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  1. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

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    Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Pena will turn down the Cubs’ offer. That doesn’t preclude Pena from eventually re-signing with the Cubs, but it means he expects to do better than a one-year deal for around $10 million on…

  2. C.J. Wilson’s agent was “pleasantly surprised” by meeting with Rangers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Yesterday the Rangers met with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber, who described the get-together as “great” and said he was “pleasantly surprised” by how things went. That presumably means the Rangers made a strong push to re-sign Wilson, but Garber declined to tell Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas if an actual offer was made and…

  3. UPDATE: Nate McLouth returns to Pirates on one-year deal

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:43 PM EST

    Nate McLouth

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and McClouth have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical. 5:24 PM: Yesterday’s “mutual interest” in a Nate McLouth-Pirates reunion is apparently close to becoming a done deal and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that they’re also close to signing Wilson Betemit.…

  4. Kyle Lohse would block Cardinals’ attempt to trade him

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EST

    Kyle Lohse

    There have been several reports that the Cardinals are looking to trade Kyle Lohse, presumably to open up a rotation spot for Mark Buehrle, but one potential stumbling block is that Lohse has a full no-trade clause. And according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would use it to block a…

  5. Kendrys Morales “cleared to start light jogging” … again

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:02 PM EST

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    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29, 2010, suffering numerous setbacks along the way, and the Angels first baseman still sounds iffy to be ready for Opening Day. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports that Morales “has been taking batting practice and has been cleared to start light jogging…

  6. Tweet of the Day: Winter meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    heyman and rubin tweet

    These tweets showed up back-to-back in my timeline just now:

  7. Theo Epstein bought a $3.25 million house blocks from Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Theo Epstein is putting his five-year, $20 million contract to work already, as Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that the new Cubs president paid $3.25 million for a 7,800-square foot house “just blocks from Wrigley Field.” Goldsborough writes that Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp had “signed a contract to buy the house” back…

  8. Marlins won’t give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE: Marlins president David Samson said this afternoon that “there will not be a free agent signed that includes a no-trade clause.” So if that’s truly a sticking point for Pujols, it would be a deal-breaker. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms previous reports that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract and…

  9. Report: Manny Ramirez “is calling teams directly”

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    News of Manny Ramirez’s comeback predictably failed to create a bidding war for the 39-year-old with a 50-game suspension looming over his head, so Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that Ramirez is “so intent on finding work he’s calling teams directly.” Oh what I wouldn’t give to hear those calls. “Billy Beane here.”…

  10. Braves’ reported interest in White Sox reliever Matt Thornton “was bogus”

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Matt Thornton

    UPDATE: And now O’Brien takes it a step further, calling Cowley’s rumor “bogus.” ========== Matt Thornton was rumored to be on the trading block even before general manager Ken Williams said today that the White Sox are going into rebuilding mode, and sure enough Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “Thornton to…

  11. Carlos Zambrano met with Theo Epstein, expects to stay with Cubs

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Under the previous Cubs regime Carlos Zambrano was considered a goner, but after meeting recently with new team president Theo Epstein the mercurial right-hander now expects to remain in Chicago. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke to an unnamed friend of Zambrano who said “he likes Theo and is looking forward to proving himself…

  12. Allen Craig undergoes knee surgery, status for Opening Day in doubt

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Allen Craig

    Even if the Cardinals turn to Allen Craig as Albert Pujols‘ replacement they may still have to find someone else to start on Opening Day. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Craig underwent right knee surgery before Thanksgiving and “the club is braced for the possibility that he won’t be available”…

  13. Hideki Matsui unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    Since taking over as the A’s manager in the middle of the season Bob Melvin has said repeatedly that he’d like the team to re-sign Hideki Matsui, but he sounds highly unlikely to get his wish. Melvin reiterated his desire for Matsui to return while speaking to reporters yesterday at the winter meetings, but general…

  14. Report: Marlins’ offer to Albert Pujols tops $200 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today has some specifics on the Marlins’ 10-year offer to Albert Pujols, reporting that the proposal is “in excess of $200 million.” Last week when the Marlins reportedly made a nine-year offer to Pujols it was said to be for significantly less than the $200 million or so the Cardials offered…

  15. Brandon Inge suffers no major injuries in multiple car accident

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    WXYZ in Michigan is reporting that Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge was “involved in a multiple car accident” this morning. Here are the early details: Police report Inge was traveling southbound on Parker near Scio Church Rd. when his vehicle slid through a four-way stop hitting multiple vehicles. At least five other vehicles are confirmed…

  16. Heath Bell never got an offer from the Padres

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    Not that it would have mattered considering the Marlins’ willingness to throw around money, but Heath Bell revealed yesterday that he never got an offer of any kind from the Padres. During his introductory Marlins press conference Bell repeated his season-long stance that he “really wanted to stay in San Diego for me, the family…

  17. Darren Oliver expected to re-sign with Rangers

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Last month Darren Oliver got the go-ahead from his wife to return for a 19th season at age 41 and now the free agent left-hander is on the verge of re-signing with the Rangers. General manager Jon Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he hopes the Rangers “will be the last team he plays…

  18. Cubs official denies making offer to Albert Pujols

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported last night that the Cubs “are believed to have made a qualifying bid” for Albert Pujols. However, this morning Carrie Muskat of MLB.com spoke to an unnamed Cubs official who “denied the reports.” Muskat adds that she thinks a Cubs offer to Pujols “seems unlikely” because…

  19. Andrew Friedman officially turns down the Astros

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Andrew Friedman officially withdrew his name from consideration for the Astros’ general manager search yesterday, releasing a statement that said he “chose not to be a part of the Astros’ process” and “it is in no way a reflection on the Houston organization.” Saying “it is in no way a reflection of the Houston organization”…

  20. UPDATE: Nationals GM denies making six-year offer to C.J. Wilson

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    UPDATE III: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears that the Nats had little, if any, interest in Wilson from the start. Mark Buehrle remains their top target. UPDATE II: If you’re wondering why C.J. Wilson hasn’t accepted that six-year offer from the Nationals yet, well, it’s because it’s apparently not true. Nationals general manager…

  21. Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins make offers to Mark Buehrle

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle has been linked to half the teams in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins are the teams known to have made the free agent left-hander a contract offer. Rosenthal writes that Minnesota’s offer is “not as strong” as the others, which he says are for…

  22. Ronald Belisario wants back with Dodgers after missing season with visa issues

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EST

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    Last spring Ronald Belisario kept insisting that he’d report to Dodgers camp as soon as he found his passport, but instead the reliever ended up missing the entire year due to visa problems and was placed on the restricted list so that he didn’t count towards the 40-man roster. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that…

  23. Joe Maddon “very confident” he’ll sign extension with Rays

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EST

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon is entering the final season of his contract with the Rays, but the reigning Manager of the Year told reporters at the winter meetings that he’s “very confident” the two sides will be able to work out an extension. Maddon revealed that they’ve already begun talking and said he’s “really not concerned about…

  24. Marlins had 30-minute meeting with Albert Pujols’ agent today

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    pujols reuters

    Reports last night that the Marlins were making an aggressive push to sign Albert Pujols took the next step today, as the team met for 30 minutes with the first baseman’s agent, Dan Lozano. That doesn’t necessarily mean that an offer was made, let alone that the Marlins are ahead of the Cardinals’ longstanding offer,…

  25. Phillies’ meeting with Jimmy Rollins’ agent “did not go all that well”

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins‘ agent met recently with the Phillies and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the meeting “did not go all that well.” Salisbury writes that Rollins continues to insist on a five-year contract, with the Phillies understandably balking at making that sort of commitment to a 33-year-old shortstop who’s already started to decline. In…

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