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  1. Report: Red Sox could trade Jacoby Ellsbury, re-sign Cody Ross

    Dec 4, 2012, 8:25 PM EDT

    Jacoby Ellsbury

    Upside, shmupside. Sources told the Boston Globe’s Peter Abraham that the Red Sox are considering trading Jacoby Ellsbury and re-signing Cody Ross to play right field, with the newly signed Shane Victorino taking over in center field. Ellsbury, the runner-up for AL MVP honors in 2011, is a free agent after the season and is…

  2. Report: Indians offered Shane Victorino $44 million

    Dec 4, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Finally out from under Travis Hafner‘s deal, the Indians tried going big for once, offering free agent Shane Victorino a four-year, $44 million deal, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Victorino instead signed a three-year, $39 million contract with the Red Sox, netting him an extra $2 million annually. The $44 million would have been the…

  3. 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…

  4. Red Sox agree to three-year contract with Shane Victorino

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:29 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino Getty

    UPDATE: Alex Speier of WEEI.com says it’s a done deal. Boston has agreed to a three-year contract with Victorino. ========== Just a few hours after Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com called the Indians “a prime suitor” for Shane Victorino, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are “frontrunners” for Victorino by making…

  5. Report: Dodgers willing to part with top youngsters for R.A. Dickey

    Dec 4, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

    R.A. Dickey

    John Harper of the New York Daily News reports the Dodgers are willing to send shortstop Dee Gordon and right-hander Zach Lee, their No. 1 pitching prospect, to the Mets for R.A. Dickey. The Mets appear to be seeking two top young talents in return for their Cy Young Award winner, and Gordon and Lee…

  6. The Indians are a prime suitor for Shane Victorino

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Indians are a prime suitor for Johnny Damon. Oh, wait, he said Shane Victorino. Sorry. Honest mistake: Momentum is building in Shane Victorino talks. A deal could get done in Nashville. — Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 4, 2012 #Indians have emerged as a prime suitor for Victorino. Terry Francona reached…

  7. The National League is poised to have some excellent rotations

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:32 PM EDT

    Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez

    Even with Zack Greinke and Anibal Sanchez still up for grabs, the National League already seems set to sport some excellent rotations in 2013. How about this for the top four: Nationals: Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann, Dan Haren, Ross Detwiler Giants: Matt Cain, Madison Bumgarner, Tim Lincecum, Ryan Vogelsong, Barry Zito Phillies: Roy…

  8. A look at the future of Shane Victorino

    Dec 4, 2012, 12:05 AM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Earlier today I tried taking a gander at Angel Pagan‘s fate by looking at what some similar players did after age 31. I created a list of players who had OPSs between .720-.780, no more than 50 homers and at least 50 steals from ages 28-30 (Pagan had a .749 OPS, 26 HR and 98…

  9. Joe Mauer, David Wright commit to Team USA for WBC

    Dec 3, 2012, 5:22 PM EDT

    Joe Mauer

    We’ll hear plenty about players opting out of the World Baseball Classic over the next couple of months. How about a couple of guys that are in: Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and the Mets’ David Wright. The Mauer commitment makes it less of a big deal now if Buster Posey decides not to play for Team…

  10. Scott Hairston has six suitors, holds out for two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    7:50 p.m. EST update: Jon Morosi says he erred earlier in reporting the Tigers’ offer to Hairston: 5:25 p.m. EST update: And now ESPNNewYork.com’s Adam Rubin is chiming back in, saying Hairston “will not be a Tiger.” 5:15 p.m. EST update: A source told FOXSports.com’s Jon Morosi that the Tigers have offered Hairston a two-year…

  11. Shane Victorino is fielding calls from Indians, Red Sox, Giants

    Dec 3, 2012, 1:38 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino

    Shane Victorino‘s down 2012 season will likely prevent him from getting a five-year deal as a free agent, but he’s still a very popular free agent: Cleveland is an interesting possible destination, given that the Indians are far from big spenders and already have Michael Brantley to play center field. Victorino would presumably start in…

  12. Red Sox still in on Nick Swisher, out on Adam LaRoche

    Dec 3, 2012, 12:52 PM EDT

    Nick Swisher

    Boston’s pursuit of Adam LaRoche ended with the signing of Mike Napoli, but the Red Sox are still talking to Nick Swisher, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports. ESPN’s Jayson Stark says the Red Sox are also considering Cody Ross and Shane Victorino as they seek to round out their outfield. Signing one player from that group…

  13. The Dodgers are shopping Dee Gordon

    Dec 3, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dee Gordon Reuters

    Dee Gordon is fast and flashy, but he can’t hit very well. That said, shortstops are scarce and thus valuable, so it makes some sense that the Dodgers are shopping Gordon, as Peter Gammons of the MLB Network reports. Scarcity aside, it seems like a stretch for the Dodgers to get a ton for Gordon during…

  14. 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…

  15. The Dodgers aren’t looking at Brian Wilson

    Dec 2, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

    Brian Wilson

    Well, this is a first. The free-spending Dodgers have no plans to make a run at non-tendered closer Brian Wilson, sources told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. Wilson was said to be quite interested in pitching in SoCal with the Dodgers or Angels, but both teams have already signed closers this winter. The…

  16. Dodgers in the mix for A.J. Pierzynski?

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    UPDATE: Heyman was told by Dodgers officials that it’s unlikely they’ll make a run at Pierzynski. Makes sense with Ellis in-house. As in, they’re all stocked up on A.J.’s. 10:15 PM: It seems like the deep-pocketed Dodgers have been mentioned as a potential suitor for nearly every free agent on the market. Now it’s A.J.…

  17. The MLBPA elects its player reps

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    When I had a real job my boss used to call me the “shop steward.” But that was because (a) I was lazy; and (b) he hated unions and thought that laziness was the primary trait of unions. It was a great office. In reality, union representatives do things, all while still having to focus…

  18. Phillies lose out on B.J. Upton; will they turn to Michael Bourn?

    Nov 28, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

    Michael Bourn

    Michael Bourn was undoubtedly a stronger player than B.J. Upton in 2012, yet something surprising happened when free agency opened earlier this month; Bourn’s most recent team, the Braves, and his original team, the Phillies, both made Upton the priority in talks. Did it have to do with the price tag? Bourn was seeking more…

  19. The Reds re-sign Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million deal

    Nov 28, 2012, 8:39 AM EDT

    Jonathan Broxton

    UPDATE: Yes, it was close to Brandon League‘s deal. Ken Rosenthal reports that Broxton is getting three years and $21 million guaranteed. The salaries climb, paying him $4 million in 2013, $7 million in 2014, $9 million in 2015 and either a $1 million buyout or a $9 million option for 2016. That may seem crazy…

  20. Seven teams interested in free agent outfielder Shane Victorino

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:43 PM EDT

    Shane Victorino Getty

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that free agent outfielder Shane Victorino is drawing interest from at least seven teams, including the Reds, Indians, Yankees, Rangers, Giants, Rays and Red Sox. While that’s one less than was reported by Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald earlier this month, that’s a pretty healthy market. Victorino is coming…

  21. Cardinals shopping for “an established lefty” reliever

    Nov 26, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Left-hander Mark Rzepczynski will likely be back in 2013 after an up-and-down season, but Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are looking to sign “an established lefty” reliever to pair with him in the bullpen. “I’m not opposed to a multi-year deal with a reliever,” general manager John Mozeliak…

  22. Blue Jays to bring back John Gibbons as manager

    Nov 20, 2012, 1:02 AM EDT

    John Gibbons

    While all indications were that the Blue Jays planned to bring in a retread as John Farrell’s replacement on the bench, who knew it’d again be one of their own? John Gibbons, who managed the team from 2004-08, will reclaim the job, the Toronto Sun reports. Gibbons had a 305-305 record in three full and…

  23. Dodgers considered “the favorites” to sign Zack Greinke

    Nov 18, 2012, 12:33 PM EDT

    zack greinke getty

    It was reported earlier this month that free agent right-hander Zack Greinke is on the Dodgers’ list of desired offseason acquisitions. And his name is apparently pretty high up on that list, too. An “industry insider” told Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald this weekend that the Dodgers are being viewed as the favorites to sign Greinke, who is the…

  24. Something about Bud Selig is … different

    Nov 16, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

    Blondes have more fun

    Here is a picture of Commissioner Bud Selig before Game 4 of the World Series on October 28: Here is a picture of Commissioner Bud Selig at the Owners Meetings yesterday: Possibilities: (1) the lighting at the podium in Chicago was WAY more intense than the lighting at the table in Detroit; (2) Selig spent…

  25. R.A. Dickey wins Cy Young Award in the National League

    Nov 14, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

    r.a. dickey getty

    “There are people in and around the baseball world who give the knuckleball a bit of a knock,” MLB network analyst Dan Plesac said at the start of Wednesday night’s Cy Young Awards Show. Apparently those people are not well represented in the Baseball Writers Association of America. Mets right-hander R.A. Dickey was named the…

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