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  1. Rockies sign Casey Blake to one-year, $2 million contract

    Dec 20, 2011, 5:30 PM EDT

    Casey Blake

    During today’s press conference for Michael Cuddyer the Rockies also announced that they’ve agreed to terms with Casey Blake on a one-year contract. Blake missed most of the season with a pinched nerve in his neck that required surgery and talked about possibly being forced to retire, but he’ll give it another go at age…

  2. Endy Chavez’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $1.5 million

    Dec 20, 2011, 4:46 PM EDT

    Endy Chavez, Kerwin Danley, Miguel Olivo

    Baltimore made Endy Chavez‘s one-year contract official, announcing that he’ll get $1.5 million upfront and another $500,000 in potential incentives. That’s more or less the going rate for a veteran fourth outfielder, which is the role Chavez will fill in 2012 after turning his career around by hitting .301 with five homers and a .749…

  3. Yuniesky Betancourt and the Royals, together again

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:53 PM EDT

    Yuniesky Betancourt

    In a hilarious yet oddly predictable reunion the Royals have signed Yuniesky Betancourt to a one-year deal. Betancourt was Kansas City’s starting shortstop for the second half of 2009 and all of 2010, but was traded to Milwaukee as part of the Zack Greinke blockbuster and had a terrible season for the Brewers. Now he…

  4. That Philly sex-for-World-Series-tickets lady had her conviction overturned

    Dec 20, 2011, 3:42 PM EDT

    Finkelstein

    Remember Susan Finkelstein? Of course you do. She was the woman from Bucks County, Pennsylvania who was busted trying to trade sex for 2009 World Series tickets. She was acquitted on prostitution charges in the spring of 2010 but was convicted of attempted prostitution. But now her conviction has been overturned and her name has been cleared! Basically!…

  5. Rays and Joel Peralta avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    Joel Peralta

    Joel Peralta has avoided arbitration with the Rays, agreeing to a one-year contract worth $2.175 million. Tampa Bay picked Peralta up after he was non-tendered by Washington last offseason and the 35-year-old reliever was an excellent low-cost signing, earning just $925,000 while throwing 68 innings with a 2.93 ERA and 61/18 K/BB ratio. He’ll likely…

  6. Roy Oswalt will take a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 1:39 PM EDT

    Roy Oswalt

    Two weeks ago it was reported that Roy Oswalt wanted a three-year deal. Crickets.  Now Jerry Crasnick says that Oswalt is seeking a one-year deal.  And as many as six teams are interested, he says. No surprise there. Teams are probably concerned about a long term commitment to a guy who had back trouble last…

  7. Mets talking to Rockies about Eric Young Jr.

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York the Mets “have expressed interest” in Rockies utility man Eric Young Jr. Rubin notes that the two teams have had talks regarding Jon Niese, but indicates that the Young discussions may be unrelated and quotes a source as saying that the Mets may be able to get…

  8. How to fix Hall of Fame voting

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    For a long time we’ve been talking about the inevitable logjam on the Hall of Fame ballot due to PED-implicated players getting some but insufficient support for the next 20 years or so.  We’ve also been talking about how the Hall of Fame is on the fast track to irrelevancy if something isn’t done about…

  9. Mets shopping one-time top prospect Fernando Martinez?

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    As a teenager Fernando Martinez was an elite prospect, ranking among Baseball America‘s top 30 prospects in 2007, 2008, and 2009, but injuries and mediocre hitting have caused his stock to plummet of late and now the Mets may be shopping the 23-year-old outfielder. Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that Martinez’s arthritic…

  10. Don Mattingly is the manager of Confiturembourg

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For reasons of personal and family history I’ve probably seen The Nutcracker a billion times, give or take. And now my daughter Mookie is a ballet dancer and she’s been in The Nutcracker for a couple of years in a row. It’s never gonna end. I could probably give a go to half of the…

  11. Jeff Clement re-signs with Pirates on minor-league deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Jeff Clement has gone from No. 3 overall pick and top-rated prospect to bust and Triple-A veteran, but rather than make a fresh start somewhere else the 28-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract. Once upon a time Clement looked like a future star as a power-hitting catcher, but his…

  12. Must-click Link: Of course Batman draws a bases-loaded walk

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Batman Baseball

    Reason number 1,346 why Batman is the best. After going 5-for-5 in an all-star game against a team of super villains, he comes up to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and … works the count for a walk.  You can’t pitch to the dude. You can’t pitch around him.…

  13. Allen Craig’s knee surgery has Cardinals interested in Coco Crisp

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    It’s unclear how far along the two sides are in talks, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch have each reported recently that the Cardinals are interested in Coco Crisp. Allen Craig is likely to miss at least the first month of the…

  14. Cody Ross lowers his asking price

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The market is the market, and with Jason Kubel signing a two-year deal with the Dbacks yesterday, Cody Ross has apparently determined that asking for three years is unreasonable. According to David O’Brien, Cody Ross is now seeking a two-year deal. There is some interest. The Reds and Giants are in the mix. The fact that O’Brien…

  15. Freddy Sanchez aiming to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Shoulder surgery ended Freddy Sanchez‘s season in mid-June, but he’s under contract for $6 million in 2012 and said yesterday that he hopes to be in the Opening Day lineup. Sanchez told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s advanced to throwing from 60 feet, saying “the shoulder is coming along great” and…

  16. The Rays have inquired about Anthony Rizzo

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Now that the Padres have Yonder Alonso in the fold, they have one-too-many first base prospects about whose future I’m dubious.  Probably need to trade one.  There have been some alleged talks with the Cubs — alleged because Jed Hoyer has shot them down as fiction — but now we have a report that the…

  17. Great Moments in Chutzpah: the Braves challenge Disney over the word “brave”

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

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    This is good: the Atlanta Braves have made a formal objection to a trademark application filed by Disney for their new animated movie “Brave.”  Guess that explains what they’ve been doing all offseason while not doing anything to make the team better. But as a Braves fan I’m totally, totally on board with this. I…

  18. Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame: a simple question

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:42 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    John Harper of the Daily News is, in my view, wrong when it comes to Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame, but in approaching the matter, I think he frames the question just perfectly: But in saying here that I won’t vote for Bonds when he becomes Hall-eligible next year, let me respond to…

  19. Ed Wade to rejoin Phillies in scouting department

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Confirming what Richard Justice of MLB.com first relayed earlier tonight, John Finger and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com have learned that Ed Wade will rejoin the Phillies as a member of their scouting department. Wait a minute, did he ever actually leave? Wade previously served as general manager with the Phillies from 1998-2005 and even hired…

  20. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

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