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  1. Albert Pujols’ 10-year, $254 million deal is extremely backloaded

    Dec 29, 2011, 7:32 PM EDT

    pujols getty press conference

    Just like the Marlins did in acquiring free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, the Angels are dabbling in some dangerous backloading in their 10-year, $254 agreement with first baseman Albert Pujols. According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, Pujols will get just $12 million in 2012 and $16 million in 2013. Because of those low early salaries, the…

  2. The Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders

    Dec 29, 2011, 5:20 PM EDT

    Joe Saunders

    Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun says that the Orioles are interested in Joe Saunders. That makes them one of several teams that, for reasons that aren’t clear to me, are apparently interested in Joe Saunders. I swear, starting pitchers in December and January are like homely people in the bar at closing time. They…

  3. Shoulder surgery may keep Ryan Kalish out until June

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

    kalish pose

    By trading Josh Reddick to the A’s yesterday the Red Sox seemingly cleared the way for Ryan Kalish to take over as their starting right fielder at some point in 2012, but whether he’s in the minors or majors Kalish will likely begin the season on the disabled list. Kalish missed most of 2011 with…

  4. The IRS sued Hal Steinbrenner

    Dec 29, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Hal Steinbrenner

    The IRS has sued Hal Steinbrenner and his wife, seeking $670,000 back in a refund that the feds now claim was given erroneously. You can read about all the details here. That’s less than the Yankees paid Boone Logan last year, by the way, so I’m guessing this one will be settled pretty quickly.  

  5. Details of John Danks’ five-year, $65 million extension with White Sox

    Dec 29, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

    John Danks

    John Danks‘ five-year, $65 million contract extension with the White Sox was reported last week and became official today. Danks will get $8 million in 2012 and then $14.25 million per season from 2013-2016. If not for the extension Danks would be heading into his final season of arbitration eligibility after earning $6 million in…

  6. The A’s to San Jose? Not so fast …

    Dec 29, 2011, 1:19 PM EDT

    San Jose postcard

    On Christmas Eve, while you were all drinking too much and having passive aggressive interactions with your families, Bob Nightengale reported that the Athletics’ long-awaited move to San Jose was finally poised to be approved by Major League Baseball. Only one problem: no one seems to have informed the Giants about this, and at least…

  7. You ain’t got to lie, Jerry, you ain’t got to lie

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:45 AM EDT

    Jerry DiPoto

    I interviewed two general managers at the Winter Meetings: Ned Colletti and Ruben Amaro.  It was kinda neat. They’re important people and talking to them made me feel sort of important. It was for TV, and I’m sort of liking this TV stuff.  And of course talking to guys like that — and the assistants…

  8. Nationals likely to start Jayson Werth in center field

    Dec 29, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jayson Werth

    Washington has been searching for a long-term answer in center field since the middle of last season, but after once again coming up empty in their attempts to trade for a veteran general manager Mike Rizzo indicated that he’ll put the search on hold until next offseason. Rizzo noted during an interview with MLB Network…

  9. Short careers and the Hall of Fame: it’s better to burn out than fade away

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:43 AM EDT

    kirby puckett game 6 1991

    After writing the Dale Murphy post an uncomfortable thought struck me: would it have been better for his Hall of Fame case if he had been hit by a bus in 1988 than for his career to have simply cratered like it did? I know, I’m awful for thinking that. Trust me when I say…

  10. Adam Wainwright is “pretty stinking close” to “perfect rehab”

    Dec 29, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    wainwright ap

    Adam Wainwright is 12 months removed from Tommy John elbow surgery and one month into a throwing program designed to get him ready for spring training, and the Cardinals right-hander is making excellent progress in his recovery. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that he threw 30 pitches to a catcher on…

  11. You can vote for Dale Murphy for the Hall of Fame. Just do it for the right reasons, OK?

    Dec 29, 2011, 9:49 AM EDT

    Dale Murphy

    Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News just submitted his first-ever Hall of Fame ballot.  Included on that ballot was Dale Murphy. I’m cool with that. I don’t think I’d vote for him myself because I really do like to see a mix of elite peak — which Murphy had — and longevity, which Murphy didn’t.…

  12. So I guess I’m an “underwear guy”

    Dec 29, 2011, 8:29 AM EDT

    Captain Underpants

    George Vecsey wrote for the New York Times for 43 years. He’s retiring now. Unlike some others of his generation, he pretty much kept his fastball until the end and even when I disagreed with him I thought he was a great writer who really understood the game and the context in which it existed.…

  13. Who will close next season in Oakland?

    Dec 28, 2011, 9:28 PM EDT

    balfour getty

    The A’s dealt closer Andrew Bailey to the Red Sox on Wednesday evening as part of a five-player swap. The trade has all sorts of implications, many of which we’ll analyze over the next few months leading into the start of spring training. But let’s start simple, with a look at the back end of the…

  14. Cubs want young pitching in return for Matt Garza

    Dec 28, 2011, 7:41 PM EDT

    matt garza ap

    It’s quite clear by now that the Cubs are going to trade Matt Garza this winter as part of a larger rebuilding effort. Where he will land, of course, is yet to be determined. But here’s a hint: The Red Sox have also shown serious interest in Garza, and would do well to add a…

  15. Maybe the zaniest Hall of Fame ballot yet

    Dec 28, 2011, 6:20 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    Here are MLB.com’s Barry Bloom’s nine picks for Cooperstown: I voted for Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Mark McGwire, Jack Morris, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Lee Smith and Alan Trammell. Notice any conspicuous absences? It’s quite frankly insane that someone could pick nine players off this year’s ballot, including two tainted by steroids, yet leave…

  16. Red Sox acquire Andrew Bailey and Ryan Sweeney from A’s for Josh Reddick, prospects

    Dec 28, 2011, 5:07 PM EDT

    Andrew Bailey

    Oakland continues to part with big-league pitching in an effort to construct a team ready to contend if/when a new ballpark is built, with Buster Olney of ESPN.com reporting that the A’s have traded closer Andrew Bailey and outfielder Ryan Sweeney to the Red Sox for outfielder Josh Reddick, first base prospect Miles Head, and…

  17. The Giants and Tim Lincecum are far apart in talks for a long term deal

    Dec 28, 2011, 4:45 PM EDT

    Lincecum cap

    Last month we learned that the Giants and Tim Lincecum are trying to work out a long term deal. Jon Heyman reports today, however, that there is a “sizable gap” between the sides. The gap, Heyman says, is about years as much as money. The team had previously offered a four-year deal, and have reportedly…

  18. Yankees nearing deadline for Hiroyuki Nakajima negotiations

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:43 PM EDT

    nakajima getty

    In bidding $2 million for exclusive negotiating rights to Hiroyuki Nakajima the Yankees were given a 30-day window in which to work out a contract with the Japanese infielder. The deadline is January 6, so as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com writes: “One way or the other, Nakajima will be resolved next week.” New York doesn’t…

  19. “There is a position called the designated hitter. It’s in the rules and everything”

    Dec 28, 2011, 3:03 PM EDT

    Edgar Martinez

    Grant Brisbee of SBN goes after the “Edgar Martinez is not a Hall of Famer” crowd by reminding people that, yo, the DH has been part of the game for 38 years now, so they have to be Hall of Fame eligible.  Brisbee’s hypotheticals which illuminate the silliness of the notion that DHs should not…

  20. UPDATE: Alex Rodriguez went to Germany for some experimental treatment on his knee AND his shoulder

    Dec 28, 2011, 2:20 PM EDT

    alex rodriguez getty

    UPDATE: A few minutes ago Brian Cashman said that it wasn’t just A-Rod’s knee that got the German engineering treatment. It was his left shoulder too.  Here’s a full report on it all. So, to sum up: the guy who is still owed $143 million over six years to play third base for the Yankees…

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