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  1. Brandon Webb scheduled to throw for teams this month

    Jan 1, 2013, 8:13 PM EDT

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    1500 ESPN’s Darren Wolfson was the first to report it and now Jon Heyman of can confirm: free agent right-hander Brandon Webb, who hasn’t appeared in the majors since Opening Day 2009, will throw for teams later this month. The Twins — per Wolfson’s initial report — will send a rep. The other interested…

  2. Rays avoid arbitration with 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner David Price

    Jan 1, 2013, 6:46 PM EDT

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    From ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Rays and left-hander David Price avoided salary arbitration Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year deal. The exact financial details haven’t been disclosed. Price, a Super Two qualifier who’s arbitration-eligible for the second time, turned in a dominant 2.56 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 8.7 K/9 in 31 starts last season…

  3. Brett Myers close to one-year deal with Indians

    Jan 1, 2013, 5:31 PM EDT

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    Brett Myers has agreed to a one-year deal with the Indians, according to Jon Heyman of Heyman reports that the contract also includes an option for 2014 and is pending a physical exam for the 32-year-old right-hander. In both 2008 and last year Myers was shifted from the rotation to the bullpen and made…

  4. Two men obsessed with Mike Piazza-as-a-Marlin collectibles

    Jan 1, 2013, 11:50 AM EDT

    Piazza Marlins

    Mike Piazza played five games and amassed 19 plate appearances as a Florida Marlin. But such are the things from which obsessions are borne. From Ken Belson of the New York Times: One is a corporate lawyer from Southern California with few hobbies and only the mildest interest in sports. The other is a college student…

  5. Orioles interested in bringing back Matt Lindstrom

    Jan 1, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

    Matt Lindstrom

    Matt Lindstrom has drawn surprisingly little (reported) interest as a free agent for a guy who was a closer not so long ago and has a 2.85 ERA during the past two seasons. However, according to Dan Connelly of the Baltimore Sun the Orioles are “among several teams” making an effort to sign the 33-year-old…

  6. Pre-PEDs Roger Clemens is being undersold

    Jan 1, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    Roger Clemens Red Sox

    You see a lot of Hall of Fame ballots which include Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. You see more that include neither. You don’t see a whole lot of them which include one and not the other.  But Barry Rozner of the Daily Herald votes that way. He gives the nod to Bonds but not…

  7. The Blue Jays hire Tim Raines

    Jan 1, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Man, Toronto is signing everyone! Potential HOF #TimRaines will be an outfield and base-running coach for the #Blue Jays in 2013, Raines says.#MLB — Mel Antonen (@MelAntonen) December 31, 2012 The guys at Drunk Jays Fans say that the Jays have not had anyone in this position before.  It seems to me that a base-running…

  8. Royals sign Miguel Tejada to minor league contract

    Dec 31, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

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    Big news on this New Year’s Eve. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed infielder Miguel Tejada to a minor league contract with a spring training invite. He’ll get $1.1 million if he makes the club. Dave Skretta of the Associated Press was the first to break the news of the…

  9. Have a safe and happy new year, HBT Nation

    Dec 31, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

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    The day is turning into evening, and as there appears to be nothing happening baseball-wise at the moment, I’m going to go have a big, big New Year’s Eve: some dinner, some hanging out with the kids and then fighting like hell to stay awake past 10PM (I gave up on the idea of midnight…

  10. Bobby Abreu worked out for the Red Sox

    Dec 31, 2012, 4:54 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Bobby Abreu worked out for the Red Sox in Venezuela recently, according to Alex Speier of Speier also notes that they had Abreu do some reps at first base, where the 38-year-old has never played even an inning in 17 big-league seasons. Mike Napoli‘s three-year, $39 million deal with the Red Sox remains unsigned,…

  11. Leitch on the Hall of Fame arguments: “it’s like watching politicians”

    Dec 31, 2012, 4:02 PM EDT


    Will Leitch of Sports On Earth loves the Hall of Fame, but fears that the nature of the Hall of Fame debate — which, given how intractable everyone is being is less of a debate than a shout-fest — has ruined the whole thing: This is the Hall of Fame. This is the ultimate sports debate. This…

  12. Waiting for 2013 …

    Dec 31, 2012, 2:28 PM EDT


    I used to like to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. This year, however, it’s just going to kick up sad memories for me. Sorry. Slow news day. Torii Hunter hasn’t said anything for nearly two hours.

  13. Royals sign outfielder Endy Chavez

    Dec 31, 2012, 1:20 PM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles v Boston Red Sox

    Endy Chavez has agreed to a deal with the Royals, according to Jon Heyman of Chavez had a nice bounceback season with the Rangers in 2011 after missing all of 2010, but then hit just .203 with a .515 OPS in 64 games for the Orioles this year. He also hit just .147 in…

  14. Torii Hunter says he was misquoted

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    This may explain why he's hitting .218

    This was about as predictable as could be: I’m very disappointed in Kevin Baxter’s article in which my quotes and feelings have been misrepresented. He took two completely separate quotes and made them into one quote that does not express how I feel as a Christian or a human being . I have love and…

  15. After shoulder surgery Sergio Santos “is ready for spring training” and may be Blue Jays’ closer

    Dec 31, 2012, 12:45 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays' pitcher Santos reacts after giving up a run to the Boston Red Sox during the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    Last year around this time the Blue Jays acquired Sergio Santos from the White Sox to be their long-term closer, but he ended up being shut down in April before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. In his absence Casey Janssen emerged as the Blue Jays’ closer, saving 22 games with a 2.54 ERA, but Richard Griffin…

  16. Remembering Roberto Clemente, 40 years later

    Dec 31, 2012, 11:40 AM EDT


    Not a New Year’s Eve goes by where I don’t, for at least a few minutes, remember Roberto Clemente. For it was New Year’s Eve 1972 — 40 years ago today — when Clemente died a hero, trying to airlift relief supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua. Clemente was truly heroic and brave, not because…

  17. Ryan Freel’s family is donating his brain to science for study of head trauma

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:50 AM EDT

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    Ryan Freel committed suicide via gun shot last week at age 36 and now his family is hoping that science can provide some answers about a possible link to his numerous concussions as an athlete. Freel’s brain tissue will be sent for testing at the Boston University Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, where…

  18. Another Hall of Fame voter just can’t bring himself to vote

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:32 AM EDT


    Kudos to John Fay for not sending in a blank Hall of Fame ballot which actively harms candidates, but this is still rather depressing: I simply can’t do it. I put off mailing in my 2013 Hall of Fame ballot until today’s deadline. It will not be sent … At some point last night, I made up…

  19. Chris Narveson expected to be recovered from shoulder surgery by spring training

    Dec 31, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    Chris Narveson, who underwent season-ending shoulder surgery two starts into 2012, “is expected to be back to 100 percent well before the start of spring training,” according to Adam McCalvy of However, as it stands now he wouldn’t be assured of a spot in the Brewers’ rotation with Yovani Gallardo, Marco Estrada, Mike Fiers,…

  20. The Cubs are out on Yuniesky Betancourt

    Dec 31, 2012, 9:42 AM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    Yuniesky Betancourt said he expects to have a major league deal soon. One of the teams who was considering him was the Cubs, who had visions of placing Betancourt at third base. Justin Bopp of MLB Daily Dish reports that that isn’t happening, however, now that Ian Stewart has re-signed with the team. Betancourt hit .228/.256/.400 with…

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