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  1. Arbitration offers turned down by 25 out of 27 free agents

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    frank-francisco-rangers

    For all the speculation about which Type A and Type B free agents would and wouldn’t accept arbitration offers just two of the 27 eligible players said yes: Frank Francisco of the Rangers and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. I’ve seen some suggestions that the low number of accepted arbitration offers means this offseason…

  2. The Yankees don’t believe the “Greinke is OK with New York” story

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

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    Yesterday Jeff Passan reported that, contrary to our assumptions, Zack Greinke is indeed willing to pitch in New York, and that winning is more important to him than avoiding media scrutiny and crowds and stuff. George King reports this morning, however, that the Yankees “aren’t buying it,” and that they believe Greinke truly doesn’t want…

  3. The Rockies may not be done handing out long term deals

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:49 AM EDT

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    With Troy Tulowitzki and Jorge De La Rosa under contract you think the Rockies would take a breather, but that may not be the case: Jim Armstrong of the Denver Post reports that Dan O’Dowd said yesterday that the Rockies are looking to lock up Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez “indefinitely.” Such approach has its…

  4. Frank McCourt accepts the settlement proposal; Jamie rejects it

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:21 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    We’re heading towards a judge’s ruling regarding who owns the Dodgers. That’s because yesterday Jamie McCourt rejected the settlement proposed by the mediator.  Frank accepted it, but as we know, it takes two to tango. The best part was Frank’s statement afterward, issued through his lawyers, in which he said that accepting it was “the…

  5. The Yankees may go up to $51 million on Jeter; add a fourth year option

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As was reported last night, Jeter and the Yankees spoke again yesterday and things went well. Afterwards, Jon Heyman reported that, while there is nothing imminent, the Yankees may be willing to go up to $51 million over three years and to possibly add a fourth year in the form of an option. Moshe Mandel…

  6. Pablo Sandoval has lost ten pounds? I’ll believe it when I see it

    Dec 1, 2010, 8:22 AM EDT

    Giants' Sandoval reacts during workouts in preparation for the Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    Last year I closely followed Camp Panda, Pablo Sandoval’s allegedly intense workout regimen that was intended to get the portly young superstar in shape.  That didn’t happen.  Sandoval reported to spring training in more or less the same shape he had been in in 2009 and got larger as the season progressed, ultimately losing his…

  7. The real reason for expanded playoffs

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:17 AM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Today Jeff Passan of Yahoo! takes the idea of an expanded playoffs apart piece-by-piece.  His criticisms track my own in their concern with (a) this being nothing but a money grab; (b) devaluing the  regular season; (c)  creating perverse competitive incentives among contenders; and (d) doing nothing to make the game better like, say, instituting…

  8. Jeter and agent met in Florida Tuesday with Yanks officials

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:43 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    Craving more Derek Jeter news?  Of course you are. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Jeter and his agent, Casey Close, met Tuesday in Tampa, Florida with Yankees officials. The two sides had not spoken in several days, according to Rosenthal, and wanted to touch base.  It’s not clear if contract numbers were discussed, but…

  9. Giants reach one-year, $6.5M deal with Miguel Tejada

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:22 PM EDT

    tejada in blue padres

    Brian Sabean strikes again. According to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, the Giants have agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million contract with veteran infielder Miguel Tejada.  The contract will also include about $500,000 in pefromance-based bonuses. Tejada no longer has good range at shortstop and batted just .269/.312/.381 over the course of the 2010 season. …

  10. Grant Balfour surprisingly declines Rays’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 7:43 PM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    Tonight is the deadline for potential free agents to either accept or decline arbitration offers.  There won’t be many surprises, but we’ll keep tabs on the more shocking decisions. Here’s one. According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, right-hander Grant Balfour has decided to decline the Rays’ offer of arbitration and will test…

  11. Frank Francisco will accept Rangers’ offer of arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:50 PM EDT

    francisco in blue

    From T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com comes word that Rangers reliever Frank Francisco has decided that he will accept the club’s offer of salary arbitration. Francisco could have tested the open market in search of a multi-year contract, but he was labeled as a Type A free agent this fall and that probably scared off potential…

  12. The Dodgers are thinking about signing Jason Varitek too?

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    varitek

    And you thought Johnny Damon was nuts. Rosenthal mentions another potential Dodger target: Jason Varitek. This may be a bit more iffy than a lot of rumors because, according to Rosenthal, the Dodgers are looking at a ton of different catchers as they try to figure out if Russell Martin can still play.  But the…

  13. Pierzynski is “talking to the White Sox and some other teams”

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:19 PM EDT

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    Asked about his free agency while doing a radio interview this morning, A.J. Pierzynski replied that he’s “talking to the White Sox and some other teams” and “everyone knows the White Sox would be right up there as my first choice.” Chicago declined to offer Pierzynski arbitration because he likely would have accepted and locked…

  14. Lance Berkman wants $7 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Jeff Passan – in the same post in which he passed along that Greinke news — said that free agent Lance Berkman is seeking a one-year deal worth $7 million. The A’s are scheduled to meet with him soon, and they’d probably like to have a veteran DH with Berkman’s skills.  I have this feeling…

  15. Rockies plan to non-tender reliever Manny Delcarmen

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    Manny Delcarmen threw just eight innings for the Rockies after they acquired him from the Red Sox on August 31 and now Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that they plan to non-tender the arbitration-eligible reliever, making him a free agent. Delcarmen didn’t pitch well during that brief stint in Colorado, but obviously eight…

  16. Report: Zack Greinke has no problem going to New York, and the Yankees and Royals are talking

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:26 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    The conventional wisdom is that Zack Greinke — he of the history of anxiety disorder and a massive no-trade clause that keeps him from going to 20 teams — would never agree to go to the Yankees.  Too much pressure. Too much media.  Too much everything.  Jeff Passan at Yahoo!, however, talked to someone who…

  17. The Cardinals trade for Ryan Theriot

    Nov 30, 2010, 4:05 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    The Cardinals just acquired Ryan Theriot from Dodgers in exchange for righty Blake Hawksworth. On one the one hand: sure.  The Cardinals need some help on the infield, as Brendan Ryan was just atrocious this year. On  the other hand: Theriot ain’t exactly an All-Star himself, and his OPS was only marginally higher than Ryan’s…

  18. Astros and catcher Humberto Quintero avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:47 PM EDT

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    Arbitration eligible for the third time, Humberto Quintero and the Astros have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year, $1 million contract. Quintero made $610,000 and $750,000 in his first two seasons of arbitration eligibility. He received a career-high 276 plate appearances this year, but hit just .234 with a measly .579 OPS to…

  19. The Dodgers are interested in Johnny Damon

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Johnny Damon

    Or so Ken Rosenthal reports.  I can’t imagine why they’d want to go with another aging, ex-Red Sox defensive liability in left field after getting rid of Manny Ramirez, but there’s a lot I don’t understand about this world. If the Dodgers do sign Damon, it would just be the latest in a series of…

  20. Must-click link: Derek Jeter in all 29 non-Yankees uniforms

    Nov 30, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    derek jeter beckett royals

    Last month ESPN photo-shopped a Red Sox uniform onto Derek Jeter and that made the internet rounds for a while, but now our friends at Beckett Media have taken the next step and put together fake baseball cards featuring Jeter wearing all 29 non-Yankees uniforms. Beckett: 29 Derek Jeters you won’t see in 2011 I…

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