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  1. Holliday to stay with Cardinals for $120 million

    Jan 5, 2010, 6:20 PM EDT

    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that Matt Holliday will return to the Cardinals on a seven-year, $120 million contract, a deal that Holliday later confirmed on ESPN Radio. The contract becomes the fourth-largest ever given to an outfielder, behind Manny Ramirez’s eight-year, $160 million deal with Boston, Alfonso Soriano’s $136 million…

  2. Because it worked so well with Van Benschoten…

    Jan 4, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Anyone else see anything wrong here?

  3. Hall of Fame 2010: Jack Morris

    Jan 4, 2010, 4:35 PM EDT

    Now that the “most feared hitter” of the late-70s is in the Hall of Fame, the anti-stats crowd has found a new champion, moving right from Jim Rice to Jack Morris. Morris first appeared on the ballot in 2000 and received 22.2 percent of the vote. After a slight dip in 2001, he’s climbed steadily…

  4. With Bay signing, Mets put their eggs into one basket, again

    Dec 29, 2009, 4:31 PM EDT

    If there was ever a winter for the Mets to forgo their obsession with stars and improve their depth instead, this was the one. Injuries practically everywhere on the diamond devastated the team in 2009, forcing the team to turn to such non-entities as Angel Berroa, Lance Broadway and Wilson Valdez. It’s certainly true that…

  5. Hall of Fame 2010: Roberto Alomar

    Dec 28, 2009, 4:23 PM EDT

    The first alphabetically of the 26 players on the 2010 Hall of Fame ballot might also be the most qualified. Even with his stunning decline during the early portion of the decade, Roberto Alomar ranks first in the group in both the Bill James HOF Monitor and the HOF Standards list. He was named to…

  6. Rangers, Red Sox to move on with Lowell deal off

    Dec 19, 2009, 10:15 PM EDT

    The Mike Lowell-for-Max Ramirez deal is off, with the Rangers canceling the trade after a physical determined Boston’s third baseman would need surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. The surgery has a recovery timetable of 6-8 weeks, so Lowell should be fine for the start of spring training. Still, the Rangers didn’t want to…

  7. No doubt about it now: Cubs should have fired Hendry

    Dec 18, 2009, 6:18 PM EDT

    The Cubs finally got off their collective butts on Friday by pulling the trigger on the Milton Bradley-Carlos Silva deal and closing in on an agreement with Marlon Byrd, but let’s face it, they were better off when they were doing nothing. The offseason’s proceedings have only made it increasingly clear that Jim Hendry is…

  8. Report: Yankees sign Johnson to DH

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:32 PM EDT

    According to Newsday’s Ken Davidoff, free agent Nick Johnson will return to where he began his career and sign a one-year, $5.5 million contract with the Yankees. It seems like quite a bargain, though Johnson isn’t necessarily any better of a bet for the Yankees than Hideki Matsui would have been. Johnson can still play…

  9. Padres shouldn't declare Gonzalez off limits

    Dec 17, 2009, 7:05 PM EDT

    We’ve been playing this game for nearly six months now: some team is talking to the Padres about Adrian Gonzalez — usually the Red Sox — and then the report goes on to state, in some similar but perhaps not identical fashion, “yet the Padres have no reason to trade their first baseman.” But they…

  10. Dodger signings: Mientkiewicz, Towers, Ayala

    Dec 17, 2009, 6:18 PM EDT

    While the Dodgers have yet to confirm the Jamey Carroll signing (his agent has, however), they did add several veterans on minor league deals announced Thursday, including first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz, infielder Angel Berroa, RHP Josh Towers and RHP Luis Ayala. It’s necessary depth for a team that’s bled prospects recently and can’t afford a…

  11. Mets add right-hander Igarashi to bullpen

    Dec 17, 2009, 5:52 PM EDT

    The Mets confirmed the signing of reliever Ryota Igarashi to a two-year contract on Thursday. The financials weren’t disclosed, but it’s believed the deal is worth around $3 million. It’s a nice little gamble for the Mets, and I thought Igarashi would get twice as much when he announced he was coming over. The 30-year-old…

  12. Stubborn Francoeur has a ways to go

    Dec 17, 2009, 5:05 PM EDT

    Matthew Cerrone has a fine interview with sabermetric whipping boy Jeff Francoeur over on, where you can watch the video or read the text. I’ll just post the first question and response, since it was the one most interesting to me: Cerrone: Yesterday, you did a chat with, and, on it you were…

  13. Orioles keep spending, add Atkins

    Dec 16, 2009, 11:30 PM EDT

    Not satisfied with adding Mike Gonzalez on the day, the Orioles have also reached an agreement with free agent Garrett Atkins on a one-year deal. Atkins to Baltimore seemed like a pretty obvious call from the moment the 30-year-old was non-tendered by the Rockies. The Orioles wanted a one-year stopgap at third base before they…

  14. Orioles set to fill closer's role with Gonzalez

    Dec 16, 2009, 9:43 PM EDT

    The Orioles and Mike Gonzalez are close to an agreement on a two-year, $12 million contract that could be worth $8 million per year through incentives, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown. The move would seem to bring an end to Baltimore’s search for a closer and eliminate the team as a suitor for Jose…

  15. Dodgers, Carroll agree to two-year deal

    Dec 16, 2009, 7:45 PM EDT’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Dodgers and Jamey Carroll have come to terms on a two-year, $3.85 million contract. It’d be a return to the NL West for Carroll, who played for the Rockies in 2006 and ’07. He spent the last two years with the Indians, posting identical .355 OBPs each year.…

  16. Tigers give Santiago a two-year extension

    Dec 16, 2009, 5:05 PM EDT

    As if losing Roy Halladay wasn’t bad enough, another potential 2010-11 free agent went off the board on Wednesday, as the Tigers signed shortstop Ramon Santiago to a two-year, $2.5 million deal. The 30-year-old Santiago would have been eligible for major league free agency for the next time next winter. Santiago hit .267/.318/.386 with a…

  17. Philosophy change could push BoSox over tax threshold

    Dec 16, 2009, 2:28 AM EDT

    WEEI’s Alex Speier has a great look at Boston’s new payroll in light of the Marco Scutaro, John Lackey and Mike Cameron signings and how the team might join the Yankees in paying the luxury tax in 2010. According to Speier’s figures, the Red Sox have a projected luxury-tax payroll of $168.07 million, barely short…

  18. Still broke Dodgers gain little in Pierre deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 7:11 PM EDT

    The Dodgers did the disgruntled Juan Pierre a favor by shipping him off to the White Sox and giving him a chance to play regularly, but instead of getting the overpriced pitcher they were looking for in return, the team settled for two modest prospects in right-handers John Ely and Jon Link and ate some…

  19. Lackey's BoSox deal not done yet

    Dec 15, 2009, 6:36 PM EDT

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Carfardo reports that the Red Sox and John Lackey still haven’t finalized a five-year, $82.5 million contract because of issues regarding contract language. According to Cafardo, the Red Sox want something in the contract that would protect them in case Lackey goes down with a pre-existing medical issue, presumably related to…

  20. Reports: Phillies, Halladay agree to $60 million deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 4:43 PM EDT’s Jon Heyman is among the sources tweeting that the Phillies and Roy Halladay have agreed to terms on a three-year, $60 million extension with a vesting option for 2014. That’s the amount everyone has been expecting since last night. There’s little doubt that Halladay left money on the table, but the Phillies knew he…

  21. 9 players, 1 clear winner in Halladay-Lee trade

    Dec 15, 2009, 4:37 PM EDT

    OK, so it’s not officially a four-team deal, but I’ll treat it like one, since it’s that much more fun. First, a recap of who is landing where (ages as of Opening Day, 2010): Phillies RHP Roy Halladay (32, from Blue Jays) RHP Phillippe Aumont (21, from Mariners) $6 million (from Blue Jays) RHP J.C.…

  22. Report: Cardinals offer Holliday eight-year deal

    Dec 15, 2009, 12:54 AM EDT

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals have offered Matt Holliday an eight-year contract worth about $16 million per year. On the off chance that it’s accepted, it’d be the biggest contract in Cardinals history, overtaking the seven-year, $100 million deal that Albert Pujols is two years away from finishing up.…

  23. Mariners set to steal Lee in Halladay deal

    Dec 14, 2009, 10:59 PM EDT

    ESPN’s Jayson Stark’s latest has some new twists in the Roy Halladay deal, and they seem to clearly favor the Mariners. At 6:00 pm, the deal looked like this, according to Stark: Phillies acquire Roy Halladay, Mariners prospect, Mariners prospect Mariners acquire Cliff Lee Blue Jays acquire Phillippe Aumont, Travis d’Arnaud, Phillies prospect (likely OF…

  24. Monday evening signings: Blue Jays, Marlins, A's

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:34 PM EDT

    *’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Blue Jays and Ramon Castro have come to terms on a one-year deal worth about $1 million. The Blue Jays will get nice pop from their $3 million catching duo of John Buck and Castro. The two combined for 15 homers and 61 RBI in 341 at-bats last season.…

  25. Lackey done, Red Sox work to get Cameron

    Dec 14, 2009, 9:11 PM EDT

    Update: Rosenthal reports that a two-year contract worth $15.5 million is nearly done. ***** According to’s Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox, who have already come to terms with John Lackey today, are working on a two-year deal with Mike Cameron. It’d be nice to see the perpetually underrated Cameron finally get a chance to…

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