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

    Jan 17, 2011, 4:44 PM EST

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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…

  2. Jon Rauch signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:58 PM EST

    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…

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

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:39 PM EST

    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…

  4. The Cards and Albert Pujols are reportedly far apart

    Jan 17, 2011, 3:19 PM EST

    Albert Pujols

    After giving the caveat that neither the Cards nor the Pujols camp are talking much about their ongoing negotiations, Jon Heyman reports that the sense around the game is that there’s some pretty substantial distance between the parties right now: While neither side is talking publicly, early word is that Pujols has used A-Rod’s contract,…

  5. Jason Giambi returns to Rockies on a minor league contract

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    Jason Giambi, Yorvit Torrealba

    After a season-and-a-half as a bench player in Colorado the assumption was that Jason Giambi would go elsewhere this offseason in search of more playing time, but today he re-signed with the Rockies on a minor-league contract. Last winter Giambi got a guaranteed deal worth $1.75 million, but this time around he won’t have a…

  6. The Cubs trade Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals

    Jan 17, 2011, 2:33 PM EST

    Tom Gorzelanny

    Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago reports that the Cubs have traded Tom Gorzelanny to the Nationals for three minor leaguers. The lefty Gorzelanny was 7-9 with a 4.09 ERA in 29 appearances, 23 of which were starts last season.  But now that the Cubs have Matt Garza in the fold to go along with Ryan Dempster, Carlos Zambrano,…

  7. Is Cal Ripken going to buy the Orioles one day?

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Cal Ripken

    This is a couple of steps farther down the grapevine than even I’m used to relaying, but my friend Rex Snider at WNST in Baltimore passes along some interesting gossip: According to celeb-O’s fan, Roy Firestone, he received some possible inside information that indicated Peter Angelos might be readying the Orioles for a sale to…

  8. Nationals sign Alex Cora to a minor league contract

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:50 PM EST

    Alex Cora

    Last week the Nationals were said to be targeting Jerry Hairston Jr. as their utility man replacement for Willie Harris, who signed a minor-league deal with the Mets. However, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com they turned their attention to Alex Cora because “some in the organization believe [Hairston's] asking price would be too steep” and…

  9. The Yankees are nearing a deal with Andruw Jones

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:32 PM EST

    White Sox Jones hits homerun against Twins in Minneapolis

    Yahoo!’s Tim Brown tweets that the Yankees are nearing a one-year deal with Andruw Jones.  This after a weekend of reports that had the Yankees interested at one turn and balking at the next. Could go either way, really, but there’s a feeling of two steps forward, one step back to all of this, and…

  10. Pablo Sandoval’s dieting tips

    Jan 17, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

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    After eating his way out of a starting job last season Pablo Sandoval has shed 20-30 pounds this winter, posting a picture of his slimmed-down self over the weekend that shows him looking like a new man. That led to a bunch of his Twitter followers asking Sandoval how he lost the weight, so he…

  11. Grady Sizemore is hoping to be ready by Opening Day

    Jan 17, 2011, 11:39 AM EST

    Grady Sizemore

    Indians’ center fielder Grady Sizemore had microfracture surgery last June and lost the season. The hope at the time was that he’d be ready for spring training. Buster Olney caught up with Sizemore and writes about it in today’s column.  Sizemore is just now starting to hit off a tee and easing into running.  The…

  12. Jose Veras chooses Pirates over Giants, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Rays

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:44 AM EST

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    Reportedly offered minor-league contracts by as many as a half-dozen teams last week, reliever Jose Veras has signed with the Pirates, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes. Veras chose the Pirates over the Giants, Rockies, Twins, Marlins, and Rays, with Rojas reporting that the right-hander will receive a base salary of $1 million if…

  13. UPDATE: The Manny Ramirez-Angels thing is bogus

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:34 AM EST

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

    UPDATE: Well, that lasted three minutes. Apparently the Manny-Angels thing was bogus.  Didn’t see Bill Shaikin’s tweet on it last night.  Attention Toronto Star: update your story. Thanks! 10:31: I try to stay 100% on top of everything that’s going on, but sometimes things fall through the cracks.  But usually this kind of thing doesn’t.…

  14. The A’s sign Brian Fuentes

    Jan 17, 2011, 9:28 AM EST

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    Brian Fuentes has agreed to a two-year deal with Oakland. Fuentes posted a 2.81 ERA and 47/20 K/BB ratio over 48 innings between the Angels and Twins last season, and he absolutely kills lefties. Of course he’s more than a lefty-specialist, having worked as a closer since 2005. We’ve heard a lot about great the back…

  15. Adam Jones avoids arbitration: one year, $3.25 million

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    Adam Jones

    Sometimes the headline says it all, huh?  Jones made $465,000 last year, so he’s probably having his second best morning in some time today. Jones hit .284/.325/.442 with 19 homers last year, his third full year in the bigs.  His second half was better than his first, mostly due to improved plate discipline. I wonder if…

  16. Attention my minions, as I make a brief digression about blogging

    Jan 17, 2011, 8:32 AM EST

    Minions

    This is not about baseball. It’s about blogging. Those of you not interested in the meta-stuff, feel free to stay on break a little while longer. We’ll call you back when we get back to work. This post from Michael Arrington at TechCrunch is from last September, but it was just brought to my attention…

  17. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Jan 17, 2011, 6:24 AM EST

    Divisional Playoffs - New York Jets v New England Patriots

    Things you missed while either (a) watching the NFL; or (b) taking care of the house and kids while your wife was out of commission with the flu. Guess which one was me!

  18. Cardinals won’t make Matt Holliday switch positions

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:38 AM EST

    Matt Holliday

    The St. Louis Cardinals will not be moving Matt Holliday to right field to make room for Lance Berkman, manager Tony La Russa said on Sunday. La Russa’s statement came at a press conference shortly after Holliday stated publically he would like to know if he would be switching from left to right field for…

  19. Oddly, Cubs owner has ‘growing confidence’ in Jim Hendry

    Jan 17, 2011, 1:24 AM EST

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    For those of you Cubs fans out there who would like to see general manager Jim Hendry (pictured) sent to work on a goat farm somewhere … I’m sorry but it’s not going to happen. The “Cubs Convention” was this weekend, and a fan asked Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts “How does Jim Hendry still have a…

  20. The Cardinals are probably going to sign Albert Pujols, but it won’t be easy and it won’t all be positive…

    Jan 16, 2011, 5:50 PM EST

    St Louis Cardinals v Pittsburgh Pirates

    As the resident Cardinals supporter on this here blog, I feel it is my responsibility to riff a little on the Albert Pujols extension stuff. It was reported Saturday that Pujols and his agent want talks to cease once spring training begins and Albert confirmed that deadline while speaking with the media Sunday in what…

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