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Posted on: January 14, 2012 5:41 pm
 

Hamilton won't talk contract after spring starts

Josh Hamilton

By C. Trent Rosecrans


Once spring training starts, Josh Hamilton wants contract talks to stop. The 30-year-old outfielder and 2010 American League MVP is set to be a free agent after the 2012 season and said he prefers to stay in Texas, but won't talk contract after reporting to Surprise, Ariz., next month.

Hamilton is set to make $13.75 million this season and become a free agent after the season.

"There's nothing to worry about," Hamilton told reporters, including Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. "I'm focused on this year and doing what I need to do."

Last season Albert Pujols said the same thing about his status with the Cardinals, that he wouldn't discuss an extension after joining St. Louis for spring, but he hoped to retire a Cardinal -- and we all know how that worked out.

As for the other free agent first baseman from this winter, Hamilton said he'd heard reports the Rangers met with Fielder on Friday and would welcome him to the team.

"To imagine him in our lineup, it's pretty ridiculous looking," Hamilton said.

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Posted on: January 14, 2012 1:01 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2012 1:02 pm
 

Ryan calls meeting with Fielder 'preliminary'

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers met with Prince Fielder on Friday, but team president Nolan Ryan told fans at the team's FanFest on Saturday that the meeting was a "preliminary." He also said he expects the team to sign Yu Darvish before Wednesday's deadline.

From the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
"We met with Prince yesterday, and our mindset is that we're constantly trying to improve the ballclub. We look at any opportunity to do that that we have. We met with Prince yesterday and his agent, Scott Boras, to try to get a true feel for where they are at this point in time in his free agency to try to see if we thought there might be something there that works for the Texas Rangers. It was very preliminary, and it's very early in any type of negotiation process to even say if there's anything that's going to come of that our not. So, it was an initial meeting that we had."
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Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:37 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 10:40 pm
 

Yankees add Kuroda to rotation

Hiroki KurodaBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Yankees have rebuilt their rotation in one night, not only trading for Michael Pineda, but also agreeing to a one-year deal with right-hander Hiroki Kuroda worth "around" $10 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

Yankees' big night

Kuroda, 36, was 13-16 with a 3.07 ERA for the Dodgers last season. In four seasons in Los Angeles, Kuroda was 41-46 with a 3.46 ERA.

Kuroda pitched 202 innings in 32 starts for the Dodgers last season, striking 161 batters and walking 49, as his win-loss record took a major hit by bad run support from his teammates.  At one point he lost 10 of 11 decisions despite putting up a 3.12 ERA and holding opponents to just a .244 batting average.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:51 pm
 

Wood re-signs with Cubs on 1-year deal

Kerry WoodBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Cubs have signed reliever Kerry Wood to a one-year deal worth $3 million with a club option for 2013, the team announced at the Cubs Convention in Chicago on Friday.

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Wood, 34, was 3-5 with a 3.35 ERA in 55 games for the Cubs last season, recording a save. He struck out 57 batters in 51 innings, walking 21. Wood was also being pursued by the Phillies, but elected to stay with the Cubs.

Since coming up with the Cubs as a starter in 1998, Wood has transitioned into a bullpen weapon, appearing in 258 games as a reliever over the last seven seasons, going 15-18 with a 3.43 ERA with 294 strikeouts in 254 2/3 innings.  He has 63 career saves, serving as the Cubs closer in 2008 and for the Indians in 2009 and 2010.

The announcement was made at the Cubs Convention and greeted with cheers by the crowd.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:58 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Fielder in Texas meeting with Rangers

Prince Fielder

By C. Trent Rosecrans

The Rangers are meeting Friday with Prince Fielder at a Dallas-area hotel, Bob Nightengale of USA Today tweeted and CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms. Heyman, though, notes not to read too much into the meeting, that the Rangers the first stop on the Princeapalooza Tour 2012 -- with future stops left in as many as three more cities.

Prince Fielder

Fielder's the last big free-agent name on the market, and the Rangers could use a first baseman, making them a perfect match. O course, there could be the matter of the money and length of contract, but on the field, it would be hard not to see a match made in heaven between Fielder and Texas. Not that this meeting means anything is happening right now, but the Rangers are thinking about the possibility, it seems.

The Rangers currently have Mitch Moreland playing first right now, and saying Fielder would be an upgrade is an understatement. Moreland's a decent player. The 26-year-old hit .259/.320/.414 with 16 homers in 512 plate appearances, which is hardly middle-of-the-order stuff, but the Rangers didn't need a middle-of-the-order guy at first base. Fielder at first base, though, would make the potent Rangers lineup that much more potent.

The Angels' signings of Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson has made Los Angeles a favorite in some quarters. If the Rangers could sign Fielder and Yu Darvish, it would be tough to pick even the improved Angels over the Rangers as a pre-season favorite in the AL West.

However, the meeting could be a mirage of some sort. If the Rangers don't want to spend the money for Fielder, they could be posturing as a negotiation tactic as the deadline for signing Darvish nears. Many have seen Fielder as a backup plan for Darvish for Texas. Without spending for Darvish, Texas could afford to shell out the big bucks for Fielder. Rangers officials have told people they can't afford both Darvish and Fielder, but there have been bigger surprises before.

It could also be posturing on the part of Fielder and agent Scott Boras to show the Nationals that Fielder has other suitors other than Washington.

Whatever happens, someone will have Fielder come spring training and that team will be better than they were before inking the first baseman.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 3:44 pm
 

Braves re-sign SS Jack Wilson

Jack WilsonBy C. Trent Rosecrans

The Braves have signed shortstop Jack Wilson to a one-year deal worth $1 million, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports. The deal also includes $500,000 in perofrmance bonuses, Heyman reports. Wilson, 34, will likely serve as a backup and mentor to rookie Tyler Pastornicky

Pastornicky, 22, spent most of 2011 at Double-A Mississippi, hitting .299/.345/.414 with six homers and 20 stolen bases in 90 games. He also appeared in 27 games for Triple-A Gwinnett, hitting .365/.407/.413 with one homer and seven stolen bases in 117 plate appearances. Pastornicky was a fifth-round pick of the Blue Jays in the 2008 draft. The Braves got him in part of the two teams' shortstop swap in 2010, sending Alex Gonzalez to Atlanta and Yunel Escobar to Toronto.

Tyler PastornickyThe Braves called Pastornicky up last September, but he didn't appear in a game. His father, Cliff Pastornicky, played in 10 games at third base for the Royals in 1983.

The Braves traded for Wilson last August for a player to be named, which ended up being minor-league infielder Luis Caballero. Wilson appeared in 17 games for the Braves, hitting .220/.238/.244 in 45 plate appearances. He hit .249/.283/295 in 62 games for the Mariners. He's a career .269/.311/.376 hitter, better known for his defense than his bat. He was an All-Star and won a Silver Slugger in 2004, when he hit .308 for Pittsburgh. Wilson can also play third base and second base for added depth.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:40 pm
 

Cespedes says 6 teams showing 'a lot' of interest

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes told Dominican reporter Dionisio Soldevilia (via Twitter) that the Marlins, Cubs, White Sox, Orioles, Tigers and Indians have "a lot of interest" in signing him.

Cespedes made his Dominican Winter League debut on Thursday night, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts and was hit by a pitch for Aguilas. Cespedes served as the team's DH and batted fifth in the team's 6-4 loss. Aguilas plays again Friday night.

It was Cespedes' first competitive game since last April when he played in Cuba's Serie Nacional. While the performance couldn't help Cespedes' bargaining power, it shouldn't hurt it too much. It is, as they say, a small sample size.

H/T Hardball Talk.

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Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:03 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 7:06 pm
 

Report: Cubs' Castro talks to police

Starlin CastroBy C. Trent Rosecrans

Police questioned Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro on Friday about allegations of sexual assault made against the 21-year-old, the Chicago Sun-Times reported, but no charges have been filed at this point.

According to the report, Castro voluntarily appeared at the Chicago Police Department on Friday to answer questions. Last week there were reports that detectives were investigating a criminal sexual assault complaint against Castro. A woman claims she met Castro on Sept. 29 at a nightclub and he took her back to his apartment. The next day she went to the police.

Castro released a statement through the team on Friday:

"I personally, and through my attorneys, have fully cooperated with the police in this matter. Unfortunately I cannot address the matter further at this time while the investigation is taking place.  I understand that being a member of the Cubs means being a hard worker on the field and a good citizen off the field, and I always want to carry myself in a way that exceeds high expectations."

 Castro had been in the Dominican Republic and unable to talk to police. He returned to the United States this week to appear at the team's Cub Convention, which began Friday. He was cheered by Cubs fans when he was introduced to the crowd.

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