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  1. The Yankees sign Luis Vizcaino

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:22 AM EDT

    Luis Vizcaino

    Gotta hand it to the Yankees: they really know how to counter a move.  The Phillies get Cliff Lee? Bam! New York gets Mark Prior.  The Brewers snag Zack Greinke? Bam! New Yorks signs Luis Vizcaino. OK, that’s not fair. I know those moves aren’t in response to anything and would have happened anyway.  I do…

  2. Balance of power tilts towards NL this winter

    Dec 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Just not the power itself, because that’s mostly AL bound. But a review of the players switching leagues so far this winter definitely favors the NL, mostly because that’s where the pitching is going. AL to NL Cliff Lee – Phillies Zack Greinke – Brewers Shaun Marcum – Brewers Javier Vazquez – Marlins Kerry Wood…

  3. Doug Melvin: “This is what I call a ‘now’ trade”

    Dec 19, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brewers hat logo

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin a short while ago, who said the following about today’s acquisition of Zack Greinke from the Royals: “This is what I call a ‘now’ trade, getting a player of his ability,” said Melvin, who indicated the trade was “90% complete” last night…

  4. Now that Zack Greinke is in Milwaukee, meet the next big trade target

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Rays

    Now that the Zack Greinke trade is official, Matt Garza figures to be the most popular name brought up in trade conversations in the coming days and weeks. Garza, who just turned 27 last month, has become a legitimate frontline starter since coming over from the Twins in November of 2007, posting a 3.86 ERA…

  5. Confirmed: Jeremy Jeffress is the player to named in the Greinke deal

    Dec 19, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    jeffress

    We now know the identity of the player to be named later going to the Royals. It’s exactly who we expected it to be. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel are all reporting that Jeremy Jeffress will go to the Royals to complete the trade…

  6. What does the Greinke deal mean for Carl Pavano?

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    The dominoes are beginning to fall. Cliff Lee went off the board late Monday night, making Carl Pavano the “best” starting pitcher left standing in the free agent market, for better or worse. The Brewers had interest in signing Pavano, but were reportedly reluctant to go beyond two years. Now that they have traded for…

  7. The Twins introduce Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 19, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Something you may have missed — and further overshadowed by the hysteria of the Zack Greinke trade this morning — the Twins officially introduced Tsuyoshi Nishioka at Target Field yesterday. The Twins signed Nishioka to a three-year, $9.25 million contract with a club option for 2014. He’ll be paid $3 million in each of the…

  8. Heyman: The Nationals were close to a deal for Greinke

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    Here’s a couple quick interesting tidbits. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Nationals were actually close to a deal for Zack Greinke. Names like Drew Storen and Danny Espinosa, among others, were discussed. The only problem? The Nationals were on Greinke’s no-trade list and he told the Royals he wouldn’t go. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal…

  9. Is Zack Greinke another missed opportunity for the Yankees?

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Isn’t it great when you can predict what columnists are going to write about? I’m on the lookout for something ridiculous on this very topic right now. Don’t let me down, guys. I’m getting the sense that some fans believe the Yankees were still in shock after missing out on Cliff Lee and as a…

  10. With Zack Greinke, the Brewers are going for the gold

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT

    MLB_greinke1

    News of the reported trade that would send Zack Greinke to Milwaukee is already sending shockwaves around the baseball world. We’re all still catching our breath from the surprising deal, but there are already many questions about why the Brewers would do this trade right now. As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel just pointed…

  11. Report: Royals trade Zack Greinke to Brewers

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    We all went to bed waiting for a national reporter to come out and say if the rumors we were hearing last night were true and it turns out they are. As first reported by Jim Breen of Bernie’s Blog and then Andrew Wagner of OnMilwaukee.com, sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that the Brewers…

  12. Figuring out the Zack Grienke-to-Milwaukee rumor

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:28 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Saturday night saw the birth of a shocking rumor: a Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel blogger reports that the Brewers and Royals had agreed to a trade, set to be announced Monday, in which Milwaukee would land Zack Greinke for shortstop Alcides Escobar, outfielder Lorenzo Cain and right-hander Jeremy Jeffress.  Yuniesky Betancourt and cash would also go to Milwaukee.…

  13. Renteria’s agent says quotes were “inaccurate representation”

    Dec 18, 2010, 5:32 PM EDT

    renteria head

    Edgar Renteria’s agent is doing his best best to soften the blow of his client’s recent quotes about San Francisco’s “disrespectful” one-year, $1 million contract offer. The agent, Barry Meister, contacted the Giants’ front office on Friday and called the comments an “inaccurate representation” of the veteran’s shortstop’s feelings.  Meister said that Renteria is still…

  14. O’s offer to Adam LaRoche is three years, $16-18M

    Dec 18, 2010, 4:15 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse reported Thursday that the Orioles were “closing in on signing” free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche.  They are, and Jen Royle of MASN was given an idea of the financial terms Saturday from a source in the know. LaRoche will earn between $16 million and $18 million over a three-year…

  15. Jim Tracy feeling better after Winter Meetings collapse

    Dec 18, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Jim Tracy

    Last week’s Winter Meetings had a couple of scares.  First, it was Jayson Werth’s humongous seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals that sent a shockwave of dollar signs through the baseball world.  Then it was Rockies manager Jim Tracy collapsing in the hotel lobby. Werth is still counting his money.  Tracy, too, is doing…

  16. Marlins may look to trade right-hander Ricky Nolasco

    Dec 18, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    The Marlins aren’t having the best offseason.  They gave out a three-year, $18 million contract to 30-year-old catcher John Buck, a .243/.301/.421 career hitter, they got very little in return when they traded power-hitting second baseman Dan Uggla to the Braves, and now they’re having trouble locking up one of their top arbitration-eligible pitchers. According…

  17. Jeff Francis expected to pick a team within the next few days

    Dec 18, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jeff Francis fever is sweeping the hot stove.  Or whatever. According to Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post, the left-hander is expected to decide between offers from the Rockies, Mets, Brewers, Pirates and Nationals within the next couple of days. Francis missed the entire 2009 season after undergoing major shoulder surgery just before spring training…

  18. Phillies keeping mum on cancellation of Dennys Reyes deal

    Dec 18, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v New York Mets

    Like us, you’re probably trying to figure out why exactly the Phillies cut off their one-year, $1.1 million deal with left-handed reliever Dennys Reyes on Friday afternoon. We may never know the truth. Whether Reyes failed part of his physical (which is highly possible given his weight and conditioning issues) or whether the Phillies simply…

  19. Angels’ offer to Beltre worth about $70 million over five years

    Dec 18, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    The market for free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre is finally beginning to take shape. The A’s reportedly offered Beltre a five-year, $64 million contract at the beginning of the offseason.  He never even responded to the proposal and it has since been pulled off the table. According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles…

  20. Red Sox agree to terms with reliever Dan Wheeler

    Dec 18, 2010, 9:31 AM EDT

    Dan Wheeler

    From Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston comes word that the Red Sox have agreed to terms on a contract with right-handed reliever Dan Wheeler. Sean McAdam of CSN New England heard Thursday that the Sox would not give the free agent righty anything greater than a one-year contract.  It remains to be seen if they…

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