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  1. Report: Albert Pujols’ wife wants him to leave agent

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:23 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Deidre Pujols

    The Deadspin expose on agent Dan Lozano may not have swayed Albert Pujols, but it did get to his wife, according to SI.com’s Jon Heyman. Heyman says that the Deadspin stories on Lozano are the talk of the winter meetings, and that while Pujols has maintained he’s staying with his agent, his wife wants him to break off…

  2. UPDATE: The Reds may not be a match for Jurrjens

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:00 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens

    UPDATE: Or not. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com hears that the Reds do not appear to be seriously pursuing Jurrjens. Another issue is that the two sides don’t match up well for a deal. The Braves are said to be looking for a power-hitting outfielder in return while the Reds best trade chips — Yonder Alonso…

  3. The Astros are still trying to sell, sell, sell

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:52 PM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    If the Astros have their way, their most expensive player in their final year in the National League could be rehabbing reliever Brandon Lyon. Even without a permanent general manager employed, the Astros are at the winter meetings shopping Wandy Rodriguez, Brett Myers and Carlos Lee, according to Scott Miller of CBS Sports. While Rodriguez is…

  4. Octavio Dotel has met with the Tigers and Brewers

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:33 PM EDT

    Octavio Dotel

    Octavio Dotel‘s next contract figures to make some wonder why the Cardinals didn’t just exercise their $3.5 million option. According to MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez, the Brewers, Cardinals, Mets, Reds and Tigers have all inquired about the free agent reliever. Dotel’s reps have already met with the Brewers and Tigers. Dotel, 37, had a 3.50 ERA…

  5. Bob Apodaca, Rick Peterson won’t be joining Bobby Valentine in Boston

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

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    Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com was told by an “industry source” that neither Rockies’ pitching coach Bob Apodaca or former major-league pitching coach Rick Peterson are candidates to join Bobby Valentine’s staff in Boston. Apodaca served as the Mets’ pitching coach with Valentine from 1996-1999. He has worked with the Rockies in the same capacity since…

  6. UPDATE: Giants did not submit bid on Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Hiroyuki_Nakajima AP

    UPDATE II: So much for that. Giants general manager Brian Sabean confirmed to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News that they did not submit a bid for Nakajima. UPDATE: John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the report of the Giants submitting a bid on Nakajima is inaccurate. 10:37 AM: According…

  7. The Diamondbacks have made an offer to Joe Saunders

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:17 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic that he has made a contract offer to the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders. Piecoro hears that it’s likely a two-year deal, which jibes with what Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported last week. Saunders, who was acquired from the Angels as part of the Dan Haren…

  8. The Royals are interested in Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2011, 7:02 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    The Royals are currently scouring the trade market for starting pitchers and according to Jon Heyman of SI.com, they have expressed interest in Athletics’ left-hander Gio Gonzalez. We heard late last month that the Marlins discussed a potential deal with the A’s, but balked at the asking price of either Logan Morrison or Mike Stanton.…

  9. UPDATE: Twins, Matt Capps come to terms on one-year, $4.75 million deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:55 PM EDT

    Matt Capps

    9:10 p.m. EST update: Capps will earn $4.5 million in 2012, according to ESPN 1500’s Darren Wolfson. The option is worth $6 million and includes a $250,000 buyout. 6:55 p.m. EST update: Capps and the Twins have a deal for one year with an option for 2013, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports. /// Matt…

  10. Red Sox didn’t match Marlins’ offer to Heath Bell

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    In the news conference to announce his signing with the Marlins on Monday, Heath Bell said the Red Sox made him an offer, but that it came up short of the three-year, $27 million pact he got from the Marlins. “I thought, ‘Red Sox would be cool. I’ve got an inside track. I know [Adrian…

  11. UPDATE: Dodgers sign Jerry Hairston Jr. to two-year, $6 million deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

    Jerry Hairston Jr.

    6:25 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the deal is done. Hairston will receive $6 million over two years, plus incentives, from the Dodgers. He’ll serve as a backup in both the infield and outfield, and he could push Juan Uribe for playing time at third base if Uribe struggles to bounce back from…

  12. Report: Brewers giving up on re-signing Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:05 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

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in with the news a lot of Milwaukee fans have been dreading hearing: Brewers indicating to others they are pretty much out on Prince Fielder, and are moving on. Moving on to whom is an open question. While the Brewers are believed to be willing to spend $20 million per year to keep Fielder, they’re…

  13. Mets inquire on free agent reliever Chad Qualls

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

    Chad Qualls Getty

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Mets have inquired about free agent reliever Chad Qualls. Qualls posted a 3.51 ERA and 43/20 K/BB ratio over 74 1/3 innings with the Padres this season. The 33-year-old right-hander enjoyed most of his success at the spacious PETCO Park, posting a 2.09 ERA at…

  14. Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins make offers to Mark Buehrle

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Mark Buehrle has been linked to half the teams in baseball, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins, Nationals, Rangers, and Twins are the teams known to have made the free agent left-hander a contract offer. Rosenthal writes that Minnesota’s offer is “not as strong” as the others, which he says are for…

  15. The Nationals haven’t ruled out giving Bryce Harper the starting right field job next spring

    Dec 5, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

    2011 XM All-Star Futures Game

    The phrase “… haven’t ruled out” is one you really gotta take with a grain of salt. I mean, I haven’t ruled out a lot of ridiculous things, mostly because I haven’t considered them in the first place.  That said, this is still interesting to me: Likelihood: outrageously low. Harper only hit .256/.329/.395 in his…

  16. Five teams are interested in Carlos Guillen

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers Carlos Guillen heads for first base after being walked by Oakland Athletics pitcher Fautino De Los Santos during the seventh inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Detroit, Michigan

    Carlos Guillen‘s agent Wilfredo Polidor told Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes that the Royals, Marlins, Twins, Athletics and Mariners have expressed interest in his client. The link is in Spanish, so you might just have to take my word for it. Guillen, 36, batted just .232/.265/.368 with three home runs, 13 RBI and a .633 OPS…

  17. Ronald Belisario wants back with Dodgers after missing season with visa issues

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:40 PM EDT

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    Last spring Ronald Belisario kept insisting that he’d report to Dodgers camp as soon as he found his passport, but instead the reliever ended up missing the entire year due to visa problems and was placed on the restricted list so that he didn’t count towards the 40-man roster. Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports that…

  18. Free agent Cody Ross seeks three-year deal

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    An NL official told ESPN’s Buster Olney that free agent Cody Ross is currently seeking a three-year deal. The 31-year-old Ross was a disappointment for the Giants last season, finishing at .240/.325/.405 with 14 homers and 52 RBI in 405 at-bats. He’d seem to fall in line behind Michael Cuddyer and Josh Willingham among free…

  19. Marlins plan to tender contract to Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    After the Marlins signed new closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract, many assumed that they would non-tender Juan Carlos Oviedo before the December 12 deadline. That’s not the case, apparently. Aside from amusingly referring to Oviedo as “the closer formerly known as Leo Nunez,” Marlins president Larry Beinfest said this afternoon (via Danny…

  20. UPDATE: Rays negotiating with free agent Josh Willingham

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics batter Josh Willingham hits a two-run home run during the first inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Oakland

    4:10 p.m. EDT update: Crasnick is still on the Willingham beat; he reports that the Rays are making a “serious run” at the free agent. He’d presumably replace Johnny Damon as their primary designated hitter, though they could try turning him into a first baseman, and he’d likely bat cleanup behind Evan Longoria in the…

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