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  1. After whiffing on top targets, A’s shift focus to Hideki Matsui

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Oakland left the winter meetings empty handed despite several attempts to make a big splash, which has Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle thinking that the A’s will turn their attention to signing Hideki Matsui. Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, told Slusser that he expects to begin fielding offers over the weekend and indicated that…

  2. CC Sabathia says Yankees, not Red Sox, are the team to beat

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Asked yesterday what the Red Sox adding Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup does to the AL East picture, CC Sabathia predictably responded that the Yankees remain the team to beat in 2011. You want me to say the Red Sox are the favorites? I mean … I think the Yankees. If you…

  3. Martin in “serious discussions” with Yanks, Red Sox and Jays

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Russell Martin’s agent said today that the rehabbing catcher is in “serious” talks with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays after the Dodgers all but ruled out a return by signing both Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com the Red Sox have made an offer to Martin, who was…

  4. Giants offer to bring back World Series MVP Edgar Renteria as a bench player

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    Last month the Giants declined their $10.5 million 2011 option on Edgar Renteria just three days after he was named World Series MVP, but John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports they’ve offered him a one-year contract “to be a utility infielder.” Renteria has never started a game at a position other than shortstop…

  5. Brandon Webb “remains the Cubs’ No. 1 target”

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    After signing first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million deal the Cubs have turned their attention to the rotation. Craig reported earlier that Matt Garza could be a possibility, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Brandon Webb “remains their No. 1 target.” Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of 2009…

  6. Mariners and Miguel Olivo agree to two-year, $7 million deal

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Seattle has signed catcher Miguel Olivo to a two-year, $7 million contract with a team option for 2013, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Last month the Blue Jays acquired Olivo from the Rockies for a player to be named later, declined his $2.6 million option for 2011, and then offered him arbitration, which…

  7. Cliff Lee’s agent responds to Nolan Ryan: “That’s not the way the process works”

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Last night Nolan Ryan talked about the Rangers wanting agent Darek Braunecker to “tell them what it would take to sign” Cliff Lee. This afternoon Braunecker responded by speaking to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com about Ryan’s request and basically pointed out that negotiations where one side is fielding offers from multiple bidders don’t really work…

  8. Manny Ramirez had surgery on a groin injury he didn’t even know about

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery shortly after the season ended, but yesterday agent Scott Boras told reporters that Ramirez “didn’t know about” the injury. Seriously. According to Boras: I’m not sure Manny knew about it. In fact, I know he didn’t know about it because we were all surprised. I don’t think Manny felt anything…

  9. San Diego’s trade for Jason Bartlett “is off, at least for now”

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    Yesterday the Padres and Rays seemingly had agreed on a deal that would send shortstop Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell. At one point several sources described the trade as completed, pending the usual physical exams and paperwork, and when contacted by reporters Bartlett indicated the Rays had told…

  10. Pirates and Scott Olsen finalize one-year deal with 2012 option

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    As expected, the Pirates and Scott Olsen have agreed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2012. Olsen, who’s gone 24-38 with a 5.17 ERA since a solid rookie season in 2006, will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh while earning $500,000 in base salary with another $3 million in potential incentives.…

  11. Orioles re-sign reliever Koji Uehara to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

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    Two weeks ago Baltimore declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara because it would have meant committing to a raise on his $5 million salary, but the Orioles have now re-signed the 35-year-old reliever to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2012. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the new deal…

  12. Game over? Yankees offer a seventh year to Cliff Lee

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Yesterday the Yankees reportedly offered Cliff Lee a six-year, $140 million contract, but now both Jon Heyman of SI.com and Buster Olney of ESPN.com report that they’ve bumped the offer up to seven years. Previous speculation had the Yankees refusing to add a seventh year to the deal, but that was before Carl Crawford and…

  13. Dodgers close to signing Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

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    In a move that would seemingly rule out a return to Los Angeles for Russell Martin and likely send minor-league veteran A.J. Ellis back Triple-A for another season, Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Dioner Navarro to a one-year deal. Navarro played for the Dodgers in 2005 and part…

  14. Reds re-sign utility man Miguel Cairo to two-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure why any team would feel the need to give a multi-year contract to a 36-year-old, career-long utility infielder with a lifetime OPS under .700, but the Reds did just that by inking Miguel Cairo to a two-year deal. In fairness Cairo is coming off one of the best seasons of his career,…

  15. Diamondbacks re-sign Mike Hampton to minor-league deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Mike Hampton came back from his latest arm surgery to make 10 appearances as a left-handed specialist for the Diamondbacks in September and today Arizona re-signed him to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Hampton “will compete for a job coming out of the…

  16. Braves “closing in on a deal” with reliever George Sherrill

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    george-sherrill-dodgers

    Lefty reliever George Sherrill is “closing in on a deal” with the Braves, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. With a 6.69 ERA this season Sherrill earned his non-tender from the Dodgers, but he was an All-Star in 2008, had a 1.70 ERA in 2009, and still looks plenty capable of being a good left-handed…

  17. Orioles “are in serious negotiations” for J.J. Hardy

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Orioles were said to be close to sending Nolan Reimold to the Rays for Jason Bartlett, but that deal fell through and Baltimore’s shortstop search has moved on to J.J. Hardy. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “are in serious negotiations” to acquire the Twins shortstop and are offering…

  18. Mariners sign A’s castoff Jack Cust to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jack Cust was non-tendered by the A’s last week, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll remain in the AL West and sign a one-year contract with the Mariners worth $2.5 million in base salary. Cust has seen his power numbers decline in three straight seasons, but he remains a walk machine who…

  19. Diamondbacks “closing in on a deal” for Henry Blanco

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “are closing in on a deal to sign” Henry Blanco, with the veteran catcher expected to receive a one-year contract. It makes sense for the Diamondbacks to find a right-handed-hitting backup for the left-handed-hitting Miguel Montero, who’s entrenched as the starter behind the plate. Blanco…

  20. Padres sign Dustin Moseley to one-year, $900,000 deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week San Diego signed Aaron Harang to a one-year, $4 million deal and the Padres have added another potential starter in Dustin Moseley, who’ll get $900,000 in 2011. Moseley has bounced around between the majors and Triple-A for the past five seasons, posting a 5.28 ERA in 233 total innings for the Angels…

  21. Freddy Sanchez undergoes his second shoulder surgery in the past 12 months

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez

    Freddy Sanchez underwent left shoulder surgery yesterday and the Giants expect him to need about eight weeks of rehab, leaving plenty of time to get ready for spring training. Of course, Sanchez also had surgery on his left shoulder last December and ended up needing five months to recover before playing in his first game…

  22. Marlins “gauging interest” in Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension all year, so it’s not surprising to see Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald report that the team is “gauging interest” in Nolasco at the winter meetings. According to Spencer they’re also taking calls on closer Leo Nunez, but “are…

  23. Agent angry at A’s over failed Hisashi Iwakuma negotiations

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Throughout the 30-day window for the A’s to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma agent Don Nomura criticized the team via Twitter and now that the window has closed without a contract being signed his criticisms are even more plentiful. Nomura told the Associated Press that the A’s “never showed any respect” and “their offer…

  24. CC Sabathia says he won’t opt out of contract after 2011, but it would make financial sense if he did

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia’s seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees contains a clause that allows him to opt out after three seasons, which means he could become a free agent next offseason. Doing so would involve passing on the four years and $97 million remaining on the deal after 2011, but given the reports of Cliff…

  25. UPDATE: Mets sign D.J. Carrasco to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets have signed Carrasco to a two-year contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that he’ll make $2.5 million in the deal, so it’s hard to get too bent out of shape about this one. Good value signing. 5:17 PM: Free agent reliever D.J.…

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