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  1. 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…

  2. 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.

  3. 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…

  4. Marlins’ new park 50% done, premium tickets selling quickly

    Dec 23, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

    marlins new park

    Marlins president David Samson has teamed up with MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro to provide fans (and casual onlookers) with an inside look at the progress of the club’s new ballpark construction. According to the most recent update, the new park is nearly 50% complete and premium season tickets for the stadium — set to open in…

  5. Yankees internally discussing free agent Manny Ramirez

    Dec 23, 2010, 9:11 PM EDT

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

    Here’s a juicy one.  Well, sorta. Jack Curry of the YES Network heard from a source Thursday that the Yankees have engaged in “internal chats” about free agent slugger Manny Ramirez. The Yanks are trying to add a quality bat to their bench and have also looked into signing free agent Johnny Damon.  But, as…

  6. Padres “on verge” of deal with free agent Brad Hawpe

    Dec 23, 2010, 8:03 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies baserunner Brad Hawpe is congratulated by Rockies Troy Tulowitzki and Clint Barmes after batter Ian Stewart hit a single to score two against the San Diego Padres in their MLB baseball game in Denver

    UPDATE: Dan Hayes of the North County Times was told by a Padres official that the talks are serious, but that “nothing is going to happen either way for a few days.” 8:03 PM: Aaron wrote earlier that the Padres were “interested” in signing free agent Brad Hawpe to play first base. Now Buster Olney…

  7. Rockies acquire reliever Matt Lindstrom from Astros

    Dec 23, 2010, 6:44 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    UPDATE: The swap is now complete, according to Astros social media director Alyson Footer.  Houston will receive minor league pitchers Jonnathan Aristil and Wes Musick in return from the Rox. Aristil, a 24-year-old right-hander, had a 5.90 ERA and 1.63 WHIP over 71.2 minor league innings in 2010.  Musick, a 23-year-old lefty, posted a 4.05…

  8. Rangers sign reliever Arthur Rhodes to one-year contract

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:55 PM EDT

    Arthur Rhodes

    Texas has agreed to a one-year contract with Arthur Rhodes, according to Steve Phillips of AOL Fanhouse, who reports that the deal also includes a vesting option for 2012 after the veteran left-hander made his first All-Star team this year at age 41. Rhodes was classified as a Type A free agent, but because the…

  9. Rays and Angels join Yankees with interest in Johnny Damon

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:46 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon 3

    Yankees general manager Brian Cashman downplayed Johnny Damon‘s chances of returning to New York and Damon himself indicated that it was an unlikely fit because he’s drawing interest from multiple other teams offering regular playing time. According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday–who had the Yankees’ interest in Damon before everyone else–those other teams…

  10. A team-by-team breakdown of offseason spending so far

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:35 PM EDT

    stack of money

    I’ve seen a few posts around the web in which writers have reported how much money in contracts teams have handed out in total this winter — I think we’re at or near a billion now — but I find that to be rather abstract and not entirely useful. In contrast, however, Ben Nicholson-Smith at…

  11. Watergate investigators had “extreme interest” in going after George Steinbrenner

    Dec 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    1970s Steinbrenner

    Anyone who has read a bit about George Steinbrenner knows that, in the 70s, he pleaded guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to the Dick Nixon and got a little slap on the wrist and a 15-month suspension from baseball because of it.  Some documents were just released, however, that elaborates on just how hot…

  12. We should probably keep our eye on Corey Wimberly

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Wimberly

    I didn’t have any idea who Corey Wimberly was either. But then he got traded from the Athletics to the Pirates for pitcher Ryan Kelly today and he took to Twitter about it, where he goes by the name Wimboslice3: just got traded to the pirates!!!!!!!!! Black and yellow black and yellow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! … david forth…

  13. Astros “working hard” to trade reliever Matt Lindstrom

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

    matt-lindstrom-astros

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com “the Astros are working hard on a possible trade of Matt Lindstrom today.” Acquired from the Marlins for a pair of prospects last winter, Lindstrom ranked among the league leaders with 21 saves in the first half, but then posted a 7.50 ERA after the All-Star break while losing…

  14. Buck Showalter says that the reports of the offer to Adam LaRoche are not true

    Dec 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    I keep talking about the three-year, $21 million contract offer the Orioles have out to Adam LaRoche as if it’s written in stone someplace, but it’s not.  Yes, it’s been reported by multiple outlets, but today Buck Showalter was on MLB Network Radio and, while confirming that the Orioles are interested in LaRoche, he said…

  15. Padres interested in Brad Hawpe as cheap option at first base

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    hawpe

    With the Nationals and Orioles seemingly fighting over Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee at first base the Padres have turned their attention to Brad Hawpe, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. After hitting at least .285 with 20-plus homers and an OPS above .875 in four straight seasons Hawpe struggled last year, getting released by…

  16. Lee Smith: the most dominant closer of his era?

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Lee Smith

    Here’s a fun Hall of Fame ballot:  Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven and … Lee Smith. Had me until Lee Smith. That’s from David Lariviere of Forbes, who refers to Smith as “the dominant reliever of his era.”  Smith pitched from 1980 through 1997.  That era, which saw the rise of the one-inning closer, included Rollie…

  17. “Mr. Lee — the Philadelphia Jewish community turned its lonely eyes to you”

    Dec 23, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    This is easily my favorite Cliff Lee column I’ve seen written by anyone anywhere. And I say that even though the writer seems to believe that Abner Doubleday invented baseball.  Just treat it like Belushi’s “the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor” speech in “Animal House.”  Forget it, he’s on a roll: Cliff Lee is more than…

  18. Pirates sign Garrett Atkins to minor league contract

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:49 PM EDT

    garrett-atkins-orioles

    Garrett Atkins flopped for the Orioles after signing a one-year, $4.5 million deal last offseason, so he’s had to settle for a minor-league contract with the Pirates this time around and will be reunited with former Rockies manager Clint Hurdle. Atkins gets an invitation to spring training, but the Pirates have already inked fellow third…

  19. CC Sabathia is in the best shape of his life

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Sabathia fat

    This article — shot my way by Jason over at IIATMS — doesn’t have the magic words, but it’s close enough to qualify under my liberal definition of BSOML articles: “I’m feeling good,” Sabathia said. “I wasn’t really worried about the surgery because I had it before. It was just swelling up on me after…

  20. Picture of the Day: Alex Rodriguez goes paddleboarding with Cameron Diaz

    Dec 23, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Via the fine folks at People magazine: “Alex Rodriguez and Cameron Diaz enjoyed this week while on vacation with his two kids in Los Cabos, Mexico”: Sorry. It’s a really, really slow news day. I can only write so many posts about Rusty Ryal.

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