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  1. Sorry, Reds fans: Thom Brennaman takes over broadcast booth

    Dec 3, 2009, 5:19 PM EST

    It seems like a big step down from that high horse he’s usually on, but Thom Brennaman will step into the Reds television booth on a full-time basis next season, replacing the retired George Grande. Brennaman started out his career in Cincinnati and returned to work for the team in 2007. He had been doing…

  2. Phillies, Astros and Red Sox pursue Polanco

    Dec 2, 2009, 8:20 PM EST reporters are connecting Placido Polanco to the Phillies, Red Sox and Astros one day after the Tigers declined to offer the Type A free agent arbitration, allowing teams to sign him without surrendering a draft pick. Todd Zolecki claims the Phils have been “very aggressive in their pursuit” of Polanco as their top choice…

  3. Red Sox lose scouting director McLeod to Padres

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:26 PM EST

    Former Red Sox assistant GM and current Padres GM Jed Hoyer has recruited BoSox scouting director Jason McLeod to follow him to San Diego, it was confirmed by the North County Times on Wednesday. McLeod used to work for the Padres, so it was a natural fit, at least now that owner John Moores is…

  4. Oliver not invaluable to Angels after all

    Dec 2, 2009, 7:08 PM EST

    Sure, Darren Oliver was eligible for free agency again this winter, but the Angels could have essentially held him hostage for the second year in a row by offering him arbitration. It’s the tactic they used last year, knowing that Oliver, as a Type A free agent, wouldn’t have a market once teams had to…

  5. Report: Mariners have strong interest in Harden

    Dec 2, 2009, 6:21 PM EST

    A day after reporting that the Red Sox were seriously eyeing him, is saying that the Mariners are showing strong interest in free agent Rich Harden. As an extreme flyball pitch, Harden would fit nicely in Safeco Field. Mariners hitters will likely strongly favor his signing, considering that he’s 5-2 with a 1.90 ERA…

  6. Report: Braves sign Wagner to take over closer's role

    Dec 2, 2009, 1:37 AM EST

    A source told’s Ken Rosenthal that the Braves and Billy Wagner have come to terms on a one-year, $7 million contract with a vesting option for 2011. The Braves were expected to be in on Wagner, but it’s a curiously timed move, given that the team just offered arbitration to both Rafael Soriano and…

  7. 10 Type A free agents receive arbitration offers

    Dec 2, 2009, 12:30 AM EST

    With the deadline here, we now have official word on the free agents offered arbitration by their teams. Type A free agents: Jason Bay, Red Sox – Yes Rafael Betancourt, Rockies – Yes Orlando Cabrera, Twins – No (Contract rules out an arbitration offer) Johnny Damon, Yankees – No Octavio Dotel, White Sox – No…

  8. Report: Red Sox to target free agent Harden

    Dec 1, 2009, 6:27 PM EST

    A major league source told that the Red Sox are serious about pursuing free agent Rich Harden. Given the Red Sox tendency to favor upside over stability when it comes to short-term deals for pitchers, Harden always figured to be at or near the top of their list of potential pitching upgrades. Ben Sheets…

  9. Damon, Matsui, Pettitte fail to get arbitration offers from Yankees

    Dec 1, 2009, 5:20 PM EST

    The Yankees declined to offer arbitration to any of their free agents, a group that included Johnny Damon, Hideki Matsui and Xavier Nady. Damon and Pettitte were the candidates to get offers. Damon, a Type A free agent, could have brought in two draft picks had he left. However, he also had a case for…

  10. Dodgers decline to offer arbitration to Wolf, Hudson

    Dec 1, 2009, 4:25 PM EST

    Either they’re having big money problems or they’re being run by idiots. The Dodgers on Tuesday announced that neither Randy Wolf nor Orlando Hudson would receive an arbitration offer. The same went for Type B free agents Vicente Padilla, Jon Garland, Ronnie Belliard, Guillermo Mota and Will Ohman, though there were no big surprises there.…

  11. Henrich, oldest living Yankee, passes away at 96

    Dec 1, 2009, 3:49 PM EST

    Tommy Henrich, who spent his entire career in pinstripes and was the oldest living Yankee, passed away Tuesday at 96. Henrich played with the Yankees from 1937 through 1950, excepting a three-year absence due to World War II. He went to five All-Star Games, played on four World Series champs and finished his career with…

  12. Dodgers announce Scully's return

    Dec 1, 2009, 3:48 PM EST

    Be sure to enjoy him while you can, folks. Vin Scully already stated he was coming back for at least one more year, but the Dodgers made it official on Tuesday, confirming his return for a 61st season in the broadcast booth in 2010. Scully turned 82 on Sunday. He said last month that 2010…

  13. Rays get Shoppach from Indians for PTBN

    Dec 1, 2009, 2:54 PM EST

    Indians catcher Kelly Shoppach won’t be non-tendered after all, as the Rays have picked up the strikeout-prone 29-year-old in return for a player to be named. The Indians were ready to move on from Shoppach because of his likely $2.5 million salary in 2010 and their surplus of catching, which includes Lou Marson, Wyatt Toregas,…

  14. Early arbitration offer roundup: Bay, Hudson, etc.

    Dec 1, 2009, 2:42 PM EST

    We’ll have a full rundown once the official results come in, but here’s a look at what free agents are getting arbitration offers from their teams. Remember that Type A free agents who are offered arbitration will cost a draft pick if signed. Type B free agents require no compensation, but the team losing them…

  15. Report: Mauer will set deadline for extension talks

    Dec 1, 2009, 12:37 AM EST

    A source told Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan that Joe Mauer will set an Opening Day deadline for extension talks with the Twins. If a multiyear deal cannot be completed by the end of spring training and the report holds true, Mauer would become a free agent after next season. Twins GM Bill Smith hasn’t seemed…

  16. Report: Orioles discuss Millwood with Rangers

    Nov 30, 2009, 7:50 PM EST

    Sources told that the Orioles have approached the Rangers about Kevin Millwood, who is entering the final year of a deal that will pay him $12 million in 2010. Such news figures to be met with a collective groan from Orioles fans, but spending $12 million on Millwood probably wouldn’t do anything to impact…

  17. Monday's minor matters: Mets, Cardinals adding bench candidates

    Nov 30, 2009, 7:18 PM EST

    -’s Ken Rosenthal says the Mets and catcher Henry Blanco are close to agreeing to terms. Blanco, 38, hit .235/.320/.382 in 204 at-bats while playing behind Nick Hundley in San Diego last season. He’s a career .228/.292/.366 hitter, but he’s always been very well regarded as a defender. It’s something of a surprise to…

  18. MLB average salary increases… barely

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:48 PM EST

    Although the flailing economy had a big impact on the non-elite free agents last winter, the average major league salary did increase a bit this year to $2.996 million, according to numbers from The Associated Press. That’s up 2.4 percent from a $2.93 million figure in 2008. The increase was the tiniest since a 2.5…

  19. Report: Cuban umpire Diaz defects to U.S.

    Nov 30, 2009, 6:24 PM EST

    El Nuevo Herald is reporting that Nelson Diaz, an umpire for 26 years in Cuba, has defected to the U.S. and arrived in Miami on Sunday. Diaz was behind the plate when Cuba sent a team to Baltimore for an exhibition against the Orioles in 1999. He also worked in the 2006 World Baseball Classic…

  20. Heyman: Mariners turn down Tigers' Jackson proposal

    Nov 30, 2009, 5:44 PM EST’s Jon Heyman tweets that the Tigers offered Edwin Jackson to the Mariners for right-handers Brandon Morrow and Shawn Kelley, yet were turned down. It might well be the end of trade talks between the two teams, since it’s hard to imagine Detroit taking much less for their 26-year-old right-hander. Jackson faded in a big…

  21. Chip Caray fisted out of TBS booth

    Nov 30, 2009, 4:50 PM EST

    In a rather surprising development, TBS has opted to part ways with lead baseball voice Chip Caray, even though he had time remaining on his contract. Caray received a great deal of criticism for his work in October. Most notable was his botched call in AL Central tiebreaker game between the Twins and Tigers, where…

  22. Marlins GM: Johnson won't be traded this winter

    Nov 30, 2009, 12:11 AM EST

    Marlins GM Michael Hill told 790 The Ticket’s Hot Stove Show that there was no chance Josh Johnson would be traded this winter. “Yes, I can say with certainty, yes,” Hill said when asked if Johnson would remain with the team into next season. Johnson trade speculation started nine days ago, when he and the…

  23. Nov. 28, 2007: Rays get Garza, Bartlett from Twins for Young

    Nov 28, 2009, 8:22 PM EST

    The reaction was largely positive at the time. Positive from Twins fans, that is. The Rays didn’t even have fans yet. On this day two years ago, the Twins acquired Delmon Young, Brendan Harris and Jason Pridie from the Rays for Matt Garza, Jason Bartlett and Eduardo Morlan. It was the first big move for…

  24. Halladay ready and willing to don pinstripes

    Nov 27, 2009, 8:46 PM EST

    A major league executive told the Toronto Sun’s Bob Elliott that he knows Roy Halladay has informed the Jays he’d approve a trade to the Yankees. The executive didn’t have any additional info to share. It’s widely been assumed that Halladay would happily waive his no-trade clause to pitch in New York or Boston. He’d…

  25. Gone and mostly forgotten: Beck, McLemore passed over on HOF ballot

    Nov 27, 2009, 5:25 PM EST

    OK, so I’m probably pretty unique in this regard, but one of my favorite things to do upon the annual release of the Hall of Fame ballot is to check who didn’t make the cut. Fortunately, this has become a lot easier with Baseball-Reference’s final year pages New qualifiers for this year’s ballot last played…

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