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  1. UPDATE: There’s nothing to the Rangers-Andy Pettitte story

    Nov 30, 2010, 5:41 AM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    UPDATE: Call off the Pettitte-to-Texas party. Jeff Wilson at the Star-Telegram spoke with Nolan Ryan late last night and said that there is no truth to the report that the Rangers are interested in Andy Pettitte. To the extent Pettitte and Nolan Ryan talked, it was to exchange pleasantries, and to the extent Pettitte talked…

  2. The New York Times continues its assault on Scott Boras

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:20 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Earlier today Keith Law posted his analysis of the relevant MLBPA rules regarding agents making loans to players and found nothing that would appear to make the loan Scott Boras made to Braves’ prospect Edward Salcedo improper.  This followed Scott Boras’ explanation of the loan and rather convincing (in my view) denial that anything improper…

  3. UPDATE: Rockies close to three-year deal with Jorge De La Rosa

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

    de-la-rosa-in-black

    UPDATE: According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, De La Rosa will receive $32-33 million from the Rockies, essentially matching the three-year contract Ted Lilly got with the Dodgers. 11:07 PM: It’s a busy evening for the Rockies. Not only are they about to lock up their star shortstop, but they are close to retaining a…

  4. UPDATE: Rockies close to ten-year extension with Troy Tulowitzki

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:35 PM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    UPDATE: Final word on this for the night. Tracy Ringolsby hears that Tulowitzki will receive $157.75 million over the length of the contract. This includes $23.75 million for the final three guaranteed years remaining on his current deal, his $15 million option for 2014 and $119 million for six new years. 10:35 PM: According to…

  5. UPDATE: Mets close to signing Chris Young

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

    Chris Young throwing

    UPDATE: Not so fast. According to Steve Popper of the Bergen Record, a baseball executive says the Mets and Chris Young are not close to an agreement yet. The two sides are said to be talking, though. 8:01 PM: Buster Olney of ESPN.com hears that the Mets are closing in on a contract with free…

  6. Remembering those left off the ballot

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:20 PM EDT

    ugueth urbina

    Craig did his thing, running down the first-timers included on this year’s Hall of Fame ballot. But how about those players left off. That’s always the first thing I look at when the ballot comes out. So let’s take a trip down memory lane with those not worthy of being included with possible immortals like…

  7. The Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent

    Nov 29, 2010, 7:00 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You knew this was coming. According to Brian Costa of the Wall Street Journal, the Giants have been in contact with Derek Jeter’s agent Casey Close. Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle speculated earlier this month that the Giants would likely keep an eye on the negotiations — remember, general manager Brian Sabean was…

  8. Russell Martin’s agent hasn’t heard from the Dodgers in about a week

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:36 PM EDT

    Russell Martin dodgers

    That’s the word from Russell Martin’s agent Matt Colleran, who tells Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that he and the Dodgers have exchanged “general ideas” about a potential deal before Thursday’s non-tender deadline, but that the club has not presented his client with a formal offer. “If any offer is made to us,…

  9. Rangers sign Yorvit Torrealba to two-year, $6.25 million deal

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:42 PM EDT

    Torrealba dropping popup

    According to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram the Rangers have signed catcher Yorvit Torrealba to a two-year, $6.25 million contract, which almost surely means Bengie Molina won’t be back in Texas. Torrealba is five years younger than Molina and represents an upgrade offensively. Over the past two seasons Torrealba has hit .279 with…

  10. Must-click link: Kevin Correia, coping with his brother’s death

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:34 PM EDT

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    Last May, Padres starter Kevin Correia lost his 21-year-old brother in a hiking accident. As far as you and I were concerned, that meant he missed a few starts on the bereavement list and we likely didn’t think much else about it because that’s how these things go.  Obviously, however, this was Earth-shattering for Correia.…

  11. Fay Vincent has a (severely flawed) idea about how to compensate players

    Nov 29, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    Texas Rangers

    Former baseball commissioner Fay Vincent has a column in today’s Wall Street Journal in which, after noting how businessmen and actors get an equity stake or points on the gross in their deals, why baseball players can’t do the same thing and take an ownership interest in the team: Mr. Pujols will in all likelihood…

  12. Former top prospect Andy LaRoche unclaimed on waivers

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Andy LaRoche

    Not so long ago Andy LaRoche was considered one of the elite prospects in baseball. He ranked among Baseball America‘s top 20 in both 2006 and 2007, placed in BA‘s top 100 for two other years as well, and was arguably the centerpiece of the package Pittsburgh received when trading Jason Bay in mid-2008. Last…

  13. Quote of the Day: Ozzie Guillen on Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Jenks

    Ozzie is obviously happy for his former shortstop. But be careful of the feelings of others, Ozzie.

  14. Carl Crawford’s agents are sending teams iPads

    Nov 29, 2010, 4:04 PM EDT

    iPad

    Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times reports that Carl Crawford’s agents are sending iPads with pro-Crawford videos, preloaded, all the better to covet their client with. A couple of thoughts: 1. If there’s a team that can’t adequately assess Carl Crawford’s abilities without the aid of a pre-loaded iPad, they’re so dim that Crawford’s…

  15. Hall of Famer Bob Feller hospitalized for pneumonia

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    feller

    Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller has been hospitalized with pneumonia stemming from complications following his treatment for leukemia. Feller, who turned 92 years old this month, has dealt with multiple health problems recently, but “is said to be getting stronger” according to Anthony Castrovince of MLB.com. Here’s more from Castrovince: It has been a…

  16. The Boras-Salcedo loan didn’t even violate MLBPA rules

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Boras sulking

    Last week we spent a lot of time talking about the loan Scott Boras gave to his client, Edward Salcedo. You’ll recall that the New York Times portrayed it as something nefarious. Boras’ subsequent comments about it, however, combined with some of my own deduction, lead me to believe that there was nothing really wrong…

  17. Eric Hinske deciding between Braves and Brewers

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:15 PM EDT

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske was hoping to land a two-year deal after playing for six different teams during the past five seasons, but instead Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that he’s deciding between one-year offers from the Braves and Brewers. Hinske fared well as a part-time player for the Braves this season, hitting .256/.338/.456 with 11 homers…

  18. Assessing the first time Hall of Fame candidates

    Nov 29, 2010, 3:02 PM EDT

    Julio Franco

    John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle has his Hall of Fame ballot, and he tweeted the first time eligibles who are on it. Here they are with my insta-take: Carlos Baerga:  There were about six months in the mid-90s when people thought he was a mortal lock. Of course, back then people thought Pamela…

  19. Declining fastball velocity makes Javier Vazquez no sure thing to bounce back in Florida

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:16 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez

    Javier Vazquez signing a one-year, $7 million deal with the Marlins has seemingly everyone assuming that he’ll fare well going back to the NL and away from New York, and admittedly that was my first thought as well. After all, Vazquez has a 4.02 ERA in eight career seasons in the NL, compared to 4.65…

  20. Meanwhile, the Mariano Rivera negotiations go smoothly

    Nov 29, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Rivera delivers a pitch against the Orioles in the ninth inning of their MLB American League baseball game in Baltimore

    In contrast to the Derek Jeter fiasco, Mariano Rivera’s negotiations with the Yankees are reported to be going smoothly.  “Night and day,” a source tells ESPN New York’s Andrew Marchand. Rivera is expected to get $16 or $17 million a year. He wants two years, but it could be done with one year and a…

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