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  1. Report: Marlins limited to one more big free agent

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Transitioning baseball writer Jon Heyman (he’s taken SI.com out of his profile, but he’s still dishing the goods while his move to CBS Sports is in progress) tweets that the Marlins are going to limit themselves to one more splash: Hearing marlins won’t do 2 more big free agents. If they get pujols they’ll be…

  2. UPDATE: Red Sox did not submit bid for Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:55 PM EDT

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    UPDATE II: Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston was told by a Red Sox official that they did not post a bid for Nakajima. That makes three denials, if you include the Giants and Brewers. Does anybody want this guy? We’ll soon find out. UPDATE: Nothing confirmed yet, but Sponichi indicates that the Red Sox may have…

  3. Rumored Red Sox bid for Hiroyuki Nakajima creates questions

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

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    5:55 p.m. EDT update: It may be moot: the Red Sox are saying they did not bid for Nakajima. The winning bidder in the posting process is expected to be announced Wednesday. /// The Red Sox already have a pair of possible starting shortstops in Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie, as well as a much-hyped shortstop…

  4. Kendrys Morales “cleared to start light jogging” … again

    Dec 6, 2011, 5:02 PM EDT

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    Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his ankle on May 29, 2010, suffering numerous setbacks along the way, and the Angels first baseman still sounds iffy to be ready for Opening Day. Bill Plunkett of the Orange Country Register reports that Morales “has been taking batting practice and has been cleared to start light jogging…

  5. Hanley Ramirez told the Marlins that he doesn’t want to play third base

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:54 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    After we learned last night that Hanley Ramirez was “distraught” about the prospect of changing positions to make room for free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that he has told the Marlins he doesn’t want to play third base. “Hanley doesn’t want to play third base and the Marlins were…

  6. Report: Orioles willing to listen to offers for Adam Jones

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:24 PM EDT

    Kansas City Royals v Baltimore Orioles

    Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com was told by a major-league source that the Orioles are willing to listen to offers for center fielder Adam Jones. Jones, 26, earned $3.25 million this season while batting .280/.319/.466 with 25 home runs, 83 RBI, 12 stolen bases and a .785 OPS. His salary could approach $6 million in his…

  7. Tweet of the Day: Winter meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 6, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

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    These tweets showed up back-to-back in my timeline just now:

  8. Theo Epstein bought a $3.25 million house blocks from Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Theo Epstein is putting his five-year, $20 million contract to work already, as Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that the new Cubs president paid $3.25 million for a 7,800-square foot house “just blocks from Wrigley Field.” Goldsborough writes that Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp had “signed a contract to buy the house” back…

  9. Working around Albert Pujols’ desire for a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Really, this shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. Albert Pujols wants a no-trade clause. The Marlins have a long-standing policy of not offering them. Both of those positions are understandable. Still, there should be a way around it. For starters, Pujols would automatically get full no-trade protection after five years with the Marlins under the league’s 10-5 policy (any…

  10. Marlins won’t give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE: Marlins president David Samson said this afternoon that “there will not be a free agent signed that includes a no-trade clause.” So if that’s truly a sticking point for Pujols, it would be a deal-breaker. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms previous reports that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract and…

  11. Twins scribes want Kevin Slowey’s guts on a stick

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:28 PM EDT

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    For an outsider like me, it’s hard to see just what it is about Kevin Slowey that causes all of the bulging neck veins at the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. But it seems like the entire Twins press box is rejoicing his departure in this morning’s trade with the Rockies. Here’s Jim Souhan’s take: Slowey, we hardly…

  12. Report: Manny Ramirez “is calling teams directly”

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Manny Ramirez

    News of Manny Ramirez’s comeback predictably failed to create a bidding war for the 39-year-old with a 50-game suspension looming over his head, so Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record reports that Ramirez is “so intent on finding work he’s calling teams directly.” Oh what I wouldn’t give to hear those calls. “Billy Beane here.”…

  13. Braves’ reported interest in White Sox reliever Matt Thornton “was bogus”

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:50 PM EDT

    Matt Thornton

    UPDATE: And now O’Brien takes it a step further, calling Cowley’s rumor “bogus.” ========== Matt Thornton was rumored to be on the trading block even before general manager Ken Williams said today that the White Sox are going into rebuilding mode, and sure enough Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times reports that “Thornton to…

  14. Red Sox sitting pretty in search for new closer

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Here’s a list of the closers still available in free agency: Ryan Madson Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Cordero Brad Lidge Frank Francisco And following Toronto’s acquisition of Sergio Santos, here’s a list of all of the teams truly interested in spending significant dollars on a closer: The Boston Red Sox Really, that’s it. The Angels have…

  15. Giants looking to trade, but not Tim Lincecum

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum

    GM Brian Sabean said Tuesday that even if Tim Lincecum proves unwilling to a long-term deal this winter, the Giants won’t weigh trading the two-time Cy Young Award winner. Lincecum has long figured he could make more money going short-term with the Giants than he could with a longer deal, though he did sign a…

  16. Red Sox avoid arbitration with Andrew Miller

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Andrew Miller

    5:45 p.m. EST update: WEEI’s Rob Bradford reports that Miller will make $1.04 million next season. The figure represents the maximum 20 percent paycut he could receive as an arbitration-eligible player. Had the Red Sox wanted to go lower, they would have had to non-tender Miller and re-sign him. /// Former Tigers No. 1 pick Andrew…

  17. Carlos Zambrano met with Theo Epstein, expects to stay with Cubs

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Under the previous Cubs regime Carlos Zambrano was considered a goner, but after meeting recently with new team president Theo Epstein the mercurial right-hander now expects to remain in Chicago. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke to an unnamed friend of Zambrano who said “he likes Theo and is looking forward to proving himself…

  18. While we wait to see if the Marlins land Pujols …

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

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    Look, I just feel like we need to get out in front of this stuff now, OK?  So just know that you’re all on notice of the following ethical considerations: 1. Anyone who describes Albert Pujols going to Miami in terms that even remotely refer to the LeBron James situation shall be fined $200 and…

  19. Rays, Nationals have been talking about B.J. Upton

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:02 PM EDT

    B.J. Upton

    We heard Monday that the Rays would need to be overwhelmed in order to move B.J. Upton, but according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, they have had some recent conversations with the Nationals about their center fielder. Washington has long been a suitor for Upton as it seeks to fill a big hole in center…

  20. The Marlins think they have Pujols in the bag

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

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    There’s no deal yet and as we all know, anything can happen until their is ink on paper and a fancy press conference, but David Villavicencio hears from Marlins sources that they believe they will sign Pujols. Like, they’re really confident. Obviously what we’ve been hearing for the past hour or two still holds: The…

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