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  1. 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:…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. DeMarlo Hale out as Red Sox bench coach, joins Orioles

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    Nothing is official yet, but Boston is set to let bench coach DeMarlo Hale go and he’s expected to join Buck Showalter’s staff in Baltimore as third base coach. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the two sides are negotiating a buyout because Hale is still under contract and says the deal “should…

  7. Giants close to re-signing reliever Guillermo Mota

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Free agent reliever Guillermo Mota is “close to an agreement” to re-sign with the Giants, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Mota is 38 years old, so presumably it’s a one-year deal, but he was plenty useful in throwing 80 innings with a 3.81 ERA and 77/30 K/BB ratio. His strikeout…

  8. Rockies, Cubs discussing Ian Stewart-for-Tyler Colvin swap

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Ian Stewart has been linked to the Cubs for weeks, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Colorado is “discussing” a trade that would send the third baseman to Chicago for outfielder Tyler Colvin. Colvin followed up a solid rookie showing by hitting just .150 in 80 games this year and the 26-year-old’s lack…

  9. Picture of the Day: Stan The Man wants Pujols for Christmas

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    stan musial message

    Stan Musial’s grandson just posted this photo on Twitter: And it sounds more and more like Stan The Man will get his wish.

  10. Quote of the Day: Expectations are low for Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    lowered-expectations

    Following news that the Yankees placed the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch passed along this scouting report: Heard Nakajima’s bat could be better than Twins’ Nishioka, but not as good a fielder. “Nishioka” would be Tsuyoshi Nishioka. So that opinion suggests Nakajima’s bat “could be better…

  11. Pirates finalize one-year, $1.75 million deal with Nate McLouth

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth‘s return to the Pirates is complete, as Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that his one-year deal is worth $1.75 million. Cheap enough for a backup outfielder and the Pirates are obviously hoping McLouth will bounce back to where he was prior to their trading him to the Braves in mid-2009.…

  12. Padres get Huston Street from Rockies to replace Heath Bell

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    UPDATE: Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that it’s a done deal, with the Padres assuming “most” of Street’s contract and sending the Rockies a player to be named later in exchange. UPDATE: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Rockies are eating $1 million of Street’s salary. ========== Colorado is having “extensive…

  13. Nationals’ search for center fielder may lead to Norichika Aoki

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Aoki

    Dating back to the trading deadline the Nationals have been searching for a long-term solution in center field and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that they could turn to Japanese star Norichika Aoki if other options fall through. Aoki is expected to be posted for bidding by the Yakult Swallows at some point later…

  14. Astros interview Dodgers assistant GM Logan White

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Logan White, Zach Lee

    Turned down by Andrew Friedman and several of their other top choices, the Astros interviewed Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White for their GM opening, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. White has been with the Dodgers for a decade and runs their various scouting efforts, and McTaggart reports that he previously interviewed for the…

  15. Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that free agent reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer by tonight’s deadline. However, according to MacPherson the two sides will “maintain dialogue” while he’s on the open market. Wheeler accepting arbitration would have locked the Red Sox into a one-year deal worth around $3.5…

  16. Josh Hamilton wants a contract extension before the season

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Josh Hamilton is recovering from hernia surgery, but in the meantime the former MVP told Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas that he would like to sign a contract extension with the Rangers before Opening Day. Last winter the Rangers bought out Hamilton’s final two arbitration-eligible seasons with a two-year, $24 million contract, so he’s now…

  17. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    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…

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

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:43 PM EDT

    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.…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

    morales squarer

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    heyman and rubin tweet

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

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    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.”…

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