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  1. Crawford thanks Rays fans with half-page newspaper ad

    Jan 2, 2011, 10:39 AM EST

    Carl Crawford Signs with the Boston Red Sox

    The act has become a little too predictable — and maybe even expected — but it’s still pretty cool. Carl Crawford took out a half-page ad in the Sunday edition of the St. Petersburg Times to thank Rays fans and the Tampa Bay community for their “support over the years.” Crawford also bought lunch for…

  2. White Sox have some interest in Rafael Soriano

    Jan 2, 2011, 8:42 AM EST

    Tampa Bay Rays v Texas Rangers, Game 4

    It’s amazing how quiet the market has been this winter for free agent reliever Rafael Soriano.  He was one of the best bullpen pitchers in all of baseball last year with a 1.73 ERA and 0.80 WHIP across 64 appearances. His 45 saves in 48 chances led all American League closers and he struck out…

  3. Jeff Bagwell isn’t getting into the Hall of Fame anytime soon

    Jan 1, 2011, 7:30 PM EST

    Bagwell

    The fine baseball writing gentlemen of the Chicago Tribune published their Hall of Fame ballots Saturday, and what a job they did. All seven of the voters agreed that Roberto Alomar was a Hall of Famer, yet not a one picked Jeff Bagwell. And what’s especially brilliant is not a one would admit docking him…

  4. Matt Thornton didn’t appreciate Oney Guillen’s tweets

    Jan 1, 2011, 5:00 PM EST

    Thornton Guillen

    During an appearance on ESPN 1000 in Chicago earlier today, Matt Thornton criticized Ozzie Guillen’s son Oney for his recent tweets regarding former closer Bobby Jenks. “What happened here with Oney tweeting what he did, that’s crossing a pretty big line in my personal opinion. That’s something that’s gotta be addressed quickly and taken care…

  5. Carlos Guillen “more and more likely” to be ready for Opening Day

    Jan 1, 2011, 3:07 PM EST

    Carlos Guillen knee

    As you may recall, Carlos Guillen underwent microfracture surgery on his left knee last September due to an injury suffered on a takeout slide by Brett Gardner last August. There isn’t much of a track record as far as microfracture success stories in MLB, but it sounds as though Guillen is making good progress thus…

  6. Chien-Ming Wang vows to return by May

    Jan 1, 2011, 12:42 PM EST

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    We’re used to hearing your typical New Year’s resolutions. Work out more. Quit smoking. Read more HardballTalk. You know, that kind of thing. But for Chien-Ming Wang, the goal is simple. He wants to pitch in the majors this upcoming season. According to a report in the China Post, Wang said at a charity drive…

  7. Rockies will not confirm reports of extension for Carlos Gonzalez

    Jan 1, 2011, 10:31 AM EST

    Carlos Gonzalez rockies

    According to Thomas Harding of MLB.com, Venezuelan newspaper El Nacional is reporting that Carlos Gonzalez is about to a sign a multi-year contract extension with the Rockies worth somewhere around “$78 or 80 million.” Meanwhile, the Rockies aren’t saying much. Harding reached a club official who would only say that there has been an offer…

  8. Report: Derrek Lee could make $10 million with Orioles

    Jan 1, 2011, 8:54 AM EST

    Derrek Lee with Braves

    We heard yesterday that the Orioles agreed to terms with Derrek Lee on a one-year contract. Now we’re learning some of the potential details. While Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun writes that the contract is expected to be worth $8 million, Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports hears that the deal includes incentives and could…

  9. Nationals reportedly offer Adam LaRoche two-year deal

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:45 PM EST

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    The Baltimore Orioles grew tired of waiting on Adam LaRoche, and so they agreed to a deal on Friday with Derek Lee. The Washington Nationals, who lost Adam Dunn to free agency, were interested in signing Lee as well. So after losing out to the Orioles, the Nats naturally have turned their attention to LaRoche.…

  10. Have a happy new year, HBT Nation

    Dec 31, 2010, 4:27 PM EST

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    The wife and I are taking the kids to a party soon.  Really: a kid-friendly New Year’s Eve party with a couple other families. It runs from 6PM to 9PM and all the kids blow their noisemakers at 9.  I know it sounds lame to a lot of you, but we’ll still have fun. I…

  11. Red Sox close to re-signing reliever Hideki Okajima

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:47 PM EST

    Hideki Okajima

    Non-tendered by the Red Sox three weeks ago Hideki Okajima is close to returning to Boston, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. Cafardo reports that Okajima is on the verge of agreeing to a one-year contract, presumably for less than the $3.5 million or so the Red Sox likely would have owed him…

  12. Orioles agree to one-year contract with Derrek Lee

    Dec 31, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Derrek Lee braves

    No doubt sick of waiting for Adam LaRoche to accept multi-year offers that have been on the table for weeks now the Orioles have moved on to Plan B at first base, with Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reporting that they’ve agreed to terms on a one-year deal with Derrek Lee. And ultimately the…

  13. Tough break for Rockies prospect Kyle Parker

    Dec 31, 2010, 2:47 PM EST

    Kyle Parker baseball

    Literally, a tough break. Rockies prospect Kyle Parker — who doubles as Clemson’s starting quarterback — just went down with broken ribs in the Meineke Bowl.  His college career is now over.  With spring training less than two months away, one has to assume that his pro baseball career is going to be somewhat delayed. Parker…

  14. Must-Click Link: Comparing player physiques over time

    Dec 31, 2010, 1:35 PM EST

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    Most of the people who are on the Bagwell-is-a-roider train ask that we simply compare the physiques of young Bagwell and old Bagwell and all will be revealed. Oh really? Jason at IIATMS spent a ton of time today snagging pics of players when they were young and when they were old and puts them…

  15. No, bloggers don’t have Bagwell groupthink

    Dec 31, 2010, 12:17 PM EST

    Jeff Bagwell

    “You’re part of the Baseball Blogger’s Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!” Second baseman Roberto Alomar and starting pitcher Bert Blyleven were named today as the recommended 2011 Hall of Fame class by the Baseball Bloggers Alliance … Both players received 117 votes out of the 154 ballots cast, resulting in a 75.97% approval rate. …

  16. People were sour on Bert Blyleven 35 years ago

    Dec 31, 2010, 10:36 AM EST

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    A lot of the resistance to Bert Blyleven’s Hall of Fame candidacy is based on the notion that, while he was pitching, no one thought of him as a Hall of Famer. I think that’s definitely the case.  I wasn’t really aware of him as a player — as opposed to a random 1970s baseball card…

  17. Tom Vandergriff helped bring the Senators to Texas

    Dec 31, 2010, 9:23 AM EST

    Vandergriff

    I promise that it won’t all be obituaries today, but this one is pretty notable.  Tom Vandergriff, the man who, as mayor, helped bring the Washington Senators to Arlington, Texas where they became the Rangers has died: In 1965, Vandergriff brought Dallas and Fort Worth officials together to help build a minor league baseball stadium…

  18. Former player, manager, scout Steve Boros dies

    Dec 31, 2010, 8:33 AM EST

    Gibson homer

    Never heard of Steve Boros? Here’s some background.  Here’s some more. And here’s a signature accomplishment: Boros was part of a scout team that filled out reports that fall on the Athletics, the Dodgers’ opponent in the World Series. Among the traits that Boros and his co-workers noticed: Oakland relief ace Dennis Eckersley tended to…

  19. The Reds have talked to Edgar Renteria

    Dec 31, 2010, 7:09 AM EST

    Renteria running

    Reds GM Walt Jocketty said yesterday that he has spoken to Edgar Renteria‘s agent. Gosh, I hope he wasn’t insulting! Jocketty is familiar with Renteria, of course, as he was the guy who signed him to play for the Cardinals.  Based on his previous comments, however, it seems kind of doubtful that Renteria would come…

  20. Mariners believe Aardsma will be ready for Opening Day

    Dec 30, 2010, 9:29 PM EST

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    The Mariners announced this evening that closer David Aardsma will have surgery on January 3 to repair a torn labrum in his left hip.  It’s news that is going to put a halt to the M’s attempts to trade the right-hander, but all indications are that it won’t affect their 2011 season. According to Larry…

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