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  1. Random stuff from Lou Piniella

    Dec 7, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT

    More reporters surrounded Lou Piniella than did Bobby Cox.  His competition — Dave Trembley — was basically talking to the wall.  Sad, really. Lou didn’t have much interesting to say, really. He said Carlos Zambrano has been in Chicago all winter and has lost 15 pounds so far. He thinks Zambrano should win 20 games…

  2. Random stuff from Bobby Cox

    Dec 7, 2009, 2:28 PM EDT

    The first manager sitdown just happened — Bobby Cox on one side of the room, Jim Riggleman on the other.  You won’t be surprised to hear that I went with Cox, figuring that a chance to ask questions to the guy who has shaped and lead my favorite team since I was a teenager wasn’t…

  3. Report: Tigers close to trading Edwin Jackson, still shopping Curtis Granderson

    Dec 7, 2009, 2:19 PM EDT

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the Tigers “are close to trading” Edwin Jackson to an unnamed team and “still hope to trade” Curtis Granderson at some point this week. Previous reports had the Tigers turning down the Mariners’ offer for Jackson that included Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, and rumors have been swirling…

  4. Rangers land Tigers' lefty Rapada for bullpen

    Dec 7, 2009, 2:09 PM EDT

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News tweets that the Rangers have picked up left-handed reliever Clay Rapada from the Tigers for cash or a player to be named. Rapada was barely clinging to a spot on Detroit’s 40-man roster, so the Tigers didn’t require much in return here. Rapada, a 28-year-old specialist, had allowed…

  5. Brad Penny close to a deal with the Cardinals

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    Andrew Baggarly tweets that Brad Penny is close to making a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals and that the Giants are dropping out of the race. They must have a thing for starters who couldn’t hack it in Boston. Still, I assume they have a limit of one of those guys, which means that…

  6. Rafael Soriano gauging interest before making arbitration decision

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:49 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano must decide by midnight whether to accept the Braves’ arbitration offer, so ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports that his agent will spend the day trying to figure out if any teams are willing to beat what would likely be a one-year deal in the neighborhood of $7 million. When healthy Soriano is one of…

  7. Mark DeRosa's agent is talking to the Yankees

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:15 PM EDT

    The Newark Star-Ledger’s Marc Carig is tweeting that Mark DeRosa’s agent is talking to the Yankees and they plan to talk more throughout the week. Question: where on Earth does Mark DeRosa fit on the Yankees? Everyday leftfielder is all I can think. I mean, he doesn’t want to go back to being a super-ute,…

  8. Nationals, not Braves, get Bruney from Yankees

    Dec 7, 2009, 1:05 PM EDT

    This morning George King of the New York Post wrote that the Braves were close to getting Brian Bruney from the Yankees, but now his newspaper-mate Joel Sherman reports that the Nationals have swooped in to acquire the 27-year-old reliever for a player to be named later. Bruney likely would have been a secondary setup…

  9. Do the Phillies want Pedro Martinez back?

    Dec 7, 2009, 12:53 PM EDT

    While attending David Ortiz’s charity golf tournament in the Dominican Republic over the weekend Pedro Martinez made it clear that he’d like to pitch for the Phillies again in 2010. “They treated me very well and they were very professional,” Martinez said. “They will always have the door open.” After signing with Philadelphia in July…

  10. Carl Pavano likely to accept arbitration

    Dec 7, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

    The blur that is Ken Rosenthal — really, you should see him motor around this place — is reporting that Carl Pavano is likely to accept arbitration from the Twins. Pavano’s agent is reportedly working the Twins hard for a multi-year deal, and this would be a precursor to that.  Not that the Twins would…

  11. Managers on parade

    Dec 7, 2009, 12:13 PM EDT

    Fun Winter Meetings stuff:  every Major League manager with the exception of Charlie Manuel and Joe Torre are being made available to the media at set times over the next three days. Today we’ve got Bobby Cox and Jim Riggleman at 2PM, Piniella and Dave Trembley at 2:30, Ozzie Guillen and Terry Francona at 3:00,…

  12. Braves close to getting Bruney from Yankees

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:51 AM EDT

    George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are close to trading reliever Brian Bruney to the Braves for prospects. Atlanta has already rebuilt the bullpen by signing free agents Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito, and is still waiting to hear whether this year’s late-inning duo of Rafael Soriano and Mike Gonzalez…

  13. Has Pat Burrell been traded to the Mets? UPDATE: Nope

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:33 AM EDT

    I put that in the form of a question because while one paper is reporting that it has happened — a three way swap that had him first going to the Cubs and then to the Mets — no one else is reporting it yet.  And no one here at the Meetings is talking about…

  14. Rangers to pick a new owner December 15th

    Dec 7, 2009, 11:25 AM EDT

    I had heard that the new Rangers owner was going to be announced last week, but apparently Tom Hicks’ little falling out with Dennis Gilbert complicated things.  Now Tracy Ringolsby is reporting that Hicks will announce who will take over the club he and his copious amounts of debt have damn nigh ruined by December…

  15. Random observations from the Winter Meetings: Tommy Lasorda sighting

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:51 AM EDT

    Tommy Lasorda is standing three feet behind me holding court with a bunch of L.A. writers, talking about how happy he is that Whitey Herzog made the Hall of Fame.  He’s telling a story about how Herzog was once arguing with an ump and demanded that he be tossed from the game. The ump wouldn’t…

  16. The Cardinals wait for Boras

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:35 AM EDT

    As Matt noted last night, almost everything the Cardinals do depends on Matt Holliday.  If they can keep him, they’re willing to let Mark DeRosa go without a fight and allow young David Freese take over at third. And it goes beyond just third base, with owner Bill DeWitt saying “If we don’t spend on…

  17. Random observations from the Winter Meetings part 1

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:22 AM EDT

    Former Nats GM Jim Bowden is here. He’s wearing designer jeans. Like the old-school ones with the bright seams and designs on the pockets and stuff.  This is the man who built your team, Nats fans!

  18. The Veterans Committee vote is in: Herzog, Harvey make the Hall of Fame

    Dec 7, 2009, 10:04 AM EDT

    The Veterans Committee — it’s two committees actually: managers and umpires committee and the “pioneer” comittee — just announced the new Hall of Fame inductees: umpire Doug Harvey made it, as did Cardinals and Royals manager Whitey Herzog. No pioneers were elected. That means no Marvin Miller. He got seven out of twelve votes, which…

  19. Adrian Beltre to the Red Sox?

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that “It wouldn’t be surprising if Beltre falls in the Red Sox’s lap if he doesn’t accept arbit from the Mariners.” That would be surprising. Most probably to Mike Lowell. I see the appeal of Beltre — he’s got great leather — but his poor on base skills, his lack…

  20. Jose Valverde might burn the Astros

    Dec 7, 2009, 9:15 AM EDT

    Offering arbitration is a gamble. Offer it to a guy you don’t want to keep in order to gain picks and you might just end up paying that guy anyway: Free-agent reliever Jose Valverde could accept the Astros’ offer of salary arbitration by Monday’s midnight ET deadline, according to major-league sources. The return of Valverde…

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