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3:10 PM ET, December 6, 2013

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NY Daily News:
Robinson Cano's bid to join Seattle Mariners ends on sour note thanks to Jay Z: sources  —  Rap mogul overplayed his hand by demanding a bigger deal and more money than the Northwest team was willing to pay for the Yankees' second baseman, sources close to the negotiations say.
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Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Robinson Cano  —  12:34pm: For what it's worth, the Mariners have released the following statement: “We are not able to confirm any news regarding Robinson Cano at this time.  If and when an agreement is completed and finalized, we will announce.”
Discussion: DRaysBay, Lookout Landing and Metsblog
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com:
Mariners offer Cano nine years, $225 million in Seattle meeting  —  Robinson Cano traveled to Seattle Thursday, and sources told CBSSports.com that the Mariners offered the superstar second baseman a nine-year, $225 million contract in hopes of forging a deal with the top free agent and setting themselves up for a big winter.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Robinson Cano headed to Mariners: 10 years, $240 million  —  Robinson Cano is headed to the Seattle Mariners, agreeing to terms on a 10-year, $240 million contract, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.  —  The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition …
MLB:
Sources: Cano undecided on Seattle's offer  —  Free-agent second baseman Robinson Cano, after traveling to Seattle on Thursday to meet with the Mariners on an offer that sources say was expected to approach $250 million, was not prepared Friday to make a decision, sources have told ESPN.
Jon Heyman / CBSSports.com Sports News …:
Mariners have agreed with Robinson Cano on a 10-year, $240M contract  —  The Mariners have agreed on a 10-year, $240MM deal with superstar second baseman Robinson Cano, CBSSports.com confirms.  —  Early on Friday, there were reports (including here) of a snag in negotiations …
Fox Sports:
Rosenthal: Cano to Seattle would make little sense  —  I can't wait to hear the rationale.  —  Whenever a free agent makes an inexplicable money grab, we always hear the most bizarre rationales.  —  For Alex Rodriguez, it was the Rangers' farm system.  For Mike Hampton, it was the Denver school system.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and The Big Lead
Enrique Rojas / ESPN:   Source: Robinson Cano, M's agree
Metsblog:
Mets sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson  —  The Mets have agreed to sign free-agent OF Curtis Granderson to a four-year deal (Sherman) worth $60 million (Rosenthal).  —  2:00 pm: The deal does not include an option year, according to a source (Martino).  —  1:35 pm: Mets ownership …
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Marc Carig / Newsday:
Source: Curtis Granderson looking for four years, $64 million
Discussion: CBSSports.com and MLB Rumors
Adam McCalvy / MLB.com:
Besides first, 'pen help a need for Brewers  —  MILWAUKEE — Brewers general manager Doug Melvin will lead a contingent to baseball's Winter Meetings with two goals, one specific and one more general:  —  1) Find a first baseman.  —  2) Find ways to add more talent.  —  “What can we do to make the ballclub better?”
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Marlins Nearing Deal With Garrett Jones  —  1:37pm: Jackson reports that the two sides are talking about a two-year deal in the $7-8MM range (Twitter link).  —  12:46pm: The Marlins are closing in on a deal with free agent first baseman Garrett Jones, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (Twitter link).
Andrew Simon / MLB.com:
Winfield joins MLBPA staff as special assistant  —  Hall of Famer spent 15 of his 22 Major League seasons as player representative  —  Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield joined the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, taking the job of special assistant …
Jerry Crasnick / MLB:
Tanaka may not be available to MLB suitors  —  Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka's future was thrown into flux Thursday when the president of the Rakuten Golden Eagles told a newspaper that the team might not make the prized starter available to Major League Baseball teams as a free agent this winter.
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Dylan Hernandez / Los Angeles Times:
Masahiro Tanaka could remain in Japan, president of his team says
 
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