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  1. The Rockies have talked to Brad Lidge

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have talked to the agent for veteran reliever Brad Lidge. We first learned of the club’s interest during last week’s Winter Meetings. Lidge, who turns 35 next week, didn’t make his first appearance this year until late-July due to arm problems, but ended up posting…

  2. The Red Sox hope to have their coaching staff in place by Christmas

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    red sox logo

    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox hope to have Bobby Valentine’s coaching staff in place by Christmas. As of now, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, third base coach Tim Bogar and hitting coach Dave Magadan are returning, which leaves the Red Sox looking for a new pitching coach, bench coach and first base coach. According…

  3. The Mariners are suddenly in the mix for Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 13, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reported earlier tonight that at least one unidentified club was in the hunt for free agent Michael Cuddyer. Well, now we know who that might be. Morosi and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com are both reporting that the Mariners are now talking to Cuddyer. We haven’t heard much about Seattle this…

  4. Athletics and Dallas Braden agree on one-year contract

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Athletics and Dallas Braden avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract, the team announced. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that he’ll make a $3.35 million base salary and could earn an additional $400,000 with performance-based incentives. He made the same salary in 2011 and was arbitration-eligible for the second…

  5. Jimmy Rollins’ agent is talking to a mystery team

    Dec 13, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    The Brewers and Cardinals settled on their shortstops over the past week, but Jimmy Rollins‘ agent is still determined to find some sort of leverage in contract negotiations with the Phillies. With that in mind, Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that Rollins’ agent Dan Lozano is having “dialogue” with a second team which he has…

  6. The Mets recently received a $40 million loan from Bank of America

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    UPDATE: Via Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have released the following statement: “The bridge loan was approved by Major League Baseball and the syndicate of lenders to the Mets. The process for the sale of minority shares in the team continues to go very well.” 7:22 PM: Just in case the…

  7. Report: Diamondbacks agree to terms with Takashi Saito

    Dec 12, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito AP

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Takashi Saito. Contract details aren’t yet available. The Brewers were hoping to keep Saito as recently as last week, but they likely didn’t have much room left in their budget after Francisco Rodriguez accepted arbitration and they elected to fill out…

  8. The Dodgers have interest in Daniel Muprhy

    Dec 10, 2011, 5:33 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy

    Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti mentioned during the Winter Meetings that he was working on a deal to add another infielder capable of playing multiple positions. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com was told by a league source that the Mets’ Daniel Murphy was their target and that they make may a run at him again sometime…

  9. Picture of the Day: Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson in their new digs

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols C.J. Wilson Reuters

    The Angels just held a press conference/pep rally at Angel Stadium officially introducing their new first baseman Albert Pujols and left-hander C.J. Wilson. It goes without saying, but seeing Pujols in a different uniform is going to take some getting used to.

  10. Dodgers targeting Hideki Matsui as bench bat

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that he’d like to go younger with the DH spot next season, which means that Hideki Matsui will almost certainly be playing elsewhere next season. His search for a job may lead him to an interesting place: the National League. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts was…

  11. Astros may have interest in Ryan Theriot if he’s non-tendered

    Dec 10, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    theriot getty wide

    MLB Network’s Jon Heyman hears that the Astros may have interest in infielder Ryan Theriot if he’s non-tendered by the Cardinals. The non-tender part sounds like a pretty good bet to happen, as the Cardinals have already pegged Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for next season and are “making progress” in bringing back…

  12. UPDATE: Cardinals reach two-year deal with Rafael Furcal

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick hears that the Cardinals and Furcal have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth around $14 million, pending a physical. Take that, Angels. 2:27 PM: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are “finishing up” a two-year contract which is likely worth around $14 million. That’s a…

  13. Darren Oliver drawing interest from multiple teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 2:03 PM EDT

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    We heard earlier this week that Darren Oliver was on the verge of re-signing with the Rangers, but things have evidently changed over the past few days. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the veteran left-hander is drawing interest from multiple teams, including the Red Sox, and is “keeping an open mind” on his destination for…

  14. Harrison Ford to play Branch Rickey in Jackie Robinson biopic

    Dec 10, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Harrison Ford AP

    According to Spencer Fordin of MLB.com, Legendary Pictures announced yesterday that Harrison Ford will play Hall of Fame Dodgers’ executive Branch Rickey in a biopic about Jackie Robinson. Many prominent actors have been mentioned for the role of Rickey over the years, including Robert Redford this past April, but Ford was apparently their top choice.…

  15. Rangers and Ian Kinsler have discussed contract extension

    Dec 10, 2011, 11:39 AM EDT

    Ian Kinsler

    Ian Kinsler could become a free agent following the 2013 season, but he wants to stay with the Rangers for the long haul. According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort-Worth Star Telegram, Kinsler said that his agent, Jay Franklin, has had preliminary talks with the club about an extension. “I want to stay here,” Kinsler…

  16. James Loney didn’t tell the Dodgers about his arrest last month

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:40 AM EDT

    James Loney

    James Loney spoke with Tony Jackson of ESPN Los Angeles yesterday, issuing his first public comments since news broke that he was arrested last month on suspicion of driving under the influence after crashing into three cars. Among other things, Loney claims that he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol and has…

  17. Manny Ramirez officially reinstated from voluntary retirement list

    Dec 10, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    Let the bidding war begin. OK, not really. According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com, Manny Ramirez has been officially reinstated by MLB from the voluntary retirement list. We learned last weekend that Ramirez was planning a comeback. While he was initially expected to serve a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing…

  18. Buster Posey’s rehab is going off without a hitch

    Dec 10, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    posey wider

    Chris Haft of MLB.com checked in yesterday with Giants head athletic trainer Dave Groeschner, who said that Buster Posey‘s rehab from left leg injuries is going well. Groeschner said that Posey’s current regimen mainly involves cardiovascular work, such as riding a stationary bicycle and running on a treadmill. In early January, Posey will resume baseball-related activities such…

  19. Tweet of the Day: Craig Breslow embraces the future

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Craig Breslow Getty

    Craig Breslow was traded to the Diamondbacks tonight as part of the Trevor Cahill deal. How did he find out about it? Well, the same way a lot of us did. While a heads up would have been nice, at least he’s headed to a contender.

  20. The Diamondbacks may look to trade Joe Saunders

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    The Diamondbacks were discussing a two-year deal with the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders over the past couple of weeks, but tonight’s acquisition of Trevor Cahill has changed things a bit. In fact, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that Arizona may now trade the veteran left-hander. Saunders, 30, earned $5.5 million this season while going…

  21. Phillies expected to chat with Jimmy Rollins’ agent tomorrow

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Jimmy Rollins‘ agent, Dan Lozano, is expected to chat with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. tomorrow. The two sides had multiple meetings at this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, but despite your typical rumor madness, they aren’t yet close to a deal. The Brewers signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez…

  22. UPDATE: No mystery: It’s just the Marlins and Cardinals for Albert Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    pujols getty

    12:57 AM: Jon Heyman chimes in, tweeting that “a good number of executives still seem to think Marlins will win Pujols derby.” The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi was told that the Marlins are “very confident” they will land the three-time MVP. 12:48 AM: ESPN’s Jim Bowden and the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi are…

  23. The Padres are considering Francisco Rodriguez as a replacement for Heath Bell

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:16 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that the Padres are considering Francisco Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Heath Bell, who recently signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Marlins. Davidoff hears that they are also speaking with “pretty much all” of the other available free agent closer-types, so it’s hard to tell…

  24. Mets open to bringing back Chris Young on minor league deal

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:31 PM EDT

    Mets' Young delivers a pitch to the Phillies during their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Mets are open to bringing back the oft-injured Chris Young on a minor league contract. Young, 32, posted a 1.88 ERA and 22/11 K/BB ratio over four starts with New York this season before undergoing surgery in mid-May to repair a torn anterior capsule in…

  25. Diamondbacks, Lyle Overbay close to agreeing on one-year contract

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:41 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Diamondbacks offered a one-year contract to free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay last week and general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com earlier today that he is optimistic the deal will eventually get done. “I would say it’s progressing well, but it’s not done,” D-backs GM Kevin Towers said. “Everything looks good,…

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