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

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:35 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    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…

  2. The Nationals sign Rick Ankiel

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Ankiel splashdown

    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…

  3. Chan Ho Park signs with the Orix Buffaloes

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    CVhan Ho Park

    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…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    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…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    syringe

    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…

  6. 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…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Craig Counsell, Ronny Cedeno

    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,…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:14 AM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    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…

  9. The Yankees could have had Zack Greinke

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:05 AM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    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…

  10. Multiple teams inquiring about Freddy Garcia

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:45 AM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    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…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Ricky Nolasco

    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…

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

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:44 AM EDT

    Bruce Sutter Hall of Fame

    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…

  13. The Yankees sign Luis Vizcaino

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:22 AM EDT

    Luis Vizcaino

    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…

  14. Balance of power tilts towards NL this winter

    Dec 19, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Just not the power itself, because that’s mostly AL bound. But a review of the players switching leagues so far this winter definitely favors the NL, mostly because that’s where the pitching is going. AL to NL Cliff Lee – Phillies Zack Greinke – Brewers Shaun Marcum – Brewers Javier Vazquez – Marlins Kerry Wood…

  15. Doug Melvin: “This is what I call a ‘now’ trade”

    Dec 19, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    Brewers hat logo

    Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel spoke with Brewers general manager Doug Melvin a short while ago, who said the following about today’s acquisition of Zack Greinke from the Royals: “This is what I call a ‘now’ trade, getting a player of his ability,” said Melvin, who indicated the trade was “90% complete” last night…

  16. Now that Zack Greinke is in Milwaukee, meet the next big trade target

    Dec 19, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Matt Garza Rays

    Now that the Zack Greinke trade is official, Matt Garza figures to be the most popular name brought up in trade conversations in the coming days and weeks. Garza, who just turned 27 last month, has become a legitimate frontline starter since coming over from the Twins in November of 2007, posting a 3.86 ERA…

  17. Confirmed: Jeremy Jeffress is the player to named in the Greinke deal

    Dec 19, 2010, 2:17 PM EDT

    jeffress

    We now know the identity of the player to be named later going to the Royals. It’s exactly who we expected it to be. Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com and Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel are all reporting that Jeremy Jeffress will go to the Royals to complete the trade…

  18. What does the Greinke deal mean for Carl Pavano?

    Dec 19, 2010, 12:43 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    The dominoes are beginning to fall. Cliff Lee went off the board late Monday night, making Carl Pavano the “best” starting pitcher left standing in the free agent market, for better or worse. The Brewers had interest in signing Pavano, but were reportedly reluctant to go beyond two years. Now that they have traded for…

  19. The Twins introduce Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 19, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Ron Gardenhire, Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Something you may have missed — and further overshadowed by the hysteria of the Zack Greinke trade this morning — the Twins officially introduced Tsuyoshi Nishioka at Target Field yesterday. The Twins signed Nishioka to a three-year, $9.25 million contract with a club option for 2014. He’ll be paid $3 million in each of the…

  20. Heyman: The Nationals were close to a deal for Greinke

    Dec 19, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    Here’s a couple quick interesting tidbits. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Nationals were actually close to a deal for Zack Greinke. Names like Drew Storen and Danny Espinosa, among others, were discussed. The only problem? The Nationals were on Greinke’s no-trade list and he told the Royals he wouldn’t go. Meanwhile, Ken Rosenthal…

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