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  1. The Phillies sign J.C. Romero

    Dec 27, 2010, 6:06 AM EST

    Romero

    Earlier this month the Phillies reached an agreement with Dennys Reyes. It fell apart following Reyes’ physical, however, leaving the Phils in need of a lefty reliever. At the time J.C. Romero said he hoped it gave him a chance to stay in Philly. It did: the Phillies signed him to a one-year deal. Terms…

  2. Dotel is reportedly close to deal with Blue Jays

    Dec 27, 2010, 1:52 AM EST

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    Octavio Dotel is close to reaching agreement on a one-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays, according to Enrique Rojas of ESPNdeportes.com. Rojas reports that the deal would be similar to last year’s contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, in which Dotel received $3.2 million plus another potential $500,000 in incentives. Dotel was 3-4 with a…

  3. Report: Rangers reach agreement with Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 5:28 PM EST

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    From Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse comes word that the Rangers have reached agreement on a contract with free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  The deal is only pending a physical. The Reds, Yankees, Rangers, Cubs and Nationals all showed interest in the 31-year-old this winter, but he chose Texas in the end and should open…

  4. Reds identified as mystery team in on Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 4:09 PM EST

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    More developments here in the hunt for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb. The NL Central “mystery” team that was mentioned earlier by ESPN.com’s Jayson Stark has been identified by Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com as the Cincinnati Reds.  Rosenthal believes that Webb is now choosing between Texas and Cincinnati. The 31-year-old righty knows Reds pitching coach…

  5. Ron Santo, a man of great pride until the very end…

    Dec 26, 2010, 3:34 PM EST

    Jose Cuevas

    Published late Christmas Eve, this inspiring story on Ron Santo’s passing from the Arlington Heights Daily Herald flew largely under the radar during the holiday weekend. Let’s bring it back to light. The obituaries will tell you that the Cubs legend passed away on December 2, but Santo’s immediate family knows the real truth. At…

  6. Cubs and Nationals no longer pursuing Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 1:12 PM EST

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    The market for free agent right-hander Brandon Webb is finally starting to take shape.  Teams are moving in and teams are moving out as negotiations begin to turn serious. We told you earlier today that the Yankees are “monitoring” the 31-year-old starter.  According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com, the Cubs and Nationals are not.  At…

  7. Braves, Uggla still moving toward long-term extension

    Dec 26, 2010, 12:38 PM EST

    Florida Marlins v San Francisco Giants

    The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo reported two weeks ago that the Braves were nearing a five-year, $61 million extension with newly acquired infielder Dan Uggla. Cafardo has an update on the ongoing talks today in his info-packed Sunday notes column. The two sides have not yet reached an official agreement because Uggla’s camp is seeking…

  8. Yankees “monitoring” free agent righty Brandon Webb

    Dec 26, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Brandon Webb

    From George King III of the New York Post comes word that the Yankees are monitoring the negotiations surrounding free agent right-hander Brandon Webb.  However, the Yanks “don’t appear to be in a hurry to do anything.” New York is still waiting on a decision from veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, who is weighing whether to…

  9. Hisashi Iwakuma re-signs with Rakuten Golden Eagles

    Dec 26, 2010, 10:21 AM EST

    Hisashi Iwakuma

    The A’s won exclusive negotiating rights for Japanese right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma earlier this winter, but they were unwilling to meet his lofty contract demands and the 29-year-old has now re-signed with the Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball.  This according to Jason Coskrey of The Japan Times. Iwakuma turned in a quality 2.81 ERA…

  10. Nationals “remain in the mix” for righty Carl Pavano

    Dec 26, 2010, 9:03 AM EST

    Minnesota Twins starter Pavano pitches to the New York Yankees during the first inning of Game 2 of their MLB ALDS baseball playoffs in Minneapolis

    The Nationals made a run at free agent southpaw Cliff Lee before he signed with the Phillies.  They also tried for right-hander Zack Greinke before the Royals dealt him to the Brewers. The free agent market is mostly a scrap heap by now, but one top free agent pitcher remains and the Nationals are doing…

  11. Baseball Stars, a peak in many ways…

    Dec 25, 2010, 3:26 PM EST

    baseball stars logo

    Merry Christmas. It’s nice to be able to write that and know that a few thousand people might read it.  Or at least glance over it.  I hope you all had a safe and fun holiday. I used to love Christmas.  I guess I still do, but I used to really love it. Presents. Presents.…

  12. Jamie Moyer is serious about wanting to pitch in 2012

    Dec 25, 2010, 1:32 PM EST

    Phildelphia Phillies v Washington Nationals

    Jamie Moyer will make a comeback in 2012 and there’s nothing you can do about it.  At least, that’s the 48-year-old’s current mindset. He underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in early December and is going to miss the entire 2011 season while in recovery mode from the procedure.  But he expects to find an…

  13. Revisiting “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets”

    Dec 25, 2010, 12:00 PM EST

    Sandy Alderson Citi Field

    It was a little less than a year ago when I wrote a piece for HardballTalk entitled “Five ways to ‘fix’ the Mets.” For those who have forgotten, here were my recommendations at the time: Decide on a public face Learn how to keep certain things in-house A complete and thorough review/overhaul of medical protocol…

  14. Topps

    Dec 25, 2010, 8:00 AM EST

    Curt Topps hat

    I wrote this on my old Shysterball blog back in 2007. Sorry for the re-run, but (a) it’s Christmas and I have better things to be doing this morning than blogging; and (b) only a handful of people read Shysterball back in the day, so I’m sure most of you haven’t seen this anyway.  Either…

  15. Padres reach one-year agreement with Brad Hawpe

    Dec 24, 2010, 6:58 PM EST

    Brad Hawpe

    From Bernie Wilson of the Associated Press comes word that the Padres have reached a one-year contract with free agent Brad Hawpe.  The two sides were said to be “on the verge” of an agreement late Thursday night and made it happen today on Christmas Eve. Once he passes his pre-signing physical, everything will be…

  16. Merry Christmas, HBT Nation

    Dec 24, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Wonderful Life

    As soon as I hit “publish” on this post, I’m going to take the family to my folks’ house for a nice Christmas Eve dinner. Then I’m going to come back, do my very best to settle Mookie and Tyrus Raymond down and get them to bed under threat of Santa skipping our house.  Then…

  17. The Giants are locking up Krukow and Kuiper for six more years

    Dec 24, 2010, 4:00 PM EST

    Krukow and Kuiper

    I never had a chance to listen Mike Krukow and Duane Kuiper doing Giants games until this year when I began surfing between multiple games each night for a living.  But having had a chance to check them out in 2010, I agree: they’re near the top of the heap as far as broadcasters go.…

  18. Papi Claus

    Dec 24, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    Daisuke Matsuzaka

    Christmas Eve is a good day for stories about ballplayers doing philanthropic things. Though the stories tend to sound the same, the underlying message never gets old. And that’s especially true when the message involves David Ortiz dressed up like Santa Claus: In many ways, Ortiz is like a Dominican Santa — gregarious in nature, large…

  19. The most depressing baseball-related Christmas song ever

    Dec 24, 2010, 2:10 PM EST

    Halladay Jays

    It’s actually kinda jumpy in a western swing sort of way, but this song by Canadian country singer Gord Bramford is mostly sad. Why? Because all the little boy in the video wants is a baseball glove autographed by Roy Halladay. The same Roy Halladay of whom he has a poster on the wall of…

  20. Trevor Hoffman wants to pitch, but “the offers are sparse”

    Dec 24, 2010, 1:43 PM EST

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    Trevor Hoffman told Adam McCalvy of MLB.com that he’s leaning toward wanting to continue pitching in 2011, but McCalvy writes that “the offers are sparse” for the all-time saves leader after he struggled in 2010. With a 2-7 record and 5.89 ERA in 47 innings Hoffman’s overall numbers were ugly, but he bounced back from…

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