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  1. The Diamondbacks have made an offer to Joe Saunders

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he has made a contract offer to the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders. Piecoro hears that it’s likely a two-year deal, which jibes with what Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported last week. Saunders, who was acquired from the Angels as part of the Dan Haren…

  2. The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    The Royals are currently scouring the trade market for starting pitchers and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they have expressed interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez. We heard late last month that the Marlins discussed a potential deal with the A’s, but balked at the asking price of either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton.…

  3. UPDATE: Twins, Matt Capps come to terms on one-year, $4.75 million deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Matt Capps

    9:10 p.m. EST update: Capps will earn $4.5 million in 2012, according to ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson. The option is worth $6 million and includes a $250,000 buyout. 6:55 p.m. EST update: Capps and the Twins have a deal for one year with an option for 2013, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports. /// Matt…

  4. Red Sox didn’t match Marlins’ offer to Heath Bell

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    In the news conference to announce his signing with the Marlins on Monday, Heath Bell said the Red Sox made him an offer, but that it came up short of the three-year, $27 million pact he got from the Marlins. “I thought, ‘Red Sox would be cool. I’ve got an inside track. I know [Adrian…

  5. UPDATE: Dodgers sign Jerry Hairston Jr. to two-year, $6 million deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Jerry Hairston Jr.

    6:25 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the deal is done. Hairston will receive $6 million over two years, plus incentives, from the Dodgers. He’ll serve as a backup in both the infield and outfield, and he could push Juan Uribe for playing time at third base if Uribe struggles to bounce back from…

  6. Report: Brewers giving up on re-signing Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in with the news a lot of Milwaukee fans have been dreading hearing: Brewers indicating to others they are pretty much out on Prince Fielder, and are moving on. Moving on to whom is an open question. While the Brewers are believed to be willing to spend $20 million per year to keep Fielder, they’re…

  7. Mets inquire on free agent reliever Chad Qualls

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Chad Qualls Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at…

  8. Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins make offers to Mark Buehrle

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle has been linked to half the teams in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins are the teams known to have made the free agent left-hander a contract offer. Rosenthal writes that Minnesota’s offer is “not as strong” as the others, which he says are for…

  9. The Nationals haven’t ruled out giving Bryce Harper the starting right field job next spring

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    The phrase “… haven’t ruled out” is one you really gotta take with a grain of salt. I mean, I haven’t ruled out a lot of ridiculous things, mostly because I haven’t considered them in the first place.  That said, this is still interesting to me: Likelihood: outrageously low. Harper only hit .256/.329/.395 in his…

  10. Five teams are interested in Carlos Guillen

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen‘s agent Wilfredo Polidor told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Royals, Marlins, Twins, Athletics and Mariners have expressed interest in his client. The link is in Spanish, so you might just have to take my word for it. Guillen, 36, batted just .232/.265/.368 with three home runs, 13 RBI and a .633 OPS…

  11. Ronald Belisario wants back with Dodgers after missing season with visa issues

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Last spring Ronald Belisario kept insisting that he’d report to Dodgers camp as soon as he found his passport, but instead the reliever ended up missing the entire year due to visa problems and was placed on the restricted list so that he didn’t count towards the 40-man roster. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that…

  12. Free agent Cody Ross seeks three-year deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    An NL official told ESPN’s Buster Olney that free agent Cody Ross is currently seeking a three-year deal. The 31-year-old Ross was a disappointment for the Giants last season, finishing at .240/.325/.405 with 14 homers and 52 RBI in 405 at-bats. He’d seem to fall in line behind Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham among free…

  13. Marlins plan to tender contract to Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    After the Marlins signed new closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract, many assumed that they would non-tender Juan Carlos Oviedo before the December 12 deadline. That’s not the case, apparently. Aside from amusingly referring to Oviedo as “the closer formerly known as Leo Nunez,” Marlins president Larry Beinfest said this afternoon (via Danny…

  14. UPDATE: Rays negotiating with free agent Josh Willingham

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics batter Josh Willingham hits a two-run home run during the first inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    4:10 p.m. EDT update: Crasnick is still on the Willingham beat; he reports that the Rays are making a “serious run” at the free agent. He’d presumably replace Johnny Damon as their primary designated hitter, though they could try turning him into a first baseman, and he’d likely bat cleanup behind Evan Longoria in the…

  15. Joe Maddon “very confident” he’ll sign extension with Rays

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon is entering the final season of his contract with the Rays, but the reigning Manager of the Year told reporters at the winter meetings that he’s “very confident” the two sides will be able to work out an extension. Maddon revealed that they’ve already begun talking and said he’s “really not concerned about…

  16. UPDATE: Dodgers sign Aaron Harang for two years

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    3:55 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says it’ll be a two-year deal. Probably another Frank McCourt special: $2 million the first year, $8 million the second. 3:35 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers and Harang have agreed to terms. No money yet, but it’s probably a one-year deal. Harang…

  17. Quote of the Day: Heath Bell

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell is, as I speak, being introduced as a Miami Marlin.  The first question he was asked in the press conference was “why is it a good time to be a Miami Marlin?”  His answer: “New name, new stadium and we’re going to be in the city of Miami … right?” Yes, Heath. It’s…

  18. The Rays would need to be overwhelmed by any offer for B.J. Upton

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    There has been a lot of speculation about the Rays shopping B.J. Upton. He was a hot topic at the trade deadline and now, since the season has ended, many people think the Rays are willing to deal him. But maybe not that willing.  Buster Olney tweets that the Rays would have to be “overwhelmed”…

  19. Tigers, Blue Jays trying to pry Daniel Murphy away from Mets

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers, Blue Jays and Padres have inquired with the Mets about the possibility of a Daniel Murphy trade. Murphy, 26, hit .320/.362/.448 in 109 games for the Mets last season before suffering a knee injury while playing second base in August. The left-handed hitter has…

  20. Marlins had 30-minute meeting with Albert Pujols’ agent today

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Reports last night that the Marlins were making an aggressive push to sign Albert Pujols took the next step today, as the team met for 30 minutes with the first baseman’s agent, Dan Lozano. That doesn’t necessarily mean that an offer was made, let alone that the Marlins are ahead of the Cardinals’ longstanding offer,…

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