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  1. Yankees “quietly interested” in free agent Michael Bourn?

    Dec 16, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

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    The Nationals and Phillies seemed like the most logical potential suitors for free agent center fielder Michael Bourn when this offseason got underway. But the Nats traded for Denard Span and the Phils traded for Ben Revere, both from the Twins. Which has everybody wondering where Bourn will now land. Here’s one theory — if…

  2. Mets and Blue Jays agree “in principle” on seven-player trade involving knuckleballer R.A. Dickey

    Dec 16, 2012, 2:08 PM EDT

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    We’re finally nearing the finish line, folks. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mets and Blue Jays have agreed “in principle” on a seven-player trade that will send knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, catcher Josh Thole and a (non-elite) prospect to Toronto in exchange for catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right-handed pitcher Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck…

  3. Pirates GM Neal Huntington defends SEALs training

    Dec 16, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Pirates have taken guff from various corners of the baseball universe — and from some of their own players — for requiring exhausting Navy SEALs-style training methods at the minor league level. And now they’re also getting criticism from fans. Bob Cohn, a staff writer for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, describes the scene from Saturday…

  4. Andruw Jones finalizes one-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 16, 2012, 11:36 AM EDT

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    From the Associated Press, via NBCSports.com, comes word that free agent outfielder Andruw Jones has finalized a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Rakuten Eagles of Japan’s Pacific League. The deal was agreed to over a week ago but is just now being officially announced by the Japanese team. Jones batted .197/.294/.408 with 14 home runs…

  5. Tigers unlikely to be talked into signing Rafael Soriano

    Dec 16, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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    Scott Boras has been trying to set up the Tigers and reliever Rafael Soriano since the Winter Meetings began. And perhaps even before. But it does not sound like the Detroit decision-makers are enticed. Danny Knobler of CBS Sports heard from sources inside the Tigers front office on Saturday that owner Mike Ilitch “won’t be…

  6. Angels hire Josh Hamilton’s accountability partner

    Dec 16, 2012, 8:45 AM EDT

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    Angels owner Arte Moreno told reporters soon after Josh Hamilton‘s introductory press conference on Saturday at Downtown Disney that there was “no special language” in the outfielder’s five-year, $125 million contract laying out consequences for a potential drug or alcohol relapse. But that doesn’t mean Anaheim’s higher-ups aren’t taking measures to ensure that Hamilton remains on…

  7. Reds fifth-rounder Mason Felt involved in fatal crash

    Dec 15, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT

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    Tragic news today out of southwestern Texas. According to Jennifer Rios of the San Angelo Standard-Times, the father of Reds pitching prospect Mason Felt was killed Saturday morning when a truck that the 18-year-old left-hander was driving hit a median on Interstate 10 and flipped. Richard Lee Felt, 51, was not wearing his seat belt…

  8. Yankees considering trade for Angels’ Vernon Wells?

    Dec 15, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal provides the scoop: The Yankees, sources say, are among the possibilities for [Vernon] Wells — the teams discussed him at the winter meetings, and Wells could fill the Yankees’ need for a right-handed hitting outfielder. Wells has batted just .222 with a .667 OPS over the past two seasons and is owed…

  9. Breaking down Josh Hamilton’s five-year, $125M contract

    Dec 15, 2012, 8:24 PM EDT

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    Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com has the full season-to-season financial breakdown of Josh Hamilton‘s new five-year, $125 million agreement with the Angels: 2013: $15 million 2014: $15 million 2015: $23 million 2016: $30 million 2017: $30 million The deal also includes a $10 million signing bonus, access to a luxury suite and a full no-trade clause.…

  10. Angels have discussed trade for Tigers starter Rick Porcello

    Dec 15, 2012, 6:57 PM EDT

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    The Angels beefed up their offense in a big way this week, signing Josh Hamilton to a five-year, $125 million free agent contract. Now they’re looking to further address their starting rotation needs. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, Anaheim’s decision-makers have “been in contact” with the Tigers about a potential trade for right-handed starter…

  11. Dodgers designate Scott Van Slyke for assignment

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:06 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers have designated Scott Van Slyke for assignment, according to the club’s official Twitter feed, to clear room on the major league roster for newly-acquired utilityman Skip Schumaker. Van Slyke batted just .167/.196/.315 in 57 plate appearances this summer for Los Angeles, but he also hit .327/.404/.578 with 18 homers and 67 RBI in…

  12. Davey Johnson says there are “positive signs” Adam LaRoche will re-sign before Christmas

    Dec 12, 2012, 8:51 PM EDT

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    The Nationals were expressing confidence during the Winter Meetings that they would be able to strike a contract with free agent slugger Adam LaRoche. Over a week later no deal has been struck, but the Nats still feel pretty good about the whole thing. According to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, manager Davey…

  13. Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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    The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher. If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that…

  14. Rangers re-sign Brandon Snyder to minor league deal

    Dec 12, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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    From beat writer Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas comes word that the Rangers have re-signed utilityman Brandon Snyder to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Snyder was non-tendered by the Rangers in late November, but it didn’t take long for the two sides to work out an agreement that will keep…

  15. Cardinals trade utilityman Skip Schumaker to Dodgers

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:23 PM EDT

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    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Dodgers have acquired utilityman Skip Schumaker from the Cardinals. No word yet on what St. Louis gets in return. Schumaker posted a weak .276/.339/.368 batting line with one home run and 28 RBI across 304 plate appearances this summer while playing defensively at second…

  16. Diamondbacks now unlikely to trade Justin Upton

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks found their shortstop. So they are apparently taking Justin Upton off the table. John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix was told late Tuesday night that Upton “will not be traded” and that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers “will not be entertaining any more offers” for him. The Rangers, after hesitating to part with…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo heads to Reds, Trevor Bauer lands with Indians in three-team mega-trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 9:26 PM EDT

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    That three-team mega-trade between the Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks has been made official. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports has the breakdown: Reds get: OF Shin-Soo Choo INF Jason Donald Indians get: SP Trevor Bauer OF Drew Stubbs RP Bryan Shaw RP Matt Albers Diamondbacks get: SS Didi Gregorius RP Tony Sipp OF Lars Anderson Declaring…

  18. Red Sox are for some reason holding off on announcing Mike Napoli’s three-year, $39M deal

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:49 PM EDT

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    Interesting stuff from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal: Could Mike Napoli‘s deal with the Boston Red Sox be in jeopardy? The Red Sox anticipated introducing Napoli at a news conference Tuesday, according to major-league sources, but did not go forward with the event. Napoli agreed to a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox on…

  19. Indians, Reds and Diamondbacks talking three-team trade

    Dec 11, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reported earlier that the Reds were trying to acquire outfielder Shin-Soo Choo from the Indians, with Drew Stubbs and infield prospect Didi Gregorius heading to Cleveland in return. But that deal has since grown a bit larger. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, on the table now is a three-team…

  20. Red Sox still have interest in free agent Nick Swisher

    Dec 11, 2012, 7:13 PM EDT

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    ESPN’s Buster Olney opined last week that the Indians are in the best position to sign free agent outfielder Nick Swisher. But a deal obviously hasn’t been struck yet and they do have some competition. Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was told by a baseball source on Tuesday that the Red Sox are “one of four…

  21. Twins’ talks with Francisco Liriano going “backwards”

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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    The Twins made some sort of offer earlier this winter to free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano. But it apparently wasn’t a very attractive one. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Saturday that negotiations between the Twins’ front office and Liriano’s representatives “have gone backwards.” And it doesn’t sound like there’s a strong…

  22. Rangers in talks with Mets about R.A. Dickey trade, but an extension now seems more likely

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Couple of developments on the R.A. Dickey front. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Rangers “expressed willingness” to include prospect Mike Olt in a trade for the 38-year-old knuckleballer but were told by the Mets front office that it’s going to take more. In related news, Martino writes that the…

  23. Tribe may try Mark Reynolds if they can’t get Kevin Youkilis

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Kevin Youkilis is thought to be deciding between a one-year, $12 million offer from the Yankees and a two-year, $18 million proposal from the Indians. If he goes with New York, Cleveland has a backup plan. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians would likely turn to Mark Reynolds, who is capable of playing…

  24. Mariners “continue to target” free agent Josh Hamilton

    Dec 9, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the following scoop: The Seattle Mariners, searching for offense, continue to target slugger Josh Hamilton. The Mariners probably aren’t prepared to meet Hamilton’s request for a seven-year deal, but they seem to have emerged as the likeliest alternative to the incumbent Rangers by virtue of their perceived willingness to go longer than most.…

  25. Breaking down Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million deal

    Dec 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM has the full financial breakdown of Zack Greinke‘s new six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers — the most amount of money ever promised to a right-hander. 2013: $17 million 2014: $24 million 2015: $23 million 2016: $24 million 2017: $23 million 2018: $24 million Greinke will also receive a…

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