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  1. Brewers agree to three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EST

    Aramis Ramirez

    Milwaukee may not have Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of 2012, but it looks like there will still be a right-handed slugger in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract with Aramis Ramirez, pending a physical exam. Milwaukee has…

  2. Another call for an MVP re-vote

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post joins the chorus. Well, the duet: If Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance is upheld, there should be a re-vote for NL MVP. And he should change his name to Ryan Brawn. Or maybe even Ryan Fraud. Sorry, I need to take the rest…

  3. With free agency one year away Zack Greinke has left his agent for … no one

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Zack Greinke left his representatives at CAA and is currently without an agent. Greinke has one season left on his contract and will hit the open market next offseason ready to cash in for a huge deal, so every agent in the business would love to nab him as…

  4. Jimmy Rollins did not have minor wrist surgery last week

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Over the weekend there were several reports that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery to remove a ganglion cyst from his left wrist, but this morning Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer clarified the situation via Twitter, writing: For those wondering, it was erroneously reported in two media outlets that Jimmy Rollins had minor wrist surgery.…

  5. Tim Raines and 49 other dudes with great Hall of Fame cases

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EST

    Tim Raines

    Last year Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present did a list of the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. I remember reading it and linking it but I can’t for the life of me find what I said about it on HBT. No matter: Graham has a new, bigger and…

  6. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki posted by Yakult Swallows

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Aoki

    Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Yakult Swallows have filed the necessary paperwork to post Japanese center fielder Norichika Aoki, as expected. Aoki is a three-time batting champion with a career .329 average and the 29-year-old is considered a plus defender with excellent speed, so he figures to draw a decent amount of interest…

  7. Marlins were “measuring what might be out there” in a trade for Hanley Ramirez

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Last week after the Marlins signed Jose Reyes there were conflicting reports from big-name reporters about the likelihood of Hanley Ramirez being traded. Now that the dust has settled a bit Joe Frisaro of MLB.com–who had the correct information on Miami’s offer to Albert Pujols when others were passing around an inflated total–reports that the…

  8. No, you don’t re-vote the MVP award in light of Ryan Braun’s positive test

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:04 AM EST

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    You figured someone would say this. That someone is Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi, who makes the argument that the BBWAA should be allowed to re-vote the NL MVP award if Ryan Braun‘s positive test for testosterone is upheld on appeal. At the outset, it’s worth noting that the BBWAA has no intention whatsoever of doing…

  9. The White Sox want a king’s ransom for John Danks

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:32 AM EST

    John Danks

    The White Sox and Red Sox met last week to discuss John Danks. Nothing came of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees talked with the White Sox too and, get this, the White Sox demanded for and two of the following three players: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero. Not bloody likely. That’s similar…

  10. Manny Ramirez: “we are the working class”

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EST

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    With the large caveat that there is a very good chance Enrique Rojas’ interview with Manny Ramirez was conducted in Spanish and that the translation of it here inadvertently imposes a subtext to his comment that was not at all his intention, I can’t wipe the grin off my face at this comment, offered in response…

  11. What Ryan Braun is up against in his appeal

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:46 AM EST

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    We know that Ryan Braun is appealing his positive drug test in an effort to avoid a 50 game suspension. And we know that said appeals almost always fail. In today’s New York Times we learn why. Check out this standard: Major League Baseball’s drug policy states that a player cannot simply deny that he…

  12. Angels won’t be willing to move Peter Bourjos

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:00 PM EST

    Peter Bourjos

    The Angels have seven players for the three outfield spots and DH in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, but they’re not going to consider trading Peter Bourjos, GM Jerry DiPoto said. “Peter Bourjos is a guy we’re going to hold,” Dipoto told FOXSports.com. “He’s one of the better defenders in the league, a 0-to-3 (in years…

  13. Daniel Bard can be the new Derek Lowe for Boston

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Daniel Bard

    And that’s meant in a good way. Derek Lowe saved 42 games for the Red Sox in 2000 and then struggled some the next year, losing his closer’s role in the process. The Red Sox opted to try him as a starter at the end of the season, and when he transitioned into that role…

  14. Rockies have trade interest in Boston’s Marco Scutaro

    Dec 11, 2011, 6:23 PM EST

    scutaro getty

    According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Rockies have expressed interest in executing a trade for veteran Red Sox infielder Marco Scutaro. Scutaro is set to earn around $6 million in 2012 via a club option that was exercised at the end of October. That kind of money normally wouldn’t drive the Red Sox front…

  15. Ryan Braun’s testosterone levels were “insanely high,” says source close to the MVP outfielder

    Dec 11, 2011, 5:06 PM EST

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    Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun is passionately fighting a positive performance-enhancing drug test result that would land him a 50-game suspension if upheld at an arbitration hearing in January. His side of the story: the result was false — a false positive. Braun told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel late Saturday night that he’s “completely…

  16. Picture of the Day: Joe Maddon, spaghetti sauce king

    Dec 11, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

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    Rays manager Joe Maddon has produced a large-scale spaghetti dinner for homeless and needy folks around the Tampa Bay region since the winter of 2006. It typically takes place on a Sunday night between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and has thus been anointed the name “Thanksmas.” Maddon isn’t your typical celebrity philanthropist. He actually gets hands-on with the…

  17. Indians sign outfielder Felix Pie to minor league contract

    Dec 11, 2011, 2:45 PM EST

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    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Indians have signed outfielder Felix Pie to a minor league contract worth potentially $1 million. The deal also comes with an invitation to spring training, where Pie will attempt to land a spot on Cleveland’s 25-man roster. If he’s unable to pull that off, he can request…

  18. Source associated with Ryan Braun says positive test was for “prohibited substance,” not PED

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:33 PM EST

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    From Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: ESPN reported that Braun tested positive for a PED that gave him an abnormally high testosterone level, which proved to be synthetic and therefore not produced by the body. But my source — and again, this is from Braun’s end and not MLB — familiar with the test’s findings…

  19. Josh Willingham deciding between the Indians and Twins

    Dec 11, 2011, 1:01 PM EST

    willingham reuters

    On Saturday night, free agent outfielder Josh Willingham was said to be deciding between offers from the Twins, Indians, Rockies and Mariners. Now, according to Nick Camino of WTAM 1100 in Cleveland, he’s down to Minnesota and Cleveland. Willingham batted .246/.332/.477 with 29 homers, 26 doubles and 98 RBI in 563 plate appearances this past…

  20. Red Sox will try to make Daniel Bard a starter this spring

    Dec 11, 2011, 12:24 PM EST

    bard getty

    New Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine confirmed Sunday what many have suspected: Daniel Bard is going to be tried as a starter during spring training. This via the Boston Globe‘s Michael Vega. Bard was drafted as a starter out of the University of North Carolina in 2006 before being moved to the bullpen after a…

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