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  1. Shaughnessy: The Red Sox should give Jeter $60 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    dan shaughnessy

    Last week a few people had some fun on Twitter suggesting that the Red Sox — in the interests of promoting chaos — should make Jeter an offer. Pete Abraham mentioned it. I did. Some others too.  It was mildly chuckle-worthy during a slow week. Today, however, Dan Shaugnessy shows us that not every little…

  2. Can someone please explain the Troy Tulowitzki deal to me?

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:26 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    At least from the Rockies’ perspective? Tulowitzki is a great talent. If I were starting a team now he’d be on the short list of players who might be my first pick. He’s obviously loved in Colorado.  But a six year extension that starts in 2015? Really? What was motivating the Rockies to extend a…

  3. The New York Times continues its assault on Scott Boras

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Earlier today Keith Law posted his analysis of the relevant MLBPA rules regarding agents making loans to players and found nothing that would appear to make the loan Scott Boras made to Braves’ prospect Edward Salcedo improper.  This followed Scott Boras’ explanation of the loan and rather convincing (in my view) denial that anything improper…

  4. Must-click link: Kevin Correia, coping with his brother’s death

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

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    Last May, Padres starter Kevin Correia lost his 21-year-old brother in a hiking accident. As far as you and I were concerned, that meant he missed a few starts on the bereavement list and we likely didn’t think much else about it because that’s how these things go.  Obviously, however, this was Earth-shattering for Correia.…

  5. Fay Vincent has a (severely flawed) idea about how to compensate players

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers

    Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent has a column in today’s Wall Street Journal in which, after noting how businessmen and actors get an equity stake or points on the gross in their deals, why baseball players can’t do the same thing and take an ownership interest in the team: Mr. Pujols will in all likelihood…

  6. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Jenks

    Ozzie is obviously happy for his former shortstop. But be careful of the feelings of others, Ozzie.

  7. Carl Crawford’s agents are sending teams iPads

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    iPad

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Carl Crawford’s agents are sending iPads with pro-Crawford videos, preloaded, all the better to covet their client with. A couple of thoughts: 1. If there’s a team that can’t adequately assess Carl Crawford’s abilities without the aid of a pre-loaded iPad, they’re so dim that Crawford’s…

  8. The Boras-Salcedo loan didn’t even violate MLBPA rules

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the loan Scott Boras gave to his client, Edward Salcedo. You’ll recall that the New York Times portrayed it as something nefarious. Boras’ subsequent comments about it, however, combined with some of my own deduction, lead me to believe that there was nothing really wrong…

  9. Assessing the first time Hall of Fame candidates

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Julio Franco

    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has his Hall of Fame ballot, and he tweeted the first time eligibles who are on it. Here they are with my insta-take: Carlos Baerga:  There were about six months in the mid-90s when people thought he was a mortal lock. Of course, back then people thought Pamela…

  10. Meanwhile, the Mariano Rivera negotiations go smoothly

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly.  “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a…

  11. Matthews: The Yankees aren’t budging off their three-year, $45 million offer to Jeter

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Can I tell you how much I’m enjoying all of this Derek Jeter business? Really, Gleeman and I are talking about just changing the name of this joint to JeterTalk and going 24/7 with this bad boy. Anyway: we’ve heard a few reports that the Yankees may nudge their offer to Derek Jeter up a…

  12. What can we expect from Derek Jeter at age 37 and older?

    Nov 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The fundamental difference between Team Jeter and Team Yankees people (note: I’m assuming these “teams” exist, because the media is obsessed with such things in today’s discourse) is perspective.  Team Jeter seems to be looking backwards, at all of the things Jeter has accomplished and all that he means to the New York Yankees.  Team…

  13. Jose Reyes is probably not going anywhere, but the Mets do have an open mind

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    A few weeks ago there was a report that the Mets were shopping Jose Reyes.  I could sorta see trading him making sense if the Mets were really intent on blowing it all up and starting over, but most people met that report with skepticism. Probably deserved skepticism, as Andy Martino reports today that Reyes…

  14. Carl Crawford is in no hurry

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the free agent class as it’s currently constituted and observes that Carl Crawford may wait to sign — possibly until after Cliff Lee signs — in order ensure the maximum number of teams are in on the bidding, including the Yankees. I don’t think the Yankees will ever be…

  15. Marvin Miller sets the record straight on Jim Palmer and the union

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    A couple of weeks ago Maury Chass and some others wrote about Marvin Miller’s Hall of Fame candidacy which, regrettably, has yet to be successful.  Chass made mention of Miller’s recent pessimism regarding his chances, and quoted Miller dismissing the makeup of the Veteran’s Committee in whose hands his Hall of Fame case currently rests.…

  16. Scott Boras proposes posting fees for minor leaguers

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    boras

    Ken Rosenthal passes on a bright idea from Scott Boras: a minor league posting system: Each team would protect a set number of players: 40, the current number, or maybe even 45. Every other player in a club’s farm system would be available through a blind posting process similar to the arrangement baseball maintains with…

  17. The Dodgers are looking at Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    uribe-101027

    Multiple sources are saying that the Dodgers are taking a hard look at infielder Juan Uribe. I like Uribe and I like that the Dodgers would look at trying to take away a key part of the Giants’ 2010 success. Some nice in-your-face value to it, ya know? At the same time, I think Uribe…

  18. So, I’ve been doing this for a year now

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Working at home

    While HBT launched in April 2009, I think of today as being a bit more significant, anniversary-wise. That’s because today marks one year since I ditched the legal gig and started blogging here full time. In some ways this year has flown by. It has certainly gone by quicker than any of my years working…

  19. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 AM EDT

    Michigan v Ohio State

    What? That pic has nothing to do with baseball? Hmmm. Let me check into it. It may take many, many hours to fix the “problem,” however, so please bear with us.

  20. Enrico Pallazzo: 1926-2010

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    enrico_pallazzo

    You knew him better as Leslie Nielsen, but to baseball fans he’ll always be Enrico.  He died today at the age of 84. We are both obligated and honored to send you to this fine video of the Mariners taking on the Angels during Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to the United States. If that’s…

  21. Would you believe Jeter wants $23-$24 million per year over four or five years?

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    Derek Jeter news is like Midwestern weather: don’t like it? Wait a few minutes, it will change.  To review the bidding: Bill Madden reported this morning that Jeter was, at least at some point recently, asking for $25 million a year for six years; Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, denied that today, saying that those figures…

  22. Carl Pavano may be on the Rockies’ radar

    Nov 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post expects the Rockies to go after Carl Pavano.  If that doesn’t pan out, he thinks Plan B will be Gavin Floyd, Scott Kazmir or Kevin Millwood. Arms race in the NL West?  Everyone just watched the Giants win it with pitching. The Dodgers, with today’s signing of Jon Garland,…

  23. Jeter’s agent: the $150 million demand is “simply inaccurate”

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Tim Brown from Yahoo! and Marc Carig from the Star-Ledger both report that Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, is denying that Jeter is asking for $25 million a year over six years. Close: “The recently rumored terms of our contract extension are simply inaccurate.” I accept that. But what I want to know…

  24. Closers do nothing to help teams hold ninth inning leads

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    Some pretty startling stuff from Joe Posnanski today, who was snooping around in the stats, looking at what percentage of games teams win when they have ninth inning leads. He figured — as I would have — that due to bullpen specialization and the advent of the fireballing closer, teams held on to such leads…

  25. The Dodgers sign Jon Garland to a one year, $5 million deal with an option

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Jon Garland

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a contract with Jon Garland.  It’s a one year deal for $5 million with $3 million in potential bonuses and a vesting option for a second year if he reaches 190 innings. Given Garland’s durability, he’s probably a safe bet to reach…

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