MLB notes: Rangers GM keeps hype in check

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels speaks to the media prior to a game against the Tigers in...

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels speaks to the media prior to a game against the Tigers in Detroit, Mich., Oct. 13, 2011. (REBECCA COOK/Reuters)

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Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels is enthused by the opportunity to negotiate a contract with Japanese ace Yu Darvish.

But seeing as there are millions of dollars on the line, he doesn't want to get too bubbly in his praise.

"I want to explain to our fans how excited we are to have this opportunity," Daniels said Tuesday on a Dallas radio station.

"But I can't get too in-depth about it because we've got an active negotiation that we're about to get into. I can't really touch on the details, too much is behind the scenes at this time, but I certainly look forward to when we can."

The Rangers put in the highest bid, $51.7 million, for the right to negotiate a contract with Darvish, a 25-year-old right-hander. That sum will go to his current team, the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, when and if Darvish signs. The pitcher reportedly is seeking a five-year deal worth about $75 million.

PERALTA REMAINS A RAY

The Tampa Bay Rays have avoided arbitration with Joel Peralta, signing the pitcher to a one-year contract.

The 35-year-old right-hander went 3-4 with six saves and a 2.93 earned-run average with the Rays in 2011. He tied for second among American League relievers with 71 appearances.

Peralta has an 8-15 record with a 3.99 ERA in 331 career games with the Angels, Royals, Rockies, Nationals and Rays.

CANUCK CATCHES ON WITH CARDS

The St. Louis Cardinals coaching staff underwent an overhaul with the retirement of manager Tony La Russa after the World Series.

That was good news for Jamie Pogue of Guelph, Ont., who has been hired as the Cardinals bullpen catcher.

When Mike Matheny was hired last month as the new manager of the Cards, Pogue, 34, congratulated him via e-mail, which evolved into further chats and a job offer.

He and Matheny had met at spring training in 2002 when Pogue was a Cardinals minor-league catcher.

Pogue was signed by the Cards while playing for the 1999 London Werewolves in the independent Frontier League, spent three seasons in the St. Louis system reaching as high at double-A New Haven, then played in the independent Atlantic League for Nashua, Bridgeport and Long Island.

Pogue has been working as a coach for the Ontario Blue Jays.

As a bullpen catcher, Pogue will throw batting practice and warm up pitchers.

FAMED WRITER ACCUSED OF MOLESTATION

A Hall of Fame baseball writer is facing accusations from four people who say he molested them as children during the 1970s.

Bill Conlin retired Tuesday after more than four decades at the Philadelphia Daily News, as the Philadelphia Inquirer was set to publish a story about the alleged assaults.

The Inquirer said three women and a man have accused Conlin in "vivid accounts" of groping and fondling them and touching their genitals when they were ages seven to 12.

The alleged victims decided to speak out in the wake of the child-sex abuse scandal at Penn State, according to Conlin's niece, who said she was molested by Conlin as a child.

The niece, now an Atlantic City prosecutor, told the paper of Conlin's alleged assaults that "so many people ... knew about this and did nothing."

Conlin declined comment through his lawyer, the paper said. Conlin received the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink Award, awarded by the Baseball Writers' Association of America for "meritorious contributions to baseball writing" and presented at the Hall of Fame.

BRIEFLY

The Arizona Diamondbacks confirmed their two-year contract with free-agent outfielder Jason Kubel. The 29-year-old hit at least 20 home runs in three consecutive seasons, 2008-10, but was limited to 99 games in 2011 for the Minnesota Twins because of a sprained left foot. The deal is reported to be worth $15 million ... Former Phillies general manager Ed Wade, recently fired as GM of the Houston Astros, will return to Philadelphia's front office. The Phillies named Wade a special consultant to the baseball operations department Tuesday ... The Colorado Rockies have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent third baseman Casey Blake, 38. The deal reportedly is worth $2 million ... The Kansas City Royals have signed free-agent utility infielder Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal.


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