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  1. Pirates release arbitration eligible pitcher Ross Ohlendorf

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Ross Ohlendorf was arbitration eligible for the second time and would have earned around $2 million even after a miserable season, so the Pirates decided to release the right-hander. Ohlendorf was much better than his 1-11 record in 2010, posting a 4.07 ERA in 108 innings, but his ERA ballooned to 8.15 ERA in 39…

  2. Albert Pujols signs 10-year, $254 million contract with Angels

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Cincinnati Reds

    Last night the buzz coming from the winter meetings was that Albert Pujols wasn’t anywhere near making a decision, but either that was wrong or things changed dramatically overnight. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that Pujols has agreed to sign with the Angels, getting a 10-year contract worth between $250 million and $260 million.…

  3. The Angels want both Albert Pujols AND C.J. Wilson

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:46 AM EDT

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    When you hear about a team being in on two big free agents it’s usually an either/or situation, with one of them being the fallback.  We’ve seen the Marlins want it all so far, but now another team is going all Veruca Salt: the Angels, who Ken Rosenthal says want both C.J. Wilson and Albert…

  4. The Rule 5 draft is this morning

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    Houston Astros v New York Mets

    I got all excited last year and went to the Rule 5 draft. Within three minutes of it starting I realized that it really wasn’t worth it. If you’re a total prospect nut it has a lot of intrigue I suppose, but for most of us it’s only meaningful a couple of years from now…

  5. The Tigers will sign Octavio Dotel

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:14 AM EDT

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    It was reported last night that the Tigers were “closing in” on signing Octavio Dotel. Now they got him. A one-year deal with an option. He had a great run in the playoffs and as long as you keep him away from lefties he’s OK. Still, he’s a 38 year-old non-closer reliever, so it’s not…

  6. The Marlins are still interested in Prince Fielder

    Dec 8, 2011, 9:05 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Because we haven’t talked about the Marlins in, like, five minutes, here you go: Jon Heyman says they’re still interested in Prince Fielder. At this point, why not? They’ve already signed everyone else, why not Prince Fielder too? Whether he’d want to go to Florida given (a) the big dimensions of that new park; and…

  7. Greetings from the last day of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:06 AM EDT

    Brisket

    We’re never going to have any resolution on Albert Pujols, I feel. He will have multiple ten-year offers waiting for his decision until the end of time and, in the meantime, he’ll play on barnstorming tours. For a mystery barnstorming team. It’s just fitting. The lobby of the Hilton Anatole has gotten simply punchy by…

  8. Deducing Albert Pujols’ mystery team

    Dec 8, 2011, 3:28 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark surmises that the mystery team chasing Albert Pujols is a club with an established first baseman that it would need to trade in order to make room for a shiny new three-time MVP. So, let’s run through the league to see who might qualify. I’ll exclude the Cardinals and Angels — the known…

  9. UPDATE: Angels, mystery team make run at Albert Pujols

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:30 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    2:30 a.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that no decision from Pujols will come in before the Winter Meetings conclude Thursday. Again, if you missed it, Pujols is believed to be deciding on similar 10-year offers from the Angels and Cardinals, as well as a possible offer from a mystery team (perhaps the Cubs).…

  10. Yu Darvish announces that he will be posted on Thursday

    Dec 8, 2011, 1:19 AM EDT

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    Courtesy of Google’s Japanese-to-English translation service (hey, we’re doing what we can here people) comes this announcement from the personal blog of Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish: This time, having decided that Darvish posting system to use. The announcement will convey to everyone here, because most of the fans. The baseball team Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters I really…

  11. Astros hire Jeff Luhnow as general manager

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:41 AM EDT

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    According to MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart, the Astros have hired Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow to be their next general manager. Luhnow had been serving as the Redbirds’ vice president of scouting and player development, and was instrumental in turning around a Cardinals farm system that was once devoid of quality depth. It’s a great hire for…

  12. Jimmy Rollins, Raul Ibanez decline arbitration from Phillies

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:24 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    As expected, shortstop Jimmy Rollins and outfielder Raul Ibanez have declined arbitration from the Phillies. This according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki. Rollins is in search of a five-year contract, so the decision on his part was a no-brainer. With Ibanez, it’s a bit trickier. He’s unlikely to score a significant deal on the open market…

  13. UPDATE: Kelly Johnson accepts arbitration from Blue Jays

    Dec 8, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Kelly Johnson

    That free agent Kelly Johnson would no longer cost signing teams a first-round pick was supposed to enhance his market, but he’s leaning towards accepting arbitration from the Blue Jays anyway, MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports. The general aversion most teams have to spending big at second base seems to be playing a role here. Johnson…

  14. Prince Fielder just wants to hit home runs

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:55 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Scott Boras, holding court at the winter meetings, had a nice quote about client Prince Fielder tonight. Asked if geography would influence Fielder’s decision-making this winter, he replied: “I just think he likes fences that are short to home plate. That’s geographics he likes.” Boras might half been half-kidding, but it certainly bodes better for the…

  15. UPDATE: C.J. Wilson likely to take five-year deal from Angels

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:28 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson

    10:28 p.m. EST update: Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports says Wilson is expected to accept a five-year deal from the Angels. The Marlins offered six years, but the left-hander has apparently chosen to return to his native southern California instead. 10:05 p.m. EST update: C.J. Wilson has arrived at the winter meetings in Dallas…

  16. Cubs and Rangers discussing possible Matt Garza trade

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has told reporters over and over that he’s not shopping right-hander Matt Garza this offseason. But most signs point to that claim being untrue. Like, well, this one: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Rangers and Cubs have engaged in talks about a potential Garza trade at this week’s…

  17. Ryan Madson declines arbitration from the Phillies

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:54 PM EDT

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    From MLB Network’s Jon Heyman comes word that free agent right-hander Ryan Madson has decided to decline the Phillies’ offer of arbitration. Madson is a Type A free agent, so by rejecting the offer he will net the Phillies two compensatory draft picks when he signs with a different team. The 31-year-old posted a dominant…

  18. Pirates acquire infielder Yamaico Navarro from Royals

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:48 PM EDT

    Yamaico Navarro

    The Royals wanted to clear a 40-man roster spot in advance of Thursday’s Rule 5 draft and did so Wednesday night by trading infielder Yamaico Navarro to the Pirates for prospects Brooks Pounders and Diego Goris. Navarro was the youngster the Royals picked up from the Red Sox for Mike Aviles over the summer. The…

  19. Francisco Rodriguez accepts arbitration from Brewers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:42 PM EDT

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    The Brewers offered arbitration to free agent right-hander Francisco Rodriguez last month in order to fetch draft picks when he signed elsewhere. But the reliever market has been rough since Jonathan Papelbon scored a massive deal from the Phillies and now it appears that Milwaukee will be stuck with a high-priced setup man in 2012.…

  20. Royals have discussed contract extension with Alex Gordon

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    The Royals have let a number of talented players depart via free agency in the past 10-plus offseasons. Hoping to turn a new leaf as an organization, they’re going to try not to do that so much anymore. According to Dick Kaegel of MLB.com, the Kansas City front office has engaged in exploratory talks toward…

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