Fansided "In addition to adding left-handed relief pitcher Scott Downs, the Chicago White Sox further bolstered their bullpen this week when they signed right-handed reliever Ronald Belisario away from the Los Angeles Dodgers (reported by Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune). By adding Belisario, the..." December 21
CBSSports.com "In a trade/free-agent market with some very good starting pitchers but only one ace unless you really think Chris Sale, Cliff Lee or Cole Hamels will be traded (I don't) or Japanese superstar Masahiro Tanaka will post (that's apparently pretty iffy, too, at least at the moment), you'd have to..." December 20
Foxsports.com "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy joined "The Buzz" podcast Wednesday and said there's a chance that MLB pitchers could have the option of wearing special protective headgear as early as the 2014 season. He said the headgear would look like a hat but would be able to protect a..." December 19
True Blue L.A. "Per MLB calculations, the Dodgers had the second-highest payroll in baseball in 2013, less than $150,000 shy of the Yankees. The Dodgers last week got hit with a competitive balance tax bill for the first time, and will have to pay roughly $11.4 million for their 2014 payroll, per the..." December 18
Looks like Rakuten is not giving up on Tanaka. Hochi says they are going to offer him an $8m salary. http://t.co/PJRk1Cqa0U
Forbes.com "It was a very good year for Major League Baseball; as in historic. According to a source speaking on condition of anonymity, for 2013 MLB gross revenues will exceed $8 billion for the first time, ever. While exact figures were not revealed, baseball will end 2013 with revenues between $8-$8.5..." December 17
CBSSports.com "With Monday's official announcement that Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball have agreed to a new posting system, the focus now shifts completely to whether or not phenom Masahiro Tanaka will be posted. We know his team, the Rakuten Golden Eagles, want to keep him, though..." December 17
SB Nation "Major League Baseball announced a new system that will change the way Japanese baseball players join the league. The new agreement will bring drastic change to the previous posting system. Before, NPB teams would post players who wanted to make the move to MLB. MLB teams would then place blind..." December 17
Source: RHP Josh Ravin signs with #Dodgers on a minor league deal. Does not include ST invite.
Florida Times Union "Former baseball star and Jacksonville native Ryan Freel was suffering from a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last year, his family announced Sunday at a mass remembering the Englewood graduate. The report from the Boston University..." December 16
Hardball Talk "Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have reached agreement on a one-year major league contract with free agent second baseman Mark Ellis. The deal is only pending a physical and should be officially announced at some point early this week. Ellis batted just..." December 16
The Dodgers are considering signing Michael Young as their everyday third baseman.
Sources: Uribe to return to #Dodgers for two years.
SI.com "The Hot Stove quickly cooled from a scalding first week of December to a lukewarm second week, despite the occurrence of the annual winter meetings. In fact, in the age of modern telecommunication, offseason activity may even slow down with everyone under the same roof. "Everybody just holds their..." December 13
The #Mets have traded RHP Seth Rosin to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations. Rosin was selected in yesterday's Rule 5 Draft.
Foxsports.com "Phase Two, the Dodgers keep talking about Phase Two. A greater emphasis on scouting and player development, an eventual rollback of the team’s massive payroll. Well, if Phase Two is real — as real as, ahem, the Yankees’ stated desire to stay under the $189 million luxury-tax threshold — here is..." December 13
JP Howell is the #rockies' target. They are hopeful can get him signed. Have made real progress
One #Royals rumor as I leave the winter meetings: Talking to the Dodgers about trading OF Justin Maxwell for INF Dee Gordon.
Hardball Talk "After playing 16 seasons for nine different teams Jerry Hairston Jr. has decided to call it a career. Well, at least a playing career. Hairston is retiring as a player and immediately becoming a member of the media, joining the Dodgers’ new television channel as a pre- and post-game host for..." December 11
Hardball Talk "Joe Torre and Sandy Alderson just announced that the MLB Rules Committee has voted to outlaw collisions at home plate. The decision is now subject to approval by the players. If the players do not approve the rule change it will not go into effect in 2014, but MLB would be able to unilaterally..." December 11
CBSSports.com "Dodgers All-Star center fielder Matt Kemp was one of the biggest names possibly on the trading block when the Winter Meetings began here earlier this week. After some questions about his health, the Dodgers sound poised to keep him. Kemp's agent, former A's ace Dave Stewart, told Jayson Stark..." December 11
Hardball Talk "At a time when concussions have become the most significant injury on the minds of athletes, coaches, teams and — increasingly — the legal system, baseball will move today to consider abolishing home plate collisions. As Derrick Goold reported this morning, this past weekend, team trainers and..." December 11
Pinstripe Alley "According to Erik Boland and Steven Marcus of Newsday, the Yankees are "very much interested" in Michael Young to help out the team's current question marks at second and third base. Young, who turned 37 in October, managed to hit .279/.335/.395 with a 102 wRC+ in 565 combined plate appearances..." December 10
CBSSports.com "Rays ace David Price may be on the move this offseason, as everyone who has been paying attention already knows. Obviously many teams have been mentioned as interested, as we're talking about a Cy Young winner still in his prime with two years left of club control. Three have emerged as the most..." December 10
Ned Colletti told us Matt Kemp leg is still in a boot and they are not expecting him to be 100% by Spring Training SXM
Agreement in place between NPB-MLB on new posting system. Last hurdle is MLB exec council must approve, which is expected this week
MLB.com "If the Dodgers add a long reliever, as general manager Ned Colletti recently said is a possibility, the primary candidate is familiar face Jamey Wright, who served in the role nicely in 2012. Wright, 39 this month, went 5-3 with a 3.72 ERA in 66 appearances for the Dodgers in 2012. But they didn’t..." December 09
Los Angeles Times "On the heels of signing Robinson Cano, could the Seattle Mariners follow by signing Masahiro Tanaka? The Dodgers and New York Yankees are widely considered the likely favorites to land Tanaka, there are indications neither team might engage in an all-out bidding war to get him. The Dodgers..." December 09
Los Angeles Times "The Dodgers have made the Tampa Bay Rays aware of their interest in David Price, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Although the Dodgers don’t plan to aggressively pursue Price, they told the Rays to keep them in mind if Tampa Bay intends..." December 09
MLB.com "Former managers Tony La Russa, Joe Torre and Bobby Cox have been elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a unanimous vote of the Expansion Era committee. La Russa, Torre and Cox rank third, fourth and fifth in managerial victories in Major League history, each winning more than 2,000..." December 09
CBSSports.com "There is "lots of interest" in 23-year-old Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz, reports Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. He is eligible to sign on Feb. 19 after being suspended a year for falsifying his age. The Yankees, Blue Jays, Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals and Braves were among the teams with a "large..." December 09
MLB.com "The Nationals' top priority during the Winter Meetings is to improve their bullpen from the left side. They continue to have interest in several lefties -- Oliver Perez, J.P. Howell, Boone Logan and Scott Downs, according to a baseball source. All four lefties were successful in getting lefty..." December 09
Ned Colletti said he has made a few different offers to Juan Uribe, hasn't had much dialogue lately because they're waiting for his answer
ESPN Boston "Dave Stewart, who was best known in Boston as being Roger Clemens' daddy when he pitched (9-1 lifetime against the Rocket, including two wins for Oakland in the 1990 American League Championship Series), says in his 10 years as a player agent, he has never gone to baseball's winter meetings...." December 07
Yahoo! Sports "The David Price sweepstakes is expected to heat up later this week, multiple executives with interest in the left-handed ace told Yahoo Sports, as the Tampa Bay Rays begin to survey the market for the former Cy Young winner and consider whether to trade him. The Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles..." December 05
Matt Kemp is in play for the Red Sox and the Dodgers would eat some money in the right deal. Just a question of whether the Red Sox want to
Brian Wilson agrees to terms with Dodgers 1yr $10m w/ player option for $10m
Sources: The deal the #Dodgers are discussing with Brian Wilson would be for one year with a player option - in effect, two years.
#Rays are an unlikely fit for Ellis, at least at moment. Difficult to see how he could end up in Tampa Bay.
Source: NPB clubs indicating they will accept maximum bid structure for posting system, now negotiating w/ MLB where that point would be.
Mariners have been among the most aggressive suitors for Matt Kemp, sources say. They are looking at free agents too. @FOXSports1
MLBPlayers.com "The executive board of the Major League Baseball Players Association voted unanimously to appoint Tony Clark as the union's next executive director, pending a vote by the general membership, it was announced today during the MLBPA's annual executive board meeting. The general membership will vote..." December 04
Today, the #Dodgers non-tendered RHP Ronald Belisario, making him a free agent.