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If Toronto Blue Jays want Orioles GM Dan Duquette, they should ante up

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images O's owner Peter Angelos (left) has the chance to leverage the Blue Jays' interest in GM Dan Duquette. The compensation for the trade of non-uniform personnel in the major leagues has never been that much, with the most recent example being the relatively paltry return that the Red Sox received when Theo Epstein moved from Boston to the Cubs.

Examining the future of Major League Baseball in Cuba -- MLB

insider.espn.go.com — AP Photo/SABC Pool Barack Obama and Raul Castro are seeking to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba. There is a temptation to say that the possible normalization of relations between Cuba and the United States could lead to rapid and significant changes in professional baseball, because we've all heard the harrowing stories of escape from the island of players from Orlando Hernandez to Yasiel Puig.

AL Central tops MLB division rankings

insider.espn.go.com — Getty Images Melky Cabrera and Yoenis Cespedes will both move from the AL East to the AL Central next season. Since Indians general manager Chris Antonetti joked last week that he'd like to be in favor of a talent quarantine in the AL Central, the Tigers traded for Yoenis Cespedes and Alfredo Simon and the White Sox landed Melky Cabrera on a three-year, $42 million deal, continuing the extraordinary influx of talent into the division.

Winners and losers of the Winter Meetings

insider.espn.go.com — SAN DIEGO -- In keeping with tradition, the Rule 5 draft was held on the final morning of baseball's Winter Meetings Thursday, and typically, executives pull roller bags into and out of that room, dying to get to the airport after four boring days of sitting around waiting for their phone to ring and picking through plates of stale room service nachos.

The Dodgers are undergoing an extreme makeover

insider.espn.go.com — SAN DIEGO -- The new inhabitants of the Dodgers' front office are well aware of the media portrayal of them as nerds wielding mechanical pencils stuffed into pocket protectors. "The sooner we get past us being the story," said one Dodger official, "the better it will be."

Red Sox must admit they blew it with Jon Lester

insider.espn.go.com — Jim Davis/The Boston Globe/Getty Images Jon Lester was at one point willing to stay in Boston for FAR less than he signed for in Chicago.

Miss on Jon Lester? Here's Plan B

insider.espn.go.com — USA TODAY Sports James Shields, Francisco Liriano and Max Scherzer are all still out there. SAN DIEGO - A week ago, some folks within the Giants organization thought they had little or no shot at signing Jon Lester. In the last 72 hours, that changed.

Jon Lester talks enter final turn

6abc.com — The Jon Lester talks have entered the final turn with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed because of having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources. Sources said that because of the negotiations, Lester could wait until Wednesday to make his final decision.

Jon Lester talks enter final turn

abc7news.com — The Jon Lester talks have entered the final turn with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed because of having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources. Sources said that because of the negotiations, Lester could wait until Wednesday to make his final decision.

Jon Lester talks enter final turn

7online.com — The Jon Lester talks have entered the final turn with multiple offers of at least $150 million over six years, but his ultimate choice has been slowed because of having to deal with negotiations with those teams, according to sources. Sources said that because of the negotiations, Lester could wait until Wednesday to make his final decision.
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Dec 19, 2014

RT @BrinkPG: #Pirates' estimated payroll for opening day 2015 is now pushing $93 million.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @BNightengale: Andrew Friedman says the #Dodgers are keeping open mind on whether they will add a high-priced FA starter, ie, Max Scherzer, James Shields.

Dec 19, 2014

RT @TBTimes_Rays: #Rays Silverman said despite Thursday vote there is "good momentum" toward reaching stadium deal, expects talks with St. Pete to continue

Dec 19, 2014

Corey Hart guaranteed $2.5 million in his deal with PIT, another $2.5m in incentives.

Dec 19, 2014

@House4545 @PaddyGurks It's not a president. It's CEO. And as mentioned in the piece, doesn't hurt the O's to ask for a steep price.

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