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  1. UPDATE: Jays not near deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski

    Dec 2, 2010, 8:23 PM EST

    pierzynski walking to dugout

    From Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Cowley buried the news in a story about the White Sox signing Adam Dunn, so it’s possible that he doesn’t fully trust the source that passed along the information.  But a…

  2. Francisco Rodriguez will plead guilty to assault Friday

    Dec 2, 2010, 7:08 PM EST

    k-rod in bullpen

    The Mets’ new management regime has already committed to using Francisco Rodriguez at closer next season, but that doesn’t mean the right-hander can put the events of August 11 behind him.  At least, not yet. According to the New York Daily News, Rodriguez will plead guilty Friday in a New York court to an assault…

  3. Javier Vazquez hoping physical therapist can help him find lost velocity

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:31 PM EST

    Javier Vazquez Yankees

    Earlier this week I wrote about how Javier Vazquez’s significant drop in velocity this season makes him far from a sure thing to bounce back in 2011 simply because he was leaving New York and returning to the National League. Vazquez apparently feels the same way, because Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post reports…

  4. The White Sox may get Adam Dunn AND Paul Konerko

    Dec 2, 2010, 5:00 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

    Adam Dunn is all but done. And talk about changing the balance of power, here’s the latest tweet from Joe Cowley: Several Sox players are under the belief that not only is Dunn done deal, but PK [Paul Konerko] is close. Seems the demise of JR’s checkbook is exaggerated I have no idea if a…

  5. Braves non-tender Matt Diaz after five years in Atlanta

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    matt-diaz-braves

    Matt Diaz has been added to the non-tender pile, as the Braves cut the 33-year-old outfielder loose after five seasons in Atlanta. Diaz has alternated good years and bad years for the Braves, and when his batting average slumps like it did this season his modest pop, swing-at-everything approach, and poor defense make him a…

  6. The White Sox, Adam Dunn on the verge of a four-year, $56 million deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:48 PM EST

    Adam Dunn

    UPDATE:  The Los Angeles Times reports that the deal between the White Sox and Dunn has been struck: four-years, $56 million, pending a physical.  Wow. What’s more: there are strong indications that the Sox will bring back Paul Konerko too.  We’ll have an update on that shortly. 4:47 PM: Joe Cowley of the Sun-Times says…

  7. Twins sign Pat Neshek and Jason Repko to one-year deals, avoiding arbitration

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    pat-neshek-twins

    Non-tender candidates Pat Neshek and Jason Repko will remain with the Twins and avoid arbitration after signing one-year contracts prior to tonight’s deadline. Neshek will get $625,000 after spending most of 2010 on the disabled list or back in the minors following a shaky comeback from Tommy John surgery. He’ll compete for a spot in…

  8. The Yankees sweeten their offer to Jeter. Of course, this is all theater.

    Dec 2, 2010, 4:01 PM EST

    New York Yankees v Texas Rangers, Game 6

    You can almost hear the stage manager barking out directions on this one: “OK, now Jeter: you let the Yankees come to your home, showing that you are due respect … and now you Yankees; you alert multiple members of the media that you are increasing your offer.  Don’t say how much! That will blow…

  9. Jason Varitek is close to returning to Boston on a one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:32 PM EST

    varitek

    Face it Boston fans: Jason Varitek is going to be playing for the Sox until your grandkids have grandkids.  Peter Gammons just reported that the Sox is about to sign a $2 million contract. You have to think that this means that Saltalamacchia is the starter and Varitek the backup, right? Of course that’s the…

  10. UPDATE: White Sox non-tender longtime closer Bobby Jenks

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:20 PM EST

    Bobby Jenks

    UPDATE: As expected, the White Sox have non-tendered Jenks. ========== Throughout the past year or so there’s been speculation about the White Sox non-tendering closer Bobby Jenks this offseason. He made $7.5 million in 2010 and would be in line for a raise through the arbitration process, and his performance has deteriorated to the point…

  11. Eric Hinske signs with the Braves

    Dec 2, 2010, 3:00 PM EST

    San Francisco Giants v Atlanta Braves, Game 3

    Eric Hinske had been courted by both the Brewers and the Braves, but he has decided to stick with Atlanta. Dave O’Brien of the AJC reports that he’s getting a one-year deal with an option. No word on the bucks yet, but Mark Bowman had previously reported that the offer from Atlanta was for around…

  12. Cubs and Jeff Baker avoid arbitration with one-year deal

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:46 PM EST

    jeff-baker-cubs

    Jeff Baker and the Cubs have avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year deal prior to tonight’s contract-tendering deadline. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the deal is worth $1.175 million, which is a 20 percent raise from the $975,000 he earned while hitting .272/.326/.413 in a part-time role this season. Baker has logged…

  13. Pat Burrell’s deal: $1 million plus incentives

    Dec 2, 2010, 2:30 PM EST

    Philadelphia Phillies v San Francisco Giants, Game 4

    Ken Rosenthal reports that Pat Burrell will make a $1 million base salary with some added  incentives. I think this renders the deal sufficiently free of risk in the event that playoffs Pat Burrell shows up for the 2011 season instead of post-trade-from-the-Rays Burrell. At $1 million, the Giants can pretty much cut bait on…

  14. Diamondbacks non-tender Church, Carrasco, Ojeda, Boyer

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:48 PM EST

    ryan-church-diamondbacks

    Arizona announced four non-tenders, cutting loose Ryan Church, D.J. Carrasco, Augie Ojeda, and Blaine Boyer rather than going through the arbitration process with them. They may also still non-tender Zach Duke prior to tonight’s deadline, but for now the Diamondbacks are reportedly trying to work out a one-year deal with him for a lesser salary…

  15. And now for a wildly implausible Adrian Beltre rumor

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:29 PM EST

    Adrian Beltre

    Hold your nose for this one: Jayson Stark is reporting that “officials of two clubs monitoring Adrian Beltre’s negotiations” believe that Adrian Beltre could sign with the Oakland A’s quickly, possibly as soon as today.  Why the rush?  Well, there’s an offer out there, see, and the A’s have two other third baseman in Kevin…

  16. Trade for Ryan Theriot has Cardinals shopping Brendan Ryan

    Dec 2, 2010, 1:17 PM EST

    brendan-ryan-cardinals2

    Earlier this week the Cardinals acquired Ryan Theriot from the Dodgers and made it clear they plan to start him at shortstop, so not surprisingly Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports that “the Cardinals have let other teams know Brendan Ryan is available and they’ll look to trade him during next week’s…

  17. Ryan Howard and Chase Utley guest starring on “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” tonight

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:45 PM EST

    howard and utley on always sunny

    Ryan Howard and Chase Utley make cameo appearances in tonight’s episode of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” on FX. As an NBC/GE/Comcast employee my advice is to DVR the show on FX for later viewing and watch whatever is on NBC in real time. It’s the sensible thing to do, obviously. Todd Zolecki of MLB.com…

  18. Lots of baseball players take ADD drugs

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:30 PM EST

    Adderall

    Baseball’s annual drug report came out yesterday and the results are not terribly surprising: 3,714 drug tests and 17 positives, only two of which were for PEDs used by Edinson Volquez and Ronny Paulino. The other positives were stimulants and recreational drugs. These test results will lead to predictable statements from the predictable parties: Major…

  19. Jim Leyritz to be sentenced today

    Dec 2, 2010, 12:05 PM EST

    Jim Leyritz

    A jury found Jim Leyritz guilty of  drunk driving last month, but he was acquitted of manslaughter. Today Leyrtiz gets sentenced. He faces a maximum of six months in prison. Two things I wonder about: Normally someone who just gets a drunk driving conviction with Leyritz’s record won’t actually do six months of time. I…

  20. Joel Zumaya is one more injury from “finding another job”

    Dec 2, 2010, 11:49 AM EST

    Detroit pitcher Zumaya injures arm after pitching to Twins Young during their MLB baseball game in Minneapolis

    Joel Zumaya is hoping to be fully recovered from his latest significant arm injury in time for spring training, but the flame-throwing right-hander told Jason Beck of MLB.com that his next injury would probably be his last one: I’m trying to make some believers. This year’s going to be my make-it-or-break-it year. If I get…

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