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12/26/2012 | Former All-Star reliever Urbina released from prison
Former All-Star reliever Ugueth Urbina has been released from a Venezuelan prison after serving seven years of a 14-year sentence on attempted murder charges.

12/25/2012 | Andruw Jones arrested Christmas morning
Andruw Jones was arrested Christmas morning and charged with battery, according to the Associated Press. The arrest took place outside of Atlanta.

12/24/2012 | HOPE Week honoree Fratto passes away at 19
Daniel Fratto, a 2010 HOPE Week honoree, passed away on Sunday at the age of 19, the Yankees announced Monday evening.

12/23/2012 | Yanks may be in transition but don't count them out
Maybe you've read that this has been a difficult offseason for the Yankees. Maybe you've noticed that some people have already declared them toast in 2013. There's just one problem with that opinion.

12/23/2012 | Marlins sign Maine to Minor League deal
John Maine, who hasn't pitched in the big leagues in two years, will get a chance to revive his career with the Marlins, who have signed the 31-year-old to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.

12/23/2012 | Ibanez eyes leadership role in return to Seattle
Raul Ibanez said Sunday he's been told he'll get a chance to compete for time at left field, first base and designated hitter with the Mariners in 2013.

12/23/2012 | Week Ahead: Lots left to do once Yule is done
Even though Monday and Tuesday might be off limits for baseball transactions, there's still the rest of the week, and there's still plenty of roster renovation to be done throughout the Grand Old Game. And as we've already seen this winter, there's seemingly no limit to the creativity of today's general managers.

12/23/2012 | Freel was a delightful player to cover
I covered the Reds in 2005 for and, therefore, spent a lot of time around Ryan Freel. He was/is one of my favorite athletes I've dealt with in this business, for a number of reasons.

12/23/2012 | Merry Swish-mas: Indians, Nick agree to four-year pact confirmed that Cleveland has reached an agreement on a four-year contract with Nick Swisher. The deal with the outfielder is pending a physical and is unlikely to be officially announced until after the holiday.

12/22/2012 | Ibanez returning to Mariners on one-year deal
Outfielder Raul Ibanez, who has played in two prior stints with the Mariners, has signed a one-year deal to return to Seattle once more, according to a club source.

12/22/2012 | Nationals, LaRoche inching closer to deal
There has been "a little bit of progress" made between free-agent first baseman Adam LaRoche and the Nationals in the last week, according to a baseball source familiar with the negotiations.

12/22/2012 | Cherington gives Red Sox dramatic makeover
For Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington, this offseason has been absolutely remarkable. No GM has given his team a more dramatic makeover. Not only has he completely remade his roster, he has done it by spending modestly and bringing in a ton of playoff experience.

12/22/2012 | Red Sox, Bucs close to deal for Hanrahan
A deal that sends Pirates closer Joel Hanrahan to the Red Sox was said to be close to done on Saturday evening, with first baseman Jerry Sands and right-hander Stolmy Pimentel part of the package going back to Pittsburgh, baseball sources told

12/22/2012 | D-backs agree to deal with outfielder Ross
The D-backs agreed to a three-year deal with free-agent outfielder Cody Ross on Saturday.

12/21/2012 | A's FanFest comes to Oracle Arena on Jan. 27
The always anticipated A's FanFest, this one coming on the heels of Oakland's first playoff appearance in six years, is set to return on Jan. 27.

12/21/2012 | Indians agree to Minor League deal with Kazmir
The Indians need rotation depth and are willing to roll the dice when it comes to certain reclamation projects. One such case appears to be left-hander Scott Kazmir.

12/21/2012 | Mariners invite Bonderman to Spring Training
Former Tigers starter Jeremy Bonderman, who hasn't pitched in the Majors since arm injuries sidelined him in 2010, has signed a Minor League contract with the Mariners with an invitation to Major League camp.

12/21/2012 | After beating cancer, each day special to Forbes
Colorado Rockies scout Chris Forbes used to feel that Christmas Day was the special day. Now, however, Forbes knows every day is special.

12/21/2012 | Giants give Rosario chance, claim righty off waivers
The Giants took their turn Friday at obtaining right-hander Sandy Rosario, claiming the much-traveled 27-year-old reliever off waivers from the Chicago Cubs.

12/21/2012 | Offseason update: Cards making minor moves
It has been two months since the Cardinals transitioned into the offseason, eyeing ways in which they could improve upon last year's 88-win season. And thus far, the offseason has been mostly quiet in St. Louis.

12/21/2012 | Andruw's career leaves much to be desired
This had to be a mistake. I mean, surely the headline writers got it all wrong earlier this week with this one: "Andruw Jones signs deal to play in Japan." Well, it's true. It's sad, but it's true.

12/21/2012 | Rangers claim lefty reliever Beliveau off waivers
The Rangers added another bullpen candidate by claiming left-handed reliever Jeff Beliveau off waivers from the Cubs on Friday. He gives the Rangers a possible left-handed relief option if they decide to use Robbie Ross in the rotation.

12/21/2012 | Trade further assurance of J.P.'s place in Toronto
J.P. Arencibia no longer has to worry about who the catcher of the future is in Toronto.

12/21/2012 | Ocampo ramping up Astros' international efforts
The job, by definition, requires plenty of travel. As the Astros' director of international, Oz Ocampo spends the majority of his time in places like the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Panama and Colombia, looking for the next big thing in a sea of raw talent.

12/21/2012 | Shortstop Nunez returned to Tigers from D-backs
Shortstop Gustavo Nunez, picked by the Pirates in the 2011 Rule 5 Draft, returned to the Tigers organization on Friday, as the D-backs outrighted his contract to Triple-A Toledo.

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