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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. Joe Maddon “very confident” he’ll sign extension with Rays

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon is entering the final season of his contract with the Rays, but the reigning Manager of the Year told reporters at the winter meetings that he’s “very confident” the two sides will be able to work out an extension. Maddon revealed that they’ve already begun talking and said he’s “really not concerned about…

  9. UPDATE: Dodgers sign Aaron Harang for two years

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:55 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang

    3:55 p.m. EST update: FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi says it’ll be a two-year deal. Probably another Frank McCourt special: $2 million the first year, $8 million the second. 3:35 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jim Bowden reports that the Dodgers and Harang have agreed to terms. No money yet, but it’s probably a one-year deal. Harang…

  10. Quote of the Day: Heath Bell

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:52 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Heath Bell is, as I speak, being introduced as a Miami Marlin.  The first question he was asked in the press conference was “why is it a good time to be a Miami Marlin?”  His answer: “New name, new stadium and we’re going to be in the city of Miami … right?” Yes, Heath. It’s…

  11. The Rays would need to be overwhelmed by any offer for B.J. Upton

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    There has been a lot of speculation about the Rays shopping B.J. Upton. He was a hot topic at the trade deadline and now, since the season has ended, many people think the Rays are willing to deal him. But maybe not that willing.  Buster Olney tweets that the Rays would have to be “overwhelmed”…

  12. Tigers, Blue Jays trying to pry Daniel Murphy away from Mets

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:21 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Tigers, Blue Jays and Padres have inquired with the Mets about the possibility of a Daniel Murphy trade. Murphy, 26, hit .320/.362/.448 in 109 games for the Mets last season before suffering a knee injury while playing second base in August. The left-handed hitter has…

  13. Marlins had 30-minute meeting with Albert Pujols’ agent today

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Reports last night that the Marlins were making an aggressive push to sign Albert Pujols took the next step today, as the team met for 30 minutes with the first baseman’s agent, Dan Lozano. That doesn’t necessarily mean that an offer was made, let alone that the Marlins are ahead of the Cardinals’ longstanding offer,…

  14. Phillies’ meeting with Jimmy Rollins’ agent “did not go all that well”

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins‘ agent met recently with the Phillies and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the meeting “did not go all that well.” Salisbury writes that Rollins continues to insist on a five-year contract, with the Phillies understandably balking at making that sort of commitment to a 33-year-old shortstop who’s already started to decline. In…

  15. Scenes from the Winter Meetings: Elephants? OK, elephants.

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

    Elephants

    It’s been a strange first day of the Winter Meetings for me. The Hilton Anatole here in Dallas is larger than some European countries, and getting from place to another is a major undertaking. There’s also stuff like this all over the place: There’s a matching elephant just out of the frame on the left.…

  16. White Sox aim for Montero, Banuelos in Danks talks with Yankees

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:06 PM EDT

    John Danks

    SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports that the White Sox have asked the Yankees for both Jesus Montero and Manny Banuelos in a John Danks deal. Danks, 26, is coming off a year in which he went 8-12 with a 4.33 ERA, but he will be highly coveted by several teams in trade talks. The durable left-hander…

  17. Andrew Friedman highly unlikely to take Astros’ GM job

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:52 PM EDT

    Andrew Friedman Reuters

    Andrew Friedman leaving the Rays for the Astros was always seen as a long shot, but now it sounds like Houston never really had a chance. In fact, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times is hearing that Friedman “already has decided against taking the Astros job.” Friedman is from Texas and obviously the Astros’…

  18. Laynce Nix’s two-year deal with Phillies worth $2.5 million

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    laynce nix reuters

    Last night Laynce Nix agreed to a two-year contract with the Phillies and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll get $2.5 million. That’s obviously bench player money, although Nix could end up becoming a quasi-starter in a platoon role. As an everyday player he’d be overmatched, as Nix has never shown any ability…

  19. The Orioles are interested in Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Dan Duquette said a little while ago that the Orioles are interested in Prince Fielder.  He was cautious about it though and told fans not to get their hopes up. I hate it when the GM takes my line. Every year the Orioles seem to fall into the same pattern with free agents. They talk to…

  20. Phillies “actively trying to move” Placido Polanco

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reports that the Phillies are strongly pursuing free agent third base Aramis Ramirez apparently have some legs, because according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’re “actively trying to move” incumbent third baseman Placido Polanco. Polanco still has $7.25 million remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract that was widely panned at the time and is…

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