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  1. Marlins may look to trade right-hander Ricky Nolasco

    Dec 18, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    The Marlins aren’t having the best offseason.  They gave out a three-year, $18 million contract to 30-year-old catcher John Buck, a .243/.301/.421 career hitter, they got very little in return when they traded power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla to the Braves, and now they’re having trouble locking up one of their top arbitration-eligible pitchers. According…

  2. Jeff Francis expected to pick a team within the next few days

    Dec 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jeff Francis fever is sweeping the hot stove.  Or whatever. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, the left-hander is expected to decide between offers from the Rockies, Mets, Brewers, Pirates and Nationals within the next couple of days. Francis missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery just before spring training…

  3. Phillies keeping mum on cancellation of Dennys Reyes deal

    Dec 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Like us, you’re probably trying to figure out why exactly the Phillies cut off their one-year, $1.1 million deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on Friday afternoon. We may never know the truth. Whether Reyes failed part of his physical (which is highly possible given his weight and conditioning issues) or whether the Phillies simply…

  4. Angels’ offer to Beltre worth about $70 million over five years

    Dec 18, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    The market for free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is finally beginning to take shape. The A’s reportedly offered Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract at the beginning of the offseason.  He never even responded to the proposal and it has since been pulled off the table. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  5. Red Sox agree to terms with reliever Dan Wheeler

    Dec 18, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    From Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a contract with right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler. Sean McAdam of CSN New England heard Thursday that the Sox would not give the free agent righty anything greater than a one-year contract.  It remains to be seen if they…

  6. Omar Minaya to talk with Sandy Alderson about a job

    Dec 18, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    All that talk about ex-GM Omar Minaya scoring another job with the Mets might actually be real. According to Ian Belgey of ESPN New York, Minaya plans to sit down with new general manager Sandy Alderson sometime after the New Year to discuss what role he could fit in the organization. Minaya has also drawn…

  7. Chien-Ming Wang’s deal with Nats includes $5M in incentives

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:55 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan with Washington Nationals new cap and uniform in Florida

    Chien Ming-Wang agreed to re-sign with the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Now the details of his contract are trickling in.  You know, the good stuff. According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Wang will get a base salary of $1 million and can earn another $5 million through performance-based bonuses. The Nationals clearly still believe…

  8. Rangers, Angels, Tigers are not on Greinke’s no-trade list

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Most of this is already known, but it’s worth revisiting anyway. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com noted Thursday evening that Royals right-hander Zack Greinke can reject a move to 15 major league teams via a no-trade clause in his contract.  (Got it) The Yankees, Red Sox and Nationals are all on that list.  (Got most…

  9. Rockies acquire Jose Morales in minor swap with Twins

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jose Morales

    From the Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has traded catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for young left-hander Paul Bargas. Morales, 27, hit .194/.295/.250 with zero home runs, two doubles and seven RBI over 36 at-bats in 2010 for the Twins.  He will serve as a rarely-used backup in Colorado behind…

  10. He’s back, Chicago: Cubs close to deal with Kerry Wood

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Here’s an interesting one. According to David Kaplan of Chicago Now, the Cubs are moving toward the finalization of a deal with free agent reliever Kerry Wood. Wood spent the first 10 years of his professional career with the Cubbies and was a force in their starting rotation from 2001-2004.  But injuries hit him toward…

  11. D’Backs sign Xavier Nady to one-year, $1.75M contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Xavier Nady is off the market. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Diamondbacks locked up the outfielder to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Wednesday night and plan to start him in left field next season. Nady might also get a bit of time at first base. He batted just .256 with a .306…

  12. Bob Feller: 1918-2010

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Sad news out of Iowa tonight. Keith Murphy of WHO in Des Moines passes along word that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has died at the age of 92 in a Cleveland hospice. Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia a few weeks ago and previously fought a battle against leukemia. Born November 3, 1918 in…

  13. Padres’ trade for Bartlett ‘better than 50-50′ to happen

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Nobody’s quite sure why the Padres’ trade for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has been put on hold.  The swap was initially agreed to a full week ago, but something might have gone wrong during the physicals for the three involved players or the two teams may still be working out contract matters. Whatever the case,…

  14. White Sox, Jesse Crain agree to three-year contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Peter Gammons, now of the MLB Network and MLB.com, is reporting that free agent reliever Jesse Crain has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the White Sox. Crain, 29, posted a healthy 3.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 71 appearances for the Twins this past year, fanning 62 batters and walking only 27 over…

  15. Russell Martin’s deal with Yanks includes $1.4M in incentives

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Yankees have included $1.4 million in performance-based incentives in their new one-year, $4 million contract with catcher Russell Martin. Martin has already passed his physical with the Yanks and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The…

  16. Heath Bell battled typhoid fever earlier this offseason

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres closer Heath Bell won Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2010 with a shiny 1.93 ERA and 47 saves in 50 chances. His winter has not gone as smoothly. First he was named in several different trade scenarios, then he came down with typhoid fever while vacationing in the islands…

  17. Mark Buehrle providing aid for dog shot with arrow

    Dec 12, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    White Sox starter Mark Buehrle is the anti-Michael Vick.  Or, the opposite of what Vick used to be. According to Terry Hillig of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Buehrle has offered to pay any uncovered medical expenses for a dog who was found stranded in southern Illinois this weekend with an arrow in its abdomen. The…

  18. Cashman: Yanks will not increase current offer to Cliff Lee

    Dec 12, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Rangers' Lee throws against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    It’s hard to put a real finger on why, but things seem to be trending toward the Rangers today on the Cliff Lee rumor front. Maybe that’s natural.  Since the Winter Meetings began, and even before that, the Yankees have seemed like the favorite to land the ace left-hander.  Perhaps these optimistic Rangers bits are…

  19. Cardinals trade Brendan Ryan for young righty Maikel Cleto

    Dec 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals did it.  They got rid of Brendan Ryan. St. Louis GM John Mozeliak tried to shop the slick-fielding shortstop throughout the Winter Meetings last week and drew only minimal interest, but Mo pulled off a trade today with the Mariners.  This from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Cards will get young right-hander Maikel…

  20. Yankees official says shot of landing Cliff Lee only “50-50″

    Dec 12, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    We aren’t the only ones searching for clues as to where free agent left-hander Cliff Lee might sign. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has also been doing a bit of digging and wrote Sunday at ESPN Insider that a Yankees executive has put New York’s chances at only “50-50.” Perhaps that’s because there are two teams left…

  21. Marlins working on deal with lefty reliever Randy Choate

    Dec 12, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports comes word that the Marlins are working toward an agreement with free agent reliever Randy Choate. The 35-year-old left-hander posted a pedestrian 4.23 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 44.2 innings this past year, but he limited left-handed batters to a .202/.263/.266 slash line. As a common middle reliever, he’s…

  22. Ron Washington thinks Cliff Lee will re-sign with Texas

    Dec 12, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Cliff Lee is expected to choose between offers from the Rangers and Yankees on Monday. While the free agent southpaw is off weighing pros and cons, we’re left wondering what he might do and trying to gather any clues. So far the clue-finding has not been a fruitful venture.  The guess here is that Lee…

  23. Twins showing interest in Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan

    Dec 12, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Ryan hits a sacrifice fly allowing Colby Rasmus to score in the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    The Cardinals drew only minimal interest when trying to shop shortstop Brendan Ryan at last week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.  It appears their luck has changed. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Twins are exploring a trade for Ryan, hoping to add middle infield depth in the wake of Friday’s…

  24. Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

    Dec 12, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Buffalo Bills v Minnesota Vikings

    The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway. As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under…

  25. 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…

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