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  1. DeMarlo Hale out as Red Sox bench coach, joins Orioles

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:27 PM EDT

    Terry Francona, DeMarlo Hale

    Nothing is official yet, but Boston is set to let bench coach DeMarlo Hale go and he’s expected to join Buck Showalter’s staff in Baltimore as third base coach. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the two sides are negotiating a buyout because Hale is still under contract and says the deal “should…

  2. Giants close to re-signing reliever Guillermo Mota

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves

    Free agent reliever Guillermo Mota is “close to an agreement” to re-sign with the Giants, according to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News. Mota is 38 years old, so presumably it’s a one-year deal, but he was plenty useful in throwing 80 innings with a 3.81 ERA and 77/30 K/BB ratio. His strikeout…

  3. UPDATE: Mark Buehrle down to Marlins, Nationals, one other team

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    4:50 p.m. EST update: Ken Rosenthal says Buerhle is going to the Marlins — four years, $58 million. 3:10 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Nationals are another one of the three finalists for Buehrle, joining the Marlins. Several clubs believe the Rangers are the third. That would leave the Cardinals out…

  4. Rockies, Cubs discussing Ian Stewart-for-Tyler Colvin swap

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

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    Ian Stewart has been linked to the Cubs for weeks, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Colorado is “discussing” a trade that would send the third baseman to Chicago for outfielder Tyler Colvin. Colvin followed up a solid rookie showing by hitting just .150 in 80 games this year and the 26-year-old’s lack…

  5. Red Sox, Rangers talking Koji Uehara, Jed Lowrie

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

    Jed Lowrie

    According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Red Sox have joined the Orioles in asking the Rangers about Koji Uehara, and with Texas known to be interested in infielder Jed Lowrie, there would seem to be a fit. Texas lost faith in Uehara after he got shelled in the postseason, so it’s no surprise that he’s…

  6. Picture of the Day: Stan The Man wants Pujols for Christmas

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    stan musial message

    Stan Musial’s grandson just posted this photo on Twitter: And it sounds more and more like Stan The Man will get his wish.

  7. MLB makes up another rule, Mets approve

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Under the old free agent system, the Mets would have gotten the Marlins’ third-round pick next summer (plus a compensation pick between the first and second rounds) for losing Jose Reyes. MLB, though, is still working through this whole draft-pick compensation thing after the new CBA, and let it be known today that the Mets…

  8. Quote of the Day: Expectations are low for Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    lowered-expectations

    Following news that the Yankees placed the winning bid for exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch passed along this scouting report: Heard Nakajima’s bat could be better than Twins’ Nishioka, but not as good a fielder. “Nishioka” would be Tsuyoshi Nishioka. So that opinion suggests Nakajima’s bat “could be better…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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.…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:55 AM EDT

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    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…

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