December 2008 - Baseball Wiretap

Twins Say They Are Happy With Morneau Instead Of Teixeira
Twins' GM Bill Smith recently commented on the Yankees' signing of Mark Teixeira, saying they are just fine with Justin Morneau.

Pioneer Press

Boston Still Interested In Smoltz
The Red Sox are reportedly still interested in free agent pitcher John Smoltz even after the recent signing of Brad Penny.

Boston Herald

Cabrera Passes Physical, Signs With Nats
Pitcher Daniel Cabrera finalized his one-year, $2.6 million contract with the Nationals after passing a physical on Monday.

ESPN

Jays Agree To Minor League Deal With Barrett
Catcher Michael Barrett has reportedly agreed to a minor league contract with the Blue Jays.

ESPN

Sources: Cuban WBC Pitching Star Marti Defects
Right-hander Yadel Marti and outfielder Yasser Gomez reportedly left the island and are in an unknown location as they seek MLB careers.

ESPN

Source: Dodgers Contact Dunn
The Dodgers have reportedly contacted free agent slugger Adam Dunn, which might mean their pursuit of Manny Ramirez is over.

ESPN

Snyder, Diamondbacks On Verge Of Extension
Diamondbacks' catcher Chris Snyder is reportedly close to finalizing a three-year contract extension with Arizona.

MLB Trade Rumors

Hendrickson, O's Close To Agreement
The Orioles are reportedly close to reaching an agreement with left-hander Mark Hendrickson, according to MASNsports.com.

MLB.com

Red Sox Strike Deals With Penny, Bard
The Red Sox have agreements in place with right-hander Brad Penny and catcher Josh Bard, according to an industry source.

Boston Herald

NY Times To Sell Red Sox Stake
The New York Times Co. is reportedly seeking to sell its stake in the holding company of the Red Sox baseball team.

EMII.com

Penny May Bolster Boston's Rotation
The Red Sox were reportedly close to adding Brad Penny to their pitching rotation on Sunday.

MLB.com

Nationals Have Money To Get Manny
The Nationals had well over $100 million on the table for Mark Teixeira, which leads many to believe that the money could be used on Manny Ramirez.

ESPN

Orioles Could Deal For Blalock?
The Orioles and Rangers discussed a trade involving Hank Blalock during the winter meetings.

MASN

Tex Was Very Concerned With Lowell's Future During Talks With Sox
According to a source close to the talks with the Red Sox, Mark Teixeira was very concerned about what would become of Mike Lowell should Teixeira sign with Boston.

Boston Globe

Josh Bard Receiving Interest From Six Teams
Josh Bard has drawn interest from about a half-dozen teams, with the Red Sox being one.

Boston Globe

Eck: Rickey Was A Good Teammate
Rickey Henderson 'didn't bother anybody' in the clubhouse, according to former teammate Dennis Eckersley.

Boston Globe

Padres Won't Pursue Peavy Trade, But Will Listen To Offers
It has become much less likely that the Padres will trade ace Jake Peavy this offseason, but the organization is still willing to listen to offers.

San Francisco Chronicle

Yanks To Be Cautious With CC, A.J.
Both CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett are coming off career-highs in innings pitched, which means the Yankees are expected to be cautious with their new arms.

Daily Camera

Varitek, Pudge Dealing With Age Issues
Not long ago, catchers Jason Varitek and Pudge Rodriguez would have been hot commodities on the free agent market.

Boston Globe

Houston Hospital To Shed Clemens' Name
Houston's Memorial Hermann Medical Center announced Saturday that it is removing Clemens' name from the Roger Clemens Institute for Sports Medicine.

New York Daily News

Does MLB Benefit From Yankees' Spending?
The Yankees believe that all of baseball benefits when they field a strong, highly-paid team.

Yahoo!

Johnson Wants To Savor Time With Giants
Randy Johnson, who signed a one-year deal with the Giants on Friday, is looking to enjoy his time in San Francisco.

MLB.com

Does Teixeira Signing Mean Gardner Will Start In Center?
Many believe that the arrival of Mark Teixeira in New York could allow the Yankees to play Brett Gardner in center.

Staten Island Advance

Reds Sign Willy Taveras
The Reds on Saturday signed free-agent center fielder Willy Taveras to a two-year contract.

MLB.com

Boston Considers Baldelli As Plan B
With Mark Teixeira in New York, Boston has moved onto free agent outfielder Rocco Baldelli.

Boston Globe

Selig: There Is Competitive Balance In MLB
Commissioner Bud Selig believes that Major League Baseball has enjoyed competitive balance in recent years.

Yahoo!

Hughes Could Land In Yankees' Rotation
Assuming the Yankees aren't able to come to terms with Andy Pettitte, they could add Phil Hughes to their rotation.

Yahoo!

Oakland Targets Giambi, Abreu, G. Anderson
The Athletics would like to sign Jason Giambi, but they also have Bobby Abreu and Garret Anderson as possible options this offseason.

San Francisco Chronicle

Giants Sign Big Unit
The San Francisco Giants have signed free agent left-hander Randy Johnson to a one-year contract.

MLB.com

Teixeira Wants To Win Now
Agent Scott Boras believes that the Nationals did everything they could have to land Mark Teixeira, but the Yankees give him a better chance to win.

Washington Post