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Big names not among the signings


February 19. 2013 8:48PM
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Jeff Keppinger, Joe Blanton, Jason Bay and a diamond full of players wound up in different places Wednesday at the winter meetings while top contenders waited for a pair of free-agent prizes to make their decisions.


Eric Chavez, Randy Choate and Sean Burnett also joined new teams. The lone trade was minor, with Detroit sending left-hander Andy Oliver to Pittsburgh for a young catcher.


Former MVP Josh Hamilton and former Cy Young Award winner Zack Greinke remained in play. They're the driving forces in this market and depending on where they go, more moves are likely to follow.


Texas would like to re-sign Hamilton, at the right price. The slugger was in Nashville this week but has left, and his agent met with Rangers general manager Jon Daniels on Tuesday night.


Obviously, one of the bigger dominoes, Daniels said. Trying to get the first one to fall.


New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey keeps drawing attention. He lives near the Opryland Hotel and dropped in for a visit, though there's no change in his situation. Signed for next season, he wants a new contract while several clubs, including Boston, want to trade for the reigning NL Cy Young winner.


In the meantime, some deals stayed on deck. No telling if any of them will get done before the meetings end today with the Rule 5 draft for players left off 40-man rosters.


Keppinger agreed with the Chicago White Sox on a $12 million, three-year contract, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because there was no announcement.


Arizona wound up with Chavez, giving the corner infielder a $3 million, one-year contract, a person with knowledge of the deal said.


Bay and the Seattle Mariners agreed on a one-year deal, a person familiar with the negotiation said.


The Angels added Blanton and Burnett to their retooled pitching staff, and St. Louis signed Choate for its bullpen.




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