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  1. Lenny Dykstra: live from rehab

    Nov 25, 2011, 9:07 AM EDT

    Lenny Dykstra

    We always highlight gonzo Lenny Dykstra stories, so it’s only fair that we likewise highlight Dykstra in a more subdued setting when he actually sounds lucid and — dare I say it? — responsible. Nancy Dillon of The New York Daily News visited Nails at the Los Angeles rehab center he currently calls home.  In…

  2. A Night at the Peabody: covering the premiere of MLB Productions’ 2011 World Series Film…

    Nov 24, 2011, 8:51 PM EDT

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    I was invited, through Craig and MLB’s PR people, to attend and report on the premiere of the 2011 World Series Film on Tuesday night in St. Louis. I’ve been writing professionally about baseball since 2008, but it was the first time I had covered any sort of live event with a media badge and…

  3. Happy Thanksgiving HBT Nation/Universe

    Nov 24, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

    Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving may be the most unbaseball holiday. It’s far enough removed from last season to where the taste has left our mouths, still too far from the next season for our appetites to be rewarded. It’s usually cold, often gray. Someone always has a football game on. It’s probably still my favorite holiday, though.  Yes,…

  4. Yankees re-sign Freddy Garcia to one-year, $5 million deal

    Nov 24, 2011, 12:28 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia, Joe Girardi

    Freddy Garcia and the Yankees have agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract, according to Jon Heyman of SI.com. Garcia proved to be a tremendous bargain for New York this year, winning a rotation spot in the spring training after signing for a minor-league deal and throwing 147 innings with a 3.62 ERA that was…

  5. Raul Ibanez agreed to decline Phillies’ arbitration offer

    Nov 24, 2011, 10:23 AM EDT

    Phillies' Ibanez reacts to grounding out to end the seventh inning of their MLB baseball playoff game against the Cardinals in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s decision to offer Raul Ibanez arbitration yesterday made zero sense unless the two sides had a pre-arranged agreement that the 39-year-old outfielder would decline. Sure enough, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports exactly that, as Ibanez did the Phillies a favor and agreed ahead of time to decline an arbitration offer to basically just give…

  6. Albert Pujols sticking with agent Dan Lozano amid allegations

    Nov 24, 2011, 9:36 AM EDT

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    Earlier this week Deadspin published a lengthy story that included many unsavory allegations about agent Dan Lozano, whose client list includes Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, and lots of other big names. Last night Lozano’s lawyer issued a statement denying the claims and Pujols told Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: I am absolutely…

  7. Report: Yankees, Freddy Garcia nearing one-year deal

    Nov 23, 2011, 11:58 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The Yankees don’t appear to be any closer to adding the No. 2 starter they desire, but they are set to bring back Freddy Garcia on a one-year deal, David Waldstein of the New York Times reports. Garcia took a modest $1.5 million guarantee from the Bombers before going 12-8 with a 3.62 ERA in 146…

  8. Yankees sign Jayson Nix to minor league contract

    Nov 23, 2011, 10:18 PM EDT

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    From Joel Sherman of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees have signed utilityman Jayson Nix to a minor league contract with an invitation to major league spring training. Nix is unlikely to land an Opening Day roster spot next March in Tampa, but he can play his way into the emergency mid-season…

  9. Agent: Cesar Izturis has “several” suitors

    Nov 23, 2011, 9:34 PM EDT

    izturis getty o's

    Veteran infielder Cesar Izturis played in only 18 games and made just 33 plate appearances for the Orioles in 2011 due to groin and elbow issues. He batted .230/.277/.268 in 2010, and hasn’t registered an OPS above .700 since the 2004 season. But Major League Baseball can’t quit him. According to beat writer Dan Connolly…

  10. Cubs hoping to hire Chris Bosio as pitching coach

    Nov 23, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Freshly-hired Cubs manager Dale Sveum is beginning to put together his coaching staff. According to Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune, Sveum has asked former big league teammate and current Triple-A manager Chris Bosio to become the Cubs’ new pitching coach. A formal interview is likely to take place after Thanksgiving weekend. Bosio served as an advance…

  11. Bruce Chen gets $9 million over two years from Royals

    Nov 23, 2011, 6:40 PM EDT

    Bruce Chen

    After 13 seasons and 10 teams, left-hander Bruce Chen has himself a multiyear contract. The Royals re-signed him to a two-year, $9 million deal on Wednesday, SI.com’s Jon Heyman reports. There’s never been a journeyman quite like Chen. 34 others have also played for 10 different franchises, but Chen pulled it off in just 11…

  12. Raul Ibanez surprisingly among Phillies arbitration offerings

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies v Arizona Diamondbacks

    As expected the Phillies offered arbitration to Jimmy Rollins and Ryan Madson, but surprisingly they also did the same with Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is 39 years old and was paid $12 million this season to hit just .245 with a .289 on-base percentage and .419 slugging percentage in 144 games, which along with sub par…

  13. Jose Molina signing with Rays “appears imminent”

    Nov 23, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Jose Molina

    Last week Jose Molina was said to be negotiating a deal with the Rays and now Joe Smith of the St. Petersburg Times reports that an agreement “appears imminent.” Molina would back up John Jaso, essentially replacing fellow right-handed-hitting free agent Kelly Shoppach. Molina lacks Shoppach’s power and ability to knock around left-handed pitching, but…

  14. Royals “making progress” toward re-signing Bruce Chen

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:41 PM EDT

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    Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Start reports that the Royals are “making progress in reaching agreement on a new contract” with free agent left-hander Bruce Chen, with general manager Dayton Moore saying that the two sides are hoping to get a deal finalized before the winter meetings next month. Chen looked just about finished…

  15. Must-click link: An insanely extended interview with Pete Rose

    Nov 23, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

    Pete Rose

    Yahoo!’s Dave Brown took his Answer Man alter ego to Vegas and he talked with Pete Rose … forever.  It was a great interview, though.  Topics ranging from Game 6 of the 2011 World Series vs. Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, gambling, his bannination from baseball and, of course, Milk Duds. Just read…

  16. Juan Pierre doesn’t get arbitration offer from White Sox

    Nov 23, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

    Juan Pierre

    Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status. Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years.…

  17. Orioles not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:20 PM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    As expected, the Orioles announced that they are not offering arbitration to free agent Vladimir Guerrero. Guerrero is coming off a career-worst season at age 36, so odds are he would have simply accepted an arbitration offer and locked the Orioles into a one-year deal paying him at least $8 million. Baltimore understandably didn’t want…

  18. Could Bryce Harper’s debut be delayed by the new CBA?

    Nov 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Bryce Harper

    Everyone in Washington Nationals Natio –er, Land, er District — is eagerly anticipating the debut of Bryce Harper.  Hopefully as soon as next season.  But as Mark Zukerman notes, that debut could be delayed a but due to some changes in baseball’s new collective bargaining agreement: What am I referring to? The decision to increase…

  19. Japanese team agrees to post reliever Hiroki Sanada

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

    Hiroki Sanada

    Japanese relief pitcher Hiroki Sanada’s exclusive negotiating rights will be up for auction, as Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker reports that the Yokohama Bay Stars have decided to post the 28-year-old right-hander. However, based on Sanada’s mediocre numbers and Newman’s underwhelming scouting report it doesn’t sound as though he’s likely to draw a ton of…

  20. The Marlins’ new ballpark is going to cost taxpayers even more money than thought? Unpossible!

    Nov 23, 2011, 12:33 PM EDT

    Marlins Miami new logo

    Please sit down for this, because it’s going to come as something of a shock:  the taxpayer-funded ballpark the Marlins are moving into is going to end up costing taxpayers more money than the politicians said it would when they forced it upon the populace: When the city of Miami agreed to build parking garages…

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