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  1. Don Mattingly is the manager of Confiturembourg

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:34 AM EDT

    St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers

    For reasons of personal and family history I’ve probably seen The Nutcracker a billion times, give or take. And now my daughter Mookie is a ballet dancer and she’s been in The Nutcracker for a couple of years in a row. It’s never gonna end. I could probably give a go to half of the…

  2. Jeff Clement re-signs with Pirates on minor-league deal

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    jeff clement pirates

    Jeff Clement has gone from No. 3 overall pick and top-rated prospect to bust and Triple-A veteran, but rather than make a fresh start somewhere else the 28-year-old first baseman has re-signed with the Pirates on a minor-league contract. Once upon a time Clement looked like a future star as a power-hitting catcher, but his…

  3. Must-click Link: Of course Batman draws a bases-loaded walk

    Dec 20, 2011, 11:00 AM EDT

    Batman Baseball

    Reason number 1,346 why Batman is the best. After going 5-for-5 in an all-star game against a team of super villains, he comes up to the plate with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth and … works the count for a walk.  You can’t pitch to the dude. You can’t pitch around him.…

  4. Allen Craig’s knee surgery has Cardinals interested in Coco Crisp

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

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    It’s unclear how far along the two sides are in talks, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Steve Henson of Yahoo! Sports, and Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch have each reported recently that the Cardinals are interested in Coco Crisp. Allen Craig is likely to miss at least the first month of the…

  5. Cody Ross lowers his asking price

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    Cody Ross

    The market is the market, and with Jason Kubel signing a two-year deal with the Dbacks yesterday, Cody Ross has apparently determined that asking for three years is unreasonable. According to David O’Brien, Cody Ross is now seeking a two-year deal. There is some interest. The Reds and Giants are in the mix. The fact that O’Brien…

  6. Freddy Sanchez aiming to be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 20, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Freddy Sanchez injured

    Shoulder surgery ended Freddy Sanchez‘s season in mid-June, but he’s under contract for $6 million in 2012 and said yesterday that he hopes to be in the Opening Day lineup. Sanchez told John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle that he’s advanced to throwing from 60 feet, saying “the shoulder is coming along great” and…

  7. The Rays have inquired about Anthony Rizzo

    Dec 20, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

    Anthony Rizzo

    Now that the Padres have Yonder Alonso in the fold, they have one-too-many first base prospects about whose future I’m dubious.  Probably need to trade one.  There have been some alleged talks with the Cubs — alleged because Jed Hoyer has shot them down as fiction — but now we have a report that the…

  8. Great Moments in Chutzpah: the Braves challenge Disney over the word “brave”

    Dec 20, 2011, 8:51 AM EDT

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    This is good: the Atlanta Braves have made a formal objection to a trademark application filed by Disney for their new animated movie “Brave.”  Guess that explains what they’ve been doing all offseason while not doing anything to make the team better. But as a Braves fan I’m totally, totally on board with this. I…

  9. Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame: a simple question

    Dec 20, 2011, 6:42 AM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 3

    John Harper of the Daily News is, in my view, wrong when it comes to Barry Bonds and the Hall of Fame, but in approaching the matter, I think he frames the question just perfectly: But in saying here that I won’t vote for Bonds when he becomes Hall-eligible next year, let me respond to…

  10. Ed Wade to rejoin Phillies in scouting department

    Dec 20, 2011, 12:09 AM EDT

    Ed Wade

    Confirming what Richard Justice of MLB.com first relayed earlier tonight, John Finger and Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com have learned that Ed Wade will rejoin the Phillies as a member of their scouting department. Wait a minute, did he ever actually leave? Wade previously served as general manager with the Phillies from 1998-2005 and even hired…

  11. Rangers win rights to Yu Darvish with record $51.7 million bid

    Dec 19, 2011, 11:14 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: It’s official. The Rangers have confirmed that they won rights to Darvish. 11:10 PM: It’s all over. According to Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports, the Rangers have secured exclusive negotiating rights for right-hander Yu Darvish with a record $51.7 million bid. No official confirmation yet, but if true, it will top the $51,111,111 sum that…

  12. Jose Tabata cleared to resume hitting following broken bone in hand

    Dec 19, 2011, 9:45 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v Pittsburgh Pirates

    According to Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com, Jose Tabata was cleared to resume hitting last week after being shut down in September due to a broken bone in his left hand. Tabata received clearance from doctors while he was in Pittsburgh for the Pirates’ caravan and PirateFest events and immediately began hitting in the indoor cage. “I…

  13. Report: Nationals “pushing hard” to land Gio Gonzalez from Athletics

    Dec 19, 2011, 8:40 PM EDT

    Gio Gonzalez

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Nationals are “pushing hard” to acquire left-hander Gio Gonzalez from the Athletics. No word on the specific players being offered by Washington, but Rosenthal hears the two sides are discussing a four-for-one deal. Gonzalez has drawn interest from several teams this winter. The 26-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible for…

  14. Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters “definitely” plan to accept high bid for Yu Darvish

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:48 PM EDT

    darvish presser

    Just a quick mini-update while we patiently (or anxiously, depending upon your fandom) wait to learn who had the top bid for Yu Darvish. No big news yet, but Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com reports that the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters have “definitely” decided to accept the top bid. Hardly a shocker, as Franz Lidz of SI.com reported…

  15. Yoenis Cespedes close to establishing residency in Dominican Republic

    Dec 19, 2011, 7:06 PM EDT

    yoenis cespedes getty

    While we’re all waiting to find out who had the top bid for Japanese right-hander Yu Darvish, the sweepstakes for Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is about to begin. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, Cespedes could be granted residency in the Dominican Republic this week. Edgar Mercedes, Cepsedes’ representative in the Dominican, said that the 26-year-old has…

  16. Jason Kubel an odd fit, but he can help Arizona

    Dec 19, 2011, 6:43 PM EDT

    Jason Kubel

    Adding a non-star to play left field shouldn’t have been a priority for the Diamondbacks, but I’m not buying all of the talk that Jason Kubel is a downgrade for Arizona. That’s not to say it’s not possible. Gerardo Parra hit .292/.357/.427 in 445 at-bats and won a Gold Glove as the Diamondbacks’ primary left…

  17. Jimmy Rollins’ deal is finalized: $38 million guaranteed

    Dec 19, 2011, 5:28 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    We had this all yesterday, but I heard Tim Tebow was doing stuff so as Americans we were all obligated to pay attention and thus you may have missed it. But now it’s final and has been officially announced by the team. It breaks down as $33 million over the next three seasons, and an $11…

  18. Bobby Abreu would welcome a trade

    Dec 19, 2011, 4:48 PM EDT

    Bobby Abreu

    Ken Rosenthal hears that Bobby Abreu would like to be traded by the Angels. He won’t ask for one, though, because that’s not his style. Passive-aggressive is just the worst, no? Anyway, the idea is that the little 1B/DH/OF mix in Anaheim is fairly crowded at the moment and will be even more so if,…

  19. Mike Cameron chooses Nationals over Indians

    Dec 19, 2011, 3:30 PM EDT

    Mike Cameron

    Washington and Cleveland were reportedly fighting over Mike Cameron. I’m not sure if this qualifies as winning or losing the fight, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the 38-year-old outfielder has decided to sign with the Nationals. Cameron defied father time for years, remaining very productive offensively and excellent defensively into his mid-30s, but…

  20. Bryan Stow speaks to NBC’s “Rock Center”

    Dec 19, 2011, 2:35 PM EDT

    Bryan Stow Thanksgiving

    Over the weekend we saw a brief preview of the first interview of Bryan Stow since his attack on Opening Day, to be featured tonight on NBC’s “Rock Center.”  Today we have the entire thing. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to watch Stow struggle with daily tasks and conversation. It’s also light…

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