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  1. The Braves won’t trade Jair Jurrjens within the division

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:35 PM EDT

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    The Braves seem pretty set on trading Jair Jurrjens. I’m OK with that. They have oodles of starting pitching coming up through the system and they’re not going to be able to keep both Jurrjens and Tommy Hanson as each of them get expensive.  Trade JJ and get a shortstop or a bat or some…

  2. How can we even think about what the Bill Conlin story means for the Hall of Fame?

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:52 AM EDT

    Bill Conlin

    I’ve tried really hard to not think too deeply about what the Bill Conlin allegations might mean for the Hall of Fame. For a couple of reasons, really. For one thing, the Spink Award, which makes Conlin “a Hall of Famer,” isn’t really an induction into the Hall of Fame. It’s really just the inclusion…

  3. Red Sox “backing off” free agent closer Francisco Cordero

    Dec 22, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week the Red Sox were said to be among a handful of teams pursuing free agent Francisco Cordero, but now John Tomase of the Boston Herald reports that they’re “backing off” and “it appears we can cross Cordero off their list of potential closers.” Tomase suggests that Cordero’s desire for a multi-year deal…

  4. So did anyone come close to the Rangers’ bid for Darvish, or not?

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:24 AM EDT

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    Yesterday we heard that the Toronto Blue Jays came really close to the Rangers’ $51.7 million bid for Yu Darvish.  As the day wore on into night, however, multiple reports surfaced suggesting that, no, the Jays didn’t bid that high and that in fact no team came anywhere close to what the Rangers’ bid. I’ll…

  5. The Indians are interested in Carlos Beltran too

    Dec 22, 2011, 9:01 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds

    Yesterday it was said that five teams were on Carlos Beltan’s short list. Four were named. Which means … Mystery Team. Sadly, Buster Olney put his Jessica Fletcher pearls on and solved that mystery: the Cleveland Indians. Ken Rosenthal confirms and argues that Beltran may be a good fit in Cleveland. Not sure I’m buying…

  6. Nightmare fuel: Seasons Greetings from the Atlanta Braves

    Dec 22, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

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    In the past few days I’ve come to grips with the fact that the Braves aren’t gonna get a shortstop. And I learned that they’re getting into a dumb copyright fight with Disney. These are the usual sort of things that make one roll one’s eyes at the team they love, but it’s survivable. Not…

  7. Angels interested in veteran left-hander Darren Oliver

    Dec 22, 2011, 12:25 AM EDT

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    Anaheim apparently isn’t done spending yet. According to MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez, the Angels are looking to add a free agent reliever to their bullpen and have been in contact recently with the representatives for veteran southpaw Darren Oliver. Oliver, 41, posted a 2.29 ERA and 44/11 K/BB ratio in 51 innings this past year for…

  8. Nationals nearing one-year contract with Mark DeRosa

    Dec 21, 2011, 11:08 PM EDT

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    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Nationals are “close to signing” free agent veteran Mark DeRosa to a one-year contract. Presuming the deal gets done, DeRosa will function as a super utilityman next season in Washington. He has experience playing all over the infield and is capable of playing either corner outfield position. DeRosa, 36,…

  9. Twins close to agreement with free agent Jason Marquis

    Dec 21, 2011, 10:33 PM EDT

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    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Twins are nearing agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Jason Marquis. Marquis posted an underwhelming 4.43 ERA and 1.49 WHIP in 23 starts between the Nationals and Diamondbacks in 2011, fanning only 76 batters and walking 43 across 132 innings before fracturing his right fibula on…

  10. White Sox reach five-year, $65M extension with John Danks

    Dec 21, 2011, 9:27 PM EDT

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    Cancel the fire sale in Chicago. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the White Sox have agreed to a five-year, $65 million contact extension with left-handed starter John Danks. The deal will be made official soon after Christmas. After the White Sox traded closer Sergio Santos and his team-friendly three-year, $8.25 million contract to the…

  11. Red Sox to name Bob McClure as next pitching coach

    Dec 21, 2011, 8:54 PM EDT

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    As first reported by Jim Bowden of ESPN and Sirius XM Radio, the Red Sox are preparing to name Bob McClure as their next pitching coach. McClure was a major league pitcher from 1975-1993, posting a 3.81 career ERA over 1158-plus innings. He joined the coaching ranks in 1999, first serving as a pitching instructor…

  12. Cardinals sign Eugenio Velez to minor league contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 7:42 PM EDT

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    From Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch comes word that the Cardinals have inked utilityman Eugenio Velez to a minor league contract. They also signed left-hander R.J. Swindle to a similar deal. Velez collected no hits in 40 plate appearances this past year for the Dodgers and posted a brutal .164/.246/.309 batting line in…

  13. Mariners could make Brandon League available

    Dec 21, 2011, 6:29 PM EDT

    Brandon League

    Even though Ryan Madson, Francisco Cordero and Brad Lidge remain available in free agency, much of the recent closer talk has been regarding trade possibilities. Now perhaps Brandon League can be added to the list of available closers that includes Andrew Bailey and maybe Joel Hanrahan. According to FOXSports.com, the Mariners are getting hits on League…

  14. PSA: Joe Buck is on Twitter

    Dec 21, 2011, 5:21 PM EDT

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    Hey guys, you can quit talking smack about Joe Buck in our comment threads. If you have any smack to talk about Joe Buck, tell the man himself at his new Twitter account: @Buck. So far it appears to be him and not some assistant doing PR tweets. Which is always a plus.  And he…

  15. Royals sign Twins castoff Jose Mijares for $925,000

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:50 PM EDT

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    Non-tendered by the Twins last week, Jose Mijares has quickly found a new home in the AL Central. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the 27-year-old reliever has agreed to a one-year deal with the Royals, who plan to use him as a left-handed specialist. Mijares had a terrible 2011 season, walking…

  16. Cubs and Reds agree to Sean Marshall-for-Travis Wood swap

    Dec 21, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Last night Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago broke the news that the Cubs and Reds were working on a trade involving Sean Marshall and Travis Wood, and now he’s reporting that the two sides have agreed to a deal “in principle.” According to Levine the Cubs will send Marshall to the Reds for Wood and…

  17. Cubs to hire Bill Buckner as Single-A hitting coach

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:44 PM EDT

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    Bobby Valentine wanted to add Bill Buckner to his Red Sox coaching staff, but the team’s upper management reportedly balked at the idea and now Buckner has taken a minor-league gig elsewhere. Jeremy Schaap of ESPN.com reports that the Cubs have hired Bucker as their new hitting coach for the Single-A Boise Hawks, which makes…

  18. The Cubs are on track for “a complete and total rebuild”

    Dec 21, 2011, 2:30 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein speaks at a news conference at Wrigley Field in Chicago

    Still thinking the Cubs are going to get in on Prince Fielder? Think again. David Kaplan of CSNChicago.com reports that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are looking to completely blow things up and that Fielder is not in the offing: “After speaking with several baseball sources over the past few days I am hearing that a…

  19. Brewers sign infielder Cesar Izturis to minor-league contract

    Dec 21, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

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    Milwaukee replaced Yuniesky Betancourt with Alex Gonzalez at shortstop and the Brewers have added some more middle infield depth by signing Cesar Izturis to a minor-league deal, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com. Izturis lost his starting job when the Orioles traded for J.J. Hardy last offseason and missed all but 18 games with injuries…

  20. The BBWAA makes a second attempt at an official statement

    Dec 21, 2011, 12:56 PM EDT

    Winner of J.G. .Taylor Spink Award Sportswriter Bill Conlin speaks at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown

    Yesterday’s official statement by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Bill Conlin was a dud. So they’ve tried again. This time an actual writer — BBWAA president Bill Shaikin — puts his name to it: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of the allegations involving Bill Conlin and we extend our sympathies to…

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