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MLB's Winter Meetings won't even start until tomorrow morning here in Dallas/Fort Worth, but the first Big Splash has already been made down in Florida. As of now, arguably the two best shortstops in the National League now play for (former shortstop) Ozzie Guillen's re-monikered Miami Marlins

The Marlins and former Met shortstop Jose Reyes agreed to terms on a six-year, $106 million deal Sunday, sources told ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney. Apparently, current Marlin shortstop Hanley Ramirez will move to the hot corner, where -- speculation persists -- the Marlins hope to have him across the diamond from one Albert Pujols in the next week or so.

The three biggest everyday offensive forces on this year's market are a Prince (Fielder), a King (Albert) and multiple kings (that's the translation for "reyes") ... can the Marlins complete a "royal" flush? And what do you Bauxites think of this move?


Breaking news, just before the baseball meetings next week in Dallas. The Jays have traded Brad Mills to the Angels for Jeff Mathis according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter.
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According to The Baseball Page, Jayson Stark has tweetified that the Miami Marlins have agreed to a three-year $27 million deal with "proven closer" Heath Bell, pending the requisite physical, which he is expected to take Friday.

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Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that Bobby Valentine will be named Red Sox manager. "Valentine was offered the job Tuesday and accepted it. Valentine, who appeared at a charity event in Japan on Monday, is scheduled to fly back home at midnight ET Wednesday."
The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired 25 year-old infielder Luis Valbuena from the Cleveland Indians for cash considerations according to

Luis Valbuena manning second base for the Cleveland Indians against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Energy Field August 2, 2009. 

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The Texas Rangers, according to multiple local (North Texas) reports, has signed veteran closer Joe Nathan to a two-year deal, $7 million deal with an option for a third year.

Per friend of Batter's Box Jamey Newberg, "As long as Nathan is healthy, Neftali Feliz is your newest Texas Rangers starting pitcher."

Nathan had been rumored to both the Tigers and Twins, but ESPN DFW has the story here.

Here they are!

The new "Logo For Life" and new uniforms for your Toronto Blue Jays in 2012.  Two thumbs up!!

Update @ 3:15pm: New images added!
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According to, the team has re-acquired right-handed reliever Trystan Magnuson from the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations.
Vancouver native Trystan Magnuson made his major league debut with the A's in 2011.
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In unsurprising news, Tony LaCava was offered the job as the General Manager of the Baltimore Orioles today, after meeting with owner Peter Angelos yesterday.

In surprising news, he turned down the offer, electing to remain with the Toronto Blue Jays, saying he prioritized his relationship with Alex Anthopolous and wanted to see through the job they had begun in Toronto.

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According to numerous St. Louis-based media outlets, Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa is retiring.

This is what's known as "going out on top," I guess!