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  1. There will be a ton of arbitration-avoiding deals today

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

    Handshake

    Today is the deadline for teams and players to submit their arbitration figures.  This is important because once figures are submitted, negotiating positions tend to harden, what with each side saying exactly what they want. As a result, there will be a lot of deals today involving arbitration-eligible players seeking to avoid submitting figures. We’ll…

  2. Stephen Strasburg: Public Administration Scholar

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story up today about Stephen Strasburg and his rehab. Strasburg is working out, writing in his journal, staying positive and … going to college: He’s resisted video games. In an effort to work toward a degree, he took two public administration classes at San Diego State. SDSU,…

  3. Heath Bell signs for $7.5 million in final season of arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:16 AM EDT

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    With one season remaining until he can become a free agent, Heath Bell and the Padres have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Bell, who made $1.255 million in his first season of arbitration and $4 million last year in his second season of eligibility, has said he’d like to sign…

  4. That Lenny Dykstra-Monica Foster thing isn’t getting any prettier

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

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    You recall that business with Lenny Dykstra, an escort named Monica Foster and the bounced check?  Well, Radar Online caught up with Dykstra and asked him about it (note: some ads there may be a bit racy for conservative workplaces, but it’s SFW as far as I can tell). Dykstra’s comments were, well, rather colorful: “F***…

  5. The Mets sign Chris Young

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:17 AM EDT

    Chris Young

    They were “closing in on a deal” late yesterday afternoon, but now the deal is reportedly done: Chris Young has agreed to a deal with the Mets. The deal is pending a physical, which is pretty key here given Young’s shoulder troubles last season. Young is worth a gamble as long as he’s not pricey, which…

  6. The Yankees are checking out Kevin Millwood

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:53 AM EDT

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    Andruw Jones and Kevin Millwood, huh? Apparently “key players from the team you beat in the World Series 12 years ago” is the new inefficiency! The Yankees among the teams looking at Kevin Millwood as a back-end starter and have also looked at Freddy Garcia. We talked about Garcia yesterday. Millwood got lit up like a Christmas…

  7. Greenies weren’t bad, OK? I mean, it’s not like kids were doing them. Probably.

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EDT

    Nancy Reagan Different strokes

    And now, on a very special episode of HardballTalk, Kimberly totally ignores our First Lady and dies of an overdose 15 years later.

  8. So apparently Hall of Fame voters have a “sacred responsibility” to keep the place “clean and pure”

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EDT

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    Jim Reeves of ESPN Dallas would like to let you know how important his Hall of Fame vote is: Judge and jury? Moral compasses? Gatekeepers? Yeah, maybe so, because that’s the responsibility we accept when we qualify to become a Hall of Fame voter. Because of the steroids issue, it’s a responsibility that has become…

  9. Strasburg to begin throwing in 2-3 weeks, but long rehab ahead

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:19 AM EDT

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    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post caught up with Washington Nationals phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and has some information on how the right-hander has been handling his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, how he has been spending his time this offseason, and his prospects for returning to action. There are some good nuggets, so check…

  10. Russell Martin blames ‘distractions’ for his poor play

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:54 AM EDT

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    Russell Martin has a good explanation for why he isn’t any good anymore, and it’s not going to be very comforting to Dodgers fans. Martin, a two-time All-Star catcher who signed a one-year, $4 million deal with New York Yankees this offseason, told Canada’s National Post that, more or less, he just hasn’t been trying…

  11. Marlins agree to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EDT

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    The Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica tonight, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nunez will make $3.65 million plus performance bonuses based on games finished. Nunez earned $2 million last season while posting…

  12. Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 9:32 PM EDT

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    The Indians and Asdrubal Cabrera avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year contract. The Associated Press reports that the deal is worth $2.025 million. Cabrera was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 25-year-old shortstop batted .276/.326/.346 with three home runs, 29 RBI, a .673 OPS and six stolen bases in 425 plate…

  13. Report: Dodgers reach agreement with Marcus Thames

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:49 PM EDT

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    According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the Dodgers have reached an agreement on a contract with Marcus Thames. No word on the specific terms involved, but the deal could be finalized by as soon as tomorrow. Thames, who turns 34 in March, batted .288/.350/.491 with 12 home runs, 33 RBI and .841…

  14. Details of Brandon Webb’s contract with the Rangers

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:02 PM EDT

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    Brandon Webb signed an incentive-laden one-year contract with the Rangers earlier this month that will guarantee him $3 million, but now we have learned the some of the details. Via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: He gets $150,000 when he reaches 100 innings. He will $150,000 more for 110 and 120 innings pitched. His bonus goes…

  15. Rays, B.J. Upton avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 PM EDT

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    The Rays and B.J. Upton avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year contract worth $4.825 million, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times. The Tampa Tribune reports that he could make an additional $25,000 based on plate appearances. The 26-year-old Upton earned $3 million in 2010 after losing an arbitration hearing in…

  16. The stars came out to salute the scouts

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Ian Ziering

    I didn’t realize they did this, but this went down over the weekend: The Baseball Scouts Foundation held its annual “In the Spirit of the Game” fundraiser gala. Stars from baseball and Hollywood teamed up to raise money for the foundation, which exists to help baseball scouts in need of financial help. That’s pretty awesome.…

  17. Yankees, Orioles interested in Freddy Garcia

    Jan 17, 2011, 5:12 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees and the Orioles are sniffin’ around Freddy Garcia. Or, I should say, sniffin’ around again. Heyman reported last month that multiple teams including the Yankees had requested his medical records.  At the time I opined that Garcia is not a guy who is going to make a difference for a…

  18. Mets “closing in on a deal” with rehabbing starter Chris Young

    Jan 17, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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    According to Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com the Mets are “closing in on a deal” with right-hander Chris Young, who missed most of last season with a shoulder injury. New York has been linked to Young throughout the offseason as new general manager Sandy Alderson and company targeted him as a worthwhile reclamation project who could…

  19. Jon Rauch signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:58 PM EDT

    MLB: Rangers vs Twins AUG 30

    Toronto has signed reliever Jon Rauch to a one-year, $3.5 million contract with a $3.75 million option for 2012. Rauch had a decent year last year, pressed into service as the Twins’ closer when Joe Nathan had Tommy John surgery. He had a 3.12 ERA and 46 strikeouts and 14 walks in 57.2 innings and…

  20. Rockies, Matt Lindstrom avoid arbitration with two-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

    Cincinnati Reds v Houston Astros

    After acquiring Matt Lindstrom from the Astros last month the Rockies have avoided arbitration with the right-hander by signing him to a two-year deal with a team option for 2013. The contract buys out Lindstrom’s final two seasons of arbitration eligibility while giving the Rockies an option on his first year of free agency. Troy…

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