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  1. Rockies acquire Jose Morales in minor swap with Twins

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Jose Morales

    From the Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has traded catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for young left-hander Paul Bargas. Morales, 27, hit .194/.295/.250 with zero home runs, two doubles and seven RBI over 36 at-bats in 2010 for the Twins.  He will serve as a rarely-used backup in Colorado behind…

  2. Comment of the Day: Yes, Tim Raines is a Hall-of-Famer edition

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:57 PM EDT

    Tim Raines

    In response to my inclusion of Tim Raines on my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot: does anyone realize that apart from his 5 really good years of 1983-1987, tim raines looks a lot more like marquis grissom than he does rickey henderson??  5 seasons does not make a hall of fame career. This is why…

  3. Kerry Wood turns down $3.5 million from White Sox to return to Cubs for $1.5 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

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    Kerry Wood has turned down a one-year, $3.5 million offer from the White Sox in order to return to the Cubs for $1.5 million, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Wood, who was drafted fourth overall by the Cubs in 1995 and spent the first decade of his career calling Wrigley Field home,…

  4. UPDATE: The Twins have a deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Heyman says the deal is done: three years, plus an option for “about $10 mil.”  He adds that Nishioka could play second base or shortstop.  Guess it depends on whether the Twins would rather play Alexi Casilla at second or short. 9:30 AM: Heyman says the deal is a three-year deal plus an option year,…

  5. The Indians unveil their Bob Feller memorial patch

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:02 PM EDT

    As far as memorial patches go, this one is pretty sweet. Let’s just not dwell on the fact that they probably had it designed and in the can some time ago to be able to roll it out 18 hours after his death:  

  6. UPDATE: Yankees downplay the Rafael Soriano thing. Not that it doesn’t make sense.

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:59 PM EDT

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    UPDATE: Not so fast on the Soriano stuff.  Mark Feinsand just spoke to a Yankees official and he downplayed the idea, saying “the price is going to be too high.”  And it will be too high, objectively speaking, for a setup man.  But it’s not like the Yankees (a) couldn’t use the help in the…

  7. Mariano Rivera on reported talks with Red Sox: “It was real”

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera has confirmed reports that he had talks with the Red Sox prior to re-signing with the Yankees for $30 million over two years, saying: “It was real.” Rivera didn’t verify reports that his agent actually initiated contact with Boston, but made it pretty clear that he viewed the Red Sox as a legitimate…

  8. Jose Canseco wants to show you his bat speed

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

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    Jose Canseco has been more or less begging for another chance in baseball via Twitter all week, posting tweets such as “I can DH for any major league team and lead the league in home runs, just give me the chance” and “I will show everyone that steroids are completely overrated once I get the…

  9. Chien-Ming Wang expected to re-sign with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Washington signing Chien-Ming Wang to an incentive-laden one-year contract for 2010 didn’t work out so well, as never threw a pitch for the Nationals after struggling to come back from shoulder surgery, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are giving it another try. According to Rosenthal the Nationals are close to…

  10. Where do PEDs fit in the Hall of Fame debate?

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

    Rafael Palmeiro

    I’m pretty sure I’ve written a post along these lines before, but a reader asked me about it in the comments to my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot post — and the issue of PEDs and the Hall of Fame are going to come up again as more and more writers reveal their 2011 ballots…

  11. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

  12. Report: Bobby Jenks agrees to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Buster Olney says it’s done: Bobby Jenks has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox.  This came out of left field. Significance: once again the Red Sox have beat their AL East rivals this offseason, as both New York  and Tampa Bay were obviously looking to upgrade their bullpens and…

  13. Russell Martin needs knee surgery, but the Yankees signed him anyway

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin officially signed his one-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees after passing a physical exam earlier this week, but it turns out he didn’t so much “pass” as the Yankees were only concerned with the status of his fractured hip. Presumably they were encouraged enough by what they saw in his recovery from…

  14. The Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension worth $60-61 million. Hurm.  Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. At the time it seemed like he was kind of nuts to do…

  15. A’s get Josh Willingham from Nationals for two minor leaguers

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says it’s a done deal, pending physical exams. UPDATE #2: Rosenthal says the minor leaguers are reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown. Neither are considered top prospects, but Rodriguez has a high-90s fastball and big-time strikeout totals in the minors. It’s a pretty good haul for Willingham. ========== Earlier…

  16. Jayson Werth just ensured that Philly fans overrun Nationals Park again

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

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    Remember last year how Phillies fans came down to Washington en masse for a couple of series against the Nationals?  About how no one in Washington except the accountants were happy with it?  About how it was a symbol of just how bad Nationals baseball was that fans from an opposing team would travel and…

  17. Magglio Ordonez returns to Tigers for one year and $10 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Last month the Tigers declined their $15 million option on Magglio Ordonez for 2011, but after shopping around for a new team Ordonez has decided to return to Detroit on a one-year deal worth two-thirds the salary. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Ordonez turned down two-year offers elsewhere to re-sign for $10 million, citing…

  18. The Mets are mulling a multi-year deal for R.A. Dickey. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    RA Dickey pitch

    This is not news in the sense that something has happened. Nothing has happened yet, actually.  The Daily News is reporting that the Mets are considering whether to offer R.A. Dickey multiple years or give the arbitration-eligible pitcher a one-year deal.  I’m sure this mulling has been occurring since soon after Alderson was hired. What I…

  19. The Cleveland Plain Dealer does right by Bob Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Beyond reserving the largest fonts for the beginning and the end of World Wars, I have no idea what goes into a newspaper’s decisions on how big headlines should be, what stories should appear above the fold or any of that. But I do know this:  The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s decision to put their Bob Feller story…

  20. Marlins interested in signing Edgar Renteria a dozen years after trading him

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

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    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Giants may have some competition for the World Series MVP, as “it appears the Marlins have interest in bringing back Edgar Renteria.” Renteria originally signed with the Marlins out of Colombia as a teenager in 1992 and played the first three seasons of his career in Florida, coming…

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