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  1. Chipper Jones rehabs knee, dry-heaves on neighbor’s lawn

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Chipper Jones

    Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com has a really good article today about Chipper Jones’ comeback from the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee that ended his season in mid-August and attaches plenty of question marks to how he’ll fare returning from the injury (and previous talk of retirement) at age 39. Jones told Crasnick…

  2. Adrian Gonzalez made a promise to the Red Sox

    Dec 22, 2010, 5:05 PM EDT

    Newly acquired Boston Red Sox player Adrian Gonzalez smiles during a news conference at Fenway Park in Boston

    If you can get past the introductory love story about Adrian Gonzalez and his high school sweetheart (and now wife) in Gordon Edes’ latest at ESPN Boston, you’ll read an interesting inside account of the negotiations between Adrian Gonzalez and the Boston Red Sox during their 24-hour negotiating window earlier this month. Edes reports that…

  3. How do you market the Royals?

    Dec 22, 2010, 4:34 PM EDT

    Kansas City's Soria and Pena celebrate after the Royals' win over Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    The biggest star on the Kansas City Royals was Zack Greinke. With him gone, James Dornbrook of KC Biz Beat wonders how the team will go about marketing itself.  He asked Royals spokesman Toby Cook. The response: Cook said that right now, the Royals will focus on marketing the ball park and slowly introduce the…

  4. Graphing the recent decade-leading pitchers

    Dec 22, 2010, 3:10 PM EDT

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    My friend Ethan Stock — the same one who suggested that I make that list of pitchers who lead a given decade in wins — made a graph for us.  His comment in the email accompanying the graph is Quote of the Day material: “Saying Jack Morris is a Hall of Fame pitcher because he…

  5. Octavio Dotel getting interest from Rays, Pirates, Blue Jays

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

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    According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com the Rays, Pirates, and Blue Jays are among the teams interested in free agent reliever Octavio Dotel. Pittsburgh being in the mix is interesting, because the Pirates signed Dotel to a one-year, $3.5 million deal as a free agent last offseason and then traded him to the Dodgers…

  6. Driver who killed Nick Adenhart sentenced to 51 years-to-life in prison

    Dec 22, 2010, 2:14 PM EDT

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    Andrew Gallo, the driver who killed Angels’ pitcher Nick Adenhart has been sentenced to 51 years-to-life in prison. In addition to Adenhart, Gallo killed Adenhart’s friends Courtney Frances Stewart and Henry Pearson and critically injured a fourth victim, Jon Wilhite. I’m not sure how sentencing goes in California, but in jurisdictions I’m familiar with, when you…

  7. Winningest pitchers of decades that happened to touch the 1980s

    Dec 22, 2010, 1:25 PM EDT

    Mr. T

    This morning I noted how random and misleading it was to give credit to Jack Morris for being the winningest pitcher of the 1980s.  After reading it, my friend Ethan suggested that I try to figure out who the winningest pitchers were for decades that happened to intersect with the 1980s. So I did.  Here…

  8. Mariners asking for “an impact bat” in deal for David Aardsma

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    David Aardsma

    Responding to speculation that Colorado is interested in Seattle closer David Aardsma, Thomas Harding of MLB.com writes that “multiple sources with knowledge of both teams told MLB.com that the Mariners are in search of an impact bat and there isn’t a fit with the Rockies.” Of course, the definition of “an impact bat” probably varies…

  9. Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame ballot is unique

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Buster Olney’s Hall of Fame selections are buried in his column today. He doesn’t explain his picks there, but I think it’s safe to say that no one will have a ballot quite like his: Roberto Alomar, Rafael Palmeiro, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Jeff Bagwell, and Mark McGwire. There’s obviously no PED stigma for Olney (which he has explained in…

  10. Phillies may wait to trade Joe Blanton until Carl Pavano signs

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    Joe Blanton being on the trade block following Philadelphia’s signing of Cliff Lee is no surprise, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com speculates that the Phillies may wait to trade Blanton until after free agent Carl Pavano signs. Rosenthal notes that Blanton and Pavano have had similar results and reports that the Nationals are among at…

  11. A third option for the Orioles at first base

    Dec 22, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Troy Glaus third base

    The Orioles have a three-year $21 million offer on the table to Adam LaRoche. For reasons that remain unclear, he has not jumped at it yet.  Realizing that maybe going three-years on LaRoche isn’t the best idea, they have reportedly contacted Derrek Lee, who may be amenable to a one-year deal.  Makes sense. Know what…

  12. Rich Harden to compete for rotation spot with A’s, but bullpen also an option

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    Rich Harden’s one-year, $1.5 million contract with the A’s became official yesterday and Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that he’ll compete for a rotation spot in spring training, with a spot in the bullpen looming as the fallback option. Harden indicated that he’d prefer to remain a starter, but told Slusser that…

  13. Bobby Jenks’ contract with Red Sox includes incentives for games finished

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    General manager Theo Epstein has made it very clear that Jonathan Papelbon remains the Red Sox’s closer, but it’s worth noting that Bobby Jenks’ new two-year, $12 million deal with Boston includes $1 million in incentives each season based on games finished. According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, Jenks can earn $200,000 for each of…

  14. Zack Greinke is already paying dividends for Milwaukee

    Dec 22, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Brewers-Getting Greinke

    Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Zack Greinke deal is going over well with Brewers fans: Rick Schlesinger, the team’s executive vice president for business operations, said Tuesday that between Sunday afternoon and Monday night the team sold 1,100 new season-ticket packages. “Those are brand new account holders whom I’m convinced wouldn’t…

  15. Five teams — including the Yankees — are interested in Jeff Francis

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:30 AM EDT

    Jeff Francis

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Mets, Nationals, Pirates, Rangers and Yankees have shown interest in Jeff Francis, who most recently pitched for the Rockies.  Some of those other teams have been mentioned before, but this is the first time anyone has reported the Yankees’ interest. As Drew noted over the weekend, Francis was rusty at times…

  16. Hey! There’s a mystery team interested in Brandon Webb!

    Dec 22, 2010, 9:07 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    Brandon Webb is being pursued by the Rangers, Cubs and maybe the Nationals.  And, according to Jerry Crasnick, there’s “an unidentified NL Central team” interested as well. You can’t fool me with your calm, precise and non-inflammatory rhetoric, Jerry. That’s a mystery team.  Don’t worry, I’m a lawyer and I checked. You don’t have to pay…

  17. Jack Morris won more games in the 80s than anyone. So what?

    Dec 22, 2010, 8:26 AM EDT

    Jack Morris

    So much of the Hall of Fame support for Jack Morris is premised on the idea that he won more games in the 80s than anyone.  FanHouse’s John Hickey wrote about that just yesterday. There are many others who have and will as well.  Question: why does that matter? Any single decade is an arbitrary…

  18. Oh joy! It’s Dan Shaughnessy’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 22, 2010, 7:20 AM EDT

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    Dan Shaughnessy has a Hall of Fame vote. Every year he uses his Hall of Fame column to trot out his latest pejorative terms for bloggers or even just younger baseball writers.  Last year he called us “stat geeks, those get-a-lifers who are sucking all the joy out of our national pastime.”  He’s not as creative this…

  19. Yankees sign pitcher off Hank Steinbrenner’s youth team

    Dec 22, 2010, 12:34 AM EDT

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    The New York Yankees have been crowing about how frugal they are lately. Seriously. First, general manager Brian Cashman talked about how his team’s luxury tax tab was reduced to $18 million this season. “Atta baby. And right now we’re in the $170s,” he said, referring to a 2011 salary number that could actually fall…

  20. Report: Mets not currently talking with Freddy Garcia

    Dec 21, 2010, 9:49 PM EDT

    Freddy Garcia

    The Mets have been fairly quiet so far this winter and it looks like it will stay that way, at least until after the new year. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Mets are not “engaging further” with Freddy Garcia, beyond what was initially reported earlier this month. They would…

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