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  1. No expanded replay or expanded playoffs in 2011

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Bud Selig does nothing quickly. This is sometimes good and sometimes bad. Sometimes it’s simultaneously good and bad: As owners and general managers prepared to gather this week for their first meetings of the new year, Commissioner Bud Selig told MLB.com that the playoffs and instant replay won’t be expanded this coming season. Boo on…

  2. Memorial fund set up for Christina Taylor Green; Dodgers set up email address for remembrances

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    As you surely know by now, one of the victims of Sunday’s rampage in Tucson was Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of Dallas Green. The Dodgers have released a statement with details of how the public can help remember Christina and donate in her memory.  The entire…

  3. A sign-and-trade in baseball?

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Neat column from Dustin Parkes today, wondering if — given the obstacle Rafael Soriano‘s type-A status presents for him signing with a good team — he could be signed by a bad one that doesn’t have to surrender a pick, and could then, in turn, be traded to a contender.  Dustin goes back a couple…

  4. Details of Carlos Gonzalez’s seven-year contract with Rockies

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Now that Carlos Gonzalez‘s seven-year contract extension with the Rockies is finalized Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the specifics of the $80 million deal: 2011 – $1 million 2012 – $5 million 2013 – $7.5 million 2014 – $10.5 million 2015 – $16 million 2016 – $17 million 2017 – $20 million Gonzalez…

  5. Why we can’t talk intelligently about steroids in baseball

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

    George Mitchell

    Matthew Artus has a good story up over at NJ.com today. In it he takes Murray Chass to task for his steroids accusations against Mike Piazza.  We’ve covered that here before, but Matthew makes a grand point towards the end of his piece: Every time we engage in a “Did he or didn’t he?” debate…

  6. Who are the top free agents still available?

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Most of the big-name free agents are off the market with a little over a month to go before pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training, but based on Matthew Pouliot’s ranking of the top 111 free agents here are the best players still available: 1. Carl Pavano (RHP, Twins) 2. Andy Pettitte (LHP,…

  7. Is A-Rod’s contract a blueprint for an Albert Pujols deal?

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes today about how the Yankees dealt with Alex Rodriguez‘s last contract. It could be instructive, Goold notes, given how the Cardinals are now poised to give out the biggest contract in the game’s history. The story is interesting because it touches on something that has always troubled…

  8. Rafael Soriano is all about the money

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    Buster Olney: Heard this: The question of what role Rafael Soriano will play for his next team is very much secondary to what his salary will be. In other words, if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45 million over the next three years, Soriano would consider it; he…

  9. Rockies sign reliever Sean White to minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Colorado has at least five and possibly six bullpen spots locked in already, but the Rockies added some more relief depth yesterday by signing right-hander Sean White to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. White struggled last season, but has a 4.16 ERA in 134 career innings spent with the Mariners and…

  10. Could Lew Wolff end up owning the Dodgers?

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

    Oakland A's Press Conference

    There’s an interesting — but troubling — musing in Buster Olney’s latest column. First Olney notes that Frank McCourt is in dire financial straits — no surprise — but then speculates about one possible outcome: It’s been awhile since Bud Selig formed the committee to study the Oakland ownership situation, with no resolution in sight…

  11. The Royals are scrounging for pitching

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the Royals haven’t ruled out re-signing Bruce Chen: With Carl Pavano apparently heading back to the Twins, the thin free-agent market still includes Kevin Millwood, linked earlier with the Royals, and their top winner from last year, lefty Bruce Chen. Millwood’s name doesn’t stir much response from Moore. What…

  12. UPDATE: Brad Penny agrees to a deal with the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Brad Penny

    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. As Morosi reported, $3 million.  The incentives are richer than usual, however, amounting to another $3 million. 5:55 AM: Following up on last night’s reports from Brad Penny himself, Jon Paul Morosi says this morning that the Tigers and Brad Penny are on the verge of…

  13. The Yankees are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    When last we heard about Justin Duchscherer he was undergoing season-ending hip surgery.  That, combined with the fact that before he went down he was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his first five starts makes him the dictionary definition of a high-risk guy with some upside. Worth a cheap flier for someone in need of pitching.…

  14. How do the best-shape-of-their-life guys end up performing?

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

    Matt Stairs

    Fun stuff from Dave Cameron, as he went back and tracked all of the players who were referred to as being “in the best shape of their lives” last February to see how they performed in 2010. The results: So, what can we conclude from the position player side of “The Best Shape Of Their…

  15. The Mets may not release Castillo after all

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:23 AM EDT

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    Remember that report over the weekend about the Mets maybe releasing Luis Castillo and Oliver Perez?  Maybe it’s just Perez: Contrary to a weekend report that had the Mets considering releasing Luis Castillo, a club source Monday said the club has every intention of bringing him to spring training to compete for the second base job in…

  16. Stats for dummies: Beware the “Luck Dragon”

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:56 PM EDT

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    Have trouble understanding Sabermetrics? Do advanced metrics make your ears bleed? Bradley Woodrum is here to help. Woodrum, who writes about the Tampa Bay Rays at DRaysBay.com, has created a rather entertaining video explaining the statistic of Fielding Independent Pitching. It’s 1:43 of good wholesome fun and a straightforward explanation of why the stat is a…

  17. Former No. 1 overall pick Kris Benson retires

    Jan 10, 2011, 11:38 PM EDT

    Kris Benson throwing

    From the hardly shocking news department: Kris Benson told Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com that he has decided to retire. “I’m done,” the 36-year-old said by phone from his home outside Atlanta. “I decided pretty much after this past season that I wasn’t going to pursue anything. I’ve been putting way too much into it…

  18. UPDATE: Brad Penny tells us he’s close to signing a contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 9:30 PM EDT

    Brad Penny cards

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Tigers are looking like the front-runners to sign Penny. 8:30 PM: Brad Penny just cut out the middleman and gave us the latest update on his job search via his Twitter account. “Getting close to finding my new home. Should know by the end of the day.”…

  19. Don Cooper doesn’t want the White Sox to mess with Chris Sale

    Jan 10, 2011, 7:55 PM EDT

    Chris Sale throwing

    The White Sox just officially announced a two-year, $4 million contract with left-handed reliever Will Ohman. When the agreement was initially reported on Saturday, many immediately speculated (including myself) that his addition to the bullpen would push Matt Thornton to the closer role and Chris Sale to the rotation if Jake Peavy isn’t ready for…

  20. Reds sign Fred Lewis to a one-year contract

    Jan 10, 2011, 6:15 PM EDT

    Fred Lewis high five

    The Reds have signed outfielder Fred Lewis to a one-year contract, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports that he’ll make a $900,000 base salary, plus incentives. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays in December after batting .262/.332/.442 with eight home runs, 36 RBI, 17 stolen bases and a 745…

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