AM EDT

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    Shi Davidi reports that John Gibbons has named R.A. Dickey the Blue Jays Opening Day starter. What, you were expecting Rickey Romero? I like the announcement of Opening Day starters. Even in cases like this one where it seems pretty obvious who it will be.  Heck, even when Jim Leyland says that Justin Verlander will…

  6. Frank Francisco won’t be handed the Mets’ closer job

    Feb 5, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    A month ago Sandy Alderson declined to say he was “confident” in Frank Francisco again being the Mets’ closer and yesterday the general manager took that one step further by basically saying he’ll have to re-win the job in spring training. Francisco had a 5.53 ERA before being shut down with an elbow injury that…

  7. Mets close to agreement with reliever Brandon Lyon

    Feb 3, 2013, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Hey, a baseball signing on Super Bowl Sunday. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets are close to a deal with free agent Brandon Lyon. No word yet on what the terms of the contract might be. Lyon posted a solid 3.10 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 67 relief appearances last season between the…

  8. Rays may be looking to trade infielder Reid Brignac

    Feb 3, 2013, 11:57 AM EDT

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    According to beat writer Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, there was “some chatter last week” around the Rays organization that a trade could be in the works involving utility infielder Reid Brignac. Brignac is a steady defender and is capable of playing all around the diamond, but he batted just .095 with a…

  9. Esmil Rogers bows out of 2013 World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 10:03 PM EDT

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    Some minor World Baseball Classic news. According to John Lott of Toronto’s National Post, Blue Jays righty Esmil Rogers has removed himself from consideration for the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team after originally being listed on the country’s provisional roster. Rogers, who was sent to Toronto in a November trade with the Indians, will…

  10. Report: Melky Cabrera will not play for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic

    Feb 2, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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    Melky Cabrera was included on the provisional roster for the Dominican Republic when it was announced last month, but he has apparently had a change of heart about participating in the upcoming World Baseball Classic. According to Dionisio Soldevila, a Spanish language reporter for the Associated Press and ESPN Deportes, Cabrera has withdrawn his name…

  11. Back from shoulder surgery, Sergio Santos hopes to regain Blue Jays’ closer job

    Feb 2, 2013, 11:36 AM EDT

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    The Blue Jays were largely praised when they acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox last winter, but his first season with Toronto was a bust, as he made just six appearances due to a nagging shoulder injury which eventually required surgery. Casey Janssen stepped up as the Blue Jays’ closer in his absence by…

  12. Reds sign former No. 2 overall draft pick Greg Reynolds

    Feb 1, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Greg Reynolds, who was once the No. 2 overall pick in the 2006 draft by the Rockies, has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Reds. At this point Reynolds is little more than minor-league filler despite still being just 27 years old. Reynolds has a 7.47 ERA in 94 career innings as a big…

  13. MLB will interview players named in Miami New Times story

    Jan 30, 2013, 8:29 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, Major League Baseball officials are planning to hold face-to-face interviews with all of the players named in this week’s Miami New Times story. That includes Alex Rodriguez, Nelson Cruz, Gio Gonzalez, Melky Cabrera, Bartolo Colon and Yasmani Grandal. MLB officials are hoping first to obtain documents from New…

  14. Don’t slam baseball over drugs: an MLB investigation is what led to all of this

    Jan 29, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

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    As has been the case with every single positive PED test involving a notable player over the past several years, I have no doubt that in the coming days we’ll see some variation of the following from a baseball writer: Baseball wants you to think its drug problems are gone, but they’re not. With this…

  15. Clinic records suggest Alex Rodriguez purchased HGH as recently as 2012; other players named

    Jan 29, 2013, 8:25 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend news broke that MLB and the Drug Enforcement Administration were investigating a clinic in Miami run by Anthony Bosch, a noted friend, adviser and consultant to many baseball players.  Bosch’s clinic has long been associated with so-called anti-aging therapies and he has long been associated with PEDs.  MLB reached out to the…

  16. Rays sign Kelly Johnson to one-year deal

    Jan 28, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Kelly Johnson has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rays, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Johnson was very productive early in his career, posting an .800 OPS through age 28, but now he’s 31 years old and hit just .223 with a .698 OPS in 289 games during the past two seasons. He…

  17. Brewers might give up a draft pick to sign Kyle Lohse if his price tag drops enough

    Jan 28, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Kyle Lohse‘s market has been crushed by having draft pick compensation attached to his free agency and as recently as three weeks ago he hadn’t received a single offer despite coming off back-to-back career-years. Lohse and Michael Bourn are the only two unsigned free agents who turned down $13.3 million qualifying offers from their original…

  18. R.A. Dickey is off to India to aid an anti-human trafficking organization

    Jan 22, 2013, 6:48 AM EDT

    Toronto Blue jays pitcher R.A. Dickey speaks during a news conference in Toronto

    Remember the “R.A. Dickey is a self-promoter” meme from December? That was crystallized in this Ken Davidoff column in the New York Post? Dickey can be a handful. He clearly has enjoyed his rise from the ashes into a Flushing folk hero, and while he deserves praise and riches, there’s also the matter of him having…

  19. Michael Bourn is still waiting for some love

    Jan 20, 2013, 8:19 PM EDT

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    Considered by many as the No. 2 free agent hitter available this winter, Michael Bourn has now gone three months with seemingly no market developing for his services. The Braves struck early to sign B.J. Upton to replace him. The Phillies also targeted Upton and then traded for Ben Revere after coming up short. The…

  20. Josh Thole expected to begin season in minors

    Jan 19, 2013, 6:02 PM EDT

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    When the Blue Jays acquired Josh Thole from the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal last month, the expectation was that he would catch the majority of the knuckleballer’s starts in 2013. However, that won’t be the case if all goes according to plan. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated to Mike Cormack of…

  21. Giants GM Brian Sabean doesn’t expect Brian Wilson to return

    Jan 19, 2013, 4:03 PM EDT

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    This has been assumed in recent days, especially with the club reportedly deep in talks with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon, but in comments to Anthony Sulla-Heffinger of the New York Post earlier today, Giants general manager Brian Sabean all but ruled out Brian Wilson’s return to the club. “I’m going to be brutally honest…

  22. Bargain-hunting Rays still have some holes

    Jan 18, 2013, 7:53 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon, Andrew Friedman

    The Rays have spent some money this winter, adding Yunel Escobar for shortstop, James Loney for first base and Roberto Hernandez to the pitching staff. Their rotation is fine even with James Shields gone and the infield might be set, if Ben Zobrist plays second base, but the team still has some needs as is.…

  23. Blue Jays avoid arbitration with J.A. Happ, Emilio Bonifacio

    Jan 18, 2013, 12:01 PM EDT

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    Toronto avoided arbitration with left-hander J.A. Happ and infielder-outfielder Emilio Bonifacio, handing out one-year deals that pay $3.7 million to Happ and $2.6 million to Bonifacio. It’s not clear how Happ fits into the Blue Jays’ plans, as they have five established starters in the rotation and aren’t exactly hurting for bullpen arms either, but…

  24. Giants in “advanced negotiations” with free agent reliever Brandon Lyon

    Jan 17, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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    We’re less than a month away from pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective spring training sites in Florida and Arizona, yet many familiar faces remain available, especially among relievers. However, one of them might be off the market very soon. Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that the Giants are in “advanced negotiations” with free…

  25. World Baseball Classic rosters announced for all countries

    Jan 17, 2013, 5:43 PM EDT

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    All of the rosters for the World Baseball Classic have been released. They are subject to change, but they can all be read here by clicking on each country’s flag.  The highlights, per MLB’s press release: Venezuela’s roster currently features 11 All-Stars, including Triple Crown-winning 2012 A.L. MVP Miguel Cabrera, 2012 World Series Most Valuable…

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