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Aaron Gleeman

  1. Elias Sports Bureau releases free agent rankings

    Nov 9, 2009, 4:12 PM EDT

    This afternoon Elias Sports Bureau released the 2010 free agent rankings, which determine draft pick compensation received by teams losing players. Type A free agents require the signing team to send the old team their first draft pick after the 15th overall selection, with the old team also receiving a “sandwich” pick between the first…

  2. Red Sox exercise Victor Martinez's option, cut Alex Gonzalez loose

    Nov 9, 2009, 2:51 PM EDT

    In a pair of no-brainer decisions for 2010, the Red Sox have exercised their $7.1 million option on Victor Martinez and declined their $6 million option on Alex Gonzalez. Acquired from the Indians at the trading deadline, Martinez hit .336/.405/.507 with 41 RBIs in 56 games for the Red Sox while splitting time between catcher…

  3. Free agent Rodney an interesting test case for the value of saves and closers

    Nov 9, 2009, 2:01 PM EDT

    After six years spent as a mostly mediocre setup man Fernando Rodney picked a perfect season to become a full-time closer and go 37-for-38 converting saves, because now he’s hitting the open market as a free agent with his value at an all-time high. However, look past the saves and Rodney really wasn’t all that…

  4. Link-O-Rama: Pudge, Myers, Money, Matsui

    Nov 9, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    * After filing for free agency Ivan Rodriguez said that he hopes to play 2-3 more seasons and wants to re-sign with the Rangers. To which general manager Jon Daniels replied: “Pudge had a good return to our organization, but we’re still evaluating other options.” Texas likely wants to see how Jarrod Saltalamacchia is doing…

  5. General manager meetings start today in Chicago

    Nov 9, 2009, 12:33 PM EDT

    Today is the start of the annual general manager meetings in Chicago, which are not to be confused with the far more interesting, action-packed, and media-driven winter meetings that begin next month in Indianapolis. Bruce Miles of the Arlington Heights Daily Herald has a preview of what the GMs will be up to for the…

  6. Blue Jays call off Overbay-for-Snyder trade

    Nov 9, 2009, 11:47 AM EDT

    Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports that the Blue Jays have backed away from a nearly completed Lyle Overbay-for-Chris Snyder trade because of concerns about the catcher’s surgically repaired back. Snyder underwent microdiscectomy surgery in September to relieve pressure on a nerve in his back after hitting just .200/.333/.352 this season in his least…

  7. Link-O-Rama: Lincecum, Strasburg, Podsednik, Matsui, Mulder

    Nov 6, 2009, 4:25 PM EDT

    * Prosecutors in Clark County, Washington have dropped misdemeanor marijuana possession charges in exchange for Tim Lincecum paying $377 in fines, which is apparently standard procedure for first-time offenders who cooperate with police. * So much for watching him pitch in the Arizona Fall League on MLB Network tomorrow. Stephen Strasburg has been scratched from…

  8. Yankees buck trend with 3-man playoff rotation

    Nov 6, 2009, 3:35 PM EDT

    By relying exclusively on CC Sabathia, A.J. Burnett, and Andy Pettitte throughout the postseason the Yankees became the first team since the Twins in 1991 to win the World Series while using only three starting pitchers. Minnesota won that year behind the trio of Jack Morris, Kevin Tapani, and 23-year-old 20-game winner Scott Erickson, and…

  9. Royals decline options on Crisp, Olivo, Yabuta

    Nov 6, 2009, 2:33 PM EDT

    Kansas City jumped into the option-related fun being had across baseball today by declining 2010 options on Coco Crisp, Miguel Olivo, and Yasuhiko Yabuta. Acquired from the Red Sox for reliever Ramon Ramirez last winter, Crisp hit just .228/.336/.378 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum in late June. He’s not a…

  10. Phillies exercise Lee's option for 2010; extension talks next?

    Nov 6, 2009, 1:55 PM EDT

    In perhaps the biggest no-brainer decision of the offseason, the Phillies have exercised their $9 million option on Cliff Lee for 2010. While speculation about Roy Halladay dominated the headlines leading up to the July 31 trading deadline the Phillies sent prospects Carlos Carrasco, Jason Knapp, Jason Donald, and Lou Marson to the Indians for…

  11. White Sox complete trade for Teahen, decline Dye's option

    Nov 6, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    After some non-denial denials from both sides, the White Sox and Royals made things official with the three-player trade reported yesterday: Mark Teahen to Chicago for Chris Getz and Josh Fields. For a full breakdown of the deal check out my lengthy analysis from yesterday. Short version? Teahen is overrated and probably not worth the…

  12. Brewers and Twins swap Hardy for Gomez

    Nov 6, 2009, 12:49 PM EDT

    For months now the assumption has been that the Brewers would trade J.J. Hardy this offseason and they wasted no time getting a deal done, sending the 27-year-old shortstop to the Twins for 24-year-old center fielder Carlos Gomez. The deal makes sense for both sides. Milwaukee soured on Hardy during a career-worst season, sending him…

  13. Diamondbacks exercise Brandon Webb's $8.5 million option

    Nov 6, 2009, 12:16 PM EDT

    Shoulder problems limited Brandon Webb to just one start this season and he underwent surgery in August, leading to speculation that the Diamondbacks weren’t planning to exercise his $8.5 million option for 2010. However, when Webb made it very clear that he wasn’t interested in working out a new deal the Diamondbacks were faced with…

  14. Link-O-Rama: Teahen, Gonzalez, Sabathia, Leno

    Nov 6, 2009, 11:48 AM EDT

    * Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star did some digging and found that reports of the Royals trading Mark Teahen to the White Sox for Chris Getz and Josh Fields were at least premature and at most simply incorrect. Bill Madden of the New York Daily News initially reported the trade and the Chicago…

  15. Tim Lincecum cited for marijuana possession following traffic stop

    Nov 5, 2009, 7:58 PM EDT

    Tim Lincecum is facing misdemeanor drug possession charges after being found with 3.3 grams of marijuana during a routine traffic stop last week. According to police, Lincecum was stopped for going 74 miles per hour in a 60-mph zone in his home state of Washington last Friday morning and the state trooper smelled marijuana coming…

  16. Report: Angels re-sign Abreu to two-year deal

    Nov 5, 2009, 3:27 PM EDT

    Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have re-signed Bobby Abreu to a two-year contract with a team option for 2012. No word yet on the money involved, but Abreu said that he’s “very happy to sign this contract” after settling for a one-year deal worth just $5 million in guaranteed…

  17. Tracy a free agent after Arizona picks $1 million buyout over $7 million option

    Nov 5, 2009, 2:38 PM EDT

    When the Diamondbacks signed Chad Tracy to a long-term contract in May of 2006 he was a 26-year-old lifetime .296/.354/.484 hitter who had emerged as the team’s starting third baseman following a hugely productive minor-league career. Buying out his three seasons of arbitration eligibility for $13.25 million and getting a $7 million team option for…

  18. Dodgers decline Garland's $10 million option

    Nov 5, 2009, 1:52 PM EDT

    When the Diamondbacks traded Jon Garland to the Dodgers on August 31 they agreed to pay his remaining 2009 salary and cover his $2.5 million buyout for 2010, so it comes as no surprise that Los Angeles officially declined the right-hander’s $10 million option this afternoon. Garland pitched well for the Dodgers down the stretch,…

  19. Busy White Sox re-sign Mark Kotsay for one year, $1.5 million

    Nov 5, 2009, 1:10 PM EDT

    General manager Ken Williams has been busy, as usual. In addition to reportedly acquiring Mark Teahen from the Royals for Chris Getz and Josh Fields, the White Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve re-signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Acquired from the Red Sox for Brian Anderson in late July, the 33-year-old…

  20. Girardi wins World Series, helps crash victim on way home

    Nov 5, 2009, 12:31 PM EDT

    On his way home from managing the Yankees to their 27th championship last night Joe Girardi reportedly “stopped to help a woman who had lost control of her car on the Cross County Parkway and crashed into a wall.” According to Hoa Nguyen of the New York Journal News, the crash happened at 2:25 a.m.…

  21. Report: Royals trade Teahen to White Sox for Getz and Fields

    Nov 5, 2009, 11:44 AM EDT

    Nothing is official yet, but Bill Madden of the New York Daily News reports that the Royals have agreed to trade Mark Teahen to the White Sox for Chris Getz and Josh Fields. According to Madden the White Sox plan to use Teahen in right field as the replacement for free agent Jermaine Dye, who’s…

  22. Link-O-Rama: Inge, Grabow, Strasburg, Gaga

    Nov 4, 2009, 3:02 PM EDT

    * After turning in an absolutely brutal second half that contributed to the Tigers coughing up their AL Central lead, Brandon Inge underwent surgery yesterday to address chronic patellar tendinitis in both knees. He’ll be shut down for about six weeks, but should have plenty of time to get healthy by spring training. Inge has…

  23. Video of the Day: Pettitte, Pedro discuss Game 6 matchup

    Nov 4, 2009, 2:10 PM EDT

    During their press conferences yesterday Andy Pettitte spoke about how expects to feel pitching on three days’ rest and Pedro Martinez jokingly encouraged the media to praise him now rather than waiting until he dies: After attending Martinez’s press conference several of my favorite media members posted notes on Twitter marveling at how entertaining the…

  24. Hudson passes physical, extension with Braves all but official

    Nov 4, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

    Mark Bowman of reports that Tim Hudson “has passed his physical and essentially made his three-year contract extension a done deal.” Unlike the Rays and Pirates with yesterday’s Akinori Iwamura-for-Jesse Chavez trade the Braves will likely wait until after the World Series to officially announce the Hudson deal, but he’s expected to receive about…

  25. Link-O-Rama: Hurdle, Bush, Blige, Baby Pedro

    Nov 4, 2009, 12:37 PM EDT

    * Fired as Rockies manager in the middle of this season, Clint Hurdle is reportedly close to replacing Rudy Jaramillo as the Rangers’ hitting coach. Rangers Ballpark in Arlington isn’t quite Coors Field, but Hurdle definitely picked a good place to be judged on hitters’ production. * George W. Bush threw out the first pitch…

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