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Around the Horn: Winter Meetings, Day Two

Feels like we've been over all the Teixeira rumors -- or lack of big developments therein -- and the K-Rod signing already. Oh, and something about the Orioles trading Ramon Hernandez? With that in mind, here's some of the other things that just went down:

-- Kerry Wood has reached an agreement with the Indians. According to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune, the deal -- which could be announced as soon as today -- is a two-year contract with a vesting option for a third.

-- Casey Blake re-signed with the Dodgers, getting a three year deal with a club option for a fourth, according to the L.A. Times' Dylan Hernandez.

-- Free agent third-baseman/utility infielder Mike Lamb re-signed with the Brewers, on a one-year deal worth something close to the league minimum, according to's Adam McCalvy.

Now, about all those deals that still haven't happened ...

-- The Yankees keep pushing on CC Sabathia. Yesterday, they had Yankees legend Reggie Jackson talk to Sabathia, trying to sell him on wearing pinstripes. Today? Yup, they stepped up the pressure again, with Yankees GM Brian Cashman flying to San Francisco to meet with Sabathia's wife, Amber, on moving the family to New York (according to ESPN's Jayson Stark).

-- And the winner of the "What the heck is really going on!?!" award for Day Two is ... drumroll please ... Jake Peavy! A day after he was reportedly signing to "Go Cubs Go!" in a Vegas bar, Peavy is still a member of the Padres, with a variety of different reports circulating, indicating that a three- or four-team deal is either all but a foregone conclusion or a ways away. The Tribune's Paul Sullivan says a deal is in place if the Cubs pull the trigger, Stark says there's no way a three- or four-team deal will get done during the meetings. We can't figure it out. Good luck, Jim Hendry and Kevin Towers.

-- Are the Nats in on closer Brian Fuentes? FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal says the team wants to sign Fuentes as their new closer, an addendum to a goal of signing either Mark Teixeira or Manny Ramirez. And yes, that's not just the second time today that Ramirez was connected with the Nationals. ESPN's Steve Phillips has been banging that drum on TV, too.

-- About Senor Ramirez: Uber-agent Scott Boras met with the Dodgers about Manny, and left the meetings saying that Ramirez was still interested in playing for the Dodgers next year. That being said, the two-year deal the Dodgers offered him earlier was not put back on the table, and Dodgers GM Ned Colletti said that Dodgers owner Frank McCourt would probably have to be involved in any future discussions, according to Jayson Stark. Of course,'s Ken Gurnick says that Ramirez still wants his six-year mega deal. And Yahoo!'s Tim Brown did the leg work, and still couldn't find another potential suitor for Ramirez outside of Chavez Ravine.

-- Sports Illustrated's Jon Heyman says that the Yankees have an offer on the table for Maryland-native A.J. Burnett that tops the previous offer he has from the Braves. The Red Sox are also said to be in hot pursuit.

-- Heyman also has the Yankees in heavy pursuit of Derek Lowe, with the Phillies also big bidders.

-- Speaking of the Red Sox, a post right here on Ken Rosenthal's blog by Ed Price says that Boston just finished meeting with Scott Boras, allegedly about Teixeira. Other possible topics? Lowe and incumbent Red Sox captain and catcher Jason Varitek, of course.

OK, there's other things happening, too, but those are the highlights. Keep your eyes peeled for more here and over at Nationals Journal.

By Cameron Smith  |  December 10, 2008; 1:57 AM ET
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Every time I hear Manny Ramirez' name mentioned in relation to the Nats, all I can think of is talking heads imagining where old players go to play out their careers. The fit is so bad as to be laughable... It is almost as if they think that the Nats would have to sign someone... anyone... just to save face.

Posted by: wigi | December 10, 2008 3:41 AM | Report abuse

He usually finds a taker, but Boras may have messed up by decling arbitration for Tek and declining the Dodgers offer. Hard to see who tops the minimum $8 million Tek would have gotten for 2009 from Boston. Manny's 36, with a supposed bum knee, and has not played an injury-free year in the last 3. He's a bad candidate for 4 years guaranteed, let alone 6. Boras better hope Tex does not resign with LAA, or else Manny may not top the $20 million / year he gave up in the options that were likely to be exercised by Boston. Oh, and that 3d world series he gave up, too.

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | December 10, 2008 11:31 AM | Report abuse

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