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  1. Twins still interested in re-signing Jason Kubel

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Jason Kubel

    Minnesota replaced Michael Cuddyer by signing Josh Willingham yesterday and seemingly replaced Jason Kubel by signing Ryan Doumit last month, but apparently they haven’t given up on bringing Kubel back. Kubel indicated earlier this week that he’d all but written off the possibility of re-signing with Minnesota, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune…

  2. Giants re-sign Eli Whiteside to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    Prince Fielder, Eli Whiteside

    UPDATE: Whiteside is officially back in San Francisco, getting a minor-league contract, so the Giants made the correct call in non-tendering him. He’ll have to compete for a roster spot during spring training. ========== Earlier this week the Giants non-tendered Eli Whiteside, making him a free agent, but John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  3. Reds were Josh Willingham’s second choice behind Twins

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:49 AM EST

    willingham reuters

    Yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty called the Reds’ lack of moves this offseason “very frustrating” and now it’s safe to assume failing to sign Josh Willingham played a part in his disappointment. Willingham inked a three-year, $21 million contract with the Twins and during his press conference with the Minnesota media the 33-year-old outfielder revealed…

  4. Dontrelle Willis thinks the Phillies will re-sign Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Jimmy Rollins 2

    Dontrelle Willis and the Phillies made their one-year contract official yesterday, and in meeting with the local media Willis indicated that he expects his friend Jimmy Rollins to return to Philadelphia. “[Rollins] was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s pretty surreal to come…

  5. Rockies sign Michael Cuddyer to three-year, $31.5 million deal

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EST

    cuddyer getty

    Minnesota made a $25 million offer to Michael Cuddyer at least 10 days ago and signed Josh Willingham to replace him yesterday, and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Cuddyer “is in agreement” with Colorado on a three-year, $31.5 million deal. By avoiding any comments to the media and not giving the Twins a…

  6. Report: Prince Fielder is “the Cubs’ player to lose”

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Yesterday there were conflicting reports about the Cubs’ interest in Prince Fielder, with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com saying they were “stepping up their pursuit” and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe saying they’re “not major players” for the free agent first baseman. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com chimed in on the situation today, writing that “the…

  7. Cardinals finalize one-year deal with reliever J.C. Romero

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:50 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero has bounced around a ton over the past few seasons and his latest home is St. Louis, as the Cardinals have finalized a one-year deal with the left-handed reliever. Romero’s terrible control and inability to consistently get right-handed batters out make him a poor fit in a setup role, but he remained death…

  8. Dontrelle Willis signs one-year contract with Phillies

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:10 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Willis passed his physical exam, so the deal is now official. ========== Last month Dontrelle Willis was said to be drawing a decent amount of interest as a free agent and sure enough it sounds like he’s managed to get a big-league deal for guaranteed money. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willis is…

  9. Michael Cuddyer’s delayed decision has everyone confused

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:37 PM EST

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    As a Twins fan I’ve been confused by Michael Cuddyer not responding to a three-year, $25 million offer that Minnesota put on the table more than a week ago and apparently I’m not alone. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “many in the industry are baffled that free agent Michael Cuddyer is taking so long…

  10. Report: Cubs “stepping up their pursuit of Prince Fielder”

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:43 PM EST

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    There seemingly hasn’t been much movement on the Prince Fielder front since Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, but now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs are “stepping up their pursuit of Fielder.” What that means exactly is unclear, but with the Marlins saying repeatedly that they aren’t interested in throwing a ton…

  11. Twins haven’t ruled out re-signing Michael Cuddyer even after Josh Willingham deal

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Michael Cuddyer

    Josh Willingham was signed to replace Michael Cuddyer as the right-handed bat in the middle of Minnesota’s lineup, but now that Willingham’s three-year, $21 million deal is finally official the Twins aren’t ruling out bringing back Cuddyer too. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “there is growing hope within the Twins organization…

  12. Mariners near deal with Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Munenori Kawasaki

    Last month Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent and held a press conference announcing that the only MLB team he was interested in signing with was the Mariners. It sounds like Kawasaki will get his wish, although publicly ruling out the other 29 teams might have wrecked his leverage, as Larry Stone of…

  13. Jake Peavy says relationship with Ozzie Guillen “didn’t end on good terms”

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:21 PM EST

    peavy getty wide

    Jake Peavy talked to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune about the White Sox parting ways with manager Ozzie Guillen and replacing him with Robin Ventura, saying he thought the move was necessary because “things needed to change with the way we did things.” Peavy prefaced his comments with “I’m not, in any way, bashing…

  14. Josh Willingham’s three-year, $21 million deal with the Twins is finally official

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:50 AM EST

    willingham getty

    Josh Willingham and the Twins went oddly silent after news broke earlier this week that he’d agreed to terms on a three-year, $21 million contract, leading to speculation that Michael Cuddyer may have had second thoughts about leaving Minnesota. I’m still not sure what the lengthy delay and secrecy was about, but the Twins have…

  15. Josh Hamilton is looking for a new “accountability partner”

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    Among other duties Johnny Narron has served as Josh Hamilton‘s “accountability partner” since 2009, but he left the team last month to become the Brewers’ new hitting coach and now the Rangers are searching for a new person to keep the former MVP in line on the road. “We’re working on it,” Hamilton told Richard…

  16. Carlos Zambrano is “climbing mountains and running on the beach”

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano took the mound in the Venezuelan winter league yesterday for the first time since a line drive off the face on November 18 left him needing 16 stitches. Zambrano faced 13 batters and tossed four hitless, scoreless innings, with Carrie Muskat of MLB.com noting that eight of his twelve outs came on ground…

  17. Giants re-sign Guillermo Mota to one-year, $1 million deal

    Dec 14, 2011, 5:17 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Last week Guillermo Mota was said to be close to re-signing with the Giants and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that it’s a done deal, as the veteran reliever gets a one-year, $1 million contract. Mota earned $925,000 in 2011 after inking a minor-league deal with the Giants, throwing 80 innings with a 3.81…

  18. Bill Smith returning to Twins a month after being fired as GM

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Minnesota Twins

    Minnesota fired Bill Smith as general manager on November 7, replacing him with former GM Terry Ryan, but they talked about wanting to keep him as part of the organization in a different role and apparently Smith is willing to stay. Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com reports that Smith is close to returning in a “special…

  19. Red Sox sign Nick Punto for two years and $3.5 million

    Dec 14, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Mark Kotsay, Nick Punto

    This morning the Red Sox traded infielder Jed Lowrie to the Astros in a deal for reliever Mark Melancon and it didn’t take them long to replace him, with Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reporting that Boston has signed Nick Punto to a two-year, $3.5 million contract. Punto was paid just $750,000 by the Cardinals and…

  20. General manager Walt Jocketty calls Reds’ lack of moves “very frustrating”

    Dec 14, 2011, 2:57 PM EST

    Walt Jocketty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty has come up empty on various attempts to make a significant move this offseason and called it “very frustrating.” “It’s all I’ve been working on, trying to improve our pitching,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “It’s been an extension of the winter meetings. But we’re still not…

  21. Michael Cuddyer signing with Rockies “could happen today”

    Dec 14, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    cuddyer wide getty

    Josh Willingham‘s three-year, $21 million deal with the Twins isn’t finalized yet, but it sounds just about official and that means the man he’s replacing in Minnesota, Michael Cuddyer, could also be on the verge of choosing a new team. Cuddyer has been linked to Colorado all offseason and Troy Renck of the Denver Post…

  22. Joel Zumaya threw for more than 50 scouts today

    Dec 14, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    Joel Zumaya took a big step in his latest comeback today, throwing for scouts in Houston to show he’s recovered from a fractured elbow that’s kept him out since mid-2010. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that “more than 50 scouts” were in attendance, passing along word that Zumaya threw 93-96 miles per hour. One of…

  23. Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are Rays pitchers most likely to be shopped

    Dec 14, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

    wade davis getty

    Tampa Bay has all kinds of starting pitching depth, leading to speculation that they’ll try to cash some of it in for lineup help at some point. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times examined all the rotation options and concluded that Wade Davis and Jeff Niemann are the most likely starters to be traded…

  24. Closer found? Red Sox get Mark Melancon from Astros for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EST

    Mark Melancon

    Boston may still add a veteran closer to replace Jonathan Papelbon, but in the meantime they’ve picked up a potential ninth-inning option in right-hander Mark Melancon, who saved 20 games for the Astros this year. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox are sending infielder Jed Lowrie and pitching prospect Kyle Weiland to…

  25. Alex Gonzalez’s one-year, $4.25 million deal with Brewers has vesting option for 2013

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Alex Gonzalez

    Milwaukee briefly flirted with Jimmy Rollins before settling on Alex Gonzalez as their new shortstop and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that his one-year deal is worth $4.25 million with a $4 million option for 2013 that vests with 525 plate appearances. That makes it easy for the Brewers to cut bait on Gonzalez if…

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