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  1. Report: Francisco Rodriguez accepts Brewers’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    10:30 p.m. EST update: A source told Venezuelan reporter Marcos Grunfeld that Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the arbitration offer. U.S. sources Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman haven’t comfirmed, but they do say it’s likely. 6:15 p.m. EST update: A Boras rep told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that K-Rod has yet to decide on arbitration.…

  2. Mets open to moving anyone except David Wright; Jon Niese in play

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    7:15 p.m. EST update: The Yankees have also been in touch with the Mets regarding Niese, though they’d seem to be unlikely trading partners. The rivals haven’t done a deal together since swapping left-handed relievers Mike Stanton and Felix Heredia in 2004. 7:10 p.m. EST update: Sherman reports that the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies and…

  3. Agent tells Marlins they’re out, Albert Pujols “will not be going to Florida”

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    By signing Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million deal the Marlins made it pretty clear that they were no longer holding out much hope of reeling in Albert Pujols, and sure enough Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pujols’ agent has informed Miami that they’re out of the running. Or as Crasnick put it:…

  4. Nationals target Roy Oswalt after missing out on Mark Buehrle

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the Nationals have moved on to Roy Oswalt after coming up short in their bid for Mark Buehrle. A source told Kilgore that the Nationals failed to match the Marlins’ four-year, $58 million bid for Buehrle in either years or salary, suggesting that they were at something closer to…

  5. UPDATE: Blue Jays, Diamondbacks pursue Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    6:10 p.m. EDT: Susan Slusser is back with a report that the Blue Jays are trying to acquire Gio Gonzalez. Add them to the list that includes the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Reds and maybe still the Tigers and Yankees. 12:25 p.m. EDT: CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Tigers weren’t prepared to pay the price for Gonzalez,…

  6. UPDATE: Albert Pujols likely to return to Cardinals, Marlins target Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    6:00 p.m. EST update: Agent Don Lozano called the Marlins and told them they’re out of the running for Pujols, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He also reports that Pujols “continues to negotiate with clubs other than the Cardinals.” 4:40 p.m. EST update: Sources tell Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that Pujols and…

  7. UPDATE: Denials all around after report states Hanley Ramirez likely to be dealt

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    5:35 p.m. EST update: Marlins president David Samson said there’s no truth to this at all; that Ramirez didn’t ask for his contract to be restructured and that there will be no trade. 4:30 p.m. EST update: Andy Mota, Ramirez’s agent, told the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer that Olney was way off with his report.…

  8. UPDATE: No deal yet between Phillies and Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    5:30 p.m. EST update: Pretty much everyone is shutting this down now. Rollins still appears likely to re-sign with the Phillies, but there hasn’t been any agreement. 5:15 p.m. EST update: ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, who still has very strong Phillies sources after all of his time in Philly, doesn’t believe that a Rollins deal is…

  9. Reds might take a flier on 38-year-old Dmitri Young

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    dmitri young getty

    Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot. And he might have actually found a suitor. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking…

  10. Red Sox discussing John Danks, Gavin Floyd with White Sox

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Danks

    5:20 p.m. EST update: It doesn’t sound like anything big came out of this meeting. And, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox player drawing the most interest over the last day is utilityman Brent Lillibridge. /// ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are currently meeting with the White Sox to…

  11. Mark Buehrle follows Ozzie Guillen to Miami, signing $58 million deal with Marlins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    buehrle and ozzie

    In a sign that Miami’s pursuit of Albert Pujols is likely over, the Marlins shifted their attention to the rotation and signed veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million contract. Buehrle drew interest from nearly half the teams in baseball, but recently narrowed his choices down to the Marlins, Nationals, and one other…

  12. Reds general manager calls Cody Ross “an interesting name”

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    Cody Ross has little chance of securing the three-year contract he’s reportedly seeking, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty admitted today that he plans to speak to the outfielder’s agent about a possible deal. Jocketty called Ross “an interesting name” and indicated to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that it would have to be…

  13. Bobby Valentine: “I hate the Yankees”

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

    bobby valentine reuters

    Here’s something you never would have heard from Bobby Valentine in his previous job, as a supposedly objective analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal): Valentine is obviously just trying to have a little fun now that he’s at the center of baseball’s most talked about rivalry, but he was known…

  14. Aramis Ramirez declines Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    As expected, free agent Aramis Ramirez has declined the Cubs’ arbitration offer ahead of tonight’s deadline. Accepting the offer would have locked the Cubs into a one-year deal for around $15 million, but Ramirez obviously believes he can do better on the open market. As a Type B free agent he’ll fetch Chicago a supplemental…

  15. Pirates no longer trying to sign Wilson Betemit

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Colorado Rockies

    Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reported yesterday that the Pirates were close to signing both Nate McLouth and Wilson Betemit. They finalized a one-year, $1.75 million deal with McLouth today, but now Biertempfel says the Pirates are “no longer pursuing” Betemit. No word on why they changed plans, but Betemit remains a nice…

  16. Ruben Amaro: the Phillies want to keep Cole Hamels for a long, long time

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Philadelphia Phillies

    I just got done interviewing Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro.  The interview will air on NBC SportsTalk tonight on Versus at 6PM Eastern.  In the meantime, though, I can give you the gist: Amaro said that he does not comment on rumors and thus didn’t have anything to say about the Gio Gonzalez stuff that…

  17. DeMarlo Hale out as Red Sox bench coach, joins Orioles

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    Nothing is official yet, but Boston is set to let bench coach DeMarlo Hale go and he’s expected to join Buck Showalter’s staff in Baltimore as third base coach. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the two sides are negotiating a buyout because Hale is still under contract and says the deal “should…

  18. Giants close to re-signing reliever Guillermo Mota

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Free agent reliever Guillermo Mota is “close to an agreement” to re-sign with the Giants, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Mota is 38 years old, so presumably it’s a one-year deal, but he was plenty useful in throwing 80 innings with a 3.81 ERA and 77/30 K/BB ratio. His strikeout…

  19. UPDATE: Mark Buehrle down to Marlins, Nationals, one other team

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    4:50 p.m. EST update: Ken Rosenthal says Buerhle is going to the Marlins — four years, $58 million. 3:10 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Nationals are another one of the three finalists for Buehrle, joining the Marlins. Several clubs believe the Rangers are the third. That would leave the Cardinals out…

  20. Rockies, Cubs discussing Ian Stewart-for-Tyler Colvin swap

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Ian Stewart has been linked to the Cubs for weeks, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Colorado is “discussing” a trade that would send the third baseman to Chicago for outfielder Tyler Colvin. Colvin followed up a solid rookie showing by hitting just .150 in 80 games this year and the 26-year-old’s lack…

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