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  1. Tweet of the Day: Winter meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EST

    heyman and rubin tweet

    These tweets showed up back-to-back in my timeline just now:

  2. Theo Epstein bought a $3.25 million house blocks from Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Theo Epstein is putting his five-year, $20 million contract to work already, as Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that the new Cubs president paid $3.25 million for a 7,800-square foot house “just blocks from Wrigley Field.” Goldsborough writes that Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp had “signed a contract to buy the house” back…

  3. Working around Albert Pujols’ desire for a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

    pujols grimace

    Really, this shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. Albert Pujols wants a no-trade clause. The Marlins have a long-standing policy of not offering them. Both of those positions are understandable. Still, there should be a way around it. For starters, Pujols would automatically get full no-trade protection after five years with the Marlins under the league’s 10-5 policy (any…

  4. Marlins won’t give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:31 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE: Marlins president David Samson said this afternoon that “there will not be a free agent signed that includes a no-trade clause.” So if that’s truly a sticking point for Pujols, it would be a deal-breaker. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms previous reports that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract and…

  5. Twins scribes want Kevin Slowey’s guts on a stick

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Kevin Slowey

    For an outsider like me, it’s hard to see just what it is about Kevin Slowey that causes all of the bulging neck veins at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But it seems like the entire Twins press box is rejoicing his departure in this morning’s trade with the Rockies. Here’s Jim Souhan’s take: Slowey, we hardly…

  6. Report: Manny Ramirez “is calling teams directly”

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:10 PM EST

    Manny Ramirez

    News of Manny Ramirez’s comeback predictably failed to create a bidding war for the 39-year-old with a 50-game suspension looming over his head, so Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that Ramirez is “so intent on finding work he’s calling teams directly.” Oh what I wouldn’t give to hear those calls. “Billy Beane here.”…

  7. Braves’ reported interest in White Sox reliever Matt Thornton “was bogus”

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Matt Thornton

    UPDATE: And now O’Brien takes it a step further, calling Cowley’s rumor “bogus.” ========== Matt Thornton was rumored to be on the trading block even before general manager Ken Williams said today that the White Sox are going into rebuilding mode, and sure enough Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “Thornton to…

  8. Red Sox sitting pretty in search for new closer

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:41 PM EST

    Ryan Madson

    Here’s a list of the closers still available in free agency: Ryan Madson Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Cordero Brad Lidge Frank Francisco And following Toronto’s acquisition of Sergio Santos, here’s a list of all of the teams truly interested in spending significant dollars on a closer: The Boston Red Sox Really, that’s it. The Angels have…

  9. Giants looking to trade, but not Tim Lincecum

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    GM Brian Sabean said Tuesday that even if Tim Lincecum proves unwilling to a long-term deal this winter, the Giants won’t weigh trading the two-time Cy Young Award winner. Lincecum has long figured he could make more money going short-term with the Giants than he could with a longer deal, though he did sign a…

  10. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:24 PM EST

    Andrew Miller

    5:45 p.m. EST update: WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Miller will make $1.04 million next season. The figure represents the maximum 20 percent paycut he could receive as an arbitration-eligible player. Had the Red Sox wanted to go lower, they would have had to non-tender Miller and re-sign him. /// Former Tigers No. 1 pick Andrew…

  11. Carlos Zambrano met with Theo Epstein, expects to stay with Cubs

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Under the previous Cubs regime Carlos Zambrano was considered a goner, but after meeting recently with new team president Theo Epstein the mercurial right-hander now expects to remain in Chicago. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke to an unnamed friend of Zambrano who said “he likes Theo and is looking forward to proving himself…

  12. While we wait to see if the Marlins land Pujols …

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:12 PM EST

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    Look, I just feel like we need to get out in front of this stuff now, OK?  So just know that you’re all on notice of the following ethical considerations: 1. Anyone who describes Albert Pujols going to Miami in terms that even remotely refer to the LeBron James situation shall be fined $200 and…

  13. Rays, Nationals have been talking about B.J. Upton

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:02 PM EST

    B.J. Upton

    We heard Monday that the Rays would need to be overwhelmed in order to move B.J. Upton, but according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, they have had some recent conversations with the Nationals about their center fielder. Washington has long been a suitor for Upton as it seeks to fill a big hole in center…

  14. The Marlins think they have Pujols in the bag

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Marlins Miami new logo

    There’s no deal yet and as we all know, anything can happen until their is ink on paper and a fancy press conference, but David Villavicencio hears from Marlins sources that they believe they will sign Pujols. Like, they’re really confident. Obviously what we’ve been hearing for the past hour or two still holds: The…

  15. 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”…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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