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  1. Yankees weighing Jeff Keppinger, Kevin Youkilis for third base

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

    Jeff Keppinger

    While the Yankees have at least touched base with free agent Kevin Youkilis, Jeff Keppinger appears to be their primary target at the moment. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan reports that the two sides met yesterday and that the Bombers’ interest in Keppinger is “very strong.” Keppinger is the more realistic target, given that Youkilis is…

  2. Report: Jason Bay close to signing with Mariners

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:40 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    Jason Bay is “pretty close” to signing with the Mariners, according to 710-ESPN radio in Seattle. Bay was released by the Mets with $21 million remaining on his contract, agreeing to take some of that money deferred into the future, so now he’s free to sign with any team for any amount. As a high-priced…

  3. Yankees could receive insurance funds if Alex Rodriguez can’t play

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:21 PM EDT

    Alex Rodriguez

    So, the best thing A-Rod can do for the Yankees now is not play? CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees have insurance on Alex Rodriguez‘s contract that would cover 75-80 percent of his salary if he proves unable to play due to injuries. Rodriguez is currently expected to miss 4-6 months following hip surgery…

  4. David Wright passes physical, deal with Mets is official

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    New York Mets manager Collins congratulates Wright on hitting a walk off single to beat the Philadelphia Phillies in their MLB National League baseball game at Citi Field in New York

    Word from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is that David Wright passed his pre-signing physical exam, making his eight-year, $138 million contract with the Mets official. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that there will be a press conference to announce the deal tomorrow at the winter meetings in Nashville. No word yet on the…

  5. The Diamondbacks sign Eric Hinske

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:03 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    I don’t think this is one we’d even bother with if it didn’t happen during the week of the Winter Meetings, but hey, a signing is a signing: Ken Rosenthal reports the Diamondbacks have signed Eric Hinske to a one-year deal. Hinske used to dictate which team won the AL pennant, having played for the…

  6. Red Sox looking at Ryan Dempster, Kyle Lohse

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:41 PM EDT

    Ryan Dempster

    The Red Sox are sitting out the Zack Greinke chase and they don’t seem very interested in spending what it would take to land Anibal Sanchez, but they are kicking the tires on Ryan Dempster and Kyle Lohse, according to reports. WEEI’s Alex Speier writes about the interest in Dempster, who is seeking a three-year…

  7. Sean Rodriguez, Rays avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 4, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Sean Rodriguez

    Tampa Bay has avoided arbitration with Sean Rodriguez, signing the infielder to a one-year, $1 million deal. Rodriguez hasn’t hit as well as hoped based on his minor-league track record, batting just .225 with a .658 OPS that included a measly .607 mark this year, but he’s gotten 378, 436, and 342 plate appearances for…

  8. The Indians are a prime suitor for Shane Victorino

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians are a prime suitor for Johnny Damon. Oh, wait, he said Shane Victorino. Sorry. Honest mistake: Momentum is building in Shane Victorino talks. A deal could get done in Nashville. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 4, 2012 #Indians have emerged as a prime suitor for Victorino. Terry Francona reached…

  9. Mets “have pursued” Indians reliever Vinnie Pestano

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

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    In their search for bullpen help the Mets “have pursued” Indians right-hander Vinnie Pestano, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Pestano has quietly been one of the best relievers in baseball since debuting as a 25-year-old in late 2010, throwing 137 innings with a 2.50 ERA and 168 strikeouts while holding opponents to…

  10. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  11. Shaikin: Dodgers, Rangers look like the “best bets” for Zack Greinke

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    zack greinke getty

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has his ear to the ground regarding Zack Greinke, and he says the Dodgers and Rangers look like the “best bets” for Zack Greinke, with the Angels as a “dark horse.” Hope for the Angels’ sake that they’re not that dark. Having lost Dan Haren and even Ervin…

  12. Nationals unlikely to re-sign reliever Sean Burnett

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    sean burnett getty

    Sean Burnett has gotten so much interest from other teams that he’s probably priced out of the Nationals’ budget to re-sign. Burnett has been linked to no fewer than a half-dozen other teams as a free agent and general manager Mike Rizzo admitted to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com that “right now, I don’t see a…

  13. Quote of the Day: Rich Gossage on PED users in the Hall of Fame

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:53 AM EDT

    Gossage

    In January 2010, Rich Gossage made some pretty sharp statements in support of the idea that PED users should not be in the Hall of Fame. I interviewed Gossage right after that and asked him what he thinks should be done if it was found that an existing member of the Hall was later found to…

  14. Bruce Bochy wants Brian Wilson back with the Giants

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Brian Wilson Getty

    Brian Wilson isn’t happy that the Giants non-tendered him and isn’t wanted by the Dodgers, but manager Bruce Bochy would like the rehabbing right-hander back in San Francisco. “Sometimes these things don’t go as smooth as you would like,” Bochy said, via Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com. “You still don’t forget the contributions he made to…

  15. Nationals sign Dan Haren to one-year, $13 million contract

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:13 AM EDT

    Dan Haren

    Dan Haren has agreed to a one-year, $13 million contract with the Nationals, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Last month the Angels nearly traded Haren to the Cubs for Carlos Marmol and then, when that fell through, declined his $15.5 million option and paid him a $3.5 million buyout. In other words, Haren will…

  16. Must-click link: watch publicly-funded stadiums take over our nation

    Dec 4, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Deadspin has a post up right now that is amazing and astounding.  I won’t say much about it because it’s really a visual thing, but know that it is a representation of how publicly-funded stadiums have spread across our land over the past couple of decades. It’s really astounding, in a nation that has decided…

  17. Paul Janish, Braves avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Paul Janish

    Paul Janish, who was acquired from the Reds in July, has avoided arbitration with the Braves by agreeing to a one-year contract. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Janish will get around $1 million for his second season of arbitration eligibility. And after hitting just .186 in 55 games for the Braves…

  18. The coolest business card you’ll see today

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:29 AM EDT

    Business Card

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ben Gellman-Chomsky for the first time at last year’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ben is a play-by-play guy, who broadcast games for the Hickory Crawdads of the Sally League in 2011 and the Hudson Valley Renegades of the New York-Penn League this past season. He’s a nice kid. Originally from…

  19. At least a half-dozen teams interested in Brandon McCarthy

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Brandon McCarthy Getty

    Brandon McCarthy has been cleared to resume throwing following September brain surgery and the free agent right-hander has no shortage of suitors. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the A’s, Red Sox, White Sox, Cubs, Twins, Royals, and Diamondbacks have all expressed interest in McCarthy and the Rangers and Angels are expected…

  20. R.A. Dickey wants a three-year deal

    Dec 4, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    Remember last week when it was reported that R.A. Dickey would be cool with a straight two-year extension? Yeah, about that. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears differently: While it is being portrayed that Dickey only seeks a two-year deal on top of the existing $5 million owed in 2013, a team insider said…

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