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  1. UPDATE: Yankees downplay the Rafael Soriano thing. Not that it doesn’t make sense.

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    UPDATE: Not so fast on the Soriano stuff.  Mark Feinsand just spoke to a Yankees official and he downplayed the idea, saying “the price is going to be too high.”  And it will be too high, objectively speaking, for a setup man.  But it’s not like the Yankees (a) couldn’t use the help in the…

  2. Where do PEDs fit in the Hall of Fame debate?

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Rafael Palmeiro

    I’m pretty sure I’ve written a post along these lines before, but a reader asked me about it in the comments to my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot post — and the issue of PEDs and the Hall of Fame are going to come up again as more and more writers reveal their 2011 ballots…

  3. Report: Bobby Jenks agrees to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Buster Olney says it’s done: Bobby Jenks has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox.  This came out of left field. Significance: once again the Red Sox have beat their AL East rivals this offseason, as both New York  and Tampa Bay were obviously looking to upgrade their bullpens and…

  4. The Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension worth $60-61 million. Hurm.  Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. At the time it seemed like he was kind of nuts to do…

  5. Jayson Werth just ensured that Philly fans overrun Nationals Park again

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember last year how Phillies fans came down to Washington en masse for a couple of series against the Nationals?  About how no one in Washington except the accountants were happy with it?  About how it was a symbol of just how bad Nationals baseball was that fans from an opposing team would travel and…

  6. The Mets are mulling a multi-year deal for R.A. Dickey. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    This is not news in the sense that something has happened. Nothing has happened yet, actually.  The Daily News is reporting that the Mets are considering whether to offer R.A. Dickey multiple years or give the arbitration-eligible pitcher a one-year deal.  I’m sure this mulling has been occurring since soon after Alderson was hired. What I…

  7. The Cleveland Plain Dealer does right by Bob Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Beyond reserving the largest fonts for the beginning and the end of World Wars, I have no idea what goes into a newspaper’s decisions on how big headlines should be, what stories should appear above the fold or any of that. But I do know this:  The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s decision to put their Bob Feller story…

  8. The Yankees are close to signing Pedro Feliciano

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Bob Klapisch reports that the Yankees are “getting close” on Pedro Feliciano, who called the Mets’ bullpen home for most of the last nine seasons. Feliciano, who is 34, has pitched in a metric butt-load of games over the past five years.  He shuts down lefties, though, to the tune of .214/.282/.297 for his career.…

  9. It’s musical chairs for teams pursuing Adam LaRoche, Derrek Lee

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals, Orioles and Padres are pursuing both Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee. Two seats, three teams playing the game. I guess it’s a shame that Lance Berkman thought it was a good idea to become a right fielder, because then everyone could have their second-tier first baseman. As it is,…

  10. How Kristen Lee and the kids influenced Cliff Lee’s decision

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    There’s a good story over at Philly.com — pointed out to me by Jonny 5 — talking to the Lee family about what went into the decision to go back to the Phillies.  Kristen Lee plays down the anti-New York stuff that popped up a couple of months ago.  The image of a couple of…

  11. My (imaginary) Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bagwell

    No one asked and fewer care, but since I will probably continue to critique, praise and analyze Hall of Fame ballots of others, I may as well make it clear who I would support if I had the franchise.  Here would be my guys this year: Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Tim…

  12. A.J. Burnett is not happy with Colin Cowherd

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A. J. Burnett waves his glove to the cheering crowd as he leaves the field after being removed against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Yesterday, big-time talk radio host Colin Cowherd claimed that A.J. Burnett went through a nasty divorce last season and implied that led to his trouble on the mound. Cowherd said: “A.J. Burnett went through a terrible divorce and he still might (be) going through it. His wife was vindictive and spiteful. I don’t even feel comfortable…

  13. There was no one like Rapid Robert Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:53 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Joe Posnanski has the best Bob Feller obituary. Even as people write a bunch more over the coming days, Posnanski’s will be the best because that’s just how it goes when (a) you’re the best sports writer in the business; and (b) you grew up in Cleveland, steeped in Bob Feller as Joe did and…

  14. A lot of relievers are getting three-year deals. That’s a bit scary.

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    matt-guerrier-twins

    UPDATE: Cameron expands on his analysis of multi-year deals for relievers here. 6:09 AM: It always takes a while for teams to turn to the bullpen during the offseason, but when they do, they tend to do it all at once. And it was certainly a big day for relief pitcher signings and rumors yesterday.…

  15. UPDATE: mixed word now on Bobby Jenks and the Rays

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets that there is “heavy action” on Jenks, including the Rays, but that the Yankees and others have interest too. He says Jenks is not close to a decision yet, however.  In other news, I suppose all action on Bobby Jenks would be “heavy.” 10:12 PM: Marc Topkin says that the Rays and…

  16. Forget the Pedro Martinez idea — he’s not coming back

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    We linked to a New York Daily News story this morning in which it was suggested that Pedro Martinez could come back. Forget it. MLB Trade Rumors read and translated a Spanish language newspaper interview with Martinez in which he sounds like a guy quite happy with retirement, even if he hasn’t officially retired: “I’m…

  17. Jon Heyman reveals his Hall of Fame ballot, so once again we discuss Jack Morris and Bert Blyleven

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    blyleven

    Jon Heyman just tweeted his Hall of Fame ballot: Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Tim Raines. I guess Jeff Bagwell does’t count for anything, but we’ll leave that to another post. I wrote extensively on Heyman’s ballot last year, when he included Alomar, Andre Dawson, Larkin, Parker,…

  18. Cliff Lee: “Philly fans don’t need a teleprompter to tell them to cheer”

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee gave his introductory news conference with the Phillies earlier this afternoon (see the video below).  There were a few notable quotes from Lee. One was about how Philly fans are great because “they don’t need a teleprompter to tell them too cheer.” I suppose that could be construed as a swipe at the fans…

  19. Jayson Werth has a full no-trade clause

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth had his introductory press conference with the Nationals a couple of hours ago.  The only news nugget of note — besides the fact that he has shaved his beard and now sports only a soul patch — is that he has a full no-trade clause for the entire duration of his contract. I…

  20. Johan Santana sues the woman accusing him of sexual assault

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    We lawyers call it a counterclaim. It’s a really fancy legal concept so I’m totally sure you wouldn’t understand. Anyway: New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has filed a counter-claim against the woman who says he sexually assaulted and impregnated her, accusing her of defamation and malicious prosecution. In documents filed last week, Santana is…

  21. A lot of teams are asking about Fausto Carmona

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Now that the Cliff Lee shoe has dropped, everyone is looking at cheaper, less-already-signed-by-other-teams-this-winter  pitchers.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that one of the more sought-after of that breed is the Indians’ Fausto Carmona: One major-league source with close knowledge of Carmona’s market said the Indians aren’t eager to move him but are in a “listen…

  22. Your Prince Fielder Photo of the Day

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    The below pic was taken today as Prince Fielder visited a Japanese junior high school and taught some mad baseball skills to the kids as a part of the Major League Baseball International Ambassador program.  I also like this one. But really, the reason I posted them is that judging by others in the stream of…

  23. The Indians are slashing ticket prices

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Progressive Field

    This should not be surprising, but the Indians are reducing their ticket prices in the face of a pretty severe dropoff in attendance.  The details are all in the article. It seems straight-forward: across the board cuts with extra perks for season ticket holders such as access to the restaurant usually reserved for club level…

  24. A new Hall of Fame voter considers his ballot

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    hall of fame

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America for ten years now.  As a result, he just received his first-ever Hall of Fame ballot.  He has a column up today in which he talks about his approach.  He doesn’t name his picks yet — he’s still…

  25. Congratulations Skip Bayless: you had the dumbest reaction to the Cliff Lee news in all of media!

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Skip Bayless lives to be contrary. We know that. But the key to being a halfway decent contrarian is to be at least half-smart about it, and to cause people to think a bit as a result of your less-than-intuitive position. As his rant on Cliff Lee going to the Phillies makes clear, however, thinking…

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