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  1. Let’s not go overboard for Jonathan Niese now

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, we have the Blue Jays, Padres, Red Sox, Rockies and Yankees all in on Mets left-hander Jonathan Niese. And it’s easy to see why teams would be interested. Niese is a 25-year-old left-hander making close to the minimum with a decent track record and pretty legitimate stuff. The…

  2. Marlins “definitely not” in talks for Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    When Miami officially dropped out of the running for Albert Pujols, there were reports suggesting that they might shift that focus (and money) toward Prince Fielder. But it’s not happening. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish are “definitely not” in talks for Fielder. Maybe that will change if negotiations fall through…

  3. Giants rule out return of Carlos Beltran, Cody Ross

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    After picking up Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan in trades, Giants GM Brian Sabean shut the door Wednesday on the possibility of free agents Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross returning next year. The market for Beltran has been surprisingly light, with his name rarely coming up at the winter meetings. While the focus has rightfully…

  4. Yankees not confident they can sign Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

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    The Yankees won exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. But they’re not confident that an agreement will be reached. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Nakajima might return to Japan for another year because he doesn’t stand to strike it rich in the major leagues. The Yankees’ winning posting bid was only worth…

  5. Scott Kazmir probably won’t get an offer from the Marlins

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:33 PM EDT

    Scott Kazmir

    Scott Kazmir, who sat out the rest of the season after being let go by the Angels in June, began his comeback in the Dominican Winter League with an ugly outing Wednesday. He gave up four runs while retiring just one batter for Escogido. Kazmir made only one start (5 ER in 1 2/3 IP)…

  6. Rockies GM expects Ian Stewart to remain in Colorado

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

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    The Rockies tried to shop Ian Stewart at this week’s Winter Meetings in Dallas, Texas, at one point exchanging trade proposals with the Cubs. But it sounds like the Colorado front office is now content with retaining the 26-year-old. According to FOX Sports’ Tracy Ringolsby, Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd said Wednesday that he expects Stewart to be on…

  7. Report: Francisco Rodriguez accepts Brewers’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:15 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    10:30 p.m. EST update: A source told Venezuelan reporter Marcos Grunfeld that Francisco Rodriguez has accepted the arbitration offer. U.S. sources Danny Knobler and Jon Heyman haven’t comfirmed, but they do say it’s likely. 6:15 p.m. EST update: A Boras rep told the Journal Sentinel’s Tom Haudricourt that K-Rod has yet to decide on arbitration.…

  8. Mets open to moving anyone except David Wright; Jon Niese in play

    Dec 7, 2011, 7:10 PM EDT

    Jon Niese

    7:15 p.m. EST update: The Yankees have also been in touch with the Mets regarding Niese, though they’d seem to be unlikely trading partners. The rivals haven’t done a deal together since swapping left-handed relievers Mike Stanton and Felix Heredia in 2004. 7:10 p.m. EST update: Sherman reports that the Blue Jays, Red Sox, Rockies and…

  9. Agent tells Marlins they’re out, Albert Pujols “will not be going to Florida”

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    By signing Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million deal the Marlins made it pretty clear that they were no longer holding out much hope of reeling in Albert Pujols, and sure enough Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pujols’ agent has informed Miami that they’re out of the running. Or as Crasnick put it:…

  10. Nationals target Roy Oswalt after missing out on Mark Buehrle

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore reports that the Nationals have moved on to Roy Oswalt after coming up short in their bid for Mark Buehrle. A source told Kilgore that the Nationals failed to match the Marlins’ four-year, $58 million bid for Buehrle in either years or salary, suggesting that they were at something closer to…

  11. UPDATE: Blue Jays, Diamondbacks pursue Gio Gonzalez

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:09 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    6:10 p.m. EDT: Susan Slusser is back with a report that the Blue Jays are trying to acquire Gio Gonzalez. Add them to the list that includes the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Reds and maybe still the Tigers and Yankees. 12:25 p.m. EDT: CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler reports that the Tigers weren’t prepared to pay the price for Gonzalez,…

  12. UPDATE: Albert Pujols likely to return to Cardinals, Marlins target Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    6:00 p.m. EST update: Agent Don Lozano called the Marlins and told them they’re out of the running for Pujols, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He also reports that Pujols “continues to negotiate with clubs other than the Cardinals.” 4:40 p.m. EST update: Sources tell Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that Pujols and…

  13. UPDATE: Denials all around after report states Hanley Ramirez likely to be dealt

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    5:35 p.m. EST update: Marlins president David Samson said there’s no truth to this at all; that Ramirez didn’t ask for his contract to be restructured and that there will be no trade. 4:30 p.m. EST update: Andy Mota, Ramirez’s agent, told the Miami Herald’s Clark Spencer that Olney was way off with his report.…

  14. UPDATE: No deal yet between Phillies and Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    5:30 p.m. EST update: Pretty much everyone is shutting this down now. Rollins still appears likely to re-sign with the Phillies, but there hasn’t been any agreement. 5:15 p.m. EST update: ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, who still has very strong Phillies sources after all of his time in Philly, doesn’t believe that a Rollins deal is…

  15. Reds might take a flier on 38-year-old Dmitri Young

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Dmitri Young hasn’t played in a major league game since the 2008 season, but he recently dropped 70 pounds and is now working the lobby at the Winter Meetings with the hope of getting another shot. And he might have actually found a suitor. According to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer, the Reds will “consider taking…

  16. Red Sox discussing John Danks, Gavin Floyd with White Sox

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    John Danks

    5:20 p.m. EST update: It doesn’t sound like anything big came out of this meeting. And, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the White Sox player drawing the most interest over the last day is utilityman Brent Lillibridge. /// ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes reports that the Red Sox are currently meeting with the White Sox to…

  17. Mark Buehrle follows Ozzie Guillen to Miami, signing $58 million deal with Marlins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

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    In a sign that Miami’s pursuit of Albert Pujols is likely over, the Marlins shifted their attention to the rotation and signed veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million contract. Buehrle drew interest from nearly half the teams in baseball, but recently narrowed his choices down to the Marlins, Nationals, and one other…

  18. Reds general manager calls Cody Ross “an interesting name”

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Cody Ross

    Cody Ross has little chance of securing the three-year contract he’s reportedly seeking, but Reds general manager Walt Jocketty admitted today that he plans to speak to the outfielder’s agent about a possible deal. Jocketty called Ross “an interesting name” and indicated to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer that it would have to be…

  19. Bobby Valentine: “I hate the Yankees”

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:31 PM EDT

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    Here’s something you never would have heard from Bobby Valentine in his previous job, as a supposedly objective analyst on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight (via Tim Britton of the Providence Journal): Valentine is obviously just trying to have a little fun now that he’s at the center of baseball’s most talked about rivalry, but he was known…

  20. Aramis Ramirez declines Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    As expected, free agent Aramis Ramirez has declined the Cubs’ arbitration offer ahead of tonight’s deadline. Accepting the offer would have locked the Cubs into a one-year deal for around $15 million, but Ramirez obviously believes he can do better on the open market. As a Type B free agent he’ll fetch Chicago a supplemental…

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