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NY Mets need to treat knuckleballer R.A. Dickey like a Cy Young winner in contract negotiations, not just trade talksThe Mets left the winter meetings on Thursday no closer to a solution regarding R.A. Dickey, and yet their time here sure did crystallize the double standard of a stance they’ve taken on their 20-game winner.Upvote Share TweetThe hottest position of this Hot Stove season is the hot corner. Cliff Corcoran examines the thin third-base market, the lack of multi-year contracts for starting pitchers and more.Upvote Share Tweet
MLB auction raises more than $150K for SU2CThe Stand Up To Cancer auction's stunning success and creative energy was largely the collaboration by all 30 Major League club public-relations directors and their staffs -- individuals who have had enough of cancer diagnoses among co-workers and frien…Upvote Share TweetKevin Youkilis was back in Boston on Thursday night for his annual charity event. He has a one-year, $12 million offer standing from the Yanks, with New York in need of a third baseman. But Youkilis didn't throw another log on the rumor-mill fire.Upvote Share TweetThe Chicago Cubs agreed to a deal Thursday with Japanese relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa.Upvote Share TweetMINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Minnesota Twins have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Jared Burton on a two-year, $5.5 million contract that includes a club option for the 2015 season.Upvote Share Tweet
Fat Chipper Jones Has Divorced His Wife And Now Has A Playboy Model Girlfrienddeadspin.com Dec 6, 2012Leave it to those sleuths of scuzz over at Busted Coverage to make a find like this. Chipper Jones has retired, finalized his divorce from his second wife, and now appears to be dating Taylor Higgins, better known to the world as Lexi Ray or Lexi Ray Ta…Upvote Share TweetSpeculation when the winter began was that the two Los Angeles-area teams would engage in a bidding war for the top free-agent pitcher, Zack Greinke. It hasn't quite worked out that way so far.Upvote Share TweetTexas Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said he leaves baseball's winter meetings without getting any major deals "across the finish line" but did get a clearer picture of how he hopes to assemble his 2013 team.Upvote Share TweetThe Cubs re-signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a one-year contract on Thursday, less than a week after non-tendering him.Upvote Share Tweet
Wright, Mets donating $250K to NYC Mayor's FundHaving grown up in Virginia, an area that's seen its share of hurricane damage, Mets third baseman David Wright could speak with authority on the topic when he returned to New York on Thursday, about a month after Hurricane Sandy devastated parts of the…Upvote Share TweetFree agent first baseman James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays completed their $2 million, 1-year contract Thursday.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reliever Koji Uehara has reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical.Upvote Share TweetTurns out you can put a price on perfection. The total: $756,000 for the New York Yankees jersey that Don Larsen wore in 1956 while pitching the only perfect game in World Series history. As reported by Darren Rovell of ESPN.com, the auction for the fam…Upvote Share TweetThe Nationals went to the Winter Meetings determined to re-sign first baseman Adam LaRoche. The problem is, they still differ on the length of the contract. LaRoche wants a three-year deal, but the Nats don't want to give him more than a two-year deal.Upvote Share Tweet
Pieces fall into place for Rays as Meetings wrapUnlike recent Winter Meetings in which the Rays did more talking about deals than pulling the trigger, they acquired two critical pieces for 2013 during this year's event.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reed Johnson, the top pinch hitter in the National League last season, rejoined the Atlanta Braves on Thursday with a one-year contract that includes a club option for 2014.Upvote Share TweetNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Houston Astros took hard-throwing reliever Josh Fields from the Boston system Thursday with the overall first pick in the draft of players left off 40-man rosters.Upvote Share TweetAfter a quiet start to the Winter Meetings, the Twins made a big splash on the final day on Thursday.Upvote Share TweetWhile the Rangers did not make any major announcements at the Winter Meetings, they were certainly stirring up the rumors and at least appearing to be on the brink of doing something big.Upvote Share Tweet
Boston acquires Kaminska to complete Stewart tradeThe Red Sox acquired right-hander Kyle Kaminska on Thursday to complete the Nov. 28 trade that sent Zach Stewart to the Pirates.Upvote Share Tweet
Braves wrap up Meetings with Johnson signingBraves general manager Frank Wren proved to be correct with his assumption that he would not make an impact transaction during this year's Winter Meetings. But Wren was able to bring back outfielder Reed Johnson on a one-year deal Thursday to bolster th…Upvote Share Tweet
The Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura fight, as imagined in the world of RBI Baseballyahoo.com Dec 6, 2012We've had a lot of RBI Baseball-related content on Big League Stew over the years from chatting about the classic video game with Matt Holliday to a rapper who samples the catchy theme song to the guy who recreated Game 6 of the '86 World Series on the …Upvote Share Tweet
Rockies select lefty Rosenbaum in Rule 5 DraftThe Rockies selected left-handed pitcher Daniel Rosenbaum from the Nationals in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft and will thrust him into competition for a spot on the pitching staff.Upvote Share Tweet
Strong already, AL West can up the anteThe American League West is where the power resides now, with all due respect to the reigning World Series champions in San Francisco and the Giants' eternal rivals down south.Upvote Share TweetBaseball's winter meetings will return to Nashville in 2015.Upvote Share Tweet
It's been a winter of content for AngelsHere's to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who've quietly had themselves a terrific offseason. Bullpen? Check. Rotation? Check.Upvote Share Tweet
Inciarte selected by Phillies in Rule 5 DraftThe Phillies found at least one potential center fielder Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings. They selected Ender Inciarte from the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Rule 5 Draft.Upvote Share Tweet
Padres lose Freiman, keep other assets in Rule 5The Padres lost first baseman Nate Freiman in the Rule 5 Draft but were able to keep prospects such as infielder Jonathan Galvez and righty Jerry Sullivan.Upvote Share Tweet
Seattle takes Farris in Triple-A portion of Rule 5The Mariners didn't select anyone in the Major League portion of Thursday's Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings, but they did take second baseman Eric Farris from the Brewers' organization in the Triple-A portion of the proceedings.Upvote Share Tweet
Twins select right-hander Pressly in Rule 5 DraftThe Twins selected right-hander Ryan Pressly from the Red Sox organization in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings on Thursday.Upvote Share Tweet
Texas grabs 'pen candidate Wood in Rule 5 DraftThe Rangers selected right-handed reliever Coty Wood from the Rockies' organization in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings.Upvote Share TweetThe Marlins exit the Winter Meetings in search of a third baseman. President of baseball operations Larry Beinfest makes it clear there is work to be done with the roster before Spring Training.Upvote Share Tweet
Tom Verducci: It might finally be time for Upton, Diamondbacks to part waysCNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012Justin Upton has MVP talent and the Diamondbacks have him under contract for three more years. So why might it be time for them to part ways? Tom Verducci explains in Three Strikes.Upvote Share Tweet
End of the world sale! Normal CornBelters make tickets available before doomsdayyahoo.com Dec 6, 2012As the winter meetings reach their final day and the New York Yankees continue getting beat to the punch on potential free agent targets, one can't help but wonder if the Mayans were correct in predicting Dec. 21, 2012 as the day the world will cease to…Upvote Share Tweet
MLB Notebook: McCutchen posts elite year at 25Andrew McCutchen's 2012 season was among the most impressive for any center fielder in his age-25 season, and it could be the foundation to even more historic accomplishments.Upvote Share TweetCNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke remained in play as several free agents struck deals Wednesday. Until the Rangers make a move, the anticipation continues to build, writes Joe Lemire.Upvote Share Tweet
Yankees can't even reel in role players like Eric Chavez, Jeff Keppinger and Marco Scutaro in free agency at winter meetingsnydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012Suddenly it feels like 1992, when nobody wanted to play for the Yankees. Except this time it’s not Barry Bonds, Greg Maddux, and David Cone shunning the pinstripes, but Eric Chavez, Jeff Keppinger, and Marco Scutaro. What’s going on here, anyway?Upvote Share TweetDerek 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.Upvote Share Tweet
The Waiting Game Continues at MLB's Winter Meetingsgrantland.com Dec 6, 2012As the Winter Meetings near their end here in Nashville, the latest buzz has Zack Greinke potentially going somewhere other than the Dodgers. Which se...Upvote Share Tweet
Final Thoughts On Winter MeetingsDec 6Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian share their thoughts on the big signings and deals that didn't get done at the winter meetings.
Hamilton Staying Or Going?Dec 6ESPN's Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, and Richard Durrett on if Josh Hamilton will remain in Texas.
Winter Meetings Afternoon ReportDec 6ESPN's Buster Olney and Tim Kurkjian on the chances Michael Young gets traded and what teams have the best chance to land Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke.
Winter Meetings Morning ReportDec 6Jon Sciambi and Buster Olney on where Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke may land, and the chances that Philadelphia acquires Michael Young.
NBA -- What scouts are sayingDec 6Marc Stein checks in with advance scouts to get their takes on the most pressing NBA topics.
Biggest NFL games of Week 14 -- John Clayton's First & 10Dec 6No. 1 seeds are on the line this weekend, but that distinction isn't as valuable as it once was, John Clayton writes.