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Posted on: December 8, 2011 4:25 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 5:43 pm
 

News, notes from final day of Winter Meetings

By Matt Snyder

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DALLAS -- Other than the two gigantic signings Thursday morning, the activity at the Winter Meetings has slowed to a crawl as everything wraps up. Still, there is never a complete void of buzz, so here are some of the latest news and notes from the media room, courtesy of CBSSports.com senior writers Scott Miller and Danny Knobler.

• The Marlins are going to be in on top remaining free agent Prince Fielder and Cuban defector Yoenis Cespedes. One thing to keep in mind, the Marlins were ready to spend almost $100 million on C.J. Wilson, so there's no reason to believe they're done spending -- or at least trying to spend.

• One Nationals person said there's a "95 percent chance" prospect Bryce Harper opens the season with the big-league club.

• The Angels are not trading anyone. They're all in with what they have. They are expecting Kendrys Morales to start the season injured and Mark Trumbo can either play third base or be the designated hitter.

• The Reds are heavily pursuing starting pitching via trade, with their top targets being Jair Jurrjens and a few guys from the Rays' staff. No real progress was made during the meetings, however.

Also of note:

Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports the Rockies have become a serious suitor for free agent outfielder/corner infielder Michael Cuddyer. The Twins have reportedly offered Cuddyer three years and $25 million, but Renck says the Rockies are willing to go three years as well. 

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Angels swoop in, steal Marlins thunder -- for now



By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- In one fell swoop, the Miami Marlins had their thunder stolen.

First, let's set the scene.

The annual Major League Baseball Winter Meetings always come to a close on a Thursday. In most years, the hotel lobby is hopping like mad for Monday through Wednesday but is a veritable ghost town come post-lunch time Thursday. There's the Rule 5 Draft Thursday morning, and by late afternoon most writers are either already home or preparing to fly out.

At about 7 a.m. Thursday morning, the Marlins were the huge story of the Winter Meetings. Not only had they landed a trio of All-Stars in Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell -- committing $191 million in future payroll to the three -- but they were also attached to rumors on Albert Pujols, C.J. Wilson and sometimes even Prince Fielder throughout the week. When Marlins' brass Jeffrey Loria, Larry Beinfest and David Samson walked through the lobby earlier in the week, a flock of reporters and cameramen were following them like paparazzi clings to Kim Kardashian or Brad Pitt. New manager Ozzie Guillen had a Joker-like permanent smile on his face. The Marlins were, as one writer remarked on Twitter, the "belles of the ball."

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Thursday morning, however, the Angels went out and signed the biggest name in baseball: Albert Pujols. Then, within minutes, they added All-Star starting pitcher C.J. Wilson. New Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto held a press conference to announce both signings and field questions.

And when everyone leaves the meetings for good, the top team that will stick out in everyone's mind is the Los Angeles Angels, not the Miami Marlins.

This was not what owner Jeffrey Loria wanted. This was supposed to be the Marlins' time. They are moving into a new stadium that they'd waited on for years. They have a new name and new uniforms. They want people to buy them as legitimate contenders and take them seriously. They very well could be contenders and might be transforming into a legitimate large-market team, but the thunder of the three signings has been completely stolen by the already-large-market Angels swooping in and getting a bigger star position player and a better starting pitcher than the Marlins landed.

Will this anger the Marlins, causing them to go hard after Prince Fielder -- a player most reported was not on their radar at this time Wednesday? It's hard to tell.

But for now, the Marlins get second billing at these Winter Meetings. The Angels were the top dog.

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:11 am
Edited on: December 8, 2011 8:41 am
 

Hunter, Morrison fight for Wilson on Twitter

CJ Wilson

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Flight tracking is so last year -- this year's free agent trend is Twitter recruiting.

With rumors that left-hander C.J. Wilson may be down to the Marlins and Angels, a member of each team is making his case on Twitter to Wilson, who is also active on Twitter. So, we have the Marlins and Logan Morrison vs. the Angels and Torii Hunter.

Shortly before midnight Eastern on Wednesday, Hunter (@toriihunter48) tweeted Wilson (@str8edgeracer):

Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) jumped into the fray to help his team:

When the Nationals' Collin Balestar (@ballystar40) piped up about the "perfect weather" in SoCal, Morrison then responded again:

That got Hunter and Wilson to respond:

But Morrison wasn't finished with his pitch:

And, showing himself to be an amateur copy editor, Morrison also had a nice dig at a fan who tried to take a shot at him:

In the end, the Twitter recruiting isn't going to decide where Wilson ends up, dollars will. But in the meantime, it's fun to watch from the sidelines -- what else are you going to do, watch basketball?

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 5:00 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Marlins sign Mark Buehrle



By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- The Miami Marlins are dead serious. After signing both Jose Reyes and Heath Bell, they've added a third All-Star via free agency. Starting pitcher Mark Buehrle has been signed to a four-year, $58 million contract by the Marlins, CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler has confirmed. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. This means the Marlins have now spent a total of $191 million on Reyes, Bell and Buehrle combined.

Buehrle rejoins manager Ozzie Guillen, who managed him with the White Sox from 2004 to late last season. The story broke during Guillen's session with the media.

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"I'm very happy to have that kid," Guillen said. "He's one of my favorite players. We have what we want [in Reyes, Bell and Buehrle]. Now how about three more? Let's shoot for the moon, just in case."

"Buehrle is an unbelievable family kid."

Buehrle, 32, had previously played all 12 of his big-league seasons with the White Sox. He'll now head to South Beach and serve as the number two pitcher behind Josh Johnson -- assuming Johnson is healthy. Buehrle was 13-9 with a 3.59 ERA and 1.30 WHIP last season. He also won his third consecutive Gold Glove. He's a four-time All-Star, last making the game in 2009. Also of importance, Buehrle brings championship ring credibility to Miami, having won with the White Sox in 2005.

"He pitched in the big scenarios, big moments, very tough city to pitch," Guillen said. "When people love you in Chicago, that means something."

Buehrle's biggest value lies in his durability. In the past 11 seasons, he has never made fewer than 30 starts or thrown fewer than 201 innings. And keep in mind, he's been pitching in the American League. Against NL teams during interleague play, Buehrle has a career record of 24-6 with a 3.32 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 271 innings.

"Him moving from the American League to the National League, it's a big step for us," Guillen said.

Also, we don't yet know how the new Marlins ballpark will play in terms of hitter- or pitcher-friendly, but we do know how Chicago's U.S. Cellular Park played. It's been one of the most hitter-friendly stadiums for years.

The Marlins now have a strong top four in Johnson, Buehrle, Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco, assuming none of them are traded (Nolasco's name has been in rumors this offseason). And, amazingly, Knobler is hearing the Marlins are still in the bidding for C.J. Wilson.

If you think about it, there's some sense in that. Remember, the Marlins were reportedly hot after first baseman Albert Pujols, reportedly offering up to $220 million. They are now out of the Pujols sweepstakes, says Scott Miller of CBSSports.com. If they were planning on spending that much money, giving $58 million to Buehrle means they should still have more money they were planning on spending. It would seem that Pujols is no longer a possibility, but Wilson can fit within that budget. Prince Fielder? Maybe. Who knows at this point.

The only thing we know is that, yes, the Marlins are very serious about transforming into a large-market team -- now that they have their new stadium.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 1:25 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:09 pm
 

Reyes stays positive about Mets' lack of interest



By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes was officially introduced as a member of the Miami Marlins in a Wednesday press conference, yet most of the questions he fielded were about his old team: The New York Mets.

Reyes played parts of nine seasons with the Mets, racking up 735 runs, 370 steals, 99 triples and four All-Star trips. He led the NL in triples four times, steals three times, hits once and batting average once. He was a frontrunner for the NL MVP before falling injured in 2011.

Yet Reyes revealed that the Mets never really made what he considered a serious deal. When a reporter mentioned the Mets never having made a "concrete" offer, Reyes did not dispute the notion. Simply, at least from the perspective of Reyes, the Mets just let him walk away without a fight.

"The Mets didn't call, they didn't say anything, so that's why I'm here today," he said.

Yet instead of talking bad about his former club, Reyes was nothing but gracious.

"I'm not going to say disappointed because they have their choices," Reyes said, while wearing his new Marlins' jersey. "I was a free agent. But like I say, I have to appreciate the Mets for giving me the opportunity to play in the Big Leagues. Right now I'm playing for the Miami Marlins, so I'm part of this family now, so I have to move on."

In addition to the Mets' seeming lack of a legitimate offer, Reyes was also very taken with how much more the Marlins seemed to covet his services. They met with him the literal minute they were allowed to.

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"Those guys, they came from Miami to see me at 12:01 [a.m., the night they were officially allowed to do so]," Reyes said. "So that was huge for me. They told me from that time they want me there."

Since 2004, Reyes has played on the left side of the infield with fellow All-Star David Wright. Reyes took the opportunity Wednesday to wish his friend well.

"I wish all the best for him," Reyes said of Wright. "He's a great player, and I think he's going to be fine because he's the guy who works hard every day. Last year has been a tough year for him because he got hurt, but I think he's going to be bounce back this year. So hopefully he'll have a good year."

All in all, Reyes was all smiles and positivity, despite having been shown the door by the only team he's ever known. Evidently that's what a nine-figure contract will do for you.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 12:44 pm
Edited on: December 7, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Angels 'pushing hard' for Wilson, Marlins in, too



By Matt Snyder


DALLAS -- The Angels are pushing hard to try to sign free agent pitcher C.J. Wilson, with the goal of getting something done before the Winter Meetings end Thursday, sources told CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler. Knobler has also learned the Marlins have offered Wilson a six-year contract. [UPDATE: The Marlins have signed Mark Buehrle. Unbelievably, sources have told Knobler that they are still in on the bidding for Wilson.]

Wilson has long been a favorite of new Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, and the team has been pursuing him since last month's general managers meetings. The Marlins have also pursued Wilson, and some believed that he would be their first backup choice if Albert Pujols decides to stay in St. Louis, which seems entirely possible.

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The Rangers talked regularly to Wilson's agent, but it was always believed that they would be willing to see him sign elsewhere.

Wilson, 31, is a California native. He went 16-7 with a 2.94 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 206 strikeouts in 233 1/3 innings during the 2011 regular season, qualifying for his first All-Star Game. Also keep in mind the Rangers played in the most hitter-friendly park in the majors in 2011, and Wilson's road ERA was a sparkling 2.31. On the flip-side, Wilson had a bad showing in the postseason and has only been a starting pitcher for two years.

As for the Marlins, we know they're serious about throwing money around, so it's not surprising they've gone with a big offer.

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Posted on: December 7, 2011 9:43 am
Edited on: December 7, 2011 2:12 pm
 

Report: Cardinals up offer to Pujols

Albert Pujols

By C. Trent Rosecrans

If Albert Pujols was using the Marlins as leverage with the Cardinals, it may just have ended up working -- as St. Louis has upped its offer to the three-time MVP, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller writes it appears Pujols is now being steered back toward the Cardinals, while the New York Daily News is reporting the Marlins are moving on from Pujols to Prince Fielder.

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The Cardinals new offer could be for as much as $220 million and as many as 10 years, Strauss writes. That's in the same ballpark as the Marlins' offer and would likely keep Pujols in St. Louis for the rest of his career. 

As Miller noted on Tuesday, the Marlins wanted an answer from Pujols soon, so they could move on if they weren't Pujols' final choice. And now that appears it may be the case. 

St. Louis had held firm in its offer of a nine-year deal for $195 million that the team had offered in February, but the Marlins and the an apparent "mystery team" may have pushed the Cardinals' hand. It has been assumed that if all money were equal, the Cardinals would hold the tiebreaker for Pujols' services.

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