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  1. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. Hawkins schmoozes his way to $7.5 million

    Dec 17, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    So, how did LaTroy Hawkins convince the Brewers to give him a two-year, $7.5 million deal at age 37? According to Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, he schmoozed them in person at the winter meetings: “It helped he was in Indianapolis with his representative, Larry Reynolds,” general manager Doug Melvin said. “I had…

  8. Atkins gets $4.5 million from Orioles, with $8.5 million option for 2011

    Dec 17, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT

    In analyzing Garrett Atkins signing with the Orioles last night Matthew predicted that the one-year deal would be worth “$4 million-$5 million.” Official terms of the contract were released this afternoon and sure enough Atkins is guaranteed … $4.5 million. He’ll get $4 million in 2010 and the Orioles hold an $8.5 million option or…

  9. Forget the veterans: Pittsburgh should hand first base to Jeff Clement

    Dec 17, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Amid reports that the Pirates are interested in signing a veteran left-handed hitter coming off a down year like Rick Ankiel, Hank Blalock, or Kelly Johnson, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette suggests that they may end up simply going with young, in-house left-handed hitter Jeff Clement instead: The deeper we get into this…

  10. Rockies backing away from Yorvit Torrealba over $400,000?

    Dec 16, 2009, 4:10 PM EDT

    Reports last week had the Rockies offering Yorvit Torrealba a two-year, $5.6 million deal to re-sign while the veteran catcher asked for a total of $6 million. At the time I commented that “only $400,000 stands in the way of a seemingly inevitable agreement,” but the two sides look increasingly unlikely to bridge that relatively…

  11. Pirates interested in Kelly Johnson as outfielder

    Dec 16, 2009, 2:43 PM EDT

    Non-tendered by the Braves last week, Kelly Johnson is said to be drawing serious interest from the Pirates, but Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports that they view him as a corner outfielder rather than a second baseman. Pittsburgh has previously been linked to free agents like Rick Ankiel and Hank Blalock, so…

  12. Diamondbacks looking for closer, but reunion with Valverde too costly

    Dec 16, 2009, 1:48 PM EDT

    Jose Valverde spent the first five years of his career in Arizona and the Diamondbacks are in the closer market with an eye toward sliding Chad Qualls back into a setup role, but Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that “it appears his asking price puts him out of their budget.” There was speculation…

  13. Are the Red Sox gearing up for Adrian Gonzalez?

    Dec 16, 2009, 12:51 PM EDT

    Boston signing John Lackey and Mike Cameron has Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune thinking that the Red Sox are preparing to make another run at Adrian Gonzalez. And sure enough’s Ken Rosenthal wrote this morning that they’re “working hard to obtain” the Padres first baseman. Center tosses out Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay…

  14. Details on Cameron's contract and likely role

    Dec 16, 2009, 11:50 AM EDT

    Mike Cameron is meeting the Boston media any second now and Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald sheds some light on his contract details and likely role with the Red Sox. According to Silverman … * Cameron has limited no-trade protection as part of his two-year, $15.5 million deal, which further shows that the Red…

  15. Mets close to signing Japanese reliever Igarashi

    Dec 15, 2009, 3:53 PM EDT

    David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that the Mets are close to signing Japanese pitcher Ryota Igarashi to a two-year contract. Igarashi is a 30-year-old right-handed reliever who has pitched for the Yakult Swallows since 1999. He saved 37 games in 2004, but has primarily been a setup man since, posting a 2.87…

  16. Who's better: Roy Halladay or Cliff Lee?

    Dec 15, 2009, 2:55 PM EDT

    Clearly the Phillies’ decision to part with Cliff Lee and bring in Roy Halladay goes beyond each pitcher’s value for 2010. Halladay is apparently willing to sign a long-term deal to remain in Philadelphia while Lee is reportedly intent on testing the free agent market next offseason, which makes it more complicated than simply asking…

  17. Curt Schilling analyzes the John Lackey signing

    Dec 15, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    Over at his personal website Curt Schilling posted his thoughts on the Red Sox signing John Lackey. Summarizing some of the interesting points: * “Holy #$!&!” (Note: That’s a direct quote.) * He doesn’t think signing Lackey “precludes them from signing” Jason Bay or Matt Holliday because “they have the money.” (Note: Presumably he wrote…

  18. But wait, there's more: Toronto to get Taylor from Philadelphia and flip him to Oakland

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:50 PM EDT

    As if the massive three-team trade wasn’t intriguing enough already,’s Buster Olney reports that the Blue Jays are acquiring prospect Michael Taylor from the Phillies in order to flip him to the A’s for fellow prospect Brett Wallace. Seriously. Oakland got Wallace from St. Louis in the midseason Matt Holliday trade and seemingly viewed…

  19. White Sox look just about set after Pierre trade

    Dec 15, 2009, 11:53 AM EDT

    Swinging a trade with the Dodgers for Juan Pierre this morning has the White Sox’s lineup looking more or less set for 2010: C – A.J. Pierzynski (.300/.331/.425 in 2009) 1B – Paul Konerko (.277/.353/.489) 2B – Gordon Beckham (.270/.347/.460) SS – Alexei Ramirez (.277/.333/.389) 3B – Mark Teahen (.271/.325/.408) LF – Carlos Quentin (.236/.323/.456)…

  20. Rehabbing Chien-Ming Wang may wait to sign

    Dec 14, 2009, 3:51 PM EDT

    Chien-Ming Wang’s agent told Buster Olney of that the free agent right-hander may choose not to sign for several months despite at least a half-dozen teams expressing interest. Wang will meet with Dr. James Andrews next month to determine the next step in his recovery from shoulder surgery and may want to show teams…

  21. Counsell, Brewers make one-year deal official

    Dec 14, 2009, 3:31 PM EDT

    Craig Counsell has officially re-signed with the Brewers, getting a one-year deal worth $2.1 million in guaranteed money and another $500,000 in incentives based on playing time. Counsell made $1.5 million in 2009 while having one of the best seasons of his career and rightfully gets slightly more than fellow left-handed-hitting utility infielder Alex Cora,…

  22. Do Yankees really think Miranda can be the DH?

    Dec 14, 2009, 2:56 PM EDT

    Yesterday general manager Brian Cashman “cut off a question about not having a designated hitter” and insisted that “Juan Miranda can be a DH,” which is noteworthy following this afternoon’s news that Hideki Matsui is close to signing with the Angels. “I don’t want to over-sell anybody, but I think Juan Miranda will do a…

  23. Kelvim Escobar drawing interest as reliever

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT’s Jorge Arangure reports that Kelvim Escobar is scheduled to pitch later this week in Venezuela after making just one appearance during the past two seasons because of shoulder problems. According to Arangure the Mets have already offered Escobar a minor-league contract and the Rays are also interested. Escobar has been primarily a starter since…

  24. Lackey takes physical for Red Sox, may be close to signing

    Dec 14, 2009, 1:11 PM EDT

    This morning an unnamed source told Ed Price of Fanhouse that John Lackey would be taking a physical exam for the Red Sox and now’s Ken Rosenthal confirms that while offering further details: Free-agent right-hander John Lackey underwent a physical Monday with the Red Sox, an indication that he is close to an agreement…

  25. Brian McCann is the last 'Baby Brave' standing

    Dec 14, 2009, 12:54 PM EDT

    David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution points out that the Braves last won a divisional title in 2005 while using 18 different rookies, yet with Kelly Johnson getting non-tendered over the weekend only one of those guys remains on the team: Brian McCann. O’Brien notes that the “Baby Braves” were “celebrated for their energy,…

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