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  1. Billy Butler: Zack Greinke “didn’t want to be here”

    Dec 20, 2010, 8:10 PM EDT

    Greinke throwing

    While Billy Butler told Matthew Leach of MLB.com that he had no ill will towards his former teammate Zack Greinke, he sounded downright relieved that the team wouldn’t have to begin the 2011 season with a distraction. “There’s no surprise,” Butler said Monday. “This has been a controversy ever since Zack had that article that…

  2. The Angels are interested in Scott Podsednik

    Dec 20, 2010, 7:21 PM EDT

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    Many considered the Angels a lock to sign Carl Crawford this winter, but now that he is in Boston, all they have to show for themselves is a pair of left-handed relievers, Hisanori Takahashi and Scott Downs. That might soon change, but not necessarily for the better. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Angels…

  3. Stephen Strasburg hopes to begin throwing in January

    Dec 20, 2010, 6:17 PM EDT

    Strasburg press conference

    Stephen Strasburg updated his progress from Tommy John surgery during a conference call with reporters earlier today. According to Ben Goessling of MASNSports.com, Strasburg said he has a follow-up with Dr. Lewis Yocum after Christmas and plans to begin throwing sometime in January before reporting to spring training along with the rest of the pitchers…

  4. Why would voters want to “wait” on Jeff Bagwell?

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:33 PM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    I promise: this is my last Hall of Fame post for the day. If there is other big news I’m neglecting, please let me know. In the meantime: I’ve seen a few references to voters wanting to “wait and see” on Jeff Bagwell’s Hall of Fame case. Or to give it more time. Or to…

  5. There’s “a very real possibility” that Andy Pettitte will retire

    Dec 20, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    At the risk of adding to the annoyance factor I complained about earlier this afternoon, here’s Marc Carig of the Star-Ledger with the latest Andy Pettitte update: Person with knowledge of Pettitte’s thinking puts his chances of a return at 30%. “There is a very real possibility that he will retire.” Someone in the last…

  6. Attention voters: here’s what to do when someone doesn’t “feel like a Hall of Famer”

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:49 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    In the Heyman Hall of Fame post, I talked about how memory doesn’t always serve us well. About how Heyman’s “you just had to be there” and multiple references to “impact,” in support of Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame case weren’t persuasive to me.  An excellent counterexample of all of that comes in the form…

  7. Pete Rose to manage in the minor leagues

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:32 PM EDT

    Pete Rose Jr.

    Oh, sorry. Missed the “Jr.” after his name in the story. Much too busy to go back and make that headline more accurate, however. So many things to get done before Christmas! Pete Rose Jr., the son of the career hits leader who is banned from baseball, will run a rookie league team of the Chicago…

  8. Bartolo Colon may be in the best shape of his life

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:10 PM EDT

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    Someone stop the Indians’ front office, because they are en fuego! First Austin Kearns, now they’re in hot pursuit of Bartolo Colon. And that pursuit isn’t as easy at it used to be, because Colon may be … in the best shape of his life! Antonetti said the Indians are indeed interested in Bartolo Colon…

  9. Deep Thought: What’s the deal with Andy Pettitte?

    Dec 20, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

    Andy Pettitte

    I’m not prepared to make some final and serious moral judgment on the matter right now or anything, but I have to ask: am I nuts for thinking that Andy Pettitte’s coyness on whether he will or will not return is really annoying? I know he’s a free agent and his own man and has…

  10. In which we pore over Jon Heyman’s Hall of Fame column

    Dec 20, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman has posted his Hall of Fame column in which he explains his votes.  Keeping in mind this morning’s thoughts on the Hall of Fame — and trying hard to be a little more charitable than I have been in the past to Mr. Heyman — I will say that I am glad that…

  11. The Cubs and Rangers are in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 20, 2010, 2:09 PM EDT

    webb

    Last week it seemed like the Nationals were the front runners for Brandon Webb’s services.  Now MLB.com’s Bill Ladson reports the Cubs and Rangers have “jumped ahead” of the Nats. The Cubs have reportedly been targeting Webb for some time, though their flirtation with Matt Garza has interrupted things a bit.  I don’t recall seeing…

  12. New York Governor fined for accepting free Yankees tickets. Why aren’t the Yankees in trouble?

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:36 PM EDT

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    You’ll recall last March that the New York Commission on Public Integrity charged New York’s governor, David Paterson, with violating state ethics laws when he got free tickets to the opening game of the 2009 World Series from the Yankees.  The case has run its course now, and yep, the governor has been found guilty.  He was…

  13. Rosenthal: Derrek Lee wants at least $8 million

    Dec 20, 2010, 1:14 PM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com is hearing from baseball executives that Derrek Lee is looking for a salary around $8-10 million. He surmises, much like Jon Heyman did last Friday, that such a salary will likely be too high for the Padres, but that the Nationals could still be a fit. The 35-year-old Lee is asking…

  14. The Indians sign Austin Kearns

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:55 PM EDT

    Austin Kearns

    And you thought they Indians weren’t going to make a free agent splash. They just did: Austin Kearns: Meet the new Indians right-handed hitting outfielder, same as the Indians old right-handed hitting outfielder. Austin Kearns is back. Kearns, who won a job with the Indians last spring training, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tribe today. It’s…

  15. The Royals aren’t interested in moving Joakim Soria

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:35 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 Royals were awful in 2010. They figure to be even worse without Zack Greinke, at least in 2011. With that in mind, many have speculated that they will soon be looking to trade their closer Joakim Soria, as well. I even talked about the possibility in this space yesterday after it was confirmed that…

  16. The Nationals sign Rick Ankiel

    Dec 20, 2010, 12:14 PM EDT

    Ankiel splashdown

    They’ve let Adam Dunn walk and have traded Josh Willingham.  They signed Jayson Werth to a mega-deal that he will never come close to justifying. Now the Nationals have signed Rick Ankiel to a deal.  To play outfield, not to pitch. At least if it was to pitch it would be an interesting and potentially…

  17. Chan Ho Park signs with the Orix Buffaloes

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    CVhan Ho Park

    According to the team’s Twitter feed, Chan Ho Park has signed with the Orix Buffaloes of Japan’s Pacific League. Park compiled a 4.66 ERA and 52/19 K/BB ratio over 63 2/3 innings between the Yankees and Pirates last season. The 37-year-old right-hander has a 4.36 ERA over parts of 17 major league seasons. He became…

  18. Brian Cashman admits that he may be stuck with the rotation he has

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York reports that the Yankees may be going into the 2011 season with the rotation they currently have: Sabathia, Hughes, Burnett and … filler: Having finished second, or maybe third, in the Cliff Lee sweepstakes, theYankees are prepared to go into the 2011 season with a pitching rotation of CC Sabathia,A.J. Burnett…

  19. Was it unethical for the New York Times to report the leaked PED-users’ names?

    Dec 20, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    syringe

    It’s always fun to rip on The Blogger Murray Chass when he writes something ill-advised, bitter and ridiculous.  But sometimes he writes something bitter and thought-provoking (sorry: bitter is just part of the deal with him these days). For example, over the weekend he noted how neither the New York Times nor the New York…

  20. Dayton Moore: Zack Greinke wasn’t interested in contract extension

    Dec 20, 2010, 10:57 AM EDT

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    Just in case there was any doubt that Zack Greinke had run out of patience with losing, Royals general manager Dayton Moore told reporters yesterday that the club tried to engage him in talks for a long-term contract extension, but their efforts were rebuffed (via Matthew Leach and Dick Kaegel of MLB.com): “We would love…

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