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  1. Cardinals “reluctant” to give five-year deal to Jimmy Rollins, could pursue Carlos Beltran

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jimmy Rollins has been linked to the Cardinals following Albert Pujols‘ departure, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that they “would be reluctant to enter the bidding for Rollins” unless he backs off demands for a five-year deal. Philadelphia is also said to be very much against the idea of giving…

  2. James Loney was arrested on suspicion of DUI

    Dec 9, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    James Loney

    Yesterday we learned that James Loney was arrested last month after crashing his car. Today the L.A. Times has details: Loney sideswiped three cars on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, stopped in the fast lane, passed out, then awakened and tried to flee the scene, only to crash again, said Leland Tang, a spokesman…

  3. Bobby Abreu could be “odd man out” for Angels after Albert Pujols signing

    Dec 9, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Albert Pujols‘ arrival means the Angels have a logjam of first basemen, corner outfielders, and designated hitters, and while trading Mark Trumbo would bring back the most in return Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times speculates that “the odd man out would probably be Bobby Abreu.” Not only won’t the Angels be able to…

  4. The Angels new TV deal more than pays for Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    As I noted yesterday, the Angels’ offers to Albert Pujols and C.J. Wilson make sense given that they are/were in the process of negotiating a new television deal.  Well, Bill Shaikin has the details on it, and everything makes a ton of sense now. The Angels are making a mint. The deal is for $3…

  5. Marlins say their offer to Albert Pujols was “nowhere near” $275 million

    Dec 9, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Marlins’ final offer to Albert Pujols was $210 million for 10 years, but then later Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported their top proposal as $275 million. Today team president David Samson vehemently denied Nightengale’s report, telling Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that the…

  6. Multiple teams interested in trading for Francisco Rodriguez

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Francisco Rodriguez threw a wrench into the Brewers’ payroll plans by accepting arbitration and locking them into a one-year deal for at least $12 milllion, causing them to lose LaTroy Hawkins and potentially scale back efforts to sign other free agents. However, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com the Brewers have gotten interest in Rodriguez…

  7. The Rays lock up Matt Moore for five years, $14 million with multiple team options

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:20 AM EDT

    Matt Moore

    Not counting the playoffs, Matt Moore has a grand total of three games and nine and one-third innings of major league experience. But as first reported by ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, he is now locked up on a five-year, $14 million deal. That part of it takes him through arbitration. Marc Topkin adds that the Rays hold options…

  8. Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen. “Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m…

  9. The Reds have made an extension offer to Brandon Phillips

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    A week or two ago Brandon Phillips tweeted optimistically about working out a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Nothing happened right after that — if I was the Reds I’d be a bit miffed that Phillips was tweeting about that — but it’s being reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer today that the Reds have made an…

  10. Cubs and Red Sox still haven’t figured out compensation for Theo Epstein

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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

    It’s been nearly two months since Theo Epstein left the Red Sox for the Cubs and the two sides still haven’t come to an agreement on compensation, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that they “seem disinterested in settling the issue.” There was speculation all along that the agreement wouldn’t come until after…

  11. The Reds are talking to the Rays about James Shields

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

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    John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds have had “ongoing talks” with the Rays about James Shields. This is interesting inasmuch as the Rays have said that they’re not interested in dealing Shields.  It’s possible, of course, that the talks might involve other Rays pitchers like Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann. Certainly the…

  12. Yankees want Andruw Jones back in part-time role

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Andruw Jones played well for the Yankees in a part-time role this year, hitting .247 with 13 homers and an .851 OPS in 77 games, and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that he’s “sure they want him back.” Boras also added that Jones “wanted to play more than what he played in New York” but…

  13. Troy Glaus’ career is over

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    This is not a shock — he didn’t play last year and was creaky when he played in 2010 — but Buster Olney reported this morning that Troy Glaus considers himself retired. Glaus had a .254/.358/.489 batting line and 320 homers over 13 seasons. He could probably still help someone as a bench bat/DH/backup first…

  14. Thanks, HBT readers

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    I’m back in my fortified compound on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio.  For the first time in a week I’m operating on a respectable night’s sleep. The Winter Meetings are fantastic, but they have to end sometime. Baseball writers aren’t exactly rock stars when it comes to this sort of thing, so if the meetings…

  15. Pujols Pandemonium: Recapping a busy day at HardballTalk

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We’ve published over 50 posts containing mentions of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols since the Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday night. Today, of course, it all came to a head. In case you missed any of the analysis from our team of writers, here’s a recap of the subjects we’ve broached over the…

  16. Juan Carlos Oviedo released from jail, won’t face identity fraud charges in the Dominican

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case. But he wasn’t held for very long at all. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to…

  17. Stores in St. Louis are giving away Pujols merchandise

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

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    The St. Louis region was shocked at Thursday morning’s announcement that Cardinals icon Albert Pujols had accepted a 10-year, $250 million pact from the Angels. And so were its retail shops. According to Matthew Hathaway of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, four area Pro Image Sports stores began giving away Pujols jerseys and jersey shirts (valued between $14.99 and $129.99)…

  18. Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols. Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of…

  19. Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu. It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice…

  20. The new Angels lineup

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter

    The guess here is that Mike Scioscia is going do a lot of scratching out starting nines on the back of napkins over the next couple of months. Here’s the Angels’ current top 11, along with their 2011 numbers and all the positions they could see action at. Chris Iannetta: .238/.370/.414, 14 HR, 55 RBI,…

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