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  1. Mark Prior has officially retired

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

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    Mark Prior has attempted numerous comebacks in recent years, but the oft-injured right-hander told Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press earlier today that he has officially retired and could accept a front office position with the Padres. Prior, now 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. He made seven relief appearances with…

  2. Rumor: Nelson Cruz turned down five years, $75 million from Mariners

    Dec 9, 2013, 9:13 PM EDT

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    Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times has been checking in all day with updates from the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Earlier this evening, he unleashed this interesting little nugget: There are rumors that free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz turned down the Mariners’ offer of 5-years, $75 million. That’s a lot of money for a guy…

  3. Report: Mets pushing “very hard” to trade Daniel Murphy

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:33 PM EDT

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    It’s been suspected all offseason that the Mets would shop second baseman Daniel Murphy and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports hears that they are pushing “very hard” to move him at this week’s Winter Meetings. Nothing appears imminent, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Orioles are among the teams who…

  4. Mike Adams recently underwent sports hernia surgery

    Dec 9, 2013, 8:16 PM EDT

    Mike Adams AP

    Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Phillies reliever Mike Adams recently required surgery to repair a sports hernia, which is a fitting end to a disappointing year. Adams joined the Phillies last offseason on a two-year, $12 million contract, but he made just 28 appearances prior to undergoing surgery in July to repair…

  5. Report: “Nothing to” reports of a possible Matt Kemp/Red Sox trade

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:50 PM EDT

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    There was renewed chatter over the weekend about the Red Sox possibly making a play for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, but Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears from major league sources that there’s “nothing to” the reports. In fact two sources said the two sides have “barely touched base.” Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, told Dylan Hernandez…

  6. Rangers, D-Backs involved as market for Shin-Soo Choo reaches “critical stage”

    Dec 9, 2013, 7:17 PM EDT

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    With Robinson Cano and Jacoby Ellsbury off the board, Shin-Soo Choo is the biggest name remaining in the free agent market. And it sounds like he could find a new home during this week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida: Sources: Choo talks appear to be reaching critical stage. #Rangers, at least one other club in.—…

  7. Jason Hammel is looking for three or four years

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:59 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent right-hander Jason Hammel is looking for a three- or four-year deal in free agency. This is an excellent market for starting pitching, with Phil Hughes and Scott Feldman both recently receiving three-year deals, but it’s not that good. While Hammel was one of the Orioles’ best starters in…

  8. Rosenthal: Chances of a Mark Trumbo trade “increasing”

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:43 PM EDT

    Mark Trumbo

    Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto has routinely downplayed a potential trade of Mark Trumbo so far this offseason, but things are heating up at the Winter Meetings in Orlando. Sources: Chances of Trumbo trade increasing. #Angels more open. #Dbacks pushing. Other teams in, all with improving offers.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 09, 2013 The Diamondbacks…

  9. Cubs interested in trading for Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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    The Cubs are one of a handful of clubs without a closer and it appears that they could turn to the trade market to fill the role. According to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the Cubs are eying deals for Nationals relievers Drew Storen or Tyler Clippard among other possibilities. Adam Kilgore of the…

  10. Nationals shopping infielder Danny Espinosa

    Dec 9, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Danny Espinosa AP

    Danny Espinosa lost his starting second base job to Anthony Rendon this past season and now he could be on the move. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Nationals are listening to offers on the 26-year-old infielder. Espinosa attempted to play through wrist and shoulder injuries in 2013 while batting just .158/.193/.272 with…

  11. Marlins have had “internal discussions” about a trade for Rays’ Sean Rodriguez

    Dec 7, 2013, 5:32 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have had “internal discussions” about a trade for Rays utility man Sean Rodriguez. The plan would be to play him at third base, possibly as part of a platoon. The Marlins are reportedly close to a two-year, $7.5 million contract with Garrett Jones, which likely signals that…

  12. Astros sign reliever Chad Qualls to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2013, 4:56 PM EDT

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    One day after inking right-handed starter Scott Feldman to a three-year, $30 million contract, the Astros have signed veteran reliever Chad Qualls to a two-year deal with a club option for 2016. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Qualls will make $6 million guaranteed in the deal while the option is worth $3.5 million. Qualls,…

  13. Wrigleyville bar chooses a tasteless way to remember Pearl Harbor

    Dec 7, 2013, 4:34 PM EDT

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    Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor which brought the United States into World War II. Murphy’s Bleachers, a popular bar outside Wrigley Field in Chicago, decided to remember that tragic day with this unfortunate and tasteless sign: Not the way to remember a tragedy. http://t.co/JZk8kxFwYM— Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) December 07,…

  14. Brett Gardner is drawing “significant” trade interest

    Dec 7, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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    With last night’s signing of Carlos Beltran, the Yankees officially have a surplus of outfielders. And more than a few teams are wondering if they would consider cashing in on that depth in order to upgrade in other areas. Source: Yankees receiving significant interest in Brett Gardner and willing to trade him. They're not shopping…

  15. Matt Kemp remains “in play” for the Red Sox

    Dec 7, 2013, 2:10 PM EDT

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    It was reported two weeks ago that the Red Sox had checked in on the availability of Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that he remains “in play” as a potential trade target for Boston. A potential match makes sense on paper, as the Dodgers have a surplus of…

  16. Robinson Cano “didn’t want to play” for Joe Girardi

    Dec 7, 2013, 1:05 PM EDT

    Cano Girardi AP

    Now that second baseman Robinson Cano has reportedly accepted a 10-year, $240 million contract to leave the Yankees for the Mariners, we can open the floodgates on some anonymously-sourced bad-mouthing. We have our first such story from the Cano side of things, courtesy of George A. King III of the New York Post: “Robbie didn’t…

  17. Report: Rockies talked trade for A’s Brett Anderson

    Dec 7, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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    Athletics’ left-hander Brett Anderson is a very popular name on the trade market and FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that the Rockies are the latest team to ask about him. The two teams had discussions about Anderson yesterday, but Rosenthal hears that they were unable to find a match on a deal. Talks are unlikely…

  18. UPDATE: Contract extension for Hanley Ramirez not imminent after all

    Dec 7, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez‘s agent tells Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that his client posted the photo on Instagram as a joke and was actually flying to the Dominican Republic. In other words, a contract extension is not imminent. Hey, at least we know that Ramirez has an interesting sense of humor. 11:01 a.m. ET: Hanley Ramirez…

  19. Who will be this winter’s Kyle Lohse?

    Dec 7, 2013, 10:05 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Milwaukee Brewers

    Attached to draft pick compensation, right-hander Kyle Lohse waited out the entire winter before eventually landing a three-year, $33 million contract from the Brewers in March. A Scott Boras client, he was reportedly aiming for a three-year, $45 million deal at the start of the offseason, but his market was severely limited due to the…

  20. Carlos Beltran turned down more money from the D-Backs to sign with the Yankees

    Dec 7, 2013, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Carlos Beltran has reportedly agreed to a three-year, $45 million contract with the Yankees and word is that he took less money for the opportunity to play in pinstripes. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the Diamondbacks made a “strong, under-the-radar push” to sign Beltran, offering him more than three years and $45…

  21. Report: Cubs offering Jeff Samardzija around five years and $55 million

    Dec 6, 2013, 7:57 AM EDT

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    It was reported Wednesday that the Cubs intend to listen to offers on right-hander Jeff Samardzija during next week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, but they haven’t given up all hope in retaining him for the long-term. Bruce Levine of 670 The Score in Chicago was told by a source that the Cubs have offered Samardzija…

  22. Report: Rangers moving toward deal with catcher J.P. Arencibia

    Dec 6, 2013, 12:13 AM EDT

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    The Rangers are zeroing in on catching help on the heels of A.J. Pierzynski leaving Texas for a one-year deal with the World Series champion Red Sox. While Kurt Suzuki was mentioned as a possibility earlier this week, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and J.P. Arencibia are “progressing” toward a deal. Arencibia…

  23. Sam Fuld is drawing “lots of interest” in free agency

    Dec 5, 2013, 11:15 PM EDT

    Sam Fuld AP

    The Legend of Sam Fuld, it appears, will live on. Fuld was non-tendered by the Rays earlier this week, but Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times hears that the 32-year-old outfielder has received “lots of interest” since hitting free agency. He’s only been on the market for a couple of days and is still…

  24. Robinson Cano’s dad says the Yankees “don’t seem to want” his son

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

    Robinson Jose Cano Getty

    Last we heard, free agent second baseman Robinson Cano was reportedly on a private plane to Seattle to meet with the Mariners, who are prepared to offer him $225 million over the course of a nine-year contract. Meanwhile, the Yankees have been pretty firm about how high they are willing to go in negotiations. And as…

  25. Dave Winfield joins MLBPA as special assistant

    Dec 5, 2013, 9:50 PM EDT

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    According to the Associated Press, Hall of Famer Dave Winfield has joined the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) as a special assistant to new executive director Tony Clark. Clark, who played 15 seasons in the majors, was officially appointed to the position of executive director this week following the death of Michael Weiner last…

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