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  1. Dis of the Day: Buster Olney on Manny Ramirez

    Dec 27, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    This isn’t a slam or anything. It’s actually a fair assessment on Buster Olney’s part. But it’s not exactly the sort of way we’re used to hearing guys like Manny Ramirez described: Heard this: The Yankees have no interest in signing Manny Ramirez … if the Yankees were comfortable with having a oft-injured, right-handed DH/OF type for…

  2. D-Backs “seem keen on giving Juan Miranda an opportunity”

    Dec 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    juan-miranda-yankees

    Arizona has been relatively quiet on the first baseman front despite letting 2010 starter Adam LaRoche walk as a free agent, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks seem likely to give minor-league veteran Juan Miranda a chance to claim the everyday job. Acquired from the Yankees for a mid-level prospect…

  3. If you suspect Jeff Bagwell of ‘roiding, why not suspect everyone?

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    My totally unscientific sense of things is that Jeff Bagwell is going to fall well short of the Hall of Fame in this his first year on the ballot. Peter Gammons suspects as much. And, after making the case of just how clear a Hall of Famer Bagwell is, has some pointed words for the…

  4. Twins > Vikings

    Dec 27, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

    target-field-100407

    I know it’s not their fault — and that this week it’s not even their city — but I find it somewhat hilarious that the Minnesota Vikings have now had three football games postponed by weather this year.  In contrast the Twins, who everyone thought were morons for building an open-air stadium, had (I think)…

  5. The Phillies sign J.C. Romero

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Romero

    Earlier this month the Phillies reached an agreement with Dennys Reyes. It fell apart following Reyes’ physical, however, leaving the Phils in need of a lefty reliever. At the time J.C. Romero said he hoped it gave him a chance to stay in Philly. It did: the Phillies signed him to a one-year deal. Terms…

  6. Dotel is reportedly close to deal with Blue Jays

    Dec 27, 2010, 1:52 AM EDT

    dotel-101226

    Octavio Dotel is close to reaching agreement on a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com. Rojas reports that the deal would be similar to last year’s contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which Dotel received $3.2 million plus another potential $500,000 in incentives. Dotel was 3-4 with a…

  7. Report: Rangers reach agreement with Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    webb on grass

    From Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse comes word that the Rangers have reached agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  The deal is only pending a physical. The Reds, Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Nationals all showed interest in the 31-year-old this winter, but he chose Texas in the end and should open…

  8. Reds identified as mystery team in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    webb with towel

    More developments here in the hunt for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb. The NL Central “mystery” team that was mentioned earlier by ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark has been identified by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com as the Cincinnati Reds.  Rosenthal believes that Webb is now choosing between Texas and Cincinnati. The 31-year-old righty knows Reds pitching coach…

  9. Ron Santo, a man of great pride until the very end…

    Dec 26, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Jose Cuevas

    Published late Christmas Eve, this inspiring story on Ron Santo’s passing from the Arlington Heights Daily Herald flew largely under the radar during the holiday weekend. Let’s bring it back to light. The obituaries will tell you that the Cubs legend passed away on December 2, but Santo’s immediate family knows the real truth. At…

  10. Cubs and Nationals no longer pursuing Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    webb and wife

    The market for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb is finally starting to take shape.  Teams are moving in and teams are moving out as negotiations begin to turn serious. We told you earlier today that the Yankees are “monitoring” the 31-year-old starter.  According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Cubs and Nationals are not.  At…

  11. Braves, Uggla still moving toward long-term extension

    Dec 26, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported two weeks ago that the Braves were nearing a five-year, $61 million extension with newly acquired infielder Dan Uggla. Cafardo has an update on the ongoing talks today in his info-packed Sunday notes column. The two sides have not yet reached an official agreement because Uggla’s camp is seeking…

  12. Yankees “monitoring” free agent righty Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    From George King III of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees are monitoring the negotiations surrounding free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  However, the Yanks “don’t appear to be in a hurry to do anything.” New York is still waiting on a decision from veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, who is weighing whether to…

  13. Hisashi Iwakuma re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they were unwilling to meet his lofty contract demands and the 29-year-old has now re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.  This according to Jason Coskrey of The Japan Times. Iwakuma turned in a quality 2.81 ERA…

  14. Nationals “remain in the mix” for righty Carl Pavano

    Dec 26, 2010, 9:03 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    The Nationals made a run at free agent southpaw Cliff Lee before he signed with the Phillies.  They also tried for right-hander Zack Greinke before the Royals dealt him to the Brewers. The free agent market is mostly a scrap heap by now, but one top free agent pitcher remains and the Nationals are doing…

  15. Baseball Stars, a peak in many ways…

    Dec 25, 2010, 3:26 PM EDT

    baseball stars logo

    Merry Christmas. It’s nice to be able to write that and know that a few thousand people might read it.  Or at least glance over it.  I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday. I used to love Christmas.  I guess I still do, but I used to really love it. Presents. Presents.…

  16. Jamie Moyer is serious about wanting to pitch in 2012

    Dec 25, 2010, 1:32 PM EDT

    Phildelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it.  At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure.  But he expects to find an…

  17. Revisiting “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets”

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    It was a little less than a year ago when I wrote a piece for HardballTalk entitled “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets.” For those who have forgotten, here were my recommendations at the time: Decide on a public face Learn how to keep certain things in-house A complete and thorough review/overhaul of medical protocol…

  18. Topps

    Dec 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

    Curt Topps hat

    I wrote this on my old Shysterball blog back in 2007. Sorry for the re-run, but (a) it’s Christmas and I have better things to be doing this morning than blogging; and (b) only a handful of people read Shysterball back in the day, so I’m sure most of you haven’t seen this anyway.  Either…

  19. Padres reach one-year agreement with Brad Hawpe

    Dec 24, 2010, 6:58 PM EDT

    Brad Hawpe

    From Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press comes word that the Padres have reached a one-year contract with free agent Brad Hawpe.  The two sides were said to be “on the verge” of an agreement late Thursday night and made it happen today on Christmas Eve. Once he passes his pre-signing physical, everything will be…

  20. Merry Christmas, HBT Nation

    Dec 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Wonderful Life

    As soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’m going to take the family to my folks’ house for a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Then I’m going to come back, do my very best to settle Mookie and Tyrus Raymond down and get them to bed under threat of Santa skipping our house.  Then…

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