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  1. FIU baseball player Garrett Wittels arrested and charged with rape in the Bahamas

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:39 PM EDT

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    Remember last summer when Florida International shortstop Garrett Wittels hit in 56 straight games? And remember how the streak is still alive because his team got eliminated from the NCAA tournament?  Yeah, well, he has other things on his mind at the moment: Florida International University baseball star Garrett Wittels and a group of friends were…

  2. Desmond Jennings no sure thing to replace Carl Crawford

    Dec 27, 2010, 2:10 PM EDT

    Desmond Jennings profile

    For the past year or so most people have assumed that the Rays would replace Carl Crawford in left field with top prospect Desmond Jennings, a 23-year-old speedster who’s drawn frequent comparisons to Crawford while coming up through the minors. However, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times “the most likely scenario” for…

  3. Great Moments in trash talking

    Dec 27, 2010, 1:44 PM EDT

    Red Sox fans

    The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen relished spending Christmas in New Jersey because he could use the time to taunt his Yankees-fan relatives: As the snow and the wind got worse, all the people from North Jersey who were supposed to come for dinner wimped out. They called to cancel. Of course, they cited the weather.…

  4. A man struggles with tobacco addiction. But it’s not what you think.

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:44 PM EDT

    T206

    I used to think that I had a baseball card problem.  I was a mere piker compared to Amar Shah, however, who shares his tale of collecting T206 tobacco cards over at ESPN.com today: A few weeks later came the T206 tipping point. Tejal was working all day and I had the entire day to…

  5. Carl Pavano is holding out for a three-year contract

    Dec 27, 2010, 12:17 PM EDT

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    Carl Pavano and his agent smartly let Cliff Lee sign before making their move, setting him up as the top free agent starter on the market. However, that took place two weeks ago and Pavano still hasn’t made a decision despite interest from multiple teams. Minnesota and Washington (and previously Milwaukee) have been linked to…

  6. Takashi Saito is near a one-year deal with the Brewers

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:42 AM EDT

    Saito

    NPB Tracker translates and tweets an article from Nikkan Sports reporting that the Milwaukee Brewers are nearing a one-year contract with Takashi Saito worth around $3 million, including incentives. Saito was solid for the Braves last season.  He has some reliability questions concerning his shoulder and, yeah, he’s 40. Still, he would be yet another nice…

  7. Brandon Webb’s one-year deal with Rangers worth $3 million plus incentives

    Dec 27, 2010, 11:16 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb dugout

    No official details yet on Brandon Webb’s one-year contract with the Rangers, but Buster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the deal is worth around $3 million in guaranteed money plus undisclosed incentives. Webb earned $6.5 million to make one start in 2009 and then the Diamondbacks picked up his $8.5 million option for 2010 only…

  8. Dis of the Day: Buster Olney on Manny Ramirez

    Dec 27, 2010, 10:44 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox designated hitter Manny Ramirez smiles in the dugout during their MLB game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim

    This isn’t a slam or anything. It’s actually a fair assessment on Buster Olney’s part. But it’s not exactly the sort of way we’re used to hearing guys like Manny Ramirez described: Heard this: The Yankees have no interest in signing Manny Ramirez … if the Yankees were comfortable with having a oft-injured, right-handed DH/OF type for…

  9. D-Backs “seem keen on giving Juan Miranda an opportunity”

    Dec 27, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Arizona has been relatively quiet on the first baseman front despite letting 2010 starter Adam LaRoche walk as a free agent, and Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic writes that the Diamondbacks seem likely to give minor-league veteran Juan Miranda a chance to claim the everyday job. Acquired from the Yankees for a mid-level prospect…

  10. If you suspect Jeff Bagwell of ‘roiding, why not suspect everyone?

    Dec 27, 2010, 9:50 AM EDT

    Jeff Bagwell

    My totally unscientific sense of things is that Jeff Bagwell is going to fall well short of the Hall of Fame in this his first year on the ballot. Peter Gammons suspects as much. And, after making the case of just how clear a Hall of Famer Bagwell is, has some pointed words for the…

  11. Twins > Vikings

    Dec 27, 2010, 8:48 AM EDT

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    I know it’s not their fault — and that this week it’s not even their city — but I find it somewhat hilarious that the Minnesota Vikings have now had three football games postponed by weather this year.  In contrast the Twins, who everyone thought were morons for building an open-air stadium, had (I think)…

  12. The Phillies sign J.C. Romero

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:06 AM EDT

    Romero

    Earlier this month the Phillies reached an agreement with Dennys Reyes. It fell apart following Reyes’ physical, however, leaving the Phils in need of a lefty reliever. At the time J.C. Romero said he hoped it gave him a chance to stay in Philly. It did: the Phillies signed him to a one-year deal. Terms…

  13. Dotel is reportedly close to deal with Blue Jays

    Dec 27, 2010, 1:52 AM EDT

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    Octavio Dotel is close to reaching agreement on a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com. Rojas reports that the deal would be similar to last year’s contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which Dotel received $3.2 million plus another potential $500,000 in incentives. Dotel was 3-4 with a…

  14. Report: Rangers reach agreement with Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT

    webb on grass

    From Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse comes word that the Rangers have reached agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  The deal is only pending a physical. The Reds, Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Nationals all showed interest in the 31-year-old this winter, but he chose Texas in the end and should open…

  15. Reds identified as mystery team in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:09 PM EDT

    webb with towel

    More developments here in the hunt for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb. The NL Central “mystery” team that was mentioned earlier by ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark has been identified by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com as the Cincinnati Reds.  Rosenthal believes that Webb is now choosing between Texas and Cincinnati. The 31-year-old righty knows Reds pitching coach…

  16. Ron Santo, a man of great pride until the very end…

    Dec 26, 2010, 3:34 PM EDT

    Jose Cuevas

    Published late Christmas Eve, this inspiring story on Ron Santo’s passing from the Arlington Heights Daily Herald flew largely under the radar during the holiday weekend. Let’s bring it back to light. The obituaries will tell you that the Cubs legend passed away on December 2, but Santo’s immediate family knows the real truth. At…

  17. Cubs and Nationals no longer pursuing Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 1:12 PM EDT

    webb and wife

    The market for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb is finally starting to take shape.  Teams are moving in and teams are moving out as negotiations begin to turn serious. We told you earlier today that the Yankees are “monitoring” the 31-year-old starter.  According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Cubs and Nationals are not.  At…

  18. Braves, Uggla still moving toward long-term extension

    Dec 26, 2010, 12:38 PM EDT

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported two weeks ago that the Braves were nearing a five-year, $61 million extension with newly acquired infielder Dan Uggla. Cafardo has an update on the ongoing talks today in his info-packed Sunday notes column. The two sides have not yet reached an official agreement because Uggla’s camp is seeking…

  19. Yankees “monitoring” free agent righty Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 11:05 AM EDT

    Brandon Webb

    From George King III of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees are monitoring the negotiations surrounding free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  However, the Yanks “don’t appear to be in a hurry to do anything.” New York is still waiting on a decision from veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, who is weighing whether to…

  20. Hisashi Iwakuma re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:21 AM EDT

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they were unwilling to meet his lofty contract demands and the 29-year-old has now re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.  This according to Jason Coskrey of The Japan Times. Iwakuma turned in a quality 2.81 ERA…

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