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  1. Padres fans wonder: Is this the Fred McGriff trade all over again?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:35 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez

    There are a couple of trades that probably spring to mind for most Padres fans this morning: Summer 1993: Fred McGriff — making an outrageous $4 million a year– was sent to the Braves in exchange for Melvin Nieves, Vince Moore and Donnie Elliott.  It was one of the most notorious fire sales in baseball…

  2. What can we expect from Adrian Gonzalez away from PETCO Park?

    Dec 4, 2010, 10:02 AM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez posing

    One of the things people have always marveled about with Adrian Gonzalez is the fact that he has been able to hit 30+ homers in four consecutive seasons with the Padres, despite playing half of his games in one of the most pitcher-friendly ballparks in baseball. So, what can we expect now that A-Gone is…

  3. Report: Other teams — including the Cubs — are also in on Adrian Gonzalez

    Dec 3, 2010, 11:03 PM EDT

    Adrian Gonzalez swing

    Craig mentioned earlier that the Red Sox are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com writes that multiple teams besides are involved in negotiations, including the Cubs. Obviously Starlin Castro would be untouchable here, but you’d have to think guys like Tyler Colvin, Andrew Cashner, Brett Jackson, Chris Archer, Trey McNutt…

  4. Rumor: Orioles “locking in” on Mark Reynolds

    Dec 3, 2010, 10:13 PM EDT

    Mark Reynolds, Chris Young

    Justin Upton has grabbed plenty of attention in trade talks this winter — and understandably so — but Mark Reynolds remains the most likely Diamondbacks player to be suiting up elsewhere next season. Here’s the latest. Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Orioles are desperate for right-handed power and are “locking in” on Reynolds…

  5. UPDATE: OK, so the Dodgers gave Rod Barajas $3.25 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:51 PM EDT

    Dodgers Brewers Baseball

    UPDATE: Nevermind. According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, Rod Barajas will receive $3.25 million. This changes everything. 8:49 PM: And you thought the Juan Uribe contract was silly. That’s right. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, the Dodgers have signed Rod Barajas to a one-year, $3.8 million contract. Yes, that Rod Barajas.…

  6. UPDATE: Padres agree to deal with Aaron Harang

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:17 PM EDT

    harang_090917

    UPDATE: The deal is essentially done. No word on the specifics yet, but according to Corey Brock of MLB.com, Harang only needs to pass a physical for the contract to become official. 4:47 PM: Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune reports that the Padres “could be close to signing” Aaron Harang, although he…

  7. Rangers GM Jon Daniels named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:12 PM EDT

    Jon Daniels

    Fresh off the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was named as Executive of the Year by Baseball America earlier today. Here’s the man himself, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “It’s really an organizational award — this is a huge operation involving the efforts of so many people,” Daniels said.…

  8. Surprise, surprise: More progress between Derek Jeter and the Yankees

    Dec 3, 2010, 6:49 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As Craig noted yesterday, the tide has turned in regards to negotiations between Derek Jeter and the Yankees. Well, here’s Act II. Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that there were “more positive talks today” while Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record writes that the two sides are “moving closer to a middle ground.”…

  9. Report: The Red Sox and Padres are talking about an Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:58 PM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    We knew this was coming, it was only a matter of when:  Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston is reporting that the Red Sox and Padres are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Edes says that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are “making headway.”  The contours of a deal would break down thusly: According to the…

  10. Rangers close to re-signing backup catcher Matt Treanor

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:44 PM EDT

    matt-treanor-ranger

    Texas has switched starting catchers, letting Bengie Molina walk as a free agent and signing Yorvit Torrealba to replace him, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are sticking with Matt Treanor as their backup. General manager Jon Daniels told Sullivan that “we’re pretty confident Matt is coming back.” Treanor got a career-high…

  11. Yankee Stadium is the Louvre, Jeter its Mona Lisa. Really, someone said that.

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    The return to calm and quiet PR-friendly negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter is easily the worst thing to happen this week. Really, wasn’t life much more fun when they were slamming each other in the media? And then, in turn, causing those of us in column-and-blog land to say equally silly things?  Things…

  12. Great Moments in unnecessary advice

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweeted something interesting a few minutes ago: [Adam] Dunn apparently sought out advice from former teammates such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Harris about hitting at U.S. Cellular Ken Griffey hit .257/.333/.392 with one homer in 84 plate appearances at U.S. Cellular during his brief stint with the White Sox in…

  13. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    This is why Mets fans — at least right-thinking ones — are happy that Sandy Alderson got the gig. He told David Lennon of Newsday today that Jenrry Mejia will not start the 2011 season in the Mets’ bullpen. Alderson said “we don’t want him in our bullpen this year. Our goal is not to…

  14. Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year extension with the Reds

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:01 PM EDT

    Bronson Arroyo

    The Reds recently exercised Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option for 2011. It has now been torn up and replaced by a three-year extension worth $35 million reports Ken Rosenthal. Arroyo once looked like he’d be a free agent this winter, what with a contract that seemed overpriced on a non-contender. But then a funny thing…

  15. Russell Martin open to re-signing with Dodgers as utility man

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin was non-tendered by the Dodgers last night and the team seemingly replaced him behind the plate by re-signing Rod Barajas to a one-year deal, but today Martin’s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that returning at a lesser salary and as a utility man may still be an option. According…

  16. Kenny Williams: Dunn, Pierzynski deals back loaded; Paul Konerko next

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Kenny Williams spoke with reporters today to officially announce the signings of Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski. He mentioned that those deals were back loaded, so as to allow the Sox to pursue Paul Konerko. The Sox are expected to meet with Konerko next week.  Inasmuch as it seems like Kenny Williams has been given…

  17. Tim Wakefield says 2011 will “probably” be his last season

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Tim Wakefield

    Jamie Moyer is undergoing elbow surgery with an eye toward returning in 2012 at age 49, but Tim Wakefield isn’t planning to stick around that long. He’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2011 after going 4-10 with a 5.40 ERA this year, but the 44-year-old knuckleballer told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe…

  18. The Padres hire Josh Byrnes

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:03 PM EDT

    Josh Byrnes

    Fired Arizona Diamondbacks are the new inefficiency. A couple months after hiring former Dbacks manager A.J. Hinch, the Padres have hired his old boss, Josh Byrnes, to be the senior vice president of baseball operations.  There he’ll answer to Jed Hoyer, with whom Byrnes used to work in Boston. When last we heard from Byrnes…

  19. The Brewers trade Carlos Villanueva to Toronto

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:35 PM EDT

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not a  lot of detail on this one yet, but the Brewers have traded righty reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Villanueva pitched in 50 games last year, posting a 4.61 ERA and striking out 67 guys in 52 innings. He allows quite a few base runners,…

  20. Nationals and Cubs “stepping up pursuit of Brandon Webb”

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Nationals and Cubs “are stepping up their pursuit of Brandon Webb” and “making a big push” to sign the former Cy Young winner amid interest from “several other clubs.” Washington has been linked to Webb since the moment he became a free agent and Chicago’s interest was first…

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