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  1. The Astros sign Ryan Rowland-Smith

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:34 AM EDT

    Ryan Rowland-Smith

    We interrupt the crazy Cliff Lee/Carl Crawford/Adrian Beltre chatter to tell you that the Astros have signed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. That from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Yes, we realize that this isn’t an Earth-shattering signing, but it’s nice to have a transaction that doesn’t invoke the name of large, monied east coast teams. Rowland-Smith had…

  2. Pirates and Scott Olsen finalize one-year deal with 2012 option

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Scott Olsen

    As expected, the Pirates and Scott Olsen have agreed to a one-year contract with a team option for 2012. Olsen, who’s gone 24-38 with a 5.17 ERA since a solid rookie season in 2006, will try to resurrect his career in Pittsburgh while earning $500,000 in base salary with another $3 million in potential incentives.…

  3. The Angels are in on Cliff Lee too; Rangers to pay him a visit

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee talking

    It’s not just the Yankees: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels — now free from the burden of having to pay Carl Crawford! — are bidding on Cliff Lee. There’s not a ton of context to this and it’s hard to tell if it’s serious interest or, like Boston’s, merely head games, but the Angels…

  4. Orioles re-sign reliever Koji Uehara to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:49 AM EDT

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Two weeks ago Baltimore declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara because it would have meant committing to a raise on his $5 million salary, but the Orioles have now re-signed the 35-year-old reliever to a one-year deal with a vesting option for 2012. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the new deal…

  5. So: is the Carl Crawford deal actually, you know, a good one?

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:21 AM 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

    The shock of the Carl Crawford signing cannot be overstated. Everyone assumed that the Angels had him locked up. The Red Sox really just swooped in at the last minute and destroyed the competition for the guy with those seven years and that $142 million. No, they didn’t literally swoop, but it was about as…

  6. Game over? Yankees offer a seventh year to Cliff Lee

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:56 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Yesterday the Yankees reportedly offered Cliff Lee a six-year, $140 million contract, but now both Jon Heyman of SI.com and Buster Olney of ESPN.com report that they’ve bumped the offer up to seven years. Previous speculation had the Yankees refusing to add a seventh year to the deal, but that was before Carl Crawford and…

  7. I went to the Rule 5 Draft and it was OK

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    mystery man

    The Rule 5 Draft is one of the bigger agenda items at the Winter Meetings. Big in the sense that it’s in the biggest room they have here, everyone goes to it and, unlike so many of the other official events, it’s one of the things that people may talk about throughout the season when…

  8. Steve Garvey would like to buy the Dodgers

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:15 AM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    This is rich: Steve Garvey, who famously got into all kinds of financial difficulties a few years ago — and who has had multiple paternity suits filed against him — wants to rescue the Dodgers.  He says he has an investment group that will take the team off Frank McCourt’s hands and place Garvey in…

  9. The Rockies want to give Carlos Gonzalez a $100 million+ extension

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:52 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies would like to give Carlos Gonzalez a six or seven-year deal, which would likely cost the team something like $100 million. That directly from team owner Dick Monfort: “Why? Well, I haven’t talked directly with Carlos, but I know he likes it here. And as…

  10. The Phillies sign reliever Dennys Reyes

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    Lost in all of the big Melky Cabrera (and Carl Crawford) news last night was word that the Phillies signed lefty Dennys Reyes to a one-year deal.  It’s for $1.1 million with a $1.35 million option for 2012. More important: this deal fills the Phillies’ roster spot dedicated to relief pitchers with a troublesome and…

  11. Greetings from the last day of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:52 AM EDT

    IMG_1361

    Whew! Just woke up. So sad about it too because I was having a great dream. Dayton Moore signed — get this — Melky Cabrera. I know. Crazy!  Almost as crazy as someone actually reporting on someone’s death before knowing for sure that the person is dead. And that would never happen! Oh well, back…

  12. Is Nolan Ryan backing down from a Yankee gunfight?

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    We have a good idea of what the Yankees have offered to free agent Cliff Lee — six years and $140 million, at least initially — but what about the Rangers? Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News spoke with club president Nolan Ryan on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, and Ryan told him that…

  13. Royals sign Melky Cabrera to one-year, $1.25M contract

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:05 AM EDT

    melky in white

    Jeff Francoeur and Melky Caberera in the same outfield?  It’s like Christmas for snarky baseball bloggers. From Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes comes word that Cabrera has reached agreement with the Royals on a one-year, $1.25 million contract that includes $250,000 in performance-based incentives. Cabrera was released by the Braves two months ago and drew…

  14. BoSox went seven years for Lee? Halos lowballed Crawford?

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:12 AM EDT

    stack of money

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports that one of those two mystery seven-year offers for Cliff Lee came from the Red Sox before the team signed Carl Crawford. An official with another team told Rosenthal that the Red Sox made the offer, but that it wasn’t for a comparable salary to what Lee figured to be offered…

  15. Crawford’s infusion makes for imposing BoSox lineup

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:49 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    It’s a little lefty heavy for sure, but a revamped Red Sox lineup featuring Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez seems poised to take over the major league lead in runs scored in 2011 after finishing second to the Yankees last season. 1. Jacoby Ellsbury 2. Carl Crawford 3. Dustin Pedroia 4. Adrian Gonzalez 5. Kevin…

  16. It’s the Yankees’ move after Red Sox add Crawford

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:35 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Boston’s big investment comes with big ramifications, and since the market’s top position player is off the board, several pieces should fall into place over the next couple of weeks. – The Yankees pretty much have to do what it takes to land Cliff Lee now, and that probably means upping the ante to seven…

  17. Big time: Red Sox, Crawford reach seven-year $142M deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:44 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    Incredible.  Absolutely incredible. According to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe, the Red Sox have reached agreement on a seven-year, $142 million contract with outfielder Carl Crawford, making him the richest outfielder in Major League Baseball history. The Angels were called the front-runners for Crawford all day long at the Winter Meetings and reports just…

  18. Cliff Lee to decide on team by the end of this weekend

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:14 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Here it comes. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, free agent left-hander Cliff Lee will decide on a club by the end of this weekend. Lee has a formal offer in hand from the Yankees that is thought to be worth around $140 million over six years.  He will probably get a matching offer or…

  19. Mariners make multi-year offer to catcher Miguel Olivo

    Dec 8, 2010, 9:48 PM EDT

    olivo with rockies

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported Thursday evening that free agent catcher Miguel Olivo is likely going to score a two-year, $7.5 million deal at some point in the near future.  Renck’s source must have been on the contract side of the negotiations because he wasn’t able to identify which team was behind that…

  20. Cardinals met with Pujols’ agent again on Wednesday

    Dec 8, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    The Cardinals opened this week’s Winter Meetings by meeting with Dan Lozano, the agent for All-World slugger Albert Pujols.  According to B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest, the Cards met with Lozano again on Wednesday. Lozano is not talking to the media and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak was not willing to divulge any details about…

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