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All you need to know: MLB news, rumors for Jan. 18

By Matt Snyder | Baseball Writer

John Lannan is headed to his third NL East team in the past three seasons.
John Lannan is headed to his third NL East team in the past three seasons. (USATSI)

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Another day, another day without a major free agent signing -- and several still remain on the market. Here's a quick roundup of a pretty slow Saturday in MLB news.

SIGNINGS

Mariners: Reliever Joe Beimel has been signed to a minor-league deal, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports.

Mets: They have agreed to sign starting pitcher John Lannan to a minor-league deal, the club announced. His tour of the NL East continues, as he previously pitched for the Nationals and Phillies. The Mets also inked infielder Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league deal, per ESPN New York.

AGREEMENT

Cardinals: Former ace Chris Carpenter has agreed to stay with the club in a non-uniform position. It's not clear yet what he'll be doing, but he wants to learn about the front office and it's possible he'll be involved in scouting. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

REPORTS, RUMORS AND SPECULATION

Ryan Madson: The Phillies, Red Sox and Royals are all considering free agent reliever Ryan Madson, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Masahiro Tanaka/Cubs: Signs continue to point to the Cubs as a strong suitor for Tanaka. ESPN Chicago's Bruce Levine reported that the Cubs made a "real" offer to Tanaka which would make him their ace. He also reported that Tanaka "loves a challenge" and that the Cubs are the "lead team" in the Tanaka sweepstakes.

Marlins: The club has yet to discuss a multi-year extension with right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, per MLB.com. He's under club control through the 2016 season.

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