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  1. The Rockies have talked to Brad Lidge

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:25 PM EDT

    Brad Lidge

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have talked to the agent for veteran reliever Brad Lidge. We first learned of the club’s interest during last week’s Winter Meetings. Lidge, who turns 35 next week, didn’t make his first appearance this year until late-July due to arm problems, but ended up posting…

  2. The Red Sox hope to have their coaching staff in place by Christmas

    Dec 16, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com hears that the Red Sox hope to have Bobby Valentine’s coaching staff in place by Christmas. As of now, bullpen coach Gary Tuck, third base coach Tim Bogar and hitting coach Dave Magadan are returning, which leaves the Red Sox looking for a new pitching coach, bench coach and first base coach. According…

  3. How ’bout those Nationals?

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 PM EDT

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    MLB.com’s Bill Ladson chimes in on the current grand plan in Washington:

  4. Rockies pick a foolish way to break the bank

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:59 PM EDT

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    In reading work from the Denver Post’s Troy Renck and ex-Rocky Mountain News columnist Tracy Ringolsby, I’ve seen dozens (hundreds?) of references to players being too expensive for the Rockies over these last few years. Time and time again that player set to make $6 million, $9 million or $12 million per year was labeled…

  5. Jason Michaels signs with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Heard this: the Washington Nationals signed Jason Michaels to a minor league deal. He hit .199/.256/.295 last year and then had hand surgery. If he makes the Nats he’ll be a reserve outfielder. I wouldn’t hold my breath on him making the Nats. OK, I’m gonna cop to writing this out of desperation. There has been…

  6. Padres trade Aaron Cunningham to Indians for Cory Burns

    Dec 16, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

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    San Diego and Cleveland made a minor trade, with the Padres sending outfielder Aaron Cunningham to the Indians for minor-league pitcher Cory Burns. Cunningham was once considered a pretty solid prospect, but he’s now been traded four times since mid-2007 and is a 25-year-old with a career .231 batting average and .664 OPS in 392…

  7. Indians sign Jose Lopez to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:51 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Done deal. Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports that Lopez has agreed to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training, where he’ll compete for a spot on Cleveland’s bench. ========== Cleveland has had “serious discussions” with free agent Jose Lopez, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Once upon a time Lopez was a…

  8. Must-click link: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer

    Dec 16, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure if this is cute or lame or somewhere in between, but here’s the e-holiday card the Red Sox sent out to season ticket holders: Rudolph The Red Sox Reindeer I’m assuming nose brightness will soon be factored into a revised version of Wins Above Replacement.

  9. Barry Bonds gets 30 days house arrest, two years probation; sentence stayed pending appeal

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Barry Bonds case is over. Bonds, as we speak, is being sentenced. The penalty: 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.  This, by the way, is what the probation office recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a 15 month jail term. In handing out her sentence, the judge observed that she…

  10. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque expected to miss first half following elbow surgery

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque reacts after called for a balk which scored New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during the fifth inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Detroit’s impressive bullpen depth will be put to the test, as Al Alburquerque is expected to miss the first half of the season after undergoing elbow surgery. James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press reports that Alburquerque “had a screw inserted into his olecranon to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture in his right elbow” and…

  11. Nationals did not submit a bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

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    While everyone waits to see if reports about the Blue Jays submitting the highest bid for Yu Darvish prove accurate, we can cross another name off the list of potential homes for the Japanese ace. According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post the Nationals did not submit a bid for Darvish despite scouting him…

  12. The Cards are “realizing traction” on Carlos Beltran

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

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    I think “realizing traction” is a new hot stove expression, but I kinda like it.  Before we had “kicking the tires” and “in discussion,” but then it jumped straight to “nearing a deal” and “are close.”  We really had nothing for that middle period when kicked tire-induced discussions were merely making some progress. Yes, I…

  13. Twins still interested in re-signing Jason Kubel

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

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    Minnesota replaced Michael Cuddyer by signing Josh Willingham yesterday and seemingly replaced Jason Kubel by signing Ryan Doumit last month, but apparently they haven’t given up on bringing Kubel back. Kubel indicated earlier this week that he’d all but written off the possibility of re-signing with Minnesota, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune…

  14. Giants re-sign Eli Whiteside to minor-league contract

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Whiteside is officially back in San Francisco, getting a minor-league contract, so the Giants made the correct call in non-tendering him. He’ll have to compete for a roster spot during spring training. ========== Earlier this week the Giants non-tendered Eli Whiteside, making him a free agent, but John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  15. Dale Sveum: The Cubs haven’t talked to Prince Fielder at all

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    We’ve reached the time of the offseason where no one really knows anything, some of the people who claim to are lying and you may as well just hit refresh every 20 minutes for another contradictory report. Not gonna say I don’t like that a little bit. Not gonna lie to you. Anyway, Prince Fielder…

  16. Reds were Josh Willingham’s second choice behind Twins

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty called the Reds’ lack of moves this offseason “very frustrating” and now it’s safe to assume failing to sign Josh Willingham played a part in his disappointment. Willingham inked a three-year, $21 million contract with the Twins and during his press conference with the Minnesota media the 33-year-old outfielder revealed…

  17. The Orioles have shaken up their scouting department

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that new Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette has basically dissolved the Orioles’ professional scouting department, reassigning the pro scouts to the amateur side: “As you get more video and statistical analysis on a player, the longer they’re in professional baseball, it’s not as vital to have them seen by eyes, professional eyes,” Duquette…

  18. Dontrelle Willis thinks the Phillies will re-sign Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Dontrelle Willis and the Phillies made their one-year contract official yesterday, and in meeting with the local media Willis indicated that he expects his friend Jimmy Rollins to return to Philadelphia. “[Rollins] was probably more excited about the deal than I was,” Willis told Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer. “It’s pretty surreal to come…

  19. Rockies sign Michael Cuddyer to three-year, $31.5 million deal

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

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    Minnesota made a $25 million offer to Michael Cuddyer at least 10 days ago and signed Josh Willingham to replace him yesterday, and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that Cuddyer “is in agreement” with Colorado on a three-year, $31.5 million deal. By avoiding any comments to the media and not giving the Twins a…

  20. La Russa: Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing with the Angels

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Here’s an empathy test for you, Cardinals fans: Tony La Russa says that Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing his deal with the Angels last week: La Russa said Pujols has been “in pain” since he accepted the Los Angeles Angels’ 10-year, $254-million offer. “I know it was a painful decision and it pains…

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