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  1. The Yankees are not really interested in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 7, 2011, 8:25 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    Rafael Soriano says he’d be willing to be a setup man for the Yankees. It takes two to tango, however, and Buster Olney says that the Yankees aren’t particularly interested in dancing: Heard this: As of 6 p.m. on Thursday, the Yankees are not interested in Rafael Soriano. They’ve seen a lot of $ squandered…

  2. It is virtually certain that there are already steroids users in the Hall of Fame

    Jan 7, 2011, 6:04 AM EST

    Bowie Kuhn

    As BBWAA voters try their hardest to ensure that no filthy steroids users sneak into the Hall of Fame, it’s probably a good idea that they go back and read the Mitchell Report. As they do, they should pay special attention to this passage on page 28: In 1973, a Congressional subcommittee announced that its…

  3. Sheffield “disrespected” by Rays, now 99.9% retired

    Jan 6, 2011, 10:08 PM EST

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    Remember when Gary Sheffield showed up to the Winter Meetings and said he was just there “to advise” a couple of young players?  And then remember when he later admitted that he had an interest in playing again, specifically for the Rays? You might also remember that Rays manager Joe Maddon took Sheffield out to…

  4. Twins closing in on two-year contract with Carl Pavano

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:50 PM EST

    Carl Pavano

    According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Twins are nearing agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Carl Pavano and it might be for only two years. Pavano was thought to be on the hunt for a three-year deal pretty much all winter and might have landed one from a non-contender like the Nationals…

  5. Brian Bannister signs contract with Yomiuri Giants

    Jan 6, 2011, 8:16 PM EST

    Brian Bannister

    Brian Bannister is taking his talents to… Japan. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the 29-year-old right-hander has agreed to a one-year contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League.  The deal also carries an option for 2012. Bannister drew very little interest from major league clubs this offseason after posting an ugly 6.34…

  6. Rangers ink Murphy to one-year deal, avoid arbitration

    Jan 6, 2011, 7:02 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Texas Rangers, Game 5

    From MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan comes word that the Rangers have agreed to a one-year, $2.4 million contract with outfielder David Murphy. It’s a nice chunk of change for the first-year arbitration-eligible outfielder, who made just $420,670 last season while posting an impressive .291/.358/.449 batting line, 12 home runs and 65 RBI across 419 at-bats. Murphy…

  7. Joe Posnanski creates a passive-aggressive masterpiece

    Jan 6, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

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    Joe Posnanski’s latest post is brilliant. It’s about an imaginary “Willie Mays Hall of Fame” in which only the truly elite of the elite should be enshrined. Many people talk about such a thing, and today he envisions it. The post is long, and if you take it at face value you might get mad at…

  8. Rafael Soriano is willing to be a setup man for the Yankees

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:52 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    Rafael Soriano‘s agent, Scott Boras, told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com that the former Rays closer would be willing to serve as a setup man on the Yankees, saying “that door is open for a number of different reasons.” Here’s more from Boras on Soriano’s potential interest in setting up Mariano Rivera in New York: I…

  9. Picture this: 21 Hall-worthy players jamming the ballot

    Jan 6, 2011, 4:26 PM EST

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    Rob Neyer does some back-of-the-envelope figuring and determines that, come 2014, there may be 21 Hall of Fame-quality players on the ballot. Most of them will be kept out because of PED prejudice, but will garner enough support to where it will likely erode support for the non-PED users who are viewed by many as…

  10. Peter Moylan may or may not be in the best shape of his life

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:33 PM EST

    New York Mets v Atlanta Braves

    I’ve been checking in and out of the blog of Braves reliever Peter Moylan all winter.  Being a Braves fan I was happy to learn back in November that Moylan — not exactly a man with abs of steel — was on a bigtime conditioning program.  Given that Bobby Cox worked Moylan to death these…

  11. Jeff Keppinger out 3-4 months following foot surgery

    Jan 6, 2011, 3:13 PM EST

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    Earlier this offseason the Yankees were said to be talking to the Astros about trading for Jeff Keppinger, but those talks apparently fizzled and now the veteran infielder is expected to miss the beginning of the season following foot surgery. General manager Ed Wade told Brian McTaggart of MLB.com that Keppinger’s recovery time is expected…

  12. Report: Edgar Renteria signs a one-year, $3 million deal with the Reds

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:35 PM EST

    Texas Rangers v San Francisco Giants, Game 2

    A reader tipped me that Edgar Renteria‘s hometown newspaper was reporting that he has signed a deal with the Reds. I had no idea what Renteria’s hometown was, so I asked someone on Twitter and a couple clicks later I found this story: El pelotero barranquillero Édgar Rentería jugará con los Rojos de Cincinnati la…

  13. Your Opening Day couch potato planning guide

    Jan 6, 2011, 2:01 PM EST

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    ESPN has announced its Opening Day triple header: Detroit in the Bronx to face the Yankees early, San Diego at St. Louis later and the Giants in L.A. to play the Dodgers to round out the evening.  That Giants-Dodgers series wasn’t supposed to kick off until the next day, but the league moved it up to…

  14. Mike Cameron willing to accept fourth outfielder role in Boston

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:45 PM EST

    Mike Cameron outfield

    Alex Speier of WEEI.com has a good article about Mike Cameron, who was signed to be the Red Sox’s starting center fielder last offseason and is now slated to be their fourth outfielder following an injury wrecked season and the Carl Crawford signing. General manager Theo Epstein called Cameron before the Crawford deal was official…

  15. Must-Click Link: Catching up with Jim Joyce

    Jan 6, 2011, 1:22 PM EST

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    As a short-attention-span blogger, it makes my head hurt to think about travelling a couple thousand miles, talking to someone for hours and then spending several days writing several thousand insightful words about the experience.  Really, I tend to lose interest in what I’m writing approximately two minutes after I think of the snarky punchline.…

  16. Yu Darvish signs 2011 contract in Japan, gives “no comment” on potential 2012 move to MLB

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:40 PM EST

    Yu Darvish pitch

    Yu Darvish, the 24-year-old Japanese ace MLB teams have been salivating over for years already, has signed a 2011 contract with the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters worth approximately $6 million, according to Patrick Newman of NPB Tracker. There’s been speculation that Darvish could make the move to MLB following the 2011 season, but when asked about…

  17. UPDATE: Alomar to wear a Jays cap, Blyleven a Twins cap on their Hall of Fame plaques

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:13 PM EST

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    UPDATE: Hall of Fame President Jeff Idelson confirms that Blyleven’s plaque will have a Twins hat and Alomar’s will have a Blue Jays cap.  In keeping with his statements from last night, Idelson also adds that all players’ caps — not just Angels inductees — will henceforth have halos engraved on them as well. Wednesday, 4:28…

  18. Alfredo Simon may have altered his gun after the shooting

    Jan 6, 2011, 12:01 PM EST

    File photo of Baltimore Orioles' Alfredo Simon pitching against the New York Yankees during a MLB spring training baseball game in Tampa

    While keeping in mind that the statements of prosecutors in high-profile criminal cases mere days after the event are often calculated to influence the potential jury pool and make the suspect seem as guilty as hell, this looks kinda bad for Alfredo Simon: A Dominican prosecutor handling the case of Orioles reliever Alfredo Simon said…

  19. Derrek Lee’s one-year deal with Orioles worth $7.25 million plus incentives

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:44 AM EST

    Derrek Lee with Braves

    Derrek Lee and the Orioles are making their one-year deal official today, and Don Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the contract is worth $7.25 million in guaranteed money plus another $2.75 million in potential “performance bonuses.” Lee just finished a five-year, $65 million deal signed with the Cubs in 2006, but is a…

  20. Scott Boras brokers the smallest deal of his career

    Jan 6, 2011, 11:30 AM EST

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    Great anecdote regarding Adrian Beltre‘s signing with the Rangers in today’s Star-Telegram: Adrian Beltre has worn jersey No. 29 almost his entire 13-year career. Julio Borbon has worn it his entire two-year career.Guess who is will wear it in 2011? Scott Boras, who represents both players, handled the situation. “I said, ‘Julio, there are traditions in…

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