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  1. A’s and Hisashi Iwakuma unlikely to work out a deal

    Dec 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won the rights to bid exclusively on Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they balked at his initial asking price: a three-year deal worth about $12 million annually.  And while negotiations have continued, it seems unlikely that an agreement will be reached by tonight’s midnight deadline. According to Susan Slusser of…

  2. Orioles continue to show heavy interest in Mark Reynolds

    Dec 5, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Desperate to add a power bat to their light-hitting lineups, the Orioles, Padres and Blue Jays have expressed interest this offseason in trading for Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds. Reynolds tallied 32 home runs in 2010 and a career-high 44 in 2009, but he’s the only player in major league history to amass 200 strikeouts in…

  3. Domonic Brown leaves Dominican after poor showing

    Dec 5, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    brown dropping helmet

    The Phillies would love to be able to retain Jayson Werth, but the free agent outfielder is represented by Scott Boras and his asking price at this point in the offseason is thought to be sky high.  If Werth signs elsewhere, which seems likely, the Phils are probably going to hand right field duties to…

  4. Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career. Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did…

  5. Red Sox might wait on extension for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

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    The Red Sox traded prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and a PTBNL to the Padres yesterday for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  They got their man, and are now working toward a contract extension with Gonzalez in an exclusive negotiating window. That window closes Sunday at 2pm ET, but it might not really matter.…

  6. Blue Jays gearing up for run at Zack Greinke?

    Dec 4, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Greinke throws a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    That’s what the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott believes, and while he doesn’t have any particulars on what’s being discussed, he sees a package led by Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider potentially getting a deal done. Which sounds like a very legitimate offer. Drabek was the biggest of the three pieces the Jays got back from…

  7. How will the Padres replace Adrian Gonzalez at first base?

    Dec 4, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks high five

    Maybe this is an unfair question, because the reality is they won’t be able to do so. The Padres were 12th in the National League this past season with 132 home runs and 665 runs scored. Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez hit 31 home runs and drove in 101 runs — that’s 23.5 percent and 15.2 percent…

  8. Done: Derek Jeter, Yankees agree to three-year contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jack Curry of YES Network has the contract details. He reports that Jeter’s deal is worth $51 million guaranteed over three years. Interestingly, the deal includes a player option for a fourth year worth $8 million where he would have the chance to earn an additional $9 million in performance-based incentives. And so, if…

  9. UPDATE: Padres, Red Sox agree on Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez running

    UPDATE: The negotiating window for the Red Sox to complete a deal with Adrian Gonzalez expires at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. 12:36 PM: According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Adrian Gonzalez has already completed a physical with the Red Sox. McAdam was told that Gonzalez’s surgically-repaired right shoulder “should…

  10. UPDATE: Cardinals sign Lance Berkman to one-year contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    UPDATE: Hoo-boy. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Berkman got $8 million from the Cardinals. This isn’t confirmed, but Heyman also hears that Berkman will play left field while Matt Holliday will be moved to right field. That’s right. The Cardinals are apparently moving their $120 million outfielder to make way for Berkman. By the…

  11. Report: Diamondbacks have interest in Henry Blanco

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports the Diamondbacks have interest in signing a backup catcher and that Henry Blanco is “at or near the top” of their list. Blanco, 39, batted .215/.271/.300 with two home runs and eight RBI in 144 plate appearances with the Mets this past season while throwing out 50 percent…

  12. Report: The Rangers are in on Carl Crawford

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that while the Angels and Yankees are two of the teams of “particular interest” to Carl Crawford, the Rangers are also in on the free agent outfielder. And it appears the interest is mutual. According to Heyman, the Rangers are high on Crawford’s list. Crawford is from Houston, so it’s…

  13. UPDATE: Yankees on verge of deal with Derek Jeter

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    UPDATE: We’re still hearing it’s a three-year deal worth between $15-17 million per season, but here’s a little more on the fourth year. A source tells Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger that the fourth year will include a combination of guaranteed money and compensation that will also be tied to incentives. Described as “very…

  14. Joey Votto in no rush for a long-term contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    All this talk about a contract extension for Adrian Gonzalez makes for a natural transition to National League MVP Joey Votto, who will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Votto earned $525,000 this past season while batting .324/.424/.600 with with 37 home runs, 113 RBI and a 1.024 OPS. Faced with potential that…

  15. What will it take to keep Adrian Gonzalez?

    Dec 4, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres Photo Day

    Now that the Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres in exchange for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named later, it’s time to ask how much money it will take to keep him for the long-term. Jon Paul…

  16. Kevin Youkilis is happy to move to third base for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EDT

    Yankees Red Sox Baseball

    Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com just spoke with Kevin Youkilis, who was thrilled to hear about the pending trade for Adrian Gonzalez. “It’s great,” Youkilis said. “The way he hits at PETCO [Park], he can hit at Fenway Park because he can use the [left field] wall to his advantage. It’s going to be great to…

  17. Are the Rays sold on Desmond Jennings as Carl Crawford’s replacement?

    Dec 4, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    From what Rays VP Andrew Friedman told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, perhaps not immediately: “We feel like he’s got an extremely high upside,” Friedman said. “I think he’d be the first to say he didn’t have as good a year last year as he’s capable of. Part of that was because of injuries,…

  18. Mark Reynolds will not be going to the Padres

    Dec 4, 2010, 11:53 AM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Iannetta

    How will the Padres fill the void in their lineup left by Adrian Gonzalez? You can scratch Mark Reynolds off the list. Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona writes that the Padres aren’t a fit for Reynolds because the Diamondbacks want two relievers in return. The Padres already traded Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to…

  19. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Padres won’t trade Heath Bell this offseason

    Dec 4, 2010, 11:26 AM EDT

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Another source tells Rosenthal that it’s “highly unlikely” that the Padres will move Heath Bell this offseason. Why? Well, folks like Rafael Soriano, Bobby Jenks, Kevin Gregg, Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood are all available in free agency. The wealth of options will undoubtedly hurt what the Padres could receive in return. There would be…

  20. If the Red Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez, what does that mean for Adrian Beltre?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    adrian-beltre-red-sox-swing

    Adrian Beltre has made it clear that he’d prefer to re-sign with the Red Sox following his one-season stop (and MVP-caliber performance) in Boston, saying the following earlier this week: I got used to seeing that park full in the first inning and still full in the ninth inning. I liked that atmosphere. If everything…

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