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  1. Mets interested in Moises Alou for first base coach

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:19 PM EDT

    Moises Alou Mets

    Yes, coaching hires aren’t all that exciting, but this is an interesting possibility to pass along. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Moises Alou is a candidate to be the Mets’ first base coach. While the Mets have expressed their interest, Alou hasn’t decided if he will interview. Enrique Rojas of ESPNDeportes.com (via Adam Rubin…

  2. Report: Twins offer Tsuyoshi Nishioka a multi-year contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:05 PM EDT

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    According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Twins have offered Tsuyoshi Nishioka a multi-year contract. One source tells Price that the Twins are trying to sign the switch-hitting infielder to a two or three-year contract worth between $3-4 million per season while another says the team is offering a three-year deal worth $9-10 million…

  3. The Cardinals met with Albert Pujols’ agent today

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told reporters that he met with Albert Pujols’ agent Dan Lozano today, according to B.J. Rains of FOXSportsMidwest.com. Mozeliak wouldn’t classify the talks as “negotiations” and cautioned that he doesn’t intend to provide regular updates to the media in regards to a contract extension. “This is not going to be…

  4. UPDATE: Diamondbacks, J.J. Putz agree to contract

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:07 PM EDT

    J.J. Putz

    UPDATE: Rosenthal reports that Putz will receive a two-year, $10 million contract from the Diamondbacks with a $6.5 million club option for 2013 or a $1.5 million buyout. He’ll earn $4 million in 2011 and $4.5 million in 2012. 6:18 PM: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Diamondbacks and J.J. Putz have agreed to…

  5. Padres get Aaron Harang for $3.5 million

    Dec 6, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Aaron Harang throwing

    The Padres have finalized their contract with Aaron Harang. According to Corey Brock of MLB.com, it turns out he’ll receive a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a mutual option for 2012. Harang, a San Diego-native, is 18-38 with a 4.71 ERA since finishing fourth on the ballot for the National League Cy Young in 2007.…

  6. UPDATE: Loney/Broxton for Fielder trade debunked

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    UPDATE: Since this rumor initially surfaced, it has been shot down by Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and most importantly, by Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti. And Colletti should know, because if this was a legitimate offer, he would have taken it in a heartbeat. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the Brewers approached…

  7. The Yankees met with Cliff Lee’s agent today

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Let the games begin! OK, so maybe there’s not a whole lot to get excited about quite yet, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the Associated Press just a short while ago that he spoke with Cliff Lee’s agent Darek Braunecker today. In fact, Cashman said that “while we’re in the same area, I’m…

  8. Jays, Yankees, Red Sox all checking out Russell Martin

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Buster Olney says that, contrary to reports that he’s willing to be a utility guy, Russell Martin intends to be a catcher in 2011.  He also says that the Blue Jays, Yankees, Mets, and Red Sox as possibilities and that they have all examined Martin’s medicals over the last day. Andy Martino says, however, that…

  9. Report: The Red Sox have a tentative contract extension in place for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2010, 5:03 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    Bob Nightengale reports that the Red Sox have a preliminary agreement to sign Adrian Gonzalez to a seven-year $154 million extension. The deal probably won’t be announced until April because of the luxury tax, however. Two observations: If Gonzalez couldn’t bootstrap the Jayson Werth deal into something bigger for himself, there’s no reason to think…

  10. White Sox offered Gordon Beckham in runner-up bid for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 6, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Gordon Beckham

    Prior to trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox the Padres were said to be fielding offers from several other teams, and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox finished runner-up with their offer. According to Nightengale they were willing to trade “Gordon Beckham and prospects” for Gonzalez, but the Padres…

  11. 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…

  12. 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,…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

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

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:58 PM EDT

    beltre with sox

    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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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