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  1. The Red Sox made a pitch for Jose Bautista at the winter meetings

    Jan 25, 2011, 10:14 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swings

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Red Sox made “multiple offers” for Jose Bautista at last month’s winter meetings. These conversations took place after Jayson Werth rocked the baseball world by signing with the Nationals and before the Red Sox signed Carl Crawford, but the addition of Bautista would have likely had a radical…

  2. The Blue Jays sent $5 million to the Angels in the Vernon Wells deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:59 PM EST

    Tony Reagins

    OK. Calm down, everybody. This all makes sense now. According to Jon Heyman of SI.com, the Blue Jays did indeed send cash to the Angels to help cover some of Vernon Wells’ massive contract. The whopping sum of $5 million, in fact. Heyman writes that the “teams apparently just didn’t want to disclose” that money…

  3. Diving into the depths: Los Angeles Angels

    Jan 25, 2011, 8:10 PM EST

    Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Texas Rangers

    This is part of a 30-article series looking at each team’s depth chart headed into spring training. Rotation 1. Jered Weaver 2. Dan Haren 3. Ervin Santana 4. Joel Pineiro 5. Scott Kazmir 6. Trevor Bell 7. Hisanori Takahashi 8. Matt Palmer 9. Tyler Chatwood 10. Anthony Ortega The Angels have the fine top four,…

  4. Darryl Strawberry thinks Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:42 PM EST

    Wally Backman

    Here we go again. According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Darryl Strawberry believes Wally Backman will be the next manager of the Mets. “Wally will be the next manager of the Mets, in my opinion. I don’t have much say, but I thought he would’ve been the right choice for them. Not taking…

  5. Ranking the rotations: 1-30

    Jan 25, 2011, 7:00 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 5

    Now that my projections for the upcoming Rotoworld fantasy annual are complete, I’ll be having some occasional fun with them in here over the following few weeks. To start with, let’s look at how the rotations shape up, according to my fantasy rankings. As part of my projections, each player gets a score. All I’ve done here…

  6. Astros, Wandy Rodriguez agree to three-year, $34 million extension

    Jan 25, 2011, 6:37 PM EST

    Wandy Rodriguez ap

    Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Astros and left-hander Wandy Rodriguez have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a three-year, $34 million contract extension. The deal also includes a vesting option for 2014 which could net him as much as $44.5 million, according to Alyson Footer, Sr. Director of Social Media for the Astros.…

  7. You’re wrong, Calcaterra: Mets fans most certainly do live and die with their team

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:35 PM EST

    Sad Mets fan

    A couple of weeks ago I wrote this about Mets fans: I don’t think there’s a fan base of its size in all of sports that has a more balanced take on things. Mets fans love ‘em when they win. When they don’t, well, they’re not gonna cry about it and make their lives miserable.…

  8. Mariners GM says Milton Bradley “is going to come in and compete for a starting position”

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:11 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Last week Milton Bradley was arrested and charged with a felony after allegedly threatening a woman, which is the latest in a long line of on- and off-field “incidents” involving the troubled outfielder who’s played for eight teams in 11 years. At the time there was speculation the Mariners might simply get rid of Bradley,…

  9. Did the Yankees censor blogs in the wake of the Rafael Soriano deal?

    Jan 25, 2011, 5:01 PM EST

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    TYU has a new post up that raises an interesting ethical question about the Yankees and the blogs with which they’re affiliated: When news of Rafael Soriano’s signing filtered onto Twitter on the evening of January 13th, many Yankees fans were aghast at the length of the deal and the fact that the club had…

  10. The McCourt drama may not be over for a looooong time

    Jan 25, 2011, 4:01 PM EST

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times — who has been all over the McCourts divorce saga since it began — has an update. And it’s not rosy. Jamie McCourt wants to be considered Frank’s co-owner of the Dodgers. Frank wants no part of it and is going to try to string out the litigation…

  11. Blue Jays trade just-acquired Mike Napoli to the Rangers for Frank Francisco

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:34 PM EST

    Mike Napoli

    Just days after acquiring catcher Mike Napoli from the Angels as part of the Vernon Wells trade/contract dump the Blue Jays have traded him to the Rangers for reliever Frank Francisco. Napoli seemed like an odd fit in Toronto because the Blue Jays have catching prospect J.P. Arencibia ready to take over behind the plate…

  12. In case you were missing Joe Morgan …

    Jan 25, 2011, 3:01 PM EST

    Joe Morgan headshot

    Joe Morgan was interviewed on KJR in Seattle yesterday. When asked about what made the Big Red Machine special, he gave us a taste of exactly what we’ll be missing this summer when he is no longer on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball: We did things, we gave up our own individuality to make the team…

  13. The Jays have yet to approach Jose Bautista about a multi-year deal

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swinging

    The second most shocking thing about the Vernon Wells trade — after the Angels actually agreeing to it — was the fact that it left the Blue Jays with only $17.4 million in payroll commitments for 2012.  The conventional wisdom when that news started to spread was that all of that freed-up money would be used…

  14. Cubs sign Todd Wellemeyer to a minor league contract

    Jan 25, 2011, 2:18 PM EST

    wellemeyer throwing

    During an online chat earlier this afternoon Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com reported that the Cubs have signed Todd Wellemeyer to a minor-league contract. According to Levine, the deal is worth $800,000 plus incentives if Wellemeyer makes the team out of spring training. Wellemeyer was a reliever for the first four seasons of his career, but…

  15. Derek Jeter: full time outfielder? Never gonna happen

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:41 PM EST

    Derek Jeter smiling

    This morning, at Brian Cashman’s little press availability, the Yankees general manager said that he envisioned Derek Jeter moving off shortstop and into the outfield before his new contract is up after the 2014 season. It’s not a ridiculous thing to say at this point in time because (a) Jeter is unlikely to be able…

  16. Jason Kendall is “ahead of the game” with recovery from shoulder surgery

    Jan 25, 2011, 1:16 PM EST

    Colorado Rockies v Kansas City Royals

    Initially expected to be sidelined for the first two months of the season following September shoulder surgery, Jason Kendall told Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star that he’s “ahead of the game” and could be cleared to resume throwing early next month. Whether that would leave him enough time to potentially be ready for…

  17. David Eckstein: your destiny is calling

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:33 PM EST

    Philippines_flag

    The mayor of Manila all but begs David Eckstein to come to The Philippines and help revive baseball: “Baseball is once a popular sport here and we have a number of baseball stadiums before. But its popularity continue to wane because of basketball,” said Lim. Lim said sports leaders and other sponsors should channel some their resources…

  18. Mark Kotsay “is a possibility” as Brewers target bench bat

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:19 PM EST

    Mark Kotsay

    Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers are still looking to add a veteran bench player and Mark Kotsay “is a possibility.” Kotsay was tremendously out of place as the White Sox’s primary designated hitter last season, batting just .239 with a .303 on-base percentage and .376 slugging percentage in 359 plate appearances. He…

  19. A HardballTalk reader owns that Cubs shirt

    Jan 25, 2011, 12:00 PM EST

    Cubs dress shirt

    We weren’t expecting this:  a startling reader confession from the comments section of the Cubs shirt post: I actually own this shirt but I have never had the cajones to wear it.  My wife and her mother bought it for me on clearance this Summer at Von Maur.  They meant well, but they didn’t understand how…

  20. Diamondbacks will give Micah Owings some time at first base

    Jan 25, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Micah Owings

    I’ve written about Micah Owings a few times recently (these are called “slow news days”) and each time suggested that he might have a brighter future as a hitter than as a pitcher at this point. Apparently the Diamondbacks and new general manager Kevin Towers agree, because after signing Owings to a minor-league contract yesterday…

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