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  1. Confirmed: Jeremy Jeffress is the player to named in the Greinke deal

    Dec 19, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT


    We now know the identity of the player to be named later going to the Royals. It’s exactly who we expected it to be. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, Adam McCalvy of and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel are all reporting that Jeremy Jeffress will go to the Royals to complete the trade…

  2. What does the Greinke deal mean for Carl Pavano?

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT


    The dominoes are beginning to fall. Cliff Lee went off the board late Monday night, making Carl Pavano the “best” starting pitcher left standing in the free agent market, for better or worse. The Brewers had interest in signing Pavano, but were reportedly reluctant to go beyond two years. Now that they have traded for…

  3. The Twins introduce Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 19, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Something you may have missed — and further overshadowed by the hysteria of the Zack Greinke trade this morning — the Twins officially introduced Tsuyoshi Nishioka at Target Field yesterday. The Twins signed Nishioka to a three-year, $9.25 million contract with a club option for 2014. He’ll be paid $3 million in each of the…

  4. Heyman: The Nationals were close to a deal for Greinke

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    Here’s a couple quick interesting tidbits. According to Jon Heyman of, the Nationals were actually close to a deal for Zack Greinke. Names like Drew Storen and Danny Espinosa, among others, were discussed. The only problem? The Nationals were on Greinke’s no-trade list and he told the Royals he wouldn’t go. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal…

  5. Is Zack Greinke another missed opportunity for the Yankees?

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:48 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Isn’t it great when you can predict what columnists are going to write about? I’m on the lookout for something ridiculous on this very topic right now. Don’t let me down, guys. I’m getting the sense that some fans believe the Yankees were still in shock after missing out on Cliff Lee and as a…

  6. With Zack Greinke, the Brewers are going for the gold

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EDT


    News of the reported trade that would send Zack Greinke to Milwaukee is already sending shockwaves around the baseball world. We’re all still catching our breath from the surprising deal, but there are already many questions about why the Brewers would do this trade right now. As Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel just pointed…

  7. Report: Royals trade Zack Greinke to Brewers

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:16 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    We all went to bed waiting for a national reporter to come out and say if the rumors we were hearing last night were true and it turns out they are. As first reported by Jim Breen of Bernie’s Blog and then Andrew Wagner of, sources tell Buster Olney of that the Brewers…

  8. Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:48 PM EDT

    Carlos Gomez body suit man

    UPDATE: Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Gomez will earn $1.5 million in 2011, up from his $1.1 million salary in 2010. 8:38 PM: According to Adam McCalvy of, the Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoided arbitration today by agreeing on a one-year contract. Terms aren’t yet available, but Gomez made $1.1 million…

  9. The Diamondbacks are likely done shopping

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:31 PM EDT

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    After confirming the signings of Xavier Nady and Henry Blanco earlier today, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of that he is essentially done with his offseason shopping list. “I’d say there’s a good chance,” Towers said about making no more moves this winter. “We’ve kind of addressed all our needs. Our…

  10. Morosi: Zack Greinke has requested a trade

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:05 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    And you thought the Hot Stove was beginning to cool down? Not yet. Not by a longshot. According to Jon Paul Morosi of, Zack Greinke didn’t just fire his agent, as we learned earlier today, he has also requested to be traded. OK, maybe that’s being too tame. One high-ranking executive from another team…

  11. The Padres finally acquire Jason Bartlett from the Rays

    Dec 17, 2010, 7:04 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett Rays

    UPDATE: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that the player to be named later going to the Padres will be a minor leaguer and will be worked out prior to Opening Day 2011. 6:19 PM: That on-again, off-again trade that was supposed to send Jason Bartlett to the Padres? It’s finally done. With…

  12. John Baker on the comeback trail after Tommy John surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

    John Baker marlins

    John Baker was limited to just 23 games last season due to right forearm and elbow injuries and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in September. Position players can usually bounce back from surgery more quickly than pitchers, but because Baker is a catcher, the Marlins aren’t going to push him too soon. With that in…

  13. Twins finalize three-year deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    nishioka big

    The Twins just officially announced that they have come to terms with Tsuyoshi Nishioka on a three-year, $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the team will hold an introductory press conference tomorrow. The Twins secured exclusive negotiating rights for Nishioka by submitting a…

  14. No deal between Phillies and Dennys Reyes

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT


    It was reported last week that the Phillies and left-hander Dennys Reyes had agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with a $1.35 million option for 2011, but Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia just tweeted that the deal is off. Not to make light of Reyes’ conditioning, but it’s entirely possible that the team could…

  15. Heyman: The Padres are unlikely to pursue Derrek Lee

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee braves

    Craig told us earlier this week that the Padres, Orioles and Nationals were bidding against each other for the remaining free-agent first baseman, the most prominent of which are Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche. It sounds like the pieces are starting to fall into place. Jon Heyman of writes that now that Lee will…

  16. The Astros sign Bill Hall to a one-year deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Ken Rosenthal of reports that the Astros have signed Bill Hall to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. He’ll make somewhere around $3 million. Hall, who turns 31 later this month, batted .247/.316/.456 with 18 home runs, 46 RBI, nine stolen bases and a 772 OPS over 382 plate appearances this…

  17. Report: The Giants and Cubs talked Rowand for Fukudome

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    Get this. According to Jerry Crasnick of, the Giants and Cubs discussed a swap of Aaron Rowand for Kosuke Fukudome. Some may classify this as a potential swap of bad contracts, but to equate Fukudome to Rowand is nuts. Keep in mind, Rowand is still owed $24 million (!) over the next two seasons…

  18. Phillies could finalize contract with Cliff Lee tomorrow

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: NBC 10 in Philadelphia provides the photo evidence that Cliff Lee has arrived. And boy, do his eyes look mighty tired. Must be from staring at multiple offers of $100-plus million over the past week. Poor guy. 9:13 PM: You probably thought we were done talking about Cliff Lee, huh? Nope, not yet. According…

  19. UPDATE: Athletics have talked to Rich Harden, no deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Rich Harden throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast on this one. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the A’s have talked to Harden, but that he might have better offers elsewhere. Meanwhile, Renck writes that he hasn’t confirmed his information with the A’s. So, nothing to see here. At least not yet. 6:56 PM: Here’s an…

  20. Yankees strike back, sign Mark Prior to minor league deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mark Prior throwing

    UPDATE: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior’s deal with the Yankees is worth $750,000 if he makes the team. He is also willing to go to the minor leagues if he doesn’t make the club during spring training. Jon Heyman of writes that he could make $750,000 in additional incentives, meanwhile Joel…

  21. With Cliff Lee gone, what’s next for the Rangers?

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:42 AM EDT


    First, a little perspective about what the Rangers actually offered Cliff Lee. Though they wouldn’t guarantee a seventh year, they were reportedly willing to offer $23 million per season over six years with a vesting option for a seventh year that would have brought the value of the entire deal to $161 million. It wasn’t…

  22. UPDATE: Cliff Lee chooses Phillies

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:55 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    UPDATE: Amazing. Absolutely amazing. According to T.R. Sullivan of, the Rangers have been told that Cliff Lee has chosen the Phillies. 10:42 PM: Todd Zolecki of confirms that the Phillies are a legitimate suitor for Lee and adds that the team is shopping Joe Blanton, Raul Ibanez and Kyle Kendrick in order to…

  23. Brian Cashman is still waiting, just like the rest of us

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:46 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Ready for the latest on Cliff Lee? Well, there’s not much to report. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Tyler Kepner of the New York Times that much like the rest of us, he’s still playing the waiting game: “They have not made any decision, same as yesterday… He’s got a life decision to make,…

  24. Report: Rays re-sign left-hander J.P. Howell

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:26 PM EDT

    JP Howell

    According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the Rays have re-signed left-hander J.P. Howell. Howell was non-tendered earlier this month, primarily in an effort to avoid paying him through the arbitration process, but Rays VP Andrew Friedman said last week that the club was making progress towards keeping him in the fold. He…

  25. Jimmy Rollins undergoes minor wrist surgery

    Dec 11, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies announced that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery Thursday to have a ganglion cyst removed from his left wrist. Rollins will have stitches removed within the next two weeks and David Murphy (not the baseball player) of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he should be…

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