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  1. Coco Crisp to return to the A’s?

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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    As we noted last night, Coco Crisp has decided where’s he’ll sign.  Where? This is pretty loose — even the guy passing it along, Jim Bowden, says it’s unconfirmed — but Bowden says that Coco Crisp is going to re-sign with the Oakland Athletics. If he did, it would make him on of the few…

  2. Mets sign infielder Omar Quintanilla to minor-league deal

    Jan 3, 2012, 11:17 AM EDT

    Omar Quintanilla, John McDonald

    In an effort to add some middle infield depth behind projected starters Ruben Tejada and Daniel Murphy the Mets have signed Omar Quintanilla to a minor-league contract, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York. Once upon a time Quintanilla was a first-round pick and top prospect, but now he’s 30 years old with just…

  3. Three more Hall voters accuse Jeff Bagwell of being a juicer

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:37 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Via The Platoon Advantage, we come across three more Hall of Fame voters, all from Chicago, who have determined based on either (a) nothing; or (b) rumor or information that they posses but don’t feel is up to the standards of being published in a piece of ethical journalism,* that Jeff Bagwell did steroids and…

  4. Padres will try to sign Carlos Quentin to contract extension

    Jan 3, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    San Diego made a surprising move to acquire Carlos Quentin from the White Sox over the weekend and yesterday general manager Josh Byrnes indicated that the Padres will try to extend the 29-year-old outfielder’s contract before he’s eligible for free agency next offseason. “Our payroll model is setting up well,” Byrnes told Bill Center of…

  5. The Hall of Fame’s attendance is in decline

    Jan 3, 2012, 9:33 AM EDT

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    There’s an article over at Sports Business Journal — sorry, subscription only — about the financials and attendance for the Hall of Fame. The money part sounds somewhat more dire than it may be in practice. The joint has lost money for seven of the past nine years, including a $2.36 million loss for 2010…

  6. Report: Yu Darvish is on his way to Texas

    Jan 3, 2012, 8:50 AM EDT

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    There’s a report from a Japanese paper that, as of last night, Yu Darvish was en route from Japan to Texas. There’s a Google Translate translation of it via Baseball Time in Arlington. While the Rangers and Darvish are currently in their 30-day window to negotiate a deal, there’s no sense, to the extent much…

  7. Hall of Fame projection: Larkin makes it, no one else

    Jan 3, 2012, 6:48 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    Every year Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times projects the results of the Hall of Fame vote. Not just who goes in, but the exact percentage of the vote each candidate gets. He’s pretty good at it:  In the past four years he has made predictions for 63 candidates. Fifty of those candidates have come…

  8. Report: Orioles to hire Rick Peterson as organizational pitching guru

    Jan 2, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

    Rick Peterson AP

    Rick Peterson wasn’t a candidate for the Red Sox pitching coach job, but he did have multiple interviews earlier this offseason for a position in the Orioles’ organization. And according to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, he is expected to be hired by the club within the next few days. Peterson was previously a…

  9. Coco Crisp has decided where he’ll sign

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:35 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com suggests that the Orioles could be a surprise fit. While the two sides have talked in recent days, he acknowledges that this is more of a guess on his part. Long live the mystery team. 8:35 PM: Coco Crisp‘s agent, Steve Comte, told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle…

  10. Picture of the Day: The NHL Winter Classic at Citizens Bank Park

    Jan 2, 2012, 6:45 PM EDT

    2012 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic - New York Rangers v Philadelphia Flyers

    The New York Rangers just defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 3-2 in the fifth annual NHL Winter Classic, which took place this year at Citizens Park Park in Philadelphia. Here’s a pretty cool look at the transformation of the Phillies’ home stadium as U.S. Air Force fighter jets did a fly over during the pre-game ceremonies.…

  11. Hanley Ramirez is coming around to the idea of playing third base

    Jan 2, 2012, 4:47 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Remember how Hanley Ramirez was all bent out of shape by the Marlins signing Jose Reyes and talking about moving him to third base?  Well, he — or his agent and/or P.R. team — has had a change of heart: “I have spoken with (manager Ozzie) Guillén and what we want is to win with…

  12. Vicente Padilla: “erect, proud, shining, and solid”

    Jan 2, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

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    This is actually a Best Shape of His Life story, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to use that phrase as a headline. It comes from a story by Osman Rosales Cruz at El Nuevo Diario in Nicaragua, where Vicente Padilla is plying his trade this winter. And it’s a thorough tongue-bathing.  Thanks a million to Nick…

  13. MLB has not updated the Brewers on Ryan Braun’s status

    Jan 2, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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    Yesterday an MLB official told Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Ryan Braun‘s 50-game suspension is likely to be upheld, but general manager Doug Melvin said today that the Brewers have yet to get any sort of official word from MLB. In speaking to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com, Melvin said: “We’re not involved…

  14. Edwin Jackson wants a five-year, $60 million contract

    Jan 2, 2012, 12:22 PM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Prince Fielder remains unsigned and another high-profile Scott Boras client, Edwin Jackson, is also still on the market. And if this report from ESPN New York is accurate we know why, as Wallace Matthews writes that Jackson is said to be seeking a five-year deal worth approximately $60 million. C.J. Wilson got $77.5 million for…

  15. Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” for Prince Fielder

    Jan 2, 2012, 11:35 AM EDT

    National League first baseman Fielder of the Brewers watches three-run home run in fourth inning during Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in Phoenix

    Washington may not have been Prince Fielder‘s first choice, but Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Nationals “have emerged as the favorite” to sign the free agent first baseman. Last month general manager Mike Rizzo downplayed Washington’s interest in Fielder, saying that Adam LaRoche was the team’s starting first baseman, but…

  16. Could … no one get elected to the Hall of Fame this year?

    Jan 2, 2012, 9:27 AM EDT

    Barry Larkin

    Over at ESPN David Schoenfield points out something interesting. That while we’re all assuming that Barry Larkin — who got 62% of the vote last year — will be pushed over 75% of the vote and into the Hall of Fame this year, it’s not a mortal lock. At least if you look at the historic…

  17. Dr. Lupica will see you now

    Jan 2, 2012, 8:42 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game 5

    Mike Lupica — who I’m sure has some sort of medical degree or else he wouldn’t be allowed to go after a doctor like this due to his total lack of expertise and credibility on such issues — is skeptical about the physician who treated A-Rod’s knee over in Germany: Nobody is saying that Wehling,…

  18. Athletics “in talks” with free agent outfielder Cody Ross

    Jan 1, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

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    According to Jeff Fletcher of Bay Area Baseball, the Athletics “are currently in talks” with the representatives for free agent outfielder Cody Ross. Ross opened this offseason in search of a three-year contract, but he has since lowered his demands and is now beginning to draw legitimate interest. The 31-year-old batted .240/.325/.405 with 14 home…

  19. White Sox trade reliever Jason Frasor back to Blue Jays

    Jan 1, 2012, 2:05 PM EDT

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    From the White Sox’ official Twitter feed comes word that reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to his former team, the Blue Jays, for minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb. It’s yet another sign — if we’re ignoring the recent contract extension given to John Danks — that the Pale Hose are…

  20. MLB official says Ryan Braun’s 50-game PED suspension is unlikely to be overturned

    Jan 1, 2012, 1:26 PM EDT

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    At some point within the next few weeks, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun will have the opportunity to plead his innocence against a charge that he was taking performance-enhancing drugs around the start of the 2011 postseason. But he faces great odds. The evidence against him comes in the form of a test, administered in either…

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