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  1. The Indians are “in the best position” to sign Nick Swisher

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:47 AM EDT

    Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher

    There’s probably one too many caveats in this tweet for it to be actually useful, but if you care about Nick Swisher and/or the Indians, here you are: Not sure what situation Nick Swisher will want, but it does appear as if Cleveland could be in best position to sign him. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN)…

  2. Thanks to taxes, Zack Greinke’s money would go way farther in Texas than L.A.

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    greinke angels getty

    Buster Olney notes something that most of us don’t think about with respect to free agent signings: Agent points out as a factor in Greinke talks:Because of taxes, LAD would have to offer about $180m just to match a $150m-ish offer from TEX — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) December 7, 2012   Everyone has different things…

  3. The Indians have offered Kevin Youkilis two-years, $18 million

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:01 AM EDT

    Kevin Youkilis

    Yesterday we learned that the Yankees have offered Kevin Youkilis one-year for $12 million. Buster Olney reports, now, that the Indians’ offer for Youk is two-years, $18 million. Certainly a clear choice between dough and security for Youkilis. If he has a good year in 2013 the Yankees deal will allow him to capitalize on…

  4. Johnny Damon still wants to play

    Dec 7, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Johnny Damon was DFA’d by the Indians after a mere 64 games last year, and they were 64 profoundly ineffective games at that. But the former Royal, Atheltic, Red Sox, Yankee, Tiger, Ray and Indian still thinks he has something in the tank: “I liked being home last season with my kids. But I’m in…

  5. The Yankees are checking in on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Bob Nightengale tells us something interesting: The #Yankees, but not GM Brian Cashman, quietly running background check on Josh Hamilton, rival GM says — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2012   Not so quiet, eh, Bob? The most interesting part of that is the “not Brian Cashman” part. Sounds like Rafael Soriano part deux, where…

  6. Jason Bay’s contract with the Mariners is not fully guaranteed

    Dec 6, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Some were surprised to see that Jason Bay was getting a $1 million deal from the Mariners after he accepted a buyout from the Mets about a month ago, but it turns out that his contract isn’t fully guaranteed. Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times reports that if Bay doesn’t make the team out of…

  7. Kevin Correia has multi-year offers on the table

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:26 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Maybe it’s the lack of sleep I’ve gotten this week, but CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman seems to be implying that free agent right-hander Kevin Correia is a pretty popular guy right now. ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier today that the Royals are considering Correia along with Brett Myers and Jair Jurrjens, but the Twins and…

  8. Cubs to introduce Kyuji Fujikawa tomorrow at Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

    Kyuji Fujikawa

    After agreeing to terms with Japanese right-hander Kyuji Fujikawa on a two-year, $9.5 million contract over the weekend, the Cubs plan to introduce him to the media tomorrow morning at Wrigley Field. Fujikawa, 32, will receive a $1 million signing bonus and salaries of $4 million for 2013 and 2014. His contract includes a vesting…

  9. Dodgers considering bowing out of Zack Greinke sweepstakes

    Dec 6, 2012, 6:27 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    When the Winter Meetings began, many considered the deep-pocketed Dodgers the heavy favorites to land free agent right-hander Zack Greinke. But now that teams, players and agents have departed Nashville, his future isn’t so clear. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Greinke talks have reached a “critical stage” and the Dodgers are now considering bowing…

  10. Twins agree to contract extension with Jared Burton

    Dec 6, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

    Jared Burton Getty

    UPDATE: The deal is official. Phil Mackey of 1500 ESPN reports that Burton will earn $2 million next season and $3.25 million in 2014. The new deal includes a $3.6 million club option for 2015 that can be bought out for $200,000. 4:38 PM: As if the Twins haven’t been busy enough today, Darren Wolfson…

  11. A’s, Stephen Drew talking one-year deal with player option

    Dec 6, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Stephen Drew

    The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser and CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman are reporting that the A’s and Stephen Drew are discussing a one-year deal with a player option for 2014. A major league executive told Slusser that he believed Drew would accept the contract. Such a deal would give Drew the security of a two-year deal,…

  12. Report: Mariners, Josh Hamilton talk three-year deal

    Dec 6, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mariners and free agent Josh Hamilton have discussed three-year deals worth $20 million-$25 million per season. There have been mixed messages on whether the two sides are nearing a deal or not, but the door seems wide open, what with the Rangers concentrating on Zack Greinke and Justin…

  13. Report: Cubs to re-sign non-tendered third baseman Ian Stewart

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:45 PM EDT

    Ian Stewart

    Ian Stewart, reportedly healthy again after wrist surgery, is set to re-sign with the Cubs, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. USATODAY’s Bob Nightengale reports that it’s a one-year, $2 million deal with up to $500,000 in incentives. Stewart hit .156/.243/.221 in 122 at-bats for the Rockies in 2011 and .201/.292/.335 in 179 at-bats with…

  14. What does Michael Bourn do now?

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    It’s safe to say the Twins won’t be getting a Christmas card from Michael Bourn, not after they filled the center field needs of two of his most likely suitors this winter. With Denard Span in D.C., Ben Revere in Philadelphia, B.J. Upton in Atlanta and Angel Pagan in San Francisco, the market for Bourn…

  15. Quote of the Day: “He’s the new Don Kelly”

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Kelly_Don

    This is a pretty amazing tweet, from Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com: Tigers excited by both guys they got in Rule 5, but especially Kobernus. “He’s the new Don Kelly,” one Tigers person said. — DKnobler (@DKnobler) December 6, 2012 Don Kelly is a 32-year-old career .232 hitter with a .283 on-base percentage and .344 slugging…

  16. Don Larsen’s jersey from World Series perfect game sells for $756,000

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:22 PM EDT

    Larsen

    Last night Don Larsen auctioned off the Yankees jersey he wore while throwing a perfect game against the Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series, selling it for $756,000. Larsen, now 83 years old, told Darren Rovell of ESPN.com that he was raising money for his grandchildren’s education. Hall of Fame basketball coach…

  17. Report: Justin Upton talks ongoing, this time without the Indians

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

    upton getty

    3:20 p.m. EST update: Rosenthal is quoting an official involved in the talks as saying they’re “not dead,” but that things are no further along than they were going into the winter meetings. 3:00 p.m. EST update: Speaking with reporters about a half hour ago, Rangers GM Jon Daniels aid he was packed and ready…

  18. Rays announce one-year, $2 million deal with James Loney

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Making official what was first reported earlier this week, the Rays announced their one-year deal with first baseman James Loney. He’ll get $2 million in guaranteed money coming off a career-worst season in which Loney hit just .249 with six homers and a .630 OPS in 144 games for the Dodgers and Red Sox. Loney…

  19. Braves sign Reed Johnson to one-year deal with option

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:23 PM EDT

    Reed Johnson

    Even though Reed Johnson struggled after coming over from the Cubs in the Paul Maholm–Arodys Vizcaino deal in July, the Braves saw something they liked. They re-signed the veteran outfielder to a one-year deal with a club option for 2014. Johnson, who turns 36 later this week, hit .302/.355/.444 in 169 at-bats for the Cubs…

  20. Ryan Ludwick still weighing Reds’ offer

    Dec 6, 2012, 2:13 PM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Sources tell the Cincinnati Enquirer’s John Fay and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal that Ryan Ludwick is still considering whether to take the Reds’ offer or sign for a bit more money elsewhere. The Mets are one of the teams considering Ludwick, while the Reds are believed to be offering him a two-year deal worth $6 million-$7…

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