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

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:34 PM EST

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    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…

  2. Tweet of the Day: Chantel Kendall says hello

    Dec 1, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

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    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?

  3. 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…

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

    Dec 1, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

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    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…

  5. 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…

  6. 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…

  7. There’s more than one way to deal with PEDs and the Hall of Fame

    Dec 1, 2011, 2:00 PM EST

    McGwire Palmiero

    This morning I laid out my general approach to how I’d deal with PEDs and the Hall of Fame. The shorthand: I’m a discounter. I try my best to take the accomplishment of established PED users down a bit. In this way I’m making an extremely rough and dirty era adjustment.  I know it’s not…

  8. Tal Smith got two weeks’ severance pay after 35 years with the Astros

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v Houston Astros

    When the Astros fired Tal Smith last week after 35 years in the organization the longtime team president was upset with how the situation unfolded, saying he learned the news through the media and hadn’t spoken to new owner Jim Crane in months. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has a few more details about Smith’s firing,…

  9. White Sox’s rebuild may involve shopping starters John Danks and Gavin Floyd

    Dec 1, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v Chicago White Sox

    John Danks could be on the trading block if he can’t agree to a long-term contract extension with the White Sox and Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that negotiations are at a “stalemate.” According to Padilla the White Sox made Danks several offers “not that long ago” and were rebuffed, so they haven’t even…

  10. They never learn: someone else is making a long commitment to Barry Zito

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:59 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks

    And you thought seven years was a long commitment to Barry Zito: Barry Zito, one of the great hunks of Giants baseball, is headed to the altar. The three-time All Star pitcher and his fiancee, 25-year-old actress Amber Marie Seyer — a former Miss Missouri USA — showed up at the Marin County clerk’s office Nov.…

  11. Rockies grant Astros permission to interview Bill Geivett

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:44 PM EST

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    Rockies assistant general manager Bill Geivett is a candidate for the Astros’ general manager opening, according to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com. McTaggart writes that the Rockies granted the Astros permission to interview Geivett, although the Rangers did the same with Thad Levine earlier this week and he ultimately decided to withdraw his name from consideration…

  12. Mariano Rivera is going to have surgery on his vocal cords tomorrow

    Dec 1, 2011, 12:26 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera doesn’t talk much. He’s more of the silent assassin type.  But he’s been having some trouble lately: polyps on his vocal cords. He’s going to have surgery tomorrow to have them removed. The polyps are non-cancerous things and recovery time should be quick. Obviously it won’t have much if any impact on his…

  13. Yonder Alonso is in–you guessed it–the best shape of his life

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:51 AM EST

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    Add another name to the ever-growing “best shape of my life” list. John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer caught up with Yonder Alonso today and reports that the Reds prospect has lost about 18 pounds already this offseason. Alonso hired a personal chef and switched up his workout routine in order to prepare for potential…

  14. Bobby Valentine is getting a two-year deal

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:34 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    Jon Heyman reports that Bobby Valentine’s deal with the Red Sox is a two-year deal. Makes sense for a couple of reasons. For one thing, if Valentine hasn’t had deep playoff runs with this Red Sox team by the end of 2013, he’s basically failed. It’s a win-now team and he has to win now,…

  15. Ron Gardenhire says the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

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    During a 1500-ESPN radio interview yesterday manager Ron Gardenhire said the Twins “are making a mad effort” to re-sign free agent Michael Cuddyer, adding that “both sides are talking.” Cuddyer previously visited the Phillies and has reportedly drawn interest from several other teams, and if he signs elsewhere the Type A free agent would fetch…

  16. Must-click link: How the Red Sox got to Bobby Valentine

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:00 AM EST

    Bobby Valentine

    Things move fast and furious in real time. As we watched the Red Sox managerial search unfold, we were first confused about the shift away from the team’s early focus on Dale Sveum and guys like him and onto experienced candidates like Gene Lamont and Bobby Valentine. But as Alex Speier writes in an in-depth…

  17. A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day in the most boring way possible

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:47 AM EST

    Kurt Suzuki

    In an effort to put on 15 pounds this offseason A’s catcher Kurt Suzuki is eating 4,000 calories per day, telling Jane Lee of MLB.com that his “gluttonous” diet plan includes non-stop eating and working out. Of course, those 4,000 calories are coming in the form of turkey burgers, fruit, energy bars, protein shakes, salads,…

  18. Brad Lidge, Jon Rauch are “strong” on the Mets radar

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

    John Farrell, J.P. Arencibia, Jon Rauch, Alfonso Marquez

    It’s “strong” day. The Marlins are going “strong” after Heath Bell and now we hear that the Mets are “strong” after Brad Lidge and Jon Rauch.  No word if any tires have been kicked. But if they were, they were kicked HARD. Obviously the Mets want bullpen help.  In addition to these two, the Mets have…

  19. Marlins “going strong after” free agent closer Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:15 AM EST

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Last night Heath Bell posted on Twitter denying an ESPN.com report that he was close to signing with an undisclosed team, but Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports that the free agent closer met with the Marlins and described Miami as “going strong after” him. Whether that means the ESPN.com report is accurate…

  20. UPDATE: Jorge Posada DID NOT reach out to the Mets

    Dec 1, 2011, 9:37 AM EST

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    UPDATE:  Scratch all of this. Ken Rosenthal spoke to Jorge Posada’s agent who says “there is no truth to that report. None.”  So, go Heyman. 9:37 AM: Jorge Posada still wants to play baseball, and today Jon Heyman tweets that he’s reached out to the Mets to see if they’d be interested. Hard to see why…

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