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  1. Jeter’s agent: the $150 million demand is “simply inaccurate”

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:44 PM EDT

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    Tim Brown from Yahoo! and Marc Carig from the Star-Ledger both report that Casey Close, the agent for Derek Jeter, is denying that Jeter is asking for $25 million a year over six years. Close: “The recently rumored terms of our contract extension are simply inaccurate.” I accept that. But what I want to know…

  2. Closers do nothing to help teams hold ninth inning leads

    Nov 26, 2010, 4:20 PM EDT

    Dennis Eckersley

    Some pretty startling stuff from Joe Posnanski today, who was snooping around in the stats, looking at what percentage of games teams win when they have ninth inning leads. He figured — as I would have — that due to bullpen specialization and the advent of the fireballing closer, teams held on to such leads…

  3. The Dodgers sign Jon Garland to a one year, $5 million deal with an option

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:32 PM EDT

    Jon Garland

    Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times reports that the Dodgers have agreed to a contract with Jon Garland.  It’s a one year deal for $5 million with $3 million in potential bonuses and a vesting option for a second year if he reaches 190 innings. Given Garland’s durability, he’s probably a safe bet to reach…

  4. What does winning negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka mean for the Twins?

    Nov 26, 2010, 3:14 PM EDT

    Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Earlier this month, when the Twins announced plans to increase their payroll even further next year after blowing away the previous franchise record with more than $100 million in salaries this year, I wrote that “getting into the $115 million range would complete the transition from small-payroll team to large-payroll team” and “maintaining a top-10…

  5. Can Tampa Bay support the Rays?

    Nov 26, 2010, 2:34 PM EDT

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    The Tampa Tribune commissioned a study to determine whether the Rays attendance problem (i.e. they win and people still don’t show) is fixable.  There isn’t an ultimate conclusion — like so many things the journey is better than the destination — but the upshot is that it’s not just a function of the economy or…

  6. If you can’t trust Delino DeShields, who can you trust?

    Nov 26, 2010, 1:13 PM EDT

    Delino Deshields

    Another slow day, as all the agents and players and front office people and reporters are apparently out fighting to get cheap toasters and stuff out in that retail hellscape. People: shop online. Really. Anyway, to pass some time, you should read this really interesting article by Elizabeth Merrill and Amy K. Nelson of ESPN.com. …

  7. Daniel Murphy, Fernando Martinez taking some lumps down in winter ball

    Nov 26, 2010, 12:30 PM EDT

    Daniel Murphy throw

    Of course, I guess that depends on what you consider to be a “prospect.” Daniel Murphy is experiencing leg fatigue down in the Dominican Winter League and he won’t return to the lineup until Tuesday, taking five days off.  He’s actually hitting pretty darn well down there and playing second base regularly, so I’m not…

  8. Twins win bidding for negotiating rights to Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:57 AM EDT

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    No official announcement has been made yet by the Chiba Lotte Marines, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins have won the bidding for the exclusive negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com confirms Christensen’s report and quotes a source estimating that the Twins’ winning bid…

  9. The “Jeter wants $150 million” walkback has begun

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:45 AM EDT

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    That didn’t take long: Jim Baumbach of Newsday is walking back the notion that Jeter really asked for $150 million. He tweets: Person familiar with Yankees-Jeter negotiations says Jeter camp is not asking for reported $150 million over six years. It’s less than that. He didn’t say if it’s less money or fewer years or…

  10. Kaz Matsui returns to Japan as teams wait to hear results of Tsuyoshi Nishioka bidding

    Nov 26, 2010, 11:19 AM EDT

    kaz matsui and milano

    After seven seasons in the majors Kazuo Matsui has returned to Japan by signing with the Rakuten Eagles, which is interesting timing as the baseball world waits to see which team won the bidding for negotiating rights to Japanese infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Nishioka is a speedy, switch-hitting middle infielder who won a batting title in…

  11. Call me crazy, but I would offer more than $800K for Manny Ramirez

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was asked about the possibility of the team going after Manny Ramirez the other day.  Specifically, he was asked about Ramirez’s reputation as a pain in the butt.  Anthopoulos’ response: “You have to weigh each case by itself. If it’s the right player, the right fit, the right talent at…

  12. $50 million deal looks worse with news Tigers will use Victor Martinez mostly at DH

    Nov 26, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    victor-martinez-catching

    From the Tigers’ point of view I liked signing Victor Martinez to a four-year, $50 million deal last week. Initially, at least. My assumption at the time was that they would use Martinez as their primary catcher for as long as he was somewhat passable behind the plate, getting an elite-hitting backstop for the first…

  13. The Pirates release Dinesh Patel

    Nov 26, 2010, 9:57 AM EDT

    Dinesh Patel

    Remember the two Indian players signed by the Pirates after they won that reality show?  Well, now there’s only one who can call himself a Pirate: Dinesh Patel has been released. Patel pitched sparingly in the Gulf Coast League over the past two summers. The results: 13.2 innings of relief work in which he gave…

  14. The Nats are “enthusiastic” about signing Carlos Pena

    Nov 26, 2010, 8:30 AM EDT

    Carlos Pena

    Buster Olney reports that the Washington Nationals are “enthusiastic” about their chances of signing free agent first baseman Carlos Pena. Interesting choice of words in that I don’t think as signing of Pena would bring much enthusiasm to Nats fans.  Sure, he’s a more productive hitter than his [gulp] .196 average would suggest, but that’s…

  15. Madness: Derek Jeter wants six years, $150 million

    Nov 26, 2010, 7:12 AM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    That according to Bill Madden of the Daily News. It was at least his starting point, and even if he has come down in terms of length — which is a possibility — Madden says that Jeter is still insisting on a $25 million per year deal.  Madden credits that to “sources close to the…

  16. Chiba Lotte chooses highest bid on Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Nov 25, 2010, 9:18 PM EDT

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    According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Chiba Lotte Marines announced Friday (Japan time) that an MLB club has won exclusive negotiating rights with shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Chiba Lotte simply accepted the highest bid.  But they won’t announce that highest-bidding team until “a later date.” Nishioka won the batting title in Nippon Professional…

  17. Dodgers likely to non-tender reliever George Sherrill

    Nov 25, 2010, 5:24 PM EDT

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    Southpaw reliever George Sherrill held left-handed hitters to a .192/.286/.288 batting line in 2010, but an overexposure to righties left him with a 6.69 overall ERA and 1.93 overall WHIP in 65 total relief appearances. It should come as no surprise, then, that the Los Angeles Times is reporting that the Dodgers are unlikely to…

  18. Giving Thanks: The National League West

    Nov 25, 2010, 2:00 PM EDT

    Redneck Thanksgiving

    Our final installment. When this is done I’m gonna steal the pie that’s cooling in the kitchen, take it and my laptop to a locked room upstairs someplace and try to ride the rest of this holiday out with sloth and funny You Tube videos. It’s the only way to make it through, really. What…

  19. Giving Thanks: The National League Central

    Nov 25, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

    WKRP Turkey Drop

    We’re getting dangerously low on liquor in the Calcaterra house. And my family won’t even be over here for several hours yet.  This could be a problem. More of what each team has to be thankful for: Cincinnati Reds: Whatever spirits came to Dusty Baker in the middle of the night last Christmas Eve and…

  20. Giving Thanks: The National League East

    Nov 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EDT

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    Admit it: you’d rather read this stuff than watch the Lions or the Cowboys today, right? I mean, they’re awful. Anyway: that for which teams and their fans should give thanks on this most gluttonous of days: Philadelphia Phillies: Finding the Blue Jays and the Astros when they were in a transition period. Really, if…

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