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12/11/2013 | Big deals done, Mets look to trading Davis or Duda

General manager Sandy Alderson has two left-handed-hitting first basemen on his roster and would ideally like to deal one of them for a young, controllable pitcher. Yet he cautioned on Wednesday that he will not make a deal just to make a deal.


12/11/2013 | No left fielder yet, but Giants have time to fill spot

The final full day of baseball's Winter Meetings concluded Wednesday without the Giants acquiring the left fielder they seek to complement their roster. Fortunately for them, the search has barely begun, and intriguing free agents such as Jeff Baker and Michael Morse remain available.


12/11/2013 | Scioscia leans toward keeping Trout second in lineup

Angels manager Mike Scioscia didn't particularly lay out his lineup while addressing the media during the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, but he gave the impression that Mike Trout would bat second in front of Albert Pujols.


12/11/2013 | Giants' Mapson among Scout of the Year winners

Doug Mapson, Bill Bryk, Howard McCullough and Bill Kearns were honored at the 30th Annual Scout of the Year banquet at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday.


12/11/2013 | Walden avoids arbitration with one-year deal

Right-handed reliever Jordan Walden avoided the arbitration process by agreeing to a one-year, $1.49 million contract with the Braves on Wednesday.


12/11/2013 | Hot corner remains hot on Marlins' minds

Third base was atop the Marlins' shopping list heading into the Winter Meetings, and it remains so as the event winds down.


12/11/2013 | Black excited to lead reinforced Padres

More than two months before pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, manager Bud Black can look up and down the Padres' roster and find a lot to like, thanks to his club's improved health and some savvy offseason moves.


12/11/2013 | Dombrowski: Scherzer negotiations have not started

Tigers team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski said Wednesday that he has not yet begun to talk to Max Scherzer's agent about a long-term deal, refuting earlier reports that the club was pessimistic about signing the 2013 American League Cy Young Award winner before his contract runs out next season.


12/11/2013 | Weiss says 'time is right' for Tulo to lead club

With Todd Helton retired and Jason Giambi heading into his second season with the Indians, Troy Tulowitzki, 29, heads into 2014 as the senior player in terms of games played in a Rockies uniform. Manager Walt Weiss believes Tulowitzki has developed the skills it takes for the difficult task -- being the physical and inspirational leader of a team full of players with different personalities and skills.


12/11/2013 | Cardinals continue to canvas infield market

The Cardinals have made their pitch to several free-agent infielders and now will wait to see if any of them are willing to join an organization where regular playing time is not being promised.


12/11/2013 | First-season success fuels Francona

Manager Terry Francona believes last season's improbable run to the October stage is just the beginning for the Indians. But he also knows taking the next step will be even tougher, especially without some of last season's key pieces.


12/11/2013 | Hurdle has new challenges after breakout '13 for Bucs

Much like the Pirates have a tough act to follow, manager Clint Hurdle will be hard-pressed to improve upon the tone he set with the team in a 2013 season that made joyous history in Pittsburgh.


12/11/2013 | O's ramping up efforts at Winter Meetings

The Orioles are increasing their efforts to make a move, although it remains to be seen if they will have anything to show for it when they head north on Thursday.


12/11/2013 | Weiss exudes optimism entering second year at helm

During an offseason in which the Rockies have been more aggressive than usual in player moves and have at least one more decision to make, manager Walt Weiss believes it's all right to dream.


12/11/2013 | Ausmus preparing to form own identity at the helm

Don't try to define new Tigers manager Brad Ausmus before he takes the field this coming spring. In many ways, he's a manager as unique as the situation in which he finds himself.


12/11/2013 | Filling rotation needs a challenge for Cashman

Brian Cashman said on Wednesday that the asking prices for pitchers have made deals challenging, adding that the Yanks may instead turn to non-roster spring invitees to cobble together a rotation.


12/11/2013 | Scioscia places more value in on-field chemistry

As a catcher in the Dodgers' organization in the late 1970s and into the '80s, Mike Scioscia played on clubs that managed to win big amid untold internal strife. So the Angels' manager is of the view that clubhouse chemistry can be overrated in relation to what's found on the field.


12/11/2013 | White Sox trying to check off final items on wish list

General manager knows there is plenty of work left to be completed on reshaping the White Sox for the 2014 season. When exactly he will be able to cross off his final to-do items remains to be seen.


12/11/2013 | As interest in Infante picks up, KC praises Bonifacio

Speculation about second baseman Omar Infante and the Royals spiked upward on Wednesday as the Winter Meetings headed toward a conclusion. At the top of the Royals' current depth chart at second base is Emilio Bonifacio, who did a fine job for them late last season.


12/11/2013 | Reported Volquez signing gives Pirates options

On a day when they signed Charlie Morton to a contract extension, the Pirates at last made some news on Day 3 of the Winter Meetings, and it's evident they'll still have some work to do once they leave the annual convention of baseball's decision-makers on Thursday.


12/11/2013 | Rangers continue pursuit of free agent Choo

The Rangers have put forth their best effort to sign outfielder Shin-Soo Choo at the Winter Meetings. They now wait to see how seriously Choo wants to play in Texas.


12/11/2013 | Padres send Bass to Astros in Rule 5 deal

The Padres sent right-hander Anthony Bass to the Astros on Wednesday in a transaction that will be finalized when the Rule 5 Draft takes place on Thursday. Houston has the first selection, which they may now be making on San Diego's behalf.


12/11/2013 | Cubs staying the course as they search for upgrades

Whatever transaction the Cubs make won't be "significant" in terms of a huge contract or headline-grabbing All-Star players, but it will be another step in the team's effort to build a healthy organization. While Cubs fans are eager for some news from the Winter Meetings, Theo Epstein and Co. are trying to stay patient with their plan.


12/11/2013 | Porter ready to see continued development in 2014

The 2014 season can't come soon enough for Astros manager Bo Porter. He's ready to put last season behind him -- and who could him blame after a club-record 111 losses? -- and he's eager to see how his young roster and some new additions start blending together.


12/11/2013 | Braves busy on multiple fronts at Winter Meetings

Braves general manager Frank Wren feels he made progress as he conversed with a number of agents and other executives this week. But as the third day of this year's Winter Meetings neared its end, he was still looking to satisfy his wish to add depth to his starting rotation, bench and bullpen.




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