Category Archives: Free Agency

San Francisco Giants Ink Deal with Outfielder Nori Aoki

Norichika Aoki reached the World Series last season with the Kansas City Royals, but his club lost to the San Francisco Giants in a thrilling seven game series. It seems that Aoki must follow the “if you can’t beat ’em, … Continue reading

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Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Cuban Starter Yoan Lopez

Cuban right-hander Yoan Lopez has agreed to terms on a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. MLB’s National Reporter, Jesse Sanchez reports that the deal includes a bonus of $8.27 million, setting the record for the largest deal under the new … Continue reading

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Atlanta Braves Sign Veteran Southpaw Wandy Rodriguez

Veteran left-hander Wandy Rodriguez has signed a minor-league deal with the Atlanta Braves. Rodriguez, 36, is coming off of two disappointing seasons in Pittsburgh that saw him make just 18 starts over the past two seasons as he was hampered … Continue reading

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Johan Santana Impressive in Venezuelan League Debut

Johan Santana began his latest comeback bid with a start in the Venezuelan Winter League on Tuesday night. There was some speculation that Santana might skip the start when rain pushed the first pitch back nearly two hours, but the … Continue reading

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Minnesota Twins Showing Interest in Johan Santana’s Comeback Bid

Johan Santana is attempting another comeback bid. While that is newsworthy all by itself, there’s even more to the story that peeks this blogger’s interest. It’s looking like Santana’s comeback could involve a reunion with the Minnesota Twins. That’s the … Continue reading

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Billy Beane Turns Rebuild into Reload

What a difference a day makes. On Friday, we covered what – at the time – appeared to be the Oakland Athletics waving the white flag on 2015 in preparation for a return to competitiveness down the road. Naturally, Billy … Continue reading

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Pittsburgh Pirates Finalize Deal with Jung-ho Kang

The Pittsburgh Pirates and Korean infielder Jung-ho Kang have agreed on four-year, $16 million deal. According to ESPN’s Jim Bowden, the deal also includes an option for a fifth year in 2019. The Nexen Heroes of the Korea Baseball Organization … Continue reading

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At the Very Least, Torii Hunter is Pretty Funny

Twins fans everywhere this Winter have either been celebrating or dreading the fact that the Twins anteed up $10M to a player worth probably more to the Twins for nostalgia than on the field production. To those who have dreaded, … Continue reading

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Stephen Drew Returns to the Yankees on One-Year Deal

Stephen Drew isn’t going to make the same mistake twice. The 31-year-old infielder has agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal to return to the New York Yankees. Drew hit free agency a year ago coming off a solid season … Continue reading

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Philadelphia Phillies Sign Aaron Harang

The Philadelphia Phillies have reportedly agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with free agent starter Aaron Harang. The move is a far cry from years past where the club traded for Roy Halladay or signed free agent Cliff Lee, … Continue reading

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James Shields Reportedly has a 5-year, $110M Offer

Well, by golly, that sure escalated quickly. We posted earlier that Miami had joined the market for free agent starter James Shields. Despite being the number three free agent starter available, the market for Shields had been slow to develop … Continue reading

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White Sox Agree to Deal with Emilio Bonifacio

Emilio Bonifacio and the Chicago White Sox have agreed on a one-year, $4 million contract, with a club option for 2016. The report comes courtesy of Jon Morosoi of Fox Sports. Last week we ranked Bonifacio at 17th on our … Continue reading

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Miami Marlins Join the James Shields Sweepstakes

The market for James Shields has been slow to develop. As of Sunday night, however, there’s a new team rumored to be in the mix for his services. ESPN’s Jim Bowden is reporting that the Miami Marlins are showing significant … Continue reading

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Ryan Madson Attempting Comeback with the Royals

Ryan Madson has reportedly agreed to a minor-league contract with the Kansas City Royals worth a guaranteed $850,000. The pact also includes an invitation to major-league spring training camp and gives Madson – attempting a comeback after missing the last … Continue reading

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Top 20 Remaining Free Agents, Ranked

It would be an understatement to say that this off-season has been hectic. This has been one of the most chaotic off-seasons that I’ve ever seen with players changing uniforms at a breakneck pace. That having been said, the calendar … Continue reading

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