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  1. Mike Pelfrey will be the Mets’ Opening Day starter

    Jan 19, 2011, 3:22 PM EDT

    Mets Brewers Baseball

    Being the Opening Day starter is a nice little honor to bestow on a pitcher. Especially on teams that don’t have an undisputed ace. It’s a manager’s way of saying “we have confidence in you.” Of saying “you’re The Man now, dog.” Or something like that. The Mets have named theirs. It’s Mike Pelfrey who…

  2. Video: Great Moments in Phillies fan history

    Jan 19, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    I was going to stop watching this video the moment something unrealistic was depicted. I watched it all the way to the end.  

  3. Brian Cashman talks about being overruled on the Soriano deal

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Since the moment Rafael Soriano signed with the Yankees, people have been reporting that the Brian Cashman wasn’t the one who pulled the trigger on the deal.  It was his higher ups, it’s been said, going against Cashman’s wishes. Today Cashman confirmed that: “I didn’t recommend it … I’m charged with obviously winning a championship. I’m…

  4. The story of Matt Anderson’s comeback

    Jan 19, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    Last week we noted that the Phillies had taken a flier on former Tigers’ prospect Matt Anderson.  Today Jerry Crasnick has a great feature story on him, what he’s gone through the past few years and how he’s approaching his comeback.  Oh, and he also makes a point to debunk the Anderson-hurt-himself-throwing-an-octopus story.  Just read…

  5. UPDATE: The Yankees offered Carl Pavano $10 million

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

    Pavano Yankees

    UPDATE:  Apparently it was more than talk. WFAN reports that the Yankees made a one-year, $10 million offer, plus incentives.  Yikes! 12:44 PM: We had a Pavano post, we had a Yankees pitching post.  Now, sweet synthesis: Cashman admitted he had “several discussions” with agent for Pavano. That from Peter Botte of the Daily News.…

  6. Andy Pettitte is working out

    Jan 19, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    For you Yankees fans who can’t help but read the tea leaves, Brian Hoch passes this along: Girardi spoke to Pettitte last week. No decision, but he confirms Pettitte is at least working out to be in baseball shape. No word on whether that’s traditional Andy Pettitte shape, Joba Chamberlain shape, Pablo Sandoval shape or…

  7. Jack Zduriencik’s statement on Milton Bradley

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:40 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Mariners’ GM Jack Zduriencik has released a statement about the Milton Bradley arrest: “After reaching Milton Bradley’s representatives tonight, I was able to confirm that Milton had been arrested, and subsequently released, in Los Angeles. While we do not yet have full details on what occurred, we are aware of the situation and take it very…

  8. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: the Twins are close to signing Carl Pavano

    Jan 19, 2011, 11:07 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Apparently the Twins and Pavano have almost reached a deal. Twins and Pavano are very close to a new deal, working on final details. Bill Smith said today, “I think we’re in the home stretch here.” This is not a repeat from last month. Or last week. Though I have very little faith that it won’t…

  9. The Indians haven’t given up on signing Shin-Soo Choo to an extension

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:24 AM EDT

    Shin-Soo Choo

    The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Indians are trying to work out a multi-year contract with Shin-Soo Choo: “We’re still in the midst of discussions,” said [GM Chris] Antonetti. “I don’t view it as the negotiations being closed.” Choo is one of the most underrated guys in baseball. He’s still got three seasons to…

  10. Remembering the Polo Grounds

    Jan 19, 2011, 10:02 AM EDT

    Polo Grounds

    There’s a great story by Richard Sandomir of the New York Times today, looking back at the history of the Polo Grounds.  Like many of the people quoted in is story, I was always struck by pictures of those wacko dimensions: What stands out to fans and historians nearly 47 years since its demolition are…

  11. The imminent Lance Armstrong PED hubub will be instructive

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:29 AM EDT

    Lance Armstrong

    My steroids bailiwick is pretty much limited to baseball, so I view the latest stuff about Lance Armstrong as a civilian. I don’t know much about it other than to say that (a) cycling is apparently rotten with PEDs; and (b) any criminal investigation led by Jeff Novitzky should be viewed with extreme dubiousness given his track…

  12. The Blue Jays may be interested in Johnny Damon

    Jan 19, 2011, 9:02 AM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Sometimes I get nostalgic for the winter of 2009-10. It was a simpler time. Bert Blyleven wasn’t a Hall of Famer, people thought that the Mariners won the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva trade and every other post on HardballTalk was about Johnny Damon.  Let’s relive that for a moment, shall we? The Blue Jays avoided salary…

  13. Remember Josh Lueke? The Mariners should beware of creating a double standard

    Jan 19, 2011, 8:09 AM EDT

    Josh Leuke

    Earlier this morning I talked about whether the Mariners will try to void Milton Bradley’s deal.  As reader Sean Boulton noted on Twitter last night, however, they wouldn’t even consider it if they keep true to form. Heck, they wouldn’t even cut him. Remember the Josh Lueke controversy? He was one of the players sent from…

  14. Can the Mariners void Milton Bradley’s contract?

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:44 AM EDT

    Milton Bradley angry

    With the “everyone is innocent until proven guilty, even Milton Bradley” caveat out of the way, the inevitable next question is whether the Mariners can get out from under his $12 million contract for 2011. Short answer: doubtful. We went through this exercise with the K-Rod business last summer of course, so here’s the quick refresher:…

  15. Let’s not convict Milton Bradley in the court of public opinion just yet

    Jan 19, 2011, 6:00 AM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    As reported last night, Milton Bradley is in some big-time legal trouble as a result of allegedly making threats of bodily harm and/or death against an unidentified female. The charges under California Penal Code section 422 are felony charges, and if they are borne out, he could end up doing time. It’s important to remember,…

  16. Cashman told Pettitte “don’t Brett Favre us”

    Jan 18, 2011, 5:18 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    I’ve chafed at the notion — increasingly repeated by some of you out there in Internet Land — that Andy Pettitte is “pulling a Brett Favre.”  He’s not. Favre retired and then un-retired and each time he did it he used his many, many friends in the football media to play the drama up to…

  17. Hall of Fame voters owe nothing to the past

    Jan 18, 2011, 4:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    This morning I wrote about Jim Reeves’ column in which he said he believed that voting for the Hall of Fame was his “sacred duty” and that it was his aim to keep Cooperstown “clean and pure.” My take was more one of amusement, but this afternoon The Common Man has a much more focused…

  18. Comment of the Day: Monica Foster speaks

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    The woman Lenny Dykstra is accusing of forging checks left a comment on our post from earlier today. Take it away Monica Foster: Thanks Craig Calcaterra and MSNBC Hardball* for having a common sense view on this spectacle I wound up in. The only person lying in this situation is Dykstra. He needs to come…

  19. Armando Galarraga designated for assignment

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:35 PM EDT

    Armando Galarraga

    It’s been a weird year for Armando Galarraga. The near-perfect game. Being turned into an unexpected role model for forgiveness. Being sent down to Toledo for eight games.  Looking like the odd man out in the rotation this winter. Unexpectedly reaching a deal avoiding arbitration late yesterday. And then this today: One day after agreeing…

  20. Bunches and bunches of random guys avoid arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 3:05 PM EDT

    Handshake

    Like we said earlier: tons of signings today. We’ve been highlighting the bigger names, but many, many more players are avoiding arbitration. Among the more notable ones: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox, $2.4 million; J.J. Hardy, Orioles. $5.5 million; Carlos Quentin, White Sox, $5.05 million; Kevin Kouzmanoff, Athletics, $4.75 million; Martin Prado, Braves, $3.1 million; Boone…

  21. The weirdest contract clauses this winter

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Wonka contract

    Jayson Stark has created a minor empire focusing on the small stuff. I don’t mean that negatively. His general reporting is fine work, but his signature is picking out the weird and obscure stats and other assorted baseball minutiae. Sometimes his trivia leads us astray — we really don’t need to know who the six players…

  22. Papelbon, Red Sox avoid arbitration: $12 million

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:00 PM EDT

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    In what could very well be his last year as the Red Sox’ closer Jonathan Papelbon has agreed to a $12 million contract for 2011, avoiding arbitration. At least I guess it’s his last year. I and a lot of other folks were half-convinced that the Sox would non-tender Papelbon this winter, letting him take…

  23. Prince Fielder, Brewers agree on a $15.5 million deal for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder and the Brewers avoided arbitration today with a $15.5 million deal in what will be his last arbitration contract.  The deal makes Fielder the highest-paid Brewer of all time, passing Zack Greinke, who has held the title for a couple of weeks. Attention Reds fans who keep asking me why the team would…

  24. Gil Meche announces his retirement

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Gil Meche

    This is kind of a shocker: Royals starter Gil Meche has announced his retirement.  This despite the fact that he has about $12 million left on his contract. Of course Meche has had chronic shoulder trouble since 2009.  Much of it due, one presumes, to Trey Hillman absolutely grinding him into dust.  Rany Jazayerli has…

  25. The Phillies are the Terminator

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    Terminator

    Zoo With Roy is a pretty righteous Phillies blog. Today ZWR features a video mashup done by Petzrawr of the equally-righteous (yet sadly defunct) TheFightins.com. In it, the Phillies are portrayed as the Terminator. It’s a great analogy, really. Because just like the Terminator, the Phillies kick ass for a long time and then end up…

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