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  1. Great moments in winter meetings history

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:50 PM EDT

    After reading this winter meetings update from Chad Jennings of the New York Journal News, we may have figured out what Craig has been up to today in Indianapolis: In one of the more bizarre moments I’ve seen, someone in the back of the pack asked Francona if the Red Sox would play Marco Scutaro…

  2. Red Sox turn back to Japan, sign Atchison

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

    We assume they’ll keep him this time. The Red Sox initially signed Scott Atchison as a minor league free agent after the 2007 season, only to sell him to the Hanshin Tigers a month later. He compiled a 2.77 ERA in two seasons out of the pen for the Tigers, but he expressed his desire…

  3. Random stuff from Ozzie Guillen

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen had his presser at the time time Terry Francona was talking. Why anyone would listen to Terry Francona when Ozzie Guillen is talking I have no idea.  The highlights: Before he sits down he goes to the stenographer and asks “you gonna record me? You better get those fingers moving fast.” As he…

  4. Rangers looking at Borbon in center, Hamilton in left

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:17 PM EDT

    Rangers manager Ron Washington isn’t content with his team just yet, but he said that if the season started now, he’d have Julio Borton starting in center field, with Josh Hamilton shifting to left field. Taking Hamilton out of center was an obvious move. He was never a real asset there in the first place,…

  5. Ex-Cub Murton to continue career in Japan

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:06 PM EDT

    The Rockies on Monday released Matt Murton so that he could pursue opportunities in Japan. Murton’s career started out in very promising fashion, as he hit .321/.386/.521 in 140 at-bats as a rookie in 2005 and .297/.365/.444 while playing regularly for the Cubs in 2006. The Cubs, though, wanted more power that he was giving…

  6. The beer must be flowing: reporters starting to talk about Granderson going to the Yankees

    Dec 7, 2009, 4:00 PM EDT

    Take this with a grain of salt (and maybe a suck on a lime) because there’s not much there there, but it’s floating around the Marriott lobby that the Yankees are “close” to making a trade for both Curtis Granderson and Edwin Jackson. Whether this has as much merit as, say, the Pat Burrell to…

  7. Geoff Jenkins is looking to make a comeback

    Dec 7, 2009, 3:45 PM EDT’s Jerry Crasnick reports that Geoff Jenkins is planning to make a comeback after sitting out all of 2009. Jenkins was a bust for the Phillies after signing a two-year, $13 million deal two winters ago, hitting .246/.301/.391 in 2008 while losing his starting job to Jayson Werth. When the Phillies picked up Matt Stairs…

  8. Heyman: Mets would consider Castillo for Pierre

    Dec 7, 2009, 3:18 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman reports that the Mets would consider swapping Luis Castillo for Juan Pierre if the Dodgers are up for it. Both players have two years left on contracts their teams have long regretted handing out. Pierre is owed $18.5 million, while Castillo is due $12 million. The Mets would probably want some cash…

  9. Bidding for Chapman has been underwhelming

    Dec 7, 2009, 3:15 PM EDT’s Jorge Arangure, who is always one of the best sources of information on Latin American prospects, reports that Cuban defector Aroldis Chapman “might not get more than $20 million” and “perhaps not even that much.” When he became a free agent initial speculation had Chapman in line for more than $50 million, but since…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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’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…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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,…

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