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  1. After letting half the bullpen walk as free agents, Twins give $7.15 million to Matt Capps

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

    Matt Capps, Joe Mauer

    The offseason bullpen exodus in Minnesota is now complete, as Jon Rauch signed with the Blue Jays and Brian Fuentes signed with the A’s. They join Matt Guerrier and Jesse Crain in leaving the Twins after that quartet combined to throw 45 percent of the team’s relief innings last season while posting a 2.98 ERA.…

  2. Prince Fielder, Brewers agree on a $15.5 million deal for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:31 PM EST

    Prince Fielder

    Prince Fielder and the Brewers avoided arbitration today with a $15.5 million deal in what will be his last arbitration contract.  The deal makes Fielder the highest-paid Brewer of all time, passing Zack Greinke, who has held the title for a couple of weeks. Attention Reds fans who keep asking me why the team would…

  3. Mets sign Scott Hairston to a minor league contract

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:13 PM EST

    Scott Hairston, Angel Hernandez

    Scott Hairston has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Mets, according to Ted Berg of SportsNet New York (and later confirmed by Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com). Hairston managing only a minor-league deal is surprising, because while he’s been overmatched as an everyday player he’d be an excellent fit for any number of teams as…

  4. Gil Meche announces his retirement

    Jan 18, 2011, 1:04 PM EST

    Gil Meche

    This is kind of a shocker: Royals starter Gil Meche has announced his retirement.  This despite the fact that he has about $12 million left on his contract. Of course Meche has had chronic shoulder trouble since 2009.  Much of it due, one presumes, to Trey Hillman absolutely grinding him into dust.  Rany Jazayerli has…

  5. For Clint Barmes a .656 OPS in 2010 equals $4 million for 2011

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:15 PM EST

    Clint Barmes

    Among the many reasons why Houston trading for Clint Barmes two months ago struck me as a misguided move is that he was in line for a sizable salary via arbitration and … well, he just isn’t very good. Sure enough, today the Astros avoided arbitration with Barmes by signing him to a one-year deal…

  6. The Phillies are the Terminator

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    Terminator

    Zoo With Roy is a pretty righteous Phillies blog. Today ZWR features a video mashup done by Petzrawr of the equally-righteous (yet sadly defunct) TheFightins.com. In it, the Phillies are portrayed as the Terminator. It’s a great analogy, really. Because just like the Terminator, the Phillies kick ass for a long time and then end up…

  7. So, what would it take for the Angels to trade for Evan Longoria?

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:33 AM EST

    Evan Longoria Rays

    Sam Miller over at the OC Register is fed up with the same thing I get fed up with from time to time: people proposing truly dumb trades. They usually take the form of a reader suggesting that their rooting interest trade for Stud Player X, while giving up … nothing. Or close to it.…

  8. Jim Thome’s one-year deal worth up to $4.4 million

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:17 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers

    Jim Thome turned down more money from the Rangers to re-sign with the Twins for just $3 million in upfront cash, but Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star Tribune has the details on the contract’s incentives: * $200,000 for 200 plate appearances * $300,000 for 300 plate appearances * $300,000 for 350 plate appearances *…

  9. There will be a ton of arbitration-avoiding deals today

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:58 AM EST

    Handshake

    Today is the deadline for teams and players to submit their arbitration figures.  This is important because once figures are submitted, negotiating positions tend to harden, what with each side saying exactly what they want. As a result, there will be a lot of deals today involving arbitration-eligible players seeking to avoid submitting figures. We’ll…

  10. Stephen Strasburg: Public Administration Scholar

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:30 AM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post has a story up today about Stephen Strasburg and his rehab. Strasburg is working out, writing in his journal, staying positive and … going to college: He’s resisted video games. In an effort to work toward a degree, he took two public administration classes at San Diego State. SDSU,…

  11. Heath Bell signs for $7.5 million in final season of arbitration

    Jan 18, 2011, 10:16 AM EST

    Heath Bell

    With one season remaining until he can become a free agent, Heath Bell and the Padres have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $7.5 million contract. Bell, who made $1.255 million in his first season of arbitration and $4 million last year in his second season of eligibility, has said he’d like to sign…

  12. That Lenny Dykstra-Monica Foster thing isn’t getting any prettier

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:40 AM EST

    Lenny Dykstra

    You recall that business with Lenny Dykstra, an escort named Monica Foster and the bounced check?  Well, Radar Online caught up with Dykstra and asked him about it (note: some ads there may be a bit racy for conservative workplaces, but it’s SFW as far as I can tell). Dykstra’s comments were, well, rather colorful: “F***…

  13. The Mets sign Chris Young

    Jan 18, 2011, 9:17 AM EST

    Chris Young

    They were “closing in on a deal” late yesterday afternoon, but now the deal is reportedly done: Chris Young has agreed to a deal with the Mets. The deal is pending a physical, which is pretty key here given Young’s shoulder troubles last season. Young is worth a gamble as long as he’s not pricey, which…

  14. The Yankees are checking out Kevin Millwood

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:53 AM EST

    Kevin Millwood

    Andruw Jones and Kevin Millwood, huh? Apparently “key players from the team you beat in the World Series 12 years ago” is the new inefficiency! The Yankees among the teams looking at Kevin Millwood as a back-end starter and have also looked at Freddy Garcia. We talked about Garcia yesterday. Millwood got lit up like a Christmas…

  15. Greenies weren’t bad, OK? I mean, it’s not like kids were doing them. Probably.

    Jan 18, 2011, 8:24 AM EST

    Nancy Reagan Different strokes

    And now, on a very special episode of HardballTalk, Kimberly totally ignores our First Lady and dies of an overdose 15 years later.

  16. So apparently Hall of Fame voters have a “sacred responsibility” to keep the place “clean and pure”

    Jan 18, 2011, 6:07 AM EST

    cooperstown

    Jim Reeves of ESPN Dallas would like to let you know how important his Hall of Fame vote is: Judge and jury? Moral compasses? Gatekeepers? Yeah, maybe so, because that’s the responsibility we accept when we qualify to become a Hall of Fame voter. Because of the steroids issue, it’s a responsibility that has become…

  17. Strasburg to begin throwing in 2-3 weeks, but long rehab ahead

    Jan 18, 2011, 2:19 AM EST

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    Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post caught up with Washington Nationals phenom pitcher Stephen Strasburg, and has some information on how the right-hander has been handling his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery, how he has been spending his time this offseason, and his prospects for returning to action. There are some good nuggets, so check…

  18. Russell Martin blames ‘distractions’ for his poor play

    Jan 18, 2011, 12:54 AM EST

    Russell Martin mask

    Russell Martin has a good explanation for why he isn’t any good anymore, and it’s not going to be very comforting to Dodgers fans. Martin, a two-time All-Star catcher who signed a one-year, $4 million deal with New York Yankees this offseason, told Canada’s National Post that, more or less, he just hasn’t been trying…

  19. Marlins agree to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica

    Jan 17, 2011, 10:52 PM EST

    Leo Nunez celebrates

    The Marlins avoided arbitration by agreeing to one-year deals with Leo Nunez and Edward Mujica tonight, according to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post. According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Nunez will make $3.65 million plus performance bonuses based on games finished. Nunez earned $2 million last season while posting…

  20. Indians, Asdrubal Cabrera avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Jan 17, 2011, 9:32 PM EST

    Asdrubal Cabrera ap

    The Indians and Asdrubal Cabrera avoided arbitration today by agreeing to a one-year contract. The Associated Press reports that the deal is worth $2.025 million. Cabrera was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. The 25-year-old shortstop batted .276/.326/.346 with three home runs, 29 RBI, a .673 OPS and six stolen bases in 425 plate…

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