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  1. Let’s watch Ichiro pitch

    Dec 10, 2012, 11:06 AM EDT

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    I’m sure this video had to have circulated before now, but I’ve never seen in it. Via the MLB Fan Cave page, it’s Ichiro pitching in the 1996 NPB All-Star Game. He hits 90 in warmups and pushes it in the game action, which starts at 2:40 in the video.  Admit it: your team has…

  2. James Shields gets a $750,000 bonus for being traded

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Last night James Shields described himself as “shocked” by the Rays trading him to the Royals, saying he was excited about the new opportunity but also sad that his family would be leaving their home for the past seven years. As part of Shields’ contract he’s getting a little pain-killer, with Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com…

  3. MLB revenues for 2012: $7.5 billion. And rising.

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Maury Brown reported last night that baseball’s latest revenue numbers are in: $7.5 billion for 2012. Perspective: in 1995, revenues were at $1.4 billion. Oh, and starting in 2014 the new national broadcast deals with FOX, ESPN, and TBS kick in, which will represent another $788 million a year. And each time a new local TV…

  4. Will Mark Reynolds signing with the Indians push Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees?

    Dec 10, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Yesterday afternoon reports had the Indians trying to sign either Mark Reynolds or Kevin Youkilis to be their new first baseman. Last night Reynolds accepted their one-year, $6 million offer, which is quite a bit less than Cleveland is said to have offered Youkilis and seemingly makes it much more likely that Youkilis will wind…

  5. The Royals can win this trade even if Myers blossoms — and they can lose it even if he flops

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

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    Because it’s the Internet overreactions abound with respect to the Royals-Rays trade. Some people are saying this is the dumbest trade ever for the Royals, some saying that they won it. Some are totally overvaluing prospects like Wil Myers, acting as if he’s cant-miss, while some are totally discounting Myers and acting like James Shields…

  6. Time for an awkward reconciliation between the Rangers and Josh Hamilton?

    Dec 10, 2012, 9:07 AM EDT

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    This probably qualifies as a “deep thought,” but over the weekend Zack Greinke signed with the Dodgers and James Shields was dealt to the Royals.  Both Greinke and Shields were targets of the Texas Rangers. They’ve also sought to trade for Justin Upton, but they don’t want to deal a shortstop to Arizona and, with…

  7. NBC Sports, Yahoo! are partnering up

    Dec 10, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    While you were thinking about the Royals-Rays trade, an announcement was made: NBC Sports and Yahoo! have formed a partnership: Yahoo! and the NBC Sports Group today announced a content and promotional deal combining Yahoo! Sports’ original reporting expertise, coverage of big events, Rivals college content and popular fantasy sports products with NBC Sports Group’s…

  8. Watch as the Rays act like they didn’t totally rip the Royals off in the Myers-Shields trade

    Dec 10, 2012, 6:40 AM EDT

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    Via Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, listen to Rays GM Andrew Friedman act like he didn’t just totally rip off Dayton Moore and the Royals: “Personally I think this is the most difficult trade we’ve made to date. Both guys were drafted and developed here, they’ve been key players in this organization’s turnaround…

  9. Royals misjudge their talent, Wil pay the price

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:58 PM EDT

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    Royals GM Dayton Moore has told us for years to “trust the process.” For better or worse, he put forth his endgame on Sunday night, sacrificing top prospects Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi, not to mention third baseman Patrick Leonard and left-hander Mike Montgomery, in order to bring in James Shields and Wade Davis from…

  10. The Royals trade Wil Myers and Jake Odorizzi to Tampa Bay for James Shields and Wade Davis

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:12 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Yes, this is much bigger. The Royals have made an official announcement: #Royals acquire RHPs James Shields, Wade Davis and player to be named or cash from Tampa Bay for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard. — Kansas City Royals (@Royals) December 10, 2012 My first take was that this was a “big, big gamble.”…

  11. Report: Indians to sign Mark Reynolds to one-year deal

    Dec 9, 2012, 7:56 PM EDT

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    According to the Baltimore Sun’s Dan Connolly, the Indians and Mark Reynolds have agreed to terms, with an announcement set to come early this week. MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli says it’s a one-year deal worth $6 million that can reach $7.5 million with incentives. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman first reported the two sides were close to a…

  12. Dodgers sign Korean lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu for $36 million

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:27 PM EDT

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    For all of the bluster, there was never really any doubt this would get done: the Dodgers signed Korean left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu just before the Sunday afternoon deadline. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reports that it’s a six-year, $36 million contract that includes an opt out after five years if Ryu tops a certain number of innings.…

  13. Twins’ talks with Francisco Liriano going “backwards”

    Dec 9, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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    The Twins made some sort of offer earlier this winter to free agent left-hander Francisco Liriano. But it apparently wasn’t a very attractive one. LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported Saturday that negotiations between the Twins’ front office and Liriano’s representatives “have gone backwards.” And it doesn’t sound like there’s a strong…

  14. Rangers in talks with Mets about R.A. Dickey trade, but an extension now seems more likely

    Dec 9, 2012, 3:55 PM EDT

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    Couple of developments on the R.A. Dickey front. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Rangers “expressed willingness” to include prospect Mike Olt in a trade for the 38-year-old knuckleballer but were told by the Mets front office that it’s going to take more. In related news, Martino writes that the…

  15. Tribe may try Mark Reynolds if they can’t get Kevin Youkilis

    Dec 9, 2012, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Kevin Youkilis is thought to be deciding between a one-year, $12 million offer from the Yankees and a two-year, $18 million proposal from the Indians. If he goes with New York, Cleveland has a backup plan. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians would likely turn to Mark Reynolds, who is capable of playing…

  16. Mariners “continue to target” free agent Josh Hamilton

    Dec 9, 2012, 1:51 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides the following scoop: The Seattle Mariners, searching for offense, continue to target slugger Josh Hamilton. The Mariners probably aren’t prepared to meet Hamilton’s request for a seven-year deal, but they seem to have emerged as the likeliest alternative to the incumbent Rangers by virtue of their perceived willingness to go longer than most.…

  17. Breaking down Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million deal

    Dec 9, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

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    Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM has the full financial breakdown of Zack Greinke‘s new six-year, $147 million contract with the Dodgers — the most amount of money ever promised to a right-hander. 2013: $17 million 2014: $24 million 2015: $23 million 2016: $24 million 2017: $23 million 2018: $24 million Greinke will also receive a…

  18. Rangers still want to trade for Diamondbacks’ Justin Upton

    Dec 9, 2012, 11:42 AM EDT

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    Most assumed that after losing free agent righty Zack Greinke to the Dodgers, the Rangers would shift their focus (and winter budget) back toward Josh Hamilton. But that might not be the case. According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rangers “still want to trade for” Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton. Which would mean letting Hamilton…

  19. Zack Greinke’s six-year, $147 million contract with Dodgers does not include no-trade protection

    Dec 9, 2012, 10:27 AM EDT

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    The Dodgers can have quite a firesale if they want. ESPN and SiriusXM’s Jim Bowden reports that the record six-year, $147 million contract committed Saturday to free agent right-hander Zack Greinke does not include a no-trade clause. Also without no-trade protection are center fielder Matt Kemp, who agreed to an eight-year, $160 million extension in November…

  20. Shohei Otani decides to remain in Japan

    Dec 9, 2012, 9:03 AM EDT

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    Japanese right-hander Shohei Otani announced back in October that he was planning to break tradition and jump from his high school (Hanamaki East) right to the professional ranks in the United States, skipping a career in Nippon Professional Baseball altogether. But it’s not going to happen. According to Japanese reporter Yasuko Yanagita, Otani has decided…

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