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  1. Hunter Pence as your 2012 NL MVP?

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:35 PM EDT

    He can't believe it either.

    CSNPhilly.com’s Casey Feeney makes the case. I’ll admit that I wrote it off in about a nano-second after reading the headline, but the more I thought about it, it’s not so far-fetched. Ryan Howard‘s RBI totals have made him an annual MVP candidate despite the fact that he’s only really had one season in which…

  2. MLB owners unanimously ratify labor deal

    Dec 15, 2011, 6:00 PM EDT

    Bud Selig

    There was no dissension in the ranks of MLB ownership, as the new labor deal was approved by all 30 owners in a conference call Thursday. The MLBPA ratified the agreement back on Dec. 1, so the deal is now essentially official, though the labor contract itself is still being drafted. The agreement is good for…

  3. Cardinals finalize one-year deal with reliever J.C. Romero

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Philadelphia Phillies

    J.C. Romero has bounced around a ton over the past few seasons and his latest home is St. Louis, as the Cardinals have finalized a one-year deal with the left-handed reliever. Romero’s terrible control and inability to consistently get right-handed batters out make him a poor fit in a setup role, but he remained death…

  4. Dontrelle Willis signs one-year contract with Phillies

    Dec 15, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

    Colorado Rockies v Cincinnati Reds

    UPDATE: Willis passed his physical exam, so the deal is now official. ========== Last month Dontrelle Willis was said to be drawing a decent amount of interest as a free agent and sure enough it sounds like he’s managed to get a big-league deal for guaranteed money. Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Willis is…

  5. Michael Cuddyer’s delayed decision has everyone confused

    Dec 15, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

    hourglass-icon

    As a Twins fan I’ve been confused by Michael Cuddyer not responding to a three-year, $25 million offer that Minnesota put on the table more than a week ago and apparently I’m not alone. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that “many in the industry are baffled that free agent Michael Cuddyer is taking so long…

  6. Report: Cubs “stepping up their pursuit of Prince Fielder”

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:43 PM 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

    There seemingly hasn’t been much movement on the Prince Fielder front since Albert Pujols signed with the Angels, but now Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs are “stepping up their pursuit of Fielder.” What that means exactly is unclear, but with the Marlins saying repeatedly that they aren’t interested in throwing a ton…

  7. Quote of the Day: Jason Isbell on why indie rockers like baseball

    Dec 15, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Jason Isbell

    Dave O’Brien, baseball writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, is a big indie rock fan. Jason Isbell, former guitarist for Drive-By Truckers and current leader of the band the 400 Unit is a huge Braves fan.  So it makes sense that O’Brien interviewed Isbell. And the interview is great, both for baseball and music purposes. One…

  8. Twins haven’t ruled out re-signing Michael Cuddyer even after Josh Willingham deal

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:48 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Josh Willingham was signed to replace Michael Cuddyer as the right-handed bat in the middle of Minnesota’s lineup, but now that Willingham’s three-year, $21 million deal is finally official the Twins aren’t ruling out bringing back Cuddyer too. Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that “there is growing hope within the Twins organization…

  9. The Cubs have purchased some land

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:34 PM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    The Cubs have paid $20 million for a one acre parcel of land across from Wrigley Field.  The purpose: to use it, eventually, for “a mixed use entertainment” project.  Which is term you hear a lot on real estate circles, but which I always equate with “arcade/go-karts” because people my age once thought of that…

  10. Mariners near deal with Japanese infielder Munenori Kawasaki

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Munenori Kawasaki

    Last month Japanese shortstop Munenori Kawasaki became a free agent and held a press conference announcing that the only MLB team he was interested in signing with was the Mariners. It sounds like Kawasaki will get his wish, although publicly ruling out the other 29 teams might have wrecked his leverage, as Larry Stone of…

  11. What is and what is not reasonable to assume

    Dec 15, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Over at The Platoon Advantage, The Common Man wonders what should be done about those of whom we are suspicious, but for whom we have no evidence about their possible misdeeds.  As a baseball writer, TCM has decided that he shall follow the example of his peers in the industry: This led The Common Man…

  12. Jake Peavy says relationship with Ozzie Guillen “didn’t end on good terms”

    Dec 15, 2011, 12:21 PM EDT

    peavy getty wide

    Jake Peavy talked to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune about the White Sox parting ways with manager Ozzie Guillen and replacing him with Robin Ventura, saying he thought the move was necessary because “things needed to change with the way we did things.” Peavy prefaced his comments with “I’m not, in any way, bashing…

  13. Josh Willingham’s three-year, $21 million deal with the Twins is finally official

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:50 AM EDT

    willingham getty

    Josh Willingham and the Twins went oddly silent after news broke earlier this week that he’d agreed to terms on a three-year, $21 million contract, leading to speculation that Michael Cuddyer may have had second thoughts about leaving Minnesota. I’m still not sure what the lengthy delay and secrecy was about, but the Twins have…

  14. MLB, MLBPA form a committee to talk about an international draft

    Dec 15, 2011, 11:04 AM EDT

    Globe

    One of the things the owners wanted in this latest CBA but didn’t get was an international draft.  The logistics of it just seemed really difficult, though, and ultimately they settled for a cap on signing bonuses for international free agents. The sports business people are reporting this morning, however, that the league and the…

  15. Josh Hamilton is looking for a new “accountability partner”

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    josh hamilton getty

    Among other duties Johnny Narron has served as Josh Hamilton‘s “accountability partner” since 2009, but he left the team last month to become the Brewers’ new hitting coach and now the Rangers are searching for a new person to keep the former MVP in line on the road. “We’re working on it,” Hamilton told Richard…

  16. Sounds like the Red Sox would like Jason Varitek to take a job with the team

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Jason Varitek

    There was that little report yesterday about how the Red Sox are still thinking of keeping Jason Varitek. Which makes no baseball sense because they already have two catchers who are better than Jason Varitek. Today Ben Cherington went on WEEI and expounded on that a bit, saying that they want to keep Varitek “in…

  17. Carlos Zambrano is “climbing mountains and running on the beach”

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Carlos Zambrano

    Carlos Zambrano took the mound in the Venezuelan winter league yesterday for the first time since a line drive off the face on November 18 left him needing 16 stitches. Zambrano faced 13 batters and tossed four hitless, scoreless innings, with Carrie Muskat of MLB.com noting that eight of his twelve outs came on ground…

  18. Arte Moreno: “Dumb owner of the year?” Um, no.

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Arte Moreno

    Repoz at Baseball Think Factory is a renaissance man. In addition to being able to drop references to things no one has thought of since the Ford administration, he (a) has an encyclopedic knowledge of the Ass Ponys back catalog (I think he has “Mr. Superlove” on vinyl); and (b) manages to find all of the loony…

  19. Mark Melancon is not enough: the Sox are still looking for relievers

    Dec 15, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    The Red Sox traded for Mark Melancon this week, but Buster Olney reports that they’re not done with the pen. In fact, they’re still pursuing other relievers, including Andrew Bailey of the Athletics. No word on Ryan Madson or Darren Oliver, but those are other names that have been discussed. Makes sense. If last year…

  20. The Rangers are discussing a five-year extension for Derek Holland

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:45 AM EDT

    Derek Holland

    Evan Grant reports that the Rangers are in discussions for a long term deal, thought to be for five years, for Derek Holland. Holland is already team-controlled through 2015, but after next season he would become arbitration eligible and a guy with his win totals would probably stand to make a pretty penny through arbitration…

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