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  1. Michael Cuddyer more and more likely to stay in Minnesota

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:41 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Early on this offseason Michael Cuddyer seemed all but certain to leave Minnesota, as the Phillies met with him in Philadelphia and several other contenders were linked to the veteran outfielder. However, most of the rumors surrounding Cuddyer have quieted down of late and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that…

  2. Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:25 AM EDT

    Ron Santo

    The Veterans’ Committee just announced that the late Ron Santo has been elected to the Hall of Fame. Santo was eligible as part of the new “Golden Era” ballot, which considered candidates from the 1947-1972 era. Others eligible included Minnie Minoso, Buzzie Bavasi, Jim Kaat, Allie Reynolds, Ken Boyer, Luis Tiant, Charlie Finley, Gil Hodges and Tony…

  3. Reds “hold little hope of re-signing” closer Francisco Cordero

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    At one point this offseason the Reds were said to be interested in bringing back Francisco Cordero, but now John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer writes that they “hold little hope of re-signing” the 36-year-old closer. Fay speculates that Cordero might even be willing to re-sign on a one-year deal because the closer market is…

  4. Diamondbacks working on deal with Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    kuroda throws getty

    Now that Hiroki Kuroda is willing to sign with someone other than the Dodgers plenty of teams are interested in the 36-year-old starter and Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports reports that he’s in serious discussions with the Diamondbacks. In fact, according to Henson a deal with Arizona “could get done this week” if Kuroda is…

  5. Reds hire Jim Riggleman as Double-A manager

    Dec 5, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Jim Riggleman

    Quitting on the Nationals in the middle of the season made it tough for Jim Riggleman to land another prominent big-league job, but the Reds have hired the 59-year-old former Nationals, Padres, Cubs, and Mariners manager to be their new Double-A skipper. Nothing is official yet, but Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that Riggleman will…

  6. Lawyer for abuse victims demands millions from the Red Sox

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    red sox logo

    Last month we were reminded about Donald Fitzpatrick, the longtime Red Sox clubhouse manager who molested and abused at least a dozen team clubhouse.  Now an attorney for two additional victims has demanded $5 million settlements from the team: Two more men are accusing a now-dead former Red Sox clubhouse manager of sexually abusing them. Boston…

  7. The Dodgers are talking long-term deal with Clayton Kershaw

    Dec 5, 2011, 9:23 AM EDT

    kershaw getty wide

    Buster Olney tweeted early this morning that the Dodgers and Clayton Kershaw are talking about a long term deal. It’s not serious yet — just the greetings and preliminaries — but this a signing the Dodgers need to make.  Stay out of the Prince Fielder derby if you want to, but locking up the future…

  8. The Marlins new ballpark: pitchers’ paradise?

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:58 AM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    I include the question mark because it’s silly to the point of folly to say with certainty how a new ballpark is gonna play before people actually start playing in it, but wow, check out the size of the outfield in the Marlins’ new ballpark. That light blue overlay shows the outfield dimensions compared to…

  9. Greetings from the 2011 Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2011, 8:31 AM EDT

    Winter Meetings Dallas

    If it’s 7:30 AM and the only people awake are you and Ned Yost — having a cup coffee and looking deep in thought about 20 feet from me — it must be the Winter Meetings. I’m in Dallas this week, reporting, more or less, live, more or less, from the 2011 Winter Meetings.  Things…

  10. Report: Marlins plan to make “aggressive push” to sign Albert Pujols

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    It was easy to be cynical about the Marlins in the early days of the Hot Stove. With their new name/logo/uniforms and stadium, many believed that their courtship of big-ticket free agents was all an elaborate publicity stunt designed to drum up season ticket sales. Well, now that they have landed both Heath Bell and…

  11. C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including Marlins and Angels

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

    C.J. Wilson Getty

    Apparently the Marlins might not be done spending. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that C.J. Wilson has offers from four teams, including the Marlins and Angels. Earlier today Jon Heyman of SI.com pegged the Nationals as the favorites to sign Wilson, but then Bill Ladson of MLB.com wrote that Wilson “is not a top…

  12. The Phillies are having a woeful winter

    Dec 4, 2011, 10:15 PM EDT

    Ruben Amaro Jr.,

    The Phillies may yet be the class of the National League, but it’s no thanks to GM Ruben Amaro Jr.’s moves so far this winter. Already Amaro has committed $50 million to a closer and now at least $7 million and three roster spots to two on-base challenged role players and a future Hall of Famer…

  13. UPDATE: Marlins, Jose Reyes agree to six-year, $106 million deal

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:40 PM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    9:40 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Buster Olney says the Marlins and Reyes have a deal, and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports it’s for $106 million over six years and that there is not a no-trade clause included. Analysis pieces: Mets’ future bleak without Reyes Marlins’ spotlight now on Hanley Ramirez /// 9:00 p.m. EST update: Ken Rosenthal…

  14. Mets’ future bleak without Jose Reyes

    Dec 4, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes, David Wright

    Not only are the Mets losing their best player, but it looks like they’re losing him to the one team they beat in the NL East standings last season. Jose Reyes appears to be leaving for Florida without the Mets having even made an official offer. Reports indicated that they might be willing to spend…

  15. Marlins’ deal for Jose Reyes puts Hanley Ramirez in the spotlight

    Dec 4, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Hanley Ramirez likes Jose Reyes just fine, but he’s made it clear that he sees himself as a shortstop. With the Marlins now reportedly having landed Reyes, Ramirez is going to be asked to change positions, probably to third base. How that plays with Hanley could well determine the course of the Marlins franchise for these…

  16. Jon Heyman challenges Albert Pujols’s age

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    It’s not quite Rick Reilly challenging Sammy Sosa to pee in a cup, but SI.com’s Jon Heyman today tried to reopen the debate on Albert Pujols’ age: If albert pujols wants to beat $200M 9-yr cardinals offer, he should produce birth certificate. skepticism abounds over 31 claim Pujols, who was born in the Domincan Republic…

  17. UPDATE: Marlins the current favorites to land Buehrle

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    buehrle getty

    6:30 p.m. EDT update: CSN Chicago’s Chuck Garfien has the Marlins as the favorites to land Buehrle, a scenario that would reunite the left-hander with his former manager in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen. The Rangers and Nationals remain in the mix, and a return to the White Sox still hasn’t been ruled out. /// The hot…

  18. It’s probably not worth taking a flier on Manny Ramirez

    Dec 4, 2011, 6:12 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Tampa Bay Rays

    MLB did the fair thing Sunday, disclosing that Manny Ramirez would only have to serve half of the 100-game suspension he was set to receive before he announced his retirement last year. Still, how much of a favor that does the 12-time All-Star remains to be seen. The best Ramirez could do last winter when…

  19. Phillies sign Laynce Nix to two-year contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 5:39 PM EDT

    laynce nix reuters

    According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, outfielder Laynce Nix has agreed to a two-year major league contract with the Phillies. No word yet on the financial terms. Nix posted an underwhelming .250 batting average and .299 on-base percentage in 2011 for the Nationals, but the 31-year-old also slugged 16 home runs in only 351 plate…

  20. Cubs interested in free agent right-hander Hiroki Kuroda

    Dec 4, 2011, 4:28 PM EDT

    kuroda getty

    The Dodgers signed starter Chris Capuano to a two-year, $10 million contract on Friday, thus pulling themselves out of the running for Hiroki Kuroda. Now the Japanese right-hander is said to be considering “all options” in free agency. Well, here’s an intriguing one: According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, new Cubs president Theo Epstein…

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