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  1. Michael Weiner on the Marvin Miller snub

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    MLBPA executive director Michael Weiner perfectly sums up Marvin Miller failing to make the Hall of Fame: Marvin’s legacy is undiminished by this vote; the Hall, by contrast, once again squandered a chance to better itself as an institution. The number one topic of conversation at the Winter Meetings so far is the Jayson Werth…

  2. UPDATE: source close to Pettitte believes he’s coming back

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:22 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: I just spoke with a source close to Pettitte. The source — while acknowledging that Pettitte is somewhat unpredictable — believes that Pettitte will be playing in 2011. 3.05 P.M.: Bob Klapisch just tweeted that the Yankees “heard from a friend of Pettite’s that he’s definitely retiring.”  That word came three weeks ago, however,…

  3. Pirates and Scott Olsen close to incentive-laden contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    Pittsburgh is close to signing left-hander Scott Olsen to an incentive-laden one-year contract, according to both Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com. Langosch reports that the deal will be completed once Olsen passes a physical exam later this week, although given his history of shoulder problems that’s no sure…

  4. Padres GM says closer Heath Bell unlikely to be traded

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    Heath Bell

    Asked this afternoon if trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox meant the Padres would soon be parting with closer Heath Bell too, general manager Jed Hoyer called it “exceptionally likely” that Bell would be San Diego’s closer on Opening Day. Hoyer added that “this isn’t a firesale” and “Heath is going to be our…

  5. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen

    Dec 6, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

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    We’ve reached the point of the Winter Meetings when the managers are made available for the media. Ozzie Guillen just got done talking and, not surprisingly, he drew a crowd. Why does he draw a crowd? Because he says stuff like this, when asked for his thoughts on the Jayson Werth contract: I wish I…

  6. Adrian Beltre wants five years, $70 million+

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney reports that Adrian Beltre is looking for a five-year deal worth $70 million+. Which does not seem at all unreasonable in this market, frankly.  The A’s reportedly offered the third baseman a five-years and $64 million, but he gave them the cold shoulder and they have ceased their interest. But at, I dunno,…

  7. Reynolds replacement? Diamondbacks sign Melvin Mora

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Melvin Mora

    Shortly after trading Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for a pair of relievers the Diamondbacks have signed his potential replacement at third base Melvin Mora. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he’ll get a one-year deal worth $2 million, which is a reasonable price and makes Mora a solid pickup if the Diamondbacks…

  8. More than zero teams are interested in Jeff Francoeur

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    I put the headline that way because that’s the real news nugget here. But Jayson Stark says it could be worse: two teams, the Royals and Phillies, are apparently both interested. He says that the Royals have “picked up the pace” on Frenchie. I’m sure cooler heads will prevail, but I can’t envision a situation…

  9. Chien-Ming Wang views Nationals as fallback plan if he can’t land MLB deal elsewhere

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang is looking for a major-league deal or he’ll likely accept Washington’s offer of a minor-league contract and re-sign with the Nationals, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Last offseason Washington gave Wang a one-year contract that included $2 million in guaranteed money and another $3 million in potential incentives, but he struggled to…

  10. James Loney is available

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have made James Loney available. There already was a glut of OK-but-nothin’-special first basemen out there, so this only adds to that. Carlos Pena? Adam LaRoche? Derrick Lee? Loney? Take your pick, bargain shoppers. That is, if there is such a thing as a bargain anymore in a…

  11. Red Sox interested in veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Last week the Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima and Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they may look to replace him as the left-handed setup man with Brian Fuentes. Fuentes pitched well for the Twins after coming over in an August 27 trade with the Angels, but Minnesota is not expected to make…

  12. UPDATE: Orioles get Mark Reynolds from Diamondbacks for David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: The deal is now official, pending physical exams. Baltimore will send relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to Arizona for Mark Reynolds. ========== President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail admitted this morning that the Orioles are “making progress” with the Diamondbacks on a trade for Mark Reynolds, which given the typical lack of public…

  13. Theo Epstein “very confident” Adrian Gonzalez will agree to long-term deal with Red Sox

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    Moments ago the Red Sox held a press conference to officially announce the trade sending four prospects to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez and general manager Theo Epstein told the assembled media that he’s “very confident” the two sides will agree on a long-term contract extension. At various points yesterday it looked like the blockbuster…

  14. The Diamondbacks are pursuing Paul Konerko, but don’t worry White Sox fans

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of FOX, the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a pitch for Paul Konerko. This one doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere because (a) the White Sox are scheduled to meet with Konerko today; and (b) a few minutes ago Jerry Reinsdorf said that Konerko “belongs in Chicago.” He also happens to like…

  15. A’s pursuing Hideki Matsui after pulling offer to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms various reports that the A’s have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre and says it was “worth at least $64 million over five years.” For the second offseason in a row the A’s made a strong push for Beltre, only to realize that he viewed them as…

  16. Joe Crede is “healthy and ready to go” with a comeback

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Crede sat out the entire season following his third back surgery in three years, but yesterday agent Scott Boras told reporters that the veteran third baseman is “healthy, ready to go, and he’s going to continue his career … he’s ready to come back and play.” Crede had a good first half for the…

  17. Pat Gillick makes the Hall of Fame; George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller denied!

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The Veteran’s Committee has spoken and Pat Gillick is the only person who was elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to holding many other jobs in baseball, Pat Gillick built the Blue Jays from an expansion team into a World Series champ and did an excellent job in both Seattle — building the…

  18. Report: Pat Gillick is going to make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The announcement of the Veteran’s Committee vote for the Hall of Fame is going to take place in about 20 minutes, but right now MLB Network Radio (on XM/Sirius) is reporting one electee: Former Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick. Also on the ballot, of course, is Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry,…

  19. Cliff Lee says he’d go to Texas if they give him a sixth year

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

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    File this under “man, I dunno . . .” but Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Cliff Lee has told his Rangers teammates that a sixth year would get him to re-sign with the Rangers. It’s suspected that the Rangers are offering five. What’s unclear from the report is what happens if the Rangers and the…

  20. Vicente Padilla: closer?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report that the Dodgers are still talking to Vicente Padilla. This despite the fact that they now have five starters who are all superior to Vicente Padilla. Solution: Dylan and Mike say that the Dodgers could use him as a swingman or — get this…

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