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  1. 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…

  2. Scott Boras brokers the smallest deal of his career

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    Boras thinking

    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…

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

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Steve Buckley

    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…

  4. 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…

  5. 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…

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

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

    Valdimir Guerrero skyward

    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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. What they’re saying about the Hall of Fame vote

    Jan 6, 2011, 9:08 AM EDT

    Hall Of Fame Baseball

    The Hall of Fame announced the voting results yesterday. Here’s what some folks had to say about that.

  10. The Hall of Fame gives voters a clear signal: moralize about steroids even more

    Jan 6, 2011, 6:21 AM EDT

    cooperstown

    In the past couple of weeks many Hall of Fame voters expressed dismay at the dilemma they faced regarding PED users and the character clause in their voting instructions. Some — including Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark — have openly asked the the Hall provide guidance on the matter.  Well, the Hall did so last…

  11. Eric Chavez being courted by Dodgers, two others

    Jan 5, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Oakland Athletics

    Eric Chavez is serious about wanting to return for a 13th professional season. The oft-injured infielder told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he has a workout with the Dodgers on January 20 and will hold private workouts with two American League clubs later this month. Chavez played in only 33 games last…

  12. Scot Shields still unsure about retirement

    Jan 5, 2011, 7:52 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v New York Yankees

    Veteran setup man Scot Shields told reporters in late September that he was considering calling it quits at the conclusion of the 2010 season in order to spend more time with his family.  He also left open the possibility of returning “if the right situation comes up.” Today, he’s pretty much of the same exact…

  13. Padres sign Kevin Frandsen to minor league contract

    Jan 5, 2011, 6:18 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels Kevin Frandsen slides across home plate to score against Seattle Mariners during American League baseball game in Anaheim

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Padres have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with infielder Kevin Frandsen. Frandsen, 28, can make $575,000 if he lands on San Diego’s Opening Day roster and manages to hang around for the entire 2011 season. Our guess is he will kick off the year…

  14. Rafael Palmeiro: “voters are putting too much weight on the one incident”

    Jan 5, 2011, 5:23 PM EDT

    Palmeiro Orioles

    Mel Antonen caught up with Rafael Palmeiro today after the Hall of Fame vote was announced. Palmeiro is understandable disappointed with his vote total. After saying some nice things about Roberto Alomar and saying that he thought he himself would get more support than he did, Palmeiro made an appeal to the voters: “I hear…

  15. An alleged age-fraudster is arrested in the Dominican Republic

    Jan 5, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

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    Lost in all of the Hall of Fame hubbub is a story that has some pretty big implications for baseball on-the-field: An influential baseball scout who was arrested in the Dominican Republic on Tuesday allegedly gave new identities to his players to make them appear younger – and therefore more appealing to major league teams – to obtain…

  16. Red Sox claim Max Ramirez off waivers from Rangers

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:42 PM EDT

    max-ramirez-rangers

    Last year at this time the Red Sox and Rangers were close to a deal that would have sent Mike Lowell (and some salary relief) to Texas for minor leaguer Max Ramirez, but the trade was nixed because Lowell needed thumb surgery in addition to his hip problems. Lowell ended up staying in Boston and…

  17. So, what are Jeff Bagwell’s chances for the future?

    Jan 5, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    You can look at Jeff Bagwell’s measly 41.7% vote total in a couple of ways. On the one hand, it’s a big insult for a guy who was one of the best first basemen ever and you can assume he’s getting jobbed. Another way to look at is with some optimism of eventual induction. That’s what Chris…

  18. Rangers “out” on Vladimir Guerrero after signing Adrian Beltre

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:44 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Michael Young is expected to become Texas’ primary designated hitter after the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre to a five-year, $80 million contract to replace him at third base, so not surprisingly today general manager Jon Daniels said the team is “out” of the mix to re-sign Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero out-produced Young by a wide margin…

  19. Minions: stand down

    Jan 5, 2011, 3:36 PM EDT

    Nixon China

    Jeff Pearlman wrote something reasonable and reflective over at his personal blog in the wake of this morning’s nonsense. Go read it. Jeff: you have no need to apologize to me, though I do appreciate the gesture. You believe what you believe and I believe what I believe and the last thing I think anyone…

  20. What can we learn from the Hall of Fame voting this year?

    Jan 5, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    I’m not one of those people who go crazy at the actual vote totals. You’re either in or you’re out, and if someone got 53.4% of the vote as opposed to 66.2% I’m not going to blow a gasket. That said, there are a lot of things we can learn from the vote totals. So,…

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