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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.

Read More: Bobby Crosby, Curtis Granderson, kevin millwood, mike lowell

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.

Read More: Coco Crisp, Hideki Matsui, Maicer Izturis, Randy Wolf

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.

Read More: Bengie Molina, Buster Posey, Dan Uggla, jason bay

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.

Red Sox claim the ‘other’ Ramon Ramirez

12.08.09 at 6:13 pm ET
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The Red Sox are lining themselves up to have two pitchers by the name of Ramon Ramirez on their roster.

The Sox claimed Ramon A. Ramirez off release waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays and will be notified if they are awarded the claim Wednesday. Ramirez had been claimed off outright waivers by the Rays after being with the Cincinnati Reds.

The 27-year-old, who like his Red Sox relieving namesake, Ramon Santo Ramirez, throws from the right side, has pitched in 16 games, 11 coming with the Reds in the 2009 season. He started four games for the Reds, finishing last season with a 1-1 records and 2.97 ERA.

Also like the Ramirez currently on the Sox’ roster, Ramon Santo Ramirez is somewhat short in stature for a pitcher, standing at 5-foot-11 and also boasts a changeup as one of his better pitches.

Rumor Mill at this hour: 6 p.m.

12.08.09 at 6:08 pm ET
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The Padres haven’t limited their Kevin Kouzmanoff talks to being just with the Giants, as the Twins reportedly offered pitcher Glenn Perkins for the third baseman. Bob Nightengale says the Twins want more in return for Kouzmanoff.

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports the Nationals have signed Jerry Owens to a minor league deal that includes a spring training invitation.

Carrie Muskat says neither the Mariners nor the Angels are the surprise American League team that is close to dealing for Milton Bradley. There had been previous reports that the Mariners were involved in discussions of a deal that would send Carlos Silva to Chicago.

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Figgins, not Bay, a Mariner

12.08.09 at 5:13 pm ET
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Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik just announced the signing of free agent Chone Figgins, who he said will receive a four-year deal with a team option for the fifth.

One interesting note is that Zduriencik said that “exactly where he plays has yet to be determined”. It is believed Figgins will hit second for the Mariners.

As for part of the media get-together with Zduriencik that Red Sox fans really care about — whether or not Seattle will go hard after Jason Bay — the Mariners’ GM would only vaguely allude to his team’s continued quest for pop in the lineup.

“Certainly we love to have players with power,” Zduriencik said. “You love to have them all over your ballpark. But this is a unique ballplayer … We signed this player because we know who he is is.”

Zduriencik also added regarding having to potentially make up for the power of third baseman Adrian Beltre, “We love would to have it, there’s no question about it,” the GM said regarding the quest for power in the Mariners’ lineup. “We’ve had some discussions about acquiring power. Where that takes you, we’ll see. There’s a lot of ways to win ballgames. You can win them with power, you can win them with defense, and you can win them with speed. Certainly if we can add the combination of all them that would be fantastic. Sometimes the things you really want to do, the opportunity doesn’t present itself. You take the best options and run with it.”

Rumor Mill at this hour: 5 p.m.

12.08.09 at 5:10 pm ET
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Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times tweets that a deal for Milton Bradley between a “surprise AL team” and the Cubs “could happen tonight.” Joel Sherman says the Rangers aren’t the team.

Washington’s interest in Vicente Padilla is “all tire-kicking now,” according to Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post.

Joel Sherman has tweeted that the Yankees and Mets are among the teams meeting with representatives for Ben Sheets.

Kevin Gregg, Mike Gonzalez, and Mark Mulder are among those being considered by the Brewers, according to MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy. McCalvy writes that the team was discussing Gregg and Gonzalez internally and had a meeting set up with Mulder’s representatives. Ken Rosenthal adds that the Royals have already met with Mulder.

Tony LaRusa said he and the Cardinals have “talked about” Miguel Tejada at third base, writes Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Read More: Kevin Greg, Mark Mulder, mike gonzalez, Milton Bradley
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