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  1. The state of the Jeter negotiations

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    We haven’t had any new twists or turns in the Derek Jeter negotiations for, like, 18 hours, and frankly I’m starting to get the shakes. So, in the absence of anything happening at the moment, let us review how we got to where we are, figure out where things stand, and figure out where we’re…

  2. Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    Last week was the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents.  Today is the deadline for those so offered to accept or decline.  Some already have done so (guys like Trevor Hoffman) and others have already signed free agent deals, mooting the issue (Victor Martinez).  That leaves 12 type-A free agents and…

  3. Shaughnessy: The Red Sox should give Jeter $60 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    dan shaughnessy

    Last week a few people had some fun on Twitter suggesting that the Red Sox — in the interests of promoting chaos — should make Jeter an offer. Pete Abraham mentioned it. I did. Some others too.  It was mildly chuckle-worthy during a slow week. Today, however, Dan Shaugnessy shows us that not every little…

  4. Can someone please explain the Troy Tulowitzki deal to me?

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:26 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    At least from the Rockies’ perspective? Tulowitzki is a great talent. If I were starting a team now he’d be on the short list of players who might be my first pick. He’s obviously loved in Colorado.  But a six year extension that starts in 2015? Really? What was motivating the Rockies to extend a…

  5. UPDATE: There’s nothing to the Rangers-Andy Pettitte story

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: Call off the Pettitte-to-Texas party. Jeff Wilson at the Star-Telegram spoke with Nolan Ryan late last night and said that there is no truth to the report that the Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. To the extent Pettitte and Nolan Ryan talked, it was to exchange pleasantries, and to the extent Pettitte talked…

  6. The New York Times continues its assault on Scott Boras

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Earlier today Keith Law posted his analysis of the relevant MLBPA rules regarding agents making loans to players and found nothing that would appear to make the loan Scott Boras made to Braves’ prospect Edward Salcedo improper.  This followed Scott Boras’ explanation of the loan and rather convincing (in my view) denial that anything improper…

  7. UPDATE: Rockies close to three-year deal with Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, De La Rosa will receive $32-33 million from the Rockies, essentially matching the three-year contract Ted Lilly got with the Dodgers. 11:07 PM: It’s a busy evening for the Rockies. Not only are they about to lock up their star shortstop, but they are close to retaining a…

  8. UPDATE: Rockies close to ten-year extension with Troy Tulowitzki

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    UPDATE: Final word on this for the night. Tracy Ringolsby hears that Tulowitzki will receive $157.75 million over the length of the contract. This includes $23.75 million for the final three guaranteed years remaining on his current deal, his $15 million option for 2014 and $119 million for six new years. 10:35 PM: According to…

  9. UPDATE: Mets close to signing Chris Young

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, a baseball executive says the Mets and Chris Young are not close to an agreement yet. The two sides are said to be talking, though. 8:01 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Mets are closing in on a contract with free…

  10. Remembering those left off the ballot

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    ugueth urbina

    Craig did his thing, running down the first-timers included on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. But how about those players left off. That’s always the first thing I look at when the ballot comes out. So let’s take a trip down memory lane with those not worthy of being included with possible immortals like…

  11. The Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You knew this was coming. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, the Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent Casey Close. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculated earlier this month that the Giants would likely keep an eye on the negotiations — remember, general manager Brian Sabean was…

  12. Russell Martin’s agent hasn’t heard from the Dodgers in about a week

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    That’s the word from Russell Martin’s agent Matt Colleran, who tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he and the Dodgers have exchanged “general ideas” about a potential deal before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, but that the club has not presented his client with a formal offer. “If any offer is made to us,…

  13. Rangers sign Yorvit Torrealba to two-year, $6.25 million deal

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Torrealba dropping popup

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the Rangers have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25 million contract, which almost surely means Bengie Molina won’t be back in Texas. Torrealba is five years younger than Molina and represents an upgrade offensively. Over the past two seasons Torrealba has hit .279 with…

  14. Must-click link: Kevin Correia, coping with his brother’s death

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

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    Last May, Padres starter Kevin Correia lost his 21-year-old brother in a hiking accident. As far as you and I were concerned, that meant he missed a few starts on the bereavement list and we likely didn’t think much else about it because that’s how these things go.  Obviously, however, this was Earth-shattering for Correia.…

  15. Fay Vincent has a (severely flawed) idea about how to compensate players

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers

    Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent has a column in today’s Wall Street Journal in which, after noting how businessmen and actors get an equity stake or points on the gross in their deals, why baseball players can’t do the same thing and take an ownership interest in the team: Mr. Pujols will in all likelihood…

  16. Former top prospect Andy LaRoche unclaimed on waivers

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Andy LaRoche

    Not so long ago Andy LaRoche was considered one of the elite prospects in baseball. He ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 in both 2006 and 2007, placed in BA‘s top 100 for two other years as well, and was arguably the centerpiece of the package Pittsburgh received when trading Jason Bay in mid-2008. Last…

  17. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Jenks

    Ozzie is obviously happy for his former shortstop. But be careful of the feelings of others, Ozzie.

  18. Carl Crawford’s agents are sending teams iPads

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    iPad

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Carl Crawford’s agents are sending iPads with pro-Crawford videos, preloaded, all the better to covet their client with. A couple of thoughts: 1. If there’s a team that can’t adequately assess Carl Crawford’s abilities without the aid of a pre-loaded iPad, they’re so dim that Crawford’s…

  19. Hall of Famer Bob Feller hospitalized for pneumonia

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    feller

    Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has been hospitalized with pneumonia stemming from complications following his treatment for leukemia. Feller, who turned 92 years old this month, has dealt with multiple health problems recently, but “is said to be getting stronger” according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. Here’s more from Castrovince: It has been a…

  20. The Boras-Salcedo loan didn’t even violate MLBPA rules

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the loan Scott Boras gave to his client, Edward Salcedo. You’ll recall that the New York Times portrayed it as something nefarious. Boras’ subsequent comments about it, however, combined with some of my own deduction, lead me to believe that there was nothing really wrong…

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