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  1. Report: Pirates sign left-hander Erik Bedard for $4.5 million

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

    Erik Bedard

    This certainly won’t quell the rumors that the southpaw isn’t big on pressure situations. According to Marc Brassard and MLB Trade Rumors, the Pirates and Erik Bedard have agreed to a one-year, $4.5 million contract. Bedard made 24 starts last season and went 5-9 with a 3.62 ERA for Seattle and Boston. He proved that…

  2. Diamondbacks pursue Oakland’s Gio Gonzalez, Trevor Cahill

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    Trading Carlos Gonzalez and Brett Anderson to Oakland for Dan Haren after the 2007 season proved to be quite a setback for Arizona, but now it looks like the Diamondbacks are at it again, as they’re making a run at acquiring either Gio Gonzalez or Trevor Cahill from the A’s. A’s GM Billy Beane will want the…

  3. Pirates finalize one-year, $1.75 million deal with Nate McLouth

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Atlanta Braves

    Nate McLouth‘s return to the Pirates is complete, as Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that his one-year deal is worth $1.75 million. Cheap enough for a backup outfielder and the Pirates are obviously hoping McLouth will bounce back to where he was prior to their trading him to the Braves in mid-2009.…

  4. Padres get Huston Street from Rockies to replace Heath Bell

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:43 PM EDT

    Huston Street Getty

    UPDATE: Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that it’s a done deal, with the Padres assuming “most” of Street’s contract and sending the Rockies a player to be named later in exchange. UPDATE: According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post the Rockies are eating $1 million of Street’s salary. ========== Colorado is having “extensive…

  5. Jose Reyes’ new contract is extremely backloaded

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Reds Mets Baseball

    The Marlins finalized their six-year, $106 million agreement with shortstop Jose Reyes on Wednesday afternoon at baseball’s Winter Meetings in Dallas. What they didn’t reveal is how dangerously backloaded the money on that contract is. Here’s the tweet from Joel Sherman of the New York Post: In other words, Reyes will earn just $10 million…

  6. Nationals’ search for center fielder may lead to Norichika Aoki

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:13 PM EDT

    Aoki

    Dating back to the trading deadline the Nationals have been searching for a long-term solution in center field and Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that they could turn to Japanese star Norichika Aoki if other options fall through. Aoki is expected to be posted for bidding by the Yakult Swallows at some point later…

  7. Astros interview Dodgers assistant GM Logan White

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Logan White, Zach Lee

    Turned down by Andrew Friedman and several of their other top choices, the Astros interviewed Dodgers assistant general manager Logan White for their GM opening, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. White has been with the Dodgers for a decade and runs their various scouting efforts, and McTaggart reports that he previously interviewed for the…

  8. The Marlins introduce Jose Reyes

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

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    Jose Reyes just donned the Miami Marlins jersey. He’s talking to all of us here in the media room right now. So far his comments are the usual: he’s excited, he thanks God. The Marlins showed that they wanted him and they wanted to win.  Hay Amigos? Perhaps. Perhaps. Of course the first few questions…

  9. Yankees win negotiating rights for Japan’s Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    nakajima gety

    From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Yankees have won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima. Rumors flew Tuesday that the Giants had made the only posting bid. Then it was the Red Sox. But both of those reports were quickly shot down. According to David Waldstein of the New York Times, the Yanks…

  10. Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:48 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Kansas City Royals

    Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that free agent reliever Dan Wheeler will decline the Red Sox’s arbitration offer by tonight’s deadline. However, according to MacPherson the two sides will “maintain dialogue” while he’s on the open market. Wheeler accepting arbitration would have locked the Red Sox into a one-year deal worth around $3.5…

  11. Josh Hamilton wants a contract extension before the season

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:22 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Josh Hamilton is recovering from hernia surgery, but in the meantime the former MVP told Jean-Jacques Taylor of ESPN Dallas that he would like to sign a contract extension with the Rangers before Opening Day. Last winter the Rangers bought out Hamilton’s final two arbitration-eligible seasons with a two-year, $24 million contract, so he’s now…

  12. Tim McCarver wins the Ford Frick Award for broadcasting excellence

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

    mccarver ap

    This tweet from Major League Baseball speaks for itself, so I’ll just let it speak: Tim McCarver selected as recipient of Ford C. Frick Award, presented annually for excellence in baseball broadcasting by [The Baseball Hall of Fame]. Fine, go ahead and say what you want to say. I’ll defend McCarver, though.  While he hasn’t…

  13. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

    carlos pena ap

    Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Pena will turn down the Cubs’ offer. That doesn’t preclude Pena from eventually re-signing with the Cubs, but it means he expects to do better than a one-year deal for around $10 million on…

  14. The Marlins have made their final offer to Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

    pujols crouch getty

    Closing time: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Marlins have made their final offer to Albert Pujols.  There is a the prospect of an additional meeting, but if no other offer comes out of it, you’d have to think that Pujols and his agent will accept the Cards’ substantially similar offer to stay in town. Three…

  15. The Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    New York Yankees Burnett pitches to the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of Game 4 in their MLB  American League Division Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    The New York Post reports the Yankees are shopping A.J. Burnett this week at the Winter Meetings. It’s said that they’ll eat $8 million of the $33 million he’s owed. Problem with that: whoever pays the other $25 million still, you know, has to have A.J. Burnett in their rotation for the next two years.…

  16. C.J. Wilson’s agent was “pleasantly surprised” by meeting with Rangers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Yesterday the Rangers met with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber, who described the get-together as “great” and said he was “pleasantly surprised” by how things went. That presumably means the Rangers made a strong push to re-sign Wilson, but Garber declined to tell Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas if an actual offer was made and…

  17. The Cardinals have upped their offer to Pujols to $220 million

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

    pujols smile getty

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins offer is “believed to be $200-220M, no more,” and that it is merely pennies ahead of the Cardinals offer, if that.  You’d have to think that the Marlins would have to clearly best the Cardinals’ offer to lure Pujols away. 8:57 AM: Albert Pujols‘ flirtation with the Miami Marlins…

  18. MLB issues dress code for media members

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Male model

    I suppose this applies to me too. But seriously,  this is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it’s a symbol of my individuality, and my belief … in personal freedom: Baseball has become the first major pro league in North America to issue dress guidelines for media members, putting them in writing at the winter meetings. The…

  19. Wait, the Phillies are interested in Gio Gonzalez?

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    From the “let’s remember that we hear all kinds of crazy things at the Winter Meetings and a lot of it is baloney” files, Ken Rosenthal says that the Phillies — the Phillies! — are among the many teams with an interest in trading for Gio Gonzalez. Because obviously the Phillies (a) need the pitching;…

  20. Greetings from Day 3 of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:13 AM EDT

    In N Out

    In-N-Out in Dallas?  Who knew?  Baseball writers, that’s who. You could put them on an island in some far flung sea and they’d be able to find an In-N-Out Burger.  It’s just what they do. I felt obligated to go anyway. The lobby was getting to be too much for me last night.  The first…

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