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  1. Derek Jeter is not in The Best Shape of His Life

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

    Mr. Creosote

    God love the New York Post. They got a paparazzi photo of Derek Jeter not looking his best yesterday, and ran it with the headline “Derek Jeter packing on the pounds during recovery.” It ain’t exactly newsworthy, but it’s fun and I’m pretty OK with fun being the threshold for most things sports-related, especially on November 30. But…

  2. Bonds, Clemens Hall of Fame odds start at 10/1

    Nov 30, 2012, 8:40 AM EDT

    Red October

    A little groggy this morning. I was going to go to bed early, but as I was about to I noticed that “Blade Runner” was on HDMV, and “Blade Runner” is one of those movies that, no matter how many times you’ve seen it — in my case several dozen times — and no matter…

  3. David Wright and the Mets agree to an eight-year, $138 million deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

    David Wright Getty

    The Mets have their man. WFAN radio reported first that David Wright and the New York Mets have agreed to a $138 million, eight-year contract. The exact details are not yet known, but Andy Martino of the Daily News tweets that the 2013 option that the Mets just exercised was torn up, making this a true…

  4. Dodgers in the mix for A.J. Pierzynski?

    Nov 29, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

    A.J. Pierzynski

    UPDATE: Heyman was told by Dodgers officials that it’s unlikely they’ll make a run at Pierzynski. Makes sense with Ellis in-house. As in, they’re all stocked up on A.J.’s. 10:15 PM: It seems like the deep-pocketed Dodgers have been mentioned as a potential suitor for nearly every free agent on the market. Now it’s A.J.…

  5. Braves plan to non-tender Jair Jurrjens

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

    Jair Jurrjens Getty

    Jair Jurrjens was a popular trade target exactly one year ago, but now he’s days away from hitting the free agent market. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Braves plan to non-tender Jurrjens before Friday’s deadline. It doesn’t come a big surprise, as he posted a 6.89 ERA and 19/18 K/BB ratio over 48…

  6. Pirates and Russell Martin agree to two-year, $17 million contract

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

    Russell Martin Getty

    UPDATE: ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Yankees never made Martin an offer. In fact, they haven’t made an offer to any position players so far this offseason. 8:44 PM: David Waldstein of the New York Times reports that Martin agreed to a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates. You could understand if the…

  7. The Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:43 PM EDT

    Adam LaRoche Getty

    The Red Sox have reportedly identified Mike Napoli as their No. 1 target in free agency, but they are also weighing the alternatives. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Red Sox are talking to Adam LaRoche as a potential fallback option for first base. The Red Sox have made a three-year offer to Napoli,…

  8. Yankees, Mariano Rivera agree on one-year, $10 million deal

    Nov 29, 2012, 8:07 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and Rivera have agreed to terms on a one-year, $10 million contract. He’ll have the chance to earn more with incentives. 4:21 PM: We had a false report the other day, but now it appears it’s finally getting done: Source: #Yankees, Mariano Rivera are on verge…

  9. Francisco Rodriguez has domestic violence charges dismissed

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:30 PM EDT

    Francisco Rodriguez

    With seemingly no one interested in testifying against him, Francisco Rodriguez had the domestic violence charges brought against him in Wisconsin dropped on Thursday. K-Rod was accused of striking and injuring his 23-year-old girlfriend in September, but the woman later recanted and said that Rodriguez didn’t cause her injuries. Both the woman and a member…

  10. Felipe Paulino, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

    Felipe Paulino

    The Royals announced this evening that they have avoided arbitration with right-hander Felipe Paulino by agreeing to a one-year contract. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Paulino will receive a $1.75 million base salary which could increase to $2 million based on performance bonuses. Paulino was arbitration-eligible for the third time this…

  11. Twins’ overhaul can’t stop with Denard Span trade

    Nov 29, 2012, 6:26 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham, Denard Span, Ben Revere

    After consecutive seasons of 99 and 96 losses, the obvious answer for the Twins is to tear it all down. True change, though, hasn’t come to Minnesota in a long time. These Twins have employed two managers in 25 years, with Ron Gardenhire replacing Tom Kelly in 2002. General manager Terry Ryan spent 14 years…

  12. Rays, Marlins, Braves and Rangers among teams interested in Ryan Raburn

    Nov 29, 2012, 6:09 PM EDT

    Ryan Raburn Getty

    Ryan Raburn was released by the Tigers earlier this month after batting just .171/.226/.254 with one home run and a .480 OPS in 222 plate appearances this past season, but he’s apparently a pretty popular target in free agency. ESPN’s Jayson Stark hears that six teams are in the mix for Raburn. The Rays, Marlins,…

  13. Nationals get Denard Span from Twins for pitching prospect Alex Meyer

    Nov 29, 2012, 4:43 PM EDT

    Denard Span

    Denard Span has been linked to the Nationals in trade rumors dating back to mid-2011 and the Twins finally pulled the trigger today, sending the 28-year-old center fielder to Washington for pitching prospect Alex Meyer. Span fits what the Nationals were looking for both offensively and defensively, as he’s a prototypical leadoff man with good…

  14. Cubs news that will make you feel really, really old

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

    Old Man Cloud

    I don’t really have much to add here, other than to say this made me feel really old and I’m “only” 29: Cubs name 25 year old Scott Harris Director of Baseball Operations. — Paul Sullivan (@PWSullivan) November 29, 2012 Harris graduated from college in 2009. 2009!

  15. There’s going to be more drug testing soon

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:35 PM EDT

    syringe

    So sayeth MLBPA’s boss: Michael Weiner spoke Wednesday after a meeting of the union’s executive board. He said he expected announcements about the drug program “before too long.” Weiner says the union and MLB have spoken about adding in-season tests for human growth hormone next year. There also is discussion about making the tests more sophisticated for…

  16. Blue Jays prospect Anthony Alford arrested after incident with gun on campus

    Nov 29, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    Southern Miss v Central Florida

    Blue Jays outfield prospect Anthony Alford was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated assault after allegedly taking out a gun during a dispute. Alford, who was Toronto’s third-round pick in June’s draft, is a dual-sport athlete and plays quarterback for the Southern Mississippi University. According to John Lott of the National Post the incident took…

  17. Phillies’ deal with Astros for Wilton Lopez falls apart after physical exam

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:30 PM EDT

    Houston Astros v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Todd Zolecki of MLB.com now says the Phillies’ trade for Lopez “hit a roadblock and is unlikely to happen” despite being agreed upon pending a physical exam yesterday. Sure sounds like the doctor saw something worrisome in Lopez’s elbow. ========== Yesterday the Phillies were reportedly on the verge of trading for Astros reliever Wilton…

  18. The MLBPA elects its player reps

    Nov 29, 2012, 2:19 PM EDT

    Curtis Granderson Reuters

    When I had a real job my boss used to call me the “shop steward.” But that was because (a) I was lazy; and (b) he hated unions and thought that laziness was the primary trait of unions. It was a great office. In reality, union representatives do things, all while still having to focus…

  19. The White Sox’ Dominican operations: on the rebound

    Nov 29, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

    white sox logo

    A few years ago, some White Sox scouts were charged with fraud after they were alleged to have skimmed signing bonuses from players they signed in the Dominican Republic. That’s the sort of thing that can blast your foreign scouting operations back to the stone age.  And it did hurt the Sox considerably. But now…

  20. Woman found tied up in Aroldis Chapman’s hotel room fined $164 after guilty plea

    Nov 29, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    hotel hell

    Remember back in May when police found a woman tied up in Aroldis Chapman‘s hotel room? She claimed to have been robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry, but then changed her story several times and was later charged with lying to police. Well, this week she pleaded guilty in exchange for the charge being lessened…

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