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D-backs finish 1-year deals with Hinske, Nieves

D-backs finish 1-year deals with Hinske, Nieves

ESPN.com CNNSI.com MLB.com Updated Dec 6, 2012
The Arizona Diamondbacks completed one-year contracts with free agent Eric Hinske and catcher Wil Nieves on Thursday.
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  • NY Mets need to treat knuckleballer R.A. Dickey like a Cy Young…

    NY Mets need to treat knuckleballer R.A. Dickey like a Cy Young winner in contract negotiations, not just trade talks

    nydailynews.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Cliff Corcoran: Five cuts from winter meetings

    Cliff Corcoran: Five cuts from winter meetings

    The 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.
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  • MLB auction raises more than $150K for SU2C

    MLB auction raises more than $150K for SU2C

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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…
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  • In Boston for charity event, Youkilis mum on future

    In Boston for charity event, Youkilis mum on future

    Kevin 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.
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  • Cubs agree to sign Japanese reliever Fujikawa

    Cubs agree to sign Japanese reliever Fujikawa

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Chicago Cubs agreed to a deal Thursday with Japanese relief pitcher Kyuji Fujikawa.
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  • Reliever Burton agrees to 2-year deal with Twins

    Reliever Burton agrees to 2-year deal with Twins

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    MINNEAPOLIS (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.
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  • Fat Chipper Jones Has Divorced His Wife And Now Has A Playboy M…

    Fat Chipper Jones Has Divorced His Wife And Now Has A Playboy Model Girlfriend

    deadspin.com Dec 6, 2012
    Leave 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…
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  • Dodgers pessimistic about landing Greinke

    Dodgers pessimistic about landing Greinke

    ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Speculation 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.
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  • GM Daniels says Rangers 'want to make deals'

    GM Daniels says Rangers 'want to make deals'

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Texas 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.
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  • Stewart, Cubs reunite with reported one-year deal

    Stewart, Cubs reunite with reported one-year deal

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Cubs re-signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a one-year contract on Thursday, less than a week after non-tendering him.
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  • Wright, Mets donating $250K to NYC Mayor's Fund

    Wright, Mets donating $250K to NYC Mayor's Fund

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Having 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…
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  • Rays complete $2 million contract for 1B Loney

    Rays complete $2 million contract for 1B Loney

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    Free agent first baseman James Loney and the Tampa Bay Rays completed their $2 million, 1-year contract Thursday.
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  • Koji Uehara reaches agreement with Red Sox

    Koji Uehara reaches agreement with Red Sox

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Reliever Koji Uehara has reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical.
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  • Don Larsen’s perfect game jersey sells for $756K

    Don Larsen’s perfect game jersey sells for $756K

    Turns 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…
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  • With Haren locked up, Nats focus on LaRoche

    With Haren locked up, Nats focus on LaRoche

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Pieces fall into place for Rays as Meetings wrap

    Pieces fall into place for Rays as Meetings wrap

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Unlike 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.
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  • Johnson, NL's top pinch-hitter, stays with Braves

    Johnson, NL's top pinch-hitter, stays with Braves

    CNNSI.com ESPN.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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.
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  • Astros grab Fields from Red Sox in Rule 5 draft

    Astros grab Fields from Red Sox in Rule 5 draft

    CNNSI.com MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    NASHVILLE, 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.
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  • Trade sends Twins out of Meetings on high note

    Trade sends Twins out of Meetings on high note

    MLB.com CNNSI.com ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    After a quiet start to the Winter Meetings, the Twins made a big splash on the final day on Thursday.
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  • No big splash, but Rangers appear on verge

    No big splash, but Rangers appear on verge

    MLB.com ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    While 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.
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  • Boston acquires Kaminska to complete Stewart trade

    Boston acquires Kaminska to complete Stewart trade

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Red Sox acquired right-hander Kyle Kaminska on Thursday to complete the Nov. 28 trade that sent Zach Stewart to the Pirates.
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  • Braves wrap up Meetings with Johnson signing

    Braves wrap up Meetings with Johnson signing

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Braves 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…
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  • The Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura fight, as imagined in the world of…

    The Nolan Ryan-Robin Ventura fight, as imagined in the world of RBI Baseball

    yahoo.com Dec 6, 2012
    We'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 …
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  • Rockies select lefty Rosenbaum in Rule 5 Draft

    Rockies select lefty Rosenbaum in Rule 5 Draft

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Strong already, AL West can up the ante

    Strong already, AL West can up the ante

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Winter meetings returning to Nashville in 2015

    Winter meetings returning to Nashville in 2015

    ESPN.com yahoo.com Dec 6, 2012
    Baseball's winter meetings will return to Nashville in 2015.
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  • It's been a winter of content for Angels

    It's been a winter of content for Angels

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Here's to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, who've quietly had themselves a terrific offseason. Bullpen? Check. Rotation? Check.
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  • Inciarte selected by Phillies in Rule 5 Draft

    Inciarte selected by Phillies in Rule 5 Draft

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Padres lose Freiman, keep other assets in Rule 5

    Padres lose Freiman, keep other assets in Rule 5

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Seattle takes Farris in Triple-A portion of Rule 5

    Seattle takes Farris in Triple-A portion of Rule 5

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Twins select right-hander Pressly in Rule 5 Draft

    Twins select right-hander Pressly in Rule 5 Draft

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Twins selected right-hander Ryan Pressly from the Red Sox organization in the Rule 5 Draft at the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
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  • Texas grabs 'pen candidate Wood in Rule 5 Draft

    Texas grabs 'pen candidate Wood in Rule 5 Draft

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The Rangers selected right-handed reliever Coty Wood from the Rockies' organization in the Rule 5 Draft on Thursday morning at the Winter Meetings.
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  • Marlins look to tweak roster as they exit Nashville

    Marlins look to tweak roster as they exit Nashville

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    The 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.
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  • Tom Verducci: It might finally be time for Upton, Diamondbacks …

    Tom Verducci: It might finally be time for Upton, Diamondbacks to part ways

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    Justin 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.
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  • End of the world sale! Normal CornBelters make tickets availabl…

    End of the world sale! Normal CornBelters make tickets available before doomsday

    yahoo.com Dec 6, 2012
    As 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…
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  • MLB Notebook: McCutchen posts elite year at 25

    MLB Notebook: McCutchen posts elite year at 25

    MLB.com Dec 6, 2012
    Andrew 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.
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  • Joe Lemire: Hot Stove hinges on Rangers' multiple interests

    Joe Lemire: Hot Stove hinges on Rangers' multiple interests

    CNNSI.com Dec 6, 2012
    Josh 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.
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  • Yankees can't even reel in role players like Eric Chavez, Jeff …

    Yankees can't even reel in role players like Eric Chavez, Jeff Keppinger and Marco Scutaro in free agency at winter meetings

    nydailynews.com Dec 6, 2012
    Suddenly 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?
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  • Jeter says he should be ready for Opening Day

    Jeter says he should be ready for Opening Day

    ESPN.com Dec 6, 2012
    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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  • The Waiting Game Continues at MLB's Winter Meetings

    The Waiting Game Continues at MLB's Winter Meetings

    grantland.com Dec 6, 2012
    As the Winter Meetings near their end here in Nashville, the latest buzz has Zack Greinke potentially going somewhere other than the Dodgers. Which se...
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  • Video - Final Thoughts On Winter Meetings 03:38

    Final Thoughts On Winter Meetings

    Dec 6
    Karl Ravech and Tim Kurkjian share their thoughts on the big signings and deals that didn't get done at the winter meetings.
  • Video - Hamilton Staying Or Going? 03:07

    Hamilton Staying Or Going?

    Dec 6
    ESPN's Buster Olney, Tim Kurkjian, and Richard Durrett on if Josh Hamilton will remain in Texas.
  • Video - Winter Meetings Afternoon Report 09:55

    Winter Meetings Afternoon Report

    Dec 6
    ESPN'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.
  • Video - Winter Meetings Morning Report 03:15

    Winter Meetings Morning Report

    Dec 6
    Jon Sciambi and Buster Olney on where Josh Hamilton and Zack Greinke may land, and the chances that Philadelphia acquires Michael Young.

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