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12/3/2013 | Damon can relate to Ellsbury's route to Yanks
A World Series-winning leadoff man and center fielder going from the Red Sox to the Yankees? That appears to be the direction Jacoby Ellsbury is going in, according to multiple reports that surfaced Tuesday night. And there's one person who can relate to the situation better than anyone else -- Johnny Damon.

12/3/2013 | Vote on Redbirds' sale delayed until Monday
The Memphis City Council, citing insufficient time to review all the necessary documents, on Tuesday delayed voting on a proposal that would lead to the Cardinals taking ownership of their Triple-A affiliate and Memphis assuming control of AutoZone Park. Council members agreed to reconvene for a special session on Monday to finish discussing the issue and take a vote.

12/3/2013 | Healthy Hart ready to test free-agent waters
With baseball's Hot Stove at a full boil and the Winter Meetings looming next week, free-agent first baseman/outfielder Corey Hart, coming off two knee surgeries this year, has been medically cleared and is ready to figure out where he'll suit up next season.

12/3/2013 | Blue Jays deal for catcher Kratz, lefty Rasmussen
The Phillies added one arm to their bullpen Tuesday night, acquiring right-hander Brad Lincoln from the Blue Jays for catcher Erik Kratz and left-hander Rob Rasmussen.

12/3/2013 | Pierzynski plays to win games, not friends
New Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski is as professional as he is durable, even if polls have shown that he is unpopular among his peers.

12/3/2013 | Ellsbury, Yanks agree on seven-year deal
Jacoby Ellsbury is ready to trade in his Red Sox for Yankees pinstripes, approaching the finish line on serious talks that are set to deliver the speedster to the Bronx with a blockbuster seven-year contract worth a reported $153 million.

12/3/2013 | Choice-Gentry trade shows mettle of Beane, Daniels
The Athletics and Rangers just made the kind of trade that only really smart, really confident general managers make. In this case, it was Billy Beane of the A's and Jon Daniels of the Rangers. It's the kind of trade that reflects plenty of organizational swagger on both sides. To put it another way, these boys aren't afraid to fail.

12/3/2013 | A's acquire Gentry, Gregerson on another busy day
On Tuesday, A's general manager Billy Beane gained further traction in his push to take his club on a deep postseason run, first by acquiring outfielder Craig Gentry and right-hander Josh Lindblom in exchange for Michael Choice, Oakland's top outfield prospect. Texas also received Minor League infielder Chris Bostick in the swap. Hours later, the A's announced they had traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Padres for yet another bona fide reliever, righty Luke Gregerson.

12/3/2013 | Clark appointed executive director of MLBPA
Former big league first baseman Tony Clark, who has served as the Major League Baseball Players Association's interim executive director since Michael Weiner passed away on Nov. 21, was voted in unanimously by the union's executive board on Tuesday.

12/3/2013 | Wilson named roving Minors catching coordinator
The Mariners are bringing back a familiar authority on play behind the plate. Dan Wilson, who caught more games (1,281) than any other player in franchise history, returned to the organization on Tuesday as Seattle's roving Minor League catching coordinator.

12/3/2013 | Griffey headlines Reds Hall of Fame inductees
Ken Griffey Jr., Ron Oester, Dave Parker and 19th century player Jake Beckley were named as the 2014 class of the Reds Hall of Fame. Griffey, Oester and Parker all born and/or grew up in Cincinnati.

12/3/2013 | Nathan could be Tigers' missing piece
Adding Joe Nathan, the premier closer on the current free-agent market, could be the piece that finally sends the three-time-defending American League Central champion Tigers into the promised land.

12/3/2013 | Astros add Fowler, send Barnes, Lyles to Rockies
The Astros and Rockies pulled off a trade Tuesday, with Houston acquiring outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named in exchange for outfielder Brandon Barnes and starting pitcher Jordan Lyles.

12/3/2013 | A's make another deal, land Gregerson from Padres
The Padres and A's pulled off a one-for-one deal late Tuesday afternoon, sending reliever Luke Gregerson to Oakland in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith.

12/3/2013 | D-backs ready to deal at Winter Meetings
When he makes his second trip of the offseason to Florida next week for the annual Winter Meetings, general manager Kevin Towers will have a pretty good idea about which teams are good matches for his when it comes to making trades.

12/3/2013 | Granderson, Mets have get-to-know-you meeting
Mets GM Sandy Alderson dined with Granderson on Sunday night in San Diego, touching base with a power-hitting outfielder who could fill one of the team's most pressing needs.

12/3/2013 | Hinske joins Cubs' staff as first-base coach
On Tuesday, Cubs manager Rick Renteria completed his coaching staff by naming Eric Hinske as the first-base coach.

12/3/2013 | Bell leaving D-backs as part of three-way trade
The D-backs, Rays and Reds pulled off a three-team trade on Tuesday that will send Heath Bell to the Rays. Arizona will receive right-hander Justin Choate and a player to be named or cash considerations.

12/3/2013 | Murphy named new skipper for El Paso Chihuahuas
Pat Murphy, who managed Triple-A Tucson for San Diego last year, will preside over the first season of the El Paso Chihuahuas in 2014.

12/3/2013 | Beltran returns to Kansas City during free-agent tour
If Royals fans doubted that the Glass family would make a strong push to sign Carlos Beltran, that was put to rest on Tuesday, when the coveted free-agent outfielder was at Kauffman Stadium to meet with team officials.

12/3/2013 | Rays provide glimpse of significant Trop renovations
Making the best of their situation at Tropicana Field, the Rays unveiled their plans for a major renovation to their home ballpark that will be in place for the 2014 season.

12/3/2013 | Soloff promoted to senior director of medical services
On Tuesday, Cleveland announced that Lonnie Soloff has been promoted to the role of senior director of medical services after working as the Tribe's head athletic trainer for the past 10 seasons.

12/3/2013 | Hot Stove completely ablaze before Meetings
Slow it down, fellas. Take a deep breath, count to nine and give us a chance to get our minds around these past 24 hours. Players were changing teams so quickly it has been impossible to keep it all straight. Save something for the Winter Meetings next week.

12/3/2013 | Baseball America names Beane exec of year
A's general manager Billy Beane was named the 2013 Major League Baseball Executive of the Year by Baseball America on Tuesday. It is the second time he has received the award, the first time coming in 2002.

12/3/2013 | Rangers add run producer Choice in trade with A's
The Rangers have acquired outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick from the Athletics for outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom.


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