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  1. Twins sign Pat Neshek and Jason Repko to one-year deals, avoiding arbitration

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Non-tender candidates Pat Neshek and Jason Repko will remain with the Twins and avoid arbitration after signing one-year contracts prior to tonight’s deadline. Neshek will get $625,000 after spending most of 2010 on the disabled list or back in the minors following a shaky comeback from Tommy John surgery. He’ll compete for a spot in…

  2. The Yankees sweeten their offer to Jeter. Of course, this is all theater.

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You can almost hear the stage manager barking out directions on this one: “OK, now Jeter: you let the Yankees come to your home, showing that you are due respect … and now you Yankees; you alert multiple members of the media that you are increasing your offer.  Don’t say how much! That will blow…

  3. Jason Varitek is close to returning to Boston on a one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

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    Face it Boston fans: Jason Varitek is going to be playing for the Sox until your grandkids have grandkids.  Peter Gammons just reported that the Sox is about to sign a $2 million contract. You have to think that this means that Saltalamacchia is the starter and Varitek the backup, right? Of course that’s the…

  4. UPDATE: White Sox non-tender longtime closer Bobby Jenks

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: As expected, the White Sox have non-tendered Jenks. ========== Throughout the past year or so there’s been speculation about the White Sox non-tendering closer Bobby Jenks this offseason. He made $7.5 million in 2010 and would be in line for a raise through the arbitration process, and his performance has deteriorated to the point…

  5. Eric Hinske signs with the Braves

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske had been courted by both the Brewers and the Braves, but he has decided to stick with Atlanta. Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports that he’s getting a one-year deal with an option. No word on the bucks yet, but Mark Bowman had previously reported that the offer from Atlanta was for around…

  6. Cubs and Jeff Baker avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EDT

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    Jeff Baker and the Cubs have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal prior to tonight’s contract-tendering deadline. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the deal is worth $1.175 million, which is a 20 percent raise from the $975,000 he earned while hitting .272/.326/.413 in a part-time role this season. Baker has logged…

  7. Pat Burrell’s deal: $1 million plus incentives

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Pat Burrell will make a $1 million base salary with some added  incentives. I think this renders the deal sufficiently free of risk in the event that playoffs Pat Burrell shows up for the 2011 season instead of post-trade-from-the-Rays Burrell. At $1 million, the Giants can pretty much cut bait on…

  8. Diamondbacks non-tender Church, Carrasco, Ojeda, Boyer

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    Arizona announced four non-tenders, cutting loose Ryan Church, D.J. Carrasco, Augie Ojeda, and Blaine Boyer rather than going through the arbitration process with them. They may also still non-tender Zach Duke prior to tonight’s deadline, but for now the Diamondbacks are reportedly trying to work out a one-year deal with him for a lesser salary…

  9. And now for a wildly implausible Adrian Beltre rumor

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Hold your nose for this one: Jayson Stark is reporting that “officials of two clubs monitoring Adrian Beltre’s negotiations” believe that Adrian Beltre could sign with the Oakland A’s quickly, possibly as soon as today.  Why the rush?  Well, there’s an offer out there, see, and the A’s have two other third baseman in Kevin…

  10. Trade for Ryan Theriot has Cardinals shopping Brendan Ryan

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers and made it clear they plan to start him at shortstop, so not surprisingly Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have let other teams know Brendan Ryan is available and they’ll look to trade him during next week’s…

  11. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley guest starring on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” tonight

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

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    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley make cameo appearances in tonight’s episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FX. As an NBC/GE/Comcast employee my advice is to DVR the show on FX for later viewing and watch whatever is on NBC in real time. It’s the sensible thing to do, obviously. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com…

  12. Lots of baseball players take ADD drugs

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Adderall

    Baseball’s annual drug report came out yesterday and the results are not terribly surprising: 3,714 drug tests and 17 positives, only two of which were for PEDs used by Edinson Volquez and Ronny Paulino. The other positives were stimulants and recreational drugs. These test results will lead to predictable statements from the predictable parties: Major…

  13. Jim Leyritz to be sentenced today

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

    Jim Leyritz

    A jury found Jim Leyritz guilty of  drunk driving last month, but he was acquitted of manslaughter. Today Leyrtiz gets sentenced. He faces a maximum of six months in prison. Two things I wonder about: Normally someone who just gets a drunk driving conviction with Leyritz’s record won’t actually do six months of time. I…

  14. Joel Zumaya is one more injury from “finding another job”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    Joel Zumaya is hoping to be fully recovered from his latest significant arm injury in time for spring training, but the flame-throwing right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that his next injury would probably be his last one: I’m trying to make some believers. This year’s going to be my make-it-or-break-it year. If I get…

  15. Brian Shouse retires. And it’s more significant than it seems

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Relief pitcher Brian Shouse, most recently of the Rays, has decided to retire.  Normally I’d skip over something minor like this, but Shouse’s career arc has a certain beauty to it. Shouse was drafted by the Pirates in 1990. That’s when being drafted by the Pirates was a good thing.  In his first 12 years…

  16. Padres non-tender Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    As expected, the Padres have decided to non-tender both Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston. San Diego locked up its fourth outfielder for 2011 by signing Chris Denorfia to a one-year, $800,000 deal, making Gwynn and Hairston somewhat superfluous. In addition to his fantastic, beloved-in-San Diego bloodlines Gwynn has proven to be an elite defensive…

  17. Red Sox expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Boston is expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima before tonight’s deadline, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Okajima proved to be an excellent investment for the Red Sox, who signed him out of Japan in November of 2006 for just $2.5 million. He quickly emerged as one of the league’s top setup men, going 12-4…

  18. The Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within the AL Central. Which is stupid.

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Jon Heyman reports that the Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within their division. You hear about teams being loathe to do this fairly often. And I get it when you’re talking about two teams who are in direct, current contention for the title like the Yankees and Rays or something. But I can’t see why…

  19. Major League Baseball continues to keep the Athletics in limbo

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    We’re pushing two years since baseball said it was “studying” the issue of where the Athletics should play.  Could they find a way around the Giants’ territorial rights in San Jose? Is Oakland, in fact, a viable home for the A’s going forward?  We don’t know!  Because apparently doing some basic economic studies, looking at…

  20. The Rockies offer to Berkman was low

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    While there was some hubub on the Rockies-Lance Berkman front last night, and while Troy Renck of the Denver Post is saying that Colorado has a “real shot,” Ken Rosenthal reports that, in fact, their offer to Berkman was low. I think Berkman is going to do well this year. People seem to be sleeping…

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