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  1. Dodgers close to signing Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

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    In a move that would seemingly rule out a return to Los Angeles for Russell Martin and likely send minor-league veteran A.J. Ellis back Triple-A for another season, Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Dioner Navarro to a one-year deal. Navarro played for the Dodgers in 2005 and part…

  2. The Dodgers were named the best organization in baseball

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    And you thought the Gold Glove awards were screwy: the Dodgers were just named the Topps Organization of the Year. The Topps award is given to club that “has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams.” I guess that technically doesn’t include the owners’ suite, but can you imagine…

  3. Reds re-sign utility man Miguel Cairo to two-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

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    I’m not sure why any team would feel the need to give a multi-year contract to a 36-year-old, career-long utility infielder with a lifetime OPS under .700, but the Reds did just that by inking Miguel Cairo to a two-year deal. In fairness Cairo is coming off one of the best seasons of his career,…

  4. The Orioles issue a statement about Luke Scott being a wacko birther

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Obama Birth Certificate

    The Baltimore Orioles issued a statement this afternoon in response to the multimedia freakout that has gone down in the wake of Luke Scott saying that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States: “Luke Scott’s comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization. The fact is that Barack Obama is our…

  5. Diamondbacks re-sign Mike Hampton to minor-league deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Mike Hampton came back from his latest arm surgery to make 10 appearances as a left-handed specialist for the Diamondbacks in September and today Arizona re-signed him to a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that Hampton “will compete for a job coming out of the…

  6. The Braves have talked about Andruw Jones for the bench

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez

    As a good and proper fanboy, I felt obligated to swing by Fredi Gonzalez’s managerial availability a few minutes ago.  Of note: He likes the team. Said “we have a lot of good players.” Whew! I can’t imagine the awkwardness that would go down if he said all the players sucked; He is obviously happy…

  7. Braves “closing in on a deal” with reliever George Sherrill

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Lefty reliever George Sherrill is “closing in on a deal” with the Braves, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. With a 6.69 ERA this season Sherrill earned his non-tender from the Dodgers, but he was an All-Star in 2008, had a 1.70 ERA in 2009, and still looks plenty capable of being a good left-handed…

  8. No deal at the Winter Meetings: Cliff Lee’s agent has left the building

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

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    Darek Braunecker represents Cliff Lee. He’s been very busy during these Winter Meetings. No, not busy negotiating a contract, but busy telling various reporters about all the offers he’s fielding.  Really, there some reporters who won’t be able to order a drink down in the lobby tonight because they don’t know how to talk without…

  9. The Pirates and Orioles compete for Kenshin Kawakami

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

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    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. Anyway, multiple sources are reporting that the Pirates and Orioles are both trying to get Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta. The winner will be determined by which of those teams is willing to take less from the Braves to cover the $6.67 million owed to…

  10. Orioles “are in serious negotiations” for J.J. Hardy

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    Yesterday the Orioles were said to be close to sending Nolan Reimold to the Rays for Jason Bartlett, but that deal fell through and Baltimore’s shortstop search has moved on to J.J. Hardy. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “are in serious negotiations” to acquire the Twins shortstop and are offering…

  11. The Royals will pay Francoeur $2.5 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

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    Bob Dutton reports the specifics of the Jeff Francoeur deal: $2.5 million with bonuses that could be worth $500,000. There’s also a mutual option for 2012 at $3 million.  He also gets $100 million if he leads the league in walks. OK, maybe not. But I’d put that in there if I was Kansas City…

  12. Mariners sign A’s castoff Jack Cust to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jack Cust was non-tendered by the A’s last week, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll remain in the AL West and sign a one-year contract with the Mariners worth $2.5 million in base salary. Cust has seen his power numbers decline in three straight seasons, but he remains a walk machine who…

  13. As usual, Scott Boras draws a crowd

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Boras in a hallway

    He only represents the third-biggest available free agent at the moment, but Scott Boras still draws a crowd. This was the man holding court, as he does every year, right outside the media room. It was hard to get close, but I heard him say something about 31 or 32 being young these days.  Tune…

  14. Adam LaRoche rumors; or, the Winter Meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    This is pretty much how it goes all week here: Writer A says that the Washington Nationals are poised to sign Adam LaRoche; Writer B says, no, nothing imminent. There are talks, nothing more, and other teams are still interested. Then everyone rushes to see who is listed as LaRoche’s agent in order to try…

  15. Ken Oberkfell to be named Mets bench coach

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ken Oberkfell

    Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that Ken Oberkfell will be named Mets bench coach. Oberkfell has managed the Mets’ AAA teams in their various locations for years, manages down in the Dominican Winter League and served as the Mets’ first base coach for a spell in 2008.  He’s a company man who is now…

  16. Diamondbacks “closing in on a deal” for Henry Blanco

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “are closing in on a deal to sign” Henry Blanco, with the veteran catcher expected to receive a one-year contract. It makes sense for the Diamondbacks to find a right-handed-hitting backup for the left-handed-hitting Miguel Montero, who’s entrenched as the starter behind the plate. Blanco…

  17. Padres sign Dustin Moseley to one-year, $900,000 deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week San Diego signed Aaron Harang to a one-year, $4 million deal and the Padres have added another potential starter in Dustin Moseley, who’ll get $900,000 in 2011. Moseley has bounced around between the majors and Triple-A for the past five seasons, posting a 5.28 ERA in 233 total innings for the Angels…

  18. Shocker: the Royals and Jeff Francoeur are close to a deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur at the paddock before the second race. I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur outside the men’s room before I placed my bet.  I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur before they got up this morning. Now Ken Rosenthal…

  19. Freddy Sanchez undergoes his second shoulder surgery in the past 12 months

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez

    Freddy Sanchez underwent left shoulder surgery yesterday and the Giants expect him to need about eight weeks of rehab, leaving plenty of time to get ready for spring training. Of course, Sanchez also had surgery on his left shoulder last December and ended up needing five months to recover before playing in his first game…

  20. Report: the Yankees to offer Cliff Lee six-year deal, worth $140-150 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The man who has insisted that there are multiple seven-year offers for Cliff Lee — Jon Heyman – reports this morning that, to the extent they exist, they may be mooted by a big offer from the Yankees: six years, $140-150 million. There are many around the lobby here today who believe that for all…

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