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  1. There was nothing improper about Scott Boras’ loan to Edward Salcedo

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:43 AM EST

    Boras sulking

    An MLBPA source has told the Associated Press that Scott Boras did not violate any union rules when his company made loans to client Edward Salcedo. Of course we knew this back in November. The only person who didn’t seem to know this was the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt, who continued to push this story…

  2. Alfredo Simon will likely be charged with involuntary manslaughter

    Jan 4, 2011, 9:16 AM EST

    Alfredo Simon walking

    Things are not looking good for Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon.  The prosecutor told the Associated Press that the evidence supports an involuntary manslaughter charge: “The version that we have is that there was a dispute between two women and [Simon] tried to dissolve it, fired a shot that ended up wounding a young person in the…

  3. Jeremy Hermida signs with the Reds

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:59 AM EST

    Boston Red Sox v Seattle Mariners

    This is not a notable signing in and of itself.  Jeremy Hermida will, at best, be a bat off the bench for Cincinnati.  It’s notable, however, because it shows just how powerful first impressions can be. Hermida raked during a cup of coffee with the Marlins in 2005 and had another nice 120 games with…

  4. The Garfoose bids Toronto adieu

    Jan 4, 2011, 8:30 AM EST

    Dirk Hayhurst

    I’ve mentioned Dirk Hayhurst here before.  For those who missed it or forgot, Hayhurst — known on Twitter and elsewhere as @TheGarfoose — is a mostly minor league pitcher, most notable to us for having written “The Bullpen Gospels.” The book was published last year, and it’s a great one. Sort of a “Ball Four”…

  5. What’s wrong with “innocent until proven guilty” for PEDs?

    Jan 4, 2011, 6:25 AM EST

    Salem trial

    Several writers who have defended excluding Jeff Bagwell from their Hall of Fame ballots have said that they don’t have a problem doing so even though there’s no evidence that he used steroids because the Hall of Fame is not a court of law, and the concept of “innocent until proven guilty” does not apply.…

  6. UPDATE: Alfredo Simon held pending the results of ballistic tests

    Jan 4, 2011, 12:28 AM EST

    Alfredo Simon walking

    UPDATE: According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, Simon is being held in the Dominican Republic pending the results of ballistic tests. Authorities are currently trying to confirm whether the bullet that killed Castillo came from Simon’s gun. He has yet to be charged with a crime, though he is the lead suspect. 9:28…

  7. UPDATE: Michael Young willing to be DH if club signs Adrian Beltre

    Jan 3, 2011, 10:17 PM EST

    Michael Young

    UPDATE: Remember what I wrote earlier? Well, scratch all that. According to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, Michael Young said he is willing to be a designated hitter if the club signs Adrian Beltre. 6:39 PM: Depending on what you read right now, the Rangers may or may not be close to signing…

  8. Reds plan to keep Aroldis Chapman in the bullpen

    Jan 3, 2011, 8:43 PM EST

    Aroldis Chapman

    Now that veteran left-hander Arthur Rhodes has officially signed with the Rangers, Reds general manager Walt Jocketty told Mark Sheldon of MLB.com that Aroldis Chapman will likely remain in the bullpen for 2011. “I would think so, yeah,” Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said. “The plans are to keep Chapman in the bullpen right now.…

  9. Mets sign Chris Capuano and Taylor Buchholz

    Jan 3, 2011, 7:40 PM EST

    Mets logo

    According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, the Mets added a pair of Tommy John survivors today by agreeing to one-year contracts with left-hander Chris Capuano and right-hander Taylor Buchholz. Capuano, 32, returned from his second Tommy John surgery to post a 3.95 ERA and 54/21 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers last season,…

  10. Chad Cordero signs with the Blue Jays

    Jan 3, 2011, 5:28 PM EST

    cordero

    When last we saw former All-Star closer Chad Cordero, he was being signed by the Mets.  That didn’t really go anyplace — he didn’t make it out of AAA after the deal — but he’s got a gig for 2011: the Blue Jays have signed him. It’s not definitely a gig. The report is vague…

  11. UPDATE: The Adrian Beltre/Rangers seesaw continues

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    UPDATE:  First Adrian Beltre and the Rangers had a deal. Then they didn’t. Then a deal was imminent. Now it’s not again: Club officials are not particularly optimistic that something will get down with third baseman Adrian Beltre. That deal seems unlikely give the tenor of feeling on Monday but things could change. The weird…

  12. Ubaldo Jimenez will have to wait for his extension

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:29 PM EST

    Ubaldo Jiminez windup

    Troy Tulowitzki was under team control through 2014 and got a ten-year deal. Carlos Gonzalez was under team control through 2014, and he’s about to get a seven-year extension.  Ubaldo Jimenez is under team control through 2014 and … he’s gotta hold tight.  So says Troy Renck, who reports that the Rockies would wait until…

  13. One Hall of Fame voter will keep his votes secret from now on

    Jan 3, 2011, 4:00 PM EST

    Voting booth

    Hall of Fame voters are under no obligation to share their ballots with the public. FanHouse’s Ed Price has, in the past, done so. He will not do so anymore: Unlike the annual BBWAA awards, Hall of Fame voting is by secret ballot. And while in the past I have published my vote, I no…

  14. Adam LaRoche and the Nationals nearing two-year deal

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:51 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks v San Francisco Giants

    As soon as Derrek Lee signed with Baltimore it seemed inevitable that fellow free agent first baseman Adam LaRoche would end up in Washington, and sure enough Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that the Nationals and LaRoche are close to agreeing on a two-year contract. LaRoche would replace Adam Dunn at first base, which is…

  15. Carlos Gonzalez close to $80 million extension with Rockies

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    Over the weekend Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional reported that Carlos Gonzalez was close to signing a long-term contract extension with the Rockies worth as much as $80 million. Initially the Colorado-based media was pretty quiet about the possibility, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post just tweeted that he “would be surprised if deal doesn’t…

  16. Get to Royals’ spring training early this year

    Jan 3, 2011, 3:04 PM EST

    Eric Hosmer

    2011 is going to be a rough, rough year for Kansas City. But as we have noted a number of times in recent months, the future is bright.  And the future will be on display this spring, because the team has invited many of its big name prospects to big league camp: A total of…

  17. Dodgers sign Tim Redding to minor league contract

    Jan 3, 2011, 2:46 PM EST

    redding

    Tim Redding started 17 games and threw 120 innings for the Mets in 2009, but he spent all of last season at Triple-A and will likely begin this year there as well after signing a minor-league contract with the Dodgers. Redding pitched pretty well at Triple-A with a 2.89 ERA and 83/22 K/BB ratio in…

  18. Quote of the Day: Heyman on Bert Blyleven

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:57 PM EST

    blyleven

    Jon Heyman wrote one of those New Year’s Resolutions-style columns, in which he put voice to what he wishes 50 baseball figures would think heading into 2011.  Here’s his entry for Bert Blyleven: I will consider myself fortunate when I am voted into the Hall of Fame, and understand that while I had a great…

  19. Reds “are showing interest” in outfielder Fred Lewis

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:40 PM EST

    fred-lewis-blue-jays

    Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Reds are interested in free agent outfielder Fred Lewis for a part-time role. Lewis was non-tendered by the Blue Jays despite a decent one-season stay in Toronto, hitting .262/.332/.414 with 17 steals in 480 plate appearances after coming over from the Giants in a mid-April trade. He’d…

  20. The Mets are testing some grand business management theories or something

    Jan 3, 2011, 1:07 PM EST

    alderson at podium

    I don’t like the Mets very much, but I really hate business books. As such, this article in today’s Wall Street Journal about how a book analyzing what happens to businesses who collect brains rather than promote from within relates to the Mets was a bit of a slog.  Some of you may like it…

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