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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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”…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Report: Marlins offer to Pujols now ten years

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:37 AM EST

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    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…

  10. Greetings from day two of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

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    I walked into the Hilton Anatole at 6:30 AM. I feel like I just left. Probably because I kind of did. The festivities go late at the Winter Meetings. Why I’m the only one who was both late and arrived early is an open question probably best reserved for my psychologist. As it is, I’m…

  11. UPDATE: The Marlins have improved upon their initial offer to Albert Pujols

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:48 AM EST

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE II: It’s fair to say that Pujols’ agent walked away from tonight’s meeting happy. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Marlins have “boosted” their nine-year offer to the free agent first baseman. No word on the specific terms, but “one person with knowledge of the talks” said negotiations will likely play out more…

  12. The Angels are making a “serious push” to sign C.J. Wilson

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:14 AM EST

    CJ Wilson pitching

    Silly season is in full effect. Just hours after it was reported and quickly denied that C.J. Wilson had a six-year offer on the table from the Nationals, Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com hears that the Angels are making a “serious push” to sign the free agent left-hander. Ah, Winter Meetings. Jeff Wilson of the…

  13. Report: Cardinals shopping Kyle Lohse to make room for Mark Buehrle

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:35 PM EST

    buehrle getty

    Here’s an interesting one. Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune was told by a source that the Cardinals are trying to shop right-hander Kyle Lohse in an effort to make a run at free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle. Buehrle is from Missouri, so many have long speculated about him potentially winding up with his hometown…

  14. UPDATE: Hanley Ramirez “distraught” over changing positions

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:34 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    11:34 PM: And so it begins. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post hears that Hanley Ramirez is “distraught” over the prospect of changing positions to make room for Jose Reyes. 6:25 PM: We’ve heard plenty of speculation that Hanley Ramirez could force his way out of Miami following the signing of Jose Reyes. It…

  15. Ryan Westmoreland to see first game action since brain surgery

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:30 PM EST

    ryan westmoreland

    Red Sox outfield prospect Ryan Westmoreland is getting back on the field a year and a half after surgery to remove a cavernous malformation from his brain stem. The 21-year-old Westmoreland will serve as a designated hitter in Dominican instructional league games this week. The current plan is for him to get one at-bat Thursday…

  16. The Royals are interested in James Shields, but it would cost them

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:06 PM EST

    james shields getty

    We mentioned earlier tonight that the Royals have interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez as they look to upgrade their starting rotation, but Bill Chastain of MLB.com reports that they have also expressed interest in Rays right-hander James Shields. However, the asking price is high. Really high. According to Chastain, the Rays want closer Joakim…

  17. Terry Francona to replace Bobby Valentine on Sunday Night Baseball

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:36 PM EST

    File image of Boston Red Sox manager Francona walking back to the dugout during their MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Fenway Park in Boston

    Three cheers for awkward trades. ESPN just announced during the Monday Night Football halftime show that Terry Francona will indeed replace Bobby Valentine in the broadcast booth for Sunday Night Baseball alongside Dan Shulman and Orel Hershiser. He’ll also make appearances on Baseball Tonight, starting later this evening. Francona was fired as Red Sox manager following…

  18. UPDATE: Nationals GM denies making six-year offer to C.J. Wilson

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    CJ Wilson necklace

    UPDATE III: Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post hears that the Nats had little, if any, interest in Wilson from the start. Mark Buehrle remains their top target. UPDATE II: If you’re wondering why C.J. Wilson hasn’t accepted that six-year offer from the Nationals yet, well, it’s because it’s apparently not true. Nationals general manager…

  19. Red Sox confident David Ortiz will return with two-year deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:54 PM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that the Red Sox “seem pretty confident” that David Ortiz will return on a two-year deal if he doesn’t accept arbitration. Ortiz, 36, earned $12.5 million this season while batting .309/.398/.554 with 29 home runs, 96 RBI and a .953 OPS over 605 plate appearances. Heyman was recently told by…

  20. Dmitri Young is making a comeback

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:38 PM EST

    Dmitri Young AP

    Yesterday it was Manny, today it’s Da Meat Hook. Dmitri Young is in attendance at the Winter Meetings in Dallas and word from multiple baseball scribes is that he is in the best shape of his life. Really. According to Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com, he has lost 70 pounds (!) and is hoping to make…

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