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  1. Bob Uecker prepping for 41st season after two heart surgeries

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Bob Uecker

    Adam McCalvy of MLB.com caught up with legendary Brewers announcer Bob Uecker, who’s spending the offseason in Arizona resting up after undergoing two heart surgeries this year and plans to return to the broadcast booth for his 41st season in 2011. At age 75 he “plans to work a full schedule” of games and Uecker…

  2. Diamondbacks sell Rusty Ryal to Japanese team

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    Rusty Ryal

    Rather than give him a shot to earn a bench job, the Diamondbacks have sold 27-year-old utility man Rusty Ryal to Yomiuri Giants in Japan. He was released last week in preparation for the move. Ryal debuted in 2006 by batting .271 with 11 extra-base hits and a .946 OPS in 68 plate appearances and…

  3. Assistant general manager leaves Cardinals for Padres

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Assistant general manager John Abbamondi has left the Cardinals to become a vice president with the Padres, making him the second prominent member of St. Louis’ front office to depart this winter after manager of professional scouting Matt Carroll took a job with the Braves. Abbamondi had been with the Cardinals for three years, but…

  4. Chipper Jones rehabs knee, dry-heaves on neighbor’s lawn

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has a really good article today about Chipper Jones’ comeback from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that ended his season in mid-August and attaches plenty of question marks to how he’ll fare returning from the injury (and previous talk of retirement) at age 39. Jones told Crasnick…

  5. Octavio Dotel getting interest from Rays, Pirates, Blue Jays

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel. Pittsburgh being in the mix is interesting, because the Pirates signed Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent last offseason and then traded him to the Dodgers…

  6. Mariners asking for “an impact bat” in deal for David Aardsma

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    David Aardsma

    Responding to speculation that Colorado is interested in Seattle closer David Aardsma, Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that “multiple sources with knowledge of both teams told MLB.com that the Mariners are in search of an impact bat and there isn’t a fit with the Rockies.” Of course, the definition of “an impact bat” probably varies…

  7. Phillies may wait to trade Joe Blanton until Carl Pavano signs

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Blanton being on the trade block following Philadelphia’s signing of Cliff Lee is no surprise, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that the Phillies may wait to trade Blanton until after free agent Carl Pavano signs. Rosenthal notes that Blanton and Pavano have had similar results and reports that the Nationals are among at…

  8. Rich Harden to compete for rotation spot with A’s, but bullpen also an option

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden’s one-year, $1.5 million contract with the A’s became official yesterday and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he’ll compete for a rotation spot in spring training, with a spot in the bullpen looming as the fallback option. Harden indicated that he’d prefer to remain a starter, but told Slusser that…

  9. Bobby Jenks’ contract with Red Sox includes incentives for games finished

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    General manager Theo Epstein has made it very clear that Jonathan Papelbon remains the Red Sox’s closer, but it’s worth noting that Bobby Jenks’ new two-year, $12 million deal with Boston includes $1 million in incentives each season based on games finished. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Jenks can earn $200,000 for each of…

  10. Orioles “renew talks with Derrek Lee” while waiting for Adam LaRoche to make a decision

    Dec 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EDT

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    Getting tired of waiting for Adam LaRoche to accept or decline their reported three-year, $21 million offer has caused the Orioles to “renew talks with Derrek Lee,” according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. Zrebiec reports that a deal with LaRoche was believed to be imminent at one point, but now the two sides…

  11. Mariners trade Rob Johnson to Padres for PTBNL or cash

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Designated for assignment by the Mariners last week, Rob Johnson has been traded to the Padres for a player to be named later or cash. Presumably something like $1.75. Johnson hit .200 with a .282 on-base percentage and .302 slugging percentage in 534 plate appearances for the Mariners, which adds up to a .584 OPS…

  12. Twins finished runner-up in bidding for Hisashi Iwakuma

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:42 PM EDT

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    Minnesota won the exclusive negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka with a $5.3 million bid and eventually signed the Japanese infielder to a three-year, $9.25 million contract, and this afternoon general manager Bill Smith revealed that the Twins also finished runner-up in the bidding for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma. In an interview with Patrick Reusse and…

  13. You can follow Hardball Talk and the HBT writers on Twitter

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    Hardball Talk has its own Twitter feed, which tweets links to every post throughout the day: @HardballTalk You can also follow the individual Hardball Talk writers on Twitter for links, short-form analysis, heavy doses of snark, and all kinds of random stuff you may or may not care about: Craig Calcaterra – @CraigCalcaterra Aaron Gleeman…

  14. Phillies and Red Sox increased their World Series odds at the Yankees’ expense

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

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    At the beginning of the offseason I posted Bodog.com’s gambling odds on each team winning the World Series in 2011, so now that we’re about halfway through the offseason and most of the major free agents have signed I thought it would be interesting to re-examine the same odds for all 30 teams. First, here…

  15. Corey Patterson among Blue Jays’ minor league signings

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Toronto announced a half-dozen minor league signings today, including former top prospect Corey Patterson. Patterson is among the biggest prospect busts of the past decade, as a complete lack of plate discipline kept the former No. 3 overall pick and two-time Baseball America top-three prospect from becoming anything resembling a star. On the other hand,…

  16. Indians sign Travis Buck to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

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    When the A’s opted against calling up Travis Buck from Triple-A in September the writing was on the wall for his departure from Oakland, and sure enough the former first-round pick was non-tendered a few weeks ago. Buck made it to the majors less than two years after the A’s picked him in the first…

  17. White Sox pitching coach optimistic about Jake Peavy

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Cleveland Indians

    Last month White Sox general manager Ken Williams revealed that he expects Jake Peavy to begin the season on the disabled list following shoulder surgery, but yesterday pitching coach Don Cooper shared a far more optimistic view of Peavy’s status with Scott Merkin of MLB.com. Cooper, who along with trainer Herm Schneider watched Peavy throw…

  18. Pirates sign Josh Fields to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Last offseason the Royals acquired Josh Fields from the White Sox along with Chris Getz in exchange for Mark Teahen, but after one injury wrecked season in Kansas City the former top prospect and 2004 first-round pick was non-tendered a few weeks ago. Fields has latched on with the Pirates, agreeing to a minor-league contract…

  19. Kerry Wood turns down $3.5 million from White Sox to return to Cubs for $1.5 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood has turned down a one-year, $3.5 million offer from the White Sox in order to return to the Cubs for $1.5 million, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Wood, who was drafted fourth overall by the Cubs in 1995 and spent the first decade of his career calling Wrigley Field home,…

  20. Mariano Rivera on reported talks with Red Sox: “It was real”

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera has confirmed reports that he had talks with the Red Sox prior to re-signing with the Yankees for $30 million over two years, saying: “It was real.” Rivera didn’t verify reports that his agent actually initiated contact with Boston, but made it pretty clear that he viewed the Red Sox as a legitimate…

  21. Jose Canseco wants to show you his bat speed

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jose Canseco has been more or less begging for another chance in baseball via Twitter all week, posting tweets such as “I can DH for any major league team and lead the league in home runs, just give me the chance” and “I will show everyone that steroids are completely overrated once I get the…

  22. Chien-Ming Wang expected to re-sign with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Washington signing Chien-Ming Wang to an incentive-laden one-year contract for 2010 didn’t work out so well, as never threw a pitch for the Nationals after struggling to come back from shoulder surgery, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are giving it another try. According to Rosenthal the Nationals are close to…

  23. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

  24. Russell Martin needs knee surgery, but the Yankees signed him anyway

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin officially signed his one-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees after passing a physical exam earlier this week, but it turns out he didn’t so much “pass” as the Yankees were only concerned with the status of his fractured hip. Presumably they were encouraged enough by what they saw in his recovery from…

  25. A’s get Josh Willingham from Nationals for two minor leaguers

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says it’s a done deal, pending physical exams. UPDATE #2: Rosenthal says the minor leaguers are reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown. Neither are considered top prospects, but Rodriguez has a high-90s fastball and big-time strikeout totals in the minors. It’s a pretty good haul for Willingham. ========== Earlier…

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