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  1. 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…

  2. 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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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.…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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.”…

  11. 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,…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. UPDATE: Rockies close to three-year deal with Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, De La Rosa will receive $32-33 million from the Rockies, essentially matching the three-year contract Ted Lilly got with the Dodgers. 11:07 PM: It’s a busy evening for the Rockies. Not only are they about to lock up their star shortstop, but they are close to retaining a…

  18. UPDATE: Rockies close to ten-year extension with Troy Tulowitzki

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    UPDATE: Final word on this for the night. Tracy Ringolsby hears that Tulowitzki will receive $157.75 million over the length of the contract. This includes $23.75 million for the final three guaranteed years remaining on his current deal, his $15 million option for 2014 and $119 million for six new years. 10:35 PM: According to…

  19. UPDATE: Mets close to signing Chris Young

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, a baseball executive says the Mets and Chris Young are not close to an agreement yet. The two sides are said to be talking, though. 8:01 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Mets are closing in on a contract with free…

  20. The Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You knew this was coming. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, the Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent Casey Close. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculated earlier this month that the Giants would likely keep an eye on the negotiations — remember, general manager Brian Sabean was…

  21. Russell Martin’s agent hasn’t heard from the Dodgers in about a week

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    That’s the word from Russell Martin’s agent Matt Colleran, who tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he and the Dodgers have exchanged “general ideas” about a potential deal before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, but that the club has not presented his client with a formal offer. “If any offer is made to us,…

  22. Could Paul Konerko be a fit with the Rangers?

    Nov 27, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune seems to think so. He writes that the Rangers “are becoming a more realistic option” for Konerko. The possibility has gained momentum in recent days, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that the Rangers were showing interest in the free agent first baseman after missing out…

  23. Justin Morneau vows to be ready for spring training

    Nov 27, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau was cleared to resume workouts earlier this week, but the encouraging news doesn’t end there. At the team’s winter coat drive at Target Field earlier today, Morneau told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he expects to be ready for spring training. “There’s not a doubt in my mind. I’ll be ready…

  24. Yankees sign Brian Anderson and Andy Sisco to minor league deals

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    Yankees logo

    This just about sums up how slow this Saturday afternoon has been. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to minor league contracts. Both receive invites to major league spring training. Anderson, who turns 29 next March, converted to a pitcher in the Royals organization…

  25. Lou Piniella: Mike Quade deserved Cubs job

    Nov 27, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    During an appearance with Steve Cochran on ESPN1000 in Chicago yesterday, Lou Piniella said he believes Mike Quade deserved the opportunity to return as Cubs manager. “Mike’s a good baseball man. He’s been in baseball for a long, long time,” Piniella said. “He got that opportunity when I left there and I tell you what,…

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