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12/9/2013 | Astros focus on adding veteran reliever, power bat

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who arrived in Central Florida on Monday after spending a few days celebrating his father's 80th birthday in Mexico City, said things were relatively quiet regarding his team on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings, but he still remains committed to adding a veteran reliever and middle-of-the-order bat.


12/9/2013 | Detwiler wants to start, but knows decision not his

While Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has opened up the fifth spot in the team's starting rotation for competition, left-hander Ross Detwiler isn't stressing out about his role on the 2014 club.


12/9/2013 | Rangers meet with Cruz's agent to talk potential return

The Rangers met with Nelson Cruz's agent Monday at the Winter Meetings, general manager Jon Daniels confirmed. Cruz is a free agent after being the Rangers' right fielder the past five years, but the club is having ongoing discussions with agent Adam Katz.


12/9/2013 | Rockies focused on pitching at Winter Meetings

Pursuing starting pitching is the Rockies' top priority of the Winter Meetings, vice president of Major League operations Bill Geivett said Monday. The Rockies also are pursuing bullpen help and a corner bat and are willing to look at free agents or pursue trades.


12/9/2013 | White Sox know Sale's value, but would listen to offers

Left-hander Chris Sale may be as close to untouchable as anyone in the White Sox organization, but that doesn't mean general manager Rick Hahn won't listen to offers for his No. 1 starter.


12/9/2013 | Cashman seeks pitching, infield help at Meetings

Less than 24 hours after he dangled off the side of the tallest building in Stamford, Conn., again taking part in a holiday rappelling event, Brian Cashman's feet were firmly on the ground at the Winter Meetings. Cashman arrived for the four-day event believing that the Yankees have much more work to do, and the general manager was said to have spent the day chatting with his counterparts, searching for deals to fill some of the club's remaining holes.


12/9/2013 | Friedman tight-lipped about Price after Day 1

While Andrew Friedman has remained tight-lipped regarding specific players or trades being targeted, one thing is certain: David Price remains the most coveted prize of the Winter Meetings.


12/9/2013 | Cubs work with Castro on getting in better shape

The Cubs are making sure shortstop Starlin Castro reports to Spring Training in better shape. The team assigned strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic to work with Castro for three weeks in November. In January, Castro will start workouts at the Cubs' facility in the Dominican.


12/9/2013 | Amaro: Phils' goal is 'to add, not to subtract'

It took only a few hours Monday for the Domonic Brown speculation to begin. There are multiple reports at the Winter Meetings that the Phillies are trying to trade Brown, their 26-year-old power-hitting corner outfielder. The Phillies are searching for starting pitching, and trading Brown, who cannot become a free agent until 2017, would be one way to accomplish their goal.


12/9/2013 | Gibson: 'No problem' with lack of contract extension

Some managers are uncomfortable going into the final year of their contracts without an extension. The D-backs' Kirk Gibson is not one of them.


12/9/2013 | Mariners put catcher, relievers on back burner

Judging by general manager Jack Zduriencik's comments on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings on Monday, the Mariners' priority is to add an outfielder and starting pitcher before using what resources remain to consider a backup catcher and bullpen help.


12/9/2013 | Cubs could keep Samardzija, go after Tanaka

The Cubs feel they can fit both Jeff Samardzija and Masahiro Tanaka in their budget if the Japanese pitcher becomes available. It also could depend on what it will take to get Samardzija to stay.


12/9/2013 | Gibbons expects team to learn from disappointing '13

The Blue Jays have been relatively quiet this offseason, but regardless of what moves are made away from the diamond, manager John Gibbons expects his squad to learn from the past and use it to their advantage in 2014.


12/9/2013 | Brewers put relief help on back burner

Brewers general manager Doug Melvin would ideally add two experienced relief arms to the bullpen, but said he was focused on settling first base before moving to the relief market.


12/9/2013 | Mets weighing options with trade possibilities

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met Monday with Brewers GM Doug Melvin, among others, to discuss a potential trade of first basemen Ike Davis or Lucas Duda, and the logic there is simple: whichever player the Mets deal, the other one would become their starting first baseman (likely in a platoon with right-handed-hitting Josh Satin).


12/9/2013 | Trout contract talks could heat up around Opening Day

Come Opening Day, the stage could be set for a mega-extension with Mike Trout. But asked at the Winter Meetings if there's any sense of urgency to extend Trout, Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto remained mum.


12/9/2013 | Pujols completely healthy, happy with winter progress

Albert Pujols' left foot is now "completely healed," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said Monday from the Winter Meetings.


12/9/2013 | Wren: Braves likely focused on filling support roles

While some fans are still holding out hope for completing a trade that would bring David Price or Jeff Samardzija to Atlanta, Braves general manager Frank Wren seems more focused on making less-sexy acquisitions that could strengthen the depth of his roster.


12/9/2013 | Brewers working multiple fronts in first-base search

The Brewers continued their pursuit of free-agent first baseman Corey Hart on Day 1 of the Winter Meetings while preparing for the possibility he finds a more lucrative deal somewhere else. Brewers general manager Doug Melvin engaged in conversations with agent Jeff Berry of CAA Sports, who represents first-time free agent Hart.


12/9/2013 | Trades take backseat as Meetings open

Monday's opening day at the 2014 Winter Meetings might have been more talk than action on the Hot Stove front, but history was made in honorary and bittersweet fashion, too.


12/9/2013 | Cardinals Nation reacts to La Russa's Hall selection

Soon after Monday's Hall of Fame announcement, congratulatory messages poured in for Tony La Russa, whose 2,728 managerial wins are third most all-time behind Connie Mack and John McGraw.


12/9/2013 | D-backs' Gibson explains Ellis comment

During his Monday media session at the Winter Meetings, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson explained the comments he made last month regarding the Dodgers sending catcher A.J. Ellis on a goodwill trip to Australia to promote the 2014 Opening Series, while the D-backs sent star players, were not intended to disparage Ellis.


12/9/2013 | Mets unlikely to give starting pitcher multiyear deal

Among others, the Mets met Monday with the agent for Bartolo Colon, baseball's best free-agent starter who might accept a one-year deal. An agreement with the Mets seems unlikely, given the 40-year-old Colon's expected salary demands -- if not a multiyear contract, perhaps an eight-figure price tag -- and the team's payroll restrictions.


12/9/2013 | Court filing does not close door on San Jose for A's

A report surfaced late last week that Major League Baseball turned down the A's request to relocate to San Jose, but the club is open to submit a revised proposal.


12/9/2013 | Deep pitching sets up Red Sox for success

Jacoby Ellsbury flew the coop, along with Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Stephen Drew could be the next to leave. And the Red Sox are set to roll on.




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