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  1. Tracking the non-tenders: Joe Saunders, Luke Scott, Hong-Chih Kuo

    Dec 13, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

    Luke Scott

    Here’s the official list of players non-tendered prior to the Monday midnight deadline: American League Baltimore: OF/DH Luke Scott, LHP Jo-Jo Reyes, RHP Willie Eyre Scott went from hitting .284/.368/.535 during an excellent 2010 season to .220/.301/.402 in 209 at-bats during a 2011 season shortened by shoulder surgery. The Orioles could re-sign him for significantly less…

  2. Pirates land 3B Casey McGehee from Brewers

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:03 PM EDT

    Casey McGehee

    The Pirates picked up another option at third base on Monday, acquiring Casey McGehee from the Brewers for right-hander Jose Veras. Both players were considered candidates to be non-tendered this evening. McGehee, 29, followed up two surprisingly strong seasons for the Brewers by hitting .223/.280/.346 with 13 homers and 67 RBI in 546 at-bats last…

  3. Report: Diamondbacks agree to terms with Takashi Saito

    Dec 12, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito AP

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Takashi Saito. Contract details aren’t yet available. The Brewers were hoping to keep Saito as recently as last week, but they likely didn’t have much room left in their budget after Francisco Rodriguez accepted arbitration and they elected to fill out…

  4. Brewers agree to three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Milwaukee may not have Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of 2012, but it looks like there will still be a right-handed slugger in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract with Aramis Ramirez, pending a physical exam. Milwaukee has…

  5. Rockies trade Stewart, Weathers to Cubs for Colvin, LeMahieu

    Dec 8, 2011, 8:21 PM EDT

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    According to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, the Rockies have traded third baseman Ian Stewart and right-hander Casey Weathers to the Cubs for outfielder Tyler Colvin and infielder DJ LeMahieu. It’s probably not the big splash that Cubs fans had been hoping for out of the new Theo Epstein-led regime, but it’s a nice…

  6. The new Angels lineup

    Dec 8, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Vernon Wells, Torii Hunter

    The guess here is that Mike Scioscia is going do a lot of scratching out starting nines on the back of napkins over the next couple of months. Here’s the Angels’ current top 11, along with their 2011 numbers and all the positions they could see action at. Chris Iannetta: .238/.370/.414, 14 HR, 55 RBI,…

  7. An updated look at what’s left in free agency

    Dec 8, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Here’s an up-to-date list of how the top 111 free agents have fared to date. Note that the list below doesn’t include Yu Darvish or Yoenis Cespedes, two of the remaining gems available to major league teams. 1. Albert Pujols (Cardinals): Angels – 10 years, $254 million 2. Prince Fielder (Brewers) 3. Jose Reyes (Mets):…

  8. Francisco Rodriguez accepting arbitration has already cost the Brewers LaTroy Hawkins

    Dec 8, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    By accepting arbitration last night Francisco Rodriguez shook up the Brewers’ offseason plans, forcing them to potentially step away from other free agents like Aramis Ramirez and Takashi Saito because he takes up so much of their remaining payroll space. That could change if the Brewers end up trading Rodriguez or ownership signs off on…

  9. Cubs and Rangers discussing possible Matt Garza trade

    Dec 7, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

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    Cubs president Theo Epstein has told reporters over and over that he’s not shopping right-hander Matt Garza this offseason. But most signs point to that claim being untrue. Like, well, this one: According to Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago, the Rangers and Cubs have engaged in talks about a potential Garza trade at this week’s…

  10. UPDATE: No deal yet between Phillies and Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    5:30 p.m. EST update: Pretty much everyone is shutting this down now. Rollins still appears likely to re-sign with the Phillies, but there hasn’t been any agreement. 5:15 p.m. EST update: ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark, who still has very strong Phillies sources after all of his time in Philly, doesn’t believe that a Rollins deal is…

  11. Aramis Ramirez declines Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 4:18 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    As expected, free agent Aramis Ramirez has declined the Cubs’ arbitration offer ahead of tonight’s deadline. Accepting the offer would have locked the Cubs into a one-year deal for around $15 million, but Ramirez obviously believes he can do better on the open market. As a Type B free agent he’ll fetch Chicago a supplemental…

  12. Rockies, Cubs discussing Ian Stewart-for-Tyler Colvin swap

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:00 PM EDT

    ian stewart getty

    Ian Stewart has been linked to the Cubs for weeks, and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Colorado is “discussing” a trade that would send the third baseman to Chicago for outfielder Tyler Colvin. Colvin followed up a solid rookie showing by hitting just .150 in 80 games this year and the 26-year-old’s lack…

  13. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Pena will turn down the Cubs’ offer. That doesn’t preclude Pena from eventually re-signing with the Cubs, but it means he expects to do better than a one-year deal for around $10 million on…

  14. UPDATE: Phillies out of hunt for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 7, 2011, 1:15 AM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    1:15 a.m. EST update: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Phillies have dropped out of the bidding for Aramis Ramirez, leaving the Brewers and Angels as the top contenders to sign the third baseman. According to Knobler, the Phillies have decided to keep Placido Polanco as their third baseman and make another run at…

  15. Mike Scioscia prefers a pitcher to a hitter

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:00 PM EDT

    Mike Scioscia

    The Angels led the AL in ERA last year, while finishing 10th in runs scored, yet manager Mike Scioscia would prefer a pitcher to a hitter as the team’s big addition this winter. “We need to get stronger pitching,” Scioscia said. “I know you look at Weav and Haren and Santana and it sounds like…

  16. Theo Epstein bought a $3.25 million house blocks from Wrigley Field

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Theo Epstein is putting his five-year, $20 million contract to work already, as Bob Goldsborough of the Chicago Tribune reports that the new Cubs president paid $3.25 million for a 7,800-square foot house “just blocks from Wrigley Field.” Goldsborough writes that Chicago Blackhawks player Patrick Sharp had “signed a contract to buy the house” back…

  17. Carlos Zambrano met with Theo Epstein, expects to stay with Cubs

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:18 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Atlanta Braves

    Under the previous Cubs regime Carlos Zambrano was considered a goner, but after meeting recently with new team president Theo Epstein the mercurial right-hander now expects to remain in Chicago. Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune spoke to an unnamed friend of Zambrano who said “he likes Theo and is looking forward to proving himself…

  18. Phillies met late into night with agent for Jimmy Rollins

    Dec 6, 2011, 1:09 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Following a report yesterday that a recent meeting between the Phillies and Jimmy Rollins‘ agent Dan Lozano “did not go all that well,” Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that the two sides met “late into the night” on Monday. No word on if any progress was made, but the 33-year-old Rollins is reportedly insisting on…

  19. Cubs trying to dump Alfonso Soriano on the Orioles

    Dec 6, 2011, 12:04 PM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Theo Epstein doesn’t want it. Maybe Dan Duquette will. According to the Chicago Tribune’s Phil Rogers, the Cubs are willing to pay the “bulk” of the $54 milion that Alfonso Soriano is owed over the next three years in order to send him to Baltimore. It’d be the same journey once taken by another well-compensated…

  20. Report: Brewers giving up on re-signing Prince Fielder

    Dec 5, 2011, 6:05 PM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    ESPN’s Buster Olney chimes in with the news a lot of Milwaukee fans have been dreading hearing: Brewers indicating to others they are pretty much out on Prince Fielder, and are moving on. Moving on to whom is an open question. While the Brewers are believed to be willing to spend $20 million per year to keep Fielder, they’re…

  21. Phillies’ meeting with Jimmy Rollins’ agent “did not go all that well”

    Dec 5, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Jimmy Rollins‘ agent met recently with the Phillies and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the meeting “did not go all that well.” Salisbury writes that Rollins continues to insist on a five-year contract, with the Phillies understandably balking at making that sort of commitment to a 33-year-old shortstop who’s already started to decline. In…

  22. Phillies “actively trying to move” Placido Polanco

    Dec 5, 2011, 12:52 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Reports that the Phillies are strongly pursuing free agent third base Aramis Ramirez apparently have some legs, because according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com they’re “actively trying to move” incumbent third baseman Placido Polanco. Polanco still has $7.25 million remaining on a three-year, $18 million contract that was widely panned at the time and is…

  23. The Phillies are “strong players” for Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 5, 2011, 11:54 AM EDT

    aramis ramirez getty

    Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the Phillies are “strong players” for free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez. Meanwhile, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com confirms that the Phils do indeed have interest. The most likely scenario is that the Phillies envision Ramirez as a fallback option for their lineup if they are unable…

  24. 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,…

  25. Cubs may be willing to eat half of Alfonso Soriano’s contract

    Dec 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

    Alfonso Soriano

    Via Gordon Wittenmyer of the Sun-Times: Look for the Cubs to pick up more than half of Soriano’s remaining $54 million commitment (three years) if they can find a taker for the likable, glove-challenged outfielder who still has some pop to offer. That’s more speculation than fact, but it’s a good indication nonetheless of how badly…

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