Checking in with the AL West, where the Oakland Athletics shocked the baseball rumor world by signing Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes while word leaked out the club could be signing Manny Ramirez, the Rangers signed Mike Napoli to avoid arbitration and are looking to move Koji Uehara (possibly to the A's) -- which might signal some space-making for still-unsigned Roy Oswalt, and the Angels will be waiting to extend Eric Aybar:
Oakland Athletics To Sign Yoenis Cespedes - MLB Daily Dish
According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, the Oakland Athletics have signed free agent Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. Cespedes has been the most coveted Cuban player this off season, and the Athletics kind of came out of nowhere to sign him.
Manny Ramirez Likely to Sign with Oakland Athletics - MLB Daily Dish
Sussan Slusser from the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Oakland Athletics are very likely to sign Manny Ramirez. She says that they will sign him just before or a little after the start of the 2012 MLB season.
Chris Gimenez Opts For Free Agency - MLB Daily Dish
The Seattle Mariners have announced (via Twitter) catcher Chris Gimenez has declined his outright assignment to Triple-A and instead opted for free agency.
Rangers, Mike Napoli Avoid Aribitration - MLB Daily Dish
The Texas Rangers have signed Mike Napoli to a 1-year, $9.4 million deal, according to Jeff Wilson and confirmed by the team. Napoli had filed for $11.5 million, but the Rangers had counted with $8.3 million, so the deal comes in just under the halfway point. The deal allows each to avoid arbitration for now, though he does become a free agent after the 2012 season.
Rangers Likely Done for the Off-Season; Hamilton Extension Talks on Hold - MLB Daily Dish
The Texas Rangers are likely done making moves this off-season, according to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram. This more or less confirms that the club is out of the Roy Oswalt sweepstakes, which we've been hearing for a few days.
Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics Nearing Koji Uehara Trade - MLB Daily Dish
The Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics are nearing a trade centered around relief pitcher Koji Uehara, according to Joe Stiglich of the San Jose Mercury News. Uehara has been in trade rumors for a while now as the Rangers retool their pitching staff for the 2012 season.
Erick Aybar Extension Will Likely Wait - MLB Daily Dish
The Los Angeles Angels won't likely extend Erick Aybar before the regular season, according to Alden Gonzalez, who spoke with Jerry Dipoto.
Bobby Abreu Has Not Requested Trade from Angels - MLB Daily Dish
Mike DiGiovanna from the Los Angeles Times reports that Bobby Abreu will have a chance to compete for playing time this spring at the DH position. With Albert Pujols now the Anaheim Angels first baseman, Mark Trumbo and Kendry Morales were expected to see most of the time at DH. However, they have faced some injuries, giving Abreu a chance.
Bobby Abreu: What's His Trade Market? - MLB Daily Dish
As MLBDD's Marisa Ingemi posted yesterday morning, Abreu hasn't requested a trade, but even if he did, do the Angels even have a trade market for Abreu? It's going to be tough to unload him, but it's not like Abreu is a complete wet noodle. Abreu does have some redeeming qualities, so let's take a look at the pros, cons, and potential trade partners for the man that the Philadelphia Phillies acquired for Kevin Stocker back in 1997.
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