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Carlos Beltran open to waiving no-trade clause

11.11.10 at 5:53 pm ET
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As relayed by The Associated Press, New York Mets outfielder Carlos Beltran told reporters in a conference call on Thursday that he would be open to waiving his no-trade clause. Though he said that he would like to finish his career with the Mets, he also said that he had to keep an open mind if the club approached him with a deal.

“When they approach me, I have to call my agent,” Beltran. “I have to listen. I know that I have the no-trade clause, but if the team is searching or looking to trade a guy, I have to listen. I want to be a Met. I want to finish my career with the Mets.”

The 33-year-old, who will make $18.5 million in the final year of a seven-year, $119 million deal he signed with the Mets after the 2004 season, also said that while his preference is to play center field, he will also listen if his club suggests that he should move to a corner outfield spot.

A source told earlier this offseason that the Red Sox appeared to have little interest in trading for Beltran in exchange for a player such as Daisuke Matsuzaka due to concerns about his health and the size of the outfielder’s contract. Beltran was limited to 64 games in 2010 and 81 in 2009 due to knee injuries.

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Tigers make Victor Martinez ‘a priority’

11.11.10 at 5:42 pm ET
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According to Jon Paul Morosi of (via Twitter), the Tigers have made it a priority this offseason to sign free agent catcher/first baseman Victor Martinez to a contract. Morosi says that it is unclear whether Detroit has already offered a contract to the switch-hitter, who joined the Red Sox in a trade deadline deal in 2009.

In a separate article, Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga told Morosi that Martinez is looking for a four- to five-year deal, and that in the end, years and money will be more important in making a decision than the opportunity to catch.

‘€œCatching to him is very important,’€ Galarraga said. ‘€œBut you know what? It’€™s about the money, too. He’€™s a free agent. He wants to sign a good contract.

‘€œHe wants to get four or five years. Whatever team gives it to him, he’€™ll feel comfortable there. If the Tigers offer that, they’€™ve got a good shot. He knows the division. Detroit has a couple other Venezuelan players. But I don’€™t know anything for sure.’€

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Rockets show interest in trading for Timberwolves forward Kevin Love

11.11.10 at 10:57 am ET
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In an NBA season still very, very young, the Rockets have already shown interest in trading for a big-name player. The Rockets have discussed trades talks with the Timberwolves about the possibility of acquiring forward Kevin Love, CBS Sports reports. The scenarios, CBS reports, were met with very little enthusiasm from the Wolves.

Love, who played in the FIBA World Championships over the summer, is averaging 16.6 points per game this season, as well as 12.8 rebounds and .4 blocks per game. The 22-year old forward in in his third year in the league.

The Trail Blazers, according to CBS Sports, would be a great fit for the Lake Oswego, Ore., native. Blazers head coach Rick Adelman and Love are from the same town.

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Red Sox expected to pursue John Buck if V-Mart tests market

11.11.10 at 8:58 am ET
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If Red Sox catcher Victor Martinez were to leave the organization in pursuit of free agency and a bigger contract, the Sox are expected to be aggressive in their attempts to sign catcher John Buck, a member of the Blue Jays this past season, ESPN reports.

Buck was an All-Star this past season, his first selection to the team in his career. He hit 20 home runs, tying Martinez on the season, with a .266 batting average and an OPS upwards of .800. Buck threw out 28 percent of baserunners from behind the plate.

The Red Sox expect the Tigers to make a heavy push for Martinez, and said that it is “likely” he will sign elsewhere, according to several baseball sources.

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Blue Jays contact Royals about possible trade for Zach Greinke

11.11.10 at 8:58 am ET
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In light of the Cliff Lee sweepstakes involving the Yankees as the major player, other teams around the AL East feel the importance of stocking up on starting pitching. The Blue Jays have inquired about the availability of 2009 Cy Young winner Zach Greinke, the Toronto Sun reports. The Blue Jays have shown significant interest in trading for the 26-year-old.

The Royals said they are looking for two “can’t miss prospects” as starting points in the deal. The Sun also stated that with Lee going as the top pitching free agent on the market, Greinke appeals to other AL teams such as the Red Sox, Rangers and Angels.

Greinke went 10-14 with a 4.17 ERA in 33 starts this past season, just a year after his Cy Young season. Greinke is set to make $13 million next season.

The Blue Jays have also expressed to the Royals that they are interested in acquiring former No. 1 draft pick Alex Gordon. Gordon hit .215 with eight home runs and 20 RBIs in 74 games with Kansas City.

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Thursday’s Morning Mashup: Former White Sox executive indicted

11.11.10 at 7:45 am ET
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Welcome to Thursday’s Morning Mashup. For the latest news, start at our home page or click here for the top stories from our news wire.

NHL: Canadiens at Bruins, 7 p.m. (NESN)
NBA: Celtics at Heat, 8 p.m. (CSNNE; WEEI)


‘™¦ Former White Sox executive David Wilder was indicted Wednesday on charges that he was skimming money off the top of contracts with prospects from the Dominican Republic. According to a report, Wilder was using the money to fund a gay bar he owned in Phoenix that was struggling financially. Wilder was the first individual charged following the FBI investigation, although representatives from other clubs ‘€” including the Red Sox and Yankees ‘€” reportedly also are under investigation.

‘™¦ With college basketball season starting up, Andy Glockner at Sports Illustrated writes about how 68-year-old Jim Calhoun, despite health issues and troubles with the NCAA, is not ready to give up on what he started at UConn.

‘™¦ AOL FanHouse has the story of Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 14-year-old from India who stands 7 feet and is developing his basketball skills in Florida as he bids to eventually become the first NBA player from India.

ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Nov. 11, 1943, the Bruins surrendered the first empty-net goal in NHL history when which coach pulled B’s goalie Bert Gardiner in an attempt to tie a game against the Blackhawks at Boston Garden?

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Randy Moss sorry things didn’t work out in Minnesota

11.11.10 at 6:56 am ET
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Newly signed Titans wide receiver Randy Moss said on Wednesday in his first public statement since being waived by Minnesota that he’s sorry things didn’t work out with the Vikings, and that he isn’t upset with coach Brad Childress for waiving him.

Wednesday was Moss’ second practice with his new team. The Titans were the only team in the NFL to put in a waiver claim for the downfield receiver. Moss is second all-time with 153 career receiving touchdowns behind only Jerry Rice.

Moss added in his statement that everyone probably blames him for his short stint in Minnesota, but he isn’t concerned with that since signing with Tennessee. His new focus is to work hard and make the Titans better.

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Seahawks sign J.P. Losman after releasing him in training camp

11.11.10 at 6:55 am ET
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The Seahawks announced on Wednesday that they re-signed quarterback J.P. Losman, who was cut by the team at the end of training camp, The Associated Press reported.

Losman replaces released rookie quarterback Zac Robinson, who was drafted and released by the Patriots. Robinson signed with Detroit after being released. Detroit’s starter, Matthew Stafford, may be sitting out the rest of the season with a shoulder injury.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said that the team was hoping to bring Losman back after the team released him earlier this year. Carroll said that the team feels more comfortable having three QBs on the depth chart. Losman was a first-round pick and a starter in Buffalo for several years.

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Trainer of Manny Pacquiao says boxer could retire after Saturday’s welterweight fight

11.11.10 at 6:54 am ET
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According to a post featured on Yahoo! Sports, world-class boxer Manny Pacquiao may retire after his welterweight title fight with Antonio Margarito, Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach said in a news conference at Cowboys Stadium, where the fight will be held this Saturday.

Roach said that if Floyd Mayweather Jr. isn’t available to fight Pacquiao in the near future in what would be arguably a fight featuring the two best fighters in the world, Pacquiao would hang up the gloves after Saturday’s World Boxing Council fight.

“I think this could be it,” Roach told reporters. “Where else do we have to go? … Without Mayweather, there is no challenge.”

Pacquiao is 31 years old, and in May of 2010, was elected to the House of Representatives in the 15th Congress of the Philippines, representing the province of Sarangani, where Pacquiao is from.

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Torii Hunter: Bidding war for Carl Crawford will be between Angels, Red Sox

11.11.10 at 6:32 am ET
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According to the Los Angeles Times, the Angels are prepared to make outfielder Carl Crawford their primary free agent target, and will be prepared to pay him in excess of $100 million. The report goes on to quote LA outfielder Torii Hunter as saying, “I think Boston and the Angels, that will be the bidding war.”

Hunter, who asked the Angels to put his locker next to Crawford’s during the 2010 All-Star Game, went on to say, “We’ve got the weather, the sun shining, and 40,000 fans every night, win or lose. When you get off turf, this is where you want to be.” To read the complete story, click here.

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