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  1. UPDATE: Angels trade Jeff Mathis to Blue Jays for Brad Mills

    Dec 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times confirms that the deal is done. 12:10 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels are on the verge of trading catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays for left-hander Brad Mills. The Angels acquired Chris Iannetta from the Rockies earlier this week, which made Mathis…

  2. Tim Wakefield has “strong desire” to return to the Red Sox

    Dec 3, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Bobby Valentine wasn’t the only noteworthy guest for David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. Tim Wakefield was also in attendance for the event and told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that he has a “strong desire to pitch one more year for the Red Sox.” Wakefield, who turned 45 in August, has…

  3. Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima draws a bid from at least one MLB team

    Dec 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE: We can scratch at least one team off the list. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he was not submitting a bid on Nakajima. 10:30 PM: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Japanese media report that at least one MLB team…

  4. Yoenis Cespedes could be declared a free agent as soon as next week

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has drawn interest from well over a dozen MLB teams, but he is not yet eligible to sign with anyone. That could change as soon as next week. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by a source that while the time frame is “difficult to say,” Cespedes will be declared a free…

  5. Anti-ballpark group sues San Jose over proposed deal with Athletics

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    oakland athletics small logo

    More ballpark stuff. Janie McCauley of the Associated Press reports that a coalition group called “Stand for San Jose” filed a lawsuit yesterday against the city of San Jose claiming that they failed to perform proper environmental review of land committed to the Athletics for a new stadium. The lawsuit comes after the San Jose City…

  6. Pablo Sandoval won’t play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pablo Sandoval won’t play for his hometown Navegantes de Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. While the Giants initially cleared him to play in 10 games, he will now participate in the Home Run Derby and visit for a few days with family and friends before returning…

  7. Report: Feds open SEC probe into Marlins’ stadium deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    Heath Bell? Check. Jose Reyes? They’re still trying. C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle? Maybe. An investigation by the SEC? Safe to say that wasn’t on the Marlins’ wish list this offseason. According to a report in the Miami Herald, federal authorities have opened a “wide-ranging investigation” into the Marlins’ ballpark deal with Miami-Dade County and the…

  8. Picture of the Day: Bobby Valentine visits David Ortiz in the Dominican Republic

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:27 PM EDT

    David Ortiz Bobby Valentine

    We learned earlier today that new Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was scheduled to travel to the Dominican Republic this weekend to participate in David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament. Oh, and to help in the recruiting process to retain the veteran slugger. Well, according to a picture posted to Ortiz’s Twitter account, the wooing is already underway:

  9. Report: Twins interested in Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    With Chris Capuano off the board, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins have turned their attention to two alternatives: Jeff Francis and Edwin Jackson. While one is a rather predictable target, the other is a bit of a surprise. Francis, who turns 31 in January, posted a 4.82 ERA and 91/39 K/BB…

  10. Report: Padres interested in Athletics’ closer Andrew Bailey

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Athletics are widely expected to move closer Andrew Bailey this offseason and now that Heath Bell has signed with the Marlins, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Padres are just the latest team to join the mix. The Padres have Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri at the ready as two potential in-house replacements…

  11. Chris Bosio will be the Cubs’ next pitching coach

    Dec 2, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

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    New Cubs’ manager Dale Sveum will have some familiar company on the bench next season. Chris Bosio confirmed to the Appleton Post-Crescent this afternoon that he has accepted an offer to be the Cubs’ pitching coach. Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that an official announcement is expected next week. Bosio, who pitched 11 seasons in the…

  12. Report: Tigers interested in Angels’ infielder Maicer Izturis

    Nov 29, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Maicer Izturis Reuters

    While the Tigers continue to express interest in a trade for Atlanta’s Martin Prado, they have identified a Plan B. According to Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, it’s Maicer Izturis of the Angels. The Tigers are currently looking for upgrades at second base, third base and the leadoff spot, so while Izturis…

  13. Giants unlikely to make a “big splash” for a hitter

    Nov 29, 2011, 8:32 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    The Giants held a conference call this afternoon to discuss the contract extensions for GM Brian Sabean and manager Bruce Bochy. Asked about their offseason agenda by John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle, Sabean said he doesn’t plan on making a “big splash” to upgrade the team’s lackluster offense. While it’s not a surprise…

  14. Report: Bobby Valentine will be the next manager of the Red Sox

    Nov 29, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine

    UPDATE: He’s back. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston confirms that Bobby Valentine will indeed be the next manager of the Red Sox. Valentine was offered the job while he was away on personal business in Japan and immediately accepted. He is expected to fly back home tomorrow while CSNNE.com reports that he will likely be introduced as Boston’s…

  15. Report: Astros receive permission to interview Rays’ Andrew Friedman

    Nov 28, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Andrew Friedman stands in the dugout prior to the continuation of World Series in Philadelphia

    According to Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have received permission to interview Rays’ executive vice president Andrew Friedman for their general manager vacancy. The Astros have requested interviews with “a handful” of other candidates for the job, but Justice hears that Friedman is their No. 1 target to replace Ed Wade. As you…

  16. Pirates interested in free agent right-hander Aaron Cook

    Nov 28, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Aaron Cook

    We learned earlier this month that Aaron Cook planned to talk to the Padres and Reds, but Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have also expressed interest in the free agent right-hander. Talks are said to be in the early stages and Brink hears that the Bucs are just one of about…

  17. Report: Matt Murton to remain in Japan

    Nov 28, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Matt Murton AP

    Many have assumed that Matt Murton will attempt a comeback in the majors at some point. While it may happen someday, it apparently won’t be in 2012. Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker hears that Murton will remain with the Hanshin Tigers of Japan’s Central League. Murton, 30, left for Japan following the 2009 season. He…

  18. Picture of the Day: Bryan Stow celebrates Thanksgiving with family and friends

    Nov 26, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    It was a very special Thanksgiving for the family and friends of Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was severely beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day. The family updated their website Thursday with a new photo of Stow, which can be seen below, along with the following caption: “It has been a long time…

  19. The White Sox may have misread the market for Mark Buehrle

    Nov 26, 2011, 1:36 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Here’s something you may have missed during the slumber of the Thanksgiving holiday. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times was told by a source that the White Sox thought only five or six teams would be interested in Mark Buehrle and that it would ultimately take a two-year deal in order to sign him. Really,…

  20. Report: Red Sox and Rays interested in reliever Luis Ayala

    Nov 26, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 1

    Luis Ayala had to settle for a spring training invite last offseason, but he might find a guaranteed major league contract this winter. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox and Rays are among the teams who have “checked in” on the veteran right-hander. Ayala, who turns 34 in January, made the…

  21. Carlos Zambrano ordered to rest after being hit in face with comebacker

    Nov 26, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune reports that Carlos Zambrano will not make his next start in the Venezuelan Winter League until December 6 as he recovers from being hit in the face with a comebacker during a start last Friday. Big Z required 16 stitches after being hit below the right bottom lip. While…

  22. Greg Halman’s funeral scheduled for Tuesday in Netherlands

    Nov 26, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    Greg Halman

    According to Greg Johns of MLB.com, the funeral service for Greg Halman will be held Tuesday in the Netherlands. The family is also having a public viewing Sunday in the Kinheim gym in Haarlem, where Halman played baseball growing up. The Mariners plan to send vice president of international operations Bob Engle, coordinator of European scouting Wayne Norton and and…

  23. Athletics hire Chili Davis as hitting coach

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Chili Davis

    According to Maureen Mullen of CSNNE.com, the Athletics have hired Chili Davis as hitting coach. Imagine my excitement when this story broke while I was in the process of eating some turkey chili. It’s fate, I tell you. Davis, who turns 52 in January, served as hitting coach with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Red Sox organization this…

  24. Angels picking up search for catcher, target Reds’ Ryan Hanigan

    Nov 22, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Ryan Hanigan AP

    Not long after ESPN’s Buster Olney mentioned earlier tonight that the Angels have “intensified their search for a catcher,” did Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com report that the Reds’ Ryan Hanigan is one potential trade target. Hanigan, 31, batted .267/.356/.357 with six home runs, 31 RBI and a .714 OPS over 304 plate appearances this season…

  25. Red Sox among six teams interested in Huston Street

    Nov 22, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    It sounds like the Rockies won’t have any trouble finding a taker for Huston Street this offseason. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Red Sox, Blue Jays, Orioles, Marlins, Reds and Mets are all interested in the veteran right-hander. Street, 28, posted a 3.58 ERA, 29 saves and a 55/9 K/BB ratio over 58…

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