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The Walk-Off: Tender talk, Curtis Granderson has a meeting, Jacoby Ellsbury moving quick

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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.

TENDER TALK: Monday is the deadline day for MLB teams to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players or send them away as free agents. Here's an updated-as-it-happens rundown of which players were tendered contracts before Monday night's deadline. [MLB Daily Dish]

PEACE OUT, JV1: Jordany Valdespin was non-tendered by the Mets after a season in which he threw a tantrum, was suspended for PEDs and got hit in the junk by a fastball. [Newsday]

BLAST FROM THE STEW PAST: On this occasion, please enjoy a Big League Stew post from August: "Is Jordany Valdespin the biggest fool in all of baseball?" [Yahoo Sports]

GOSSIP: Pour some gas on the Curtis Granderson-to-the-Mets fire. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson met with Curtis Granderson on Sunday. [@Ken_Rosenthal]

NEWS: The New York Yankees aren't going to ante up $200 million to re-sign star second baseman Robinson Cano, writes Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan. [Yahoo Sports]

R.I.P: Pittsburgh Pirates prospect Evan Chambers has died at age 24. He was a former third-round pick who missed most of 2013 with a broken foot. [Pirates Prospects]

NOMAR JOINS THE DODGERS: As a broadcaster. The ESPN analyst has reportedly been lured to L.A. where he'll join the Dodgers' new regional sports network. [L.A. Times]

GOSSIP: Contract talks with free-agent outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury are moving quicker than expected. A deal could be coming by next week's Winter Meetings. [@jaysonst]

OFFER: The Yankees want another year of starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, 38, and have offered him a contract in hopes of stopping him from retiring or returning to Japan. [ESPN]

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TRADE: Backup catcher Chris Stewart was dealt from the Yankees to the Pirates for a player to be named later. Stewart says he'll need to find new reading buddies. [Wall Street Journal]

FREE-AGENT SIGNING: Catcher Dioner Navarro agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with the Blue Jays, which should mean the end of the J.P. Arencibia era in Toronto. [Toronto Star]

GOSSIP: Orioles closer Jim Johnson is likely on the move and the Dodgers are among his suitors. The Dodgers wouldn't take Kenley Jansen's job away would they? [@Ken_Rosenthal]

FREE-AGENT SIGNING: Seattle Mariners bring back utility man Willie Bloomquist (previously of the Arizona Diamondbacks) on a two-year contract. [Seattle Times]

COACHING NEWS: The Diamondbacks name Mike Harkey as their new pitching coach and Mel Stottlemyre Jr. as bullpen coach. [Associated Press]

READ THIS: Selecting the "Public Enemy No. 1" for all 30 MLB teams. [Sporting News]

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