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  1. D’Backs sign Xavier Nady to one-year, $1.75M contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Xavier Nady is off the market. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Diamondbacks locked up the outfielder to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Wednesday night and plan to start him in left field next season. Nady might also get a bit of time at first base. He batted just .256 with a .306…

  2. Bob Feller: 1918-2010

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Sad news out of Iowa tonight. Keith Murphy of WHO in Des Moines passes along word that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has died at the age of 92 in a Cleveland hospice. Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia a few weeks ago and previously fought a battle against leukemia. Born November 3, 1918 in…

  3. Padres’ trade for Bartlett ‘better than 50-50′ to happen

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Nobody’s quite sure why the Padres’ trade for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has been put on hold.  The swap was initially agreed to a full week ago, but something might have gone wrong during the physicals for the three involved players or the two teams may still be working out contract matters. Whatever the case,…

  4. White Sox, Jesse Crain agree to three-year contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Peter Gammons, now of the MLB Network and MLB.com, is reporting that free agent reliever Jesse Crain has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the White Sox. Crain, 29, posted a healthy 3.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 71 appearances for the Twins this past year, fanning 62 batters and walking only 27 over…

  5. Russell Martin’s deal with Yanks includes $1.4M in incentives

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Yankees have included $1.4 million in performance-based incentives in their new one-year, $4 million contract with catcher Russell Martin. Martin has already passed his physical with the Yanks and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The…

  6. Heath Bell battled typhoid fever earlier this offseason

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres closer Heath Bell won Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2010 with a shiny 1.93 ERA and 47 saves in 50 chances. His winter has not gone as smoothly. First he was named in several different trade scenarios, then he came down with typhoid fever while vacationing in the islands…

  7. Mark Buehrle providing aid for dog shot with arrow

    Dec 12, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    White Sox starter Mark Buehrle is the anti-Michael Vick.  Or, the opposite of what Vick used to be. According to Terry Hillig of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Buehrle has offered to pay any uncovered medical expenses for a dog who was found stranded in southern Illinois this weekend with an arrow in its abdomen. The…

  8. Cashman: Yanks will not increase current offer to Cliff Lee

    Dec 12, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Rangers' Lee throws against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    It’s hard to put a real finger on why, but things seem to be trending toward the Rangers today on the Cliff Lee rumor front. Maybe that’s natural.  Since the Winter Meetings began, and even before that, the Yankees have seemed like the favorite to land the ace left-hander.  Perhaps these optimistic Rangers bits are…

  9. Cardinals trade Brendan Ryan for young righty Maikel Cleto

    Dec 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals did it.  They got rid of Brendan Ryan. St. Louis GM John Mozeliak tried to shop the slick-fielding shortstop throughout the Winter Meetings last week and drew only minimal interest, but Mo pulled off a trade today with the Mariners.  This from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Cards will get young right-hander Maikel…

  10. Yankees official says shot of landing Cliff Lee only “50-50″

    Dec 12, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    We aren’t the only ones searching for clues as to where free agent left-hander Cliff Lee might sign. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has also been doing a bit of digging and wrote Sunday at ESPN Insider that a Yankees executive has put New York’s chances at only “50-50.” Perhaps that’s because there are two teams left…

  11. Marlins working on deal with lefty reliever Randy Choate

    Dec 12, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports comes word that the Marlins are working toward an agreement with free agent reliever Randy Choate. The 35-year-old left-hander posted a pedestrian 4.23 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 44.2 innings this past year, but he limited left-handed batters to a .202/.263/.266 slash line. As a common middle reliever, he’s…

  12. Ron Washington thinks Cliff Lee will re-sign with Texas

    Dec 12, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Cliff Lee is expected to choose between offers from the Rangers and Yankees on Monday. While the free agent southpaw is off weighing pros and cons, we’re left wondering what he might do and trying to gather any clues. So far the clue-finding has not been a fruitful venture.  The guess here is that Lee…

  13. Twins showing interest in Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan

    Dec 12, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Ryan hits a sacrifice fly allowing Colby Rasmus to score in the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    The Cardinals drew only minimal interest when trying to shop shortstop Brendan Ryan at last week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.  It appears their luck has changed. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Twins are exploring a trade for Ryan, hoping to add middle infield depth in the wake of Friday’s…

  14. Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

    Dec 12, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Buffalo Bills v Minnesota Vikings

    The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway. As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under…

  15. Cliff Lee decision coming Monday?

    Dec 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    A couple of updates here on Cliff Lee and his big free agent decision. We know that the Yankees have offered the left-hander a seven-year deal worth around $161 million.  And we know that the Rangers have offered six guaranteed years with some kind of option for a seventh.  Now we’re just waiting for Lee…

  16. No, the Cardinals aren’t trying to change Colby Rasmus. But his father is taking shots at the organization…

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    “Not satisfied with the current product, the Cardinals are trying to change center fielder Colby Rasmus.” That’s how I headlined my piece Thursday night — a piece that detailed a new contact-oriented hitting approach for the young Cardinals outfielder with direct quotes from his father, Tony Rasmus. After a bit of digging I learned that…

  17. Reds ink Jay Bruce to six-year, $51M contract extension

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Reds have signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a six-year, $51 million contract extension with a seventh-year club option that could bring the total worth of the deal to $63 million. Bruce was a first-year arbitration-eligible player.  He could have taken a path that would have meant negotiating…

  18. Done: Pads acquire Jason Bartlett for two youngish relievers

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Bartlett tags out Texas Rangers' Andrus as he attempted to steal in the sixth inning during their MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    UPDATE: This one’s done, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times.  Despite reports of a “twist,” the only hold-up now is a routine physical for all three involved players. WEDNESDAY: From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have landed shortstop Jason Bartlett from the Rays in exchange for two relievers —…

  19. What the heck was that? Rangers conference call edition

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    The ears of the baseball world perked up around 8:45 p.m. ET this evening when Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News — and other Rangers beat writers — announced that majority owner Chuck Greenberg was going to be hosting a conference call at 9 p.m. ET.  A Lee announcement?  Something big? The Fort Worth…

  20. Rangers arrange sudden conference call, say little

    Dec 9, 2010, 9:15 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 1

    According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, the Rangers have scheduled a sudden conference call for 9 p.m. ET. Co-owner Chuck Greenberg is going to speak, probably about Cliff Lee.  No one’s sure yet if it’s anything major, but Rangers officials did fly down to Arkansas earlier today to meet with the prized…

  21. Not satisfied with the current product, the Cardinals are trying to change center fielder Colby Rasmus

    Dec 9, 2010, 8:24 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Milwaukee Brewers

    A follow-up to this post can be found right HERE. ********* The drama continues between the Cardinals’ coaching staff and young outfielder Colby Rasmus. It was only six months ago that the now 24-year-old Rasmus requested a trade away from St. Louis because of a tarnished relationship with Cardinals manager Tony La Russa.  And it…

  22. Russell Martin now has contract offers from four teams

    Dec 9, 2010, 7:28 PM EDT

    martin in catching gear

    It’s Russell Martin Night here on Hardball Talk.  Well, unofficially. Martin has already drawn contract offers from the Red Sox and Yankees.  Now the Blue Jays have also made an offer, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, and a darkhorse team has sent in a multi-year proposal. Martin hit just .248/.347/.342 this past…

  23. Yanks make offer to Russell Martin, want him as a starter

    Dec 9, 2010, 6:55 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers' Russell Martin hits an RBI double to score Casey Blake against the New York Mets during the eighth inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Los Angeles

    The hot stove has been set to a low setting as the baseball world migrates back from the Winter Meetings in Olrando, Florida.  But at least one free agent is still feeling the heat. Aaron told you a few hours ago that the Red Sox had made an official contract offer to catcher Russell Martin. …

  24. Orioles acquire shortstop J.J. Hardy from Twins

    Dec 9, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins Photo Day

    UPDATE: The deal is now official. Hardy, Brendan Harris, and $500,000 in cash for Hoey and Jacobson. ========== The Orioles are trade-happy. Not satisfied with acquiring Mark Reynolds from the Diamondbacks on Monday, they are now a couple of routine physicals away from landing shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility infielder Brendan Harris from the Twins.…

  25. Is Nolan Ryan backing down from a Yankee gunfight?

    Dec 9, 2010, 2:29 AM EDT

    World Series Workout Session

    We have a good idea of what the Yankees have offered to free agent Cliff Lee — six years and $140 million, at least initially — but what about the Rangers? Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News spoke with club president Nolan Ryan on Wednesday at the Winter Meetings, and Ryan told him that…

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