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2:11 AM ET, December 17, 2010

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ESPN:
Source: Red Sox to sign Bobby Jenks  —  Bobby Jenks is changing his Sox from white to red.  —  The former Chicago White Sox closer agreed to a two-year, $12 million with the Boston Red Sox, pending a physical, a source told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney.
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Associated Press:
Yankees' Rivera admits joining Red Sox was ‘real’ possibility … NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera admitted the unthinkable had been a possibility.  —  The Boston Red Sox offered him a chance to turn in his pinstripes and switch sides in baseball's fiercest rivalry.  —  “It was real.
Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com:
Mo says Red Sox made pitch for his services
Discussion: HardballTalk and Full Count
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox To Sign Bobby Jenks
Jennifer Floyd Engel / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
No time to go stupid: Rangers have staff options
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Red Sox interested in reliever Wheeler
Fox Sports:
A's acquire Nats slugger Willingham  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since Aug. 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.  —  The A's, continuing their quest to upgrade their offense, have acquired outfielder Josh Willingham from the Nationals.
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Fox Sports:
A's in talks with Nats for Willingham  —  Ken Rosenthal has been the senior baseball writer for FOXSports.com since Aug. 2005.  He appears weekly on MLB on FOX.  Follow him on Twitter.  —  The A's, continuing their quest to upgrade their offense, are in serious discussions …
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
UPDATED: Nationals agree to trade Josh Willingham to Athletics  —  The Nationals have agreed to trade left fielder Josh Willingham to the Oakland A's for two young minor league players, a source familiar with the trade confirmed.  In return for Willingham, the Nationals received reliever Henry Rodriguez …
MLB:
A's trade for Josh Willingham
Discussion: HardballTalk, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and ESPN
Ben Nicholson-Smith / MLB Rumors:   A's Acquire Josh Willingham
Gordon Wittenmyer / Chicago Sun Times:
Kerry Wood returns to Cubs for 1 year, $1.5 million  —  In a move that surprised even the Cubs, former staff ace and closer Kerry Wood agreed to return to his baseball roots and sign with his original team for one year, $1.5 million, according to a source.  —  In taking the below-market deal …
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Mark Feinsand / Blogging The Bombers:
Source: Yankees “exploring” Rafael Soriano  —  UPDATE, 4:45 p.m.: A Yankees official just downplayed the idea that they will go after Rafael Soriano.  “The price is going to be too high,” the official said.  —  Brian Cashman said last week he wouldn't pay “closer money” for Kerry Wood to return to the Yankees as a setup man.
David Kaplan / Kap's Corner:
Cubs Moving Towards to Signing Kerry Wood
Mike Axisa / MLB Rumors:
Cubs Close To Finalizing A Deal With Kerry Wood
Kuiperfan / Joe Posnanski:
RIP Bob Feller  —  Bob Feller threw three no-hitters and 12 one-hitters during his 18-year career — all with the Indians.  (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)  —  One of my earliest memories was seeing Bob Feller in a jacket and tie.  My father took me to some sort of morning meeting in Cleveland …
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MLB:
Indians legend Bob Feller dies at 92
Tim Kurkjian / ESPN:
Bob Feller lived a proud life
Mel Antonen / USA Today:
Hall of Fame pitcher, Indians great Bob Feller dies at age 92
Andrew Marchand / ESPN:
Agent: New York Yankees, Pedro Feliciano make progress on deal  —  NEW YORK — The agent for lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano says that he and the Yankees are making “a little progress” in contract negotiations.  —  “We are having ongoing conversations,” Feliciano's agent, Melvin Roman said.
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Jerry Crasnick / ESPN.com:
Source: Detroit Tigers, Magglio Ordonez OK 1-year, $10M deal  —  Veteran outfielder Magglio Ordonez has reached agreement with the Detroit Tigers on a one-year, $10 million contract, a baseball source confirmed to ESPN.com.  —  Ordonez, 36, hit .303 with 12 home runs and 59 RBIs in 84 games …
Enrique Rojas / MLB:
Edgar Renteria dislikes Giants' $1M offer  —  ORLANDO — Edgar Renteria understands the best part of his major league career is over and baseball is a business, but he still hoped for better treatment from the San Francisco Giants after helping the team to the World Series in October.
Discussion: MLB Rumors and ESPN
Adam Kilgore / Nationals Journal:
Nationals nearing deal with Chien-Ming Wang  —  The Nationals are close to completing a deal that would bring back right-handed starter Chien Ming-Wang for one year, according to a source.  —  They signed Wang to a one-year, $2 million contract late last offseason, but the Nationals non-tendered Wang …
Discussion: Yahoo! Sports and MLB Daily Dish
Mark Polishuk / MLB Rumors:
Rockies Looking At Aardsma, Balfour, Coffey  —  The Rockies have spoken to the Mariners about a possible David Aardsma trade, reports Troy Renck of the Denver Post (Twitter link).  Colorado has also shown interest in right-handers Grant Balfour and Todd Coffey, though Renck tweets that Balfour …
Discussion: Mariners blog and JSOnline
 
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Los Angeles Dodgers, ex-Minnesota Twins pitcher Matt Guerrier …
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Associated Press:
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Fox Sports:
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