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  1. White Sox and Royals interested in Brett Gardner

    Dec 11, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    Earlier this week the Royals were said to be interested in Brett Gardner, whose role with the Yankees is unclear following the trade for Curtis Granderson, and now the White Sox are reportedly interested in him too. New York may be hesitant to deal Gardner until sorting things out with Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon,…

  2. Mets' offer to Bay reportedly similar to rejected Red Sox proposal

    Dec 10, 2009, 3:50 PM EDT

    Matthew noted earlier this afternoon that the Mets have officially submitted an offer to Jason Bay and now Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the initial proposal “is in the range of” the four-year, $60 million deal that Bay rejected from the Red Sox prior to becoming a free agent. Presumably the…

  3. Rays 'close' to getting Milton Bradley from Cubs

    Dec 10, 2009, 2:50 PM EDT

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Cubs “are close to trading Milton Bradley” and “all indications are that he’ll be going to Tampa Bay.” Bradley has been linked to the Rays for quite a while now, with rumors swirling around various versions of a potential Bradley-for-Pat Burrell swap of unwanted contracts. It’s unclear…

  4. Rockies hoping to re-sign Giambi for bench job

    Dec 10, 2009, 2:02 PM EDT

    Jason Giambi is hoping to find a starting job after spending September coming off Colorado’s bench, but if he’s unable to land a full-time gig manager Jim Tracy has let him know that the Rockies would love to have him back: Honesty is the best way to go. That’s the way I know how we…

  5. Astros sign Pedro Feliz to one-year deal

    Dec 10, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Astros have agreed to a one-year, $4 million contract with third baseman Pedro Feliz. Feliz became a free agent last month when the Phillies declined his $5 million option for 2010, but he managed to find another starting job for just $1 million less. Of course, he had…

  6. GM says Tigers 'a long shot' to re-sign Rodney

    Dec 10, 2009, 11:57 AM EDT

    After shedding payroll in the form of Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson yesterday, general manager Dave Dombrowski described the Tigers’ chances of re-signing closer Fernando Rodney as “a long shot.” Rodney’s primary setup man, Brandon Lyon, somehow snookered the Astros into giving him a three-year, $15 million deal last night, and Dombrowski indicated that Rodney…

  7. Royals release Mike Jacobs, John Bale

    Dec 10, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    Prior to this morning’s Rule 5 draft the Royals cleared a pair of 40-man roster spots by releasing Mike Jacobs and John Bale. Kansas City gave up reliever Leo Nunez to get Jacobs from Florida last offseason and then paid him $3.3 million to hit .228/.297/.401 with terrible defense in 128 games. He certainly couldn’t…

  8. Pirates sign Bobby Crosby to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:55 PM EDT

    Apparently not satisfied with Ronny Cedeno as their lone option at shortstop, the Pirates have reportedly signed Bobby Crosby to a one-year deal worth $1 million in guaranteed money and another $500,000 in playing time-based incentives. According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette the Pirates “are bringing in Crosby with the idea that…

  9. UPDATE: Astros trade for Matt Lindstrom

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:03 PM EDT

    UPDATE: The deal is official now. Florida receives mid-level prospects Robert Bono and Luis Bryan, plus a player to be named later. And saves a bit of cash, of course. * * * * * * * * * * Houston has been shopping for bullpen help after closer Jose Valverde declined arbitration and setup…

  10. Jackson likely to struggle if asked to immediately replace Granderson

    Dec 9, 2009, 4:07 PM EDT

    Austin Jackson is arguably the centerpiece of the package heading to the Tigers from the three-team trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks, and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that Detroit plans to have him replace Curtis Granderson as the Opening Day center fielder. Teams feeling the need to show immediate results from…

  11. Astros targeting Soriano or Lindstrom for bullpen

    Dec 9, 2009, 3:10 PM EDT

    Houston has an opening at closer after Jose Valverde declined arbitration and an empty setup spot with LaTroy Hawkins is headed to Milwaukee, so the Astros are reportedly pursuing trades for Matt Lindstrom of the Marlins and Rafael Soriano of the Braves. Soriano surprisingly accepted Atlanta’s arbitration offer and because the Braves have already rebuilt…

  12. Orioles 'close' to getting Millwood from Rangers

    Dec 9, 2009, 2:24 PM EDT

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are “very close” to acquiring Kevin Millwood from the Rangers in exchange for Chris Ray. This morning the newspaper noted that Baltimore would assume the bulk of Millwood’s remaining contract, which pays him $12 million in 2010, so that’s presumably why Texas is willing to…

  13. Why did Arizona give up on Max Scherzer?

    Dec 9, 2009, 1:42 PM EDT

    To me the most surprising aspect of the big three-team Curtis Granderson trade is that the Diamondbacks were willing to give up on Max Scherzer, who just moments before the deal was talked up by Arizona manager A.J. Hinch as a future ace and has always looked to me like a potentially dominant starter. Scherzer…

  14. Finally! Brewers and Randy Wolf ink 3-year deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf has had a three-year offer on the table from the Brewers for at least 48 hours and after unsuccessfully shopping around for something better the free agent left-hander has finally decided to sign with Milwaukee. He’ll reportedly get $29.75 million over three years and the deal also includes a fourth-year team option for…

  15. Red Sox pursuing Beltre and shopping Lowell

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week there was speculation that Boston would be interested in Adrian Beltre if he declined arbitration from Seattle, and now that he’s done so WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford reports that “the Red Sox might be trying to position themselves to make a run” at the free agent third baseman. In order for Beltre to…

  16. Padres might be too cheap to pay Kevin Correia

    Dec 9, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    Kevin Correia said last night that he expects to be non-tendered by the Padres if the two sides can’t agree on a contract for 2010 by the end of the week. Correia is arbitration eligible for the first time after going 12-11 with a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts and the Padres are worried about…

  17. C.J. Wilson tweets about 'borderline offensive' trade offer

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:40 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson, via Twitter, on reports that the Rangers turned down an offer to trade him for Diamondbacks catcher Chris Snyder: borderline offended by az’s offer…dude hit 200! dude he’s not even a starter on his own team. come on. I’m pretty sure I could hit .200- when I had tommy john I asked the…

  18. Brewers make three-year, $31 million offer to Wolf and talk to Mulder

    Dec 8, 2009, 4:15 PM EDT

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers have made Randy Wolf a three-year, $31 million offer and are now simply waiting for his decision. Wolf and the Brewers were said to be on the verge of a deal last night, but the Mets apparently changed things by expressing late interest. Wolf…

  19. Twins cut Bonser to make room for Pavano

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:45 PM EDT

    Much like the Braves cutting Ryan Church earlier this afternoon to make room for Rafael Soriano after he surprisingly accepted arbitration, the Twins have designated Boof Bonser for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot for Carl Pavano. Pavano accepted the Twins’ arbitration offer before yesterday’s midnight deadline, essentially agreeing to remain in Minnesota on…

  20. BBWAA changes Cy Young ballot, adds Forman

    Dec 8, 2009, 3:05 PM EDT

    This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America got together to vote on various issues and the meeting produced a couple interesting pieces of news. First and foremost they voted to expand the Cy Young ballot from three spots to five spots, which is no doubt in response to the uproar caused by two writers…

  21. Braves cut Church to make room for Soriano

    Dec 8, 2009, 2:08 PM EDT

    Atlanta clearly wasn’t planning for Rafael Soriano to accept their arbitration offer, but now that he’s back in the fold–until they can find a trade partner, at least–the Braves cleared room for him on the 40-man roster by designating outfielder Ryan Church for assignment. Church was acquired from the Mets in July for Jeff Francoeur…

  22. White Sox overpay for mediocrity, sign Teahen to three-year deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 1:40 PM EDT

    Mark Teahen and the White Sox have agreed to a three-year, $14 million contract, which will cover his remaining two seasons of arbitration eligibility and buy out his first year of free agency. That’s a lot of money for mediocrity, but comes as no surprise given the oddly prevalent notion that Teahen is somehow an…

  23. Delcarmen kept injury hidden while struggling

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:58 PM EDT

    Manny Delcarmen had a 2.41 ERA in the first half and a 7.27 ERA in the second half, and today agent Jim Masteralexis explained that the reliever kept an arm injury secret while struggling: He told me his arm just didn’t feel right. He thought he could pitch through it and bounce back, but it…

  24. Rangers turn down Wilson-for-Snyder swap

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:27 PM EDT

    According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Rangers turned down the Diamondbacks’ offer of catcher Chris Snyder for reliever C.J. Wilson. Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s uncertain health status has the Rangers in the market for catching help, which is why they brought in Ivan Rodriguez down the stretch, but Snyder is owed $11.25 million over the next two…

  25. Orioles join Giants in the mix for Dan Uggla

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:44 AM EDT

    Last night Matthew discussed the Giants’ potential interest in trading for Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla in order to make him their starting left fielder and today MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro writes that the Orioles may also be interested in acquiring him to play a position other than second base. Baltimore reportedly would move Uggla to…

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