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Source: Blanton to Angels for two years, $15M

Source: Blanton to Angels for two years, $15M

ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Dec 5, 2012
The Los Angeles Angels agreed to a two-year, $15 million deal with starter Joe Blanton and a multiyear deal with reliever Sean Burnett on Wednesday.
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  • Scioscia looks to fill void left by Torii

    Scioscia looks to fill void left by Torii

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Mike Scioscia is comfortable with the Angels' outfield alignment despite Torii Hunter's free-agent departure, but replacing the veteran in the No. 2 spot in the lineup is a tall task.
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  • Jeter says he should be ready for season opener

    Jeter says he should be ready for season opener

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter cheerily posed with four student leaders from his Turn 2 Foundation who were wearing Yankees jerseys and elf hats and asked a question to the group of photographers snapping away.
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  • Source: Cubs add Schierholtz on one-year deal

    Source: Cubs add Schierholtz on one-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Chicago Cubs and free agent outfielder Nate Schierholtz reached an agreement on a one-year, guaranteed $2.25 million major-league contract Wednesday, according to a baseball source.
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  • Larkin says drug cheats don't belong in Hall

    Larkin says drug cheats don't belong in Hall

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    Barry Larkin wants to keep baseball's most exclusive club clean.
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  • Cashner hurts finger tendon in hunting accident

    Cashner hurts finger tendon in hunting accident

    ESPN.com yahoo.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    San Diego Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner cut a tendon in his right thumb during a hunting accident and probably will start the season on the disabled list.
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  • Sources: Cubs, free agent Dempster talk deal

    Sources: Cubs, free agent Dempster talk deal

    ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    The agent for free-agent pitcher Ryan Dempster has had conversations with the Cubs on a possible return to Chicago, according to major league sources.
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  • Indians seeking bat while pitching market unfolds

    Indians seeking bat while pitching market unfolds

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Indians have been involved in numerous discussions at the Winter Meetings to fill their holes at first base and in the outfield.
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  • Tigers, Boras not on same page about closers

    Tigers, Boras not on same page about closers

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    As Tigers officials and Scott Boras talked around the same time Wednesday afternoon under the same roof at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel, they couldn't have sounded much further apart -- not just financially, but philosophically. It wasn't about starting p…
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  • White Sox plan to explore utility infielder options

    White Sox plan to explore utility infielder options

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    If the 2013 season started this week, then Minor Leaguers Carlos Sanchez or Tyler Saladino stand as the prime utility infield candidates under White Sox control. Of course, the season does not start in early December, giving general manager Rick Hahn ti…
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  • Leyland preparing for 50th season in pro ball

    Leyland preparing for 50th season in pro ball

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    If manager Jim Leyland can get the Tigers through the last postseason step during his 50th season in baseball, he'll have one more memory that will trump all the others.
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  • Source: Francis, Rockies agree to 1-year deal

    Source: Francis, Rockies agree to 1-year deal

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Free agent left-hander Jeff Francis has agreed to a one-year contract with the Colorado Rockies pending a physical exam, a baseball source said Wednesday.
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  • Source: D-backs, Chavez have 1-year, $3M deal

    Source: D-backs, Chavez have 1-year, $3M deal

    NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Arizona Diamondbacks and infielder Eric Chavez have agreed to terms on a $3 million, one-year contract.
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  • Much in flux as busy Meetings head into last day

    Much in flux as busy Meetings head into last day

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    While the top of the market remained on a steady simmer, the fringes of free agency continued to feed the hunger for news as the Winter Meetings worked through a third day Wednesday in relatively quiet fashion, at least when it comes to big-name deals.
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  • Rangers GM Daniels met with Hamilton's agent

    Rangers GM Daniels met with Hamilton's agent

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Texas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he met with Josh Hamilton's agent, Mike Moye, but that nothing has changed in terms of negotiating a deal with the former American League MVP.
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  • Signing Wright a step in right direction for Mets

    Signing Wright a step in right direction for Mets

    The Mets went a long way toward securing the future of the franchise by signing David Wright on Wednesday. And with that step, there's hope that the best is yet to come.
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  • Bo discusses upcoming documentary

    Bo discusses upcoming documentary

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Royals fans watching the video clips at Kauffman Stadium last season saw Bo Jackson hitting monster home runs, climbing an outfield wall and making The Throw in Seattle. At times, the two-sport star seemed like Superman as he played baseball for the Roy…
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  • Moore still looking for pitcher to lead rotation

    Moore still looking for pitcher to lead rotation

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    As the hours dwindled down on the Winter Meetings, Royals general manager Dayton Moore was sharpening his focus on his primary target: A top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher.
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  • Dodgers' pursuit of pitching going slowly

    Dodgers' pursuit of pitching going slowly

    MLB.com CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    A tight-lipped Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said he spoke Wednesday to Casey Close, agent for top free-agent target Zack Greinke, but wouldn't say if he made an offer, adding that he didn't have "any idea" when a Greinke deal might occ…
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  • With Escobar out, Marlins' focus turns to hot corner

    With Escobar out, Marlins' focus turns to hot corner

    Trading Yunel Escobar was the Marlins' primary objective heading into the Winter Meetings, and they were able to pull that off late Tuesday night. All day on Wednesday, the organization was weighing possible candidates to take over at third base.
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  • Jim "Jimbo" Leyland Was The Most Popular Boy At His H…

    Jim "Jimbo" Leyland Was The Most Popular Boy At His High School 50 Years Ago

    deadspin.com Dec 5, 2012
    Jim Leyland held court for the media today at baseball's winter meetings, and by all indications, he put on quite a show. Craig Calcaterra over at Hardball Talk has all of the highlights-Leyland on the World Baseball Classic: "I support it because the C
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  • Payroll-cutting Yankees face temptation

    Payroll-cutting Yankees face temptation

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Yankees are used to overindulging in the finest of free-agent players, but they have paid the price for their extravagances and claim they aren't going to do it anymore.
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  • Red Sox meet with Hamilton, plan to keep Ellsbury

    Red Sox meet with Hamilton, plan to keep Ellsbury

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    MLB.com confirmed that general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell did meet with Josh Hamilton in person at some point during the Meetings. In other news, Cherington disputed the notion that he's motivated to trade Jacoby Ellsbury.
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  • Look to the AL West to spice up Hot Stove talks

    Look to the AL West to spice up Hot Stove talks

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    At some point soon -- by the end of the winter, by the end of the week or maybe even by time you're done reading this article -- something big is bound to go down in the American League West.
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  • Manuel's wish list begins with center fielder

    Manuel's wish list begins with center fielder

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Phillies manager Charlie Manuel wants a lot of things, but he said Wednesday he mostly wants a center fielder.
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  • Mets COO: Deal not necessary to keep Dickey

    Mets COO: Deal not necessary to keep Dickey

    ESPN.com MLB.com yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    For the second time in recent weeks, Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon insisted that the organization may ultimately let R.A. Dickey pitch for New York next season, during the knuckleballer's walk year.
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  • Excited Redmond ready to change Marlins' culture

    Excited Redmond ready to change Marlins' culture

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Building a winning culture will be among the biggest challenges for Mike Redmond, but it is something the new Marlins manager is certainly familiar with.
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  • Braves exercise Fredi Gonzalez's 2014 option

    Braves exercise Fredi Gonzalez's 2014 option

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Atlanta Braves have exercised their 2014 option on the contract of manager Fredi Gonzalez.
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  • Jocketty: Ludwick talks continuing amid quiet scene

    Jocketty: Ludwick talks continuing amid quiet scene

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Reds' efforts to re-sign free-agent left fielder Ryan Ludwick continued on Wednesday during the third day of the Winter Meetings. But a deal wasn't quite in reach yet.
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  • Fowler a trade target, but Rockies' price high

    Fowler a trade target, but Rockies' price high

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Winter Meetings have thrust center fielder Dexter Fowler's name into the forefront of trade speculation, but multiple sources said Wednesday the Rockies are making it clear that that the price for such a player is high.
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  • Source: LHP Choate agrees to sign with Cards

    Source: LHP Choate agrees to sign with Cards

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Left-handed reliever Randy Choate has agreed to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals, a source told ESPN.
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  • Phillies Reporter In Trouble With The Government After Five Bab…

    Phillies Reporter In Trouble With The Government After Five Babies Died In The Baby Recliner She Invented

    deadspin.com Dec 5, 2012
    Leslie Gudel was Philadelphia's first full-time female sports anchor, spending more than a decade with Comcast SportsNet. A couple of years ago she left the desk to report on the Phillies, where she continues to this day. But in her spare time, she crea…
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  • Counsell: Not 'right time' to leave Milwaukee

    Counsell: Not 'right time' to leave Milwaukee

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    Brewers special assistant Craig Counsell cited family considerations for last week's decision to withdraw his name from consideration for the hitting coach position in Boston. The Red Sox subsequently hired Greg Colbrunn.
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  • Keppinger gets 3-year, $12M deal with White Sox

    Keppinger gets 3-year, $12M deal with White Sox

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press that versatile infielder Jeff Keppinger has reached agreement with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract.
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  • Source: Bay reaches one-year deal with Mariners

    Source: Bay reaches one-year deal with Mariners

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Jason Bay has reached a one-year contract with the Seattle Mariners.
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  • Report: Orioles re-sign McLouth to 1-year deal

    Report: Orioles re-sign McLouth to 1-year deal

    ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent outfielder Nate McLouth has rejoined the Baltimore Orioles with a one-year contract worth $2 million.
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  • Scutaro staying with Giants for three years, $20M

    Scutaro staying with Giants for three years, $20M

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 5, 2012
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Second baseman Marco Scutaro is staying in San Francisco, right where he wanted to be.
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  • Ron Gardenhire at crossroads with Twins

    Ron Gardenhire at crossroads with Twins

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Ron Gardenhire and the Minnesota Twins parting ways? Say it ain't so! OK, it ain't so. At least not yet. Gardenhire has been a fixture with the Twins since taking over for Tom Kelly in 2002. His teams have finished first six times. An
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  • Late Jays announcer Cheek wins Frick Award

    Late Jays announcer Cheek wins Frick Award

    Former Toronto Blue Jays announcer Tom Cheek has won the Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting.
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  • Robin Yount Shot Dale Sveum In The Ear While Quail Hunting

    Robin Yount Shot Dale Sveum In The Ear While Quail Hunting

    deadspin.com CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    Baseball's winter meetings haven't been a huge source of excitement so far this year. The Nationals made a splash by signing Dan Haren, but the big names like Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke are still waiting to be snapped up, and no blockbuster trades h…
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  • The Juice: A three-team megatrade involving Justin Upton sure w…

    The Juice: A three-team megatrade involving Justin Upton sure would liven things up

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 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. Thanks for visiting and see you again next spring. Do something! (Or don't): Sadly, the
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  • The Stew’s winter meetings tracker: Wednesday

    The Stew’s winter meetings tracker: Wednesday

    yahoo.com Dec 5, 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 and Tuesday. You're going to want to follow it all when it does go down, so use this handy-dandy tracker to …
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  • Indians, D-backs talk Asdrubal-for-Bauer swap

    Indians, D-backs talk Asdrubal-for-Bauer swap

    MLB.com Dec 5, 2012
    The Indians and D-backs have discussed the framework of a deal that centers around Tribe shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and Arizona right-hander Trevor Bauer, an industry source said early Wednesday.
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  • Source: Haren, Nats close to 1-year, $13M deal

    Source: Haren, Nats close to 1-year, $13M deal

    CNNSI.com Dec 5, 2012
    ASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Free agent pitcher Dan Haren and the Washington Nationals are close to completing a one-year deal for $13 million, a person familiar with the talks told The Associated Press.
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  • Video - Red Sox Latest News 03:03

    Red Sox Latest News

    Dec 5
    Gordon Edes and Joe McDonald take a look at the Red Sox offseason.
  • Video - Winter Meetings: Free Agent Update 01:10

    Winter Meetings: Free Agent Update

    Dec 5
    ESPN's Keith Law on where big name free agents such as Zack Greinke, Josh Hamilton and Nick Swisher may land.
  • Video - Kurkjian One On One With Gonzalez 02:08

    Kurkjian One On One With Gonzalez

    Dec 5
    ESPN's Tim Kurkjian sits down with Fredi Gonzalez and discuss losing Chipper Jones and the addition of B.J. Upton.
  • Video - Wright Thrilled To Be A Met 04:30

    Wright Thrilled To Be A Met

    Dec 5
    David Wright talks to Tim Kurkjian about how his new deal came to fruition and the R.A. Dickey negotiations.

Sports Columnists

  • Sources: Los Angeles Lakers rebuffing trade inquiries for Pau Gasol

    Dec 5
    The Los Angeles Lakers, largely at the behest of general manager Mitch Kupchak, have rebuffed trade inquiries from at least two teams for Pau Gasol, according to sources with knowledge of the Lakers' thinking.
  • Daily Dime: Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers a lesson in NBA busines…

    Dec 5
    J.A. Adande examines the Clippers' win over the Mavericks