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  1. Red Sox get free draft pick as Felipe Lopez declines arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:48 PM EDT

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    At first glance it seemed odd when the Red Sox signed Felipe Lopez for the final week of the season. They were no longer really in the playoff picture and he wouldn’t have been eligible for the postseason roster anyway. He appeared in just four games before becoming a free agent. So why did they…

  2. Reader Dissent: Derek Jeter edition

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:30 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter

    We’ve talked a lot about how, for Casey Close to get any leverage, he has to get another team in on the Derek Jeter bidding.  But there are other constituencies at his disposal. No, they’re not as strong as having a competing offer on the table, but there is a certain brand of Yankees fan…

  3. Orlando Hudson will decline arbitration as part of gentleman’s agreement with Twins

    Nov 30, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that Orlando Hudson will decline the Twins’ arbitration offer, which is expected following reports that the two sides reached a so-called gentleman’s agreement where Hudson would turn down the offer if the team made it. That allows the Twins to essentially get a free compensatory draft pick. There’s no real…

  4. Pedro Feliciano will decline the Mets’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:45 PM EDT

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    There was some speculation that Pedro Feliciano would accept the Mets’ arbitration offer and ensure himself at least $3 million in 2011, but his agent has informed the team that he’ll decline the offer. Given some of the contracts already handed out to relievers this offseason Feliciano should have little problem securing a multi-year deal,…

  5. Daniel Murphy has a pulled hamstring

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:33 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Remember last week’s story about how Mets possible second baseman Daniel Murphy had “leg fatigue.”  Yeah, turns out it’s really a pulled hamstring. Adam Rubin — who passed that along in his ESPN chat a few minutes ago — said that it was minor, but it’s still not great news.  Not for Murphy, who has…

  6. Quote of the Day: Why you HAVE to pay Jeter crazy money and give him more than three years

    Nov 30, 2010, 12:10 PM EDT

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    “Face of the Yankees” alert! “Yankee Brand” warning! “Jeter is awesome and A-Rod is evil!” advisory!

  7. Kevin Correia will turn down the Padres’ arbitration offer

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:49 AM EDT

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    Kevin Correia will turn down San Diego’s arbitration offer but is still interested in potentially re-signing with the Padres, according to agent Damon Lapa. Tonight is the deadline for free agents to accept or decline arbitration offers, and as a Type B free agent Correia will fetch the Padres a compensatory draft pick between the…

  8. Brian Cashman is going to rappel down the side of a building for some reason

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:37 AM EDT

    Brian Cashman

    Pop quiz, hot shot! What’s the best thing about Stamford, Connecticut’s “Heights and Lights” Christmas event this year? (a) that it will feature Yankees GM Brian Cashman rappelling down the side of a building as a “guest elf?” or (b) that it takes place on the building directly outside of NBC Sports.com’s headquarters, and that…

  9. Rays reportedly on the verge of trading Jason Bartlett

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:18 AM EDT

    Jason Bartlett

    An already underwhelming crop of free agent shortstops has seen Juan Uribe, Jhonny Peralta, and Tsuyoshi Nishioka come off the market and now it sounds like the Rays are ready to trade Jason Bartlett to one of the teams still looking to fill the position. Bartlett is coming off a sub par season and will…

  10. Help Rays fans say “thank you” to Carl Crawford

    Nov 30, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    Carl Crawford running

    Tampa Bay Rays fans are pretty clear-eyed about Carl Crawford leaving the team. It’s business. It happens. It makes no sense for the Rays to try and match big offers.  They’re happy that he was in town for so long and wish him well on his future endeavors that do not involve playing against the…

  11. Not done yet: Jamie Moyer to undergo elbow surgery at age 48

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

    Jamie Moyer throwing

    Jamie Moyer missed the final two months of the season with an elbow injury that he aggravated while pitching winter ball in the Dominican Republic earlier this month, which combined with his status as a free agent led many to assume that he’d be calling it a career at age 48. However, yesterday Moyer announced…

  12. The Diamondbacks will pull Upton off the market by the end of the Winter Meetings

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:33 AM EDT

    Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that he plans to know by the end of the Winter Meetings next week whether the club will keep Justin Upton. “There comes a point in time when we’ve kicked the tires, gone through the process and you finally say ‘We’re keeping him. We should…

  13. Aaron Heilman will decline arbitration, may give starting a try

    Nov 30, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Aaron Heilman is a Type B free agent and the Diamondbacks offered him arbitration, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Heilman will decline the offer and look to sign elsewhere after making $2.15 million in 2010. Rosenthal also notes that Heilman is “drawing interest as a starter” after being exclusively a reliever for the…

  14. The state of the Jeter negotiations

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:52 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    We haven’t had any new twists or turns in the Derek Jeter negotiations for, like, 18 hours, and frankly I’m starting to get the shakes. So, in the absence of anything happening at the moment, let us review how we got to where we are, figure out where things stand, and figure out where we’re…

  15. Today is the deadline for free agents to accept or reject arbitration

    Nov 30, 2010, 9:12 AM EDT

    Adam Dunn swinging

    Last week was the deadline for teams to offer arbitration to their free agents.  Today is the deadline for those so offered to accept or decline.  Some already have done so (guys like Trevor Hoffman) and others have already signed free agent deals, mooting the issue (Victor Martinez).  That leaves 12 type-A free agents and…

  16. Shaughnessy: The Red Sox should give Jeter $60 million

    Nov 30, 2010, 8:31 AM EDT

    dan shaughnessy

    Last week a few people had some fun on Twitter suggesting that the Red Sox — in the interests of promoting chaos — should make Jeter an offer. Pete Abraham mentioned it. I did. Some others too.  It was mildly chuckle-worthy during a slow week. Today, however, Dan Shaugnessy shows us that not every little…

  17. Can someone please explain the Troy Tulowitzki deal to me?

    Nov 30, 2010, 6:26 AM EDT

    Troy Tulowitzki

    At least from the Rockies’ perspective? Tulowitzki is a great talent. If I were starting a team now he’d be on the short list of players who might be my first pick. He’s obviously loved in Colorado.  But a six year extension that starts in 2015? Really? What was motivating the Rockies to extend a…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

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

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:07 PM EDT

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    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…

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