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  1. The Royals are scrounging for pitching

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the Royals haven’t ruled out re-signing Bruce Chen: With Carl Pavano apparently heading back to the Twins, the thin free-agent market still includes Kevin Millwood, linked earlier with the Royals, and their top winner from last year, lefty Bruce Chen. Millwood’s name doesn’t stir much response from Moore. What…

  2. UPDATE: Brad Penny agrees to a deal with the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Brad Penny

    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. As Morosi reported, $3 million.  The incentives are richer than usual, however, amounting to another $3 million. 5:55 AM: Following up on last night’s reports from Brad Penny himself, Jon Paul Morosi says this morning that the Tigers and Brad Penny are on the verge of…

  3. The Yankees are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    When last we heard about Justin Duchscherer he was undergoing season-ending hip surgery.  That, combined with the fact that before he went down he was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his first five starts makes him the dictionary definition of a high-risk guy with some upside. Worth a cheap flier for someone in need of pitching.…

  4. How do the best-shape-of-their-life guys end up performing?

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Matt Stairs

    Fun stuff from Dave Cameron, as he went back and tracked all of the players who were referred to as being “in the best shape of their lives” last February to see how they performed in 2010. The results: So, what can we conclude from the position player side of “The Best Shape Of Their…

  5. The Mets may not release Castillo after all

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

    $$19SPYANKEESMURRAY

    Remember that report over the weekend about the Mets maybe releasing Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez?  Maybe it’s just Perez: Contrary to a weekend report that had the Mets considering releasing Luis Castillo, a club source Monday said the club has every intention of bringing him to spring training to compete for the second base job in…

  6. The Red Sox hire Chili Davis as a minor league hitting coach; fundamentally shift the balance of power in the AL East

    Jan 10, 2011, 5:42 PM EDT

    Chili Davis

    The Red Sox hired Chili Davis to be the hitting coach for the AAA Pawsox today. That’s swell. Nice guy. Good hitter. But probably not worth this tweet from Heyman: red sox announce hiring of chili davis as pawsox hitting coach. 1 of best/smartest guys in game. yankees still hibernating. You know, there’s a lot to…

  7. The Cubs snag backup catcher Max Ramirez from the Red Sox and it probably doesn’t matter

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:53 PM EDT

    max-ramirez-rangers

    Five days ago the Red Sox claimed backup catcher Max Ramirez from the Rangers. They’d wanted him since a trade of Mike Lowell for him fell through last year.  Guess they didn’t want him too bad, though, because they waived him today when they signed Hideki Okajima. The Cubs have now claimed Ramirez. For anyone wanted…

  8. Pablo Sandoval is in the best shape of his life?

    Jan 10, 2011, 4:17 PM EDT

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Maybe not. But Hank Schulman says that the Panda is on his way there: Yes, yes, yes. You’ve heard this before. You’re skeptical, and you should be, until you see what he looks like in spring training. Nevertheless, I’ve heard from a number of folks that Pablo Sandoval‘s conditioning work at a private facility in…

  9. The Rangers are interested in Jim Thome

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:40 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Buster Olney reports that the Rangers are “actively trying to lure” Jim Thome to Texas.  I think all teams who negotiate with players are “actively trying to lure” them, but thank you to Buster for livening up the vocabulary on this Monday afternoon. Thome would be an interesting fit in Texas. Like all big power…

  10. Are the Cardinals in deep trouble if they don’t lock Pujols up before spring training?

    Jan 10, 2011, 3:09 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    Anthony Castrovince on the Albert Pujols situation: But if Pujols’ long-term status remains uncertain going into and through the season, then the drama surrounding the situation could easily eclipse the circus involving Jeter and the Yanks earlier this winter. Because with Pujols, we’re talking about the game’s premier player. In his prime. And while the…

  11. Jason Bartlett signs a two-year deal with the Padres

    Jan 10, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    The Padres snagged Jason Bartlett from the Rays a month ago, and now they have him locked up for two years.  It’a an $11 million contract extension with a vesting option for 2013. The deal buys out Bartlett’s final arbitration season and his first year of free agency Not a bad deal for San Diego. 2010 was…

  12. Call off the Bartolo Colon watch

    Jan 10, 2011, 1:27 PM EDT

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    Remember when Bartolo Colon was reported to be in the best shape of his life and the Yankees were maybe interested and, hey, he’s pitching pretty good down in the winter league and everything? Yeah, well: Colon failed to secure a win for the third straight game in the postseason, allowing four runs in five…

  13. Witnesses will say that Alfredo Simon did not fire the fatal shot

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:47 PM EDT

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Personally I’d like to never think about shootings again. But as long as the information is out there I suppose we need to pass it along: The agent for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said there are several witnesses in the Dominican Republic who are willing to come forward and testify that the pitcher could not…

  14. Great moments in resume building

    Jan 10, 2011, 12:25 PM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    Irwin Raij appears to be a crackerjack sports lawyer. Really: his bio is littered with major accomplishments counseling major league sports teams.  If I had one percent of his juice back when I was practicing I would have made partner and cared about my business more and never would have started this blog.  So when…

  15. Jeff Pearlman believes Craig Biggio was a ‘roider

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:36 AM EDT

    Craig Biggio

    Say what you want about Jeff Pearlman’s take on steroids in baseball, but at least he’s consistent. He was on Mike Silva’s NYBD podcast last night, and doubled down on his accusations: For the record, Pearlman reiterated his position on Jeff Bagwell saying he was “so certain he used steroids from being around that team,…

  16. San Jose’s effort to get the Athletics: one step forward, two steps back?

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:59 AM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    On Friday the San Jose Redevelopment Agency moved to sell five city-owned parcels of land, the proceeds for which would be used to buy land needed to build a downtown ballpark for the A’s.  The move would raise $25 million or so. The Agency has already spent about $25 million on getting the land together on which…

  17. Let’s make sure our attacks on Sammy Sosa make sense

    Jan 10, 2011, 10:01 AM EDT

    sosa2

    Rick Morrissey of the Sun-Times is getting the jump on the 2013 Hall of Fame insanity, and is coming out strongly opposed to Sammy Sosa’s candidacy: What’s that? You’d like to see solid evidence of past drug use on Sosa’s part? Well, there is the New York Times report that he tested positive for PEDs…

  18. Tony La Russa wants intensity and grittiness. And maybe he has a point.

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:15 AM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    Bernie Miklasz has a story about Tony La Russa and the Cardinals in the Post-Disptach today.  In it he talks about how some of the Cardinals’ moves — Lance Berkman in right field, letting Brendan Ryan go and replacing him with Ryan Theriot, etc. — may have the statheads going crazy, but that La Russa…

  19. The Red Sox’ offer surprised Carl Crawford

    Jan 10, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Carl Crawford recalls hearing about the Red Sox’ offer from his agent last month: It was the night of Dec. 8, and Crawford was driving along one of Houston’s many freeways when he took a call from agent Brian Peters, who had received lucrative offers from both the Red Sox and the Angels and wanted…

  20. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jan 10, 2011, 6:29 AM EDT

    Couch Potato

    So many of you watched the football playoffs that you didn’t have time to read about baseball this past weekend. I can’t say I’m happy about it, but I understand. I’ll catch you up this time, but please, don’t let it happen again.

  21. Quote of the Day: Are we sick of Phillies fans yet?

    Jan 7, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    A guy on my Facebook feed who happens to be a Phillies fan wrote this as his status this morning: 37 days until Aces and catchers report! Clever. But I gotta ask: is anyone sick of this rebop yet? I know I sure am.  I mean, I appreciate how excited Phillies fans are about 2011, but…

  22. The Cubs get Matt Garza in an eight-player deal

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Matt Garza throwing

    UPDATE:  Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says the deal is done: eight players are involved in the deal that sends Matt Garza from Tampa Bay to the Cubs. Specifically: the Rays will get pitching prospect Chris Archer — the Cubs’ number one prospect — outfielder Brandon Guyer, catcher Robinson Chirinos, shortstop Hak-Ju Lee and outfielder Sam…

  23. Andy Pettitte is just chillaxin’

    Jan 7, 2011, 11:32 AM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v New York Yankees

    Know what job I’m glad I don’t have?  The “go hang out on the sidewalk in front of Andy Pettitte’s house and hope he comes out on his front porch and says something interesting” job: Tanned and rested, Andy Pettitte stood on his front porch last night and answered the question on every Yankees fan’s…

  24. Murray Chass goes after Mike Piazza again

    Jan 7, 2011, 10:36 AM EDT

    10 METS FAYTOK

    Murray Chass, who once went off about how Mike Piazza was a steroids user because he had acne on his back, goes after Piazza again: I have been accused of being the only writer who has publicly suggested that he used steroids, but talk to any reporter who covered the Mets and they will say…

  25. The ten worst rotations in baseball

    Jan 7, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

    Charlie Morton

    A lot of HBT readers have baseball blogs of their own. I try my best to keep up with the ones I know about, but there are only so many hours in the day.  One reader writes a blog called Billy Beane is My Hero.  You’ve probably noticed his handle in the comments before. BBIMH’s…

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