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  1. What they’re saying about the Vernon Wells trade

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:25 AM EST

    Vernon Wells ap

    If you woke up this morning confused and disoriented, you aren’t alone. Angels general manager Tony Reagins has felt that way all winter long. The Angels and Blue Jays announced a blockbuster trade last night that sends Vernon Wells to Los Angeles for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. It’s an absolutely stunning deal that frees…

  2. UPDATE: Orioles not close to deal with Vladimir Guerrero

    Jan 22, 2011, 9:23 AM EST

    Vladimir Guerrero

    UPDATE: Orioles president Andy MacPhail tells Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com that Bowden’s report “is not accurate.” He’s not the first one to say that. 8:32 AM: According to Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio, Vladimir Guerrero is close to signing a one-year contract with the Orioles. Bowden calls it a “humbling deal” and “one of…

  3. Brewers, Kameron Loe avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:37 PM EST

    Kameron Loe

    The Brewers and right-hander Kameron Loe avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com. Loe requested $1.65 million and was offered $1.055 million from the Brewers when arbitration figures were exchanged earlier this week. While this contract is below the midpoint, the 29-year-old right-hander can make…

  4. UPDATE: Angels acquire Vernon Wells from Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera

    Jan 21, 2011, 9:30 PM EST

    Mike Napoli

    UPDATE: Jon Heyman of SI.com confirms it. The Angels are picking up the entire $86 million tab left on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Mind sufficiently blown. 9:08 PM: The deal is done. The Angels have acquired Vernon Wells from the Blue Jays for Mike Napoli and Juan Rivera. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, cash…

  5. Report: Rays agree to terms with Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:08 PM EST

    Rays logo large

    Oh, what a night. Jon Heyman of SI.com reports that the Rays have agreed to terms with both Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez, pending physicals. According to Heyman, Damon will receive a $5.25 million base salary with $750,000 worth of incentives based on attendance. Ramirez will get $2 million guaranteed. That’s right. Just $2 million.…

  6. What does the Vernon Wells trade mean for Jose Bautista?

    Jan 21, 2011, 8:00 PM EST

    Jose Bautista swinging

    That’s what many Blue Jays fans are wondering right now. We’ve heard conflicting reports about whether the Blue Jays are picking up any of the $86 million remaining on Vernon Wells‘ contract. Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com hears that they will, Shi Davidi of the Canadian Press hears that they won’t. Angels general manager Tony Reagins…

  7. Unbelievable: Angels take on Vernon Wells from Jays

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:47 PM EST

    Vernon Wells

    Such is the world of baseball news: spend a half hour typing up a blog and see it turned into garbage within 10 seconds of it being posted. Because less than hour after reporting that Mike Napoli was being dealt to the Blue Jays, Ken Rosenthal decided to mention that, oh yeah, Vernon Wells just…

  8. White Sox pick up Ozzie Guillen’s option for 2012

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:21 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the White Sox just held a news conference to announce that they have picked up the 2012 option for manager Ozzie Guillen. There was some speculation last September that Guillen was on his way out after he said he wanted to know where he stood with the…

  9. Tired of standing still, Angels take step backwards

    Jan 21, 2011, 6:19 PM EST

    Cleveland Indians v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Having struck out all winter, the Angels finally did something to shake up their lineup Friday, only the move was to get rid of one of their best hitters.  Opinions on Mike Napoli‘s defense are certainly mixed, but there aren’t many better offensive catchers.   Since he entered the league in 2006, Napoli has hit .251/.346/.455…

  10. Some more (and better) words about scoops

    Jan 21, 2011, 5:30 PM EST

    Press

    Yesterday I wrote about scoops regarding player transactions and the like, offering my somewhat rambling take on it all. Today Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times has his own take, and it’s much better informed and, frankly, a lot more interesting than mine: Readers don’t go online to read Rosenthal and Heyman for the latest…

  11. Get ready, kids: Barry Bonds’ trial is right around the corner

    Jan 21, 2011, 4:57 PM EST

    Barry Bonds suit

    It seems like years ago that Barry Bonds was indicted for perjury. Oh, wait, it was years ago. Three-and-a-half to be exact.  But though the wheels of justice grind slowly, boy do they grind, and they’ve almost delivered us to Barry Bonds’ trial, which gets underway on March 21st. But first, some preliminary rulings, a…

  12. Lots of people want to buy in to MLBAM, but the owners aren’t selling

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:57 PM EST

    mlbtv

    Major League Baseball Advanced Media — the baseball subsidiary behind MLB.com. MLB.tv and a lot of stuff about which you have no idea — is a gold mine.  It, more than anything, has been responsible for the sharp increase in baseball revenues in recent years. And as an added bonus, the company just gets stuff…

  13. Jeff Pearlman, “online haters,” and the art of Internet self defense

    Jan 21, 2011, 3:06 PM EST

    Internet Tough

    Jeff Pearlman has a column up over at CNN today that’s getting a lot of notice. Seems he tracked down and confronted some people who went after him over at his personal blog, leaving obnoxious or obscene comments or otherwise acting like jerks. I won’t defend the jerks for a second. People were linking awful…

  14. Reds now talking multi-year deal with Edinson Volquez

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:50 PM EST

    Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Volquez reacts after giving up a run to the Philadelphia Phillies during the second inning in Game 1 of the MLB National League Division Series baseball playoffs in Philadelphia

    The Reds haven’t been overly active in free agency this offseason, but they’ve done a nice job of locking up some of their key internal components. Staff ace Bronson Arroyo was signed to a three-year, $35 million contract extension in early December.  Young power-hitting outfielder Jay Bruce inked a six-year, $51 million extension less than…

  15. Baseball’s All Underrated Team

    Jan 21, 2011, 2:09 PM EST

    Shin-Soo Choo

    Jayson Stark’s latest is what he believes to be baseball’s “All Underrated Team.”  The roster: C: Carlos Ruiz 1B: Adam Dunn 2B: Ian Kinsler SS: Starlin Castro 3B: Ryan Zimmerman RF: Michael Cuddyer CF: Andrew McCutchen LF: Ryan Braun SP: Josh Johnson CL: Joakim Soria MR: Mike Adams It’s not a terrible list, though as…

  16. The Cardinals sign Nick Punto

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    Nick Punto

    As soon as I posted the Nick Punto thing this morning a bunch of people observed that it was inevitable that the Cardinals would sign him soon. Tony La Russa has an addiction to scrappy infielders. He can’t help himself.  SO, not surprisingly, the Cardinals just signed him. It’s a one-year deal. We don’t have…

  17. Josh Hamilton lost 10 lbs. to pneumonia last week

    Jan 21, 2011, 1:21 PM EST

    Josh Hamilton

    Josh Hamilton‘s recent bout with pneumonia was actually kind of serious. According to Anthony Andro of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Hamilton dropped 10 pounds last week while battling the lung inflammation for five days in the hosptial.  The outfielder also told reporters on Friday that he’s only at about 90 percent health at the moment.…

  18. The Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:34 PM EST

    Justin Duchscherer

    Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles are interested in Justin Duchscherer. The Yankees have been reported to be interested in him, and as ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported the other day, Duchscherer held private workouts with two other American League clubs last week.  Zrebiec says, however, that the Orioles were not one of…

  19. Update: Rays, Damon just talking for now

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Johnny Damon

    UPDATE, 12:15 PM: Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com was told by a source that the Rays are indeed talking to Damon and that an agreement could “certainly happen,” but also that nothing is close. 2:29 AM: Johnny Damon has found a new home for the upcoming season.  Well, almost. According to Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports,…

  20. Ozzie Guillen wasn’t pleased with Bobby Jenks or his son’s tweets

    Jan 21, 2011, 12:06 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox manager Guillen sits in the dugout against the LA Angels during MLB American League baseball game in Anaheim

    Ozzie Guillen talked about that Bobby Jenks-Oney Guillen stuff yesterday, and he voiced some regret over his son sharing clubhouse business on his Twitter feed: Guillen said he felt ‘‘sad’’ about Jenks’ comments, which came after Jenks signed with the Boston Red Sox last month. But Guillen said his son crossed the line when he…

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