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  1. The Nationals aren’t in on Chris Young

    Jan 14, 2011, 9:31 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    Buster Olney of ESPN.com wrote earlier this week that the Nationals “may be in play” for free agent right-hander Chris Young, but a baseball source told Bill Ladson of MLB.com today that the report was untrue. This would seem to leave the Mets as the most logical destination, as the two sides have been connected…

  2. Heyman: Yankees would consider trading Joba Chamberlain for a starter

    Jan 14, 2011, 8:20 PM EDT

    Joba chamberlain throwing

    After news of the Rafael Soriano signing broke last night, many had the logical take that the Yankees should consider moving Joba Chamberlain back into the starting rotation. Of course, that probably won’t happen, which is all the more frustrating after reading the following information. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Yankees would consider…

  3. Cubs and Geovany Soto avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 14, 2011, 6:59 PM EDT

    Geovany Soto

    According to Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com, the Cubs and Geovany Soto have agreed to a one-year, $3 million contract, avoiding arbitration in the player’s first year of eligibility. He earned $575,000 last season. Soto, who turns 28 later this month, bounced back from a disappointing 2009 campaign to bat .280/.393/.497 with 17 home runs and…

  4. The Giants reality show is actually going to happen

    Jan 14, 2011, 5:04 PM EDT

    Giants' Lincecum holds Commissioner's Trophy after his team defeated Rangers in Game 5 to win Major League Baseball's World Series in Arlington

    Major League Baseball just made it official: that reality show on Showtime featuring the Giants is a go: Showtime Networks, Major League Baseball Productions and the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants are teaming up for a new series chronicling the competitive and complex world of professional baseball. The new series will give viewers…

  5. Is the Soriano deal a sign of chaos in the Yankees organization?

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:29 PM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    The Rafael Soriano deal was a shocker. Mostly because until very recently Brian Cashman was telling anyone who would listen that the Yankees were done with their days of giving multi-year deals to non-Mariano Rivera class relievers and that they were not going to give up the draft pick required to get Soriano because doing…

  6. Nationals GM “frustrated” and “disappointed” with failed attempts to improve rotation

    Jan 14, 2011, 4:21 PM EDT

    Mike Rizzo

    This afternoon the Nationals held a press conference to introduce Adam LaRoche to the local media, who naturally asked general manager Mike Rizzo about the team’s various failed attempts to improve the starting rotation this offseason. They failed to sign Cliff Lee and Jorge De La Rosa, have apparently dropped out of the bidding for…

  7. Is 600 home runs “magical?”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:38 PM EDT

    Jim Thome

    Danny Knobler asks that question in light of Jim Thome’s signing and his inevitable 600th home run: Thome is entirely likeable, by teammates, fans and writers alike. A whole bunch of people will be happy for him when he gets to 600. But will it feel magic? I’m not so sure it will. This just isn’t…

  8. Carl Pavano’s “decision expected Monday or Tuesday”

    Jan 14, 2011, 3:15 PM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    General manager Bill Smith said this afternoon that re-signing Jim Thome won’t keep the Twins from also bringing back Carl Pavano, telling Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune: “We’re very optimistic, very hopeful of bringing Carl Pavano back to this ball club.” Christensen reports that Pavano “is taking the weekend to think about the…

  9. The Stamford police are skeptical of Bobby Valentine

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    Bobby Valentine horizontal

    Bobby Valentine’s new job as Stamford, Connecticut’s Public Safety Director is not going over all that well with the people who will be under his supervision: The announcement of Valentine’s new role wasn’t met with universal acclaim, however. Sgt. Joe Kennedy, president of the Stamford police union, expressed his doubts about Valentine to the Advocate.…

  10. Mets sign utility man Willie Harris to a minor league contract

    Jan 14, 2011, 2:14 PM EDT

    willie-harris-nationals

    After three seasons in Washington the Nationals weren’t interested in bringing back Willie Harris and he apparently didn’t get any major-league offers thanks to a .183 batting average last year, so the 33-year-old utility man has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets. Prior to falling apart last season Harris was a very useful…

  11. The Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:45 PM EDT

    Braves Nationals Baseball

    I hope Cardinals fans didn’t have water in their mouths when they read the following tweet from Derrick Goold, or else they’d need new monitors: Cardinals sign Miguel Batista and Ian Snell I mean, jeez, Derrick. I know some people advocate pulling the bandage off quickly, but you really should break that kind of thing…

  12. Nationals interested in Jerry Hairston Jr. as replacement for Willie Harris

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals will not be re-signing Willie Harris, who spent the past three seasons in Washington, and are interesting in signing Jerry Hairston Jr. as his utility man replacement. Harris and Hairston are pretty similar, with Hairston perhaps bringing a bit more defensive value to the table, and Ladson…

  13. Blast from the past: the Phillies sign Matt Anderson

    Jan 14, 2011, 1:02 PM EDT

    Matt Anderson

    This will likely be the first and the last time we blog about Matt Anderson this year, but I am a sucker for comeback stories so it’s worth a mention. The Phillies signed him. Minor league deal, of course. For those who are blanking, Anderson was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1997 draft,…

  14. Twins re-sign Jim Thome to one-year, $3 million contract

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:26 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    After flirting with the Rangers while searching for a multi-year deal, Jim Thome has returned to the Twins on a one-year contract. According to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com he’ll get $3 million in guaranteed money, plus incentives based on playing time, which means the Twins got Thome at a bargain rate for the second straight…

  15. Rays will have 11 of the top 75 picks in this year’s draft

    Jan 14, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

    MLB First Year Player Draft

    This morning I noted that free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $215 million and since then Grant Balfour raised that figure even higher by signing a multi-year deal with the A’s. While most of the focus has understandably been on the Rays losing so much major-league talent,…

  16. The A’s sign Grant Balfour: Two years, $8.1 million

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:58 AM EDT

    Grant Balfour

    UPDATE: Buster Olney reports that the deal is for two years, $8.1 million, pending a physical. 10:58 AM: Did someone mention Rays free agents signing elsewhere?  Because we have another: Grant Balfour is close to signing a deal with the Oakland Athletics. That according to Jon Paul Morosi. It’s a multi-year deal. We have no details on…

  17. OK, maybe Sox fans shouldn’t worry that much about Josh Beckett after all

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

    beckett

    Yesterday I linked John Tomase’s dire warning about what the future may hold for Josh Beckett.  Today Bill at The Platoon Advantage picks Tomase’s analysis apart. Setting aside the notion that Tomase could have used more refined metrics with which to analyze Beckett, Bill observes that Tomase unwittingly stacked the deck against him: Even assuming plain…

  18. Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays interested in Manny Ramirez

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Angels, Twins, Rangers, Rays, and Blue Jays are among “at least five teams” to express interest in Manny Ramirez, which is a surprise given how little speculation has surrounded him publicly throughout the offseason. Rojas writes that Ramirez has been training in Arizona in an effort to…

  19. It’ll never happen, but the Yanks need to put Joba back into the rotation

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

    JOBA CHAMBERLAIN

    The Yankees have been unwavering in their position on Joba Chamberlain: he’s a relief pitcher and he always will be a relief pitcher as long as he plays for the New York Yankees.  As Mike Axisa of River Ave. Blues notes, however, such a position is a horrible one, and with no less than three…

  20. Free agents departing Rays have signed for $213 million

    Jan 14, 2011, 10:18 AM EDT

    Theo Epstein, Carl Crawford

    Following the Yankees signing Rafael Soriano to a three-year, $35 million deal last night Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune notes that the eight free agents departing the Rays this offseason have signed elsewhere for a total of $213 million over 19 years. That total will rise to $215 million for 20 seasons once Chad…

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