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  1. Nationals reach seven-year, $126M deal with Jayson Werth

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    werth and beard

    Big news here as the baseball world continues its migration to Orlando, Florida for the Winter Meetings. According to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, free agent outfielder Jayson Werth is close to agreeing to a contract with the Nationals. Zolecki has not heard any particulars on the terms of the deal, but it’s sure to be a…

  2. Red Sox were right to back out of Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v St. Louis Cardinals

    When SI.com’s Jon Heyman first reported that the trade designed to send Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox was killed by a contract dispute, my reaction was: “Wow, that’s crazy.” But it’s not crazy.  Not at all. In fact, both sides were right to balk. Adrian Gonzalez hit .298/.393/.511 this past season with 31 home…

  3. Oakland is out on free agent Adrian Beltre

    Dec 5, 2010, 4:11 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    The A’s showed heavy interest in Adam Dunn just before he signed with the White Sox.  Then they expressed interest in Lance Berkman, but he signed with the Cardinals.  Now it appears that they’re out on another free agent because of the player’s lack of interest. According to ESPN.com’s Buster Olney, the A’s are prepared…

  4. Adrian Gonzalez trade falls through over contract dispute

    Dec 5, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

    gonalez bummed

    UPDATE, 3:42 PM: A source told Morosi that there’s a “better than 50/50 chance” that Gonzalez does not end up in Boston.  If it’s not dead already, this swap is quickly dying. UPDATE, 3:22 PM: FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi was told that the deal is “not done yet.” UPDATE, 3:15 PM: Tom Krasovic of AOL…

  5. White Sox could reach deal with Paul Konerko on Monday

    Dec 5, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    The White Sox were not pleased with their second-place finish in the American League Central this year.  So they’ve decided to do something about it this offseason. Not only did Kenny Williams and Co. lock up free agent slugger Adam Dunn last week, they are also closing in on a deal to retain Paul Konerko.…

  6. Trade delayed as Red Sox talk long-term deal with Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 1:33 PM EDT

    gonzalez running off field

    The Red Sox may want to wait on officially inking a contract extension with Adrian Gonzalez, but they do want some terms in place before signing off on their blockbuster five-player trade with the Padres.  And it’s now officially crunch time. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Sox won’t finalize the Gonzalez trade unless…

  7. A’s and Hisashi Iwakuma unlikely to work out a deal

    Dec 5, 2010, 12:39 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won the rights to bid exclusively on Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they balked at his initial asking price: a three-year deal worth about $12 million annually.  And while negotiations have continued, it seems unlikely that an agreement will be reached by tonight’s midnight deadline. According to Susan Slusser of…

  8. Orioles continue to show heavy interest in Mark Reynolds

    Dec 5, 2010, 11:55 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Desperate to add a power bat to their light-hitting lineups, the Orioles, Padres and Blue Jays have expressed interest this offseason in trading for Diamondbacks slugger Mark Reynolds. Reynolds tallied 32 home runs in 2010 and a career-high 44 in 2009, but he’s the only player in major league history to amass 200 strikeouts in…

  9. Domonic Brown leaves Dominican after poor showing

    Dec 5, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

    brown dropping helmet

    The Phillies would love to be able to retain Jayson Werth, but the free agent outfielder is represented by Scott Boras and his asking price at this point in the offseason is thought to be sky high.  If Werth signs elsewhere, which seems likely, the Phils are probably going to hand right field duties to…

  10. Rivera likely to retire after new two-year deal runs out

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    rivera waving

    Mariano Rivera inked a two-year, $30 million contract last week with the Yankees.  It may be the last contract of his career. Rivera, 41, posted a stellar 1.80 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 60 innings this past season, fanning 45 batters and walking only 11.  He converted 33 of his 38 save chances and did…

  11. Red Sox might wait on extension for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:53 AM EDT

    gonzalez swinging att

    The Red Sox traded prospects Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, Reymond Fuentes and a PTBNL to the Padres yesterday for first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.  They got their man, and are now working toward a contract extension with Gonzalez in an exclusive negotiating window. That window closes Sunday at 2pm ET, but it might not really matter.…

  12. Blue Jays gearing up for run at Zack Greinke?

    Dec 4, 2010, 9:35 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Greinke throws a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    That’s what the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott believes, and while he doesn’t have any particulars on what’s being discussed, he sees a package led by Kyle Drabek and Travis Snider potentially getting a deal done. Which sounds like a very legitimate offer. Drabek was the biggest of the three pieces the Jays got back from…

  13. How will the Padres replace Adrian Gonzalez at first base?

    Dec 4, 2010, 6:13 PM EDT

    Kyle Blanks high five

    Maybe this is an unfair question, because the reality is they won’t be able to do so. The Padres were 12th in the National League this past season with 132 home runs and 665 runs scored. Meanwhile, Adrian Gonzalez hit 31 home runs and drove in 101 runs — that’s 23.5 percent and 15.2 percent…

  14. Done: Derek Jeter, Yankees agree to three-year contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:52 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    UPDATE: Jack Curry of YES Network has the contract details. He reports that Jeter’s deal is worth $51 million guaranteed over three years. Interestingly, the deal includes a player option for a fourth year worth $8 million where he would have the chance to earn an additional $9 million in performance-based incentives. And so, if…

  15. UPDATE: Padres, Red Sox agree on Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:37 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez running

    UPDATE: The negotiating window for the Red Sox to complete a deal with Adrian Gonzalez expires at 2 p.m. ET tomorrow, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. 12:36 PM: According to Sean McAdam of CSNNE.com, Adrian Gonzalez has already completed a physical with the Red Sox. McAdam was told that Gonzalez’s surgically-repaired right shoulder “should…

  16. UPDATE: Cardinals sign Lance Berkman to one-year contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 5:27 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    UPDATE: Hoo-boy. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, Berkman got $8 million from the Cardinals. This isn’t confirmed, but Heyman also hears that Berkman will play left field while Matt Holliday will be moved to right field. That’s right. The Cardinals are apparently moving their $120 million outfielder to make way for Berkman. By the…

  17. Report: Diamondbacks have interest in Henry Blanco

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports the Diamondbacks have interest in signing a backup catcher and that Henry Blanco is “at or near the top” of their list. Blanco, 39, batted .215/.271/.300 with two home runs and eight RBI in 144 plate appearances with the Mets this past season while throwing out 50 percent…

  18. Report: The Rangers are in on Carl Crawford

    Dec 4, 2010, 3:24 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford swinging

    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that while the Angels and Yankees are two of the teams of “particular interest” to Carl Crawford, the Rangers are also in on the free agent outfielder. And it appears the interest is mutual. According to Heyman, the Rangers are high on Crawford’s list. Crawford is from Houston, so it’s…

  19. UPDATE: Yankees on verge of deal with Derek Jeter

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:55 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter smiling

    UPDATE: We’re still hearing it’s a three-year deal worth between $15-17 million per season, but here’s a little more on the fourth year. A source tells Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger that the fourth year will include a combination of guaranteed money and compensation that will also be tied to incentives. Described as “very…

  20. Joey Votto in no rush for a long-term contract

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    All this talk about a contract extension for Adrian Gonzalez makes for a natural transition to National League MVP Joey Votto, who will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. Votto earned $525,000 this past season while batting .324/.424/.600 with with 37 home runs, 113 RBI and a 1.024 OPS. Faced with potential that…

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