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  1. Manny Ramirez filing for reinstatement from MLB’s retired list

    Dec 4, 2011, 3:02 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Manny Ramirez is filing for reinstatement from Major League Baseball’s voluntary retired list and plans to a join a team at some point during the 2012 season. Manny retired from baseball in early-April of this year after receiving a 100-game suspension for a second positive test related to performance-enhancing drugs.…

  2. Previewing this week’s winter meetings

    Dec 4, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Expect the rumors to come fast and furious as the league’s top executives converge on Dallas. The winter meetings officially start Monday, but the general managers will arrive and start talking among themselves this afternoon. With so much of the free-agent talent congregated at a few select positions, there could well be more trades than usual,…

  3. Nationals seen as favorite for left-hander C.J. Wilson

    Dec 4, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

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    The Nationals made a big splash at last December’s Winter Meetings, signing outfielder Jayson Werth to a seven-year, $126 million contract. Might they be preparing a similar-style plunge at this year’s event? According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, other teams are viewing the Nationals as the current favorite to land free agent left-handed starter C.J. Wilson.…

  4. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

  5. Yu Darvish might not make himself available until January

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

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    FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal heard Saturday that Japanese ace Yu Darvish is expected to be posted soon after this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas. But that might not be the case. In an update to his Saturday column, Rosenthal writes that Darvish’s father is telling news services in Japan that his son might…

  6. Luis Ayala drawing interest from several teams

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    According to Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM, free agent reliever Luis Ayala is drawing interest from the Mets, Yankees, Rays, Blue Jays, Angels and Red Sox. And other clubs could join the fray at this week’s annual Winter Meetings in Dallas. Ayala posted a surprising 2.09 ERA across 56 innings of relief for the Yankees in 2011.…

  7. Pedro Martinez is planning to retire

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:06 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer Tim Britton of the Providence Journal, 40-year-old right-hander Pedro Martinez told reporters on Saturday night that he’s planning to officially retire from baseball. Pedro sat out the entire 2010 and 2011 seasons, and hinted at hanging up his cleats during an interview back in May. So the announcement comes as no…

  8. Chris Valaika gets go-ahead for light running and throwing

    Dec 3, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

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    From MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon comes word that Reds infielder Chris Valaika has been cleared by team doctors to begin light running and throwing. Valaika was shut down in early September after tearing his right ACL during a game against the Rockies. He eventually underwent surgery. The Reds are fully expecting the 26-year-old to be back…

  9. Zack Cozart cleared for baseball activities following Tommy John surgery

    Dec 3, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

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    Zack Cozart was in attendance at Redsfest yesterday and confirmed to Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that he was cleared to resume full baseball activities beginning Monday. Cozart suffered a season-ending injury to his left (non-throwing) elbow in mid-July and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in August. “It’s been rehab for three months ever since the…

  10. The Indians have interest in a reunion with Casey Blake

    Dec 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are one of nine teams who have expressed interest in free agent Casey Blake. Blake was limited to just 63 games this season in the final year of a three-year, $17.5 million contract. The 38-year-old batted .252/.342/.371 with four homers, 26 RBI and a .713…

  11. UPDATE: Hiroki Kuroda is “considering all options”

    Dec 3, 2011, 3:46 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: With the Dodgers off the table, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by a source that Hiroki Kuroda is now “considering all options,” including offers from major-league teams regardless of location as well an offer to return home to pitch for the Hiroshima Carp. For what it’s worth, the expectation is that he could earn…

  12. Report: Yu Darvish likely to be posted after Winter Meetings

    Dec 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish is likely to be posted for MLB teams following the Winter Meetings. We’ve heard some uncertainty on the matter recently, though a source told Rosenthal’s colleague Jon Paul Morosi late last week that it remains “more likely than not” that he will pitch in MLB next…

  13. Red Sox will meet with the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt next week

    Dec 3, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

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    According to Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, the Red Sox will meet with Bob Garber, the agent for C.J. Wilson and Roy Oswalt, at the Winter Meetings next week in Dallas. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington spoke with Garber at the general managers’ meetings last month in Milwaukee, though it was believed to…

  14. Marlins release statement on SEC investigation into stadium deal

    Dec 3, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

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    Via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins have released a statement regarding the federal investigation into the financing of their new ballpark in Little Havana: “Yes, we are aware of the investigation that the SEC is conducting on the issuance of the county’s and city’s stadium and parking bonds. Of course we will fully cooperate with…

  15. UPDATE: Angels trade Jeff Mathis to Blue Jays for Brad Mills

    Dec 3, 2011, 12:10 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times confirms that the deal is done. 12:10 PM: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Angels are on the verge of trading catcher Jeff Mathis to the Blue Jays for left-hander Brad Mills. The Angels acquired Chris Iannetta from the Rockies earlier this week, which made Mathis…

  16. Tim Wakefield has “strong desire” to return to the Red Sox

    Dec 3, 2011, 11:10 AM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Bobby Valentine wasn’t the only noteworthy guest for David Ortiz‘s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic. Tim Wakefield was also in attendance for the event and told Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald that he has a “strong desire to pitch one more year for the Red Sox.” Wakefield, who turned 45 in August, has…

  17. Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima draws a bid from at least one MLB team

    Dec 3, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: We can scratch at least one team off the list. According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said yesterday that he was not submitting a bid on Nakajima. 10:30 PM: Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker passes along a Japanese media report that at least one MLB team…

  18. Yoenis Cespedes could be declared a free agent as soon as next week

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has drawn interest from well over a dozen MLB teams, but he is not yet eligible to sign with anyone. That could change as soon as next week. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com was told by a source that while the time frame is “difficult to say,” Cespedes will be declared a free…

  19. Anti-ballpark group sues San Jose over proposed deal with Athletics

    Dec 3, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

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    More ballpark stuff. Janie McCauley of the Associated Press reports that a coalition group called “Stand for San Jose” filed a lawsuit yesterday against the city of San Jose claiming that they failed to perform proper environmental review of land committed to the Athletics for a new stadium. The lawsuit comes after the San Jose City…

  20. Pablo Sandoval won’t play in Venezuelan Winter League

    Dec 3, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Pablo Sandoval

    According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Francisco Chronicle, Pablo Sandoval won’t play for his hometown Navegantes de Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League. While the Giants initially cleared him to play in 10 games, he will now participate in the Home Run Derby and visit for a few days with family and friends before returning…

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