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  1. UPDATE: Tigers near agreement with righty Octavio Dotel

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:02 PM EDT

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    The Brewers, Mets, Reds and Cardinals have also been involved in negotiations for veteran reliever Octavio Dotel at this week’s Winter Meetings, but it sounds like Detroit might come out on top. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Tigers are currently considered the “front-runner” for Dotel, who is expected to decide on a team soon.…

  2. Marlins “definitely not” in talks for Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:18 PM EDT

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    When Miami officially dropped out of the running for Albert Pujols, there were reports suggesting that they might shift that focus (and money) toward Prince Fielder. But it’s not happening. Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish are “definitely not” in talks for Fielder. Maybe that will change if negotiations fall through…

  3. Giants rule out return of Carlos Beltran, Cody Ross

    Dec 7, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    After picking up Melky Cabrera and Angel Pagan in trades, Giants GM Brian Sabean shut the door Wednesday on the possibility of free agents Carlos Beltran and Cody Ross returning next year. The market for Beltran has been surprisingly light, with his name rarely coming up at the winter meetings. While the focus has rightfully…

  4. Agent tells Marlins they’re out, Albert Pujols “will not be going to Florida”

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:23 PM EDT

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    By signing Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million deal the Marlins made it pretty clear that they were no longer holding out much hope of reeling in Albert Pujols, and sure enough Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pujols’ agent has informed Miami that they’re out of the running. Or as Crasnick put it:…

  5. UPDATE: Albert Pujols likely to return to Cardinals, Marlins target Prince Fielder

    Dec 7, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    6:00 p.m. EST update: Agent Don Lozano called the Marlins and told them they’re out of the running for Pujols, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports. He also reports that Pujols “continues to negotiate with clubs other than the Cardinals.” 4:40 p.m. EST update: Sources tell Bill Madden of the New York Daily News that Pujols and…

  6. Mark Buehrle follows Ozzie Guillen to Miami, signing $58 million deal with Marlins

    Dec 7, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

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    In a sign that Miami’s pursuit of Albert Pujols is likely over, the Marlins shifted their attention to the rotation and signed veteran left-hander Mark Buehrle to a four-year, $58 million contract. Buehrle drew interest from nearly half the teams in baseball, but recently narrowed his choices down to the Marlins, Nationals, and one other…

  7. UPDATE: Mark Buehrle down to Marlins, Nationals, one other team

    Dec 7, 2011, 3:12 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    4:50 p.m. EST update: Ken Rosenthal says Buerhle is going to the Marlins — four years, $58 million. 3:10 p.m. EST update: ESPN’s Jayson Stark reports that the Nationals are another one of the three finalists for Buehrle, joining the Marlins. Several clubs believe the Rangers are the third. That would leave the Cardinals out…

  8. MLB makes up another rule, Mets approve

    Dec 7, 2011, 2:32 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Under the old free agent system, the Mets would have gotten the Marlins’ third-round pick next summer (plus a compensation pick between the first and second rounds) for losing Jose Reyes. MLB, though, is still working through this whole draft-pick compensation thing after the new CBA, and let it be known today that the Mets…

  9. Carlos Pena expected to decline Cubs’ arbitration offer

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:45 AM EDT

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    Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Carlos Pena will turn down the Cubs’ offer. That doesn’t preclude Pena from eventually re-signing with the Cubs, but it means he expects to do better than a one-year deal for around $10 million on…

  10. The Marlins have made their final offer to Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:37 AM EDT

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    Closing time: Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Marlins have made their final offer to Albert Pujols.  There is a the prospect of an additional meeting, but if no other offer comes out of it, you’d have to think that Pujols and his agent will accept the Cards’ substantially similar offer to stay in town. Three…

  11. C.J. Wilson’s agent was “pleasantly surprised” by meeting with Rangers

    Dec 7, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Yesterday the Rangers met with C.J. Wilson‘s agent, Bob Garber, who described the get-together as “great” and said he was “pleasantly surprised” by how things went. That presumably means the Rangers made a strong push to re-sign Wilson, but Garber declined to tell Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas if an actual offer was made and…

  12. The Cardinals have upped their offer to Pujols to $220 million

    Dec 7, 2011, 9:11 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins offer is “believed to be $200-220M, no more,” and that it is merely pennies ahead of the Cardinals offer, if that.  You’d have to think that the Marlins would have to clearly best the Cardinals’ offer to lure Pujols away. 8:57 AM: Albert Pujols‘ flirtation with the Miami Marlins…

  13. UPDATE: No mystery: It’s just the Marlins and Cardinals for Albert Pujols

    Dec 7, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    pujols getty

    12:57 AM: Jon Heyman chimes in, tweeting that “a good number of executives still seem to think Marlins will win Pujols derby.” The Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi was told that the Marlins are “very confident” they will land the three-time MVP. 12:48 AM: ESPN’s Jim Bowden and the Palm Beach Post’s Joe Capozzi are…

  14. UPDATE: Mariners planning to meet with Prince Fielder tonight

    Dec 6, 2011, 10:55 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that the Mariners plan to meet with free agent first baseman Prince Fielder tonight. 6:45 p.m. EST update: Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik characterized Bowden’s report as “misleading,” MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. But then Zduriencik admitted that he’d “prefer to be low key on any discussion,” suggesting that he…

  15. UPDATE: Mets agree to contract with reliever Jon Rauch

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:37 PM EDT

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    UPDATE III: The Mets might not be done addressing their bullpen. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the they are working on a 2-for-1 deal that is described as a “change of scenery” for all parties. Stay tuned. UPDATE II: Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM reports that the deal is done, pending…

  16. NBC SportsTalk: Is Albert Pujols Miami bound?

    Dec 6, 2011, 9:12 PM EDT

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    At this point it looks like there could be as many as three teams making ten-year offers to Albert Pujols. Which makes me want to back to the halcyon days of, oh, three hours ago when I was on NBC SportsTalk, speculatin’ about where he might go. The sense then seemed like Miami. Still kind…

  17. Dwight Gooden called Pujols to the Marlins in September

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    The Washington Post’s Adam Kilgore just pointed this out; Dwight Gooden had a pretty good idea that Albert Pujols was on his way to Florida back on Sept. 27…

  18. If the Cardinals lose Albert Pujols…

    Dec 6, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday

    Because that certainly seems to be the way things are going down at the moment. The Cardinals were supposed to be set at first base and in right field if Pujols departed, as Lance Berkman would move a first base position that fits him a whole lot better anyway and Allen Craig would take over…

  19. The Marlins have some interest in Wandy Rodriguez

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:43 PM EDT

    Wandy Rodriguez

    We learned earlier today that if the Marlins do indeed sign Albert Pujols, they’ll be out on free agent left-handers C.J. Wilson and Mark Buehrle and turn their focus on the trade market. The Marlins were already connected in talks for A’s left-hander Gio Gonzalez last month and Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com hears that they…

  20. Free agency not to their liking, Indians looking to trade for bat

    Dec 6, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

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    7:13 p.m. EST update: Danny Knobler of CBS Sports reports that the Astros tried to interest the Indians in Carlos Lee, but that even covering half of his $18 million salary wasn’t enough to tempt Cleveland. Lee does offer a solid right-handed bat, but he’d have to come in at significantly less than $9 million to…

  21. Nationals among five finalists for Mark Buehrle

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:38 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    Several sources are reporting that Mark Buehrle is down to five finalists, and while it’s not yet certain what five teams those are, CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler is guessing that it’s the Angels, Cardinals, Marlins, Nationals and Rangers. Andrea Comak of The Washington Times has a source confirming that the Nationals are one of the five.…

  22. Kyle Lohse would block Cardinals’ attempt to trade him

    Dec 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    Kyle Lohse

    There have been several reports that the Cardinals are looking to trade Kyle Lohse, presumably to open up a rotation spot for Mark Buehrle, but one potential stumbling block is that Lohse has a full no-trade clause. And according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch he would use it to block a…

  23. Working around Albert Pujols’ desire for a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

    pujols grimace

    Really, this shouldn’t be a dealbreaker. Albert Pujols wants a no-trade clause. The Marlins have a long-standing policy of not offering them. Both of those positions are understandable. Still, there should be a way around it. For starters, Pujols would automatically get full no-trade protection after five years with the Marlins under the league’s 10-5 policy (any…

  24. Marlins won’t give Albert Pujols a no-trade clause

    Dec 6, 2011, 3:31 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    UPDATE: Marlins president David Samson said this afternoon that “there will not be a free agent signed that includes a no-trade clause.” So if that’s truly a sticking point for Pujols, it would be a deal-breaker. ========== Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms previous reports that the Marlins have offered Albert Pujols a 10-year contract and…

  25. While we wait to see if the Marlins land Pujols …

    Dec 6, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

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    Look, I just feel like we need to get out in front of this stuff now, OK?  So just know that you’re all on notice of the following ethical considerations: 1. Anyone who describes Albert Pujols going to Miami in terms that even remotely refer to the LeBron James situation shall be fined $200 and…

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