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  1. The Dodgers are in discussions with Bill Hall

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

    Bill Hall, Dallas Braden

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers are talking to Bill Hall, late of the Red Sox, about coming west to be their everyday left fielder. Hall is a useful guy to have around as long as you’re not paying him extravagantly.  His bat can’t carry left field — he hit .247/.316/.456 last season and that…

  2. Red Sox targeting Twins trio of Fuentes, Crain, and Guerrier

    Dec 13, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    brian-fuentes-twins

    Apparently general manager Theo Epstein and company really liked Minnesota’s bullpen down the stretch, because Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com reports that the Red Sox “have their sights focused on” Twins free agent relievers Brian Fuentes, Jesse Crain, and Matt Guerrier. None would require giving up a draft pick to sign, as Guerrier is the only…

  3. The Rangers are going after Adrian Beltre. Have they lost out on Cliff Lee?

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:54 AM EDT

    Adrian Beltre

    Karl Ravech — via a tweet from Buster Olney — reports that the Texas Rangers are “moving aggressively” on Adrian Beltre.  Which suggests that they think they’re not going to get Cliff Lee, as there is no way Texas can sign both of them.  Earlier this morning we heard reports that the Yankees have been in…

  4. Must-click link: How the Red Sox landed Carl Crawford

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Great story over at Comcast New England today going behind the scenes of the Carl Crawford signing and explaining how Theo got his man. Among the highlights: While meeting with Crawford and his agents, the Red Sox cited J.D. Drew as a player with an aversion to the spotlight who could nonetheless “thrive in Boston.”…

  5. Get this: “Mariano Rivera initiated contact with the Red Sox”

    Dec 13, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    rivera in delivery

    When the Yankees re-signed Mariano Rivera two weeks ago there were numerous reports that the Red Sox made him a multi-year offer worth as much or more than he ended up accepting from New York. As if that weren’t juicy enough, now Rob Bradford of WEEI.com writes: “According to multiple major league sources, Mariano Rivera’s…

  6. Was Jayson Werth a better signing for Washington than Carl Crawford was for Boston?

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:42 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    It seems crazy to suggest that the Werth signing was better than the Crawford signing but, as reader Jack Marshall pointed out to me over the weekend, Tom Boswell of the Washington Post does: With the $142 million deal they gave to Carl Crawford, who has spent nine seasons proving that Fenway Park damages every part…

  7. Blogger admits mistake; apologizes

    Dec 13, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Murray Chass

    It’s always good to see bloggers be accountable for their mistakes. Even when the blogger doesn’t believe that he’s actually a blogger. Here’s Murray Chass, explaining his post in which he slammed Tom Verducci for voting against Marvin Miller for the Hall of Fame, even though Verducci voted for him: When I reported his alleged…

  8. Even the government now believes that the 2004 drug test seizure was illegal

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    syringe

    In case you missed it over the weekend, the feds have agreed not to appeal the ruling that investigators illegally seized a list of baseball players who allegedly tested positive for steroids back in 2004.  Welcome news, even if it’s too late for Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and the other 101 players who still…

  9. Oh look! A “mystery team” has joined the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:02 AM EDT

    Mystery Machine

    Here’s Jon Heyman, three steps beyond self-parody and almost approaching the divine: Free agent Cliff Lee is planning to make his decision early this week, according to people familiar with negotiations. The Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and a third mystery team are all still thought to be alive as Lee deliberates the biggest player call of the…

  10. Mark Buehrle providing aid for dog shot with arrow

    Dec 12, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    White Sox starter Mark Buehrle is the anti-Michael Vick.  Or, the opposite of what Vick used to be. According to Terry Hillig of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Buehrle has offered to pay any uncovered medical expenses for a dog who was found stranded in southern Illinois this weekend with an arrow in its abdomen. The…

  11. Cashman: Yanks will not increase current offer to Cliff Lee

    Dec 12, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Rangers' Lee throws against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    It’s hard to put a real finger on why, but things seem to be trending toward the Rangers today on the Cliff Lee rumor front. Maybe that’s natural.  Since the Winter Meetings began, and even before that, the Yankees have seemed like the favorite to land the ace left-hander.  Perhaps these optimistic Rangers bits are…

  12. Cardinals trade Brendan Ryan for young righty Maikel Cleto

    Dec 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals did it.  They got rid of Brendan Ryan. St. Louis GM John Mozeliak tried to shop the slick-fielding shortstop throughout the Winter Meetings last week and drew only minimal interest, but Mo pulled off a trade today with the Mariners.  This from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Cards will get young right-hander Maikel…

  13. Yankees official says shot of landing Cliff Lee only “50-50″

    Dec 12, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    We aren’t the only ones searching for clues as to where free agent left-hander Cliff Lee might sign. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has also been doing a bit of digging and wrote Sunday at ESPN Insider that a Yankees executive has put New York’s chances at only “50-50.” Perhaps that’s because there are two teams left…

  14. Marlins working on deal with lefty reliever Randy Choate

    Dec 12, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports comes word that the Marlins are working toward an agreement with free agent reliever Randy Choate. The 35-year-old left-hander posted a pedestrian 4.23 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 44.2 innings this past year, but he limited left-handed batters to a .202/.263/.266 slash line. As a common middle reliever, he’s…

  15. Ron Washington thinks Cliff Lee will re-sign with Texas

    Dec 12, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Cliff Lee is expected to choose between offers from the Rangers and Yankees on Monday. While the free agent southpaw is off weighing pros and cons, we’re left wondering what he might do and trying to gather any clues. So far the clue-finding has not been a fruitful venture.  The guess here is that Lee…

  16. Twins showing interest in Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan

    Dec 12, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Ryan hits a sacrifice fly allowing Colby Rasmus to score in the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    The Cardinals drew only minimal interest when trying to shop shortstop Brendan Ryan at last week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.  It appears their luck has changed. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Twins are exploring a trade for Ryan, hoping to add middle infield depth in the wake of Friday’s…

  17. Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

    Dec 12, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Buffalo Bills v Minnesota Vikings

    The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway. As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under…

  18. Cliff Lee decision coming Monday?

    Dec 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    A couple of updates here on Cliff Lee and his big free agent decision. We know that the Yankees have offered the left-hander a seven-year deal worth around $161 million.  And we know that the Rangers have offered six guaranteed years with some kind of option for a seventh.  Now we’re just waiting for Lee…

  19. Tracking the top 111 free agents

    Dec 11, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Here’s the rundown to date of the contracts received by my top 111 free agents. The list below doesn’t include free agents signed before the end of October (most notably, Ted Lilly) or non-tender free agents such as Russell Martin. 111. Dave Bush (Brewers – Age 31): 110. Carlos Delgado (Red Sox – Age 38):…

  20. Jimmy Rollins undergoes minor wrist surgery

    Dec 11, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies announced that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery Thursday to have a ganglion cyst removed from his left wrist. Rollins will have stitches removed within the next two weeks and David Murphy (not the baseball player) of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he should be…

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