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  1. Report: Royals trade Zack Greinke to Brewers

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    We all went to bed waiting for a national reporter to come out and say if the rumors we were hearing last night were true and it turns out they are. As first reported by Jim Breen of Bernie’s Blog and then Andrew Wagner of OnMilwaukee.com, sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that the Brewers…

  2. Figuring out the Zack Grienke-to-Milwaukee rumor

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Saturday night saw the birth of a shocking rumor: a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel blogger reports that the Brewers and Royals had agreed to a trade, set to be announced Monday, in which Milwaukee would land Zack Greinke for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress.  Yuniesky Betancourt and cash would also go to Milwaukee.…

  3. Renteria’s agent says quotes were “inaccurate representation”

    Dec 18, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

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    Edgar Renteria’s agent is doing his best best to soften the blow of his client’s recent quotes about San Francisco’s “disrespectful” one-year, $1 million contract offer. The agent, Barry Meister, contacted the Giants’ front office on Friday and called the comments an “inaccurate representation” of the veteran’s shortstop’s feelings.  Meister said that Renteria is still…

  4. O’s offer to Adam LaRoche is three years, $16-18M

    Dec 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reported Thursday that the Orioles were “closing in on signing” free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.  They are, and Jen Royle of MASN was given an idea of the financial terms Saturday from a source in the know. LaRoche will earn between $16 million and $18 million over a three-year…

  5. Jim Tracy feeling better after Winter Meetings collapse

    Dec 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    Last week’s Winter Meetings had a couple of scares.  First, it was Jayson Werth’s humongous seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals that sent a shockwave of dollar signs through the baseball world.  Then it was Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapsing in the hotel lobby. Werth is still counting his money.  Tracy, too, is doing…

  6. Marlins may look to trade right-hander Ricky Nolasco

    Dec 18, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    The Marlins aren’t having the best offseason.  They gave out a three-year, $18 million contract to 30-year-old catcher John Buck, a .243/.301/.421 career hitter, they got very little in return when they traded power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla to the Braves, and now they’re having trouble locking up one of their top arbitration-eligible pitchers. According…

  7. Jeff Francis expected to pick a team within the next few days

    Dec 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jeff Francis fever is sweeping the hot stove.  Or whatever. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, the left-hander is expected to decide between offers from the Rockies, Mets, Brewers, Pirates and Nationals within the next couple of days. Francis missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery just before spring training…

  8. Phillies keeping mum on cancellation of Dennys Reyes deal

    Dec 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Like us, you’re probably trying to figure out why exactly the Phillies cut off their one-year, $1.1 million deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on Friday afternoon. We may never know the truth. Whether Reyes failed part of his physical (which is highly possible given his weight and conditioning issues) or whether the Phillies simply…

  9. Angels’ offer to Beltre worth about $70 million over five years

    Dec 18, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    The market for free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is finally beginning to take shape. The A’s reportedly offered Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract at the beginning of the offseason.  He never even responded to the proposal and it has since been pulled off the table. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  10. Red Sox agree to terms with reliever Dan Wheeler

    Dec 18, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    From Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a contract with right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler. Sean McAdam of CSN New England heard Thursday that the Sox would not give the free agent righty anything greater than a one-year contract.  It remains to be seen if they…

  11. Omar Minaya to talk with Sandy Alderson about a job

    Dec 18, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    All that talk about ex-GM Omar Minaya scoring another job with the Mets might actually be real. According to Ian Belgey of ESPN New York, Minaya plans to sit down with new general manager Sandy Alderson sometime after the New Year to discuss what role he could fit in the organization. Minaya has also drawn…

  12. Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez body suit man

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Gomez will earn $1.5 million in 2011, up from his $1.1 million salary in 2010. 8:38 PM: According to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, the Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract. Terms aren’t yet available, but Gomez made $1.1 million…

  13. The Diamondbacks are likely done shopping

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

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    After confirming the signings of Xavier Nady and Henry Blanco earlier today, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he is essentially done with his offseason shopping list. “I’d say there’s a good chance,” Towers said about making no more moves this winter. “We’ve kind of addressed all our needs. Our…

  14. Morosi: Zack Greinke has requested a trade

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    And you thought the Hot Stove was beginning to cool down? Not yet. Not by a longshot. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, Zack Greinke didn’t just fire his agent, as we learned earlier today, he has also requested to be traded. OK, maybe that’s being too tame. One high-ranking executive from another team…

  15. The Padres finally acquire Jason Bartlett from the Rays

    Dec 17, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett Rays

    UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the player to be named later going to the Padres will be a minor leaguer and will be worked out prior to Opening Day 2011. 6:19 PM: That on-again, off-again trade that was supposed to send Jason Bartlett to the Padres? It’s finally done. With…

  16. John Baker on the comeback trail after Tommy John surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker was limited to just 23 games last season due to right forearm and elbow injuries and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in September. Position players can usually bounce back from surgery more quickly than pitchers, but because Baker is a catcher, the Marlins aren’t going to push him too soon. With that in…

  17. The Nats are after Derrek Lee

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee braves

    Remember that musical chairs first baseman thing?  One team may be sitting down soon: according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals are “actively” pursuing Derrek Lee. Ladson adds that talks don’t appear to be serious between the Nationals and Adam LaRoche. As we learned yesterday, things do appear to be serious between the Orioles and LaRoche,…

  18. Twins finalize three-year deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    The Twins just officially announced that they have come to terms with Tsuyoshi Nishioka on a three-year, $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the team will hold an introductory press conference tomorrow. The Twins secured exclusive negotiating rights for Nishioka by submitting a…

  19. Is Arte Moreno blowing smoke about the Angels offer to Carl Crawford?

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    From the same L.A. Times article in which the Angels’ offer to Adrian Beltre was reported, Arte Moreno claims that the Angels never made an offer to Carl Crawford. Why? Never had the chance, he says.  By the time they got to talking to him in Orlando last week he had an agreement with the…

  20. No deal between Phillies and Dennys Reyes

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

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    It was reported last week that the Phillies and left-hander Dennys Reyes had agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with a $1.35 million option for 2011, but Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia just tweeted that the deal is off. Not to make light of Reyes’ conditioning, but it’s entirely possible that the team could…

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