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7:25 PM ET, December 7, 2013


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Mark Polishuk / MLB Rumors:
Yankees To Sign Carlos Beltran  —  It didn't take long for the Yankees to move on from losing Robinson Cano.  The Yankees have agreed with Carlos Beltran on a three-year deal, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports (Twitter link).  The contract is worth $45MM and Beltran will receive …
Arizona Republic:
D-Backs fall short in surprise run at Carlos Beltran; Willie Bloomquist departs; & other stuff  —  Earlier this week, Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers was tossed a softball question about whether he'd be willing to give up his first-round pick in order to sign a restricted free agent.
George A. King III / New York Post:
Cano agrees to mega deal with Mariners  —  Gone Robbie Gone.  —  When Robinson Cano bolted for Seattle and a seductive 10-year deal worth $240 million Friday morning, he joined a fraternity of productive Yankees players who have vanished from The Bronx since the end of a very disappointing 2013 season.
NY Daily News:
Robinson Cano is done as a Yankee as Mariners give All-Star 10 years and $240M  —  Talks between the two sides hit what appeared to be a major snag late Thursday night, a source said, after Cano's camp asked for 10 years and $252 million.  But the Mariners ultimately caved on a 10th year.
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
Robinson Cano headed to Mariners: 10 years, $240 million
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Mariners To Sign Robinson Cano
Enrique Rojas / ESPN:
Source: Robinson Cano, M's agree
Discussion: - null and Let's Go Tribe
Jon Heyman / Sports News …:
Mariners have agreed with Robinson Cano on a 10-year, $240M contract
Marc Carig / Newsday:
David Wright ‘thrilled’ that Curtis Granderson chose Mets  —  David Wright took matters into his own hands.  Early in the offseason, before the front office had even reached out to Curtis Granderson, the Mets' captain fired off a text message to the free agent.
Tim Rohan / New York Times:
Spending Again, Mets Lure Granderson  —  When Curtis Granderson said earlier this week that he had the salmon while having lunch with Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson, the comment, almost predictably, turned into comic material.  The Mets could not afford to offer Granderson a steak, the Twitter jokes went.
Mets sign free agent OF Curtis Granderson
Jayson Stark / ESPN:
Winter meetings forecast  —  Most likely to sign?  Most likely to get dealt?  We surveyed execs around the majors  —  Holy moly.  What a week.  —  Has any edition of the winter meetings ever been overshadowed by the week before the winter meetings?  —  As next week's annual rumorfest …
Discussion: HardballTalk and ESPN
Mark Polishuk / MLB Rumors:
Red Sox To Re-Sign Mike Napoli  —  The Red Sox have agreed to terms with Mike Napoli, Rob Bradford of reports (Twitter link).  The contract is a two-year deal worth $32MM, according to's Sean McAdam (via Twitter).  The slugger confirmed his return on his own Twitter feed …
Susan Slusser / Oakland Athletics:
Did MLB deny A's request to move to San Jose in June?  —  10:12 AM PDT: For some time, the dragged-out proceedings by Commissioner Bud Selig's committee investigating the A's stadium situation were subject to jokes.  Selig set up the committee nearly five years ago, with no apparent direction or answer provided in all that time.
Discussion: FanGraphs Baseball
Brian McTaggart /
Astros, Feldman agree to three-year contract  —  Veteran right-hander, who won 12 games in 2013, will earn $30 million  —  HOUSTON — The Astros landed the veteran starting pitcher they've been coveting by agreeing to sign right-hander Scott Feldman, a source confirmed to
Discussion: MLB Rumors
Steve Adams / MLB Rumors:
Astros Sign Scott Feldman
CSN Chicago:
Cubs looking at Axford in search for potential closer  —  The Cubs are looking for a closer and John Axford has already posted the personal classified ad on his Twitter account.  —  “MST (Man Seeking Team),” Axford wrote.  “Tall athletic male with blue/green eyes and a love for film and mustaches seeking loving team for employment!”
Discussion: HardballTalk and Bleed Cubbie Blue
Adam McCalvy /
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?”
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