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  1. The Yankees are checking in on Josh Hamilton

    Dec 7, 2012, 7:40 AM EDT

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    Bob Nightengale tells us something interesting: The #Yankees, but not GM Brian Cashman, quietly running background check on Josh Hamilton, rival GM says — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 7, 2012   Not so quiet, eh, Bob? The most interesting part of that is the “not Brian Cashman” part. Sounds like Rafael Soriano part deux, where…

  2. Report: Mariners, Josh Hamilton talk three-year deal

    Dec 6, 2012, 5:08 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Mariners and free agent Josh Hamilton have discussed three-year deals worth $20 million-$25 million per season. There have been mixed messages on whether the two sides are nearing a deal or not, but the door seems wide open, what with the Rangers concentrating on Zack Greinke and Justin…

  3. What does Michael Bourn do now?

    Dec 6, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    It’s safe to say the Twins won’t be getting a Christmas card from Michael Bourn, not after they filled the center field needs of two of his most likely suitors this winter. With Denard Span in D.C., Ben Revere in Philadelphia, B.J. Upton in Atlanta and Angel Pagan in San Francisco, the market for Bourn…

  4. Report: Justin Upton talks ongoing, this time without the Indians

    Dec 6, 2012, 3:06 PM EDT

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    3:20 p.m. EST update: Rosenthal is quoting an official involved in the talks as saying they’re “not dead,” but that things are no further along than they were going into the winter meetings. 3:00 p.m. EST update: Speaking with reporters about a half hour ago, Rangers GM Jon Daniels aid he was packed and ready…

  5. UPDATE: mixed reports on Josh Hamilton to the Mariners

    Dec 6, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hold the phone: Bob Nightengale of USA Today spoke with Chuck Armstrong, president of the Mariners, and he said that the Mariners are not close to signing Hamilton. Odd, then, that Baker would be as specific as he was with his report. One wonders if Armstrong is running some misdirection here. 8:40 AM: You…

  6. Greetings from the last day of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 6, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Distillery

    We watched and waited yesterday to see if the Mega Deal would go down. We waited to see if Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke would sign anywhere. None of that happened, so we did what everyone else does at the Winter Meetings: we went out. But this was no ordinary outing. This was an Important Mission.…

  7. Rosenthal: Mariners in mix for four-team Justin Upton trade

    Dec 6, 2012, 12:21 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says that while the four-team Justin Upton talks are going nowhere fast, they’re not yet dead, not with Rangers GM Jon Daniels working hard to keep them alive. Rosenthal reports that the Mariners have replaced the Rays as the fourth team involved in talks. They would likely get Rangers left-hander Derek Holland…

  8. Red Sox GM Ben Cherington, manager John Farrell met with Josh Hamilton at the Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:53 PM EDT

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    Rob Bradford of WEEI.com has the scoop: According to multiple baseball sources, Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell met with free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton at the winter meetings Wednesday. Bradford probably has that timeline wrong, as Hamilton tweeted a picture from the Nashville airport on Tuesday night with accompanying text…

  9. Nationals “remain confident they will get” Adam LaRoche

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:25 PM EDT

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    Adam LaRoche slugged 33 home runs and tallied 100 RBI in 154 games this summer for the Nationals while also earning Gold Glove honors at first base. But he hasn’t found much of a market this offseason. Which has the Washington front office feeling good. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi reports that the Nationals “remain confident…

  10. Mariners add Jason Bay on one-year deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 2:35 PM EDT

    Jason Bay

    This is what’s known in the business as taking a flier. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mariners have added Jason Bay on a one-year contract after he hit .165/.237/.299 in 194 at-bats last season and then accepted a buyout from the Mets. The Mariners will see if Bay can…

  11. The Red Sox still have money to burn

    Dec 5, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    As we all rush to make jokes about the amount of money the Red Sox gave Shane Victorino, Alex Speier of WEEI makes a good point: the Red Sox may be spending money, but they are still considerably below the luxury tax threshold, which seems to be their bright line.  As such, they are not…

  12. Rosenthal: the Rangers, Diamondbacks, Indians and Rays are discussing a potential mega deal

    Dec 5, 2012, 8:32 AM EDT

    Justin Upton AP

    Ken Rosenthal is reporting that a potential blockbuster is brewing. Specifically, a mutli-team, multi-player trade that could involve Arizona, Cleveland, Texas and Tampa Bay with Justin Upton, James Shields and Asdrubal Cabrera being the biggest names involved. Rosenthal – while cautioning that a deal is not imminent or even particularly likely at the moment — reports…

  13. Greetings from Day Three of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 5, 2012, 7:30 AM EDT

    Farm Burger Pharmacy

    Another day dawns in Nashville, and with it comes another day of anticipation of one of the two biggies on the free agent market — Josh Hamilton or Zack Greinke — to sign someplace.  As of now the highest-ranked name from our Free Agent Tracker that has signed during the Winter Meetings is Dan Haren at…

  14. Rangers put Josh Hamilton talks on hold as they focus on free agent right-hander Zack Greinke

    Dec 4, 2012, 9:52 PM EDT

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    CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Rangers have put negotiations “on hold” with Josh Hamilton as they try to sign free agent starter Zack Greinke. FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Dodgers were looking like the “clear favorite” for Greinke, but Heyman says the Texas front office is showing “signs of determination”…

  15. Orioles among four teams to meet with Nick Swisher’s agent

    Dec 4, 2012, 9:04 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher

    There have been mixed messages over just how much the Orioles have to spend this winter, but it looks like they are considering one big-ticket item after meeting with Nick Swisher‘s agent, Dan Lozano, on Tuesday. Three other teams also met with Lozano about Swisher, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown. Swisher, who is married…

  16. Red Sox gear up for 85 wins with Shane Victorino in right field

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    In looking at Shane Victorino’s future last night, I concluded that he wasn’t a bad bet to last as a quality regular for a few more years, in spite of his down 2012 season. Still, I wouldn’t have recommended wagering $39 million on it. That’s the gamble the Red Sox took today in committing to…

  17. Mariners interested in Michael Bourn, meeting with Scott Boras

    Dec 4, 2012, 4:11 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    When the Mariners announced after the season that they were bringing in the fences at Safeco, the obvious reaction was that they were trying to help their chances of luring a power hitter this winter, and they have been connected to Justin Upton in trade talks and Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli and Adam LaRoche in…

  18. Greetings from day two of the Winter Meetings

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:09 AM EDT

    Opry

    For the second day in a row I am the first person in the media room. Given that I was not exactly the first person to go to sleep last night, I am far less proud of myself for being an early riser today than I was yesterday. Viva la Winter Meetings. This is the…

  19. Josh Hamilton met with Mariners on Sunday

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton Getty

    Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said last month that it’s unlikely they’ll be major players for free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but that hasn’t stopped them from trying. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that Hamilton is attending the Winter Meetings in Nashville and met with Mariners officials on Sunday. Other unidentified teams are believed to…

  20. Red Sox one of “four or five” teams interested in Josh Hamilton

    Dec 3, 2012, 9:59 PM EDT

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    We heard earlier today that the Rangers have been the “most aggressive” on free agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, but it appears they will have competition. Rob Bradford of WEEI.com in Boston reports that the Red Sox are among “four or five” teams interested in Hamilton. But their interest comes with a pretty big caveat, as…

  21. Greetings from the 2012 Winter Meetings

    Dec 3, 2012, 6:00 AM EDT

    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…

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

    Dec 2, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:16 PM EDT

    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…

  24. Next week: The Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2012, 5:45 PM EDT

    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…

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

    Nov 27, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    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…

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