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12/9/2013 | Respected Cox deserving of spot in Cooperstown
After assuming the lead spot in the Braves' dugout in 1990, Bobby Cox began one of the most successful stretches in baseball history. That, and the respect that he had for his players, and they for him, led Cox to Cooperstown.

12/9/2013 | Colorado interested in Morse, Hammel
Outfielder Michael Morse, who hit 31 home runs for the Nationals in 2011 and 13 for the Mariners last season while battling injuries and underwent postseason left wrist surgery, has emerged as a target in the Rockies' search for a right-handed bat. The Rockies also have interest in bringing back right-handed pitcher Jason Hammel.

12/9/2013 | Zduriencik plans to keep top prospect Walker
General manager Jack Zduriencik said Monday he did not intend to deal top prospect Taijuan Walker, the subject of trade rumors entering the Winter Meetings.

12/9/2013 | At helm of contender, Price embraces expectations
New Reds manager Bryan Price, who met the media at the Winter Meetings on Monday, isn't being handed a rebuilding effort or five-year plan. The blueprint is to challenge for the National League Central title, and then go way beyond. "It's great. I don't mind expectations," Price said.

12/9/2013 | New Marlins catcher Salty finds 'perfect fit' in Miami
Clean shaven, save the rubble of a fresh goatee, Jarrod Saltalamacchia is embracing his new beginning with the Marlins. After winning the World Series with the Red Sox, the 28-year-old officially signed a three-year, $21 million deal with the Marlins on Friday, and on Monday, Miami's new catcher was introduced by the organization at a news conference at the Winter Meetings.

12/9/2013 | Clubs interested in Cuban shortstop Diaz
Cuban shortstop prospect Aledmys Diaz is back in the spotlight and is once again gaining attention from Major League clubs.

12/9/2013 | Title in the past, Farrell focused on the future
Rather than spending his time watching World Series highlights, John Farrell has been focusing on what he needs to do for 2014, starting with finding a leadoff hitter to replace Jacoby Ellsbury.

12/9/2013 | Power tops Washington's wish list for Texas
Rangers manager Ron Washington wants another hitter in his lineup, expressing desire for a power bat on Monday at the Winter Meetings.

12/9/2013 | Arroyo exploring options amidst speculation
One of the early rumors from the Winter Meetings on Monday involved free-agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo. Speculation was that he could become a frequent foe of the Reds, because his agent had reportedly scheduled a meeting with the Pirates.

12/9/2013 | La Russa's election to Hall of Fame brings A's pride
He said he was "stunned" upon hearing of his election to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, but those who played for Tony La Russa weren't the least bit surprised by Monday morning's announcement at the Winter Meetings.

12/9/2013 | Price rumors heating up, but Dodgers quiet
With last week's flurry of signings, the first day of the Winter Meetings Monday was dominated by talk of the Dodgers possibly acquiring Tampa Bay ace David Price.

12/9/2013 | Lower-profile signings can make difference
It's not uncommon for a baseball executive to ask a scout to find someone "playing under the radar." The challenge: find a player not receiving much buzz or fanfare who can deliver sufficient rewards for little or low risk.

12/9/2013 | La Russa's genius was getting players to believe
Tony La Russa's legacy will be that he won the third-most games in history (2,728), revolutionized the use of the modern bullpen, and consistently put guys in a position to succeed. But his real genius was dealing with players, getting them to focus and to believe.

12/9/2013 | Mandela to be honored with plaque in Monument Park
The Yankees plan to dedicate a plaque in Monument Park in honor of former South African president and renowned humanitarian Nelson Mandela when they host the Cubs on Jackie Robinson Day at Yankee Stadium on April 15.

12/9/2013 | White Sox, Paulino agree to one-year deal
The White Sox on Monday agreed to a one-year deal with right-hander Felipe Paulino. The deal is worth $1.75 million with a club option for 2015.

12/9/2013 | Indians sign Cooper to Major League contract
The Indians on Monday announced they signed first baseman David Cooper to a Major League contract, though the terms of the deal were not immediately known.

12/9/2013 | Torre's Hall of Fame credentials undisputed
When considering the managerial career of Joe Torre, you take into account not only the victories, but the dignity, the grace and the good humor -- even under the most stressful of circumstances.

12/9/2013 | Tribe's Ramirez dealing with left thumb injury
The Indians are expecting to be without young infielder Jose Ramirez through the early portion of Spring Training due to a left thumb injury. He will be examined by hand specialist Dr. Thomas Graham on Wednesday in Cleveland.

12/9/2013 | Zduriencik answers criticism with statement
After being sharply criticized by former manager Eric Wedge and former statistical analysis specialist Tony Blengino in a Seattle Times story on Sunday, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik responded at the start of Monday's Winter Meetings with a statement.

12/9/2013 | Weisman hired as director of digital and print content
Jon Weisman, founder of the independent "Dodger Thoughts" website, has been hired by the Dodgers as director of digital and print content.

12/9/2013 | Nationals considering left-hander O'Flaherty
The Nationals have interest in free-agent left-hander Eric O'Flaherty, but as a team source put it, "That's down the road."

12/9/2013 | Despite last week's frenzy, GMs still have plenty to do
The inventory of players available through free agency or trades remains intriguing and teams still have glaring needs to address. Here's a look at some of the biggest ones.

12/9/2013 | Kershaw's greatness reaching historic levels
The very first season National League hurlers could measure themselves up against American League pitchers -- the 1901 campaign -- the claimant for the lowest ERA among both the leagues' qualifiers was none other than Cy Young, who posted a 1.62 mark for the Boston team in the AL. Over a century later, Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is slowly cementing his status among some of the game's all-time great hurlers.

12/9/2013 | Rockies could resume Anderson talks with A's
The Rockies finished last week deep in talks with the Athletics in an effort to acquire left-handed pitcher Brett Anderson, but they didn't complete the deal because of questions about Anderson's medicals. While the deal didn't happen, it's possible it can be revived during this week's Winter Meetings or beyond.

12/9/2013 | History says big trades can happen anywhere
Big trades can happen anywhere, and a crowded hotel bar is certainly no exception. Walt Jocketty and John Schuerholz settled into a couple of cocktails and some good conversation the first night of the 2003 Winter Meetings at the New Orleans Marriott, laying the groundwork for a deal that would involve J.D. Drew, Jason Marquis and Adam Wainwright.


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