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  1. The Red Sox and “several other teams” have expressed interest in Andruw Jones

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:18 AM EDT

    Andruw Jones

    Mark Feinsand says that, despite the fact that everyone assumed Andruw Jones would be back with the Yankees in 2012, talks have sort of been going nowhere and now other teams — including the Boston Red Sox — are calling on Jones. And why not? Jones hit .247/.356/.495 with 13 homers and 33 RBI in 222…

  2. NBC SportsTalk: Is Yu Darvish worth the price?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    I was on NBC SportsTalk last night, talking about Yu Darvish.  Feel free to watch the clip for my analysis of his prospects in the major leagues. Of course, if you read HBT you’ve read as much, so don’t assume I’m breaking new ground. No, the real reason you should watch it is because I…

  3. What will your $20 million get you if you buy into the Mets?

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Rich and Famous

    As we know, the Wilpons are selling off minority stakes in the New York Mets. They want multiple investors to give them $20 million a pop for a non-controlling interest. Now, anyone familiar with close corporations knows that having that kind of stake in such a business — especially a family business — is an…

  4. UDPATE: Cubs and Reds “close” to trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:48 AM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Colorado Rockies

    UPDATE: Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago reports that the deal is “close” and that the Cubs would receive two minor-leaguers along with Wood. 10:29 PM ET: The Reds landed Mat Latos in a blockbuster deal over the weekend, but they aren’t done on the trade front. Ken Rosenthal on FOXSports.com reports that they are currently discussing…

  5. UPDATE: Ronald Belisario to serve 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:40 AM EDT

    Ronald Belisario AP

    UPDATE: Belisario is expected to report to spring training on time after securing his visa, but he won’t be on the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster. According to Dylan Hernandez and Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times, he must serve a 25-game suspension for violating MLB’s drug policy. No word on the exact nature of…

  6. Rangers and Mike Napoli have discussed contract extension

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 PM EDT

    napoli reuters

    The Rangers may end up spending over $120 million in order to sign right-hander Yu Darvish, but that isn’t going to stop their efforts to lock up some of their core players. According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com, the Rangers have had “several conversations” with Mike Napoli‘s representatives about a multi-year contract. He earned $5.8 million…

  7. Red Sox among four teams interested in Francisco Cordero

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:15 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that Cordero would prefer to return to the Reds. 8:15 PM: ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported earlier this afternoon that the Red Sox have “increased dialogue” with free agent closer Francisco Cordero. Alex Speier of WEEI.com hears similar information from his sources, but he was also told by Cordero’s agent,…

  8. BBWAA defends Bill Conlin in statement following allegations

    Dec 20, 2011, 7:08 PM EDT

    Winner of J.G. .Taylor Spink Award Sportswriter Bill Conlin speaks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

    One would think the BBWAA would be feeling a bit embarrassed right now after having bestowed its highest honor on Bill Conlin a year before he was accused of child molestation and opted to resign from the Philadelphia Daily News. But then, this is the BBWAA we’re talking about. Here’s the official release on its…

  9. Spink Award winner Bill Conlin accused of sexually abusing children

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    Four people, three women and a man, accused longtime Philadelphia Daily News columnist Bill Conlin of molesting them as children in the 1970s, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Nancy Phillips reported Tuesday. Conlin, who is honored in the Baseball Hall of Fame after receiving the 2011 J.G. Taylor Spink award, retired from his post at the Daily News…

  10. Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year, $2 million contract

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    During today’s press conference for Michael Cuddyer the Rockies also announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Casey Blake on a one-year contract. Blake missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery and talked about possibly being forced to retire, but he’ll give it another go at age…

  11. Endy Chavez’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $1.5 million

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Endy Chavez, Kerwin Danley, Miguel Olivo

    Baltimore made Endy Chavez‘s one-year contract official, announcing that he’ll get $1.5 million upfront and another $500,000 in potential incentives. That’s more or less the going rate for a veteran fourth outfielder, which is the role Chavez will fill in 2012 after turning his career around by hitting .301 with five homers and a .749…

  12. Yuniesky Betancourt and the Royals, together again

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    In a hilarious yet oddly predictable reunion the Royals have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal. Betancourt was Kansas City’s starting shortstop for the second half of 2009 and all of 2010, but was traded to Milwaukee as part of the Zack Greinke blockbuster and had a terrible season for the Brewers. Now he…

  13. That Philly sex-for-World-Series-tickets lady had her conviction overturned

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Finkelstein

    Remember Susan Finkelstein? Of course you do. She was the woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who was busted trying to trade sex for 2009 World Series tickets. She was acquitted on prostitution charges in the spring of 2010 but was convicted of attempted prostitution. But now her conviction has been overturned and her name has been cleared! Basically!…

  14. Rays and Joel Peralta avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta has avoided arbitration with the Rays, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.175 million. Tampa Bay picked Peralta up after he was non-tendered by Washington last offseason and the 35-year-old reliever was an excellent low-cost signing, earning just $925,000 while throwing 68 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely…

  15. Roy Oswalt will take a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Two weeks ago it was reported that Roy Oswalt wanted a three-year deal. Crickets.  Now Jerry Crasnick says that Oswalt is seeking a one-year deal.  And as many as six teams are interested, he says. No surprise there. Teams are probably concerned about a long term commitment to a guy who had back trouble last…

  16. Mets talking to Rockies about Eric Young Jr.

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    eric young ap

    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets “have expressed interest” in Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr. Rubin notes that the two teams have had talks regarding Jon Niese, but indicates that the Young discussions may be unrelated and quotes a source as saying that the Mets may be able to get…

  17. How to fix Hall of Fame voting

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

    cooperstown

    For a long time we’ve been talking about the inevitable logjam on the Hall of Fame ballot due to PED-implicated players getting some but insufficient support for the next 20 years or so.  We’ve also been talking about how the Hall of Fame is on the fast track to irrelevancy if something isn’t done about…

  18. Mets shopping one-time top prospect Fernando Martinez?

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    As a teenager Fernando Martinez was an elite prospect, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 30 prospects in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but injuries and mediocre hitting have caused his stock to plummet of late and now the Mets may be shopping the 23-year-old outfielder. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic…

  19. Don Mattingly is the manager of Confiturembourg

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For reasons of personal and family history I’ve probably seen The Nutcracker a billion times, give or take. And now my daughter Mookie is a ballet dancer and she’s been in The Nutcracker for a couple of years in a row. It’s never gonna end. I could probably give a go to half of the…

  20. Jeff Clement re-signs with Pirates on minor-league deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jeff clement pirates

    Jeff Clement has gone from No. 3 overall pick and top-rated prospect to bust and Triple-A veteran, but rather than make a fresh start somewhere else the 28-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract. Once upon a time Clement looked like a future star as a power-hitting catcher, but his…

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