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  1. The Rangers are going after Adrian Beltre. Have they lost out on Cliff Lee?

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:54 AM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Karl Ravech — via a tweet from Buster Olney — reports that the Texas Rangers are “moving aggressively” on Adrian Beltre.  Which suggests that they think they’re not going to get Cliff Lee, as there is no way Texas can sign both of them.  Earlier this morning we heard reports that the Yankees have been in…

  2. Must-click link: How the Red Sox landed Carl Crawford

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:30 AM EST

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    Great story over at Comcast New England today going behind the scenes of the Carl Crawford signing and explaining how Theo got his man. Among the highlights: While meeting with Crawford and his agents, the Red Sox cited J.D. Drew as a player with an aversion to the spotlight who could nonetheless “thrive in Boston.”…

  3. Was Jayson Werth a better signing for Washington than Carl Crawford was for Boston?

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:42 AM EST

    Carl Crawford

    It seems crazy to suggest that the Werth signing was better than the Crawford signing but, as reader Jack Marshall pointed out to me over the weekend, Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does: With the $142 million deal they gave to Carl Crawford, who has spent nine seasons proving that Fenway Park damages every part…

  4. Blogger admits mistake; apologizes

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EST

    Murray Chass

    It’s always good to see bloggers be accountable for their mistakes. Even when the blogger doesn’t believe that he’s actually a blogger. Here’s Murray Chass, explaining his post in which he slammed Tom Verducci for voting against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame, even though Verducci voted for him: When I reported his alleged…

  5. Even the government now believes that the 2004 drug test seizure was illegal

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EST

    syringe

    In case you missed it over the weekend, the feds have agreed not to appeal the ruling that investigators illegally seized a list of baseball players who allegedly tested positive for steroids back in 2004.  Welcome news, even if it’s too late for Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and the other 101 players who still…

  6. Oh look! A “mystery team” has joined the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:02 AM EST

    Mystery Machine

    Here’s Jon Heyman, three steps beyond self-parody and almost approaching the divine: Free agent Cliff Lee is planning to make his decision early this week, according to people familiar with negotiations. The Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and a third mystery team are all still thought to be alive as Lee deliberates the biggest player call of the…

  7. “”If you love baseball, you loved Ron Santo”

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Ron Santo

    They held Ron Santo’s memorial service in Chicago today. Bud Selig spoke. Tom Haudricort transcribed his remarks. In addition to the words in that headline, he  included a great anecdote about the man: “The move of the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta in the mid-1960s left a void in the lives of everyone in my family.…

  8. Mike Schmidt thinks that Jayson Werth kid has potential

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Jayson Werth shades

    Mike Schmidt — the baseball player, not the New York Times reporter — has a column today in which he questions the wisdom of the Washington Nats’ deal with Jayson Werth. I question the wisdom of it too, as do a lot of people. But what is striking about Schmidt’s criticism is that it’s based…

  9. Ed Price is “certain” the Rays will trade Matt Garza

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:04 PM EST

    Matt Garza throwing

    Yesterday I reported that the Rays and Cubs were talking about a Matt Garza trade. Today Ed Price from FanHouse tweets that one major league source is “certain” that the Rays will trade Garza and predicts that it will be to the Cubs. Man, I hope Ed and I aren’t talking to the same guy.…

  10. Breaking down Jeter’s contract bonuses

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:30 PM EST

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    Ken Davidoff of Newsday reports on the specifics of Derek Jeter’s contract, including some of the bonus terms: $4 million for winning the MVP Award; $2 million for placing second through sixth in the MVP voting; $1.5 million for winning the Silver Slugger award; $500,000 for winning the Gold Glove; $500,000 for winning the LCS…

  11. Did Chuck Greenberg undermine Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels?

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EST

    Chuck Greenberg

    Interesting angle on the Rangers’ pursuit of Cliff Lee from Evan Grant today. He thinks Chuck Greenberg “made what could be a very dangerous spur-of-the-moment decision,” in getting involved in the Lee negotiations directly, effectively overruling and undercutting team President Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels who had made it clear as of Wednesday that…

  12. And now for some Winter Meetings flavor

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

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    Two writers I met and hung out with at the Winter Meetings were Eno Sarris of FanGraphs and Rotoworld (and several other sites) and Amanda Rykoff of espnW.  Both were cool people in person, and both have some sharp and funny observations about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Winter Meetings today: Eno breaks down the…

  13. The Orioles offer Kevin Gregg two years, $8-10 million

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EST

    Kevin Gregg

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have offered reliever Kevin Gregg between $8-10 million a year for a two-year deal. (note: Yikes! Sorry for scaring you people. It’s that much for both years, not each year). Gregg is OK, but nothing special, having saved 37 games in 43 chances last year.…

  14. Russell Martin is leaning toward the Red Sox

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:09 PM EST

    martin in catching gear

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News passes along word that Russell Martin, though considering offers from the Jays, Yankees and Red Sox, is leaning towards accepting the Red Sox offer. I assume the reason for this is that he thinks he has a better chance of getting playing time in front of Saltalamaccia and Varitek…

  15. Here’s what I think happens with Cliff Lee

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EST

    cliff lee in delivery

    I don’t just sit and pontificate about free agent or trade destinations very often, but it’s a slow day, so here goes: I predict that the Yankees are going to get Cliff Lee, with Lee selecting the seven-year deal off that “menu” of offers the Yankees are reported to have given him; I predict that…

  16. Quote of the Day: Seven-year contract offer edition

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:31 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Some words of wisdom on the, er, wisdom of a seven-year deal from a quite unlikely source.

  17. Would Cliff Lee’s salary be “off the books” in Texas?

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:39 AM EST

    Cliff Lee

    Buster Olney raises an interesting point in his column today. One I’ve never really heard about or considered: that a team like the Rangers may, in effect, consider Cliff Lee’s salary separate and apart from the rest of the payroll: I’ve heard of situations where an owner will tell his general manager that he —…

  18. The Rays are interested in Jason Giambi

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:50 AM EST

    Jason Giambi, Yorvit Torrealba

    The Red Sox have added Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. The Yankees have locked up their core players and may have Cliff Lee shortly.  Think the Rays are worried? Ha! Think again: Hearing that the Rays have expressed interest in Jason Giambi. I know that he wants to continue playing. That settles it. If Tampa…

  19. My daughter doesn’t like baseball geeks

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:25 AM EST

    In which my daughter — who I call Mookie, because it makes her angry — tells me what she thinks of baseball geeks.

  20. Does signing a PED-connected player raise “ethical issues?”

    Dec 10, 2010, 6:57 AM EST

    alderson at podium

    It seems that Sandy Alderson was asked by reporters yesterday if signing catcher Ronny Paulino was an “ethical and public relations” problem in light of Paulino’s suspension for taking a banned stimulant last year. Not surprisingly, Alderson said no, it was not. People can ask what they want to ask of course, but I don’t…

  21. Source: The Rays and Cubs are talking about a Matt Garza trade

    Dec 9, 2010, 1:45 PM EST

    Matt Garza throwing

    Did I say I was saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings? Well, sure, but they’re more a state of mind than an actual location anyway, so I can pass along some buzz I just heard from a major league source:  The Cubs and Rays are discussing a Matt Garza trade. I know some have discounted…

  22. Saying goodbye to the Winter Meetings

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

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    The team executives and agents have made their escape from the Dolphin Resort and the Winter Meetings are winding to a close.  I have a plane to catch and a couple of kids to see this evening. The hot stove roller coaster is not going to stop, but I need to jump off for now.…

  23. Pete Rose would like to tell you something about Joe DiMaggio

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Joe DiMaggio

    So, Pete Rose and Joe DiMaggio are in the jungle in Vietnam, and DiMaggio decides he needs to take a shower … No, that’s not the intro to a joke.  It happened. Pete Rose said it did.  And even though it’s a true story and not a joke, it does have some punchline.  Why Pete…

  24. The Astros sign Ryan Rowland-Smith

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:34 AM EST

    Ryan Rowland-Smith

    We interrupt the crazy Cliff Lee/Carl Crawford/Adrian Beltre chatter to tell you that the Astros have signed pitcher Ryan Rowland-Smith. That from Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. Yes, we realize that this isn’t an Earth-shattering signing, but it’s nice to have a transaction that doesn’t invoke the name of large, monied east coast teams. Rowland-Smith had…

  25. The Angels are in on Cliff Lee too; Rangers to pay him a visit

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Cliff Lee talking

    It’s not just the Yankees: Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels — now free from the burden of having to pay Carl Crawford! — are bidding on Cliff Lee. There’s not a ton of context to this and it’s hard to tell if it’s serious interest or, like Boston’s, merely head games, but the Angels…

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