Takashi Saito returns to play in Japan

December 28, 2012
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At 42-years old, Takashi Saito will join fellow major leaguers leaguers Andruw Jones and Casey McGehee after signing a one-year contract with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles in his hometown in Sendai, Japan. The deal is worth $350K plus incentives, according to reports passed along by Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/npbtracker/status/284711774236856320″]   Limited […]

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Hideki Matsui to retire

December 27, 2012
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After a decade in the bigs, Hideki Matsui has decided to retire from baseball.Not necessarily a surprise, as the last we saw Matsui was when he was released by the Tampa Bay Rays last August. According to a Japanese news source and Daigo Fujiwara, the 38-year-old will hold a press conference in New York to […]

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Diaz gets deal with Yankees

December 27, 2012
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Following 10 big-league seasons with the Rays, Royals, Braves and Pirates, veteran outfielder Matt Diaz has landed in New York. Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports the Yankees’ search for a right-handed-hitting outfielder may be over after they inked Diaz to a minor-league deal on Wednesday night that includes an invitation to […]

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Swisher signs with the Indians

December 23, 2012
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Despite attracting attention from major market players like the Dodgers and Yankees, it appears that Nick Swisher is set to spend his next four years in Cleveland. According to multiple sources including Mark Feindsand of the New York Daily News, the Indians have signed Swisher to a four-year deal worth $56 million. The deal also […]

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Mariners sign Raul Ibanez

December 23, 2012
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Free agent outfielder Raul Ibanez, whose rousing late-inning home runs in 2012 made him a fan favorite in the Big Apple, will return to the team he began his big league career with from 1996-00, then rejoined from 2004-08, after agreeing to a one-year, $2.75 million contract with the Seattle Mariners. According to Ken Rosenthal […]

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D’backs ink deal with Cody Ross

December 23, 2012
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Veteran outfielder Cody Ross, a resident of nearby Scottsdale, celebrated his 32nd birthday on Sunday after signing a three-year, $26 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The deal includes a club option for 2016 —  a $1 million buyout — said Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/JimBowdenESPNxm/status/282904906233413634″]   Because Ross adds to the abundance of […]

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Twins and Indians make minor league moves

December 23, 2012
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On Saturday, both the Twins and the Indians added considerable depth to their minor league pitching ranks — and possibly their big league rotations. Minnesota picked up right-hander Rich Harden, while Cleveland acquired lefty Scott Kazmir. Harden’s deal also includes an invitation to the Twins spring training to compete for a spot. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/jonmorosi/status/282153667434520577″]   […]

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Boston cuts four player deal to get Joel Hanrahan

December 22, 2012
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The Boston Red Sox added some strength to their bullpen on Saturday by adding Joel Hanrahan from the Pirates. The deal according to CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman involves six players–Hanrahan for outfielder slugger Jerry Sands, right-hander Stolmy Pimentel and two additional players. Boston will also get an additional player in the deal. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/JonHeymanCBS/status/282606605227409409″]   Although […]

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Bonderman and Kazmir Sign Minor League Deals

December 22, 2012
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Once former stars Jeremy Bonderman and Scott Kazmir have signed minor league deals with Seattle and Cleveland respectively in an attempt to mount comeback seasons in 2013. Buster Olney of ESPN.com tweeted the news of Bonderman signing with Seattle Mariners. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/Buster_ESPN/status/282260895093108736″] Bonderman, 30,  was once a top prospect who was drafted by the A’s […]

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Liriano signs two-year, $14M deal with Pirates

December 21, 2012
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After nearly six seasons with the Minnesota Twins, veteran left-hander Francisco Liriano will join his third team in five months after signing a two-year $14M deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Minneapolis Star Tribune first reported the deal, pending a physical, on Friday with other sources following. [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/EyeOnBaseball/status/282153216152596481″]   Liriano had spent his entire […]

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