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  1. The Yankees are close to signing Pedro Feliciano

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Bob Klapisch reports that the Yankees are “getting close” on Pedro Feliciano, who called the Mets’ bullpen home for most of the last nine seasons. Feliciano, who is 34, has pitched in a metric butt-load of games over the past five years.  He shuts down lefties, though, to the tune of .214/.282/.297 for his career.…

  2. Rangers “continue to keep in contact with” Vladimir Guerrero

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com “the Rangers continue to keep in contact with Vladimir Guerrero’s agent, but don’t appear to be in any rush to nail down what they’ll do about the designated hitter position in 2011.” Other veteran DH options like Hideki Matsui, Jack Cust, Lance Berkman, and Pat Burrell are off the…

  3. Edwin Encarnacion returns to Toronto after a brief detour

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Toronto placed Edwin Encarnacion on waivers in mid-November and he was claimed by Oakland only to non-tendered three weeks later. And now he’s back with the Blue Jays, agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a 2012 team option worth $3.5 million. It was an odd little journey for Encarnacion, but basically the moves…

  4. It’s musical chairs for teams pursuing Adam LaRoche, Derrek Lee

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals, Orioles and Padres are pursuing both Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee. Two seats, three teams playing the game. I guess it’s a shame that Lance Berkman thought it was a good idea to become a right fielder, because then everyone could have their second-tier first baseman. As it is,…

  5. Rays agree to terms on $900,000 deal with Joel Peralta

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    joel-peralta-nationals

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with right-hander Joel Peralta on a one-year, $900,000 deal. After back-to-back rough years Peralta had to earn his way back to the majors with a dominant stint at Triple-A as a 34-year-old and then pitched brilliantly for the Nationals with a 2.02 ERA,…

  6. Red Sox “discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    dan-wheeler-rays

    After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still…

  7. How Kristen Lee and the kids influenced Cliff Lee’s decision

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    There’s a good story over at Philly.com — pointed out to me by Jonny 5 — talking to the Lee family about what went into the decision to go back to the Phillies.  Kristen Lee plays down the anti-New York stuff that popped up a couple of months ago.  The image of a couple of…

  8. My (imaginary) Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bagwell

    No one asked and fewer care, but since I will probably continue to critique, praise and analyze Hall of Fame ballots of others, I may as well make it clear who I would support if I had the franchise.  Here would be my guys this year: Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Tim…

  9. A.J. Burnett is not happy with Colin Cowherd

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A. J. Burnett waves his glove to the cheering crowd as he leaves the field after being removed against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Yesterday, big-time talk radio host Colin Cowherd claimed that A.J. Burnett went through a nasty divorce last season and implied that led to his trouble on the mound. Cowherd said: “A.J. Burnett went through a terrible divorce and he still might (be) going through it. His wife was vindictive and spiteful. I don’t even feel comfortable…

  10. There was no one like Rapid Robert Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:53 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Joe Posnanski has the best Bob Feller obituary. Even as people write a bunch more over the coming days, Posnanski’s will be the best because that’s just how it goes when (a) you’re the best sports writer in the business; and (b) you grew up in Cleveland, steeped in Bob Feller as Joe did and…

  11. A lot of relievers are getting three-year deals. That’s a bit scary.

    Dec 16, 2010, 6:09 AM EDT

    matt-guerrier-twins

    UPDATE: Cameron expands on his analysis of multi-year deals for relievers here. 6:09 AM: It always takes a while for teams to turn to the bullpen during the offseason, but when they do, they tend to do it all at once. And it was certainly a big day for relief pitcher signings and rumors yesterday.…

  12. He’s back, Chicago: Cubs close to deal with Kerry Wood

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:02 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Here’s an interesting one. According to David Kaplan of Chicago Now, the Cubs are moving toward the finalization of a deal with free agent reliever Kerry Wood. Wood spent the first 10 years of his professional career with the Cubbies and was a force in their starting rotation from 2001-2004.  But injuries hit him toward…

  13. D’Backs sign Xavier Nady to one-year, $1.75M contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 11:04 PM EDT

    Chicago Cubs v Pittsburgh Pirates

    Xavier Nady is off the market. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Diamondbacks locked up the outfielder to a one-year, $1.75 million contract on Wednesday night and plan to start him in left field next season. Nady might also get a bit of time at first base. He batted just .256 with a .306…

  14. Bob Feller: 1918-2010

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:28 PM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Sad news out of Iowa tonight. Keith Murphy of WHO in Des Moines passes along word that Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has died at the age of 92 in a Cleveland hospice. Feller was hospitalized with pneumonia a few weeks ago and previously fought a battle against leukemia. Born November 3, 1918 in…

  15. UPDATE: mixed word now on Bobby Jenks and the Rays

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:12 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal tweets that there is “heavy action” on Jenks, including the Rays, but that the Yankees and others have interest too. He says Jenks is not close to a decision yet, however.  In other news, I suppose all action on Bobby Jenks would be “heavy.” 10:12 PM: Marc Topkin says that the Rays and…

  16. Padres’ trade for Bartlett ‘better than 50-50′ to happen

    Dec 15, 2010, 10:11 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

    Nobody’s quite sure why the Padres’ trade for Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett has been put on hold.  The swap was initially agreed to a full week ago, but something might have gone wrong during the physicals for the three involved players or the two teams may still be working out contract matters. Whatever the case,…

  17. White Sox, Jesse Crain agree to three-year contract

    Dec 15, 2010, 9:13 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Cleveland Indians

    Peter Gammons, now of the MLB Network and MLB.com, is reporting that free agent reliever Jesse Crain has reached agreement on a three-year contract with the White Sox. Crain, 29, posted a healthy 3.04 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 71 appearances for the Twins this past year, fanning 62 batters and walking only 27 over…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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