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  1. Allen Craig undergoes knee surgery, status for Opening Day in doubt

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Allen Craig

    Even if the Cardinals turn to Allen Craig as Albert Pujols‘ replacement they may still have to find someone else to start on Opening Day. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Craig underwent right knee surgery before Thanksgiving and “the club is braced for the possibility that he won’t be available”…

  2. Kenny Williams: “This is the start of rebuilding”

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:29 PM EST

    Kenny WIlliams

    Just after the news of the Segio Santos trade, White Sox GM Kenny Williams met with the Chicago sporting press and said words that, while expected, are nonetheless monumental for the White Sox: “This is the start of rebuilding.” Santos out the door. Mark Buehrle certain to sign elsewhere. A farm system badly in need…

  3. Hideki Matsui unlikely to re-sign with A’s

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:20 PM EST

    Hideki Matsui

    Since taking over as the A’s manager in the middle of the season Bob Melvin has said repeatedly that he’d like the team to re-sign Hideki Matsui, but he sounds highly unlikely to get his wish. Melvin reiterated his desire for Matsui to return while speaking to reporters yesterday at the winter meetings, but general…

  4. Phillies met late into night with agent for Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:09 PM EST

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Following a report yesterday that a recent meeting between the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins‘ agent Dan Lozano “did not go all that well,” Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the two sides met “late into the night” on Monday. No word on if any progress was made, but the 33-year-old Rollins is reportedly insisting on…

  5. Blue Jays nab their closer, acquiring Sergio Santos from White Sox

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:53 PM EST

    Sergio Santos

    Ryan Madson and Francisco Rodriguez were among those hoping the Blue Jays would spend liberally on a closer. Instead, those two got a nasty surprise today, as Toronto acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox for top pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Santos, once a member of the Toronto farm system as an infielder before he…

  6. Report: Marlins’ offer to Albert Pujols tops $200 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today has some specifics on the Marlins’ 10-year offer to Albert Pujols, reporting that the proposal is “in excess of $200 million.” Last week when the Marlins reportedly made a nine-year offer to Pujols it was said to be for significantly less than the $200 million or so the Cardials offered…

  7. 10-year contract for Pujols an extreme deal for an extreme player

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    One of the signs of true greatness is the lack of any good comparables. There simply haven’t been many talents like Albert Pujols in Major League Baseball history. Through 11 big-league seasons, he’s won three NL MVP awards and finished second four times. He’s finished in the top five in the balloting 10 times. Overall, Pujols…

  8. Brandon Inge suffers no major injuries in multiple car accident

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    brandon-inge-tigers-throw

    WXYZ in Michigan is reporting that Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge was “involved in a multiple car accident” this morning. Here are the early details: Police report Inge was traveling southbound on Parker near Scio Church Rd. when his vehicle slid through a four-way stop hitting multiple vehicles. At least five other vehicles are confirmed…

  9. Cubs trying to dump Alfonso Soriano on the Orioles

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:04 PM EST

    Alfonso Soriano

    Theo Epstein doesn’t want it. Maybe Dan Duquette will. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers, the Cubs are willing to pay the “bulk” of the $54 milion that Alfonso Soriano is owed over the next three years in order to send him to Baltimore. It’d be the same journey once taken by another well-compensated…

  10. Heath Bell never got an offer from the Padres

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    Not that it would have mattered considering the Marlins’ willingness to throw around money, but Heath Bell revealed yesterday that he never got an offer of any kind from the Padres. During his introductory Marlins press conference Bell repeated his season-long stance that he “really wanted to stay in San Diego for me, the family…

  11. Rockies and Reds discuss Huston Street-for-Edinson Volquez deal

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:32 AM EST

    Huston Street Getty

    The Rockies might have less of a sense of urgency to get a deal done after acquiring Kevin Slowey from the Twins, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported this morning that they have had discussions about a possible deal that would send Huston Street to the Reds for Edinson Volquez. Street has a…

  12. Report: Twins have offered Michael Cuddyer $25 million for three years

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:31 AM EST

    Michael Cuddyer

    All along the thinking has been that Michael Cuddyer wants to a) stay with the Twins and b) land a three-year deal. According to Jon Heyman, the Twins have done their part, offering the right-handed-hitting outfielder a cool $25 million through 2014. Cuddyer, though, has yet to accept. With Cuddyer’s return in limbo, the Twins…

  13. Darren Oliver expected to re-sign with Rangers

    Dec 6, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    World Series Cardinals Rangers Baseball

    Last month Darren Oliver got the go-ahead from his wife to return for a 19th season at age 41 and now the free agent left-hander is on the verge of re-signing with the Rangers. General manager Jon Daniels told T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com that he hopes the Rangers “will be the last team he plays…

  14. Cubs official denies making offer to Albert Pujols

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reported last night that the Cubs “are believed to have made a qualifying bid” for Albert Pujols. However, this morning Carrie Muskat of MLB.com spoke to an unnamed Cubs official who “denied the reports.” Muskat adds that she thinks a Cubs offer to Pujols “seems unlikely” because…

  15. The BBWAA grants FanGraphs accreditation, denies SB Nation

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Press

    The Baseball Writers Association of America just had their annual meeting. At that meeting they consider new applications for membership and reconsider old ones. They just did it with Fangraphs and SB Nation: accreditation granted to the former, denied to the latter. Great news for FanGraphs. They do amazing work, of course, and I guarantee you…

  16. Andrew Friedman officially turns down the Astros

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Andrew Friedman officially withdrew his name from consideration for the Astros’ general manager search yesterday, releasing a statement that said he “chose not to be a part of the Astros’ process” and “it is in no way a reflection on the Houston organization.” Saying “it is in no way a reflection of the Houston organization”…

  17. The Aaron Harang deal is done: two-years, $12 million

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:52 AM EST

    Aaron Harang

    Jon Heyman reports that the Dodgers deal with Aaron Harang we were talking about yesterday is done: two-years, $12 million. Fine enough. I like Harang and I think that money is pretty reasonable for a guy who pitched 170 innings last year and looked good for most of them. But I do think it’s worth…

  18. The Red Sox are going to try to get Andrew Bailey from the A’s

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    Andrew Bailey

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe tweets that the Red Sox “will make an attempt” on A’s closer Andrew Bailey. Interesting. The Sox are down a closer, obviously. I would assume that their interest in Bailey means that they’re afraid to give the job to Daniel Bard and aren’t sold on Bobby Jenks recovering from…

  19. Make your life easier: get the NBC SportsTalk App

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:55 AM EST

    Android

    I know a ton of you use it already, but for those who don’t, you really need to improve your life and get the NBC SportsTalk app for your iPhone, iPad and/or Android device now. Like, yesterday. It looks like so: Sports Business Journal named it one of their “top 5 favorite sport apps.”  Gizmodo…

  20. Report: Marlins offer to Pujols now ten years

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:37 AM EST

    pujols smile getty

    Jon Heyman tweeted early this morning that the Marlins’ offer to Albert Pujols — which we earlier heard had been sweetened — was bumped up to ten years. This, apart from being half-crazy given Pujols’ age, may not necessarily be a game-changer for the Marlins, however. Yes, a decade deal is pretty major, but as…

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