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  1. Rangers GM Jon Daniels named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year

    Dec 3, 2010, 8:12 PM EST

    Jon Daniels

    Fresh off the franchise’s first ever World Series appearance, Rangers general manager Jon Daniels was named as Executive of the Year by Baseball America earlier today. Here’s the man himself, via T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com: “It’s really an organizational award — this is a huge operation involving the efforts of so many people,” Daniels said.…

  2. Surprise, surprise: More progress between Derek Jeter and the Yankees

    Dec 3, 2010, 6:49 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    As Craig noted yesterday, the tide has turned in regards to negotiations between Derek Jeter and the Yankees. Well, here’s Act II. Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday reports that there were “more positive talks today” while Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record writes that the two sides are “moving closer to a middle ground.”…

  3. Report: The Red Sox and Padres are talking about an Adrian Gonzalez trade

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:58 PM EST

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    We knew this was coming, it was only a matter of when:  Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston is reporting that the Red Sox and Padres are discussing a trade for Adrian Gonzalez. Edes says that Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer are “making headway.”  The contours of a deal would break down thusly: According to the…

  4. Rangers close to re-signing backup catcher Matt Treanor

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:44 PM EST

    matt-treanor-ranger

    Texas has switched starting catchers, letting Bengie Molina walk as a free agent and signing Yorvit Torrealba to replace him, but T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports that the Rangers are sticking with Matt Treanor as their backup. General manager Jon Daniels told Sullivan that “we’re pretty confident Matt is coming back.” Treanor got a career-high…

  5. Yankee Stadium is the Louvre, Jeter its Mona Lisa. Really, someone said that.

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:30 PM EST

    Derek Jeter triple

    The return to calm and quiet PR-friendly negotiations between the Yankees and Derek Jeter is easily the worst thing to happen this week. Really, wasn’t life much more fun when they were slamming each other in the media? And then, in turn, causing those of us in column-and-blog land to say equally silly things?  Things…

  6. Great Moments in unnecessary advice

    Dec 3, 2010, 5:00 PM EST

    Adam Dunn swinging

    MLB.com’s Scott Merkin tweeted something interesting a few minutes ago: [Adam] Dunn apparently sought out advice from former teammates such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Willie Harris about hitting at U.S. Cellular Ken Griffey hit .257/.333/.392 with one homer in 84 plate appearances at U.S. Cellular during his brief stint with the White Sox in…

  7. The Mets are going to turn Jenrry Mejia back into a starter

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:30 PM EST

    Pittsburgh Pirates v New York Mets

    This is why Mets fans — at least right-thinking ones — are happy that Sandy Alderson got the gig. He told David Lennon of Newsday today that Jenrry Mejia will not start the 2011 season in the Mets’ bullpen. Alderson said “we don’t want him in our bullpen this year. Our goal is not to…

  8. Bronson Arroyo signs a three-year extension with the Reds

    Dec 3, 2010, 4:01 PM EST

    Bronson Arroyo

    The Reds recently exercised Bronson Arroyo’s $11 million option for 2011. It has now been torn up and replaced by a three-year extension worth $35 million reports Ken Rosenthal. Arroyo once looked like he’d be a free agent this winter, what with a contract that seemed overpriced on a non-contender. But then a funny thing…

  9. Russell Martin open to re-signing with Dodgers as utility man

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:48 PM EST

    Russell Martin

    Russell Martin was non-tendered by the Dodgers last night and the team seemingly replaced him behind the plate by re-signing Rod Barajas to a one-year deal, but today Martin’s agent told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times that returning at a lesser salary and as a utility man may still be an option. According…

  10. Kenny Williams: Dunn, Pierzynski deals back loaded; Paul Konerko next

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox Konerko watches his first hit of five against Minnesota Twins during the first inning of their American League baseball game in Minneapolis

    Kenny Williams spoke with reporters today to officially announce the signings of Adam Dunn and A.J. Pierzynski. He mentioned that those deals were back loaded, so as to allow the Sox to pursue Paul Konerko. The Sox are expected to meet with Konerko next week.  Inasmuch as it seems like Kenny Williams has been given…

  11. Tim Wakefield says 2011 will “probably” be his last season

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:15 PM EST

    Tim Wakefield

    Jamie Moyer is undergoing elbow surgery with an eye toward returning in 2012 at age 49, but Tim Wakefield isn’t planning to stick around that long. He’ll be back with the Red Sox in 2011 after going 4-10 with a 5.40 ERA this year, but the 44-year-old knuckleballer told Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe…

  12. The Padres hire Josh Byrnes

    Dec 3, 2010, 3:03 PM EST

    Josh Byrnes

    Fired Arizona Diamondbacks are the new inefficiency. A couple months after hiring former Dbacks manager A.J. Hinch, the Padres have hired his old boss, Josh Byrnes, to be the senior vice president of baseball operations.  There he’ll answer to Jed Hoyer, with whom Byrnes used to work in Boston. When last we heard from Byrnes…

  13. The Brewers trade Carlos Villanueva to Toronto

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:35 PM EST

    Milwaukee Brewers v St. Louis Cardinals

    Not a  lot of detail on this one yet, but the Brewers have traded righty reliever Carlos Villanueva to the Blue Jays for a player to be named later. Villanueva pitched in 50 games last year, posting a 4.61 ERA and striking out 67 guys in 52 innings. He allows quite a few base runners,…

  14. Nationals and Cubs “stepping up pursuit of Brandon Webb”

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:16 PM EST

    Brandon Webb

    According to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com the Nationals and Cubs “are stepping up their pursuit of Brandon Webb” and “making a big push” to sign the former Cy Young winner amid interest from “several other clubs.” Washington has been linked to Webb since the moment he became a free agent and Chicago’s interest was first…

  15. The Sox offered Mariano Rivera two years and $30 million

    Dec 3, 2010, 2:04 PM EST

    rivera in delivery

    I was skeptical about the Red Sox making a serious offer to Mariano Rivera, but Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston reports that it was legit: a two-year deal at $15 million per.  If Mo had accepted it, the Sox would have non-tendered Jonathan Papelbon. I had made a comment this morning asking why the Sox…

  16. Braves get Scott Linebrink from White Sox for Kyle Cofield

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:47 PM EST

    scott-linebrink-white-sox

    No doubt looking to shed some salary after signing Adam Dunn and re-signing A.J. Pierzynski yesterday, the White Sox have traded veteran reliever Scott Linebrink to the Braves for mid-level pitching prospect Kyle Cofield. Chicago will reportedly send some cash to Atlanta to cover part of the one season and $5.5 million left on Linebrink’s…

  17. Photo of the Day: Brian Cashman rappelled down that building

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Or, based on the headband, it may have been Brett Michaels. Possibly Andre Agassi.

  18. Hall of Fame or not, Ron Santo ranks among the all-time great third basemen

    Dec 3, 2010, 1:15 PM EST

    ron santo cubs card

    When someone successful and beloved dies there’s a natural tendency to perhaps overstate their greatness and at first glance it may seem as though people are doing that today in touting Ron Santo’s qualifications for the Hall of Fame after the longtime Cubs third baseman and announcer passed away yesterday. However, in Santo’s case amplifying…

  19. Magglio Ordonez is probably re-signing with the Tigers

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Magglio basepaths

    I took a whole lot of Spanish in high school and college, and got to the point at the end of my freshman year where I was even starting to think in Spanish. Everyone told me that what I needed to do at that point was spend the summer in an immersion program in Mexico…

  20. UPDATE: Angels sign Hisanori Takahashi to two-year deal

    Dec 3, 2010, 12:16 PM EST

    Hisanori Takahashi throwing

    UPDATE: Done deal. Two years and “between $5 and $6 million.” ========== Let go by the Mets last month when the two sides couldn’t agree to a new contract before a sign-or-cut deadline, left-hander Hisanori Takahashi is “close to agreeing to a multi-year deal with the Angels,” writes David Waldstein of the New York Times.…

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