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  1. Andre Ethier is on the trading block

    Dec 18, 2012, 9:26 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Rosenthal says the Dodgers have “zero intention” of trading Ethier, but will listen. He says two teams have inquired. October: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier! November: No, the Dodgers are not interested in trading Andre Ethier. December: The Dodgers are interested in trading Andre Ethier: Source: Dodgers shopping Andre Ethier. If they deal…

  2. Jon Daniels is a bit frustrated

    Dec 18, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    Rangers GM Jon Daniels backed all this up with a lot of “we’re happy with our team” talk, but it’s not often you hear a GM say that they’re frustrated at how their offseason is going: … we were in on Greinke. We would’ve liked to have had him, but it didn’t work out. We…

  3. Indians “making a push” to sign Nick Swisher

    Dec 17, 2012, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com writes that the Indians “are making a push in their effort to land” free agent outfielder Nick Swisher, which makes sense considering he was expected to be in Cleveland for a visit at some point this week. Earlier this offseason the Indians reportedly made Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million offer…

  4. Nick Swisher expected to visit Indians this week

    Dec 16, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

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    The Indians got center fielder Drew Stubbs from the Reds (and Trevor Bauer from the Diamondbacks) in last week’s three-team, nine-player trade. Now they’re looking to acquire a new right fielder. Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports that free agent Nick Swisher is scheduled to visit Indians officials at Progressive Field on Tuesday or Wednesday of…

  5. Andruw Jones finalizes one-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that free agent outfielder Andruw Jones has finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. The deal was agreed to over a week ago but is just now being officially announced by the Japanese team. Jones batted .197/.294/.408 with 14 home runs…

  6. Tigers unlikely to be talked into signing Rafael Soriano

    Dec 16, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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    Scott Boras has been trying to set up the Tigers and reliever Rafael Soriano since the Winter Meetings began. And perhaps even before. But it does not sound like the Detroit decision-makers are enticed. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports heard from sources inside the Tigers front office on Saturday that owner Mike Ilitch “won’t be…

  7. Angels finalize five-year, $125 million contract with Josh Hamilton

    Dec 15, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Josh Hamilton has passed his physical with the Angels, making his new five-year, $125 million contract is official. He’s scheduled to be introduced at a news conference in Anaheim at 2:30 p.m. ET this afternoon. Per Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Hamilton’s contract includes a no-trade clause and is slightly…

  8. Yankees hit with $18.9 million luxury tax bill

    Dec 14, 2012, 8:19 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, the Yankees will pay a luxury tax to MLB for the 10th consecutive year. The Yankees finished with a $222.5 million payroll for the purposes of the tax, well above the $178 million threshold. They were charged at 42.5 percent of the overage, so they’ll owe $18.9 million to MLB.…

  9. Mariners “were in the hunt to the end” on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 14, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    In the wake of Josh Hamilton‘s five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels a report from Greg Johns of MLB.com suggests a different AL West rival was close to signing him away from the Rangers. According to Johns the Mariners “were in the hunt to the end” on Hamilton and “were willing to go after…

  10. UPDATE: Deal done: Ichiro Suzuki, Yankees agree to a two-year $13 million deal

    Dec 14, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Done deal. Heyman reports it’s a two-year, $13 million deal. Thursday, 9:24 PM: Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that the two sides are close to finalizing a two-year deal worth between $12-13 million. Just the “finishing touches” remain. Thursday, 5:24 PM: Amid rumors that other teams have offered Ichiro Suzuki…

  11. Nick Swisher to visit with multiple teams next week

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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    The market for Nick Swisher has been slow to develop this offseason, but things are beginning to fall into place now that Josh Hamilton has agreed to a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Swisher plans to visit with multiple teams in person next…

  12. Sick burn: Rangers GM Jon Daniels assesses the Angels

    Dec 13, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

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    It kinda hurts to be a Rangers fan right now, not only seeing Josh Hamilton go, but going to the division rivals no less. But having Jon Daniels as your GM helps things, especially when he says stuff like this: Rangers GM Jon Daniels on Angels: They were a great team on paper beforehand. They’re a…

  13. Yankees sign catcher Bobby Wilson

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Thankfully, we finally have some big news today. Bobby Wilson, who’s spent the past few seasons as a backup catcher for the Angels, has signed a minor-league deal with the Yankees. New York is searching for catching help following the departure of Russell Martin, but Wilson merely adds to their collection of backup-caliber backstops and…

  14. Josh Hamilton leaves Texas without giving Rangers chance to match Angels’ offer

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

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    Josh Hamilton is leaving the Rangers to sign a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels and it’s interesting to hear how Texas got the news. First of all, Hamilton’s agent called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels during this afternoon’s media luncheon to tell him the former MVP was going to their AL West rivals.…

  15. Mariano Rivera is “feeling good” and “will be ready” for Opening Day

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Two weeks after officially returning to the Yankees on a one-year, $10 million deal Mariano Rivera made it very clear that he expects to be fully recovered from knee surgery by Opening Day. “Oh, yeah, I don’t see why not,” Rivera said, via Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. “We have at least…

  16. Nick Swisher is not even close to signing

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

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    The latest on Nick Swisher: Multiple teams continue wooing OF Nick Swisher, who is said to be “not even close” to making a decision. At least 3, maybe 4 clubs in mix. — Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 13, 2012   And, given how few outfield options there are out there, I’d be in the same…

  17. NBC SportsTalk: Where will Hamilton, Bourn and Swisher end up?

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

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    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night. Talking about where Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher will land — as well as the reason the Yankees keep signing old guys to one-year deals — was fun. But not nearly as fun as dropping a “Pina Colada Song” analogy on Eric. And speaking of that,…

  18. Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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    The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher. If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that…

  19. Rangers claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Blue Jays

    Dec 12, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

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    Eli Whiteside is giving Sandy Rosario some competition for the waiver wire’s favorite player this offseason. Today the Rangers claimed Whiteside off waivers from the Blue Jays, who had claimed him off waivers from the Yankees … who had claimed him off waivers from the Giants. And all since November 1. Somewhere along the way…

  20. An Ichiro deal continues to draw closer

    Dec 12, 2012, 9:05 AM EDT

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    The Zeno’s paradox of free agent deals — Ichiro’s imminent deal with the Yankees — continues to draw closer, everyone is saying. The distance to the target has been cut in half again: #Yankees know they are signing Ichiro, decision is 1 yr, 1 yr with vesting option or 2-yr deal. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1)…

  21. How the Diamondbacks went from Trevor Bauer to Didi Gregorius

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks and GM Kevin Towers knew all about Trevor Bauer‘s odd delivery and unusual throwing program when they made him the third overall pick in the 2011 draft. If they had questions about him then, they overlooked them in order to get one of the top talents on the board. Now, a year and…

  22. Red Sox still have interest in free agent Nick Swisher

    Dec 11, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney opined last week that the Indians are in the best position to sign free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. But a deal obviously hasn’t been struck yet and they do have some competition. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was told by a baseball source on Tuesday that the Red Sox are “one of four…

  23. Report: Kevin Youkilis takes $12 million from Yankees

    Dec 11, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

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    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says Kevin Youkilis will be decked out in pinstripes and goatee-less next season. According to Rosenthal, the Yankees and Youkilis have agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract that would put the long time Red Sox infielder at third base until Alex Rodriguez returns from hip surgery in June or July. Youkilis…

  24. Now that Zack Greinke is in the fold, the Dodgers could try to lock up Clayton Kershaw

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:00 PM EDT

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    It’s possible that Zack Greinke‘s six-year, $147 million deal won’t be the biggest contract the deep-pocketed Dodgers give out this offseason. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said during the press conference for left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu earlier today that it’s possible the club could explore extension talks…

  25. The Yankees are close to bringing back Ichiro Suzuki

    Dec 10, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

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    We saw a premature report out of Japan late last month, but it appears that Ichiro Suzuki will indeed be back with the Yankees next season. ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees are “moving closer” to an agreement with Ichiro and that a deal is expected to be done within the next few days.…

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