MLB Winter Meetings News Day 2

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10:45 pm

—The Cincinnati Enquirer believes the Reds will make a run at Erik Bedard, perhaps using Homer Bailey and Joey Votto as bait. Jay Bruce would be off the table, but Josh Hamilton and Edwin Encarnacion might not be. The Reds do have the talent to pull off a deal if they’re willing to give up Bailey. Cincinnati Enquirer

—The Padres have reportedly offered Kosuke Fukudome a three-year deal. MLB.com believes it could be worth $8 million per year. Fukudome is believed to be insisting on a three-year deal, no more and no less. The Padres would have room for both him and Luke Scott. Padres.mlb.com

—A source told MLB.com that the Astros are no longer in the picture for acquiring Miguel Tejada. The probability of the teams reaching an agreement were downgraded from a two on a scale of one to 10 to “zero” by the source on Tuesday. The two sides were reportedly talking about Michael Bourn, Adam Everett and others. rotoworld.com

—The Johan Santana talks between the Twins and Red Sox have reportedly broken off for dinner. They’re scheduled to start up again around midnight. rotoworld.com and boston.com

—Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd believes that free agent Mark Loretta will accept Houston’s offer of arbitration. The Rockies and Mariners are chasing Loretta, but he’d likely make more money if he accepts arbitration. “I guess they got him back,” O’Dowd said. houston chronicle and rotoworld.com

10:00 pm

—The Cubs don’t have much hope of prying loose center fielder Josh Hamilton from Cincinnati. The Reds are willing to trade Hamilton, but they would prefer not to deal him to another club in the National League Central. espn.com

—According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s David O’Brien, the Braves and Royals are not discussing a David DeJesus-for-Chuck James trade. MLB.com also says there was nothing to this one. rotoworld.com

—In a brief session with reporters, Red Sox GM Theo Epstein said he expected negotiations with the Twins to go “well into the night.” Epstein didn’t say what was being discussed. As tight-lipped as the Red Sox try to be in public, it’s surprising he said as much as he did. He added that the teams are being flexible, that no “final offers” have been made. The Red Sox may be proposing a swap of Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, Justin Masterson and Ryan Kalish for Johan Santana. rotoworld.com and St. Paul Pioneer Press

—If Darin Erstad doesn’t find a job that suits him, there is word that he could return to the University of Nebraska, his alma mater, and be an assistant coach for the football team. A punter in college, Erstad was part of the Cornhuskers’ 1994 national championship squad and remains one of Tom Osborne’s favorite players. –espn.com

—The Cubs, who received almost no power production from the left side in 2007, want to add two left-handed hitting outfielders to their lineup. If they can sign Kosuke Fukudome from Japan, that would fill one spot. They’ve inquired about Geoff Jenkins, and some people in the organization want to see GM Jim Hendry pursue a trade for the Angels’ Chone Figgins, a switch-hitter. But the Cubs probably don’t have what it takes to land Figgins. The Angels value Figgins so highly, one person with ties to the Los Angeles organization said the team might ask the Cubs for third baseman Aramis Ramirez in return. espn.com

—The Braves have reportedly asked the Angels about center fielder Reggie Willits. The Angels are without any obvious needs right now, but as crowded as their outfield is, they could part with Willits or Juan Rivera for a prospect or two. That’s likely what they were talking to the Twins about on Monday. rotoworld.com

—The Nationals are showing interest in acquiring Miguel Montero from the Diamondbacks. nationals.mlb.com

—Scott Boras spent the day meeting with clubs about Andruw Jones, Kyle Lohse and his other free agents. “Some clubs are taking a long-term approach, and some are short-term,” Boras said, when asked about Jones. “But those one- and two-year deals people are talking about are not what we’re looking for.” espn.com

—There’s been some speculation that free-agent outfielder Shawn Green might retire if he doesn’t find the right fit this winter, but agent Greg Genske said that Green wants and expects to play in 2008. One possible fit: Tampa Bay, where the Rays are looking for a left-handed bat in right field. Tampa has also looked at Geoff Jenkins and Cliff Floyd. Green’s defense has slipped in recent years, but he hit .291 for the Mets last season and put up a 1.069 OPS in September. espn.com

—The consensus is that Detroit will have to trade third baseman Brandon Inge. But Inge has three years and $19.1 million left on his contract, so the Tigers would almost certainly have to assume a portion of that. The Giants, Phillies, Twins, Angels and Brewers are among the clubs in the market for a third baseman. One NL manager said he thinks Inge could market himself as a catcher, since he’s a fine athlete and broke into the big leagues behind the plate. But Inge hasn’t caught since 2004, so that’s probably a long shot. espn.com

8:30 pm

—According to his agent, Chris Gomez has agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract with the Pirates. pirates.mlb.com

—Here are the three pitching prospects the Tigers are sending to the Marlins in the Cabrera-Willis deal: right-handers Eulogio De la Cruz (3.62 ERA in the minors with a blazing fastball), Dallas Trahern (13-6 between Double-A Erie and Triple-A Toledo) and Burke Badenhop (12-6 between Lakeland and Erie). espn.com

—The Mets offered Aaron Heilman, Carlos Gomez and Philip Humber for Erik Bedard. espn.com

7:00 pm

—The Tigers have won the Miguel Cabrera sweepstakes. Detroit will get Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from Florida for six players — Cameron Maybin, Andrew Miller, catcher Mike Rabelo and three minor league prospects. espn.com

—Since the Padres offered free-agent catcher Michael Barrett arbitration, the Rays and Marlins have both had second thoughts about surrendering the No. 2 pick they would lose because Barrett is a Type A free agent. The Orioles would have interest if they deal Ramon Hernandez. So would the Giants if they trade Bengie Molina. And Barrett always has the option of accepting arbitration from San Diego. espn.com

—The Braves are showing interest in Damian Miller sa a right-handed caddy for Brian McCann. Atlanta would probably go with Clint Sammons over Brayan Pena as their backup if the season started today. Miller, who is also being looked at by the Nationals, could get more playing time elsewhere. rotoworld.com

—Officials of two clubs that have been in contact with the Mets used the same expression — “in trouble” — to describe their efforts to deal for a starting pitcher. It’s believed they haven’t talked to either the A’s (about Dan Haren) or Orioles (about Erik Bedard) since they arrived in Nashville. And there are indications that they aren’t as interested in free agents Livan Hernandez or Carlos Silva as they’ve been portrayed to be, either. espn.com

6:30 pm

—Tigers are set to acquire Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis from the Marlins. The Tigers and Marlins are hammering out the final details on an eight-player trade that would send third baseman Miguel Cabrera and left-handed starter Dontrelle Willis to Detroit for a left-hander Andrew Miller, outfielder Cameron Maybin and four other prospects. mlb.com

—The Chicago White Sox are interested in free-agent center fielder Andruw Jones. The addition of Jones, a 10-time Gold Glove Award winner, would further strengthen the White Sox — who recently added 2007 American League Gold Glove shortstop Orlando Cabrera — defensively and give the team five players — Jones, Cabrera, Jim Thome, Jermaine Dye and Paul Konerko — who averaged 89 RBIs and 250 total bases apiece in 2007. mlb.com

—Angels GM Tony Reagins just told reporters that there was no truth to Angels being involved in Johan Santana negotiations. According to the Boston Globe, he said he never even talked to the Twins. Perhaps he just doesn’t want to show his cards, but it’s awfully late in the game for that kind of thing. rotoworld.com

—Both the Diamondbacks and Dodgers have talked to the A’s about Dan Haren. Oakland wantd young pitching in return for the ace. espn.com

6:00 pm

—The Rays have decided that they’ll use Akinori Iwamura at second base next season. It was assumed that Evan Longoria would get a chance to win the starting job in spring training. The Rays, though, are prepared to move Iwamura even if Longoria needs more time. “He knows he is moving to second base,” manager Joe Maddon said Tuesday. “I’m not sure we told him that he would not be moving back even if Evan is not ready. If Evan’s not, we will mix-and-match at third base until Evan is ready. But we are not sure who that will be.” The Rays could look to bring in Corey Koskie or another inexpensive veteran to provide Longoria with some competition. rotoworld.com

—Baseball Prospectus’ Will Carroll reports that the Red Sox and Twins are all but done with a Johan Santana deal that includes Jon Lester, Justin Masterson and Ryan Kalish. Carroll cryptically says that the second player in the deal is a center fielder without naming either Coco Crisp or Jacoby Ellsbury. The talk all day has been that’d be both Lester and Crisp together or Ellsbury in a deal. Baseball Prospectus and rotoworld.com

—The Padres are pursuing Kosuke Fukudome with the idea that he could handle center field in Petco, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Seems like a stretch, as most teams in smaller ballparks are viewing him as a corner outfielder. If Fukudome could handle center, his bat could make him as $13 million-$15 million per year player. The Giants, Cubs and White Sox are also believed to be interested, though it’s unclear if the White Sox are still targeting him after picking up Carlos Quentin. San Francisco Chronicle

—The Rockies have offered Clint Barmes to the Astros in exchange for Chris Burke, reports Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post. If the Astros pull the trigger on that deal they have lost their minds. Denver Post

—The Royals have joined the Yankees, Astros and Giants in pursuit of free agent Ron Mahay. The Royals aren’t short on lefty relievers, but they are considering using John Bale as a starter and they could trade Jimmy Gobble. Mahay is likely looking for at least $12 million for three years. FOXSports.com

—Don’t expect Carlos Silva to sign anytime soon. Agent Scott Shapiro plans on letting the starting-pitching market develop before talking specifics with any of the dozen or so teams interested. If Hiroki Kuroda can snag a five-year deal, Silva’s leverage would go up even more. yahoo.com

—Ten teams are interested in Livan Hernandez, though only the Mets have gone public with their interest. Should they lose out on Kuroda, the Seattle Mariners would go hard after Hernandez, who has thrown 200-plus innings in nine of the last 10 years – and threw 199 2/3 in the other. yahoo.com

Kazuo Fukumori, the right-handed reliever coming off elbow surgery, is drawing interest from 10 teams, including Colorado, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and San Diego. yahoo.com

—The Twins and Angels continue to talk about a Johan Santana trade. Many of the same players mentioned in the Miguel Cabrera sweepstakes — Howie Kendrick, Brandan Wood, Nick Adenhart, and possibly Jeff Mathis or Reggie Willits — would be included in a package for Santana. espn.com

—The Rays are looking at Shawn Green, Brad Wilkerson and Geoff Jenkins as right field options. Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan believes they’ll target Green, as the other two are seeking multiyear deals at about $7 million per season. The Giants are also showing some interest in Green, who would prefer to play on the West Coast. Yahoo! Sports

—According to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Astros turned down an offer of Chad Cordero for Chad Qualls and Luke Scott. We’re going to guess the offer was made prior to the acquisition of Elijah Dukes, as the Nats have no room at all for Scott now. The Astros might be interested in Cordero, but giving up Qualls for him would still leave the team with just one late-game reliever. They don’t want to be in that position. FOXSports.com and rotoworld.com

—Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan says the Mariners are dangling Jose Lopez in trade talks. Passan goes on to say Lopez is a potential non-tender candidate. However, the second baseman is signed through 2010, so Passan obviously received some bad info there. Lopez just turned 24 last week and should have considerable trade value despite a poor 2007. The Nationals, Giants and Twins are among the teams that should be interested in him. Yahoo! Sports and rotoworld.com

——It is believed that the Angels haven’t talked with the Marlins since last night, and Miguel Cabrera is off their radar screen — at least for now. espn.com

—Even though he said he’s received an interesting proposal, Giants GM Brian Sabean is leaning taking towards both Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain off the market. It’s believed the Jays made a push for Lincecum, with Alex Rios probably involved. Troy Glaus’ name has also come up, but it’s hard to see how he’d be viewed as a centerpiece in a deal for Lincecum or Cain. BlueJays.mlb.com and rotoworld.com

—Agent Alan Nero approached the Yankees about a long-term deal for Chien-Ming Wang but backed away when the Yankees insisted that he make the opening offer. Wang won’t be a free agent until after 2011. The Yankees and Red Sox both have incentive to go year-to-year with arbitration-eligible players, as any long-term deals would result in higher average annual salary values and add to their luxury tax bills. That’s not to say a deal is impossible, but the Yankees would have to balance whatever discount they think they might be getting with the 40 percent tax they’re paying. Newsday

4:30 pm

—Since talks with the Cardinals about Scott Rolen have cooled, the Brewers could turn to Joe Crede or Hank Blalock next. They also have limited interest in free agent Pedro Feliz, and they’ve explored the idea of a trade for Andy LaRoche. It definitely appears as though the idea of moving Ryan Braun off third base is growing on them. Crede is interesting, as he’d come cheap and the team would have plenty of depth in the form of Braun and Bill Hall to step in if he got hurt again. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chris Capuano isn’t the only left-handed starter on the Cardinals’ shopping list. St. Louis has talked to Cleveland about Cliff Lee, with Anthony Reyes and/or catching prospect Bryan Anderson mentioned as possibilities to return to the Indians. Arizona recently talked to the Indians about Lee, but the teams don’t look like a match anymore now that the Diamondbacks have traded outfielder Carlos Quentin to the White Sox. espn.com

—San Francisco has expressed some interest in trading for first baseman Ben Broussard, who is being shopped by the Mariners. But the Giants might decide to wait and see if Seattle non-tenders Broussard on Dec. 12, and he becomes available as a free agent. espn.com

—According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Twins have told suitors they want to complete the Johan Santana deal by the end of today. rotoworld.com

Kip Wells isn’t likely to attract a big market as a starter after going 7-17 with a 5.70 ERA for St. Louis, so his agents, Alan and Randy Hendricks, are marketing him as a set-up man this winter. Wells has always had a strong arm, and the hope is he might blossom in a new role. espn.com

—Agent Bean Stringfellow said he’s talked with the Yankees, Mets, White Sox, Royals and Dodgers about free agent Luis Vizcaino. The Yankees apparently don’t want to pay Vizcaino the same kind of money Scott Linebrink got, though it’s been obvious all along that he would command something in that same neighborhood (four years, $19 million). Newsday and rotoworld.com

—You can rule out any talk of Pittsburgh trading Jason Bay to Cleveland for a Kelly Shoppach-Cliff Lee package. That one is dead. Bay is Pirates GM Neal Huntington’s main trade chip, and the Bucs aren’t going to give him away after he’s coming off such a down year. Contrary to reports, Pittsburgh has no plans to non-tender outfielder Xavier Nady, who hit .278 with 20 homers and 72 RBIs last season. espn.com

4:00 pm

—The Royals have expressed interest in Sammy Sosa, according to a source. Sosa has the same agent as Jose Guillen, Adam Katz, and the two sides are trying to determine some financial numbers that make sense. espn.com

—The Twins and Red Sox are getting closer to finalizing a Johan Santana deal. Boston has sweetened its offer by adding a fifth player to the the offer — outfield prospect Ryan Kalish, a ninth-round draft pick in the 2006 out of Red Bank Catholic High School (Shrewsbury, N.J.). espn.com

—The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review believes the Pirates and Indians are no longer actively discussing a Jason Bay trade. There were reports about Cliff Lee and Kelly Shoppach perhaps going to Pittsburgh for Bay. Jeremy Sowers and Andy Marte also could have been candidate to be involved in a deal. There’s also not believed to be much going with talks between the Pirates and Rangers regarding Bay. If the left fielder is dealt, it probably won’t happen this week. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

—The Marlins and Angels are serious about moving Miguel Cabrera to the Angels. Expect Florida to get Howie Kendrick, Nick Adenhart, Jeff Mathis and a prospect from L.A. for the third baseman. espn.com

—The Yankees and Twins haven’t talked at all so far Tuesday about Johan Santana, amid increasing indications Santana is going to be dealt to Boston. The Twins are also talking to the Angels, however. espn.com

—The Astros and Padres have talked about a trade that would send outfielder Luke Scott to San Diego. And it appeared the teams were moving toward a resolution. espn.com

—The Rangers continue to talk to the Cubs about Mark Prior. The Padres also have expressed interest. espn.com

—The Padres have talked about free-agent pitchers Glendon Rusch and Shawn Estes, and are expected to make a strong effort to sign both players after Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. espn.com

—Talks between the Cardinals and Brewers about third baseman Scott Rolen have cooled because the Cardinals are hesitant to trade Rolen within the division. The clubs were talking about a deal that would have sent Rolen to Milwaukee for pitcher Chris Capuano and a top prospect. The Brewers also would have paid all of the $33 million in salary Rolen is owed over the next three years, while the Cardinals would have assumed the $14 million in deferred salary and what remained of Rolen’s $5 million signing bonus. That trade is unlikely to get finalized, but the Cardinals are talking with the Giants and Dodgers about Rolen. And it’s possible, though not probable, they could complete a deal with one of those teams before the meetings end Thursday. espn.com

3:00 pm

—The Nationals are reportedly talking to a team about using Jon Rauch in a trade for a shortstop. If the Nats acquired a shortstop, we imagine that Felipe Lopez would be non-tendered and Cristian Guzman would battle Ronnie Belliard for playing time at second. The Washington Post also reports that if Rauch goes, the Nationals would hold on to Chad Cordero, and vice versa. Washington Post

—The Orioles and Dodgers may be close on a deal that will send left-hander Erik Bedard to Los Angeles, a baseball source said. The O’s are in need of a center fielder and a closer who can play at the major league level, and the Dogders seem willing to part with outfielder Matt Kemp and reliever Jonathan Broxton, who could come in a close in lieu of Chris Ray, out for the year after Tommy John surgery. “They want Bedard bad,” said the source. (espn.com)

—Rockies acquired RHP Jose Capellan from the Tigers for RHP Denny Bautista. It didn’t look like Bautista was ever going to help the Rockies. Capellan is no sure bet, either, but he offers a bit better command of the strike zone to go along with his big fastball. He has a 4.90 ERA and a 96/50 K/BB ratio in 121 1/3 innings a major leaguer. The Rockies figure to try him as a middle reliever. rotoworld.com

2:30 pm

—Infielder-outfielder Omar Infante was traded from the Cubs to the Braves in a three-player deal for LHP Will Ohman and RHP Jose Ascanio. The versatile Infante gives the Braves a better backup shortstop, though he’s still less than ideal in that role. He’s better defensively at second base and in center field, and he could be used in a platoon role against lefties at either spot. This probably means that Martin Prado will open the season in the minors rather than as a reserve. rotoworld.com

—The A’s are looking to move Dan Haren — but only for the right deal. They reached out to the Tigers and asked for Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller, but Detroit won’t trade both, two baseball sources said. Oakland won’t come to the table without those two players included in any talks. (espn.com)

—Braves designated outfielder Willie Harris for assignment. Despite his late-season swoon, Harris ended up hitting .270/.349/.392 in 344 at-bats while playing terrific defense in left field for Atlanta. Still, the Braves were smart to guess that there was little chance of him doing it again. That he’s arbitration eligible could allow him to clear waivers and become a free agent, but we’re guessing some speed-obsessed team will put in a claim. The Cubs and Astros should be considered candidates. rotoworld.com

—The Kansas City Star believes the Braves are offering Chuck James to the Royals for David DeJesus. It’s a pretty good offer if true, though James would likely lose quite a bit following a league change. If the Royals trade DeJesus, they could then offer Andruw Jones a one- or two-year deal. They could also look at Corey Patterson and Kenny Lofton as short-term options. The Rangers are also believed to be interested in DeJesus. Kansas City Star

—According to one National League executive, the Cardinals are getting “a lot of play” on pitcher Anthony Reyes, a former top prospect who has failed to click with manager Tony La Russa and pitching coach Dave Duncan. “He’s a four-seam guy, and they want him to be a sinkerballer,” the executive said of Reyes. Last year, Reyes went 2-14 with a 6.04 ERA in 107 1/3 innings with the Cardinals. (espn.com)

—The Cardinals have also made it clear that they’re willing to talk trade about any of their outfielders other than No. 1 prospect Colby Rasmus. That means Rick Ankiel, Chris Duncan and Jim Edmonds could all be in play here in Nashville. Edmonds, however, has a no-trade clause and would have to sign off on any deal. He’s from Southern California, and the Padres have been mentioned as a possibility. (espn.com)

—Although he only took a one-year deal, Andy Pettitte said he’d like to remain with the Yankees when the new stadium opens in 2009. Pettitte doesn’t see himself pitching just one more year. “I really believe now, especially after playing with the Astros and pitching with my elbow the way it was when I needed the surgery, I realize now I could go out and probably pitch until I’m 45 years old, because I was throwing 82, 83 miles an hour and still being able to compete, maybe because I’m left-handed or whatever,” he said. “For me, the thing of me not being able to go out there and get any guys out, I think that’s so far down the road, probably, that’s never going to play into my decision.” MLB.com

2:00 pm

—The Blue Jays and Giants have floated the idea of an Alex Rios trade for Tim Lincecum or Matt Cain. Another name that’s come up in discussions is third baseman Troy Glaus. But there are some health issues surrounding Glaus, who had surgery in September to repair a nerve in his left foot. If the Jays move Glaus, they would have to consider adding offense. (espn.com)

—Besides the Cubs and Braves, the Phillies and Padres are also showing interest in Nate McLouth. The Pirates are aggressively shopping McLouth, who projects as fourth outfielder on a contender. The Cubs could look at him as a fallback option should Felix Pie fail to step up in spring training. FOXSports.com

—MLB.com’s Jim Street believes the first team to offer Hiroki Kuroda a four-year deal could sign the right-hander. Street, who covers the Mariners, doesn’t believe Seattle has submitted the rumored four-year, $44 million contract. Others have expressed similar doubts. It’s possible that the Mariners, Mets, Dodgers and Diamondbacks are all right around three years and $30 million right now. The Royals are also involved, though it’s unclear whether they’ve made an offer. The Mariners and Dodgers are the favorites, according to Street. Mariners.mlb.com

—The Jays are kicking the tires on Erik Bedard, and they could include A.J. Burnett in a package for the Orioles’ ace. Bedard is Canadian, and Burnett, who could opt out of his contract next winter, has family ties to the Baltimore area — something that is important to O’s owner Peter Angelos. (espn.com)

—The Rockies touched base Tuesday with Joe Bick, the agent for free-agent second baseman Marcus Giles. (espn.com)

—The Boston Herald reports that the A’s and Diamondbacks have had constructive talks about a deal which would send Dan Haren to Arizona and Conor Jackson and Carlos Gonzalez along with two more players to Oakland. The A’s wouldn’t get the center fielder they want, but a package fronted by Jackson and Gonzalez would be very good. Jackson and Daric Barton would be paired as a first base/DH combination in Oakland, while Gonzalez could step into an outfield corner in 2009. If the Diamondbacks trade Jackson, they could then re-sign Tony Clark to play first base. (Boston Herald )

1:00 pm

—Contrary to speculation, the Astros have little to no interest in free-agent pitcher Jon Lieber, a club official said. Houston needs to upgrade behind staff ace Roy Oswalt, but the Astros already owe Woody Williams $6.5 million for 2008. Houston is inclined to give young pitchers Troy Patton and Matt Albers a shot at the back end of the rotation. (espn.com)

—The only one of the injury-rehab pitchers who interested Houston at all was Matt Clement who is coming back from shoulder surgery, but the Astros have decided to pass on him as well. (espn.com)

—With an even greater need for outfield depth after sending Elijah Dukes to the Nationals, the Rays are rumored to be taking Brian Barton with the first pick in Thursday’s Rule 5 draft. The Indians felt like they could leave Barton unprotected after September knee surgery, but it looks like he will be taken. The former University of Miami projects as a long-term reserve, though there could be a few teams out there that see him as a starter. Baseball America

—Houston and Colorado have discussed a deal that would send second baseman Chris Burke to the Rockies, but the two teams don’t appear to be a good match. The Astros would like to add a closer, but they are not interested in paying Brian Fuentes more than $6 million next season. They would rather just plug Chad Qualls into the closer role and try to add a set-up man. (espn.com)

Andruw Jones‘ options have dwindled in the past week. First, the Nationals filled their center-field void by acquiring Lastings Milledge in a trade with the Mets. Then, the Royals signed Jose Guillen to play right, making it likely that they’ll just keep David DeJesus and Joey Gathright as their center-field combination. Right now, the Dodgers and Giants look like the best fits for Jones, but only at the right price. One baseball official who knows Jones said the outfielder would prefer to stay in the National League. “Comfort is important to Andruw, and he’s comfortable in the National League,” the official said. (espn.com)

—The Twins and Red Sox are supposed to meet this afternoon to continue discussions on the Johan Santana deal. Sources indicate the Twins are still trying to decide between a 3-for-1 trade for center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury, infielder Jed Lowrie and pitching prospect Justin Masterson and a 4-for-1 swap that substitutes lefty starter Jon Lester and center fielder Coco Crisp for Ellsbury. (espn.com)

—The Phillies and Ryan Howard‘s agent, Casey Close, plan to meet in Nashville and resume discussions about a long-term contract for the slugger. Those talks broke down in spring training, and the Phillies ended up renewing Howard’s contract for $900,000. This year, Howard is arbitration-eligible and hopes to get a deal done similar to the one Albert Pujols (seven years, $100 million) signed with Cardinals in 2004. (espn.com)

12:30 pm

—The Tigers and Marlins have had preliminary talks about a blockbuster trade — Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis to Detroit for a package of young players that reportedly could include outfielder Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller — but Florida GM Larry Beinfest needs a lot more and doesn’t think it’s serious.

—FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal says the Orioles continue to send out signals that they’re ready to trade Ramon Hernandez. The Mets wanted him last month, but they decided Baltimore’s asking price was too high. There don’t see to be any other teams looking for such an expensive catcher, so Baltimore may need to hold on to him until injuries begin to pile up next season. FOXSports.com

—The Mets are interested in signing Livan Hernandez. (espn.com)

—The Mariners have expressed an interest in Mark Loretta, a baseabll source said. The Mariners met with Loretta’s agent on Tuesday morning and said they’d like to sign him as a utility infielder, and will likely offer the veteran what the Rockies would offer, somewhere in the neighborhood of $2 million for one year. Loretta was offered arbitration by the Astros and could take a 50 percent pay cut if he signs with another team. (espn.com)

11:30 am

—The Orioles and Dodgers met last night and discussed Miguel Tejada, according to two baseball sources. But according to one source, the match between the two teams did not appear to be there. Tejada has let it be known that he is only willing to move to third base if he goes to a contending team. (espn.com)

—Teams inquiring about Erik Bedard have been told that it’s going to take a superior package of prospects, and the Orioles are telling clubs they already have four teams with very promising packages. (espn.com)

Brian Anderson hasn’t stepped on a big league mound since since May 2005, when he was with Kansas City, but the left-hander is attempting a comeback. The Rockies reportedly have interest, and Anderson also pitched an NL manager for a job at the hotel bar last night. He’s working out twice a day and expects to be throwing off a mound by mid-December. After having Tommy John surgery in July 2006, Anderson feels he has unfinished business left and doesn’t want to walk away from the game. He’s currently in Nashville with his cable access sports show, broadcasting a half-hour live every day. (espn.com)

11:00 am

—The Rays turned down the Mariners’ offer of a Ben Broussard-for-Edwin Jackson trade, according to the Seattle Times. It’s possible that Broussard could be non-tendered later this month, while Jackson figures to have a spot in Tampa Bay’s rotation after finishing the season with a strong second half. Seattle Times

—The Red Sox, looking for a left-handed hitting corner infielder who can back up first baseman Kevin Youkilis and third baseman Mike Lowell, have expressed serious interest in free agent Mike Lamb. In 124 games last season, Lamb hit .289, with 11 homers and 40 RBIs, and an on-base percentage of .366. Lamb, 32, is drawing interest from other teams, and may have to make a choice between having a chance to play regularly for another team, or be a part-time player with Boston. (espn.com)

—General manager Kevin Towers said Monday that Tadahito Iguchi and Mark Loretta are “possibilities” for the Padres at second base. Towers previously said that prospect Matt Antonelli could take hold of the job if a veteran isn’t brought in, but added Monday that he simply doesn’t “want to block Antonelli for two years” with anyone who’s signed. San Diego Union Tribune

-Jonathan C. Mitchell (with many thanks to espn.com and rotoworld.com for the sources)

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  • 1. erik  |  December 4, 2007 at 6:27 pm

    Latest News I hear is D-Train and Miguel Cabrera headed to Detroit for Raybin and a bunch of prospects.

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  • 2. erik  |  December 4, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    oops it was the first thing posted … detroit should challenge for the AL Central crown… especially with Minnesota losing torii hunter and possibly moving santana… and Cleveland the only team in the division that will be as balanced as Detroit in the division…

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  • 3. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 4, 2007 at 7:31 pm

    I agree. I think the Tigers will be serious contenders in the AL.

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  • 4. Charlie Nehl  |  December 4, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    With Willis an Carbera, I think it makes the tigers the team to beat in the AL.

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 4, 2007 at 8:49 pm

    I may have to agree with you Charlie. Let’s not forget that they got Edgar Renteria earlier too. They’ve been having a great offseason.

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  • 6. Aaron Boynton  |  December 4, 2007 at 8:51 pm

    Not so fast. Red Sox are still the team to beat especially if they get Santana.

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  • 7. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 4, 2007 at 9:38 pm

    It’s gonna be a good race in the AL next year, that’s for sure. If the Sox get Santana then they are easily the favorites.

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  • 8. Aaron Boynton  |  December 4, 2007 at 10:15 pm

    Red Sox pitching right now is still better than the Tigers. The Tigers bullpen is definitely not as good as the Red Sox. I’ll be eager to see how Dontrelle fares against superior AL lineups.

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  • 9. Charlie Nehl  |  December 4, 2007 at 10:41 pm

    I think Willis will do much better with a better team behind him. He started off so well, and then the Marlins unloaded all of their players…. then Willis went it to an above average slump opposed to super stardom.

    If the BoSox get Santana it’s hard to say who’s the over all better rotation. I’d pry still give it to the BoSox with Santana, but with out I’d have to go with the Tigers based on experience. Bonderman, Willis, Verlander, then Rogers, and … Robertson? Check please. Lester and Bucholz are going to be really good, but are they going be able to pitch a full season without dying out at the end of the season? Bucholz had the dead arm at the end of the year.

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  • 10. Aaron Boynton  |  December 4, 2007 at 11:27 pm

    If I’m the Tigers, I’m worried about Rogers and Bonderman getting injured. Too prone for my liking.

    Willis didn’t pitch well even if the Marlins were hitting. He was giving up 4-5 runs in the first 3 innings of games. Time will tell.

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  • 11. erik  |  December 5, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Willis should pitch better at Comerica park. He does have great stuff. Now that he will be pitching again to Pudge Rodriguez he should do nicely. Olivo wasn’t exactly the best game calling catcher in baseball and he tends to have alot of passed balls… Hence FL seeking another catcher this offseason and getting one in this deal. Plus getting Andrew Miller was huge… Miller should fit right into the FL rotation especially with Josh Johnson out for the season.

    I think it is like having an All star team in Detroit- Now with Cabrera taking over at third base and batting anywhere from 3rd -7th in that order…Detroit has been wheeling and dealing and they have done a wonderful job filling holes and not having to overpay for players. Resigning Kenny Rogers at $8 million was because that was what the market was set at once Glavine signed with Atlanta. Winners of this offseason at this point is Detroit.
    Big Losers of this offseason so far in my opinion is the METS. (They need a top of the rotation guy… and are waiting to see and going to get an ace but not the ace they need). The Mets need Santana They are probably going to end up with Burnett who isn’t even an Ace. Has been injury prone his entire career and was traded for AL Leiter by the the Mets back in the 95 season.

    Florida and Fredi Gonzalez are going to have to be an athletic team steal bases and play great defense. Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla and Hermida are going to have to step it up. If Florida finishes higher than 5th it will be because of their pitching and defense… I don’t see them finishing ahead of the Nationals, Braves, Mets or Phils. At least for the next 3 yrs.

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  • 12. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 5, 2007 at 8:47 am

    Willis will do better. The defense behind him is better (although he’ll have Cabrera at 3B again) and he won’t have the worst defensive SS in Hanley Ramirez behind him anymore. The parks are similar too. He’ll have a good lineup to give him runs but he will get lit up by some of the superior lineups in the AL. Willis’ stuff is average with flashes of plus but poor command, and he has a burning desire to be great.

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  • 13. Erik  |  December 5, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    I heard a 3 way trade rumor which I think is Not gonna happen. It involves A’s, Twins and Mets.

    Santana, Bobby Crosby and Dan Johnson go to the Mets.

    Haren, Pellot go to the Twins

    Jose Reyes and Kevin Mulvey go to the A’s.

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  • 14. Charlie Nehl  |  December 5, 2007 at 3:54 pm

    Yah. I doubt that would happen Erik. First Omar would hear requests on Reyes then he said he’s off limits.

    That won’t keep him from the rumors.

    Latest I hear is Cubs looking into Erik Bedard and Brian Roberts. For who? I dunno. I’d suspect Rich Hill, Felix Pie, and Sean Marshall.

    Zambrano, Bedard, Lilly as 1-2-3??? /me wooots.

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  • 15. Erik  |  December 5, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    I don’t think either the Cubs or the Mets will get Bedard or Santana.

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  • 16. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 5, 2007 at 9:24 pm

    I don’t think so either. The O’s want more than what they have to offer and they the O’s are right in demanding it.

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  • 17. Charlie Nehl  |  December 5, 2007 at 9:34 pm

    I agree on that about Bedard. Just look how well he pitched this year for a horrible team. Just imagine if he was on a good team. I get the shakes just thinking about it!

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  • 18. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 5, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    Also imagine if he were out of a hitter’s park and out of the heaviest division in the AL East! He could win a Cy Young Award easily.

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  • 19. erik  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:33 am

    Bedard is very inconsistant… sure he beat some good teams but the crappy teams is who kills him. Bedard is like many elite clubs who play better when the competition is fierce and gets his head handed to him when he plays loveable losers.

    Bedard’s price is way too high… that needs to come down. Haren is a much better pitcher. And Santana is a GOD in comparison to Bedard.

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  • 20. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 7, 2007 at 8:07 am

    But you only get 1 year of Santana and you get 2 years of Bedard. Haren will give you 3 years at a VERY low cost.

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  • 21. Erik  |  December 7, 2007 at 11:17 am

    Part of the Santana deal is a 72 hour window of negotiation so more than 1 year is possible. I meant as compensation for each pitcher the price is high and the Orioles asking price for Bedard is too much.

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  • 22. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 7, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    That doesn’t mean you get him to the extension. You only get one year of service. You can sign him as a free agent the next year. Anyone can. You get one guaranteed year where you have full control. The Twins are only giving up one year of his services for a huge package, that’s why I think Bedard and Haren should get the same package.

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  • 23. Aaron Boynton  |  December 9, 2007 at 2:19 am

    Milwaukee signed Eric Gagne to be their closer. Too funny. At least he’s not coming back to Boston…phew..

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  • 24. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 9, 2007 at 6:49 am

    And Boston gets a draft pick for the signing. Good news for you!

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  • 25. Erik  |  December 11, 2007 at 3:44 am

    I understand that Jonathan… but what I think you are missing is that the 72 hour window of negotiating an extension is part of the deal… if Santana gets dealt to a team let’s say the Mets… he doesn’t sign the extension in that window the deal is OFF.

    Milwaukee has multiple closers in waiting now… with Gagne and Torres and Turnbow. so even if Gagne loses it there will be someone that Milwaukee can go to. Boston rented Gagne…he did ok at first but blew up later on… considering he was once a NL top closer and then injury after injury it was a low risk

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  • 26. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 11, 2007 at 10:12 am

    The window doesn’t matter. They are still only dealing for one year of service. Once he’s a free agent then the rest of the league gets a shot at him. They truly are dealing for one year of service. Even if they don’t sign him during the window period they still have all season to work out a deal with the player. The 72 hour window is a joke to me. Make the deal and sign him during his tenure with you.

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