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

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    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…

  4. Heath Bell never got an offer from the Padres

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    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…

  5. Darren Oliver expected to re-sign with Rangers

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

  6. Cubs official denies making offer to Albert Pujols

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  7. Andrew Friedman officially turns down the Astros

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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”…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    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,…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    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’…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    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…

  16. Phillies “actively trying to move” Placido Polanco

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    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…

  18. Nationals not interested in Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    "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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

  22. Diamondbacks working on deal with Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    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…

  23. Reds hire Jim Riggleman as Double-A manager

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    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…

  25. Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    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…

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