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  1. Cardinals offer assistant hitting coach job to Bengie Molina

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:48 PM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has the scoop: The Cardinals will offer Bengie Molina the role of assistant hitting coach. The move will allow him to join, for the first time in their major-league careers, his younger brother Yadier on the same team. Molina, 38, last played in 2010, ending a career that…

  2. Report: Red Sox could trade Jacoby Ellsbury, re-sign Cody Ross

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Upside, shmupside. Sources told the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham that the Red Sox are considering trading Jacoby Ellsbury and re-signing Cody Ross to play right field, with the newly signed Shane Victorino taking over in center field. Ellsbury, the runner-up for AL MVP honors in 2011, is a free agent after the season and is…

  3. Dodgers interested in trading for Cardinals’ Skip Schumaker

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT

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    From CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler comes word that the Dodgers have expressed interest at this week’s Winter Meetings in the Cardinals’ Skip Schumaker. A holdover from the Tony La Russa era, Schumaker batted just .276/.339/.368 in 304 plate appearances this summer for St. Louis. He barely played near the end of the year after the…

  4. Update: Bidding on Marco Scutaro is up to three-years, $24 million

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:57 PM EDT

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    Update: Buster Olney is chiming back in, with a source telling him it’s 50-50 that Scutaro returns to the Giants. The source indicated that St. Louis is the most likely alternative for the veteran infielder. Scutaro, of course, was the NLCS MVP when the Giants knocked the Cardinals out of the postseason in October. ///…

  5. Jeff Keppinger wants a three-year, $12 million contract

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

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    Free agent infielder Jeff Keppinger is currently recovering from a broken right fibula that he suffered at home last month when he fell down a set of stairs. But that injury hasn’t diminished his asking price. According to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, Keppinger is looking for a three-year contract worth close to $12 million. The…

  6. Report: Indians offered Shane Victorino $44 million

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Finally out from under Travis Hafner‘s deal, the Indians tried going big for once, offering free agent Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million deal, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Victorino instead signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, netting him an extra $2 million annually. The $44 million would have been the…

  7. Dodgers’ first offer to Ryu Hyun-Jin falls “a tad short”

    Dec 4, 2012, 6:58 PM EDT

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    It appears that Ryu Hyun-Jin may remain in Korea. The Dodgers put forward a $25.7 million posting fee early last month for the right to negotiate exclusively with the 25-year-old left-hander, then made a long-term offer to his representatives this week from the Winter Meetings in Nashville, Tennessee. But it “fell a tad short,” Dodgers…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.…

  10. 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,…

  11. 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…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

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    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…

  13. 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…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:48 PM EDT

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    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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:46 PM EDT

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    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…

  18. Arthur Rhodes is attempting a comeback at age 43

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 3:07 PM EDT

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    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.

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

    Dec 4, 2012, 2:51 PM EDT

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    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…

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