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  1. 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.…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. Manny Ramirez filing for reinstatement from MLB’s retired list

    Dec 4, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Manny Ramirez is filing for reinstatement from Major League Baseball’s voluntary retired list and plans to a join a team at some point during the 2012 season. Manny retired from baseball in early-April of this year after receiving a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs.…

  14. Nationals seen as favorite for left-hander C.J. Wilson

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    The Nationals made a big splash at last December’s Winter Meetings, signing outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract. Might they be preparing a similar-style plunge at this year’s event? According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, other teams are viewing the Nationals as the current favorite to land free agent left-handed starter C.J. Wilson.…

  15. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

  16. Yu Darvish might not make himself available until January

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal heard Saturday that Japanese ace Yu Darvish is expected to be posted soon after this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. But that might not be the case. In an update to his Saturday column, Rosenthal writes that Darvish’s father is telling news services in Japan that his son might…

  17. Luis Ayala drawing interest from several teams

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, free agent reliever Luis Ayala is drawing interest from the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox. And other clubs could join the fray at this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ayala posted a surprising 2.09 ERA across 56 innings of relief for the Yankees in 2011.…

  18. Pedro Martinez is planning to retire

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, 40-year-old right-hander Pedro Martinez told reporters on Saturday night that he’s planning to officially retire from baseball. Pedro sat out the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons, and hinted at hanging up his cleats during an interview back in May. So the announcement comes as no…

  19. Chris Valaika gets go-ahead for light running and throwing

    Dec 3, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds infielder Chris Valaika has been cleared by team doctors to begin light running and throwing. Valaika was shut down in early September after tearing his right ACL during a game against the Rockies. He eventually underwent surgery. The Reds are fully expecting the 26-year-old to be back…

  20. Marlins reach three-year, $27M agreement with Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    The run on high-priced free agent closers rolls on. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Marlins have reached agreement on a three-year, $27 million contract with veteran righty Heath Bell. His contract also includes a vesting option for 2015. Bell has managed a 2.36 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over the past three seasons in…

  21. Josh Johnson set to begin throwing program this weekend

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins' pitcher Josh Johnson speaks during an interview after the team announced their new uniforms in Miami

    The Marlins have spoken with nearly all of the top free agents on the market this winter, including shortstop Jose Reyes, first baseman Albert Pujols, left-hander C.J. Wilson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. But Miami’s primary addition for 2012 could very well come from within. Josh Johnson, 27, posted a dominant 2.30 ERA and 186/48 K/BB…

  22. Angels visited with Aramis Ramirez, likely to make offer

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

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    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that members of the Angels’ front office paid a visit recently to free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. Ramirez struggled with injuries and inconsistency during the latter part of his tenure in Chicago, but he posted a bounceback .871 OPS with 26…

  23. Rangers “optimistic” about locking up Mike Napoli this winter

    Dec 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is currently scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season. But the Texas front office is hoping that he won’t even get a whiff of the open market. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers are going to attempt to sign Napoli to a…

  24. Thad Levine declines interview for Astros’ GM opening

    Nov 30, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Astros’ hunt for a new general manager began Monday when freshly-approved owner Jim Crane fired Ed Wade. It’s early, but so far the hunt has not been fruitful. In fact, it’s even been a little embarrassing. Crane and Co. have reached out to Rays executive vice president Andrew Friedman, but most insiders believe that to…

  25. Mitch Moreland undergoes surgery on right wrist

    Nov 30, 2011, 8:41 PM EDT

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    According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland underwent surgery Wednesday to repair his ailing right wrist. Rangers doctors say Moreland will need 8-12 weeks of recovery time, meaning he should be mostly done healing by the start of spring training in February and should be back to 100 percent health by…

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