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  1. The Adam LaRoche market isn’t so hot and heavy after all

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:47 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche

    The Nationals would very much like to keep free agent Adam LaRoche, but they’re sticking to their guns at the moment and only offering a two-year deal. Fortunately for them, it may yet be enough to get a deal done. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, the Rangers are not purusing LaRoche, and MLB.com’s Brittany…

  2. The Mariners have checked in on Delmon Young

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:35 PM EDT

    delmon young getty

    Jon Paul Morosi: Mariners have checked in on Delmon Young. As I reported last night he’s expected to work out for teams and sign in January. And upon checking in they went “eww, it’s Delmon Young. Sorry. Our mistake.” In all seriousness, I am curious as hell about what happens to Delmon Young.  He was pretty…

  3. Joe Mauer, David Wright commit to Team USA for WBC

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    We’ll hear plenty about players opting out of the World Baseball Classic over the next couple of months. How about a couple of guys that are in: Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and the Mets’ David Wright. The Mauer commitment makes it less of a big deal now if Buster Posey decides not to play for Team…

  4. Joakim Soria agrees to two-year contract with Rangers

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:12 PM EDT

    joakim soria getty

    Joakim Soria, who had his $8 million option declined by the Royals, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Rangers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Soria missed all of 2012 following Tommy John elbow surgery, but was among the elite closers in baseball from 2007-2011, saving 160 games with a 2.40 ERA in…

  5. The Mets talked to the Red Sox about R.A. Dickey

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:59 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey Reuters

    The hottest potential trade chit in the game is R.A. Dickey, and his current team spoke to the Red Sox about him reports Joe McDonald of ESPN Boston: The Red Sox met with Mets to talk about possible trade for R.A. Dickey, according to a baseball source. Mets want Bogaerts and Bradley, Jr. — Joe…

  6. Angel Pagan goes from fringe regular to $40 million player

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan

    The Mets were strongly considering non-tendering Angel Pagan rather than pay him $5 million or so for 2012. Instead, they found a taker for him in the Giants, who sent back fellow center fielder Andres Torres and right-hander Ramon Ramirez. It proved to be a great deal for San Francisco, as Pagan proved key in…

  7. Derek Jeter says “no question” he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:27 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    Alex Rodriguez may end up missing the entire first half following hip surgery, but Derek Jeter thinks he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup despite breaking his ankle in the ALCS. Just two weeks ago Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Jeter’s status for Opening Day “a little bit of a question mark” but today during…

  8. Padres official: Chase Headley won’t be traded

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Chase Headley

    That’s the report from Joel Sherman of the New York Post, so Yankees fans best set their hearts on someone else. Sherman quotes as unnamed Padres official saying, “we’re not going to move (Chase) Headley.” Headley was being talked about as a candidate to replace the injured Alex Rodriguez at third base for the Bombers.…

  9. Scott Hairston has six suitors, holds out for two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    7:50 p.m. EST update: Jon Morosi says he erred earlier in reporting the Tigers’ offer to Hairston: 5:25 p.m. EST update: And now ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin is chiming back in, saying Hairston “will not be a Tiger.” 5:15 p.m. EST update: A source told FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi that the Tigers have offered Hairston a two-year…

  10. Giants re-sign Angel Pagan to four-year, $40 million deal

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:54 PM EDT

    Angel Pagan AP

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports says it’s a done deal at four years and $40 million. ========== Even though the last we heard was that the negotiations between the Giants and Angel Pagan were “mired in molasses,” it was hard to imagine Angel Pagan signing anyplace else, so let us not be shocked at…

  11. Jim Deshaies leaving Astros to become Cubs announcer

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jim_Deshaies

    Cubs announcers Bob Brenly and Len Kasper were one of my favorite MLB broadcasting duos, so I was sad to see Brenly take the same job with the Diamondbacks six weeks ago. Luckily for Cubs fans they’ve found a really good replacement for him in Astros television analyst Jim Deshaies, who’s leaving Houston for Chicago…

  12. Major League Baseball holding a charity auction for Stand Up to Cancer

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:33 PM EDT

    Stand Up to Cancer

    Major League Baseball just announced something very cool: a charity auction to benefit the Stand Up to Cancer. The initiative was inspired by the numerous cases of public relations officials in the sport who have been diagnosed with cancer in recent years. The auction starts now and goes through Thursday December 6 at midnight and includes…

  13. Dodgers, Rangers setting up to be top bidders for Zack Greinke

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:23 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Rangers are “right there” with the Dodgers in the bidding for Zack Greinke, with the Nationals possibly still in the mix and the Angels nearly out of it. Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com doesn’t see anyone hanging with the Dodgers, though: But it seems pretty clear who…

  14. Nationals re-sign left-hander Zach Duke

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    After spending most of this year in the minors Zach Duke pitched well for the Nationals as a September call-up and Amanda Comak of the Washington Times reports they’ve re-signed the left-hander to a major-league deal. Prior to joining the Nationals’ bullpen down the stretch Duke had been starting at Triple-A and 168 of his…

  15. Tim Lincecum is gonna put on some weight this winter

    Dec 3, 2012, 3:00 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum used to be skinny. Then he got kinda buff, to be honest. Then sorta got skinny again. Each time he went up or down in weight, there was a sentiment expressed that the change will do his pitching good. So: Part of Tim Lincecum’s offseason work is to gain a little weight. Trainer…

  16. UPDATE: Brian Cashman: well, no one asked me a specific question about A-Rod’s hip

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:39 PM EDT

    Cashman presser

    UPDATE:  Cashman started the presser by saying that the first the Yankees knew that Rodriguez was having problems was when Joe Girardi pinch hit Raul Ibanez for him in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.  After the decision was made, Rodriguez told Girardi that his hip was keeping him from “firing” but that…

  17. Report: Asdrubal Cabrera’s no-trade includes Red Sox, Tigers

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:37 PM EDT

    Asdrubal Cabrera

    Some players with partial no-trade clauses choose to put the teams they really don’t want to play for on their block list. Others simply pick the teams most likely to trade for them, figuring that gives them more control over their future. Asdrubal Cabrera appears to have gone the latter route. A source told WEEI.com’s…

  18. Dodgers believe Shohei Otani will remain in Japan

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT

    Shohei Otani

    Everything from a couple of months ago said that Japanese phenom Shohei Otani had his heart set on playing in the U.S., with the Dodgers, Rangers and Red Sox all pursuing him. However, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is told by a source that Otani may remain in Japan. Otani, an 18-year-old right-hander,…

  19. Blue Jays claim Eli Whiteside off waivers from Yankees

    Dec 3, 2012, 2:20 PM EDT

    Eli Whiteside, Matt Cain

    Eli Whiteside has been a busy guy. First the Yankees claimed him off waivers from the Giants in early November. Then he avoided arbitration with the Yankees by signing a one-year, $625,000 deal. Then the Yankees dropped him from the 40-man roster and placed him back on waivers. And now the Blue Jays have claimed…

  20. Yankees announce 4-6 month recovery timetable for Alex Rodriguez

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:45 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Making official what was reported this morning, the Yankees announced that Alex Rodriguez will undergo left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. His recovery timetable is expected to be 4-6 months and because the surgery is being delayed until January in order for Rodriguez to build up the necessary strength that…

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