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  1. Cardinals nearing two-year deal with Skip Schumaker

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

    Skip Schumaker

    Skip Schumaker is close to avoiding arbitration (and a possible non-tender) by signing a two-year contract with the Cardinals, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch. Last month general manager John Mozeliak indicated that Daniel Descalso would open the season as the Cardinals’ starting second baseman, but Schumaker’s presence means at the…

  2. Wife of Albert Pujols tells radio show: “the city of St. Louis has absolutely been deceived”

    Dec 12, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Pujols kisses his wife Deidre after the Cardinals defeated the Texas Rangers to win MLB's World Series baseball championship in St. Louis

    “I understand you’re talking to us, then one TV station, and that’s about it,” is how Sandi Brown, morning show host at 99.1 Joy FM in St. Louis, opened her conversation Monday with Deidre Pujols, the wife of new Angels first baseman Albert Pujols. “This is the moment of truth for us,” Deidre replied. “Four…

  3. Quote of the Day: Louis CK is the El Duque of comedy

    Dec 12, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Louis CK

    In promotion of a new live performance available at his website, Louis CK is doing an Ask Me Anything over at Reddit today, and one of the questions he was asked was about how he thinks a comedian is supposed to approach his audience and all of that. His answer will make fans of craftiness happy:…

  4. John Buck rescued two women from an overturned car

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:42 PM EDT

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    Marlins catcher John Buck and his wife were driving around their neighborhood Thursday morning when they came upon a car that had flipped over after crashing into a tree. Buck shared the details of what happened next with Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post: “I kind of saw a hand pulling at the window,’’…

  5. Jose Rijo now has an arrest warrant out on him

    Dec 12, 2011, 2:24 PM EDT

    Jose Rijo

    Back in September we learned that a Dominican Republic hotel owned by former major leaguer Jose Rijo was raided in connection with an investigation into the murder of a journalist. The accused: Matias Avelino Castro, a business associate of Rijo’s. Seems that since then Rijo has been subpoenaed and wanted for questioning. Except he keeps refusing…

  6. Rockies making “aggressive push” for Michael Cuddyer

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:26 PM EDT

    Michael Cuddyer

    Colorado’s interest in Michael Cuddyer has been well known all offseason and now they’re stepping up their pursuit of the free agent outfielder, with Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reporting that the Rockies are making an “aggressive push.” Cuddyer is said to have a three-year offer on the table from Minnesota worth around $25 million and…

  7. The Phillies trade Ben Francisco to Toronto

    Dec 12, 2011, 1:12 PM EDT

    Ben Francisco

    The Blue Jays just announced that they have traded for outfielder Ben Francisco. To the Phillies: lefty Frank Gailey. When last we heard of Francisco, he had just hit a three-run pinch-hit home run off Jaime Garcia in the top of the seventh inning of Game 3 of the NLDS. In more normal times we know of him as…

  8. Brewers agree to three-year deal with Aramis Ramirez

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:45 PM EDT

    Aramis Ramirez

    Milwaukee may not have Ryan Braun for the first 50 games of 2012, but it looks like there will still be a right-handed slugger in the middle of the Brewers’ lineup. Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Brewers have agreed to a three-year contract with Aramis Ramirez, pending a physical exam. Milwaukee has…

  9. Another call for an MVP re-vote

    Dec 12, 2011, 12:20 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun celebrates his 2 RBIs against the St. Louis Cardinals in the 5th inning of Game 1 in the MLB National League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Milwaukee

    Kevin Kernan of the New York Post joins the chorus. Well, the duet: If Ryan Braun’s 50-game suspension for testing positive for a banned substance is upheld, there should be a re-vote for NL MVP. And he should change his name to Ryan Brawn. Or maybe even Ryan Fraud. Sorry, I need to take the rest…

  10. With free agency one year away Zack Greinke has left his agent for … no one

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:51 AM EDT

    NLDS Diamondbacks Brewers Baseball

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Zack Greinke left his representatives at CAA and is currently without an agent. Greinke has one season left on his contract and will hit the open market next offseason ready to cash in for a huge deal, so every agent in the business would love to nab him as…

  11. Jimmy Rollins did not have minor wrist surgery last week

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:19 AM EDT

    Gary Cederstrom, Jimmy Rollins

    Over the weekend there were several reports that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery to remove a ganglion cyst from his left wrist, but this morning Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer clarified the situation via Twitter, writing: For those wondering, it was erroneously reported in two media outlets that Jimmy Rollins had minor wrist surgery.…

  12. Tim Raines and 49 other dudes with great Hall of Fame cases

    Dec 12, 2011, 11:01 AM EDT

    Tim Raines

    Last year Graham Womack of Baseball: Past and Present did a list of the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. I remember reading it and linking it but I can’t for the life of me find what I said about it on HBT. No matter: Graham has a new, bigger and…

  13. Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki posted by Yakult Swallows

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:47 AM EDT

    Aoki

    Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Yakult Swallows have filed the necessary paperwork to post Japanese center fielder Norichika Aoki, as expected. Aoki is a three-time batting champion with a career .329 average and the 29-year-old is considered a plus defender with excellent speed, so he figures to draw a decent amount of interest…

  14. Marlins were “measuring what might be out there” in a trade for Hanley Ramirez

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez

    Last week after the Marlins signed Jose Reyes there were conflicting reports from big-name reporters about the likelihood of Hanley Ramirez being traded. Now that the dust has settled a bit Joe Frisaro of MLB.com–who had the correct information on Miami’s offer to Albert Pujols when others were passing around an inflated total–reports that the…

  15. No, you don’t re-vote the MVP award in light of Ryan Braun’s positive test

    Dec 12, 2011, 10:04 AM EDT

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    You figured someone would say this. That someone is Fox’s Jon Paul Morosi, who makes the argument that the BBWAA should be allowed to re-vote the NL MVP award if Ryan Braun‘s positive test for testosterone is upheld on appeal. At the outset, it’s worth noting that the BBWAA has no intention whatsoever of doing…

  16. The White Sox want a king’s ransom for John Danks

    Dec 12, 2011, 9:32 AM EDT

    John Danks

    The White Sox and Red Sox met last week to discuss John Danks. Nothing came of it. Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees talked with the White Sox too and, get this, the White Sox demanded for and two of the following three players: Manny Banuelos, Dellin Betances or Jesus Montero. Not bloody likely. That’s similar…

  17. Manny Ramirez: “we are the working class”

    Dec 12, 2011, 8:52 AM EDT

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    With the large caveat that there is a very good chance Enrique Rojas’ interview with Manny Ramirez was conducted in Spanish and that the translation of it here inadvertently imposes a subtext to his comment that was not at all his intention, I can’t wipe the grin off my face at this comment, offered in response…

  18. What Ryan Braun is up against in his appeal

    Dec 12, 2011, 7:46 AM EDT

    braun getty

    We know that Ryan Braun is appealing his positive drug test in an effort to avoid a 50 game suspension. And we know that said appeals almost always fail. In today’s New York Times we learn why. Check out this standard: Major League Baseball’s drug policy states that a player cannot simply deny that he…

  19. Angels won’t be willing to move Peter Bourjos

    Dec 11, 2011, 10:00 PM EDT

    Peter Bourjos

    The Angels have seven players for the three outfield spots and DH in the wake of the Albert Pujols signing, but they’re not going to consider trading Peter Bourjos, GM Jerry DiPoto said. “Peter Bourjos is a guy we’re going to hold,” Dipoto told FOXSports.com. “He’s one of the better defenders in the league, a 0-to-3 (in years…

  20. Daniel Bard can be the new Derek Lowe for Boston

    Dec 11, 2011, 8:00 PM EDT

    Daniel Bard

    And that’s meant in a good way. Derek Lowe saved 42 games for the Red Sox in 2000 and then struggled some the next year, losing his closer’s role in the process. The Red Sox opted to try him as a starter at the end of the season, and when he transitioned into that role…

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