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  1. Another sign Dodgers are broke: Sherrill up for grabs

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:21 AM EDT

    A large-market team should be able to pay a top-notch setup man $4 million-$4.5 million. That’s what the Royals gave Kyle Farnsworth, and at last check, Kansas City wasn’t a large market and Farnsworth wasn’t top notch. The Dodgers, though, seem to be facing greater financial problems by the day, and according the, they’ve…

  2. Pre-winter meetings notes: Dodgers, Yankees, Rockies

    Dec 7, 2009, 12:11 AM EDT

    - The Nationals are talking to free agent Jon Garland, says’s Peter Gammons in his blog. Garland is surely hoping for some multiyear security this time around after settling for a one-year deal last winter. There’d be little reason for him to take a short-term deal with the Nats when there will probably a…

  3. Winter meetings preview: NL teams

    Dec 6, 2009, 8:05 PM EDT

    Here’s a quick look at what the National League teams could be trying to do this week in Indianapolis. Arizona – The Diamondbacks should have some money to spend, and they need a starter, a setup man, a first baseman and a closer. They probably won’t do any long-term deals, though, and they may well…

  4. Winter meetings preview: AL teams

    Dec 6, 2009, 6:33 PM EDT

    Just a couple of quick sentences on what each team may be looking to do this week. Baltimore – The Orioles are on the lookout for a couple of corner infielders, a starting pitcher and a closer, but with youngsters on the way, they’re more after veteran stopgaps than building blocks. Felix Pie is on…

  5. Report: M's, King Felix talking extension

    Dec 6, 2009, 5:26 PM EDT

    As our own Craig Calcaterra noted on Twitter from the winter meetings in Indianapolis, “there’s a reason he gets all the news.” Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Mariners have initiated long-term contract discussions with ace Felix Hernandez, but the two sides seem “far apart” at the moment. Hernandez, 23, is under team control…

  6. Sick of efficiency, O's plan to send Uehara to bullpen

    Dec 6, 2009, 4:47 PM EDT

    While some continue to believe the fantastical idea of the Orioles as big spenders this offseason, Roch Kubato of MASN Sports writes that Koji Uehara will be used as a reliever in 2010.Uehara posted a 4.05 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 48/12 K/BB ratio over 12 starts in 2009, but his debut campaign was cut short…

  7. Figgins takes physical with M's; announcement to follow

    Dec 6, 2009, 2:04 PM EDT

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times checks in with an update on Chone Figgins and the Mariners: Figgins taking physical, deal to be announced either Monday or Tuesday once he’s done. Won’t be in Indy, but could appear in Seattle nxt wk. Figgins is expected to sign a four-year, $36 million contract with a vesting…

  8. Report: Mets like Willingham for left field

    Dec 6, 2009, 1:44 PM EDT

    The Mets are expected to bid on free agent big fish like Matt Holliday and Jason Bay to play left field, but according to Bill Ladson of, they have joined the Giants, Mariners and Braves among teams interested in Nationals outfielder Josh Willingham. Willingham, 30, batted .260/.367/.496 with 24 home runs, 61 RBI and…

  9. Non-tender tango: Kelly Johnson

    Dec 6, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT

    December 12th is the deadline for teams to decide whether to tender contracts to unsigned players on their 40-man roster. With that in mind, here’s the third in a series (read part one and part two) regarding some of the most likely non-tender candidates and where they may find new homes. Though this is based…

  10. Marlins' Lindstrom 'close' to being traded

    Dec 6, 2009, 11:19 AM EDT

    Add another potential closer to the list. Ken Rosenthal of reports that Marlins right-hander Matt Lindstrom is “virtually certain” to be traded during the winter meetings. According to major league sources, of the six teams to express interest in Lindstrom, three have jumped to the forefront in recent days. Said another source, Lindstrom is…

  11. Quote of the day: Jon Garland is a 'super free agent'

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:52 AM EDT

    Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo needs to get hooked up with Bloomberg, ASAP: “We don’t think that the free-agent class leads us to [pay big money],” Rizzo said. “I believe the things we need or want the most are out there, and we are going to address it. I don’t see us going after that…

  12. Marlins wanted prospect Bumgarner for Uggla

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:45 AM EDT

    Giants general manager Brian Sabean was second-guessed by some for trading 2007 first-round pick Tim Alderson to the Pirates for second baseman Freddy Sanchez in July. Is there any chance they’d deal their other 2007 first-round pick to upgrade their offense? Probably not. According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Marlins have asked for…

  13. Is next season the end for Sweet Lou?

    Dec 6, 2009, 10:19 AM EDT

    Lou Piniella has led the Cubs to an oustanding 265-219 record (.584) and two NL Central titles over three seasons as skipper. That said, they don’t have anything to show for their regular season success, having been swept in the division series by the Diamondbacks in 2007 and then by the Dodgers in 2008. After…

  14. Andrew McCutchen as a No. 3 hitter?

    Dec 6, 2009, 9:32 AM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen quickly earned the reputation as an offensive dynamo in his rookie season, batting .286/.365/.471 with 12 home runs, nine triples, 26 doubles, 54 RBI, 74 runs scored and 22 stolen bases in 443 at-bats, all of them out of the leadoff spot. But after the acquisition of Akinori Iwamura from the Rays last…

  15. Cubs still trying to say bye-bye to Bradley

    Dec 6, 2009, 9:11 AM EDT

    Another scoop from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus: Cubs signing of Mike Cameron is waiting on deal of Milton Bradley, which has been “imminent” for about 72 hours. This echoes what Gordon Wittenmeyer of the Sun-Times wrote yesterday. In turn, this morning, Jon Heyman of “tweeted” that the Rays and Cubs were “not close”…

  16. Need a closer? Indianapolis is the place to get 'em.

    Dec 6, 2009, 8:47 AM EDT

    Mike Gonzalez, Rafael Soriano, Fernando Rodney, Jose Valverde and Kevin Gregg are still out there as free agents, but teams will have at least three alternatives via trade at the winter meetings. Tracy Ringoslby of says that Francisco Cordero, Matt Capps and Heath Bell are being shopped, according to “early arrivals at the winter…

  17. We knew it. Those Bloomberg folks are stat geeks.

    Dec 6, 2009, 8:31 AM EDT

    Yesterday Craig noted a “tweet” from Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus saying there would be “two huge announcements” coming at the winter meetings. Well, Richard Sandomir of the New York Times revealed one of them in the New York Times on Saturday night. It seems Bloomberg, best known for their financial software, have decided to…

  18. Report: Royals to land Cuban defector Arguelles

    Dec 5, 2009, 11:03 PM EDT

    The Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton tweets that the Royals are close to an agreement with Cuban defector Noel Arguelles on a major league contract worth $7 million over five years. We rated Arguelles as the No. 50 free agent in this year’s crop: With fellow Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman getting all of the attention,…

  19. Rafael Soriano may accept aribitration

    Dec 5, 2009, 6:43 PM EDT

    Braves fan glass half-empty response: “D’oh! That’s less money available to go and get a bat!” Braves fan glass half-full response: “Man, our bullpen is gonna be epic!” It’s been widely speculated that right-hander Rafael Soriano who was offered salary arbitration by the Braves this week, will decline the offer and hit the open market…

  20. No Jumbotron for Wrigley Field

    Dec 5, 2009, 2:57 PM EDT

    I tend not to think of the dark and horrible things in this world, so I had never considered that the Cubs might one day add a Jumbotron to Wrigley Field.  Good thing that the first I’ve ever heard about it is when the idea is rejected: Plans for a Jumbotron at Wrigley Field aren’t…

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