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  1. Mets 'very interested' in bringing back Delgado

    Jan 5, 2010, 2:37 AM EST

    This morning, Craig touched on Carlos Delgado’s return to action in the Puerto Rican Winter League, mentioning that the Mets could be interested in bringing the slugging first baseman back to New York. Turns out that they are, indeed, interested. From MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez: One day after Carlos Delgado made his return from hip surgery…

  2. Vegas club-hoppers are sources you can trust

    Jan 5, 2010, 12:23 AM EST

    Jason Giambi is considering re-signing with the Colorado Rockies. We know this because a source said as much to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Giambi opened up his new club “Vanity” at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas this week. He’s a part owner in the venture, and lives in Vegas during the offseason.…

  3. Matt Kemp dating Rihanna? Now he's really big-time

    Jan 4, 2010, 8:45 PM EST

    In just his second full season in the majors, Dodgers center fielder Matt Kemp blossomed into a star. He hit .297, smashed 26 home runs, drove in 101 runs, and stole 34 bases. He earned both Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards. It doesn’t get much better than that. Or does it? Now, according to…

  4. Lowell has surgery, faces 6-8 weeks of rehab

    Dec 31, 2009, 2:23 AM EST

    Mike Lowell had surgery on his thumb on Wednesday, and it was horribly unsuccessful. The thumb was accidentally cut off by surgeons, and in their haste to fix the error, they sewed it back on the wrong hand. Just kidding, folks. Lowell did have surgery (I wasn’t kidding about that) but as the headline on…

  5. Yankees intrigued by Chapman's potential

    Dec 30, 2009, 11:32 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman might be the most interesting player on the free agent market, and not just because of his agent fiasco, his potential tax issues and the questionable company he keeps. No, Chapman is a largely unknown flame-thrower from Cuba with tantalizing talents of Nuke LaLouche proportions. He has been attracting plenty of interest around baseball,…

  6. Moyer's body suddenly remembers it's 47

    Dec 30, 2009, 2:53 AM EST

    If Jamie Moyer did indeed make a deal with the devil, it appears that ol’ Beelzebub has decided it’s time to cash in. Moyer, who has had an amazing ability to avoid major health issues over the course of his 23-year career – a career spent baffling hitters with an array of marshmallow fastballs, Bugs…

  7. UPDATE: Cards reportedly offer Holliday 8-year deal

    Dec 29, 2009, 10:13 PM EST

    UPDATE: MLB.com is reporting that the Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday an 8-year contract for about $16 million per season. The story also speculates that if a mystery team were to enter the Holliday mix it could be the Seattle Mariners. ****** ESPN’s Buster Olney is reporting that the St. Louis Cardinals are becoming increasingly…

  8. Red Sox talking to Boras about Beltre

    Dec 29, 2009, 9:11 PM EST

    The Boston Red Sox said goodbye to Jason Bay today, and with a good dose of humor in some corners. So what do the Red Sox do now? According to Gordon Edes at ESPN Boston, they are keeping a quiet dialogue going with agent Scott Boras about free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre. Now the…

  9. Long in the tooth? Giants will come calling

    Dec 29, 2009, 12:49 AM EST

    Last year the San Francisco Giants signed 33-year-old free agent shortstop Edgar Renteria to a two-year, $18.5 million contract, in theory, to boost their offense. Renteria, whose rapid decline had already been spotted by everyone except this guy, rewarded general manager Brian Sabean with a .250/.307/.328 line that included his fewest homers (5) since 1998,…

  10. Red Sox consider increasing offers to Bay, Holliday

    Dec 24, 2009, 1:37 AM EST

    The Boston Red Sox loaded up on pitching and defense this offseason by bringing in John Lackey, Marco Scutaro and Mike Cameron, then said they were pretty much done with Jason Bay. But guess what? Even the great Theo Epstein can change his mind. According to the Boston Herald (via our sharp-eyed friends at Rotoworld)…

  11. Not even Chad Kreuter can hide from TMZ

    Dec 24, 2009, 12:25 AM EST

    Athletes have already received advance notice that TMZ plans to start a site devoted solely to sports. If today’s story is any indication, the new site will neither step lightly nor stick to chasing only names in Tiger Woods’ area code. Case in point: Chan Ho Park is suing Chad Kreuter, claiming his former Dodgers…

  12. Damon: "My price is too high right now"

    Dec 23, 2009, 9:08 PM EST

    This just in: Johnny Damon is pessimistic about a return to the Yankees (from the New York Post, via Sporting News). “I know I don’t fit their payroll,” Damon said. “We’ve had a little bit of communication with them, but my price is too high right now. I don’t think I’m their solution.” Despite the…

  13. A decade of Pirates baseball: Oh the humanity!

    Dec 23, 2009, 8:39 PM EST

    If you’re a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, you might want to avert your eyes. The rest of you may proceed to check out an amusing look at the best and worst moments of the Pirates’ decade, courtesy of Joe Starkey of the Tribune-Review. You can probably take a guess at what the ratio of best/worst moments…

  14. Aardsma-Bradley feud? Um, not exactly

    Dec 22, 2009, 8:45 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma appeared to throw down a gauntlet of sorts to incoming teammate Milton Bradley when interviewed by the Sporting News over the weekend. His quotes, and the accompanying headline on the story essentially said this: “Milton, everyone knows you can play, but you better be cool in Seattle and not mess…

  15. Milton Bradley: 'Everyone gets him wrong'

    Dec 22, 2009, 2:29 AM EST

    Larry Stone of the Seattle Times found some people to say some nice things about new Seattle Mariner Milton Bradley, and it seems the man Lou Piniella called a “piece of s***” might not be so foul after all. “Everyone gets him wrong, man,” said reliever Eddie Guardado, who was a Texas teammate of Bradley’s…

  16. Where in the world is Erik Bedard?

    Dec 22, 2009, 1:14 AM EST

    Watching guys like Rich Harden and Jason Marquis get rich this offseason brings a question to mind: Where in the world is Erik Bedard? No one is expecting the left-hander to get a huge contract this offseason, but you’d think there would at least be a little bit of buzz over the oft-injured, frequently surly,…

  17. Matsui, Angels agree on 1-year deal

    Dec 14, 2009, 7:46 PM EST

    Craig noted earlier that the Angels were in “serious discussions” with World Series MVP Hideki Matsui. It turns out that the serious discussions will result in a serious relationship, as the New York Times reports that the sides have agreed on a one-year deal that will be announced as soon as Matsui passes his physical.…

  18. Peavy, A-Gone and beer-fueled trade rumors

    Nov 24, 2009, 10:32 PM EST

    About a week ago, rumors cropped up that the Chicago White Sox were looking into dealing for San Diego Padres stud Adrian Gonzalez. There didn’t seem to be much to the rumors. The Chicago Tribune gave credence to a report that the White Sox, Angels and Padres had discussed a three-way deal that would send…

  19. Mets imagine Sheets on their DL in 2010

    Nov 23, 2009, 9:22 PM EST

    The New York Post is reporting that the Mets are “keeping an eye” on free agent pitcher Ben Sheets. At first, I wasn’t sure what level of interest that implied, but it turns out the Mets are, indeed considering Sheets as a viable option for 2010. A major-league source confirmed that Sheets, 31, would be…

  20. AL MVP: Can Mauer beat the Bronx bullies?

    Nov 23, 2009, 2:24 AM EST

    Zack Greinke proved that the little guys from small markets can get it done, correctly earning the AL Cy Young award when voters overlooked his relative lack of wins (16) and focused instead on his sheer dominance over the course of this season, giving him the award over big names like CC Sabathia, Felix Hernandez…

  21. Inside look at the intangibles of catching

    Nov 12, 2009, 11:27 PM EST

    Matthew broke down the free agent catchers last night, giving detailed predictions into where they are likely to go, and for how much money. It all gets one to thinking about what you should value most in a catcher: Is it offense? Defense? Calling a game? Handling pitching staffs and dealing with umpires? They’re the…

  22. Panda attacks conditioning program like a jelly donut

    Nov 12, 2009, 12:16 AM EST

    Good news for San Francisco fans: “Operation Panda” is underway, and if things continue at this pace, the Giants are going to be the biggest winners in the end. Joan Ryan of the MLB.com blog Inside the Giants Clubhouse reports that budding star Pablo Sandoval has already dropped 10 pounds as he attacks his offseason…

  23. A deal on Milton Bradley? You're buying a lemon

    Nov 11, 2009, 11:33 PM EST

    The Chicago Cubs are eager to get rid of Milton Bradley. That much is clear. And here is Jim Hendry’s pitch to potential trade partners (as imagined by yours truly): Milton Bradley is a fine young man who is generally misunderstood. He has a wealth of talent, much of it as yet untapped. Just look…

  24. Pete Rose wants his girlfriend in Playboy

    Nov 11, 2009, 8:46 PM EST

    Forget the Hall of Fame, Pete Rose has a new, far worthier cause to throw his lobbying efforts behind. Yes, that’s right, baseball’s all-time hit king is pushing for Playboy to feature his girlfriend in a pictorial. Rose took his pitch public in an interview with KGOW in Houston (from SportsRadioInterview.com, via USA Today): “My…

  25. Is Mike Cameron better than Jason Bay?

    Nov 10, 2009, 1:37 AM EST

    Who would you take, Mike Cameron or Jason Bay? It seems like a silly question on the surface. Bay is widely considered the No. 2 position player on the free agent market behind Matt Holliday, while Cameron is largely ignored even in Milwaukee, where he has played the last two seasons. Over at Fangraphs.com, though,…

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