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  1. Greetings from the 2011 Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:31 AM EST

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    If it’s 7:30 AM and the only people awake are you and Ned Yost — having a cup coffee and looking deep in thought about 20 feet from me — it must be the Winter Meetings. I’m in Dallas this week, reporting, more or less, live, more or less, from the 2011 Winter Meetings.  Things…

  2. Report: Marlins plan to make “aggressive push” to sign Albert Pujols

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:50 PM EST

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    It was easy to be cynical about the Marlins in the early days of the Hot Stove. With their new name/logo/uniforms and stadium, many believed that their courtship of big-ticket free agents was all an elaborate publicity stunt designed to drum up season ticket sales. Well, now that they have landed both Heath Bell and…

  3. C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including Marlins and Angels

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:33 PM EST

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    Apparently the Marlins might not be done spending. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including the Marlins and Angels. Earlier today Jon Heyman of SI.com pegged the Nationals as the favorites to sign Wilson, but then Bill Ladson of MLB.com wrote that Wilson “is not a top…

  4. The Phillies are having a woeful winter

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:15 PM EST

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    The Phillies may yet be the class of the National League, but it’s no thanks to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s moves so far this winter. Already Amaro has committed $50 million to a closer and now at least $7 million and three roster spots to two on-base challenged role players and a future Hall of Famer…

  5. UPDATE: Marlins, Jose Reyes agree to six-year, $106 million deal

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:40 PM EST

    jose reyes getty

    9:40 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Marlins and Reyes have a deal, and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports it’s for $106 million over six years and that there is not a no-trade clause included. Analysis pieces: Mets’ future bleak without Reyes Marlins’ spotlight now on Hanley Ramirez /// 9:00 p.m. EST update: Ken Rosenthal…

  6. Mets’ future bleak without Jose Reyes

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:28 PM EST

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Not only are the Mets losing their best player, but it looks like they’re losing him to the one team they beat in the NL East standings last season. Jose Reyes appears to be leaving for Florida without the Mets having even made an official offer. Reports indicated that they might be willing to spend…

  7. Marlins’ deal for Jose Reyes puts Hanley Ramirez in the spotlight

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:17 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez likes Jose Reyes just fine, but he’s made it clear that he sees himself as a shortstop. With the Marlins now reportedly having landed Reyes, Ramirez is going to be asked to change positions, probably to third base. How that plays with Hanley could well determine the course of the Marlins franchise for these…

  8. Jon Heyman challenges Albert Pujols’s age

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EST

    pujols reuters

    It’s not quite Rick Reilly challenging Sammy Sosa to pee in a cup, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman today tried to reopen the debate on Albert Pujols’ age: If albert pujols wants to beat $200M 9-yr cardinals offer, he should produce birth certificate. skepticism abounds over 31 claim Pujols, who was born in the Domincan Republic…

  9. UPDATE: Marlins the current favorites to land Buehrle

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:35 PM EST

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    6:30 p.m. EDT update: CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien has the Marlins as the favorites to land Buehrle, a scenario that would reunite the left-hander with his former manager in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen. The Rangers and Nationals remain in the mix, and a return to the White Sox still hasn’t been ruled out. /// The hot…

  10. It’s probably not worth taking a flier on Manny Ramirez

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    MLB did the fair thing Sunday, disclosing that Manny Ramirez would only have to serve half of the 100-game suspension he was set to receive before he announced his retirement last year. Still, how much of a favor that does the 12-time All-Star remains to be seen. The best Ramirez could do last winter when…

  11. Phillies sign Laynce Nix to two-year contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 5:39 PM EST

    laynce nix reuters

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, outfielder Laynce Nix has agreed to a two-year major league contract with the Phillies. No word yet on the financial terms. Nix posted an underwhelming .250 batting average and .299 on-base percentage in 2011 for the Nationals, but the 31-year-old also slugged 16 home runs in only 351 plate…

  12. Cubs interested in free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:28 PM EST

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    The Dodgers signed starter Chris Capuano to a two-year, $10 million contract on Friday, thus pulling themselves out of the running for Hiroki Kuroda. Now the Japanese right-hander is said to be considering “all options” in free agency. Well, here’s an intriguing one: According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, new Cubs president Theo Epstein…

  13. Manny Ramirez filing for reinstatement from MLB’s retired list

    Dec 4, 2011, 3:02 PM EST

    manny reuters

    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Manny Ramirez is filing for reinstatement from Major League Baseball’s voluntary retired list and plans to a join a team at some point during the 2012 season. Manny retired from baseball in early-April of this year after receiving a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs.…

  14. Previewing this week’s winter meetings

    Dec 4, 2011, 2:37 PM EST

    Jose Reyes

    Expect the rumors to come fast and furious as the league’s top executives converge on Dallas. The winter meetings officially start Monday, but the general managers will arrive and start talking among themselves this afternoon. With so much of the free-agent talent congregated at a few select positions, there could well be more trades than usual,…

  15. Nationals seen as favorite for left-hander C.J. Wilson

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EST

    cj wilson getty wide

    The Nationals made a big splash at last December’s Winter Meetings, signing outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract. Might they be preparing a similar-style plunge at this year’s event? According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, other teams are viewing the Nationals as the current favorite to land free agent left-handed starter C.J. Wilson.…

  16. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

  17. Yu Darvish might not make himself available until January

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:03 AM EST

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal heard Saturday that Japanese ace Yu Darvish is expected to be posted soon after this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. But that might not be the case. In an update to his Saturday column, Rosenthal writes that Darvish’s father is telling news services in Japan that his son might…

  18. Luis Ayala drawing interest from several teams

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EST

    ayala getty

    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, free agent reliever Luis Ayala is drawing interest from the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox. And other clubs could join the fray at this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ayala posted a surprising 2.09 ERA across 56 innings of relief for the Yankees in 2011.…

  19. Pedro Martinez is planning to retire

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:06 PM EST

    Pedro Martinez, Carolina Cruz Martinez

    According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, 40-year-old right-hander Pedro Martinez told reporters on Saturday night that he’s planning to officially retire from baseball. Pedro sat out the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons, and hinted at hanging up his cleats during an interview back in May. So the announcement comes as no…

  20. Chris Valaika gets go-ahead for light running and throwing

    Dec 3, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

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    From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds infielder Chris Valaika has been cleared by team doctors to begin light running and throwing. Valaika was shut down in early September after tearing his right ACL during a game against the Rockies. He eventually underwent surgery. The Reds are fully expecting the 26-year-old to be back…

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