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MLB Winter Meetings rumors: Tuesday

Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:18 pm
Edited on: December 6, 2011 9:38 pm
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By Matt Snyder

DALLAS -- We're live from the media room, lobby or anywhere else in the Dallas Hilton for Major League Baseball's annual Winter Meetings. Tons of rumors will continue to circulate throughout the meetings, so we'll keep this as a landing spot for anything and everything. Check back for updates all day Tuesday. We'll timestamp updates made after the initial post.

2011 Winter Meetings
Wilson, Buehrle, Nationals, Angels, Marlins

• Please remember that any rumor passed along is merely a rumor. If we report something, we feel it's legit. If not, we're just letting you know it's out there. This warning is given with a great example. Monday evening, Jim Duquette of MLB Network radio tweeted that C.J. Wilson had received a six-year offer from the Nationals. If that was true, considering everything we've heard, Wilson would probably have signed on the spot. Instead, his reaction was laughter -- via Twitter -- and he jokingly said: "In unrelated news, I haven't been offered contracts from FC Barcelona, the Mavs or the Lakers." Meantime, all Nationals beat writers summarily shot down the rumor. In fact, CBSSports.com's Scott Miller reports the Angels are hot after Wilson while many reporters have noted the Nats actually prefer Mark Buehrle.

2:57 p.m. ET: Buehrle has narrowed the field of teams he's considering to five, reports Jon Heyman. Buehrle has previously been connected to more than a dozen teams in rumors.

4:20 p.m. ET: The Marlins are in pursuit of Wilson and might even try to sign both Wilson and Albert Pujols, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Jon Heyman disputes this, however, saying the Marlins would not go after Wilson if Pujols is signed.

4:36 p.m. ET: Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo told reporters he hasn't spoken with Buehrle's agent Tuesday, but felt "good" in their chances of landing the left-hander. (Mark Zuckerman)

5:49 p.m. ET: CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler speculates the aforementioned five teams could be the Nationals, Marlins, Rangers, Angels and Cardinals.

6:25 p.m. ET: Amanda Comak of the Washington Times confirms the Nationals are indeed one of those five teams still in the running for Buehrle.

7:00 p.m. ET: Heyman reports the Rangers' offer for Wilson is believed to be four years and $60 million.

Pujols, Fielder

• The Marlins are optimistic they'll land Albert Pujols. Full story.

• The Cubs prefer Prince Fielder to Pujols, reports Jon Heyman. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports backs it up and says the Cubs would prefer to offer less years and more dollars per year. Remember, in the past few weeks, reports surfaced that the Cubs preferred Pujols to Fielder. I have a sneaking suspicion Theo Epstein is doing a great job of driving up the price on his rivals' big-name free agents, but that's purely speculation.

1:45 p.m. ET: Worth mentioning here is that Allen Craig had knee surgery and will likely miss the first month of the 2012 season.

4:59 p.m. ET: The Marlins are pushing Pujols' camp, as they want a decision very soon. Miller reports it may not happen Tuesday, however, as some earlier reports indicated.

6:58 p.m. ET: The Mariners appear to be in on Fielder. Check out this quote from general manager Jack Zduriencik, via Geoff Baker, on whether or not the Mariners are the frontrunner: "I have no clue how many clubs are in on any free agents I'm talking to."

9:31 p.m. ET: Scott Miller has the latest on the Pujols sweepstakes -- including the introduction of a dreaded "mystery team."

9:35 p.m. ET: Heyman tweets that the Cubs' interest in Fielder is "sincere."

Mariners, Pirates, Twins, Francis

• The Mariners will meet with representatives for starting pitcher Jeff Francis, Geoff Baker reports.

2:31 p.m. ET: The Pirates and Twins will also meet with Francis' rep, Jon Paul Morosi of FoxSports.com reports.

Twins, Cuddyer

• The Twins have made a three-year, $25 million offer to Michael Cuddyer, reports Heyman.

Blue Jays, White Sox, Santos

1:04 p.m. ET: The Blue Jays have acquired closer Sergio Santos from the White Sox. Full story.

Giants, Lincecum

1:47 p.m. ET: Giants ace Tim Lincecum is absolutely off limits via trade, even if he doesn't sign a contract extension. (Extra Baggs)

Nats, Rays, Upton

1:48 p.m. ET: The Nationals and Rays have discussed the possibility of a B.J. Upton trade, reports Morosi.

3:20 p.m. ET: The Nationals don't feel pressure to move for a center fielder, reports Comak. She notes that general manager Mike Rizzo feels comfortable with the thought of Jayson Werth playing center field and soon-to-be major-leaguer Bryce Harper taking over in right. Manager Davey Johnson said virtually the same thing Monday during his media session.

D-Backs, Saunders

1:55 p.m. ET: The Diamondbacks could extend or trade Joe Saunders. Full story.

Rockies, Street, Padres

2:45 p.m. ET: The Rockies continue to shop closer Huston Street on the trade market, reports Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, also mentioning the Padres as a possibility.

4:30 p.m. ET: Miller reports Street is "very available" and the Rockies are looking for starting pitching in return.

Mets

3:42 p.m. ET: The Mets are "closing in" on a late-inning reliever, though not Francisco Cordero, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Red Sox, Ortiz, Miller

3:43 p.m. ET: The market for designated hitter David Ortiz has dwindled down to basically the Red Sox, reports Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe. There aren't many teams looking for just a DH, for one, and also note that a team would have to cough up a compensatory draft pick for Big Papi. So he's likely destined to stay in Boston.

5:24 p.m. ET: The Red Sox have signed pitcher Andrew Miller to a one-year contract, the club announced. He'll get a shot to compete for the starting rotation at this point.

7:02 p.m. ET: Ortiz plans to accept arbitration and remain with the Red Sox, reports ESPN Deportes (via MLB Trade Rumors). That means he'd be back on a one-year deal.

Brewers, Ramirez

4:16 p.m. ET: The Brewers are the favorite to sign third baseman Aramis Ramirez, reports Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The residual effect of such a signing would completely elimate any remaining chances of retaining Fielder.

Reds, Braves, Jurrjens

6:23 p.m. ET: The Reds are showing interest in Braves starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens, but the Braves are content to let the starting pitching market develop past this week, Knobler reports. Once the top free agents are signed, the Braves will have more leverage in a potential trade.

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