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  1. Pirates “optimistic” about Andrew McCutchen extension

    Dec 18, 2011, 3:05 PM EST

    Andrew McCutchen

    Pirates GM Neal Huntington told fans at Saturday’s PirateFest that he is “optimistic” about signing Andrew McCutchen to a long-term extension before the 25-year-old center fielder reaches free agency. This according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. McCutchen isn’t eligible for salary arbitration until after the 2012 season and won’t hit free agency until the winter of 2015,…

  2. Indians in “serious talks” for outfielder Mike Cameron

    Dec 18, 2011, 1:42 PM EST

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    As first reported by Terry Pluto of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, then confirmed by FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Indians are in serious talks with the representatives for veteran outfielder Mike Cameron. The Indians are also interested in Andy LaRoche. Cameron hit just .203/.285/.359 with nine homers and 27 RBI over 78 games between the…

  3. Cubs speaking with agent Scott Boras about Prince Fielder

    Dec 18, 2011, 12:08 PM EST

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    Another day, another take on the Cubs’ level of interest in free agent first baseman Prince Fielder. According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Cubs’ decision-makers first expressed a desire to sign Fielder back at the general managers meetings in mid-November and have kept an open line of communication with agent Scott Boras ever…

  4. Cardinals maintaining strong interest in Carlos Beltran

    Dec 18, 2011, 10:51 AM EST

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes this: The Cardinals did extensive background work on free-agent outfielder Carlos Beltran last week and maintain strong interest in him, according to major league sources. Rosenthal goes on to say that other teams “remain in the mix” and that Beltran is considering “two- and even three-year” offers, but the Cardinals may have become the front-runner…

  5. Cubs, Padres talking Matt Garza-Anthony Rizzo trade?

    Dec 18, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

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    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and MLB Network Radio, the Padres have expressed interest in acquiring right-handed starter Matt Garza from the Cubs in a package trade that would include 22-year-old first baseman Anthony Rizzo. It’s not yet known which other names are involve in the talks, or how far along the negotiations are.…

  6. Albert Pujols’ contract carries $10M in milestone incentives

    Dec 18, 2011, 8:34 AM EST

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    The Angels signed first baseman Albert Pujols to a 10-year, $254 million free agent contract earlier this month. All of that money is guaranteed, and now it has been revealed that the massive deal also carries $10 million worth of milestone-based incentives. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports, Pujols will get an additional $3…

  7. Mariners reach agreement with reliever George Sherrill

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:19 PM EST

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    UPDATE, 11:19 PM: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the one-year pact has been finalized. 7:23 PM: As first reported by Prospect Insider‘s Jason Churchill, the Mariners are nearing a one-year contract agreement with lefty George Sherrill. Word is the deal is worth $1.1 million plus incentives. Sherrill, 34, registered a 3.00 ERA and 1.25 WHIP…

  8. Winning bid for righty Yu Darvish will set posting record

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

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    From Franz Lidz of Sports Illustrated comes word that the winning posting bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish will top the $51,111,111 sum that the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights to Daisuke Matsuzaka back in November of 2006. The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have not revealed which major league team made the record bid, and…

  9. Allen Craig aiming to get out of leg brace in three weeks

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:06 PM EST

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    Cardinals outfielder Allen Craig underwent surgery on his right knee around Thanksgiving and is doubtful to be ready for the start of the 2012 regular season. But his recovery, to this point, has gone smoothly. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Craig is expected to have his protective leg brace removed three…

  10. Brewers win exclusive negotiating rights for Norichika Aoki with $2.5 million posting fee

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

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    UPDATE, 7:45 PM: The Brewers had the $2.5 million winning bid, according to Yanagita, and now have 30 days to work out a major league contract. 8:51 AM: Yasuko Yanagita of Japanese newspaper Hochi Shimbun and Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports are both hearing that the Yakult Swallows have accepted a $2.5 million posting fee for outfielder…

  11. The Red Sox inquired about Royals’ closer Joakim Soria

    Dec 17, 2011, 6:00 PM EST

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    The Red Sox acquired right-hander Mark Melancon from the Astros earlier this week, but they aren’t done upgrading the back-end of their bullpen. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, they have spoken to the Royals about the availability of closer Joakim Soria. Talks have failed to progress thus far, as Kansas City is seeking at…

  12. And, oh yeah, the A’s way undersold on Trevor Cahill

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

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    The Padres just dealt a 24-year-old right-hander with a 27-29 record and a 108 ERA+ to the Reds for their No. 3, No. 4 and No. 10 prospects and a former 17-game winner in Edinson Volquez. The A’s earlier this month dealt a soon-to-be 24-year-old right-hander with a 40-35 record and a 107 ERA+ to…

  13. The Reds have talked to free agent outfielders Jason Kubel and Cody Ross

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

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    There are all sorts of ramifications to today’s Mat Latos deal, but one of the more under-the-radar aspects is that the Reds now have some extra cash to use in the free agent market. While they remain interested in re-signing closer Francisco Cordero, John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that they have also spoken…

  14. Will the Padres trade first base prospect Anthony Rizzo?

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

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    The Padres acquired Yonder Alonso from the Reds today as part of their massive haul for Mat Latos, which has led many to wonder whether prospect first baseman Anthony Rizzo will become a trade chip. With that in mind, Padres general manager Josh Byrnes told Jim Bowden of ESPN.com and MLB Network Radio this afternoon…

  15. Hanley Ramirez still hesitant about move to third base

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    The Marlins have repeatedly said that they have no intention to trade Hanley Ramirez following the addition of shortstop Jose Reyes, but it’s clear that he’s not yet on board with moving to third base. Marlins president Larry Beinfest made some interesting comments to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald yesterday, admitting that “it may take a little…

  16. Padres net a huge haul from Reds in return for Mat Latos

    Dec 17, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

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    The Padres weren’t looking to trade their 24-year-old ace, but there’s simply no way that they could turn this down. Cincinnati sent 1B/OF Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Edinson Volquez and RHP Brad Boxberger to San Diego for RHP Mat Latos in a trade announced Saturday. In return, the Reds get one of the…

  17. Phillies re-sign Jimmy Rollins to three-year, $33 million deal with vesting option

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that it’s a three-year, $33 million deal with an $11 million vesting option for 2015. 1:52 PM: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com hears that the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth about $33 million with a vesting option for a fourth year. 1:39 PM: Jerry Crasnick of…

  18. Reds acquire right-hander Mat Latos from Padres in multi-player deal

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

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    UPDATE: The Reds just announced that they have acquired Latos from the Padres for first baseman Yonder Alonso, right-handers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger and catching prospect Yasmani Grandal. Wow. This one is looking a lot better for San Diego. 1:12 PM: Well, the Reds have landed the top-flight starter they’ve been looking for all…

  19. Could the Cardinals become a suitor for Prince Fielder?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

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    After Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, the assumption was that the Cardinals would move Lance Berkman to first base and potentially make a play for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. However, in a series of tweets this morning, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates that any such plan isn’t necessarily set in…

  20. Bryan Stow speaks on camera for first time since attack

    Dec 17, 2011, 12:35 PM EST

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, gave his first television interview to Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC’s “Rock Center.” Below is a very brief clip of the story, which will air in full Monday night at 10 p.m. ET.

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