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  1. The Red Sox are meeting with Carl Crawford today

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford, Raul Chavez

    Tim Brown of Yahoo! reports that the Red Sox are in Houston meeting with Carl Crawford’s people today. Am I the only one who had it in his head that the Sox and Angels were going to honor some sort of gentleman’s agreement in which the former signed Jayson Werth and the latter got Crawford? …

  2. Astros, Nelson Figueroa avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:18 PM EDT

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    Nelson Figueroa was a non-tender candidate heading into his first season of arbitration eligibility, but the Astros have avoided having to make a decision on him before tomorrow night’s deadline by signing him to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Figueroa has bounced around for a decade in the majors and minors, but pitched well for the…

  3. ESPN sets its Sunday Night Baseball booth: Shulman, Hershiser and Valentine

    Dec 1, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

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    This was suspected, but ESPN made it official today: Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser and Bobby Valentine will be be the new Sunday Night Baseball announcing team.  They replace Jon Miller and Joe Morgan.  Hershiser was the third man last season. I like Shulman. He’s a solid play by play guy and, most importantly for me,…

  4. Highlight video of Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:46 PM EDT

    While the Twins negotiate with Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka after bidding $5 million for his exclusive negotiating rights, here’s a five-minute highlight video put together by his representatives at the Beverly Hills Sports Complex: Nishioka looks pretty good, but then again I’m pretty sure someone could splice together five minutes of footage that makes Juan…

  5. Padres and Chris Denorfia avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 1, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

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    With tomorrow night’s deadline for teams to tender 2011 contracts to arbitration-eligible players looming, Chris Denorfia and the Padres have avoided the process by agreeing to a one-year deal worth $800,000. Signed last December after being let go by the A’s following a miserable Triple-A performance, Denorfia earned a mid-May call-up to San Diego and…

  6. The Orioles made a “significant offer” to Paul Konerko

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:59 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

    Heavy caveats here.  For one thing, the report comes from Jim Bowden. A man who, in my year or so of following him on Twitter, has one of the lowest batting averages among guys who purport to break stories. For another thing, the Orioles have been rumored to be in on a lot of top-flight…

  7. Jim Edmonds is on the fence about coming back

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman talked to Jim Edmonds’ agent who says that Edmonds is thinking about one more year. He agent says he goes back and forth, however. We heard similar things from Edmonds back in October. I feel the same way about it now that I did then: Who wants him?  He suffered some pretty significant…

  8. Another “Greinke won’t go to New York” report

    Dec 1, 2010, 2:02 PM EDT

    Zack Greinke

    Following up on Passan’s from yesterday and King’s from this morning, Nick Carfado passes along word from a source that Zack Greinke would never accept a trade to New York. So it’s 2-1, no dice. Unless we get a matching bid, I’m going to assume Greinke goes to the Rangers.  Cool? Cool.

  9. Mariners expected to cut Jose Lopez at non-tender deadline

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Seattle Mariners

    A month ago the Mariners declined their $4.5 million option on Jose Lopez for 2011 and since then they’ve no doubt been trying to find another team interesting in trading for him with an eye toward taking Lopez to arbitration at a lower salary. Not surprisingly there were apparently no takers for the disappointing infielder…

  10. Of course Jeter is worth $20 million! Count the rings!

    Dec 1, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    No, that’s not parody. That’s the New York Post’s Kevin Kernan: If the frugal Colorado Rockies can give their shortstop $20 million a season, the cash cow Yankees can do the same for Derek Jeter . . . Yes, Jeter will be 37 next season and Tulowitzki will not turn 36 until October 2020, but…

  11. A’s may non-tender Jack Cust for second straight year

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    Oakland Athletics Photo Day

    Last offseason the A’s non-tendered Jack Cust rather than pay him around $4 million via the arbitration process, only to re-sign him a month later for $2.6 million. And now Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that Oakland may non-tender him again by tomorrow night’s deadline. Cust was better in 2010 than he was in 2009,…

  12. Yikes: Carl Crawford wants eight years

    Dec 1, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    carl crawford rays

    Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald reports that Carl Crawford is seeking a deal of at least eight years. Eeek. My general impression of Carl Crawford: free agent was that just about any deal for him would look pretty good for the first four years but would get a bit ugly in years five and…

  13. Salary caps make poorer teams worse off

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:59 AM EDT

    stack of money

    Practically speaking, the idea of a salary cap in baseball is dead. Deader than vaudeville. It blew up the game in 1994-95, and the owners and Selig blinked rather than try it again in 2002.  Since then the money has been flowing, competitive balance has been better than most people will admit, and the owners…

  14. Royals “now appear open to trading” Robinson Tejeda

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Kansas City Royals

    Joaquin Benoit opened the free agent market by signing a three-year, $16.5 million deal with the Tigers and various other relievers are reportedly shopping for three-year contracts as well, so Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals “are now open to trading” Robinson Tejeda. Dutton notes that general manager Dayton Moore…

  15. How scrappy is Ryan Theriot?

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:31 AM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Colorado Rockies

    You’re not going to believe this, but in the wake of the Cardinals trading for a white middle infielder with moderate-at-best skills yesterday, someone has written a column praising him as a scrappy gritty hard worker, complete with a David Eckstein comparison. I’m so shocked that, as we speak, I’m clutching my pearls and hoping…

  16. Giants offered to match $21 million deal before Juan Uribe signed with Dodgers

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

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    Juan Uribe’s three-year, $21 million contract with the Dodgers strikes me as a significant over-pay for a 31-year-old with a career on-base percentage of .300 who’s cracked a .750 OPS once since 2004, but according to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times the Giants offered to match that deal in an unsuccessful last-minute effort…

  17. The Rangers are going to make a five-year offer for Cliff Lee

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    George King of the New York Post reports that the Rangers are going to make a five-year offer to Cliff Lee. The Yankees may have already made one, with some putting the dollars at around $23 million a year, so they’ll have to top that. Or at least come close to it if you believe…

  18. Rockies interested in Troy Glaus as Todd Helton’s backup

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    Troy Glaus finished the season in a horrible slump, going from the Braves’ starting first baseman to completely out of the team’s plans, so predictably there’s been little reported interest in him as a free agent. However, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post the Rockies may have some interest in Glaus as “a…

  19. Albert Belle: voice of reason

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:31 AM EDT

    Albert Belle

    LeBron James is heading back to Cleveland to face the Cavaliers tomorrow night. It’s probably going to get hostile. Thankfully, we have Albert Belle around to play the part of the sage peacemaker: From one Cleveland villain to another, Albert Belle hopes LeBron James and Cavaliers fans can play nice Thursday at the Q.  “My…

  20. Arbitration offers turned down by 25 out of 27 free agents

    Dec 1, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    For all the speculation about which Type A and Type B free agents would and wouldn’t accept arbitration offers just two of the 27 eligible players said yes: Frank Francisco of the Rangers and Jason Frasor of the Blue Jays. I’ve seen some suggestions that the low number of accepted arbitration offers means this offseason…

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