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  1. What do we really know about Mr. Met?

    Jan 5, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Mr. Met Love

    Richard Sandomir has a nice story in the New York Times today about Mr. Met. About his history. About how beloved he is. And about how, despite all of the turmoil the Mets have found themselves in over the years, Mr. Met has always been there, smiling and spreading good will: Mr. Met, then, can…

  2. Yankees fail to sign Japanese infielder Hiroyuki Nakajima

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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    As expected, the Yankees have failed to reach an agreement with Hiroyuki Nakajima after bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to the Japanese infielder. Technically their 30-day window to sign Nakajima doesn’t close until tomorrow, but there’s no time for him to fly to New York to undergo a physical exam anyway and general…

  3. Miguel Tejada is in the best shape of his life

    Jan 5, 2012, 12:28 PM EDT

    Miguel Tejada

    Jon Heyman on Twitter: miguel tejada is training in miami w/ legendary workout guru pete bommarito. looking for comeback. word is, he looks great Tejada turns 38 in May. Last year he hit .239/.270/.326 with four home runs and 26 RBI in 322 at-bats. The Giants released him. Repeat: the Giants, who couldn’t collectively hit water…

  4. GM says Angels are “very, very unlikely” to sign Ryan Madson

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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    There have been surprisingly few teams linked to Ryan Madson since his reported four-year, $44 million deal with the Phillies fell through. That led to some speculation that the Angels might make a run at him, but general manager Jerry Dipoto told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that signing Madson is “very, very…

  5. Tim Raines > Lou Brock

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Tim Raines is not going to be on the list of names (er, probably name) when the Hall of Fame inductees are announced on Monday.  But as we’ve argued over and over again around here, he should be. But he has time. Like Bert Blyleven, it will take some years and some persuading and eventually —…

  6. Mark Trumbo’s recovery from broken foot delayed again

    Jan 5, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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    Mark Trumbo‘s season ended a week early because of a stress fracture in his right foot and the Rookie of the Year runner-up’s recovery timetable has been pushed back for the second time. Trumbo was initially hoping to be recovered by now, but in November doctors added a month to his timetable and now Mike…

  7. Are future awards out of the question for Ryan Braun?

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:38 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney posed an interesting question on Twitter and then in his column this morning: If Ryan Braun is suspended for his positive drug test, will writers never again consider Braun for any award during his playing career? In other words, if he’s suspended 50 games this year, then passes all subsequent tests and hits 60 homers…

  8. Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki gets his wish, signs with Mariners

    Jan 5, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki

    After a 10-year career in Japan shortstop Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent last month and publicly stated that he only wanted to play for the Mariners. That obviously limited his bargaining power considerably, but ultimately Kawasaki got his wish and revealed yesterday that he’s agreed to a minor-league deal with the Mariners that includes…

  9. Scott Hairston re-signs with the Mets

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:59 AM EDT

    Scott Hairston

    Joel Sherman of the New York Post just tweeted that Scott Hairston is going up to New York for a physical and thus it appears as though he’s re-signing with the Mets. UPDATE:  it’s confirmed. Hairston’s role with the Mets was pretty limited last year, both by injury and by Terry Collins’ seeming reluctance to…

  10. Quote of the Day: Logan Morrison on Ozzie Guillen

    Jan 5, 2012, 9:36 AM EDT

    Logan Morrison

    The Marlins are gonna be so much damn fun this year. Carlos Zambrano. Hanley Ramirez. Ozzie Guillen. Logan Morrison. If they could trade for Nyjer Morgan and figure out roles for Milton Bradley, Carl Crawford I’d have enough bloggy material to last me all summer. As it is, it’s just a matter of what’s going…

  11. Bobby Jenks needed a second back procedure

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:54 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    The Boston Globe reports that Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks — who missed most of last season with back problems and had surgery to remove bone fragments in December — needed a second surgery to deal with fluid buildup around his spine. The recover time for that, the Globe reports, is eight weeks, which means he…

  12. Photo of the day: Is Alex Rodriguez a nerd or a hipster?

    Jan 5, 2012, 8:23 AM EDT

    New York Yankees third baseman Rodriguez laughs with supermodel Crawford during the NBA game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles

    Well, I guess it depends on the expression he has at the time.  Here’s Alex Rodriguez — caught at the Lakers-Rockets game the other night — talking to Cindy Crawford of all people.  First up: the nerd look: But then when he’s not scrunching his face up all silly he looks less nerdy and more…

  13. Rangers table long-term extension talks with Mike Napoli

    Jan 4, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

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    According to beat writer T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, the Rangers are no longer aiming to work out a long-term contract extension this winter with catcher Mike Napoli. Here’s general manager Jon Daniels: “We love Mike and we’re not closing the door on anything but right now we are focused on a one-year deal.” Napoli is entering…

  14. Marlins acquire Carlos Zambrano and $15 million from the Cubs for Chris Volstad

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:31 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    UPDATE, 7:31 PM: ESPN Chicago’s Bruce Levine says the deal is done. It’s Zambrano for Volstad, with the Cubs eating $15 million of the $18 million remaining on Zambrano’s contract. UPDATE, 7:12 PM: According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Marlins are sending right-hander Chris Volstad to the Cubs as part of the Big Z…

  15. Reds finalize one-year deal with righty Andrew Brackman

    Jan 4, 2012, 7:08 PM EDT

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    According to the club’s official Twitter feed, the Reds signed right-hander Andrew Brackman to a one-year contract on Wednesday afternoon. The deal, which was first discussed last month, will pay Brackman the veteran major league minimum. It also carries some performance-based incentives. Brackman was selected by the Yankees with 30th overall pick in the 2007 MLB…

  16. Rays and Fernando Rodney finalize one-year deal

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s a done deal. ========== TUESDAY, 11:56 PM: Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times hears that while a deal is not done yet, something is definitely in the works. It could be made official in the next day or two. TUESDAY, 11:30 PM: Not sure how everyone missed this given how we’ve been…

  17. Coco Crisp turned down Rays to re-sign with A’s

    Jan 4, 2012, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Oakland paid a surprisingly steep price to re-sign Coco Crisp yesterday, giving the 32-year-old outfielder $14 million for two seasons, and I’m equally surprised to learn that the normally budget-conscious Rays finished runner-up for Crisp. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Crisp ultimately chose to remain with the A’s because he liked…

  18. Great Moments in lazy sexism

    Jan 4, 2012, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Stan McNeal of The Sporting News wrote today about the Astros’ two front office hires.  The first one was Sig Mejdal, the Director of Decision Sciences I mentioned this morning. The other: Stephanie Wilka, the team’s new coordinator of amateur scouting.  But get how he describes Wilka in his article: Wilka, a former cheerleader at Harvard, has worked…

  19. Must-click link: long-time Red Sox P.R. flack dishes the dirt

    Jan 4, 2012, 3:40 PM EDT

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    Doug Bailey was a Boston Globe reporter. Then he was a P.R. man.  His P.R. firm repped Les Otten and Tom Werner, who went on to buy the Red Sox.  From 2001 through 2006 Bailey handled P.R. and communications for the Sox, and in his words, he “got to know these people pretty well over the…

  20. The Tigers are not — repeat not — shopping Jacob Turner

    Jan 4, 2012, 1:53 PM EDT

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    A couple of times over the past couple of weeks we’ve heard reports that the Tigers were willing to trade top prospect Jacob Turner for a veteran starter. Reports like this one from Buster Olney last week: Tigers have made it known to other teams that they are willing to trade Jacob Turner in a…

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