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1:35 PM ET, January 6, 2013

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Berkman close to signing with Texas  —  The Texas Rangers — closing in on a new designated hitter — are finalizing an agreement with free agent Lance Berkman, according to major-league sources.  —  The contract is expected to be for one year in the $10 million to $11 million range …
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Sources: Upton trade talks still on  —  Justin Upton for Chase Headley?  —  The Arizona Diamondbacks and San Diego Padres have held on-and-off discussions about a trade involving those players since July, but the talks have failed to progress, according to major-league sources.
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Rangers To Sign Lance Berkman  —  5:52pm: Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas clarifies (on Twitter) that the option vests at 550 plate appearances, not at-bats.  —  3:32pm: The veteran will need to hit 525-550 at-bats for his 2014 option to vest, according to Jeff Wilson of the Star-Telegram (on Twitter).
Discussion: HardballTalk and Getting Blanked
Bryan Hoch / MLB.com:
Mo says knee ‘95 percent’ on way toward full health  —  Baseball's all-time saves leader conducts pitching clinic for Connecticut kids  —  Mariano Rivera addresses kids at a pitching clinic in Danbury, Conn., on Saturday.  (Bryan Hoch/MLB.com)  —  DANBURY, Conn. — To most of his audience …
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Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Mariano Rivera to start throwing  —  DANBURY, Conn. — Still not fully recovered from his season-ending knee injury, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said he will alter his winter throwing program to compensate for all the time he missed in 2012.  —  “It is not 100 percent,” Rivera said Saturday.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Unresolved questions linger for Yanks, Mets, free agents  —  To be honest, you probably could take an extended nap (like the one Carl Pavano took from 2005 through 2008) from now until the start of spring training, and you wouldn't miss a great deal in the baseball world.
Discussion: Metsblog
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Infusion of $160 Million Gives Mets a Chance to Spend, Perhaps on Talent  —  The Mets' owners, who were financially hobbled by Bernard L. Madoff's immense fraud scheme, now have about $160 million in new money to spend.  —  The cash infusion, as refreshing to the co-owners Fred Wilpon …
Buster Olney / ESPN.com:
Buster Posey's incredible arbitration case  —  Buster Posey hasn't played in two full seasons' worth of regular-season games yet — 308, to be exact.  But he's made the most of his time in the big leagues, winning a rookie of the year award, a batting title, a most valuable player award and two World Series titles with the Giants.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Tom Pelissero / 1500 ESPN SportsWire:
SportsWire Vikings Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder dealing with elbow bursitis  —  GREEN BAY, Wis. — The injury to Christian Ponder's throwing elbow is more than a bruise.  —  The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback once again is dealing with elbow bursitis — a buildup of fluid that may need …
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com Sports News …:
Showalter extension may add three years to his Orioles deal  —  Manager Buck Showalter's contract extension, which may be announced next week, is expected to be for three years, which would keep him in Baltimore through the 2016 season, people familiar with the talks suggested.
Bill Center / North County Times:
Padres Insider: Club studies spring training strategy; Marlins shopping Stanton  —  Among the issues discussed recently by the Padres brass is how the club will deploy its forces over the longest exhibition season in franchise history.  —  Because this is also the spring of the third World Baseball Classic …
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball and Fish Stripes
Troy E. Renck / Denver Post:
Rockies show some interest in pitchers Brandon Webb, Jeff Karstens  —  While remaining open to a trade to add pitching, the Rockies have expressed mild interest in low-risk free agents Brandon Webb and Jeff Karstens.  —  Bill Geivett, the Rockies' director of major-league operations …
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