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  1. One ace, four prospects, $137.5 million, and a blockbuster trade no one is happy about

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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    I have a guest column at Baseball Prospectus today looking back at the Johan Santana blockbuster trade four years later to see why the Twins would have been better off trading with the Red Sox or Yankees instead of the Mets and how it turned out horribly for everyone involved: Lose-Lose Situation: Revisiting the Johan…

  2. Of course the Nationals media relations guy is going to work for Scott Boras

    Feb 7, 2012, 11:03 AM EDT

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    The Nationals already employ multiple Scott Boras clients: Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Edwin Jackson, Jayson Werth and several others.  It’s about time that Boras returned the favor.  From Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post: Last week, Nationals media relations manager Bill Gluvna resigned in order to take a job working for Boras Corporation., where he’ll…

  3. Longtime closer Francisco Cordero “more than happy” to be setup man for Blue Jays

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Francisco Cordero

    Francisco Cordero saved 37 games with a 2.45 ERA for the Reds last season, but then found himself in perhaps the biggest buyer’s market for veteran relievers in the history of free agency this offseason and ended up settling for a one-year, $4.5 million deal with the Blue Jays. Oh, and he’ll be a setup…

  4. Evan Longoria is in The Best Shape of His Life

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Aaron and I were talking yesterday that we needed an official BSOHL logo or picture or something — it’s all about branding these days — but neither of us have any graphics chops.  If anyone gets bored and wants to help us out in this regard, feel free to send it via the “Feedback” button…

  5. Red Sox, Reds, Rangers, Cardinals all downplaying interest in Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Roy Oswalt remains linked to a handful of teams, but seemingly no one wants to admit that they’re actually close to signing him. Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he hadn’t talked to Oswalt’s agent in a week, only to have Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com report that they were indeed “still in talks.”…

  6. The Wilpons’ expert witness has an interesting past

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:58 AM EDT

    Fred Wilpon

    Barring a settlement, it looks as though the trial in which the Mets owners are being accused of either knowing about or being negligent regarding the Bernie Madoff ponzi scheme is going to go down next month.  And though the ultimate outcome of that trial will have a big impact on the Mets, the blow-by-blow…

  7. Willie Bloomquist is the Pavement of baseball players

    Feb 7, 2012, 9:29 AM EDT

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    After that Madonna post I feel like I sort of need to come back quickly and re-establish some form of musical credibility. So, now I will tell you all about how great I think the Pet Shop Boys are … Kidding! I offer you a link (sorry, subscription only) to Baseball Prospectus in which Geoff Young…

  8. Madonna is gonna play Yankee Stadium in September

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:47 AM EDT

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    In case you didn’t get enough of her at the Super Bowl, never fear, you can see Madonna at another sporting venue: Yankee Stadium on September 6th. The Yankees will be in the middle of an 10-game road trip then, so it won’t interfere. And I hear that Mystique and Aura will stay behind to…

  9. The Korean Baseball Organization is not pleased with the Orioles

    Feb 7, 2012, 8:20 AM EDT

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    The Korean Baseball Organization has sent a letter of protest to Major League Baseball complaining about the Baltimore Orioles signing a 17 year-old high school pitcher named Kim Seong-min. They refer to the Orioles as “poaching” amateur talent and, in turn, harming Korean baseball. This is kind of strange for two reasons. First: Based on the article this…

  10. The Reds remain in talks for Roy Oswalt

    Feb 7, 2012, 12:17 AM EDT

    Roy Oswalt Getty

    Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday that he hadn’t spoken with the agent Roy Oswalt in about a week while adding that “the last we heard he was going to Texas.” Either Jocketty was being coy or something has changed in the past day or so, because Ken…

  11. 2012 projections: top 10 first basemen

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:54 PM EDT

    Joey Votto

    Last night’s go at the catchers led to some hard feelings apparently, so let me make it clear, these are just OPS projections for 2012, they’re not meant for a hard statement on the game’s best at a position. Anyway, here are the top 10 at first base: 1.017 – Miguel Cabrera (Tigers) – 589…

  12. The Yankees are introducing an official fragrance

    Feb 6, 2012, 9:18 PM EDT

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    OK, this is a fun one. According to Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, the Yankees will introduce two “official fragrances” on Tuesday, February 21 at a cocktail reception in Manhattan. They’ll be called “New York Yankees” and “New York Yankees For Her.” If the rumors are true, this must be excellent news for Derek…

  13. The Yankees are in “serious discussions” with Raul Ibanez

    Feb 6, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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    It’s almost closing time for MLB’s Hot Stove and folks are beginning to get desperate. We’re seeing minor league deals all over the place and players who once were seeking multi-year contracts are now settling for one-year deals. Many speculated that the Yankees would be in the market for a hitter after trading Jesus Montero…

  14. Rockies add an underrated arm in Jeremy Guthrie

    Feb 6, 2012, 6:06 PM EDT

    Jeremy Guthrie

    There’s nothing sexy about a 47-65 career record. Jeremy Guthrie has led the AL in losses twice and in homers allowed once. He’s never won even a dozen games or struck out more than 130 batters in a season. Still, the Rockies should be very happy to have him, especially for the modest price of…

  15. Justin Ruggiano leaves Rays, signs with Astros

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:30 PM EDT

    Justin Ruggiano

    UPDATE: One week after declining the option of remaining in the Rays’ system Ruggiano has agreed to a minor-league deal with the Astros. ========== Tampa Bay’s 40-man roster housecleaning is costing Triple-A Durham its best players. This morning the Rays traded reigning Triple-A MVP Russ Canzler to the Indians for cash considerations after designating him…

  16. The Cubs designate Blake DeWitt for assignment

    Feb 6, 2012, 5:14 PM EDT

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    In December the Cubs reportedly balked at trading Blake DeWitt to the Rockies for Ian Stewart.  Now they’ve designated him for assignment instead. The move was necessitated by the Cubs claiming Adrian Cardenas on waivers from the Athletics, so the Cubs have essentially traded a 26 year-old utilityman for a 24-year-old one. Cardenas had a nice…

  17. Rangers sign Conor Jackson, Joe Beimel to minors deals

    Feb 6, 2012, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Texas added some depth today, signing first baseman/corner outfielder Conor Jackson and left-handed reliever Joe Beimel to minor-league contracts with invitations to spring training. Jackson’s career was derailed by valley fever in 2009. At the time he was a 27-year-old former first-round pick with a .287 career batting average and .810 OPS in 454 games,…

  18. Nationals add Mark Teahen on minor-league deal

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:48 PM EDT

    Toronto Blue Jays batter Mark Teahen returns to the dugout after striking out during the second inning of his MLB American League baseball game against the Oakland Athletics in Oakland

    Released by the Blue Jays three weeks ago, Mark Teahen has landed with the Nationals on a minor-league contract. Toronto is on the hook for his $5.5 million salary for 2012, so Teahen is a no-risk signing for Washington and will compete for a bench job in spring training. Teahen offers defensive versatility in the…

  19. Edwin Jackson turned down three-year offer from Pirates

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:25 PM EDT

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    Last week when Edwin Jackson agreed to a one-year, $11 million deal with the Nationals there were several reports that he turned down multi-year offers elsewhere. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com now has at least one of those offers pegged, reporting that Jackson said no to a three-year proposal from the Pirates believed to be worth…

  20. The Rays have “said almost nothing” about their stadium situation? Really?

    Feb 6, 2012, 3:08 PM EDT

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    Here’s MLB.com’s Richard Justice in an article about the Tampa Bay Rays, just published a few minutes ago: It’s impossible not to admire how the Tampa Bay Rays are handling their stadium situation. They’ve said almost nothing publicly, taking the high road and letting the politicians do the talking. Yes, the Rays have said almost nothing…

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