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Chicago Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has agreed to a one year deal worth $10.25 million, avoiding arbitration, according to a source familiar with the situation. Garza's agents from CAA also tweeted about the deal.Upvote Share TweetRick Ankiel and the Houston Astros have agreed to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.Upvote Share TweetThe Indians and Drew Stubbs have avoided arbitration with a one-year, $2.825 million contract that reportedly carries $50,000 worth of possible performance-based bonuses.Upvote Share TweetRelief pitcher Drew Storen has agreed to a $2.5 million, one-year contract with the Washington Nationals, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share Tweet
Kemp named grand marshal for MLK paradeMatt Kemp will serve as celebrity grand marshal for the 28th annual Kingdom Day Parade in recognition of Martin Luther King Day. The parade will be held Saturday in South Los Angeles.Upvote Share TweetAfter giving Rafael Soriano a $28 million, two-year contract filled with deferred payments to be their go-to guy in the ninth inning, the Washington Nationals figure they have three closers now.Upvote Share Tweet
Gonzalez accepts Spahn Award, thanks RizzoGio Gonzalez got bounced around a lot early in his career before eventually winding up with a home in Washington.Upvote Share Tweet
Feliz agrees to 1-year, $2.9M deal with RangersTexas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz has agreed to terms on a one-year contract for the 2013 season.Upvote Share Tweet
Rizzo pleased with Nats' return in Morse dealOn Thursday, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo discussed the players his club received in exchange for Michael Morse as part of a three-team deal.Upvote Share TweetThere was some concern on Wednesday when it was reported that San Francisco Giants star and World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval had been hospitalized in his native Venezuela with abdominal discomfort. That concern grew a little more on Thursday when we lear…Upvote Share TweetThe New York Yankees and relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain have agreed on a one-year contract worth $1,875,000 for 2013, avoiding arbitration.Upvote Share TweetA person familiar with the diagnosis says Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was found to have relatively minimal cartilage damage in his left hip during surgery this week.Upvote Share TweetOutfielder Carlos Gomez and the Milwaukee Brewers have agreed to a $4.3 million, one-year contract, more than doubling his salary.Upvote Share Tweet
Future promising for prospects Joseph, MartinTommy Joseph and Ethan Martin have gone from being virtual strangers to batterymates and roommates, and the Phillies hope they'll spend a lot of time together in Philadelphia in the future.Upvote Share TweetOutfielder Will Venable and the San Diego Padres have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2,675,000, a raise of $1.2 million.Upvote Share Tweet
Red Sox steadily on rebound in beastly AL EastEven though Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington has had a busy offseason, climbing out of last place seems like a Herculean task.Upvote Share Tweet
On fast track, Baez learning Major League lessonsCubs top prospect Javier Baez has been on the fast track, and on Thursday he completed one week of the team's first rookie development camp.Upvote Share Tweet
Ogando tells Rangers he won't pitch in ClassicAlexi Ogando is on the preliminary roster for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic, but he has informed the Texas Rangers that he won't participate.Upvote Share Tweet
As Caravan gets under way, high hopes aboundThe Royals Caravan -- featuring several players, including Billy Butler -- got under way on Thursday with a visit to the University of Kansas Hospital, where the players visited with children in the neonatal medical home and the pediatrics unit.Upvote Share TweetMatt Harrison earned his hefty pay raise from the Rangers on Thursday by developing as a front-line starter at the Major League level. Harrison doesn't plan on letting up after signing a five-year, $55 million contract, solidifying another key piece of …Upvote Share Tweet
Team USA roster out: NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto's R.A. Dickey heads a st…CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013NEW YORK (AP) -- Toronto's R.A. Dickey heads a starting pitching staff missing David Price, Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, Clayton Kershaw and Matt Cain on the preliminary U.S. roster for the World Baseball Classic.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves announce Minor League coaching staffsThere will be a sense of familiarity this season, as five of the Braves' six Minor League affiliates will have the same manager as last year. The one newcomer is Randy Ready, who was announced as Triple-A Gwinnett's manager in November.Upvote Share Tweet
A Big Step Forward: The Indians lost some mainstays but have added in…CNNSI.com Jan 17, 2013The Indians lost some mainstays but have added intriguing new pieces like Trevor Bauer that should help them be better than they've been in years, writes Jay Jaffe.Upvote Share Tweet
U.S. WBC roster includes MVPs Ryan Braun, Jimmy Rollins Joe Mauer and Cy Young R.A. Dickeyyahoo.com Jan 17, 2013The provisional roster for the United States team in the World Baseball Classic might not contain the best of the best at every position - as some have called for - but it's still full of elite ballplayers. Enough talent to make the U.S. competitive fUpvote Share Tweet
Cubs plan to build hotel across from Wrigley FieldThe Ricketts family, owners of the Cubs, reportedly have signed an agreement to build a hotel across from Wrigley Field on the northwest corner of Clark and Addison streets.Upvote Share Tweet
Pirates re-sign righty Karstens to 1-year dealThe Pittsburgh Pirates and right-handed pitcher Jeff Karstens have agreed to a one-year contract.Upvote Share TweetPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling - whose video game company underwent a spectacular collapse into bankruptcy last year - is selling the blood-stained sock he wore during the 2004 World Series.Upvote Share TweetBOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox and catcher Mike Napoli have agreed to shorten their deal to a one-year contract worth $5 million, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.Upvote Share TweetIn a quiet winter, the Orioles had yet to use their news conference room. And while there was no big-name free agent or trade to unveil Thursday morning, the official announcement of extending executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette…Upvote Share TweetCatcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a $4.5 million, one-year contract, a raise of $2 million.Upvote Share Tweet
Roberts doing 'good,' but still dealing with health issuesSecond baseman Brian Roberts has been working out at the Orioles' Spring Training facility in Sarasota, Fla., and while the organization remains cautiously optimistic that he will be able to stay healthy, it hasn't exactly been smooth sailing for the ve…Upvote Share TweetAll 16 provisional rosters for the upcoming World Baseball Classic were revealed Thursday with a bevy of big-name Major Leaguers committing to the third edition of the international tournament.Upvote Share Tweet
Butera, Twins avoid arbitration with one-year dealThe Twins avoided arbitration with catcher Drew Butera, signing him to a one-year deal worth $700,000, the club announced Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Zimmer to keep a lower profile at Rays spring campRays senior baseball advisor Don Zimmer won't be quite as visible at Tampa Bay's Spring Training this year, though he plans on making a few trips per week from his condo in Seminole, Fla.Upvote Share Tweet
Bucs invite top prospects Cole, Taillon to campThe Pirates extended invitations to big league Spring Training camp to four players on Thursday, including top prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon.Upvote Share Tweet
US roster for Classic has stars, desire to winTeam USA announced its provisional roster for the upcoming World Baseball Classic on Thursday morning and among the group are a National League Cy Young Award winner, three Most Valuable Players and too many All-Stars to count.Upvote Share TweetFree-agent pitcher Vicente Padilla has signed with The Softbank Hawks of Japan's Pacific League.Upvote Share Tweetgrantland.com Jan 17, 2013The Mariners, A's, and Nationals pulled off a three-way trade, one that likely improves just one of the three teams this year, and potentially makes o...Upvote Share Tweet
USA Announces WBC RosterJan 17Jim Bowden breaks down Team USA's roster for the World Baseball Classic.
Napoli Agrees To One-Year Deal With Red SoxJan 17Jim Bowden discusses the details of Mike Napoli's one-year deal with the Red Sox.
Rangers Give Harrison Five-Year ContractJan 17Jim Bowden discusses Matt Harrison's five-year, $55 million contract with the Rangers.
NBA - Los Angeles Lakers left wanting more after loss to Miami HeatJan 17The champs get it done with "less," but the Lakers need more from everyone, writes J.A. Adande.
NBA -- Debating who will be on the move at the trade deadline?Jan 17Should these players be on the move before the trade deadline? We debate.
Weekend Dime -- 2013 All-Star reserve picksJan 17It's All-Star season, which means it's time for Marc Stein to pick his reserves for the East and West squads.
Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship PicksJan 17Peter King: NFL Playoffs Conference Championship Picks