12/7/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Calm sets in before Meetings
With Friday's flurry of big moves in the rearview mirror and the baseball world gearing up for the start of the Winter Meetings on Monday, the Hot Stove took a bit of a break on Saturday.
12/7/2013 | Ellsbury, Yankees complete seven-year deal
Jacoby Ellsbury officially completed a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees on Saturday, cashing in his Red Sox for a fresh set of pinstripes.
12/7/2013 | Colletti confirms possibility of trading outfielder
After officially announcing the signing of reliever Brian Wilson, Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti on Saturday confirmed he's open to moving an outfielder.
12/7/2013 | Qualls returns to Astros to fortify bullpen
Reliever Chad Qualls, who was drafted and developed by the Astros and was a key piece of their bullpen during their playoff runs in 2004-05, signed a two-year deal, with a club option for the 2016 season, Saturday to return to Houston.
12/7/2013 | Cherington: Heavy lifting likely done for Red Sox
With Mike Napoli's big bat a successful physical away from officially returning to the Red Sox, general manager Ben Cherington can now focus on luxuries rather than necessities.
12/7/2013 | With Choo likely gone, Hamilton poised to fill void
Billy Hamilton only spent September watching teammate and Shin-Soo Choo, but he made sure to pay close attention to the man he will likely replace as the Reds' leadoff hitter and center fielder. Hamilton wanted to learn from Choo before that as well.
12/7/2013 | Notre Dame set to play in 2013 Pinstripe Bowl
The University of Notre Dame has accepted an invitation to play in the 2013 New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Dec. 28.
12/7/2013 | Mariners were primed to go hard after Cano
With few other big-money commitments and a great need in the middle of their lineup, the Mariners were in a prime position to offer Robinson Cano a 10-year deal.
12/7/2013 | Clubs in search of rare gems at Thursday's Rule 5 Draft
The Rule 5 Draft has been likened to finding diamonds in the rough, or maybe even a needle in a haystack. The annual December Draft gives teams the chance, at a relatively low cost, to find big league talent among a collection of players whose original teams didn't believe were valuable enough to protect on the 40-man roster.
12/6/2013 | Veteran bat Beltran, Yankees an ideal match
Carlos Beltran is a perfect fit for the Yankees, and not just because he makes that lineup significantly better. He's the prototype of what the Yankees want their players to be.
12/6/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: Cano's big deal leads way
The Hot Stove reached ridiculous heat levels Friday, as a handful of free agents signed or agreed to terms -- including the biggest free agent of all. Five-time All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano agreed to a 10-year, $240 million deal with the Mariners, according to multiple sources.
12/6/2013 | Yankees reportedly agree to deal with Beltran
The Yankees quickly moved on from second baseman Robinson Cano, agreeing to a three-year, $45 million deal with outfielder Carlos Beltran on Friday evening, according to multiple reports.
12/6/2013 | Veteran slugger Napoli set to return to Red Sox
After losing two starting players from their World Series-winning team earlier in the week, the Red Sox retained a key piece on Friday night by agreeing to terms with first baseman Mike Napoli on a two-year, $32 million deal.
12/6/2013 | At Redsfest, players embrace offseason changes
So much has changed since these guys were last together. As snow fell outside, the Reds gathered inside at the Duke Energy Convention Center for the 2013 edition of Redsfest on Friday. It was the first chance for the club to show off what has changed since the team's Oct. 1 elimination from the playoffs.
12/6/2013 | Mariners have experience dealing in big numbers
Once Robinson Cano's 10-year, $240 million deal becomes official, the mid-market Mariners will have two of the top 11 highest-paid players in Major League history on their current roster. But the club isn't totally new to big deals.
12/6/2013 | Nationals agree to deal with McLouth, adding depth
The Nationals have spent the offseason looking to improve their bench. They took a step forward Friday, agreeing to a two-year deal with outfielder Nate McLouth, pending a physical, a baseball source confirmed to MLB.com. The deal is worth $10.75 million with an option for a third year.
12/6/2013 | Indians steer clear of wild winter spending spree
For all their activity last winter, the 2013 Indians became a playoff team largely on the might of the under-the-radar moves, and GM Chris Antonetti will have to come up with more of the same to build a winner for 2014. Fortunately, he's not in need of another 24-win improvement. And fortunately, his pantry isn't barren in a winter in which the market prices have skyrocketed.
12/6/2013 | Mariners players pumped about Cano deal
Robinson Cano's new Mariners teammates were delighted to learn the former Yankees star had agreed to a reported 10-year, $240 million deal.
12/6/2013 | Mariners need to add more than Cano to compete
To really cash in on Robinson Cano, the Mariners need to put at least one more experienced, impact bat -- and probably two -- around him. Because the only way Cano's signing makes sense in the long run is if it contributes to winning.
12/6/2013 | Cano deal shows Yankees have their limits
Robinson Cano will go to the Mariners, but there are no worries for Yankee Nation, at least not in the long run. This Cano thing aside, the Steinbrenner brothers of Hank and Hal have suggested in recent weeks they've been visited by the spirit of Christmas as well as that of their late father George.
12/6/2013 | Yankees will survive just fine without Cano
Even after losing Robinson Cano in free agency, the Yankees are still in the game. Anyone who thinks otherwise is nuts.
12/6/2013 | Mandela's vast impact extended to baseball
Nelson Mandela's appreciation of sports as a unifying symbol was well-documented. Mandella also appeared at Yankee Stadium in June 1990, during his visit to the U.S. soon after being freed from prison, and proclaimed: "I am a Yankee!"
12/6/2013 | Rangers expect deal with free-agent catcher Arencibia
The Rangers, seeking a backup catcher for Geovany Soto, expected to complete a deal Friday with free agent J.P. Arencibia, according to a baseball source.
12/6/2013 | Marlins negotiating two-year deal with Jones
Third base may be consuming most of the Marlins' attention at the Winter Meetings next week, but the club is close to securing a two-year deal with free-agent first baseman Garrett Jones, putting Logan Morrison's future in Miam in question.
12/6/2013 | Cano bucks odds again with Mariners' megadeal
Sure, the Robinson Cano negotiations turned out a lot different than most of us thought they would. The Yankees lost their No. 3 hitter to the Mariners for a compensation Draft pick -- essentially unimaginable in any era -- but it's hardly the first time Cano has written an unexpected script.
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