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  1. Could Hideki Matsui land in Oakland? UPDATE: how about Chicago?

    Dec 9, 2009, 1:53 PM EDT

    Question: What did you think of Hideki Matsui’s World Series performance? Another question: Would you like to have a player like Hideki Matsui in your lineup? That’s a question my buddy from the Japanese press corp. is going to be asking Bob Geren soon based on this report from John Shea about Matsui maybe going…

  2. Why did Arizona give up on Max Scherzer?

    Dec 9, 2009, 1:42 PM EDT

    To me the most surprising aspect of the big three-team Curtis Granderson trade is that the Diamondbacks were willing to give up on Max Scherzer, who just moments before the deal was talked up by Arizona manager A.J. Hinch as a future ace and has always looked to me like a potentially dominant starter. Scherzer…

  3. Are the Mets in on anyone big?

    Dec 9, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    An hour or so ago Sports Illustrated’s Jon Heyman said that the Mets were talking to John Lackey, Matt Holliday and Jason Bay “with renewed hopes to sign 1 of big 3.”  This contrasts with the general consensus here in Indy — especially among the New York writers – that the Mets aren’t really players…

  4. Finally! Brewers and Randy Wolf ink 3-year deal

    Dec 9, 2009, 1:02 PM EDT

    Randy Wolf has had a three-year offer on the table from the Brewers for at least 48 hours and after unsuccessfully shopping around for something better the free agent left-hander has finally decided to sign with Milwaukee. He’ll reportedly get $29.75 million over three years and the deal also includes a fourth-year team option for…

  5. Red Sox pursuing Beltre and shopping Lowell

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:45 PM EDT

    Earlier this week there was speculation that Boston would be interested in Adrian Beltre if he declined arbitration from Seattle, and now that he’s done so’s Rob Bradford reports that “the Red Sox might be trying to position themselves to make a run” at the free agent third baseman. In order for Beltre to…

  6. Gary Sheffield is taking calls

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:30 PM EDT

    Ever since his famous falling out with Scott Boras, Gary Sheffield has acted as his own agent.  He informed the Globe’s Pete Abraham this morning that four teams have contacted him with interest for 2010. Sheffield thinks he can still play the field a bit, and he seems to think that he can hang around…

  7. The Phillies are talking to John Smoltz

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:13 PM EDT

    It’s not super serious yet — Smoltz is talking to a lot of teams — but his people did meet with the Phillies contingent here at the Marriott this morning. And of course, in light of Jamie Moyer’s health problems, Philadelphia does have an opening for an ancient-swingman.

  8. UPDATE: Pettitte deal confirmed at $11.75 million

    Dec 9, 2009, 12:01 PM EDT

    UPDATE:  The deal is now confirmed at $11.75M Heyman tweets that the Yankees are about to sign Andy Pettitte to a one-year, $12 million deal (UPDATE: Joel Sherman says it’s actually $11.75m — we’ll see who’s right later).  The deal will be finalized today.  $12 million is about what he got last year once all…

  9. Padres might be too cheap to pay Kevin Correia

    Dec 9, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    Kevin Correia said last night that he expects to be non-tendered by the Padres if the two sides can’t agree on a contract for 2010 by the end of the week. Correia is arbitration eligible for the first time after going 12-11 with a 3.91 ERA in 33 starts and the Padres are worried about…

  10. History of the Highest Paid Player in Baseball

    Dec 9, 2009, 11:06 AM EDT

    If the rumors and tweets and deals aren’t your cup of team lar at Wezen-Ball has a fun feature up today. He went back through contemporaneous newspaper accounts of every single person who was considered the highest paid player in baseball, if even he only held that status for a day or so like Mark…

  11. Pudge is not the guy you want developing your young pitchers

    Dec 9, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    Kevin Goldstein at Baseball Prospectus is the first person I’ve seen defend the Pudge Rodriguez deal: But it many ways, this deal isn’t about Pudge at all. If you are the Nationals, who is the most important player on your roster? It’s Stephen Strasburg, and it’s by a country mile. Could there really be anything…

  12. Luis Castillo isn't getting traded

    Dec 9, 2009, 10:30 AM EDT

    There has been varying amounts of chatter regarding a possible Luis Castillo trade this week, but it’s probably time to put the kibosh on it.  The Post’s Joel Sherman: [The Mets] told agt for 2B they were interested in that they now think dealing Castillo unlikely: “Don’t hold your breath” was the exact term. If…

  13. The Yankees are still in the Halladay Hunt

    Dec 9, 2009, 10:00 AM EDT

    Just because they gave up some prospects in the Granderson deal doesn’t mean that the Yankees are out of the Roy Halladay bidding. Far from it, actually.  So says Joel Sherman of the New York Post, who seems to be having more conversations with Mets and Yankees people with anyone this week: Even while finalizing…

  14. Gammons speaks

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:45 AM EDT

    A lot of you responded to the Peter Gammons news yesterday by saying something like “Good! Now that Boston homer can do his Boston homer stuff!”  Well, you’re not 100% wrong.  Gammons, speaking to Chad Finn of the Boston Globe: “A big part of it is that I just want to be home more .…

  15. Great Moments in Winter Meetings History . . .

    Dec 9, 2009, 9:30 AM EDT

    . . .  have to Include listening to Ozzie Guillen talk about Tiger Woods’ problems.  I can’t repeat any of it, partially because it was in an informal off-the-record setting, but mostly because NBC would fire me, the Marion County, Indiana authorities would arrest me for trafficking in extreme obscenity and I’m pretty sure my…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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