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  1. Five teams — including the Yankees — are interested in Jeff Francis

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees have shown interest in Jeff Francis, who most recently pitched for the Rockies.  Some of those other teams have been mentioned before, but this is the first time anyone has reported the Yankees’ interest. As Drew noted over the weekend, Francis was rusty at times…

  2. Hey! There’s a mystery team interested in Brandon Webb!

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    Brandon Webb is being pursued by the Rangers, Cubs and maybe the Nationals.  And, according to Jerry Crasnick, there’s “an unidentified NL Central team” interested as well. You can’t fool me with your calm, precise and non-inflammatory rhetoric, Jerry. That’s a mystery team.  Don’t worry, I’m a lawyer and I checked. You don’t have to pay…

  3. Jack Morris won more games in the 80s than anyone. So what?

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    So much of the Hall of Fame support for Jack Morris is premised on the idea that he won more games in the 80s than anyone.  FanHouse’s John Hickey wrote about that just yesterday. There are many others who have and will as well.  Question: why does that matter? Any single decade is an arbitrary…

  4. Oh joy! It’s Dan Shaughnessy’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 22, 2010, 7:20 AM EDT

    dan shaughnessy

    Dan Shaughnessy has a Hall of Fame vote. Every year he uses his Hall of Fame column to trot out his latest pejorative terms for bloggers or even just younger baseball writers.  Last year he called us “stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.”  He’s not as creative this…

  5. Theo: Papelbon is the closer

    Dec 21, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Ian Browne tweets that Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein said today that despite Jonathan Papelbon’s shakiness last year, despite the signing of Bobby Jenks and despite the fact that Daniel Bard is pretty tough stuff himself, he has assured Papelbon that he is still the team’s closer. And that assurance will matter until the…

  6. What kind of reception would the first active gay baseball player receive?

    Dec 21, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

    John Amaechi

    I don’t think it would be quite what most of us expect. And I think that what he’d face would be even more daunting than dealing with simple bigotry.

  7. UPDATE: The Angels pull their offer to Adrian Beltre, but leave the door open.

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:41 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have pulled their offer to Adrian Beltre off the table.  They haven’t, however, closed the door completely on him, contrary to those earlier reports discussed below. It sounds to me that they simply don’t want to be used by Scott Boras and have their offer shopped…

  8. Pete Abraham’s Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 21, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Like I said yesterday, I’m not going to go over every voter’s Hall of Fame ballot.  But we did touch on Pete Abraham’s Hall of Fame methodology last week, so now that he has released his ballot, it’s worth a look. Pete has Roberto Almomar, Bert Blyleven, Barry Larkin, Alan Trammell and Tim Raines.  Damn…

  9. Lenny Dykstra speaks

    Dec 21, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    Len Dykstra was on WIP in Philly with Howard Eskin yesterday. It was the first time that I can recall that he’s spoken at length about his financial implosion, highly-publicized bankruptcy and the like. So, Lenny, what went wrong? “It is very simple and it is called, predatory lending, meaning, look, I don’t want to…

  10. UPDATE: Brandon Webb won’t choose a team by today

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:58 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi says that Webb is expected to decide on a team by this evening. Correction: Morosi said Webb isn’t expected to pick a team today.  I win the award for reading comprehension fail. I don’t think that changes anything in the analysis, however: the Rangers and Cubs are the front runners, but the Nats…

  11. Getting to know Freddie Freeman

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:32 AM EDT

    Freddie Freeman

    I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin Orris at the Winter Meetings. Two takeaways from meeting Kevin: (1) he’s impossibly, ridiculously, painfully young; and (2) he’s really, really damn bright.  If any of us had it as together as he does at his age we’d all be running teams right now. Anyway, today Kevin has…

  12. Great Moments in Self-Promotion

    Dec 21, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

    Craig Closeup BW

    Our friend Eno Sarris conducted an email interview of little old me over the past couple of days and the results of it are up over at FanGraphs.  Well, NotGraphs, which is where people like me who are afraid of math go for levity and more right-brained thinking. I talk a bit about my background,…

  13. Buster Olney tells Mets fans not to worry about the Phillies

    Dec 21, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    From this morning’s Buster Olney column: I’ve been trying to convince some friends who are Mets fans that the Cliff Lee signing is good for New York, in the big picture. Here’s the logic: The Mets are probably not going to be very good in 2011, and maybe even 2012. So, by 2013, when the Mets…

  14. Let’s wait on giving a nickname to the Phillies’ rotation

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Phillies' Hamels, Halladay and Howard watch as the Giants celebrate their victory in Game 4 of their Major League Baseball NLCS playoff series in San Francisco

    We all know that giving yourself a nickname is simply inexcusable. Someone has to apply it to you, T-bone, you can’t just pick it yourself. Similarly, you have to earn a nickname. You can’t just start off with one.  And this applies to collective names as well as individual ones. I’m looking at you Stan Hochman…

  15. AP Writer: Cliff Lee should be ashamed that his salary isn’t going to starving children in Africa

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    I’m with the Associated Press’ Tim Dahlberg to the extent he’s critical of those who are lauding Cliff Lee for making some sort of financial sacrifice to go to the Phillies. Sure, there’s a bit less guaranteed money, but we’re not in sainthood territory here. Dahlberg completely loses me, however, when he goes off on…

  16. Is everything OK in Baltimore?

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:46 AM EDT

    Andy Macphail

    I don’t read Roch Kubato’s blog every day so maybe this is just part of his shtick, but if not, this is mildly interesting: Yesterday passed without the Orioles doing anything. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail might have made contact with more agents or rival executives, but that’s only an assumption. The media has…

  17. Lowell Cohn: “I compare PED users to murderers”

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    McGwire Palmiero

    On some level it’s liberating to bypass all of that difficult moral and ethical hand-wringing about a complicated issue and simply vent spleen. It’s not helpful or instructive, but man, it sure is liberating.

  18. Hey pod people: the HBT iPhone app is now available

    Dec 21, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    iphone

    Actually, it’s not just a HardballTalk app. It’s an app for all of NBC Sports.com’s blogs, including Pro FootballTalk, Pro BasketballTalk, ProHockeyTalk and all the others called “NBC Sports Talk.”  You can get it here.  Word is that the Android app will be ready soon as well, and of course we’ll let you know when that happens.…

  19. Why would voters want to “wait” on Jeff Bagwell?

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I promise: this is my last Hall of Fame post for the day. If there is other big news I’m neglecting, please let me know. In the meantime: I’ve seen a few references to voters wanting to “wait and see” on Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame case. Or to give it more time. Or to…

  20. There’s “a very real possibility” that Andy Pettitte will retire

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    At the risk of adding to the annoyance factor I complained about earlier this afternoon, here’s Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger with the latest Andy Pettitte update: Person with knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking puts his chances of a return at 30%. “There is a very real possibility that he will retire.” Someone in the last…

  21. Attention voters: here’s what to do when someone doesn’t “feel like a Hall of Famer”

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    In the Heyman Hall of Fame post, I talked about how memory doesn’t always serve us well. About how Heyman’s “you just had to be there” and multiple references to “impact,” in support of Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case weren’t persuasive to me.  An excellent counterexample of all of that comes in the form…

  22. Pete Rose to manage in the minor leagues

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Pete Rose Jr.

    Oh, sorry. Missed the “Jr.” after his name in the story. Much too busy to go back and make that headline more accurate, however. So many things to get done before Christmas! Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the Chicago…

  23. Bartolo Colon may be in the best shape of his life

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

    bartolo colon released-thumb-240x157-1926

    Someone stop the Indians’ front office, because they are en fuego! First Austin Kearns, now they’re in hot pursuit of Bartolo Colon. And that pursuit isn’t as easy at it used to be, because Colon may be … in the best shape of his life! Antonetti said the Indians are indeed interested in Bartolo Colon…

  24. Deep Thought: What’s the deal with Andy Pettitte?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    I’m not prepared to make some final and serious moral judgment on the matter right now or anything, but I have to ask: am I nuts for thinking that Andy Pettitte’s coyness on whether he will or will not return is really annoying? I know he’s a free agent and his own man and has…

  25. In which we pore over Jon Heyman’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    jack morris-thumb-250x375-4861

    Jon Heyman has posted his Hall of Fame column in which he explains his votes.  Keeping in mind this morning’s thoughts on the Hall of Fame — and trying hard to be a little more charitable than I have been in the past to Mr. Heyman — I will say that I am glad that…

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