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  1. Roy Oswalt will take a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Two weeks ago it was reported that Roy Oswalt wanted a three-year deal. Crickets.  Now Jerry Crasnick says that Oswalt is seeking a one-year deal.  And as many as six teams are interested, he says. No surprise there. Teams are probably concerned about a long term commitment to a guy who had back trouble last…

  2. How to fix Hall of Fame voting

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    For a long time we’ve been talking about the inevitable logjam on the Hall of Fame ballot due to PED-implicated players getting some but insufficient support for the next 20 years or so.  We’ve also been talking about how the Hall of Fame is on the fast track to irrelevancy if something isn’t done about…

  3. Don Mattingly is the manager of Confiturembourg

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For reasons of personal and family history I’ve probably seen The Nutcracker a billion times, give or take. And now my daughter Mookie is a ballet dancer and she’s been in The Nutcracker for a couple of years in a row. It’s never gonna end. I could probably give a go to half of the…

  4. Must-click Link: Of course Batman draws a bases-loaded walk

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Batman Baseball

    Reason number 1,346 why Batman is the best. After going 5-for-5 in an all-star game against a team of super villains, he comes up to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and … works the count for a walk.  You can’t pitch to the dude. You can’t pitch around him.…

  5. Cody Ross lowers his asking price

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The market is the market, and with Jason Kubel signing a two-year deal with the Dbacks yesterday, Cody Ross has apparently determined that asking for three years is unreasonable. According to David O’Brien, Cody Ross is now seeking a two-year deal. There is some interest. The Reds and Giants are in the mix. The fact that O’Brien…

  6. The Rays have inquired about Anthony Rizzo

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Now that the Padres have Yonder Alonso in the fold, they have one-too-many first base prospects about whose future I’m dubious.  Probably need to trade one.  There have been some alleged talks with the Cubs — alleged because Jed Hoyer has shot them down as fiction — but now we have a report that the…

  7. Great Moments in Chutzpah: the Braves challenge Disney over the word “brave”

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

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    This is good: the Atlanta Braves have made a formal objection to a trademark application filed by Disney for their new animated movie “Brave.”  Guess that explains what they’ve been doing all offseason while not doing anything to make the team better. But as a Braves fan I’m totally, totally on board with this. I…

  8. Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame: a simple question

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:42 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    John Harper of the Daily News is, in my view, wrong when it comes to Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame, but in approaching the matter, I think he frames the question just perfectly: But in saying here that I won’t vote for Bonds when he becomes Hall-eligible next year, let me respond to…

  9. Jimmy Rollins’ deal is finalized: $38 million guaranteed

    Dec 19, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    We had this all yesterday, but I heard Tim Tebow was doing stuff so as Americans we were all obligated to pay attention and thus you may have missed it. But now it’s final and has been officially announced by the team. It breaks down as $33 million over the next three seasons, and an $11…

  10. Bobby Abreu would welcome a trade

    Dec 19, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Ken Rosenthal hears that Bobby Abreu would like to be traded by the Angels. He won’t ask for one, though, because that’s not his style. Passive-aggressive is just the worst, no? Anyway, the idea is that the little 1B/DH/OF mix in Anaheim is fairly crowded at the moment and will be even more so if,…

  11. Bryan Stow speaks to NBC’s “Rock Center”

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    Over the weekend we saw a brief preview of the first interview of Bryan Stow since his attack on Opening Day, to be featured tonight on NBC’s “Rock Center.”  Today we have the entire thing. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to watch Stow struggle with daily tasks and conversation. It’s also light…

  12. Wait, might the Rangers have won the Darvish bidding?

    Dec 19, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

    darvish getty wide

    We’ve heard several reports — or maybe one report repeated by a bunch of people — that the Blue Jays are the high bidder for the Yu Darvish posting fee.  But Buster Olney hears something else: Most folks guessing/assuming Jays have won Darvish bidding. But just got off the phone with an AL exec who…

  13. Mickey Mantle: Kansas City Royal

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Mickey Mantle AP

    In the New York Times Dave Anderson speculated where big names in baseball history, from Ty Cobb on through the big stars of the 60s, would have gone if they had free agency. For each player it reads like this basically: Mickey Mantle, the Yankees’ country kid out of Commerce, Okla., who was never completely…

  14. The Hall of Fame case for Jeff Bagwell

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Last week Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times made the Hall of Fame case for Tim Raines.  He did it in decidedly non-advanced stats terms in order to preempt the “you sabermetricians and your voodoo sorcery!” objections.  If you read it and still can’t call Tim Raines a Hall of Famer there’s no helping you.…

  15. We have an update for the NBC SportsTalk app for Android and you should get it

    Dec 19, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Android

    The 1.1 update for the NBC SportsTalk app on Android was released over the weekend and it’s now available for download — for free! — at the Android Market. In addition to some new functionality and some cosmetic updates, that whole issue where it, um, forces itself closed every other time you use it has…

  16. The Yu Darvish winner will be announced tonight

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    darvish getty japan team

    The Nippon-Ham Fighters will announce the winner of the Yu Darvish sweepstakes Tuesday morning, Japan time, which means we’ll know who gets the chance to negotiate with him tonight. It was reported on Friday that the Blue Jays are the likely top bidders.  We’ll see. The fact that it has not been confirmed by a…

  17. The Dbacks sign Jason Kubel

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    kubel getty wide

    The Twins have been trying to keep him. The Reds talked to him. But the Dbacks got him: Jason Kubel is heading to Arizona. Tom Krasovic was the first to report Kubel signing with the Diamondbacks. The exact terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but it’s two years and an option year per Rosenthal.…

  18. Meanwhile, in an alternate universe where the Barry Bonds prosecution was “a triumph” for the prosecution

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:12 AM EDT

    lawsuit gavel

    ESPN’s legal expert Lester Munson has been in love with the Barry Bonds prosecution for several years now. Specifically, the Barry Bonds prosecutors as well as the feds behind the BALCO investigation. And it has led to some pretty wacky analysis of that case on his part. He was wildly incorrect about earlier evidentiary rulings.…

  19. Jason Michaels signs with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2011, 5:24 PM EDT

    Michaels_Jason

    Heard this: the Washington Nationals signed Jason Michaels to a minor league deal. He hit .199/.256/.295 last year and then had hand surgery. If he makes the Nats he’ll be a reserve outfielder. I wouldn’t hold my breath on him making the Nats. OK, I’m gonna cop to writing this out of desperation. There has been…

  20. Barry Bonds gets 30 days house arrest, two years probation; sentence stayed pending appeal

    Dec 16, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Barry Bonds

    The Barry Bonds case is over. Bonds, as we speak, is being sentenced. The penalty: 30 days of house arrest, two years of probation and 250 hours of community service.  This, by the way, is what the probation office recommended. Prosecutors were seeking a 15 month jail term. In handing out her sentence, the judge observed that she…

  21. The Cards are “realizing traction” on Carlos Beltran

    Dec 16, 2011, 1:30 PM EDT

    beltran scores getty

    I think “realizing traction” is a new hot stove expression, but I kinda like it.  Before we had “kicking the tires” and “in discussion,” but then it jumped straight to “nearing a deal” and “are close.”  We really had nothing for that middle period when kicked tire-induced discussions were merely making some progress. Yes, I…

  22. Dale Sveum: The Cubs haven’t talked to Prince Fielder at all

    Dec 16, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    fielder getty

    We’ve reached the time of the offseason where no one really knows anything, some of the people who claim to are lying and you may as well just hit refresh every 20 minutes for another contradictory report. Not gonna say I don’t like that a little bit. Not gonna lie to you. Anyway, Prince Fielder…

  23. The Orioles have shaken up their scouting department

    Dec 16, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that new Orioles’ GM Dan Duquette has basically dissolved the Orioles’ professional scouting department, reassigning the pro scouts to the amateur side: “As you get more video and statistical analysis on a player, the longer they’re in professional baseball, it’s not as vital to have them seen by eyes, professional eyes,” Duquette…

  24. La Russa: Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing with the Angels

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    pujols getty presser

    Here’s an empathy test for you, Cardinals fans: Tony La Russa says that Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing his deal with the Angels last week: La Russa said Pujols has been “in pain” since he accepted the Los Angeles Angels’ 10-year, $254-million offer. “I know it was a painful decision and it pains…

  25. Barry Bonds to be sentenced today

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Barry Bonds finds out the penalty for minor hemming and hawing today, as he will be sentenced in U.S. Federal court for his April conviction. Most likely: probation in the form of house arrest. I’m assuming his house is pretty nice, though.  But that’s what other athletes in the BALCO case have gotten for single-count…

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