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

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:37 PM EDT

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    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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 7:05 PM EDT

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    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,…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

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

    Jan 11, 2012, 4:21 PM EDT

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    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…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. UPDATE: Luke Scott signs with the Rays

    Jan 11, 2012, 1:15 PM EDT

    Luke Scott Reuters

    UPDATE:  Scott has come to an agreement pending a physical, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. The deal is beleived to be one year plus an option. 1:15 PM: Topkin just tweeted that the Rays are “moving closer” to signing Scott. 10:32 AM: Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times said yesterday that the Rays…

  11. A proposal to resolve the Giants-Athletics territorial dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:50 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    The A’s and the Giants have been at odds over the territorial rights to San Jose for a long time now. In fact, I believe we’re coming up on the third anniversary of launching of the famous MLB study that was designed to solve that problem in the first place.  I’m sure they’re almost done!…

  12. Released by the Phillies, John Bowker heads to Japan

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Philadelphia released John Bowker so that he could sign a deal to play in Japan, putting an end to (or at least putting on hold) a big-league career that just never really got going. Bowker was the Giants’ third-round pick in 2004 and always put up strong numbers in the minors, hitting .307 with an…

  13. Read baseball blog posts; support Doctors Without Borders

    Jan 11, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT

    DWOB

    Some of us blog about baseball for money. Most blog about baseball for the love.  Then — sometimes — someone blogs about baseball for a good cause.  That’s what’s going on at Old Time Family Baseball this weekend, and for that reason you should check it out. This Saturday, January 14th, Old Time Family Baseball’s…

  14. MLB Network to launch a game show that sounds kinda neat

    Jan 11, 2012, 11:30 AM EDT

    Jackpot Wad.bmp

    I once tried out for “Jeopardy!”  Passed the test and went on to the practice game.  They said I was “in the contestant pool” but they never called me.  Since then I’ve had one boss and four coworkers who have gone on “Jeopardy!”, all of whom won at least once and two of whom were…

  15. “Nothing going on” with rumors of Matt Garza to the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Chicago Cubs

    Last night David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reported that the Cubs and Tigers were “down the road in discussions” for Matt Garza, but today several sources contradict that claim. Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that “there’s nothing going on with the Tigers in regards to Garza” and Peter Gammons said on MLB Network that “I’m told…

  16. Dodgers reliever Blake Hawksworth undergoes elbow surgery

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Blake Hawksworth‘s status for Opening Day is in question, as the Dodgers reliever will undergo surgery today to shave down bone spurs in his elbow. Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times reports that Hawksworth is expected to be sidelined or 4-6 weeks, which means he likely won’t be at full strength for the beginning…

  17. Ron Swanson’s Baseball Hall of Fame

    Jan 11, 2012, 10:06 AM EDT

    Ron Swanson

    As happens every year, the days after the Hall of Fame announcement are filled with people making suggestions about how to fix the Hall of Fame, the voting and all of that. There are tiers suggested, in which Babe Ruth and Willie Mays sit on top and Jim Rice, George Kell and Lloyd Waner rest…

  18. Poll: In the wake of the Ryan Madson deal, who’s the biggest sucker?

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:39 AM EDT

    madson getty

    Former Phillies closer Ryan Madson just signed a deal with the Reds for $8.5 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a little more.  Earlier this offseason the Phillies signed Jonathan Papelbon to be their closer for $50 million guaranteed with incentives that could give him a lot more. Now, to be clear, I…

  19. The Mets are close to closing on five of those $20 million ownership stakes

    Jan 11, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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    The New York Daily News reports that the New York Mets are close to sealing the deal on five of the $20 million shares they’ve been trying to sell. The owners have been approved by Major League Baseball and the deals could close by the end of the month.  The Daily News: With that, the…

  20. Dodgers, Fox settle TV rights dispute

    Jan 11, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

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    The last possible thing preventing Frank McCourt from meeting his deadline to sell the Dodgers by April 30 was the ongoing litigation he and the Dodgers had with Fox over the Dodgers’ desire to auction off future broadcast rights prior to a sale.  That potential barrier is gone now, as the Dodgers and Fox have…

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