Players injured during the World Baseball Classic will have their salaries paid by the WBC organization while they are unable to play for their major league teams, according to an MLB source.
The Cincinnati Reds and backup catcher Ryan Hanigan have agreed to a three-year, $4 million deal with a chance to make $4.8 million.
Sources say the Marlins have an interest in the Rangers' Michael Young but want Texas to pay a big chunk of the infielder's salary.
Former Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Pat Burrell in discussions about a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants and one other team, according to sources.
Yorvit Torrealba has agreed to a one-year, $1.25 million deal with the San Diego Padres.
The details of Matt Holliday's contract with the St. Louis Cardinals have been finalized, and the present-day value has been assessed at $113,580,723 by the MLBPA.
The Yankees, frustrated in their attempts to re-sign Johnny Damon, reached agreement on a one-year deal with Nick Johnson, pending a physical.
John Smoltz, who accumulated 210 victories and 154 saves for the Braves over 21 seasons, is set to sign an offer sheet with the Red Sox on Thursday afternoon.
Mark Prior, cut loose by the Cubs earlier this month, has agreed to terms with the San Diego Padres.
The San Diego Padres appear to be the front-runner to sign pitcher Mark Prior, who figures to make a final choice among many offers very soon, perhaps within the next 24-48 hours.
The Yankees have asked to meet with A-Rod, and if and when they get that meeting, league sources indicate the team is prepared to make him an offer that will exceed the $27 million per year he is scheduled to make over the next three seasons.
If the Yankees ever reached the point where they wanted to move salary, Roger Clemens will not be among the players they could move without permission.
Sammy Sosa to New York would generate big headlines, but he's the wrong player at the wrong time for the Mets.
From Jon Lieber to Placido Polanco, there are a number of quality free agents who won't command big money.
Carlos Silva's perfect start has gone largely unnoticed, except in Minnesota where he's thrived as a starter.
With leaders like John Smoltz calling for tougher policies, it's time for the union to get serious about steroids.