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  1. Did Chuck Greenberg undermine Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels?

    Dec 10, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

    Chuck Greenberg

    Interesting angle on the Rangers’ pursuit of Cliff Lee from Evan Grant today. He thinks Chuck Greenberg “made what could be a very dangerous spur-of-the-moment decision,” in getting involved in the Lee negotiations directly, effectively overruling and undercutting team President Nolan Ryan and GM Jon Daniels who had made it clear as of Wednesday that…

  2. And now for some Winter Meetings flavor

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:32 PM EDT

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    Two writers I met and hung out with at the Winter Meetings were Eno Sarris of FanGraphs and Rotoworld (and several other sites) and Amanda Rykoff of espnW.  Both were cool people in person, and both have some sharp and funny observations about the behind-the-scenes aspects of the Winter Meetings today: Eno breaks down the…

  3. Pavano “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision”

    Dec 10, 2010, 2:21 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post spoke to agent Tom O’Connell about Carl Pavano’s status and reports that the free agent right-hander “will wait until after the weekend to make a decision.” Pavano is said to be drawing interest from the Twins, Nationals, and Brewers, so it may come down to which team is willing…

  4. Adrian Gonzalez: “I haven’t signed any contract” with Boston

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:19 PM EDT

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

    Various reports following the Red Sox’s trade for Adrian Gonzalez suggested that the two sides had a preliminary agreement in place for a long-term contract extension, but were delaying an official announcement in part to avoid the luxury tax ramifications for 2011. That may still be the case, as the whole point of the maneuvering…

  5. The Orioles offer Kevin Gregg two years, $8-10 million

    Dec 10, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Kevin Gregg

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have offered reliever Kevin Gregg between $8-10 million a year for a two-year deal. (note: Yikes! Sorry for scaring you people. It’s that much for both years, not each year). Gregg is OK, but nothing special, having saved 37 games in 43 chances last year.…

  6. Ryan Garko leaves MLB, signs with Korean team for $300,000

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:47 PM EDT

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    Ryan Garko spent 2007-2009 as a starting first baseman for the Indians and Giants, but played most of this season at Triple-A after being claimed off waivers by the Rangers. And now he’s headed to Korea. Apparently unable to land a major-league deal as even a part-time player, Garko has signed with the Samsung Lions…

  7. Royals “in listen-only mode” for Zack Greinke trade talks

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    General manager Dayton Moore told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that the Royals are “in listen-only mode” when it comes to Zack Greinke trade talks. “I haven’t made one call to one organization asking them if they’re interested in Zack Greinke,” Moore said. Of course, that’s ultimately meaningless. Moore doesn’t have to make…

  8. Russell Martin is leaning toward the Red Sox

    Dec 10, 2010, 12:09 PM EDT

    martin in catching gear

    Mark Feinsand of the Daily News passes along word that Russell Martin, though considering offers from the Jays, Yankees and Red Sox, is leaning towards accepting the Red Sox offer. I assume the reason for this is that he thinks he has a better chance of getting playing time in front of Saltalamaccia and Varitek…

  9. After whiffing on top targets, A’s shift focus to Hideki Matsui

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:47 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    Oakland left the winter meetings empty handed despite several attempts to make a big splash, which has Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle thinking that the A’s will turn their attention to signing Hideki Matsui. Matsui’s agent, Arn Tellem, told Slusser that he expects to begin fielding offers over the weekend and indicated that…

  10. Here’s what I think happens with Cliff Lee

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:30 AM EDT

    cliff lee in delivery

    I don’t just sit and pontificate about free agent or trade destinations very often, but it’s a slow day, so here goes: I predict that the Yankees are going to get Cliff Lee, with Lee selecting the seven-year deal off that “menu” of offers the Yankees are reported to have given him; I predict that…

  11. No, the Cardinals aren’t trying to change Colby Rasmus. But his father is taking shots at the organization…

    Dec 10, 2010, 11:03 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals Photo Day

    “Not satisfied with the current product, the Cardinals are trying to change center fielder Colby Rasmus.” That’s how I headlined my piece Thursday night — a piece that detailed a new contact-oriented hitting approach for the young Cardinals outfielder with direct quotes from his father, Tony Rasmus. After a bit of digging I learned that…

  12. Quote of the Day: Seven-year contract offer edition

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 3

    Some words of wisdom on the, er, wisdom of a seven-year deal from a quite unlikely source.

  13. CC Sabathia says Yankees, not Red Sox, are the team to beat

    Dec 10, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Asked yesterday what the Red Sox adding Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford to their lineup does to the AL East picture, CC Sabathia predictably responded that the Yankees remain the team to beat in 2011. You want me to say the Red Sox are the favorites? I mean … I think the Yankees. If you…

  14. Would Cliff Lee’s salary be “off the books” in Texas?

    Dec 10, 2010, 9:39 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    Buster Olney raises an interesting point in his column today. One I’ve never really heard about or considered: that a team like the Rangers may, in effect, consider Cliff Lee’s salary separate and apart from the rest of the payroll: I’ve heard of situations where an owner will tell his general manager that he —…

  15. The Rays are interested in Jason Giambi

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:50 AM EDT

    Jason Giambi, Yorvit Torrealba

    The Red Sox have added Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford. The Yankees have locked up their core players and may have Cliff Lee shortly.  Think the Rays are worried? Ha! Think again: Hearing that the Rays have expressed interest in Jason Giambi. I know that he wants to continue playing. That settles it. If Tampa…

  16. My daughter doesn’t like baseball geeks

    Dec 10, 2010, 8:25 AM EDT

    In which my daughter — who I call Mookie, because it makes her angry — tells me what she thinks of baseball geeks.

  17. Does signing a PED-connected player raise “ethical issues?”

    Dec 10, 2010, 6:57 AM EDT

    alderson at podium

    It seems that Sandy Alderson was asked by reporters yesterday if signing catcher Ronny Paulino was an “ethical and public relations” problem in light of Paulino’s suspension for taking a banned stimulant last year. Not surprisingly, Alderson said no, it was not. People can ask what they want to ask of course, but I don’t…

  18. Reds ink Jay Bruce to six-year, $51M contract extension

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:42 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Philadelphia Phillies, Game 2

    From ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick comes word that the Reds have signed outfielder Jay Bruce to a six-year, $51 million contract extension with a seventh-year club option that could bring the total worth of the deal to $63 million. Bruce was a first-year arbitration-eligible player.  He could have taken a path that would have meant negotiating…

  19. Done: Pads acquire Jason Bartlett for two youngish relievers

    Dec 9, 2010, 11:21 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Bartlett tags out Texas Rangers' Andrus as he attempted to steal in the sixth inning during their MLB baseball game in St. Petersburg

    UPDATE: This one’s done, according to Dan Hayes of the North County Times.  Despite reports of a “twist,” the only hold-up now is a routine physical for all three involved players. WEDNESDAY: From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres have landed shortstop Jason Bartlett from the Rays in exchange for two relievers —…

  20. What the heck was that? Rangers conference call edition

    Dec 9, 2010, 10:08 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    The ears of the baseball world perked up around 8:45 p.m. ET this evening when Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News — and other Rangers beat writers — announced that majority owner Chuck Greenberg was going to be hosting a conference call at 9 p.m. ET.  A Lee announcement?  Something big? The Fort Worth…

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