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Meetings update: Buehrle latest to go south



The Marlins seem to have lost out on Albert Pujols - who appears likely to stay in St. Louis - but continued their spending spree Wednesday by agreeing to terms with LHP Mark Buehrle, who follows manager Ozzie Guillen from Chicago.

Buehrle agreed to a four-year, $58-million deal according to Fox Sports. That deal came hours after the Marlins introduced SS Jose Reyes, who they considered the prize of their off-season additions, and as they assured, and reassured, that Hanley Ramirez would accept a move to third.

With Buehrle going to the Marlins, LHP C.J. Wilson seems likely to choose between the Angels, Nats and a return to the Rangers.

And if Pujols is indeed staying in St. Louis, the free agent focus will now shift to Brewers 1B Prince Fielder.

The Rays don't appear to be close to any deals, though free agent OF/DH Josh Willingham remains in play as he is expected to decline arbitration from the A's. Reds GM Walt Jocketty  - who is looking for top starting pitching and has young position players to offer - acknowledged meeting "several times" with the Rays but didn't think anything was close.

Earlier Wednesday, the Padres acquired closer Huston Street from the Rockies.



[Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2012 12:41am]


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