December 2008 - Baseball Wiretap

Minaya: No Signings Imminent
The Mets are trying to add a starting pitcher through free agency, but general manager Omar Minaya claims that nothing is imminent.

Newsday

Yanks Comfortable With Spending Spree
The Yankees have no regrets about their December spending spree, a source said despite criticism from other clubs.

Newsday

Toronto Will Now Get 3rd Round Pick For Burnett Loss
The signing of Mark Teixeira will hurt the Jays in more way than one.

Rocky Mountain News

Angels, Rangers, A's And Braves Interested In A Yankee Outfielder?
The Yankees are looking to move two from a group of outfielders of Xavier Nady, Nick Swisher, and Hideki Matsui.

Rocky Mountain News

Padres Agree To One-Year Deal With Luis Rodriguez
The Padres have agreed to a one-year deal with infielder Luis Rodriguez.

CBS Sports

Mets Want Lowe For Three Years
The Mets are reportedly hoping to ink free agent pitcher Derek Lowe for three years.

Yahoo!

Youkilis To Accept Classic Invitation
Red Sox first baseman Kevin Youkilis will reportedly join teammate Dustin Pedroia on Team USA in the upcoming World Baseball Classic.

MLB.com

Sammy Sosa Waiting For MLB Offer
Sammy Sosa is still waiting for an offer to play in the major leagues, according to a report published by Dominican newspaper Listin Diario.

ESPN

Rickey Henderson Turns 50
Rickey Henderson turned 50 on Christmas Day and is a few weeks away from being elected to the Hall of Fame on January 7th.

Oakland Tribune

Levine: Yankee Spending Is Good For MLB
Randy Levine has taken exception to the criticism leveled against the Yankees' spending habits.

New York Times

Not About The Money? Nats Offered Tex More Money
The Nationals offered Mark Teixeira $5M more than the Yankees and would have gone higher, but were never given the chance. Teixeira jumped at Brian Cashman's first offer.

MASN

Pettitte Done In Pinstripes?
It appears as though long-time Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has played his last game in pinstripes.

Yahoo!

Boston Could See $20M Drop In Payroll
The payroll of the Red Sox will likely be significantly smaller on Opening Day than it was at the same time last season, perhaps by as much as $20 million.

Yahoo!

Could Pujols Become First $30M Man?
Cardinals' first baseman Albert Pujols is entering the final year of his guaranteed contract, which leads many to believe that he could sign a record-breaking deal next winter.

Yahoo!

Mets, Lowe Continue To Talks; No Deal Imminent
The Mets and free agent pitcher Derek Lowe have continued deep negotiations, but no deal is reportedly imminent.

Yahoo!

Nationals Sign Patterson, Four Others
The Nationals have signed veteran outfielder Corey Patterson, pitchers Jorge Sosa and Gustavo Chacin, infielder Jose Castillo, and catcher Gustavo Molina to minor league contracts.

Yahoo!

D-Backs, Snyder Near 3-Year Deal
The Diamondbacks and catcher Chris Snyder are reportedly close to terms on a three-year deal.

Arizona Republic

Agent: Youkilis Deal Will Be One Year
First baseman Kevin Youkilis and the Red Sox will not reach a long-term contract agreement this offseason, according to the player's agent.

Boston Globe

Former Giant Correia Signs Minor League Deal With San Diego
The Padres and pitcher Kevin Correia have reached terms on a minor league contract, with both sides expecting that Correia will compete for a starting job in spring training.

Union-Tribune

Schilling: Please Stop With The Greedy Bum Statements On Tex
The signing of Mark Teixeria by the Yankees has drawn the ire of many people around baseball, but Curt Schilling has a positive take on the situation.

Curt Schilling/38Pitches

Rays Sign Reliever Joe Nelson
On Wednesday, Joe Nelson, whom the Marlins non-tendered, agreed to terms on a one-year deal for $1.3 million with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Miami Herald

Mets Don't Like Manny?
People familiar with the organization claim that the Mets will not make a play for free agent slugger Manny Ramirez.

Star-Ledger

With Teixeira Gone, Orioles Looking At Dunn
After losing out in the Mark Teixeira sweepstakes, the Orioles could enter the race to sign Adam Dunn.

Baltimore Sun

Could Angels Make Play For Matsui?
The Angels, after losing out on Mark Teixeira, could make a play for Hideki Matsui to bolster their lineup.

New York Post

Mench Signs With Henshin In Japan
Former Major League outfielder Kevin Mench signed a one-year deal worth $1.8 million with the Hanshin Tigers on Wednesday.

ESPN

Yankees Won't Be Able To Afford Pettitte Now?
Unless the Yankees are able to trade one of their extra hitters, there may be no room for Andy Pettitte.

Journal News

Lowe And Mets Close On Four-Year Deal
According to a baseball source, the New York Mets appear to be closing in on a deal for free-agent pitcher Derek Lowe.

Boston Globe

Red Sox Like Montero And Saltalamacchia At Catcher Via Trade
The Red Sox are interested in acquiring a catcher, possibly Miguel Montero of Arizona or Jarrod Saltalamacchia of the Rangers.

Boston Globe

Maddon: We're Definitely Not Devastated By Yanks' Moves
The Yankees signed Mark Teixeira on Tuesday, but the reining AL East champions are not flinching.

Los Angeles Times

Manny Is Available, But Will Dodgers Pounce?
The Dodgers are still interested in signing Manny Ramirez, and with the Angels dropping out and the Yankees having already spent a half-billion, they appear to be the front runners.

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