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  1. Twins interested in free agent starter Chris Capuano

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Capuano_Chris

    UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers. =========== Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano. Capuano is coming off a bounceback season…

  2. Picture Yankee Stadium on 42nd Street

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    Times Square

    Fun story in the New York Post this morning about how, back in 1915, the Yankees owners were trying to sell AL President Ban Johnson on (a) convincing the other teams to give the Yankees young talent because they just couldn’t compete otherwise; and (b) helping them get some momentum behind building a new ballpark…

  3. Rockies want Blake DeWitt from Cubs for Ian Stewart

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    DeWitt_Blake

    Earlier this week Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart and now he says the Rockies asked for Blake DeWitt in exchange for him. DeWitt doesn’t hit much, but he’s much more versatile and valuable than Stewart defensively and also under team control through 2014. Not so…

  4. A “buyer’s market” for relievers? Really?

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:50 AM EST

    soria wide getty

    A sentence from Buster Olney’s column this morning stuck out like a glowing, radioactive thumb: The Royals fully expect to open next season with Joakim Soria as their closer — which makes sense, because to offer up Soria now would be to try to extract value in the middle of a buyers’ market for relievers. There are…

  5. The Astros are shopping everyone

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    Carlos Lee

    Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros are shopping Brett Myers and Carlos Lee too. The problem, of course, is that all of those dudes are owed a lot of money. Both Rodriguez and Myers are owed in excess of $10 million a year for the next couple of years. Lee…

  6. The Marlins are upping their offer to Jose Reyes

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    jose reyes getty

    The Marlins must have gotten tired of wiseguys like me saying that they were just pretending to play in the free agent pool. Last night they put (too much) money where their mouth was and signed Heath Bell. Today we hear from Jon Heyman that they’re going to sweeten that offer they had out to…

  7. Brian Cashman is rappelling down a building again

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:14 AM EST

    Cashman Rappel

    UPDATE: That was quick. According to the Associated Press, Bobby V has already accepted Cashman’s challenge. Next December, it’s on. 8:14 AM: Brian Cashman rappelled down a 22-story building in Stamford, Connecticut last year for that city’s “Heights and Lights” ceremony.  He’s doing it again as I speak. One would think that this is highly…

  8. Marlins reach three-year, $27M agreement with Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:11 PM EST

    heath bell getty

    The run on high-priced free agent closers rolls on. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Marlins have reached agreement on a three-year, $27 million contract with veteran righty Heath Bell. His contract also includes a vesting option for 2015. Bell has managed a 2.36 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over the past three seasons in…

  9. Josh Johnson set to begin throwing program this weekend

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:03 PM EST

    Florida Marlins' pitcher Josh Johnson speaks during an interview after the team announced their new uniforms in Miami

    The Marlins have spoken with nearly all of the top free agents on the market this winter, including shortstop Jose Reyes, first baseman Albert Pujols, left-hander C.J. Wilson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. But Miami’s primary addition for 2012 could very well come from within. Josh Johnson, 27, posted a dominant 2.30 ERA and 186/48 K/BB…

  10. Angels visited with Aramis Ramirez, likely to make offer

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:38 PM EST

    aramis ramirez getty

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that members of the Angels’ front office paid a visit recently to free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. Ramirez struggled with injuries and inconsistency during the latter part of his tenure in Chicago, but he posted a bounceback .871 OPS with 26…

  11. Rangers “optimistic” about locking up Mike Napoli this winter

    Dec 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EST

    napoli reuters

    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is currently scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season. But the Texas front office is hoping that he won’t even get a whiff of the open market. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers are going to attempt to sign Napoli to a…

  12. It’s a crime that Edgardo Alfonzo isn’t on the Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:40 PM EST

    Edgardo Alfonzo - 1999 Topps

    I know I’m just about the only one who gets upset about these things. And, yeah, there probably are better uses of my time. But how could anyone look at these two infielders and decide that the second is the one worthy of a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot? Player A: .284/.357/.425, 146 HR, 744…

  13. Giants courting shortstop Alex Gonzalez

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EST

    Alex Gonzalez

    This isn’t good news for the National League’s worst offense. According to both ESPN Deportes and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are talking to Alex Gonzalez about becoming their new shortstop. Gonzalez, who turns 35 in February, hit .241/.270/.372 with 15 homers, 56 RBI and a dreadful 126/22 K/BB ratio in 564 at-bats for the…

  14. Logan Morrison to undergo minor right knee surgery Monday

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:47 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v Oakland Athletics

    Logan Morrison revealed yesterday that his right knee was still giving him problems after a pair of outfield collisions and ongoing tendinitis, saying surgery might be needed. Sure enough, Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that Morrison will go under the knife Monday for what’s being described as a “minor” operation. According to…

  15. Baseball players like their stimulants: the annual drug report is released

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

    syringe

    Major League Baseball and the MLBPA just released the annual public report from the Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program’s Independent Program Administrator. Which is basically the State of Drugs in Baseball report. Highlights: There were 3868 drug tests given for PEDs in 2011; Thirteen tests resulted in positives which resulted in discipline, 12 of…

  16. Tweet of the Day: Chantel Kendall says hello

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    chanel tweets

    As Craig noted in his “Baseball Wives” recap this morning, my favorite cast member is Jason Kendall‘s ex-wife, Chantel Kendall. She happens to be on Twitter, so naturally I creepily attempted to interact this afternoon and … well, this happened: I’m aiming for an appearance on Season 2. Or maybe a “Baseball Blogger Wives” spin-off?

  17. Theo Epstein says the Cubs want to keep Matt Garza

    Dec 1, 2011, 4:31 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    We heard recently that the Cubs are looking to shop Matt Garza. Even today we heard that they were going to try to do so “aggressively.”  But Theo Epstein isn’t having it: “He is exactly the type of guy we’d like to build around,” Epstein told reporters at Wrigley Field. “We need starting pitching.” Two…

  18. Yankees turned down meeting with free agent C.J. Wilson

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    cj wilson blister

    There have been plenty of reports about the Yankees’ lack of interest in C.J. Wilson and now Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York writes that they don’t even want to meet with him. Marchand reports that Wilson’s agent requested a meeting to discuss the free agent left-hander and “the Yankees said no.” That doesn’t preclude…

  19. The players ratify the labor deal

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:38 PM EST

    Selig and Weiner

    The deal was obviously done, but today the MLBPA announced that the union membership has ratified the new collective bargaining agreement. Some of our previous thoughts on the CBA can be read here, here and here.  The upshot: great for peace and notable issues like HGH testing and tobacco and stuff, worrisome for what it does…

  20. Orioles acquire catcher Taylor Teagarden from Rangers

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:20 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners

    UPDATE: Done deal. Connolly says the Rangers are getting minor-league pitcher Randy Henry and a player to be named later for Teagarden. =========== Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have been talking to the Rangers about catcher Taylor Teagarden as they search for a new backup for Matt Wieters. Teagarden is…

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