Monthly Archives: November 2010

American League Free Agent Arbitration Decisions

23 American League free agents were offered arbitration on November 23rd. Four of those – Joaquin Benoit, John Buck, Victor Martinez, and Javier Vazquez – already have new contract agreements. Current free agent Kevin Gregg has chosen to decline. The remaining 18 AL free agents offered arbitration will have their decisions noted here and in our tracker. Cliff Lee (A) declined the Rangers’ offer, as expected. Miguel Olivo will decline the Blue Jays’ offer, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports (on Twitter). Jason Frasor (A) will accept the team’s offer, according to Mike Wilner of the FAN 590….

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Arbitration Deadline looms

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comUPDATE 10:55 p.m. CT: The MLBPA release has come out and only two free agents accepted arbitration — none of those were the three Twins who were offered. So it’s official – Pavano, Crain and Hudson all declined…

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Twins Sign Dominican Prospect Pimentel

The Twins signed 17-year-old shortstop Javier Pimentel to a $575K deal, according to the Dominican Prospect League. In his July 2nd prospect rankings, Blake Bentley placed Pimentel in a tenth-place tie, calling him "a wide-shouldered shortstop with a solid bat and plenty of room for improvement." In other news from the league, the Mets inked 17-year-old shortstop Alfredo Reyes for $200K.

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Odds & Ends: Alexei Ramirez, Crawford, Hall

Five years ago today, the Blue Jays signed closer B.J. Ryan to a five-year, $47MM deal, the largest ever for a reliever (the contract was later matched in total by Joe Nathan). Ryan gave the Jays two solid seasons, earning his release in ’09. Today’s links: White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez has until Wednesday to decide whether to choose arbitration over a $1.1MM salary for 2011, reports Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. Even as a first timer Ramirez would certainly beat that, so look for him to choose arbitration unless a multiyear deal can be hammered out. The Sox…

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Who’s Looking For Starting Pitching?

We’re a week from the Winter Meetings, and starting pitchers Jon Garland, Hiroki Kuroda, Ted Lilly, Javier Vazquez, and Jake Westbrook have already signed – three of them with the Dodgers. For the many teams that can’t afford Cliff Lee, it’s down to Jorge de la Rosa, Carl Pavano, and a field of comeback candidates or back-rotation arms. Let’s take a look at which teams are in the market. Astros – They subtracted Felipe Paulino, and have been linked to Brandon McCarthy and Jeff Francis. GM Ed Wade explained earlier this month that he’d like to add someone on a…

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Playoff bonus and a week lookahead

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.comHappy belated Thanksgiving to everyone. Sorry for the lack of posts on the blog in the past few weeks. I spent most of that time using up vacation from this year but now I’m back on the beat…

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Odds & Ends: Tigers, Orioles, Manny, Astros, Uribe

Happy birthday to two former All-Star catchers! Future Hall-of-Famer Ivan Rodriguez turns 39 today, while Angels manager Mike Scioscia turns 52. Some news items… Count Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer as unimpressed by Detroit’s contracts with Joaquin Benoit and Jhonny Peralta. Pluto cites Benoit’s 4.47 career ERA and Peralta’s .696 OPS over his last two seasons. The Orioles’ failed pursuit of Victor Martinez proves "the issue isn’t how much money the Orioles are willing to give somebody. It’s whether somebody suitable is willing to take it," writes The Baltimore Sun’s Peter Schmuck. Mike Axisa of the River Ave…

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Mackey: How will Nishioka fare in transition from Japan to MLB?

On Friday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins won the rights to 27-year-old Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka, reportedly bidding $5.3 million. The team now has 30 days to complete a deal with Nishioka and his representatives.
In the meantime, the Twins …

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Twins Rumors: Nishioka, Hardy, De Los Santos

The Twins won the bidding for Tsuyoshi Nishioka earlier today. Here’s the latest on the infielder and his impact on Minnesota’s offseason plans: The Twins see Nishioka as a second baseman rather than a shortstop, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports. If the team agrees to sign the 26-year-old, he’ll likely compete with Alexi Casilla for the second base job and Orlando Hudson will likely leave via free agency. From what Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune can tell, the Twins have decided to tender J.J. Hardy a contract next week, partly since he still appears to have…

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Twins win rights to infielder Nishioka; middle infield up in the air

The Minnesota Twins announced on Friday the Chiba Lotte Marines have accepted their bid for Japanese middle infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka.
The Twins now have 30 days to complete a deal with Nishioka, 26, who hit .346/.423/.482 with 11 home runs and …

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