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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Jayson Stark makes the case for Barry Larkin

    Dec 29, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    I’ve been planning to write something touting Barry Larkin’s Hall of Fame candidacy because he’s one of several deserving players on this year’s ballot not getting enough love, but in the meantime here’s the next best thing (or maybe even the slightly better thing) …’s Jayson Stark used some numbers from an article I…

  2. Who's better: Matt Holliday or Jason Bay?

    Dec 29, 2009, 11:51 AM EDT

    As right-handed-hitting left fielders with big bats and questionable gloves Matt Holliday and Jason Bay have been linked together as free agents. Some teams like Holliday more than Bay, some teams like Bay more than Holliday, and whatever the case one has often been described as an alternative to the other. Now that the market…

  3. Report: Giants close to signing Mark DeRosa

    Dec 28, 2009, 7:51 PM EDT

    UPDATE: DeRosa has passed his physical, according to Mychael Urban of’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants are on the verge of signing Mark DeRosa to a two-year contract. Earlier this offseason DeRosa was said to be seeking a three-year deal somewhere in the neighborhood of $10 million per season, but he seemingly…

  4. Playing pro baseball is good for your social life

    Dec 28, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT

    Doug Glanville was merely a decent outfielder during his nine-year career with the Phillies, Cubs, and Rangers, but since retiring following the 2004 season he’s become an excellent writer for the New York Times. In the wake of the whole Tiger Woods “situation” Glanville’s latest column describes how signing a professional contract instantly transformed him…

  5. Why doesn't anyone ever overpay Bob Howry?

    Dec 28, 2009, 12:25 PM EDT

    Bob Howry is apparently one of the most underrated or at least unluckiest relievers in baseball, because for the second straight offseason he’s managed only a one-year deal for modest money while inferior relievers get multi-year pacts for several times as much. Brandon Lyon got $15 million over three years from the Astros. Fernando Rodney…

  6. A's sign Crisp to one-year deal with 2011 option

    Dec 23, 2009, 3:55 PM EDT

    Coco Crisp and the A’s were reportedly close to a deal over the weekend and they just made it official. He gets a one-year contract worth around $4.5 million and the A’s will have a team option for 2011. When healthy Crisp is a solid starting center fielder, batting .266/.338/.390 while rating 20 runs above…

  7. Braves take smart risk with Glaus over LaRoche

    Dec 23, 2009, 11:52 AM EDT

    I’m not a big fan of yesterday’s Javier Vazquez-for-Melky Cabrera (and prospects) swap from Atlanta’s point of view, but using some of the money saved on the deal to sign Troy Glaus to an incentive-laden one-year pact makes plenty of sense for the Braves. Adam LaRoche was fantastic for the Braves after coming over in…

  8. Yankees add veteran catcher Rivera to compete for backup job

    Dec 22, 2009, 3:54 PM EDT

    Francisco Cervelli is seemingly the favorite to replace free agent Jose Molina as Jorge Posada’s backup, but the Yankees have brought in some veteran competition in the form of Mike Rivera. Rivera spent last season backing up Jason Kendall in Milwaukee, drawing a grand total of just 31 starts while hitting .228/.326/.346. He’s shown more…

  9. Angels 'in serious discussions' with Rodney

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:50 PM EDT’s Jayson Stark reports that the Angels “are in serious discussions” with Fernando Rodney, who last week was said to be drawing interest from the Orioles, Phillies, and Mets. Rodney converted 37-of-38 saves for the Tigers last season, but would presumably slide into a setup role in front of closer Brian Fuentes. Or if manager…

  10. Capps choosing between Cubs and Nationals

    Dec 22, 2009, 1:30 PM EDT’s Bill Ladson reports that Matt Capps has narrowed his choice of teams down to either the Cubs or Nationals and will make a decision by tomorrow night. No fewer than a half-dozen teams have been seriously linked to Capps since he was non-tendered by the Pirates, so he figures to end up with more…

  11. Who will the Yankees get to play left field?

    Dec 22, 2009, 12:40 PM EDT

    On the surface trading Melky Cabrera for Javier Vazquez clears the way for Johnny Damon to re-sign with the Yankees, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that they still view him as “too expensive” after last week’s back-and-forth with agent Scott Boras. Sherman also notes that parting with Cabrera probably doesn’t make…

  12. Seattle and Toronto swapping Brandons: Morrow for League in the works

    Dec 21, 2009, 11:51 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners “have reached a tentative agreement” to trade Brandon Morrow to the Blue Jays for Brandon League and an unnamed prospect. Morrow being on the move is no surprise given that he’s been the subject of trade rumors all offseason, but the assumption had been that the Mariners would…

  13. Nationals sign Jason Marquis to two-year deal

    Dec 21, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    Washington recently was said to be making a “strong push” for Jon Garland, but the Nationals apparently balked at his demand for a three-year contract and turned their attention to the equally veteran and similarly mediocre Jason Marquis, signing him to a reported two-year, $15 million contract. Marquis won 15 games and tossed 216 innings…

  14. Indians get Talbot as PTBNL in Shoppach trade

    Dec 21, 2009, 2:59 PM EDT

    Three weeks ago the Rays acquired Kelly Shoppach from the Indians for a player to be named later and this afternoon Mitch Talbot was announced as the mystery man heading to Cleveland. Talbot and Ben Zobrist were the Astros prospects who went to the then-Devil Rays in the mid-2006 trade for Aubrey Huff. Zobrist has…

  15. Report: Nationals sign Jason Marquis

    Dec 21, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT reports that the Nationals have agreed to terms with free agent starter Jason Marquis. No word yet on the details, but we’ll have an update as soon as more information becomes available.

  16. Former top prospect Humber reaches bottom of barrel, signs with Royals

    Dec 21, 2009, 1:51 PM EDT

    Philip Humber was the third overall pick in the 2004 draft following a brilliant college career and went from the Mets to the Twins as part of the four-player package for Johan Santana, but just two years later he could manage only a minor-league deal from the Royals after being cut by Minnesota. Humber twice…

  17. Blue Jays view Brett Wallace as a first baseman

    Dec 21, 2009, 12:57 PM EDT

    By trading prospect Brett Wallace just months after getting him from the Cardinals for Matt Holliday the A’s showed that they don’t think he’ll be able to stick at third base defensively and apparently his new team agrees. Wallace was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft as a third baseman and has…

  18. Jonny Gomes might be Mets' fallback plan for Bay

    Dec 21, 2009, 11:55 AM EDT

    So what happens if Jason Bay actually decides not to sign with the Mets? Well, according to Bart Hubbuch of the New York Post general manager Omar Minaya would then turn to a second-tier free agent outfielder like Jonny Gomes. Gomes was non-tendered by the Reds earlier this month because they’re too cheap to give…

  19. Arizona makes offer to suddenly popular Kelly Johnson

    Dec 18, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Diamondbacks have officially made an offer to Kelly Johnson and speculates that it’s worth around $2 million for one season. Johnson has been linked to quite a few teams since being non-tendered by the Braves last week, with Piecoro noting that the Cardinals, Nationals, and Astros…

  20. Jose Arredondo's terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week

    Dec 18, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Jose Arredondo is having a rough week. First it was announced that he’ll need Tommy John elbow surgery, which will keep him out for the entire 2010 season. Following that news the Angels non-tendered him, dropping Arredondo from the 40-man roster. And now he’s apparently been stabbed. Seriously. Prior to being non-tendered Arredondo angered the…

  21. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome to the stage … The Amazing Jack Z!

    Dec 18, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    I’m now fairly convinced that Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is some sort of magician. In his first year on the job he overhauled Seattle’s defense, cut dead weight from the previous regime, brought in nice low-cost pickups, and watched the team go from 61-101 to 85-77. Not satisfied with that 24-game improvement Zduriencik began…

  22. Six years later, 'OBP Jesus' returns to New York

    Dec 18, 2009, 12:55 PM EDT

    Nick Johnson was amusingly tagged with the nickname “OBP Jesus” early in his career and has certainly earned the title in the years since then, ranking as one of just 10 active players with a .400 on-base percentage in at least 3,000 plate appearances: OBP Albert Pujols .427 Todd Helton .427 Lance Berkman .412 Manny…

  23. Sox making noise about falling back to Kotchman

    Dec 18, 2009, 11:51 AM EDT

    The assumption has been that the Red Sox will sign Adrian Beltre, trade for Adrian Gonzalez, or make a similar move for a hitter if the deal sending Mike Lowell to Texas goes through, but recently general manager Theo Epstein and manager Terry Francona have both said that using Kevin Youkilis at third base and…

  24. Alex Rodriguez won't need a second hip surgery

    Dec 17, 2009, 3:52 PM EDT

    At the time of Alex Rodriguez’s hip surgery in March the doctor believed that he’d eventually need to go under the knife a second time once the season ended, but today A-Rod was given a clean bill of health and told that he won’t need another operation. Rodriguez missed the Yankees’ first 28 games following…

  25. One final Metrodome memory … in the bathroom

    Dec 17, 2009, 2:52 PM EDT

    From the Twins’ official Twitter account: Tony Oliva got stuck in the restroom yesterday when the handle fell off the door! T-minus 4 1/2 business days until we pack up and move! Yup, it happened on the Executive Level in the Dome yesterday. Not only will the good people of Minnesota finally get to see…

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