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  1. Hall of Fame projection has Blyleven and Alomar getting in

    Jan 3, 2011, 11:17 AM EDT

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    Chris Jaffe of the Hardball Times does an annual column projecting the Hall of Fame voting based on previous results and he’s had some remarkably accurate predictions in the past. After crunching the numbers this time around Jaffe projects that Roberto Alomar will get in easily with around 87 percent of the vote and Bert…

  2. Jim Thome wants his next contract to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season”

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Many people in Minnesota have been assuming that Jim Thome re-signing with the Twins was only a matter of time, but LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Thome wants to “make up for what he didn’t earn last season.” It’s tough to blame Thome, because he was certainly worth far…

  3. You could buy official jerseys in 1919. Cool. I think.

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT

    Babe Ruth Red Sox

    I remember trying to get an official game-quality Tigers jersey back in 1983 or 1984. Even in Michigan it was a pain. My folks couldn’t find one anywhere in Flint. Just a bunch of cheapo-knockoffs with iron-on quality lettering and stuff.  The options were mail-order or to drive 60 miles to one of a handful…

  4. Alfredo Simon has turned himself in

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:33 AM EDT

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    A reader passes along this Spanish-language tweet reporting that Orioles’ reliever Alfredo Simon has turned himself in to the police. My Spanish is terrible, but I think the entirety of that tweet says he’ll be transferred for interrogation and that he has pleaded not guilty. This is apparently a pic of Simon with the police…

  5. Cole Hamels is not sweating his contract at the moment

    Jan 3, 2011, 9:06 AM EDT

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    Cole Hamels’ Hamels’ contract expires after 2011, with an added year of arbitration eligibility for 2012. I suspect that some people are going to get antsy about that soon, wondering if grabbing Cliff Lee and Roy Oswalt is going to cost the Phillies the chance to lock up the one pitcher of that crowd who might…

  6. Some baseball writers believe they are the morality police

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:25 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    In the course of Michael S. Schmidt’s recent column on Jeff Bagwell, Ross Newhan, the retired Los Angeles Times writer and still-current Hall of Fame voter, describes what he sees as the role of the electorate: “Somebody said we are not the morality police, but yet I think we are. If we aren’t, who is?…

  7. Carl Pavano could sign this week

    Jan 3, 2011, 6:05 AM EDT

    Carl Pavano

    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says that Carl Pavano may make a decision this week between the Twins and the Nationals.  There had been some previous chatter of Texas and possibly Seattle being interested, but there’s no mention of them in this latest report. As Aaron noted last week, Pavano wants a three-year deal, and…

  8. Rangers “still talking” to free agent Adrian Beltre

    Jan 2, 2011, 4:16 PM EDT

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    A report on a Dominican Republic-based website this morning had the Rangers and Adrian Beltre agreeing to a six-year, $96 million contract.  That was later found to be incorrect by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, but the Rangers are indeed talking to the free agent third baseman, according to FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi,…

  9. New details emerge in the Alfredo Simon shooting case

    Jan 2, 2011, 1:22 PM EDT

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    The bilingual Nick Collias, who translates articles for our friends over at MLB Trade Rumors, has been digging through Spanish language publications in the Dominican Republic this morning for more details on the Alfredo Simon shooting incident. He was kind enough to pass along some of the information that has not yet been reported state-side.…

  10. O’s Alfredo Simon suspected of murder in Dominican

    Jan 2, 2011, 11:08 AM EDT

    Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitches against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    UPDATE: More details HERE. 11:08 AM: Orioles relief pitcher Alfredo Simon may be in serious trouble back in his native country. According to the Associated Press, he is the “main suspect” in the fatal shooting of a man down in the Dominican Republic. The AP says that Simon, 29, is believed to have shot and…

  11. Crawford thanks Rays fans with half-page newspaper ad

    Jan 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    The act has become a little too predictable — and maybe even expected — but it’s still pretty cool. Carl Crawford took out a half-page ad in the Sunday edition of the St. Petersburg Times to thank Rays fans and the Tampa Bay community for their “support over the years.” Crawford also bought lunch for…

  12. White Sox have some interest in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 2, 2011, 8:42 AM EDT

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    It’s amazing how quiet the market has been this winter for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.  He was one of the best bullpen pitchers in all of baseball last year with a 1.73 ERA and 0.80 WHIP across 64 appearances. His 45 saves in 48 chances led all American League closers and he struck out…

  13. Jeff Bagwell isn’t getting into the Hall of Fame anytime soon

    Jan 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EDT

    Bagwell

    The fine baseball writing gentlemen of the Chicago Tribune published their Hall of Fame ballots Saturday, and what a job they did. All seven of the voters agreed that Roberto Alomar was a Hall of Famer, yet not a one picked Jeff Bagwell. And what’s especially brilliant is not a one would admit docking him…

  14. Matt Thornton didn’t appreciate Oney Guillen’s tweets

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Thornton Guillen

    During an appearance on ESPN 1000 in Chicago earlier today, Matt Thornton criticized Ozzie Guillen’s son Oney for his recent tweets regarding former closer Bobby Jenks. “What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that’s crossing a pretty big line in my personal opinion. That’s something that’s gotta be addressed quickly and taken care…

  15. Carlos Guillen “more and more likely” to be ready for Opening Day

    Jan 1, 2011, 3:07 PM EDT

    Carlos Guillen knee

    As you may recall, Carlos Guillen underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last September due to an injury suffered on a takeout slide by Brett Gardner last August. There isn’t much of a track record as far as microfracture success stories in MLB, but it sounds as though Guillen is making good progress thus…

  16. Chien-Ming Wang vows to return by May

    Jan 1, 2011, 12:42 PM EDT

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    We’re used to hearing your typical New Year’s resolutions. Work out more. Quit smoking. Read more HardballTalk. You know, that kind of thing. But for Chien-Ming Wang, the goal is simple. He wants to pitch in the majors this upcoming season. According to a report in the China Post, Wang said at a charity drive…

  17. Rockies will not confirm reports of extension for Carlos Gonzalez

    Jan 1, 2011, 10:31 AM EDT

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional is reporting that Carlos Gonzalez is about to a sign a multi-year contract extension with the Rockies worth somewhere around “$78 or 80 million.” Meanwhile, the Rockies aren’t saying much. Harding reached a club official who would only say that there has been an offer…

  18. Report: Derrek Lee could make $10 million with Orioles

    Jan 1, 2011, 8:54 AM EDT

    Derrek Lee with Braves

    We heard yesterday that the Orioles agreed to terms with Derrek Lee on a one-year contract. Now we’re learning some of the potential details. While Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the contract is expected to be worth $8 million, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the deal includes incentives and could…

  19. Nationals reportedly offer Adam LaRoche two-year deal

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:45 PM EDT

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    The Baltimore Orioles grew tired of waiting on Adam LaRoche, and so they agreed to a deal on Friday with Derek Lee. The Washington Nationals, who lost Adam Dunn to free agency, were interested in signing Lee as well. So after losing out to the Orioles, the Nats naturally have turned their attention to LaRoche.…

  20. Have a happy new year, HBT Nation

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:27 PM EDT

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    The wife and I are taking the kids to a party soon.  Really: a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party with a couple other families. It runs from 6PM to 9PM and all the kids blow their noisemakers at 9.  I know it sounds lame to a lot of you, but we’ll still have fun. I…

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