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  1. Meanwhile, the Mariano Rivera negotiations go smoothly

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly.  “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a…

  2. Matthews: The Yankees aren’t budging off their three-year, $45 million offer to Jeter

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Can I tell you how much I’m enjoying all of this Derek Jeter business? Really, Gleeman and I are talking about just changing the name of this joint to JeterTalk and going 24/7 with this bad boy. Anyway: we’ve heard a few reports that the Yankees may nudge their offer to Derek Jeter up a…

  3. Juan Uribe “closing in on a three-year deal” with the Dodgers

    Nov 29, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    uribe-101027

    According to Buster Olney of ESPN.com the Dodgers are “closing in on a three-year deal” with Juan Uribe and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the contract is worth $21 million, which is remarkable for someone who had to settle for a minor-league contract in 2009 and then returned to the Giants on a one-year,…

  4. Gammons: Nine teams “already in” bidding for Jesse Crain

    Nov 29, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    jesse-crain-twins

    Peter Gammons tweets that Jesse Crain “may be the hottest reliever” on the market after Joaquin Benoit signed with the Tigers, reporting that the Rays, Rockies, Dodgers, Diamondbacks, Mariners, Orioles, Cubs, Nationals, and Blue Jays are “already in” the bidding for the 29-year-old right-hander. Crain was offered arbitration by the Twins, but as a Type…

  5. What can we expect from Derek Jeter at age 37 and older?

    Nov 29, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    The fundamental difference between Team Jeter and Team Yankees people (note: I’m assuming these “teams” exist, because the media is obsessed with such things in today’s discourse) is perspective.  Team Jeter seems to be looking backwards, at all of the things Jeter has accomplished and all that he means to the New York Yankees.  Team…

  6. Playoff shares: $318,000 for Giants, $246,000 for Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers' Bengie Molina hits a two out three run home run as New York Yankees' Francisco Cervelli waits for the ball during the sixth inning during Game 4 of their Major League Baseball ALCS playoff series in New York

    MLB has announced the “postseason shares” for each of the playoff teams and the World Series-winning Giants lead the way at $317,631.29 per player, which is just slightly less than the MLB minimum salary for the entire season and some pretty nice change for a month’s work. Rangers players will receive $246,279.55 apiece for their…

  7. Jose Reyes is probably not going anywhere, but the Mets do have an open mind

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v New York Mets

    A few weeks ago there was a report that the Mets were shopping Jose Reyes.  I could sorta see trading him making sense if the Mets were really intent on blowing it all up and starting over, but most people met that report with skepticism. Probably deserved skepticism, as Andy Martino reports today that Reyes…

  8. Frank Francisco likely to accept arbitration, return to Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    Tomorrow night is the deadline for Type A and Type B free agents to accept or decline their teams’ arbitration offers. For the most part it’s merely a procedural deadline, as nearly all the free agents will decline the offer on their way to the open market, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Frank…

  9. Carl Crawford is in no hurry

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the free agent class as it’s currently constituted and observes that Carl Crawford may wait to sign — possibly until after Cliff Lee signs — in order ensure the maximum number of teams are in on the bidding, including the Yankees. I don’t think the Yankees will ever be…

  10. Happy birthday to the greatest announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Vin Scully

    I first listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game when I was about 20 years old and he was around 75, yet immediately became such a big fan that I frequently tuned into their games on the MLB Extra Innings package despite a two-hour time difference and absolutely no allegiance to the Dodgers whatsoever.…

  11. Astros reject Lance Berkman’s attempt to return to Houston

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    lance-berkman-yankees-sad

    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle writes that Lance Berkman “believed he would return to the Astros in 2011 … from the moment he was traded to the Yankees last July.” However, when his agent approached general manager Ed Wade about potentially returning to Houston he was told “thanks, but no thanks.” “It wasn’t a…

  12. Marvin Miller sets the record straight on Jim Palmer and the union

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:08 AM EDT

    Marvin Miller

    A couple of weeks ago Maury Chass and some others wrote about Marvin Miller’s Hall of Fame candidacy which, regrettably, has yet to be successful.  Chass made mention of Miller’s recent pessimism regarding his chances, and quoted Miller dismissing the makeup of the Veteran’s Committee in whose hands his Hall of Fame case currently rests.…

  13. Scott Boras proposes posting fees for minor leaguers

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    boras

    Ken Rosenthal passes on a bright idea from Scott Boras: a minor league posting system: Each team would protect a set number of players: 40, the current number, or maybe even 45. Every other player in a club’s farm system would be available through a blind posting process similar to the arrangement baseball maintains with…

  14. The Dodgers are looking at Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:06 AM EDT

    uribe-101027

    Multiple sources are saying that the Dodgers are taking a hard look at infielder Juan Uribe. I like Uribe and I like that the Dodgers would look at trying to take away a key part of the Giants’ 2010 success. Some nice in-your-face value to it, ya know? At the same time, I think Uribe…

  15. So, I’ve been doing this for a year now

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:27 AM EDT

    Working at home

    While HBT launched in April 2009, I think of today as being a bit more significant, anniversary-wise. That’s because today marks one year since I ditched the legal gig and started blogging here full time. In some ways this year has flown by. It has certainly gone by quicker than any of my years working…

  16. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 AM EDT

    Michigan v Ohio State

    What? That pic has nothing to do with baseball? Hmmm. Let me check into it. It may take many, many hours to fix the “problem,” however, so please bear with us.

  17. Enrico Pallazzo: 1926-2010

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:42 PM EDT

    enrico_pallazzo

    You knew him better as Leslie Nielsen, but to baseball fans he’ll always be Enrico.  He died today at the age of 84. We are both obligated and honored to send you to this fine video of the Mariners taking on the Angels during Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to the United States. If that’s…

  18. Did the A’s really make that five-year, $64M offer to Beltre?

    Nov 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

    beltre with sox

    It’s still pretty early in the offseason and most top tier free agents won’t sign for another couple of weeks.  Or months. The hot stove, however, is always burning. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported two weeks ago that the A’s made a five-year, $64 million offer to free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.  We’ve…

  19. Nationals to meet with Brandon Webb at Winter Meetings

    Nov 28, 2010, 4:03 PM EDT

    webb working out

    The Cubs aren’t the only team with heavy interest in veteran right-hander Brandon Webb. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals plan to meet with Webb’s representatives at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in early December. Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season because of chronic shoulder…

  20. Update: Marlins reach agreement with Javier Vazquez

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves this offseason.  This won’t be one of them. A source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Fish are nearing a contract with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.  The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs all showed interest, but Javy has a home in south Florida and that…

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