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  1. Rockies and Reds discuss Huston Street-for-Edinson Volquez deal

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    The Rockies might have less of a sense of urgency to get a deal done after acquiring Kevin Slowey from the Twins, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported this morning that they have had discussions about a possible deal that would send Huston Street to the Reds for Edinson Volquez. Street has a…

  2. The Angels are making a “serious push” to sign C.J. Wilson

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:14 AM EDT

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Silly season is in full effect. Just hours after it was reported and quickly denied that C.J. Wilson had a six-year offer on the table from the Nationals, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com hears that the Angels are making a “serious push” to sign the free agent left-hander. Ah, Winter Meetings. Jeff Wilson of the…

  3. Report: Cardinals shopping Kyle Lohse to make room for Mark Buehrle

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:35 PM EDT

    buehrle getty

    Here’s an interesting one. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune was told by a source that the Cardinals are trying to shop right-hander Kyle Lohse in an effort to make a run at free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle. Buehrle is from Missouri, so many have long speculated about him potentially winding up with his hometown…

  4. UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez “distraught” over changing positions

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:34 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    11:34 PM: And so it begins. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post hears that Hanley Ramirez is “distraught” over the prospect of changing positions to make room for Jose Reyes. 6:25 PM: We’ve heard plenty of speculation that Hanley Ramirez could force his way out of Miami following the signing of Jose Reyes. It…

  5. The Royals are interested in James Shields, but it would cost them

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:06 PM EDT

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    We mentioned earlier tonight that the Royals have interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez as they look to upgrade their starting rotation, but Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports that they have also expressed interest in Rays right-hander James Shields. However, the asking price is high. Really high. According to Chastain, the Rays want closer Joakim…

  6. Terry Francona to replace Bobby Valentine on Sunday Night Baseball

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:36 PM EDT

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    Three cheers for awkward trades. ESPN just announced during the Monday Night Football halftime show that Terry Francona will indeed replace Bobby Valentine in the broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball alongside Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser. He’ll also make appearances on Baseball Tonight, starting later this evening. Francona was fired as Red Sox manager following…

  7. Red Sox confident David Ortiz will return with two-year deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:54 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the Red Sox “seem pretty confident” that David Ortiz will return on a two-year deal if he doesn’t accept arbitration. Ortiz, 36, earned $12.5 million this season while batting .309/.398/.554 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and a .953 OPS over 605 plate appearances. Heyman was recently told by…

  8. Dmitri Young is making a comeback

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:38 PM EDT

    Dmitri Young AP

    Yesterday it was Manny, today it’s Da Meat Hook. Dmitri Young is in attendance at the Winter Meetings in Dallas and word from multiple baseball scribes is that he is in the best shape of his life. Really. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, he has lost 70 pounds (!) and is hoping to make…

  9. UPDATE: The Reds may not be a match for Jurrjens

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    UPDATE: Or not. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com hears that the Reds do not appear to be seriously pursuing Jurrjens. Another issue is that the two sides don’t match up well for a deal. The Braves are said to be looking for a power-hitting outfielder in return while the Reds best trade chips — Yonder Alonso…

  10. Bob Apodaca, Rick Peterson won’t be joining Bobby Valentine in Boston

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was told by an “industry source” that neither Rockies’ pitching coach Bob Apodaca or former major-league pitching coach Rick Peterson are candidates to join Bobby Valentine’s staff in Boston. Apodaca served as the Mets’ pitching coach with Valentine from 1996-1999. He has worked with the Rockies in the same capacity since…

  11. UPDATE: Giants did not submit bid on Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE II: So much for that. Giants general manager Brian Sabean confirmed to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that they did not submit a bid for Nakajima. UPDATE: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the report of the Giants submitting a bid on Nakajima is inaccurate. 10:37 AM: According…

  12. The Diamondbacks have made an offer to Joe Saunders

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he has made a contract offer to the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders. Piecoro hears that it’s likely a two-year deal, which jibes with what Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported last week. Saunders, who was acquired from the Angels as part of the Dan Haren…

  13. The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    The Royals are currently scouring the trade market for starting pitchers and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they have expressed interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez. We heard late last month that the Marlins discussed a potential deal with the A’s, but balked at the asking price of either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton.…

  14. Mets inquire on free agent reliever Chad Qualls

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Chad Qualls Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at…

  15. Five teams are interested in Carlos Guillen

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen‘s agent Wilfredo Polidor told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Royals, Marlins, Twins, Athletics and Mariners have expressed interest in his client. The link is in Spanish, so you might just have to take my word for it. Guillen, 36, batted just .232/.265/.368 with three home runs, 13 RBI and a .633 OPS…

  16. Marlins plan to tender contract to Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    After the Marlins signed new closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract, many assumed that they would non-tender Juan Carlos Oviedo before the December 12 deadline. That’s not the case, apparently. Aside from amusingly referring to Oviedo as “the closer formerly known as Leo Nunez,” Marlins president Larry Beinfest said this afternoon (via Danny…

  17. The Phillies are “strong players” for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    aramis ramirez getty

    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Phillies are “strong players” for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Meanwhile, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirms that the Phils do indeed have interest. The most likely scenario is that the Phillies envision Ramirez as a fallback option for their lineup if they are unable…

  18. Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Ron Santo

    The Veterans’ Committee just announced that the late Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Santo was eligible as part of the new “Golden Era” ballot, which considered candidates from the 1947-1972 era. Others eligible included Minnie Minoso, Buzzie Bavasi, Jim Kaat, Allie Reynolds, Ken Boyer, Luis Tiant, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges and Tony…

  19. Report: Marlins plan to make “aggressive push” to sign Albert Pujols

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    It was easy to be cynical about the Marlins in the early days of the Hot Stove. With their new name/logo/uniforms and stadium, many believed that their courtship of big-ticket free agents was all an elaborate publicity stunt designed to drum up season ticket sales. Well, now that they have landed both Heath Bell and…

  20. Zack Cozart cleared for baseball activities following Tommy John surgery

    Dec 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Zack Cozart was in attendance at Redsfest yesterday and confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he was cleared to resume full baseball activities beginning Monday. Cozart suffered a season-ending injury to his left (non-throwing) elbow in mid-July and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in August. “It’s been rehab for three months ever since the…

  21. The Indians have interest in a reunion with Casey Blake

    Dec 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are one of nine teams who have expressed interest in free agent Casey Blake. Blake was limited to just 63 games this season in the final year of a three-year, $17.5 million contract. The 38-year-old batted .252/.342/.371 with four homers, 26 RBI and a .713…

  22. UPDATE: Hiroki Kuroda is “considering all options”

    Dec 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Los Angeles Dodgers

    UPDATE: With the Dodgers off the table, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by a source that Hiroki Kuroda is now “considering all options,” including offers from major-league teams regardless of location as well an offer to return home to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp. For what it’s worth, the expectation is that he could earn…

  23. Report: Yu Darvish likely to be posted after Winter Meetings

    Dec 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be posted for MLB teams following the Winter Meetings. We’ve heard some uncertainty on the matter recently, though a source told Rosenthal’s colleague Jon Paul Morosi late last week that it remains “more likely than not” that he will pitch in MLB next…

  24. Red Sox will meet with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt next week

    Dec 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox will meet with Bob Garber, the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt, at the Winter Meetings next week in Dallas. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spoke with Garber at the general managers’ meetings last month in Milwaukee, though it was believed to…

  25. Marlins release statement on SEC investigation into stadium deal

    Dec 3, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have released a statement regarding the federal investigation into the financing of their new ballpark in Little Havana: “Yes, we are aware of the investigation that the SEC is conducting on the issuance of the county’s and city’s stadium and parking bonds. Of course we will fully cooperate with…

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