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  1. Call me crazy, but I would offer more than $800K for Manny Ramirez

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was asked about the possibility of the team going after Manny Ramirez the other day.  Specifically, he was asked about Ramirez’s reputation as a pain in the butt.  Anthopoulos’ response: “You have to weigh each case by itself. If it’s the right player, the right fit, the right talent at…

  2. $50 million deal looks worse with news Tigers will use Victor Martinez mostly at DH

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    victor-martinez-catching

    From the Tigers’ point of view I liked signing Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million deal last week. Initially, at least. My assumption at the time was that they would use Martinez as their primary catcher for as long as he was somewhat passable behind the plate, getting an elite-hitting backstop for the first…

  3. The Pirates release Dinesh Patel

    Nov 26, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Dinesh Patel

    Remember the two Indian players signed by the Pirates after they won that reality show?  Well, now there’s only one who can call himself a Pirate: Dinesh Patel has been released. Patel pitched sparingly in the Gulf Coast League over the past two summers. The results: 13.2 innings of relief work in which he gave…

  4. The Nats are “enthusiastic” about signing Carlos Pena

    Nov 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Pena

    Buster Olney reports that the Washington Nationals are “enthusiastic” about their chances of signing free agent first baseman Carlos Pena. Interesting choice of words in that I don’t think as signing of Pena would bring much enthusiasm to Nats fans.  Sure, he’s a more productive hitter than his [gulp] .196 average would suggest, but that’s…

  5. Madness: Derek Jeter wants six years, $150 million

    Nov 26, 2010, 7:12 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    That according to Bill Madden of the Daily News. It was at least his starting point, and even if he has come down in terms of length — which is a possibility — Madden says that Jeter is still insisting on a $25 million per year deal.  Madden credits that to “sources close to the…

  6. Chiba Lotte chooses highest bid on Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 25, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

    nishioka big

    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Chiba Lotte Marines announced Friday (Japan time) that an MLB club has won exclusive negotiating rights with shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Chiba Lotte simply accepted the highest bid.  But they won’t announce that highest-bidding team until “a later date.” Nishioka won the batting title in Nippon Professional…

  7. Dodgers likely to non-tender reliever George Sherrill

    Nov 25, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

    sherill in dodgers uni

    Southpaw reliever George Sherrill held left-handed hitters to a .192/.286/.288 batting line in 2010, but an overexposure to righties left him with a 6.69 overall ERA and 1.93 overall WHIP in 65 total relief appearances. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Dodgers are unlikely to…

  8. Giving Thanks: The National League West

    Nov 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Redneck Thanksgiving

    Our final installment. When this is done I’m gonna steal the pie that’s cooling in the kitchen, take it and my laptop to a locked room upstairs someplace and try to ride the rest of this holiday out with sloth and funny You Tube videos. It’s the only way to make it through, really. What…

  9. Giving Thanks: The National League Central

    Nov 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    WKRP Turkey Drop

    We’re getting dangerously low on liquor in the Calcaterra house. And my family won’t even be over here for several hours yet.  This could be a problem. More of what each team has to be thankful for: Cincinnati Reds: Whatever spirits came to Dusty Baker in the middle of the night last Christmas Eve and…

  10. Giving Thanks: The National League East

    Nov 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

    ABC#00841

    Admit it: you’d rather read this stuff than watch the Lions or the Cowboys today, right? I mean, they’re awful. Anyway: that for which teams and their fans should give thanks on this most gluttonous of days: Philadelphia Phillies: Finding the Blue Jays and the Astros when they were in a transition period. Really, if…

  11. Chiba Lotte Marines to announce winning bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka on Friday

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:48 AM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    According to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker the Chiba Lotte Marines have received at least one acceptable bid for infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka and have scheduled a press conference for Friday to announce the winning MLB team. Seattle, San Francisco, Boston, and San Diego are among the teams said to be interested in Nishioka, but various…

  12. Giving Thanks: The American League West

    Nov 25, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Ice Storm Thanksgiving

    We continue our look at what each team — and their fans — have to be thankful for this winter: Texas Rangers: For the fates, good karma or whatever the hell it was that allowed this team to weather their manager’s cocaine revelations and a steel cage match of a team sale and bankruptcy without…

  13. Giving Thanks: The American League Central

    Nov 25, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    Rockwell Thanksgiving

    We continue our look at what each team — or their fans — have to be thankful for this winter. Minnesota Twins: Their division foes. While they broke even against the Tigers, they were 38-16 against the White Sox, Indians, and Royals. They can also be thankful for a serious of silly occurrences which took…

  14. Giving Thanks: The American League East

    Nov 25, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

    Thanksgiving

    I don’t have a ton of Thanksgiving traditions, but there are a few: I tend to start drinking right around the time the Macy’s Parade ends. I force myself to watch part of the Detroit Lions game because it almost, but not quite, reminds that there was a time in my life when I cared…

  15. Justin Morneau finally cleared to resume workouts

    Nov 24, 2010, 8:31 PM EDT

    Justin Morneau

    Twins first baseman Justin Morneau suffered a concussion on a slide into second base up in Toronto this past season and never returned to the playing field. He could barely even work out because of headaches related to the concussion and wound up missing a total of 78 regular season games and then the ALCS.…

  16. D’Backs acquire Zach Duke from Pirates for a PTBNL

    Nov 24, 2010, 7:19 PM EDT

    zach duke throwing

    From Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com comes word that the Diamondbacks have acquired left-hander Zach Duke from the Pirates for a player to be named later. Duke had a bit of major league success in 2005 as a 22-year-old, posting a 1.81 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 84.2 innings.  But he really hasn’t been effective since…

  17. Vlad Guerrero wins yet another award he did not deserve

    Nov 24, 2010, 5:09 PM EDT

    World Series Rangers Giants Baseball

    Vlad Guerrero has won the Edgar Martinez Award, which is given to the league’s best DH.  As Aaron pointed out back when Silver Sluggers were announced, Vlad had no business winning any awards that purport to honor the best DH. By all rights, David Ortiz deserved it. Aaron established that pretty conclusively. Of course, Ortiz…

  18. From the police blotter

    Nov 24, 2010, 4:24 PM EDT

    Dragnet

    A man in the New York area was arrested to allegedly taking a ton of money from people in exchange for providing baseball instruction. He did not, however, provide any baseball instruction, resulting in an awful fraud. Yeah, I was as surprised as you were when I read that it wasn’t a story about Jerry…

  19. 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,…

  20. 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…

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