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  1. The Red Sox are interested in Coco Crisp

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

    So tweets Buster Olney. At this point you’d have to figure Crisp as a backup outfielder/pinch runner type for the Red Sox, though other teams have expressed interest in him in a more substantial role. Crisp had his season cut short by shoulder surgeries last year, but thanks to the crappy Royals medical staff he…

  2. The Angels are getting serious about Halladay

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:50 AM EDT

    How do we know this?  They’re now willing to include Erick Aybar in a trade, which had previously been considered verboten. The Blue Jays asked for Aybar during negotiations last summer.  If he’s on the table now, it’s much more likely that the Jays would consider sending Doc west.

  3. John Lackey may not get the six years he wants

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:25 AM EDT

    John Lackey is reported to want something better in terms of money and years than A.J. Burnett got last winter.  A.J. Burnett got five years and $82 million. That puts Lackey’s demand in the six-year range, with total dollars approaching $100 million. Guess what: he ain’t gettin’ that from the Angels, reports Mike DiGiovanna of…

  4. The Cardinals are being held hostage by Matt Holliday and Scott Boras

    Dec 9, 2009, 8:00 AM EDT

    With Houston apparently giving Miguel Tejada the kiss off yesterday, Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says that Tony La Russa may be interested in bringing him in.  It’s more of a “personal interest” on La Russa’s part, Strauss says, but that he has been discussed by others in the Cardinals organization. But as…

  5. Gearing up for Wednesday at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2009, 7:12 AM EDT

    Each night the bar and lobby scene at the Winter Meetings lasts a bit longer, which in turn means that the morning starts a bit later. It takes a bit longer for the press room to fill up and the tweets to start flying. The line at Starbucks is deeper and deeper.  I bet I…

  6. Report: Phillies sign Gload to complete bench

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:13 AM EDT

    Sources told’s Todd Zolecki that the Phillies and free agent Ross Gload have come to terms on a two-year deal. The 33-year-old Gload was believed to have similar offers on the table from the Marlins and Braves. Gload hit .261/.329/.400 with 30 RBI in 230 at-bats for Florida last season. He was terribly miscast…

  7. Report: Rangers target Marlins' Cantu

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:01 AM EDT’s Jon Paul Morosi says that the Rangers are showing strong interest in the Marlins’ Jorge Cantu and could offer a starting pitcher for the first baseman. Cantu seems like a curious target, given that he’d cost a player or two in return and several free agent first basemen/designated hitters could offer similar production. However,…

  8. Yankees talk to agents for Pettitte, Matsui

    Dec 8, 2009, 11:20 PM EDT

    In additional to picking up Curtis Granderson, Yankees GM Brian Cashman worked on bringing back a couple of his own free agents today in meetings with the agents for Andy Pettitte and Hideki Matsui. According to the New York Times, Cashman met with Pettitte’s agent, Randy Hendricks, twice. Reports Monday indicated that the Yankees were…

  9. Proposed Crawford-Quentin deal all but dead

    Dec 8, 2009, 9:31 PM EDT

    Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the White Sox and Rays have discussed a deal that would have sent Carlos Quentin to Tampa Bay for Carl Crawford, but that those talks have “flat-lined.” Says White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen on the possibility: ”To make that trade there is a lot of money involved.…

  10. Report: Tigers wanted Ellsbury, Buchholz for Granderson

    Dec 8, 2009, 8:44 PM EDT

    The Boston Herald’s Michael Silverman says the Red Sox did discuss Curtis Granderson with the Tigers before the still unfinalized trade with the Yankees took place, but that Detroit requested both Jacoby Ellsbury and Clay Buchholz in return. If that seems like a substantially higher price than the Yankees paid, well, that’s mostly because it…

  11. All quiet on the Holliday front

    Dec 8, 2009, 7:46 PM EDT

    While Jason Bay and many of the second-tier free agents are getting serious play, things have been pretty quiet on the subject of this winter’s No. 1 free agent, Matt Holliday, during the first two days of the winter meetings. The Cardinals haven’t given up on re-signing Holliday yet, but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported…

  12. Winter meetings notes from day two: Giants, Brewers, Astros

    Dec 8, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    - Giants GM Brian Sabean said there’s no way Bengie Molina would be returning to the team. “That ship has sailed,” he told the San Jose Mercury News. The Giants don’t want to turn over the job to Buster Posey, so Molina would still make sense if he can’t get a multiyear deal elsewhere. However,…

  13. Bogus rumor dept.: Rangers made huge offer for Johnson

    Dec 8, 2009, 6:24 PM EDT

    ESPN Dallas is reporting that rumor that’s also made its way around twitter a bit, even though it has no concrete sources behind it. So, we’ll run with it here, even though we have serious doubts. According to a baseball official, the Rangers offered right-hander Neftali Feliz and first baseman Justin Smoak to the Marlins…

  14. Philies out, Orioles in on Chapman

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    The Orioles reportedly met with the agents for Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman on Tuesday. According to the Baltimore Sun, Chapman has been “positively inclined” toward the Orioles since the club played the Cuban national team in 1999. The Phillies, on the other hand, appear to be out of the mix for Chapman. GM Ruben Amaro…

  15. The Nats are totally full of it

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:47 PM EDT

    We’ve had all day to assimilate it, but no one around here has yet to make sense of the Nationals giving Pudge Rodriguez two years and $6 million.  So someone finally decided to ask the Nats about it.  The response, not for attribution apparently, is that Pudge had offers – note the plural — from…

  16. Report: Orioles offer up young arms for Millwood

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:31 PM EDT’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Orioles offered Brandon Erbe and David Hernandez to the Rangers for Kevin Millwood, but that talks have now “cooled off.” Judging by the fact that the Orioles were prepared to surrender two intriguing right-handers, they must have been expecting Texas to pick up a significant portion of the $12…

  17. Report: Bradley about to be traded to mystery team

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:14 PM EDT

    The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that the Cubs and an undisclosed AL team are close to agreeing to a Milton Bradley deal, one that could be finished up tonight. The report labels it as a surprise team, which should rule out the most popular suitors: Tampa Bay and Texas. Who does that leave? Toronto -…

  18. The Braves are already looking to trade Soriano

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:06 PM EDT’s Mark Bowman tweets that Rafael Soriano gave Braves’ GM Frank Wren the OK to trade him immediately after accepting arbitration, and that the Braves have already had discussions with “multiple teams.“ Sorta makes J.C. Bradbury’s scenario I linked this morning seem all the more plausible.

  19. Report: Mariners could target Cameron over Bay

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:02 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners may prefer Mike Cameron to Jason Bay as they seek to fill their void in left field. Sources told Rosenthal that the Mariners’ interest in Bay has been “overstated,” and that the team is concerned about how his glove would play in Safeco’s big left field. GM Jack…

  20. The Mariners officially announce the Chone Figgins deal

    Dec 8, 2009, 5:01 PM EDT

    The best evidence that Major League Baseball needs to re-think the whole structure of the Winter Meetings is taking place in front of me as I type this: up on the stage, the Mariners are officially announcing the Chone Figgins signing. The signing that everyone has known about for several days. To be sure, there…

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