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  1. Report: Ryan Madson, Francisco Rodriguez will decline arbitration

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:57 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    Although the market for relievers seems in serious decline, especially in light of the Blue Jays’ trade for a closer and the Rockies’ struggles in giving Huston Street away, neither Ryan Madson or Francisco Rodriguez have any plans to accept arbitration offers, according to MLB Network’s Peter Gammons. Madson and K-Rod would be very interesting…

  2. Red Sox sitting pretty in search for new closer

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:41 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Here’s a list of the closers still available in free agency: Ryan Madson Francisco Rodriguez Francisco Cordero Brad Lidge Frank Francisco And following Toronto’s acquisition of Sergio Santos, here’s a list of all of the teams truly interested in spending significant dollars on a closer: The Boston Red Sox Really, that’s it. The Angels have…

  3. UPDATE: The Marlins have improved upon their initial offer to Albert Pujols

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE II: It’s fair to say that Pujols’ agent walked away from tonight’s meeting happy. Scott Miller of CBSSports.com reports that the Marlins have “boosted” their nine-year offer to the free agent first baseman. No word on the specific terms, but “one person with knowledge of the talks” said negotiations will likely play out more…

  4. Marlins plan to tender contract to Juan Carlos Oviedo

    Dec 5, 2011, 4:20 PM EDT

    leo nunez getty

    After the Marlins signed new closer Heath Bell to a three-year, $27 million contract, many assumed that they would non-tender Juan Carlos Oviedo before the December 12 deadline. That’s not the case, apparently. Aside from amusingly referring to Oviedo as “the closer formerly known as Leo Nunez,” Marlins president Larry Beinfest said this afternoon (via Danny…

  5. Marlins had 30-minute meeting with Albert Pujols’ agent today

    Dec 5, 2011, 3:01 PM EDT

    pujols reuters

    Reports last night that the Marlins were making an aggressive push to sign Albert Pujols took the next step today, as the team met for 30 minutes with the first baseman’s agent, Dan Lozano. That doesn’t necessarily mean that an offer was made, let alone that the Marlins are ahead of the Cardinals’ longstanding offer,…

  6. Report: Marlins plan to make “aggressive push” to sign Albert Pujols

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:50 PM EDT

    pujols getty

    It was easy to be cynical about the Marlins in the early days of the Hot Stove. With their new name/logo/uniforms and stadium, many believed that their courtship of big-ticket free agents was all an elaborate publicity stunt designed to drum up season ticket sales. Well, now that they have landed both Heath Bell and…

  7. Previewing this week’s winter meetings

    Dec 4, 2011, 2:37 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    Expect the rumors to come fast and furious as the league’s top executives converge on Dallas. The winter meetings officially start Monday, but the general managers will arrive and start talking among themselves this afternoon. With so much of the free-agent talent congregated at a few select positions, there could well be more trades than usual,…

  8. Report: Feds open SEC probe into Marlins’ stadium deal

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

    The stadium the Miami Marlins will be using begining with  the upcoming baseball season, is seen in this undated handout photograph provided by the team.

    Heath Bell? Check. Jose Reyes? They’re still trying. C.J. Wilson or Mark Buehrle? Maybe. An investigation by the SEC? Safe to say that wasn’t on the Marlins’ wish list this offseason. According to a report in the Miami Herald, federal authorities have opened a “wide-ranging investigation” into the Marlins’ ballpark deal with Miami-Dade County and the…

  9. Report: Padres interested in Athletics’ closer Andrew Bailey

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:30 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    The Athletics are widely expected to move closer Andrew Bailey this offseason and now that Heath Bell has signed with the Marlins, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Padres are just the latest team to join the mix. The Padres have Luke Gregerson and Ernesto Frieri at the ready as two potential in-house replacements…

  10. Padres hire former Mets general manager Omar Minaya

    Dec 2, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Omar Minaya

    UPDATE: Minaya’s official title is senior vice president of baseball operations, so he’ll be pretty high up on the food chain in San Diego. ========== Omar Minaya, who was fired as Mets general manager in October of 2010, has been hired by the Padres and their new general manager Josh Byrnes, according to Jon Heyman…

  11. UPDATE: The Marlins pursuit of Jose Reyes is not exactly going anywhere

    Dec 2, 2011, 4:59 PM EDT

    Jose Reyes

    UPDATE:  Or maybe not.  Jayson Stark says that the Marlins have made very little headway.  So, just like, never mind. Probably a safe assumption that the Marlins, while not totally full of it given their signing of Heath Bell, happen to still be full of quite a bit of it. 4:30 PM We heard this…

  12. A “buyer’s market” for relievers? Really?

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    soria wide getty

    A sentence from Buster Olney’s column this morning stuck out like a glowing, radioactive thumb: The Royals fully expect to open next season with Joakim Soria as their closer — which makes sense, because to offer up Soria now would be to try to extract value in the middle of a buyers’ market for relievers. There are…

  13. The Marlins are upping their offer to Jose Reyes

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    The Marlins must have gotten tired of wiseguys like me saying that they were just pretending to play in the free agent pool. Last night they put (too much) money where their mouth was and signed Heath Bell. Today we hear from Jon Heyman that they’re going to sweeten that offer they had out to…

  14. Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch are “strong” on the Mets radar

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    It’s “strong” day. The Marlins are going “strong” after Heath Bell and now we hear that the Mets are “strong” after Brad Lidge and Jon Rauch.  No word if any tires have been kicked. But if they were, they were kicked HARD. Obviously the Mets want bullpen help.  In addition to these two, the Mets have…

  15. Joel Hanrahan open to contract extension with Pirates

    Nov 18, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Joel Hanrahan

    Joel Hanrahan has emerged as one of the better relief pitchers in baseball since coming over from the Nationals in the Njyer Morgan trade in June of 2009. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a 1.83 ERA this season and finished sixth in the National League with 40 saves. Sure, save totals don’t tell us much about…

  16. Matt Capps’ agent says “he’s going to be closing somewhere”

    Nov 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt capps rueters

    Agent Paul Kinzer said yesterday that the Mets and Twins are among the teams to express interest in Matt Capps, adding: “I think he’s going to be closing somewhere. I’ll put it that way.” That’s hard to believe, in part because Capps pitched his way out of the closer job in Minnesota this year and…

  17. Francisco Cordero drawing wide interest

    Nov 14, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Maybe he’s not the most unbiased source on the planet, but Francisco Cordero’s agent tells MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon that his client is drawing interest from “seven or eight teams.” Cordero wants to come back to Cincinnati, but it’s worth noting that the Reds are not going to pay Papelbonian prices for a closer.  And there…

  18. Blue Jays have sticker shock over free agent closer demands

    Nov 14, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Alex Anthopoulos

    Toronto is in the market for a veteran closer, but Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun writes that they’ve “been shocked at the dollars” free agents are asking for and general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated that they may turn to the trade market instead. Anthopoulos talked specifically about not wanting to give out a four- or…

  19. A look at the closer market minus Jonathan Papelbon

    Nov 11, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    The Phillies just went and bought themselves the best closer available this winter. Now we’ll see who else is ready to ante up. Here’s how I ranked the available closers in the top 111 free agents: 6. Papelbon 12. Heath Bell 14. Ryan Madson 16. Francisco Rodriguez 24. Francisco Cordero 40. Joe Nathan 45. Jonathan…

  20. Rosenthal on the Rangers: Sign ALL THE FREE AGENTS

    Nov 9, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    There isn’t a lot happening in free agent land yet. As Olney notes today, a big reason for that is the pending Collective Bargaining Agreement, which is likely to alter free agent draft pick compensation pretty substantially, thereby changing the overall value/cost of a big name free agent. Thank goodness for folks playing the “what…

  21. UPDATE: Phillies, Ryan Madson close to four-year, $44 million deal

    Nov 8, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    madson ap

    UPDATE: Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports confirms that the two sides are discussing a four-year, $44 million deal with a $13 million vesting option for 2016. Oh, Ruben. 5:52 PM: We learned earlier today that the Phillies and Ryan Madson were closing in on a new contract and now we have some of the details.…

  22. Report: Phillies making “strong push” to re-sign Ryan Madson

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    ryan-madson-phillies-nlcs

    Jayson Stark of ESPN.com reports that the Phillies are making a “strong push” to re-sign free agent closer Ryan Madson. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears similar information, citing one major league source who says the Phillies are working hard to keep Madson and possibly nearing an agreement. As for Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, he’s…

  23. 2012 Top 111 Free Agents: Nos. 50-1

    Nov 7, 2011, 9:00 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals' Albert Pujols celebrates his single next to Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder in the 2nd inning of Game 3 of the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in St. Louis

    Instead of breaking the rankings up further, here’s the entire top 50. Links to the articles for free agents 111-51 can be found below. Again, I’m ranking the free agents based more on how I believe teams view them than how I see the players myself. Personally, I’d take a chance on Vladimir Guerrero over…

  24. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Sep 21, 2011, 5:48 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Orioles 7, Red Sox 5: Guess that visit from Ric Flair didn’t pay off, eh?  It’s possible, I suppose, that the visit wasn’t from the man in his awesome Nature Boy persona, but rather, was the real life Ric Flair, who is pretty damn pathetic. Anyway, sure, Tampa Bay lost too and if these teams…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Aug 22, 2011, 5:30 AM EDT

    Luis Perez

    This edition of And That Happened is being written in a New York City hotel room, so if it takes on a tone of fright and confusion at the horrifying, dystopian cacophony that is New York, well, that’s why: Blue Jays 1, Athletics 0: Luis Perez makes his first big league start and holds the…

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