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  1. Bartolo Colon may be in the best shape of his life

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Someone stop the Indians’ front office, because they are en fuego! First Austin Kearns, now they’re in hot pursuit of Bartolo Colon. And that pursuit isn’t as easy at it used to be, because Colon may be … in the best shape of his life! Antonetti said the Indians are indeed interested in Bartolo Colon…

  2. Deep Thought: What’s the deal with Andy Pettitte?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    I’m not prepared to make some final and serious moral judgment on the matter right now or anything, but I have to ask: am I nuts for thinking that Andy Pettitte’s coyness on whether he will or will not return is really annoying? I know he’s a free agent and his own man and has…

  3. In which we pore over Jon Heyman’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman has posted his Hall of Fame column in which he explains his votes.  Keeping in mind this morning’s thoughts on the Hall of Fame — and trying hard to be a little more charitable than I have been in the past to Mr. Heyman — I will say that I am glad that…

  4. The Cubs and Rangers are in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

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    Last week it seemed like the Nationals were the front runners for Brandon Webb’s services.  Now MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports the Cubs and Rangers have “jumped ahead” of the Nats. The Cubs have reportedly been targeting Webb for some time, though their flirtation with Matt Garza has interrupted things a bit.  I don’t recall seeing…

  5. New York Governor fined for accepting free Yankees tickets. Why aren’t the Yankees in trouble?

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    You’ll recall last March that the New York Commission on Public Integrity charged New York’s governor, David Paterson, with violating state ethics laws when he got free tickets to the opening game of the 2009 World Series from the Yankees.  The case has run its course now, and yep, the governor has been found guilty.  He was…

  6. Rosenthal: Derrek Lee wants at least $8 million

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing from baseball executives that Derrek Lee is looking for a salary around $8-10 million. He surmises, much like Jon Heyman did last Friday, that such a salary will likely be too high for the Padres, but that the Nationals could still be a fit. The 35-year-old Lee is asking…

  7. The Indians sign Austin Kearns

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Austin Kearns

    And you thought they Indians weren’t going to make a free agent splash. They just did: Austin Kearns: Meet the new Indians right-handed hitting outfielder, same as the Indians old right-handed hitting outfielder. Austin Kearns is back. Kearns, who won a job with the Indians last spring training, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tribe today. It’s…

  8. The Royals aren’t interested in moving Joakim Soria

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

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    The Royals were awful in 2010. They figure to be even worse without Zack Greinke, at least in 2011. With that in mind, many have speculated that they will soon be looking to trade their closer Joakim Soria, as well. I even talked about the possibility in this space yesterday after it was confirmed that…

  9. The Nationals sign Rick Ankiel

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

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    They’ve let Adam Dunn walk and have traded Josh Willingham.  They signed Jayson Werth to a mega-deal that he will never come close to justifying. Now the Nationals have signed Rick Ankiel to a deal.  To play outfield, not to pitch. At least if it was to pitch it would be an interesting and potentially…

  10. Chan Ho Park signs with the Orix Buffaloes

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

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    According to the team’s Twitter feed, Chan Ho Park has signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. Park compiled a 4.66 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings between the Yankees and Pirates last season. The 37-year-old right-hander has a 4.36 ERA over parts of 17 major league seasons. He became…

  11. Brian Cashman admits that he may be stuck with the rotation he has

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

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    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees may be going into the 2011 season with the rotation they currently have: Sabathia, Hughes, Burnett and … filler: Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, theYankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC Sabathia,A.J. Burnett…

  12. Was it unethical for the New York Times to report the leaked PED-users’ names?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

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    It’s always fun to rip on The Blogger Murray Chass when he writes something ill-advised, bitter and ridiculous.  But sometimes he writes something bitter and thought-provoking (sorry: bitter is just part of the deal with him these days). For example, over the weekend he noted how neither the New York Times nor the New York…

  13. Dayton Moore: Zack Greinke wasn’t interested in contract extension

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

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    Just in case there was any doubt that Zack Greinke had run out of patience with losing, Royals general manager Dayton Moore told reporters yesterday that the club tried to engage him in talks for a long-term contract extension, but their efforts were rebuffed (via Matthew Leach and Dick Kaegel of MLB.com): “We would love…

  14. The Brewers sign Craig Counsell to a one-year deal

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Brewers have signed Craig Counsell.  That’s the sort of thing a team does when they realize that Yuniesky Betancourt is at the top of your depth chart at shortstop. OK, not totally fair: the Brewers have been thinking about keeping Counsell in the fold for some time now.  He’s 40,…

  15. The Orioles’ offer to Adam LaRoche is richer than first reported

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

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    Over the weekend Jen Royle of MASN reported that the O’s had offered Adam LaRoche three years and as much as $18 million.  She has updated her report and now says that the O’s are offering LaRoche three-years and $21 million. I still think LaRoche makes sense in Baltimore, but boy, that contract is starting…

  16. The Yankees could have had Zack Greinke

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman tweets that the Royals asked the Yankees for Jesus Montero and Eduardo Nunez in exchange for Zack Greinke and told the Yankees that Greinke would drop his no-trade clause.  The Yankees rejected the offer, however, because they did not believe that Greinke was a good fit for New York. It’s interesting that the reason for…

  17. Multiple teams inquiring about Freddy Garcia

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

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    Jon Heyman tweets that the Yankees, Mets, and other teams have asked to see Freddy Garcia’s medical records. That means that everyone has an unhealthy obsession with Garcia’s personal business or else they’re actually considering signing the guy.  Given how few free agent starters are left out there I’m guessing the latter. Which is kind…

  18. One more pitcher off the board: the Marlins sign Ricky Nolasco to a contract extension

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

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    There have been a number of rumors in recent weeks that the Marlins were open to shopping Ricky Nolasco. Call off the trade-watch, however, because they just signed him to a three-year, $26.5 million extension.  My suspicion is that the trade rumors were floated mostly as a negotiation tactic anyway. I’ve heard that Nolasco really…

  19. The most important thing about being a Hall of Fame voter

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

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    Bill and The Common Man from The Platoon Advantage make so much sense in their Rights and Responsibilities in Hall of Fame Voting post from over the weekend that the thing should be sent via certified mail to every eligible voter. Of their four rules for voting, the key, I think, is something I touched…

  20. The Yankees sign Luis Vizcaino

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:22 AM EDT

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    Gotta hand it to the Yankees: they really know how to counter a move.  The Phillies get Cliff Lee? Bam! New York gets Mark Prior.  The Brewers snag Zack Greinke? Bam! New Yorks signs Luis Vizcaino. OK, that’s not fair. I know those moves aren’t in response to anything and would have happened anyway.  I do…

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