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  1. Update: Marlins reach agreement with Javier Vazquez

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves this offseason.  This won’t be one of them. A source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Fish are nearing a contract with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.  The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs all showed interest, but Javy has a home in south Florida and that…

  2. Yankees may be willing to add $5 million to original offer

    Nov 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    The Yankees have no real reason to up their three-year, $45 million offer to veteran shortstop Derek Jeter.  He’s 36 years old, a poor defender and batted just .270/.340/.370 this year over 663 at-bats. But it sounds like they might sweeten the deal just to put an end to all of the noise. A source…

  3. Red Sox showing interest in free agent Matt Guerrier

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    A major league source has informed Alex Speier of Boston-based WEEI.com that the Red Sox are showing interest in free agent reliever Matt Guerrier. And why wouldn’t they? Guerrier posted a 3.17 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 71 innings this past season and a 2.36 ERA and 0.97 WHIP the year before. He has a…

  4. Must-click link: Abandoned in Atlantic City

    Nov 28, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

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    “When you don’t maintain something, it will fall apart.” From The Press of Atlantic City’s Dan Good comes this fascinating look at a ballpark left to rot on America’s east coast. Abandoned In Atlantic City

  5. Rangers still hoping to bring back Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EDT

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    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an update this morning on free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero. The nuts and bolts?  The Rangers want Vlad to return, but they can’t commit a multi-million dollar contract to him until they know how they stand in the running for free agent left-hander Cliff Lee. Guerrero…

  6. Cubs have interest in free agent Brandon Webb

    Nov 28, 2010, 8:58 AM EDT

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    Veteran hurler Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the start of the 2009 season because of chronic shoulder issues.  But that hasn’t stopped teams from calling about the right-hander, who is now a free agent. Sources told Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse this weekend that the Cubs are now in the…

  7. Could Paul Konerko be a fit with the Rangers?

    Nov 27, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

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    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune seems to think so. He writes that the Rangers “are becoming a more realistic option” for Konerko. The possibility has gained momentum in recent days, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that the Rangers were showing interest in the free agent first baseman after missing out…

  8. Justin Morneau vows to be ready for spring training

    Nov 27, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

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    Justin Morneau was cleared to resume workouts earlier this week, but the encouraging news doesn’t end there. At the team’s winter coat drive at Target Field earlier today, Morneau told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he expects to be ready for spring training. “There’s not a doubt in my mind. I’ll be ready…

  9. Yankees sign Brian Anderson and Andy Sisco to minor league deals

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    This just about sums up how slow this Saturday afternoon has been. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to minor league contracts. Both receive invites to major league spring training. Anderson, who turns 29 next March, converted to a pitcher in the Royals organization…

  10. Lou Piniella: Mike Quade deserved Cubs job

    Nov 27, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

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    During an appearance with Steve Cochran on ESPN1000 in Chicago yesterday, Lou Piniella said he believes Mike Quade deserved the opportunity to return as Cubs manager. “Mike’s a good baseball man. He’s been in baseball for a long, long time,” Piniella said. “He got that opportunity when I left there and I tell you what,…

  11. What’s the right price for Manny Ramirez?

    Nov 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    We’re not sure where Cliff Lee or Carl Crawford will end up just yet, but most of us can agree that both will likely cross the $100 million threshold. As for the future of Manny Ramirez, you’ll get a different take from just about everybody. One day after suggesting that Ramirez may have to accept…

  12. Jonathan Albaladejo signs to play in Japan

    Nov 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Jonathan Albaladejo has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to the Associated Press. Albaladejo was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he informed the team about his plans to play in Japan. The 28-year-old right-hander originally came over from the Nationals in the Tyler Clippard…

  13. Pedro Feliciano “seriously considering” accepting arbitration from Mets

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday, Pedro Feliciano’s agent Melvin Roman says his client is “seriously considering” accepting the Mets’ arbitration offer. Players face a Tuesday deadline to accept or decline arbitration. Feliciano is one of the most effective and durable left-handed relievers in the sport, so it’s hard to believe he won’t…

  14. Must-click link: Felix Pie goes nuts

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Orioles outfielder Felix Pie recently got picked off first base while playing for Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League. He wasn’t too happy about it. I won’t spoil this one too much, but Pie owes that first base coach a steak dinner or something. We can laugh at this now, but this could have…

  15. Report: Yankees, Derek Jeter are about $65-75 million apart

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Oh boy, I closed my eyes for about seven hours and the story has already changed! What a surprise. OK, so it’s just a variation of what was reported by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times last night, but Anthony McCarron and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News report that Derek…

  16. Wally Backman still thinks he was the right choice for Mets manager

    Nov 27, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

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    Last I left you guys last Saturday evening, the Mets were still without a manager. That all changed on Sunday night, when it was reported that Terry Collins was hired as the club’s new manager. Still, five days later, Wally Backman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that he can’t believe he…

  17. Would you believe Jeter wants $23-$24 million per year over four or five years?

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

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    Derek Jeter news is like Midwestern weather: don’t like it? Wait a few minutes, it will change.  To review the bidding: Bill Madden reported this morning that Jeter was, at least at some point recently, asking for $25 million a year for six years; Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, denied that today, saying that those figures…

  18. Carl Pavano may be on the Rockies’ radar

    Nov 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post expects the Rockies to go after Carl Pavano.  If that doesn’t pan out, he thinks Plan B will be Gavin Floyd, Scott Kazmir or Kevin Millwood. Arms race in the NL West?  Everyone just watched the Giants win it with pitching. The Dodgers, with today’s signing of Jon Garland,…

  19. Jeter’s agent: the $150 million demand is “simply inaccurate”

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Tim Brown from Yahoo! and Marc Carig from the Star-Ledger both report that Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, is denying that Jeter is asking for $25 million a year over six years. Close: “The recently rumored terms of our contract extension are simply inaccurate.” I accept that. But what I want to know…

  20. Closers do nothing to help teams hold ninth inning leads

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

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    Some pretty startling stuff from Joe Posnanski today, who was snooping around in the stats, looking at what percentage of games teams win when they have ninth inning leads. He figured — as I would have — that due to bullpen specialization and the advent of the fireballing closer, teams held on to such leads…

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