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  1. The latest on Cliff Lee: skepticism of seven-year offers

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:23 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee talking

    When last we considered Cliff Lee, we were hearing word that he had two seven-year offers on the table.  The guy reporting that was Jon Heyman.  Since then, many people have voiced their skepticism that there really are two seven-year offers out there. And not just guys like me who consider Heyman to be a…

  2. The Cubs sign Carlos Pena to a one-year deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Carlos Pena

    Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that the Cubs have agreed to a deal with Carlos Pena. It’s believed to be for $10 million. This makes sense for Pena, I think, who can use a year in the friendly confines to build up value and then return to the market next winter when there won’t be…

  3. UPDATE: Call off the Michael Young trade talk

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:29 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    UPDATE: It seems that’s over. Multiple sources, including Evan Grant and others who were reporting a possible Michael Young trade, are now saying that it’s not happening. The Rangers have approached young and told him as much. To the extent the trade was going to be to the Rockies so that Texas could then sign…

  4. Report: Pirates sign Matt Diaz to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:45 PM EDT

    Matt Diaz running

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Matt Diaz has agreed to a two-year contract with the Pirates. Terms aren’t yet available. Diaz, who turns 33 in March, was non-tendered by the Braves last week after batting .250/.302/.438 with seven home runs and 31 RBI over 224 at-bats this past season. He reportedly drew interest from…

  5. Mark Prior to sign with Yankees or Rangers

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    Mark Prior throwing

    The Yankees and Rangers aren’t just bidding for Cliff Lee’s services, but it appears they are also the two finalists for Mark Prior. That’s right. According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior will sign a minor league contract with one of the two clubs. Prior, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006,…

  6. Report: The Red Sox are still in on Carl Crawford

    Dec 7, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays' Carl Crawford makes a sliding catch against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning of their MLB American League baseball game in St. Petersburg

    It’s a little quiet tonight, don’t you think? A little too quiet… Yeah, there isn’t much happening with Carl Crawford right now, but multiple Red Sox sources have confirmed to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com that the club is still interested in signing the free-agent outfielder, even after the recent acquisition of Adrian Gonzalez. However, one…

  7. Braves hope to soon talk contract extension with Dan Uggla

    Dec 7, 2010, 8:52 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla running

    According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Braves will soon begin discussing a contract extension for the recently-acquired Dan Uggla. Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. Still, Braves general manager Frank Wren is optimistic that the two sides will be able…

  8. UPDATE: Mets agree to a one-year contract with Ronny Paulino

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:35 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins catcher Ronny Paulino misses the tag as Washington Nationals Adam Dunn scores in Miami

    UPDATE: According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN.com, the Mets have signed Ronny Paulino to a one-year contract worth $1.3 million. He’ll have a chance to earn more with performance-based incentives. 9:56 AM: Any time you can sign a 3o year-old catcher with a .259/.311/.354 line who was just DFA’d — and who got suspended for…

  9. UPDATE: Mets sign D.J. Carrasco to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets have signed Carrasco to a two-year contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that he’ll make $2.5 million in the deal, so it’s hard to get too bent out of shape about this one. Good value signing. 5:17 PM: Free agent reliever D.J.…

  10. Report: Rangers could send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Chris Davis high five

    Here’s an interesting one. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs. Davis, who turns 24 in March, has a modest .248/.300/.459 batting line at the big league level and has struggled to make contact, but could be a…

  11. Report: Cliff Lee now has two seven-year offers on the table

    Dec 7, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Crazy is contagious in Orlando, it seems. Get this. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Cliff Lee now has not just one, but two seven-year offers on the table for at least $20 million per season. The thing is, it’s not clear who these teams might be, as both the Yankees and Rangers were reportedly…

  12. Report: Rays “motivated” to trade Matt Garza

    Dec 7, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    A source tells Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse that the Rays are “motivated” to trade Matt Garza. We have already heard Garza connected to the Brewers and Nationals, but according to Price, the Rangers view him as a fallback if they are unable to sign Cliff Lee or acquire Zack Greinke. Garza, 27, has thrived…

  13. Nothing continues to happen with Carl Crawford

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    There has been a lot of breathless Cliff Lee chatter today, and even some Zack Greinke stuff, but nothing on the biggest position player still out there: Carl Crawford. The best we have right now: the Tigers like him, but the price is too high.  The Red Sox can’t be ruled out, but nothing is…

  14. UPDATE: Rays and Orioles no longer working on Bartlett for Reimold swap

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    UPDATE: So much for that. Multiple sources are now reporting that the Bartlett-for-Reimold talks hit a snag and the deal is unlikely to happen. Perhaps the Orioles came to their senses. ========== It’s no secret that the Rays have been trying to trade Jason Bartlett and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re…

  15. Non-tendered by Padres, Tony Gwynn Jr. signs with Dodgers

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    tony-gwynn-jr-padres

    Tony Gwynn Jr. will be staying in the NL West after being non-tendered by the Padres last week, as Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse reports that he’s signed with the Dodgers. Despite a Hall of Fame father with seven batting titles and 3,141 hits Gwynn Jr.’s bat is his weakness. He’s hit just .244/.323/.314 in…

  16. White Sox “have no choice” but to pursue other options after Paul Konerko contract talks stall

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    konerko waves goodbye

    Paul Konerko re-signing with the White Sox seemed like a near-lock as recently as yesterday, but general manager Ken Williams told reporters this afternoon that contract talks have hit a major snag and may force the team to look elsewhere for a first baseman. Williams revealed plans to speak to agents for several other first…

  17. Sure, Gary Sheffield would hit for you if you gave him a call

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield

    Gary Sheffield made an appearance here an hour or so ago.  He says he was here because he serves as an advisor — not an agent, but an advisor — for a couple of young players. That makes sense. He was famous for not having his own agent and negotiating all of his deals himself,…

  18. Dennys Reyes drawing interest from Phillies, Marlins, A’s, and Mariners

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that left-handed specialist Dennys Reyes will likely decide on his new team within the next 48 hours and will probably be choosing either the Phillies or Marlins “unless a new suitor emerges.” On the other hand, John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse writes that the A’s and Mariners “seem to…

  19. The Nationals inquired about Zack Greinke

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the Nationals have “inquired” about Zack Greinke.  There’s no sense that there’s a deal to be made there, but the Nats were at least asking. Here’s my theory: the Nationals came to the Winter Meetings with the intention of making all kinds of headlines about giant offers they’d…

  20. Derek Jeter on his contract negotiations: “It was not an enjoyable experience”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The Yankees had a press conference to officially announce Derek Jeter’s new contract today. Except it wasn’t here in Orlando where every Yankees official and the entire New York Yankees press corps happens to be. It was in Tampa, where Derek Jeter happens to live. Seems he wasn’t keene on coming here, so everyone had…

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