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  1. Alex Rodriguez says he’ll have hip surgery in mid-January

    Dec 8, 2012, 1:25 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez Getty

    We learned earlier this week that Alex Rodriguez needs left hip surgery to repair a torn labrum and bone impingement. Now we have a rough idea of when the surgery will take place. According to the Associated Press, Rodriguez said this morning that he will have the surgery in “mid-January.” A-Rod made the comment at…

  2. Chad Murphy argues for his dad, Dale Murphy, to get into the Hall of Fame

    Dec 8, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    This is Dale Murphy’s final year of eligibility on the Hall of Fame ballot, so his family has embarked on a bit of a P.R. campaign to spread the word about why he should be voted in. You can sign a petition here if you are so inclined. Meanwhile, Chad Murphy, one of Murphy’s eight…

  3. Report: R.A. Dickey more likely to stay with the Mets than be traded

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey reacts to the crowd after getting his 20th win of the season after the Mets defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in their MLB National League baseball game at CitiField in New York

    The future of R.A. Dickey was a popular topic at this week’s Winter Meetings in Nashville, but it’s increasingly likely that he’ll be pitching in Queens again next season. Marc Carig of New York Newsday was told by a person familiar with the situation that there is a “growing sense” that the Mets will pass…

  4. Ryan Ludwick re-signs with Reds for two years and $15 million

    Dec 8, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Ludwick will get $15 million over two years. Friday, 7:25 PM: John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Ludwick will get a two-year deal with a mutual option for 2015. No word yet on the dollar amount. Friday, 5:13 PM: Cincinnati has reportedly had a two-year offer…

  5. Pedro Martinez: “I did it clean and my integrity is right where it belongs”

    Dec 8, 2012, 9:55 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox

    Pedro Martinez was in attendance for David Ortiz‘s celebrity golf fundraiser in the Dominican Republic yesterday and he had some interesting things to say about the steroids era and his own legacy. What Martinez did during his career was impressive enough without context, but many have wondered what his numbers would have looked like if…

  6. Negotiations between the Dodgers and Ryu Hyun-Jin are expected to go down to the wire

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:57 AM EDT

    hyun-jin getty

    The Dodgers bid $25.7 million last month for exclusive negotiating rights on South Korean left-hander Ryu Hyun-Jin. Now they have a little more than 24 hours to get a deal done. Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM was told by a Dodgers source that they expect negotiations will go right…

  7. UPDATE: Michael Schwimer has not filed a grievance against the Phillies

    Dec 8, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Michael Schwimer Getty

    UPDATE: Schwimer’s agent, Jeff Borris, tells Salisbury that no grievance has been filed against the Phillies. However, he did ask the MLBPA to investigate the matter. It’s still possible a grievance could be filed. “I believed Michael could have been sent down while he was hurt so I turned the matter over to the union…

  8. Report: Ryan Dempster turns down two-year, $25 million deal from Red Sox

    Dec 7, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, free agent right-hander Ryan Dempster has rejected a two-year, $25 million offer from the Red Sox. Dempster previously rejected a similar two-year, $26 million offer from the Royals while the Brewers have been reluctant to go beyond two years. Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel believes that he…

  9. Johnny Cueto cleared to begin throwing

    Dec 7, 2012, 9:43 PM EDT

    Cueto Getty

    The last time we saw Johnny Cueto in action, he was walking off the mound in the first inning of Game 1 of the NLDS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. It’s fair to wonder how the postseason would have played out had he been healthy, but the good news for Reds fans…

  10. Joey Votto’s surgically-repaired knee isn’t 100 percent yet

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:06 PM EDT

    Division Series - San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Five

    Joey Votto required two procedures on his left knee this summer and wasn’t much of a power threat upon his return, going homerless in 25 regular season games and five postseason contests. During an appearance at the annual Redsfest today, Votto told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that while he’s making progress, his knee still isn’t…

  11. Report: Andruw Jones signs with Japanese team

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:50 PM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Nikkansports.com is reporting that the Rakuten Golden Eagles and Andruw Jones have come to terms on a one-year deal worth 300 million yen, or approximately $3.6 million. If so, Jones becomes one of the biggest MLB stars ever to make the jump to Japan. The 35-year-old hit .197/.294/.408 with 14 homers and 34 RBI in…

  12. Brandon McCarthy signs with the Diamondbacks: two years, $15.5 million

    Dec 7, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

    brandon mccarthy ap

    UPDATE: Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the deal is for two years and $15.5 million. That seems like a bargain in this market. Dan Haren — who also has some health questions — got almost that much for one year. But it does conform with Kevin Towers’ self-imposed rule on pitcher contracts.…

  13. Andre Dawson is the latest Hall of Famer who wants to keep the PED guys out

    Dec 7, 2012, 3:49 PM EDT

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    A lot of Hall of Famers walk around the Winter Meetings, and a common question they’re asked is what they think about PED users like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens making it into the hall of Fame.  Andre Dawson was one of them, and Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post asked him about the…

  14. Dan Haren passes physical, officially signs with Nationals

    Dec 7, 2012, 3:20 PM EDT

    Dan Haren Getty

    Dan Haren‘s one-year deal with the Nationals was contingent on his passing a physical exam and the concerns about his back and hip meant that wasn’t just a formality, but he passed the test and the contract is now official. Haren gets $13 million–plus the $3.5 million he received as a buyout from the Angels–and…

  15. Baseball’s average salary: $3.2 million

    Dec 7, 2012, 3:01 PM EDT

    Money Bag

    Or, Shane Victorino is four times better than average: Baseball’s average salary increased 3.8 percent this year to a record $3.2 million. According to final figures released Friday by the Major League Baseball Players Association, the rise was the steepest since 2007. The boost was helped by an increase in the minimum salary from $414,000 to…

  16. “This season?” “Last season?” “Next season?” What season is it?

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    schedule planner

    A tweet from my friend Cee Angi a few minutes ago once again raised the question of how we should refer to the 2012 season and the 2013 season. Specifically, when does the former cease being “this season and become “last season” and when does the latter cease being “next season” and become “this season.”…

  17. Yankees, Brett Gardner avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 7, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    gardner getty

    No word yet on the money, but Brett Gardner and the Yankees have avoided arbitration with a one-year contract. Gardner missed all but 16 games this year because of an elbow injured suffered in April and was arbitration eligible for the second time after making $2.8 million in 2012. Prior to the injury he was…

  18. Neil Walker is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

    Neil Walker AP

    Man, this is two days old! The things I miss at the Winter Meetings. From Tom Singer’s report at MLB.com: According to the GM, [Neil] Walker “is getting close to getting into his [regular] offseason routine after a great rehab program … The rehab went really well, and he’s worked his tail off and looks forward…

  19. Cubs introduce Kyuji Fujikawa, say Carlos Marmol is still the closer

    Dec 7, 2012, 1:13 PM EDT

    fujikawa cubs presser

    After signing Kyuji Fujikawa to a two-year, $9.5 million deal the Cubs introduced the Japanese reliever in a press conference at Wrigley Field today, during which general manager Jed Hoyer said that Carlos Marmol remains the team’s closer. That puts Fujikawa in a setup role after he saved 202 games in six seasons as a…

  20. There’s a “vibe” that Michael Young will accept a trade to Philly

    Dec 7, 2012, 12:43 PM EDT

    Michael Young bats

    I like “vibes” better than tire-kicking: Still no word on Michael Young‘s decision though I am getting the vibe it will happen. #Philliestalk — Jim Salisbury (@JSalisburyCSN) December 7, 2012   Seriously, though: given that Young was never all that pleased with having to switch positions and be a super-utility guy, you have to think…

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