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  1. Yunel Escobar a possibility for Rays, A’s and Red Sox

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:31 PM EDT

    Yunel Escobar

    While there are bigger names out there to be had, perhaps no player is more likely to be traded this week than new Marlins infielder Yunel Escobar. Escobar was mostly included in the Jose Reyes–Josh Johnson megadeal for salary purposes, and the Marlins have been intent on moving him since the day they picked him…

  2. Giants exercise 2014 options on Brian Sabean, Bruce Bochy

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:21 PM EDT

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    From columnist John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle comes word that the Giants have exercised options for the 2014 season on manager Bruce Bochy and general manager Brian Sabean. The decision was made easy by 2012’s World Series championship, along with the great success that the franchise has enjoyed over the past several years.…

  3. I went to the Winter Meetings Trade Show and it was OK

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:10 PM EDT

    Wig

    On an afternoon where the rumors are weak and the deals close to non-existent, I felt that a trip to the Winter Meetings Trade show was in order. For those unaware, the Trade Show is where some 300 exhibitors hawk wares ranging from caps, blankets, foam fingers, shot glasses, sports insurance, stadium architecture, concessions, bats,…

  4. Red Sox gear up for 85 wins with Shane Victorino in right field

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    In looking at Shane Victorino’s future last night, I concluded that he wasn’t a bad bet to last as a quality regular for a few more years, in spite of his down 2012 season. Still, I wouldn’t have recommended wagering $39 million on it. That’s the gamble the Red Sox took today in committing to…

  5. Red Sox agree to three-year contract with Shane Victorino

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino Getty

    UPDATE: Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a done deal. Boston has agreed to a three-year contract with Victorino. ========== Just a few hours after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com called the Indians “a prime suitor” for Shane Victorino, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are “frontrunners” for Victorino by making…

  6. Report: Dodgers willing to part with top youngsters for R.A. Dickey

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    John Harper of the New York Daily News reports the Dodgers are willing to send shortstop Dee Gordon and right-hander Zach Lee, their No. 1 pitching prospect, to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. The Mets appear to be seeking two top young talents in return for their Cy Young Award winner, and Gordon and Lee…

  7. Ruben Amaro Jr. shoots down Justin Upton for Cliff Lee rumor

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    Pedro Gomez of ESPN.com has the most interesting rumor of the winter meetings so far: Phillies and Diamondbacks are discussing Justin Upton for Cliff Lee. Money coming to AZ would also be involved. — Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) December 4, 2012 Justin Upton being shopped around is well known, but Cliff Lee as the return would…

  8. Mariners interested in Michael Bourn, meeting with Scott Boras

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    When the Mariners announced after the season that they were bringing in the fences at Safeco, the obvious reaction was that they were trying to help their chances of luring a power hitter this winter, and they have been connected to Justin Upton in trade talks and Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche in…

  9. Maybe the Mets should just keep R.A. Dickey

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:57 PM EDT

    Phil Niekro, R.A. Dickey

    In making it clear just how much he wanted his Royals to trade for R.A. Dickey, Grantland’s Rany Jazayerli put forth a great case for just how valuable Dickey is, especially in light of his willingness to sign a pretty reasonable two- or three-year extension on top of his $5 million contract for 2013. Just…

  10. Billy Butler wins the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals

    I had forgotten that this was a thing. But it is a thing. And it’s now Billy Butler‘s thing: Major League Baseball announced today that Billy Butler of the Kansas City Royals has been voted the winner of the 2012 Edgar Martinez Outstanding Designated Hitter Award.  Butler received 80 first-place votes out of 84 ballots cast…

  11. Arthur Rhodes is attempting a comeback at age 43

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    arthur rhodes reuters

    Arthur Rhodes, who didn’t pitch at all this year after winning the World Series with the Cardinals in 2011, is attempting a comeback at age 43. Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that Rhodes “has told folks close to him that he has not given up hope of pitching in the majors again” and the left-handed…

  12. For Davey Johnson, the Nats slogan this year is “World Series or bust”

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

    Johnson

    Davey Johnson just sat for his annual managers’ press conference here at the Winter Meetings.  He’s not talking about Natitude. Rather: “World Series or bust. That’s probably the slogan this year.” Gentlemen, start printing your t-shirts.

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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