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  1. Joe Maddon’s contract talks are progressing

    Jan 12, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

    Joe Maddon

    Joe Maddon is only under contract with the Rays through 2012.  Managers — especially ones who just won the manager of the year award — don’t much like that. Just ask Phillip Seymour Hoffman who said as much in “Moneyball!” Back at the Winter Meetings Joe Maddon told the assembled press that he had made…

  2. Twins talking to free agent reliever Todd Coffey

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Todd Coffey

    Based on their projected roster and plans to slice about $15 million off last season’s payroll the Twins’ lone remaining move this offseason figures to be adding a veteran right-handed reliever for around $2 million. According to Phil Mackey of 1500ESPN.com they’ve been talking to 31-year-old right-hander Todd Coffey, who’s also reportedly been in touch…

  3. Wait, Mariners games are blacked out in Alaska?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:33 AM EDT

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    There are baseball fans in Alaska. It’s true!  And until this year they were able to see 150 Mariners games a year on the Root Sports cable network.  The big cable operator up there just dropped Root Sports, however, and added MLB Network.  Which led to this: The switch, though, means GCI customers will no…

  4. Mike Napoli still hasn’t started running again after World Series ankle injury

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    2011 World Series Game 6 - Texas Rangers v St Louis Cardinals

    Despite suffering a gruesome-looking ankle injury in Game 6 of the World Series Mike Napoli remained in the game and then played Game 7, but that’s the last time he’s been able to run. It’s nearly three months later, but Napoli told Richard Durrett of ESPN Dallas that he recently attempted to start running again…

  5. Does the BBWAA need more Craig Calcaterras and Aaron Gleemans?

    Jan 12, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Press box

    December and January get people like me talking way more about the Baseball Writers Association of America than any other time of the year. In December because the new memberships are voted on. In January because the Hall of Fame votes come out. We talk about the politics of the organization.  Its purpose in a…

  6. Mattingly signs with the Yankees

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:45 AM EDT

    Yankees logo

    Eh, sorry. Sometimes even I can’t resist the gimmick headlines: A Mattingly will be back in uniform in the New York Yankees’ organization this year – Preston. The 24-year-old son of the former Yankees star and current Los Angeles Dodgers manager agreed Wednesday to a minor league contract with New York. Preston is not exactly a…

  7. Hal Steinbrenner met with Scott Boras about Edwin Jackson

    Jan 12, 2012, 9:17 AM EDT

    Edwin Jackson

    Edwin Jackson apparently wants five years at $15 million per.  No one really wants to pay that. Including the Yankees, who have — to the surprise of many — decided to actually operate like a business as opposed to Richard Pryor in “Brewster’s Millions” this offseason.  Imagine. But the fact is that the Yankees could…

  8. Bud Selig’s contract extension approved

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:49 AM EDT

    Commissioner of Baseball Selig gestures to the crowd after throwing out the opening pitch before the start of Game 5 of the MLB National League Divisional League Series baseball playoff in Milwaukee

    As reported a couple of days ago, an executive council of baseball’s owners yesterday agreed to give Bud Selig a two-year contract extension.  It was unanimous, though later the Giants owners lodged a formal objection because they thought they were giving the 78-year-old Selig a two-year deal to play shortstop, not be the Commissioner. I…

  9. Scott Boras met with the Nationals owners last night

    Jan 12, 2012, 8:21 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Nationals owners Ted and Mark Lerner met with Prince Fielder‘s agent, the one and only Scott Boras, last night at the owners meetings. Kilgore’s sources don’t know the details of the conversation, but my guess is that they weren’t reminiscing about how swell the Jayson Werth contract has…

  10. Manny aims to ‘be a role model,’ rehab image

    Jan 12, 2012, 1:07 AM EDT

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    Manny Ramirez left Major League Baseball in disgrace early last season after violating the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy for the second time. Rather than face the mandated 100-game suspension, and the negative attention that would come with it, Ramirez opted to retire after just five games – and one measly single in 17 plate appearances…

  11. Melvin Mora is not retiring, seeks minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:02 PM EDT

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    Remember those reports in late December about Melvin Mora retiring? They were a little premature. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, Mora is not hanging up his cleats and is in fact looking for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says the 39-year-old would…

  12. Giants ink Ryan Vogelsong to two-year, $8M extension

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

    vogelsong getty

    According to Mychael Urban, the Giants have signed right-hander Ryan Vogelsong to a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2014. No word yet on the financial terms of the agreement. Vogelsong was eligible for arbitration this winter, and due a hefty raise after posting a superb 2.71 ERA and 1.25 WHIP across 179…

  13. Chicago PD planning to talk with Starlin Castro this weekend about sexual assault allegations

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

    castro getty

    Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro will be in Chicago this weekend for the first time since the end of the 2011 season. It will also be his first time back in the city since he allegedly committed sexual assault against a woman at his downtown apartment. So, in between appearances at the Cubs’ annual fan convention,…

  14. Wanna buy John Smoltz’s house?

    Jan 11, 2012, 5:01 PM EDT

    Smoltz House

    John Smoltz was a great pitcher. He made a lot of money pitching. With that money, he bought a crazy-big house that, even though he had four kids, is about ten times too big for any human-scale family. It has ten bedrooms and 14 bathrooms and is over 18,000 square feet.  Maybe it would be…

  15. Joe Posnanski does Joe Posnanski things with the Hall of Fame results

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

    Bob Horner

    It’s kind of hard to summarize a Joe Posnanski blog post because they tend to be about 6 things, cover about 4,000 words and do way better on their own than any summary can really handle.  But there is a new Joe Posnanski post up about the Hall of Fame and, as always, it’s chock…

  16. Angels, Kendrys Morales avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

    morales getty

    UPDATE: Morales’ deal is for the same salary he made last season, $2.975 million, and also includes a $50,000 bonus for reaching 550 plate appearances. ========== Kendrys Morales hasn’t played since breaking his leg in May of 2010, but rather than make him a free agent last month the Angels tendered him a contract for…

  17. There’s “a 99 percent chance” that the Nationals won’t sign Prince Fielder? Really?

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:50 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

    Poor Prince Fielder. Looks like he’s going to have to go to the unemployment office soon. Maybe look for a job at a Barnes and Noble or something. Because apparently no one wants to sign him.  Here’s Bill Ladson of MLB.com: There is a “99 percent” chance that the Nationals will not sign free-agent first…

  18. Scott Boras and Ruben Amaro Jr. disagree about why Ryan Madson didn’t re-sign with the Phillies

    Jan 11, 2012, 3:21 PM EDT

    Ryan Madson

    Shortly after the start of free agency multiple sources reported that Ryan Madson and the Phillies had agreed to a four-year, $44 million contract, but that deal fell through and Philadelphia quickly signed Jonathan Papelbon to a four-year, $50 million deal instead. Now two months later Madson settled for a one-year, $8.5 million deal with…

  19. Astros claim Fernando Martinez off waivers from Mets

    Jan 11, 2012, 2:45 PM EDT

    Fernando Martinez

    As expected, Fernando Martinez didn’t make it very far on the waiver wire after being dropped from the 40-man roster by the Mets earlier this week. One spot, in fact. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the 23-year-old former top prospect was snatched up by the Astros, who have the No. 1 waiver…

  20. Report: Cubs, Kerry Wood close to a one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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    Jon Paul Morosi reports that the Cubs and Kerry Wood are close to signing a one-year deal with an option for 2013.  The terms aren’t known, but it was reported yesterday that it would represent a “substantial raise” over what he made in 2011.  Which was less than $2 million, so you figure it would…

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