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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

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

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    dustin-moseley-yankees

    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Marlins “gauging interest” in Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension all year, so it’s not surprising to see Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald report that the team is “gauging interest” in Nolasco at the winter meetings. According to Spencer they’re also taking calls on closer Leo Nunez, but “are…

  8. “The Official Major League Baseball Opus” is huge

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    MLB Opus

    Over the summer Major League Baseball released this monster book called “The Official Major League Baseball Opus.” You can read details about it here. The upshot: it’s gigantic, has 1000 pictures in it and costs $3,000.  Buy one for the person you love! They put one of these in the media room this morning. I’m…

  9. Agent angry at A’s over failed Hisashi Iwakuma negotiations

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Throughout the 30-day window for the A’s to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma agent Don Nomura criticized the team via Twitter and now that the window has closed without a contract being signed his criticisms are even more plentiful. Nomura told the Associated Press that the A’s “never showed any respect” and “their offer…

  10. Paul Konerko and the White Sox agree to a three-year deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    konerko thinking big

    UPDATE: The “lovers’ spat” mentioned below is over. Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox and Konerko have reached a three-year deal.  The details: $37.5 million total, but a huge amount of the year-three money is deferred. It will go $12 million in 2011, $12 million in 2012, $6.5 million in 2013 and then $1…

  11. CC Sabathia says he won’t opt out of contract after 2011, but it would make financial sense if he did

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia’s seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees contains a clause that allows him to opt out after three seasons, which means he could become a free agent next offseason. Doing so would involve passing on the four years and $97 million remaining on the deal after 2011, but given the reports of Cliff…

  12. Luke Scott: “Obama does not represent America … he was not born here”

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Luke Scott deer

    Yesterday Orioles’ DH Luke Scott came into the media room here at the Winter Meetings. No real reason, it seemed. He was with Buck Showalter when Showalter was doing his manager availability, and was kind of standing around. I snapped this picture of him because I thought it was pretty sweet that he was walking…

  13. Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci slams a blogger, but I heartily approve

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Murray Chass

    This is kinda insidey, but it had everyone at the Winter Meetings dying laughing in the bar last night, so it’s worth passing along. When the vote for the Veteran’s Committee choices from the Hall of Fame came down on Monday, a lot of people in the media room started to speculate about who failed…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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,…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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