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Dodgers sign Jesus Flores

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed catcher Jesus Flores to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports. Last season with the Nationals, Flores hit .213/.248/.329 with six home runs and 26 RBIs in 83 games. Over his five year career, Flores is a .241/.289/.375 hitter with 23 home runs and 127 RBIs in five major league seasons...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies sign Aaron Cook

The Phillies have signed pitcher Aaron Cook to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training, Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports. Cook can make up to $1.625mm if he is in the Majors. Cook, who signed with Boston last January went 4-11 with a 5.65 ERA with a 1.9 K/9, 2.0 BB/9 and a 58.6% ground ball rate in 94 innings. Image taken by Ketih Allison and used under the Creative...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers showing interest in Scott Rolen

The Dodgers who have a payroll of at least $213mm, are set to open the season with Hanley Ramirez at shorstop and Luis Cruz at third. Ramirez provides great pop for a shortstop but questionable defense, while Cruz provides just the opposite. But besides Ramirez and Cruz, the next Dodger option at third base is Juan Uribe who may be playing softball very soon as rumors have surfaced...
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January 16, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies sign Juan Cruz

The Phillies have signed reliever Juan Cruz to a minor-league deal with an invite to Spring Training, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports. Cruz appeared in 43 games for the Pirates last season where he posted 2.78 ERA with a 8.3 K/9 but a 4.8 BB/9. Cruz' BB rate seems high, but for him, it is right on par with his career numbers. In 2008, Cruz had a career year where he went 4-0...
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January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals sign Rafael Soriano

The Washington Nationals and Scott Boras continue to make sweet music, as the team has agreed to sign closer Rafael Soriano to a two-year deal worth $28mm, Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports. The deal also includes a vesting option of $14mm for 2015 if Soriano finishes 120 games over the course of the next two seasons. Soriano will make $7mm in 2013 and 2014 and will receive $14mm in deferred...
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January 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Former Major Leaguer Enzo Hernandez dies at age 62

Former Padres shortstop, Enzo Hernandez, died today in Venezuela at age 62. Apparently he committed suicide. Hernandez was the 20th Venezuela born player to ever play in the Major Leagues. In eight years in the Majors, Hernandez hit .224/.283/.266 with 2 HR's, 113 RBI's and a .257 wOBA in 2,612 plate appearances for the Padres and Dodgers. Our thoughts and players are with...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals showing heavy interest in Javier Vazquez

The Washington Nationals are showing “heavy interest” in semi-retired pitcher Javier Vazquez, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports. Vazquez last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Marlins where he went 3-11 with a 3.69 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 192.2 innings pitched. He walked away from baseball to spend more time with his family. “This could be it for me. The hunger is...
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss
BRING IN THE BEARD

Mets interested in Brian Wilson?

The Mets reportedly are interested in Brian Wilson, who is currently a free agent. Wilson was drafted by the Giants and spent his entire career with the team.

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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Phillies sign Rodrigo Lopez

The Philadelphia Phillies have signed pitcher Rodrigo Lopez to a minor-league deal, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports. If Lopez makes the team, he will earn $1mm plus incentives. Lopez appeared in only 4 games for the Cubs last season going 0-1 with a 5.68 ERA and a career low 2.9 K/9. He spent most of the season at Triple-A where he went 5.28 ERA and 6.8 K/9. Image taken by...
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January 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Blue Jays sign Henry Blanco

The Toronto Blue Jays announced that they have signed catcher Henry Blanco to a non-guaranteed deal. Blanco will earn $750k if he spends the season in the Majors. To make room for Blanco on the roster, the team designated reliever Tommy Hottovy who they had claimed off waivers from the Rangers. Blanco who earned $1.2mm last season on a one-year deal with the Diamondbacks hit .188...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Marcus Thames set to retire

Marcus Thames has decided to retire and move on to coaching. Thames will become the Tampa Yankees (Yankees High-A club)  hitting coach. The move was announced via Tampa's twitter account. Thames last appeared in the Majors in 2011 when he signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers. He appeared in 36 games that season hitting .197/.243/.333 with only two home runs and 16 strikeouts...
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January 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Kelvim Escobar signed a Major League deal with the Brewers

Right handed pitcher Kelvim Escobar, who who hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2009, signed a Major League deal with the Milwaukee Brewers he announced through his Twitter account. Back in May, Escobar announced that he was planning to make a comeback and has been playing in the Venezuelan Winter League for the first time since 2009. In 11 innings for his team in Venezuela,...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Minor League deals: Palmer and Corpas

– Right handed pitcher Matt Palmer signed a Minor League deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. The deal includes an invitation for Spring Traning. – The Colorado Rockies signed right handed pitcher Manny Corpas to a Minor League deal and invited him for Spring Training writes Thomas Harding of MLB.com. Corpas spent the 2012...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Indians ship Jeanmar Gomez to Pittsburgh

The Cleveland Indians traded right handed pitcher Jeanmar Gomez to the Pittsburgh Pirates in exchange of outfielder Quincy Latimore ESPN's Keith Law reports. Gomez, only 25 years old was designated for assignment last week. This season he went 5-8 with a 5.96 ERA, 5.47 FIP, 4.7 K/9, 3.4 BB/9 and 1.5 HR/9 in 90.2 innings for the Indians. This year, Gomez made his debut in the...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Cooperstown will remain dark this year

For the first time since 1996, the BBWAA (Baseball Writers Association of America) elected no one to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The ballot consisted of many repeat players such as Jack Morris making his 14th appearance but was littered with players linked to steroids such as Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. The *home run king* received 36.2% of the votes which was well short of the...
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January 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals looking to trade Mike Morse

With Adam LaRoche back at first base for at least the next two years and possibly three for the Nationals, the team now has a surplus of outfielders/first baseman/ poor defenders but they need somewhere to play, such as Mike Morse. Morse would essentially become a fourth outfielder as the Nats have Bryce Harper, Denard Span and Jayson Werth all locked up for years to come. Morse...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Francisco Liriano’s deal with Pirates in jeopardy

The Pirates agreed to sign pitcher Francisco Liriano to a two-year deal worth $12.75mm back on December 21st. The only hold up then was Liriano needed to take a physical which usually isn't a big deal, until now. Word has surfaced via Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, that Liriano injured his right arm some time in December with the two-year deal now possibly...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Nationals sign Adam LaRoche

The Washington Nationals have signed Adam LaRoche to a two-year deal, Buster Olney of ESPN reports. LaRoche became a victim of the system in some regards as he was looking for a three-year deal but was tied to a draft pick which made teams shy away from him. He always wanted to return to Washington but with the Nats standing firm on a two-year deal, La Roche had to keep his options...
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January 08, 2013  |  Discuss

Yomiuri Giants sign Jose Lopez

Infielder Jose Lopez is headed to Japan as he has signed a one-year deal worth $1.2mm with the Yomiuri Giants, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports and the Associated Press via ESPN reports. The deal also includes an additional $500k in performance bonuses and a team option for 2014. Lopez spent most of last season with the Indians before he was released in August and joined the White Sox....
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January 07, 2013  |  Discuss
COMEBACK TRAIL

Rivera nearing full recovery

Mariano Rivera missed nearly all of the baseball season after tearing his ACL, but the Yankees closer says he is close to a full recovery.

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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Texas Rangers agree to a one-year deal with Lance Berkman

According to multiple sources close to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports, the Texas Rangers have agreed to a one year deal with outfielder Lance Berkman. The deal is pending physical. Jon Heyman of CBSSports adds that the deal is for 10$ million and that includes a vesting option with a $1 million buyout. The 36-year old Berkman hit .259/.381/.444 with 2 HR's, 7 RBI's and a .354...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Rangers close to landing DH Lance Berkman

The Texas Rangers are close to signing DH Lance Berkman to a one-year deal worth $10-$11mm with a possible mutual option for a second year, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The signing will help ease the loss of Josh Hamillton, Michael Young and Mike Napoli, but only if Berkman is healthy which is a big if with him. Towards the end of October, Berkman was unsure if he would play...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers sign Alfredo Amezaga to a minor league deal

The Los Angeles Dodgers have signed Alfredo Amezaga to a minor-league deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. The deal also includes an invite to Spring Training. Amezaga had experimental knee surgery in 2010 but appears to have possibly turned a corner as he won the Mexican League batting title. Amezaga spent last season with the Cubs Triple-A club where he hit .272/.336/.372...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs sign Dontrelle Willis to a minor league deal

The Chicago Cubs agreed to a minor league deal with left handed pitcher Dontrelle Willis according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports. Heyman adds that Willis has an invite to the Cubs' minor league camp, but if he's trowing well he could get a chance to pitch in the Majors. Willis, 30, went 0-3 with 8.53 ERA, 3.83 FIP, 5.7 K/9, 5.7 BB/9 and 0.0 HR/9 in 6.1 innings for the Orioles...
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss

Dodgers nearing deal with J.P. Howell

The Los Angeles Dodgers are nearing a one-year deal with left-handed reliever J.P. Howell, Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times reports. Image taken by Keith Allison and used under the Creative Common License Agreement.
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January 04, 2013  |  Discuss
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