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  1. HBT Weekend Wrapup

    Nov 29, 2010, 6:21 AM EST

    Michigan v Ohio State

    What? That pic has nothing to do with baseball? Hmmm. Let me check into it. It may take many, many hours to fix the “problem,” however, so please bear with us.

  2. Enrico Pallazzo: 1926-2010

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:42 PM EST

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    You knew him better as Leslie Nielsen, but to baseball fans he’ll always be Enrico.  He died today at the age of 84. We are both obligated and honored to send you to this fine video of the Mariners taking on the Angels during Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to the United States. If that’s…

  3. Did the A’s really make that five-year, $64M offer to Beltre?

    Nov 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

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    It’s still pretty early in the offseason and most top tier free agents won’t sign for another couple of weeks.  Or months. The hot stove, however, is always burning. Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reported two weeks ago that the A’s made a five-year, $64 million offer to free agent third baseman Adrian Beltre.  We’ve…

  4. Nationals to meet with Brandon Webb at Winter Meetings

    Nov 28, 2010, 4:03 PM EST

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    The Cubs aren’t the only team with heavy interest in veteran right-hander Brandon Webb. According to MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Nationals plan to meet with Webb’s representatives at baseball’s annual Winter Meetings in early December. Webb hasn’t appeared in a major league game since the first week of the 2009 season because of chronic shoulder…

  5. Update: Marlins reach agreement with Javier Vazquez

    Nov 28, 2010, 2:58 PM EST

    Javier Vazquez

    The Marlins have made a couple of questionable moves this offseason.  This won’t be one of them. A source told MLB.com’s Bill Ladson that the Fish are nearing a contract with free agent right-hander Javier Vazquez.  The Nationals, Rockies, Cardinals and Cubs all showed interest, but Javy has a home in south Florida and that…

  6. Yankees may be willing to add $5 million to original offer

    Nov 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

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    The Yankees have no real reason to up their three-year, $45 million offer to veteran shortstop Derek Jeter.  He’s 36 years old, a poor defender and batted just .270/.340/.370 this year over 663 at-bats. But it sounds like they might sweeten the deal just to put an end to all of the noise. A source…

  7. Red Sox showing interest in free agent Matt Guerrier

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

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    A major league source has informed Alex Speier of Boston-based WEEI.com that the Red Sox are showing interest in free agent reliever Matt Guerrier. And why wouldn’t they? Guerrier posted a 3.17 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 71 innings this past season and a 2.36 ERA and 0.97 WHIP the year before. He has a…

  8. Must-click link: Abandoned in Atlantic City

    Nov 28, 2010, 11:21 AM EST

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    “When you don’t maintain something, it will fall apart.” From The Press of Atlantic City’s Dan Good comes this fascinating look at a ballpark left to rot on America’s east coast. Abandoned In Atlantic City

  9. Rangers still hoping to bring back Vladimir Guerrero

    Nov 28, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    vlad walking

    Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News has an update this morning on free agent designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero. The nuts and bolts?  The Rangers want Vlad to return, but they can’t commit a multi-million dollar contract to him until they know how they stand in the running for free agent left-hander Cliff Lee. Guerrero…

  10. Cubs have interest in free agent Brandon Webb

    Nov 28, 2010, 8:58 AM EST

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    Veteran hurler Brandon Webb hasn’t pitched in a major league game since the start of the 2009 season because of chronic shoulder issues.  But that hasn’t stopped teams from calling about the right-hander, who is now a free agent. Sources told Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse this weekend that the Cubs are now in the…

  11. Could Paul Konerko be a fit with the Rangers?

    Nov 27, 2010, 6:03 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

    Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune seems to think so. He writes that the Rangers “are becoming a more realistic option” for Konerko. The possibility has gained momentum in recent days, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported earlier this week that the Rangers were showing interest in the free agent first baseman after missing out…

  12. Justin Morneau vows to be ready for spring training

    Nov 27, 2010, 4:01 PM EST

    Morneau catch

    Justin Morneau was cleared to resume workouts earlier this week, but the encouraging news doesn’t end there. At the team’s winter coat drive at Target Field earlier today, Morneau told Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he expects to be ready for spring training. “There’s not a doubt in my mind. I’ll be ready…

  13. Yankees sign Brian Anderson and Andy Sisco to minor league deals

    Nov 27, 2010, 2:45 PM EST

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    This just about sums up how slow this Saturday afternoon has been. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Yankees have signed right-hander Brian Anderson and left-hander Andy Sisco to minor league contracts. Both receive invites to major league spring training. Anderson, who turns 29 next March, converted to a pitcher in the Royals organization…

  14. Lou Piniella: Mike Quade deserved Cubs job

    Nov 27, 2010, 1:51 PM EST

    New York Mets v Chicago Cubs

    During an appearance with Steve Cochran on ESPN1000 in Chicago yesterday, Lou Piniella said he believes Mike Quade deserved the opportunity to return as Cubs manager. “Mike’s a good baseball man. He’s been in baseball for a long, long time,” Piniella said. “He got that opportunity when I left there and I tell you what,…

  15. What’s the right price for Manny Ramirez?

    Nov 27, 2010, 12:12 PM EST

    Chicago White Sox v Oakland Athletics

    We’re not sure where Cliff Lee or Carl Crawford will end up just yet, but most of us can agree that both will likely cross the $100 million threshold. As for the future of Manny Ramirez, you’ll get a different take from just about everybody. One day after suggesting that Ramirez may have to accept…

  16. Jonathan Albaladejo signs to play in Japan

    Nov 27, 2010, 11:17 AM EST

    Jonathan Albaladejo

    Jonathan Albaladejo has signed a one-year, $950,000 contract with the Yomiuri Giants of Japan’s Central League, according to the Associated Press. Albaladejo was released by the Yankees earlier this month after he informed the team about his plans to play in Japan. The 28-year-old right-hander originally came over from the Nationals in the Tyler Clippard…

  17. Pedro Feliciano “seriously considering” accepting arbitration from Mets

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:46 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    According to Ken Davidoff of New York Newsday, Pedro Feliciano’s agent Melvin Roman says his client is “seriously considering” accepting the Mets’ arbitration offer. Players face a Tuesday deadline to accept or decline arbitration. Feliciano is one of the most effective and durable left-handed relievers in the sport, so it’s hard to believe he won’t…

  18. Must-click link: Felix Pie goes nuts

    Nov 27, 2010, 10:25 AM EST

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    Orioles outfielder Felix Pie recently got picked off first base while playing for Estrellas Orientales in the Dominican Winter League. He wasn’t too happy about it. I won’t spoil this one too much, but Pie owes that first base coach a steak dinner or something. We can laugh at this now, but this could have…

  19. Report: Yankees, Derek Jeter are about $65-75 million apart

    Nov 27, 2010, 9:40 AM EST

    Jeter batting cage

    Oh boy, I closed my eyes for about seven hours and the story has already changed! What a surprise. OK, so it’s just a variation of what was reported by Michael S. Schmidt of the New York Times last night, but Anthony McCarron and Bill Madden of the New York Daily News report that Derek…

  20. Wally Backman still thinks he was the right choice for Mets manager

    Nov 27, 2010, 8:57 AM EST

    Wally Backman

    Last I left you guys last Saturday evening, the Mets were still without a manager. That all changed on Sunday night, when it was reported that Terry Collins was hired as the club’s new manager. Still, five days later, Wally Backman tells John Harper of the New York Daily News that he can’t believe he…

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