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  1. Brian Shouse retires. And it’s more significant than it seems

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:33 AM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Relief pitcher Brian Shouse, most recently of the Rays, has decided to retire.  Normally I’d skip over something minor like this, but Shouse’s career arc has a certain beauty to it. Shouse was drafted by the Pirates in 1990. That’s when being drafted by the Pirates was a good thing.  In his first 12 years…

  2. Padres non-tender Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    tony-gwynn-jr-padres

    As expected, the Padres have decided to non-tender both Tony Gwynn Jr. and Scott Hairston. San Diego locked up its fourth outfielder for 2011 by signing Chris Denorfia to a one-year, $800,000 deal, making Gwynn and Hairston somewhat superfluous. In addition to his fantastic, beloved-in-San Diego bloodlines Gwynn has proven to be an elite defensive…

  3. Red Sox expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Hideki Okajima

    Boston is expected to non-tender reliever Hideki Okajima before tonight’s deadline, according to Gordon Edes of ESPNBoston.com. Okajima proved to be an excellent investment for the Red Sox, who signed him out of Japan in November of 2006 for just $2.5 million. He quickly emerged as one of the league’s top setup men, going 12-4…

  4. The Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within the AL Central. Which is stupid.

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:32 AM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Jon Heyman reports that the Royals won’t trade Zack Greinke within their division. You hear about teams being loathe to do this fairly often. And I get it when you’re talking about two teams who are in direct, current contention for the title like the Yankees and Rays or something. But I can’t see why…

  5. Major League Baseball continues to keep the Athletics in limbo

    Dec 2, 2010, 10:06 AM EDT

    Oakland Coliseum

    We’re pushing two years since baseball said it was “studying” the issue of where the Athletics should play.  Could they find a way around the Giants’ territorial rights in San Jose? Is Oakland, in fact, a viable home for the A’s going forward?  We don’t know!  Because apparently doing some basic economic studies, looking at…

  6. The Rockies offer to Berkman was low

    Dec 2, 2010, 9:22 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Minnesota Twins, Game 2

    While there was some hubub on the Rockies-Lance Berkman front last night, and while Troy Renck of the Denver Post is saying that Colorado has a “real shot,” Ken Rosenthal reports that, in fact, their offer to Berkman was low. I think Berkman is going to do well this year. People seem to be sleeping…

  7. The State of Illinois will not pay for Wrigley Field renovations

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:55 AM EDT

    Wrigley Field

    Good news: the Ricketts’ shameless campaign to get the State of Illinois to pay for renovations to Wrigley Field is dead in the water: The Cubs’ plan to use 35 years’ worth of amusement-tax growth to finance a $200 million renovation of Wrigley Field — and back-stop the bonds with a 2 percent hotel tax…

  8. Rosenthal’s right: the Rangers should pass on Lee

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:37 AM EDT

    cliff lee in ws

    I tend to rip writers more than I praise them. Not a great trait, I know, but I gotta be me.  In this case, though, I think it’s worth pointing out that Ken Rosenthal nails the Rangers-Cliff Lee thing in my view: If I were the Rangers, I would almost want to lose Cliff Lee.…

  9. The Yankees re-sign Sergio Mitre

    Dec 2, 2010, 6:13 AM EDT

    New York Yankees v Toronto Blue Jays

    Jerry Crasnick reports that the Yankees avoided arbitration with Sergio Mitre, signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Mitre had 3.33 ERA and 29/16 K/BB ratio over 54 innings in 24 relief outings and three spot starts last year. Sometimes you see guys like Mitre referred to as “insurance.” As in, he could be used…

  10. Report: Giants re-sign Pat Burrell to one-year contract

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:38 PM EDT

    Tim Flannery, Pat Burrell

    You know what 11 strikeouts in 13 World Series at-bats will get you? A new one-year contract, apparently. According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants have re-signed Pat Burrell to a “discounted, one-year contract,” pending a physical. To be fair, while Burrell was all sorts of awful during the postseason,…

  11. UPDATE: Nothing “imminent” with Rockies and Lance Berkman

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:29 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    UPDATE: OK, so maybe the previous report was a little premature. Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that there’s nothing imminent with Lance Berkman, but adds that the Rockies have a “real shot” at signing him. 8:19 PM: Didn’t see this one coming. The Rockies are close to a deal with free agent Lance…

  12. Red Sox to meet with Scott Boras on Thursday

    Dec 1, 2010, 9:38 PM EDT

    boras

    Business is about to pick up. Fresh off meeting with Carl Crawford and his representatives in Houston earlier today, the Red Sox are scheduled to meet with agent Scott Boras tomorrow, according to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports. On the agenda? His clients Adrian Beltre and Jayson Werth. We learned earlier this week that Boras…

  13. Brewers hoping to lock up Rickie Weeks

    Dec 1, 2010, 7:53 PM EDT

    Rickie Weeks

    Rickie Weeks told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com last month that he’s “open to listening” about a contract extension and during an appearance on WSSP in Milwaukee earlier today, Brewers general manager Doug Melvin confirmed that the club is trying to get something done. “We’re working on getting Rickie signed. He’s got a new agent, Greg…

  14. Dustin Pedroia’s surgically-repaired foot is almost healed

    Dec 1, 2010, 6:33 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Boston Red Sox

    Good news for Red Sox fans. During an appearance on WEEI in Boston earlier today, Dustin Pedroia said that his surgically-repaired left foot is almost fully healed. “I saw Dr. Theodore today. The CT scan looked great, and he said I’m pretty much 99.9 precent healed,” Pedroia said. “That’s as close to 100 as we’re…

  15. Yankees under the knife: Wrist surgery for Gardner, clavicle surgery for Aceves

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:47 PM EDT

    Gardner slide

    After playing through tendinitis in his right wrist for much of the season Brett Gardner is scheduled to undergo surgery next week. He had a very strong season offensively and defensively despite the injury, and Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger reports that Gardner is expected to be fully recovered in time for spring…

  16. The Diamondbacks sign Wily Mo Pena

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Wily Mo Pena

    It’s kind of fitting that, on the same day, an all-time “what happened to that guy” guy like Andy Marte signed with someone, that another one does too: Wily Mo Pena signed with the Diamondbacks. It’s a minor league deal with an invite to camp, paying him $675,000.  Given the way he raked in limited…

  17. The Rockies are talking extension with Carlos Gonzalez

    Dec 1, 2010, 5:06 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    Following up on this morning’s item about how the Rockies may now look to give extensions to other players, Augusto Cárdenas of Venezuela’s Diario Panorama reports that Scott Boras — Gonzalez’s agent — and the Rockies are currently negotiating a long term extension. The Rockies are certainly wanting to get ahead of the game, no? …

  18. Former top prospect Andy Marte finds new home with Pirates

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    andy-marte-indians-broken-bat

    Dropped by the Indians last month, one-time elite prospect Andy Marte has signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates that includes an invitation to spring training. Managing only a minor-league deal without a 40-man roster spot shows just how far Marte’s stock has plummeted since he ranked among Baseball America‘s top 15 prospects in 2004,…

  19. UPDATE: A’s met with Lance Berkman, but not Adam Dunn

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    UPDATE: Slusser just posted a few tweets walking back her report about Dunn meeting with the A’s yesterday, including: “I’m told much to my horror that the Chronicle’s report of earlier today that the Athletics met with Dunn is not accurate.” She stands by the information about the A’s being “in the mix” for Dunn,…

  20. The Red Sox are meeting with Carl Crawford today

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that the Red Sox are in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford’s people today. Am I the only one who had it in his head that the Sox and Angels were going to honor some sort of gentleman’s agreement in which the former signed Jayson Werth and the latter got Crawford? …

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