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  1. How many wins will Phillies’ four aces combine for in 2011?

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:40 PM EDT

    Bodog.com has set an early over/under line on the combined 2011 wins from the Phillies’ four aces: 61. At first glance (and considering the tremendous hype) that may seem like a low number, but this year Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee, Roy Oswalt, and Cole Hamels combined for 58 victories and Halladay (21) was the only…

  2. Jayson Werth has a full no-trade clause

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:11 PM EDT

    Philadelphia Phillies Introduce Jayson Werth

    Jayson Werth had his introductory press conference with the Nationals a couple of hours ago.  The only news nugget of note — besides the fact that he has shaved his beard and now sports only a soul patch — is that he has a full no-trade clause for the entire duration of his contract. I…

  3. Johan Santana sues the woman accusing him of sexual assault

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:26 PM EDT

    New York Mets v New York Yankees

    We lawyers call it a counterclaim. It’s a really fancy legal concept so I’m totally sure you wouldn’t understand. Anyway: New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana has filed a counter-claim against the woman who says he sexually assaulted and impregnated her, accusing her of defamation and malicious prosecution. In documents filed last week, Santana is…

  4. Arizona targets Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns for part-time role

    Dec 15, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    nady swinging

    After finding a backup catcher in Henry Blanco the Diamondbacks “will next turn their attention to finding a right-handed bat who can play left field” and are targeting Xavier Nady or Austin Kearns, according to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. Gilbert speculates that Nady could have a slight edge because he has experience at first base…

  5. A lot of teams are asking about Fausto Carmona

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Fausto Carmona

    Now that the Cliff Lee shoe has dropped, everyone is looking at cheaper, less-already-signed-by-other-teams-this-winter  pitchers.  Jon Paul Morosi reports that one of the more sought-after of that breed is the Indians’ Fausto Carmona: One major-league source with close knowledge of Carmona’s market said the Indians aren’t eager to move him but are in a “listen…

  6. Your Prince Fielder Photo of the Day

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:29 PM EDT

    The below pic was taken today as Prince Fielder visited a Japanese junior high school and taught some mad baseball skills to the kids as a part of the Major League Baseball International Ambassador program.  I also like this one. But really, the reason I posted them is that judging by others in the stream of…

  7. Diamondbacks promote former Baseball Think Factory writer Carlos Gomez to international scouting director

    Dec 15, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    dbacks btf logo

    As a longtime lurker, occasional commenter, and former contributor at Baseball Think Factory I’m absolutely thrilled by this news: Carlos Gomez, who frequently posted comments and wrote articles at Baseball Think Factory under the screen name “Chad Bradford Wannabe,” has been hired as the Diamondbacks’ international scouting director. Gomez, who pitched professionally in independent leagues…

  8. MLB minimum salary will increase to $414,000 for 2011

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:58 PM EDT

    minimum wage

    The commissioner’s office announced today that the MLB minimum salary will rise to $414,000 for 2011, which is a $14,000 increase from the $400,000 mark this year. As part of the collective bargaining agreement the minimum salary rises at the same rate as the increase in the Consumer Price Index-Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers.…

  9. Diamondbacks agree to one-year contract with Henry Blanco

    Dec 15, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Henry Blanco throwing

    Earlier this week the Diamondbacks were said to be on the verge of signing veteran catcher Henry Blanco and now Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reports that they’ve come to terms on a one-year, $1 million contract. Blanco will back up 27-year-old starter Miguel Montero and figures to get most of his starts subbing…

  10. A’s and Rich Harden agree to one-year, $1.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    Rich Harden throwing

    Rich Harden and the A’s have agreed to a one-year contract worth $1.5 million in guaranteed money and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, according to a major league source. Harden, who was drafted by the A’s in 2000 and pitched in Oakland from 2003 to mid-2008, returns after stints with the Cubs and Rangers.…

  11. The Indians are slashing ticket prices

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

    Progressive Field

    This should not be surprising, but the Indians are reducing their ticket prices in the face of a pretty severe dropoff in attendance.  The details are all in the article. It seems straight-forward: across the board cuts with extra perks for season ticket holders such as access to the restaurant usually reserved for club level…

  12. Ron Washington wants to keep Neftali Feliz in the bullpen

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    In the wake of the Rangers missing out on re-signing Cliff Lee there’s been some speculation that they could fill his spot in the rotation with closer Neftali Feliz, who was primarily a starter in the minors and ranked among Baseball America‘s top 10 prospects as a starter in back-to-back years. Yesterday manager Ron Washington…

  13. Dodgers sign Matt Guerrier to three-year, $12 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    matt-guerrier-twins

    Matt Guerrier has been linked to Boston throughout the offseason, but Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein is said to be against the idea of handing out three-year contracts to relievers and Erik Boland of New York Newsday reports that Guerrier has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dodgers believed to be worth $12…

  14. A new Hall of Fame voter considers his ballot

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    hall of fame

    Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe has been a member of the Baseball Writers Association of America for ten years now.  As a result, he just received his first-ever Hall of Fame ballot.  He has a column up today in which he talks about his approach.  He doesn’t name his picks yet — he’s still…

  15. Red Sox “getting closer” to signing reliever Matt Albers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    matt-albers-orioles

    Peter Gammons reported yesterday that the Red Sox had agreed to a contract with Matt Albers, while “a source familiar with the negotiations” told Alex Speier of WEEI.com that the deal is “getting closer” but “not done yet.” Albers was non-tendered earlier this month by the Orioles, who didn’t want to keep him despite a…

  16. Congratulations Skip Bayless: you had the dumbest reaction to the Cliff Lee news in all of media!

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:29 AM EDT

    World Series Phillies Yankees Baseball

    Skip Bayless lives to be contrary. We know that. But the key to being a halfway decent contrarian is to be at least half-smart about it, and to cause people to think a bit as a result of your less-than-intuitive position. As his rant on Cliff Lee going to the Phillies makes clear, however, thinking…

  17. Russell Martin signed with Yankees for lower base salary than he turned down from Dodgers

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Russell Martin

    ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has the details of Russell Martin’s one-year contract with the Yankees. He’ll earn $4 million in base salary, which is less guaranteed money than he turned down from the Dodgers prior to being non-tendered. Los Angeles reportedly offered him $4.2 million upfront and another $1.5 million in potential incentives, while Martin is…

  18. How I learned to stop worrying and love the wild card

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    1997 Marlins

    The AJC’s Mark Bradley has a column up today with the headline: “With Lee again a Phil, are the Braves playing for the wild card?” My answer — which I’ve been giving anyone who will listen since midnight Monday — is “Yes. Yes they are.”  Even if you set aside their top two pitchers who…

  19. Cliff Lee speaks

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:36 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    John Clark of NBC Philadelphia was the first guy to track down Cliff Lee since the deal was announced, talking to him in what is either the Philly airport or a Barnes and Noble or something. I can’t tell. The video is below. Lee doesn’t say anything terribly groundbreaking — I wish he would have…

  20. No, Felix Hernandez is not coming to New York

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:11 AM EDT

    Felix Hernandez crop

    Not to pick on this message board guy because I’ve seen the sentiment around in many places, but … Now that Cliff Lee is going to the Phils, I think the Yankees should turn their attention to seeking a trade for Felix Hernandez of the Seattle Mariners. The Yankees should be prepared to offer four of the…

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