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  1. Cliff Lee decision coming Monday?

    Dec 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    A couple of updates here on Cliff Lee and his big free agent decision. We know that the Yankees have offered the left-hander a seven-year deal worth around $161 million.  And we know that the Rangers have offered six guaranteed years with some kind of option for a seventh.  Now we’re just waiting for Lee…

  2. No, the Cardinals aren’t trying to change Colby Rasmus. But his father is taking shots at the organization…

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    “Not satisfied with the current product, the Cardinals are trying to change center fielder Colby Rasmus.” That’s how I headlined my piece Thursday night — a piece that detailed a new contact-oriented hitting approach for the young Cardinals outfielder with direct quotes from his father, Tony Rasmus. After a bit of digging I learned that…

  3. Reds ink Jay Bruce to six-year, $51M contract extension

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Reds have signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a six-year, $51 million contract extension with a seventh-year club option that could bring the total worth of the deal to $63 million. Bruce was a first-year arbitration-eligible player.  He could have taken a path that would have meant negotiating…

  4. Done: Pads acquire Jason Bartlett for two youngish relievers

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Bartlett tags out Texas Rangers' Andrus as he attempted to steal in the sixth inning during their MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    UPDATE: This one’s done, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times.  Despite reports of a “twist,” the only hold-up now is a routine physical for all three involved players. WEDNESDAY: From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have landed shortstop Jason Bartlett from the Rays in exchange for two relievers —…

  5. What the heck was that? Rangers conference call edition

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    The ears of the baseball world perked up around 8:45 p.m. ET this evening when Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News — and other Rangers beat writers — announced that majority owner Chuck Greenberg was going to be hosting a conference call at 9 p.m. ET.  A Lee announcement?  Something big? The Fort Worth…

  6. Rangers arrange sudden conference call, say little

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 1

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have scheduled a sudden conference call for 9 p.m. ET. Co-owner Chuck Greenberg is going to speak, probably about Cliff Lee.  No one’s sure yet if it’s anything major, but Rangers officials did fly down to Arkansas earlier today to meet with the prized…

  7. Not satisfied with the current product, the Cardinals are trying to change center fielder Colby Rasmus

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    A follow-up to this post can be found right HERE. ********* The drama continues between the Cardinals’ coaching staff and young outfielder Colby Rasmus. It was only six months ago that the now 24-year-old Rasmus requested a trade away from St. Louis because of a tarnished relationship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.  And it…

  8. Russell Martin now has contract offers from four teams

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT

    martin in catching gear

    It’s Russell Martin Night here on Hardball Talk.  Well, unofficially. Martin has already drawn contract offers from the Red Sox and Yankees.  Now the Blue Jays have also made an offer, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, and a darkhorse team has sent in a multi-year proposal. Martin hit just .248/.347/.342 this past…

  9. Yanks make offer to Russell Martin, want him as a starter

    Dec 9, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin hits an RBI double to score Casey Blake against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    The hot stove has been set to a low setting as the baseball world migrates back from the Winter Meetings in Olrando, Florida.  But at least one free agent is still feeling the heat. Aaron told you a few hours ago that the Red Sox had made an official contract offer to catcher Russell Martin. …

  10. Orioles acquire shortstop J.J. Hardy from Twins

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    UPDATE: The deal is now official. Hardy, Brendan Harris, and $500,000 in cash for Hoey and Jacobson. ========== The Orioles are trade-happy. Not satisfied with acquiring Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks on Monday, they are now a couple of routine physicals away from landing shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Brendan Harris from the Twins.…

  11. Is Nolan Ryan backing down from a Yankee gunfight?

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    We have a good idea of what the Yankees have offered to free agent Cliff Lee — six years and $140 million, at least initially — but what about the Rangers? Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News spoke with club president Nolan Ryan on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, and Ryan told him that…

  12. Royals sign Melky Cabrera to one-year, $1.25M contract

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:05 AM EDT

    melky in white

    Jeff Francoeur and Melky Caberera in the same outfield?  It’s like Christmas for snarky baseball bloggers. From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that Cabrera has reached agreement with the Royals on a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes $250,000 in performance-based incentives. Cabrera was released by the Braves two months ago and drew…

  13. Big time: Red Sox, Crawford reach seven-year $142M deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Incredible.  Absolutely incredible. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have reached agreement on a seven-year, $142 million contract with outfielder Carl Crawford, making him the richest outfielder in Major League Baseball history. The Angels were called the front-runners for Crawford all day long at the Winter Meetings and reports just…

  14. Cliff Lee to decide on team by the end of this weekend

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Here it comes. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, free agent left-hander Cliff Lee will decide on a club by the end of this weekend. Lee has a formal offer in hand from the Yankees that is thought to be worth around $140 million over six years.  He will probably get a matching offer or…

  15. Mariners make multi-year offer to catcher Miguel Olivo

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    olivo with rockies

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported Thursday evening that free agent catcher Miguel Olivo is likely going to score a two-year, $7.5 million deal at some point in the near future.  Renck’s source must have been on the contract side of the negotiations because he wasn’t able to identify which team was behind that…

  16. Cardinals met with Pujols’ agent again on Wednesday

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    The Cardinals opened this week’s Winter Meetings by meeting with Dan Lozano, the agent for All-World slugger Albert Pujols.  According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, the Cards met with Lozano again on Wednesday. Lozano is not talking to the media and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was not willing to divulge any details about…

  17. Yankees make official offer to free agent Cliff Lee

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, made an early exit from the Winter Meetings on Wednesday afternoon after speaking with a range of different clubs about his client. He did not leave empty-handed. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees made an official offer to the left-handed Lee on Wednesday and Mark Feinsand…

  18. Nationals reach seven-year, $126M deal with Jayson Werth

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    werth and beard

    Big news here as the baseball world continues its migration to Orlando, Florida for the Winter Meetings. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is close to agreeing to a contract with the Nationals. Zolecki has not heard any particulars on the terms of the deal, but it’s sure to be a…

  19. Red Sox were right to back out of Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    When SI.com’s Jon Heyman first reported that the trade designed to send Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox was killed by a contract dispute, my reaction was: “Wow, that’s crazy.” But it’s not crazy.  Not at all. In fact, both sides were right to balk. Adrian Gonzalez hit .298/.393/.511 this past season with 31 home…

  20. Oakland is out on free agent Adrian Beltre

    Dec 5, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    The A’s showed heavy interest in Adam Dunn just before he signed with the White Sox.  Then they expressed interest in Lance Berkman, but he signed with the Cardinals.  Now it appears that they’re out on another free agent because of the player’s lack of interest. According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the A’s are prepared…

  21. Adrian Gonzalez trade falls through over contract dispute

    Dec 5, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    gonalez bummed

    UPDATE, 3:42 PM: A source told Morosi that there’s a “better than 50/50 chance” that Gonzalez does not end up in Boston.  If it’s not dead already, this swap is quickly dying. UPDATE, 3:22 PM: FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi was told that the deal is “not done yet.” UPDATE, 3:15 PM: Tom Krasovic of AOL…

  22. White Sox could reach deal with Paul Konerko on Monday

    Dec 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The White Sox were not pleased with their second-place finish in the American League Central this year.  So they’ve decided to do something about it this offseason. Not only did Kenny Williams and Co. lock up free agent slugger Adam Dunn last week, they are also closing in on a deal to retain Paul Konerko.…

  23. Trade delayed as Red Sox talk long-term deal with Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    gonzalez running off field

    The Red Sox may want to wait on officially inking a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, but they do want some terms in place before signing off on their blockbuster five-player trade with the Padres.  And it’s now officially crunch time. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Sox won’t finalize the Gonzalez trade unless…

  24. A’s and Hisashi Iwakuma unlikely to work out a deal

    Dec 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won the rights to bid exclusively on Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they balked at his initial asking price: a three-year deal worth about $12 million annually.  And while negotiations have continued, it seems unlikely that an agreement will be reached by tonight’s midnight deadline. According to Susan Slusser of…

  25. Orioles continue to show heavy interest in Mark Reynolds

    Dec 5, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Desperate to add a power bat to their light-hitting lineups, the Orioles, Padres and Blue Jays have expressed interest this offseason in trading for Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds. Reynolds tallied 32 home runs in 2010 and a career-high 44 in 2009, but he’s the only player in major league history to amass 200 strikeouts in…

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