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  1. The Braves have talked about Andruw Jones for the bench

    Dec 8, 2010, 4:07 PM EDT

    Fredi Gonzalez

    As a good and proper fanboy, I felt obligated to swing by Fredi Gonzalez’s managerial availability a few minutes ago.  Of note: He likes the team. Said “we have a lot of good players.” Whew! I can’t imagine the awkwardness that would go down if he said all the players sucked; He is obviously happy…

  2. Braves “closing in on a deal” with reliever George Sherrill

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Lefty reliever George Sherrill is “closing in on a deal” with the Braves, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com. With a 6.69 ERA this season Sherrill earned his non-tender from the Dodgers, but he was an All-Star in 2008, had a 1.70 ERA in 2009, and still looks plenty capable of being a good left-handed…

  3. No deal at the Winter Meetings: Cliff Lee’s agent has left the building

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    Darek Braunecker represents Cliff Lee. He’s been very busy during these Winter Meetings. No, not busy negotiating a contract, but busy telling various reporters about all the offers he’s fielding.  Really, there some reporters who won’t be able to order a drink down in the lobby tonight because they don’t know how to talk without…

  4. The Pirates and Orioles compete for Kenshin Kawakami

    Dec 8, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Kawakami  throwing

    A strange game. The only winning move is not to play. Anyway, multiple sources are reporting that the Pirates and Orioles are both trying to get Kenshin Kawakami from Atlanta. The winner will be determined by which of those teams is willing to take less from the Braves to cover the $6.67 million owed to…

  5. Orioles “are in serious negotiations” for J.J. Hardy

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

    j-j-hardy-twins

    Yesterday the Orioles were said to be close to sending Nolan Reimold to the Rays for Jason Bartlett, but that deal fell through and Baltimore’s shortstop search has moved on to J.J. Hardy. According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles “are in serious negotiations” to acquire the Twins shortstop and are offering…

  6. The Royals will pay Francoeur $2.5 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:31 PM EDT

    MLB_Francoeur_250

    Bob Dutton reports the specifics of the Jeff Francoeur deal: $2.5 million with bonuses that could be worth $500,000. There’s also a mutual option for 2012 at $3 million.  He also gets $100 million if he leads the league in walks. OK, maybe not. But I’d put that in there if I was Kansas City…

  7. Mariners sign A’s castoff Jack Cust to one-year contract

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Jack Cust was non-tendered by the A’s last week, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that he’ll remain in the AL West and sign a one-year contract with the Mariners worth $2.5 million in base salary. Cust has seen his power numbers decline in three straight seasons, but he remains a walk machine who…

  8. As usual, Scott Boras draws a crowd

    Dec 8, 2010, 2:04 PM EDT

    Boras in a hallway

    He only represents the third-biggest available free agent at the moment, but Scott Boras still draws a crowd. This was the man holding court, as he does every year, right outside the media room. It was hard to get close, but I heard him say something about 31 or 32 being young these days.  Tune…

  9. Adam LaRoche rumors; or, the Winter Meetings in a nutshell

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    This is pretty much how it goes all week here: Writer A says that the Washington Nationals are poised to sign Adam LaRoche; Writer B says, no, nothing imminent. There are talks, nothing more, and other teams are still interested. Then everyone rushes to see who is listed as LaRoche’s agent in order to try…

  10. Ken Oberkfell to be named Mets bench coach

    Dec 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Ken Oberkfell

    Adam Rubin of ESPN NewYork reports that Ken Oberkfell will be named Mets bench coach. Oberkfell has managed the Mets’ AAA teams in their various locations for years, manages down in the Dominican Winter League and served as the Mets’ first base coach for a spell in 2008.  He’s a company man who is now…

  11. Diamondbacks “closing in on a deal” for Henry Blanco

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks “are closing in on a deal to sign” Henry Blanco, with the veteran catcher expected to receive a one-year contract. It makes sense for the Diamondbacks to find a right-handed-hitting backup for the left-handed-hitting Miguel Montero, who’s entrenched as the starter behind the plate. Blanco…

  12. Padres sign Dustin Moseley to one-year, $900,000 deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    dustin-moseley-yankees

    Earlier this week San Diego signed Aaron Harang to a one-year, $4 million deal and the Padres have added another potential starter in Dustin Moseley, who’ll get $900,000 in 2011. Moseley has bounced around between the majors and Triple-A for the past five seasons, posting a 5.28 ERA in 233 total innings for the Angels…

  13. Shocker: the Royals and Jeff Francoeur are close to a deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur at the paddock before the second race. I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur outside the men’s room before I placed my bet.  I saw Dayton Moore and the Royals signing Jeff Francoeur before they got up this morning. Now Ken Rosenthal…

  14. Freddy Sanchez undergoes his second shoulder surgery in the past 12 months

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez

    Freddy Sanchez underwent left shoulder surgery yesterday and the Giants expect him to need about eight weeks of rehab, leaving plenty of time to get ready for spring training. Of course, Sanchez also had surgery on his left shoulder last December and ended up needing five months to recover before playing in his first game…

  15. Report: the Yankees to offer Cliff Lee six-year deal, worth $140-150 million

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:20 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    The man who has insisted that there are multiple seven-year offers for Cliff Lee — Jon Heyman – reports this morning that, to the extent they exist, they may be mooted by a big offer from the Yankees: six years, $140-150 million. There are many around the lobby here today who believe that for all…

  16. Marlins “gauging interest” in Ricky Nolasco and Leo Nunez

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    Ricky Nolasco and the Marlins have been trying to work out a long-term contract extension all year, so it’s not surprising to see Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald report that the team is “gauging interest” in Nolasco at the winter meetings. According to Spencer they’re also taking calls on closer Leo Nunez, but “are…

  17. “The Official Major League Baseball Opus” is huge

    Dec 8, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    MLB Opus

    Over the summer Major League Baseball released this monster book called “The Official Major League Baseball Opus.” You can read details about it here. The upshot: it’s gigantic, has 1000 pictures in it and costs $3,000.  Buy one for the person you love! They put one of these in the media room this morning. I’m…

  18. Agent angry at A’s over failed Hisashi Iwakuma negotiations

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Throughout the 30-day window for the A’s to negotiate with Japanese pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma agent Don Nomura criticized the team via Twitter and now that the window has closed without a contract being signed his criticisms are even more plentiful. Nomura told the Associated Press that the A’s “never showed any respect” and “their offer…

  19. Paul Konerko and the White Sox agree to a three-year deal

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

    konerko thinking big

    UPDATE: The “lovers’ spat” mentioned below is over. Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox and Konerko have reached a three-year deal.  The details: $37.5 million total, but a huge amount of the year-three money is deferred. It will go $12 million in 2011, $12 million in 2012, $6.5 million in 2013 and then $1…

  20. CC Sabathia says he won’t opt out of contract after 2011, but it would make financial sense if he did

    Dec 8, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    CC Sabathia

    CC Sabathia’s seven-year, $161 million contract with the Yankees contains a clause that allows him to opt out after three seasons, which means he could become a free agent next offseason. Doing so would involve passing on the four years and $97 million remaining on the deal after 2011, but given the reports of Cliff…

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