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  1. Report: The Blue Jays are the high bidders for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    As we noted last night, nothing will be official until next week, but the New York Post is reporting that the Blue Jays have made the highest bid for negotiating rights for Japanese sensation Yu Darvish. The Post reports that “according to several sources with knowledge of the situation,” the Blue Jays owner, Rogers Communications,…

  2. Cardinals choose cash instead of players to complete July swap with Blue Jays

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    stack of money

    As part of July’s eight-player swap with the Blue Jays that was headlined by Colby Rasmus and Edwin Jackson the Cardinals received three players to be named later or cash considerations. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that St. Louis has opted for cash instead of players in all three instances, although the exact dollar amounts…

  3. 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…

  4. Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen. “Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m…

  5. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  6. 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…

  7. UPDATE: Kelly Johnson accepts arbitration from Blue Jays

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    That free agent Kelly Johnson would no longer cost signing teams a first-round pick was supposed to enhance his market, but he’s leaning towards accepting arbitration from the Blue Jays anyway, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports. The general aversion most teams have to spending big at second base seems to be playing a role here. Johnson…

  8. Report: Francisco Rodriguez accepts Brewers’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    10:30 p.m. EST update: A source told Venezuelan reporter Marcos Grunfeld that Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the arbitration offer. U.S. sources Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman haven’t comfirmed, but they do say it’s likely. 6:15 p.m. EST update: A Boras rep told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that K-Rod has yet to decide on arbitration.…

  9. Greetings from Day 3 of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    In N Out

    In-N-Out in Dallas?  Who knew?  Baseball writers, that’s who. You could put them on an island in some far flung sea and they’d be able to find an In-N-Out Burger.  It’s just what they do. I felt obligated to go anyway. The lobby was getting to be too much for me last night.  The first…

  10. Mets sign Frank Francisco for two years, $12 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    Frank Francisco

    10:15 p.m. EST update: Gulp. FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi states that the deal is worth $12 million over two years. Apparently, the Mets didn’t get the note that there are more closers available than teams needing them. 10:10 p.m. EST update: Jon Heyman confirms the original report from Newsday’s Ken Davidoff. No word on terms…

  11. UPDATE: Mets agree to contract with reliever Jon Rauch

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

    Rauch_Jon

    UPDATE III: The Mets might not be done addressing their bullpen. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the they are working on a 2-for-1 deal that is described as a “change of scenery” for all parties. Stay tuned. UPDATE II: Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reports that the deal is done, pending…

  12. Red Sox sitting pretty in search for new closer

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Here’s a list of the closers still available in free agency: Ryan Madson Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Cordero Brad Lidge Frank Francisco And following Toronto’s acquisition of Sergio Santos, here’s a list of all of the teams truly interested in spending significant dollars on a closer: The Boston Red Sox Really, that’s it. The Angels have…

  13. Blue Jays nab their closer, acquiring Sergio Santos from White Sox

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:53 PM EDT

    Sergio Santos

    Ryan Madson and Francisco Rodriguez were among those hoping the Blue Jays would spend liberally on a closer. Instead, those two got a nasty surprise today, as Toronto acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox for top pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Santos, once a member of the Toronto farm system as an infielder before he…

  14. Mets inquire on free agent reliever Chad Qualls

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Chad Qualls Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at…

  15. UPDATE: Angels trade Jeff Mathis to Blue Jays for Brad Mills

    Dec 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

    Mathis_Jeff

    UPDATE: Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times confirms that the deal is done. 12:10 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels are on the verge of trading catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays for left-hander Brad Mills. The Angels acquired Chris Iannetta from the Rockies earlier this week, which made Mathis…

  16. Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch are “strong” on the Mets radar

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    It’s “strong” day. The Marlins are going “strong” after Heath Bell and now we hear that the Mets are “strong” after Brad Lidge and Jon Rauch.  No word if any tires have been kicked. But if they were, they were kicked HARD. Obviously the Mets want bullpen help.  In addition to these two, the Mets have…

  17. Astros fired general manager Ed Wade with two years remaining on contract

    Nov 28, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Ed Wade, Brad Mills

    Ed Wade is out of a job after being fired by the Astros last night, but the 55-year-old former general manager will be collecting a paycheck for two more seasons. Wade told Zachary Levine of the Houston Chronicle that an “evergreen” provision in his contract recently kicked in to extend the deal another season, meaning…

  18. The Rays sign Jose Molina

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:35 AM EDT

    Jose Molina

    This has been a long time coming — it was first reported a couple of weeks ago — but the Rays have finally signed Jose Molina. It’s a one-year deal for $1.8 million with a club option. Of course, when this was first reported, Molina was supposed to be John Jaso‘s backup.  Jaso was traded…

  19. The Astros clean house: Ed Wade, Tal Smith fired

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Shakeup time:  the Astros have announced that president of baseball operations Tal Smith and general manager Ed Wade have been fired. the moves come a week after Jim Crane took control of the team.  It was not terribly surprising. The team said assistant general manager David Gottfried will serve as interim general manager but is not…

  20. 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…

  21. Brian Tallet was a victim of check forgery in St. Louis

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

    brian tallety getty

    According to Marlon A. Walker of the Post-Dispatch, a man in St. Louis was arrested this summer for attempting to cash a $2,000 check on a Regions Bank account belonging to left-handed reliever Brian Tallet and his wife Natalie. Tallet posted a rough 8.31 ERA and 10/7 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings for the Cardinals…

  22. Jose Molina signing with Rays “appears imminent”

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jose Molina

    Last week Jose Molina was said to be negotiating a deal with the Rays and now Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times reports that an agreement “appears imminent.” Molina would back up John Jaso, essentially replacing fellow right-handed-hitting free agent Kelly Shoppach. Molina lacks Shoppach’s power and ability to knock around left-handed pitching, but…

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