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Sandy Alderson, NY Mets can be patient as trade market for R.A. Dickey holds many different possibilities
Sandy Alderson set the bar high on Monday, saying he would have to get a “difference-maker’’ in any trade for R.A. Dickey. And while offers so far seem to fall below that level, plenty of people at these Winter Meetings seem to believe Dickey indeedUpvote Share Tweet
The Rockies acquired right-hander Wilton Lopez and a player to be named or cash from the Astros on Tuesday night for righty starter Alex White and Minor League right-hander Alex Gillingham.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves on the lookout for outfielder, bat off benchWhile the baseball world continues to wonder where free-agent outfielders Josh Hamilton and Michael Bourn might land, the Braves feel even better about the fact that they signed their new center fielder, B.J. Upton, before arriving for this year's Winte…Upvote Share Tweet
Cashman confirms meeting with Youkilis' agentNew York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman struck a very pessimistic tone about replacing Alex Rodriguez after heard the price tags for other third basemen on the open market, including Kevin Youkilis.Upvote Share TweetFree agent Eric Hinske agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Free agent outfielder Shane Victorino and the Boston Red Sox are close to completing a three-year deal worth $39 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press on TuesdayUpvote Share Tweet
Nashville RBI's footprints felt far and wideAt Lipscomb University, which is across town from the annual baseball conclave, Major League Baseball on Tuesday evening put its prestige behind an RBI (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities) fundraiser and clinic.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn - While team executives zeroed in on trade and free-agent targets at the winter meetings on Tuesday, Chicago Cubs manager Dale Sveum described what it was like being between the crosshairs of a former teammate and Hall of Famer. Sveum saUpvote Share TweetWe begin this analysis of the Washington Nationals with a few words from the manager. "World Series or bust," Davey Johnson said on Tuesday at the Winter Meetings.Upvote Share Tweet
Gardy not worried about contract situationThe 2013 season is an important one for Twins manager Ron Gardenhire. Gardenhire has just one year left on his contract after telling general manager Terry Ryan he wasn't deserving of an extension after the club finished with the worst record in the Ame…Upvote Share TweetTexas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he has not communicated with Josh Hamilton agent, Mike Moye, at the winter meetings.Upvote Share TweetHaving spent much of Tuesday meeting with agents and holding internal discussions about various players, Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak said late in the afternoon that "nothing's changed really" in the level of activity over the past 24 hours.Upvote Share Tweet
Free agents on the move at Meetings' midway pointThrough Day 2 of the annual gathering of baseball's brain trusts at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., it's evident that free-agent markets are starting to line up.Upvote Share TweetAlthough manager Ned Yost keeps talking about the Royals hitting more home runs next year, that doesn't seem to stop speculation about a trade involving his top home-run hitter, Billy Butler.Upvote Share Tweet
Machado fully recovered from bout with meningitisOrioles infielder Manny Machado was hospitalized with meningitis last month, but is fully recovered and has resumed his offseason workouts.Upvote Share TweetThe Dodgers made a long-term offer to Korean pitcher Ryu Hyun-jin on Tuesday, but it was rejected by agent Scott Boras. "Predictably, it fell a tad short," said general manager Ned Colletti.Upvote Share Tweet
Ryan Howard plays ‘trash the dress’ with his brideRyan Howard married longtime girlfriend Krystle Campbell in Hawaii on Saturday and the newlyweds celebrated by taking part in the newish "trash the dress" fad. The Philadelphia Phillies first baseman and the former Philadelphia Eagles cheerle…Upvote Share TweetThe Rangers have officially added reliever Joakim Soria, signing the free agent to a two-year deal with a club option for 2015.Upvote Share Tweet
Farrell addresses his departure from TorontoJohn Farrell maintains he was always open and honest with the Blue Jays' front office about his desire to one day return to Boston.Upvote Share TweetThe Nationals seem to be betting that Dan Haren's down year resulted from a two-month slump, rather than the beginning of a decline phase. If they're right, they got quite a bargain on Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetMariners general manager Jack Zduriencik continued pursuing every available avenue to improve his club's offense Tuesday at the Winter Meetings and his agenda included a sitdown with agent Scott Boras, whose top available client is free-agent center fie…Upvote Share TweetThere were no Brewers deals on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings but there was movement.Upvote Share Tweet
Friedman juggling possibilities in Nashville"We've got a lot of balls in the air," said Andrew Friedman of the Rays, who have been linked during the Winter Meetings to Yunel Escobar and Mark Reynolds.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- David Wright and the New York Mets finalized a $138 million, eight-year contract Tuesday, the largest deal in the team's history.Upvote Share Tweet
Orioles working on repeat of charmed 2012Things are different in Baltimore this year, as the Orioles try to improve on their breakout 93-win campaign. But where do they go for an encore?Upvote Share Tweet
Gibson makes Hall cases for Morris, TrammellD-backs manager and former World Series hero Kirk Gibson is not shy about the fact he believes former Tigers teammates Jack Morris and Alan Trammell belong in the Hall of Fame.Upvote Share Tweet
Reimold, Wada progressing ahead of scheduleThe Orioles have gotten positive reports from outfielder Nolan Reimold and pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, who are recovering from surgical procedures and are ahead of their projected schedule.Upvote Share TweetThe Padres have spent that last few years going to great lengths to improve their Minor League system. As you might expect, parting with such young, controllable talent isn't something that excites the front office.Upvote Share TweetFor the second straight year, the Rangers will play an exhibition game against the Mexico City Red Devils. The game will be played at the Ballpark in Arlington at 7:05 p.m. CT on March 28.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs likely to finalize deal with Fujikawa on FridayThe Cubs are expected to complete the agreement with Japanese pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa on Friday. The right-hander has reportedly agreed to a two-year, $9.5 million contract, which includes vesting options valued at $5.5 million or $6 million, to be deter…Upvote Share Tweet
Mariners announce plans for 'Edgar's' restaurantThe Mariners announced plans Tuesday to install an open-air "Edgar's" restaurant in honor of Edgar Martinez in the left-field corner as part of the new outfield construction for next season.Upvote Share Tweet
Baseball America names Reds Organization of YearThe Reds received prestigious recognition on Tuesday, when they were named the 2012 Organization of the Year by Baseball America.Upvote Share Tweet
Actor Ford to help present Selig Award to ScullyActor Harrison Ford, star of the upcoming baseball film "42," will present the Bud Selig Executive Leadership Award to Vin Scully at the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation's 10th annual "In the Spirit of the Game" Sports and Ent…Upvote Share Tweet
Mr. Met look-alike spotted at meetings (Video)NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With good reason, I thought this guy was Mr. Met, the New York Mets' longtime ball-headed mascot. But no, (s)he is Homer, the mascot for the Miracle League of North Alabama, an organization that builds playgrounds enabling kids and yUpvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. - No matter how fast he might be, please hold your horses regarding top prospect Billy Hamilton helping the Cincinnati Reds in a meaningful way in 2013. When asked about him at the winter meetings on Monday, manager Dusty Baker put upUpvote Share Tweet
Source: Yanks insured for most of A-Rod dealAccording to a baseball source with knowledge of the contract, the Yankees are insured for a good portion of the $114 million they owe Rodriguez over the next five seasons.Upvote Share Tweet
Lasorda: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa not Hall-worthyCount Tommy Lasorda among those who don't believe Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and Sammy Sosa should reach baseball's highest honor and be elected to the Hall of Fame.Upvote Share Tweet
Heroics net Ibanez Postseason Moment GIBBYRaul Ibanez's power display in Game 3 of the ALDS was unforgettable for anyone who was in the Bronx that night. It also stuck in the memories of voters, who found Ibanez worthy of a Greatness in Baseball Yearly (GIBBY) Award as this year's best Postseas…Upvote Share Tweet
Johnny Damon’s faux hawk has returnedWe now interrupt these winter meetings to note that Johnny Damon's faux hawk is back and that it is big and beautiful. Hypnotizing, too. (There's a rumor that the outfielder's former Captain Caveman persona appears if you stare at the center of this col…Upvote Share Tweet
MLB.com's Hagen wins Hall's Spink AwardMLB.com's Paul Hagen has been voted the winner of the annual J.G. Taylor Spink Award by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, it was announced at the Winter Meetings on Tuesday.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Juice has taken a short break from its offseason hibernation, and Big League Stew's David Brown is on the scene of baseball's winter meetings. Stop back on Wednesday to preview what's ahead at the biggest major-league congregationUpvote Share Tweet
Animated Infographic: Watch As America's Stadiums Pile Up On The Backs Of Taxpayers Through The Yearsdeadspin.com Updated Dec 4, 2012When Jeffrey Loria decided to once again blow up his Marlins, it sparked a brief outrage over the $500 million in public money that had been spent on the team's brand new stadium. These outrages happen every couple years or so and are forgotten in time …Upvote Share TweetWelcome back! Baseball's winter meetings continue down in Nashville today and hopefully there will be a bit more action than there was on Monday. You're going to want to follow it all when it does go down, so use this handy-dandy tracker to keep tabs on…Upvote Share Tweet
Upton rumors are becoming a traditionJustin Upton was taken by the D-backs with the first overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft. There's no truth to the rumor that he's been on the trading block ever since, but sometimes it feels that way.Upvote Share Tweet
Cubs' Offseason PlanDec 4ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers reports on the Cubs from the winter meetings.
Techin' InDec 4ESPN tech expert Katie Linendoll talks BCS, holiday gifts and RG3's fancy sleep technology.
Sveum Happy With Additions To The RotationDec 4Cubs manager Dale Sveum talks to the media at the winter meetings about his team's offseason pitching pickups and what he expects in his second year as manager.
Joe Girardi On The Yankees' OffseasonDec 4Joe Girardi talks about Alex Rodriguez's injury and what is next for the Yankees.
Don Banks: Costly losses give Ravens, Bears something to worry about in ra…Dec 4Week 13 in the NFL had its requisite amount of 16 losers -- and, yes, we know the Rams and 49ers nearly tied once again -- but nobody in the league lost more ground than the Bears and Ravens, both of whom were upset at home on Sunday by six-win teams, d…
Peter King: Behind star trio, rookie QB class playing beyond its years; ma…Dec 4LANDOVER, Md. -- "It's all being ready to play at a younger age,'' Robert Griffin III said early this morning, putting those crazy striped socks on at his locker at FedEx Field. "I mean, look at how [South Carolina defensive end] Jadeveon Clow…
Clayton mailbag: Most disappointing teams of 2012Dec 4Before each season, experts try to pick the surprise teams. But these teams surprised us by being disappointing, writes John Clayton.
Peter King: RGIII helps overcome Giants as Redskins gain ground in NFC Eas…Dec 4LANDOVER, Md. -- A few minutes after Washington's 17-16 victory over the Giants on Monday night made the NFC East a competition instead of a rout with four games to play, the raucous crowd of 80,000 at FedEx Field couldn't get enough of its hero. "…