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Red Sox reach deals with Ellsbury, six others

Red Sox reach deals with Ellsbury, six others

ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Jan 18, 2013
Jacoby Ellsbury and the Red Sox agreed on a one-year, $9 million deal, one of seven the team made Friday.
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  • Sources: Cubs, D-backs discussed Upton deal

    Sources: Cubs, D-backs discussed Upton deal

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Sources: Cubs, Diamondbacks discussed a Justin Upton trade.
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  • Rockies trade salary figures with three players

    Rockies trade salary figures with three players

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Rockies and two of their three arbitration-eligible players -- center fielder Dexter Fowler and right-handed pitcher Jhoulys Chacin -- have a $900,000 gap in their arbitration filings, which were submitted Friday.
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  • Irish alum Samardzija won't rush to judge Te'o

    Irish alum Samardzija won't rush to judge Te'o

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija, who was an All-America wide receiver at Notre Dame before committing to baseball, has watched the recent coverage of Manti Te'o in disbelief.
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  • Soriano has no plans to leave Chicago

    Soriano has no plans to leave Chicago

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Outfielder Alfonso Soriano has two years remaining on his contract with the Cubs, which may be his last.
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  • Rangers, Murphy remain apart as deadline passes

    Rangers, Murphy remain apart as deadline passes

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Rangers and David Murphy failed to reach an agreement prior to Friday's noon CT arbitration deadline, with offers by the club and outfielder differing by about $1.5 million.
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  • Padres agree to one-year deal with Volquez

    Padres agree to one-year deal with Volquez

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Padres third baseman Chase Headley requested a raise of nearly $7 million Friday when players and teams swapped figures in salary arbitration.
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  • Dodgers announce itinerary for community caravan

    Dodgers announce itinerary for community caravan

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Dodgers will kick off their caravan Monday, with club alumni appearing around the Southland Monday through Thursday and current team members on Friday.
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  • Cubs reach deals with Samardzija, Garza, Russell

    Cubs reach deals with Samardzija, Garza, Russell

    MLB.com ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Cubs avoided arbitration with Matt Garza, Jeff Samardzija and James Russell on Friday, which was a relief for the three pitchers as well as the team.
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  • Braves agree with Heyward, Medlen, 3 others

    Braves agree with Heyward, Medlen, 3 others

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Atlanta Braves avoided arbitration with five players Friday, including outfielder Jason Heyward, starting pitcher Kris Medlen and reliever Eric O'Flaherty.
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  • One-year deals for Buster Posey, Hunter Pence highlight arbitra…

    One-year deals for Buster Posey, Hunter Pence highlight arbitration deadline day

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Friday was arbitration deadline day around baseball, which means teams, agents and arbitration eligible players had until 1 p.m. ET to exchange salary figures to be used in the event the sides can’t reach an agreement before hearings begin in February.
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  • D-backs agree to one-year deal with Kennedy

    D-backs agree to one-year deal with Kennedy

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Arizona Diamondbacks have reached agreement on terms for a one-year, $4,265,000 contract with right-hander Ian Kennedy, avoiding arbitration with the team's No. 1 starter from a year ago.
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  • Astros agree on deals with SS Lowrie, P Norris

    Astros agree on deals with SS Lowrie, P Norris

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Houston Astros have agreed to terms on one-year contracts with shortstop Jed Lowrie, right-handed pitcher Bud Norris and left-handed reliever Wesley Wright, avoiding arbitration.
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  • Bailey, Choo among six to swap figures with Reds

    Bailey, Choo among six to swap figures with Reds

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    At Friday's deadline, the Reds and their six remaining players eligible for arbitration exchanged salary figures.
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  • Francona popular discussion at Town Hall event

    Francona popular discussion at Town Hall event

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Friday afternoon, a handful of Cleveland's players gathered at Progressive Field in preparation of this weekend's Tribe Fest, and sung early praises over their new manager's efforts to build rapport.
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  • Angels avoid arbitration with Hanson, Vargas

    Angels avoid arbitration with Hanson, Vargas

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Los Angeles Angels have avoided arbitration with Tommy Hanson and Jason Vargas, agreeing to one-year deals with both newly acquired starting pitchers.
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  • Brewers' Hart has surgery, to miss 3-4 months

    Brewers' Hart has surgery, to miss 3-4 months

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Corey Hart will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee next week and will be out for the next three to four months.
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  • Judge rules against Matheny in financial dispute

    Judge rules against Matheny in financial dispute

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    A St. Louis County judge has ruled against St. Louis Cardinals manager Mike Matheny in his court battle with a bank over foreclosure of property he once owned.
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  • Floundering Marlins: Another major Marlins offseason overhaul c…

    Floundering Marlins: Another major Marlins offseason overhaul comes wi…

    CNNSI.com Jan 18, 2013
    Another major Marlins offseason overhaul comes with little hope for the future, which is why Jay Jaffe gives Miami the lowest grade yet on his winter report cards.
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  • Rays give one-year, $3M deal to RHP Niemann

    Rays give one-year, $3M deal to RHP Niemann

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Tampa Bay Rays have agreed to one-year contracts with right-handed pitcher Jeff Niemann and infielder Ryan Roberts, along with outfielders Matt Joyce and Sam Fuld to avoid arbitration.
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  • Bundy, Anderson stress exercise at caravan event

    Bundy, Anderson stress exercise at caravan event

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    About 45 minutes through an exercise demonstration that had Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy instructing two lines of Commodore John Rodgers Elementary and Middle School kids in the way of pitching mechanics, special assistant Brady Anderson sprung up and ch…
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  • Nats, Detwiler avoid arbitration with $2.3M deal

    Nats, Detwiler avoid arbitration with $2.3M deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Washington Nationals have agreed to a $2,337,500, one-year deal with left-handed starter Ross Detwiler, avoiding arbitration.
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  • MVP Posey leads large group avoiding arbitration

    MVP Posey leads large group avoiding arbitration

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to one-year contracts with second baseman Gordon Beckham and outfielder Alejandro De Aza to avoid arbitration.
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  • Mattingly lines up heavyweights for fund-raiser

    Mattingly lines up heavyweights for fund-raiser

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The theme of Don Mattingly's charity event on Jan. 24 is comedy, but the purpose is no joke. All proceeds from the fund-raiser go to provide underprivileged youth, those in the greatest of need, with equipment to support baseball-related activities for …
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  • Robinson, Colangelo win Jackie Robinson award

    Robinson, Colangelo win Jackie Robinson award

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson and former team owner Jerry Colangelo have won top honors from the Jackie Robinson Foundation.
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  • Royals reach one-year deal with RHP Hochevar

    Royals reach one-year deal with RHP Hochevar

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a one-year, $4.65 million contract with right-hander Luke Hochevar, avoiding arbitration.
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  • A's avoid arbitration, agree with Moss, Blevins

    A's avoid arbitration, agree with Moss, Blevins

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The A's came to terms with their final arbitration-eligible players on Friday, agreeing to one-year deals with Brandon Moss and Jerry Blevins.
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  • Mariners agree to deals with Morales, Ryan

    Mariners agree to deals with Morales, Ryan

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Kendrys Morales and Brendan Ryan came to one-year contract agreements with the Mariners on Friday to avoid arbitration, leaving reliever Shawn Kelley as the only unsigned player on the 40-man roster.
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  • Yanks, left-hander Logan agree on $1.25M raise

    Yanks, left-hander Logan agree on $1.25M raise

    ESPN.com Jan 18, 2013
    Left-hander Boone Logan and the New York Yankees have agreed to a $3.15 million, one-year contract, a raise of $1.25 million.
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  • Freese among trio to swap salary figures with Cards

    Freese among trio to swap salary figures with Cards

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Cardinals' list of unsigned arbitration-eligible players shrunk to three on Friday, as the organization announced that it had reached contract agreements with relievers Mitchell Boggs and Edward Mujica.
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  • Twins, Duensing agree on deal to avoid arbitration

    Twins, Duensing agree on deal to avoid arbitration

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Twins agreed to terms with left-hander Brian Duensing on a one-year deal worth $1.3 million to avoid arbitration on Friday.
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  • Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Happ, Bonifacio

    Blue Jays avoid arbitration with Happ, Bonifacio

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Left-hander J.A. Happ has agreed to a $3.7 million, one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, who also reached a $2.6 million, one-year deal with infielder Emilio Bonifacio.
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  • Phillies agree with Bastardo on $1.4M contract

    Phillies agree with Bastardo on $1.4M contract

    ESPN.com MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed with left-hander Antonio Bastardo on a $1.4 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration.
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  • Axford among trio to avoid arbitration with Brewers

    Axford among trio to avoid arbitration with Brewers

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Brewers avoided arbitration with all three of their unsigned players Friday, agreeing to one-year contracts with right-handers John Axford, Burke Badenhop and Marco Estrada.
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  • Indians sign Perez, Smith to one-year deals

    Indians sign Perez, Smith to one-year deals

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The Indians sidestepped arbitration with Chris Perez and Joe Smith, signing both relievers to one-year pacts on Friday. Perez will earn $7.3 million for the 2013 campaign and Smith will merit $3.15 million, a source confirmed to MLB.com.
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  • Breaking Down The Craziest Half-Inning In Television History

    Breaking Down The Craziest Half-Inning In Television History

    deadspin.com Jan 18, 2013
    Originally published in Baseball Prospectus. More »
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  • In time, Didi's talents will shine with Arizona

    In time, Didi's talents will shine with Arizona

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    With outstanding agility, balance, coordination, strength, physical proportion and rhythm, Didi Gregorius has the potential to be D-backs' shortstop of the future.
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  • Curt Schilling to auction bloody sock

    Curt Schilling to auction bloody sock

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Famous people's unwashed underwear. That's where the money's at. Sensing an opportunity to make some cash, former major leaguer Curt Schilling is auctioning the second-most famous sock of his career, a bloody one worn on his right foot when he pitched G…
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  • Florence Freedom announce plans for ‘Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobb…

    Florence Freedom announce plans for ‘Manti Te’o Girlfriend Bobblehead Night’ in May

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    Just when you thought the Manti Te’o story and its fallout couldn’t get any more absurd, we present to you the Florence Freedom. Who are the Florence Freedom you ask? They're an Independent baseball team that plays in the Frontier League, which is mos
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  • Bucs' double-play combo eager for 2013 season

    Bucs' double-play combo eager for 2013 season

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    Neil Walker and Clint Barmes return as the Bucs' double-play combo, with Josh Harrison set to back up and prospects Chase d'Arnaud and Jordy Mercer to fight for time.
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  • Showcase offers a feast of international prospects

    Showcase offers a feast of international prospects

    MLB.com Jan 18, 2013
    The MLB Prospect International Showcase was a scene unlike any other in the history of international scouting: a baseball festival complete with local dignitaries, Major League Baseball legends, hundreds of family and friends and scouts representing all…
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  • New team, new look: John Jaso shaves his glorious beard in 4 ea…

    New team, new look: John Jaso shaves his glorious beard in 4 easy steps

    yahoo.com Jan 18, 2013
    On Wednesday, veteran catcher John Jaso was traded from the Seattle Mariners to the Oakland A’s as a part of the three-team, five-player deal that included the Washington Nationals. It was a fairly significant trade that featured Michael Morse as the ce
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  • Video - E:60 Exclusive: Terry Francona 05:31

    E:60 Exclusive: Terry Francona

    Jan 18
    Terry Francona sits down exclusively with E:60's Jeremy Schaap to discuss his new book- Francona: The Red Sox Years.

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