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12/2/2013 | Getz enters free agency after being non-tendered
Chris Getz became a free agent Monday, dropping the Royals' roster to 39 players, after KC decided before the non-tender deadline of 11 p.m. CT to not offer the second baseman a contract for 2014.

12/2/2013 | Mariners bringing back utility man Bloomquist
Looking to provide depth in their young infield and outfield, the Mariners are bringing back veteran utility man Willie Bloomquist, according to a Major League source. The deal is pending a physical exam.

12/2/2013 | Royals, Jays, Halos taking low-key approach
A winter after grabbing headlines with franchise makeovers that turned into summer disappointments, the front offices in Kansas City, Toronto and Anaheim have taken a low-key approach to this offseason.

12/2/2013 | Brewers tender offers to Estrada, Francisco
The Brewers tendered 2014 contracts to all of their unsigned players ahead of Monday's deadline, including arbitration-eligible pitcher Marco Estrada and corner infielder Juan Francisco.

12/2/2013 | Starting rush: Clubs eye short-term pitching options
A scenario has developed in which the second tier of starting pitchers has proven to be a much hotter commodity than the supposed pick of the litter.

12/2/2013 | Blue Jays have two-year deal with Navarro
The Blue Jays are nearing a two-year contract with free-agent catcher Dioner Navarro, according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.

12/2/2013 | MLB Notebook: Goldschmidt joins elite company
With 710 plate appearances last season -- a campaign that saw Paul Goldschmidt take a substantial leap forward, emerge as a league-leader in a number of categories and fill up the trophy case with a bevy of honors -- the slugger became one of 351 players since 1893 to be in his age-25 or younger season qualify for the batting title and play at least 75 percent of his games at first base.

12/2/2013 | Blue Jays decide to non-tender Arencibia
J.P. Arencibia and the Blue Jays have officially parted ways after it was announced the club declined to tender a contract offer to the fourth-year catcher. Toronto had until Monday night at 11:59 p.m. ET to tender contracts to its arbitration-eligible players. Outfielder Colby Rasmus, left-hander Brett Cecil and right-hander Esmil Rogers received tenders, but the same can't be said for the former first-round Draft pick.

12/2/2013 | Angels could free up payroll with non-tenders
With two starting pitchers still needed, and a payroll that's already dangerously close to the luxury-tax threshold, Monday's non-tender deadline is far more than a formality for the Angels. It's an opportunity to add about $10 million to their budget.

12/2/2013 | Winter League roundup: Arcia powers Aragua
Twins outfielder Oswaldo Arcia hit a two-run homer to help Aragua top Lara, 11-4, on Sunday in Venezuelan Winter League action.

12/2/2013 | Hot Stove roundup: A.J.-Twins reunion on tap?
The Twins are in negotiations with one-time backstop A.J. Pierzynski, while Robinson Cano and the Yankees remain about $80 million apart in contract talks, according to reports.

12/2/2013 | The Week Ahead: Who will be non-tendered?
Monday is the last day for teams to offer -- or tender -- contracts to arbitration-eligible players, and it comes just a week before the Hot Stove season's main event: the Winter Meetings.

12/1/2013 | Bailey on bubble as Sox face tender deadline
The Red Sox have some business to take care of by the end of Monday, as 11:59 p.m. ET is the deadline for tendering 2014 contracts for all unsigned players on the roster.

12/1/2013 | As deadline nears, Axford unlikely to be tendered
The Cardinals entered the offseason with six arbitration-eligible players. Two -- David Freese, Fernando Salas -- have since been traded. Another (Rob Johnson) was taken off the 40-man roster last month. That leaves the Cardinals with three more tender decisions, all of which must be made by Monday's 10:59 pm CT deadline. Outfielder Jon Jay and infielder Daniel Descalso are arbitration-eligible for the first time. Reliever John Axford is in his second year of arbitration eligibility.

12/1/2013 | Decision looms on A's longest-tenured player
Daric Barton's future is among the decisions the Athletics face Monday in advance of the 8:59 p.m. PT deadline for Major League clubs to tender contract to their arbitration-eligible players.

12/1/2013 | Tigers can secure key contributors at tender deadline
Detroit has eight remaining arbitration-eligible players, who could collectively raise the team's payroll by close to $15 million based on arbitration projections from

12/1/2013 | Stewart, Nix among Yanks awaiting contracts
The Yankees have been active as they attempt to plug holes and upgrade their roster, and some of those early moves could trigger decisions in advance of Monday's non-tender deadline. Catcher Chris Stewart and infielder Jayson Nix are among those on the bubble.

12/1/2013 | Tigers one move from being favorite heading into '14
The Tigers might be one more bold move away from being baseball's best team in 2014, and who would bet again Dave Dombrowski making it? Here's guessing that trading Prince Fielder was the first of two deals the Tigers' general manager has in mind.

12/1/2013 | Texas likely to tender all five arbitration-eligible players
The Rangers are expected to tender contracts to all of their arbitration-eligible players before Monday's 10:59 p.m. CT deadline. Players who are not tendered contracts before that deadline will become free agents.

12/1/2013 | Flowers hopes to stay planted behind plate in Chicago
It's almost impossible for Tyler Flowers to make a completely accurate guess as to whether he'll be tendered a contract by the 10:59 p.m. CT deadline to do so on Monday night. But with the White Sox already having had preliminary contractual talks with the catcher's camp in an attempt to avoid arbitration, Flowers believes the odds are at least 50-50 -- if not a little bit better.

12/1/2013 | Kendrick among Phils waiting for contract offers
The Phillies fly south to Orlando, Fla., next Sunday for the Winter Meetings, but they have things to do beforehand. They have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday to offer contracts to their five players eligible for salary arbitration: right-hander Kyle Kendrick, center fielder Ben Revere, left-hander Antonio Bastardo, infielder Kevin Frandsen and outfielder John Mayberry Jr.

12/1/2013 | Cubs face question at second as tender deadline nears
The Cubs have nine arbitration-eligible players -- with Darwin Barney, Luis Valbuena and Daniel Bard among them -- as Monday's deadline to tender them contracts approaches.

12/1/2013 | Despite crowded outfield, Tribe likely to tender Stubbs
The Indians are expected to offer contracts to its main arbitration-eligible players, including Drew Stubbs, in advance of Monday's non-tender deadline. Teams have until 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday night to tender contracts to any unsigned players on a 40-man roster, which includes those in line for raises through the arbitration process.

12/1/2013 | Mets looking to hold serve at tender deadline
Before Monday's deadline, the Mets will tender contracts to most of the players in that eligible group, setting themselves up to exchange salary figures in early January and eventually agree to new contracts.

12/1/2013 | Winter League roundup: Beltre, Bethancourt lead Licey
Rangers outfielder Engel Beltre went 4-for-5 with two RBIs, and Braves No. 3 prospect Christian Bethancourt went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBIs, as Licey beat Gigantes 12-9.