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  1. UPDATE: Mets sign D.J. Carrasco to a two-year contract

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:31 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    UPDATE: It’s done. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Mets have signed Carrasco to a two-year contract. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York hears that he’ll make $2.5 million in the deal, so it’s hard to get too bent out of shape about this one. Good value signing. 5:17 PM: Free agent reliever D.J.…

  2. Report: Rangers could send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs

    Dec 7, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    Chris Davis high five

    Here’s an interesting one. According to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse, the Rangers are discussing a trade that would send Chris Davis and Darren O’Day to the Cubs. Davis, who turns 24 in March, has a modest .248/.300/.459 batting line at the big league level and has struggled to make contact, but could be a…

  3. Report: Cliff Lee now has two seven-year offers on the table

    Dec 7, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Crazy is contagious in Orlando, it seems. Get this. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Cliff Lee now has not just one, but two seven-year offers on the table for at least $20 million per season. The thing is, it’s not clear who these teams might be, as both the Yankees and Rangers were reportedly…

  4. Report: Rays “motivated” to trade Matt Garza

    Dec 7, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    A source tells Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse that the Rays are “motivated” to trade Matt Garza. We have already heard Garza connected to the Brewers and Nationals, but according to Price, the Rangers view him as a fallback if they are unable to sign Cliff Lee or acquire Zack Greinke. Garza, 27, has thrived…

  5. Nothing continues to happen with Carl Crawford

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:59 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    There has been a lot of breathless Cliff Lee chatter today, and even some Zack Greinke stuff, but nothing on the biggest position player still out there: Carl Crawford. The best we have right now: the Tigers like him, but the price is too high.  The Red Sox can’t be ruled out, but nothing is…

  6. UPDATE: Rays and Orioles no longer working on Bartlett for Reimold swap

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    UPDATE: So much for that. Multiple sources are now reporting that the Bartlett-for-Reimold talks hit a snag and the deal is unlikely to happen. Perhaps the Orioles came to their senses. ========== It’s no secret that the Rays have been trying to trade Jason Bartlett and Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that they’re…

  7. Non-tendered by Padres, Tony Gwynn Jr. signs with Dodgers

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    tony-gwynn-jr-padres

    Tony Gwynn Jr. will be staying in the NL West after being non-tendered by the Padres last week, as Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse reports that he’s signed with the Dodgers. Despite a Hall of Fame father with seven batting titles and 3,141 hits Gwynn Jr.’s bat is his weakness. He’s hit just .244/.323/.314 in…

  8. White Sox “have no choice” but to pursue other options after Paul Konerko contract talks stall

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    konerko waves goodbye

    Paul Konerko re-signing with the White Sox seemed like a near-lock as recently as yesterday, but general manager Ken Williams told reporters this afternoon that contract talks have hit a major snag and may force the team to look elsewhere for a first baseman. Williams revealed plans to speak to agents for several other first…

  9. Sure, Gary Sheffield would hit for you if you gave him a call

    Dec 7, 2010, 5:31 PM EDT

    Gary Sheffield

    Gary Sheffield made an appearance here an hour or so ago.  He says he was here because he serves as an advisor — not an agent, but an advisor — for a couple of young players. That makes sense. He was famous for not having his own agent and negotiating all of his deals himself,…

  10. Dennys Reyes drawing interest from Phillies, Marlins, A’s, and Mariners

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    dennys-reyes-cardinals

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that left-handed specialist Dennys Reyes will likely decide on his new team within the next 48 hours and will probably be choosing either the Phillies or Marlins “unless a new suitor emerges.” On the other hand, John Hickey of AOL Fanhouse writes that the A’s and Mariners “seem to…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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