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  1. Pat Gillick makes the Hall of Fame; George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller denied!

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The Veteran’s Committee has spoken and Pat Gillick is the only person who was elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to holding many other jobs in baseball, Pat Gillick built the Blue Jays from an expansion team into a World Series champ and did an excellent job in both Seattle — building the…

  2. Report: Pat Gillick is going to make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The announcement of the Veteran’s Committee vote for the Hall of Fame is going to take place in about 20 minutes, but right now MLB Network Radio (on XM/Sirius) is reporting one electee: Former Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick. Also on the ballot, of course, is Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry,…

  3. Cliff Lee says he’d go to Texas if they give him a sixth year

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    File this under “man, I dunno . . .” but Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Cliff Lee has told his Rangers teammates that a sixth year would get him to re-sign with the Rangers. It’s suspected that the Rangers are offering five. What’s unclear from the report is what happens if the Rangers and the…

  4. Vicente Padilla: closer?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report that the Dodgers are still talking to Vicente Padilla. This despite the fact that they now have five starters who are all superior to Vicente Padilla. Solution: Dylan and Mike say that the Dodgers could use him as a swingman or — get this…

  5. Seems like even Scott Boras was surprised at what Werth got

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Overheard this morning in the lobby at the Winter Meetings: Scott Boras didn’t even do the “thank you for your offer; let us assess it and get back with you thing” with the Nationals when they went to seven years, $126 million. It was just — bam — “where do we sign?!” That was all…

  6. Greetings from the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:54 AM EDT

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    I’ve been in Orlando for a little over 12 hours and it has already been a busier and crazier Winter Meetings than last year’s fete in Indianapolis.  For those of you who stay away from the web on the weekend, here’s what went down yesterday, with a taste of how the lobby (i.e. the hotel…

  7. Report: Brewers to acquire Shaun Marcum from Jays

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Update: The Jays are expected to acquire 2008 first-round pick Brett Lawrie in return for Marcum. Lawrie, a 20-year-old second baseman, hit .285/.346/.449 as one of the youngest players in the Southern League last year. The Brewers’ No. 1 prospect, he’ll be a candidate to push Aaron Hill to third base in 2012, or he…

  8. What does Werth’s $126 million do to the market?

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

    stack of money

    The Hot Stove is roaring after the Nationals shattered expectations by giving Jayson Werth a seven-year, $126 million deal that matches Vernon Wells’ Blue Jays pact for the third biggest ever given to an outfielder. Only Manny Ramirez, guaranteed $160 million by the Red Sox, and Alfonso Soriano, $136 million from the Cubs, ever received…

  9. Red Sox to get Adrian Gonzalez after all

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    In a deal set to be announced Monday, the Red Sox will acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes. The deal will get done without the extension Boston and Gonzalez were working on up until Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET deadline. The New York Post’s…

  10. Nationals reach seven-year, $126M deal with Jayson Werth

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    werth and beard

    Big news here as the baseball world continues its migration to Orlando, Florida for the Winter Meetings. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is close to agreeing to a contract with the Nationals. Zolecki has not heard any particulars on the terms of the deal, but it’s sure to be a…

  11. Red Sox were right to back out of Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    When SI.com’s Jon Heyman first reported that the trade designed to send Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox was killed by a contract dispute, my reaction was: “Wow, that’s crazy.” But it’s not crazy.  Not at all. In fact, both sides were right to balk. Adrian Gonzalez hit .298/.393/.511 this past season with 31 home…

  12. Oakland is out on free agent Adrian Beltre

    Dec 5, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    The A’s showed heavy interest in Adam Dunn just before he signed with the White Sox.  Then they expressed interest in Lance Berkman, but he signed with the Cardinals.  Now it appears that they’re out on another free agent because of the player’s lack of interest. According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the A’s are prepared…

  13. Adrian Gonzalez trade falls through over contract dispute

    Dec 5, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    gonalez bummed

    UPDATE, 3:42 PM: A source told Morosi that there’s a “better than 50/50 chance” that Gonzalez does not end up in Boston.  If it’s not dead already, this swap is quickly dying. UPDATE, 3:22 PM: FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi was told that the deal is “not done yet.” UPDATE, 3:15 PM: Tom Krasovic of AOL…

  14. White Sox could reach deal with Paul Konerko on Monday

    Dec 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The White Sox were not pleased with their second-place finish in the American League Central this year.  So they’ve decided to do something about it this offseason. Not only did Kenny Williams and Co. lock up free agent slugger Adam Dunn last week, they are also closing in on a deal to retain Paul Konerko.…

  15. Trade delayed as Red Sox talk long-term deal with Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    gonzalez running off field

    The Red Sox may want to wait on officially inking a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, but they do want some terms in place before signing off on their blockbuster five-player trade with the Padres.  And it’s now officially crunch time. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Sox won’t finalize the Gonzalez trade unless…

  16. A’s and Hisashi Iwakuma unlikely to work out a deal

    Dec 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won the rights to bid exclusively on Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they balked at his initial asking price: a three-year deal worth about $12 million annually.  And while negotiations have continued, it seems unlikely that an agreement will be reached by tonight’s midnight deadline. According to Susan Slusser of…

  17. Orioles continue to show heavy interest in Mark Reynolds

    Dec 5, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Desperate to add a power bat to their light-hitting lineups, the Orioles, Padres and Blue Jays have expressed interest this offseason in trading for Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds. Reynolds tallied 32 home runs in 2010 and a career-high 44 in 2009, but he’s the only player in major league history to amass 200 strikeouts in…

  18. Domonic Brown leaves Dominican after poor showing

    Dec 5, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    brown dropping helmet

    The Phillies would love to be able to retain Jayson Werth, but the free agent outfielder is represented by Scott Boras and his asking price at this point in the offseason is thought to be sky high.  If Werth signs elsewhere, which seems likely, the Phils are probably going to hand right field duties to…

  19. Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    rivera waving

    Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career. Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did…

  20. Red Sox might wait on extension for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    gonzalez swinging att

    The Red Sox traded prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and a PTBNL to the Padres yesterday for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  They got their man, and are now working toward a contract extension with Gonzalez in an exclusive negotiating window. That window closes Sunday at 2pm ET, but it might not really matter.…

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