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Tuesday Evening Quick Hits


  • The Rays did not offer salary arbitration to first baseman Carlos Pena after he hit 28 home runs but batted an abysmal .196. Pena will likely land elsewhere in 2011, and it is possible the Cubs will pursue him if he is seeking a reasonable one-year deal. 
  • The Athletics and Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma are at odds over a deal to bring Iwakuma to the States. Iwakuma posted a 2.82 ERA in 2010 and a 3.25 ERA in 2009, and is reportedly seeking 10-12 million dollars annually. The Athletics are believed to be offering a deal in the range of 4-6 million dollars a year, which is reasonable considering they spent nearly 20 million dollars to negotiate with him. They have until December 7th to sign a deal. 
  • Talks between the Marlins and Javier Vazquez are reportedly heating up, and reports indicate a deal is in the range of two years and 8-10 million dollars annually. 
  • The Giants and Aubrey Huff finalized a two-year deal worth 22 million dollars, keeping him in the Bay. 
  • Kerry Wood, Hideki Matsui, Mariano Rivera, A.J. Peirzynski, and Manny Ramirez are among the notables who were not offered arbitration.