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  1. Brad Mills remains Astros manager despite ownership and front office shakeup

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Brad Mills

    When the Astros fired general manager Ed Wade there was speculation this his replacement might let manager Brad Mills go and bring in his own guy, but new GM Jeff Luhnow made it clear that won’t happen. “Brad’s our manager,” Luhnow told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. “I had a good conversation with him, and I’m…

  2. The Reds have made an extension offer to Brandon Phillips

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Washington Nationals

    A week or two ago Brandon Phillips tweeted optimistically about working out a contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds. Nothing happened right after that — if I was the Reds I’d be a bit miffed that Phillips was tweeting about that — but it’s being reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer today that the Reds have made an…

  3. Cubs and Red Sox still haven’t figured out compensation for Theo Epstein

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    It’s been nearly two months since Theo Epstein left the Red Sox for the Cubs and the two sides still haven’t come to an agreement on compensation, with Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reporting that they “seem disinterested in settling the issue.” There was speculation all along that the agreement wouldn’t come until after…

  4. The Reds are talking to the Rays about James Shields

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

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    John Fay of the Cincinnati Inquirer reports that the Reds have had “ongoing talks” with the Rays about James Shields. This is interesting inasmuch as the Rays have said that they’re not interested in dealing Shields.  It’s possible, of course, that the talks might involve other Rays pitchers like Wade Davis or Jeff Niemann. Certainly the…

  5. Yankees want Andruw Jones back in part-time role

    Dec 9, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Andruw Jones played well for the Yankees in a part-time role this year, hitting .247 with 13 homers and an .851 OPS in 77 games, and agent Scott Boras said yesterday that he’s “sure they want him back.” Boras also added that Jones “wanted to play more than what he played in New York” but…

  6. Troy Glaus’ career is over

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    This is not a shock — he didn’t play last year and was creaky when he played in 2010 — but Buster Olney reported this morning that Troy Glaus considers himself retired. Glaus had a .254/.358/.489 batting line and 320 homers over 13 seasons. He could probably still help someone as a bench bat/DH/backup first…

  7. Thanks, HBT readers

    Dec 9, 2011, 8:36 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    I’m back in my fortified compound on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio.  For the first time in a week I’m operating on a respectable night’s sleep. The Winter Meetings are fantastic, but they have to end sometime. Baseball writers aren’t exactly rock stars when it comes to this sort of thing, so if the meetings…

  8. Pujols Pandemonium: Recapping a busy day at HardballTalk

    Dec 8, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 7 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    We’ve published over 50 posts containing mentions of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols since the Winter Meetings kicked off on Sunday night. Today, of course, it all came to a head. In case you missed any of the analysis from our team of writers, here’s a recap of the subjects we’ve broached over the…

  9. Juan Carlos Oviedo released from jail, won’t face identity fraud charges in the Dominican

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

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    Marlins reliever Juan Carlos Oviedo was arrested in the Dominican Republic Thursday afternoon on a warrant related to his ongoing identity fraud case. But he wasn’t held for very long at all. According to the AP, via NBCSports.com, the warrant was actually out-dated and Oviedo was released quickly from his holding cell without having to…

  10. Stores in St. Louis are giving away Pujols merchandise

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:04 PM EDT

    pujols store ap

    The St. Louis region was shocked at Thursday morning’s announcement that Cardinals icon Albert Pujols had accepted a 10-year, $250 million pact from the Angels. And so were its retail shops. According to Matthew Hathaway of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, four area Pro Image Sports stores began giving away Pujols jerseys and jersey shirts (valued between $14.99 and $129.99)…

  11. Dan Lozano shopped Albert Pujols to the Yankees

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:16 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    In news that should come as no surprise at all, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that agent Dan Lozano placed a phone call to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman early in the free agency process to gauge his interest in Albert Pujols. Cashman’s Yankees are locked into first baseman Mark Teixeira through 2016 at a rate of…

  12. Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu. It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice…

  13. The new Angels lineup

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter

    The guess here is that Mike Scioscia is going do a lot of scratching out starting nines on the back of napkins over the next couple of months. Here’s the Angels’ current top 11, along with their 2011 numbers and all the positions they could see action at. Chris Iannetta: .238/.370/.414, 14 HR, 55 RBI,…

  14. Cardinals expected to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:03 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that the Cardinals are likely to non-tender infielder Ryan Theriot before the December 12 deadline. The Cards were left unimpressed by Theriot’s defense at shortstop this past season and have already committed to 25-year-old Daniel Descalso as their starting second baseman for 2012. Theriot, who possesses a weak…

  15. Will the Rangers try to keep up with the Angels?

    Dec 8, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    The Rangers can come close to matching their AL West rivals; all they’d need to do is commit $150 million-$200 million to free agent Prince Fielder and then another $80 million-$100 million in the form of a posting fee and a contract for Yu Darvish. What’s the big deal? As things stand now, the Rangers are currently…

  16. Someone really good is getting snubbed from the All-Star Game next year

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:50 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The American League now has all of the following at first base (presented with 2011 stats): Albert Pujols (Angels): .299/.366/.541, 37 HR, 99 RBI Miguel Cabrera (Tigers): .344/.448/.586, 30 HR, 105 RBI Adrian Gonzalez (Red Sox): .338/.410/.548, 27 HR, 117 RBI Mark Teixeira (Yankees): .248/.341/.494, 39 HR, 111 RBI Paul Konerko (White Sox): .300/.388/.518, 31…

  17. Year-by-year breakdown of C.J. Wilson’s $77.5 million deal

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    Here are the specifics of C.J. Wilson‘s five-year, $77.5 million contract with the Angels: Signing bonus: $2.5 million 2012: $10 million 2013: $11 million 2014: $16 million 2015: $18 million 2016: $20 million That’s pretty heavily backloaded, although certainly not as much as, say, Jose Reyes‘ deal with the Marlins. Bill Plunkett of the Orange…

  18. Albert Pujols gave the Cardinals much more than they paid for

    Dec 8, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    Cardinals fans are predictably very upset with Albert Pujols for choosing to leave St. Louis and sign with the Angels for considerably more money, but it’s worth remembering that because of MLB’s service time and financial structure he’s spent most of his career being significantly underpaid. Pujols was paid around $104 million for his 11…

  19. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 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

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  20. Brewers sign shortstop Alex Gonzalez to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    Milwaukee’s search for a shortstop is apparently over, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are close to signing Alex Gonzalez to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2013. That takes the Brewers completely out of the mix for Jimmy Rollins, who seemingly is now choosing between re-signing with the Phillies…

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