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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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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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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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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 Bidding For Nishioka

The Twins won the bidding for Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka, according to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Christensen hears that the Twins won with a $5MM bid, but a source estimated to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that the Twins bid roughly $5.3MM (Twitter link). The Twins now have 30 days to work out an agreement with the 26-year-old. If the sides do not reach an agreement, the Chiba Lotte Marines will not receive the posting fee. The Giants, Dodgers, and Cardinals reportedly had some interest in Nishioka and the Red Sox submitted a bid in the mid-$2MM range,…

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Free Agent Stock Watch: Matt Guerrier

Matt Guerrier probably caught a break when the Twins decided not to offer him arbitration earlier this week. Fellow Type As Frank Francisco, Jason Frasor and Grant Balfour all got offers of arbitration and will cost picks, but teams can sign the 32-year-old Guerrier without having to surrender a draft choice. Here’s a detailed look at his free agent stock: The Pros Guerrier led the league in appearances in 2008-09 and pitched in 74 games this past season. He induces more grounders than fly balls. His slider is excellent. Guerrier has a 2.7 K/BB ratio against right-handed hittters in his…

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Odds & Ends: Rasmus, Gilbert, Nishioka, Hoffman

MLBTR wishes all of its American readers a very happy Thanksgiving. For those readers not from the USA…uh, happy Thursday! Onto some news items: "Three contending clubs" have a "persisting interest" in Colby Rasmus, tweets Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Strauss noted in a follow-up tweet that these are teams with a "new interest," so presumably that eliminates past suitors like the Braves, Blue Jays, Diamondbacks and White Sox. The Rasmus rumor mill seemed to have petered out, with the most recent report stating that there was a 99% chance that Rasmus would still be in St. Louis…

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Rosenthal On Lee, Konerko, Huff, Burrell, Hudson

The Yankees’ “lack of tact” in their negotiations with Derek Jeter isn’t helping them, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Here are Rosenthal’s latest updates on the Yankees and other teams around the league: Even Cliff Lee’s representatives would be surprised if the left-hander received a seven-year offer like C.C. Sabathia did. The Rangers were in on Victor Martinez “big,” according to Rosenthal. The Rangers are talking to Vladimir Guerrero and showing interest in Paul Konerko. The White Sox offered the first baseman arbitration, so it will cost a top pick to sign him. The Dodgers showed serious interest in…

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