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  1. 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…

  2. Adrian Gonzalez trade falls through over contract dispute

    Dec 5, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Domonic Brown leaves Dominican after poor showing

    Dec 5, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    brown dropping helmet

    The Phillies would love to be able to retain Jayson Werth, but the free agent outfielder is represented by Scott Boras and his asking price at this point in the offseason is thought to be sky high.  If Werth signs elsewhere, which seems likely, the Phils are probably going to hand right field duties to…

  8. Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    rivera waving

    Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career. Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did…

  9. Red Sox might wait on extension for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    gonzalez swinging att

    The Red Sox traded prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and a PTBNL to the Padres yesterday for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  They got their man, and are now working toward a contract extension with Gonzalez in an exclusive negotiating window. That window closes Sunday at 2pm ET, but it might not really matter.…

  10. Yankees reach two-year, $30 million agreement with Rivera

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:24 PM EDT

    rivera in delivery

    Well, the Yankees have wrapped up negotiations with one of their veteran free agents. Red Christian of the New York Daily News reports that closer Mariano Rivera has agreed to terms on a two-year contract worth $30 million and that the agreement will be finalized on Friday. Rivera’s talks went smoothly because he wasn’t asking…

  11. M’s trade Jose Lopez to Rockies for minor league pitcher

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    lopez swing

    Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik is widely regarded as one of the smartest and most forward-thinking front office executives in all of baseball.  Things didn’t work out in 2010, when the M’s finished with a hideous 61-101 record, but the man they call “Jack Z” is again earning his reputation this winter. According to Shannon Drayer…

  12. White Sox reach two-year deal with A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    A few hours ago, Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the Blue Jays were close to a contract with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.  That was incorrect. From Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com comes word that the White Sox have agreed to a two-year deal with Pierzynski, possibly worth $8 million. Pierzynski, 33, hit…

  13. A’s have indeed made “big offer” to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    beltre batting

    ESPN.com’s Jayon Stark passed along an odd rumor earlier today, stating that the A’s and Adrian Beltre were close to agreement on a contract and that the deal might be finalized by this evening. It’s now past 9:30 PM in the east and nothing has been signed. Beltre is a Scott Boras client and Boras…

  14. UPDATE: Jays not near deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:23 PM EDT

    pierzynski walking to dugout

    From Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Cowley buried the news in a story about the White Sox signing Adam Dunn, so it’s possible that he doesn’t fully trust the source that passed along the information.  But a…

  15. Francisco Rodriguez will plead guilty to assault Friday

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

    k-rod in bullpen

    The Mets’ new management regime has already committed to using Francisco Rodriguez at closer next season, but that doesn’t mean the right-hander can put the events of August 11 behind him.  At least, not yet. According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez will plead guilty Friday in a New York court to an assault…

  16. Jeter and agent met in Florida Tuesday with Yanks officials

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craving more Derek Jeter news?  Of course you are. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, met Tuesday in Tampa, Florida with Yankees officials. The two sides had not spoken in several days, according to Rosenthal, and wanted to touch base.  It’s not clear if contract numbers were discussed, but…

  17. Giants reach one-year, $6.5M deal with Miguel Tejada

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    tejada in blue padres

    Brian Sabean strikes again. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Giants have agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract with veteran infielder Miguel Tejada.  The contract will also include about $500,000 in pefromance-based bonuses. Tejada no longer has good range at shortstop and batted just .269/.312/.381 over the course of the 2010 season. …

  18. Grant Balfour surprisingly declines Rays’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Tonight is the deadline for potential free agents to either accept or decline arbitration offers.  There won’t be many surprises, but we’ll keep tabs on the more shocking decisions. Here’s one. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, right-hander Grant Balfour has decided to decline the Rays’ offer of arbitration and will test…

  19. Frank Francisco will accept Rangers’ offer of arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    francisco in blue

    From T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com comes word that Rangers reliever Frank Francisco has decided that he will accept the club’s offer of salary arbitration. Francisco could have tested the open market in search of a multi-year contract, but he was labeled as a Type A free agent this fall and that probably scared off potential…

  20. Did the A’s really make that five-year, $64M offer to Beltre?

    Nov 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    beltre with sox

    It’s still pretty early in the offseason and most top tier free agents won’t sign for another couple of weeks.  Or months. The hot stove, however, is always burning. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported two weeks ago that the A’s made a five-year, $64 million offer to free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.  We’ve…

  21. Nationals to meet with Brandon Webb at Winter Meetings

    Nov 28, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    webb working out

    The Cubs aren’t the only team with heavy interest in veteran right-hander Brandon Webb. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals plan to meet with Webb’s representatives at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in early December. Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season because of chronic shoulder…

  22. Update: Marlins reach agreement with Javier Vazquez

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves this offseason.  This won’t be one of them. A source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Fish are nearing a contract with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.  The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs all showed interest, but Javy has a home in south Florida and that…

  23. Yankees may be willing to add $5 million to original offer

    Nov 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    jeter with bat

    The Yankees have no real reason to up their three-year, $45 million offer to veteran shortstop Derek Jeter.  He’s 36 years old, a poor defender and batted just .270/.340/.370 this year over 663 at-bats. But it sounds like they might sweeten the deal just to put an end to all of the noise. A source…

  24. Red Sox showing interest in free agent Matt Guerrier

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    guerrier high five

    A major league source has informed Alex Speier of Boston-based WEEI.com that the Red Sox are showing interest in free agent reliever Matt Guerrier. And why wouldn’t they? Guerrier posted a 3.17 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 71 innings this past season and a 2.36 ERA and 0.97 WHIP the year before. He has a…

  25. Must-click link: Abandoned in Atlantic City

    Nov 28, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    “When you don’t maintain something, it will fall apart.” From The Press of Atlantic City’s Dan Good comes this fascinating look at a ballpark left to rot on America’s east coast. Abandoned In Atlantic City

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