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  1. Rockies acquire reliever Matt Lindstrom from Astros

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:44 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The swap is now complete, according to Astros social media director Alyson Footer.  Houston will receive minor league pitchers Jonnathan Aristil and Wes Musick in return from the Rox. Aristil, a 24-year-old right-hander, had a 5.90 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 71.2 minor league innings in 2010.  Musick, a 23-year-old lefty, posted a 4.05…

  2. Rangers sign reliever Arthur Rhodes to one-year contract

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EST

    Arthur Rhodes

    Texas has agreed to a one-year contract with Arthur Rhodes, according to Steve Phillips of AOL Fanhouse, who reports that the deal also includes a vesting option for 2012 after the veteran left-hander made his first All-Star team this year at age 41. Rhodes was classified as a Type A free agent, but because the…

  3. Rays and Angels join Yankees with interest in Johnny Damon

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:46 PM EST

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    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed Johnny Damon‘s chances of returning to New York and Damon himself indicated that it was an unlikely fit because he’s drawing interest from multiple other teams offering regular playing time. According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday–who had the Yankees’ interest in Damon before everyone else–those other teams…

  4. Astros “working hard” to trade reliever Matt Lindstrom

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:18 PM EST

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    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com “the Astros are working hard on a possible trade of Matt Lindstrom today.” Acquired from the Marlins for a pair of prospects last winter, Lindstrom ranked among the league leaders with 21 saves in the first half, but then posted a 7.50 ERA after the All-Star break while losing…

  5. Padres interested in Brad Hawpe as cheap option at first base

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EST

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    With the Nationals and Orioles seemingly fighting over Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee at first base the Padres have turned their attention to Brad Hawpe, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. After hitting at least .285 with 20-plus homers and an OPS above .875 in four straight seasons Hawpe struggled last year, getting released by…

  6. Pirates sign Garrett Atkins to minor league contract

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:49 PM EST

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    Garrett Atkins flopped for the Orioles after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal last offseason, so he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Pirates this time around and will be reunited with former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. Atkins gets an invitation to spring training, but the Pirates have already inked fellow third…

  7. Picture of the Day: Alex Rodriguez goes paddleboarding with Cameron Diaz

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EST

    Via the fine folks at People magazine: “Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz enjoyed this week while on vacation with his two kids in Los Cabos, Mexico”: Sorry. It’s a really, really slow news day. I can only write so many posts about Rusty Ryal.

  8. Brian Cashman on Johnny Damon: “There’s not a clear role for him here”

    Dec 23, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed reports that he’s been in touch with Johnny Damon‘s agent, but called it “just part of our canvassing process” and downplayed the outfielder’s chances of returning to New York. “It’s something we do with every free agent,” Cashman told Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com. “I can’t tell you if anything’s…

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

    Dec 23, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

    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…

  10. Diamondbacks sell Rusty Ryal to Japanese team

    Dec 23, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

    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…

  11. Assistant general manager leaves Cardinals for Padres

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:33 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 5:40 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:42 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 2:40 PM EST

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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…

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

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:21 PM EST

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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…

  23. Corey Patterson among Blue Jays’ minor league signings

    Dec 21, 2010, 12:19 PM EST

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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,…

  24. Indians sign Travis Buck to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:46 AM EST

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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…

  25. White Sox pitching coach optimistic about Jake Peavy

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:48 AM EST

    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…

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