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

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:06 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals Victory Parade

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 7:45 PM EST

    Aoki

    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…

  3. 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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 5:32 PM EST

    Billy Beane

    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…

  5. 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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 4:15 PM EST

    Anthony Rizzo

    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…

  7. Hanley Ramirez still hesitant about move to third base

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Mat Latos

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EST

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    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…

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

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

    fielder getty

    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…

  12. 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.

  13. Mets would need to be “knocked out” to trade Jon Niese

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Jon Niese

    There was an interesting report by Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com yesterday that Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese was available in a trade centered around Rockies’ outfielder Seth Smith. It didn’t make a lot of sense on the Mets’ end, barring the inclusion of a third team, and it turns out there isn’t much to it. According…

  14. Report: Winning bid for Yu Darvish around $48 million

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:59 AM EST

    darvish presser

    We won’t know anything official until next week, but Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes that reports in Japan indicate that the winning bid for Yu Darvish came in around $48 million. If the $48 million figure proves accurate, it would fall just under the record $51,111,111 sum the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes has a new scouting video

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:59 AM EST

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    MLB scouts and front-office types have been buzzing about Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a while, but he didn’t become a hot topic among most fans until his ridiculous scouting video made him an internet sensation early last month. Well, he’s back with another one. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus got the first look at the…

  16. On Michael Cuddyer’s future with the Rockies

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:08 PM EST

    Michael Cuddyer

    The Rockies decided to ante up $31.5 million for Michael Cuddyer‘s age 33-35 seasons on Friday, so I thought it’d be fun to look at what some similarly productive players have done in those years. Cuddyer had a 117+ OPS from 2009-11, his age 30-32 seasons. Since 1995, there have been 10 other corner outfielders…

  17. The Cubs are in talks with left-hander Paul Maholm

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:44 PM EST

    Paul Maholm AP

    The Cubs have reportedly made a bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, but they have also set their sights on some lesser-heralded names for their starting rotation. According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the club is currently in talks with free agent left-hander Paul Maholm. Maholm, 29, became a free agent after the Pirates declined…

  18. The Rockies have talked to Brad Lidge

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:25 PM EST

    Brad Lidge

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have talked to the agent for veteran reliever Brad Lidge. We first learned of the club’s interest during last week’s Winter Meetings. Lidge, who turns 35 next week, didn’t make his first appearance this year until late-July due to arm problems, but ended up posting…

  19. The Red Sox hope to have their coaching staff in place by Christmas

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox hope to have Bobby Valentine’s coaching staff in place by Christmas. As of now, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, third base coach Tim Bogar and hitting coach Dave Magadan are returning, which leaves the Red Sox looking for a new pitching coach, bench coach and first base coach. According…

  20. How ’bout those Nationals?

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EST

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    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chimes in on the current grand plan in Washington:

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