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  1. It’s almost a holiday, so let’s do a Batman post

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    BaseballBatman

    Most of baseball’s news makers are obviously off to celebrate Thanksgiving right now, because there isn’t much of anything happening today.  So now is as good a time as any to discuss something really important: Why would anyone throw a screwball to Batman with a full count and the bases loaded? (hat tip to BTF,…

  2. History suggests A’s are right to balk at Japanese ace Hisashi Iwakuma’s asking price

    Nov 24, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma pitching

    Earlier this week contract talks between the A’s and Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma broke down over what was, depending on which side you choose to believe, either a large or humongous gap in expected value. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle initially reported that Iwakuma was asking for a “Barry Zito-type deal” before agent…

  3. Boras dismisses the Salcedo loan as a non-issue

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:53 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Scott Boras went on MLB Network Radio on SIRIUS XM this afternoon and spoke with hosts Jim Duquette and Kevin Kennedy about the Edward Salcedo loan story, which we’ve been following since yesterday. Boras had three main points he wanted to make: While everyone’s ears prick up when they hear about agents loaning money to…

  4. Former No. 1 overall pick Bryan Bullington is headed to Japan

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:18 PM EDT

    Bryan Bullington

    Bryan Bullington finally notched his first big-league win with eight shutout innings against the Yankees on August 15, eight years after the Pirates selected him with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 draft, but now it looks like that may prove to be his only major-league victory. Designated for assignment by the Royals…

  5. The Tigers and Victor Martinez finalize their deal

    Nov 24, 2010, 2:01 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    V-Mart has passed his physical and is now officially a Detroit Tiger. Deep thoughts: I don’t like the “first initial, first few letters of the last name” nickname construction like “V-Mart,” but  I do wish that someone named “Sam Martinez” would become a big star so I could call him S-Mart; If only they had…

  6. Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa undergoes hand surgery

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    Ryan Zimmerman, Danny Espinosa

    Depending on what moves the Nationals make this offseason Danny Espinosa could be the favorite to start at second base on Opening Day, but he’ll be out of commission for at least the next six weeks after undergoing surgery today to remove the hook of the hamate bone from his right hand. Espinosa had been…

  7. Bud Selig: law school professor

    Nov 24, 2010, 1:01 PM EDT

    Bud Selig defiant

    Last week I rather snobbishly lamented the fact that our dear Commissioner of Baseball is not, like many of his predecessors, particularly intellectually accomplished or trained. He was not, prior to taking office, a judge or senator or general or and Ivy League president.  But he has improved his resume a bit since I wrote…

  8. A look at how Terry Collins did managing an NL team

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Terry Collins

    Here’s a neat post by Mark Simon over at ESPN New York today, looking at the Terry Collins Astros from the mid-90s in an effort to see what, if anything, can be gleaned about Collins’ NL managing style. While such an analysis has some obvious limitations, it’s useful, I think, because it shows how he…

  9. Lance Berkman drawing interest from A’s and Cubs

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

    Berkman Yanks

    Lance Berkman struggled for the Yankees after coming over in a July 31 trade and finished the season with an OPS below .800 for the first time in his career, but it sounds like the 34-year-old first baseman is getting plenty of interest as a free agent. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com calls the A’s “his…

  10. Wow, even the umpires wore those lame necklaces during the World Series

    Nov 24, 2010, 12:02 PM EDT

    CJ Wilson necklace

    Remember those lame titanium necklaces that everyone was wearing during the playoffs?  Seems that the umpires had them too.  This according to Paul Lukas’ latest, in which he spoke to the woman who makes them from her little shop in Seattle: At least a dozen players, including the entire Texas Rangers bullpen, wore Johnson’s handiwork…

  11. Is it time to do something about “gentleman’s agreements” free agents make to decline arbitration?

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:46 AM EDT

    Trevor Hoffman 2

    Just like the Yankees and Javier Vazquez, the Brewers and Trevor Hoffman came to a “gentleman’s agreement” that Hoffman will decline what at first glance appeared to be a shocking arbitration offer. Hoffman made $7.5 million this season and under normal circumstances the Brewers offering him arbitration would essentially be like putting a one-year, $7.5…

  12. The Rangers will look to give Josh Hamilton a contract extension

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:29 AM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 3

    Tim MacMahon of ESPN Dallas reports that the Rangers plan to speak with AL MVP Josh Hamilton’s agent this winter about a long-term contract extension. Like his NL  MVP counterpart Joey Votto, Hamilton is arbitration eligible. He made $3.25 million in 2010, and would be due a big raise anyway. Though it’s increasingly common, there…

  13. The settlement proposed by the mediator in the McCourt case was interesting

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Like I said last week, it’s a bit of sucker’s game to try to predict an ultimate ruling in a case based on what a court-appointed mediator proposes. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to try to predict such things.  And there is one fact in the proposed settlement, reported by Bill Shaikin, that…

  14. Teams offer arbitration to just 14 of 29 “Type A” free agents

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When offered arbitration Type B free agents allow their old team to pick up a draft pick between the first and second rounds, but because their new team doesn’t have to give up anything to sign them their market value isn’t impacted by whether or not the arbitration is offered. However, with Type A free…

  15. Twins offer arbitration to Pavano, Hudson, and Crain

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Last night was the deadline to offer departing free agents arbitration to receive compensatory draft picks if they sign elsewhere and the Twins did so to Carl Pavano, Orlando Hudson, and Jesse Crain, but chose not to tender arbitration offers to Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, and Brian Fuentes. Pavano and Crain were no-brainers, as they’ll…

  16. It’s time people got real about what Derek Jeter means to “The Yankee Brand”

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    I promise: I’ll stop writing about Derek Jeter when something else happens. But since there ain’t nothin’ else happening, more Jeter it is.  This time a fisking of Ken Rosenthal’s latest. He thinks the Yankees are treating Derek Jeter poorly and harming “The Yankee Brand.”  I think this is a bit silly. Just answer me…

  17. Quote of the Day: Posnanski on Jeter

    Nov 24, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Joe Posnanski, as he so often does, completely nails the Derek Jeter dynamic in his latest post. The upshot: we all know what’s going to happen. And we do: We KNOW Derek Jeter will play for the New York Yankees in 2011. There is no chance for a surprise there. This is not 90% likely…

  18. Why are we suddenly hearing about the Boras-Salcedo loan story?

    Nov 24, 2010, 6:31 AM EDT

    Edward Salcedo

    Scott Boras, who was not extensively quoted in yesterday’s New York Times story about the loan he made to Dominican prospect Edward Salcedo, spoke with Yahoo!’s Tim Brown.  Boras’ side of things is that there was nothing at all wrong with the loan he extended.  “This is a goodwill story,” he tells Brown, ““We did…

  19. Attention Derek Jeter: Hank Steinbrenner will not save you

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    One of the talking points in the whole Derek Jeter saga is about how Jeter is supposed to want a big crazy deal because Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal and the reason Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal is because Hank Steinbrenner was running the show back then and he’s nuts.  Now,…

  20. Heyman: the Yankees are going to sweeten their offer to Jeter

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing that the Yankees are going to improve their bid from the current three-year, $45 million offer. My guess: it will be a tiny amount of sweetener. Like, half a packet of Splenda.  Enough to extricate the parties out of this ugly impasse at which they currently find themselves by…

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