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Sandy Alderson, NY Mets can be patient as trade market for R.A.…

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 indeed
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  • Rox acquire Lopez from Astros to bolster 'pen

    Rox acquire Lopez from Astros to bolster 'pen

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    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.
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  • Braves on the lookout for outfielder, bat off bench

    Braves on the lookout for outfielder, bat off bench

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    While 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…
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  • Cashman confirms meeting with Youkilis' agent

    Cashman confirms meeting with Youkilis' agent

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    New 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.
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  • Hinske, Diamondbacks agree to one-year deal

    Hinske, Diamondbacks agree to one-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Free agent Eric Hinske agreed Tuesday to a one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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  • Source: Victorino, Red Sox near $39M, 3-yr deal

    Source: Victorino, Red Sox near $39M, 3-yr deal

    CNNSI.com MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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 Tuesday
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  • Nashville RBI's footprints felt far and wide

    Nashville RBI's footprints felt far and wide

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    At 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.
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  • Dale Sveum was accidentally shot by Robin Yount during a recent…

    Dale Sveum was accidentally shot by Robin Yount during a recent quail hunt

    yahoo.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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 sa
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  • Davey has supreme confidence in Nationals

    Davey has supreme confidence in Nationals

    MLB.com yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    We 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.
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  • Gardy not worried about contract situation

    Gardy not worried about contract situation

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Rangers GM: No Hamilton progress at meetings

    Rangers GM: No Hamilton progress at meetings

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he has not communicated with Josh Hamilton agent, Mike Moye, at the winter meetings.
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  • Quiet Cards stay the course on Day 2 of Meetings

    Quiet Cards stay the course on Day 2 of Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Having 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.
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  • Free agents on the move at Meetings' midway point

    Free agents on the move at Meetings' midway point

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Through 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.
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  • Royals aren't entertaining Butler talks in Nashville

    Royals aren't entertaining Butler talks in Nashville

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Although 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.
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  • Machado fully recovered from bout with meningitis

    Machado fully recovered from bout with meningitis

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Orioles infielder Manny Machado was hospitalized with meningitis last month, but is fully recovered and has resumed his offseason workouts.
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  • Dodgers not close in negotiations with Ryu

    Dodgers not close in negotiations with Ryu

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Ryan Howard plays ‘trash the dress’ with his bride

    Ryan Howard plays ‘trash the dress’ with his bride

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    Ryan 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…
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  • Closer Soria signs two-year deal with Rangers

    Closer Soria signs two-year deal with Rangers

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Rangers have officially added reliever Joakim Soria, signing the free agent to a two-year deal with a club option for 2015.
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  • Farrell addresses his departure from Toronto

    Farrell addresses his departure from Toronto

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    John Farrell maintains he was always open and honest with the Blue Jays' front office about his desire to one day return to Boston.
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  • Nats may have gotten a steal in Haren

    Nats may have gotten a steal in Haren

    The 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.
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  • Zduriencik meets with outfielder Bourn's agent

    Zduriencik meets with outfielder Bourn's agent

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Mariners 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…
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  • Dempster, Myers part of Brewers' discussions

    Dempster, Myers part of Brewers' discussions

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    There were no Brewers deals on Day 2 of the Winter Meetings but there was movement.
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  • Friedman juggling possibilities in Nashville

    Friedman juggling possibilities in Nashville

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    "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.
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  • Wright, Mets agree to new $138M, 8-year deal

    Wright, Mets agree to new $138M, 8-year deal

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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.
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  • Orioles working on repeat of charmed 2012

    Orioles working on repeat of charmed 2012

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Things 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?
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  • Gibson makes Hall cases for Morris, Trammell

    Gibson makes Hall cases for Morris, Trammell

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    D-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.
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  • Reimold, Wada progressing ahead of schedule

    Reimold, Wada progressing ahead of schedule

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Padres looking to retain their youth at Meetings

    Padres looking to retain their youth at Meetings

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Rangers to host Mexico City Red Devils for exhibition

    Rangers to host Mexico City Red Devils for exhibition

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    For 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.
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  • Cubs likely to finalize deal with Fujikawa on Friday

    Cubs likely to finalize deal with Fujikawa on Friday

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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…
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  • Mariners announce plans for 'Edgar's' restaurant

    Mariners announce plans for 'Edgar's' restaurant

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Baseball America names Reds Organization of Year

    Baseball America names Reds Organization of Year

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    The Reds received prestigious recognition on Tuesday, when they were named the 2012 Organization of the Year by Baseball America.
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  • Actor Ford to help present Selig Award to Scully

    Actor Ford to help present Selig Award to Scully

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Actor 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…
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  • Mr. Met look-alike spotted at meetings (Video)

    Mr. Met look-alike spotted at meetings (Video)

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    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 y
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  • Dusty Baker: Billy Hamilton ‘has a few things to learn about ba…

    Dusty Baker: Billy Hamilton ‘has a few things to learn about baseball’ before promotion

    yahoo.com MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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 up
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  • Source: Yanks insured for most of A-Rod deal

    Source: Yanks insured for most of A-Rod deal

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    According 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.
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  • Lasorda: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa not Hall-worthy

    Lasorda: Bonds, Clemens, Sosa not Hall-worthy

    ESPN.com Dec 4, 2012
    Count 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.
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  • Heroics net Ibanez Postseason Moment GIBBY

    Heroics net Ibanez Postseason Moment GIBBY

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Raul 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…
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  • Johnny Damon’s faux hawk has returned

    Johnny Damon’s faux hawk has returned

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    We 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…
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  • MLB.com's Hagen wins Hall's Spink Award

    MLB.com's Hagen wins Hall's Spink Award

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    MLB.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.
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  • The Juice: Feels like a blockbuster Day 2 at winter meetings

    The Juice: Feels like a blockbuster Day 2 at winter meetings

    yahoo.com grantland.com Dec 4, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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 congregation
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  • Animated Infographic: Watch As America's Stadiums Pile Up On Th…

    Animated Infographic: Watch As America's Stadiums Pile Up On The Backs Of Taxpayers Through The Years

    deadspin.com Dec 4, 2012
    When 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 …
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  • The Stew’s winter meetings tracker: Tuesday

    The Stew’s winter meetings tracker: Tuesday

    yahoo.com Dec 4, 2012
    Welcome 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…
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  • Upton rumors are becoming a tradition

    Upton rumors are becoming a tradition

    MLB.com Dec 4, 2012
    Justin 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.
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  • Video - Cubs' Offseason Plan 01:13

    Cubs' Offseason Plan

    Dec 4
    ESPNChicago.com's Jesse Rogers reports on the Cubs from the winter meetings.
  • Video - Techin' In 01:38

    Techin' In

    Dec 4
    ESPN tech expert Katie Linendoll talks BCS, holiday gifts and RG3's fancy sleep technology.
  • Video - Sveum Happy With Additions To The Rotation 02:23

    Sveum Happy With Additions To The Rotation

    Dec 4
    Cubs 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.
  • Video - Joe Girardi On The Yankees' Offseason 03:43

    Joe Girardi On The Yankees' Offseason

    Dec 4
    Joe Girardi talks about Alex Rodriguez's injury and what is next for the Yankees.

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    Dec 4
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    Dec 4
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    Dec 4
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    Dec 4
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