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  1. A’s GM Billy Beane set to exit winter meetings without an outfielder

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Billy Beane

    Billy Beane never sticks around until the end of the winter meetings, and this year won’t be any different, even though he could be looking at an outfield of Jermaine Mitchell, Jai Miller and Ryan Sweeney if the season started tomorrow. MLB.com’s Jane Lee points out that Beane is leaving Dallas tonight without the A’s…

  2. Free agency not to their liking, Indians looking to trade for bat

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

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    7:13 p.m. EST update: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Astros tried to interest the Indians in Carlos Lee, but that even covering half of his $18 million salary wasn’t enough to tempt Cleveland. Lee does offer a solid right-handed bat, but he’d have to come in at significantly less than $9 million to…

  3. The Marlins are fading on C.J. Wilson

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

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

    7:10 p.m. EST update: SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers’ current offer out to Wilson is for four years and somewhere in the neighborhood of $60 million. Heyman suggests that is Wilson has a legitimate six-year offer, he should take it. /// I just saw Ken Rosenthal out in the lobby tapping into his…

  4. The Red Sox talked to the White Sox about Carlos Quentin

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

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    The White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays earlier today, after which general manager Ken Williams told reporters that “this is the start of rebuilding.” With that in mind, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox met with the White Sox regarding the availability of outfielder Carlos Quentin.…

  5. Mike Scioscia prefers a pitcher to a hitter

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia

    The Angels led the AL in ERA last year, while finishing 10th in runs scored, yet manager Mike Scioscia would prefer a pitcher to a hitter as the team’s big addition this winter. “We need to get stronger pitching,” Scioscia said. “I know you look at Weav and Haren and Santana and it sounds like…

  6. UPDATE: David Ortiz to accept arbitration, stay with Red Sox

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    David Ortiz

    7:00 p.m. EST update: ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas reports that Ortiz is planning to accept Boston’s offer of arbitration, something that should guarantee him at least a modest raise from the $12.5 million he made last season. The Red Sox still might be able to change his mind by offering him an improved two-year contract.…

  7. Nationals among five finalists for Mark Buehrle

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:38 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Several sources are reporting that Mark Buehrle is down to five finalists, and while it’s not yet certain what five teams those are, CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler is guessing that it’s the Angels, Cardinals, Marlins, Nationals and Rangers. Andrea Comak of The Washington Times has a source confirming that the Nationals are one of the five.…

  8. Roy Oswalt wants a three-year contract

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:26 PM EDT

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    Bill Ladson of MLB.com hears that Roy Oswalt is looking for a three-year contract. And after Bruce Chen, Chris Capuano and Aaron Harang have all received two-year deals this offseason, some team might be willing to go there. Of course, the major concern with Oswalt is his degenerative back condition. While the 34-year-old right-hander had…

  9. Kyle Lohse would block Cardinals’ attempt to trade him

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    There have been several reports that the Cardinals are looking to trade Kyle Lohse, presumably to open up a rotation spot for Mark Buehrle, but one potential stumbling block is that Lohse has a full no-trade clause. And according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would use it to block a…

  10. Report: Marlins limited to one more big free agent

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Transitioning baseball writer Jon Heyman (he’s taken SI.com out of his profile, but he’s still dishing the goods while his move to CBS Sports is in progress) tweets that the Marlins are going to limit themselves to one more splash: Hearing marlins won’t do 2 more big free agents. If they get pujols they’ll be…

  11. UPDATE: Red Sox did not submit bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE II: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston was told by a Red Sox official that they did not post a bid for Nakajima. That makes three denials, if you include the Giants and Brewers. Does anybody want this guy? We’ll soon find out. UPDATE: Nothing confirmed yet, but Sponichi indicates that the Red Sox may have…

  12. Rumored Red Sox bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima creates questions

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

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    5:55 p.m. EDT update: It may be moot: the Red Sox are saying they did not bid for Nakajima. The winning bidder in the posting process is expected to be announced Wednesday. /// The Red Sox already have a pair of possible starting shortstops in Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie, as well as a much-hyped shortstop…

  13. Kendrys Morales “cleared to start light jogging” … again

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29, 2010, suffering numerous setbacks along the way, and the Angels first baseman still sounds iffy to be ready for Opening Day. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports that Morales “has been taking batting practice and has been cleared to start light jogging…

  14. Hanley Ramirez told the Marlins that he doesn’t want to play third base

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    After we learned last night that Hanley Ramirez was “distraught” about the prospect of changing positions to make room for free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that he has told the Marlins he doesn’t want to play third base. “Hanley doesn’t want to play third base and the Marlins were…

  15. Report: Orioles willing to listen to offers for Adam Jones

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com was told by a major-league source that the Orioles are willing to listen to offers for center fielder Adam Jones. Jones, 26, earned $3.25 million this season while batting .280/.319/.466 with 25 home runs, 83 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a .785 OPS. His salary could approach $6 million in his…

  16. Tweet of the Day: Winter meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    These tweets showed up back-to-back in my timeline just now:

  17. Theo Epstein bought a $3.25 million house blocks from Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

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

    Theo Epstein is putting his five-year, $20 million contract to work already, as Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that the new Cubs president paid $3.25 million for a 7,800-square foot house “just blocks from Wrigley Field.” Goldsborough writes that Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp had “signed a contract to buy the house” back…

  18. Working around Albert Pujols’ desire for a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Really, this shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. Albert Pujols wants a no-trade clause. The Marlins have a long-standing policy of not offering them. Both of those positions are understandable. Still, there should be a way around it. For starters, Pujols would automatically get full no-trade protection after five years with the Marlins under the league’s 10-5 policy (any…

  19. Marlins won’t give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE: Marlins president David Samson said this afternoon that “there will not be a free agent signed that includes a no-trade clause.” So if that’s truly a sticking point for Pujols, it would be a deal-breaker. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms previous reports that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract and…

  20. Twins scribes want Kevin Slowey’s guts on a stick

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

    Kevin Slowey

    For an outsider like me, it’s hard to see just what it is about Kevin Slowey that causes all of the bulging neck veins at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But it seems like the entire Twins press box is rejoicing his departure in this morning’s trade with the Rockies. Here’s Jim Souhan’s take: Slowey, we hardly…

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