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  1. The Indians are slashing ticket prices

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Progressive Field

    This should not be surprising, but the Indians are reducing their ticket prices in the face of a pretty severe dropoff in attendance.  The details are all in the article. It seems straight-forward: across the board cuts with extra perks for season ticket holders such as access to the restaurant usually reserved for club level…

  2. Ron Washington wants to keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    In the wake of the Rangers missing out on re-signing Cliff Lee there’s been some speculation that they could fill his spot in the rotation with closer Neftali Feliz, who was primarily a starter in the minors and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 10 prospects as a starter in back-to-back years. Yesterday manager Ron Washington…

  3. Dodgers sign Matt Guerrier to three-year, $12 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Matt Guerrier has been linked to Boston throughout the offseason, but Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is said to be against the idea of handing out three-year contracts to relievers and Erik Boland of New York Newsday reports that Guerrier has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers believed to be worth $12…

  4. A new Hall of Fame voter considers his ballot

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    hall of fame

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America for ten years now.  As a result, he just received his first-ever Hall of Fame ballot.  He has a column up today in which he talks about his approach.  He doesn’t name his picks yet — he’s still…

  5. Red Sox “getting closer” to signing reliever Matt Albers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt-albers-orioles

    Peter Gammons reported yesterday that the Red Sox had agreed to a contract with Matt Albers, while “a source familiar with the negotiations” told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the deal is “getting closer” but “not done yet.” Albers was non-tendered earlier this month by the Orioles, who didn’t want to keep him despite a…

  6. Congratulations Skip Bayless: you had the dumbest reaction to the Cliff Lee news in all of media!

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Skip Bayless lives to be contrary. We know that. But the key to being a halfway decent contrarian is to be at least half-smart about it, and to cause people to think a bit as a result of your less-than-intuitive position. As his rant on Cliff Lee going to the Phillies makes clear, however, thinking…

  7. Russell Martin signed with Yankees for lower base salary than he turned down from Dodgers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the details of Russell Martin’s one-year contract with the Yankees. He’ll earn $4 million in base salary, which is less guaranteed money than he turned down from the Dodgers prior to being non-tendered. Los Angeles reportedly offered him $4.2 million upfront and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, while Martin is…

  8. How I learned to stop worrying and love the wild card

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    1997 Marlins

    The AJC’s Mark Bradley has a column up today with the headline: “With Lee again a Phil, are the Braves playing for the wild card?” My answer — which I’ve been giving anyone who will listen since midnight Monday — is “Yes. Yes they are.”  Even if you set aside their top two pitchers who…

  9. Cliff Lee speaks

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    John Clark of NBC Philadelphia was the first guy to track down Cliff Lee since the deal was announced, talking to him in what is either the Philly airport or a Barnes and Noble or something. I can’t tell. The video is below. Lee doesn’t say anything terribly groundbreaking — I wish he would have…

  10. No, Felix Hernandez is not coming to New York

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    Not to pick on this message board guy because I’ve seen the sentiment around in many places, but … Now that Cliff Lee is going to the Phils, I think the Yankees should turn their attention to seeking a trade for Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees should be prepared to offer four of the…

  11. Game seven of the 1960 World Series to be broadcast tonight

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    Mazeroski home run

    Remember how they found that old kinescope of Game seven of the 1960 World Series in Bing Crosby’s basement last year?  Well, tonight it will be rebroadcast in its entirety on MLB Network. It will be the first time the public has seen the thing since it first aired. It comes on at 8PM Eastern.…

  12. The Phillies inquired about Pedro Martinez last week

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:24 AM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    The Daily News reports that Ruben Amaro inquired about Pedro Martinez during the Winter Meetings, and then speculates thusly: With the Phillies possibly looking to jettison now-No. 5 starter Joe Blanton and his hefty 2011 salary – he has about $21 million owed him from his three-year deal – there would be plenty of room to…

  13. I love the smell of Yankee fan panic in the morning

    Dec 15, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

    Yankee panic

    … it smells like … victory: this offseason Brian Cashman publicly bashed the face of the franchise, forced the best relief pitcher in the history of baseball to talk to Red Sox, scaled a building in Stamford, Conn., had dinner with Carl Crawford and then hours later Crawford signed with the Red Sox and now…

  14. Phillies could finalize contract with Cliff Lee tomorrow

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: NBC 10 in Philadelphia provides the photo evidence that Cliff Lee has arrived. And boy, do his eyes look mighty tired. Must be from staring at multiple offers of $100-plus million over the past week. Poor guy. 9:13 PM: You probably thought we were done talking about Cliff Lee, huh? Nope, not yet. According…

  15. What’s the hold up? Rays and Padres still haven’t finalized Jason Bartlett trade

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    It’s been six days since the Rays and Padres were said to have agreed upon a trade sending Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, yet the deal is still “on hold” and no one seems quite sure what’s going on. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union…

  16. UPDATE: Athletics have talked to Rich Harden, no deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Rich Harden throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast on this one. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the A’s have talked to Harden, but that he might have better offers elsewhere. Meanwhile, Renck writes that he hasn’t confirmed his information with the A’s. So, nothing to see here. At least not yet. 6:56 PM: Here’s an…

  17. Yankees strike back, sign Mark Prior to minor league deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mark Prior throwing

    UPDATE: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior’s deal with the Yankees is worth $750,000 if he makes the team. He is also willing to go to the minor leagues if he doesn’t make the club during spring training. Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that he could make $750,000 in additional incentives, meanwhile Joel…

  18. Sorry Yankees! Josh Johnson is not available

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Expect a lot of these kinds of reports in the coming weeks: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports the Marlins have no intention of trading right-hander Josh Johnson. The Yankees are obviously going to start looking for a pitcher now. You’ll likely hear them connected to most solid young starters in baseball, at least in a…

  19. The official HBT Cliff Lee recap

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    How many posts about Cliff Lee can four guys write in less than 18 hours? The answer may shock you!

  20. Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth … $1.08 million. Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67…

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