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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. Andrew Friedman highly unlikely to take Astros’ GM job

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays for the Astros was always seen as a long shot, but now it sounds like Houston never really had a chance. In fact, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is hearing that Friedman “already has decided against taking the Astros job.” Friedman is from Texas and obviously the Astros’…

  4. Laynce Nix’s two-year deal with Phillies worth $2.5 million

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

    laynce nix reuters

    Last night Laynce Nix agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get $2.5 million. That’s obviously bench player money, although Nix could end up becoming a quasi-starter in a platoon role. As an everyday player he’d be overmatched, as Nix has never shown any ability…

  5. Phillies “actively trying to move” Placido Polanco

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:52 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reports that the Phillies are strongly pursuing free agent third base Aramis Ramirez apparently have some legs, because according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’re “actively trying to move” incumbent third baseman Placido Polanco. Polanco still has $7.25 million remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract that was widely panned at the time and is…

  6. Pirates and Nate McLouth have “mutual interest” in reunion

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Nate McLouth

    Nate McLouth hasn’t been the same since leaving the Pirates in mid-2009 and now that the 30-year-old outfielder is a free agent Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that a return to Pittsburgh could be in the works. According to Biertempfel the Pirates and McLouth have “mutual interest” in a reunion and have…

  7. Nationals not interested in Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols

    Last month some reports linked Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols to the Nationals, but that can safely be ruled out now. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to a Nationals source who classified the team’s alleged interest as “not even a good lie.” Washington already has $8 million committed to Adam LaRoche at first…

  8. Red Sox “resistant” to Bill Buckner joining coaching staff

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:05 PM EST

    "The Summer of 86: The Rise and Fall Of The World Champion Mets" Premiere

    Bobby Valentine wants to add Bill Buckner to the Red Sox coaching staff, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that “the team’s front office is resistant to the idea.” Valentine and Buckner have been friends for 40 years, but of course that takes a backseat to Buckner’s history in Boston and he hasn’t coached…

  9. Michael Cuddyer more and more likely to stay in Minnesota

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Early on this offseason Michael Cuddyer seemed all but certain to leave Minnesota, as the Phillies met with him in Philadelphia and several other contenders were linked to the veteran outfielder. However, most of the rumors surrounding Cuddyer have quieted down of late and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that…

  10. Reds “hold little hope of re-signing” closer Francisco Cordero

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    At one point this offseason the Reds were said to be interested in bringing back Francisco Cordero, but now John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that they “hold little hope of re-signing” the 36-year-old closer. Fay speculates that Cordero might even be willing to re-sign on a one-year deal because the closer market is…

  11. Diamondbacks working on deal with Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    kuroda throws getty

    Now that Hiroki Kuroda is willing to sign with someone other than the Dodgers plenty of teams are interested in the 36-year-old starter and Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports that he’s in serious discussions with the Diamondbacks. In fact, according to Henson a deal with Arizona “could get done this week” if Kuroda is…

  12. Reds hire Jim Riggleman as Double-A manager

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Jim Riggleman

    Quitting on the Nationals in the middle of the season made it tough for Jim Riggleman to land another prominent big-league job, but the Reds have hired the 59-year-old former Nationals, Padres, Cubs, and Mariners manager to be their new Double-A skipper. Nothing is official yet, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Riggleman will…

  13. C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including Marlins and Angels

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:33 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    Apparently the Marlins might not be done spending. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including the Marlins and Angels. Earlier today Jon Heyman of SI.com pegged the Nationals as the favorites to sign Wilson, but then Bill Ladson of MLB.com wrote that Wilson “is not a top…

  14. Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EST

    Omar Minaya

    UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego. ========== Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman…

  15. Tweet of the Day: Nickelback talks trash with Peter Moylan

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:49 PM EST

    peter moylan and nickelback

    Rob Neyer of SB Nation points out this amusing Twitter back and forth between Braves reliever Peter Moylan and the band Nickelback (or at least whomever runs Nickelback’s account):

  16. Dave Magadan accepts Bobby Valentine’s offer to remain Red Sox’s hitting coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    Jacoby Ellsbury, Dave Magadan

    Dave Magadan has been the Red Sox’s hitting coach since 2007 and he’ll keep the job despite never working with new manager Bobby Valentine before. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com reports that Valentine called Magadan today to offer the job and he gladly accepted, saying: “It was good to get a vote of confidence from the…

  17. No one wants to be the Astros’ general manager

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:47 PM EST

    astros logo

    Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine turned down a chance to interview for the Astros’ general manager opening and apparently he wasn’t alone. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, White Sox assistant general manager Rick Hahn and MLB senior vice president of baseball operations Kim Ng also said no thanks to the Astros. Houston’s top…

  18. Bobby Valentine is going to the Dominican Republic to recruit David Ortiz (and play golf)

    Dec 2, 2011, 3:15 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz reacts after flying out against the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning of their MLB American League baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bobby Valentine is on the move. One day after being announced as the Red Sox’s new manager Valentine is headed to the Dominican Republic to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Oh, and while there Valentine will try to talk Ortiz into re-signing with the Red…

  19. Royals fire Frank White from television broadcast

    Dec 2, 2011, 2:40 PM EST

    frank white royals

    Frank White played his entire 18-season career in Kansas City and has been a full-time analyst on the team’s television broadcasts for the past three years, but the Royals announced today that he won’t be back on the air in 2012. White resigned from his role as Royals senior advisor last winter after being told…

  20. Terry Francona visiting ESPN to talk about television job

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:50 PM EST

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    SI.com media writer Richard Deitsch reports that Terry Francona is at the ESPN offices in Connecticut today discussing a potential television analyst job. Shortly after the Red Sox fired him Francona subbed for Tim McCarver during FOX’s postseason broadcast and generally received glowing reviews. And with Bobby Valentine leaving ESPN to take Francona’s old job…

  21. Dodgers sign Chris Capuano to two-year, $10 million deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v New York Mets

    Chris Capuano has agreed to a two-year contract with the Dodgers worth around $10 million, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com. Capuano played this year on an incentive-laden deal with the Mets, showing he was healthy for the first time since 2007 while throwing 186 innings with a 4.55 ERA and 168/53 K/BB ratio. He…

  22. Yoenis Cespedes’ price tag expected to rise above $50 million

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an update on Yoenis Cespedes and says “the buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign” the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder. Cespedes still has to establish residency in the Dominican Republic to officially become a free agent, but that’s viewed as merely a formality…

  23. Joel Zumaya will throw for teams in two weeks, unlikely to re-sign with Tigers

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston. Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm…

  24. Wily Mo Pena signs two-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    wily mo pena headshot ap

    Wily Mo Pena’s comeback attempt never quite took hold, as he totaled just 120 plate appearances for the Mariners and Diamondbacks, and now the flawed but powerful 29-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract to play in Japan for the Softbank Hawks. Earlier this week reports pegged Pena’s contract as being worth around $5 million,…

  25. Twins interested in free agent starter Chris Capuano

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Capuano_Chris

    UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers. =========== Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano. Capuano is coming off a bounceback season…

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