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5:10 PM ET, December 11, 2012


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Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
NY Mets pitching to keep National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey with two-year, $20 million contract extension  —  As the Daily News has been reporting, Dickey has been asking for a two-year extension for approximately $26 million, totaling $31 million over three years.
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets eye Ross, cast R.A. as elf  —  The Mets' offseason work still encompasses more than resolving R.A. Dickey's status.  —  Though the veteran knuckleballer's future remains high on the agenda, so does evaluating other pieces that potentially could help the Mets in 2013.
Fox Sports:
Rangers see dramatic identity shift  —  A rival executive, assessing the Texas Rangers on Monday, said, “They're going to overpay Hamilton or they're going to overpay ‘KT.’”  —  That's Hamilton as in free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton.  And that's “KT” as in Arizona general manager Kevin Towers …
Andy Martino / NY Daily News:
For Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey, NY Mets asking price on trade remains very high
Danny Knobler / Sports News …:
Reds in talks to acquire Choo from Indians  —  The Reds and Indians are deep in talks on a trade that would send Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati.  —  The Indians would receive center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Gregorius in return.  The Reds are expected to receive another player in addition to Choo.
Zach Links / MLB Rumors:
Reds, Indians Talking Shin-Soo Choo Trade  —  The Reds and Indians are deep in talks that would send Shin-Soo Choo to Cincinnati, according to Danny Knobler of  The Indians would receive center fielder Drew Stubbs and shortstop Didi Gregorius in return while the Reds are expected to receive another player in the deal.
Discussion: Red Reporter
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Jerry Crasnick / ESPN:
Tampa made yet another big splash
Discussion: MLB, MLB Prospect Watch and
Dick Kaegel /
Royals acquire Shields from Rays for prospects
Paul Hoynes / Plain Dealer:
Cleveland Indians still looking for the right deal for Asdrubal Cabrera  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Things move fast in the off-season.  Just ask the Indians and Phillies.  —  Before the start of the winter meetings last week in Nashville, the two teams were talking about a trade …
Ryan Lawrence /
Ruben Amaro: Michael Young has what Phillies need
Discussion: The Good Phight and HardballTalk
Associated Press:
Andruw Jones to sign in Japan  —  TOKYO — The Rakuten Eagles of Japan's Pacific League say they are set to sign veteran major league outfielder Andruw Jones.  —  The 35-year-old Jones became a free agent after playing for the New York Yankees the last two seasons, and the Eagles …
Steven Marcus / Newsday:
Yankees to drop StubHub, nearing deal with Ticketmaster  —  The Yankees are opting out of a five-year renewal between MLB and StubHub, an online service for buying and selling tickets, a person familiar with the development said Monday.  The Angels and Cubs also will not participate, StubHub said.
Discussion: HardballTalk
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Twins To Sign Kevin Correia  —  The Twins have reached an agreement to sign Kevin Correia, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports (on Twitter).  ESPN's Jerry Crasnick first reported that the two sides were nearing a two-year deal, and he adds that Correia will earn $10MM over the life of the contract (Twitter links).
Globe and Mail:
Blue Jays sign five to minor-league contracts  —  The Toronto Blue Jays have signed pitchers Claudio Vargas, Richard Thompson and Juan Perez and infielders Eugenio Velez and Luis Jimenez to minor-league contracts with invitations to major-league spring training.
Discussion: MLB Rumors
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