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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Nationals sign Ivan Rodriguez to head-scratcher of a two-year deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 12:45 AM EDT

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Nationals and Ivan Rodriguez have agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract. To which I say … huh? Rodriguez is not without value despite declining significantly in recent years, but committing to him for two seasons seems crazy given that he’s 38 years old and hit .249/.280/.384…

  2. Carl Pavano to accept Twins' arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2009, 8:01 PM EDT

    Arbitration decisions don’t have to be made until midnight, but Carl Pavano has reportedly decided to accept the Twins’ offer after failing to find a multi-year deal on the open market. It was a win-win situation for the Twins, who would have received a draft pick between the first and second rounds if the Type…

  3. Are Angels avoiding Holliday because of Boras?

    Dec 7, 2009, 6:50 PM EDT

    Last month Angels owner Arte Moreno revealed that the team would not be pursuing Matt Holliday and this afternoon general manager Tony Reagins confirmed those plans, telling Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports that their stance on Holliday remains “unchanged.” On the other hand, Reagins made it equally clear that the Angels are definitely in the…

  4. Great moments in winter meetings history

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

    After reading this winter meetings update from Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News, we may have figured out what Craig has been up to today in Indianapolis: In one of the more bizarre moments I’ve seen, someone in the back of the pack asked Francona if the Red Sox would play Marco Scutaro…

  5. Geoff Jenkins is looking to make a comeback

    Dec 7, 2009, 3:45 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Geoff Jenkins is planning to make a comeback after sitting out all of 2009. Jenkins was a bust for the Phillies after signing a two-year, $13 million deal two winters ago, hitting .246/.301/.391 in 2008 while losing his starting job to Jayson Werth. When the Phillies picked up Matt Stairs…

  6. Bidding for Chapman has been underwhelming

    Dec 7, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT

    ESPN.com’s Jorge Arangure, who is always one of the best sources of information on Latin American prospects, reports that Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman “might not get more than $20 million” and “perhaps not even that much.” When he became a free agent initial speculation had Chapman in line for more than $50 million, but since…

  7. Report: Tigers close to trading Edwin Jackson, still shopping Curtis Granderson

    Dec 7, 2009, 2:19 PM EDT

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers “are close to trading” Edwin Jackson to an unnamed team and “still hope to trade” Curtis Granderson at some point this week. Previous reports had the Tigers turning down the Mariners’ offer for Jackson that included Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, and rumors have been swirling…

  8. Rafael Soriano gauging interest before making arbitration decision

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano must decide by midnight whether to accept the Braves’ arbitration offer, so ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that his agent will spend the day trying to figure out if any teams are willing to beat what would likely be a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $7 million. When healthy Soriano is one of…

  9. Nationals, not Braves, get Bruney from Yankees

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT

    This morning George King of the New York Post wrote that the Braves were close to getting Brian Bruney from the Yankees, but now his newspaper-mate Joel Sherman reports that the Nationals have swooped in to acquire the 27-year-old reliever for a player to be named later. Bruney likely would have been a secondary setup…

  10. Do the Phillies want Pedro Martinez back?

    Dec 7, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT

    While attending David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic over the weekend Pedro Martinez made it clear that he’d like to pitch for the Phillies again in 2010. “They treated me very well and they were very professional,” Martinez said. “They will always have the door open.” After signing with Philadelphia in July…

  11. Braves close to getting Bruney from Yankees

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:51 AM EDT

    George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to trading reliever Brian Bruney to the Braves for prospects. Atlanta has already rebuilt the bullpen by signing free agents Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, and is still waiting to hear whether this year’s late-inning duo of Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez…

  12. Jacque Jones will be looking for a job next week

    Dec 4, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    After attending my first winter meetings three years ago I concluded that there seemed to be an inverse relationship between how important a person is and how well they dress for the event. For instance, Peter Gammons looked perfectly at home holding court in the hotel lobby while wearing an old t-shirt, gym shorts, and…

  13. Good luck with that: Angels 'working hard' to deal Gary Matthews Jr.

    Dec 4, 2009, 3:25 PM EDT

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that “the Angels are working hard to trade Gary Matthews Jr.” Of course, if the Angels could have traded Matthews without eating a significant portion of his remaining contract they would have done so long ago. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports recently ranked Matthews’ five-year, $50 million deal as the eighth-worst…

  14. Report: Figgins, Mariners close to four-year deal

    Dec 4, 2009, 2:47 PM EDT

    The infield dominoes are suddenly falling fast and furious, with FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reporting that Chone Figgins and the Mariners are on the verge of agreeing to a four-year, $36 million deal. Figgins ranks as one of the most valuable free agents available this offseason and is coming off a tremendously strong year, hitting .298/.395/.393…

  15. Brewers preparing offer to re-sign Craig Counsell

    Dec 4, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    General manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that the Brewers will make an effort to re-sign Craig Counsell and plan to send his agent a contract proposal during next week’s winter meetings. Last offseason Milwaukee declined a $3.4 million option on Counsell and then re-signed him for just $1 million, but the 39-year-old is reportedly drawing…

  16. Orioles may give Mets competition for Delgado

    Dec 4, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

    Following yesterday’s report that the Mets are interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado, Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com notes that they may have some competition from the Orioles: Carlos Delgado hasn’t started playing for Gigantes de Carolina of the Puerto Rican Winter League. The Orioles still intend to scout him later this month unless they find another…

  17. Red Sox fill shortstop void with Marco Scutaro

    Dec 4, 2009, 11:58 AM EDT

    Marco Scutaro’s contract with the Red Sox is a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2012 and ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the monetary details: Signing bonus: $1 million 2010: $5 million 2011: $5 million 2012: $6 million team option, $3 million player option, or $1.5 million buyout Technically that means Scutaro is guaranteed at…

  18. Toronto stuck with Wells, so Wells stuck in center

    Dec 3, 2009, 3:59 PM EDT

    Lost in Vernon Wells’ steep decline offensively is that he also looked significantly worse defensively this season, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos has made it clear that the Blue Jays won’t be moving him from center field any time soon: We don’t have any plans of that at all. We consider him a mainstay…

  19. Pirates confirm interest in Rick Ankiel

    Dec 3, 2009, 2:54 PM EDT

    Last week Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Pirates were interested in Rick Ankiel, and yesterday team president Frank Coonelly confirmed their interest in a chat with fans on MLB.com: Rick certainly had an off-year at the plate for the Cardinals in 2009, but we believe that the Pirates could provide Rick…

  20. Saltalamacchia suffers setback following surgery

    Dec 3, 2009, 1:56 PM EDT

    Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of the season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves a rib pushing against a nerve to cause neck, shoulder, and finger numbness. In order to make up for the lost playing time and get a feel for life post-surgery Saltalamacchia headed to the Dominican Winter League, but…

  21. Padres first-round pick Donavan Tate breaks jaw in ATV accident

    Dec 3, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Padres first-round pick Donavan Tate suffered a broken jaw and facial lacerations in an ATV accident over the weekend. He’ll be dining exclusively on liquids for a while following surgery to insert a plate and wire his jaw shut. Hopefully he went big during Thanksgiving. A high-school outfielder who was selected third overall in June…

  22. Phillies, Placido Polanco agree to three-year deal

    Dec 3, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

    Various sources are reporting that Placido Polanco and the Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $18 million contract with a mutual option for 2013. Polanco was not offered salary arbitration by the cash-strapped Tigers, allowing the Phillies to sign the Type A free agent without surrendering their first-round pick. Despite being a two-time Gold Glove…

  23. Miguel Tejada is willing to move to third base

    Dec 2, 2009, 5:25 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada has never played an inning anywhere other than shortstop during his 13-year career, but Jose De Jesus Ortiz of the Houston Chronicle reports that “he’s willing to move from shortstop to third base.” Based on both Ultimate Zone Rating and my eyes his range his slipped to the point that a move to…

  24. Mets interested in re-signing Carlos Delgado

    Dec 2, 2009, 3:58 PM EDT

    Carlos Delgado earned $12 million this season, so the Mets choosing not to offer him arbitration was a no-brainer despite his Type B free agent status. However, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post they remain interested in possibly re-signing him to a one-year deal at a lower salary. As a 37-year-old who…

  25. White Sox not seeking Jenks deal, but may listen

    Dec 2, 2009, 2:52 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks made headlines last month for suggesting that the White Sox weren’t treating him fairly regarding his injuries and conditioning, at which point general manager Ken Williams publicly stated that Jenks should focus on losing some weight. Despite that back and forth in the media, Williams made it clear today that he has no…

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