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  1. Joe Mauer had knee surgery

    Dec 17, 2010, 10:03 AM EST

    Joe Mauer

    MLB.com says that Joe Mauer underwent minor surgery on his left knee this week. I didn’t know he needed it, but apparently it was no big deal: just some inflammation build-up. He’s expected to be  good to go once spring training starts. While we’re in Minnesota, I would just like to note that I could not…

  2. Feliciano to get a two-year, $8 million deal from the Yankees

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:32 AM EST

    New York Mets v Philadelphia Phillies

    The Yankees have their LOOGY.  Or almost have him. Heyman reports that New York is on the verge of signing Pedro Feliciano to a two-year deal. He’d make $4 million a year. There’s also an option, which I presume would be a team option, but it’s unclear at the moment. Bob Klapisch was the first…

  3. Brandon Webb wants to be the last boy in the bar

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:20 AM EST

    Brandon Webb

    Resolved: the closer it gets to last call, the more attractive that guy at the end of the bar appears to be (or that girl, depending on your predilections).  Brandon Webb and his wonky shoulder are apparently counting on that: According to a baseball source, Washington continues to be in the mix to acquire right-hander Brandon…

  4. Private businesses in Tampa are going to look into a new Rays ballpark in 2011

    Dec 17, 2010, 9:02 AM EST

    Texas Rangers v Tampa Bay Rays, Game 1

    The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is going to spend much of 2011 looking at new stadium options for the Rays.  The key: they’re going to focus on private, rather than public financing options. My observations of chambers of commerce closer to my own home suggest that when a group of private, up-by-their-own-bootstraps entrepreneurs get together and…

  5. Nobody knows Zack Greinke

    Dec 17, 2010, 8:32 AM EST

    Zack Greinke

    I’ve written a lot recently about how no one can simply assume that Zack Greinke’s history with anxiety disorder makes him unsuitable for pitching in New York. Indeed, it could easily be the opposite — he’s at his best when he’s successful and at his worst when facing adversity — and thus the winning and…

  6. I am genuinely worried about Jose Canseco

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:29 AM EST

    Canseco book

    I continue to watch Jose Canseco’s online meltdown. And as I said the other day, I don’t do so for mocking purposes. I’m genuinely worried about the guy. If you had a friend who spoke frequently about regret and anger and desperation the way Canseco has in the past week, you’d try to get them…

  7. Edgar Renteria is insulted by the Giants’ offer

    Dec 17, 2010, 6:14 AM EST

    Renteria running

    Noted: ballplayers don’t necessarily appreciate that postseason heroics are often flukey things that don’t serve as a fair representation of their current value. Case in point: Edgar Renteria’s response to the Giants’ offer of one year, $1 million: “That offer from the Giants was a lack of respect. A total disrespect. To play for a million…

  8. Chien-Ming Wang’s deal with Nats includes $5M in incentives

    Dec 16, 2010, 9:55 PM EST

    Chien-Ming Wang of Taiwan with Washington Nationals new cap and uniform in Florida

    Chien Ming-Wang agreed to re-sign with the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Now the details of his contract are trickling in.  You know, the good stuff. According to Mark Zuckerman of Nats Insider, Wang will get a base salary of $1 million and can earn another $5 million through performance-based bonuses. The Nationals clearly still believe…

  9. Rangers, Angels, Tigers are not on Greinke’s no-trade list

    Dec 16, 2010, 8:49 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

    Most of this is already known, but it’s worth revisiting anyway. Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com noted Thursday evening that Royals right-hander Zack Greinke can reject a move to 15 major league teams via a no-trade clause in his contract.  (Got it) The Yankees, Red Sox and Nationals are all on that list.  (Got most…

  10. Rockies acquire Jose Morales in minor swap with Twins

    Dec 16, 2010, 7:14 PM EST

    Jose Morales

    From the Twins’ official Twitter feed comes word that the club has traded catcher Jose Morales to the Rockies for young left-hander Paul Bargas. Morales, 27, hit .194/.295/.250 with zero home runs, two doubles and seven RBI over 36 at-bats in 2010 for the Twins.  He will serve as a rarely-used backup in Colorado behind…

  11. Comment of the Day: Yes, Tim Raines is a Hall-of-Famer edition

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:57 PM EST

    Tim Raines

    In response to my inclusion of Tim Raines on my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot: does anyone realize that apart from his 5 really good years of 1983-1987, tim raines looks a lot more like marquis grissom than he does rickey henderson??  5 seasons does not make a hall of fame career. This is why…

  12. Kerry Wood turns down $3.5 million from White Sox to return to Cubs for $1.5 million

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:39 PM EST

    kerry wood si

    Kerry Wood has turned down a one-year, $3.5 million offer from the White Sox in order to return to the Cubs for $1.5 million, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. Wood, who was drafted fourth overall by the Cubs in 1995 and spent the first decade of his career calling Wrigley Field home,…

  13. UPDATE: The Twins have a deal with Tsuyoshi Nishioka

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:18 PM EST

    nishioka throwing

    UPDATE: Heyman says the deal is done: three years, plus an option for “about $10 mil.”  He adds that Nishioka could play second base or shortstop.  Guess it depends on whether the Twins would rather play Alexi Casilla at second or short. 9:30 AM: Heyman says the deal is a three-year deal plus an option year,…

  14. The Indians unveil their Bob Feller memorial patch

    Dec 16, 2010, 5:02 PM EST

    As far as memorial patches go, this one is pretty sweet. Let’s just not dwell on the fact that they probably had it designed and in the can some time ago to be able to roll it out 18 hours after his death:  

  15. UPDATE: Yankees downplay the Rafael Soriano thing. Not that it doesn’t make sense.

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:59 PM EST

    Rafael Soriano Rays

    UPDATE: Not so fast on the Soriano stuff.  Mark Feinsand just spoke to a Yankees official and he downplayed the idea, saying “the price is going to be too high.”  And it will be too high, objectively speaking, for a setup man.  But it’s not like the Yankees (a) couldn’t use the help in the…

  16. Mariano Rivera on reported talks with Red Sox: “It was real”

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:49 PM EST

    Mariano Rivera

    Mariano Rivera has confirmed reports that he had talks with the Red Sox prior to re-signing with the Yankees for $30 million over two years, saying: “It was real.” Rivera didn’t verify reports that his agent actually initiated contact with Boston, but made it pretty clear that he viewed the Red Sox as a legitimate…

  17. Jose Canseco wants to show you his bat speed

    Dec 16, 2010, 4:16 PM EST

    jose canseco twitter

    Jose Canseco has been more or less begging for another chance in baseball via Twitter all week, posting tweets such as “I can DH for any major league team and lead the league in home runs, just give me the chance” and “I will show everyone that steroids are completely overrated once I get the…

  18. Chien-Ming Wang expected to re-sign with the Nationals

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:45 PM EST

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    Washington signing Chien-Ming Wang to an incentive-laden one-year contract for 2010 didn’t work out so well, as never threw a pitch for the Nationals after struggling to come back from shoulder surgery, but Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are giving it another try. According to Rosenthal the Nationals are close to…

  19. Where do PEDs fit in the Hall of Fame debate?

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:27 PM EST

    Rafael Palmeiro

    I’m pretty sure I’ve written a post along these lines before, but a reader asked me about it in the comments to my imaginary Hall of Fame ballot post — and the issue of PEDs and the Hall of Fame are going to come up again as more and more writers reveal their 2011 ballots…

  20. Orioles “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche

    Dec 16, 2010, 3:05 PM EST

    adam-laroche-diamondbacks-swing

    Baltimore is “closing in on signing” first baseman Adam LaRoche, according to Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse. Craig wrote this morning that the Orioles, Nationals, and Padres are seemingly fighting it out for LaRoche and Derrek Lee, so perhaps Lee could generate a nice little bidding war now. Arizona declined its $7.5 million option on…

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