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  1. Pirates sign Charlie Morton to $21 million extension

    Dec 11, 2013, 1:23 PM EDT

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    Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Pirates and right-hander Charlie Morton have agreed to a three-year, $21 million contract extension that also includes a team option for 2017. Morton would have been eligible for free agency next offseason, but now the Pirates will have him under team control for $4 million in 2014,…

  2. Jerry Hairston is retiring to join the Dodgers’ television team

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    After playing 16 seasons for nine different teams Jerry Hairston Jr. has decided to call it a career. Well, at least a playing career. Hairston is retiring as a player and immediately becoming a member of the media, joining the Dodgers’ new television channel as a pre- and post-game host for 15-20 games. Hairston is…

  3. Andrew McCutchen proposed to his girlfriend on “Ellen”

    Dec 11, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Andrew McCutchen

    Well, now we know why NL MVP Andrew McCutchen spent so much time getting his hair done before going on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show: He proposed to his girlfriend in front of the live “Ellen” audience. I want to do this some day too, except on “Chopped.” Follow @AaronGleeman

  4. Matt Williams is trying to talk Davey Johnson into being at spring training

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

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    Davey Johnson is taking retirement seriously, staying away from the winter meetings and telling the Nationals he doesn’t want to be involved in spring training, but Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com reports that new manager Matt Williams is trying to change his mind: I asked him to come to spring training. He’s not far from the…

  5. GM says Reds aren’t trading Homer Bailey

    Dec 11, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Homer Bailey is one season from free agency and looking at a huge payday, leading to speculation that the Reds might shop him this offseason. Yesterday general manager Walt Jocketty addressed those rumors–and specifically one regarding the Yankees calling him about Bailey–telling Mark Sheldon of MLB.com: I told them we’re not trading him. We’re trying…

  6. Barry Zito plans to keep pitching, but he’s busy surfing now

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Barry Zito

    Barry Zito is a free agent for the first time since 2007 after getting a $7 million buyout from the Giants to officially end his seven-year, $126 million contract. He’s also 36 years old and coming off a 5.74 ERA, but Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com reports that Zito definitely plans to continue pitching. However, at…

  7. Don Mattingly won’t talk contract status at “awkward” press conference

    Dec 11, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Ned Colletti, Don Mattingly

    Don Mattingly is unhappy about the possibility of entering 2014 in the final year of his contract, but the Dodgers manager declined to address the topic yesterday during what Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times called an “awkward” press conference. Two months ago there was speculation that Mattingly might quit if he didn’t get…

  8. Rockies acquire Brett Anderson from A’s

    Dec 10, 2013, 4:43 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Tampa Bay Rays

    All the Brett Anderson rumors can stop swirling now: Oakland has traded the left-hander to Colorado in exchange for left-hander Drew Pomeranz and right-hander Chris Jensen, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. Anderson has been mostly injured since mid-2011, throwing just 80 innings during the past two seasons, but he’s still just 25 years old…

  9. Cardinals hire David Bell as assistant hitting coach

    Dec 10, 2013, 4:36 PM EDT

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    Bengie Molina left his position as Cardinals assistant hitting coach to take a job on the Rangers’ coaching staff and now Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that David Bell will replace him in St. Louis. Bell retired in 2006 after playing 12 seasons in the majors, including four years with the…

  10. Diamondbacks offer $3 million to Joba Chamberlain

    Dec 10, 2013, 4:02 PM EDT

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    Making an already busy day for Arizona even busier, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Diamondbacks have offered former Yankees right-hander Joba Chamberlain a one-year, $3 million deal. Presumably the Diamondbacks would use Chamberlain as a reliever given that he hasn’t started a game since 2009. He had a 4.93 ERA in 42 innings…

  11. Robinson Cano would have taken $5 million less to re-sign with the Yankees

    Dec 10, 2013, 3:21 PM EDT

    Robinson Cano

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was a guest on MLB Network Radio from the winter meetings and dropped an interesting tidbit about the Robinson Cano negotiations, saying that Cano’s representatives made New York a counter-offer to re-sign for $235 million. Numerous reports throughout the offseason suggested that Cashman and the Yankees wouldn’t go beyond around…

  12. Picture of the Day: Andrew McCutchen preps for “Ellen”

    Dec 10, 2013, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Pirates center fielder and NL MVP Andrew McCutchen is a guest on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show today, but first … Cutch gettin some diva work in today to prep for @TheEllenShow @TheCUTCH22 @Pirates pic.twitter.com/vd5zuGxR6r — John Fuller (@fullerjoh) December 10, 2013 Follow @AaronGleeman

  13. Mariners interested in Fernando Rodney

    Dec 10, 2013, 12:50 PM EDT

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    At some point the Mariners will presumably want to add a high-priced closer to their increasingly expensive roster and Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Seattle is interested in former Rays closer Fernando Rodney. Morosi notes that Rodney knows new Mariners manager Llloyd McClendon from their time together with the Tigers, although back then Rodney…

  14. Tales of a burned-out baseball writer

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

    press hat

    Tony Jackson has covered baseball for two decades, including gigs as the Dodgers beat reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News and ESPN Los Angeles, but now he’s hanging up the keyboard after a brief run as an independent blogger: After all these years, I simply have had my fill of covering baseball. I used…

  15. Where are all the Ubaldo Jimenez rumors?

    Dec 10, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jimenez

    There’s been surprisingly few teams linked to Ubaldo Jimenez and Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer did some digging to figure out why. He turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer and any team signing him would be giving up a draft pick to do so. According to Hoynes the Indians “have remained…

  16. Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Add another name to the list, as Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports that Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro is getting into The Best Shape Of His Life: The Cubs are making sure shortstop Starlin Castro reports to Spring Training in better shape. The team assigned strength and conditioning coach Tim Buss to the Dominican Republic to…

  17. Orioles working on a deal with closer Grant Balfour

    Dec 10, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Pittsburgh Pirates

    It sounds like Baltimore has zeroed in on its preferred Jim Johnson replacement, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Orioles are “trying to get a deal done” with former A’s closer Grant Balfour. Balfour didn’t get a chance to be a closer until age 33, but he’s saved 62 games with a 2.56…

  18. Eric Thames is headed to Korea

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Eric Thames was once a decent prospect for the Blue Jays, but he’s bounced around with four different teams in the past two seasons and now the Astros have released the 27-year-old outfielder so he can go play in Korea. Thames hit .262 with 12 homers and a .769 OPS in 95 games for the…

  19. White Sox sign Felipe Paulino

    Dec 9, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    Felipe Paulino, who missed most of 2012 and all of 2013 following Tommy John elbow surgery and also underwent shoulder surgery two months ago, has agreed to a one-year deal with the White Sox. Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com reports that Paulino will get $1.75 million and the White Sox have a $4 million option or…

  20. Twins “making a push” for Bronson Arroyo

    Dec 9, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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    Minnesota has been linked to Bronson Arroyo all offseason and today the free agent right-hander told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that the Twins, Phillies, and Angels were among the teams he’s had talks with. And now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Twins are “making a push” for Arroyo with “talks gaining momentum.” Arroyo…

  21. Who You Love: Joe Torre, Tony La Russa, and John Mayer

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:50 PM EDT

    mayer torre la russa

    I was born (and raised) to post this: The night before becoming Hall of Famers, Torre & La Russa bumped into John Mayer in Orlando. pic.twitter.com/TT3dXpWUsX — MLB Public Relations (@MLB_PR) December 9, 2013 That meeting, while seemingly weird, will all make perfect sense some day. And when that meeting was over, all they ever…

  22. Magglio Ordonez was elected mayor in Venezuela

    Dec 9, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Magglio Ordonez ran for mayor of Sotillo, Venezuela … and he won. And here are some interesting details from the Associated Press: Ordonez’s victory in the city of Sotillo in eastern Venezuela was announced by President Nicolas Maduro at a rally Sunday for pro-government candidates who won the majority of 335 races nationwide. The socialist…

  23. Mariners respond to Seattle Times report on dysfunctional front office

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

    jack zduriencik getty

    Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times wrote a fascinating article about the Mariners’ dysfunctional front office, featuring vicious quotes from former manager Eric Wedge and former assistant to the general manager Tony Blengino. And now general manager Jack Zduriencik has issued a statement in response. It’s too long to reprint in its entirety–you can get…

  24. Hey look, Logan Morrison said something misogynistic

    Dec 9, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    Along the same lines as David Price‘s tweet about female drivers right before Thanksgiving, here’s Logan Morrison just now: I dont think Rachel ray is attractive. Then she started cooking, got slightly attractive. she stopped cooking. she stopped being attractive — Logan Morrison (@LoMoMarlins) December 9, 2013 Sigh. (Last year Morrison tweeted criticizing mothers for…

  25. Roy Halladay is retiring

    Dec 9, 2013, 11:08 AM EDT

    roy halladay getty

    Three years ago Roy Halladay was arguably the best pitcher in the National League, going 19-6 with a 2.36 ERA while finishing runner-up in the Cy Young voting to Clayton Kershaw after winning the award the previous season. And now, as Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly tweeted, Halladay is retiring at age 36 after struggling…

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