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  1. Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:48 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that free agent reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer by tonight’s deadline. However, according to MacPherson the two sides will “maintain dialogue” while he’s on the open market. Wheeler accepting arbitration would have locked the Red Sox into a one-year deal worth around $3.5…

  2. Josh Hamilton wants a contract extension before the season

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:22 AM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    Josh Hamilton is recovering from hernia surgery, but in the meantime the former MVP told Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas that he would like to sign a contract extension with the Rangers before Opening Day. Last winter the Rangers bought out Hamilton’s final two arbitration-eligible seasons with a two-year, $24 million contract, so he’s now…

  3. Tim McCarver wins the Ford Frick Award for broadcasting excellence

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EST

    mccarver ap

    This tweet from Major League Baseball speaks for itself, so I’ll just let it speak: Tim McCarver selected as recipient of Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by [The Baseball Hall of Fame]. Fine, go ahead and say what you want to say. I’ll defend McCarver, though.  While he hasn’t…

  4. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EST

    carlos pena ap

    Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Pena will turn down the Cubs’ offer. That doesn’t preclude Pena from eventually re-signing with the Cubs, but it means he expects to do better than a one-year deal for around $10 million on…

  5. The Marlins have made their final offer to Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:37 AM EST

    pujols crouch getty

    Closing time: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Marlins have made their final offer to Albert Pujols.  There is a the prospect of an additional meeting, but if no other offer comes out of it, you’d have to think that Pujols and his agent will accept the Cards’ substantially similar offer to stay in town. Three…

  6. The Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    The New York Post reports the Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett this week at the Winter Meetings. It’s said that they’ll eat $8 million of the $33 million he’s owed. Problem with that: whoever pays the other $25 million still, you know, has to have A.J. Burnett in their rotation for the next two years.…

  7. C.J. Wilson’s agent was “pleasantly surprised” by meeting with Rangers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Yesterday the Rangers met with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber, who described the get-together as “great” and said he was “pleasantly surprised” by how things went. That presumably means the Rangers made a strong push to re-sign Wilson, but Garber declined to tell Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas if an actual offer was made and…

  8. The Cardinals have upped their offer to Pujols to $220 million

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:11 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins offer is “believed to be $200-220M, no more,” and that it is merely pennies ahead of the Cardinals offer, if that.  You’d have to think that the Marlins would have to clearly best the Cardinals’ offer to lure Pujols away. 8:57 AM: Albert Pujols‘ flirtation with the Miami Marlins…

  9. MLB issues dress code for media members

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EST

    Male model

    I suppose this applies to me too. But seriously,  this is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it’s a symbol of my individuality, and my belief … in personal freedom: Baseball has become the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings. The…

  10. Wait, the Phillies are interested in Gio Gonzalez?

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:40 AM EST

    Gio Gonzalez

    From the “let’s remember that we hear all kinds of crazy things at the Winter Meetings and a lot of it is baloney” files, Ken Rosenthal says that the Phillies — the Phillies! — are among the many teams with an interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez. Because obviously the Phillies (a) need the pitching;…

  11. Greetings from Day 3 of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:13 AM EST

    In N Out

    In-N-Out in Dallas?  Who knew?  Baseball writers, that’s who. You could put them on an island in some far flung sea and they’d be able to find an In-N-Out Burger.  It’s just what they do. I felt obligated to go anyway. The lobby was getting to be too much for me last night.  The first…

  12. Miguel Tejada wants a major league contract

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:44 AM EST

    Miguel Tejada

    Free agent Miguel Tejada must know he’s taking a paycut after getting the Giants to pony up $6.5 million for his services last winter, but he’s at least hoping to secure a major league contract, the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly reports. Connolly states that the Tejada, a six-time All-Star and the 2002 AL MVP, is currently working…

  13. UPDATE: Phillies out of hunt for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:15 AM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    1:15 a.m. EST update: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies have dropped out of the bidding for Aramis Ramirez, leaving the Brewers and Angels as the top contenders to sign the third baseman. According to Knobler, the Phillies have decided to keep Placido Polanco as their third baseman and make another run at…

  14. UPDATE: No mystery: It’s just the Marlins and Cardinals for Albert Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:48 AM EST

    pujols getty

    12:57 AM: Jon Heyman chimes in, tweeting that “a good number of executives still seem to think Marlins will win Pujols derby.” The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi was told that the Marlins are “very confident” they will land the three-time MVP. 12:48 AM: ESPN’s Jim Bowden and the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi are…

  15. The Padres are considering Francisco Rodriguez as a replacement for Heath Bell

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:16 AM EST

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that the Padres are considering Francisco Rodriguez as a potential replacement for Heath Bell, who recently signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Marlins. Davidoff hears that they are also speaking with “pretty much all” of the other available free agent closer-types, so it’s hard to tell…

  16. Mets open to bringing back Chris Young on minor league deal

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:31 PM EST

    Mets' Young delivers a pitch to the Phillies during their National League MLB baseball game in Philadelphia

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears that the Mets are open to bringing back the oft-injured Chris Young on a minor league contract. Young, 32, posted a 1.88 ERA and 22/11 K/BB ratio over four starts with New York this season before undergoing surgery in mid-May to repair a torn anterior capsule in…

  17. Report: A’s wanted Montero, Banuelos from Yankees for Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:30 PM EST

    Gio Gonzalez

    It’s deja vu all over again. A day after the report that the White Sox asked the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos in return for John Danks comes word from Bob Klapisch that the A’s wanted the same package in Gio Gonzalez trade talks. Which at least is somewhat justifiable. Gonzalez is better than…

  18. UPDATE: Mariners planning to meet with Prince Fielder tonight

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:55 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mariners plan to meet with free agent first baseman Prince Fielder tonight. 6:45 p.m. EST update: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik characterized Bowden’s report as “misleading,” MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. But then Zduriencik admitted that he’d “prefer to be low key on any discussion,” suggesting that he…

  19. UPDATE: Nate McLouth returns to Pirates on one-year deal

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:43 PM EST

    Nate McLouth

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Pirates and McClouth have agreed to a one-year deal, pending a physical. 5:24 PM: Yesterday’s “mutual interest” in a Nate McLouth-Pirates reunion is apparently close to becoming a done deal and Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that they’re also close to signing Wilson Betemit.…

  20. Diamondbacks, Lyle Overbay close to agreeing on one-year contract

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:41 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Diamondbacks offered a one-year contract to free agent first baseman Lyle Overbay last week and general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com earlier today that he is optimistic the deal will eventually get done. “I would say it’s progressing well, but it’s not done,” D-backs GM Kevin Towers said. “Everything looks good,…

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