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  1. Report: Diamondbacks to non-tender Joe Saunders, Micah Owings

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    The Diamondbacks couldn’t come to terms with Joe Saunders on either a one- or a two-year deal and have chosen to non-tender the left-hander, according to FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal. Micah Owings, who did a nice job against righties out of the bullpen last season, will also be let go. Saunders went 12-13 with a 3.69…

  2. Dodgers sign Tony Gwynn Jr. to two-year deal

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:46 PM EDT

    Tony Gwynn Jr.

    The word out of Los Angeles recently was that Tony Gwynn Jr. was a possible non-tender candidate, but so much for that thought. The Dodgers signed the speedy outfielder to a new two-year, $2 million deal on Monday. The contract covers Gwynn’s two remaining years of arbitration eligibility. The 29-year-old hit .256/.308/.353 with two homers, 22 RBI…

  3. The Mets recently received a $40 million loan from Bank of America

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:22 PM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    UPDATE: Via Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets have released the following statement: “The bridge loan was approved by Major League Baseball and the syndicate of lenders to the Mets. The process for the sale of minority shares in the team continues to go very well.” 7:22 PM: Just in case the…

  4. Rays acquire reliever Burke Badenhop from Marlins

    Dec 12, 2011, 6:47 PM EDT

    Burke Badenhop

    Now this is more like what we’re used to seeing from the Marlins: cutting corners by giving away a perfectly useful arbitration-eligible player. The Rays on Monday picked up right-hander Burke Badenhop from Miami for minor league catcher Jake Jefferies. It’s a nice get for Tamps Bay. Badenhop’s ERA has climbed slightly, going from 3.75…

  5. Marlins add outfielder Aaron Rowand on minor league contract

    Dec 12, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    Aaron Rowand

    With no financial incentives at stake, free agent Aaron Rowand could simply pick and choose from the situations he liked best this winter. On Monday, he made his commitment, signing a minor league deal to battle for playing time in the Marlins outfield. Rowand hit .233/.274/.347 with four homers in 331 at-bats before being released…

  6. Report: Diamondbacks agree to terms with Takashi Saito

    Dec 12, 2011, 6:06 PM EDT

    Takashi Saito AP

    Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Diamondbacks have agreed to terms with veteran reliever Takashi Saito. Contract details aren’t yet available. The Brewers were hoping to keep Saito as recently as last week, but they likely didn’t have much room left in their budget after Francisco Rodriguez accepted arbitration and they elected to fill out…

  7. Bud Selig is the second most influential person in sports business

    Dec 12, 2011, 5:34 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    Sports Business Journal puts a list together each year naming the most influential people in sports business.  The new one is out and Bud Selig is pretty darn high on that list: number 2. Now, number one and number 16 happen to be my bosses, so I don’t want Bud getting too big a head…

  8. Jerome Williams signs one-year, $820,000 deal with Angels

    Dec 12, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Jerome Williams‘ comeback was complete when he returned to the majors and got people to call him the right name, but now he’s getting a big-league contract too. Rather than potentially non-tender Williams the Angels have signed him to a one-year deal worth $820,000 upfront and another $120,000 in possible incentives, avoiding arbitration with the…

  9. Cardinals nearing two-year deal with Skip Schumaker

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker is close to avoiding arbitration (and a possible non-tender) by signing a two-year contract with the Cardinals, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Last month general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Daniel Descalso would open the season as the Cardinals’ starting second baseman, but Schumaker’s presence means at the…

  10. Wife of Albert Pujols tells radio show: “the city of St. Louis has absolutely been deceived”

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Pujols kisses his wife Deidre after the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    “I understand you’re talking to us, then one TV station, and that’s about it,” is how Sandi Brown, morning show host at 99.1 Joy FM in St. Louis, opened her conversation Monday with Deidre Pujols, the wife of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. “This is the moment of truth for us,” Deidre replied. “Four…

  11. Quote of the Day: Louis CK is the El Duque of comedy

    Dec 12, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Louis CK

    In promotion of a new live performance available at his website, Louis CK is doing an Ask Me Anything over at Reddit today, and one of the questions he was asked was about how he thinks a comedian is supposed to approach his audience and all of that. His answer will make fans of craftiness happy:…

  12. John Buck rescued two women from an overturned car

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

    Buck_John

    Marlins catcher John Buck and his wife were driving around their neighborhood Thursday morning when they came upon a car that had flipped over after crashing into a tree. Buck shared the details of what happened next with Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “I kind of saw a hand pulling at the window,’’…

  13. Jose Rijo now has an arrest warrant out on him

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Back in September we learned that a Dominican Republic hotel owned by former major leaguer Jose Rijo was raided in connection with an investigation into the murder of a journalist. The accused: Matias Avelino Castro, a business associate of Rijo’s. Seems that since then Rijo has been subpoenaed and wanted for questioning. Except he keeps refusing…

  14. Rockies making “aggressive push” for Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Colorado’s interest in Michael Cuddyer has been well known all offseason and now they’re stepping up their pursuit of the free agent outfielder, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that the Rockies are making an “aggressive push.” Cuddyer is said to have a three-year offer on the table from Minnesota worth around $25 million and…

  15. The Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Toronto

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    The Blue Jays just announced that they have traded for outfielder Ben Francisco. To the Phillies: lefty Frank Gailey. When last we heard of Francisco, he had just hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Jaime Garcia in the top of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the NLDS. In more normal times we know of him as…

  16. Brewers agree to three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Milwaukee may not have Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of 2012, but it looks like there will still be a right-handed slugger in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract with Aramis Ramirez, pending a physical exam. Milwaukee has…

  17. Another call for an MVP re-vote

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post joins the chorus. Well, the duet: If Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance is upheld, there should be a re-vote for NL MVP. And he should change his name to Ryan Brawn. Or maybe even Ryan Fraud. Sorry, I need to take the rest…

  18. With free agency one year away Zack Greinke has left his agent for … no one

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Zack Greinke left his representatives at CAA and is currently without an agent. Greinke has one season left on his contract and will hit the open market next offseason ready to cash in for a huge deal, so every agent in the business would love to nab him as…

  19. Jimmy Rollins did not have minor wrist surgery last week

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Over the weekend there were several reports that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery to remove a ganglion cyst from his left wrist, but this morning Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer clarified the situation via Twitter, writing: For those wondering, it was erroneously reported in two media outlets that Jimmy Rollins had minor wrist surgery.…

  20. Tim Raines and 49 other dudes with great Hall of Fame cases

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Last year Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present did a list of the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. I remember reading it and linking it but I can’t for the life of me find what I said about it on HBT. No matter: Graham has a new, bigger and…

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