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  1. Michael Cuddyer signing with Rockies “could happen today”

    Dec 14, 2011, 1:50 PM EDT

    cuddyer wide getty

    Josh Willingham‘s three-year, $21 million deal with the Twins isn’t finalized yet, but it sounds just about official and that means the man he’s replacing in Minnesota, Michael Cuddyer, could also be on the verge of choosing a new team. Cuddyer has been linked to Colorado all offseason and Troy Renck of the Denver Post…

  2. Closer found? Red Sox get Mark Melancon from Astros for Jed Lowrie and Kyle Weiland

    Dec 14, 2011, 11:52 AM EDT

    Mark Melancon

    Boston may still add a veteran closer to replace Jonathan Papelbon, but in the meantime they’ve picked up a potential ninth-inning option in right-hander Mark Melancon, who saved 20 games for the Astros this year. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Red Sox are sending infielder Jed Lowrie and pitching prospect Kyle Weiland to…

  3. 11 years after being drafted, Kelly Shoppach belatedly replaces Jason Varitek

    Dec 14, 2011, 4:27 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    When the Red Sox made Kelly Shoppach their first pick in the 2001 draft, the thinking was that he might someday take over for Jason Varitek behind the plate in Boston. Of course, then GM Dan Duquette probably didn’t see it happening 11 years and two Red Sox World Series championships later. Nor did he know that…

  4. UPDATE: Twins, Josh Willingham near three-year, $21 million contract

    Dec 13, 2011, 11:15 PM EDT

    willingham getty

    11:15 PM ET: Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins and Willingham are “very close” to a three-year, $21 million contract. UPDATE III: Hold up. Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com and Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune are both hearing that a deal between the Twins and Willingham isn’t done. What’s more, Christensen…

  5. The Mariners are suddenly in the mix for Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 13, 2011, 9:57 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reported earlier tonight that at least one unidentified club was in the hunt for free agent Michael Cuddyer. Well, now we know who that might be. Morosi and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com are both reporting that the Mariners are now talking to Cuddyer. We haven’t heard much about Seattle this…

  6. Athletics and Dallas Braden agree on one-year contract

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:45 PM EDT

    Athletics pitcher Dallas Braden throws during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    The Athletics and Dallas Braden avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract, the team announced. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that he’ll make a $3.35 million base salary and could earn an additional $400,000 with performance-based incentives. He made the same salary in 2011 and was arbitration-eligible for the second…

  7. Josh Willingham deal likely to start chain reaction

    Dec 13, 2011, 6:14 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    The outfield market could start unfolding quickly now with the news that Josh Willingham is about to become a Minnesota Twin. – Michael Cuddyer, who had been the Twins’ preference, appears likely to join the Rockies. Minnesota offered their veteran the three-year deal he desired, but it seems that last season’s experience was bad enough…

  8. Josh Willingham to decide on new team within 48 hours

    Dec 13, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    willingham reuters

    Josh Willingham will sign within the next 48 hours, agent Matt Sosnick told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Sosnick indicated that Willingham has narrowed his choices down to three teams, two of which are believed to be the Twins and Indians. Minnesota has had a three-year, $25 million offer on the table to…

  9. An updated top 50 free agents

    Dec 13, 2011, 1:13 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

    Taking into account recent signings and some new arrivals courtesy of the non-tender deadline, here’s a new list of the top 50 free agents available. Posted Japanese players Yu Darvish and Norichika Aoki are not included. Darvish, a right-handed pitcher, would come in at No. 2 on the list, while Aoki, an outfielder, would slide in right around No.…

  10. Red Sox sign Kelly Shoppach to replace Jason Varitek as backup catcher

    Dec 13, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Kelly Shoppach was the Red Sox’s second-round pick in 2001 and debuted for them in 2005, but was traded to the Indians in the Coco Crisp swap that offseason and went on to establish himself as a solid backup catcher who crushes left-handed pitching. Now he returns to Boston to fill that exact role, with…

  11. The Rangers aren’t really hot for Prince Fielder

    Dec 13, 2011, 8:10 AM EDT

    fielder getty

    We keep hearing reports about teams interested in Prince Fielder. Without putting too fine a point on it, however, those reports often seem to come from people who have been said to have Prince Fielder’s agent as a valued source. Others, however, specifically Ken Rosenthal, are hearing different things. Specifically with respect to the Rangers, who…

  12. 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…

  13. Rockies making “aggressive push” for Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Colorado’s interest in Michael Cuddyer has been well known all offseason and now they’re stepping up their pursuit of the free agent outfielder, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that the Rockies are making an “aggressive push.” Cuddyer is said to have a three-year offer on the table from Minnesota worth around $25 million and…

  14. The White Sox want a king’s ransom for John Danks

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    John Danks

    The White Sox and Red Sox met last week to discuss John Danks. Nothing came of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees talked with the White Sox too and, get this, the White Sox demanded for and two of the following three players: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero. Not bloody likely. That’s similar…

  15. Josh Willingham deciding between the Indians and Twins

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EDT

    willingham reuters

    On Saturday night, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham was said to be deciding between offers from the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Now, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, he’s down to Minnesota and Cleveland. Willingham batted .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers, 26 doubles and 98 RBI in 563 plate appearances this past…

  16. Josh Willingham deciding between four interested teams

    Dec 10, 2011, 10:49 PM EDT

    willingham getty

    According to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham has narrowed his long list of suitors down to four teams: the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. The Rays were also in the running at one point but may have backed away from the negotiating table during the Winter Meetings as…

  17. Dodgers targeting Hideki Matsui as bench bat

    Dec 10, 2011, 4:05 PM EDT

    Hideki Matsui

    Athletics general manager Billy Beane indicated earlier this week that he’d like to go younger with the DH spot next season, which means that Hideki Matsui will almost certainly be playing elsewhere next season. His search for a job may lead him to an interesting place: the National League. Jon Weisman of Dodger Thoughts was…

  18. Tweet of the Day: Craig Breslow embraces the future

    Dec 9, 2011, 11:37 PM EDT

    Craig Breslow Getty

    Craig Breslow was traded to the Diamondbacks tonight as part of the Trevor Cahill deal. How did he find out about it? Well, the same way a lot of us did. While a heads up would have been nice, at least he’s headed to a contender.

  19. The Diamondbacks may look to trade Joe Saunders

    Dec 9, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    The Diamondbacks were discussing a two-year deal with the arbitration-eligible Joe Saunders over the past couple of weeks, but tonight’s acquisition of Trevor Cahill has changed things a bit. In fact, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic hears that Arizona may now trade the veteran left-hander. Saunders, 30, earned $5.5 million this season while going…

  20. A’s taking a big chance in trading Trevor Cahill to the Diamondbacks

    Dec 9, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    Trevor Cahill won 18 games as a 22-year-old for the A’s in 2010. Now he’s a goner, having been sent to the Diamondbacks along with left-handed reliever Craig Breslow in exchange for right-hander Jarrod Parker, outfielder Collin Cowgill and right-hander Ryan Cook. It’s a deal that would make a lot more sense for Cahill if…

  21. Update: Diamondbacks get Trevor Cahill from A’s

    Dec 9, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Trevor Cahill

    6:47 p.m. EST update: The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser says the deal is done. The A’s are getting RHP Jarrod Parker, OF Collin Cowgill and RHP Ryan Cook from the A’s for Cahill and LHP Craig Breslow. /// Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks are “close” to acquiring right-hander Trevor Cahill from…

  22. Lyle Overbay signs one-year deal to stay with Diamondbacks

    Dec 9, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Philadelphia Phillies

    Arizona is working on a potentially huge trade with Oakland for Trevor Cahill, but in the meantime the Diamondbacks announced that they’ve re-signed Lyle Overbay to a one-year, $1 million deal. Pittsburgh gave Overbay a one-year, $5 million deal last offseason, but released him in August and the veteran first baseman found a new home…

  23. Phillies add Dave Bush and David Purcey on minors deals

    Dec 9, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Dave Bush

    Philadelphia added some veteran pitching depth by signing David Purcey and re-signing Dave Bush to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Bush was once a solid mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, but the 32-year-old right-hander spent much of this year at Triple-A for three different organizations. Philadelphia was the last of…

  24. 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):…

  25. Rockies confirm interest in free agent Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 8, 2011, 2:27 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Minnesota has made Michael Cuddyer a three-year, $25 million offer to re-sign, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Colorado could jump into the mix for the veteran right fielder after freeing up some payroll space by trading Huston Street. Renck has regularly linked the Rockies to Cuddyer in the past and reports…

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