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  1. Bobby Abreu could be “odd man out” for Angels after Albert Pujols signing

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Albert Pujols‘ arrival means the Angels have a logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters, and while trading Mark Trumbo would bring back the most in return Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that “the odd man out would probably be Bobby Abreu.” Not only won’t the Angels be able to…

  2. Marlins say their offer to Albert Pujols was “nowhere near” $275 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    The-Truth-Is-Out-There

    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Marlins’ final offer to Albert Pujols was $210 million for 10 years, but then later Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported their top proposal as $275 million. Today team president David Samson vehemently denied Nightengale’s report, telling Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the…

  3. Multiple teams interested in trading for Francisco Rodriguez

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez threw a wrench into the Brewers’ payroll plans by accepting arbitration and locking them into a one-year deal for at least $12 milllion, causing them to lose LaTroy Hawkins and potentially scale back efforts to sign other free agents. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Brewers have gotten interest in Rodriguez…

  4. Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen. “Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m…

  5. Cubs and Red Sox still haven’t figured out compensation for Theo Epstein

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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

    It’s been nearly two months since Theo Epstein left the Red Sox for the Cubs and the two sides still haven’t come to an agreement on compensation, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that they “seem disinterested in settling the issue.” There was speculation all along that the agreement wouldn’t come until after…

  6. Yankees want Andruw Jones back in part-time role

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Andruw Jones played well for the Yankees in a part-time role this year, hitting .247 with 13 homers and an .851 OPS in 77 games, and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that he’s “sure they want him back.” Boras also added that Jones “wanted to play more than what he played in New York” but…

  7. Year-by-year breakdown of C.J. Wilson’s $77.5 million deal

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    Here are the specifics of C.J. Wilson‘s five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels: Signing bonus: $2.5 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $11 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million That’s pretty heavily backloaded, although certainly not as much as, say, Jose Reyes‘ deal with the Marlins. Bill Plunkett of the Orange…

  8. Albert Pujols gave the Cardinals much more than they paid for

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    Cardinals fans are predictably very upset with Albert Pujols for choosing to leave St. Louis and sign with the Angels for considerably more money, but it’s worth remembering that because of MLB’s service time and financial structure he’s spent most of his career being significantly underpaid. Pujols was paid around $104 million for his 11…

  9. Brewers sign shortstop Alex Gonzalez to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    Milwaukee’s search for a shortstop is apparently over, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2013. That takes the Brewers completely out of the mix for Jimmy Rollins, who seemingly is now choosing between re-signing with the Phillies…

  10. One year later: Re-examining last winter’s biggest contracts

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

    crawford-and-epstein

    While everyone debates the wisdom of giving $254 million to Albert Pujols or $106 million to Jose Reyes or $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson, it seems like a good time to look back at the biggest contracts signed last offseason: Carl Crawford: $142 million for seven years Jayson Werth: $126 million for seven years Cliff…

  11. Rockies confirm interest in free agent Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Minnesota has made Michael Cuddyer a three-year, $25 million offer to re-sign, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Colorado could jump into the mix for the veteran right fielder after freeing up some payroll space by trading Huston Street. Renck has regularly linked the Rockies to Cuddyer in the past and reports…

  12. Rockies acquire Kevin Slowey from Twins for Daniel Turpen

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    UPDATE: Now that the Rule 5 draft is over the player to be named later has been revealed as Double-A right-hander Daniel Turpen, a side-arming reliever who’s a marginal prospect at best. ========== Kevin Slowey, who fell out of favor in Minnesota after being demoted from the rotation to the bullpen in spring training, has…

  13. C.J. Wilson: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin”

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:14 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Albert Pujols reportedly turned down $275 million from the Marlins to take $254 million from the Angels and it turns out C.J. Wilson also opted against going to Miami for the most possible money. Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the left-hander “easily” could have topped $100 million because the Marlins…

  14. Report: Albert Pujols turned down bigger offer from Marlins

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    miami marlins new log

    UPDATE: Suffice it to say there’s some significant disagreement about how much the Marlins actually offered Pujols, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today says it was $275 million for 10 years. That’s a pretty huge difference compared to Frisaro’s report of $210 million and in Nightengale’s scenario Pujols left $25 million or so on the…

  15. Albert Pujols and how the best players ever through age 31 performed from age 32 on

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Perhaps the only thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis for the Angels and $250 million is that his Cardinals career was amazing. Pujols debuted on April 2, 2001 after surprisingly making the team out of spring training as a 21-year-old with just three games of experience above…

  16. Ivan Rodriguez won’t re-sign with Nationals, eyes backup role

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Agent Scott Boras told reporters at the winter meetings yesterday that Ivan Rodriguez won’t be re-signing with the Nationals, saying: “I think their plan at the moment excludes him.” Rodriguez backed up Wilson Ramos this year, but the Nationals still have Jesus Flores around and there are a couple intriguing catcher prospects coming up through…

  17. Astros take Rhiner Cruz from Mets with top pick in Rule 5 draft

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:03 AM EDT

    rhiner cruz mets

    This morning’s Rule 5 draft wasn’t very exciting, as a total of just 12 players were selected from an available talent pool that nearly everyone seemed to agree was somewhat underwhelming. With the No. 1 pick the Astros selected right-hander Rhiner Cruz from the Mets. He was originally signed by the Tigers as a teenager…

  18. Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration has already cost the Brewers LaTroy Hawkins

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hawkins_LaTroy

    By accepting arbitration last night Francisco Rodriguez shook up the Brewers’ offseason plans, forcing them to potentially step away from other free agents like Aramis Ramirez and Takashi Saito because he takes up so much of their remaining payroll space. That could change if the Brewers end up trading Rodriguez or ownership signs off on…

  19. Pirates release arbitration eligible pitcher Ross Ohlendorf

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    ohlendorf_ross

    Ross Ohlendorf was arbitration eligible for the second time and would have earned around $2 million even after a miserable season, so the Pirates decided to release the right-hander. Ohlendorf was much better than his 1-11 record in 2010, posting a 4.07 ERA in 108 innings, but his ERA ballooned to 8.15 ERA in 39…

  20. Albert Pujols signs 10-year, $254 million contract with Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Last night the buzz coming from the winter meetings was that Albert Pujols wasn’t anywhere near making a decision, but either that was wrong or things changed dramatically overnight. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Pujols has agreed to sign with the Angels, getting a 10-year contract worth between $250 million and $260 million.…

  21. Agent tells Marlins they’re out, Albert Pujols “will not be going to Florida”

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    By signing Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million deal the Marlins made it pretty clear that they were no longer holding out much hope of reeling in Albert Pujols, and sure enough Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pujols’ agent has informed Miami that they’re out of the running. Or as Crasnick put it:…

  22. Mark Buehrle follows Ozzie Guillen to Miami, signing $58 million deal with Marlins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    buehrle and ozzie

    In a sign that Miami’s pursuit of Albert Pujols is likely over, the Marlins shifted their attention to the rotation and signed veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million contract. Buehrle drew interest from nearly half the teams in baseball, but recently narrowed his choices down to the Marlins, Nationals, and one other…

  23. Reds general manager calls Cody Ross “an interesting name”

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    Cody Ross has little chance of securing the three-year contract he’s reportedly seeking, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty admitted today that he plans to speak to the outfielder’s agent about a possible deal. Jocketty called Ross “an interesting name” and indicated to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that it would have to be…

  24. Aramis Ramirez declines Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    As expected, free agent Aramis Ramirez has declined the Cubs’ arbitration offer ahead of tonight’s deadline. Accepting the offer would have locked the Cubs into a one-year deal for around $15 million, but Ramirez obviously believes he can do better on the open market. As a Type B free agent he’ll fetch Chicago a supplemental…

  25. Pirates no longer trying to sign Wilson Betemit

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported yesterday that the Pirates were close to signing both Nate McLouth and Wilson Betemit. They finalized a one-year, $1.75 million deal with McLouth today, but now Biertempfel says the Pirates are “no longer pursuing” Betemit. No word on why they changed plans, but Betemit remains a nice…

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