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

    Dec 19, 2012, 11:23 PM EST

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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…

  2. Cubs agree to deal with righty Carlos Villanueva

    Dec 19, 2012, 7:39 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 17, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    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…

  4. Scott Richmond signs with Korean team

    Dec 17, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 15, 2012, 3:08 PM EST

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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…

  6. Brewers haven’t even talked to Shaun Marcum

    Dec 13, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:43 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EST

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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…

  10. Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:32 PM EST

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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…

  11. The Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Yunel Escobar

    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…

  12. The market for Joel Hanrahan is surprisingly weak

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:09 PM EST

    Joel Hanrahan

    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…

  13. Must-click link: Anatomy of a blockbuster

    Dec 1, 2012, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

  14. The MLBPA elects its player reps

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EST

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    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…

  15. Casey Janssen had shoulder surgery on November 16

    Nov 27, 2012, 12:48 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 24, 2012, 1:22 PM EST

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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…

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

    Nov 22, 2012, 9:00 PM EST

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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…

  18. Bud Selig approves Marlins-Blue Jays blockbuster citing “plausible baseball judgment”

    Nov 19, 2012, 3:20 PM EST

    Bud Selig

    Commissioner Bud Selig has signed off on the blockbuster Marlins-Blue Jays trade one week after Miami agreed to send Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto for Adeiny Hechavarria, Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, and Anthony Desclafani. There was some speculation that Selig might…

  19. Blue Jays sign Melky Cabrera to two-year, $16 million deal

    Nov 16, 2012, 2:04 PM EST

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    In case there was any doubt left that the Blue Jays are pulling out all the stops following their blockbuster trade with the Marlins earlier this week, now Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com reports that Toronto has signed free agent outfielder Melky Cabrera to a two-year, $16 million contract. Cabrera got the All-Star game MVP and…

  20. Mike Trout, baseball’s best player, is denied MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 7:04 PM EST

    Mike Trout

    In handing Miguel Cabrera the American League MVP award, the voters weren’t making a statement that Cabrera’s four additional points of batting average, his 14 homers or even his 56 RBI made him a better player than Mike Trout last season. Because this isn’t really about who was the better player. Sportswriters decided long ago…

  21. Breaking down the huge Toronto-Miami trade

    Nov 13, 2012, 8:16 PM EST

    Jose Reyes

    It’s not official yet, but here are some early thoughts on the trade as it’s currently being presented: Blue Jays acquire SS Jose Reyes, RHP Josh Johnson, LHP Mark Buehrle, INF-OF Emilio Bonifacio, C John Buck and $4 million from the Marlins for SS Yunel Escobar, RHP Henderson Alvarez, SS Adeiny Hechvarria, LHP Justin Nicolino,…

  22. Blue Jays getting Johnson, Buehrle, Reyes, Buck and Bonifacio in megatrade with Marlins

    Nov 13, 2012, 6:13 PM EST

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    UPDATE, 8:58 PM: Olney says the 12-player trade might not be finalized until sometime Wednesday. UPDATE, 7:49 PM: Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel adds that right-handed prospect Anthony DeSclafani is going to Miami. That’s the final piece of the puzzle. Here’s the breakdown: BLUE JAYS GET: SS Jose Reyes RHP Josh Johnson LHP…

  23. Blue Jays considering reunion with Shaun Marcum

    Nov 11, 2012, 2:40 PM EST

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    Here is Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun: The Jays called to inquire about the market price for former Jays right-hander, free agent Shaun Marcum, who went 20-11 with a 3.60 ERA in 44 starts for the Milwaukee Brewers in two seasons after being dealt for Brett Lawrie. Marcum is only 30 years old and…

  24. 2013 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 111-51

    Nov 8, 2012, 1:25 AM EST

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    I would have preferred to have posted this last week, but here’s the remainder of the updated top 111 free agents column. In case you missed it, the top 50 was posted last Friday. Players in the top 111 are ranked based not on how I view them, but more on how I believe teams…

  25. The Wilson Defensive Awards were announced last night

    Nov 5, 2012, 4:30 PM EST

    Michael Bourn

    We mentioned this last week, but last night the inaugural Wilson Defensive Awards were announced on MLB Network. As we said previously: sponsored awards like this are kind of “whatever,” but in a world where people still take the Gold Glove awards seriously, I’m cool with any viable competitor. As you’ll recall, there were awards for the…

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