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  1. Tweet of the Day: Denard Span wonders what “Natitude” is

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:50 PM EDT

    Nationals cap logo

    The newest Washington National has yet to make it to orientation, so he asks … Can somebody explain to me what natitude is?! — Denard Span (@thisisdspan) November 30, 2012   Sure, Denard. It’s the way the Nationals channeled their inferiority complex into a marketing tool. Sadly, however, the team won the division last year…

  2. Tigers non-tender reliever Daniel Schlereth

    Nov 30, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Detroit has non-tendered left-handed reliever Daniel Schlereth, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Schlereth was the Diamondbacks’ first-round pick in 2008 and went to the Tigers in the big three-team deal with the Yankees involving Curtis Granderson, Max Scherzer, Ian Kennedy, Austin Jackson, Edwin Jackson, and Phil Coke in December of 2009. He tossed 49 innings…

  3. The Angels are going to meet with Zack Greinke

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:57 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    There was some speculation earlier this week that the Angels were no longer interested in Zack Greinke or, at the very least, were not likely to sign him. And now that the Angels have acquired Tommy Hanson, one would think that they have even less of a desire to go big dollars on starting pitching.…

  4. Angels get Tommy Hanson from Braves for Jordan Walden

    Nov 30, 2012, 1:04 PM EDT

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    Tommy Hanson once looked likely to be atop Atlanta’s rotation for a long time, but after the right-hander struggled for the past season-and-a-half the Braves have traded him to the Angels. Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com reports that the Braves will get 25-year-old reliever Jordan Walden in return, which makes it a swap of two young…

  5. Nationals are “definitely shopping Mike Morse”

    Nov 30, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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    With their trade for Denard Span the Nationals’ outfield is set with Span in center field and Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth flanking him in the corners. That would shift Michael Morse from left field to first base and seemingly signal the end of free agent Adam LaRoche‘s time in Washington, but general manager Mike…

  6. It turns out, Denard Span was born to play in Washington

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Twins throwback uniform

    As a Twins fan I’ve always known Denard Span as being from Florida, but Amanda Comak of the Washington Times has the story of how the Nationals’ new center fielder was actually born in Washington, D.C.: “I don’t think (my mom, Wanda Wilson) planned on having me in Washington, D.C.,” Span said Thursday with a…

  7. Must-click link: Chris Duncan’s fight against cancer

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

    Chris Duncan

    Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a fantastic and, at turns, hopeful, touching and sad story up today about former Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan’s battle with a brain tumor. Strauss — who is the exact opposite of a sentimental writer, for good and for bad — is the perfect guy for this kind of story.…

  8. Chris Getz, Royals avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Kansas City has avoided arbitration with Chris Getz, signing the infielder to a one-year contract. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Getz will get $1.05 million, plus $150,000 in potential incentives. He made $967,500 this year while hitting .275 with zero homers and a .672 OPS in 64 games, missing the final…

  9. Mike Schmidt has a horrible, horrible idea for changing the Hall of Fame voting

    Nov 30, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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    I missed this before, but Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt was on SiriusXm the other day talking about Hall of Fame voting. He thinks it’s time to change the voting procedures. You can hear his whole idea here. It won’t blockquote it because it’s kind of rambling, but here is the upshot of his comments:…

  10. Ryan Ludwick is talking to the Reds, wants a multi-year deal

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Ryan Ludwick

    Ryan Ludwick turned down his half of a $5 million mutual option to become a free agent, but John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the 34-year-old outfielder has been talking to the Reds about re-signing. Ludwick’s agent told Fay that they’re looking for “a multi-year deal” and added that he “has offers from…

  11. UPDATE: The Powerball/Kansas City Royals players’ numbers thing was a coincidence

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    UPDATE: Darn it, too good to be true. Sam Mellinger has tweeted the winning ticket and it appears as though the numbers were a “quick pick,” meaning they were automatically generated (note the “QP” after the number).  Oh well. I guess it always was strange to think that a fan liked Mark Gubicza more than…

  12. Brad Bergesen released by Diamondbacks, headed to Japan

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    Arizona has released Brad Bergesen ahead of tonight’s non-tender deadline, making the right-hander a free agent. Bergesen had been arbitration eligible for a second time after earning $800,000 in 2012, but after three straight seasons with 100-plus innings for the Orioles he tossed just 30 innings for the Diamondbacks and spent most of the season…

  13. R.A. Dickey will accept a two-year extension

    Nov 30, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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    The issue with giving  a contract to R.A. Dickey has always been about the length of the commitment. He’s 38 and even if he is a knuckleballer, you just don’t want to go long on a 38 year-old athlete. In light of this, however, it sounds like Dickey and the Mets may soon be able…

  14. It was important for David Wright to make more money than Johan Santana

    Nov 30, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    David Wright

    One idea that was frequently mentioned during the David Wright negotiations, and which has been confirmed by some post-signing reports, is that it was very important for David Wright to make more money than Johan Santana‘s $137.5 million deal and thus become the highest-paid player in New York Mets history “out of pride.” Which I…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

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

    Nov 30, 2012, 7:59 AM EDT

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    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…

  18. 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.…

  19. Braves plan to non-tender Jair Jurrjens

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:48 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Nov 29, 2012, 9:05 PM EDT

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    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…

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