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  1. Scott Boras and Ruben Amaro Jr. disagree about why Ryan Madson didn’t re-sign with the Phillies

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:21 PM EST

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    Shortly after the start of free agency multiple sources reported that Ryan Madson and the Phillies had agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract, but that deal fell through and Philadelphia quickly signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal instead. Now two months later Madson settled for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with…

  2. Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers from Mets

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:45 PM EST

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    As expected, Fernando Martinez didn’t make it very far on the waiver wire after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Mets earlier this week. One spot, in fact. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the 23-year-old former top prospect was snatched up by the Astros, who have the No. 1 waiver…

  3. Report: Cubs, Kerry Wood close to a one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Cubs and Kerry Wood are close to signing a one-year deal with an option for 2013.  The terms aren’t known, but it was reported yesterday that it would represent a “substantial raise” over what he made in 2011.  Which was less than $2 million, so you figure it would…

  4. UPDATE: Luke Scott signs with the Rays

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EST

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    UPDATE:  Scott has come to an agreement pending a physical, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal is beleived to be one year plus an option. 1:15 PM: Topkin just tweeted that the Rays are “moving closer” to signing Scott. 10:32 AM: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said yesterday that the Rays…

  5. A proposal to resolve the Giants-Athletics territorial dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EST

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    The A’s and the Giants have been at odds over the territorial rights to San Jose for a long time now. In fact, I believe we’re coming up on the third anniversary of launching of the famous MLB study that was designed to solve that problem in the first place.  I’m sure they’re almost done!…

  6. Released by the Phillies, John Bowker heads to Japan

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:19 PM EST

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    Philadelphia released John Bowker so that he could sign a deal to play in Japan, putting an end to (or at least putting on hold) a big-league career that just never really got going. Bowker was the Giants’ third-round pick in 2004 and always put up strong numbers in the minors, hitting .307 with an…

  7. Read baseball blog posts; support Doctors Without Borders

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EST

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    Some of us blog about baseball for money. Most blog about baseball for the love.  Then — sometimes — someone blogs about baseball for a good cause.  That’s what’s going on at Old Time Family Baseball this weekend, and for that reason you should check it out. This Saturday, January 14th, Old Time Family Baseball’s…

  8. MLB Network to launch a game show that sounds kinda neat

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EST

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    I once tried out for “Jeopardy!”  Passed the test and went on to the practice game.  They said I was “in the contestant pool” but they never called me.  Since then I’ve had one boss and four coworkers who have gone on “Jeopardy!”, all of whom won at least once and two of whom were…

  9. “Nothing going on” with rumors of Matt Garza to the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EST

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    Last night David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the Cubs and Tigers were “down the road in discussions” for Matt Garza, but today several sources contradict that claim. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that “there’s nothing going on with the Tigers in regards to Garza” and Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that “I’m told…

  10. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth undergoes elbow surgery

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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    Blake Hawksworth‘s status for Opening Day is in question, as the Dodgers reliever will undergo surgery today to shave down bone spurs in his elbow. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hawksworth is expected to be sidelined or 4-6 weeks, which means he likely won’t be at full strength for the beginning…

  11. Ron Swanson’s Baseball Hall of Fame

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EST

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    As happens every year, the days after the Hall of Fame announcement are filled with people making suggestions about how to fix the Hall of Fame, the voting and all of that. There are tiers suggested, in which Babe Ruth and Willie Mays sit on top and Jim Rice, George Kell and Lloyd Waner rest…

  12. Poll: In the wake of the Ryan Madson deal, who’s the biggest sucker?

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:39 AM EST

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    Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson just signed a deal with the Reds for $8.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a little more.  Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer for $50 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a lot more. Now, to be clear, I…

  13. The Mets are close to closing on five of those $20 million ownership stakes

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:00 AM EST

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    The New York Daily News reports that the New York Mets are close to sealing the deal on five of the $20 million shares they’ve been trying to sell. The owners have been approved by Major League Baseball and the deals could close by the end of the month.  The Daily News: With that, the…

  14. Dodgers, Fox settle TV rights dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:22 AM EST

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    The last possible thing preventing Frank McCourt from meeting his deadline to sell the Dodgers by April 30 was the ongoing litigation he and the Dodgers had with Fox over the Dodgers’ desire to auction off future broadcast rights prior to a sale.  That potential barrier is gone now, as the Dodgers and Fox have…

  15. UPDATE: Reds ink Ryan Madson to one-year, $8.5 million deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:20 AM EST

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    UPDATE: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth $8.5 million guaranteed while Bob Nightengale of USA Today adds that it includes some performance-based incentives. The Phillies will receive two draft picks as compensation for Madson, though the new CBA stipulates that the Reds will not surrender their first-round pick.  Instead, the Phils are…

  16. Phillies focused on a one-year deal for Cole Hamels

    Jan 10, 2012, 9:32 PM EST

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    Cole Hamels can hit free agency next offseason, but a contract extension doesn’t appear to be on the agenda for the Phillies this winter. According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, Phillies assistant general manager said tonight that the club is focused on negotiating a one-year deal with the left-hander. “We’ve had discussions with Cole,” assistant…

  17. Cardinals sign catcher Koyie Hill to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 8:20 PM EST

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    Koyie Hill was non-tendered by the Cubs in December after batting .194 with two homers and .545 OPS over 153 plate appearances in 2011, but Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the has latched on with the division-rival Cardinals on a minor-league deal. Hill, who turns 33 in March, has a .211/.275/.298 batting line…

  18. Brewers and Carlos Gomez avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 10, 2012, 6:20 PM EST

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    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers and Carlos Gomez have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year deal worth around $2 million. Gomez earned $1.5 million last season while batting .225/.276/.403 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, 16 stolen bases and a .679 OPS over 258 plate appearances. The 26-year-old was arbitration-eligible…

  19. Mariners sign reliever Aaron Heilman to minor-league contract

    Jan 10, 2012, 5:02 PM EST

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    Aaron Heilman had an ugly 6.88 ERA for the Diamondbacks last season, so not surprisingly he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract and Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that he’s signed with the Mariners. After being released by the Diamondbacks in mid-July he latched on with the Phillies and then the Pirates, but failed…

  20. Keith Law to stay at ESPN after interviewing with Astros

    Jan 10, 2012, 3:44 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Two weeks after news that he’d interviewed for a spot in the Astros’ front office, Law just tweeted: “I have chosen to stay with ESPN. It was a difficult decision, and I’m very grateful to the Astros for the opportunity.” ========== ESPN.com writer and former Blue Jays special assistant Keith Law recently interviewed for…

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