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  1. La Russa: Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing with the Angels

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    pujols getty presser

    Here’s an empathy test for you, Cardinals fans: Tony La Russa says that Albert Pujols has been “in pain” since signing his deal with the Angels last week: La Russa said Pujols has been “in pain” since he accepted the Los Angeles Angels’ 10-year, $254-million offer. “I know it was a painful decision and it pains…

  2. Report: Prince Fielder is “the Cubs’ player to lose”

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Prince Fielder walks back to the dugout after grounding out to the St. Louis Cardinals in the 8th inning in Game 6 of the MLB NLCS baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Yesterday there were conflicting reports about the Cubs’ interest in Prince Fielder, with Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com saying they were “stepping up their pursuit” and Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe saying they’re “not major players” for the free agent first baseman. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com chimed in on the situation today, writing that “the…

  3. Barry Bonds to be sentenced today

    Dec 16, 2011, 10:03 AM EDT

    Barry Bonds Convicted Of One Count Of Obstruction Of Justice

    Barry Bonds finds out the penalty for minor hemming and hawing today, as he will be sentenced in U.S. Federal court for his April conviction. Most likely: probation in the form of house arrest. I’m assuming his house is pretty nice, though.  But that’s what other athletes in the BALCO case have gotten for single-count…

  4. The Rockies expect to sign Micheal Cuddyer

    Dec 16, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Michael Cuddyer‘s curious reluctance to sign either one of what seem like two more-than-fair offer from the Rockies or Twins appears to be at an end. Troy Renck reports that the Rockies expect to strike a deal with Cuddyer, possibly as soon as today. The offer on the table — which the Rockies say isn’t…

  5. Did Fred Wilpon ask Bud Selig to get him out of the sale to David Einhorn?

    Dec 16, 2011, 8:40 AM EDT

    File image of New York Mets chairman and CEO Fred Wilpon talking to reporters at a news conference in New York

    This is fun.  Howard Megdal has a book coming out about the Wilpons and the Mets, and it contains a pretty juicy claim. The claim: that Fred Wilpon asked Bud Selig to put the kibosh on the deal he made to sell a stake of the Mets to David Einhorn because he was afraid of…

  6. Report: The Blue Jays are the high bidders for Yu Darvish

    Dec 16, 2011, 6:30 AM EDT

    darvish getty square

    As we noted last night, nothing will be official until next week, but the New York Post is reporting that the Blue Jays have made the highest bid for negotiating rights for Japanese sensation Yu Darvish. The Post reports that “according to several sources with knowledge of the situation,” the Blue Jays owner, Rogers Communications,…

  7. Rockies won’t improve offer to free agent Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 15, 2011, 10:13 PM EDT

    cuddyer getty square

    Troy Renck of the Denver Post spoke Thursday to Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd, who confirmed that his team is waiting on word from free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer about the three-year, $27 million offer that was presented last week. O’Dowd also told Renck that the offer would not be improved. “It’s out of my hands, said…

  8. Yu Darvish winner might not be revealed until next week

    Dec 15, 2011, 8:58 PM EDT

    darvish getty rectangle

    The Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters were presented with the winning bid in the Yu Darvish sweepstakes on Wednesday. But it could be another several days before they reveal that information to the world. According to CBS Sports’ Danny Knobler, the Fighters have until next Tuesday to accept the bid and reveal the winning team, and they’re likely to…

  9. Report: Cubs are “not major players” for Prince Fielder

    Dec 15, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    fielder getty wide

    Contrary to recent reports, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe is hearing that the Cubs are “not major players” for free agent first baseman Prince Fielder because they are “not ready to spend big.” Cafardo is a Boston-based writer and his information goes against what has been reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, ESPN’s Jerry…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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…

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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