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  1. All-times saves leader Trevor Hoffman announces retirement

    Jan 11, 2011, 5:15 PM EDT

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    Trevor Hoffman has decided to retire after 18 seasons and an MLB record 601 saves, the future Hall of Famer told Barry Bloom of MLB.com today. As recently as last month Hoffman was looking for work as a free agent, but with no teams willing to guarantee him a shot at closing in 2011 the…

  2. More ugliness for Lenny Dykstra

    Jan 11, 2011, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Man, it hasn’t been a good couple of years for Lenny Dykstra: Former pro baseball player Lenny Dykstra’s housekeeper accused him of sexual assault, according to records, though prosecutors declined to file charges this month citing a lack of evidence. According to the rejection memo by Los Angeles County prosecutors, a female housekeeper alleged Dykstra…

  3. Alberto Callaspo, Angels avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 11, 2011, 3:45 PM EDT

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    Alberto Callaspo is eligible for arbitration this season for the first time, but he’s avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year contract with the Angels. Callaspo, who earned $460,000 last season, gets a hefty raise to $2 million despite hitting just .265/.302/.374 in 146 games last year. Acquired from the Royals in July for…

  4. The Giants are going to have some problems in 2011

    Jan 11, 2011, 3:34 PM EDT

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    There will be a metric butt-ton of “10 reasons the Giants won’t repeat” or “10 reasons the Giants will repeat” articles written in the coming weeks.  Hint: avoid the ones with slide shows. They’re awful. Actually, you can probably avoid all of them except (a) the one I inevitably do when I’m hurting for content…

  5. Get a free sneak preview of a cool book about the Tampa Bay Rays

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:59 PM EDT

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    Friend of HardballTalk Jonah Keri has a book coming out about the Tampa Bay Rays soon. It’s called “The Extra 2%: How Wall Street Strategies Took a Major League Baseball Team from Worst to First.” I’ve seen parts of it and what I’ve seen is excellent. Though it won’t be available to the general public…

  6. Josh Hamilton hospitalized for “an early case of pneumonia”

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:43 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Josh Hamilton was hospitalized yesterday after being diagnosed with “an early case of pneumonia,” according to the ESPNDallas.com. He’s expected to be released from the hospital today or tomorrow, and the reigning AL MVP “should be able to resume his conditioning and baseball activities within the next several days.”  

  7. No expanded replay or expanded playoffs in 2011

    Jan 11, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

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    Bud Selig does nothing quickly. This is sometimes good and sometimes bad. Sometimes it’s simultaneously good and bad: As owners and general managers prepared to gather this week for their first meetings of the new year, Commissioner Bud Selig told MLB.com that the playoffs and instant replay won’t be expanded this coming season. Boo on…

  8. Memorial fund set up for Christina Taylor Green; Dodgers set up email address for remembrances

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:28 PM EDT

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    As you surely know by now, one of the victims of Sunday’s rampage in Tucson was Christina Taylor Green, the nine-year-old daughter of Dodgers scout John Green and granddaughter of Dallas Green. The Dodgers have released a statement with details of how the public can help remember Christina and donate in her memory.  The entire…

  9. A sign-and-trade in baseball?

    Jan 11, 2011, 1:05 PM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Neat column from Dustin Parkes today, wondering if — given the obstacle Rafael Soriano‘s type-A status presents for him signing with a good team — he could be signed by a bad one that doesn’t have to surrender a pick, and could then, in turn, be traded to a contender.  Dustin goes back a couple…

  10. Details of Carlos Gonzalez’s seven-year contract with Rockies

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:44 PM EDT

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    Now that Carlos Gonzalez‘s seven-year contract extension with the Rockies is finalized Troy Renck of the Denver Post has the specifics of the $80 million deal: 2011 – $1 million 2012 – $5 million 2013 – $7.5 million 2014 – $10.5 million 2015 – $16 million 2016 – $17 million 2017 – $20 million Gonzalez…

  11. Why we can’t talk intelligently about steroids in baseball

    Jan 11, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Matthew Artus has a good story up over at NJ.com today. In it he takes Murray Chass to task for his steroids accusations against Mike Piazza.  We’ve covered that here before, but Matthew makes a grand point towards the end of his piece: Every time we engage in a “Did he or didn’t he?” debate…

  12. Who are the top free agents still available?

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:18 AM EDT

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    Most of the big-name free agents are off the market with a little over a month to go before pitchers and catchers start reporting to spring training, but based on Matthew Pouliot’s ranking of the top 111 free agents here are the best players still available: 1. Carl Pavano (RHP, Twins) 2. Andy Pettitte (LHP,…

  13. Is A-Rod’s contract a blueprint for an Albert Pujols deal?

    Jan 11, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

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    Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes today about how the Yankees dealt with Alex Rodriguez‘s last contract. It could be instructive, Goold notes, given how the Cardinals are now poised to give out the biggest contract in the game’s history. The story is interesting because it touches on something that has always troubled…

  14. Rafael Soriano is all about the money

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

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    Buster Olney: Heard this: The question of what role Rafael Soriano will play for his next team is very much secondary to what his salary will be. In other words, if some club was willing to pay him to be its bullpen catcher for $45 million over the next three years, Soriano would consider it; he…

  15. Rockies sign reliever Sean White to minor league contract

    Jan 11, 2011, 10:22 AM EDT

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    Colorado has at least five and possibly six bullpen spots locked in already, but the Rockies added some more relief depth yesterday by signing right-hander Sean White to a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training. White struggled last season, but has a 4.16 ERA in 134 career innings spent with the Mariners and…

  16. Could Lew Wolff end up owning the Dodgers?

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:52 AM EDT

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    There’s an interesting — but troubling — musing in Buster Olney’s latest column. First Olney notes that Frank McCourt is in dire financial straits — no surprise — but then speculates about one possible outcome: It’s been awhile since Bud Selig formed the committee to study the Oakland ownership situation, with no resolution in sight…

  17. The Royals are scrounging for pitching

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:34 AM EDT

    Kansas City's Chen winds up a pitch against Tampa Bay during their MLB baseball game in Kansas City

    Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that the Royals haven’t ruled out re-signing Bruce Chen: With Carl Pavano apparently heading back to the Twins, the thin free-agent market still includes Kevin Millwood, linked earlier with the Royals, and their top winner from last year, lefty Bruce Chen. Millwood’s name doesn’t stir much response from Moore. What…

  18. UPDATE: Brad Penny agrees to a deal with the Tigers

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:27 AM EDT

    Brad Penny

    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the deal is done. As Morosi reported, $3 million.  The incentives are richer than usual, however, amounting to another $3 million. 5:55 AM: Following up on last night’s reports from Brad Penny himself, Jon Paul Morosi says this morning that the Tigers and Brad Penny are on the verge of…

  19. The Yankees are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 11, 2011, 9:09 AM EDT

    Justin Duchscherer

    When last we heard about Justin Duchscherer he was undergoing season-ending hip surgery.  That, combined with the fact that before he went down he was 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA over his first five starts makes him the dictionary definition of a high-risk guy with some upside. Worth a cheap flier for someone in need of pitching.…

  20. How do the best-shape-of-their-life guys end up performing?

    Jan 11, 2011, 8:49 AM EDT

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    Fun stuff from Dave Cameron, as he went back and tracked all of the players who were referred to as being “in the best shape of their lives” last February to see how they performed in 2010. The results: So, what can we conclude from the position player side of “The Best Shape Of Their…

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