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  1. The Mets are interested in Reed Johnson

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson, Russell Mitchell

    A team source tells Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the Mets have identified Reed Johnson “as a potential fit” for their bench. Johnson, who turned 34 earlier this week, batted .262/.291/.366 with two home runs and 15 RBI over 202 at-bats with the Dodgers this past season. Alarmingly, he drew only…

  2. The Angels sign Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract

    Dec 10, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

    Scott Downs

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms it. The Angels have signed Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract. He could earn an additional $1 million based on games finished. Downs, who turns 35 in March, posted a 2.64 ERA and 48/14 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings this past season. The southpaw has a 2.36…

  3. Report: Pirates sign Matt Diaz to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    Matt Diaz running

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Matt Diaz has agreed to a two-year contract with the Pirates. Terms aren’t yet available. Diaz, who turns 33 in March, was non-tendered by the Braves last week after batting .250/.302/.438 with seven home runs and 31 RBI over 224 at-bats this past season. He reportedly drew interest from…

  4. Mark Prior to sign with Yankees or Rangers

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Mark Prior throwing

    The Yankees and Rangers aren’t just bidding for Cliff Lee’s services, but it appears they are also the two finalists for Mark Prior. That’s right. According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior will sign a minor league contract with one of the two clubs. Prior, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006,…

  5. Report: The Red Sox are still in on Carl Crawford

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    It’s a little quiet tonight, don’t you think? A little too quiet… Yeah, there isn’t much happening with Carl Crawford right now, but multiple Red Sox sources have confirmed to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the club is still interested in signing the free-agent outfielder, even after the recent acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez. However, one…

  6. Braves hope to soon talk contract extension with Dan Uggla

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla running

    According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will soon begin discussing a contract extension for the recently-acquired Dan Uggla. Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. Still, Braves general manager Frank Wren is optimistic that the two sides will be able…

  7. Report: Rangers could send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Chris Davis high five

    Here’s an interesting one. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs. Davis, who turns 24 in March, has a modest .248/.300/.459 batting line at the big league level and has struggled to make contact, but could be a…

  8. Report: Cliff Lee now has two seven-year offers on the table

    Dec 7, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Crazy is contagious in Orlando, it seems. Get this. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Cliff Lee now has not just one, but two seven-year offers on the table for at least $20 million per season. The thing is, it’s not clear who these teams might be, as both the Yankees and Rangers were reportedly…

  9. Report: Rays “motivated” to trade Matt Garza

    Dec 7, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    A source tells Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse that the Rays are “motivated” to trade Matt Garza. We have already heard Garza connected to the Brewers and Nationals, but according to Price, the Rangers view him as a fallback if they are unable to sign Cliff Lee or acquire Zack Greinke. Garza, 27, has thrived…

  10. Report: Pirates sign Kevin Correia to two-year, $8 million contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:17 AM EDT

    Kevin Corriea throwing

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Pirates have signed Kevin Correia to a two-year, $8 million contract, pending a physical. Correia, 30, went 10-10 with a 5.40 ERA over 28 games (26 starts) with the Padres in 2010 and lost his spot in the starting rotation during the final month of the season. It…

  11. Rosenthal: Cliff Lee will receive a seven-year offer

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:52 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Interesting tidbits about Cliff Lee from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Major league sources tell him that at least one team has “expressed a willingness” to offer the left-hander a seven-year contract. Rosenthal originally wrote that the Yankees would be the “most likely” team to offer him a seven-year contract, but he has since tweeted that…

  12. UPDATE: A’s deal for Hisashi Iwakuma is dead

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:38 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    UPDATE: It’s over. Mychael Urban of CSN Bay Area and Jane Lee of MLB.com are reporting that the A’s have failed to reach an agreement with Hisashi Iwakuma. The club’s $19.1 million posting fee will be returned. 8:02 PM: The Athletics have until midnight ET to come to an agreement with Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma,…

  13. Mets interested in Moises Alou for first base coach

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    Moises Alou Mets

    Yes, coaching hires aren’t all that exciting, but this is an interesting possibility to pass along. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Moises Alou is a candidate to be the Mets’ first base coach. While the Mets have expressed their interest, Alou hasn’t decided if he will interview. Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (via Adam Rubin…

  14. Report: Twins offer Tsuyoshi Nishioka a multi-year contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

    nishioka big

    According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Twins have offered Tsuyoshi Nishioka a multi-year contract. One source tells Price that the Twins are trying to sign the switch-hitting infielder to a two or three-year contract worth between $3-4 million per season while another says the team is offering a three-year deal worth $9-10 million…

  15. The Cardinals met with Albert Pujols’ agent today

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters that he met with Albert Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano today, according to B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com. Mozeliak wouldn’t classify the talks as “negotiations” and cautioned that he doesn’t intend to provide regular updates to the media in regards to a contract extension. “This is not going to be…

  16. Padres get Aaron Harang for $3.5 million

    Dec 6, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang throwing

    The Padres have finalized their contract with Aaron Harang. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, it turns out he’ll receive a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2012. Harang, a San Diego-native, is 18-38 with a 4.71 ERA since finishing fourth on the ballot for the National League Cy Young in 2007.…

  17. The Yankees met with Cliff Lee’s agent today

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Let the games begin! OK, so maybe there’s not a whole lot to get excited about quite yet, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Associated Press just a short while ago that he spoke with Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker today. In fact, Cashman said that “while we’re in the same area, I’m…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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