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  1. The Reds have talked to free agent outfielders Jason Kubel and Cody Ross

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EDT

    Reds logo

    There are all sorts of ramifications to today’s Mat Latos deal, but one of the more under-the-radar aspects is that the Reds now have some extra cash to use in the free agent market. While they remain interested in re-signing closer Francisco Cordero, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that they have also spoken…

  2. Will the Padres trade first base prospect Anthony Rizzo?

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    The Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds today as part of their massive haul for Mat Latos, which has led many to wonder whether prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo will become a trade chip. With that in mind, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio this afternoon…

  3. Hanley Ramirez still hesitant about move to third base

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    The Marlins have repeatedly said that they have no intention to trade Hanley Ramirez following the addition of shortstop Jose Reyes, but it’s clear that he’s not yet on board with moving to third base. Marlins president Larry Beinfest made some interesting comments to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald yesterday, admitting that “it may take a little…

  4. Phillies re-sign Jimmy Rollins to three-year, $33 million deal with vesting option

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that it’s a three-year, $33 million deal with an $11 million vesting option for 2015. 1:52 PM: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com hears that the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth about $33 million with a vesting option for a fourth year. 1:39 PM: Jerry Crasnick of…

  5. Reds acquire right-hander Mat Latos from Padres in multi-player deal

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    UPDATE: The Reds just announced that they have acquired Latos from the Padres for first baseman Yonder Alonso, right-handers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger and catching prospect Yasmani Grandal. Wow. This one is looking a lot better for San Diego. 1:12 PM: Well, the Reds have landed the top-flight starter they’ve been looking for all…

  6. Could the Cardinals become a suitor for Prince Fielder?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

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    After Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, the assumption was that the Cardinals would move Lance Berkman to first base and potentially make a play for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. However, in a series of tweets this morning, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates that any such plan isn’t necessarily set in…

  7. Bryan Stow speaks on camera for first time since attack

    Dec 17, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, gave his first television interview to Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC’s “Rock Center.” Below is a very brief clip of the story, which will air in full Monday night at 10 p.m. ET.

  8. Mets would need to be “knocked out” to trade Jon Niese

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Jon Niese

    There was an interesting report by Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com yesterday that Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese was available in a trade centered around Rockies’ outfielder Seth Smith. It didn’t make a lot of sense on the Mets’ end, barring the inclusion of a third team, and it turns out there isn’t much to it. According…

  9. Report: Winning bid for Yu Darvish around $48 million

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    darvish presser

    We won’t know anything official until next week, but Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes that reports in Japan indicate that the winning bid for Yu Darvish came in around $48 million. If the $48 million figure proves accurate, it would fall just under the record $51,111,111 sum the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights…

  10. Yoenis Cespedes has a new scouting video

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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    MLB scouts and front-office types have been buzzing about Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a while, but he didn’t become a hot topic among most fans until his ridiculous scouting video made him an internet sensation early last month. Well, he’s back with another one. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus got the first look at the…

  11. The Cubs are in talks with left-hander Paul Maholm

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm AP

    The Cubs have reportedly made a bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, but they have also set their sights on some lesser-heralded names for their starting rotation. According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the club is currently in talks with free agent left-hander Paul Maholm. Maholm, 29, became a free agent after the Pirates declined…

  12. 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…

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

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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.

  21. 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…

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

    Dec 10, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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.…

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