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  1. UPDATE: Michael Schwimer has not filed a grievance against the Phillies

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Michael Schwimer Getty

    UPDATE: Schwimer’s agent, Jeff Borris, tells Salisbury that no grievance has been filed against the Phillies. However, he did ask the MLBPA to investigate the matter. It’s still possible a grievance could be filed. “I believed Michael could have been sent down while he was hurt so I turned the matter over to the union…

  2. Report: Ryan Dempster turns down two-year, $25 million deal from Red Sox

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, free agent right-hander Ryan Dempster has rejected a two-year, $25 million offer from the Red Sox. Dempster previously rejected a similar two-year, $26 million offer from the Royals while the Brewers have been reluctant to go beyond two years. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that he…

  3. Johnny Cueto cleared to begin throwing

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

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    The last time we saw Johnny Cueto in action, he was walking off the mound in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. It’s fair to wonder how the postseason would have played out had he been healthy, but the good news for Reds fans…

  4. Joey Votto’s surgically-repaired knee isn’t 100 percent yet

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    Joey Votto required two procedures on his left knee this summer and wasn’t much of a power threat upon his return, going homerless in 25 regular season games and five postseason contests. During an appearance at the annual Redsfest today, Votto told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that while he’s making progress, his knee still isn’t…

  5. Jason Bay’s contract with the Mariners is not fully guaranteed

    Dec 6, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Some were surprised to see that Jason Bay was getting a $1 million deal from the Mariners after he accepted a buyout from the Mets about a month ago, but it turns out that his contract isn’t fully guaranteed. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that if Bay doesn’t make the team out of…

  6. Kevin Correia has multi-year offers on the table

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Maybe it’s the lack of sleep I’ve gotten this week, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman seems to be implying that free agent right-hander Kevin Correia is a pretty popular guy right now. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that the Royals are considering Correia along with Brett Myers and Jair Jurrjens, but the Twins and…

  7. Cubs to introduce Kyuji Fujikawa tomorrow at Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    After agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on a two-year, $9.5 million contract over the weekend, the Cubs plan to introduce him to the media tomorrow morning at Wrigley Field. Fujikawa, 32, will receive a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million for 2013 and 2014. His contract includes a vesting…

  8. Dodgers considering bowing out of Zack Greinke sweepstakes

    Dec 6, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    When the Winter Meetings began, many considered the deep-pocketed Dodgers the heavy favorites to land free agent right-hander Zack Greinke. But now that teams, players and agents have departed Nashville, his future isn’t so clear. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Greinke talks have reached a “critical stage” and the Dodgers are now considering bowing…

  9. The Angels are in the mix for Edwin Jackson

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:01 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    The Angels are still holding out hope to retain free agent right-hander Zack Greinke, but they are also considering some backup plans in case things don’t work out. With that in mind, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that they are one of many teams in the mix for free agent right-hander Edwin Jackson. Jackson, 29,…

  10. Josh Hamilton met with Mariners on Sunday

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said last month that it’s unlikely they’ll be major players for free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Hamilton is attending the Winter Meetings in Nashville and met with Mariners officials on Sunday. Other unidentified teams are believed to…

  11. Roberto Hernandez drawing interest from at least five teams

    Dec 3, 2012, 11:37 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Cleveland Indians

    Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com reports that free agent right-hander Roberto Hernandez is drawing interest from at least five teams, including the Indians. Hernandez, formerly known as Fausto Carmona, was arrested in his native Dominican Republic in January for falsifying his identity and didn’t end up making his season debut with the Indians until August 12.…

  12. The Astros are getting calls on Bud Norris

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:33 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Chicago Cubs

    The Astros would prefer to keep shortstop Jed Lowrie, but Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that they are willing to listen to offers for right-hander Bud Norris. The Royals are among the clubs who have inquired on Norris and they are also looking at free agent right-hander Shaun Marcum as they continue to look…

  13. Red Sox one of “four or five” teams interested in Josh Hamilton

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier today that the Rangers have been the “most aggressive” on free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but it appears they will have competition. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com in Boston reports that the Red Sox are among “four or five” teams interested in Hamilton. But their interest comes with a pretty big caveat, as…

  14. Pedro Feliciano is healthy, plans to pitch in Puerto Rican Winter League

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:29 PM EDT

    Yankees Spring Training

    Shoulder issues prevented Pedro Feliciano from throwing a pitch in the major leagues during his two-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees, but he’s hoping for better luck in 2013. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, Feliciano’s agent said that the veteran left-hander is healthy and intends to pitch in the Puerto Rican…

  15. The Dodgers have talked to the Mets about a trade for R.A. Dickey

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Getty

    Add another team to the list. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers have talked to the Mets about a possible trade for R.A. Dickey. Zack Greinke remains the Dodgers’ top priority, but there’s a chance they could try to add both pitchers. Of course, the thought is that the Mets could get more…

  16. Athletics considering free agent shortstops Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:32 PM EDT

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    The Athletics could be involved in trade talks with the Marlins for Yunel Escobar, but they are also keeping their eyes on the free agent market. According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, Athletics general manager Billy Beane said this evening that Stephen Drew and Hiroyuki Nakajima are the two free agent shortstop…

  17. Expanded replay unlikely to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 3, 2012, 8:09 PM EDT

    MLB Commissioner Bud Selig speaks during a news conference in New York

    Amidst all the exciting free agent and trade talk from the Winter Meetings is this dispiriting report by ESPN’s Jayson Stark. While commissioner Bud Selig said in October that he wanted to have expanded replay in place for the 2013 season, it seems increasingly likely that it won’t happen. Two sources familiar with the replay…

  18. Ricky Nolasco wants to be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:32 PM EDT

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    After watching the Marlins dismantle their roster over the past few months, Ricky Nolasco‘s agent, Matt Sosnick told ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick today that his client wants to be traded: “Ricky and I have spoken a lot since the end of the season,” Sosnick said. “Just watching the way the offseason has transpired for the Marlins…

  19. The Marlins are shopping Yunel Escobar

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Rays are pursuing Escobar and that the A’s could also be in play. 7:20 PM: The Marlins acquired Yunel Escobar last month as part of the 12-player blockbuster with the Blue Jays, but he was never expected to be long for Miami, as he’s owed $5 million…

  20. Lenny Dykstra sentenced to six and a half months in prison for bankruptcy fraud

    Dec 3, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    Former Major League baseball player Lenny Dykstra appears in Los Angeles Superior Court for an arraignment in San Fernando, California

    From the Associated Press, here’s the latest on the legal trainwreck that is Lenny Dykstra’s life these days. Former All-Star outfielder Lenny Dykstra has been sentenced in Los Angeles to six and a half months in prison for hiding and selling sports memorabilia and other items that were supposed to be part of his bankruptcy…

  21. Dodgers GM Ned Colletti casts doubt on working out deal with Ryu Hyun-Jin

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

    Ryu Hyun-Jin

    UPDATE: According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Scott Boras said that he has yet to receive an offer from the Dodgers. 6:37 PM: The Dodgers secured exclusive negotiating rights for South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin with a $25.7 million bid last month, but we haven’t heard much in the way of progress over the…

  22. The Phillies have “some interest” in Michael Young

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

    Michael Young

    As of now, the Phillies’ top internal options for third base include Kevin Frandsen and Freddy Galvis, so general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. is considering alternatives in the free agent and trade markets. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Phillies have “some interest” in a trade in a possible trade with the Rangers for…

  23. Red Sox tell Franklin Morales to prepare as a starting pitcher

    Dec 1, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Franklin Morales was used primarily out of the bullpen this past season, but new Red Sox manager John Farrell told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe today that the current plan is for him to come into spring training as starting pitcher. Morales had a 3.77 ERA and 76/30 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings…

  24. Cubs ink Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa to two-year, $9.5 million deal

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Fujikawa is guaranteed $9.5 million as part of his deal with the Cubs. That’s a pretty nice chunk of change for a rebuilding team to give to a closer, especially one who has never pitched in the United States, but the Cubs are obviously confident he can make an impact in…

  25. The Cubs plan to shop Alfonso Soriano at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 1, 2012, 4:06 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    The Cubs explored potential ways to unload Alfonso Soriano prior to the July 31 trade deadline this year, but a deal failed to materialize. They plan to try again over the next few days. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Cubs plan to meet with teams regarding Soriano during the Winter Meetings in…

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