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  1. The Orioles are still talking with Kevin Gregg

    Dec 27, 2010, 7:01 PM EST

    Kevin Gregg

    According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Orioles are in talks with Kevin Gregg. This isn’t really news, because we already heard this before, but it’s the holidays and people are drinking lots of eggnog and stuff. Gregg, 32, posted a 3.51 ERA along with a career-high 37 saves with the Blue Jays this past…

  2. Revisiting “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets”

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    It was a little less than a year ago when I wrote a piece for HardballTalk entitled “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets.” For those who have forgotten, here were my recommendations at the time: Decide on a public face Learn how to keep certain things in-house A complete and thorough review/overhaul of medical protocol…

  3. Report: Mets not currently talking with Freddy Garcia

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:49 PM EST

    Freddy Garcia

    The Mets have been fairly quiet so far this winter and it looks like it will stay that way, at least until after the new year. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are not “engaging further” with Freddy Garcia, beyond what was initially reported earlier this month. They would…

  4. Must-click link: Catching up with Matt Sosnick

    Dec 21, 2010, 8:30 PM EST

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    Fresh off negotiating multi-year contract extensions for clients Jay Bruce and Ricky Nolasco, agent Matt Sosnick fielded some questions from Jason Rosenberg of It’s About the Money. The entire interview is worth a gander, as is Rosenberg’s first — and much lengthier — interview with Sosnick from 2008. However, I found this succinct answer to…

  5. The Yankees and Red Sox pay the luxury tax

    Dec 21, 2010, 6:24 PM EST

    stack of money

    According to the Associated Press, the Yankees and the Red Sox were the only two teams that paid MLB’s luxury tax for the 2010 season. The Yankees were hit with an $18 million tax, which was actually their lowest total since the first year of the system in 2003. They paid a whopping $25.7 million…

  6. The Nationals are still in the mix for Carl Pavano

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:35 PM EST

    Carl Pavano pitching

    The Cubs and Rangers may have jumped ahead of the Nationals for Brandon Webb, but Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the club remains interested in Carl Pavano. Pavano, who turns 35 in January, is considered by many to be the best free agent starting pitcher left on the market. He went 17-11 with a…

  7. Billy Butler: Zack Greinke “didn’t want to be here”

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:10 PM EST

    Greinke throwing

    While Billy Butler told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that he had no ill will towards his former teammate Zack Greinke, he sounded downright relieved that the team wouldn’t have to begin the 2011 season with a distraction. “There’s no surprise,” Butler said Monday. “This has been a controversy ever since Zack had that article that…

  8. The Angels are interested in Scott Podsednik

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:21 PM EST

    scott podsednik sliding

    Many considered the Angels a lock to sign Carl Crawford this winter, but now that he is in Boston, all they have to show for themselves is a pair of left-handed relievers, Hisanori Takahashi and Scott Downs. That might soon change, but not necessarily for the better. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Angels…

  9. Stephen Strasburg hopes to begin throwing in January

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:17 PM EST

    Strasburg press conference

    Stephen Strasburg updated his progress from Tommy John surgery during a conference call with reporters earlier today. According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Strasburg said he has a follow-up with Dr. Lewis Yocum after Christmas and plans to begin throwing sometime in January before reporting to spring training along with the rest of the pitchers…

  10. Rosenthal: Derrek Lee wants at least $8 million

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:14 PM EST

    Derrek Lee

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing from baseball executives that Derrek Lee is looking for a salary around $8-10 million. He surmises, much like Jon Heyman did last Friday, that such a salary will likely be too high for the Padres, but that the Nationals could still be a fit. The 35-year-old Lee is asking…

  11. The Royals aren’t interested in moving Joakim Soria

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:35 PM EST

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    The Royals were awful in 2010. They figure to be even worse without Zack Greinke, at least in 2011. With that in mind, many have speculated that they will soon be looking to trade their closer Joakim Soria, as well. I even talked about the possibility in this space yesterday after it was confirmed that…

  12. Chan Ho Park signs with the Orix Buffaloes

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:48 AM EST

    CVhan Ho Park

    According to the team’s Twitter feed, Chan Ho Park has signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. Park compiled a 4.66 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings between the Yankees and Pirates last season. The 37-year-old right-hander has a 4.36 ERA over parts of 17 major league seasons. He became…

  13. Dayton Moore: Zack Greinke wasn’t interested in contract extension

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:57 AM EST

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    Just in case there was any doubt that Zack Greinke had run out of patience with losing, Royals general manager Dayton Moore told reporters yesterday that the club tried to engage him in talks for a long-term contract extension, but their efforts were rebuffed (via Matthew Leach and Dick Kaegel of MLB.com): “We would love…

  14. Doug Melvin: “This is what I call a ‘now’ trade”

    Dec 19, 2010, 5:24 PM EST

    Brewers hat logo

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin a short while ago, who said the following about today’s acquisition of Zack Greinke from the Royals: “This is what I call a ‘now’ trade, getting a player of his ability,” said Melvin, who indicated the trade was “90% complete” last night…

  15. Now that Zack Greinke is in Milwaukee, meet the next big trade target

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    Matt Garza Rays

    Now that the Zack Greinke trade is official, Matt Garza figures to be the most popular name brought up in trade conversations in the coming days and weeks. Garza, who just turned 27 last month, has become a legitimate frontline starter since coming over from the Twins in November of 2007, posting a 3.86 ERA…

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

    Dec 19, 2010, 2:17 PM EST

    jeffress

    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 MLB.com and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel are all reporting that Jeremy Jeffress will go to the Royals to complete the trade…

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

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:43 PM EST

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    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…

  18. The Twins introduce Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 19, 2010, 11:31 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:35 AM EST

    Greinke throwing

    Here’s a couple quick interesting tidbits. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, 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…

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

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:48 AM EST

    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…

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

    Dec 19, 2010, 9:10 AM EST

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    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…

  22. Report: Royals trade Zack Greinke to Brewers

    Dec 19, 2010, 8:16 AM EST

    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 OnMilwaukee.com, sources tell Buster Olney of ESPN.com that the Brewers…

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

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:48 PM EST

    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 MLB.com, 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…

  24. The Diamondbacks are likely done shopping

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:31 PM EST

    Diamondbacks snake logo

    After confirming the signings of Xavier Nady and Henry Blanco earlier today, Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com 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…

  25. Morosi: Zack Greinke has requested a trade

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:05 PM EST

    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 FOXSports.com, 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…

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