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8:10 AM ET, December 6, 2012

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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
NY Mets have not met R.A. Dickey's asking price as negotiation process is still ongoing  —  Jeff Wilpon reiterated earlier comments that the Mets were willing to allow Dickey to simply play out next season on the pre-existing $5 million club option, and become a free agent.
Discussion: HardballTalk
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Adam Rubin / ESPN:
David Wright proud to return to Mets  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — None of the most notable players in New York Mets history has played his entire career with the franchise.  —  Tom Seaver was traded to the Cincinnati Reds midway through 1977, while en route to a 21-win season.
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets hold cards, but unsure how Dickey saga will play out
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
Evan Grant / Texas Rangers Blog:
Sources: Rangers involved in advanced talks with Phillies about possible Michael Young trade  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Rangers haven't really gotten anywhere on their big free-agent targets.  And complicated pie-in-the-sky trade scenarios haven't really gained traction.
Adam McCalvy / Brew Beat:
Melvin met with agent for E-Jax, Howell  —  It's been a quiet Wednesday so far for the Brewers at the Winter Meetings, but GM Doug Melvin did meet with one high-powered agent, Greg Genske, though Melvin would not reveal the content of that discussion.  Among Genske's free agents this winter …
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Tom Haudricourt / JSOnline:
Third year blocking Dempster deal
Jerry Crasnick / ESPN:
Angels add Joe Blanton, Sean Burnett  —  The Los Angeles Angels added another piece to their starting rotation Wednesday, agreeing with free agent Joe Blanton on a two-year contract worth $15 million contract, according to a baseball source.  —  The guaranteed deal includes a club option for a third year, the source said.
ESPN:
Source: Jeff Keppinger to White Sox  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a three-year, $12 million deal with free-agent infielder Jeff Keppinger, a source told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.  —  The move likely signals the end of Kevin Youkilis' White Sox career …
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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Luke Adams / MLB Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Jeff Keppinger
Discussion: South Side Sox and Bucs Dugout
Mark Feinsand / NY Daily News:
Yankees looking to trade Curtis Granderson to free up payroll: source  —  Granderson, who turns 32 in March, will surely be looking for a huge payday when he reaches free agency next season, though the Yankees will already be looking to re-sign Robinson Cano and may still have to pay Derek Jeter, who has a $9.5 million option for 2014.
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Josh Hamilton sits, waits restlessly  —  (Photo: Matthew Emmons, USA TODAY Sports)  —  1:14AM EST December 5.  2012 - NASHVILLE — We know that he's here, but no one has seen him.  —  We know teams are interested, but no one is talking about him.  —  Josh Hamilton is easily the biggest prize …
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Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com Sports News …:
Rangers talks with Josh Hamilton said ‘on hold’ at moment
Discussion: Getting Blanked
Anthony Castrovince / MLB.com:   Indians, D-backs talk Asdrubal-for-Bauer swap
Bill Chastain / MLB.com:
Rays wrap Day 2 by acquiring Escobar from Marlins  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Everybody attending the Winter Meetings at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel is convinced that the Rays will trade one of their coveted starting pitchers.  —  But they did not do so on Tuesday, instead sending Minor League …
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Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays promote Jamie Nelson to assist hitting coach Derek Shelton
Discussion: HardballTalk and DRaysBay
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Cubs To Sign Nate Schierholtz  —  The Cubs agreed to a one-year deal with outfielder Nate Schierholtz, tweets ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.  The deal is worth $2.25MM with $500K in incentives, adds Crasnick.  Schierholtz, 29 in February, was non-tendered by the Phillies last week.  He's represented by Lapa/Leventhal.
Tom Singer / MLB.com:
Pirates acquire versatile pitcher Oliver from Tigers  —  Bucs send catching prospect Cabrera to Detroit for Minors left-hander  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Pirates got into the Winter Meetings trade action in a “Minor” way on Wednesday, acquiring left-hander Andrew Oliver from Detroit in exchange for catcher Ramon Cabrera.
Brittany Ghiroli / MLB.com:
O's bring back McLouth, out of running for Swisher  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Orioles made their first move of the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, securing a one-year, $2 million deal to bring back outfielder Nate McLouth, pending the completion of a physical.
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Winter Meetings: Cards bow out on Burnett  —  • By Derrick Goold dgoold@post-dispatch.com 314-340-8285  —  • The Cardinals' pursuit of a lefty reliever has peeled away from the pitcher considered the best of the remaining available free agents in his class.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and MLB Rumors
 
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