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  1. I love the smell of Yankee fan panic in the morning

    Dec 15, 2010, 6:10 AM EDT

    Yankee panic

    … it smells like … victory: this offseason Brian Cashman publicly bashed the face of the franchise, forced the best relief pitcher in the history of baseball to talk to Red Sox, scaled a building in Stamford, Conn., had dinner with Carl Crawford and then hours later Crawford signed with the Red Sox and now…

  2. Phillies could finalize contract with Cliff Lee tomorrow

    Dec 14, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    UPDATE: NBC 10 in Philadelphia provides the photo evidence that Cliff Lee has arrived. And boy, do his eyes look mighty tired. Must be from staring at multiple offers of $100-plus million over the past week. Poor guy. 9:13 PM: You probably thought we were done talking about Cliff Lee, huh? Nope, not yet. According…

  3. What’s the hold up? Rays and Padres still haven’t finalized Jason Bartlett trade

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:51 PM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    It’s been six days since the Rays and Padres were said to have agreed upon a trade sending Jason Bartlett to San Diego for relievers Cesar Ramos and Adam Russell, yet the deal is still “on hold” and no one seems quite sure what’s going on. According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union…

  4. UPDATE: Athletics have talked to Rich Harden, no deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 7:01 PM EDT

    Rich Harden throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast on this one. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle hears that the A’s have talked to Harden, but that he might have better offers elsewhere. Meanwhile, Renck writes that he hasn’t confirmed his information with the A’s. So, nothing to see here. At least not yet. 6:56 PM: Here’s an…

  5. Yankees strike back, sign Mark Prior to minor league deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

    Mark Prior throwing

    UPDATE: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior’s deal with the Yankees is worth $750,000 if he makes the team. He is also willing to go to the minor leagues if he doesn’t make the club during spring training. Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that he could make $750,000 in additional incentives, meanwhile Joel…

  6. Sorry Yankees! Josh Johnson is not available

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Josh Johnson

    Expect a lot of these kinds of reports in the coming weeks: Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports the Marlins have no intention of trading right-hander Josh Johnson. The Yankees are obviously going to start looking for a pitcher now. You’ll likely hear them connected to most solid young starters in baseball, at least in a…

  7. The official HBT Cliff Lee recap

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    How many posts about Cliff Lee can four guys write in less than 18 hours? The answer may shock you!

  8. Orioles sign Jeremy Accardo to one-year, $1.08 million deal

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

    jeremy-accardo-blue-jays

    Non-tendered by the Blue Jays because they didn’t want to give him a raise on his 2010 salary of $1.08 million, Jeremy Accardo has signed a one-year deal with the Orioles worth … $1.08 million. Accardo had a breakout season for the Blue Jays in 2007, saving 30 games with a 2.14 ERA in 67…

  9. And now: several hundred cars on a baseball field

    Dec 14, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    bullpen car

    No, that’s not a metaphor or anything fancy. It’s really what this post over at the Yahoo!’s racing blog “From the Marbles” depicts.  Check out the pics. It’s kind of sad really. Sad for the baseball field in question, sad for the cars – I always anthropomorphize cars — and sad for the environment. Still,…

  10. Carl Pavano’s “other suitors are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota”

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    This morning I wrote about how Cliff Lee signing with the Phillies leaves Carl Pavano as the top starting pitcher on the free agent market, but Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that Pavano’s “other suitors” aside from the Twins “are pessimistic and think he’s going back to Minnesota.” That jibes with Tom Haudricourt of the…

  11. Gary Sheffield thinks he nailed that interview

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    *May 25 - 00:05*

    Last week I talked about Gary Sheffield prowling the Winter Meetings. Today we learn that he met with Joe Maddon to talk more about his comeback that probably isn’t happening: “I had a meeting with the Rays, and they’re going to get back to me,” Sheffield said Monday on Sirius XM Radio. “It’s out there…

  12. UPDATE: Cardinals add Gerald Laird as Yadier Molina’s backup

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:19 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    UPDATE: Done deal. Laird gets $1 million guaranteed, plus $300,000 in incentives. ========== Matthew Leach of MLB.com hasn’t been able to confirm the news yet, but Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Cardinals are close to signing veteran catcher Gerald Laird. Laird is coming off a career-worst season in Detroit, hitting just .207 with…

  13. HBT Extra: Say, have you heard the news about this Cliff Lee fellow?

    Dec 14, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Tiffany and I try to figure out the what of the what of the Cliff Lee deal

  14. Kevin Gregg close to signing $12 million deal with Orioles

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:44 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg Blue Jays

    Last week Baltimore reportedly offered Kevin Gregg a two-year, $8 million deal, but apparently that wasn’t enough because according to Joe McDonald of ESPNBoston.com the Orioles have upped their two-year offer to $12 million and Gregg is close to accepting. Gregg racked up 37 saves for the Blue Jays this year for his fourth straight…

  15. Jason Bay is back to full speed

    Dec 14, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT

    Jason Bay wide

    It’s not been the best day for Mets fans, what with the Phillies getting Cliff Lee, the Yankees fans making themselves feel better by saying “well, hell, at least we ain’t Mets fans,” and the Kansas City media realizing that, hey, Jeff Francoeur is a winner after all (who knew?!) But there is some good…

  16. Jeff Francoeur already has Kansas City media under his spell

    Dec 14, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    jeff francoeur royals presser

    It’s been less than a week since Jeff Francoeur signed a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Royals, but he predictably already has local media members in Kansas City writing the same type of overly glowing prose and outright fluff about him that became commonplace in Atlanta and New York. Yesterday the Royals held a…

  17. The Athletics are on the verge of signing Hideki Matsui

    Dec 14, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    UPDATE: Susan Slusser reports that Matsui is going to make just less than $5 million for next season (Update: Olney says it’s $4.25 million). But hey, the A’s are going to pony up for his translator and his PR person. Which, given the horde of Japanese media that follows Matsui around, is definitely a full-time…

  18. Pirates sign first baseman Lyle Overbay to one-year contract

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

    lyle-overbay-blue-jays

    Continuing their offseason plan of stockpiling mediocre veterans, the Pirates have agreed to terms with first baseman Lyle Overbay on a one-year, $5 million contract. Overbay spent the past five seasons in Toronto, but the Blue Jays made no attempt to re-sign the 33-year-old after he hit just .243 with a .329 on-base percentage and…

  19. Brian Cashman: “Plan B is patience”

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Brian Cashman just spoke to the media. Surprisingly, the signing of Russell Martin wasn’t the main topic of conversation. That kid from Arkansas who can’t hack the Big Apple was.  No, not Burnett. The other one. Cashman’s remarks included a lot of expected spin.  Spin designed, it would seem, to disabuse other teams out there…

  20. Owner says Rangers turned down Cliff Lee’s offer to re-sign for seven guaranteed years

    Dec 14, 2010, 1:10 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Initially last night the Cliff Lee storyline was that he left as much as $50 million on the table because he loved Philadelphia and simply wanted to pitch for the Phillies instead of the Yankees or Rangers. However, now that the various contract details are trickling in it turns out he probably left at most…

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