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Rumor mill at this hour: 9 a.m.

12.09.09 at 9:42 am ET
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The Tigers wanted either Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury in exchange for Curtis Granderson. Your thoughts …

Buster Olney is hearing that the Red Sox have expressed interest in Coco Crisp. Crisp, who had surgery on both of his shoulders, told WEEI.com in Kansas City when the Sox were there last season that he fully expected to have a full offseason of workouts and that his ailments wouldn’t be an issue by December.

The Denver Post is reporting that the Angels are going harder after Roy Halladay than any other club.

Joel Sherman paints the picture of how the Yankees might be lining themselves up for a run at Roy Halladay.

Rumor Mill at this hour: 4 a.m.

12.09.09 at 4:23 am ET
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Brad Penny is officially a Cardinal after passing a physical. The biggest question remaining is what this means for fellow Red Sox bust John Smoltz, who had a 4.26 ERA in seven starts for St. Louis after losing his job in Boston.

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Rumor Mill at this hour: Silent Night

12.09.09 at 2:51 am ET
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Though past years’ winter meetings have kept fans up deep into the night (most notably the Johan Santana talks in 2007), there hasn’t been much news out of Indianapolis as the wee hours of the morning are approached. One interesting bit that is out there regards the Giants, who are apparently interested in Nick Johnson and Adrian Beltre, according to Andrew Baggarly. The Red Sox have been rumored as potential suitors the corner infielders over the last two days.

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Tigers Wanted Ellsbury or Buchholz for Granderson

12.09.09 at 2:07 am ET
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According to a source familiar with the situation, when talking to the Red Sox about a possible deal for outfielder Curtis Granderson, the Tigers asked for either Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury in return. The Sox rejected that proposal. Detroit moved on, and agreed upon a deal Tuesday that would send Granderson to the Yankees, with Max Scherzer, Daniel Schlereth, Austin Jackson, and Phil Coke going to the Tigers, with the Diamondbacks receiving Edwin Jackson and Ian Kennedy.

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Rumor Mill at this hour: 1 a.m.

12.09.09 at 1:10 am ET
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Not that anyone should have bought into the Lowell-for-Millwood speculation, but Richard Durrett writes no deal involving the right-hander is imminent.

Rob Bradford hears that the Tigers wanted Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury from the Red Sox in any deal for Curtis Granderson.

It appears Bobby Crosby is headed to the Pirates, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The 2004 A.L. Rookie of the year, who the report notes has hit above .239 just once, will make $1.5 million.

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Rumor Mill at this hour: 12 a.m.

12.09.09 at 12:09 am ET
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The current offer from the Brewers to Randy Wolf is for three years and $27 million, writes Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal. The Brewers hope to receive an answer from Wolf on Wednesday.

If Vladimir Guerrero doesn’t get the two-year deal he is looking for, the slugger could return to the Angels on a one-year deal, writes MLB.com’s Lyle Spencer.

Chone Figgins might not end up being the only infielder the Angels lose this week. A source has given Ed Price reason to believe the team is “exploring trading an infielder.” Price thinks the player on the block could be Maicer Izturis.

The Phillies have reached a deal with Ross Gload, according to MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, who says the deal is for two years. Gload hit .261 with six home runs for Marlins in 2009.

Coco Crisp is interested in playing for the White Sox, as he told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he’s enjoyed playing against them and has “a lot of family to come out and see [him].” Crisp’s first season in Kansas City ended in June when he required shoulder surgery. He was hitting .228 at the time.

The White Sox have also reportedly expressed interest in Hideki Matsui.

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Rumor Mill at this hour: 8 p.m.

12.08.09 at 8:18 pm ET
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Baggarly also tweets that the Giants aren’t serious about Dan Uggla because of his salary and fielding problems.

Despite the Yankees giving up many of their chips in the Curtis Granderson deal, Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos told MLB.com that none of the teams involved in Roy Halladay have told him they’re out.

Despite reports to the contrary, Mike Scioscia said in a radio interview Tuesday night that Jason Bay signing with the Angels is “longshot.”

Brian Sabean says that the Bengie Molina ship “has sailed,” writes Andrew Baggarly. The Gians GM also noted that the team won’t go after Johnny Damon and, given how much money catchers will go for because of the Ivan Rodriguez debacle, may have to rush top prospect Buster Posey.

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Rumor Mill at this hour: 7 p.m.

12.08.09 at 7:11 pm ET
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The Braves may not end having to pay Rafael Soriano after all, as Mark Bowman reports the pitcher has given the team clearance to trade him.

The Rangers made a serious run at Josh Johnson, as they offered both Justin Smoak and Neftali Feliz to the Marlins for the 25-year-old ace, according to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.

Ken Rosenthal writes that John Smoltz could still return to the Cardinals. Even with Brad Penny in the fold, Smoltz could still take the spot many assume will be occupied by Jaime Garcia.

The Rockies want to keep Yorvit Torrealba and have offered him a two-year deal, according to the Denver Post. Miguel Olivo and Josh Bard remain as potential contingency signings.

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Theo speaks at Day 2 at the Winter Meetings

12.08.09 at 6:47 pm ET
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INDIANAPOLIS — Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein met with the media in his suite at the Indianapolis Marriott at the winter meetings. Here is what he said:

Yesterday was probably more productive than today. Today has been more a day of follow-up on ideas from yesterday. We haven’t made a heckuva lot of progress, but we’re still working on it. We’ve got some things lined up for tonight.

(Didn’t meet with Jason Bay’s agent Joe Urbon) We’re continuing to talk

(Timing issue in Bay talks) Timing is important for any club, for any agent. It’s part of the strategy. The longer you wait on anybody, I’m not talking specifically about Bay, but the longer you wait on any one thing the more opportunities go by the board and sometimes you can wait too long, and sometimes you can act too quickly. You have to balance all those interest. But it’s not a particularly acute issue yet in respect to our left field situation.

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Red Sox, Urbon, and Boras update

12.08.09 at 6:46 pm ET
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INDIANAPOLIS — Red Sox GM Theo Epstein has yet to meet with agent Scott Boras during the Winter Meetings. Boras represents outfielder Matt Holliday as well as reliever Mike Gonzalez, both of whom have been of some interest to the Sox. Epstein also didn’t meet with Jason Bay’s agent, Joe Urbon, Tuesday, although they did talk Monday night.

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