Winter Meetings Day III

Day III News
-Boston and Texas have agreed on a trade that would send Mike Lowell and $9 million to the Rangers for C/1B Max Ramirez. That would open up 3B for Adrian Beltre in Boston.  
-Houston solidified its bullpen by signing Brandon Lyon to a three-year deal worth $15 million, and will share late inning duties with Matt Lindstrom.
-Tampa Bay acquired reliever Rafael Soriano from the Braves for reliever Jesse Chavez in a salary dump for Atlanta, since the Rays are going to take on his entire salary for next year.
-Toronto signed Joey Gathright to a minor league deal.
-Pittsburgh signed Bobby Crosby to a one year contract.
-The Mets restructured Henry Blanco’s contract, paying him just $750,000 in base salary with the chance to get to $1.45 million.
-Seattle signed Corey Patterson to a minor league deal.
-Texas has officially traded Kevin Millwood to Baltimore for Chris Ray and a player to be named later.
-Houston has acquired reliever Matt Lindstrom from Florida for Robert Bono, Luis Bryan and a player to be named later.
-Rich Harden has signed a one year deal worth $7.5 million with an option for 2011, according to NBCSports.
-Milwaukee has signed LaTroy Hawkins to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, says Bob Nightengale.
-Milwaukee signed Randy Wolf to a three year deal worth $27 million, according to Buster Olney.
-The Yankees have resigned Andy Pettitte to a one year deal worth $11.75 million, says Joel Sherman.
-Detroit signed Ruddy Lugo to a minor league contract. San Diego waived Eulogio de la Cruz.
What Happened On Day II?
-The Yankees, Tigers and Diamondbacks have agreed to a three-way trade that will send Curtis Granderson to the Yankees, Edwin Jackson and Max Scherzer to Arizona and Austin Jackson, Ian Kennedy, Phil Coke and Daniel Schlereth to Detroit.
-Minnesota designated Boof Bonser for assignment to make room for Carl Pavano, says TwinsNow.
-Atlanta has designated Ryan Church for assignment.
-The White Sox gave Mark Teahen a three year extension worth $14 million.
-Detroit signed C Robinson Diaz.
-The Phillies and Ross Gload agreed to a two-year contract.

Rumors
10:10 p.m. Eastern
-Seattle signed Corey Patterson to a minor league deal.
6:45 p.m. Eastern
-Alyson Footer reports that the Marlins are getting back two minor leaguers and a player to be named later for Matt Lindstrom. “Bono, 20, was 10-8 over 25 starts at Class A Lexington in ’09 with a 3.20 ERA. Bryan, 19, hit .340 over 31 games for GCL Astros.”
6:20 p.m. Eastern
-Texas has officially traded Kevin Millwood to Baltimore for Chris Ray and a player to be named later. Millwood adds experience to a young Orioles rotation and Ray will compete for a bullpen job. The Millwood trades frees up money for the Rangers to sign Rich Harden.
6:10 p.m. Eastern
-Padres aggressively trying to trade Kevin Kouzmanoff, with Twins and Giants interested, Jayson Stark says.
5:50 p.m. Eastern
-Houston has acquired reliever Matt Lindstrom from Florida, Peter Gammons reports.
5:25 p.m. Eastern
-Rich Harden has signed a one year deal worth $7.5 million with an option for 2011, according to NBCSports. This frees Texas to officially trade Kevin Millwood to Baltimore.
3 p.m. Eastern
-Jim Duquette says that the Mariners are the leaders to get Jason Bay.
2:55 p.m. Eastern
-Joe Capozzi says that the Astros are close to acquiring Matt Lindstrom but other close deals haven’t been finalized in the past.
2:50 p.m. Eastern
-Milwaukee has signed LaTroy Hawkins to a two-year deal worth $7.5 million, says Bob Nightengale.
-Jayson Stark is disputing the Baltimore Sun report that the Rangers and Orioles have a Chris Ray-Kevin Millwood deal in place.
2:40 p.m. Eastern
-Jerry Crasnick says that Kevin Correia will be non-tendered.
2:30 p.m. Eastern
-Baltimore is close to acquiring Kevin Millwood and cash from Texas for Chris Ray, says the Baltimore Sun.
-LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a two-year deal with Milwaukee, says Ken Rosenthal.
-Boston signed Fabio Castro and claimed Ramon Ramirez from Tampa Bay.
2:05 p.m. Eastern
-Buster Olney reports that the Rockies and Yorvit Torrealba are nearing a two-year agreement.
-The Angels and Orioles are out on Rafael Soriano, says Ken Rosenthal.
1:25 p.m. Eastern
-The Phillies have the pieces to land Roy Halladay, Todd Zolecki says.
-Jon Paul Morosi says that the Marlins are not trading Jorge Cantu.
1:20 p.m. Eastern
-”I’ve been told that Wolf is a great guy who will be fantastic in the clubhouse. That’s good for the Brewers, who have lost some key vets.” –Tom Haudricourt.
-All on Fox Sports: The Mets may push harder for John Lackey, Detroit likes Juan Pierre, and the same teams like Mike Cameron and Marlon Byrd. Ken Rosenthal also said that the Mets have yet to make an offer to Bengie Molina but Joel Sherman says they’ll do it today.
-The Yankees, Mets, Cubs, Nationals, Orioles and Angels are all interested in Joel Piniero, says Tim Brown.
-The Red Sox and Yankees will both attend Aroldis Chapman’s Houston workout tomorrow, says Jorge Arangure.
1:10 p.m. Eastern
-Milwaukee signed Randy Wolf to a three year deal worth $27 million, according to Buster Olney.
12:10 p.m. Eastern
-The Mets think they’re in the running for Jason Bay but probably won’t go after Matt Holliday if they fail to get Bay, says Ed Price.
-Jon Heyman says that the Mets have given up on trying to trade Luis Castillo.
-Jayson Stark says that there are two or three teams willing to trade for Mike Lowell if Boston takes a similar contract back.
-Andrew Marchand says that the Yankees are still alive on Roy Halladay even after resigning Andy Pettitte and thinks that Chien-Ming Wang is as good as gone.
11:45 a.m. Eastern
-The Mets are talking with Holliday, Bay and Lackey with the hopes to sign one of them, says Jon Heyman.
-Aroldis Chapman will throw tomorrow in Houston with many teams watching him including the Yankees.
11:40 a.m. Eastern
-There is no mystery team involved in Milton Bradley and the Rays are still the favorite, says Carrie Muskat.
-The Phillies met with John Smoltz today, says Andy Martino.
11:30 a.m. Eastern
-The Twins are trying to find a way to sign 3B Mark DeRosa, says the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
11:25 a.m. Eastern
-Baltimore is getting closer to a trade that would send Chris Ray and cash to Texas for Kevin Millwood, says the Baltimore Sun.
-Mark Bowman says that the Braves are focused on moving Rafael Soriano, Derek Lowe and Javier Vazquez and will not deal them within the division.
11:15 a.m. Eastern
-The Yankees have resigned Andy Pettitte to a one year deal worth $11.75 million, says Joel Sherman.
11:10 a.m. Eastern
-Joel Sherman reports that the Tigers expect Austin Jackson to be their opening day CF.
10:50 a.m. Eastern
-The Brewers are moving fast on LaTroy Hawkins and could sign him today, says Bob Nightengale.
10:45 a.m. Eastern
-Jon Heyman reports that Andy Pettitte will likely sign a one year deal with the Yankees worth $12 million. Also, negotiations between Seattle and Felix Hernandez have started with Felix wanting 6/100 and the Mariners wanting 4 with an option for a lot less money.
-Joel Sherman reports that a 2B interested in the Mets was told that Luis Castillo would probably not be moved and that they shouldn’t hold their breath on coming. The Yankees would have to trade Jesus Montero and either Joba Chamberlain or Phil Hughes in a Roy Halladay trade.
-Corey Brock writes about the interest in Kevin Kouzmanoff.
-Ken Rosenthal reports that Jose Valverde could be traded before the end of the Winter Meetings, with the Angels, Orioles and Astros interested. Nothing immediate going on with the Padres.
-The Yankees are shopping the number one overall pick in tomorrow’s Rule V Draft, says Jayson Stark.
-The Brewers are awaiting an answer they should get today on their 3/27 offer for Randy Wolf, says Tom Haudricourt.
-Buster Olney says that the Blue Jays are still gathering information on Roy Halladay and that the Red Sox are among the teams interested in Coco Crisp.
-The Orioles, Astros and Twins are interested in Pedro Feliz, says Jorge Arangure Jr. -Boston is making a run at Mike Lowell, says WEEI.
-The Mets have made a two-year offer for Bengie Molina worth $12 Million, says Newsday.

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