This is the December 20, 2012 news archive. View today's MLB rumors and news.
Van Slyke clears waivers, outrighted to Triple-AThe Dodgers announced Thursday that outfielder Scott Van Slyke has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Albuquerque.Upvote Share TweetPHILADELPHIA (AP) Mike Adams chose setting up for Jonathan Papelbon over a chance to make more money as a closer somewhere else.Upvote Share TweetThe reported departure of A.J. Pierzynski via a one-year deal with the Rangers, pending a Friday physical, means the Tyler Flowers era behind the plate for the White Sox unofficially has begun.Upvote Share TweetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) Recovering right-hander Mike Pelfrey and the Minnesota Twins finalized a $4 million, one-year contract on Thursday, filling another hole in a thin rotation.Upvote Share TweetMIAMI (AP) Former All-Star third baseman Placido Polanco agreed to a $2.75 million, one-year contract Thursday with the Miami Marlins, plugging the final hole in the team's projected lineup following a payroll purge.Upvote Share TweetThe Texas Rangers and free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs, Jackson agree to $52M dealCHICAGO (AP) A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Chicago Cubs have agreed to a four-year, $52 million contract with right-hander Edwin Jackson.Upvote Share Tweet
Fat Chipper Jones Is Throwing A Horrible Super Bowl Partydeadspin.com Dec 20, 2012You will recall that a grown man who called himself "Chipper" used to play third base for the Atlanta Braves. You will recall, too, that he is fat and dates a Playboy model. He also has a Twitter feed. And an upcoming Super Bowl party. What a …Upvote Share TweetESPN.com Dec 20, 2012The Chicago Cubs and pitcher Edwin Jackson agreed to terms on a four-year, $52 million deal, sources told ESPN's Jim Bowden on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Sox make moves in baseball operations departmentThe Red Sox on Thursday announced a number of promotions and hires within their baseball operations department.Upvote Share TweetThe Baltimore Orioles have signed outfielder Adam Greenberg, who previously gained national attention when he was hit in the head with a pitch in 2005, to a minor league contract.Upvote Share Tweet
Las Vegas makes Blue Jays the World Series favorites for 2013yahoo.com Dec 20, 2012It's been nearly 20 years since anyone could say, with a straight face, that the Toronto Blue Jays were favorites to win the World Series. Not since Joe Carter, Paul Molitor, Rickey Henderson and Roberto Alomar. But after a series of sexy moves made by …Upvote Share Tweet
A Wild Ride: David Wells had an impressive career highlighted …David Wells had an impressive career highlighted by a moment of perfection on the field and many of imperfection off it. Jay Jaffe breaks down Wells' Hall of Fame chances.Upvote Share Tweet
Selig's comments suggest retirement is nearCommissioner Bud Selig has previously stated his intention to retire, yet he has subsequently remained at his post. But on Wednesday, when he reiterated his plan to retire, he did so more directly than he has in the past.Upvote Share Tweet
Tim Lincecum’s hair is no longer very longyahoo.com Dec 20, 2012Pour out some Pert Plus. The most famous locks in baseball are apparently no more. After years of cultivating his iconic Mitch Kramer look, San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum has opted for a much shorter hairstyle as we head into 2013. The two cl…Upvote Share TweetFree-agent third baseman Placido Polanco has agreed to a one-year contract with the Miami Marlins, pending a physical, sources told ESPN.com.Upvote Share TweetDerek Jeter called the mother of Yankees fan Victoria Soto, the young teacher killed protecting her first grade Sandy Hook Elementary students during last Friday's Newtown tragedy.Upvote Share TweetThe Brewers have agreed to terms with left-hander Tom Gorzelanny on a two-year contract pending a physical exam, two sources confirmed Thursday. The club did not comment on an agreement first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.Upvote Share TweetTom Verducci counts down his 10 favorite stories from an amazing year in baseball.Upvote Share Tweet
Lohse brings talent -- and risk -- to the tableIn a picked-over market starved for starting pitching sits Kyle Lohse -- tempting in that he's been a reliable pitch-to-contact innings-eater, alarming in that his cost threatens to exceed the value of those abilities.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Notebook: Jeter still great, even at 38In 2012 Derek Jeter hit an AL-leading 216 hits. It was the most for a shortstop 38 years old or older, and made Jeter the third player in history to lead the league at 38 or older.Upvote Share Tweet
Like swings, offseason workouts evolve with timeProfessional baseball players, even amateur players, don't just walk into offseason workouts with the same routine year to year. Like swing and pitching mechanics, the exercises are almost always fluid through a career.Upvote Share Tweet
The Miami Marlins Facebook Page Is Full of Struggle and Furygrantland.com Dec 20, 2012I was just wondering the other day how Miami Marlins fans were taking the Great American Baseball Fire-Sale of 2012. Maybe they were all like, "It's c...Upvote Share Tweet
Buster Blog: Cubs Closing In On Edwin JacksonDec 20Buster Olney blogs about the Chicago Cubs and Edwin Jackson closing in on a four-year, $52 million deal.
Jeter Called Mother Of Slain Newtown TeacherDec 20Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic and Mark Schlereth discuss Derek Jeter's phone call to the mother of Victoria Soto, a young teacher killed while protecting first-grade students at Sandy Hook Elementary School in last week's Newtown tragedy.
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Don Banks: My favorite NFL stories of 2012Dec 20To mark the passing of another eventful year of championships, triumphs and memorable moments, SI.com's writers are remembering the stories they connected to most across the sports landscape in 2012.