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  1. A.J. Burnett is not happy with Colin Cowherd

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A. J. Burnett waves his glove to the cheering crowd as he leaves the field after being removed against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Yesterday, big-time talk radio host Colin Cowherd claimed that A.J. Burnett went through a nasty divorce last season and implied that led to his trouble on the mound. Cowherd said: “A.J. Burnett went through a terrible divorce and he still might (be) going through it. His wife was vindictive and spiteful. I don’t even feel comfortable…

  2. There was no one like Rapid Robert Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:53 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Joe Posnanski has the best Bob Feller obituary. Even as people write a bunch more over the coming days, Posnanski’s will be the best because that’s just how it goes when (a) you’re the best sports writer in the business; and (b) you grew up in Cleveland, steeped in Bob Feller as Joe did and…

  3. A lot of relievers are getting three-year deals. That’s a bit scary.

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    matt-guerrier-twins

    UPDATE: Cameron expands on his analysis of multi-year deals for relievers here. 6:09 AM: It always takes a while for teams to turn to the bullpen during the offseason, but when they do, they tend to do it all at once. And it was certainly a big day for relief pitcher signings and rumors yesterday.…

  4. He’s back, Chicago: Cubs close to deal with Kerry Wood

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Here’s an interesting one. According to David Kaplan of Chicago Now, the Cubs are moving toward the finalization of a deal with free agent reliever Kerry Wood. Wood spent the first 10 years of his professional career with the Cubbies and was a force in their starting rotation from 2001-2004.  But injuries hit him toward…

  5. D’Backs sign Xavier Nady to one-year, $1.75M contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Xavier Nady is off the market. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Diamondbacks locked up the outfielder to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Wednesday night and plan to start him in left field next season. Nady might also get a bit of time at first base. He batted just .256 with a .306…

  6. Bob Feller: 1918-2010

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Sad news out of Iowa tonight. Keith Murphy of WHO in Des Moines passes along word that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has died at the age of 92 in a Cleveland hospice. Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia a few weeks ago and previously fought a battle against leukemia. Born November 3, 1918 in…

  7. UPDATE: mixed word now on Bobby Jenks and the Rays

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets that there is “heavy action” on Jenks, including the Rays, but that the Yankees and others have interest too. He says Jenks is not close to a decision yet, however.  In other news, I suppose all action on Bobby Jenks would be “heavy.” 10:12 PM: Marc Topkin says that the Rays and…

  8. Padres’ trade for Bartlett ‘better than 50-50′ to happen

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Nobody’s quite sure why the Padres’ trade for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has been put on hold.  The swap was initially agreed to a full week ago, but something might have gone wrong during the physicals for the three involved players or the two teams may still be working out contract matters. Whatever the case,…

  9. White Sox, Jesse Crain agree to three-year contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Peter Gammons, now of the MLB Network and MLB.com, is reporting that free agent reliever Jesse Crain has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the White Sox. Crain, 29, posted a healthy 3.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 71 appearances for the Twins this past year, fanning 62 batters and walking only 27 over…

  10. Russell Martin’s deal with Yanks includes $1.4M in incentives

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Yankees have included $1.4 million in performance-based incentives in their new one-year, $4 million contract with catcher Russell Martin. Martin has already passed his physical with the Yanks and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The…

  11. Heath Bell battled typhoid fever earlier this offseason

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres closer Heath Bell won Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2010 with a shiny 1.93 ERA and 47 saves in 50 chances. His winter has not gone as smoothly. First he was named in several different trade scenarios, then he came down with typhoid fever while vacationing in the islands…

  12. Forget the Pedro Martinez idea — he’s not coming back

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    We linked to a New York Daily News story this morning in which it was suggested that Pedro Martinez could come back. Forget it. MLB Trade Rumors read and translated a Spanish language newspaper interview with Martinez in which he sounds like a guy quite happy with retirement, even if he hasn’t officially retired: “I’m…

  13. Marlins sign Randy Choate to two-year, $2.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    Florida’s bullpen makeover continues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed left-handed specialist Randy Choate to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Choate is a Type B free agent and Tampa Bay smartly offered him arbitration, so the Rays will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds for…

  14. Jon Heyman reveals his Hall of Fame ballot, so once again we discuss Jack Morris and Bert Blyleven

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    blyleven

    Jon Heyman just tweeted his Hall of Fame ballot: Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Tim Raines. I guess Jeff Bagwell does’t count for anything, but we’ll leave that to another post. I wrote extensively on Heyman’s ballot last year, when he included Alomar, Andre Dawson, Larkin, Parker,…

  15. Carlos Beltran is unaware of trade rumors because he’s not “into the computer searching”

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Prior the Red Sox signing Carl Crawford last week Peter Gammons reported that they “continue to talk to the Mets” about a potential trade for Carlos Beltran (which is obviously no longer an option). For his part Beltran told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he was unaware of the rumors until a family member in Puerto…

  16. Cliff Lee: “Philly fans don’t need a teleprompter to tell them to cheer”

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee gave his introductory news conference with the Phillies earlier this afternoon (see the video below).  There were a few notable quotes from Lee. One was about how Philly fans are great because “they don’t need a teleprompter to tell them too cheer.” I suppose that could be construed as a swipe at the fans…

  17. How many wins will Phillies’ four aces combine for in 2011?

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Bodog.com has set an early over/under line on the combined 2011 wins from the Phillies’ four aces: 61. At first glance (and considering the tremendous hype) that may seem like a low number, but this year Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels combined for 58 victories and Halladay (21) was the only…

  18. Jayson Werth has a full no-trade clause

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth had his introductory press conference with the Nationals a couple of hours ago.  The only news nugget of note — besides the fact that he has shaved his beard and now sports only a soul patch — is that he has a full no-trade clause for the entire duration of his contract. I…

  19. Johan Santana sues the woman accusing him of sexual assault

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    We lawyers call it a counterclaim. It’s a really fancy legal concept so I’m totally sure you wouldn’t understand. Anyway: New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has filed a counter-claim against the woman who says he sexually assaulted and impregnated her, accusing her of defamation and malicious prosecution. In documents filed last week, Santana is…

  20. Arizona targets Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns for part-time role

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    nady swinging

    After finding a backup catcher in Henry Blanco the Diamondbacks “will next turn their attention to finding a right-handed bat who can play left field” and are targeting Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Gilbert speculates that Nady could have a slight edge because he has experience at first base…

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