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  1. UPDATE: Angels, mystery team make run at Albert Pujols

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    2:30 a.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that no decision from Pujols will come in before the Winter Meetings conclude Thursday. Again, if you missed it, Pujols is believed to be deciding on similar 10-year offers from the Angels and Cardinals, as well as a possible offer from a mystery team (perhaps the Cubs).…

  2. Yu Darvish announces that he will be posted on Thursday

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

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    Courtesy of Google’s Japanese-to-English translation service (hey, we’re doing what we can here people) comes this announcement from the personal blog of Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish: This time, having decided that Darvish posting system to use. The announcement will convey to everyone here, because most of the fans. The baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters I really…

  3. Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:41 AM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Astros have hired Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow to be their next general manager. Luhnow had been serving as the Redbirds’ vice president of scouting and player development, and was instrumental in turning around a Cardinals farm system that was once devoid of quality depth. It’s a great hire for…

  4. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez decline arbitration from Phillies

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    As expected, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Raul Ibanez have declined arbitration from the Phillies. This according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Rollins is in search of a five-year contract, so the decision on his part was a no-brainer. With Ibanez, it’s a bit trickier. He’s unlikely to score a significant deal on the open market…

  5. UPDATE: Kelly Johnson accepts arbitration from Blue Jays

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    That free agent Kelly Johnson would no longer cost signing teams a first-round pick was supposed to enhance his market, but he’s leaning towards accepting arbitration from the Blue Jays anyway, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports. The general aversion most teams have to spending big at second base seems to be playing a role here. Johnson…

  6. Prince Fielder just wants to hit home runs

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Scott Boras, holding court at the winter meetings, had a nice quote about client Prince Fielder tonight. Asked if geography would influence Fielder’s decision-making this winter, he replied: “I just think he likes fences that are short to home plate. That’s geographics he likes.” Boras might half been half-kidding, but it certainly bodes better for the…

  7. UPDATE: C.J. Wilson likely to take five-year deal from Angels

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    10:28 p.m. EST update: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says Wilson is expected to accept a five-year deal from the Angels. The Marlins offered six years, but the left-hander has apparently chosen to return to his native southern California instead. 10:05 p.m. EST update: C.J. Wilson has arrived at the winter meetings in Dallas…

  8. Cubs and Rangers discussing possible Matt Garza trade

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has told reporters over and over that he’s not shopping right-hander Matt Garza this offseason. But most signs point to that claim being untrue. Like, well, this one: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Rangers and Cubs have engaged in talks about a potential Garza trade at this week’s…

  9. Ryan Madson declines arbitration from the Phillies

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that free agent right-hander Ryan Madson has decided to decline the Phillies’ offer of arbitration. Madson is a Type A free agent, so by rejecting the offer he will net the Phillies two compensatory draft picks when he signs with a different team. The 31-year-old posted a dominant…

  10. Pirates acquire infielder Yamaico Navarro from Royals

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    The Royals wanted to clear a 40-man roster spot in advance of Thursday’s Rule 5 draft and did so Wednesday night by trading infielder Yamaico Navarro to the Pirates for prospects Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris. Navarro was the youngster the Royals picked up from the Red Sox for Mike Aviles over the summer. The…

  11. Francisco Rodriguez accepts arbitration from Brewers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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    The Brewers offered arbitration to free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez last month in order to fetch draft picks when he signed elsewhere. But the reliever market has been rough since Jonathan Papelbon scored a massive deal from the Phillies and now it appears that Milwaukee will be stuck with a high-priced setup man in 2012.…

  12. Royals have discussed contract extension with Alex Gordon

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Royals have let a number of talented players depart via free agency in the past 10-plus offseasons. Hoping to turn a new leaf as an organization, they’re going to try not to do that so much anymore. According to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, the Kansas City front office has engaged in exploratory talks toward…

  13. UPDATE: Tigers near agreement with righty Octavio Dotel

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Brewers, Mets, Reds and Cardinals have also been involved in negotiations for veteran reliever Octavio Dotel at this week’s Winter Meetings, but it sounds like Detroit might come out on top. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers are currently considered the “front-runner” for Dotel, who is expected to decide on a team soon.…

  14. UPDATE: Angels reach one-year, $3M deal with Hawkins

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:41 PM EDT

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    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Angels are closing in on a contract agreement with free agent reliever LaTroy Hawkins. The Brewers and Rockies have also expressed interest in recent weeks, but it sounds as though Anaheim’s offer will ultimately prove victorious. Hawkins, 38, posted a sparkling 2.42 ERA and 1.24 WHIP…

  15. UPDATE: David Ortiz accepts Boston’s arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:05 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    Confirming some of Tuesday’s reports, Jon Heyman states that free agent David Ortiz is taking Boston up on its offer of arbitration, making him a signed player. After hitting .309/.398/.554 with 29 homers and 96 RBI in 2011, Ortiz would seem to be in a great position to command a raise from last year’s $12.5 million…

  16. Rockies looking at Brad Lidge after dealing Huston Street

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:56 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    The Rockies freed up $7 million this morning by sending former closer Huston Street to the Padres. Now they may use a portion of those funds to ink another ex-closer, Colorado resident Brad Lidge. After overcoming arm problems, Lidge posted a 1.40 ERA in 19 1/3 innings for the Phillies last season. He also pitched…

  17. Let’s not go overboard for Jonathan Niese now

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, we have the Blue Jays, Padres, Red Sox, Rockies and Yankees all in on Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese. And it’s easy to see why teams would be interested. Niese is a 25-year-old left-hander making close to the minimum with a decent track record and pretty legitimate stuff. The…

  18. Marlins “definitely not” in talks for Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    When Miami officially dropped out of the running for Albert Pujols, there were reports suggesting that they might shift that focus (and money) toward Prince Fielder. But it’s not happening. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish are “definitely not” in talks for Fielder. Maybe that will change if negotiations fall through…

  19. Giants rule out return of Carlos Beltran, Cody Ross

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    After picking up Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan in trades, Giants GM Brian Sabean shut the door Wednesday on the possibility of free agents Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross returning next year. The market for Beltran has been surprisingly light, with his name rarely coming up at the winter meetings. While the focus has rightfully…

  20. Yankees not confident they can sign Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

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    The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. But they’re not confident that an agreement will be reached. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Nakajima might return to Japan for another year because he doesn’t stand to strike it rich in the major leagues. The Yankees’ winning posting bid was only worth…

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