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  1. Must-click link: Johnny Estrada battling post-concussion syndrome

    Dec 11, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

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    Martin Gandy of the Braves-centric blog Talking Chop attended the Braves Foundation Wiffle Ball Game and Holiday Party for the Troops at Turner Field earlier today and ran into former major league catcher Johnny Estrada. The rest is a must-read. Estrada, who has been out of baseball since the Nationals released him in 2008, revealed…

  2. Report: The Angels may have matched Boston’s offer for Carl Crawford

    Dec 11, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Doesn’t matter much now, but depending on who you talk to, the Angels may have matched Boston’s offer to Carl Crawford. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has heard both sides. One source tells Edes that Crawford’s agents set an 11 p.m. deadline on Wednesday night. The ultimatum? Crawford would sign if the Red Sox or…

  3. UPDATE: More on the Carlos Quentin trade rumors

    Dec 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is defending his initial report and adds that a scout told him that White Sox general manager Ken Williams is hoping to trade Carlos Quentin for a “Carlos Lee-type” return. The White Sox traded Carlos Lee to the Brewers for Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and a player to…

  4. The Reds are probably stuck with Bronson Arroyo, for better or worse

    Dec 11, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

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    The Reds inked Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million contract extension last week, but it turns out that similar to the contracts recently handed out to Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe, it includes some deferred money. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Arroyo will earn $6.5 million next season and $7 million…

  5. The details on Jayson Werth’s new contract with the Nationals

    Dec 11, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

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    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the breakdown of Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. In a nutshell, it’s heavily backloaded. Werth will get a $4 million signing bonus between January of 2011 and January and 2012 and will earn salaries of $10 million next season, $13 million in 2012, $16 million in…

  6. Heyman: The Rangers’ offer to Cliff Lee may contain an option for a seventh year

    Dec 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    While the baseball world waits for Cliff Lee’s decision, Jon Heyman of SI.com has an interesting update on what the Rangers may have offered the free-agent left-hander. According to Heyman, the club’s original offer was for five years at $100 million. They improved their offer during their visit to Arkansas on Thursday with a “menu…

  7. The Red Sox introduce Carl Crawford

    Dec 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    The Red Sox just held their press conference to introduce Carl Crawford. He’ll continue to wear No. 13 in his new digs. Here’s a couple quick items of note: – Crawford confirmed that he only received offers from the Red Sox and Angels, not the Yankees, though they reportedly met with him during the Winter…

  8. Evan Longoria would welcome contract extension with Rays

    Dec 11, 2010, 10:01 AM EDT

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    It’s going to be tough for Rays fans to watch Carl Crawford be introduced as a member of the Red Sox in the next few minutes, so I wanted to pass along some encouraging words from Evan Longoria. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, the third baseman would welcome a contract extension…

  9. Report: Yankees made a one-year offer to Russell Martin

    Dec 11, 2010, 9:33 AM EDT

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    A source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that the Yankees have offered Russell Martin a one-year contract. We know that the Red Sox and Blue Jays also have interest, while Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger reported Thursday that a “mystery team” offered a multi-year contract. If Martin signs a one-year…

  10. List of 104 positive PED tests barred from courts

    Dec 11, 2010, 9:08 AM EDT

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    Remember the infamous list of 104 players who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in 2003? Yeah, I’m trying to forget, too. Well, according to the Associated Press, the government will not contest an appeals court ruling from September that determined that investigators illegally seized the list. In other words, those tests are barred from being…

  11. The Red Sox will be paying Manny Ramirez until 2027

    Dec 11, 2010, 8:42 AM EDT

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    This isn’t quite Bobby Bonilla territory (I said it was “close” earlier, but that’s obviously not true — apologies if I offended any of you with such a comparison), anyway, it’s news to me… According to Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston, the Red Sox will pay Manny Ramirez $1.94 million for each of the next…

  12. The Padres’ trade for Jason Bartlett is on hold

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:51 PM EDT

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    The Rays were all set to trade Jason Bartlett to the Padres in exchange for Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos on Wednesday night, but Aaron wrote yesterday that the deal was off. Now we know why. The trade isn’t completely dead yet, but a source tells Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune that the…

  13. The Angels won’t be in on Rafael Soriano

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:17 PM EDT

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    After signing Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract today, Angels general manager Tony Reagins told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he is done with his bullpen. “Right now, we’re very satisfied with the starting pitching we have and with the bullpen we have. Now, it’s on to see what other opportunities…

  14. Hank Steinbrenner thinks it would “behoove” Cliff Lee to be a Yankee

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:43 PM EDT

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    Want the latest example of Yankee exceptionalism? Of course you do. Here’s Yankees co-chairman Hank Steinbrenner, when asked about free-agent left-hander Cliff Lee by the Associated Press earlier today: “For somebody of that stature, it would certainly behoove him to be a Yankee, which would probably be for the rest of his career. I think…

  15. The Mets are interested in Reed Johnson

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:18 PM EDT

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    A team source tells Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the Mets have identified Reed Johnson “as a potential fit” for their bench. Johnson, who turned 34 earlier this week, batted .262/.291/.366 with two home runs and 15 RBI over 202 at-bats with the Dodgers this past season. Alarmingly, he drew only…

  16. The Angels sign Scott Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract

    Dec 10, 2010, 6:21 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms it. The Angels have signed Downs to a three-year, $15 million contract. He could earn an additional $1 million based on games finished. Downs, who turns 35 in March, posted a 2.64 ERA and 48/14 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings this past season. The southpaw has a 2.36…

  17. Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week Pittsburgh added Matt Diaz to the outfield mix with a two-year, $4.25 million contract and now Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports that the Pirates “are trying hard to deal” Ryan Doumit despite general manager Neal Huntington calling him the team’s starting right fielder just a few days ago. Doumit made 91 of…

  18. “”If you love baseball, you loved Ron Santo”

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    They held Ron Santo’s memorial service in Chicago today. Bud Selig spoke. Tom Haudricort transcribed his remarks. In addition to the words in that headline, he  included a great anecdote about the man: “The move of the Milwaukee Braves to Atlanta in the mid-1960s left a void in the lives of everyone in my family.…

  19. Mike Schmidt thinks that Jayson Werth kid has potential

    Dec 10, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

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    Mike Schmidt — the baseball player, not the New York Times reporter — has a column today in which he questions the wisdom of the Washington Nats’ deal with Jayson Werth. I question the wisdom of it too, as do a lot of people. But what is striking about Schmidt’s criticism is that it’s based…

  20. UPDATE: Orioles re-sign Cesar Izturis following J.J. Hardy trade

    Dec 10, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    UPDATE: That was quick. Baltimore has re-signed Izturis to a one-year deal worth $1.5 million in base salary, so he’ll go from starting shortstop to backing up Hardy and second baseman Brian Roberts. ========== Yesterday the Orioles made a shrewd move to address their hole at shortstop, sending a pair of minor-league relievers to the…

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