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Mets Close to Deal with R.A. Dickey

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A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press the New York Mets are nearing agreement on a minor league contract with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal was not yet complete. The 35-year-old right-hander made 14 starts for Seattle in 2008 but was primarily a reliever for Minnesota last season, when he went 1-1 with a 4.62 ERA in one start and 34 relief appearances.

Yankees In Serious Talks For Javier Vazquez

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So Tweets Ken Rosenthal (among others). Braves would get Melky Cabrera and possibly a minor-league pitcher.

Yankees Decline To Offer Arbitration To Anyone

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None of these blokes were offered arbitration: * Johnny Damon * Andy Pettitte * Hideki Matsui * Xavier Nady * Jose Molina Each carries his share of baggage: Damon can't throw and is a pretty bad fielder, even in left, though he's still quite valuable offensively. Pettitte is old and doesn't have very good peripherals, but he's dependable and left-handed. Matsui can no longer play the field at all, really; he'd be useful off the bench if he were willing to settle for that. Nady is a nice fourth outfielder/spot-starter, but he rarely walks, is shoddy defensively, and isn't nearly as good as Mets fans like to think. The Mets already have nine backup catchers, which means they're probably finalizing a two-year deal with Molina as we speak.

Astros Offer Arbitration To Jose Valverde, Pass On Miguel Tejada, LaTroy Hawkins, And Doug Brocail

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Valverde wasn't particularly appealing anyway. Tejada has a spotty fielding history. UZR only really liked him twice: in 2004 (7.1 per 150) and in 2008 (9.4 per 150). He's -4.7 (per 150) over his career and was -12.4 (per 150) in 2009. There has been some talk about shifting him to third, which doesn't help the Mets any. Could he be a fit at second base? Hawkins might be a decent sixth- or seventh-inning guy. Meh on Brocail.

Cubs Decline To Offer Arbitration To Rich Harden, Kevin Gregg

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Rich Harden just became a lot more attractive. He's still a big-time injury risk, but he's exactly the type of player you do extend a vesting option to, since his accrual of time on the field is almost certain to benefit the team, unlike that of, say, Alex Cora. Gregg should draw some interest, as his strikeout rate is good, his walk rate so-so, and his flyball rate extreme. 3:43pm: As Sam pointed out in the comments, Harden is a Type-B free agent so this might make him less attractive if the Cubs have some inside info on his health. Then again, he could get $10-12 million guaranteed in arbitration regardless of how much he pitches in 2010 so maybe Chicago simply wasn't willing to take that risk.

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