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  1. The Nationals inquired about Zack Greinke

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Danny Knobler of CBS Sports.com reports that the Nationals have “inquired” about Zack Greinke.  There’s no sense that there’s a deal to be made there, but the Nats were at least asking. Here’s my theory: the Nationals came to the Winter Meetings with the intention of making all kinds of headlines about giant offers they’d…

  2. Derek Jeter on his contract negotiations: “It was not an enjoyable experience”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The Yankees had a press conference to officially announce Derek Jeter’s new contract today. Except it wasn’t here in Orlando where every Yankees official and the entire New York Yankees press corps happens to be. It was in Tampa, where Derek Jeter happens to live. Seems he wasn’t keene on coming here, so everyone had…

  3. Diamondbacks no longer fielding offers for Justin Upton

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:49 PM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Shortly after taking over as the Diamondbacks’ new general manager Kevin Towers made headlines by saying he was open to fielding offers for 23-year-old right fielder Justin Upton. Presumably every other GM in baseball called to express interest and without question fans from every team in baseball tried to dream up potential trade packages that…

  4. Charlie Manuel: “I’ve always liked Francoeur”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Jeff Francouer

    I just went over to Charlie Manuel’s press availability because — let there be no mistake about this — Charlie Manuel is awesome.  If I could take a road trip with any guy in baseball it would be him. Well, maybe Ozzie Guillen if I wasn’t all hung up on coming back alive, but Cholly…

  5. Adam LaRoche “has interest in playing for the Nationals”

    Dec 7, 2010, 3:17 PM EDT

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    Washington is committed to overpaying veteran free agents this offseason and not surprisingly Adam LaRoche wants in on the action. Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that LaRoche “has interest in playing for the Nationals and his representative is expected to meet with the club in the next couple of days.” Ladson adds that the Nationals…

  6. Jim Tracy is discharged from the hospital

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Good news: Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports that Rockies manager Jim Tracy has been discharged from the hospital and is on his way home.  The word is that he suffered a mild arrhythmia (an irregular heartbeat). Here’s hoping there aren’t any casualties tonight.

  7. Cubs talk to Scott Boras about first baseman Carlos Pena

    Dec 7, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Carlos Pena

    Apparently looking to replace Derrek Lee at first base with another veteran the Cubs have talked to agent Scott Boras about Carlos Pena, according to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com. Muskat reports that general manager Jim Hendy met with Boras to “discuss” Pena, but no salary figures were exchanged. Pena continued to show tons of power…

  8. What I’d do to mess with the Dodgers if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’m still processing the ruling in the McCourt case. One thought occurred to me, however: if I were Jamie McCourt’s lawyer I’d make a point to screw with the Dodgers, starting today, in order to force a favorable settlement. The judge just issued a ruling that Jamie has an ownership interest in the Dodgers. It’s…

  9. Report: there is a seven-year offer on the table to Lee

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    cliff lee on mound

    Jon Heyman is so deliciously schizophrenic today: The Nats are in, the Nats are out, seven years is on the table, seven years is not happening.  It’s been awesome. We’re now back to yang from his last ying: Heyman reports that Cliff Lee has at least one seven-year offer on the table. And it’s not…

  10. UPDATE: OK, now the Nats and Lee are talking

    Dec 7, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    UPDATE: I’m just going to stop updating this Cliff Lee stuff, because it’s changing too fast: now it’s being reported that the Nationals and Lee are “maintaining a dialogue.” Still, Lee’s agent is saying that a deal is unlikely this week, so take it all for what it’s worth. 11:57 A.M.: Well, there goes our…

  11. Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:59 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    Even though we’re in the middle of Winter Meetings hysteria, there’s still plenty of time to pay attention to the sorts of matters which normally occupy this blog. For example: have you heard that Casey McGehee is in the best shape of his life? [Barry] Meister said he also now is representing Brewers third baseman…

  12. Gammons: Red Sox “continue to talk to Mets” about Beltran

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

    mlb_beltran_412

    While appearing on MLB Network moments ago Peter Gammons revealed that the Red Sox “continue to talk to the Mets” about Carlos Beltran. Here’s more from Gammons, courtesy of transcriber-extraordinaire Matthew Cerrone of MetsBlog.com: The relationship between Beltran and the Mets is not great. He’s not going to play in the outfield for 150 games…

  13. Orioles among six teams interested in reliever Koji Uehara

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    koji-uehara-orioles

    Two weeks ago the Orioles declined to offer arbitration to Koji Uehara, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re now interested in re-signing the 36-year-old reliever. And they have plenty of company. According to Connolly at least six teams have expressed interest in Uehara, with the Orioles being joined by the Twins,…

  14. Breaking: Judge rules for Jamie McCourt; the Dodgers are community property

    Dec 7, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    The Judge in the McCourt divorce case has ruled.  The post-nuptial agreement entered into between Frank and Jamie McCourt is invalid. Jamie wins. The Dodgers are community property. Frank has made every indication that he’s going to appeal, but this is a huge, huge win for Jamie McCourt.  If the appeal is unsuccessful, it likely…

  15. Baseball honors retiring managers; Bud Selig messes his facts up again

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Selig Torre Gaston Piniella

    As I’m typing this, there is a press conference going nearby on in which Bud Selig and Major League Baseball is honoring retiring managers Joe Torre, Cito Gaston, Lou Piniella and Bobby Cox.*  It’s fun hearing these managers — with the still-active Tony La Russa, among the greatest crop of managers baseball has ever seen…

  16. At least seven teams “have checked in” on Rich Harden

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v Texas Rangers

    Rich Harden was a bust for the Rangers after signing a one-year, $7.5 million deal last winter, posting a 5.58 ERA in 92 innings. Despite his lengthy injury history it was the first time that Harden’s performance ceased being fantastic, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that at least seven teams “have checked in”…

  17. UPDATE: The Nats are out of the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 7, 2010, 11:07 AM EDT

    Lee-cliff-101031

    UPDATE II: Never mind. Seems the Nats are out. UPDATE: All kinds of mixed news on this Cliff Lee/Nats stuff. Mark Feinsand of the Daily News reports that, according to a Major League source, the Nationals are going to offer Lee a seven year deal and that the Yankees will not go seven.  Adam Kilgore…

  18. The BBWAA honors Bill Conlin; shoots down cool idea for a reliever award

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:55 AM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    The Baseball Writers Association of America had their big annual meeting this morning.  Two things of note happened: The writers honored Philly writer Bill Conlin with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award.  This is what people refer to when they say that someone has been elected to the “writer’s wing of the Hall of Fame.”  There…

  19. Mariners sign 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Esteilon Peguero

    Seattle has been quiet on the free agent and trade front so far this offseason, but the Mariners made a big splash in the international prospect market yesterday by signing 17-year-old Dominican shortstop Esteilon Peguero for $2.9 million. According to Ben Badler of Baseball America that represents the highest signing bonus given to an international…

  20. Dodgers and Vicente Padilla agree on a $2 million deal

    Dec 7, 2010, 10:34 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    The Dodgers are close to signing Vicente Padilla to a one-year, $2 million deal. Compared to what some guys are getting this is a bargain. Padilla was injured a lot of last season, but when he pitched he was effective. Padilla will be a swingman next year. Odds are that your team’s swingman will be…

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