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  1. Yankees “monitoring” free agent righty Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    From George King III of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees are monitoring the negotiations surrounding free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  However, the Yanks “don’t appear to be in a hurry to do anything.” New York is still waiting on a decision from veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, who is weighing whether to…

  2. Hisashi Iwakuma re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they were unwilling to meet his lofty contract demands and the 29-year-old has now re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.  This according to Jason Coskrey of The Japan Times. Iwakuma turned in a quality 2.81 ERA…

  3. Nationals “remain in the mix” for righty Carl Pavano

    Dec 26, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    The Nationals made a run at free agent southpaw Cliff Lee before he signed with the Phillies.  They also tried for right-hander Zack Greinke before the Royals dealt him to the Brewers. The free agent market is mostly a scrap heap by now, but one top free agent pitcher remains and the Nationals are doing…

  4. Baseball Stars, a peak in many ways…

    Dec 25, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    baseball stars logo

    Merry Christmas. It’s nice to be able to write that and know that a few thousand people might read it.  Or at least glance over it.  I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday. I used to love Christmas.  I guess I still do, but I used to really love it. Presents. Presents.…

  5. Jamie Moyer is serious about wanting to pitch in 2012

    Dec 25, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Phildelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it.  At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure.  But he expects to find an…

  6. Revisiting “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets”

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    It was a little less than a year ago when I wrote a piece for HardballTalk entitled “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets.” For those who have forgotten, here were my recommendations at the time: Decide on a public face Learn how to keep certain things in-house A complete and thorough review/overhaul of medical protocol…

  7. Topps

    Dec 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Curt Topps hat

    I wrote this on my old Shysterball blog back in 2007. Sorry for the re-run, but (a) it’s Christmas and I have better things to be doing this morning than blogging; and (b) only a handful of people read Shysterball back in the day, so I’m sure most of you haven’t seen this anyway.  Either…

  8. Padres reach one-year agreement with Brad Hawpe

    Dec 24, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Brad Hawpe

    From Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press comes word that the Padres have reached a one-year contract with free agent Brad Hawpe.  The two sides were said to be “on the verge” of an agreement late Thursday night and made it happen today on Christmas Eve. Once he passes his pre-signing physical, everything will be…

  9. Merry Christmas, HBT Nation

    Dec 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Wonderful Life

    As soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’m going to take the family to my folks’ house for a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Then I’m going to come back, do my very best to settle Mookie and Tyrus Raymond down and get them to bed under threat of Santa skipping our house.  Then…

  10. The Giants are locking up Krukow and Kuiper for six more years

    Dec 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Krukow and Kuiper

    I never had a chance to listen Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper doing Giants games until this year when I began surfing between multiple games each night for a living.  But having had a chance to check them out in 2010, I agree: they’re near the top of the heap as far as broadcasters go.…

  11. Papi Claus

    Dec 24, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Christmas Eve is a good day for stories about ballplayers doing philanthropic things. Though the stories tend to sound the same, the underlying message never gets old. And that’s especially true when the message involves David Ortiz dressed up like Santa Claus: In many ways, Ortiz is like a Dominican Santa — gregarious in nature, large…

  12. The most depressing baseball-related Christmas song ever

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Halladay Jays

    It’s actually kinda jumpy in a western swing sort of way, but this song by Canadian country singer Gord Bramford is mostly sad. Why? Because all the little boy in the video wants is a baseball glove autographed by Roy Halladay. The same Roy Halladay of whom he has a poster on the wall of…

  13. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch, but “the offers are sparse”

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EDT

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    Trevor Hoffman told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward wanting to continue pitching in 2011, but McCalvy writes that “the offers are sparse” for the all-time saves leader after he struggled in 2010. With a 2-7 record and 5.89 ERA in 47 innings Hoffman’s overall numbers were ugly, but he bounced back from…

  14. A Tony La Russa roast? I LOVE it

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    La Russa closeup

    The St. Louis chapter of the BBWAA is having its annual dinner on January 16th. And in addition to the usual awards and things, they’re shaking things up by roasting Tony La Russa: To mark manager Tony La Russa’s return for a 16th season in the Cardinals dugout, the writers have invited some of his close…

  15. Get Mets-merized!

    Dec 24, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    1986 Mets

    I’m sure some of you have heard this. I had not. And until I did a few minutes ago, my life was incomplete. Resolved: Darryl Strawberry is the worst rapper in history.  Further resolved: George Foster’s boast that the Mets were better than “the Red Machine,” likely did not go over very well at Sparky…

  16. Ringolsby: don’t bar the PED users from the Hall of Fame

    Dec 24, 2010, 11:10 AM EDT

    McGwire Palmiero

    Tracy Ringolsby makes a point that I find to be eminently reasonable: There is a strong feeling among some that amphetamines actually enhance performances over a broader base than steroids. What it all underscores is that over time, athletes, in any sport, are always looking for ways to gain an edge on the competition. When one…

  17. Mets will give D.J. Carrasco a chance to earn rotation spot

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:40 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    When the Mets signed D.J. Carrasco to a two-year, $2.5 million deal earlier this month the assumption was that they’d use him as a middle reliever, but Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that he’ll likely be given a chance to claim a rotation spot in spring training. Carrasco has experience as…

  18. So I guess Dave Eiland was the A.J. Burnett whisperer

    Dec 24, 2010, 10:10 AM EDT

    burnett

    Or so this New York Post article wants us to believe. In it Eiland says that he had a plan to fix him this winter and that Burnett was totally on board but, oh well, he got fired.  The article goes on to note that “when [Burnett] opened 2010 with a 6-2 ledger and a…

  19. Watching Bill Lee shoot free throws is more fun than you’d expect

    Dec 24, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Bill Lee

    It’s Christmas Eve people. There’s going to be a lot of this kind of nonsense today. I may even break out all of those pics of Batman celebrating Christmas that I put up on my Facebook page later.

  20. Is Andy Pettitte a Hall of Famer?

    Dec 24, 2010, 8:11 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Ben Shpigel of the New York Times asked a handful of baseball writers that question. There is some support there. Not a lot, though: Shpigel asked nine writers if they’d vote for Pettitte.  two said yes, four said no and three were undecided. I found the most interesting response to be Pete Abraham’s: “I’d first want…

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