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  1. Please stop making “Josh Hamilton in L.A.” drug wisecracks

    Dec 13, 2012, 3:18 PM EDT

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    The minute the Angels interest in Josh Hamilton was reported, people on Twitter and in the comments started in with stuff about how it’s bad for a drug addict/alcoholic to play in Los Angeles. This kind of thing: Honestly don’t think L.A. was the best fit for josh hamilton with his kind of past #hollywood…

  2. Josh Hamilton leaves Texas without giving Rangers chance to match Angels’ offer

    Dec 13, 2012, 2:41 PM EDT

    Josh Hamilton AP

    Josh Hamilton is leaving the Rangers to sign a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels and it’s interesting to hear how Texas got the news. First of all, Hamilton’s agent called Rangers general manager Jon Daniels during this afternoon’s media luncheon to tell him the former MVP was going to their AL West rivals.…

  3. Shocker: Josh Hamilton signs a five-year, $125 million deal with the Angels

    Dec 13, 2012, 1:55 PM EDT

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    The hot stove season always takes unexpected turns, and this afternoon it took the most unexpected turn we’ve seen in some time.  Seemingly out of nowhere the Los Angeles Angels swooped in and signed Josh Hamilton.  Legendary L.A. radio man Joe McDonnell had the first news that a deal with close. Within an hour it…

  4. Nick Swisher is not even close to signing

    Dec 13, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson, Nick Swisher

    The latest on Nick Swisher: Multiple teams continue wooing OF Nick Swisher, who is said to be “not even close” to making a decision. At least 3, maybe 4 clubs in mix. — Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) December 13, 2012   And, given how few outfield options there are out there, I’d be in the same…

  5. NBC SportsTalk: Where will Hamilton, Bourn and Swisher end up?

    Dec 13, 2012, 7:34 AM EDT

    Pina Colada

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night. Talking about where Josh Hamilton, Michael Bourn and Nick Swisher will land — as well as the reason the Yankees keep signing old guys to one-year deals — was fun. But not nearly as fun as dropping a “Pina Colada Song” analogy on Eric. And speaking of that,…

  6. Mariners have had trade talks for Tigers’ Brennan Boesch

    Dec 12, 2012, 7:39 PM EDT

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    The Mariners are hoping to land a top free agent outfielder like Josh Hamilton or Nick Swisher. If that doesn’t happen they do have other avenues. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the M’s have had “preliminary discussions” with the Tigers about a Brennan Boesch trade. “No such move is close,” writes Morosi, but that…

  7. UPDATE: My buzz officially killed on that Josh Hamilton-to-Philly thing.

    Dec 12, 2012, 2:07 PM EDT

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    UPDATE:  Well, this is no fun: The Hamilton/Philly reports all sprung out of a fake Jon Heyman account (my fake account is much cooler). Our website was duped. Apologies. — Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) December 12, 2012   Much rather would have the intrigue, frankly. Or maybe it’s a red herring … [Drop it -- ed]…

  8. The Phillies like Josh Hamilton, but are they serious?

    Dec 12, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

    Josh Hamilton

    The rumors of Josh Hamilton going to the Phillies seem kind of light. There was reportedly an offer — a three-year deal, reported by 94WIP’s Anthony Gargano — but there’s not a sense that it’s a game-changer or anything. At the moment the Rangers and the Mariners seem like the two teams most interested in Hamilton’s…

  9. Diamondbacks now unlikely to trade Justin Upton

    Dec 11, 2012, 10:54 PM EDT

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    The Diamondbacks found their shortstop. So they are apparently taking Justin Upton off the table. John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix was told late Tuesday night that Upton “will not be traded” and that Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers “will not be entertaining any more offers” for him. The Rangers, after hesitating to part with…

  10. Rangers interested in A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 11, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    All offseason we’ve heard that the Rangers were looking for catching help and now, even after re-signing Geovany Soto to a one-year deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that they’re interested in A.J. Pierzynski. Rosenthal notes that Texas’ righty dominated lineup could use a left-handed bat–especially if they fail to re-sign Josh Hamilton–and a Pierzynski-Soto…

  11. Time for an awkward reconciliation between the Rangers and Josh Hamilton?

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

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    This probably qualifies as a “deep thought,” but over the weekend Zack Greinke signed with the Dodgers and James Shields was dealt to the Royals.  Both Greinke and Shields were targets of the Texas Rangers. They’ve also sought to trade for Justin Upton, but they don’t want to deal a shortstop to Arizona and, with…

  12. Mariners “continue to target” free agent Josh Hamilton

    Dec 9, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the following scoop: The Seattle Mariners, searching for offense, continue to target slugger Josh Hamilton. The Mariners probably aren’t prepared to meet Hamilton’s request for a seven-year deal, but they seem to have emerged as the likeliest alternative to the incumbent Rangers by virtue of their perceived willingness to go longer than most.…

  13. Rangers still want to trade for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Most assumed that after losing free agent righty Zack Greinke to the Dodgers, the Rangers would shift their focus (and winter budget) back toward Josh Hamilton. But that might not be the case. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers “still want to trade for” Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Which would mean letting Hamilton…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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.…

  20. 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…

  21. 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…

  22. 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…

  23. 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…

  24. 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…

  25. 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…

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