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  1. Tweet of the Day: Craig Breslow embraces the future

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

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    Craig Breslow was traded to the Diamondbacks tonight as part of the Trevor Cahill deal. How did he find out about it? Well, the same way a lot of us did. While a heads up would have been nice, at least he’s headed to a contender.

  2. The Diamondbacks may look to trade Joe Saunders

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    The Diamondbacks were discussing a two-year deal with the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders over the past couple of weeks, but tonight’s acquisition of Trevor Cahill has changed things a bit. In fact, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that Arizona may now trade the veteran left-hander. Saunders, 30, earned $5.5 million this season while going…

  3. Phillies expected to chat with Jimmy Rollins’ agent tomorrow

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:05 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Jimmy Rollins‘ agent, Dan Lozano, is expected to chat with Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. tomorrow. The two sides had multiple meetings at this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, but despite your typical rumor madness, they aren’t yet close to a deal. The Brewers signed shortstop Alex Gonzalez…

  4. A’s taking a big chance in trading Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    Trevor Cahill won 18 games as a 22-year-old for the A’s in 2010. Now he’s a goner, having been sent to the Diamondbacks along with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow in exchange for right-hander Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill and right-hander Ryan Cook. It’s a deal that would make a lot more sense for Cahill if…

  5. Arizona signs former big-league OF Jason Lane as a LHP

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:50 PM EDT

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    Jason Lane, who made six relief appearances when he wasn’t playing the outfield for Triple-A Las Vegas last season, will make a full-time move to the mound next season. The Diamondbacks have signed him to a minor league deal as a left-handed pitcher. Lane hit 26 homers for the Astros as a 28-year-old back in…

  6. Update: Diamondbacks get Trevor Cahill from A’s

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    6:47 p.m. EST update: The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says the deal is done. The A’s are getting RHP Jarrod Parker, OF Collin Cowgill and RHP Ryan Cook from the A’s for Cahill and LHP Craig Breslow. /// Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “close” to acquiring right-hander Trevor Cahill from…

  7. Tigers, Nationals swap hard-throwing relievers

    Dec 9, 2011, 5:51 PM EDT

    Ryan Perry

    It’s a challenge trade: the Tigers and Nationals pulled off an exchange of right-handed relievers Ryan Perry and Collin Balester on Friday. The trade is a bit more surprising from Detroit’s point of view, but it appears that the Tigers soured on Perry as last year went along, even though he pitched better in the…

  8. Lyle Overbay signs one-year deal to stay with Diamondbacks

    Dec 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    Arizona is working on a potentially huge trade with Oakland for Trevor Cahill, but in the meantime the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve re-signed Lyle Overbay to a one-year, $1 million deal. Pittsburgh gave Overbay a one-year, $5 million deal last offseason, but released him in August and the veteran first baseman found a new home…

  9. Phillies add Dave Bush and David Purcey on minors deals

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dave Bush

    Philadelphia added some veteran pitching depth by signing David Purcey and re-signing Dave Bush to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Bush was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, but the 32-year-old right-hander spent much of this year at Triple-A for three different organizations. Philadelphia was the last of…

  10. Prosecutors want Barry Bonds to do 15 months in prison

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    On Tuesday, the federal probation officer assigned to Barry Bonds’ case recommended that the Home Run King — people love it when I call him that — get probation when he is sentenced next week.  Today the prosecutors came back with their request: 15 months. That seems pretty darn harsh given that he was convicted…

  11. Albert Pujols took out newspaper ad to thank Cardinal Nation

    Dec 9, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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    Albert Pujols purchased a full-page ad in the St. Louis Post Dispatch today to thank “the city of St. Louis and Cardinal Nation”:

  12. Tigers finalize one-year, $3.5 million deal with Octavio Dotel

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT

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    Detroit and Octavio Dotel made their deal official, with the Tigers paying the veteran right-hander $3 million in 2012 and $3.5 million or a $500,000 buyout for 2013. This will be his 13th team in 14 seasons, but Dotel remains a very effective reliever at age 38 and is particularly dominant against right-handed hitters, throwing…

  13. Cardinals “reluctant” to give five-year deal to Jimmy Rollins, could pursue Carlos Beltran

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jimmy Rollins has been linked to the Cardinals following Albert Pujols‘ departure, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they “would be reluctant to enter the bidding for Rollins” unless he backs off demands for a five-year deal. Philadelphia is also said to be very much against the idea of giving…

  14. James Loney was arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Yesterday we learned that James Loney was arrested last month after crashing his car. Today the L.A. Times has details: Loney sideswiped three cars on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, stopped in the fast lane, passed out, then awakened and tried to flee the scene, only to crash again, said Leland Tang, a spokesman…

  15. Bobby Abreu could be “odd man out” for Angels after Albert Pujols signing

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Albert Pujols‘ arrival means the Angels have a logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters, and while trading Mark Trumbo would bring back the most in return Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that “the odd man out would probably be Bobby Abreu.” Not only won’t the Angels be able to…

  16. The Angels new TV deal more than pays for Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Angels logo

    As I noted yesterday, the Angels’ offers to Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson make sense given that they are/were in the process of negotiating a new television deal.  Well, Bill Shaikin has the details on it, and everything makes a ton of sense now. The Angels are making a mint. The deal is for $3…

  17. Marlins say their offer to Albert Pujols was “nowhere near” $275 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Marlins’ final offer to Albert Pujols was $210 million for 10 years, but then later Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported their top proposal as $275 million. Today team president David Samson vehemently denied Nightengale’s report, telling Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the…

  18. Multiple teams interested in trading for Francisco Rodriguez

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez threw a wrench into the Brewers’ payroll plans by accepting arbitration and locking them into a one-year deal for at least $12 milllion, causing them to lose LaTroy Hawkins and potentially scale back efforts to sign other free agents. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Brewers have gotten interest in Rodriguez…

  19. The Rays lock up Matt Moore for five years, $14 million with multiple team options

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Not counting the playoffs, Matt Moore has a grand total of three games and nine and one-third innings of major league experience. But as first reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, he is now locked up on a five-year, $14 million deal. That part of it takes him through arbitration. Marc Topkin adds that the Rays hold options…

  20. Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen. “Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m…

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