Check out Mini-Ballbug for simple mobiles or Ballbug Mobile for modern smartphones.
11:30 AM ET, December 6, 2012


 Top News: 
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.
Geoff Baker / Mariners blog:
Mariners said to still be very much in the running for Josh Hamilton  —  The Mariners and Josh Hamilton are said to be “very close” to a deal, depending on what happens first between free agent pitcher Zack Greinke and the Texas Rangers.  Photo Credit: AP  —  It once seemed like Josh Hamilton …
Fox Sports:
Pursuit of Upton driving blockbuster talks  —  Texas badly wants Justin Upton, according to major-league sources.  Arizona, seeking a shortstop, is focused on Asdrubal Cabrera.  —  The goals of those two clubs are driving talk of three- and four-team blockbusters at the winter meetings …
Discussion: Metsblog and MLB Daily Dish
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:   Josh Hamilton sits, waits restlessly
Jon Heyman / Sports News …:
Rangers talks with Josh Hamilton said ‘on hold’ at moment
Discussion: Getting Blanked and Fox Sports
John Manuel / Baseball America:
Braulio Lara, Jose Dominguez Lead Rule 5 Buzz  —  NASHVILLE—A relatively placid day during the Winter Meetings on Wednesday gives way to what should be a much more active Thursday.  —  Most fans are hoping for a free-agent signing by their team or to be involved in a trade involving Justin Upton.
Matthew Cerrone / Metsblog:
Mets select LHP Kyle Lobstein in Rule 5 Draft, traded to Tigers for cash  —  The MLB Rule 5 draft was held this morning at 10 am in Nashville as the final official order of business at the MLB Winter Meetings.  —  The Mets selected LHP Kyle Lobstein from the Rays' Triple-A Roster …
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and ESPN
Peter Abraham / Boston Globe:
Red Sox could lose players in Rule 5 Draft  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The annual Rule 5 Draft of veteran minor leaguers will be this morning.  The Red Sox have the seventh pick if they care to use it.  —  Any player selected must remain on the major league roster all season or be offered back to his original team.
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: Amazin' Avenue and HardballTalk
Adam Rubin / ESPN:
David Wright proud to return to Mets
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Mets hold cards, but unsure how Dickey saga will play out
Discussion: Amazin' Avenue and Metsblog
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 …
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.
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
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's Bruce Levine.  —  The move likely signals the end of Kevin Youkilis' White Sox career …
Discussion: South Side Sox and MLB Rumors
Luke Adams / MLB Rumors:
White Sox To Sign Jeff Keppinger
Discussion: South Side Sox and Bucs Dugout
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.
Bill Chastain /
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 …
Marc Topkin / Tampa Bay Times:
Rays promote Jamie Nelson to assist hitting coach Derek Shelton
Discussion: HardballTalk and DRaysBay
Tom Singer /
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.
 Archived Page Info: 
This is a snapshot of Ballbug at 11:30 AM ET, December 6, 2012.

View the current page or another snapshot:

 See Also: 
Ballbug: site main
Ballbug River: reverse chronological Ballbug
Ballbug Mobile: for phones
Ballbug Leaderboard: Ballbug's top sources
Ballbug RSS feed
 More News: 
Associated Press:
Fredi Gonzalez's option exercised
Discussion: MLB Daily Dish
Lee Enterprises / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Winter Meetings: Cards bow out on Burnett
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and MLB Rumors
Tim Dierkes / MLB Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Jason Bay
Brittany Ghiroli /
O's bring back McLouth, out of running for Swisher
Dick Kaegel /
Royals aren't entertaining Butler talks in Nashville
Discussion: Royals Review and Mariners blog
Susan Slusser / San Francisco Chronicle:
A's shortstop short list gets shorter
 Earlier Picks: 
Baseball Hall of Fame:
Tom Cheek Named 2013 Ford C. Frick Award Winner for Broadcasting Excellence
Baseball America:
2013 Texas Rangers Top 10 Prospects
Discussion: Lone Star Ball
Corey Brock /
Headley's breakout season now includes GIBBY
Discussion: Gaslamp Ball
Joe Capozzi / Fish Tank blog:
Marlins don't seem enthusiastic about Carl Pavano reunion, but never say never
Discussion: HardballTalk and MLB Daily Dish
Alex Speier / Full Count:
Hot Stove: Kevin Youkilis has multiple contract offers
Janie McCauley / Globe and Mail:
Giants sign Marco Scutaro to three year, $20-million deal

From WeSmirch:

Glenn Whipp / Los Angeles Times:
38 women have come forward to accuse director James Toback of sexual harassment.

Damon, Clooney say they never saw Weinstein's ‘darkness,’ vow to fight sexual misconduct
Ewan McGregor Splits From Wife of 22 Years — As He's Spotted Kissing Costar Mary Elizabeth Winstead

Sister Sites:

 Tech news essentials
 Must-read media news
 Politics, opinion, and current events
 Celebrity news and gossip