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  1. The settlement proposed by the mediator in the McCourt case was interesting

    Nov 24, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    Like I said last week, it’s a bit of sucker’s game to try to predict an ultimate ruling in a case based on what a court-appointed mediator proposes. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun to try to predict such things.  And there is one fact in the proposed settlement, reported by Bill Shaikin, that…

  2. Teams offer arbitration to just 14 of 29 “Type A” free agents

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    When offered arbitration Type B free agents allow their old team to pick up a draft pick between the first and second rounds, but because their new team doesn’t have to give up anything to sign them their market value isn’t impacted by whether or not the arbitration is offered. However, with Type A free…

  3. Twins offer arbitration to Pavano, Hudson, and Crain

    Nov 24, 2010, 10:15 AM EDT

    carl-pavano-mustache-pitching

    Last night was the deadline to offer departing free agents arbitration to receive compensatory draft picks if they sign elsewhere and the Twins did so to Carl Pavano, Orlando Hudson, and Jesse Crain, but chose not to tender arbitration offers to Matt Guerrier, Jon Rauch, and Brian Fuentes. Pavano and Crain were no-brainers, as they’ll…

  4. It’s time people got real about what Derek Jeter means to “The Yankee Brand”

    Nov 24, 2010, 9:35 AM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    I promise: I’ll stop writing about Derek Jeter when something else happens. But since there ain’t nothin’ else happening, more Jeter it is.  This time a fisking of Ken Rosenthal’s latest. He thinks the Yankees are treating Derek Jeter poorly and harming “The Yankee Brand.”  I think this is a bit silly. Just answer me…

  5. Quote of the Day: Posnanski on Jeter

    Nov 24, 2010, 8:32 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v New York Yankees, Game 4

    Joe Posnanski, as he so often does, completely nails the Derek Jeter dynamic in his latest post. The upshot: we all know what’s going to happen. And we do: We KNOW Derek Jeter will play for the New York Yankees in 2011. There is no chance for a surprise there. This is not 90% likely…

  6. Why are we suddenly hearing about the Boras-Salcedo loan story?

    Nov 24, 2010, 6:31 AM EDT

    Edward Salcedo

    Scott Boras, who was not extensively quoted in yesterday’s New York Times story about the loan he made to Dominican prospect Edward Salcedo, spoke with Yahoo!’s Tim Brown.  Boras’ side of things is that there was nothing at all wrong with the loan he extended.  “This is a goodwill story,” he tells Brown, ““We did…

  7. Attention Derek Jeter: Hank Steinbrenner will not save you

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:30 PM EDT

    Hank Steinbrenner smoking

    One of the talking points in the whole Derek Jeter saga is about how Jeter is supposed to want a big crazy deal because Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal and the reason Alex Rodriguez got a big crazy deal is because Hank Steinbrenner was running the show back then and he’s nuts.  Now,…

  8. Heyman: the Yankees are going to sweeten their offer to Jeter

    Nov 23, 2010, 9:16 PM EDT

    Derek Jeter triple

    Jon Heyman tweets that he’s hearing that the Yankees are going to improve their bid from the current three-year, $45 million offer. My guess: it will be a tiny amount of sweetener. Like, half a packet of Splenda.  Enough to extricate the parties out of this ugly impasse at which they currently find themselves by…

  9. You can’t stop the free agent leaks. You can’t even hope to contain them.

    Nov 23, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

    Timex Social Club - Rumours

    Earlier today I wrote that it was quite a sight to see the Yankees and Derek Jeter waging such a public war over contract negotiations. This is especially true given that — a mere two months ago — the league and the union came to an agreement under which both sides vowed to “Restrict the…

  10. Javy Vazquez is turning down multi-year offers

    Nov 23, 2010, 7:14 PM EDT

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Javier Vazquez obviously wants to cleanse the palate after that awful year he had in New York, and to that end he has reportedly been looking for a make-good deal in a pitcher-friendly environment.  But apparently he’s taking the definition of “make good” to a bit of an extreme, as ESPN is reporting that he…

  11. The Red Sox offer arbitration to V-Mart, Beltre and Lopez

    Nov 23, 2010, 6:00 PM EDT

    beltre head up close

    The latest arbitration offer news has gone down: the Red Sox have offered salary arbitration to Victor Martinez, Adrian Beltre and Felipe Lopez, and declined arbitration to Mike Lowell, Bill Hall and Jason Varitek. None of these are shocking.  Obviously they were going to offer it to Martinez, who is all but signed by the…

  12. Deep Thoughts: Derek Jeter negotiation edition

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

    mlb_jeter

    Remember that agreement between the union and the league which was designed to bring sanity to the free agency process?  Remember that part that imposed “restrictions on the abilities of the Clubs, players and agents to conduct their free agent negotiations through use of the media?” Yeah, that’s working pretty well, ain’t it?

  13. A.J. Pierzynski’s mustache-growing isn’t going so well

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:20 PM EDT

    aj pierzynski movember update

    A.J. Pierzynski pledged not to shave his mustache this month as part of the “Movember” charity effort to raise money for “men’s health issues” like prostate and testicular cancer. I applaud his efforts, particularly since he’s already raised more than $7,000 via donations from the likes of Darin Erstad and Doug Mientkiewicz, but … well,…

  14. Attention single people: Frank and Jamie McCourt are officially on the market

    Nov 23, 2010, 5:00 PM EDT

    McCourt Divorce Trial Continues With Ownership Of Dodgers In Contention

    I’ve been married for over 15 years, so I don’t know an eligible bachelor or bachelorette from a bag of hammers, but I feel obligated to tell all my single friends that Frank and Jamie McCourt are now officially divorced and are thus eligible for courtship and/or marriage proposals.  The money and assets are still…

  15. White Sox offer arbitration to Konerko and Putz, decline on Ramirez and Pierzynski

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:47 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    In a quartet of expected moves, the White Sox have offered arbitration to free agents Paul Konerko and J.J. Putz while declining to offer arbitration to Manny Ramirez and A.J. Pierzynski. Ramirez made $20 million this season and Pierzynski earned $6.25 million, so while they’re both Type A free agents the White Sox couldn’t risk…

  16. Andy Pettitte is leaning toward coming back

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:30 PM EDT

    Pettitte looks in

    Ken Davidoff of Newsday tweets that Andy Pettitte is leaning towards returning to the Yankees for the 2011 season. This is not terribly surprising to me.  Pettitte has hemmed and hawed about returning the past couple of seasons, citing his desire to be around his family more, but he seems way more adamant about retirement…

  17. Shin-Soo Choo granted military exemption by South Korea

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT

    Shin soo Choo

    In news that is suddenly a lot more noteworthy given today’s bombings, the South Korean government has officially granted Indians right fielder Shin-Soo Choo a military exemption. Choo, like all South Korean men, was obligated to serve two years in the military prior to age 30, but the 28-year-old will not have to fulfill that…

  18. Please leave the baseball caps alone. Thank you.

    Nov 23, 2010, 4:00 PM EDT

    Braves santa cap

    If anyone gets me one of these babies for Christmas, I’m not going to be happy. And yes, they come in just about every variety.  Maybe the best one is the Orioles. Look! The birdie has a little Santa cap on!

  19. UPDATE: Rangers hire Thad Bosley as new hitting coach

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:48 PM EDT

    thad bosley baseball card

    UPDATE: As expected, the Rangers have hired Bosley as their new hitting coach. ========== After one season as Texas’ hitting coach Clint Hurdle was hired as Pittsburgh’s manager and now the Rangers are interviewing five different candidates to replace him: Thad Bosley, Ty Van Burkleo, Scott Coolbaugh, Luis Ortiz, Johnny Narron. Rangers hitting coach is…

  20. Cashman: Jeter should test the market if he doesn’t like our offer

    Nov 23, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    Jeter Red Sox

    That’s what he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York anyway: “We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account. We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works . .…

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