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

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EST

    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…

  4. The Diamondbacks have made an offer to Joe Saunders

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:17 PM EST

    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…

  5. The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

    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.…

  6. Mets inquire on free agent reliever Chad Qualls

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:55 PM EST

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    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…

  7. Five teams are interested in Carlos Guillen

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    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…

  8. Marlins plan to tender contract to Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:20 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:25 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:50 PM EST

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    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EST

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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…

  17. Marlins release statement on SEC investigation into stadium deal

    Dec 3, 2011, 1:02 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 11:10 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:55 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:30 AM EST

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    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…

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

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:56 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:27 PM EST

    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:

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