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  1. Frank Francisco likely to accept arbitration, return to Rangers

    Nov 29, 2010, 11:18 AM EST

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    Tomorrow night is the deadline for Type A and Type B free agents to accept or decline their teams’ arbitration offers. For the most part it’s merely a procedural deadline, as nearly all the free agents will decline the offer on their way to the open market, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Frank…

  2. Carl Crawford is in no hurry

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:58 AM EST

    carl crawford rays

    Ken Rosenthal takes a look at the free agent class as it’s currently constituted and observes that Carl Crawford may wait to sign — possibly until after Cliff Lee signs — in order ensure the maximum number of teams are in on the bidding, including the Yankees. I don’t think the Yankees will ever be…

  3. Happy birthday to the greatest announcer of all time

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:47 AM EST

    Vin Scully

    I first listened to Vin Scully call a Dodgers game when I was about 20 years old and he was around 75, yet immediately became such a big fan that I frequently tuned into their games on the MLB Extra Innings package despite a two-hour time difference and absolutely no allegiance to the Dodgers whatsoever.…

  4. Astros reject Lance Berkman’s attempt to return to Houston

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:15 AM EST

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    Richard Justice of the Houston Chronicle writes that Lance Berkman “believed he would return to the Astros in 2011 … from the moment he was traded to the Yankees last July.” However, when his agent approached general manager Ed Wade about potentially returning to Houston he was told “thanks, but no thanks.” “It wasn’t a…

  5. Marvin Miller sets the record straight on Jim Palmer and the union

    Nov 29, 2010, 10:08 AM EST

    Marvin Miller

    A couple of weeks ago Maury Chass and some others wrote about Marvin Miller’s Hall of Fame candidacy which, regrettably, has yet to be successful.  Chass made mention of Miller’s recent pessimism regarding his chances, and quoted Miller dismissing the makeup of the Veteran’s Committee in whose hands his Hall of Fame case currently rests.…

  6. Scott Boras proposes posting fees for minor leaguers

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:22 AM EST

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    Ken Rosenthal passes on a bright idea from Scott Boras: a minor league posting system: Each team would protect a set number of players: 40, the current number, or maybe even 45. Every other player in a club’s farm system would be available through a blind posting process similar to the arrangement baseball maintains with…

  7. The Dodgers are looking at Juan Uribe

    Nov 29, 2010, 9:06 AM EST

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    Multiple sources are saying that the Dodgers are taking a hard look at infielder Juan Uribe. I like Uribe and I like that the Dodgers would look at trying to take away a key part of the Giants’ 2010 success. Some nice in-your-face value to it, ya know? At the same time, I think Uribe…

  8. So, I’ve been doing this for a year now

    Nov 29, 2010, 8:27 AM EST

    Working at home

    While HBT launched in April 2009, I think of today as being a bit more significant, anniversary-wise. That’s because today marks one year since I ditched the legal gig and started blogging here full time. In some ways this year has flown by. It has certainly gone by quicker than any of my years working…

  9. 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.

  10. 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…

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

    Nov 28, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

    beltre with sox

    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…

  12. Nationals to meet with Brandon Webb at Winter Meetings

    Nov 28, 2010, 4:03 PM EST

    webb working out

    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…

  13. 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…

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

    Nov 28, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    jeter with bat

    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…

  15. Red Sox showing interest in free agent Matt Guerrier

    Nov 28, 2010, 12:18 PM EST

    guerrier high five

    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…

  16. 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

  17. 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…

  18. 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…

  19. 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…

  20. 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…

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