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3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Hey everyone sorry I'm a bit late. Busy day here! What's on your minds today?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:02
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Blue Jays, by the way, just announced Darren Oliver will return for 2013.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:02 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:03
[Comment From billbill: ] 
who hangs up firrst porcello for johnson
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:03 bill
3:03
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I dont' see Baltimore making that move.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:03 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:04
[Comment From Jack Z.Jack Z.: ] 
With the Upton trade being shot down, what's next?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:04 Jack Z.
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
More Upton trade rumors, what else? In all seriousness I do expect the Upton rumors to continue. Those will keep us busy in January, plus Lohse and Bourn rumors.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From JoeJoe: ] 
Closer for Nats?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:05 Joe
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think they spent $14MM per season on Soriano to make him a setup man.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:05
[Comment From DannyDanny: ] 
Are the Indians done signing major league contracts?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:05 Danny
3:05
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's possible, but I wouldn't be surprised if they added a starter. That could happen with a minor league commitment, though.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:05 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:06
[Comment From Chris H.Chris H.: ] 
Does signing Colby Rasmus to a one-year deal show a lack of trust in him by the Blue Jays? Could we see him dealt and Anthony Gose called up?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:06 Chris H.
3:07
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Not at all. Plenty of players and teams go year to year in arbitration all the time. That said, Rasmus' disappointing finish in 2012 could have created some skepticism in Toronto.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:07 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:08
[Comment From Concerned White Sox FanConcerned White Sox Fan: ] 
Sale for Stanton? Who says no?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:08 Concerned White Sox Fan
3:10
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Marlins don't make that trade.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:10 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From Brian CashmanBrian Cashman: ] 
What about Cano for Espinosa, Morse, and Storen?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:11 Brian Cashman
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No, I don't see Cano getting traded.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:11
[Comment From bobbob: ] 
will the brewers look to add lohse?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:11 bob
3:11
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
No, Doug Melvin has said he's confident in his young arms. I don't expect Lohse's price to drop to the point where Milwaukee would be comfortable.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:11 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:12
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 
Phils more likely to add Scott Hairston now?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:12 Matt
3:12
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
He certainly would be a fit, and it doesn't sound like either New York team is close to landing Hairston, so I'll say yes.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:12 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:14
[Comment From Tim LincecumTim Lincecum: ] 
Well the Giants are talking to me again about a long term contract. What do I end up getting from them?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:14 Tim Lincecum
3:15
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The way I interpreted Schulman's tweets I got the sense the Giants are open to re-signing him (or potentially extending a qualifying offer) next winter, when Lincecum hits free agency. I didn't interpret the SF Chronicle report to mean that they'd talk extension now.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:15 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:16
[Comment From AngelfanAngelfan: ] 
Vernon Wells to anyone?!
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:16 Angelfan
3:16
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
The Phillies had some interest, but it doesn't appear that anything is close to happening.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:16 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:17
[Comment From ScottScott: ] 
Are the Cardinals through with trades or signing?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:17 Scott
3:18
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I still think a Wainwright extension is possible. Other than that I doubt we'll see them do much more than add a utility type (they're apparently looking for a Nick Punto type).
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:18 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:18
[Comment From MattMatt: ] 
Scherzer for Upton. Who hangs up first?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:18 Matt
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think that deal would address the Diamondbacks' needs.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From JPCJPC: ] 
Morse to the Rays for prospects, make sense?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:19 JPC
3:19
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I do think that deal would make sense.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:19 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:19
[Comment From Aaron SAaron S: ] 
Brian Wilson to Motown, your thoughts?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:19 Aaron S
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I think it'd make sense for both sides. Though I'm not sure the Tigers would be willing to guarantee him a big league deal.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:20
[Comment From ReburdReburd: ] 
Lohse coming back to STL on a short term contract?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:20 Reburd
3:20
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I imagine the Cardinals would rather have a compensatory draft pick.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:20 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From SeanSean: ] 
You are Mike Rizzo... build a trade for Robinson Cano that both sides say yes to.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:21 Sean
3:21
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
It's simply not happening in my view.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:21 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:21
[Comment From ken bken b: ] 
Miami should take the mariners package for stanton
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:21 ken b
3:21
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I disagree personally. I think they can enjoy his 2013 production for essentially the league minimum and do even better a year from now.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:21 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:22
[Comment From Poynter34Poynter34: ] 
What do you see the rest of the Rangers offseason? Trades or FA's
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:22 Poynter34
3:22
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can definitely see it going either way. I don't think they're close to done, and I can see Daniels pursuing a free agent or completing a trade depending on the cost of each move.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:22 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:24
[Comment From Scott BorasScott Boras: ] 
How did I get Soriano 28mil over two years when no one else was bidding?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:24 Scott Boras
3:25
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Teams like the Dodgers and Tigers were at least lurking, so that helps Boras' leverage. But he does deserve credit for finding $28MM for Soriano at a time that teams are hesitant to a) spend big on relief and b) surrender draft picks.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:25 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:25
[Comment From Mike MorseMike Morse: ] 
Where am I playing on Opening Day?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:25 Mike Morse
3:26
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
In the American League. Still not sure where though.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:26 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:26
[Comment From RickRick: ] 
Since the Mike Napoli contract has not been finalized, can other teams contact him, or is this frowned upon in baseball?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:26 Rick
3:26
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
Other teams can contact him and, according to reports, they have done so. No guarantee he signs with Boston now per reports.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:26 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:26
[Comment From JindocleseJindoclese: ] 
Since Oliver re-upped, will the Jays still go for more real bullpen help?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:26 Jindoclese
3:27
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I can imagine them adding one more low-cost RH arm.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:27 Ben Nicholson-Smith
3:28
[Comment From John MozielokJohn Mozielok: ] 
Do I offer Waino 6/114M (19 per) and hope he takes it or do I have to go to 6/126(21 per)?
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:28 John Mozielok
3:28
Ben Nicholson-Smith: 
I don't think the Cardinals will have to spend at that level to land Wainwright, though I could be wrong.
Wednesday January 16, 2013 3:28 Ben Nicholson-Smith
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