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  1. Yankees sign Brian Anderson and Andy Sisco to minor league deals

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EDT

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    This just about sums up how slow this Saturday afternoon has been. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to minor league contracts. Both receive invites to major league spring training. Anderson, who turns 29 next March, converted to a pitcher in the Royals organization…

  2. Lou Piniella: Mike Quade deserved Cubs job

    Nov 27, 2010, 1:51 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    During an appearance with Steve Cochran on ESPN1000 in Chicago yesterday, Lou Piniella said he believes Mike Quade deserved the opportunity to return as Cubs manager. “Mike’s a good baseball man. He’s been in baseball for a long, long time,” Piniella said. “He got that opportunity when I left there and I tell you what,…

  3. What’s the right price for Manny Ramirez?

    Nov 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    We’re not sure where Cliff Lee or Carl Crawford will end up just yet, but most of us can agree that both will likely cross the $100 million threshold. As for the future of Manny Ramirez, you’ll get a different take from just about everybody. One day after suggesting that Ramirez may have to accept…

  4. Jonathan Albaladejo signs to play in Japan

    Nov 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EDT

    Jonathan Albaladejo

    Jonathan Albaladejo has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to the Associated Press. Albaladejo was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he informed the team about his plans to play in Japan. The 28-year-old right-hander originally came over from the Nationals in the Tyler Clippard…

  5. Pedro Feliciano “seriously considering” accepting arbitration from Mets

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday, Pedro Feliciano’s agent Melvin Roman says his client is “seriously considering” accepting the Mets’ arbitration offer. Players face a Tuesday deadline to accept or decline arbitration. Feliciano is one of the most effective and durable left-handed relievers in the sport, so it’s hard to believe he won’t…

  6. Must-click link: Felix Pie goes nuts

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:25 AM EDT

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    Orioles outfielder Felix Pie recently got picked off first base while playing for Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League. He wasn’t too happy about it. I won’t spoil this one too much, but Pie owes that first base coach a steak dinner or something. We can laugh at this now, but this could have…

  7. Report: Yankees, Derek Jeter are about $65-75 million apart

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EDT

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    Oh boy, I closed my eyes for about seven hours and the story has already changed! What a surprise. OK, so it’s just a variation of what was reported by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times last night, but Anthony McCarron and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News report that Derek…

  8. Wally Backman still thinks he was the right choice for Mets manager

    Nov 27, 2010, 8:57 AM EDT

    Wally Backman

    Last I left you guys last Saturday evening, the Mets were still without a manager. That all changed on Sunday night, when it was reported that Terry Collins was hired as the club’s new manager. Still, five days later, Wally Backman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that he can’t believe he…

  9. Would you believe Jeter wants $23-$24 million per year over four or five years?

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:00 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    Derek Jeter news is like Midwestern weather: don’t like it? Wait a few minutes, it will change.  To review the bidding: Bill Madden reported this morning that Jeter was, at least at some point recently, asking for $25 million a year for six years; Jeter’s agent, Casey Close, denied that today, saying that those figures…

  10. Carl Pavano may be on the Rockies’ radar

    Nov 26, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

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    Troy Renck of the Denver Post expects the Rockies to go after Carl Pavano.  If that doesn’t pan out, he thinks Plan B will be Gavin Floyd, Scott Kazmir or Kevin Millwood. Arms race in the NL West?  Everyone just watched the Giants win it with pitching. The Dodgers, with today’s signing of Jon Garland,…

  11. Jeter’s agent: the $150 million demand is “simply inaccurate”

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Tim Brown from Yahoo! and Marc Carig from the Star-Ledger both report that Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, is denying that Jeter is asking for $25 million a year over six years. Close: “The recently rumored terms of our contract extension are simply inaccurate.” I accept that. But what I want to know…

  12. Closers do nothing to help teams hold ninth inning leads

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    Some pretty startling stuff from Joe Posnanski today, who was snooping around in the stats, looking at what percentage of games teams win when they have ninth inning leads. He figured — as I would have — that due to bullpen specialization and the advent of the fireballing closer, teams held on to such leads…

  13. The Dodgers sign Jon Garland to a one year, $5 million deal with an option

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Jon Garland

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a contract with Jon Garland.  It’s a one year deal for $5 million with $3 million in potential bonuses and a vesting option for a second year if he reaches 190 innings. Given Garland’s durability, he’s probably a safe bet to reach…

  14. What does winning negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka mean for the Twins?

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Earlier this month, when the Twins announced plans to increase their payroll even further next year after blowing away the previous franchise record with more than $100 million in salaries this year, I wrote that “getting into the $115 million range would complete the transition from small-payroll team to large-payroll team” and “maintaining a top-10…

  15. Can Tampa Bay support the Rays?

    Nov 26, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

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    The Tampa Tribune commissioned a study to determine whether the Rays attendance problem (i.e. they win and people still don’t show) is fixable.  There isn’t an ultimate conclusion — like so many things the journey is better than the destination — but the upshot is that it’s not just a function of the economy or…

  16. If you can’t trust Delino DeShields, who can you trust?

    Nov 26, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Delino Deshields

    Another slow day, as all the agents and players and front office people and reporters are apparently out fighting to get cheap toasters and stuff out in that retail hellscape. People: shop online. Really. Anyway, to pass some time, you should read this really interesting article by Elizabeth Merrill and Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com. …

  17. Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez taking some lumps down in winter ball

    Nov 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Of course, I guess that depends on what you consider to be a “prospect.” Daniel Murphy is experiencing leg fatigue down in the Dominican Winter League and he won’t return to the lineup until Tuesday, taking five days off.  He’s actually hitting pretty darn well down there and playing second base regularly, so I’m not…

  18. Twins win bidding for negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    No official announcement has been made yet by the Chiba Lotte Marines, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms Christensen’s report and quotes a source estimating that the Twins’ winning bid…

  19. The “Jeter wants $150 million” walkback has begun

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    That didn’t take long: Jim Baumbach of Newsday is walking back the notion that Jeter really asked for $150 million. He tweets: Person familiar with Yankees-Jeter negotiations says Jeter camp is not asking for reported $150 million over six years. It’s less than that. He didn’t say if it’s less money or fewer years or…

  20. Kaz Matsui returns to Japan as teams wait to hear results of Tsuyoshi Nishioka bidding

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

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    After seven seasons in the majors Kazuo Matsui has returned to Japan by signing with the Rakuten Eagles, which is interesting timing as the baseball world waits to see which team won the bidding for negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka is a speedy, switch-hitting middle infielder who won a batting title in…

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