Sportsnet.ca "Negotiations for Dan Duquette are over after the Toronto Blue Jays refused to consider the Baltimore Orioles’ demands for promising right-hander Jeff Hoffman and two other top prospects as compensation for the executive. A deal between the American League East rivals was at no point close, and..." January 25
Dallas Morning News "At Rangers Fan Fest on Saturday, general manager Jon Daniels was asked during a fan Q&A session what the chances were that Josh Hamilton would return to the Rangers. “Small,” Daniels responded. The response drew a laugh and then a round of applause from the crowd. “A rather popular..." January 25
Los Angeles Times "Former Dodgers starting pitcher Ted Lilly, who retired in 2013, has been charged with three felonies for allegedly filing a false insurance claim. According to the San Luis Obispo Tribune, the charges stem from a claim Lilly filed in regard to damage sustained by a recreational vehicle he..." January 25
New York Daily News "The Yankees have answered Alex Rodriguez’s attempts to apologize for his season-long steroid suspension and the scorched-earth tactics he used to fight the ban with a Bronx cheer. The disgraced superstar offered to meet face-to-face with team executives to apologize for his role in the..." January 25
ESPN Chicago "Ernie Banks' family has announced that the Chicago Cubs Hall of Famer died after suffering a heart attack. Banks, a two-time National League MVP who spent his entire major league career with the Cubs, died Friday at the age of 83. The cause of his death was not announced until Sunday, when..." January 25
CSN New England "Each off-season, professional athletes routinely undergo surgeries. Some get an elbow cleaned up from bone spurs. Some have cartilage removed from balky knees. There are fingers, toes and other parts of the body that need repair. But what Mike Napoli underwent last November was different..." January 25
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Last year at “Brewers On Deck,” team principal owner Mark Attanasio stepped to a microphone and drew raucous applause from fans by announcing Milwaukee’s stunning four-year, $50 million free-agent deal with starting pitcher Matt Garza. Those hoping for another big announcement Sunday involving..." January 25
New York Post "In the latest stop of his rehabilitation tour, Alex Rodriguez entered the belly of the beast and met with an old nemesis, The Post has learned. Earlier this past week, the Yankees’ disgraced, returning slugger convened with commissioner-elect Rob Manfred at Major League Baseball’s midtown..." January 25
CBSSports.com "On his first day as commissioner of Major League Baseball, Rob Manfred embraced the idea of banning defensive shifts, as well as utilizing pitch clocks, as ways of "injecting additional offense into the game." In this ESPN interview excerpt, Manfred suggested that defensive shifts, which have..." January 25
#Astros discussed Kyle Kendrick as back-end starter option before failed pursuit of Vogelsong. Not sure if they'll revisit.
Houston Chronicle "The Astros’ word of the day is “comfortable.” A pitcher who nearly signed with the Astros gave head-scratching answers Friday when asked why he went back to his old team instead of coming to Houston, where he visited for a physical and meetings with the staff this week. Ryan Vogelsong, a..." January 25
Hardball Talk "Hector Olivera defected from Cuba last September in hopes of signing with an MLB team and he’s drawing plenty of interest. According to Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com, more than 200 scouts attended a workout for Olivera last week in the Dominican Republic. The 29-year-old second baseman still has to..." January 25
CBSSports.com "As a pitcher, James Shields is among the more predictable, even dependable, right-handers in the game. But as a free agent, to date he has been one giant mystery. Almost nothing useful about Shields' market has come out to this point (and there's less than a month to go until spring training!)...." January 25
Hear FA pitcher Brandon Beachy -- nice bounce-back guy -- has zeroed in on new team. Just some contractual stuff to finalize. No #MNTwins.
MLB.com "The Rockies and right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens have agreed to a Minor League contract that includes an invitation to Major League camp, Major League sources said on Friday. Jurrjens, who will turn 29 on Jan. 29, went 0-1 with a 10.61 ERA in two starts for the Rockies last season." January 24
Fox Sports Southwest "Prince Fielder did his best Friday to ease any fears the Texas Rangers faithful has about his surgically repaired neck. "I'll play a pickup game right now," Fielder said at the team's Dr Pepper awards dinner. "I'm ready to go." Fielder had surgery last May, ending his first season with the..." January 24
WEEI Boston "John Farrell might have been the best thing that happened to the 2013 Red Sox. He united a mishmash of holdovers, lightly regarded veterans, and spare parts into a World Series champion. Less than a year and a half later, he's under the microscope, a man entering the final guaranteed year of..." January 24
Michigan Live "Alex Avila never considered calling it quits. Not for one second. After an injury-plagued season in which he was believed to have suffered at least three concussions, Avila confirmed Thursday that he has been cleared by doctors for all physical activity and will enter spring training without..." January 24
MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have avoided arbitration with lefty Fernando Abad, MLBTR has learned. He will earn $1,087,500 for the coming season, his first of arbitration eligibility, and can also achieve award bonuses in the deal. Joe Stiglich of CSNBayArea.com tweeted previously that his understanding was that..." January 24
Source: Cuban C Lorenzo Quintana, who was suspended two weeks ago, defected this week w/previously reported defector CF Guillermo Heredia.
Gonzalez Germen has been claimed by the Cubs. This winter he's been a Met, Yankee and Ranger too. #mets
Bleed Cubbie Blue "Just last weekend, it was announced at the Cubs Convention that Ernie Banks couldn't make it; the reason wasn't stated but many assumed he had to be seriously ill. I can't remember the last convention Ernie missed. Tonight, unfortunately, we have this sad news: BREAKING NEWS: So sorry to..." January 24
Hardball Talk "Money talks, but Ken Rosenthal reports that, all things being equal, James Shields prefers to sign with a team located on the West Coast. Shields lives in San Diego. The Giants and Padres have been connected to him, but at the moment, the scope of his market is rather unclear." January 24
Fox Sports "David Price didn't begin his career in Detroit, but he's open to staying here. Price, 29, spoke at Comerica Park before the Tigers left for their annual Winter Caravan. Like Max Scherzer last year, Price is in the last season of his contract and can become a free agent if he chooses. Or..." January 24
MLB Trade Rumors "The Cubs and outfielder Dexter Fowler have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $9.5MM, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (Twitter link). As MLBTR’s Arbitration Tracker shows, Fowler had filed at $10.8MM, while the club countered with an $8.5MM figure. His $9.5MM salary falls..." January 24
Ichiro gets $2M on marlins deal. Pretty accomplished 4th OF.
Fox Sports "Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart told reporters Thursday that his team was out on James Shields -- a seemingly significant development, considering that the D-backs were the one team that had publicly confirmed interest in the free-agent right-hander. As the Max Scherzer negotiations..." January 23
Marwin Gonzalez settles at $1.0625M with astros
Rangers have agreed to terms with 1b-of Mitch Moreland on a one year contract, avoiding salary arbitration.
A's and Sogard agree to one-year deal, avoiding arbitration.
Hardball Talk "Ted Lilly pitched in the bigs from 1999 through 2013 and made roughly $80 million in salary. So, if he got a $200,000 RV, he should’ve been able to afford insurance. And, even if he didn’t get insurance, if he damaged his $200,000 RV, he should have been able to cover it out of..." January 23
The Marlins continue to be involved and are closely monitoring James Shields Free Agent situation according to a source
#MNTwins announce they have avoided arbitration and agreed to terms with outfielder Jordan Schafer on a one-year contract for $1.55M.
CSN Philly "The Phillies are showing serious interest in free-agent right-hander Chad Billingsley, a major-league source tells CSNPhilly.com. Billingsley, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Dodgers and was a mainstay in that team’s starting rotation from 2008 to 2012 before elbow problems sent him to..." January 23
MLB.com "The Tigers’ Winter Caravan ritual of putting players in regular jobs while interacting with fans brought them to Buffalo Wild Wings in Rochester Hills, where Nick Castellanos and Joe Nathan were waiting on tables and delivering orders to customers during the lunch hour. That, of course, led to the..." January 23
Gomes has a one-year deal with Braves with a vesting option, according to source.
Oakland Press "Justin Verlander was not on last year’s Winter Caravan, and for good reason, coming as it did less than two weeks after his core muscle repair surgery. A year later, he was happy to be back on the caravan, happy to be healthy, and happy to have a regular, normal offseason under his..." January 23
Sources: Milwaukee in serious discussions with Phillies to acquire Jonathan Papelbon. Unclear if Brewers are on Papelbon's no-trade list.
If a TOR/Duquette deal is finished, compensation will be substantial. Jeff Hoffman discussed.
Hardball Talk "Max Scherzer‘s seven-year, $210 million contract with the Nationals includes a huge amount of deferred money, making the present-day value of the deal significantly less than $210 million. But don’t worry: He’s still getting paid a ton of money over the life of the contract, which is spread..." January 22
The Score "Three-time Cy Young winner Pedro Martinez will be inducted into Cooperstown as a member of the Boston Red Sox. The Hall of Fame announced Martinez's plaque will feature a Red Sox logo, while Craig Biggio and John Smoltz are set to go in as Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves,..." January 22
Sporting News "Marlins ace Jose Fernandez, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery, most likely will return to the mound sometime after June 1, according to team owner Jeffrey Loria. Michael Hill, Marlins president of baseball operations, echoed Loria's sentiment. "We're still thinking June, July area,"..." January 22
#sfgiants working toward a deal with Ryan Vogelsong. Looks like it will happen. One year.
MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox and catcher Geovany Soto have agreed to terms on a minor league contract for the 2015 season, reports Bruce Levine of 670thescore.com (Twitter link). " January 22
Hardball Talk "Jesse Crain hasn’t pitched since mid-2013, when the White Sox traded him to the Rays, and now he’s re-signed with the White Sox on a minor-league deal. Crain is a huge question mark at this point given his inability to come back from shoulder and biceps surgeries, but it’s a no-risk commitment..." January 22
MLB.com "Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio he didn't let the Giants make a final offer before signing with Boston, and he guaranteed the Red Sox would win the American League East this season. Sandoval -- who signed a five-year, $95 million contract with a $17..." January 22