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  1. Hanley Ramirez still hesitant about move to third base

    Dec 17, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    The Marlins have repeatedly said that they have no intention to trade Hanley Ramirez following the addition of shortstop Jose Reyes, but it’s clear that he’s not yet on board with moving to third base. Marlins president Larry Beinfest made some interesting comments to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald yesterday, admitting that “it may take a little…

  2. Padres net a huge haul from Reds in return for Mat Latos

    Dec 17, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Mat Latos

    The Padres weren’t looking to trade their 24-year-old ace, but there’s simply no way that they could turn this down. Cincinnati sent 1B/OF Yonder Alonso, C Yasmani Grandal, RHP Edinson Volquez and RHP Brad Boxberger to San Diego for RHP Mat Latos in a trade announced Saturday. In return, the Reds get one of the…

  3. Phillies re-sign Jimmy Rollins to three-year, $33 million deal with vesting option

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v St Louis Cardinals - Game 3

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that it’s a three-year, $33 million deal with an $11 million vesting option for 2015. 1:52 PM: Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com hears that the two sides agreed to a three-year deal worth about $33 million with a vesting option for a fourth year. 1:39 PM: Jerry Crasnick of…

  4. Reds acquire right-hander Mat Latos from Padres in multi-player deal

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v San Diego Padres

    UPDATE: The Reds just announced that they have acquired Latos from the Padres for first baseman Yonder Alonso, right-handers Edinson Volquez and Brad Boxberger and catching prospect Yasmani Grandal. Wow. This one is looking a lot better for San Diego. 1:12 PM: Well, the Reds have landed the top-flight starter they’ve been looking for all…

  5. Could the Cardinals become a suitor for Prince Fielder?

    Dec 17, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

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    After Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, the assumption was that the Cardinals would move Lance Berkman to first base and potentially make a play for free agent outfielder Carlos Beltran. However, in a series of tweets this morning, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch indicates that any such plan isn’t necessarily set in…

  6. Bryan Stow speaks on camera for first time since attack

    Dec 17, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

    Image of Dodger Stadium beating victim Stow is shown on scoreboard before MLB National League baseball game between San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals in San Francisco, California

    Bryan Stow, the Giants fan who was brutally beaten outside of Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, gave his first television interview to Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC’s “Rock Center.” Below is a very brief clip of the story, which will air in full Monday night at 10 p.m. ET.

  7. Mets would need to be “knocked out” to trade Jon Niese

    Dec 17, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Jon Niese

    There was an interesting report by Tracy Ringolsby of FOXSports.com yesterday that Mets’ left-hander Jon Niese was available in a trade centered around Rockies’ outfielder Seth Smith. It didn’t make a lot of sense on the Mets’ end, barring the inclusion of a third team, and it turns out there isn’t much to it. According…

  8. Report: Winning bid for Yu Darvish around $48 million

    Dec 17, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

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    We won’t know anything official until next week, but Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com writes that reports in Japan indicate that the winning bid for Yu Darvish came in around $48 million. If the $48 million figure proves accurate, it would fall just under the record $51,111,111 sum the Red Sox paid for exclusive negotiating rights…

  9. Yoenis Cespedes has a new scouting video

    Dec 17, 2011, 9:59 AM EDT

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    MLB scouts and front-office types have been buzzing about Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes for a while, but he didn’t become a hot topic among most fans until his ridiculous scouting video made him an internet sensation early last month. Well, he’s back with another one. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus got the first look at the…

  10. On Michael Cuddyer’s future with the Rockies

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    The Rockies decided to ante up $31.5 million for Michael Cuddyer‘s age 33-35 seasons on Friday, so I thought it’d be fun to look at what some similarly productive players have done in those years. Cuddyer had a 117+ OPS from 2009-11, his age 30-32 seasons. Since 1995, there have been 10 other corner outfielders…

  11. The Cubs are in talks with left-hander Paul Maholm

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:44 PM EDT

    Paul Maholm AP

    The Cubs have reportedly made a bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, but they have also set their sights on some lesser-heralded names for their starting rotation. According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the club is currently in talks with free agent left-hander Paul Maholm. Maholm, 29, became a free agent after the Pirates declined…

  12. The Rockies have talked to Brad Lidge

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have talked to the agent for veteran reliever Brad Lidge. We first learned of the club’s interest during last week’s Winter Meetings. Lidge, who turns 35 next week, didn’t make his first appearance this year until late-July due to arm problems, but ended up posting…

  13. The Red Sox hope to have their coaching staff in place by Christmas

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox hope to have Bobby Valentine’s coaching staff in place by Christmas. As of now, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, third base coach Tim Bogar and hitting coach Dave Magadan are returning, which leaves the Red Sox looking for a new pitching coach, bench coach and first base coach. According…

  14. How ’bout those Nationals?

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

    Nationals logo

    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chimes in on the current grand plan in Washington:

  15. Rockies pick a foolish way to break the bank

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    In reading work from the Denver Post’s Troy Renck and ex-Rocky Mountain News columnist Tracy Ringolsby, I’ve seen dozens (hundreds?) of references to players being too expensive for the Rockies over these last few years. Time and time again that player set to make $6 million, $9 million or $12 million per year was labeled…

  16. Jason Michaels signs with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Michaels_Jason

    Heard this: the Washington Nationals signed Jason Michaels to a minor league deal. He hit .199/.256/.295 last year and then had hand surgery. If he makes the Nats he’ll be a reserve outfielder. I wouldn’t hold my breath on him making the Nats. OK, I’m gonna cop to writing this out of desperation. There has been…

  17. Padres trade Aaron Cunningham to Indians for Cory Burns

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    San Diego and Cleveland made a minor trade, with the Padres sending outfielder Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for minor-league pitcher Cory Burns. Cunningham was once considered a pretty solid prospect, but he’s now been traded four times since mid-2007 and is a 25-year-old with a career .231 batting average and .664 OPS in 392…

  18. Indians sign Jose Lopez to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

    Jose Lopez

    UPDATE: Done deal. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Lopez has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot on Cleveland’s bench. ========== Cleveland has had “serious discussions” with free agent Jose Lopez, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Once upon a time Lopez was a…

  19. Must-click link: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if this is cute or lame or somewhere in between, but here’s the e-holiday card the Red Sox sent out to season ticket holders: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer I’m assuming nose brightness will soon be factored into a revised version of Wins Above Replacement.

  20. Barry Bonds gets 30 days house arrest, two years probation; sentence stayed pending appeal

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The Barry Bonds case is over. Bonds, as we speak, is being sentenced. The penalty: 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.  This, by the way, is what the probation office recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a 15 month jail term. In handing out her sentence, the judge observed that she…

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