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  1. Even the government now believes that the 2004 drug test seizure was illegal

    Dec 13, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

    syringe

    In case you missed it over the weekend, the feds have agreed not to appeal the ruling that investigators illegally seized a list of baseball players who allegedly tested positive for steroids back in 2004.  Welcome news, even if it’s too late for Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, Sammy Sosa and the other 101 players who still…

  2. Oh look! A “mystery team” has joined the Cliff Lee Derby

    Dec 13, 2010, 6:02 AM EDT

    Mystery Machine

    Here’s Jon Heyman, three steps beyond self-parody and almost approaching the divine: Free agent Cliff Lee is planning to make his decision early this week, according to people familiar with negotiations. The Texas Rangers, New York Yankees and a third mystery team are all still thought to be alive as Lee deliberates the biggest player call of the…

  3. Mark Buehrle providing aid for dog shot with arrow

    Dec 12, 2010, 5:39 PM EDT

    Mark Buehrle

    White Sox starter Mark Buehrle is the anti-Michael Vick.  Or, the opposite of what Vick used to be. According to Terry Hillig of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Buehrle has offered to pay any uncovered medical expenses for a dog who was found stranded in southern Illinois this weekend with an arrow in its abdomen. The…

  4. Cashman: Yanks will not increase current offer to Cliff Lee

    Dec 12, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Rangers' Lee throws against the Giants during Game 1 of Major League Baseball's World Series in San Francisco

    It’s hard to put a real finger on why, but things seem to be trending toward the Rangers today on the Cliff Lee rumor front. Maybe that’s natural.  Since the Winter Meetings began, and even before that, the Yankees have seemed like the favorite to land the ace left-hander.  Perhaps these optimistic Rangers bits are…

  5. Cardinals trade Brendan Ryan for young righty Maikel Cleto

    Dec 12, 2010, 3:12 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    The Cardinals did it.  They got rid of Brendan Ryan. St. Louis GM John Mozeliak tried to shop the slick-fielding shortstop throughout the Winter Meetings last week and drew only minimal interest, but Mo pulled off a trade today with the Mariners.  This from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com. The Cards will get young right-hander Maikel…

  6. Yankees official says shot of landing Cliff Lee only “50-50″

    Dec 12, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    We aren’t the only ones searching for clues as to where free agent left-hander Cliff Lee might sign. ESPN.com’s Buster Olney has also been doing a bit of digging and wrote Sunday at ESPN Insider that a Yankees executive has put New York’s chances at only “50-50.” Perhaps that’s because there are two teams left…

  7. Marlins working on deal with lefty reliever Randy Choate

    Dec 12, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Randy Choate

    From Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports comes word that the Marlins are working toward an agreement with free agent reliever Randy Choate. The 35-year-old left-hander posted a pedestrian 4.23 ERA and 1.30 WHIP across 44.2 innings this past year, but he limited left-handed batters to a .202/.263/.266 slash line. As a common middle reliever, he’s…

  8. Ron Washington thinks Cliff Lee will re-sign with Texas

    Dec 12, 2010, 11:52 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    Cliff Lee is expected to choose between offers from the Rangers and Yankees on Monday. While the free agent southpaw is off weighing pros and cons, we’re left wondering what he might do and trying to gather any clues. So far the clue-finding has not been a fruitful venture.  The guess here is that Lee…

  9. Twins showing interest in Cardinals shortstop Brendan Ryan

    Dec 12, 2010, 10:39 AM EDT

    St. Louis Cardinals batter Brendan Ryan hits a sacrifice fly allowing Colby Rasmus to score in the fourth inning of their MLB National League baseball game against the San Diego Padres in St. Louis

    The Cardinals drew only minimal interest when trying to shop shortstop Brendan Ryan at last week’s Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.  It appears their luck has changed. According to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Twins are exploring a trade for Ryan, hoping to add middle infield depth in the wake of Friday’s…

  10. Metrodome roof collapses due to massive snowstorm

    Dec 12, 2010, 9:26 AM EDT

    Buffalo Bills v Minnesota Vikings

    The Twins moved out of their old indoor home and into the beautiful Target Field before the start of the 2010 season, so this news is technically no longer baseball-related.  But it’s worth a nod anyway. As detailed by our good friends at Pro Football Talk, the roof of Minneapolis’ Metrodome collapsed Sunday morning under…

  11. Cliff Lee decision coming Monday?

    Dec 12, 2010, 8:43 AM EDT

    File photo of Texas Rangers pitcher Cliff Lee in Arlington

    A couple of updates here on Cliff Lee and his big free agent decision. We know that the Yankees have offered the left-hander a seven-year deal worth around $161 million.  And we know that the Rangers have offered six guaranteed years with some kind of option for a seventh.  Now we’re just waiting for Lee…

  12. Tracking the top 111 free agents

    Dec 11, 2010, 7:42 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn

    Here’s the rundown to date of the contracts received by my top 111 free agents. The list below doesn’t include free agents signed before the end of October (most notably, Ted Lilly) or non-tender free agents such as Russell Martin. 111. Dave Bush (Brewers – Age 31): 110. Carlos Delgado (Red Sox – Age 38):…

  13. Jimmy Rollins undergoes minor wrist surgery

    Dec 11, 2010, 6:11 PM EDT

    Jimmy Rollins

    According to Bob Brookover of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Phillies announced that Jimmy Rollins underwent minor surgery Thursday to have a ganglion cyst removed from his left wrist. Rollins will have stitches removed within the next two weeks and David Murphy (not the baseball player) of the Philadelphia Daily News reports that he should be…

  14. Must-click link: Johnny Estrada battling post-concussion syndrome

    Dec 11, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

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    Martin Gandy of the Braves-centric blog Talking Chop attended the Braves Foundation Wiffle Ball Game and Holiday Party for the Troops at Turner Field earlier today and ran into former major league catcher Johnny Estrada. The rest is a must-read. Estrada, who has been out of baseball since the Nationals released him in 2008, revealed…

  15. Report: The Angels may have matched Boston’s offer for Carl Crawford

    Dec 11, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Doesn’t matter much now, but depending on who you talk to, the Angels may have matched Boston’s offer to Carl Crawford. Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston has heard both sides. One source tells Edes that Crawford’s agents set an 11 p.m. deadline on Wednesday night. The ultimatum? Crawford would sign if the Red Sox or…

  16. UPDATE: More on the Carlos Quentin trade rumors

    Dec 11, 2010, 2:40 PM EDT

    carlos-quentin-white-sox

    UPDATE: Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times is defending his initial report and adds that a scout told him that White Sox general manager Ken Williams is hoping to trade Carlos Quentin for a “Carlos Lee-type” return. The White Sox traded Carlos Lee to the Brewers for Scott Podsednik, Luis Vizcaino and a player to…

  17. The Reds are probably stuck with Bronson Arroyo, for better or worse

    Dec 11, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo throwing

    The Reds inked Bronson Arroyo to a three-year, $35 million contract extension last week, but it turns out that similar to the contracts recently handed out to Carlos Pena, Paul Konerko and Juan Uribe, it includes some deferred money. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Arroyo will earn $6.5 million next season and $7 million…

  18. The details on Jayson Werth’s new contract with the Nationals

    Dec 11, 2010, 12:24 PM EDT

    Jayson Werth, Sam Perlozzo

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com has the breakdown of Jayson Werth’s seven-year, $126 million contract with the Nationals. In a nutshell, it’s heavily backloaded. Werth will get a $4 million signing bonus between January of 2011 and January and 2012 and will earn salaries of $10 million next season, $13 million in 2012, $16 million in…

  19. Heyman: The Rangers’ offer to Cliff Lee may contain an option for a seventh year

    Dec 11, 2010, 11:21 AM EDT

    Cliff Lee

    While the baseball world waits for Cliff Lee’s decision, Jon Heyman of SI.com has an interesting update on what the Rangers may have offered the free-agent left-hander. According to Heyman, the club’s original offer was for five years at $100 million. They improved their offer during their visit to Arkansas on Thursday with a “menu…

  20. The Red Sox introduce Carl Crawford

    Dec 11, 2010, 10:45 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford

    The Red Sox just held their press conference to introduce Carl Crawford. He’ll continue to wear No. 13 in his new digs. Here’s a couple quick items of note: – Crawford confirmed that he only received offers from the Red Sox and Angels, not the Yankees, though they reportedly met with him during the Winter…

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