The Nippon Professional Baseball will reopen talks with Major League Baseball over a new bidding system for Japan by Tuesday after the MLB withdrew its proposal last week. Reopening talks is a good sign for the Chicago Cubs and other teams interested in the 24-game winner right-hander Masahiro Tanaka.
In free agency there were multiple signings late Tuesday night. San Diego signed pitcher Josh Johnson, Oakland signed infielder Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker signed with Cincinnati, and Cleveland signed outfielder David Murphy.
The Japan Times: NPB, MLB to reopen posting system talks
CSN Chicago: Mixed emotions for Cubs VP McLeod watching Red Sox win title
Cubs.com: Cubs just need to stay the course
Cubs Den: Why is it written in stone that the Cubs have to lose?
NBC Sports: A Pirates-Twins trade happened today
FOX Sports: Yankees express interest in INF Jhonny Peralta
Athletics.com: Oakland adds versatile Punto to infield mix
Cleveland.com: Indians sign David Murphy
The Herald-News: Frank Thomas hits on baseball, steroids and Hall of Fame at St. Francis Brown & Gold Night
ESPN LA: Winter wish list: Starting Pitching
ESPN MLB: Josh Johnson agrees with Padres
CBS Sports: Corey Hart says agent has talked to Red Sox, Rays, Rockies, Brewers
NBC Sports: Skip Schumaker’s two-year deal with Reds worth $5 million
FOX Sports: Balanced Reds shouldn’t sacrifice pitching to improve offense