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  1. Joe Posnanski creates a passive-aggressive masterpiece

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Joe Posnanski’s latest post is brilliant. It’s about an imaginary “Willie Mays Hall of Fame” in which only the truly elite of the elite should be enshrined. Many people talk about such a thing, and today he envisions it. The post is long, and if you take it at face value you might get mad at…

  2. Rafael Soriano is willing to be a setup man for the Yankees

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EDT

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    Rafael Soriano‘s agent, Scott Boras, told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that the former Rays closer would be willing to serve as a setup man on the Yankees, saying “that door is open for a number of different reasons.” Here’s more from Boras on Soriano’s potential interest in setting up Mariano Rivera in New York: I…

  3. Picture this: 21 Hall-worthy players jamming the ballot

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:26 PM EDT

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    Rob Neyer does some back-of-the-envelope figuring and determines that, come 2014, there may be 21 Hall of Fame-quality players on the ballot. Most of them will be kept out because of PED prejudice, but will garner enough support to where it will likely erode support for the non-PED users who are viewed by many as…

  4. Peter Moylan may or may not be in the best shape of his life

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:33 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I’ve been checking in and out of the blog of Braves reliever Peter Moylan all winter.  Being a Braves fan I was happy to learn back in November that Moylan — not exactly a man with abs of steel — was on a bigtime conditioning program.  Given that Bobby Cox worked Moylan to death these…

  5. Jeff Keppinger out 3-4 months following foot surgery

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Earlier this offseason the Yankees were said to be talking to the Astros about trading for Jeff Keppinger, but those talks apparently fizzled and now the veteran infielder is expected to miss the beginning of the season following foot surgery. General manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Keppinger’s recovery time is expected…

  6. Report: Edgar Renteria signs a one-year, $3 million deal with the Reds

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    A reader tipped me that Edgar Renteria‘s hometown newspaper was reporting that he has signed a deal with the Reds. I had no idea what Renteria’s hometown was, so I asked someone on Twitter and a couple clicks later I found this story: El pelotero barranquillero Édgar Rentería jugará con los Rojos de Cincinnati la…

  7. Your Opening Day couch potato planning guide

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    ESPN has announced its Opening Day triple header: Detroit in the Bronx to face the Yankees early, San Diego at St. Louis later and the Giants in L.A. to play the Dodgers to round out the evening.  That Giants-Dodgers series wasn’t supposed to kick off until the next day, but the league moved it up to…

  8. Mike Cameron willing to accept fourth outfielder role in Boston

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a good article about Mike Cameron, who was signed to be the Red Sox’s starting center fielder last offseason and is now slated to be their fourth outfielder following an injury wrecked season and the Carl Crawford signing. General manager Theo Epstein called Cameron before the Crawford deal was official…

  9. Must-Click Link: Catching up with Jim Joyce

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

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    As a short-attention-span blogger, it makes my head hurt to think about travelling a couple thousand miles, talking to someone for hours and then spending several days writing several thousand insightful words about the experience.  Really, I tend to lose interest in what I’m writing approximately two minutes after I think of the snarky punchline.…

  10. Yu Darvish signs 2011 contract in Japan, gives “no comment” on potential 2012 move to MLB

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EDT

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    Yu Darvish, the 24-year-old Japanese ace MLB teams have been salivating over for years already, has signed a 2011 contract with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters worth approximately $6 million, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. There’s been speculation that Darvish could make the move to MLB following the 2011 season, but when asked about…

  11. UPDATE: Alomar to wear a Jays cap, Blyleven a Twins cap on their Hall of Fame plaques

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:13 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson confirms that Blyleven’s plaque will have a Twins hat and Alomar’s will have a Blue Jays cap.  In keeping with his statements from last night, Idelson also adds that all players’ caps — not just Angels inductees — will henceforth have halos engraved on them as well. Wednesday, 4:28…

  12. Alfredo Simon may have altered his gun after the shooting

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EDT

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    While keeping in mind that the statements of prosecutors in high-profile criminal cases mere days after the event are often calculated to influence the potential jury pool and make the suspect seem as guilty as hell, this looks kinda bad for Alfredo Simon: A Dominican prosecutor handling the case of Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said…

  13. Derrek Lee’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $7.25 million plus incentives

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:44 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee with Braves

    Derrek Lee and the Orioles are making their one-year deal official today, and Don Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the contract is worth $7.25 million in guaranteed money plus another $2.75 million in potential “performance bonuses.” Lee just finished a five-year, $65 million deal signed with the Cubs in 2006, but is a…

  14. Scott Boras brokers the smallest deal of his career

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Great anecdote regarding Adrian Beltre‘s signing with the Rangers in today’s Star-Telegram: Adrian Beltre has worn jersey No. 29 almost his entire 13-year career. Julio Borbon has worn it his entire two-year career.Guess who is will wear it in 2011? Scott Boras, who represents both players, handled the situation. “I said, ‘Julio, there are traditions in…

  15. Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley comes out of the closet

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

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    A brave and moving column from the Boston Herald’s Steve Buckley this morning: Over the past couple of months I have discussed the coming-out process with my family and a few friends, and have had sit-downs with Herald editor-in-chief Joe Sciacca and sports editor Hank Hryniewicz, as well as with WEEI’s Glenn Ordway. They’ve been…

  16. GM says Jose Bautista likely to play third base in 2011

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:48 AM EDT

    Blue Jays Bautista rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Indians during their MLB American League baseball game in Toronto

    All eyes will be on Jose Bautista‘s performance at the plate this year as he tries to follow up an out of nowhere 54-homer season, but Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos indicated yesterday that he’ll likely also be playing third base full time after being mostly a right fielder in 2010. Anthopoulos told Shi…

  17. Are the Rays interested in Manny Ramirez?

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    ESPN’s Enrique Rojas tweets thusly: En días seguidos, 2 personas cercanas a Manny Ramírez me han mencionado un supuesto interés de “Rays”. Podría ser infundado, pero intriga. Thank goodness I have readers who speak Spanish. The translation: “In the previous days, 2 people in Manny’s inner circle have mentioned that Rays have shown some interest…

  18. Mike Scioscia has not ruled out Vladimir Guerrero returning to the Angels

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    Now that the Rangers are “out” on re-signing Vladimir Guerrero there have been conflicting reports about his chances of returning to the Angels, but yesterday manager Mike Scioscia indicated during a radio interview that it remains a possibility: Well, Vladdy’s been one of the guys obviously we’ve talked about for a while, and I think…

  19. The Red Sox scuttle plans to bring the right field fence in

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:51 AM EDT

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    You’ll recall back in October the Red Sox sought approval from the Boston Landmarks Commission to widen Fenway Park’s bullpen by about nine feet which, in turn, would have made hitting homers to right nine feet easier.  They have released a statement, however, saying they’ve changed their minds: “The Red Sox recently sent a letter to the…

  20. The Rays sign a cyborg

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:19 AM EDT

    Chris Carter Mets

    Really: former Mets’ outfielder  Chris Carter was been described by his teammates as “a baseball cyborg,” after he wowed them with his work ethic and intensity during spring training. Adam Rubin reports that the Tampa Bay Rays have signed Carter to a minor league deal. If Carter is a cyborg, something malfunctioned in his positronic net. Because…

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