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MLB Notebook — Dec. 6

Associated Press As baseball’s new Mr. Moneybags, Ned Colletti gets mentioned when almost any free agent is discussed this offseason. “There’s a perception that we’re in on a couple-dozen starting pitchers, three-dozen outfielders and infielders, 17, 18 catchers,” the Los Angeles Dodgers general manager said. “People like to have us in. I guess it doesn’t hurt to have us in, even though we’re not in. We may have to hire somebody next year just to tell everybody who we’re not in on,” he said. As teams headed home from the winter meetings Thursday, the biggest free agents were still on the market. The availability of slugger Josh Hamilton and pitcher Zack Greinke held up decisions on other signings and possible trades involving Rangers star Michael Young and the Mets’ Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey. The Yankees, quiet thus far, were pursuing former Boston star Kevin Youkilis and also met with the agent for Mark Reynolds. With most clubs already packed up and leaving the sprawling, 2,881-room Opryland hotel in Nashville, Philadelphia acquired outfielder Ben Revere from Minnesota for right-handers Vance Worley and Trevor May. The 24-year-old Revere is expected to be Philadelphia’s answer in center field. He batted .294 with 40 stolen bases in 124 games last season. “Ben is an outstanding, young, controllable center fielder who fits nicely with our club,” General Manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. Desperate to improve their pitching, the Twins have traded two center fielders in a week. They sent Denard Span to Washington for minor league right-hander Alex Meyer. Before acquiring Worley, left-hander Scott Diamond was Minnesota’s only starter assured of a spot in the 2013 rotation. Free agent Hamilton could remain with Texas, and Seattle seemed to be interested. Greinke’s options include staying with the Los Angeles Angels, moving up the coast to the Dodgers or signing with the Rangers. Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik said that after taking in information from other clubs and agents, it was time to return home and “cool your jets.” “There can be a domino effect,” he said. “I think when clubs are focusing on a certain position, a certain need, there’s options out there. And once one option goes away, then that changes the landscape of what a club would want to do. Everybody’s got their ducks lined up in a row, and it’s just a matter of how things fall. And there’s timing involved.” The annual meeting wasn’t much of a swap session. The Phillies-Twins deal was just the fourth trade over the four days. Atlanta announced a one-year deal with outfielder Reed Johnson on Thursday, and Texas said reliever Koji Uehara had reached an agreement with Boston. Uehara’s deal with Boston is pending a physical. The 37-year-old right-hander spent the last two seasons with Texas, and Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels said he had tried to re-sign him before Uehara decided to accept Boston’s offer. Johnson was the top pinch hitter in the National League last season. His deal with Atlanta includes a club option for 2014. The deal was announced two days before Johnson turns 36. The winter meetings will return to Nashville in 2015. Next year’s meetings will be in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and the 2014 session will be in San Diego.


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