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  1. Reynolds replacement? Diamondbacks sign Melvin Mora

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:56 PM EDT

    Melvin Mora

    Shortly after trading Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for a pair of relievers the Diamondbacks have signed his potential replacement at third base Melvin Mora. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that he’ll get a one-year deal worth $2 million, which is a reasonable price and makes Mora a solid pickup if the Diamondbacks…

  2. More than zero teams are interested in Jeff Francoeur

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Jeff Francoeur

    I put the headline that way because that’s the real news nugget here. But Jayson Stark says it could be worse: two teams, the Royals and Phillies, are apparently both interested. He says that the Royals have “picked up the pace” on Frenchie. I’m sure cooler heads will prevail, but I can’t envision a situation…

  3. Chien-Ming Wang views Nationals as fallback plan if he can’t land MLB deal elsewhere

    Dec 6, 2010, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Chien-Ming Wang is looking for a major-league deal or he’ll likely accept Washington’s offer of a minor-league contract and re-sign with the Nationals, according to Alex Speier of WEEI.com. Last offseason Washington gave Wang a one-year contract that included $2 million in guaranteed money and another $3 million in potential incentives, but he struggled to…

  4. James Loney is available

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:54 PM EDT

    James Loney swinging

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers have made James Loney available. There already was a glut of OK-but-nothin’-special first basemen out there, so this only adds to that. Carlos Pena? Adam LaRoche? Derrick Lee? Loney? Take your pick, bargain shoppers. That is, if there is such a thing as a bargain anymore in a…

  5. Red Sox interested in veteran left-hander Brian Fuentes

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:46 PM EDT

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    Last week the Red Sox non-tendered Hideki Okajima and Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald reports that they may look to replace him as the left-handed setup man with Brian Fuentes. Fuentes pitched well for the Twins after coming over in an August 27 trade with the Angels, but Minnesota is not expected to make…

  6. UPDATE: Orioles get Mark Reynolds from Diamondbacks for David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio

    Dec 6, 2010, 12:16 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    UPDATE: The deal is now official, pending physical exams. Baltimore will send relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio to Arizona for Mark Reynolds. ========== President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail admitted this morning that the Orioles are “making progress” with the Diamondbacks on a trade for Mark Reynolds, which given the typical lack of public…

  7. Theo Epstein “very confident” Adrian Gonzalez will agree to long-term deal with Red Sox

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

    adrian gonzalez red sox

    Moments ago the Red Sox held a press conference to officially announce the trade sending four prospects to the Padres for Adrian Gonzalez and general manager Theo Epstein told the assembled media that he’s “very confident” the two sides will agree on a long-term contract extension. At various points yesterday it looked like the blockbuster…

  8. The Diamondbacks are pursuing Paul Konerko, but don’t worry White Sox fans

    Dec 6, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Paul Konerko

    According to Tracy Ringolsby of FOX, the Arizona Diamondbacks are making a pitch for Paul Konerko. This one doesn’t seem like it’s going anywhere because (a) the White Sox are scheduled to meet with Konerko today; and (b) a few minutes ago Jerry Reinsdorf said that Konerko “belongs in Chicago.” He also happens to like…

  9. A’s pursuing Hideki Matsui after pulling offer to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms various reports that the A’s have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre and says it was “worth at least $64 million over five years.” For the second offseason in a row the A’s made a strong push for Beltre, only to realize that he viewed them as…

  10. Joe Crede is “healthy and ready to go” with a comeback

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Joe Crede sat out the entire season following his third back surgery in three years, but yesterday agent Scott Boras told reporters that the veteran third baseman is “healthy, ready to go, and he’s going to continue his career … he’s ready to come back and play.” Crede had a good first half for the…

  11. Pat Gillick makes the Hall of Fame; George Steinbrenner, Marvin Miller denied!

    Dec 6, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The Veteran’s Committee has spoken and Pat Gillick is the only person who was elected to the Hall of Fame. In addition to holding many other jobs in baseball, Pat Gillick built the Blue Jays from an expansion team into a World Series champ and did an excellent job in both Seattle — building the…

  12. Report: Pat Gillick is going to make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:34 AM EDT

    Pat Gillick

    The announcement of the Veteran’s Committee vote for the Hall of Fame is going to take place in about 20 minutes, but right now MLB Network Radio (on XM/Sirius) is reporting one electee: Former Jays and Phillies GM Pat Gillick. Also on the ballot, of course, is Vida Blue, Dave Concepcion, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry,…

  13. Cliff Lee says he’d go to Texas if they give him a sixth year

    Dec 6, 2010, 9:14 AM EDT

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    File this under “man, I dunno . . .” but Yahoo!’s Tim Brown reports that Cliff Lee has told his Rangers teammates that a sixth year would get him to re-sign with the Rangers. It’s suspected that the Rangers are offering five. What’s unclear from the report is what happens if the Rangers and the…

  14. Vicente Padilla: closer?

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Vicente Padilla

    Dylan Hernandez and Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times report that the Dodgers are still talking to Vicente Padilla. This despite the fact that they now have five starters who are all superior to Vicente Padilla. Solution: Dylan and Mike say that the Dodgers could use him as a swingman or — get this…

  15. Seems like even Scott Boras was surprised at what Werth got

    Dec 6, 2010, 8:13 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Overheard this morning in the lobby at the Winter Meetings: Scott Boras didn’t even do the “thank you for your offer; let us assess it and get back with you thing” with the Nationals when they went to seven years, $126 million. It was just — bam — “where do we sign?!” That was all…

  16. Greetings from the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2010, 6:54 AM EDT

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    I’ve been in Orlando for a little over 12 hours and it has already been a busier and crazier Winter Meetings than last year’s fete in Indianapolis.  For those of you who stay away from the web on the weekend, here’s what went down yesterday, with a taste of how the lobby (i.e. the hotel…

  17. Report: Brewers to acquire Shaun Marcum from Jays

    Dec 5, 2010, 9:09 PM EDT

    Shaun Marcum

    Update: The Jays are expected to acquire 2008 first-round pick Brett Lawrie in return for Marcum. Lawrie, a 20-year-old second baseman, hit .285/.346/.449 as one of the youngest players in the Southern League last year. The Brewers’ No. 1 prospect, he’ll be a candidate to push Aaron Hill to third base in 2012, or he…

  18. What does Werth’s $126 million do to the market?

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:29 PM EDT

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    The Hot Stove is roaring after the Nationals shattered expectations by giving Jayson Werth a seven-year, $126 million deal that matches Vernon Wells’ Blue Jays pact for the third biggest ever given to an outfielder. Only Manny Ramirez, guaranteed $160 million by the Red Sox, and Alfonso Soriano, $136 million from the Cubs, ever received…

  19. Red Sox to get Adrian Gonzalez after all

    Dec 5, 2010, 8:08 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    In a deal set to be announced Monday, the Red Sox will acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and outfielder Reymond Fuentes. The deal will get done without the extension Boston and Gonzalez were working on up until Sunday’s 2 p.m. ET deadline. The New York Post’s…

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

    Dec 5, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

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    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…

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