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  1. 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,…

  2. 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…

  3. 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.…

  4. 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…

  5. 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’…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. Pirates and Nate McLouth have “mutual interest” in reunion

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

    Nate McLouth

    Nate McLouth hasn’t been the same since leaving the Pirates in mid-2009 and now that the 30-year-old outfielder is a free agent Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports that a return to Pittsburgh could be in the works. According to Biertempfel the Pirates and McLouth have “mutual interest” in a reunion and have…

  10. Nationals not interested in Albert Pujols or Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Albert Pujols

    Last month some reports linked Prince Fielder and Albert Pujols to the Nationals, but that can safely be ruled out now. Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to a Nationals source who classified the team’s alleged interest as “not even a good lie.” Washington already has $8 million committed to Adam LaRoche at first…

  11. Red Sox “resistant” to Bill Buckner joining coaching staff

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:05 PM EDT

    "The Summer of 86: The Rise and Fall Of The World Champion Mets" Premiere

    Bobby Valentine wants to add Bill Buckner to the Red Sox coaching staff, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that “the team’s front office is resistant to the idea.” Valentine and Buckner have been friends for 40 years, but of course that takes a backseat to Buckner’s history in Boston and he hasn’t coached…

  12. The Phillies are “strong players” for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    aramis ramirez getty

    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Phillies are “strong players” for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Meanwhile, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirms that the Phils do indeed have interest. The most likely scenario is that the Phillies envision Ramirez as a fallback option for their lineup if they are unable…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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