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  1. Russell Martin’s deal with Yanks includes $1.4M in incentives

    Dec 15, 2010, 8:32 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Los Angeles Dodgers

    From Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times comes word that the Yankees have included $1.4 million in performance-based incentives in their new one-year, $4 million contract with catcher Russell Martin. Martin has already passed his physical with the Yanks and the deal is expected to be finalized by the end of this week. The…

  2. Heath Bell battled typhoid fever earlier this offseason

    Dec 15, 2010, 7:05 PM EDT

    Padres pitcher Bell is congratulated by teammate and catcher Torrealba after the Padres defeated the Giants during their MLB baseball  game in San Francisco

    Padres closer Heath Bell won Major League Baseball’s Delivery Man of the Year Award in 2010 with a shiny 1.93 ERA and 47 saves in 50 chances. His winter has not gone as smoothly. First he was named in several different trade scenarios, then he came down with typhoid fever while vacationing in the islands…

  3. Forget the Pedro Martinez idea — he’s not coming back

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:51 PM EDT

    Pedro Martinez

    We linked to a New York Daily News story this morning in which it was suggested that Pedro Martinez could come back. Forget it. MLB Trade Rumors read and translated a Spanish language newspaper interview with Martinez in which he sounds like a guy quite happy with retirement, even if he hasn’t officially retired: “I’m…

  4. Marlins sign Randy Choate to two-year, $2.5 million contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    Florida’s bullpen makeover continues, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Marlins have signed left-handed specialist Randy Choate to a two-year, $2.5 million contract. Choate is a Type B free agent and Tampa Bay smartly offered him arbitration, so the Rays will receive a compensatory draft pick between the first and second rounds for…

  5. Jon Heyman reveals his Hall of Fame ballot, so once again we discuss Jack Morris and Bert Blyleven

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman just tweeted his Hall of Fame ballot: Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Don Mattingly, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker and Tim Raines. I guess Jeff Bagwell does’t count for anything, but we’ll leave that to another post. I wrote extensively on Heyman’s ballot last year, when he included Alomar, Andre Dawson, Larkin, Parker,…

  6. Carlos Beltran is unaware of trade rumors because he’s not “into the computer searching”

    Dec 15, 2010, 4:58 PM EDT

    Carlos Beltran

    Prior the Red Sox signing Carl Crawford last week Peter Gammons reported that they “continue to talk to the Mets” about a potential trade for Carlos Beltran (which is obviously no longer an option). For his part Beltran told MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo that he was unaware of the rumors until a family member in Puerto…

  7. Cliff Lee: “Philly fans don’t need a teleprompter to tell them to cheer”

    Dec 15, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

    Cliff Lee phillies throwing

    Cliff Lee gave his introductory news conference with the Phillies earlier this afternoon (see the video below).  There were a few notable quotes from Lee. One was about how Philly fans are great because “they don’t need a teleprompter to tell them too cheer.” I suppose that could be construed as a swipe at the fans…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…

  11. 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…

  12. 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…

  13. 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…

  14. 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…

  15. 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.…

  16. 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…

  17. 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.…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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