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  1. John Baker on the comeback trail after Tommy John surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:07 PM EDT

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    John Baker was limited to just 23 games last season due to right forearm and elbow injuries and eventually underwent Tommy John surgery in September. Position players can usually bounce back from surgery more quickly than pitchers, but because Baker is a catcher, the Marlins aren’t going to push him too soon. With that in…

  2. The Nats are after Derrek Lee

    Dec 17, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Remember that musical chairs first baseman thing?  One team may be sitting down soon: according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com, the Nationals are “actively” pursuing Derrek Lee. Ladson adds that talks don’t appear to be serious between the Nationals and Adam LaRoche. As we learned yesterday, things do appear to be serious between the Orioles and LaRoche,…

  3. Twins finalize three-year deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:46 PM EDT

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    The Twins just officially announced that they have come to terms with Tsuyoshi Nishioka on a three-year, $9 million contract with a club option for 2014. According to LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the team will hold an introductory press conference tomorrow. The Twins secured exclusive negotiating rights for Nishioka by submitting a…

  4. Is Arte Moreno blowing smoke about the Angels offer to Carl Crawford?

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:39 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    From the same L.A. Times article in which the Angels’ offer to Adrian Beltre was reported, Arte Moreno claims that the Angels never made an offer to Carl Crawford. Why? Never had the chance, he says.  By the time they got to talking to him in Orlando last week he had an agreement with the…

  5. No deal between Phillies and Dennys Reyes

    Dec 17, 2010, 4:02 PM EDT

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    It was reported last week that the Phillies and left-hander Dennys Reyes had agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million contract with a $1.35 million option for 2011, but Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia just tweeted that the deal is off. Not to make light of Reyes’ conditioning, but it’s entirely possible that the team could…

  6. The Angels made a big offer to Adrian Beltre

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:52 PM EDT

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    Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Angels have made a “significant” offer to Adrian Beltre. With “significant” being the characterization of GM Tony Reagins. Beltre is the biggest fish left out there, and the Angels — thought by so many to be willing to spend a bunch this winter but thus far…

  7. Heyman: The Padres are unlikely to pursue Derrek Lee

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:36 PM EDT

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    Craig told us earlier this week that the Padres, Orioles and Nationals were bidding against each other for the remaining free-agent first baseman, the most prominent of which are Derrek Lee and Adam LaRoche. It sounds like the pieces are starting to fall into place. Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that now that Lee will…

  8. Does anyone really want to see a U.S. vs. Japan World Series?

    Dec 17, 2010, 3:13 PM EDT

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    From the Department of Does Anyone Besides Marketing People Think This is a Good Idea: Major League Baseball will continue talks next month on a plan that would pit the World Series winner against Japan’s champion. The linked article talks about nothing besides the weather in the respective championship cities. But I’m not terribly concerned…

  9. The Astros sign Bill Hall to a one-year deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Bill Hall

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Astros have signed Bill Hall to a one-year contract with a mutual option for 2012. He’ll make somewhere around $3 million. Hall, who turns 31 later this month, batted .247/.316/.456 with 18 home runs, 46 RBI, nine stolen bases and a 772 OPS over 382 plate appearances this…

  10. The union doesn’t have a problem with Cliff Lee’s deal

    Dec 17, 2010, 2:33 PM EDT

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    There has been some debate about just how much one can characterize Cliff Lee’s deal with the Phillies as one in which he “left money on the table.”  On the one hand, there is the potential there for him to make more money with Philly than he made in New York. On the other hand,…

  11. The clubhouse leader for ballpark concession of 2011

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    A friend of mine once observed that there is no greater source of power in the universe than a bored Midwesterner. It leads to things like this, coming to you at the Akron Aeros ballpark next season: In 2011, the Akron Aeros will be serving the “Three Dog Night” during each and every home game.…

  12. Report: The Giants and Cubs talked Rowand for Fukudome

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:31 PM EDT

    Kosuke Fukudome

    Get this. According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com, the Giants and Cubs discussed a swap of Aaron Rowand for Kosuke Fukudome. Some may classify this as a potential swap of bad contracts, but to equate Fukudome to Rowand is nuts. Keep in mind, Rowand is still owed $24 million (!) over the next two seasons…

  13. Zack Greinke switches agents

    Dec 17, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Players switch agents at any time and for a zillion reasons, but when a guy who is a hot trade property like Zack Greinke does it, you take special notice.  Ed Price: Greinke is now being represented by Jeff Berry and Casey Close of CAA, a major league source told FanHouse. He had been represented…

  14. Orlando Hudson is going to the Padres

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v New York Yankees, Game 3

    UPDATE: OK, it is official. Basically, anyway: Rosenthal reports that he’s getting two-years and $11.5 million. The deal is done pending a physical. So he does get a raise. And, unlike his last two deals, he gets multiple years. Not the greatest contract in the history of the word, but we’re clearly back to boom-times for free…

  15. Is Brad Penny Detroit-bound?

    Dec 17, 2010, 12:19 PM EDT

    Brad Penny

    It’s been a busy offseason so far for Brad Penny. He got engaged to one of the pros from “Dancing with the Stars.” He’s busy getting into The Best Shape of His Life.  And now he may be packing his bags for Detroit. That’s what Jon Paul Morosi is saying, reporting that the Tigers have expressed…

  16. The Marlins are not interested in Edgar Renteria

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:51 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    The other day we heard that the Marlins may be interested in bringing Edgar Renteria back. In the story about him being insulted over the Giants’ $1 million offer, he said another team was interested, so I assumed that was the Marlins.  Not so says Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. He heard from two…

  17. Cliff Lee and the media

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:36 AM EDT

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    Bob Raissman writes about how really no one in baseball media got the Cliff Lee story right. Fair enough. I can’t remember the last time everyone was this fooled about a big signing. But I think Raissman is a bit unfair with this passage: In fact, none of the legion of ESPN’s highly promoted, self-decorated…

  18. Must-click link: Ozzie Guillen has made the best video ever

    Dec 17, 2010, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Really, this is not hyperbole. If you don’t watch and thoroughly enjoy Ozzie Guillen’s White Sox tickets commercial, you and I just can’t be friends. Even if it was a minute and a half of Guillen wearing the reindeer sweater and saying absolutely nothing it would be more than worth it.

  19. Bert Blyleven: let the PED users in the Hall of Fame

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

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    I wrote yesterday about how I reconcile PED use and the Hall of Fame.  I’ve written a lot about Bert Blyleven and the Hall of Fame. Say, how can those things go together? Via the Jonah Keri Podcast, of course.  Jonah has been talking to some serious heavyweights this week, and the other day Blyleven…

  20. Carl Crawford will be thanked

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:20 AM EDT

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    Remember how the guys from DRaysBay were trying to collect money to create and place an ad in the Tampa Bay Times saying thank you to Carl Crawford for all of his years of service to Rays Nation?  Well, they did it.  Here’s what it looks like.  Here’s the DraysBay guys’ thank you to the…

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