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  1. Report: In 1999 Russ Davis “had more flow than Rockefeller has dough”

    Dec 2, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Mr. Plow rap

    I don’t even know what to do with this. I always sort of regretted that I quit buying baseball cards in the late 80s, but Jon Bois’ latest installment of “Sports Cards for Insane People” over at SB Nation has made me really regret it. Yes, SkyBox put out a set in 1999 in which…

  2. Yoenis Cespedes’ price tag expected to rise above $50 million

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

    Yoenis Cespedes AP

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has an update on Yoenis Cespedes and says “the buzz in baseball circles is that it will take north of $50 million to sign” the 26-year-old Cuban outfielder. Cespedes still has to establish residency in the Dominican Republic to officially become a free agent, but that’s viewed as merely a formality…

  3. Wanna feel old? Ken Griffey Jr.’s kid is playing in a high school all-star football game

    Dec 2, 2011, 12:30 PM EDT

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    A lot of things make me feel old lately. My hairline. The fact that I can’t seem to sleep plast 7:30AM no matter how late I stay up. The fact that teenagers frighten and confuse me.  Happens to everyone, I guess.  Time really does move faster for a person when they get older. But nothing…

  4. Joel Zumaya will throw for teams in two weeks, unlikely to re-sign with Tigers

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    Joel Zumaya injury

    Joel Zumaya hasn’t appeared in a big-league game since his elbow exploded mid-pitch on June 28, 2010, but Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that the oft-injured right-hander “is scheduled to throw a mound session for interested teams” two weeks from now in Houston. Plenty of promising young pitchers have had their careers derailed by arm…

  5. Mark Cuban is going get in on the Dodgers bidding

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    Mavericks Clippers Basketball

    Last month Mark Cuban said that he wouldn’t be interested in buying the Dodgers if the price was above one billion bucks. Most people are suggesting that the price will, in fact, be above a billion bucks.  But guess what: according to the L.A. Times, Cuban is going to get involved anyway. It’s way too…

  6. Wily Mo Pena signs two-year deal with Japanese team

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Wily Mo Pena’s comeback attempt never quite took hold, as he totaled just 120 plate appearances for the Mariners and Diamondbacks, and now the flawed but powerful 29-year-old has agreed to a two-year contract to play in Japan for the Softbank Hawks. Earlier this week reports pegged Pena’s contract as being worth around $5 million,…

  7. Jorge Posada wants to play for the Marlins now? OK.

    Dec 2, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Jorge Posada

    Jon Heyman tweeted a few minutes ago that Jorge Posada — who lives in Miami — would like to play for the Marlins. Of course yesterday Heyman said that Posada wanted to play for the Mets and actually called them. That report was shot down an hour later by Posada’s agent.  So stay tuned to…

  8. Twins interested in free agent starter Chris Capuano

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Capuano_Chris

    UPDATE: So much for that. Capuano signed with the Dodgers. =========== Among the many items on the Twins’ to-do list this offseason is adding another veteran starter to the rotation and LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that they’re interested in left-hander Chris Capuano. Capuano is coming off a bounceback season…

  9. Picture Yankee Stadium on 42nd Street

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Times Square

    Fun story in the New York Post this morning about how, back in 1915, the Yankees owners were trying to sell AL President Ban Johnson on (a) convincing the other teams to give the Yankees young talent because they just couldn’t compete otherwise; and (b) helping them get some momentum behind building a new ballpark…

  10. Rockies want Blake DeWitt from Cubs for Ian Stewart

    Dec 2, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    DeWitt_Blake

    Earlier this week Troy Renck of the Denver Post reported that the Cubs are interested in Ian Stewart and now he says the Rockies asked for Blake DeWitt in exchange for him. DeWitt doesn’t hit much, but he’s much more versatile and valuable than Stewart defensively and also under team control through 2014. Not so…

  11. A “buyer’s market” for relievers? Really?

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:50 AM EDT

    soria wide getty

    A sentence from Buster Olney’s column this morning stuck out like a glowing, radioactive thumb: The Royals fully expect to open next season with Joakim Soria as their closer — which makes sense, because to offer up Soria now would be to try to extract value in the middle of a buyers’ market for relievers. There are…

  12. The Astros are shopping everyone

    Dec 2, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    Carlos Lee

    Jon Heyman reports that, in addition to Wandy Rodriguez, the Astros are shopping Brett Myers and Carlos Lee too. The problem, of course, is that all of those dudes are owed a lot of money. Both Rodriguez and Myers are owed in excess of $10 million a year for the next couple of years. Lee…

  13. The Marlins are upping their offer to Jose Reyes

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:57 AM EDT

    jose reyes getty

    The Marlins must have gotten tired of wiseguys like me saying that they were just pretending to play in the free agent pool. Last night they put (too much) money where their mouth was and signed Heath Bell. Today we hear from Jon Heyman that they’re going to sweeten that offer they had out to…

  14. Brian Cashman is rappelling down a building again

    Dec 2, 2011, 8:14 AM EDT

    Cashman Rappel

    UPDATE: That was quick. According to the Associated Press, Bobby V has already accepted Cashman’s challenge. Next December, it’s on. 8:14 AM: Brian Cashman rappelled down a 22-story building in Stamford, Connecticut last year for that city’s “Heights and Lights” ceremony.  He’s doing it again as I speak. One would think that this is highly…

  15. Marlins reach three-year, $27M agreement with Heath Bell

    Dec 1, 2011, 11:11 PM EDT

    heath bell getty

    The run on high-priced free agent closers rolls on. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Marlins have reached agreement on a three-year, $27 million contract with veteran righty Heath Bell. His contract also includes a vesting option for 2015. Bell has managed a 2.36 ERA and 1.16 WHIP over the past three seasons in…

  16. Josh Johnson set to begin throwing program this weekend

    Dec 1, 2011, 10:03 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins' pitcher Josh Johnson speaks during an interview after the team announced their new uniforms in Miami

    The Marlins have spoken with nearly all of the top free agents on the market this winter, including shortstop Jose Reyes, first baseman Albert Pujols, left-hander C.J. Wilson and outfielder Yoenis Cespedes. But Miami’s primary addition for 2012 could very well come from within. Josh Johnson, 27, posted a dominant 2.30 ERA and 186/48 K/BB…

  17. Angels visited with Aramis Ramirez, likely to make offer

    Dec 1, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

    aramis ramirez getty

    From FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal comes word that members of the Angels’ front office paid a visit recently to free agent third baseman Aramis Ramirez and an offer is likely coming soon. Ramirez struggled with injuries and inconsistency during the latter part of his tenure in Chicago, but he posted a bounceback .871 OPS with 26…

  18. Rangers “optimistic” about locking up Mike Napoli this winter

    Dec 1, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

    napoli reuters

    Rangers catcher Mike Napoli is currently scheduled to become a free agent at the conclusion of the 2012 season. But the Texas front office is hoping that he won’t even get a whiff of the open market. According to FOX Sports’ Jon Paul Morosi, the Rangers are going to attempt to sign Napoli to a…

  19. It’s a crime that Edgardo Alfonzo isn’t on the Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Edgardo Alfonzo - 1999 Topps

    I know I’m just about the only one who gets upset about these things. And, yeah, there probably are better uses of my time. But how could anyone look at these two infielders and decide that the second is the one worthy of a spot on the Hall of Fame ballot? Player A: .284/.357/.425, 146 HR, 744…

  20. Giants courting shortstop Alex Gonzalez

    Dec 1, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Alex Gonzalez

    This isn’t good news for the National League’s worst offense. According to both ESPN Deportes and FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, the Giants are talking to Alex Gonzalez about becoming their new shortstop. Gonzalez, who turns 35 in February, hit .241/.270/.372 with 15 homers, 56 RBI and a dreadful 126/22 K/BB ratio in 564 at-bats for the…

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