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  1. Pujols Pandemonium: Recapping a busy day at HardballTalk

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

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    We’ve published over 50 posts containing mentions of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols since the Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday night. Today, of course, it all came to a head. In case you missed any of the analysis from our team of writers, here’s a recap of the subjects we’ve broached over the…

  2. Juan Carlos Oviedo released from jail, won’t face identity fraud charges in the Dominican

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case. But he wasn’t held for very long at all. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to…

  3. Stores in St. Louis are giving away Pujols merchandise

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis region was shocked at Thursday morning’s announcement that Cardinals icon Albert Pujols had accepted a 10-year, $250 million pact from the Angels. And so were its retail shops. According to Matthew Hathaway of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, four area Pro Image Sports stores began giving away Pujols jerseys and jersey shirts (valued between $14.99 and $129.99)…

  4. Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

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    In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols. Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of…

  5. Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu. It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice…

  6. Cardinals expected to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Cardinals are likely to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot before the December 12 deadline. The Cards were left unimpressed by Theriot’s defense at shortstop this past season and have already committed to 25-year-old Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012. Theriot, who possesses a weak…

  7. Yu Darvish announces that he will be posted on Thursday

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

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    Courtesy of Google’s Japanese-to-English translation service (hey, we’re doing what we can here people) comes this announcement from the personal blog of Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish: This time, having decided that Darvish posting system to use. The announcement will convey to everyone here, because most of the fans. The baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters I really…

  8. Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:41 AM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Astros have hired Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow to be their next general manager. Luhnow had been serving as the Redbirds’ vice president of scouting and player development, and was instrumental in turning around a Cardinals farm system that was once devoid of quality depth. It’s a great hire for…

  9. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez decline arbitration from Phillies

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

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    As expected, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Raul Ibanez have declined arbitration from the Phillies. This according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Rollins is in search of a five-year contract, so the decision on his part was a no-brainer. With Ibanez, it’s a bit trickier. He’s unlikely to score a significant deal on the open market…

  10. Cubs and Rangers discussing possible Matt Garza trade

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has told reporters over and over that he’s not shopping right-hander Matt Garza this offseason. But most signs point to that claim being untrue. Like, well, this one: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Rangers and Cubs have engaged in talks about a potential Garza trade at this week’s…

  11. Ryan Madson declines arbitration from the Phillies

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that free agent right-hander Ryan Madson has decided to decline the Phillies’ offer of arbitration. Madson is a Type A free agent, so by rejecting the offer he will net the Phillies two compensatory draft picks when he signs with a different team. The 31-year-old posted a dominant…

  12. Francisco Rodriguez accepts arbitration from Brewers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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    The Brewers offered arbitration to free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez last month in order to fetch draft picks when he signed elsewhere. But the reliever market has been rough since Jonathan Papelbon scored a massive deal from the Phillies and now it appears that Milwaukee will be stuck with a high-priced setup man in 2012.…

  13. Royals have discussed contract extension with Alex Gordon

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Royals have let a number of talented players depart via free agency in the past 10-plus offseasons. Hoping to turn a new leaf as an organization, they’re going to try not to do that so much anymore. According to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, the Kansas City front office has engaged in exploratory talks toward…

  14. UPDATE: Tigers near agreement with righty Octavio Dotel

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Brewers, Mets, Reds and Cardinals have also been involved in negotiations for veteran reliever Octavio Dotel at this week’s Winter Meetings, but it sounds like Detroit might come out on top. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers are currently considered the “front-runner” for Dotel, who is expected to decide on a team soon.…

  15. UPDATE: Angels reach one-year, $3M deal with Hawkins

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Angels are closing in on a contract agreement with free agent reliever LaTroy Hawkins. The Brewers and Rockies have also expressed interest in recent weeks, but it sounds as though Anaheim’s offer will ultimately prove victorious. Hawkins, 38, posted a sparkling 2.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP…

  16. Marlins “definitely not” in talks for Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    When Miami officially dropped out of the running for Albert Pujols, there were reports suggesting that they might shift that focus (and money) toward Prince Fielder. But it’s not happening. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish are “definitely not” in talks for Fielder. Maybe that will change if negotiations fall through…

  17. Yankees not confident they can sign Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

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    The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. But they’re not confident that an agreement will be reached. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Nakajima might return to Japan for another year because he doesn’t stand to strike it rich in the major leagues. The Yankees’ winning posting bid was only worth…

  18. Rockies GM expects Ian Stewart to remain in Colorado

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    The Rockies tried to shop Ian Stewart at this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at one point exchanging trade proposals with the Cubs. But it sounds like the Colorado front office is now content with retaining the 26-year-old. According to FOX Sports’ Tracy Ringolsby, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd said Wednesday that he expects Stewart to be on…

  19. Reds might take a flier on 38-year-old Dmitri Young

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot. And he might have actually found a suitor. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking…

  20. Bobby Valentine: “I hate the Yankees”

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Here’s something you never would have heard from Bobby Valentine in his previous job, as a supposedly objective analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal): Valentine is obviously just trying to have a little fun now that he’s at the center of baseball’s most talked about rivalry, but he was known…

  21. Jose Reyes’ new contract is extremely backloaded

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

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    The Marlins finalized their six-year, $106 million agreement with shortstop Jose Reyes on Wednesday afternoon at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. What they didn’t reveal is how dangerously backloaded the money on that contract is. Here’s the tweet from Joel Sherman of the New York Post: In other words, Reyes will earn just $10 million…

  22. Yankees win negotiating rights for Japan’s Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Yankees have won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. Rumors flew Tuesday that the Giants had made the only posting bid. Then it was the Red Sox. But both of those reports were quickly shot down. According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, the Yanks…

  23. UPDATE: Marlins the current favorites to land Buehrle

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

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    6:30 p.m. EDT update: CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien has the Marlins as the favorites to land Buehrle, a scenario that would reunite the left-hander with his former manager in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen. The Rangers and Nationals remain in the mix, and a return to the White Sox still hasn’t been ruled out. /// The hot…

  24. Phillies sign Laynce Nix to two-year contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

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    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, outfielder Laynce Nix has agreed to a two-year major league contract with the Phillies. No word yet on the financial terms. Nix posted an underwhelming .250 batting average and .299 on-base percentage in 2011 for the Nationals, but the 31-year-old also slugged 16 home runs in only 351 plate…

  25. Cubs interested in free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

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    The Dodgers signed starter Chris Capuano to a two-year, $10 million contract on Friday, thus pulling themselves out of the running for Hiroki Kuroda. Now the Japanese right-hander is said to be considering “all options” in free agency. Well, here’s an intriguing one: According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, new Cubs president Theo Epstein…

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