This is the December 17, 2012 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Maintaining their strategy of trying to retain the core of their pitching staff, the Giants announced Monday night that right-hander Santiago Casilla had agreed to a three-year contract, pending a physical examination.Upvote Share Tweet
Granderson takes in Sandy's devastation first-handCurtis Granderson had watched the news, like everyone else. But until he stepped onto Staten Island, he never could've imagined the devastation that people have been living through.Upvote Share TweetFormer Red Sox outfielder J.D. Drew, who retired after the 2011 season, thinks his younger brother, Stephen, has found a nice fit in Boston.Upvote Share TweetTwo people with knowledge of the negotiations say the Oakland Athletics have agreed to sign shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima of Japan's Seibu Lions.Upvote Share Tweet
Tigers welcome Sanchez in 'prime of his career'ESPN.com Updated Dec 17, 2012Anibal Sanchez hadn't gone anywhere, really, and yet here he was getting a big "welcome back" from Detroit Tigers president and general manager Dave Dombrowski.Upvote Share TweetCy Young winner R.A. Dickey has reached an agreement with the Blue Jays on a two-year, $25 million extension that allowed Toronto and the New York Mets to complete their trade.Upvote Share TweetCLEVELAND (AP) -- Free agent Nick Swisher is visiting the Cleveland Indians, who have a hole to fill in right field.Upvote Share Tweet
Angels add depth with veteran infielder RodriguezThe Angels signed veteran utility infielder Luis Rodriguez to a Minor League contract with a Spring Training invite on Monday.Upvote Share TweetMajor League Baseball is working with a half-dozen manufacturers to develop padded caps that could help pitchers avoid serious injury if struck by a line drive or a broken bat, MLB.com has confirmed.Upvote Share Tweet
Rays minor leaguer refuses drug test, gets banESPN.com Updated Dec 17, 2012A minor league outfielder in the Tampa Bay organization has been suspended 50 games after refusing to take an offseason drug test.Upvote Share Tweet
At last healthy, Mitchell poised for breakthroughThe 2013 season stands as a defining one for White Sox outfield prospect Jared Mitchell.Upvote Share Tweet
Lewis approved to begin throwing on flat groundRangers pitcher Colby Lewis, who is coming back from surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon, was examined by Dr. Keith Meister on Friday and was given the green light to begin his throwing program on flat ground.Upvote Share Tweet
AL-bound Astros sign veteran PeÃ±a to be DHCNNSI.com Updated Dec 17, 2012HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros have signed veteran Carlos PeÃ±a to be their designated hitter, addressing a key need as they prepare for their first season in the American League.Upvote Share Tweet
End Of The Raines DelayCNNSI.com Updated Dec 17, 2012Tim Raines' Hall of Fame vote total has been rising in recent years and there should be no further hold-up about electing him to Cooperstown, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share TweetCarlos PeÃ±a and the Houston Astros agreed to a contract for 2013 on Monday, as first reported by Danny Knobler of CBS Sports. PeÃ±a will earn a $2.9 million base salary and is eligible for up to $1.4 million in incentives. PeÃ±a hit .197/.330/.354 with…Upvote Share Tweet
‘Ernie the Blue-Nosed Reindeer’ highlights ‘Christmastime in Wrigleyville’ albumyahoo.com Updated Dec 17, 2012Looking for a stocking stuffer for the big Chicago Cubs fan in your life? A songwriter named Kevin Henrickson has an album of Cubs-themed Christmas songs entitled "Christmastime in Wrigleyville." It contains such songs as "Ronnie The Sno…Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners weighing their options via free agencyWith Josh Hamilton off the board, the question now is what possibilities remain for the Mariners to improve their offense in a winter where the premier free agents are starting to dwindle.Upvote Share Tweet
Brewers ink infielder Murphy to Minors dealShort of shortstops, the Brewers have signed infielder Donnie Murphy to a Minor League contract and invited him to Major League Spring Training camp.Upvote Share Tweet
Auction winner continues stand against cancerSara Ratzenberger stood up to cancer, fought hard and valiantly, and lost. Her husband, John, is determined to help others win that battle.Upvote Share Tweet
Hillman excited to be reunited with GreinkeWhen the Dodgers began due diligence before launching their record-breaking $147 million pursuit of Zack Greinke, they didn't look far for inside information.Upvote Share Tweet
Charlie Sheen, Zac Efron and a fun (if not entirely true) story about a $2.6 million Babe Ruth baseballyahoo.com Updated Dec 17, 2012The Daily Mirror story that's quickly making its way around gossip sites on Monday morning has all the ingredients that make up a successful link bait story. Among them: Charlie Sheen, a young Disney star, drunken antics, valuable memorabilia, the New Y…Upvote Share Tweet
Cozart aiming to continue growth in 2013As far as Reds shortstop Zack Cozart was concerned, his biggest success from his rookie season was something that can't be measured by existing statistics.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Notebook: Headley on base consistentlyIn his breakout 2012 season, Chase Headley showed an exceptional ability to win the daily battle to reach base.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Pitchers To Try Out Padded CapsDec 17Rob Vito, President of Unequal Technologies, discusses his company's prototype MLB cap which will help reduce the severity of head injury to players.
Mint Condition: Stocking StuffersDec 17Professional appraiser Leila Dunbar joins Michele Steele to discuss potential holiday gifts for sports memorabilia fans, including a basketball signed by Michael Jordan and a championship ring.
Mets Trade R.A. Dickey To Blue JaysDec 17ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin discusses R.A. Dickey's trade to the Blue Jays.
Peter King: Some statement Week 15 wins, but playoff chase still a tangled…Dec 17In my job, athletes are not very good interviews after 34-0 losses. They don't want to talk after 34-0 losses. They will find every excuse not to pick up the phone after 34-0 losses. But Sunday was different. Victor Cruz is different. This weekend was d…