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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. Yankees make official offer to free agent Cliff Lee

    Dec 8, 2010, 7:34 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Cliff Lee’s agent, Darek Braunecker, made an early exit from the Winter Meetings on Wednesday afternoon after speaking with a range of different clubs about his client. He did not leave empty-handed. According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Yankees made an official offer to the left-handed Lee on Wednesday and Mark Feinsand…

  15. Everyone thinks Carl Crawford is going to the Angels

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:56 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Yes, he dined with the Yankees, and sure, anyone can swoop in if they wanted to, but Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles reports that two sources close to Carl Crawford are saying that he’s going to the Angels. Which, for what it’s worth, a lot of people are saying down here in Orlando. Saxson…

  16. Reader Dissent: “Craig, you are such a pinko communist tool”

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    Marx Lennon

    This is in response to the Luke Scott stuff, obviously. And I disagree with it even if the reader is 66% correct in his first sentence: Craig, you are such a pinko communist tool.  You certainly are not qualified to comment on anyone’s beliefs, even those that aren’t part of the orchestrated drivel the “news”…

  17. Dodgers close to signing Dioner Navarro to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:16 PM EDT

    navarro warm-up

    In a move that would seemingly rule out a return to Los Angeles for Russell Martin and likely send minor-league veteran A.J. Ellis back Triple-A for another season, Tony Jackson of ESPNLA.com reports that the Dodgers are close to signing Dioner Navarro to a one-year deal. Navarro played for the Dodgers in 2005 and part…

  18. The Dodgers were named the best organization in baseball

    Dec 8, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Frank McCourt

    And you thought the Gold Glove awards were screwy: the Dodgers were just named the Topps Organization of the Year. The Topps award is given to club that “has shown outstanding performance, depth and talent throughout their Major and Minor League teams.” I guess that technically doesn’t include the owners’ suite, but can you imagine…

  19. Reds re-sign utility man Miguel Cairo to two-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    miguel-cairo-reds

    I’m not sure why any team would feel the need to give a multi-year contract to a 36-year-old, career-long utility infielder with a lifetime OPS under .700, but the Reds did just that by inking Miguel Cairo to a two-year deal. In fairness Cairo is coming off one of the best seasons of his career,…

  20. The Orioles issue a statement about Luke Scott being a wacko birther

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Obama Birth Certificate

    The Baltimore Orioles issued a statement this afternoon in response to the multimedia freakout that has gone down in the wake of Luke Scott saying that President Obama wasn’t born in the United States: “Luke Scott’s comments do not reflect the opinion of the Baltimore Orioles organization. The fact is that Barack Obama is our…

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