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  1. How will the Padres replace Adrian Gonzalez at first base?

    Dec 4, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks high five

    Maybe this is an unfair question, because the reality is they won’t be able to do so. The Padres were 12th in the National League this past season with 132 home runs and 665 runs scored. Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez hit 31 home runs and drove in 101 runs — that’s 23.5 percent and 15.2 percent…

  2. Done: Derek Jeter, Yankees agree to three-year contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    UPDATE: Jack Curry of YES Network has the contract details. He reports that Jeter’s deal is worth $51 million guaranteed over three years. Interestingly, the deal includes a player option for a fourth year worth $8 million where he would have the chance to earn an additional $9 million in performance-based incentives. And so, if…

  3. UPDATE: Padres, Red Sox agree on Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez running

    UPDATE: The negotiating window for the Red Sox to complete a deal with Adrian Gonzalez expires at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. 12:36 PM: According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Adrian Gonzalez has already completed a physical with the Red Sox. McAdam was told that Gonzalez’s surgically-repaired right shoulder “should…

  4. UPDATE: Cardinals sign Lance Berkman to one-year contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    UPDATE: Hoo-boy. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Berkman got $8 million from the Cardinals. This isn’t confirmed, but Heyman also hears that Berkman will play left field while Matt Holliday will be moved to right field. That’s right. The Cardinals are apparently moving their $120 million outfielder to make way for Berkman. By the…

  5. Report: Diamondbacks have interest in Henry Blanco

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports the Diamondbacks have interest in signing a backup catcher and that Henry Blanco is “at or near the top” of their list. Blanco, 39, batted .215/.271/.300 with two home runs and eight RBI in 144 plate appearances with the Mets this past season while throwing out 50 percent…

  6. Report: The Rangers are in on Carl Crawford

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that while the Angels and Yankees are two of the teams of “particular interest” to Carl Crawford, the Rangers are also in on the free agent outfielder. And it appears the interest is mutual. According to Heyman, the Rangers are high on Crawford’s list. Crawford is from Houston, so it’s…

  7. UPDATE: Yankees on verge of deal with Derek Jeter

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    UPDATE: We’re still hearing it’s a three-year deal worth between $15-17 million per season, but here’s a little more on the fourth year. A source tells Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger that the fourth year will include a combination of guaranteed money and compensation that will also be tied to incentives. Described as “very…

  8. Joey Votto in no rush for a long-term contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    All this talk about a contract extension for Adrian Gonzalez makes for a natural transition to National League MVP Joey Votto, who will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Votto earned $525,000 this past season while batting .324/.424/.600 with with 37 home runs, 113 RBI and a 1.024 OPS. Faced with potential that…

  9. What will it take to keep Adrian Gonzalez?

    Dec 4, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres Photo Day

    Now that the Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres in exchange for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named later, it’s time to ask how much money it will take to keep him for the long-term. Jon Paul…

  10. Kevin Youkilis is happy to move to third base for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Yankees Red Sox Baseball

    Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com just spoke with Kevin Youkilis, who was thrilled to hear about the pending trade for Adrian Gonzalez. “It’s great,” Youkilis said. “The way he hits at PETCO [Park], he can hit at Fenway Park because he can use the [left field] wall to his advantage. It’s going to be great to…

  11. Are the Rays sold on Desmond Jennings as Carl Crawford’s replacement?

    Dec 4, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    From what Rays VP Andrew Friedman told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, perhaps not immediately: “We feel like he’s got an extremely high upside,” Friedman said. “I think he’d be the first to say he didn’t have as good a year last year as he’s capable of. Part of that was because of injuries,…

  12. Mark Reynolds will not be going to the Padres

    Dec 4, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Iannetta

    How will the Padres fill the void in their lineup left by Adrian Gonzalez? You can scratch Mark Reynolds off the list. Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona writes that the Padres aren’t a fit for Reynolds because the Diamondbacks want two relievers in return. The Padres already traded Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to…

  13. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Padres won’t trade Heath Bell this offseason

    Dec 4, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Another source tells Rosenthal that it’s “highly unlikely” that the Padres will move Heath Bell this offseason. Why? Well, folks like Rafael Soriano, Bobby Jenks, Kevin Gregg, Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood are all available in free agency. The wealth of options will undoubtedly hurt what the Padres could receive in return. There would be…

  14. What can we expect from Adrian Gonzalez away from PETCO Park?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez posing

    One of the things people have always marveled about with Adrian Gonzalez is the fact that he has been able to hit 30+ homers in four consecutive seasons with the Padres, despite playing half of his games in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in baseball. So, what can we expect now that A-Gone is…

  15. Report: Other teams — including the Cubs — are also in on Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez swing

    Craig mentioned earlier that the Red Sox are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that multiple teams besides are involved in negotiations, including the Cubs. Obviously Starlin Castro would be untouchable here, but you’d have to think guys like Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, Trey McNutt…

  16. Rumor: Orioles “locking in” on Mark Reynolds

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Young

    Justin Upton has grabbed plenty of attention in trade talks this winter — and understandably so — but Mark Reynolds remains the most likely Diamondbacks player to be suiting up elsewhere next season. Here’s the latest. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Orioles are desperate for right-handed power and are “locking in” on Reynolds…

  17. UPDATE: OK, so the Dodgers gave Rod Barajas $3.25 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    UPDATE: Nevermind. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Rod Barajas will receive $3.25 million. This changes everything. 8:49 PM: And you thought the Juan Uribe contract was silly. That’s right. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Dodgers have signed Rod Barajas to a one-year, $3.8 million contract. Yes, that Rod Barajas.…

  18. Rangers GM Jon Daniels named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    Fresh off the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was named as Executive of the Year by Baseball America earlier today. Here’s the man himself, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “It’s really an organizational award — this is a huge operation involving the efforts of so many people,” Daniels said.…

  19. Surprise, surprise: More progress between Derek Jeter and the Yankees

    Dec 3, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As Craig noted yesterday, the tide has turned in regards to negotiations between Derek Jeter and the Yankees. Well, here’s Act II. Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that there were “more positive talks today” while Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record writes that the two sides are “moving closer to a middle ground.”…

  20. Report: Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year contract

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    Tim Flannery, Pat Burrell

    You know what 11 strikeouts in 13 World Series at-bats will get you? A new one-year contract, apparently. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have re-signed Pat Burrell to a “discounted, one-year contract,” pending a physical. To be fair, while Burrell was all sorts of awful during the postseason,…

  21. UPDATE: Nothing “imminent” with Rockies and Lance Berkman

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    UPDATE: OK, so maybe the previous report was a little premature. Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that there’s nothing imminent with Lance Berkman, but adds that the Rockies have a “real shot” at signing him. 8:19 PM: Didn’t see this one coming. The Rockies are close to a deal with free agent Lance…

  22. Red Sox to meet with Scott Boras on Thursday

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    boras

    Business is about to pick up. Fresh off meeting with Carl Crawford and his representatives in Houston earlier today, the Red Sox are scheduled to meet with agent Scott Boras tomorrow, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. On the agenda? His clients Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth. We learned earlier this week that Boras…

  23. Brewers hoping to lock up Rickie Weeks

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    Rickie Weeks told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com last month that he’s “open to listening” about a contract extension and during an appearance on WSSP in Milwaukee earlier today, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that the club is trying to get something done. “We’re working on getting Rickie signed. He’s got a new agent, Greg…

  24. Dustin Pedroia’s surgically-repaired foot is almost healed

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

    Good news for Red Sox fans. During an appearance on WEEI in Boston earlier today, Dustin Pedroia said that his surgically-repaired left foot is almost fully healed. “I saw Dr. Theodore today. The CT scan looked great, and he said I’m pretty much 99.9 precent healed,” Pedroia said. “That’s as close to 100 as we’re…

  25. UPDATE: There’s nothing to the Rangers-Andy Pettitte story

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: Call off the Pettitte-to-Texas party. Jeff Wilson at the Star-Telegram spoke with Nolan Ryan late last night and said that there is no truth to the report that the Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. To the extent Pettitte and Nolan Ryan talked, it was to exchange pleasantries, and to the extent Pettitte talked…

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