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  1. Greetings from the 2012 Winter Meetings

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EST

    Winter Meetings sign

    We are coming to you live from Music City U.S.A.  From the largest non-casino hotel in the country, if you care about such things. The reason: the 2012 Winter Meetings, where everyone in baseball who matters — except the players, for the most part — are assembling to, well, meet. A lot of you know…

  2. Rangers “recently met with” free agent Zack Greinke

    Dec 2, 2012, 2:36 PM EST

    greinke tall getty

    Here’s the report from Jon Heyman of CBS Sports: The Rangers, hoping to lure top free-agent target Zack Greinke with their winning ways and strong roster, recently met with the pitcher, sources said. The Dodgers are widely considered the favorite for Greinke because of their seemingly-endless budget and the right-hander’s desire for a record-breaking deal. But the Rangers can…

  3. The Phillies have joined the hunt for outfielder Angel Pagan

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:16 PM EST

    Angel Pagan AP

    With B.J. Upton off the market, things are starting to heat up with free agent outfielder Angel Pagan. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the scoop: The Philadelphia Phillies, after losing the B.J. Upton sweepstakes to the Atlanta Braves, are pushing for another free-agent center fielder, according to major-league sources. Angel Pagan. Two teams have made…

  4. Next week: The Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EST

    Opryland Hotel

    The next time you hear from me I’ll be blogging from Nashville, where the 2012 Winter Meetings will be held in the labyrinthine Gaylord Opryland Resort. I’ve been to that place before. It’s crazy big and confusing what with all of the fern-filled atria and gawking tourists. And, at this time of year, it’s festooned with…

  5. Rangers GM says the market for Josh Hamilton is “somewhat status quo”

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    General manager Jon Daniels reiterated yesterday that the Rangers are interested in re-signing Josh Hamilton under the right circumstances, but added that the former MVP’s current market is “somewhat status quo.” So far at least most reports of teams being linked to Hamilton have been followed by reports–and sometimes even direct quotes–denying that interest, and…

  6. Talking about the Blue Jays and free agents on MLB Network last night

    Nov 21, 2012, 11:45 AM EST

    John Gibbons

    I was on MLB Network’s Clubhouse Confidential last night. It was a pretty cool. They put me in front of a green screen with a picture of the Columbus, Ohio skyline and everything. They would not, sadly, let me display my Braves batting helmet and box of Justin Verlander Fastball Flakes, so a few demerits…

  7. Jack Zduriencik says Mariners unlikely to be major players for Josh Hamilton

    Nov 17, 2012, 8:55 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    Mariners president Chuck Armstrong told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com earlier this week that the club was weighing making a run at free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but general manager Jack Zduriencik downplayed the possibility yesterday. Zduriencik has spoken to Hamilton’s agent and isn’t ready to say the Mariners are out of the bidding, but he…

  8. Casey Affleck is directing a movie about Josh Hamilton

    Nov 16, 2012, 11:19 AM EST

    Actor Affleck arrives at 2nd Annual Reel Stories, Real Lives event benefiting the Motion Picture & Television Fund in Los Angeles, California

    Back in June we learned that Casey Affleck had committed to write and direct a movie about Josh Hamilton‘s life and now Mike Fleming of Deadline reports that Relativity Media has purchased the rights. Relativity Media is the studio behind such movies as “Limitless,” “Season of the Witch,” “Shark Night 3D,” “Immortals,” “Haywire,” “Act of…

  9. The Red Sox: not really serious about Josh Hamilton

    Nov 16, 2012, 8:30 AM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    The chatter out there about the Red Sox being interested in Josh Hamilton makes no sense to me. After all, what explains the big trade with the Dodgers over the summer other than massive dissatisfaction with the results of signing guys to $100M+ contracts?  I’ve been chalking it up to bored media and whatever it…

  10. Miguel Cabrera cruises to American League MVP award

    Nov 15, 2012, 6:47 PM EST

    Miguel Cabrera AP

    The debate has raged on for months. And now we finally have a winner. Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera was named the American League MVP this evening by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Despite the impassioned and often contentious arguments dating back to the summer, the balloting wasn’t all that close. Cabrera received 22…

  11. And the MVP Awards will go to …

    Nov 15, 2012, 9:27 AM EST

    Miguel Cabrera Getty

    Awards week concludes tonight when, at 6PM Eastern, the winners of the MVP Awards, as voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America, will be announced on MLB Network.  Let’s break it down: The Finalists American League:  Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Josh Hamilton, Mike Trout National League: Ryan Braun, Chase Headley, Andrew McCutchen, Yadier Molina, Buster Posey The Favorites: Everyone agrees…

  12. Collusion IV? The union is getting annoyed at ownership

    Nov 14, 2012, 9:20 AM EST

    Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Michael Weiner speaks at news conference to announce new collective bargaining agreement in New York

    Once upon a time, baseball owners illegally conspired to keep free agent salaries down. Then they did it again. And again. And they were busted for it, hard. Then, according to the union, they did it again, and again and again.  They were not busted for it in those instances — baseball owners are a…

  13. The Braves are pursuing Cody Ross

    Nov 13, 2012, 5:03 PM EST

    Cody Ross

    This seems almost inevitable, yes? Jon Paul Morosi: The Atlanta Braves, looking to add an outfield bat, have interest in signing free-agent outfielder Cody Ross, according to a major-league source. With Torii Hunter likely choosing between the Rangers and Tigers, the Braves are pursuing another of the top right-handed bats on the market. Ross posted…

  14. Three reasons the Phillies won’t sign Josh Hamilton

    Nov 13, 2012, 10:35 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    That’s awfully listy sounding, isn’t it? Don’t worry: I’m not going all Bleacher Report or Buzzfeed on you. This really does link to a story that provides three reasons why the Phillies won’t sign Josh Hamilton. It’s from Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, who knows the Phillies as well as anyone. He says Josh Hamilton is not going…

  15. Cody Ross would be a waste of money for Orioles

    Nov 12, 2012, 6:04 PM EST

    Cody Ross

    Based on the strength of a .267/.326/.481 campaign with Boston, free agent Cody Ross is seeking a three-year deal worth at least $6 million and maybe as much as $8 million per season. Word is that the Orioles are one of the teams pursuing him. They shouldn’t be. In Nolan Reimold, the Orioles have a…

  16. Phillies interested in Josh Hamilton, Cody Ross

    Nov 12, 2012, 3:02 PM EST

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    Apparently Ruben Amaro apparently woke up today and said “I think I wanna aggravate my entire fan base.” The Phillies are among the teams talking with Cody Ross. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 12, 2012 The Phillies are OK with the high annual salary that Josh Hamilton might command, but they have concerns about the…

  17. Shane Victorino “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds

    Nov 10, 2012, 5:30 PM EST

    Shane Victorino Getty

    Shane Victorino is coming off his worst season in the majors, but that hasn’t stopped teams from expressing interest in the free agent outfielder. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Victorino is “on the radar” for the Red Sox, Rangers, Indians and Reds, among other teams in the market for outfield help. Victorino, who turns…

  18. Orioles optimistic about re-signing Nate McLouth

    Nov 10, 2012, 10:52 AM EST

    Nate McLouth Getty

    We heard a report earlier this week linking the Orioles to both Josh Hamilton and Cody Ross as potential options for left field next year, but the club is currently focused on keeping one of their surprising late-season contributors. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles continue to pursue free agent outfielder…

  19. Basically every single free agent has declined their teams’ qualifying offers

    Nov 9, 2012, 5:41 PM EST

    No

    There are some still trickling in — and it’s possible I may have missed one — but it appears as though every single free agent who was given a qualifying offer by their team has declined them. Josh Hamilton, Adam LaRoche, Michael Bourn, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki Kuroda, Kyle Lohse and B.J. Upton have…

  20. The Rangers max offer to Josh Hamilton will be three years

    Nov 9, 2012, 9:14 AM EST

    josh hamilton getty

    In other words, the Rangers are really not that interested in signing Josh Hamilton. Bob Nightengale reports: The Texas Rangers don’t plan to offer prized free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton more than a three-year contract, according to a high-ranking team official, which likely will lead to the Rangers severing ties with the 2010 American League…

  21. Anibal Sanchez wants a $90 million deal

    Nov 8, 2012, 10:48 PM EST

    Anibal Sanchez Getty

    We’re only a few days into free agency, but we have already heard multiple reports of outrageous contract demands. Just to name some recent examples, Josh Hamilton reportedly wants $175 million while Michael Bourn is looking for $100 million and Jeremy Guthrie is seeking $34 million. Well, we can add a new name to the…

  22. The Phillies have talked to B.J. Upton’s agent

    Nov 8, 2012, 9:35 PM EST

    B.J. Upton AP

    There isn’t a lot going on at the General Manager Meetings from a transaction perspective, but many teams are laying the groundwork for possible signings and trades down the road. With that in mind, Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com was told by a source that Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. has spoken with B.J. Upton‘s…

  23. Rafael Soriano, Michael Bourn, Nick Swisher and B.J. Upton to reject qualifying offers

    Nov 8, 2012, 8:47 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Getty

    Those free agents who received one-year, $13.3 million qualifying offers last week must decide by 5 p.m. ET tomorrow whether to accept them. David Ortiz finalized a two-year, $26 million extension with the Red Sox earlier this week, so that leaves eight players with a decision to make: Josh Hamilton, Rafael Soriano, Nick Swisher, Hiroki…

  24. The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

    Nov 8, 2012, 6:05 PM EST

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    This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network. The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they…

  25. Mike Adams says Josh Hamilton “is a different guy sometimes”

    Nov 8, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Josh Hamilton AP

    After spending one-and-a-half seasons in Texas reliever Mike Adams is not expected to re-sign with the Rangers as a free agent, but on his way out the door he had some interesting comments about Josh Hamilton. During an MLB Network Radio interview, Adams said of his fellow free agent: Josh is a special talent and…

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