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

    Dec 4, 2010, 2:44 PM EST

    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…

  2. What will it take to keep Adrian Gonzalez?

    Dec 4, 2010, 1:52 PM EST

    San Diego Padres Photo Day

    Now that the Red Sox have reached a tentative agreement to acquire Adrian Gonzalez from the Padres in exchange for right-hander Casey Kelly, first baseman Anthony Rizzo, outfielder Reymond Fuentes and a player to be named later, it’s time to ask how much money it will take to keep him for the long-term. Jon Paul…

  3. Kevin Youkilis is happy to move to third base for Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 4, 2010, 1:11 PM EST

    Yankees Red Sox Baseball

    Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com just spoke with Kevin Youkilis, who was thrilled to hear about the pending trade for Adrian Gonzalez. “It’s great,” Youkilis said. “The way he hits at PETCO [Park], he can hit at Fenway Park because he can use the [left field] wall to his advantage. It’s going to be great to…

  4. Are the Rays sold on Desmond Jennings as Carl Crawford’s replacement?

    Dec 4, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Desmond Jennings profile

    From what Rays VP Andrew Friedman told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune, perhaps not immediately: “We feel like he’s got an extremely high upside,” Friedman said. “I think he’d be the first to say he didn’t have as good a year last year as he’s capable of. Part of that was because of injuries,…

  5. Mark Reynolds will not be going to the Padres

    Dec 4, 2010, 11:53 AM EST

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Iannetta

    How will the Padres fill the void in their lineup left by Adrian Gonzalez? You can scratch Mark Reynolds off the list. Jack McGruder of FOX Sports Arizona writes that the Padres aren’t a fit for Reynolds because the Diamondbacks want two relievers in return. The Padres already traded Ryan Webb and Edward Mujica to…

  6. UPDATE: OK, maybe the Padres won’t trade Heath Bell this offseason

    Dec 4, 2010, 11:26 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    UPDATE: Another source tells Rosenthal that it’s “highly unlikely” that the Padres will move Heath Bell this offseason. Why? Well, folks like Rafael Soriano, Bobby Jenks, Kevin Gregg, Brian Fuentes, Kerry Wood are all available in free agency. The wealth of options will undoubtedly hurt what the Padres could receive in return. There would be…

  7. If the Red Sox trade for Adrian Gonzalez, what does that mean for Adrian Beltre?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:45 AM EST

    adrian-beltre-red-sox-swing

    Adrian Beltre has made it clear that he’d prefer to re-sign with the Red Sox following his one-season stop (and MVP-caliber performance) in Boston, saying the following earlier this week: I got used to seeing that park full in the first inning and still full in the ninth inning. I liked that atmosphere. If everything…

  8. Padres fans wonder: Is this the Fred McGriff trade all over again?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez

    There are a couple of trades that probably spring to mind for most Padres fans this morning: Summer 1993: Fred McGriff — making an outrageous $4 million a year– was sent to the Braves in exchange for Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore and Donnie Elliott.  It was one of the most notorious fire sales in baseball…

  9. What can we expect from Adrian Gonzalez away from PETCO Park?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:02 AM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez posing

    One of the things people have always marveled about with Adrian Gonzalez is the fact that he has been able to hit 30+ homers in four consecutive seasons with the Padres, despite playing half of his games in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in baseball. So, what can we expect now that A-Gone is…

  10. Report: Other teams — including the Cubs — are also in on Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:03 PM EST

    Adrian Gonzalez swing

    Craig mentioned earlier that the Red Sox are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that multiple teams besides are involved in negotiations, including the Cubs. Obviously Starlin Castro would be untouchable here, but you’d have to think guys like Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, Trey McNutt…

  11. Rumor: Orioles “locking in” on Mark Reynolds

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:13 PM EST

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Young

    Justin Upton has grabbed plenty of attention in trade talks this winter — and understandably so — but Mark Reynolds remains the most likely Diamondbacks player to be suiting up elsewhere next season. Here’s the latest. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Orioles are desperate for right-handed power and are “locking in” on Reynolds…

  12. UPDATE: OK, so the Dodgers gave Rod Barajas $3.25 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 PM EST

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    UPDATE: Nevermind. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Rod Barajas will receive $3.25 million. This changes everything. 8:49 PM: And you thought the Juan Uribe contract was silly. That’s right. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Dodgers have signed Rod Barajas to a one-year, $3.8 million contract. Yes, that Rod Barajas.…

  13. UPDATE: Padres agree to deal with Aaron Harang

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:17 PM EST

    harang_090917

    UPDATE: The deal is essentially done. No word on the specifics yet, but according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Harang only needs to pass a physical for the contract to become official. 4:47 PM: Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “could be close to signing” Aaron Harang, although he…

  14. Rangers GM Jon Daniels named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

    Jon Daniels

    Fresh off the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was named as Executive of the Year by Baseball America earlier today. Here’s the man himself, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “It’s really an organizational award — this is a huge operation involving the efforts of so many people,” Daniels said.…

  15. Surprise, surprise: More progress between Derek Jeter and the Yankees

    Dec 3, 2010, 6:49 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As Craig noted yesterday, the tide has turned in regards to negotiations between Derek Jeter and the Yankees. Well, here’s Act II. Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that there were “more positive talks today” while Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record writes that the two sides are “moving closer to a middle ground.”…

  16. Report: The Red Sox and Padres are talking about an Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:58 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    We knew this was coming, it was only a matter of when:  Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston is reporting that the Red Sox and Padres are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Edes says that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are “making headway.”  The contours of a deal would break down thusly: According to the…

  17. Rangers close to re-signing backup catcher Matt Treanor

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:44 PM EST

    matt-treanor-ranger

    Texas has switched starting catchers, letting Bengie Molina walk as a free agent and signing Yorvit Torrealba to replace him, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are sticking with Matt Treanor as their backup. General manager Jon Daniels told Sullivan that “we’re pretty confident Matt is coming back.” Treanor got a career-high…

  18. Yankee Stadium is the Louvre, Jeter its Mona Lisa. Really, someone said that.

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    The return to calm and quiet PR-friendly negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter is easily the worst thing to happen this week. Really, wasn’t life much more fun when they were slamming each other in the media? And then, in turn, causing those of us in column-and-blog land to say equally silly things?  Things…

  19. Great Moments in unnecessary advice

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Adam Dunn swinging

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweeted something interesting a few minutes ago: [Adam] Dunn apparently sought out advice from former teammates such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Harris about hitting at U.S. Cellular Ken Griffey hit .257/.333/.392 with one homer in 84 plate appearances at U.S. Cellular during his brief stint with the White Sox in…

  20. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    This is why Mets fans — at least right-thinking ones — are happy that Sandy Alderson got the gig. He told David Lennon of Newsday today that Jenrry Mejia will not start the 2011 season in the Mets’ bullpen. Alderson said “we don’t want him in our bullpen this year. Our goal is not to…

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