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  1. Rockies acquire Kevin Slowey from Twins for Daniel Turpen

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Kevin Slowey

    UPDATE: Now that the Rule 5 draft is over the player to be named later has been revealed as Double-A right-hander Daniel Turpen, a side-arming reliever who’s a marginal prospect at best. ========== Kevin Slowey, who fell out of favor in Minnesota after being demoted from the rotation to the bullpen in spring training, has…

  2. C.J. Wilson: “If it was about the money, I’d be a Florida Marlin”

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:14 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Albert Pujols reportedly turned down $275 million from the Marlins to take $254 million from the Angels and it turns out C.J. Wilson also opted against going to Miami for the most possible money. Wilson’s agent, Bob Garber, told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that the left-hander “easily” could have topped $100 million because the Marlins…

  3. What’s next for the Angels?

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:00 PM EST

    Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno

    So, the Halos added a bit to their payroll today, committing $250 million to Albert Pujols and another $77.5 million to C.J. Wilson. Not clear at the moment is whether is they’ll have to make some tough choices to squeeze both in. After acquiring Vernon Wells, the Angels opened last year with a $141 million payroll,…

  4. Report: Albert Pujols turned down bigger offer from Marlins

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:51 PM EST

    miami marlins new log

    UPDATE: Suffice it to say there’s some significant disagreement about how much the Marlins actually offered Pujols, as Bob Nightengale of USA Today says it was $275 million for 10 years. That’s a pretty huge difference compared to Frisaro’s report of $210 million and in Nightengale’s scenario Pujols left $25 million or so on the…

  5. Albert Pujols and how the best players ever through age 31 performed from age 32 on

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Perhaps the only thing everyone can agree on when it comes to Albert Pujols leaving St. Louis for the Angels and $250 million is that his Cardinals career was amazing. Pujols debuted on April 2, 2001 after surprisingly making the team out of spring training as a 21-year-old with just three games of experience above…

  6. The Pujols contract: great for now, an albatross later

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    It may be hard to get your brain around the size of the Albert Pujols deal, but it’s not terribly hard to see how it breaks down in terms of bang for the Angels’ buck. For the next, oh, 3-4 years, I suspect, the Angels will be happy with this deal.  They’re adding the best…

  7. Orioles acquire left-hander Dana Eveland from Dodgers

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EST

    Dana Eveland

    It’s kind of hard to believe a team is actually giving up talent for Dana Eveland rather than just signing him to a minor league contract and letting him compete for a job, but here we are. The Orioles on Thursday acquired the left-hander from the Dodgers for fellow southpaw Jarret Martin and outfielder Tyler…

  8. Photo of the day: the knives are really out for Pujols now

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:36 AM EST

    pujols reuters

    Check out the front page of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s web sports section a few minutes ago.  Practically New York Post-esque:

  9. Ivan Rodriguez won’t re-sign with Nationals, eyes backup role

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Ivan Rodriguez

    Agent Scott Boras told reporters at the winter meetings yesterday that Ivan Rodriguez won’t be re-signing with the Nationals, saying: “I think their plan at the moment excludes him.” Rodriguez backed up Wilson Ramos this year, but the Nationals still have Jesus Flores around and there are a couple intriguing catcher prospects coming up through…

  10. Angels sign C.J. Wilson to five-year, $77.5 million contract

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:05 AM EST

    C.J. Wilson

    This morning I dismissed the idea that the Angels could get both Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson.  As always, ignore whatever I say, because Joel Sherman just tweeted that the Angels have landed Wilson too.  Jon Heyman reports that it’s for five years and $75 million.  UPDATE:  it’s actually $77.5 million. Allow me to observe…

  11. Astros take Rhiner Cruz from Mets with top pick in Rule 5 draft

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:03 AM EST

    rhiner cruz mets

    This morning’s Rule 5 draft wasn’t very exciting, as a total of just 12 players were selected from an available talent pool that nearly everyone seemed to agree was somewhat underwhelming. With the No. 1 pick the Astros selected right-hander Rhiner Cruz from the Mets. He was originally signed by the Tigers as a teenager…

  12. Don’t hate on Pujols for taking the money and running

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:57 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    We’ll talk soon about whether it was wise for the Angels to give Albert Pujols a friggin’ quarter of a billion dollars, but for now, let’s look at this from Pujols’ perspective. As soon as the news hit the wire I saw people — Cardinals fans mostly — starting to slam the man they’ve cheered…

  13. Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration has already cost the Brewers LaTroy Hawkins

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Hawkins_LaTroy

    By accepting arbitration last night Francisco Rodriguez shook up the Brewers’ offseason plans, forcing them to potentially step away from other free agents like Aramis Ramirez and Takashi Saito because he takes up so much of their remaining payroll space. That could change if the Brewers end up trading Rodriguez or ownership signs off on…

  14. James Loney was arrested last month

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    James Loney

    Here’s a palate-cleanser from the hot stove league:  TMZ reports that James Loney was arrested last month after crashing his Maserati into three cars and spitting at a police officer. In other news, people have paid James Loney enough money to play baseball over the years that he can afford a Maserati. That’s fair. According…

  15. Pirates release arbitration eligible pitcher Ross Ohlendorf

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    ohlendorf_ross

    Ross Ohlendorf was arbitration eligible for the second time and would have earned around $2 million even after a miserable season, so the Pirates decided to release the right-hander. Ohlendorf was much better than his 1-11 record in 2010, posting a 4.07 ERA in 108 innings, but his ERA ballooned to 8.15 ERA in 39…

  16. Albert Pujols signs 10-year, $254 million contract with Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:01 AM EST

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Last night the buzz coming from the winter meetings was that Albert Pujols wasn’t anywhere near making a decision, but either that was wrong or things changed dramatically overnight. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Pujols has agreed to sign with the Angels, getting a 10-year contract worth between $250 million and $260 million.…

  17. The Angels want both Albert Pujols AND C.J. Wilson

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:46 AM EST

    Angels logo

    When you hear about a team being in on two big free agents it’s usually an either/or situation, with one of them being the fallback.  We’ve seen the Marlins want it all so far, but now another team is going all Veruca Salt: the Angels, who Ken Rosenthal says want both C.J. Wilson and Albert…

  18. The Rule 5 draft is this morning

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    I got all excited last year and went to the Rule 5 draft. Within three minutes of it starting I realized that it really wasn’t worth it. If you’re a total prospect nut it has a lot of intrigue I suppose, but for most of us it’s only meaningful a couple of years from now…

  19. The Tigers will sign Octavio Dotel

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:14 AM EST

    dotel getty

    It was reported last night that the Tigers were “closing in” on signing Octavio Dotel. Now they got him. A one-year deal with an option. He had a great run in the playoffs and as long as you keep him away from lefties he’s OK. Still, he’s a 38 year-old non-closer reliever, so it’s not…

  20. The Marlins are still interested in Prince Fielder

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:05 AM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Because we haven’t talked about the Marlins in, like, five minutes, here you go: Jon Heyman says they’re still interested in Prince Fielder. At this point, why not? They’ve already signed everyone else, why not Prince Fielder too? Whether he’d want to go to Florida given (a) the big dimensions of that new park; and…

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