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The Walk-Off: Marlins gets Salty, Mariners emerge as spenders, Carlos Beltran visits KC

Mike Oz
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The Walk-Off is your end-of-the-day collection of news and gossip from the world of baseball, plus the best of the blogosphere and other assorted goodness.

FREE-AGENT SIGNING: Hey, what's this? The Miami Marlins are spending money on a free agent? The recipient? Ex-Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia [Yahoo Sports]

JUST CHATTIN': Free agent Carlos Beltran, ex-Kansas City Royal, was back in KC to talk about returning to the team that drafted him back in 1995 . [KC Star]

ELSEWHERE: Beltran reportedly has a three-year, $48 million offer from one team, but we don't know who. Perhaps the Seattle Mariners. [@Buster_ESPN]

SPEAKING OF SEATTLE: The Mariners, eager to contend in the AL West, have also emerged as major players in the Robinson Cano sweepstakes. [ESPN New York]

GOSSIP: The Detroit Tigers are targeting free-agent outfielder Shin-Soo Choo with some of that money they've freed up through recent trades. [@FeinsandNYDN]

QUOTE OF THE DAY: Free agent outfielder Curtis Granderson gets courted by the Mets, enjoys a nice meal. Makes you wonder what the Yankees were feeding him. [@MarcCarig]

NEWS: Tony Clark becomes the new executive director of the MLB players union, the first former player to hold the position. [Yahoo Sports]

DAILY A-ROD UPDATE: Verdict on his suspension appeal could come around Jan. 1 or shortly thereafter, according to Clark. [@BNightengale]

GOOD NEWS: Five San Francisco Giants prospects were involved in a car accident Tuesday, but all of them are OK and have been released from the hospital. [CSN Bay Area]

INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY: Check out Pablo Sandoval's abs — he's getting in shape in Venezuela, heading into his contract year. [Instagram]

NEWS: Cubs name recently retired Eric Hinske as their new first-base coach. [Chicago Tribune]

TEAM WANTED: Newly free agent relief pitcher John Axford, non-tendered by the Cardinals, posts "personal ad" on Twitter looking for a new team. [Cut4]

GOOD READ: Observations on all 36 of the players on the Hall of Fame ballot. [New York Times]

BECAUSE OF COURSE: Justin Timberlake and Bryce Harper are bros now. And JT wants to take some BP with BH, or something. [DC Sports Bog]

Note: It was a busy day in baseball and Big League Stew had it covered. Don't miss our posts on the Dexter Fowler trade, the A's getting another relief pitcher, the three-team deal that Heath Bell and Ryan Hanigan to the Rays, Joe Nathan joining the Tigers and the rest of the closer carousel, plus A.J. Pierzynski signing with the Red Sox.

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Mike Oz is an editor for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at mikeozstew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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