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  1. Russell Martin now has contract offers from four teams

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT

    martin in catching gear

    It’s Russell Martin Night here on Hardball Talk.  Well, unofficially. Martin has already drawn contract offers from the Red Sox and Yankees.  Now the Blue Jays have also made an offer, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, and a darkhorse team has sent in a multi-year proposal. Martin hit just .248/.347/.342 this past…

  2. Yanks make offer to Russell Martin, want him as a starter

    Dec 9, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin hits an RBI double to score Casey Blake against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    The hot stove has been set to a low setting as the baseball world migrates back from the Winter Meetings in Olrando, Florida.  But at least one free agent is still feeling the heat. Aaron told you a few hours ago that the Red Sox had made an official contract offer to catcher Russell Martin. …

  3. Martin in “serious discussions” with Yanks, Red Sox and Jays

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:51 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    Russell Martin’s agent said today that the rehabbing catcher is in “serious” talks with the Yankees, Red Sox, and Blue Jays after the Dodgers all but ruled out a return by signing both Rod Barajas and Dioner Navarro. According to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com the Red Sox have made an offer to Martin, who was…

  4. Giants offer to bring back World Series MVP Edgar Renteria as a bench player

    Dec 9, 2010, 4:06 PM EDT

    Renteria running

    Last month the Giants declined their $10.5 million 2011 option on Edgar Renteria just three days after he was named World Series MVP, but John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports they’ve offered him a one-year contract “to be a utility infielder.” Renteria has never started a game at a position other than shortstop…

  5. Brandon Webb “remains the Cubs’ No. 1 target”

    Dec 9, 2010, 3:18 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    After signing first baseman Carlos Pena to a one-year, $10 million deal the Cubs have turned their attention to the rotation. Craig reported earlier that Matt Garza could be a possibility, but Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune writes that Brandon Webb “remains their No. 1 target.” Webb hasn’t pitched since Opening Day of 2009…

  6. Mariners and Miguel Olivo agree to two-year, $7 million deal

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Miguel Olivo

    Seattle has signed catcher Miguel Olivo to a two-year, $7 million contract with a team option for 2013, according to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com. Last month the Blue Jays acquired Olivo from the Rockies for a player to be named later, declined his $2.6 million option for 2011, and then offered him arbitration, which…

  7. Source: The Rays and Cubs are talking about a Matt Garza trade

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    Did I say I was saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings? Well, sure, but they’re more a state of mind than an actual location anyway, so I can pass along some buzz I just heard from a major league source:  The Cubs and Rays are discussing a Matt Garza trade. I know some have discounted…

  8. Cliff Lee’s agent responds to Nolan Ryan: “That’s not the way the process works”

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

    nolan ryan george bush alcs game 1

    Last night Nolan Ryan talked about the Rangers wanting agent Darek Braunecker to “tell them what it would take to sign” Cliff Lee. This afternoon Braunecker responded by speaking to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com about Ryan’s request and basically pointed out that negotiations where one side is fielding offers from multiple bidders don’t really work…

  9. Manny Ramirez had surgery on a groin injury he didn’t even know about

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Manny Ramirez underwent hernia surgery shortly after the season ended, but yesterday agent Scott Boras told reporters that Ramirez “didn’t know about” the injury. Seriously. According to Boras: I’m not sure Manny knew about it. In fact, I know he didn’t know about it because we were all surprised. I don’t think Manny felt anything…

  10. Saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

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    The team executives and agents have made their escape from the Dolphin Resort and the Winter Meetings are winding to a close.  I have a plane to catch and a couple of kids to see this evening. The hot stove roller coaster is not going to stop, but I need to jump off for now.…

  11. Orioles acquire shortstop J.J. Hardy from Twins

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    UPDATE: The deal is now official. Hardy, Brendan Harris, and $500,000 in cash for Hoey and Jacobson. ========== The Orioles are trade-happy. Not satisfied with acquiring Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks on Monday, they are now a couple of routine physicals away from landing shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Brendan Harris from the Twins.…

  12. Pete Rose would like to tell you something about Joe DiMaggio

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Joe DiMaggio

    So, Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio are in the jungle in Vietnam, and DiMaggio decides he needs to take a shower … No, that’s not the intro to a joke.  It happened. Pete Rose said it did.  And even though it’s a true story and not a joke, it does have some punchline.  Why Pete…

  13. San Diego’s trade for Jason Bartlett “is off, at least for now”

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    Yesterday the Padres and Rays seemingly had agreed on a deal that would send shortstop Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell. At one point several sources described the trade as completed, pending the usual physical exams and paperwork, and when contacted by reporters Bartlett indicated the Rays had told…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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