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  1. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EDT

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    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

  2. Report: Bobby Jenks agrees to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:50 PM EDT

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: Buster Olney says it’s done: Bobby Jenks has agreed to a two-year, $12 million deal with the Red Sox.  This came out of left field. Significance: once again the Red Sox have beat their AL East rivals this offseason, as both New York  and Tampa Bay were obviously looking to upgrade their bullpens and…

  3. Russell Martin needs knee surgery, but the Yankees signed him anyway

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin officially signed his one-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees after passing a physical exam earlier this week, but it turns out he didn’t so much “pass” as the Yankees were only concerned with the status of his fractured hip. Presumably they were encouraged enough by what they saw in his recovery from…

  4. The Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

    Dan Uggla

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Braves are close to signing Dan Uggla to a five-year extension worth $60-61 million. Hurm.  Uggla rejected a four-year, $48 million extension from the Marlins before being traded to the Braves last month. At the time it seemed like he was kind of nuts to do…

  5. A’s get Josh Willingham from Nationals for two minor leaguers

    Dec 16, 2010, 2:06 PM EDT

    Josh Willingham

    UPDATE: Buster Olney of ESPN.com says it’s a done deal, pending physical exams. UPDATE #2: Rosenthal says the minor leaguers are reliever Henry Rodriguez and outfielder Corey Brown. Neither are considered top prospects, but Rodriguez has a high-90s fastball and big-time strikeout totals in the minors. It’s a pretty good haul for Willingham. ========== Earlier…

  6. Jayson Werth just ensured that Philly fans overrun Nationals Park again

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:59 PM EDT

    Phillies fans AP

    Remember last year how Phillies fans came down to Washington en masse for a couple of series against the Nationals?  About how no one in Washington except the accountants were happy with it?  About how it was a symbol of just how bad Nationals baseball was that fans from an opposing team would travel and…

  7. Magglio Ordonez returns to Tigers for one year and $10 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:45 PM EDT

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    Last month the Tigers declined their $15 million option on Magglio Ordonez for 2011, but after shopping around for a new team Ordonez has decided to return to Detroit on a one-year deal worth two-thirds the salary. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Ordonez turned down two-year offers elsewhere to re-sign for $10 million, citing…

  8. The Mets are mulling a multi-year deal for R.A. Dickey. Is this important? Does this mean something?

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

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    This is not news in the sense that something has happened. Nothing has happened yet, actually.  The Daily News is reporting that the Mets are considering whether to offer R.A. Dickey multiple years or give the arbitration-eligible pitcher a one-year deal.  I’m sure this mulling has been occurring since soon after Alderson was hired. What I…

  9. The Cleveland Plain Dealer does right by Bob Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Beyond reserving the largest fonts for the beginning and the end of World Wars, I have no idea what goes into a newspaper’s decisions on how big headlines should be, what stories should appear above the fold or any of that. But I do know this:  The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s decision to put their Bob Feller story…

  10. Marlins interested in signing Edgar Renteria a dozen years after trading him

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

    edgar renteria marlins

    Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that the Giants may have some competition for the World Series MVP, as “it appears the Marlins have interest in bringing back Edgar Renteria.” Renteria originally signed with the Marlins out of Colombia as a teenager in 1992 and played the first three seasons of his career in Florida, coming…

  11. The Yankees are close to signing Pedro Feliciano

    Dec 16, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    Bob Klapisch reports that the Yankees are “getting close” on Pedro Feliciano, who called the Mets’ bullpen home for most of the last nine seasons. Feliciano, who is 34, has pitched in a metric butt-load of games over the past five years.  He shuts down lefties, though, to the tune of .214/.282/.297 for his career.…

  12. Rangers “continue to keep in contact with” Vladimir Guerrero

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Vladimir Guerrero

    According to Richard Durrett of ESPNDallas.com “the Rangers continue to keep in contact with Vladimir Guerrero’s agent, but don’t appear to be in any rush to nail down what they’ll do about the designated hitter position in 2011.” Other veteran DH options like Hideki Matsui, Jack Cust, Lance Berkman, and Pat Burrell are off the…

  13. Edwin Encarnacion returns to Toronto after a brief detour

    Dec 16, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Toronto placed Edwin Encarnacion on waivers in mid-November and he was claimed by Oakland only to non-tendered three weeks later. And now he’s back with the Blue Jays, agreeing to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with a 2012 team option worth $3.5 million. It was an odd little journey for Encarnacion, but basically the moves…

  14. It’s musical chairs for teams pursuing Adam LaRoche, Derrek Lee

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:59 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee

    Ken Rosenthal reports that the Nationals, Orioles and Padres are pursuing both Adam LaRoche and Derrek Lee. Two seats, three teams playing the game. I guess it’s a shame that Lance Berkman thought it was a good idea to become a right fielder, because then everyone could have their second-tier first baseman. As it is,…

  15. Rays agree to terms on $900,000 deal with Joel Peralta

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with right-hander Joel Peralta on a one-year, $900,000 deal. After back-to-back rough years Peralta had to earn his way back to the majors with a dominant stint at Triple-A as a 34-year-old and then pitched brilliantly for the Nationals with a 2.02 ERA,…

  16. Red Sox “discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    After losing out on several of their reported top bullpen targets the Red Sox “are discussing a possible deal” with Dan Wheeler, according to Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe. Keeping the ball in the ballpark has been Wheeler’s weakness, with 28 homers allowed in 172 innings over the past three seasons, but he still…

  17. How Kristen Lee and the kids influenced Cliff Lee’s decision

    Dec 16, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee Family

    There’s a good story over at Philly.com — pointed out to me by Jonny 5 — talking to the Lee family about what went into the decision to go back to the Phillies.  Kristen Lee plays down the anti-New York stuff that popped up a couple of months ago.  The image of a couple of…

  18. My (imaginary) Hall of Fame ballot

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:44 AM EDT

    Bagwell

    No one asked and fewer care, but since I will probably continue to critique, praise and analyze Hall of Fame ballots of others, I may as well make it clear who I would support if I had the franchise.  Here would be my guys this year: Bert Blyleven, Roberto Alomar, Barry Larkin, Edgar Martinez, Tim…

  19. A.J. Burnett is not happy with Colin Cowherd

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

    New York Yankees starting pitcher A. J. Burnett waves his glove to the cheering crowd as he leaves the field after being removed against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York

    Yesterday, big-time talk radio host Colin Cowherd claimed that A.J. Burnett went through a nasty divorce last season and implied that led to his trouble on the mound. Cowherd said: “A.J. Burnett went through a terrible divorce and he still might (be) going through it. His wife was vindictive and spiteful. I don’t even feel comfortable…

  20. There was no one like Rapid Robert Feller

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:53 AM EDT

    Bob Feller

    Joe Posnanski has the best Bob Feller obituary. Even as people write a bunch more over the coming days, Posnanski’s will be the best because that’s just how it goes when (a) you’re the best sports writer in the business; and (b) you grew up in Cleveland, steeped in Bob Feller as Joe did and…

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